High Hampton Inn
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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

A High Hampton Summer Favorite: Crème Brûlée

June 25th, 2012

Summer has officially arrived at High Hampton! Even though mountain nights are in the refreshing 60s, after-dinner desserts that are cool and light are always a favorite. Chilled overnight and topped with fresh fruit, crème brûlée is the perfect summer dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.  Since crème brûlée has been loved by our visitors for generations, Chef Sean has agreed to share his recipe with you.  Made with just a few simple ingredients, the recipe for this tasty treat is easy to follow and incredibly delicious!

What are some of your other favorite summer desserts?

Crème Brûlée

Creme brulee topped with blueberries and strawberries

A High Hampton crème brûlée topped with fresh fruit

Yield:  6 servings


1 quart heavy cream

8 egg yolks

1 ½ cups sugar

½ tablespoon orange zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon orange extract

1 can non-stick cooking spray (like Pam)

1 pint fresh blueberries

1 pint fresh strawberries

6 tablespoons whipped cream


In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream, zest and the 2 cups of sugar together until the sugar has melted. Pour the cream mixture into a bowl. Place the egg yolks in another large metal bowl and slowly add the cream to the egg yolks with a ladle, while whisking constantly. Be careful not to add the cream too fast as the eggs will harden. Add the vanilla and orange extracts and mix together.

Pour mixture into crème brûlée dishes or ramekins coated with non-stick cooking spray. Place each dish in a larger pan with enough water to cover the bottom half of the dishes. Bake for 20 minutes, or until set, at 300 degrees.

Let cool overnight in the refrigerator. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of sugar on each one and caramelize with a propane torch until the sugar turns brown. Serve immediately and garnish with fresh berries and whipped cream.


Staying Fit during a Trip to High Hampton Inn

May 22nd, 2012

In the weeks leading up to a vacation, people typically make an effort to eat well and exercise regularly to be in the best shape possible. Whether you’re vacationing at the beach, lake or mountains, trips away from home usually involve indulging in different foods and drinks and often times little exercise.  A visit to High Hampton Inn includes not only great dining but also unique ways to stay active on your vacation. Below are four fun ways to keep in shape while making the most of your stay at High Hampton.

Hiking and Fitness Trails – Since High Hampton is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you are guaranteed access to a number of hiking trails. There are 15-miles of well-marked hiking trails on property for you to explore alone or with a guide. To reach the summit of Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet, you will need about an hour-and-a-half.  A four-hour round-trip excursion leads to the peak of Chimney Top Mountain, located at 4,618 feet, and back down.  The Lake Trail is ideal for visitors looking for a mild hike.  The 1.5-mile trail meanders around Hampton Lake, giving you many opportunities to enjoy the area’s flora and fauna.  The Fitness Trail includes 10 exercise stations that will tone your muscles.  The trail begins at the upper end of Hampton Lake and finishes at the base of Rock Mountain. All of these hikes allow for spectacular views and great cardiovascular exercise.

Hampton Lake – Hampton Lake offers numerous ways for you to stay active all day long. The 35-acre lake features a wading pool, swimming area, beach, two docks and swim platforms, and a playground. Spending an afternoon kayaking, canoeing or paddle boating is a great way to get active and enjoy a peaceful summer day on the water.  Those looking for something more vigorous will enjoy swimming laps in the refreshing mountain water.

Children swimming and playing in a mountain lake

Enjoying summertime fun on Lake Hampton

Beanstalk – If you are seeking the thrill of rock climbing, the Beanstalk is for you.  The eight-sided, 28-foot climbing tower located outside of the Hampton Health Club and Spa the perfect way for adults and kids to work on total body fitness.  Arm and leg muscles are sure to be toned as you make your way to the top of the rock.

Outdoor climbing tower

Heading to the top of the Beanstalk at High Hampton

Outdoor Sports – You can also enjoy spending time outdoors playing golf, tennis, and bocce ball. A round of golf on the George W. Cobb 18-hole golf course or playing tennis on one of the clay courts are both great ways to burn some calories. To hone your skills, you can participate in our golf and tennis clinics that are available throughout the year. Our two new bocce ball courts are also great ways to get active and indulge in a little friendly competition.

Girl playing tennis

Staying in shape with a game of tennis at High Hampton

When you visit High Hampton this summer, you don’t have to stop your fitness routine.  By participating in our fun and unique activities, you are sure to stay fit on your trip this summer.