Now here’s a real nod to history and tradition. This year High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, NC celebrates its 90th birthday. In a time when family owned, unchanged lodges are far and between, this 1,400-acre inn has stood the test of time with its commitment to preserving the traditions it was built on (think: men still wearing coats and ties to dinner and no TVs or phones in the rooms to distract from the beauty of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains that have made the resort an escape-haven for nine decades). The McKee family, who have owned the retreat for the past 90 years, love seeing guests return year after year, coming first as kids and eventually bringing their own kids and grandkids.
Civil War General Wade Hampton III purchased the land surrounding High Hampton in the late 1800s as a summer retreat from the Lowcountry heat — with its standing 3,600 feet above sea level even the warmest day at High Hampton comes with a crisp mountain breeze. The lodge guests stay in now, built in 1933 after the original site burned down the year before, retains the feel of a summer home with 116 rustic, chestnut-accented rooms and cottages; and an on-site grocer where guests stock up on artisanal cheeses, local produce, brews and wine.
The resort has been updated to include new furnishings, a fitness center, and modern conveniences; but the ambiance is all historic charm and true Southern hospitality. High Hampton’s constant roll of family friendly events add to the lodge’s standing as a great family escape. The lineup of events gets an even bigger blowout this year in honor of the inn’s birthday. Start planning now for when the resort opens in April with wildflower workshops and elaborate picnics. Spaces fill up fast.
Rates, starting at $248 for double occupancy include three meals a day in the dining room, so you can cozy up with the inn’s signature fried chicken, before checking out the live music at the Rock Mountain Tavern. By day, spend your tech-free time fishing and kayaking on the resort’s 35-acre lake, or by land on a waterfall hiking tour, golfing, or playing tennis. Book online or by calling 800/334-2551.