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Fall into Fun at High Hampton

September 23rd, 2011 by Staff

Three great new packages, stunning fall foliage, famous waterfalls, and a giant shadow of a bear add fun to the fall season at High Hampton Inn, located on 1,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Make the most out of your stay this autumn at High Hampton with three new money-saving packages. Take advantage of these amazing deals – Spa and Golf Package, Fall into High Hampton, and Three For Four – before the season ends.

Granite mountain with colorful fall foliage

High Hampton's Rock Mountain with fall foliage

Due to the high altitude of the inn, peak leaf season begins in mid-October and continues through the first week of November.  During this time, the forests are ablaze with rich reds, purples, oranges and golds.  The fall weather is the perfect time to hike, play golf and tennis, and explore the magic of the grounds.

During the last two weeks of October, when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, its shadow creates a perfect image of a Black Bear that dances across the tops of the colorful trees. This spectacular natural phenomenon, known as the “Bear Shadow,” is not to be missed! The best places to view the bear are along U.S. Highway 64 in Cashiers, about one hour before dark. Make sure you bring your camera so you can capture an image of the famous bear!

A shadow of a bear is created when the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain in October

Bear Shadow

Many well-known waterfalls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains are tucked away in the area surrounding the inn. The Horsepasture River is the source for four of the 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.

To get a sneak peek of the fall foliage, check out our very own Webcam– Leaf Link.

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?

High Hampton Inn Makes Headlines!

May 9th, 2011 by Staff

”The Carolinas offer some of the most beautiful places on earth, and each episode on the Life in the Carolinas TV show features a unique Carolinas destination,” says Carl White, the show’s host and producer.   Last summer, it was our distinct pleasure to host Carl as he visited High Hampton Inn in his quest for perfect places to profile for his program.

During his stay, Carl met Hampton Bear, interviewed several guests, talked to our golf professional, and did a great job capturing the atmosphere and traditions that define High Hampton.

Life in the Carolinas airs on Sundays, and if you live in Charlotte, Winston Salem, Raleigh, Wilmington NC and Greenville / Spartanburg, SC, you may have seen the program on your local FOX affiliate.   If not, and for our guests everywhere, we invite you to tune in to the program on YouTube.