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A Delicious Summer Salad

August 19th, 2011 by Staff

This time of year is the perfect time to visit High Hampton Inn.  The weather is beautiful during the day, and the nights are cool and refreshing.  These temperatures are what help keep our stunning dahlia garden filled with more than an acre of colorful blooms.

In honor of these unique flowers, we have created a new event – Dinner in the Dahlias – which is a special dinner that allows you to enjoy the food and wine of High Hampton, while taking in the lovely sights of our heirloom dahlia garden. The dinners will take place on August 30th and September 13th.

Since the dinners are quickly approaching, Chef Sean decided to provide a little sneak peek of one of the menu items – the Crab, Cucumber and Cantaloupe Salad.  This dish will be one of the four courses served at the August 30th dinner.

Crab, Cucumber, and Cantaloupe Salad

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

For the salad

1        pound        Lump Crab meat

2        cups           Cucumber (peeled, seeded and diced)

2        cups           Cantaloupe (peeled, seeded and diced)

1        cup             Tomato (peeled, seeded and diced)

 

For the sauce

½       cup             Mayonnaise

¼       cup             Dijon mustard

1        tsp.              Old Bay Seasoning

½       Tbsp.        Worcestershire sauce

 

Method:

Using a ring mold, layer the cucumber, cantaloupe, tomato, and crab meat on a plate, with the crab meat being the item on top.  Refrigerate for one hour and gently remove the ring before serving.

Mix the mayo, mustard, Worcestershire and Old Bay in a bowl and place in a squeeze bottle.   Use the sauce to decorate the plate.

If you would like to see how the dish is prepared, check out this video of Chef Sean on WLOS-TV in Asheville.

 

The price for the Dinners in the Dahlias is $52 per person, and they begin at 6 p.m.  Since space is limited to 30 guests, reservations are required.  Please call (800) 334-2551 to reserve your place at the table.

Insider Tips to High Hampton Inn: Secrets You Won’t Find in the Brochure

June 10th, 2011 by Staff

If it’s your first time visiting High Hampton, you may wonder why you see adults and children walking around with carrots and apples in their hands.  These items aren’t snacks for people.  Instead, they are treats for our resident miniature donkeys Fred and Ed, who love snack time and being petted.  You can ask the front desk staff to assist you with gathering fruit and vegetables from the kitchen so you can feed Fred and Ed.

Black and gray miniature donkeys

High Hampton Inn's miniature donkeys - Fred and Ed

High Hampton has been bringing generations of families together for 89 years.  Some of these families have been here some many times that they know the ins and outs of this unique destination.  So, what do you do if you are a first-time visitor and aren’t familiar with High Hampton’s special traditions?  Have no fear!  These tips will give you the inside scoop on the Inn so you’ll feel like you’ve been coming here for generations!

Your Table Awaits!

Dining at High Hampton is truly a unique experience.  All meals at the Inn are served in the spacious Dining Room and feature buffets loaded with fresh local fruits and vegetables and high country favorites like mouthwatering fried chicken.  You are assigned a table that you will return to throughout your visit, meaning you will never have to worry about not finding a seat.  The most interesting aspect of dining at High Hampton is that you are asked to dress for dinner.  Men of all ages are asked to wear a suit and tie, and women should dress accordingly.  On Monday and Thursday nights, the dress is business casual so a coat and tie are not required.

Daily Fun!

Each day, a list of activities will be placed in the foyer outside of the dining room.  Activities that require a fee will be marked with an asterisk.  Sign up sheets will be located on the table to the left, under the bulletin board.

Kids swimming and diving at Hampton Lake

Summer fun at High Hampton on the lake

Splish, Splash, Fun!

The 35-acre Hampton Lake is a highlight of summer activities.  You can swim, fish and non-motorized boat here while enjoying the surrounding scenery.  The lake features a roped-off shallow area for younger swimmers and a floating diving dock for the older kids.  You can rent paddle boats, canoes, rowboats, kayaks or a sailboat for $7 per hour from the front desk and spend the afternoon floating on the shimmering water.  Fishing aficionados will delight in the fact that there are no fees to fish the lake, but anything caught should be released.  If you forgot your fishing gear, you may rent a pole for $1 per hour or buy a kit for $15 from the front desk.

Create Your Own Bouquet!

High Hampton is home to more than an acre of stunning dahlia blooms every summer.  There are hundreds of flowers, in a rainbow colors, and you are allowed to cut them to place in your room or to take home with you.  The front desk is happy to provide you with scissors and a vase so you can decorate your room.

If you are a seasoned High Hampton visitor, what are some other tips you would share with a first-time guest?

A Garden Fit For Giants, Fall Foliage And Waterfalls

February 2nd, 2011 by Staff

cp_waterfall High Hampton Inn is the ideal destination for nature lovers, especially during the fall.  With a garden fit for giants, miles of hiking trails, and numerous waterfalls nearby, there are so many exciting ways to experience the stunning jewel tones of autumn foliage.

On the front lawn of the Inn, a patch of heirloom or old-growth trees take up residence.  Planted more than 100 years ago, a Ginkgo tree, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech and one of America’s tallest largest Frasier Firs offer an amazing spectacle each fall and are a perfect compliment to the main Lodge, which was built in 1932 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Miles of well-marked hiking trails lined with a variety of Maple, Black Birch, Sourwood, Hickory, Yellow Poplar and Dogwood trees spread out from the Inn, leading hikers into the midst of Mother Nature’s rainbow of colors.  Hikers can climb to the summits of either Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet or Chimney Top Mountain at 4,618 feet to view the miles of fall colors in the valley between Cashiers, Highlands and Whiteside Mountain.

Southwestern North Carolina is also well-known for its mountain falls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as its fall foliage.  There are a number of waterfalls in the Cashiers, Franklin and Highlands areas that are even more stunning when they are surrounded by October’s peak leaf colors.  Many of the falls can be easily reached by following scenic U.S. Highway 64 east or west of High Hampton Inn.

The Horsepasture River is the source for four waterfalls in the area:  Horsepasture Falls, Whitewater Falls, Drift Falls and Rainbow Falls.  Whitewater Falls, with a rocky plunge of 411 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.  U.S. Highway 64 weaves under Bridal Veil Falls and over Toxaway Falls, providing visitors a unique view of two of the falls in the area.