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High Hampton Inn Officially Opens for 92nd Season

April 25th, 2014 by Staff

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!

Pristine Fall Foliage for Leaf Peepers

September 19th, 2013 by Inga
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.


Fall Foliage Fun in North Carolina

October 18th, 2012 by Staff

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!