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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.

 

 

 

What Better Way to Put the Relaxation into a Vacation

September 2nd, 2011 by Staff

High Hampton Inn’s Spa Manager, Faith Hartle, has worked at High Hampton for two seasons.  She took some time out of her busy schedule to answer questions about the Hampton Health Spa, just one of the many ways to relax on your vacation at High Hampton Inn.

The Hampton Health Spa's quiet relaxation area

The Hampton Health Spa's relaxation area is the perfect place to unwind before a treatment

1.  Is the spa offering any special fall packages?

Yes, this autumn we will be offering two special packages. The first is an exfoliating foot scrub, and the second package is a revitalizing eye treatment. Both are complimentary with an 80-minute custom massage.

2.  What is the most popular treatment at the spa?

We have two very popular treatments here at the spa. Our signature Customized Massage combines elements of Swedish massage with deep tissue massage and is geared toward your individual needs. This treatment can last 50 minutes or 80 minutes, depending on the client’s needs. Just as popular, is The Hampton Signature Facial that includes a soothing moisturizing masque and a relaxing head, neck, and shoulder massage. This 50-minute facial treatment is customized for each person’s specific skin type.

3.  What is your favorite spa treatment, and why?

There is no one service that I can pick as my favorite. They treatments are all fabulous. From custom massages to nail treatments to chemical peels, combined with our organic skin care products, we really do it all.

A relaxing massage at the Hampton Health Spa

The Hampton Health Spa offers a number of pampering treatments, includind massages

4.  If this is one’s first visit to a spa, what can he/she expect?

The Hampton Health Spa is the perfect place to experience your first spa treatment. Our staff of highly-trained, caring professionals promise relaxation, revitalization, and cater to every individual’s needs. No one will leave our spa disappointed.

5.  How far in advance do you need to make a reservation for the spa?

It is recommended that reservations be made one to two weeks in advance, especially for appointments on weekends and holidays, but same-day requests may be honored if availability permits. To schedule an appointment, please call (828) 743-6479.

Fifty Really is the New Thirty – By Lee Anne MacDade

May 25th, 2011 by Staff

June 9-12th, yoga expert Lee Anne MacDade will return to High Hampton Inn for the second annual Wellness Weekend. Lee Anne shares some of her healthy wisdom below in a guest post.

Lee Anne MacDade

These days fifty really can be the new thirty because of the baby boomers not willing to give in yet to the realities of aging.  There is so much out there today to help us.  Trendy health clubs with juice bars are opening up in every major city across America to attract people of every age group with the same interest – keeping fit and staying healthy.

Corporations are offering wellness programs to their employees in an effort to help reduce the number of sick days, lower insurance costs, improve productivity, and overall job satisfaction.  Studies have proven that those who participate in these types of programs are not only more effective in doing their job each day but are also more content and confident within themselves.

Restaurants are making efforts to offer vegetarian, vegan and low fat options on their menus so when people go out to socialize they do not have to give up their commitment to eating clean.   We have organic everything, from produce to sunscreen.  You have cows and chickens living the lives they could have only dreamed of where farmers are now taking into consideration their well-being, and not just seeing them as a commodity for consumers.

Relax and unwind at High Hampton Inn's Wellness Weekend

Doctors now recommend yoga for their patients as a way to reduce stress and to learn how to relax.  Yes, I say learn how to relax.  In today’s world so many of us have gotten caught up on the whirlwind of life; going through it at the pace of an Olympic athlete and leaving little or no time to just sit quietly and allow ourselves to just slow down.  People usually look at me cross-eyed when I ask them how much quiet time they actually spend with just themselves in a day doing nothing!  Sitting and doing absolutely nothing can be more refreshing than a full night’s sleep.

The time has finally come when it is the norm to be health-conscious.  More and more people from all walks of life have taken to becoming physically fit.  The reasons can vary greatly – anything from toning up and trying to relieve pain to being an alternative way to prevent serious illness.

Eating right, some form of daily physical activity, reducing stress, and trying to live in a more balanced way can all lead us to that fountain of youth.  A finely tuned body and mind will work together in harmony.  The good news today is there is so much out there just waiting for you to try.  There really is no reason why any of us cannot age gracefully and be healthy throughout our whole life.  Good health begins with you and the choices you make.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Wellness Weekend where you can learn from Lee Anne firsthand.  Call (828) 743-2411 to reserve a place today.