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High Hampton Inn’s Summer Bucket List for Kids

June 27th, 2013 by Inga

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, children and teens can participate in a variety of activities at High Hampton Inn, the NC family-friendly mountain resort. High Hampton’s Children’s Programs offer programs and entertainment for kids of all ages, infant through teenager, including The Kids’ Club, Youth at High Hampton, and The Teen Room. Each club gives children and teens the opportunity to participate in fun and unique activities to make for the ultimate fun-filled summer vacation!

Blast into summer vacation with High Hampton’s Summer Bucket List for Kids for the break of a lifetime! How many things can you check off during your visit this summer?

Fun for All Ages:

Outdoor climbing tower

Heading to the top of the Beanstalk at High Hampton

 Go Swimming in High Hampton’s private mountain lake
 Go on a nature walk
 Eat S’mores by the fire pit
 Play a game of croquet
 Learn how to play Bocce Ball with friends
 Play a game or two of corn toss
 Start up a game of volleyball
 Play a game of tetherball
 Join Dad for a round of putting on the green
 Hit the birdie in a game of Badminton
 Enjoy a hike with the High Hampton llamas around Lake Trail or to the Cherokee Campground
 Race pedal boats with the family on Hampton Lake
 Slide down the natural water slide Sliding Rock into a refreshing mountain pool
 Climb to the top of the Rock Climbing Wall

The Little Ones:
 Go on a donkey cart ride with Fred & Ed
 Have a pillow fight at High Hampton’s Pajama Party
 Wear sombreros and play maracas at a Mexican Fiesta
 Lead High Hampton’s llamas through an obstacle course and have a llama race during the Llama Olympics
 Learn how to fish and try to catch a Rainbow Trout
 Take a tennis lesson

High Hampton Llamas are available for hikes or other fun Thursday through Saturday!

High Hampton Llamas are available for hikes or other fun Thursday through Saturday!

The In-betweeners:
 Go Geocaching with friends (without getting too lost!)
 Learn how to kayak
 Start up a game of Frisbee with friends
 Play volleyball
 Learn how to play Tennis like a pro!

The Big Kids:
 Go to a bonfire with your friends from High Hampton
 Win a game of Foosball in The Teen Room
 Play Ping Pong with friends from High Hampton
 Start up a game of Ultimate Frisbee
 Win a game of air hockey
 Play a game of doubles at the Tennis courts with friends
 Pig out at High Hampton’s Pizza Party!
 Go on a hike with High Hampton’s llamas up Rock Mountain
 Win gold at the High Hampton Olympics

To start crossing things off your summer bucket list, make a reservation at High Hampton Inn today! Call 828-743-2411 or visit the Website.

Staying Fit during a Trip to High Hampton Inn

May 22nd, 2012 by Staff

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.

 

High Hampton Inn Celebrates 90 Years of Making Memories in 2012

February 28th, 2012 by Staff

Historic Photo of the High Hampton Inn

Many things have changed during the span of the last 90 years.  Communication has evolved from Morse code to iPhones, sixteen US presidents have ruled the country, and popular music stars have gone from flapper to rapper.  Few places today can proudly say they are still around after that amount of time and still maintain the traditions that were popular when they first opened.   High Hampton Inn is one of those places.

Fred and Ed still offer children hayrides each summer

What appealed to guests about High Hampton in 1922 is the same in 2012.  Tradition reigns here, where gentlemen don coats and ties for dinner, high tea is served everyday at 4 p.m., miniature donkeys Fred and Ed still offer children hayrides each summer, and Southern favorites like High Hampton Fried Chicken make an appearance on the menu each week.  At an elevation of 3,600 feet above sea level, “air conditioning” in the summer is still a cool mountain breeze through an open window, especially since evening temperatures drop into the low 60s in July and August.  Free from the trappings of technology, the Inn encourages you to unplug from today’s seemingly omnipresent tech-fueled world and reconnect with family and friends.

Our mountain setting makes High Hampton the ideal location for outdoor recreation.  A George W. Cobb-designed golf course, six clay tennis courts, miles of hiking trails, and a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing await you.  A European spa with a plethora of pampering treatments is perfect if you want to relax.  The interactive summer children’s programs are perfect for families looking for entertainment that doesn’t require a gaming system.

Golf overlooking Jewel Lake

House Parties have become a tradition for many families and feature picnics on the side lawn overlooking the lake, live music and entertainment, and family games and activities.  We also offer a number of workshops and golf and tennis clinics throughout the year.

Making a splash in Hampton Lake

Since we are located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you have easy access to the quaint antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries located throughout Cashiers and nearby Highlands.  The area’s unique geography also boasts hundreds of waterfalls, quiet lakes, stone mountains, and rhododendron forests.

Memories and families are at the core of High Hampton.  In the estate’s more than 200-year history, it has changed hands only three times.  In the mid-nineteenth century, General Wade Hampton, who would later become governor of South Carolina and then a U.S. Senator, purchased the property.  He later gave the property to his niece, Caroline Hampton, and her husband, Dr. William Stewart Halsted.  In 1922, E.L. McKee, a Sylva businessman and industrialist purchased High Hampton, starting a family tradition that continues with his grandson, Will, who oversees the property today.

What are your favorite High Hampton memories?

We hope to see you again as we celebrate our 90th year of making memories.  Our special packages will make your next trip even more affordable.