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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 Inn Makes Headlines!

May 9th, 2011 by Staff

”The Carolinas offer some of the most beautiful places on earth, and each episode on the Life in the Carolinas TV show features a unique Carolinas destination,” says Carl White, the show’s host and producer.   Last summer, it was our distinct pleasure to host Carl as he visited High Hampton Inn in his quest for perfect places to profile for his program.

During his stay, Carl met Hampton Bear, interviewed several guests, talked to our golf professional, and did a great job capturing the atmosphere and traditions that define High Hampton.

Life in the Carolinas airs on Sundays, and if you live in Charlotte, Winston Salem, Raleigh, Wilmington NC and Greenville / Spartanburg, SC, you may have seen the program on your local FOX affiliate.   If not, and for our guests everywhere, we invite you to tune in to the program on YouTube.

 

A Garden Fit For Giants, Fall Foliage And Waterfalls

February 2nd, 2011 by Staff

High Hampton Inn is the ideal destination for nature lovers, especially during the fall.  With a garden fit for giants, miles of hiking trails, and numerous waterfalls nearby, there are so many exciting ways to experience the stunning jewel tones of autumn foliage.

On the front lawn of the Inn, a patch of heirloom or old-growth trees take up residence.  Planted more than 100 years ago, a Ginkgo tree, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech and one of America’s tallest largest Frasier Firs offer an amazing spectacle each fall and are a perfect compliment to the main Lodge, which was built in 1932 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Miles of well-marked hiking trails lined with a variety of Maple, Black Birch, Sourwood, Hickory, Yellow Poplar and Dogwood trees spread out from the Inn, leading hikers into the midst of Mother Nature’s rainbow of colors.  Hikers can climb to the summits of either Rock Mountain at 4,370 feet or Chimney Top Mountain at 4,618 feet to view the miles of fall colors in the valley between Cashiers, Highlands and Whiteside Mountain.

Southwestern North Carolina is also well-known for its mountain falls that cascade over the rock faces of the Blue Ridge Mountains as well as its fall foliage.  There are a number of waterfalls in the Cashiers, Franklin and Highlands areas that are even more stunning when they are surrounded by October’s peak leaf colors.  Many of the falls can be easily reached by following scenic U.S. Highway 64 east or west of High Hampton Inn.

The Horsepasture River is the source for four waterfalls in the area:  Horsepasture Falls, Whitewater Falls, Drift Falls and Rainbow Falls.  Whitewater Falls, with a rocky plunge of 411 feet, is the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains.  U.S. Highway 64 weaves under Bridal Veil Falls and over Toxaway Falls, providing visitors a unique view of two of the falls in the area.