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A DIY Perspective on High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias

August 4th, 2014 by Staff

Where in the world can you enjoy a five-course meal among two acres of five ft heirloom dahlia blooms in an amazing color palette? At North Carolina’s Mountain Resort – High Hampton Inn!

Caroline Grogan, Director of Group Sales/Events at High Hampton, helps orchestrate each of these extravagant dinner affairs.

In this DIY world, her insight into planning High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias can help inspire even the least creative of party planners in the making.

What makes Dinner in the Dahlias so special and why are they important to you?

The Dinner in the Dahlias events are my signature events that I look forward to each year.  The dinners have a restricted number of guests for an intimate affair, so I’m able to put all of my energy into the design—the tablescapes—and be immersed in the details.

How do you and the team prepare/research for these dinners?

Our culinary team insists on the freshest ingredients—so their research for building the menu for these grand meals happens very close to the evening to incorporate High Hampton’s Southern roots with fresh vegetables, intricate spices from our gardens, and menu items that tickle the palette.   Our Food and Beverage Manager, Brian Humphreys, works closely with the Chef to create a wine list for the evening that pairs well with the menu offered. 

Décor research is treated differently, as I plan months in advance.  With each new season of Dinner in the Dahlias, my goal is to constantly change the look and feel of the event, but to have one detail that ties each season’s dinners together.  For example, in one year I will use a specific table runner material but in different hues for each dinner.

What are your plans for the upcoming August dinners?

This year I am taking the approach with my design of “modern meets vintage.”  I’m combining very modern crisp linens with vintage china and centerpiece containers.  Each dinner will have this overall theme, but color schemes and china patterns will be different.

What is tablescaping and why is it important?

Just as a yard is landscaped—so should your dinner space.  “Tablescaping” is the design approach you use for your dining tables.  The design of the table décor sets the tone of the evening.  If you are planning a fancier evening, proper glassware and candle holders can set that mood for you—and the same being true for a more casual affair.

Where do you get your inspiration and what advice do you have for people who might be looking to recreate the elegance of these dinners at home?

Surprisingly, I get a lot of inspiration for my tablescaping in the produce department at the grocery store.  I would recommend looking in unusual and unique places for new ideas. At the grocery store, there are so many vegetables that are delicious but also can be beautiful in their texture and colors within centerpieces or as accents.  Another suggestion is to incorporate design trends. For example, the current mix-and-match trend with different patterns and antiques can be a very economical way to stage your table and make the look appear very eclectic, yet professional.

For additional details regarding Dinner in the Dahlias next scheduled dinner on August 18, 2014, visit www.highhamptoninn.com/events-detail.aspx?eid=17.

 

Pristine Fall Foliage for Leaf Peepers

September 19th, 2013 by Inga
Cooper Beech Tree starting to show fall colors

One of High Hampton’s award-winning trees – the Copper Beech – turning a lovely shade of red for the fall

This fall, why gaze at any old tree when you can lay your eyes on some true champions?  It’s true, trees can and do win awards, and High Hampton is home to some of the most vibrant and colorful award-winners that are sure to produce some regal fall foliage this October. These trees have been recognized by the North Carolina Forestry Service and the North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture.

Follow in the footsteps of American Forest’s Big Tree Hunters Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson to see some award-winning fall color on High Hampton Inn’s “Tree Trail of Champions.” Visit High Hampton to see the North Carolina State Champion Black Locust and Bottlebrush Buckeye turn rich gold and yellow, along with the State Co-Champions Cinnamon Clethra and Witch Hazel.

The State Champion Alternate-leaf Dogwood and State Co-Champion Sourwood shine brilliantly in lush oranges and reds, and the State Co-champion Mountain Winterberry makes dramatic statement in fall and winter with its plethora of bright red berries. Other trees to see include the Ginkgo, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, Maples, and Oaks.

Red and green chairs overlooking a lake and mountain with fall foliage

Pull up a chair and enjoy the stunning view of Lake Hampton, Rock Mountain, and the pretty fall foliage

And don’t forget about the crowd-pleasing “Bear Shadow” phenomenon! During the last two weeks of October as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, a perfect image of a black bear can be seen dancing across the tops of the colorful trees. It’s the perfect way to end a truly amazing experience. Be sure to take advantage of the resort’s mid-week fall foliage packages to enhance your leaf-peeping excursion!

If you’d like to get an early look at the foliage fun, check out the High Hampton webcam! To book your NC fall getaway, call 828-743-2411 or visit the Website.


Fall Foliage Fun in North Carolina

October 18th, 2012 by Staff

Now that the middle of October is here, we have finally reached the start of peak foliage time in Cashiers!  Everywhere you turn, the trees are awash in bright reds, oranges, yellows and purples. Fall is really one of the prettiest times of year in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Now is the perfect time to book an autumn getaway to experience fall’s favorite hues. Our special packages help put a mountain vacation easily within reach!

Kayaker paddling across a refection of fall foliage

Take in the stunning fall colors while paddling across Hampton Lake

In addition to the rainbow of colors awaiting you, we also offer access to some very unique experiences that will make your fall trip even more memorable.

Our Heirloom Tree Garden features a variety of large trees like the Ginkgo tree, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, and America’s largest Frasier Fir. These trees were planted more than 100 years ago and offer amazing fall color every year.  They are the perfect complements to the main Lodge, which was built in 1932 as a North Carolina vacation destination and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you love waterfalls, southwestern North Carolina is the place to visit. This area is home to dozens of stunning falls that are even more amazing when surrounded by fall foliage. Many of the falls can be easily reached by following scenic U.S. Highway 64 east or west from High Hampton Inn.

For one-of-a-kind views of the fall foliage, you can hike the many trailsthat wind throughout the property. Climb to the summits of either Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet or Chimney Top Mountain at 4,618 feet for a bird’s eye view of the the miles of autumn colors in the valley between Cashiers, Highlands and Whiteside Mountain.

View of fall foliage from the top of a mountain

The stunning foliage from the summit of Chimney Top Mountain

Last but not least, mid-to-late October is the ideal time to view the Cashiers Valley’s unique natural phenomenon – the Bear Shadow. During this time of year, a perfect image of a Black Bear dancing across the tops of the colorful trees is created when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain. The best places to view the ethereal bear are along U.S. Highway 64 in Cashiers, about one hour before dark.

To get a sneak preview of the colors, check out our Webcam!