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A DIY Perspective on High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias

August 4th, 2014 by Staff

Where in the world can you enjoy a five-course meal among two acres of five ft heirloom dahlia blooms in an amazing color palette? At North Carolina’s Mountain Resort – High Hampton Inn!

Caroline Grogan, Director of Group Sales/Events at High Hampton, helps orchestrate each of these extravagant dinner affairs.

In this DIY world, her insight into planning High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias can help inspire even the least creative of party planners in the making.

What makes Dinner in the Dahlias so special and why are they important to you?

The Dinner in the Dahlias events are my signature events that I look forward to each year.  The dinners have a restricted number of guests for an intimate affair, so I’m able to put all of my energy into the design—the tablescapes—and be immersed in the details.

How do you and the team prepare/research for these dinners?

Our culinary team insists on the freshest ingredients—so their research for building the menu for these grand meals happens very close to the evening to incorporate High Hampton’s Southern roots with fresh vegetables, intricate spices from our gardens, and menu items that tickle the palette.   Our Food and Beverage Manager, Brian Humphreys, works closely with the Chef to create a wine list for the evening that pairs well with the menu offered. 

Décor research is treated differently, as I plan months in advance.  With each new season of Dinner in the Dahlias, my goal is to constantly change the look and feel of the event, but to have one detail that ties each season’s dinners together.  For example, in one year I will use a specific table runner material but in different hues for each dinner.

What are your plans for the upcoming August dinners?

This year I am taking the approach with my design of “modern meets vintage.”  I’m combining very modern crisp linens with vintage china and centerpiece containers.  Each dinner will have this overall theme, but color schemes and china patterns will be different.

What is tablescaping and why is it important?

Just as a yard is landscaped—so should your dinner space.  “Tablescaping” is the design approach you use for your dining tables.  The design of the table décor sets the tone of the evening.  If you are planning a fancier evening, proper glassware and candle holders can set that mood for you—and the same being true for a more casual affair.

Where do you get your inspiration and what advice do you have for people who might be looking to recreate the elegance of these dinners at home?

Surprisingly, I get a lot of inspiration for my tablescaping in the produce department at the grocery store.  I would recommend looking in unusual and unique places for new ideas. At the grocery store, there are so many vegetables that are delicious but also can be beautiful in their texture and colors within centerpieces or as accents.  Another suggestion is to incorporate design trends. For example, the current mix-and-match trend with different patterns and antiques can be a very economical way to stage your table and make the look appear very eclectic, yet professional.

For additional details regarding Dinner in the Dahlias next scheduled dinner on August 18, 2014, visit www.highhamptoninn.com/events-detail.aspx?eid=17.

 

An NC Mountain Wedding – Q&A with wedding coordinator Caroline Grogan

December 23rd, 2013 by Staff

High Hampton Inn is lucky to have Caroline Grogan as our Director of Groups Sales and Events.  A big part of Caroline’s job is helping brides create a perfect, one-of-a-kind wedding. Our beautiful scenery and the convenience of having everything you need in one place are just some of the reasons why couples choose to tie the knot here.

Caroline took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions about getting married at High Hampton Inn.

What is the most popular wedding venue at High Hampton Inn?

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The Hampton Lawn is the most popular ceremony site.

The most popular wedding ceremony venue is the Grand Lawn overlooking the scenic mountains and lake.  Our most popular reception venue is our Pavilion, located on the driving range.  The space can accommodate both small intimate receptions and is also absolutely expandable (being on the driving range) by adding tents for the larger receptions.

What is your favorite thing about weddings at High Hampton Inn?

There are many aspects to weddings at High Hampton that I truly love.  First and foremost, I love the relationship that I’m able to build with the bride and the families involved.  I spend roughly a year helping create the day that she has always envisioned.  Because she entrusts such huge memories of her lifetime to me—we usually build a FAST bond.  The friendships we build usually last much past the actual wedding day.  I also love that with our venues already being so beautiful, it is so easy for brides to add a little or over the top décor to make it what they want it to be.  All spaces feature earth-tones, neutrals, and overwhelmingly natural beauty—they are easy to dress up!

How can couples make a destination wedding at High Hampton Inn affordable?

When planning a wedding, the objective when reviewing your budget is allowing for your priorities.  If the photographer is more important to you than the entertainment, make adjustments to allow for that specific photographer that you want. If the food and beverages are more important to you than the décor—then make adjustments to allow for your dream menu.  High Hampton Inn is more affordable for the smaller weddings if the bride and groom are flexible in the day of their ceremony/reception.  Because Saturdays are such high-volume wedding days, Sunday—Friday weddings require less minimum rooms to be filled, and most vendors also discount on those days as well.

What do you think separates High Hampton Inn from other wedding destinations?

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High Hampton Inn offers gorgeous, natural settings perfect for any style of wedding.

Since we are able to offer accommodations to the friends and family participating in the wedding events throughout the weekend, High Hampton is unique in that the experience provided to the guests makes it feel more like being at summer camp with your closest friends and families.  There are not many other venues that can boast being able to host all of your guests for a more cohesive weekend—as opposed to everyone being spread out throughout a town of multiple hotels, etc.  In this scenario, the bride and groom really feel like they are able to spend more quality time with their guests and are not trying to pack it into a rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.

How far in advance should brides begin planning a wedding at High Hampton Inn?

If you have a specific date in mind, it is best to reach out immediately, however I always suggest—find the venue that you want and then be flexible with dates in order to allow for availability at that venue.  I can plan a wedding on this end in one month’s time, however that does not include the process for invitations, buying a dress, etc.  Because High Hampton Inn is so inclusive—its very easy to sit down and plan an event here within a couple of hours.

 

For additional details about hosting your dream destination wedding at High Hampton, please fill out the information request form on the Website.

Pristine Fall Foliage for Leaf Peepers

September 19th, 2013 by Inga
Cooper Beech Tree starting to show fall colors

One of High Hampton’s award-winning trees – the Copper Beech – turning a lovely shade of red for the fall

This fall, why gaze at any old tree when you can lay your eyes on some true champions?  It’s true, trees can and do win awards, and High Hampton is home to some of the most vibrant and colorful award-winners that are sure to produce some regal fall foliage this October. These trees have been recognized by the North Carolina Forestry Service and the North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture.

Follow in the footsteps of American Forest’s Big Tree Hunters Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson to see some award-winning fall color on High Hampton Inn’s “Tree Trail of Champions.” Visit High Hampton to see the North Carolina State Champion Black Locust and Bottlebrush Buckeye turn rich gold and yellow, along with the State Co-Champions Cinnamon Clethra and Witch Hazel.

The State Champion Alternate-leaf Dogwood and State Co-Champion Sourwood shine brilliantly in lush oranges and reds, and the State Co-champion Mountain Winterberry makes dramatic statement in fall and winter with its plethora of bright red berries. Other trees to see include the Ginkgo, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, Maples, and Oaks.

Red and green chairs overlooking a lake and mountain with fall foliage

Pull up a chair and enjoy the stunning view of Lake Hampton, Rock Mountain, and the pretty fall foliage

And don’t forget about the crowd-pleasing “Bear Shadow” phenomenon! During the last two weeks of October as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, a perfect image of a black bear can be seen dancing across the tops of the colorful trees. It’s the perfect way to end a truly amazing experience. Be sure to take advantage of the resort’s mid-week fall foliage packages to enhance your leaf-peeping excursion!

If you’d like to get an early look at the foliage fun, check out the High Hampton webcam! To book your NC fall getaway, call 828-743-2411 or visit the Website.