We have stayed at the HH for a family reunion for the past 15 years over the 4th of July. We've enjoyed watching our children grow up in a safe place that offers many entertaining options for all ages. Having 3 good buffet meals a day on the grounds removes the "where are we going to eat" challenges for family vacations. There are adult, child and family activities that are both vintage Americana and affordable.
Over the years we have seen the family owners carefully maintain the feel of the Inn while upgrading the amenities for modern guests. You have to realize before you go that you'll be staying in a facility started about 160 years ago. It is therefore rough around the edges in places, but quaint and worn by love by those who have made this location a tradition. There are plenty of options in the USA that offer all the glitz, but only a few resorts that focus on the visitor having family time rooted in family values.
The challenge this resort seems to have is in balancing the desires of our "virtual-driven culture" while retaining their historic roots and maintaining profitability. Too many resorts have upgraded themselves into bankruptcy so I appreciate the slow approach the family is taking. There are some strains of management transition. New employees and managers are not as well trained as in previous years. Dining room staff are a mix of sweet international students that don't understand American dining traditions, and are struggling to understand our "brand" of English. You aren't greeted with the same enthusiasm upon arrival which seems to reflect the somewhat introverted personality of their new GM.
The Inn is an excellent value. A family of any size will leave there having spent more time getting to know one another. Parents can find ways to steal-away for a few quiet moments while their children are well cared for with interactive programs. You'll be well fed and if you engage in some of the activities you'll be healthier too. They even have a very nice spa and workout facility.
HH offers a vintage family postcard vacation at an affordable price. You might bump your head on the low doorways of history, but you'll be a better person for the experience. Disconnect from the internet world for a few days (wifi is there if you must) and instead stare deeply into the eyes of your spouse and children instead of the iphone and allow this beautiful mountain resort to refresh you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A southern version of the famous Great Camps of the Adirondacks, historic High Hampton Inn is located on a 1,400-acre estate in Cashiers, NC. This full-service resort has a focus on the great outdoors and takes advantage of the natural setting. A sumptuous Spa, 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course, miles of hiking trails and a 35-acre lake for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing make it easy to take in all that this scenic area offers. The historic inn exudes a rustic mountain atmosphere with cedar shingles, stone fireplaces and handmade twig and mountain-crafted furnishings. Meals are events in themselves with three bountiful buffets served daily featuring high-country favorites like Fried Chicken, Mountain Trout and local produce. A choice of lodge rooms, cottages, and cabins (all with private bath) make High Hampton the perfect place for individuals or groups of friends and family to gather. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- High Hampton Inn And Country Club
- High Hampton Inn & Country Club Hotel Cashiers
- Hampton Inn Cashiers
- Cashiers Hampton Inn