High Hampton Inn
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History and Heritage at High Hampton Inn

April 6th, 2017

From its inception, High Hampton has served as a scenic, family escape. For 94 seasons, the Resort has hosted guests from across the globe, but unknown to many is just how far back the Resort’s history extends. The property’s history can be traced back to General Wade Hampton, confederate general and Governor of South Carolina. General Hampton built the Hampton Hunting Lodge, where the Inn now sits today.

 

 

High Hampton Inn was not officially known by this name until the property came into the possession of General Hampton’s niece, Caroline Hampton. As a child, Caroline spent many a summer day fishing, hunting and horseback riding with her uncle on the grounds of the estate, so it was no surprise when she and her new husband, Dr. William Stewart Halsted, chose to honeymoon at the Hampton Hunting Lodge in the summer of 1890. It was under the care of Caroline and William that the property was deemed High Hampton in honor of High Halsted, William’s ancestral grounds in England.

 

Under the care of the Halsteds, the grounds of High Hampton flourished, planting many exotic trees and shrubs that are still found on the property today. Although a private estate under the Halsteds, many area residents recall the warm hospitality and coziness that both the couple and property provided to visitors – qualities that are still embodied today.

 

 

The property was posted for sale in 1922, capturing the eye of a business man named Mr. E.L. McKee. It is here that the High Hampton Inn we known today holds its humble beginnings.

 

As preparations for the 95th season are underway, Will McKee, owner and grandson to E.L. McKee, and the High Hampton staff continue to offer the same stunning views and southern hospitality that have made High Hampton a beloved retreat among guests throughout the years. A picture is worth one thousand words. See more High Hampton Inn history for yourself: https://www.highhamptoninn.com/nowandthen-slides.aspx.

 

For more information on how to make your mark on history, please contact reservations by calling 880-334-2551 or by visiting www.highhamptoninn.com.

March Mountain Madness

March 17th, 2017

March is here, spring is near and High Hampton Inn will soon open its doors for the 95th season!  The mountains are calling and High Hampton Inn is here to help you answer. With so many ways to stay and play, March is the time to make plans for your 2017 mountain escape.

 

 

Need an excuse to escape? High Hampton Inn has you covered. Check out these five reasons to spring into the season with us:

  1. Endless Activities. There is never a shortage of things to do at High Hampton Inn! Take advantage of the warming weather by participating in one of the many awesome outdoor activities High Hampton Inn has to offer. Trek one of the eight well-marked North Carolina mountain hiking trails, fish for rainbow trout in glistening mountain streams or enjoy the privately-owned, 35-acre Hampton Lake with some peaceful rowing and pedal boating. High Hampton Inn is the perfect place for anyone looking to unplug and unwind.
  2. Quality R&R. Escape the woes of everyday life with a tranquil and relaxing stay at our Western North Carolina mountain oasis. At High Hampton Inn guests can swing out some stress with a round of mountainside golf or by indulging in a little spa pampering. High Hampton Inn even offers a special package for guests looking to play and pamper their way into a little R&R.
  3. Scenic Views. Stunning scenic views are in surplus here at our mountain resort. Whether golfing, hiking, fishing, swimming or strolling the grounds, the breathtaking scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains abounds. In fact, High Hampton Inn was recently featured by BravoTV Jetset as a top spot to snap a selfie!
  4. Signature House Parties. High Hampton Inn knows how to throw a party. Exciting family-friendly events are held all season long and promise fun for the whole family. Kick off High Hampton Inn’s 95th season with Spring Golf School and the Memorial Day House Party.
  5. Seasonal Temps. This spring, beat the southern heat and make for the mountains! The weather in the Western North Carolina mountains is phenomenal. With temperatures 15 to 20 degrees cooler than in lower lying regions, there is no better place to retreat and rejuvenate.

 

 

 

Need even more motivation to make your spring travel plans this month? High Hampton Inn recently announced special 2017 spring packages and deals. For more reasons to make High Hampton your home away from home this spring, visit www.highhamptoninn.com. To secure your reservation, please call 800-334-2551.

2017 Season Preview: Stars, Celebrations and Seasonal Specials

February 2nd, 2017

Looking to have “the time of your life” on your next vacation? Look no further than High Hampton Inn, where fun and excitement readily await you and your family. With a star-studded 95th season in store, promising exciting events and an astounding array of mountainside activities, we welcome guests new and old to plan their 2017 mountain getaways with us!

 

Hollywood Comes to High Hampton

Perfectly positioned in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, it is no wonder that Hollywood took notice of the stunning views and chose High Hampton to play the role of Kellerman’s Resort in ABC’s upcoming TV remake of Dirty Dancing. With an all-star cast featuring Debra Messing, Abigail Breslin, Sarah Hyland and Colt Prattes, this remake celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1980’s classic is sure to dance its way into viewers’ hearts. The highly-anticipated remake is scheduled to premiere on May 24, 2017. For even more reasons dance and swing your way into a stay at High Hampton Inn, book your vacation for the premiere and attend one of the resort’s signature house parties, complete with film viewing, in honor of the movie’s TV debut!

 

 

Solar Eclipse Spotting

For the first time in decades, a total solar eclipse will be visible in the United States on August 21, 2017. To celebrate this rare celestial phenomenon, High Hampton is offering a special package for guests looking to book a stellar vacation. The package includes accommodations, our full American Meal Plan, complimentary boat and tennis rentals, as well as a special Total Eclipse on the Rock House Party to celebrate this once in a lifetime event. The house party includes special drinks and a build your own “Moon Pie” station as well as live entertainment by the Chuck Courtenay Band and High Hampton’s beloved Llama Olympics!

 

Exciting Events

Beginning with the celebration of Dirty Dancing, the High Hampton Inn spring and summer event calendar is full of our signature house parties for guests to enjoy! These parties include a Memorial Day Barbecue, an Independence Day Picnic, and to finish off the summer, a Labor Day Barbecue!

 

 

Celebrating our 95th Season

High Hampton has been a beacon of Southern hospitality since the nineteenth century and we look forward to continuing this tradition during our 95th season. The High Hampton story began with the Hampton family’s yearly summer travels, by train from Columbia to Greenville and then by horse and buggy up the rough mountain roads to Cashiers. Many things have changed since 1818 but the charm of High Hampton Inn has remained throughout the years.

 

For more information on what’s new in 2017 or to book your vacation, please call 800-334-2551.