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High Hampton Inn Weddings

January 16th, 2013 by Inga

Wedding in the mountains overlooking a lake

The lawn at High Hampton is a popular wedding location

Destination weddings in the mountains are increasingly popular as brides and grooms create two- and three-day events in spectacular settings to enable everyone to spend more time together.   This year, it’s all about celebrating a sense of place by incorporating the culture, recreation, design elements and culinary heritage of a destination in all aspects of the wedding.

When you’ve got two or more days at High Hampton, the possibilities are endless.  In a setting straight out of the movie, Dirty Dancing, cedar shake-clad cottages and a historic inn are nestled on 1,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Cashiers, NC.

“As a full service resort, we have so many options available.  A favorite activity is scheduling golf outings for the groomsmen while the bride and her party enjoy the spa,” says Caroline Grogan, High Hampton Inn’s Director of Group Sales and Events.  “If you want to break from tradition, boat races across Hampton Lake, a beach volleyball tournament, or a group hike to the summit of Rock or Chimney Top Mountain complete with a champagne toast at the top are great bonding experiences.”

Signature cocktails are sweeping the bar as a popular way couples personalize their wedding.  Go for a chic-rustic vibe by serving High Hampton’s Apple Pie Moonshine in a mason jar.  Other fun cocktail hour add-ons include a cigar bar, corn-hole matches, driving competitions, and a friendly game of bocce. These are just a few of High Hampton’s specialty wedding options that couples can add to their special day!

As far as a mountain destination wedding and ceremony itself, “Weddings at the Rock” are a High Hampton tradition.  There is nothing that compares to saying “I do” with the dramatic rock face of Rock Mountain and crystalline Hampton Lake as a backdrop to the lush green lawn.  Grand tents are another way to incorporate the great outdoors into the event with strings of twinkling lights or Chinese lanterns softly illuminating outdoor celebrations.

Guests dancing at a wedding under a tent

A wedding Celebration at High Hampton Inn

For the great indoors, our Pavilion can be dressed up or down. It can also expand to host large wedding groups, but can also be made to feel intimate for more personal and smaller receptions. The Pavilion offers a covered slate patio that can be transformed to anything from a dance floor and stage for the band to comfy seating beside cozy fire pits.  The Pavilion is also located on the driving range, making green-space work for tenting to add square-footage for the party to spill out into the mountain air.

In NC’s Blue Ridge Mountains, there is no more spectacular a wedding location than High Hampton Inn.  2013 dates are filling quickly, but we still have availability. To plan your dream destination mountain wedding, please email Caroline Grogan or call 828-743-1893.

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!

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.