A North Carolina Mountain Escape: High Hampton Inn

Looking Down on Rock Mountain
Looking Down on Rock Mountain Sara Kendall

When it’s time for a mountain retreat, program your GPS for Cashiers. There you’ll find the High Hampton Inn, an idyllic place for a mountain getaway. Many outdoor activities and scrumptious meals will instantly make you a devotee of this wonderful mountain resort.

Interesting Fact: Their repeat occupancy rate is 90%! This speaks volumes for the commitment to quality this inn has maintained since the 1920s. More than a few families boast five generations of High Hampton Inn stays – not many resorts can say that!

Drive Time From Charlotte: Approximately a 3-hour drive

Room Highlights: The inn and surrounding cottages, built in the 1930s and 1940s, have their decades of character on display. The rooms have modern bathrooms, but the rustic interiors and mountain-style furnishing maintain the ambiance. Don’t look for telephones or televisions in the room and expect spotty Wifi.

Guest Room at High Hampton Inn
Guest Room at High Hampton Sara Kendall

Resort Activities: Their centerpiece is a private 35-acre lake. This is where guests can swim to a floating dock, sun on a sandy beach, and the young ones have their own roped off wading area with lifeguards on duty. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.

High Hampton Lake and Boathouse
High Hampton Lake and Boathouse Sara Kendall

The fun doesn’t stop the lake! A beautiful mountain golf course, tennis, and a soothing spa are also available. You can even hike with llamas! Check with the concierge for badminton, croquet, shuffleboard, ping-pong, horseshoes, corn hole, or board games.

Private Hiking Trails: Private hiking trails, ranging from moderate difficulty to leisurely, surround the Inn. From a few hundred yards to 5 miles, there is a trail for everyone. The most popular are Chimney Top, the most strenuous, and Rock Mountain, the longest.

Dining: All meals are served buffet style during set times and are included with the nightly rate. At your initial meal, the maître de will escort your family to an assigned table that is yours for the length of your stay.

High Hampton Dining Room
High Hampton Dining Room Sara Kenall

Good to Know: Check out time is 1:00pm. Also, your stay includes an extra lunch either the day you check in or the day you check out. So, arrive a bit early on your first day or hang around a while on your last day to take advantage of this.

Dress Code: Sunday thru Thursday dress code for the evening meal is business casual. Friday and Saturday nights, coat and tie are required for all gentleman 12 years and older and ladies should dress accordingly. Demin is not allowed during any evening meals.

Bring Your Pet: Some of the cottages are pet-friendly. There is a one-time $50 pet fee good for your entire stay. You are responsible for any damages. Self-maintained kennels are available at no additional cost.

Little Ones Needs: You can request cribs and rollaway beds for $10 per stay. The concierge is happy to arrange a babysitter if you need some Mom and Dad alone time. A sand floor playground and a set of swings are located beside the Boathouse.

Kids’ Club: Kids from 3 to 9 years old can participate in daily activities including games, crafts, and outdoor activities. There is a nominal cost and is available from June 1 through September 1.

Activities For Older Kids: The 8 to 12-year old age group can participate in off-resort activities such as zip lining, river tubing, and rock climbing held on Tuesday and Thursday. Cost varies depending on the activity. Teens can mingle in the Teen Room while playing Ping-Pong and watching movies.

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