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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!

Famous Llamas Invade Cashiers This Summer

June 29th, 2012 by Staff

Llamas arrive at High Hampton

Move over Fred and Ed, there are new furry friends at High Hampton this summer! No, guests aren’t seeing things; llamas have invaded Cashiers. Serving as furry Sherpas for guided hikes and as golf caddies every Thursday and Friday during the summer, the llamas are a special addition during our 90th season.

The llamas, previously featured on National Geographic Adventures, Animal Planet and BBC, are undaunted by their new role here at High Hampton Inn.  You may see them carrying picnic baskets, blankets and provisions while accompanying families and children on hikes to Cherokee Campgrounds, around Hampton Lake, and up to the top of Rock Mountain. In the evenings, the llamas will make special guest appearances at the Rock Mountain Tavern, where you are invited to meet and take pictures with the shaggy, friendly animals.  Also, by request, golfers can arrange for a llama to be their caddy.

The llamas arrive each Thursday with owner, Mark English, who has been raising them at his family’s farm in Brevard, NC since 2008. While this is the first summer High Hampton has partnered with English’s company, Llama Caddy, the llamas are already attracting major attention in the short time they have been here. Their hikes and meet-and-greets at the Tavern have become some of our most popular summer activities.

Have you met the llamas yet?

Looking down at Rock Mountain

Staying Fit during a Trip to High Hampton Inn

May 22nd, 2012 by Staff

In the weeks leading up to a vacation, people typically make an effort to eat well and exercise regularly to be in the best shape possible. Whether you’re vacationing at the beach, lake or mountains, trips away from home usually involve indulging in different foods and drinks and often times little exercise.  A visit to High Hampton Inn includes not only great dining but also unique ways to stay active on your vacation. Below are four fun ways to keep in shape while making the most of your stay at High Hampton.

Hiking and Fitness Trails – Since High Hampton is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you are guaranteed access to a number of hiking trails. There are 15-miles of well-marked hiking trails on property for you to explore alone or with a guide. To reach the summit of Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet, you will need about an hour-and-a-half.  A four-hour round-trip excursion leads to the peak of Chimney Top Mountain, located at 4,618 feet, and back down.  The Lake Trail is ideal for visitors looking for a mild hike.  The 1.5-mile trail meanders around Hampton Lake, giving you many opportunities to enjoy the area’s flora and fauna.  The Fitness Trail includes 10 exercise stations that will tone your muscles.  The trail begins at the upper end of Hampton Lake and finishes at the base of Rock Mountain. All of these hikes allow for spectacular views and great cardiovascular exercise.

Hampton Lake – Hampton Lake offers numerous ways for you to stay active all day long. The 35-acre lake features a wading pool, swimming area, beach, two docks and swim platforms, and a playground. Spending an afternoon kayaking, canoeing or paddle boating is a great way to get active and enjoy a peaceful summer day on the water.  Those looking for something more vigorous will enjoy swimming laps in the refreshing mountain water.

Children swimming and playing in a mountain lake

Enjoying summertime fun on Lake Hampton

Beanstalk – If you are seeking the thrill of rock climbing, the Beanstalk is for you.  The eight-sided, 28-foot climbing tower located outside of the Hampton Health Club and Spa the perfect way for adults and kids to work on total body fitness.  Arm and leg muscles are sure to be toned as you make your way to the top of the rock.

Outdoor climbing tower

Heading to the top of the Beanstalk at High Hampton

Outdoor Sports – You can also enjoy spending time outdoors playing golf, tennis, and bocce ball. A round of golf on the George W. Cobb 18-hole golf course or playing tennis on one of the clay courts are both great ways to burn some calories. To hone your skills, you can participate in our golf and tennis clinics that are available throughout the year. Our two new bocce ball courts are also great ways to get active and indulge in a little friendly competition.

Girl playing tennis

Staying in shape with a game of tennis at High Hampton

When you visit High Hampton this summer, you don’t have to stop your fitness routine.  By participating in our fun and unique activities, you are sure to stay fit on your trip this summer.