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High Hampton Inn Officially Opens for 92nd Season

April 25th, 2014

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!

An NC Mountain Wedding – Q&A with wedding coordinator Caroline Grogan

December 23rd, 2013

High Hampton Inn is lucky to have Caroline Grogan as our Director of Groups Sales and Events.  A big part of Caroline’s job is helping brides create a perfect, one-of-a-kind wedding. Our beautiful scenery and the convenience of having everything you need in one place are just some of the reasons why couples choose to tie the knot here.

Caroline took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about getting married at High Hampton Inn.

What is the most popular wedding venue at High Hampton Inn?

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The Hampton Lawn is the most popular ceremony site.

The most popular wedding ceremony venue is the Grand Lawn overlooking the scenic mountains and lake.  Our most popular reception venue is our Pavilion, located on the driving range.  The space can accommodate both small intimate receptions and is also absolutely expandable (being on the driving range) by adding tents for the larger receptions.

What is your favorite thing about weddings at High Hampton Inn?

There are many aspects to weddings at High Hampton that I truly love.  First and foremost, I love the relationship that I’m able to build with the bride and the families involved.  I spend roughly a year helping create the day that she has always envisioned.  Because she entrusts such huge memories of her lifetime to me—we usually build a FAST bond.  The friendships we build usually last much past the actual wedding day.  I also love that with our venues already being so beautiful, it is so easy for brides to add a little or over the top décor to make it what they want it to be.  All spaces feature earth-tones, neutrals, and overwhelmingly natural beauty—they are easy to dress up!

How can couples make a destination wedding at High Hampton Inn affordable?

When planning a wedding, the objective when reviewing your budget is allowing for your priorities.  If the photographer is more important to you than the entertainment, make adjustments to allow for that specific photographer that you want. If the food and beverages are more important to you than the décor—then make adjustments to allow for your dream menu.  High Hampton Inn is more affordable for the smaller weddings if the bride and groom are flexible in the day of their ceremony/reception.  Because Saturdays are such high-volume wedding days, Sunday—Friday weddings require less minimum rooms to be filled, and most vendors also discount on those days as well.

What do you think separates High Hampton Inn from other wedding destinations?

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High Hampton Inn offers gorgeous, natural settings perfect for any style of wedding.

Since we are able to offer accommodations to the friends and family participating in the wedding events throughout the weekend, High Hampton is unique in that the experience provided to the guests makes it feel more like being at summer camp with your closest friends and families.  There are not many other venues that can boast being able to host all of your guests for a more cohesive weekend—as opposed to everyone being spread out throughout a town of multiple hotels, etc.  In this scenario, the bride and groom really feel like they are able to spend more quality time with their guests and are not trying to pack it into a rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.

How far in advance should brides begin planning a wedding at High Hampton Inn?

If you have a specific date in mind, it is best to reach out immediately, however I always suggest—find the venue that you want and then be flexible with dates in order to allow for availability at that venue.  I can plan a wedding on this end in one month’s time, however that does not include the process for invitations, buying a dress, etc.  Because High Hampton Inn is so inclusive—its very easy to sit down and plan an event here within a couple of hours.

 

For additional details about hosting your dream destination wedding at High Hampton, please fill out the information request form on the Website.

Pristine Fall Foliage for Leaf Peepers

September 19th, 2013
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.