It would be positively sinful to let 5 beautiful years of wedded bliss pass us by without marking the event, so the hubs and I decided that we were going to escape the city for a quick vacay to celebrate. Bring on the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina! Spring is the absolute best time to visit these beauties – right when the tall hemlocks and mountain laurels are showing off and the temps dip down to 50 degrees at night. Pure bliss.
We had been in Cashiers, NC earlier this year for the wedding of two of our favorite people on earth (hey Marg and Phil!) and we had been dying to go back. We had driven by the High Hampton Inn a couple times and flat out oogled the entrance to the resort – it’s THAT pretty. One quick email and a dog friendly reservation later and we were headed to our anniversary destination with Bocephus in tow!
High Hampton has been a place of Southern hospitality since the nineteenth century – and the charm has only improved with age. The hospitality is incredible and there are endless activities to keep kids and adults busy from sunup to sundown.
We each got to pick an adventure during the trip:
- Bocephus picked hiking (mountain walkies anyone?)
- I picked 2 hours of interrupted reading time in a lounge-y patio chair right on the water
- Barrett picked golf (#duh).
Check, check and check.
The hiking trails are absolutely incredible. There are eight beautiful options to choose from, all lined with hemlock, rhododendron and mountain laurel, in the 1,400 acres of the High Hampton estate. We picked the Chimney Top trail because of the promise of several stunning vistas – and we were not at all disappointed! We made trek up to 4,618 feet for a breathtaking view of Cashiers valley.
After the hike I took complete advantage of the variety of lounge options throughout the resort, all nestled up against one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen. High Hampton Inn is so darn comfortable! It has a perfect combination of upscale sophistication and rustic ease. So while I was perfectly content to run around completely makeup free for the entire weekend (which you may have noticed in my pictures – woops) we dressed nicely for dinner every night (jacket and slacks for the guys, a nice dress for slacks for the ladies) which made everything feel special. It was a perfect balance.
But I digress…the lake lounging was truly spectacular. Especially with a happy husband and a content pup by my side.
We also had an absolute blast on the golf course. Our only complaint was that the mother duck and her babies that keep waddling by us never let us play through, and they were super slow! Just kidding…it was pretty much my favorite part. Barrett’s favorite part of the course was that it features bent grass greens – which apparently he LOVES. Who knew? It plays 6,012 yards from the back tees.
Golf Digest ranked the par 3, 137-yard 8th “island” hole as “One of America’s Great Golf Holes”, and for good reason. The entire course was beautiful, and we were delighted by every twist and turn!’
An unexpected favorite moment of the trip was meeting my friends, the llamas. As you can see the llamas are professional made in the shade chill maniacs. I have literally never seen any mammal on this planet with the chill skill of these guys and gals.
One thing to note, Cashiers receives an average of 87.57 inches of precipitation annually, more than 7.25 inches a month, making it one of the rainiest places in the eastern United States. Bring your raincoat, but also know that a little bit of rain won’t spoil your plans. In fact, once you grab a rocking chair and open a bottle of wine on your beautiful porch you will be doing a rain dance! It’s glorious. And, it’s also one of the coolest places in the mountains, with an average daily July temperature of 78 degrees. Absolutely delightful!
Okay, okay…one more thing to note. Did any of you catch the Dirty Dancing TV remake? I missed it, but now I’m definitely going to watch because it was filmed in part at High Hampton Inn! I hope to get a glimpse of their famous red rocking chairs.
There were no phones or TVs in any of the rooms, so it was the perfect excuse to unplug and simply just enjoy.We absolutely can’t wait to go back!
Thank you to the amazing folks at High Hampton Inn for hosting us. Our experience was comped (what a great anniversary present!) which we really appreciate! Our opinions, experiences and happy tired puppy are all ours.