High Hampton Inn
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Group Fun at High Hampton

September 10th, 2012

High Hampton Inn is lucky to have Caroline Grogan as our Director of Groups Sales and Events. From business and educational retreats to family gatherings and weddings, Caroline will work with your group to plan a memorable and one-of-a-kind event. Our ability to offer exclusivity and the convenience of having everything you need in one place, from on-site activities to special dinner events and lodging, are just some of the reasons why groups choose to meet and retreat here.

 Caroline took some time out of her busy schedule to offer some insight to all of the options available for groups at High Hampton Inn.  Hopefully you’ll think of a stay here when you plan your next trip!

Caroline Grogan – Director of Groups Sales and Events at High Hampton Inn

 1.  What types groups usually book a stay at High Hampton?

We welcome groups of all kinds at High Hampton, the most common being family-oriented groups like family reunions, special celebrations, and weddings.  Business groups also like to come here because our unplugged nature allows attendees to be very productive and stay on-point.  Our team can also work with companies to organize team building and sales incentive activities.  And last but not least, we are a popular destination for recreational groups like golfers, tennis players, and knitters.

2.   Which on-property activities are the favorites for groups to participate in?

The most popular activities for groups would have to be golf and the spa.  People love getting outside, enjoying challenging play and stunning scenery, followed by a relaxing trip to the spa.   However, we have a number of truly unique activities that can be molded into team building exercises or ones that encourage family bonding like boat races, llama Olympics, sack races, fly fishing, and so much more.

3.  Can groups create fun culinary experiences?  If so, what types?

Yes!  Chef Sean is excellent at creating cooking experiences for all types of groups.  He can show you how to make dinners with items from your garden or how to make a meal that will impress your spouse when you return from your business trip. He can also host a mean Low County Boil! Chef Sean also works with our Food & Beverage Manager to pair wines with dishes for the demonstrations.

4.  What has been your favorite group event/experience that you have organized?

The most memorable event I’ve helped plan was a surprise 50th wedding anniversary dinner. The husband kept it from his wife for a whole year. I wasn’t allowed to call or e-mail him, which meant I had to rely on him to check in every once in a while.  I’ve never seen two people look at each other the way they did on the night she was surprised by him and her children.

Planning weddings is also so unbelievable.  After coordinating with families for a year or more, they have a special place in your heart and begin to see you as a friend and confidant. I am lucky to be involved with planning such precious memories.  To see a bride dancing with her father and look over at you and mouth the words “thank you”—that’s why I do it.

Need help planning an unforgettable event?  Contact Caroline Grogan at groupsales@highhamptoninn.com.

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

July 3rd, 2012

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

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