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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.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving at High Hampton Inn – A Truly Southern Tradition

November 8th, 2011 by Staff

As 2011 is nearing its end, it’s time once again to celebrate Thanksgiving with our annual Thanksgiving House Party.  In its 40th year, this festive gathering is the way we

Wooden bear sitting next to haystacks, pumpkins and other fall decorations

High Hampton's festive fall entrance decorations

end every High Hampton season.  The four-day party features feasts and fun for the entire family.

Let us do all the work while you relax and spend time with your family. You can enjoy golf, tennis, hiking, boating, soothing spa treatments, and live entertainment that includes a magic show and clogging by the world champion Southern Appalachian Cloggers. Youngsters are sure to have hours of fun indoors and out at the Kid’s Club.

Gourd turned into a turkey with feathers

Create your own gourd turkey at our craft workshops

Each day your family can participate in different holiday craft workshops where you will leave with a variety of handmade decorations and gifts such as Christmas wreaths, ornaments, gingerbread houses, and hand-painted cards, just to name a few.

 

On Thanksgiving Day, indulge in a scrumptious buffet featuring all of the holiday favorites from turkey, ham and prime rib to mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and an assortment of vegetables and casseroles.  To conclude the meal, a selection of desserts and pastries will be available including pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, and more!

We still have rooms available for this celebratory weekend!  Call us today to reserve a place for your family.

If you are unable to celebrate with us this year, you can still enjoy a taste of High Hampton at home with Chef Sean’s famous Cornbread Stuffing with Apricots and Walnuts.

Cornbread Stuffing with Apricots and Walnuts

A baking dish filled with cornbread stuffing

Chef Sean's Tasty Cornbread Stuffing with Apricots and Walnuts

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 6 x 10 inch pan of cornbread (You can either make it fresh or use leftovers)

Or use

1 bag cornbread stuffing mix

8 ounces butter

1 onion (diced)

1 cup celery (diced)

4 ounces dried apricots (sliced)

½ cup walnuts (roasted)

¼ cup parsley (chopped)

1 teaspoon rubbed sage

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

2 cups chicken or vegetable stock

 

Method:

In a large sauce pan, melt the butter. Once the butter has melted, add the onion and celery.

Cook until the vegetables are translucent.  Add the chicken or vegetable stock to the pan and heat until it starts to simmer. Add the cornbread, apricots, walnuts, parsley and seasonings. Cover and reduce the heat to low, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes.

Serve with turkey and all the trimmings!

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?