Originally constructed as a summer retreat in the late 1800’s (later adapted as an Inn in 1922), the High Hampton property has been a coveted destination in the area for generations. And while the summer months offer cool mornings and sun-drenched afternoons, it’s autumn that beckons even more guests to experience the beautiful colors of the leaves along rhododendron-lined trails.
Returning guests will be delighted with the bevy of thoughtful upgrades here, not the least of which is the addition of central heat and air-conditioning. Yes, higher elevations lend themselves to windows thrown open wide, but the occasional heat wave makes us relish the option of flipping a switch for a cool blast.
Most notably, the inn’s renovation included expanding room sizes to almost double while also featuring larger closets and well-lit dressing areas.
Fill your days by exploring the 15 miles of onsite hiking trails, lounging poolside, or dipping in the hot tub overlooking the 15-acre Hampton Lake. Pack a picnic and take out a canoe or kayak for the afternoon. Bring your tennis racquet and pickleball paddle if you’re looking to get in some cardio— the courts are sublime. And if spa time is more your speed, book your appointments in advance. The always- popular spa offers a range of treatments that will have you in a deep state of zen in no time.
While the town of Cashiers proper has plenty of sought-after dining options, the resort’s exemplary culinary program will most likely keep you on property. Capitalizing on local and seasonal ingredients, the menus are well-balanced in scale and scope, which means there is something here for everyone: Little Gem lettuces with carrot vinaigrette, flat-iron steak from nearby Simpson Farm, lemon custard with a thick wedge of honeycomb. More casual fare can be found downstairs in the Tavern: Think burgers with housemade sauce, smoked chicken panini with a green garlic confit, and ice cream sandwiches.
Guests who have had the pleasure of visiting Blackberry Farm or Blackberry Mountain in Walland, Tennessee, will feel the same attention to detail in the design elements here at High Hampton. The Blackberry Farm Design team was charged with honoring and keeping the original spirit of the heritage mountain retreat while injecting it with modern-day amenities and polished style.
A heritage property such as High Hampton has a life of its own. Born of a desire to make the most of a particular place and space in time, the inn was destined to outlive those who first conceived the escape. The responsibility of honoring this legacy has only been held by a select few families. Most recently, Birmingham- based Arlington Family Offices and Daniel Communities led the redevelopment of the golf course, adding club amenities and private real estate offerings for those who decide they too want to own a slice of Cashiers heaven.