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Travel Trend Alert: Four Reasons to Visit High Hampton Inn in 2017

December 5th, 2016 by Staff

As 2016 comes to a close, we are incredibly grateful for an unforgettable 94th season and our wonderful guests that made it all possible. We have a lot to celebrate in 2017, and we cannot wait to welcome guests both returning and new for our 95th season.

 

Families planning their 2017 vacations should look no further than High Hampton Inn. Mountain travel is trending. With the new year only weeks away, we are excited to share just a few reasons why!

 

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1. Wellness Travel is On the Rise

The new year is expected to showcase an increase in travelers seeking holistic wellness from their vacations. We can imagine no better way to both explore and recharge than by spending quality time in the Western N.C. Mountains. Whether guests are navigating the 15+ miles of mountain hiking trails or cozying up on one of our signature red rocking chairs with a good book in hand, there is no doubt that High Hampton Inn is a place for the body, mind and soul.

 

2. Guests are Wanting to Disconnect from Work

It is no surprise that vacationers wish to focus less on their screens and more on each other. 2017 travel trend research indicates an increase in travelers specifically wishing to unplug from work while out of the office. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by the most stunning of scenery and offering a vast array of exciting activities, High Hampton Inn promises guests a vacation free from the fetters of stressful work emails and filled with more once-in-a-lifetime quality time.

 

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3. A Community Feel is Important

In 2017 travelers hope to kick cheesy tourist traps to the curb and instead adventure to places that feel like a true part of the surrounding community. High Hampton Inn’s deeply rooted Cashiers heritage (dating back to the early 19th century) makes the Resort the ideal vacation spot for travelers looking to get a true picture of life in the Western North Carolina mountains.

 

4. There are Ways to Relax Beyond the Beach

Relaxation continues to be a leading motivator of travel, and mountain views are becoming more popular than ocean waves. Come see what all the fuss is about! High Hampton Inn has 15+ miles of hiking trails with various scenic viewpoints, golf, tennis and plenty of activities on their 35-acre privately owned lake.

Tips on Putting Together the Perfect Thanksgiving Dinner

November 1st, 2016 by Staff

With Thanksgiving approaching fast, we are excited to share some tips on how to make your Thanksgiving dinner successful and memorable. Below are some insider tips from our culinary and event teams on how to make this Thanksgiving one for the books!

 

 

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1. Preparing Your List

One of the best ways to tackle the big meal is by taking care when prepping your grocery list. Think through your guest list, taste preferences and portion sizes to better gauge your culinary needs. We recommend kicking it old school by jotting everything down on paper. Based on your guest list, plan on 4 oz. of each item per person. With so many courses to prep, keep it simple by offering only two to three veggie or protein options. This is one way to ease some stress without compromising taste.

 

2. Timing is Everything

While in your planning process, figure out how long each item takes to prep and cook. Create a production chart to better keep track of course prep order and cooking times. The planning process will help coordinate space and your table setup.

 

3. Not Everything Needs to be Homemade

Home-cooked meals are always a hit, but time and space constraints can make cooking an entire meal from scratch a daunting task. Dishes like cranberry sauce can easily be purchased from your local grocery store, but you do not have to settle for store bought. For that from-scratch touch, cranberry sauce can easily be spiced up with candied pecans, raisins or apples!

 

4. Deciding on Décor

When deciding on décor, start with a color scheme. Once you have a color scheme in mind, begin researching current tablescapping trends. Do not be afraid to mix themes like vintage with rustic or stainless steel with wood. For that final fall touch, use flowers in full bloom and pine cones for an especially festive look.

 

5. For a Big Impression, Try Sprucing up the Small Stuff

Sometimes smaller details like your bread rolls, hollandaise sauce or gravy can get overlooked. This time around, make small tweaks like glazing the turkey or sprucing up your sides can go a long way.

 

6. Remember to Have Fun!

While it may be stressful planning out a dinner party, always remember that the guests are coming for more than delicious food. They are also here for friends and family! Planning a party and prepping a meal can be stressful, so take a year off and instead plan a trip to High Hampton Inn! We will do all the work for you.

 

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We hope these tips help make your Thanksgiving the best one yet! Happy Holidays from High Hampton Inn!

Elevate Your Fall Getaway

August 25th, 2016 by Staff

Come September the temperatures start to drop and the leaves begin to change color, beckoning you to come outside and explore. Here in the Western North Carolina Mountains, the fall foliage, crisp mountain air and stunning views are a feast for the senses and the soul.

 

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This fall, get in touch with nature by rising to the challenge of High Hampton Inn’s many mountain hiking trails. Hikers of all skill levels have plenty of trails to choose from within our property’s 1,400-acre estate.

 

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As any true mountain lover knows, a bird’s eye view is the best kind of view. Hikers who make the trek to the 4,618-foot peak of Chimney Top Mountain will be rewarded by stunning, near 360-degree views that soar even higher than the birds.

 

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If the four-hour round-trip hike up and down Chimney Top isn’t enough, guests can stop by High Hampton Inn’s front desk for information on any of the property’s eight well-marked hiking trails. For a shorter trek, hikers can make the two-hour trip to the top of Rock Mountain for excellent westward views. For a more up-close experience with the property, guests can wander the one-and-a-half-mile Lake Trail which follows the edge of High Hampton’s privately owned, 35-acre Hampton Lake.

 

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Guests can venture out on their own or join one of High Hampton Inn’s guides for a group excursion. Staff members will even prepare sack lunches to take on hikes so you can dine al fresco with a spectacular view.

 

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At the end of the day, you can unlace your hiking boots and warm up by the grand four-sided fireplace in the inn or enjoy a glass of wine from the Rock Mountain Tavern on our outdoor patio overlooking the scenic North Carolina Mountains.

 

No matter what path you choose, it is easy to elevate your stay at High Hampton!

 

For more information on hiking at High Hampton Inn, please visit https://www.highhamptoninn.com/trails.aspx.