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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.

 

 

 

Fall into Fun at High Hampton

September 23rd, 2011 by Staff

Three great new packages, stunning fall foliage, famous waterfalls, and a giant shadow of a bear add fun to the fall season at High Hampton Inn, located on 1,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Make the most out of your stay this autumn at High Hampton with three new money-saving packages. Take advantage of these amazing deals – Spa and Golf Package, Fall into High Hampton, and Three For Four – before the season ends.

Granite mountain with colorful fall foliage

High Hampton's Rock Mountain with fall foliage

Due to the high altitude of the inn, peak leaf season begins in mid-October and continues through the first week of November.  During this time, the forests are ablaze with rich reds, purples, oranges and golds.  The fall weather is the perfect time to hike, play golf and tennis, and explore the magic of the grounds.

During the last two weeks of October, when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, its shadow creates a perfect image of a Black Bear that dances across the tops of the colorful trees. This spectacular natural phenomenon, known as the “Bear Shadow,” is not to be missed! The best places to view the bear are along U.S. Highway 64 in Cashiers, about one hour before dark. Make sure you bring your camera so you can capture an image of the famous bear!

A shadow of a bear is created when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain in October

Bear Shadow

Many well-known waterfalls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains are tucked away in the area surrounding the inn. The Horsepasture River is the source for four of the waterfalls in the area: Horsepasture Falls, Whitewater Falls, Drift Falls and Rainbow Falls. Whitewater Falls, with a rocky plunge of 411 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. U.S. Highway 64 weaves under Bridal Veil Falls and over Toxaway Falls, providing visitors a unique view of two of the falls in the area.

To get a sneak peek of the fall foliage, check out our very own Webcam– Leaf Link.

Opening Weekend Q & A with General Manager Clifford Meads

April 22nd, 2011 by Staff

As High Hampton Inn prepares to open for its 89th season of family fun, General Manager Clifford Meads took some time out of his busy schedule to give some insight on the upcoming season and on some of his favorite things about High Hampton Inn.

General Manager Clifford Meads

1.  What is new at High Hampton Inn in 2011?

High Hampton Inn is known for being a destination that adheres to time-honored traditions.  This year we are excited to announce two new events and one new House Party that are sure to become High Hampton favorites.

For music lovers, the Coast to the Mountains Summer Concert Series on June 23, July 28, August 25, and September 22 will be the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of the mountains while listening to music from the coast.  Food lovers will enjoy the Dinner in the Dahlias series on August 30 and September 13.  Thirty guests will be seated at a long table decorated with and surround by the heirloom dahlia blooms. The experience will allow diners to intertwine the flora, food, and wine of High Hampton.  The Apple Festival on September 24 will be the perfect way to honor fall’s favorite fruit. This House Party style weekend will celebrate the apple with a variety of tasty products from area growers and producers.

We are also excited to announce the addition of the Hampton Market.  The market will feature fresh produce, meats, gourmet cheeses, prepared gourmet salads, party platters, wine, beer, rustic breads, desserts, a selection of dry goods, and gourmet deli sandwiches.

Guests staying in our lovely cottages will also notice the addition of kitchenettes the feature marble counter tops, a refrigerator and microwave.

2.  What is your favorite time of year at High Hampton?

High Hampton Inn is beautiful year-round, but my absolute favorite time is in late May – early June when all of the mountain laurel and rhododendron are blooming.  Bursts of pinks and purples dot the lush green landscape, making for quite an amazing sight.

Dogwoods bloom at the enterance of High Hampton Inn

 

3.  Where does High Hampton get its produce from?

High Hampton is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables.  We work with local farmers and markets to provide our guests with produce at the peak of perfection.  Many guests love the tomatoes that we feature on the buffet, which we purchase from a local farm stand, guaranteeing that they will always be delicious and perfectly ripe.

 

4.  Where on-property do you like to go to relax?

I love being outdoors, so when I have free time I like to take my dogs hiking on one of the many trails that surround the Inn.  It’s a great way to unwind while taking in all the stunning sights.