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Only at High Hampton

March 29th, 2012 by Staff

Only at High Hampton

Arriving in the Cashier’s area more than 50 years ago, High Hampton is home to the unique white squirrel.

1.  White Squirrels – Only at High Hampton can you see North Carolina White Squirrels, which arrived in the Cashier’s area more than 50 years ago. Even though many people think these squirrels are albinos, the actually aren’t.  They are variants of the Eastern Gray Squirrel. Lucky guests can find these unique squirrels zipping around High Hampton’s expansive grounds. When you search for them, don’t forget to bring your camera so you can get a shot of them in action!

2.  100-Year-Old Dahlia Garden – The stunning dahlias were first planted more than 100 years ago by Caroline Halsted, a niece of General Wade Hampton, the original owner of the High Hampton property. Only at High Hampton can you cut blooms from the acre-long garden to display in your room as well as take home with you upon your departure.  High Hampton also invites you to enjoy the second-annual Dinner in the Dahlias, which will take place on August 20th and September 10th.

A Copper Beech Tree, with its beautiful purple leaves, can be found in the High Hampton Giant Heirloom Tree Garden.

3.  Giant Heirloom Tree Garden – High Hampton is home to a one-of-a-kind heirloom tree garden. Planted more than 100 years ago by the Halsted family, a Ginkgo tree, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, and one of America’s largest Frasier Firs not only offer amazing foliage each fall, they also provide an escape from the summer sun. Only at High Hampton can you walk among trees fit for giants!

Miniature donkeys Fred and Ed enjoy taking children on cart rides.

4.  Miniature Donkeys – Fred and Ed are one-of-a-kind – actually, two-of-a-kind. Only at High Hampton can you feed our famous miniature donkeys snacks. Long time visitors will tell you they love carrots and apples, which guests can pick up from the kitchen. Fred and Ed also happily take kids on hayrides every summer and during holiday House Parties.

5. Completely disconnect – Only at High Hampton are we proud to feature no telephones or televisions in the guest rooms. Here you are encouraged to “unplug” from technology and get back to basics by spending time with family and friends. Outdoor entertainment rules the roost, and you can enjoy our 18-hole golf course, Hampton Lake for swimming and boating, numerous hiking trails, tennis, and more.  (There is wi-fi available throughout the property if needed)

Do you have a favorite only at High Hampton highlight?

High Hampton Inn Celebrates 90 Years of Making Memories in 2012

February 28th, 2012 by Staff

Historic Photo of the High Hampton Inn

Many things have changed during the span of the last 90 years.  Communication has evolved from Morse code to iPhones, sixteen US presidents have ruled the country, and popular music stars have gone from flapper to rapper.  Few places today can proudly say they are still around after that amount of time and still maintain the traditions that were popular when they first opened.   High Hampton Inn is one of those places.

Fred and Ed still offer children hayrides each summer

What appealed to guests about High Hampton in 1922 is the same in 2012.  Tradition reigns here, where gentlemen don coats and ties for dinner, high tea is served everyday at 4 p.m., miniature donkeys Fred and Ed still offer children hayrides each summer, and Southern favorites like High Hampton Fried Chicken make an appearance on the menu each week.  At an elevation of 3,600 feet above sea level, “air conditioning” in the summer is still a cool mountain breeze through an open window, especially since evening temperatures drop into the low 60s in July and August.  Free from the trappings of technology, the Inn encourages you to unplug from today’s seemingly omnipresent tech-fueled world and reconnect with family and friends.

Our mountain setting makes High Hampton the ideal location for outdoor recreation.  A George W. Cobb-designed golf course, six clay tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, and a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing await you.  A European spa with a plethora of pampering treatments is perfect if you want to relax.  The interactive summer children’s programs are perfect for families looking for entertainment that doesn’t require a gaming system.

Golf overlooking Jewel Lake

House Parties have become a tradition for many families and feature picnics on the side lawn overlooking the lake, live music and entertainment, and family games and activities.  We also offer a number of workshops and golf and tennis clinics throughout the year.

Making a splash in Hampton Lake

Since we are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you have easy access to the quaint antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries located throughout Cashiers and nearby Highlands.  The area’s unique geography also boasts hundreds of waterfalls, quiet lakes, stone mountains, and rhododendron forests.

Memories and families are at the core of High Hampton.  In the estate’s more than 200-year history, it has changed hands only three times.  In the mid-nineteenth century, General Wade Hampton, who would later become governor of South Carolina and then a U.S. Senator, purchased the property.  He later gave the property to his niece, Caroline Hampton, and her husband, Dr. William Stewart Halsted.  In 1922, E.L. McKee, a Sylva businessman and industrialist purchased High Hampton, starting a family tradition that continues with his grandson, Will, who oversees the property today.

What are your favorite High Hampton memories?

We hope to see you again as we celebrate our 90th year of making memories.  Our special packages will make your next trip even more affordable.

 

 

 

High Hampton Inn’s Spring Golf School – Q&A with Golf Professional Craig Hartle

May 11th, 2011 by Dowis

High Hampton Inn’s golf professional Craig Hartle has worked in his field for 28 years, with 25 of those years serving as a Class-A PGA Professional. He brings to the resort years of experience that he has gained from working with, consulting for, and teaching at resorts and private country clubs.

Craig Hartle, Golf Professional at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC

Golf Professional Craig Hartle

Craig is a skilled teacher, and he will be sharing his tricks of the trade at High Hampton’s Spring Golf School May 15-18th.  The golf school is open to 10 students, which will allow for plenty of one-on-one time with Craig to hone your skills!

He took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about the school and golf at the resort.

1.  What is the inspiration behind the golf school?

The Golf School at High Hampton was designed for couples to relax and enjoy the wonderful mountain air and the hospitality of High Hampton while learning about their golf game and what they can do to improve their skills.

2.  What are some of the most common mistakes people make when golfing?  Will you be addressing them in the school?

One of the most common mistakes in golf is thinking you need a perfect swing.  That is not the case.  During the school, we will learn the basics of the golf swing and how to trust your swing so that you are more confident in your game.

3.  What is the question that you get asked most often by golfers?  What advice do you give them?

The most common question asked by students is, “how do I get rid of the ‘yips’?”  The “yips” is the common term for a nervous jerk at impact, which usually occurs during the putting stroke. To stop the “yips,” you need to have trust and confidence in your swing.  We will study this at the Golf School.

4.  What is your favorite hole on the High Hampton course?

High Hampton's Award-Winning 8th Hole

High Hampton's Award-Winning 8th Hole

My favorite hole is our 8th hole.  Located on a peninsula that juts into Hampton Lake, the scenic par-3, 160-yard 8th hole has been designated “One of America’s Great Golf Holes” by Golf Digest for its breathtaking panorama featuring 360-degree views of mountains, the lake, and the resort grounds.  It’s a challenge, but its beauty makes up for its difficulty.

5.  Are there activities available for non-golfers during the golf school?

For the non-golfing roommate, we will substitute spa services at the Hampton Health Club & Spa. Choices include massages and manicures and pedicures.

It’s not too late to sign up for the spring Golf School.  Call (828) 743-2411 to reserve a place today.