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History and Heritage at High Hampton Inn

April 6th, 2017 by Staff

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.

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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