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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!

Celebrate Fall’s Favorite Fruit with an Apple Strudel

September 28th, 2012 by Staff

Fall is in the air, and it’s finally apple picking season. High Hampton’s second-annual Apple Festival is right around the corner on October 7th, and it’s time to celebrate the apple. Local growers from the Hendersonville, NC area will provide tasty apples and apple treats for you to sample. There will be homemade cider, and apple ice cream, cakes, muffins and more.

In honor of the Apple Festival, Chef Sean wanted to share his apple strudel recipe so that you can make a delicious fall favorite with your freshly-picked treats!

An apple strudel on a white plate

High Hampton’s Apple Strudel – a perfect treat for fall

Apple Strudel:

  • 1/4 cup bourbon or apple juice
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 2 to 3 Granny Smith apples (about 1 pound), peeled, cored, halved, and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup crushed shortbread cookies
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
  • 5 sheets phyllo dough from 1 pound package of frozen dough
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted, for brushing phyllo sheets, plus more if needed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Caramel sauce, purchased
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons milk

Glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, pour the bourbon or apple juice over the raisins and microwave on high for 45 seconds. Let sit for 15 minutes.

Combine the raisins, apples, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, brown sugar, cookie crumbs, pecans, and butter in a large bowl.

Remove the phyllo dough from the box, unfold, and cover with a damp towel. Place 1 sheet of phyllo on the work surface and brush lightly with melted butter. Repeat with the remaining sheets, brushing each with melted butter, stacking when done, being sure to keep the unbuttered phyllo covered.

Place the apple mixture on the nearest third of the phyllo stack, being sure to leave a 2-inch border. Gently lift the bottom edge of the phyllo stack to cover the filling and fold the side edges over. Continue to roll the stack away from you until the filling is completely sealed in and the seam is on the bottom. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown. Pour over the glaze and sprinkle with cinnamon and confectioners’ sugar. Drizzle the strudel with the caramel sauce and serve.

Will you be joining us to celebrate fall’s favorite fruit? 

Group Fun at High Hampton

September 10th, 2012 by Staff

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.