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A Tribute to Fall’s Favorite Fruit: The Apple

September 15th, 2011 by Staff

Fuji, Gala, Honey Crisp, and McIntosh are just some of the apples awaiting visitors at High Hampton Inn’s inaugural Apple Festival on Saturday, September 24. This all day, free event will celebrate the apple with a variety of products from three local growers from the Hendersonville, NC area. Guests will be able to sample a number of tasty treats such as homemade apple cider, apple ice cream, and other apple dishes prepared by Chef Sean and the growers.

In honor of September being National Apple Month and High Hampton’s inaugural Apple Festival, Chef Sean shared a different, but tasty recipe that truly highlights this crisp fruit.  This easy-to-make salad features two different types of apples and is the perfect fall side dish to share with family and friends.

Waldorf Salad

Yield: 1 quart


3 red apples (cored and diced with skin on)

3 green apples (cored and diced with skin on) *Keep diced apples in water with a small amount of lemon juice until ready to mix. Make sure they are drained completely when mixing.*

½ cup    mayonnaise (cold)

Bowl of Waldorf Salad on a cutting board wih celery and apple pieces

A refreshing Waldorf Salad

¼ cup sour cream (cold)

¼ cup celery (diced)

2 ounces walnuts (roasted and chopped)

¼ cup raisins

¼ cup    honey

2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1 pinch  salt and pepper mix


Mix all of the ingredients together and serve chilled the same day.


We hope to see you at this great new event!

Summer Fun at High Hampton Inn

July 25th, 2011 by Staff

Recreation Director Julia Boeve

Julia Boeve has been the Recreation Director at High Hampton Inn since 2009.  She, along with Head Counselor Annie Hettinger, love working with our younger guests.  They use their imaginations to create activities for our Children’s and Teen’s Programs so there is always a new and exciting adventure or activity to try.  Both have upbeat attitudes, are always smiling, and enjoy seeing the positive influence they have on visiting children.

Julia and Annie took a few moments out of their busy summer schedules to answer some questions about the Children’s and Teen’s Programs.

1.  What is new this summer for the younger children to try when they visit High Hampton?

We have updated the theme days and our arts & crafts.  For our theme days, our little guests can enjoy Pirates and Princesses Day, Disney Day, Cheering and Sports Day, Playground and Picnic Day, and we always have Hayride Day where Fred and Ed take the kids around the Inn’s lawn in a wagon.  On Pizza and a Movie Day, we tie dye t-shirts that the children can wear while watching the film.  For our art lovers we have added chalkboards to all the tables in Noah’s Ark, allowing the kids to color right on top of them.

2.  What new features can teen guests expect?

The teens are continuing to enjoy Youth at High Hampton, where we offer hikes, geocaching, bonfires, Frisbee golf, and volleyball.  Occasionally we make offsite trips to Sliding Rock, where the river has turned large boulders into a waterslide.  We have also added a new fleet of new boats that include kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats.  They are all very popular with the teens and many want to spend the afternoon rowing on Hampton Lake!

Kids swimming and diving in Hampton Lake

Children of all ages enjoyinf swimming in Hampton Lake

3.  Is there an activity that is loved by children and teens alike?

Kids of all ages are really enjoying the lake this year, not that they have not in years before, but it seems all they want to do is swim.  The addition of the new boats probably has had an impact on the amount of lake love we have seen as well.  Here’s a little secret – all of the counselors are really enjoying the lake too

4.  What is your favorite activity?

Our favorite camp day is the Pirates and Princesses Day.  We receive a visit from Black Beard the Pirate, and after finding a copy of his treasure map, we all go on a treasure hunt!  This day is a lot of fun because it encourages the kids to use their imaginations to become their favorite princess or pirate.

5.  When do the Children’s and Teen’s Programs take place and how much do they cost?

Our Children’s and Teen’s Programs take place from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Children’s Program takes place six days a week from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is recommended for children ages 3 to 9 years old.  Each evening from 6 to 9 p.m., there are fun events such as hayrides, pajama parties, Mexican fiestas, games and cookouts.

Youth at High Hampton is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and is open to kids 11-15 years old.

The cost of the children’s and teen’s programs is $5 per hour per child.

Insider Tips to High Hampton Inn: Secrets You Won’t Find in the Brochure

June 10th, 2011 by Staff

If it’s your first time visiting High Hampton, you may wonder why you see adults and children walking around with carrots and apples in their hands.  These items aren’t snacks for people.  Instead, they are treats for our resident miniature donkeys Fred and Ed, who love snack time and being petted.  You can ask the front desk staff to assist you with gathering fruit and vegetables from the kitchen so you can feed Fred and Ed.

Black and gray miniature donkeys

High Hampton Inn's miniature donkeys - Fred and Ed

High Hampton has been bringing generations of families together for 89 years.  Some of these families have been here some many times that they know the ins and outs of this unique destination.  So, what do you do if you are a first-time visitor and aren’t familiar with High Hampton’s special traditions?  Have no fear!  These tips will give you the inside scoop on the Inn so you’ll feel like you’ve been coming here for generations!

Your Table Awaits!

Dining at High Hampton is truly a unique experience.  All meals at the Inn are served in the spacious Dining Room and feature buffets loaded with fresh local fruits and vegetables and high country favorites like mouthwatering fried chicken.  You are assigned a table that you will return to throughout your visit, meaning you will never have to worry about not finding a seat.  The most interesting aspect of dining at High Hampton is that you are asked to dress for dinner.  Men of all ages are asked to wear a suit and tie, and women should dress accordingly.  On Monday and Thursday nights, the dress is business casual so a coat and tie are not required.

Daily Fun!

Each day, a list of activities will be placed in the foyer outside of the dining room.  Activities that require a fee will be marked with an asterisk.  Sign up sheets will be located on the table to the left, under the bulletin board.

Kids swimming and diving at Hampton Lake

Summer fun at High Hampton on the lake

Splish, Splash, Fun!

The 35-acre Hampton Lake is a highlight of summer activities.  You can swim, fish and non-motorized boat here while enjoying the surrounding scenery.  The lake features a roped-off shallow area for younger swimmers and a floating diving dock for the older kids.  You can rent paddle boats, canoes, rowboats, kayaks or a sailboat for $7 per hour from the front desk and spend the afternoon floating on the shimmering water.  Fishing aficionados will delight in the fact that there are no fees to fish the lake, but anything caught should be released.  If you forgot your fishing gear, you may rent a pole for $1 per hour or buy a kit for $15 from the front desk.

Create Your Own Bouquet!

High Hampton is home to more than an acre of stunning dahlia blooms every summer.  There are hundreds of flowers, in a rainbow colors, and you are allowed to cut them to place in your room or to take home with you.  The front desk is happy to provide you with scissors and a vase so you can decorate your room.

If you are a seasoned High Hampton visitor, what are some other tips you would share with a first-time guest?