As High Hampton Inn prepares to open for its 89th season of family fun, General Manager Clifford Meads took some time out of his busy schedule to give some insight on the upcoming season and on some of his favorite things about High Hampton Inn.
1. What is new at High Hampton Inn in 2011?
High Hampton Inn is known for being a destination that adheres to time-honored traditions. This year we are excited to announce two new events and one new House Party that are sure to become High Hampton favorites.
For music lovers, the Coast to the Mountains Summer Concert Series on June 23, July 28, August 25, and September 22 will be the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while listening to music from the coast. Food lovers will enjoy the Dinner in the Dahlias series on August 30 and September 13. Thirty guests will be seated at a long table decorated with and surround by the heirloom dahlia blooms. The experience will allow diners to intertwine the flora, food, and wine of High Hampton. The Apple Festival on September 24 will be the perfect way to honor fall’s favorite fruit. This House Party style weekend will celebrate the apple with a variety of tasty products from area growers and producers.
We are also excited to announce the addition of the Hampton Market. The market will feature fresh produce, meats, gourmet cheeses, prepared gourmet salads, party platters, wine, beer, rustic breads, desserts, a selection of dry goods, and gourmet deli sandwiches.
Guests staying in our lovely cottages will also notice the addition of kitchenettes the feature marble counter tops, a refrigerator and microwave.
2. What is your favorite time of year at High Hampton?
High Hampton Inn is beautiful year-round, but my absolute favorite time is in late May – early June when all of the mountain laurel and rhododendron are blooming. Bursts of pinks and purples dot the lush green landscape, making for quite an amazing sight.
3. Where does High Hampton get its produce from?
High Hampton is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables. We work with local farmers and markets to provide our guests with produce at the peak of perfection. Many guests love the tomatoes that we feature on the buffet, which we purchase from a local farm stand, guaranteeing that they will always be delicious and perfectly ripe.
4. Where on-property do you like to go to relax?
I love being outdoors, so when I have free time I like to take my dogs hiking on one of the many trails that surround the Inn. It’s a great way to unwind while taking in all the stunning sights.