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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.

 

 

 

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!

America’s Only 11-Hole Golf Course

April 11th, 2011 by Staff

High Hampton Inn’s breathtaking scenery makes it the perfect location for a mountain golf course.  Unbeknownst to most people, the Inn was once home to the country’s only 11-hole golf course.

In 1923, E.L. McKee contracted J. Victor East to build a golf course on the stunning High Hampton estate.  Mr. East was a well-known Australian architect who designed the Biltmore homestead.

A female golfer lines up her putt at High Hampton Inn

Due to the times, East was given a limited budget to create the course.  As his creative ideas took shape and construction began, he realized that he would only be able to design 11 holes.  E.L McKee didn’t mind having the only sand green course in the United States with 11 holes, so he told J. Victor East to stop construction.

Historic photo of guests putting on the High Hampton Inn putting green

High Hampton’s golf course featured only 11 holes until the mid-1950s, when George W. Cobb was brought in to finish the remaining nine holes.  Once he had completed the course, he said it was the most beautiful one he had designed.

The highlight of the course is the par-3, number 8 hole that is located on a peninsula that juts into Hampton Lake.

Today the course features 18 holes and is considered a “players course,” with a little more than 6,000 yards.  It was designed to be enjoyable for golfers to play and features no sand traps, though it does include enough woods and water hazards to make it challenging.

 

 

Have you had a chance to play High Hampton’s bent grass greens?