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90 Years of Making Memories – A High Hampton Inn Coffee Table Book

November 14th, 2012 by Staff

In honor of High Hampton Inn’s 90th anniversary, Becky McKee has compiled a coffee table book that takes a look back at all of the memories shared during the past 90 seasons. You can purchase the book for $29.95, plus tax and shipping. For more information about ordering it, please visit our online shop.

Becky took a few moments to answer a few questions about why she created the book and what her favorite High Hampton Inn memories are.

1. What inspired you to create a coffee table book about High Hampton?

With the amazing number of photographs that we found when going through boxes that were stored from years ago, photographs that guests sent us, recent ones from our collection, and photos taken by professionals, I wanted to make sure people would be able to see these and enjoy them. It seemed like a great way to show everyone how High Hampton has changed in some ways over the years, yet many things have remained the same, such as the beauty that surrounds us here as well as the traditions and all of the activities that have been enjoyed and continue to be enjoyed by several generations of guests. Also, many people asked if we had a history of the Inn. The two cookbooks, High Hampton Hospitality and More High Hampton Hospitality, include some history but many people wanted to have a book completely devoted to it rather than a cookbook.  Also, High Hampton tends to draw people who value the Inn’s interesting past, so I thought the 90th anniversary provided me with the perfect occasion to create a book that focused on the past 90 years. My only regret is that I could not include all the photos and memories that people shared with me.

2. What types of memories were rekindled when you were putting the book together?

What really struck me when looking at the photos was the continuity that exists at High Hampton. I found photos of many people who came here as youngsters and who continue to come here (as High Hampton homeowners or Inn guests) and enjoy many of the same activities with their children and grandchildren as they enjoyed years ago. Some of these activities include hayrides, Bingo and horseracing, the donkey cart rides, playing field games and hide and seek on the spacious lawn and in the giant boxwoods, swimming and boating, The Teddy Bear Picnic, tea time, golf, tennis, and hiking. It is refreshing to know that many people still value this type of vacation that focuses on time spent with family and the enjoyment of activities that don’t require electricity and value the great outdoors.

3. What is your favorite photograph included in the book?

My favorite photograph in the book is the one of James Ray Connor, the donkey handler with donkeys, Ed and Fred. Stephen McBride, the photographer, captured the love that James Ray has for “his boys,” as well as the love they have for him in return.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few pages from our new coffee table book:

Celebrating 26 Years of Bear-y Fun Picnics – A Q&A with Hampton Bear

July 3rd, 2012 by Staff

Each summer, High Hampton invites children and parents to celebrate our famous mascot, Hampton Bear, with a special birthday celebration known as the Teddy Bear Picnic. This year’s Teddy Bear Picnic will take place on July 9th and will feature an all-day party for children, parents and teddy bears alike in honor of Hampton Bear’s 26th birthday.

To provide some insight into this festive day, Hampton Bear took some time to answer some questions about the party.

1. How is the Teddy Bear Picnic different from other celebrations?

High Hampton may be the only resort in the world that offers Teddy Bears a memorable vacation, along with their owners. Not only do I get to celebrate the day with all the children, but I get to celebrate with their favorite teddy bears too. The Teddy Bear Picnic is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to spend the day together, especially during the Treasure Bear Hunt.

2. What is your favorite food offered at the picnic dinner?

After being in hibernation all winter long, I look forward to Hampton Bear’s Fabulous Fried Chicken.  Chef Sean knows it is my favorite and always cooks it to perfection! Like most of the children, I love the Chocolate Bear Cake and Bear Cupcakes too.

3. What is one of the most creative Teddy Bears you have seen at the Teddy Bear Picnic?

There have been so many great bears at my party over the years, but I have to say, the most creative bear has been Elvis Bearsley. The hair and the outfit made me laugh – I was all shook up! I can’t wait to meet the bears this year.

4. What advice can you share with children who will be attending the Teddy Bear Picnic for the first time this year?

I would tell them to be creative in designing their Teddy Bears. There are many different categories where prizes can be won, such as the Best Dressed Bear, the Beary Oldest Bear, the Most Appealing Wee Bear, the Most Interesting Big Bear, the Most Awesome Bear, the Most Overall Huggable Bear, and the Hampton Bear Award.

I want the kids and their parents to be ready for a day of fun and games, and get a good night’s sleep the night before the picnic.

 

We look forward to seeing all the creative bears dressed up this summer!

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