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Pristine Fall Foliage for Leaf Peepers

September 19th, 2013 by Inga
Cooper Beech Tree starting to show fall colors

One of High Hampton’s award-winning trees – the Copper Beech – turning a lovely shade of red for the fall

This fall, why gaze at any old tree when you can lay your eyes on some true champions?  It’s true, trees can and do win awards, and High Hampton is home to some of the most vibrant and colorful award-winners that are sure to produce some regal fall foliage this October. These trees have been recognized by the North Carolina Forestry Service and the North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture.

Follow in the footsteps of American Forest’s Big Tree Hunters Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson to see some award-winning fall color on High Hampton Inn’s “Tree Trail of Champions.” Visit High Hampton to see the North Carolina State Champion Black Locust and Bottlebrush Buckeye turn rich gold and yellow, along with the State Co-Champions Cinnamon Clethra and Witch Hazel.

The State Champion Alternate-leaf Dogwood and State Co-Champion Sourwood shine brilliantly in lush oranges and reds, and the State Co-champion Mountain Winterberry makes dramatic statement in fall and winter with its plethora of bright red berries. Other trees to see include the Ginkgo, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, Maples, and Oaks.

Red and green chairs overlooking a lake and mountain with fall foliage

Pull up a chair and enjoy the stunning view of Lake Hampton, Rock Mountain, and the pretty fall foliage

And don’t forget about the crowd-pleasing “Bear Shadow” phenomenon! During the last two weeks of October as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, a perfect image of a black bear can be seen dancing across the tops of the colorful trees. It’s the perfect way to end a truly amazing experience. Be sure to take advantage of the resort’s mid-week fall foliage packages to enhance your leaf-peeping excursion!

If you’d like to get an early look at the foliage fun, check out the High Hampton webcam! To book your NC fall getaway, call 828-743-2411 or visit the Website.


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!

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?