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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.

A DIY Perspective on High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias

August 4th, 2014 by Staff

Where in the world can you enjoy a five-course meal among two acres of five ft heirloom dahlia blooms in an amazing color palette? At North Carolina’s Mountain Resort – High Hampton Inn! Caroline Grogan, Director of Group Sales/Events at High Hampton, helps orchestrate each of these extravagant dinner affairs. In this DIY world, her insight into planning High Hampton’s Dinner in the Dahlias can help inspire even the least creative of party planners in the making.

What makes Dinner in the Dahlias so special and why are they important to you? The Dinner in the Dahlias events are my signature events that I look forward to each year.  The dinners have a restricted number of guests for an intimate affair, so I’m able to put all of my energy into the design—the tablescapes—and be immersed in the details.

How do you and the team prepare/research for these dinners? Our culinary team insists on the freshest ingredients—so their research for building the menu for these grand meals happens very close to the evening to incorporate High Hampton’s Southern roots with fresh vegetables, intricate spices from our gardens, and menu items that tickle the palette.   Our Food and Beverage Manager, Brian Humphreys, works closely with the Chef to create a wine list for the evening that pairs well with the menu offered.  Décor research is treated differently, as I plan months in advance.  With each new season of Dinner in the Dahlias, my goal is to constantly change the look and feel of the event, but to have one detail that ties each season’s dinners together.  For example, in one year I will use a specific table runner material but in different hues for each dinner.

What are your plans for the upcoming August dinners? This year I am taking the approach with my design of “modern meets vintage.”  I’m combining very modern crisp linens with vintage china and centerpiece containers.  Each dinner will have this overall theme, but color schemes and china patterns will be different.

What is tablescaping and why is it important? Just as a yard is landscaped—so should your dinner space.  “Tablescaping” is the design approach you use for your dining tables.  The design of the table décor sets the tone of the evening.  If you are planning a fancier evening, proper glassware and candle holders can set that mood for you—and the same being true for a more casual affair.

Where do you get your inspiration and what advice do you have for people who might be looking to recreate the elegance of these dinners at home? Surprisingly, I get a lot of inspiration for my tablescaping in the produce department at the grocery store.  I would recommend looking in unusual and unique places for new ideas. At the grocery store, there are so many vegetables that are delicious but also can be beautiful in their texture and colors within centerpieces or as accents.  Another suggestion is to incorporate design trends. For example, the current mix-and-match trend with different patterns and antiques can be a very economical way to stage your table and make the look appear very eclectic, yet professional.

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Pristine Fall Foliage for Leaf Peepers

September 19th, 2013 by Brianna Wagenbrenner
Cooper Beech Tree starting to show fall colors

One of High Hampton’s award-winning trees – the Copper Beech – turning a lovely shade of red for the fall

This fall, why gaze at any old tree when you can lay your eyes on some true champions?  It’s true, trees can and do win awards, and High Hampton is home to some of the most vibrant and colorful award-winners that are sure to produce some regal fall foliage this October. These trees have been recognized by the North Carolina Forestry Service and the North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture. Follow in the footsteps of American Forest’s Big Tree Hunters Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson to see some award-winning fall color on High Hampton Inn’s “Tree Trail of Champions.” Visit High Hampton to see the North Carolina State Champion Black Locust and Bottlebrush Buckeye turn rich gold and yellow, along with the State Co-Champions Cinnamon Clethra and Witch Hazel. The State Champion Alternate-leaf Dogwood and State Co-Champion Sourwood shine brilliantly in lush oranges and reds, and the State Co-champion Mountain Winterberry makes dramatic statement in fall and winter with its plethora of bright red berries. Other trees to see include the Ginkgo, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, Maples, and Oaks.

Red and green chairs overlooking a lake and mountain with fall foliage

Pull up a chair and enjoy the stunning view of Lake Hampton, Rock Mountain, and the pretty fall foliage

And don’t forget about the crowd-pleasing “Bear Shadow” phenomenon! During the last two weeks of October as the sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain, a perfect image of a black bear can be seen dancing across the tops of the colorful trees. It’s the perfect way to end a truly amazing experience. Be sure to take advantage of the resort’s mid-week fall foliage packages to enhance your leaf-peeping excursion!

If you’d like to get an early look at the foliage fun, check out the High Hampton webcam! To book your NC fall getaway, call 828-743-2411 or visit the Website.