Established in 1922 in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, High Hampton resort is about to embark on its second century with a youthful spring in its step. The historic hotel, protected by its inclusion on the National Registry of Historic Places, has been carefully restored and updated by the team from Blackberry Farm in Tennessee and is scheduled to reopen in April. Blackberry’s owners, the Beall family, discovered High Hampton on vacation 40 years ago and subsequently purchased a home on the 1,400-acre estate.
The rustic property, with its bark-sided exterior, wood-paneled interiors and wrap-around porch, will remain substantially unaltered. But the inn rooms, cottages and log cabins have been enlarged and equipped with central heating, air-conditioning and modern baths. Public areas of the resort will now feature newly commissioned artwork and handcrafted furniture. And former members of the renowned culinary team at Blackberry Farm will bring their considerable talents to two new farm-to-table restaurants. Aside from boating and fishing on a 35-acre private lake, High Hampton offers a spa, an 18-hole mountain golf course and 15 miles of hiking trails. I intend to publish a full review as soon as conveniently possible.