HHI_1Sure family vacations are wonderful but sometimes a couple desires a special getaway to a magical place where memories are etched so deeply in their hearts and minds that nothing else quite compares.

For thousands of couples from around the nation, such a place exists where time stands still, beauty abounds, service and quality exceed expectations, and a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of life provides an oasis.

This is a place where golfing beckons, canoes and fishing poles are ready, a spa calls to rejuvenate the stressed, and elegant and sumptuous dining is offered three times a day in a historic inn of incomparable beauty.In Cashiers, North Carolina a southern haven resort as idyllic and picture perfect as a movie creates  memories with a focus on nature. This is the hidden jewel for couples in the south and east; and now even west coast couples are discovering the secret.

My husband and I have created two such memorable, romantic getaways in this magical place, without the kids. Truth be told, we have taken the kids there too, on a spearate occasion. It is a wonderful family vacation spot with excellent activities and programs for kids. But the most special and lavish memories I have of High Hampton were romantic ones of my husband and I Iuxuriating in the quietude and tranquility of such a spectacular place, alone, reconnecting with each other, without a care in the world.

High Hampton Inn, is a 1400 acre estate atop a sparkling 35 acre lake surrounded by cool mountain streams and the high forested peaks of the Blue HHI_2Ridge Mountains where world class golfing, gardens, and breathtaking hiking trails tempt outdoor lovers in a magnificent mountain setting at 3,600 feet-above-sea-level, where the cool breezes temper summer’s swelter.

The property is anchored by mountain vistas viewed from every room and porch where guests enjoy lazily rocking away a mountain morning with a good book and cup of steaming coffee. In the Dining Room, heart-stopping views – not to mention delicious, simple, country cuisine like rainbow trout, baked ham, fried and baked chicken, homemade pies and all the trimmings – are part of the reason that generations of guests return each year.  And there is no better place to share stories and make new friends for the coming years’ visits than the Inn’s Rock Mountain Tavern & Terrace, where guests can chat over a glass of wine, a mug of beer, or a specially mixed cocktail while enjoying a collection of fine art, books, and games.

Tennis players burn off their energy with  adults’ and senior adults’ tennis clinics.  And with the added specialties of professional exhibitions, private lessons, and tennis team packages, playing the nets has never been so delightful.

Enjoying the rose-tinged sparkle of spectacular sunrises and sunsets set amidst the backdrop of the 35-acre Hampton Lake; the centerpiece of the High Hampton Inn is the lake.  Here is the hub of activity with swimming, sailing, boating,  white sand beaches, fishing, and hiking trails.

HHI_3Exploring the Cashiers Valley, and its famous waterfalls and hiking trails with the High Hampton Inn as a home base, visitors can discover the breathtaking, awe-inspiring scenery of the Blue Ridge with guided half-day trips of varying difficulty and intensity, all arranged by the staff.  Best of all, everything is provided to the guest, from walking sticks to picnic lunches to bottled water. From yoga, Pilates, and body sculpting to personal training, the Hampton Health Club will have couples gleaming from head to toe.  Special spa and massage treatments are an added bonus – massages from classic Swedish to hot stone to Thai, to body wraps of clay and sea algae, to facial treatments brought from the four corners of the Earth. It’s easy to lose an afternoon in the quietness of the Health Club & Spa.

The rustically beautiful and elegant High Hampton Inn listed on the National Register of Historic Places, includes an inn, cottages, cabins, and a secluded lakeside cabin with a fabulous waterwheel.  Every accommodation overlooking the spectacular scenery of North Carolina’s sliver of the Blue Ridge Mountains, features a private bath, although thankfully, in true mountain style there are no telephones, televisions, or computers to distract from the complete resort tradition, and the main Lodge is cooled only by the mountain breezes.