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High Hampton Inn Weddings

January 16th, 2013 by Brianna Wagenbrenner

Wedding in the mountains overlooking a lake

The lawn at High Hampton is a popular wedding location

Destination weddings in the mountains are increasingly popular as brides and grooms create two- and three-day events in spectacular settings to enable everyone to spend more time together. This year, it’s all about celebrating a sense of place by incorporating the culture, recreation, design elements and culinary heritage of a destination in all aspects of the wedding.

When you’ve got two or more days at High Hampton, the possibilities are endless. In a setting straight out of the movie, Dirty Dancing, cedar shake-clad cottages and a historic inn are nestled on 1,400 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Cashiers, NC.

“As a full service resort, we have so many options available. A favorite activity is scheduling golf outings for the groomsmen while the bride and her party enjoy the spa,” says Caroline Grogan, High Hampton Inn’s Director of Group Sales and Events. “If you want to break from tradition, boat races across Hampton Lake, a beach volleyball tournament, or a group hike to the summit of Rock or Chimney Top Mountain complete with a champagne toast at the top are great bonding experiences.”

Signature cocktails are sweeping the bar as a popular way couples personalize their wedding. Go for a chic-rustic vibe by serving High Hampton’s Apple Pie Moonshine in a mason jar. Other fun cocktail hour add-ons include a cigar bar, corn-hole matches, driving competitions, and a friendly game of bocce. These are just a few of High Hampton’s specialty wedding options that couples can add to their special day!

As far as a mountain destination wedding and ceremony itself, “Weddings at the Rock” are a High Hampton tradition. There is nothing that compares to saying “I do” with the dramatic rock face of Rock Mountain and crystalline Hampton Lake as a backdrop to the lush green lawn. Grand tents are another way to incorporate the great outdoors into the event with strings of twinkling lights or Chinese lanterns softly illuminating outdoor celebrations.

Guests dancing at a wedding under a tent

A wedding Celebration at High Hampton Inn

For the great indoors, our Pavilion can be dressed up or down. It can also expand to host large wedding groups, but can also be made to feel intimate for more personal and smaller receptions. The Pavilion offers a covered slate patio that can be transformed to anything from a dance floor and stage for the band to comfy seating beside cozy fire pits. The Pavilion is also located on the driving range, making green-space work for tenting to add square-footage for the party to spill out into the mountain air.

In NC’s Blue Ridge Mountains, there is no more spectacular a wedding location than High Hampton Inn. 2013 dates are filling quickly, but we still have availability. To plan your dream destination mountain wedding, please email Caroline Grogan or call 828-743-1893.

Group Fun at High Hampton

September 10th, 2012 by Staff

High Hampton Inn is lucky to have Caroline Grogan as our Director of Groups Sales and Events. From business and educational retreats to family gatherings and weddings, Caroline will work with your group to plan a memorable and one-of-a-kind event. Our ability to offer exclusivity and the convenience of having everything you need in one place, from on-site activities to special dinner events and lodging, are just some of the reasons why groups choose to meet and retreat here.

 Caroline took some time out of her busy schedule to offer some insight to all of the options available for groups at High Hampton Inn.  Hopefully you’ll think of a stay here when you plan your next trip!

Caroline Grogan – Director of Groups Sales and Events at High Hampton Inn

 1.  What types groups usually book a stay at High Hampton?

We welcome groups of all kinds at High Hampton, the most common being family-oriented groups like family reunions, special celebrations, and weddings.  Business groups also like to come here because our unplugged nature allows attendees to be very productive and stay on-point.  Our team can also work with companies to organize team building and sales incentive activities.  And last but not least, we are a popular destination for recreational groups like golfers, tennis players, and knitters.

2.   Which on-property activities are the favorites for groups to participate in?

The most popular activities for groups would have to be golf and the spa.  People love getting outside, enjoying challenging play and stunning scenery, followed by a relaxing trip to the spa.   However, we have a number of truly unique activities that can be molded into team building exercises or ones that encourage family bonding like boat races, llama Olympics, sack races, fly fishing, and so much more.

3.  Can groups create fun culinary experiences?  If so, what types?

Yes!  Chef Sean is excellent at creating cooking experiences for all types of groups.  He can show you how to make dinners with items from your garden or how to make a meal that will impress your spouse when you return from your business trip. He can also host a mean Low County Boil! Chef Sean also works with our Food & Beverage Manager to pair wines with dishes for the demonstrations.

4.  What has been your favorite group event/experience that you have organized?

The most memorable event I’ve helped plan was a surprise 50th wedding anniversary dinner. The husband kept it from his wife for a whole year. I wasn’t allowed to call or e-mail him, which meant I had to rely on him to check in every once in a while.  I’ve never seen two people look at each other the way they did on the night she was surprised by him and her children.

Planning weddings is also so unbelievable.  After coordinating with families for a year or more, they have a special place in your heart and begin to see you as a friend and confidant. I am lucky to be involved with planning such precious memories.  To see a bride dancing with her father and look over at you and mouth the words “thank you”—that’s why I do it.

Need help planning an unforgettable event?  Contact Caroline Grogan at groupsales@highhamptoninn.com.

A Wedding with a View in the Blue Ridge Mountains

March 11th, 2011 by Staff

Tucked into the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains, High Hampton Inn provides the breathtaking setting for your dream destination wedding.  Surrounded by mountains, lush green landscapes, and towering forests, we offer wedding services to parties of all sizes.  From a choice of a beautiful outdoor ceremony and reception or an exciting event in the Pavilion, couples are sure to have a wedding that won’t soon be forgotten.  The peaceful mood, stunning vistas, and unique combination of Southern comfort and rustic charm make High Hampton the perfect location for every couple’s biggest day.

We offer a number of unique places for you to exchange vows.  Our side lawn, overlooking the 35-acre sparkling Hampton Lake and Rock Mountain is a favorite spot, as well as the front lawn, which is surrounded by the towering heirloom tree garden featuring a Ginkgo tree, Bottlebrush Buckeye, Bald Cyprus, a fiery Copper Beech, and one of America’s tallest Frasier Firs that were all planted more than 100 years ago.  Tucked away amongst the mountain laurels and rhododendrons, the Lakeside Laurel Garden can accommodate 80 guests for a seated dinner, making it the perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner or a small reception.  A large stone fireplace provides a romantic glow and warmth on colder mountain nights, while spotlights hidden in the trees give the area a magical feeling.

 

For indoor ceremonies, the Pavilion, which is decorated in warm earth tones, chandeliers, and wood-beamed ceilings, is ideal.  Outside, a cobblestone patio complete with a fire pit and a columned portico, surrounded by flowering gardens, is a beautiful setting for your cocktail hour, providing stunning views of the estate.

 

 

 

After the excitement of their big day, couples need a special retreat to bask in their happiness.  We offer romantic lodging options for newlyweds that include The Honeymoon Cottage and Room 40 in the Inn.  As its name suggests, The Honeymoon Cottage is the ultimate escape.  Situated on its own private lake away from the rest of the property, the rustic cottage features chic handmade mountain furnishings, inviting and plush down bedding; a kitchenette complete with a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker; and a stone fireplace perfect for relaxing in front of.  One of the larger rooms in the Inn, Room 40 has a private foyer that opens into the room, a Jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower, and a large patio offering views of Hampton Lake and Rock Mountain.

To learn more about hosting your wedding at High Hampton, please visit our Website or read more in our weddings brochure.