Perched atop the border of Watauga and Avery counties sits Beech Mountain Resort, where those who seek an outlet for excitement and fun can find ample opportunity to show off their snowboarding and skiing skills, or simply sit back and enjoy the view with dinner and a drink.

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Winter is a top-four season for beer, with many new brews coming out every year using spices and flavors that increase in popularity as the temperature decreases. The High Country is home to numerous breweries willing to take chances and take advantage of the classic combination of cold and beer.