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

November 14th, 2012

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:

Fall Foliage Fun in North Carolina

October 18th, 2012

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!

Celebrate Fall’s Favorite Fruit with an Apple Strudel

September 28th, 2012

Fall is in the air, and it’s finally apple picking season. High Hampton’s second-annual Apple Festival is right around the corner on October 7th, and it’s time to celebrate the apple. Local growers from the Hendersonville, NC area will provide tasty apples and apple treats for you to sample. There will be homemade cider, and apple ice cream, cakes, muffins and more.

In honor of the Apple Festival, Chef Sean wanted to share his apple strudel recipe so that you can make a delicious fall favorite with your freshly-picked treats!

An apple strudel on a white plate

High Hampton’s Apple Strudel – a perfect treat for fall

Apple Strudel:

  • 1/4 cup bourbon or apple juice
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 to 3 Granny Smith apples (about 1 pound), peeled, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup crushed shortbread cookies
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 sheets phyllo dough from 1 pound package of frozen dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, for brushing phyllo sheets, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Caramel sauce, purchased
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons milk

Glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, pour the bourbon or apple juice over the raisins and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Combine the raisins, apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, brown sugar, cookie crumbs, pecans, and butter in a large bowl.

Remove the phyllo dough from the box, unfold, and cover with a damp towel. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on the work surface and brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat with the remaining sheets, brushing each with melted butter, stacking when done, being sure to keep the unbuttered phyllo covered.

Place the apple mixture on the nearest third of the phyllo stack, being sure to leave a 2-inch border. Gently lift the bottom edge of the phyllo stack to cover the filling and fold the side edges over. Continue to roll the stack away from you until the filling is completely sealed in and the seam is on the bottom. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Pour over the glaze and sprinkle with cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle the strudel with the caramel sauce and serve.

Will you be joining us to celebrate fall’s favorite fruit?