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Thanksgiving at High Hampton Inn – A Truly Southern Tradition

November 8th, 2011 by Staff

As 2011 is nearing its end, it’s time once again to celebrate Thanksgiving with our annual Thanksgiving House Party.  In its 40th year, this festive gathering is the way we

Wooden bear sitting next to haystacks, pumpkins and other fall decorations

High Hampton's festive fall entrance decorations

end every High Hampton season.  The four-day party features feasts and fun for the entire family.

Let us do all the work while you relax and spend time with your family. You can enjoy golf, tennis, hiking, boating, soothing spa treatments, and live entertainment that includes a magic show and clogging by the world champion Southern Appalachian Cloggers. Youngsters are sure to have hours of fun indoors and out at the Kid’s Club.

Gourd turned into a turkey with feathers

Create your own gourd turkey at our craft workshops

Each day your family can participate in different holiday craft workshops where you will leave with a variety of handmade decorations and gifts such as Christmas wreaths, ornaments, gingerbread houses, and hand-painted cards, just to name a few.

 

On Thanksgiving Day, indulge in a scrumptious buffet featuring all of the holiday favorites from turkey, ham and prime rib to mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and an assortment of vegetables and casseroles.  To conclude the meal, a selection of desserts and pastries will be available including pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, and more!

We still have rooms available for this celebratory weekend!  Call us today to reserve a place for your family.

If you are unable to celebrate with us this year, you can still enjoy a taste of High Hampton at home with Chef Sean’s famous Cornbread Stuffing with Apricots and Walnuts.

Cornbread Stuffing with Apricots and Walnuts

A baking dish filled with cornbread stuffing

Chef Sean's Tasty Cornbread Stuffing with Apricots and Walnuts

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 6 x 10 inch pan of cornbread (You can either make it fresh or use leftovers)

Or use

1 bag cornbread stuffing mix

8 ounces butter

1 onion (diced)

1 cup celery (diced)

4 ounces dried apricots (sliced)

½ cup walnuts (roasted)

¼ cup parsley (chopped)

1 teaspoon rubbed sage

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

 

Method:

In a large sauce pan, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and celery.

Cook until the vegetables are translucent.  Add the chicken or vegetable stock to the pan and heat until it starts to simmer. Add the cornbread, apricots, walnuts, parsley and seasonings. Cover and reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.

Serve with turkey and all the trimmings!

Celebrate Oktoberfest at High Hampton Inn

October 7th, 2011 by Staff

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit!  It’s that time of year again – fall is here, the air is crisp, the leaves are turning a stunning shade of jewel-toned hues, and people are celebrating Oktoberfest.  This famous festival that began in Germany has spread throughout the world and serves as a tribute to good beer, food and music.

German food on a Bavarian checkered tablecloth

Traditional German food at High Hampton's Oktoberfest

On October 14-16, High Hampton will be hosting its second-annual Oktoberfest House Party.  The celebration will take place on Saturday, October 15th from Noon to 4:30 p.m. and will feature a selection of German foods including bratwursts, Wiener schnitzel, spaetzle, sauerkraut, rotkohl, and more.  Beer will be provided by the Heinzelmännchen Brewing Company, based out of Sylva, North Carolina.

 

 

Throughout the afternoon, the Atlanta Polka Band will play a number of well-loved German songs, while the Euro Volk Dancers will showcase their dances.  Both the band and dancers will be dressed in either lederhosen or dirndls, the traditional outfits that have become a staple at Oktoberfests around the world.

German band playing a tuba and accordian

Atlanta Volk Band performing German music

In honor of our festive German celebration, Chef Sean has decided to share his secret recipe for traditional rotkohl, braised red cabbage.

 

 

Braised Red Cabbage

Yield: 6 servings

 

Ingredients:

1 head of red cabbage, thinly sliced

2 ounces of olive oil

½ cup of diced onion

1 cup of diced apple

½ cup of red wine

2 cups of sugar

1 bay leaf

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tablespoon of kosher salt

1 cup of water

 

Preparation:

Heat a large saucepan with olive oil. Add the sliced cabbage and onion to the pan. Next, sauté the cabbage and the onion for about 5 minutes, on medium heat.  Add the red wine, water, sugar and spices.  Allow to simmer for 30 minutes until the cabbage softens. Add the apples and simmer for 5 minutes more.

Serve as a side dish to any meat-based dish.

Fall into Fun at High Hampton

September 23rd, 2011 by Staff

Three great new packages, stunning fall foliage, famous waterfalls, and a giant shadow of a bear add fun to the fall season at High Hampton Inn, located on 1,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Make the most out of your stay this autumn at High Hampton with three new money-saving packages. Take advantage of these amazing deals – Spa and Golf Package, Fall into High Hampton, and Three For Four – before the season ends.

Granite mountain with colorful fall foliage

High Hampton's Rock Mountain with fall foliage

Due to the high altitude of the inn, peak leaf season begins in mid-October and continues through the first week of November.  During this time, the forests are ablaze with rich reds, purples, oranges and golds.  The fall weather is the perfect time to hike, play golf and tennis, and explore the magic of the grounds.

During the last two weeks of October, when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, its shadow creates a perfect image of a Black Bear that dances across the tops of the colorful trees. This spectacular natural phenomenon, known as the “Bear Shadow,” is not to be missed! The best places to view the bear are along U.S. Highway 64 in Cashiers, about one hour before dark. Make sure you bring your camera so you can capture an image of the famous bear!

A shadow of a bear is created when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain in October

Bear Shadow

Many well-known waterfalls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains are tucked away in the area surrounding the inn. The Horsepasture River is the source for four of the waterfalls in the area: Horsepasture Falls, Whitewater Falls, Drift Falls and Rainbow Falls. Whitewater Falls, with a rocky plunge of 411 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. U.S. Highway 64 weaves under Bridal Veil Falls and over Toxaway Falls, providing visitors a unique view of two of the falls in the area.

To get a sneak peek of the fall foliage, check out our very own Webcam– Leaf Link.