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2017 Season Preview: Stars, Celebrations and Seasonal Specials

February 2nd, 2017 by Staff

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.

90 Years of Making Memories – A High Hampton Inn Coffee Table Book

November 14th, 2012 by Staff

In honor of High Hampton Inn’s 90th anniversary, Becky McKee has compiled a coffee table book that takes a look back at all of the memories shared during the past 90 seasons. You can purchase the book for $29.95, plus tax and shipping. For more information about ordering it, please visit our online shop.

Becky took a few moments to answer a few questions about why she created the book and what her favorite High Hampton Inn memories are.

1. What inspired you to create a coffee table book about High Hampton?

With the amazing number of photographs that we found when going through boxes that were stored from years ago, photographs that guests sent us, recent ones from our collection, and photos taken by professionals, I wanted to make sure people would be able to see these and enjoy them. It seemed like a great way to show everyone how High Hampton has changed in some ways over the years, yet many things have remained the same, such as the beauty that surrounds us here as well as the traditions and all of the activities that have been enjoyed and continue to be enjoyed by several generations of guests. Also, many people asked if we had a history of the Inn. The two cookbooks, High Hampton Hospitality and More High Hampton Hospitality, include some history but many people wanted to have a book completely devoted to it rather than a cookbook.  Also, High Hampton tends to draw people who value the Inn’s interesting past, so I thought the 90th anniversary provided me with the perfect occasion to create a book that focused on the past 90 years. My only regret is that I could not include all the photos and memories that people shared with me.

2. What types of memories were rekindled when you were putting the book together?

What really struck me when looking at the photos was the continuity that exists at High Hampton. I found photos of many people who came here as youngsters and who continue to come here (as High Hampton homeowners or Inn guests) and enjoy many of the same activities with their children and grandchildren as they enjoyed years ago. Some of these activities include hayrides, Bingo and horseracing, the donkey cart rides, playing field games and hide and seek on the spacious lawn and in the giant boxwoods, swimming and boating, The Teddy Bear Picnic, tea time, golf, tennis, and hiking. It is refreshing to know that many people still value this type of vacation that focuses on time spent with family and the enjoyment of activities that don’t require electricity and value the great outdoors.

3. What is your favorite photograph included in the book?

My favorite photograph in the book is the one of James Ray Connor, the donkey handler with donkeys, Ed and Fred. Stephen McBride, the photographer, captured the love that James Ray has for “his boys,” as well as the love they have for him in return.

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Kicking off the 90th Season – A Q & A with High Hampton Owner Will McKee

May 2nd, 2012 by Staff

As High Hampton Inn begins its 90th season, owner Will McKee took some time out of his day to discuss what’s new this year and some of his favorite things about High Hampton.  He offers a unique view into life at High Hampton, since the property has been owned by his family since 1922.

Family posing for a photo by a bush

The McKee family enjoying a lovely day at High Hampton

1. What new changes are awaiting guests this year?

During the off-season, we were hard at work preparing for our 90th season. When you return to High Hampton, you will notice a number of updates throughout the property that include two new bocce ball courts and improved parking adjacent to the Pro Shop and Hampton Market.   We’ve also expanded and re-landscaped the back lawn by the Inn and improved the kennels.  These are a few of the many improvements we’ve made this winter.

In honor of our 90th season, we are also bringing back some favorite High Hampton traditions, such as nighttime milk and cookies, homemade wooden napkin rings made from the Rhododendron bushes found on the property, and cinnamon toast during tea time.  We will also be featuring some favorite historical recipes on the menu throughout the season.

We are also excited to announce a new Summer Solstice party on June 20th that will celebrate the start of summer.  The event will feature dancing, S’mores, and fun on the back lawn.

Becky McKee has been working around the clock to create a coffee table book filled with 90 years of pictures, testimonials and High Hampton memories. I can’t wait to see the finished product, which should be available later in the summer. If you love High Hampton as much as I do, it’s definitely an item you should add to your library.

2. What is your best childhood memory of High Hampton?

 

For as long as I can remember, High Hampton has always been a part of my life.  When I was a child, I enjoyed spending my summer days playing throughout the property.  As I got older, I worked in every position at one point or another.  All of these experiences have provided me with many unforgettable moments, but my all-time favorite memory is of spending warm summer afternoons swimming in or fishing on Hampton Lake.

Kids swimming and boating on a lake

Children love spending hours swimming, boating and fishing on Hampton Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. What part of the High Hampton property is your favorite?

 

There are so many great aspects of High Hampton, but I would have to say that my favorite place on the property is at the summit of Chimney Top Mountain because you not only get an aerial view of the estate but you can also enjoy a 35-mile panoramic view shed.  It’s s peaceful and unique place.

View from the top of a mountain

The breathtaking view from the summit of Chimney Top Mountain.

 

We look forward to welcoming you back to celebrate our 90th season with us!