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Five Reasons to Visit High Hampton Inn This Fall

November 14th, 2017 by Staff

 

 

There is still time to feel the cool mountain breeze, hear the crunch of fallen leaves and witness scenic mountain vistas painted with fall foliage this season at High Hampton Inn. An idyllic fall mountain getaway is at your fingertips with incredible nightly room rates as low as $79 per person. Offering fantastic food, plenty of outdoor fun and cozy accommodations, there is something for everyone this fall.

 

Before your stay, be sure to check out our list of can’t -miss fall activities at High Hampton:

 

1. Witness the Giant Heirloom Tree Garden

Rise and shine bright and early to catch the breathtaking sunrise over the mountains. Snap a picture and take the sunrise home with you. They say the early bird catches the worm, and with so much to see and do, there is no better way to start your day at High Hampton Inn.

 

2. Curl up Before a Roaring Fire 

While the cooler seasons sure is scenic, temperatures can get a bit chilly. To fight the cold and make for a cozy evening, some rooms at High Hampton Inn are equipped with a fireplace. Grab a blanket, a cup of hot chocolate and a loved one and curl up in front of a roaring fire.

 

 

3. Enjoy the Lost Art of Afternoon Tea

At High Hampton Inn, afternoon tea is a time-honored tradition. Celebrating the lost art of relaxation, conversation and quality. Tea, coffee, homemade cakes and cookies are served in the lobby of High Hampton Inn every afternoon from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. This hour provides a wonderful opportunity to meet and socialize with other guests as you gather around the fireplace or sit on the front porch taking in the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains all around you.

 

4. Llama Hikes

Take in the crisp mountain air with a furry companion. Hike to the base of Rock Mountain with a pack of llamas for a unique outing. Hikes are scheduled on Thursdays at 4 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The resident llamas also make a very special appearance on the back lawn every Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. for the Llama Olympics. For another one-of-a-kind experience, you can even request a llama to accompany you to golf, as your caddy! Snap a photo and take the memory with you forever.

 

5. Rock Mountain Tavern 

Head over to Rock Mountain Tavern and enjoy the outdoor patio space while taking in the beautiful mountain scenery. Come and socialize with other guests, warm up with a glass of red wine and absorb the ambiance complete with live music with picturesque views. Mixed drinks, beer and wine are served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Rock Mountain Tavern offers a variety of family-fun and is a great spot to spend the evening.

 

 

Fall in love with nature this season at High Hampton Inn & Country Club. Come enjoy the cozy accommodations, picturesque views and amazing Last Call for Fall deal with your family. Last call for Fall offer is only available October 29, 2017 – November 21, 2017 on Sunday through Thursday stays. We can’t wait to help you make all your mountain escape dreams come true. For more information on how to book your stay or ways to save, visit https://www.highhamptoninn.com/  or call 800-334-2551.

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.

 

 

 

High Hampton History – A Treasured Past

March 18th, 2011 by Staff

High Hampton Inn is a special place with a rich history and strong ties to family.  In its more than 180 year history, it has only been owned by three families.

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General Wade Hampton III - High Hampton's first owner

The first owner of the property was General Wade Hampton III – a former South Carolina governor, US senator, and a Civil War general.  He and his family used the Cashiers, NC estate as an escape from South Carolina’s summer heat.  The property belonged to Wade until the 1880s, when he transferred it to his three unmarried sisters.

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Caroline Hampton Halsted

In 1890, Hampton’s niece, Caroline Hampton, married Dr. William Halsted, a chief surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore who was famous for his superior surgical techniques and a pioneer in the use of anesthesia.  The couple honeymooned at the Hampton Hunting Lodge, and Dr. Halsted became so enthralled by its beauty that he purchased the estate and renamed it High Hampton.

The Halsteds greatly enhanced the beauty of the property by planting the stunning dahlia garden and exotic trees and shrubs, most of which are still thriving on the front lawn of the Inn.

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Dr. William Stewart Halsted

After the Halsteds passed away in 1922, the property was purchased by E.L. McKee.  He and his wife constructed a two-story inn, a golf course, and tennis court on the estate.  Unfortunately, on May 15, 1932, a fire started in a nearby cottage that quickly spread to the Hampton Hunting Lodge and inn, destroying the buildings and their historic contents.

Construction of a new inn and several cottages began in the fall of 1932 and was completed by May 1933.  The new inn, built on the site of the Hampton Hunting Lodge, was larger than the original, had three stories, a majestic four-sided fireplace, and was covered with chestnut bark, making it naturally insect-resistant.

The property was later passed on to Bill McKee, son of E.L McKee.  After the death of his father, Bill McKee became much more involved with the operations of the inn and eventually was named president of High Hampton Inc.

Bill McKee’s son, Will, spent his childhood at the inn and served in many different capacities.  After graduating from the Cornell School of Hotel Management in 1982, Will McKee returned to High Hampton to work with his father.  Today, Will carries on the family tradition of his father and grandfather.

What began as the Hampton’s retreat in the 1830s continues as a haven today, more than 180 years later.  Guests find a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while vacationing at the Inn.  The cool mountain breezes continue to blow and refresh just as they did in Wade Hampton’s time.  In these complicated times, it is refreshing to find a place where very little changes, except the seasons.

To read the entire history of High Hampton Inn, please click here.