Bright reds, burnt yellows and pumpkin oranges paint the western North Carolina mountains in the fall. One of my favorite spots to enjoy the ethereal autumn mosaic is the High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers. Celebrating 95 years of hosting generation after generation of families and guests, the 1,400 acre historic resort sits at 3600 feet above sea level. It is a great place to experience the change in seasons with a plethora of things to do. Hiking, fishing, falconry,swimming, canoeing the 35 acre lake, tennis, european spa, and of course golf.
It is sweater weather at the rustic High Hampton Inn now and the folks get the four-sided fireplace blazing in the main room of the Inn with plenty of places to enjoy a good book, read the newspaper, play checkers, chess or just relax by the fire. High Hampton offers 116 rooms and suites of varying sizes in the lodge and separate cottages based on full American Plan dining.There are no televisions or telephones in the rooms which makes for quieter and more getting to know one and another atmosphere. In addition, you can rent beautiful fully-furnished vacation homes off the American plan for extended stays with access to all the amenities at the resort.
The latest offering from High Hampton is the world -class Hampton Health Club & Spa. The full service spa has experienced therapists providing a complete range of services to sooth the body and mind. The Health Club consists of a multi-use room for pilates, yoga, stretching and aerobics. A separate workout space contains state-of-the-art cardiovascular, resistance, free weight and core training areas.
Each of the enjoyable 18 holes at the George Cobb designed High Hampton Golf Club is a scenic experience. Lined by towering pines, hemlocks, mountain laurel and surrounded by mountain peaks and views, all the tees, fairways and greens are as beautiful as they are challenging. This gorgeous mountainous golf course features luscious bent-grass greens and plays to 6012 yards from the back tees, but don’t let the length fool you. Every hole has its unique challenge. The par 3-137 yard famed 8th “island hole”- upon which Golf Digest bestowed the title “One of America’s Great Golf Holes”- is rivaled by 17 other aesthetically pleasing and demanding ones. There is an excellent driving range and two practice putting surfaces to fine tune your game. The golf club is open to guests looking for a peaceful golf vacation in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
To learn more about rates, special events and packages, go to HighHamptonInn.com. There is no other place like it.