Time tends to change everything, or does it?
High Hampton Inn
in Cashiers, N.C., certainly seems to be untouched by time.
Celebrating its 90th year, the word timeless
might be one of the best words to describe the property. There aren’t too many places that actively encourages disconnecting from the outside chatter (no televisions or phones inside the rooms) and reconnecting with what’s important (family and/or friends.) And then there are the traditions that are still upheld, such as tea time at 4 p.m., and dressing up for dinner.
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a view of Rock Mountain, general
manger Clifford Meads is quick to say the property is “stunningly beautiful” with its giant Fraiser fir and other ancient trees. While he considers 90 years as “remarkable,” he believes the success of High Hampton Inn can be traced back to the fact the same family has owned it.
“It says a lot about that not only the 1,400 acre property has survived the ups and downs of nine decades, but also it’s ran by the third generation of the founding family.”
Offering 116 rooms and suites
in the main lodge and rental guest cottages
, the property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features numerous amenities and activities to keep all ages engaged and happy.
He says four days is optimal time to truly experience High Hampton Inn.
“It takes two days to learn how to unplug and unwind, and then begin to absorb the beauty of the surroundings. The other two are used to check out the region.”
Guests can enjoy everything from golf
, spa services
and more. There’s Hampton Lake
, a 35-acre private lake primed for swimming, pedal boating, canoeing and relaxing. Fishing
is also available as well. Take on the outdoors with any of High Hampton Inn’s eight marked hiking trails
. During the summer months, kids can be kids at The Kids Club
while mom and dad do their own things.
Dinner can be quite an affair as the entire family convenes in The Dining Room
to talk about their day and enjoy dishes like rainbow trout. Rounding out the dining options is Rock Mountain Tavern
and Hampton Market
Whatever you enjoy doing during your stay at High Hampton Inn (and it’s okay to just “be”), It all comes back to the importance of relaxing and reconnecting.
“It’s remarkable that a place is still holding on the allegiances that they thought were important throughout the years,” says Meads. “While the world is trying to speed up, we are trying to slow everything down by fending off the barge of information so people can enjoy time with their families and being outdoors.”
“While we do have wifi in the lobby so people can check their emails that is not what they come here for. They come to regroup, re-prioritize and reorganize.”
The Llamas are Coming
Every Thursday and Friday throughout the summer season, llamas
join guests at High
Hampton Inn for hikes to Cherokee Campgrounds, around Hampton Lake, and up to the top of Rock Mountain. Golfers can even arrange for a llama caddy. During the Thursday and Friday evenings, you can meet and take photos of the llamas at the Inn’s Rock Mountain Tavern.
photos courtesy of High Hampton Inn