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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.

 

 

 

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.

What Better Way to Put the Relaxation into a Vacation

September 2nd, 2011 by Staff

High Hampton Inn’s Spa Manager, Faith Hartle, has worked at High Hampton for two seasons.  She took some time out of her busy schedule to answer questions about the Hampton Health Spa, just one of the many ways to relax on your vacation at High Hampton Inn.

The Hampton Health Spa's quiet relaxation area

The Hampton Health Spa's relaxation area is the perfect place to unwind before a treatment

1.  Is the spa offering any special fall packages?

Yes, this autumn we will be offering two special packages. The first is an exfoliating foot scrub, and the second package is a revitalizing eye treatment. Both are complimentary with an 80-minute custom massage.

2.  What is the most popular treatment at the spa?

We have two very popular treatments here at the spa. Our signature Customized Massage combines elements of Swedish massage with deep tissue massage and is geared toward your individual needs. This treatment can last 50 minutes or 80 minutes, depending on the client’s needs. Just as popular, is The Hampton Signature Facial that includes a soothing moisturizing masque and a relaxing head, neck, and shoulder massage. This 50-minute facial treatment is customized for each person’s specific skin type.

3.  What is your favorite spa treatment, and why?

There is no one service that I can pick as my favorite. They treatments are all fabulous. From custom massages to nail treatments to chemical peels, combined with our organic skin care products, we really do it all.

A relaxing massage at the Hampton Health Spa

The Hampton Health Spa offers a number of pampering treatments, includind massages

4.  If this is one’s first visit to a spa, what can he/she expect?

The Hampton Health Spa is the perfect place to experience your first spa treatment. Our staff of highly-trained, caring professionals promise relaxation, revitalization, and cater to every individual’s needs. No one will leave our spa disappointed.

5.  How far in advance do you need to make a reservation for the spa?

It is recommended that reservations be made one to two weeks in advance, especially for appointments on weekends and holidays, but same-day requests may be honored if availability permits. To schedule an appointment, please call (828) 743-6479.