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A DIY Perspective on High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias

August 4th, 2014 by Staff

Where in the world can you enjoy a five-course meal among two acres of five ft heirloom dahlia blooms in an amazing color palette? At North Carolina’s Mountain Resort – High Hampton Inn!

Caroline Grogan, Director of Group Sales/Events at High Hampton, helps orchestrate each of these extravagant dinner affairs.

In this DIY world, her insight into planning High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias can help inspire even the least creative of party planners in the making.

What makes Dinner in the Dahlias so special and why are they important to you?

The Dinner in the Dahlias events are my signature events that I look forward to each year.  The dinners have a restricted number of guests for an intimate affair, so I’m able to put all of my energy into the design—the tablescapes—and be immersed in the details.

How do you and the team prepare/research for these dinners?

Our culinary team insists on the freshest ingredients—so their research for building the menu for these grand meals happens very close to the evening to incorporate High Hampton’s Southern roots with fresh vegetables, intricate spices from our gardens, and menu items that tickle the palette.   Our Food and Beverage Manager, Brian Humphreys, works closely with the Chef to create a wine list for the evening that pairs well with the menu offered. 

Décor research is treated differently, as I plan months in advance.  With each new season of Dinner in the Dahlias, my goal is to constantly change the look and feel of the event, but to have one detail that ties each season’s dinners together.  For example, in one year I will use a specific table runner material but in different hues for each dinner.

What are your plans for the upcoming August dinners?

This year I am taking the approach with my design of “modern meets vintage.”  I’m combining very modern crisp linens with vintage china and centerpiece containers.  Each dinner will have this overall theme, but color schemes and china patterns will be different.

What is tablescaping and why is it important?

Just as a yard is landscaped—so should your dinner space.  “Tablescaping” is the design approach you use for your dining tables.  The design of the table décor sets the tone of the evening.  If you are planning a fancier evening, proper glassware and candle holders can set that mood for you—and the same being true for a more casual affair.

Where do you get your inspiration and what advice do you have for people who might be looking to recreate the elegance of these dinners at home?

Surprisingly, I get a lot of inspiration for my tablescaping in the produce department at the grocery store.  I would recommend looking in unusual and unique places for new ideas. At the grocery store, there are so many vegetables that are delicious but also can be beautiful in their texture and colors within centerpieces or as accents.  Another suggestion is to incorporate design trends. For example, the current mix-and-match trend with different patterns and antiques can be a very economical way to stage your table and make the look appear very eclectic, yet professional.

For additional details regarding Dinner in the Dahlias next scheduled dinner on August 18, 2014, visit www.highhamptoninn.com/events-detail.aspx?eid=17.

 

High Hampton Inn Officially Opens for 92nd Season

April 25th, 2014 by Staff

The start of our 92nd season is officially here, and we are eager to welcome you back to our family-friendly mountain retreat! Tradition and Southern hospitality continue to play a huge role in the culture at High Hampton Inn , and this year we have some exciting new changes waiting for you to indulge in when you return.

When you walk into the lobby this season, you will see a new friendly face waiting to help you plan your perfect North Carolina mountain getaway. A full-time “adventure specialist’’ has been added to our family to help you take full advantage of the incredible activities available in the area surrounding the inn.  Adventures in water sports, horseback riding, rock climbing, canopy tours, and more can now be booked from the comfort of the lobby with help from our concierge service.

Ark shaped playground at High Hampton Inn.

The new ark style playground and the gentlemen who built it.

Our younger guests can spend time playing on the new ark-style playground located next to Noah’s Ark. It features a miniature climbing wall, smaller slide, and plenty of places for climbing and hiding out.  The older kids will love the Teen Room makeover, which makes it more comfortable and inviting. The air-hockey, foosball, and ping pong tables are prepped and ready for siblings to settle their rivalries once and for all.

Afternoon tea is a long-time Southern tradition, and High Hampton Inn has added more options to appeal to every palate. Now you can quench your thirst every afternoon with a flavored lemonade or on Fridays you can indulge in a delicious root beer float. If you are looking to satisfy that little pang of mid-afternoon hunger, you can treat yourself to a variety of scones, mini-muffins, lemon squares and more during afternoon tea.

Kids can guide llamas on a journey around the Llama Olympics course at High Hampton Inn.

Kids can guide llamas on a journey around the Llama Olympics course.

Our gentle giants are back this year to caddy your clubs or lead you on a llama hike. The bocce ball and shuffleboard courts have been resurfaced and are ready for a little friendly competition. Nature lovers can enjoy the magnificent and award-winning specimen trees on our Champion Tree Trail. The trees can be found alongside the inn and lake, and we have added markers to help you appreciate their significance and beauty.

You will also notice subtle improvements in the comfort of our dining room and the classy touch the new copper chafer serving dishes bring to the atmosphere. In addition, minor changes have been made to our stunning golf course. For those wanting to pamper themselves, new treatments have been added to the spa menu.

Outdoor enthusiasts spending time kayaking, paddle boarding and playing golf at Hampton Hampton Inn.

Outdoor enthusiasts spending time kayaking, paddle boarding and playing golf at Hampton Hampton Inn.

Are you ready for a cool mountain getaway in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where you can disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with your family? Make sure to check out our spring packages and reserve your room today!

High Hampton Inn’s Summer Bucket List for Kids

June 27th, 2013 by Inga

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, children and teens can participate in a variety of activities at High Hampton Inn, the NC family-friendly mountain resort. High Hampton’s Children’s Programs offer programs and entertainment for kids of all ages, infant through teenager, including The Kids’ Club, Youth at High Hampton, and The Teen Room. Each club gives children and teens the opportunity to participate in fun and unique activities to make for the ultimate fun-filled summer vacation!

Blast into summer vacation with High Hampton’s Summer Bucket List for Kids for the break of a lifetime! How many things can you check off during your visit this summer?

Fun for All Ages:

Outdoor climbing tower

Heading to the top of the Beanstalk at High Hampton

 Go Swimming in High Hampton’s private mountain lake
 Go on a nature walk
 Eat S’mores by the fire pit
 Play a game of croquet
 Learn how to play Bocce Ball with friends
 Play a game or two of corn toss
 Start up a game of volleyball
 Play a game of tetherball
 Join Dad for a round of putting on the green
 Hit the birdie in a game of Badminton
 Enjoy a hike with the High Hampton llamas around Lake Trail or to the Cherokee Campground
 Race pedal boats with the family on Hampton Lake
 Slide down the natural water slide Sliding Rock into a refreshing mountain pool
 Climb to the top of the Rock Climbing Wall

The Little Ones:
 Go on a donkey cart ride with Fred & Ed
 Have a pillow fight at High Hampton’s Pajama Party
 Wear sombreros and play maracas at a Mexican Fiesta
 Lead High Hampton’s llamas through an obstacle course and have a llama race during the Llama Olympics
 Learn how to fish and try to catch a Rainbow Trout
 Take a tennis lesson

High Hampton Llamas are available for hikes or other fun Thursday through Saturday!

High Hampton Llamas are available for hikes or other fun Thursday through Saturday!

The In-betweeners:
 Go Geocaching with friends (without getting too lost!)
 Learn how to kayak
 Start up a game of Frisbee with friends
 Play volleyball
 Learn how to play Tennis like a pro!

The Big Kids:
 Go to a bonfire with your friends from High Hampton
 Win a game of Foosball in The Teen Room
 Play Ping Pong with friends from High Hampton
 Start up a game of Ultimate Frisbee
 Win a game of air hockey
 Play a game of doubles at the Tennis courts with friends
 Pig out at High Hampton’s Pizza Party!
 Go on a hike with High Hampton’s llamas up Rock Mountain
 Win gold at the High Hampton Olympics

To start crossing things off your summer bucket list, make a reservation at High Hampton Inn today! Call 828-743-2411 or visit the Website.