Historic High Hampton Inn to Open for 85th Season This April Mountain Resort Readies for Swimming, Golf, Tennis and Families

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This historic mountain resort in Cashiers North Carolina is a throwback to the great camps of the Adirondacks. Open since the early 1920s, the resort is built on the tradition of fine hospitality in a setting where people can reconnect and interact - no televisions, no telephones in the rooms. It is a favorite for multi-generational family gatherings and boasts a plethora of children's and family-oriented activities that draws a huge number of repeat guests - many families visiting into their third generation. The 1,400-acre grounds feature a 35-acre mountain lake for swimming and boating, golf, spa, clay court tennis and hiking. Accommodations reflect their mountain setting and are rustic yet well-appointed.

High in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, as much of the local wildlife hibernates or has headed south, the High Hampton Inn is bustling with activity as greens keepers, landscapers, chefs, activities directors, masseurs, housekeeping attendants and a host of staff prepare the venerable inn for its 85th season. On April 27, 2007 this historic landmark will open its doors for another season of genuine mountain hospitality, golf, tennis, pampering spa services, and outdoor adventures. Revered by families, and listed in 100 Best Family Resorts, a series of family-oriented children's programs will also highlight the season. Since 1922, the 1400-acre High Hampton Inn & Country Club, surrounded by the ethereal beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and shimmering lakes and streams, has been hosting generation after generation of guests who return time and again to renew, rejuvenate and reconnect amidst nature's playground.

As the High Hampton Inn enters its new season of hospitality, the same warm and welcoming tradition and quality continue. The estate is immensely popular with honeymooners, couples seeking romantic getaways, and family and friends looking to spend time together. Their pursuits include swimming, boating or relaxing by the crystal-clear mountain lake; lobbing tennis balls on one of the six clay courts, swinging the golf club on the resort's George W. Cobb-designed course, learning about native North Carolina flora and fauna in one of the special nature classes, or hiking the spectacularly scenic hemlock-and mountain laurel-edged walking trails.

Standing sentry on a knoll overlooking the lake, mountains and golf course, the main Inn is reminiscent of the great camps of the Adirondacks with its 12-by-12 inch tree-bark shingled exterior (salvaged from trees on the property), expansive porches and massive four-sided fireplace. The epitome of a true mountain resort, plenty of wood, stone and light enhance the rooms and cottages. Its 3,600-foot elevation practically guarantees cool springs and autumns and mild summers, without the heat and humidity that is so characteristic of most of the South. The near-perfect climate merely adds to the sense of serenity here, but so does the fact that there are no electronic devices, like telephones or televisions in the guestrooms, and that many activities are nature-driven. In true mountain style, swimming is conducted in a 35-acre sparkling lake, not a pool. Floating docks, canoes, a boathouse and a children's play area with a sandy beach and playground invite everyone to take to the water.

The estate's sanctuary-like atmosphere is completely unequaled. Lazing easily in the dappled shadows of majestic mountain peaks, the High Hampton Inn is fabled not only for its wide range of activities that are available to guests, but also for its intense beauty set amid the crisp, blue skies of the Blue Ridge. Add into the mix a dining room that is laden three times a day with lavish buffets including favorites such as freshly-caught trout and prime rib, and views of the incredibly picturesque mountains from every room -the High Hampton Inn beckons for its exciting new season.

History buffs will savor the distinct lineage of the High Hampton Inn, which easily earned a coveted spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The Hampton family originally traveled by train from South Carolina and then by horse and buggy through the steep mountains passes to this place of pristine beauty described later by area resident Newell Wright as "the most beautiful place in the country." Originally a hunting lodge built by the wealthy, prolific Hamptons - Wade Hampton would serve as governor of South Carolina and U.S. Senator from South Carolina - the property has been transformed and rebuilt, sometimes from the ground up, to its current three-story splendor that is surrounded by cabins and cottages, all with their own fireplaces.

Eighty-five years later, guests still come for the same beauty, activities and camaraderie that drew their predecessors to this private mountain retreat. With all of its amenities and activities, a large part of the Inn's appeal is the simple charm, engaging traditions and relaxing, slower pace of yesteryear. Even the Full American Plan rate structure with three meals a day and most activities included - and no tipping policy - adds a certain civility for today's road weary, jaded travelers.

About High Hampton Inn

The historic High Hampton Inn & Country Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a classically rustic stone-and-wood mountain inn overlooking the spectacular scenery of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Amenities at this 3,600-foot elevation, 1,400-acre, 117-room resort (with lodge rooms, cottages, and cabins, all with private bath) include myriad seasonal events (children's programs, golf and tennis clinics, wildflower workshops), an 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course, a full dining room with three sumptuous buffets daily, six tennis courts, and a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating, fishing, and other water-related activities. For more detailed information, contact the High Hampton Inn & Country Club at 1525 Highway 107 South, Post Office Box 338, Cashiers, North Carolina 28717. Visit http://www.HighHamptonInn.com or contact reservations toll-free at (800) 334-2551.

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