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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.