Weary travelers have come to the Blue Ridge Mountains for 200 years and have found the same things: natural beauty and serenity. That happened to the Hampton family who traveled to the area of Cashiers to escape the Low Country's hot, humid summers.
Wade Hampton III loved this area and constructed the Hampton Hunting Lodge prior to the Civil War. He served as a Confederate general in the war. After the war was over, he would come to his Lodge to renew his spirit. Incidentally, he was sitting on the Lodge's front porch when he received the news that he had been elected governor of South Carolina! At the end of the 1800s, the property passed to Hampton's niece Caroline and her husband, Dr. William Halsted (reknowned first Chief of Surgery at Johns Hopkins); they renamed the place High Hampton after his family's ancestral estate in England.
E. L. McKee purchased the estate in 1922 and built a two-story mountain inn, which was destroyed by fire shortly thereafter. The inn was rebuilt and stands today. And today, the same mountain breezes blow, the same Halsted Dahlia Gardens delight the guests, the same southern hospitality remains, and the same stotic mountains look down on this mountain inn!
Better yet, today, the High Hampton tradition continues under the leadership of McKee's son and daughter-in-law, Will and Becky McKee.
Unique Quality: You feel the history when you walk into the Inn. You feel it again on the numerous hiking trails around the wooded areas, and you join the history as you see Rock Mountain, the picturesque backdrop of the Lodge. Once more, you experience the history when you observe Chimney Top Mountain...both these mountains are part of the estate and have a breathtaking view of the inn below.
Families have been coming to High Hampton Inn and Country Club for generations. Don't you wonder what the original owner, Civil War General Wade Hampton, would have to say about his hunting lodge today?
High Hampton Inn Resort is not for everyone...if you are looking for grand luxury and commercialization, forget about coming here.
This is an Inn that was built in 1923; it offers fresh mountain air, the world's largest Fraser Fir tree, a private, stocked lake, 1,200 acres of beautiful land, an 18-hole golf course, clay tennis courts, a lovely dahlia garden, and miles of hiking and fitness trails.
The architecture of the Inn and Guest Cottages is rustic; the lobby of the Inn has a huge stone chimney and four fireplaces. Some of the guest cottages also have fireplaces, and all of them have mountain-crafted furniture. All rooms have private baths; there are no telephones or TVs in the room (both are available in the lobby and common areas of the Inn).
There are also Colony Homes where you can stay with a great room, fireplace, fully-equipped kitchen, 2,3, or 4 bedrooms and private baths.
Unique Quality: Some of the wonderful, unique things about High Hampton was the 4 p.m. teatime where fresh-baked cookies were served with tea and coffee.
The price of the accommodations includes three meals (American Plan). If you wish, after dinner, you can participate in one of the organized games of the evening. One night we played Bingo, and it was great fun.
There are golf and tennis pro shops, a gift shop, as well as an art gallery on the lower level of the Inn.
Front lobby & dining room are smoke-free facilities.
High Hampton has no formal gratuity or service charge added to the bill. They say that it is not necessary to tip; it's their pleasure to serve.
We loved it at High Hampton because it was so unique, so rustic, so lost in time!
1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers
4350 Highway 64 West, Cashiers
119 Lodge Lane, Cashiers
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Address: 1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, North Carolina, 28717-0338, United States