When you go to High Hampton Inn, you’re going to hear three distinct sounds: laughter, the clanging dinner bell, and silence. The laughter is from groups of children splashing around in the lake or from golfers coming off the green — their laughter punctuated by witty comments and slaps on the back. The ringing bell announces lunch and dinner and is followed by the crunch of gravel paths as everyone converges on the dining room, half-starved from hikes, swims, and golf games. Then there is the silence.
High Hampton Inn has managed to maintain the traditional appearance of the Inn — most of the North American Chestnut bark (now an extinct chestnut variety) is still intact on the Inn — and the integrity of the resort as well. Guests will not find telephones or televisions in their cabins and cell phone service is hard to find on the mountain. What guests will find are staff members that treat you like family, a peaceful spa, award winning gardens, good food, and the carefree comfort you thought you could only have at an old friend’s home. When you’re here, everything in the outside world seems to cease to exist, which means you’re free to genuinely enjoy the company of your friends and family without distraction.
If you have never visited High Hampton Inn, now is the time to start planning your next vacation. After all, there is something to be said for an establishment which has been perfecting their traditions for nearly a century.
High Hampton Inn Traditions
Feeling a little hungry before bed? No worries. The kitchen serves warm cookies and milk every night at 9:30-10:30pm.
If you catch a whale of a fish, don’t throw it back; the chef will prepare it fresh for your dinner.
Have you ever seen a miniature donkey? High Hampton Inn has two—Fred and Ed.
Pick up apples and carrots at the kitchen and give them a snack, or enjoy a hayride with these two.
Men, don’t forget your suit and tie. Ladies, pack your heels. Dinner at the Inn is always a fancy affair.
A new tradition at the Inn is the invasion of the llamas during the summer. These guys help out during guided hikes in the mountains and even substitute as golf caddies on the green.
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