We had a great weekend in Cashiers. This part of the southeast US is a beautiful place to be, especially in the fall. The High Hampton Inn is equally beautiful - its website touts that High Hampton Inn is "a historic, family-friendly North Carolina mountain inn that has been bringing people together for generations."
High Hampton Inn has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. The Inn itself is nestled comfortably along the banks of Hampton lake and at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While we were there, several weddings were held on the banks of the lake, with majestic views of Rock Mountain. The setting is stunning, particularly in the fall with the crisp air and leaves beginning to change. There is much to do here - the area is chock full of outdoor activities. From the easy hike around the lake (great for young kids - our youngest is 5 and he had no trouble at all), to more strenuous longer hikes (they advise you plan for 4.5 hrs for the Chimney Rock hike), to whitewater rafting, kayaking on the lake, to golf and tennis, there is something for everyone.
The website itself does a nice job detailing the history, which gave us an early appreciation of the place: http://www.highhamptoninn.com/about.aspx. The huge great room with big 4-sided stone fireplace was a comfy setting that was complete with many secluded sitting areas, chess, checkers and other games. Great for reading a book or just relaxing.
The prices are steep here, however. $374 nightly rate for a small room. The room rates do include their Full American Plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), but there is no plan that I am aware of or is evident on their site that is without the meal plan. Rooms are considered rustic and are without televisions, phones, and air conditioning, which is interesting, but really also means you don't spend much time in the rooms. We had a standing reservation for the 3 meals, so always had the same table. Food was served buffet style and was neither really good or very bad. Typical southern fare - fried chicken potatoes and sides for lunch; prime rib and sides for dinner; typical American breakfast with omelette stations. Service here was mediocre to poor, mainly because there seemed to be too few servers for the people covered. The staff was always friendly and helpful, however.
High Hampton Inn is a true piece of American history, complete with rustic surroundings and outdoor activities. Downtown Cashiers is great (Cornucopia is a great lunch spot with open patio & good food), as is nearby Highlands (trendy, good shopping, food, etc). So - all in all it was a good experience. If I go again, I will probably look to rent a nearby home for a weekend and utilize the facilities at High Hampton Inn. Some folks may have a hard time justifying the price to stay here for mediocre food that you have to pay for, mediocre service, and small rooms with no air, tv, or radio.
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