As High Hampton Inn begins its 90th season, owner Will McKee took some time out of his day to discuss what’s new this year and some of his favorite things about High Hampton. He offers a unique view into life at High Hampton, since the property has been owned by his family since 1922.
1. What new changes are awaiting guests this year?
During the off-season, we were hard at work preparing for our 90th season. When you return to High Hampton, you will notice a number of updates throughout the property that include two new bocce ball courts and improved parking adjacent to the Pro Shop and Hampton Market. We’ve also expanded and re-landscaped the back lawn by the Inn and improved the kennels. These are a few of the many improvements we’ve made this winter.
In honor of our 90th season, we are also bringing back some favorite High Hampton traditions, such as nighttime milk and cookies, homemade wooden napkin rings made from the Rhododendron bushes found on the property, and cinnamon toast during tea time. We will also be featuring some favorite historical recipes on the menu throughout the season.
We are also excited to announce a new Summer Solstice party on June 20th that will celebrate the start of summer. The event will feature dancing, S’mores, and fun on the back lawn.
Becky McKee has been working around the clock to create a coffee table book filled with 90 years of pictures, testimonials and High Hampton memories. I can’t wait to see the finished product, which should be available later in the summer. If you love High Hampton as much as I do, it’s definitely an item you should add to your library.
2. What is your best childhood memory of High Hampton?
For as long as I can remember, High Hampton has always been a part of my life. When I was a child, I enjoyed spending my summer days playing throughout the property. As I got older, I worked in every position at one point or another. All of these experiences have provided me with many unforgettable moments, but my all-time favorite memory is of spending warm summer afternoons swimming in or fishing on Hampton Lake.
3. What part of the High Hampton property is your favorite?
There are so many great aspects of High Hampton, but I would have to say that my favorite place on the property is at the summit of Chimney Top Mountain because you not only get an aerial view of the estate but you can also enjoy a 35-mile panoramic view shed. It’s s peaceful and unique place.
We look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate our 90th season with us!