High Hampton Inn casts cultivated country spell in Blue Ridge foothills

Often people who come to the Cashiers, North Carolina area to look at real estate for sale will ask me where a nice place to stay is. I found this article on High Hampton and thought I would post it for those of you who like something different. I took the picture last winter which is the view from the Resort looking onto the lake.

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High Hampton Inn casts cultivated country spell in Blue Ridge foothills

Some say the High Hampton Inn & Country Club isn't for everyone, but it's hard to imagine who would dislike the historic resort's comfortable mix of rustic charm, seasoned sophistication, and service that is attentive without being intrusive.

"I'm not sure we want the secret to get out," chuckled Lexington, Ky., anesthesiologist Emil Menk as he reeled a bass lure through the shallows of the inn's 35-acre, spring-fed Lake Hampton. "It's really a great place to get away."

The 1,400-acre resort, finishing its 85th year open to the public, is located just a few blue ridges north of the South Carolina line and an hour or so southwest of Asheville. Once the property of wealthy South Carolina planters, it is just south of Cashiers (pronounced CASH-ers), N.C., along N.C. 107. From Cincinnati, it's about a six-hour drive.

Daily rates for the 117 rooms begin at $135 a person on the traditional "American Plan," which includes meals. "It seems expensive," said Menk, "but if you get three meals a day, it's really quite reasonable."

At the High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, N.C., the ambience is much more pine and planky than fine and swanky. There is hardware dating to the Tennessee Valley Authority era, window latches can be balky, and room keys come attached to rough wooden disks.

Paths are covered with checker piece-size stones worn perfectly smooth and flat by untold ages in rushing mountain streams - tough to walk on in heels, but perfect for teaching your children the art of skipping rocks, which is exactly the kind of low-tech, high-satisfaction activity the old inn offers.

And everything works: beds are soft, bathrooms are modern and convenient, and there's even wireless Internet service in the lobby - but only there, along with the inn's only phones and televisions.

It's a nice surprise in these days of specialization to find that the resort is essentially self-contained. You can hit most of the high points of Blue Ridge mountain tourism without ever leaving the property: swim and boat, or hike the scenic trails that range from a gentle round-the-lake stroll to challenging jaunts up the resort's looming, granite-faced Chimney Top Mountain (4,618 feet) and Rock Mountain (4,730 feet). Go now through November, and the forests will be bursting with rich reds and golds.

You can get a steam bath, massage and workout at the 5,500-square-foot spa and health club, curl up with a book in one of the innumerable nooks and crannies, try tennis on one of the six clay courts or a round of golf on the resort's course, which has been praised for its beauty and playability in Golf Digest Magazine.

After-dinner activities include speakers, magic shows, live music and bingo that can fill the lobby with a 100 or more laughing guests of all ages. A casual mixer-type atmosphere puts guests at ease and establishes relationships that can span a vacation, or years.
In the summer, organized activities for kids include hay rides, pajama parties,and arts and crafts. Teens enjoy kayaking, bonfires, disc golf and geocaching, a sort of treasure hunt game using satellite-based global-positioning technology.

The inn traces its roots 170 years back to Civil War General and South Carolina governor Wade Hampton, who used the mountain refuge to escape the stifling, mosquito-cursed summers of his lowland plantations. The present inn, reconstructed after a 1932 fire, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its chestnut-bark exterior provides natural bug protection as well as a backwoods look.

On the broad veranda of the hunting lodge-style inn, you can play Ping-Pong or sit in a rocking chair and contemplate the old-growth bald cypress and heirloom gingko, bottlebrush buckeye and copper beech trees growing on the front lawn. Or you can try the ring-and-hook game that seems irresistible to children.

The dining room is full of families of 10, 15 or 20 members of succeeding generations surrounding long tables decorated with fresh dahlias grown on the property. (From late July through early October guests are welcome to cut blooms in the sun-washed garden near the front gate to decorate their rooms or cottages.)

Other High Hampton visitors make the resort the scene of social, rather than family, reunions. Allison Holly, of Miami, Fla., spent girlhood summers at nearby Camp Merrie-Woode while her parents vacationed at the High Hampton. "We would put on a musical every summer, and come to High Hampton Inn to put on the show," she said.

After she and other camp friends graduated from Wake Forest University and launched adult lives, "We just started thinking, wouldn't it be fun to come back with our families and have a group trip," she said. "We knew that it was super family-oriented and kid-friendly."
The wholesome atmosphere of the resort, together with its buffet-style meals where men are expected to dress "appropriately" for dinner, seemed perfect for the old friends, their spouses, and a posse of 10 kids, none older than seven. "I love it; the men have to wear a coat and tie for dinner," laughed Allison. "It's fun; it really brings everyone together."

Togetherness isn't limited to your own group. Like a traditional cruise ship, you'll have the same table throughout your visit, dining near the same folks for the duration. It's easy and pleasant to get into the habit of exchanging the day's itinerary over the dining room's hearty and delicious fare such as pork roast, egg soufflé Spanish style, steamed vegetable dishes and the inn's trademark trout.

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This is Lonesome Valley, Cashiers North Carolina

When I first arrived in Cashiers, NC I had seen the signs from the road for Lonesome Valley, a community located just minutes from the center of town, yet very secluded.

It wasn't until we met the developer that I actually stopped in to tour the community.
From the street one wouldn't know how much the 800 acre community had to offer
unless they took a tour. Much of its beauty is over the large meadow and hill which can't been seen from the road.

Future site of sports complex

viewing area of Laurel Knob laurel knob rock face can be seen throughout the community
The community of Lonesome Valley in Cashiers, NC is a 800 acre development with only 211 home sites averaging 3 acres in size. The community features creeks and ponds, natural waterfalls and views of the Laurel Knob Rock Face.

My husband and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet with the developer a few weeks ago. It was a casual meeting, since he had already seen our community, The Preserve at Eagle Crest, we were both curious to see what his community also had to offer.

On our tour through the beautiful community we were told by the developer that there are over 100 wild turkeys roaming around, we saw streams, bridges, creeks and waterfalls throughout. All the lakes and ponds are stocked with trout and bass; there are many natural old logging trails still in place which owners will use for walking trails throughout the community.

The most impressive of our tour was a nice secluded spot that included an up close and personal view of Laurel Knob Rock face.

Laurel Knob resides in the Panthertown Valley, just outside Cashiers, NC. The Carolina Climbers Coalition has purchased approximately fifty acres of land, including the main face right of the gully (as seen in the photo above), as well as a tract of land to be utilized for trail access.
Lonesome Valley has kept nature in mind when designing a wonderful viewing area of the Laurel Knob Rock Face. The above shot was taken at about 5pm in the afternoon. In the morning, the view is even more dramatic due to the positioning of the sun.
There are picnic tables and an enclosed pavilion for just relaxing and taking in the scenery. They had a nice sandwich platter from Cornucopia Restaurant in Cashiers, NC, drinks and tiki torches lit when we arrived at the site. What a nice treat!

Their plans include having private spa tents overlooking this beautiful landscape which will be located on 55 acres of this private luxurious, yet casual community.

For your private tour of Lonesome Valley please contact Rae @ 828-226-8837

Sapphire Ridge-Sapphire Valley/Cashiers, NC

I've decided to write a little review of my own when I take a tour of a community. I think it's important in deciding what to buy, and where to buy, to take a look at different areas and price ranges. Like the show "What you get for the money". This is my version!

This neighborhood is situated above Holly Forest and beneath Eagle Ridge in the Resort Community of Sapphire Valley/Cashiers, NC. Elevation is somewhere around 3,400-3,700 ft.

This community will be gated once the roads & infrastructure are completed. Large estate size lots, community water, big easterly to southwest mountain views. Owning in Sapphire Ridge will also give you access to the Sapphire Valley Amenities.

Developer will provide septic permit and survey at closing.

Lot 25 is my pick as the number one lot in this subdivision as it offers a great up close view of the face of Little Hogback Mountain and the Eastern Continental Divide. The lot is 2.7 acres

Other lots have nice creeks running through them and waterfall views as well. Pricing range from 125K to 275K and lot sizes are 1.6 to 4.0 acres in size.

For those investors looking to get in on the ground level there are no restrictions on timeframe to build. You won't be able to get up to the site without a 4 wheel drive until paving is complete, as there are signs posted at the entrance.

Let me know when you'll be in town. I'll be happy to show you the any of the lots Sapphire Ridge!

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Martha Stewart enters world of real estate-North Carolina

Martha Stewart enters world of real estate
Domestic diva to help create a neighborhood of 650 new homes
The Associated Press

CARY, N.C. - What could be better than waking up on Martha Stewart sheets in a Martha Stewart bed, drying off after your shower with Martha Stewart towels, gardening with Martha Stewart tools, and ending your day with a Martha Stewart recipe served on Martha Stewart plates at a Martha Stewart table?

Why, doing it all under the tastefully gabled roof of your Martha Stewart home in a complete Martha Stewart subdivision, of course.

Back from a prison stay, the omnipresent domestic diva has extended her brand yet again, partnering with developer KB Home to create a New England-style neighborhood of 650 houses in this affluent Raleigh suburb that seems to be embracing its longtime nickname, “Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees.”

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Progress Update-The Preserve at Eagle Crest-Lake Glenville/Cashiers

Progress Update:
We are now underway in planning our Grand Opening party for late October.

The roads are getting the finishing touches now. The Guest House/Sales Center has been decorated and our Outdoor Pavilion's Stone Patio is finished.

read more....THE PRESERVE AT EAGLE CREST: Progress Update-The Preserve at Eagle Crest-Lake Glenville/Cashiers

"Best" Magazines for North Carolina Real Estate & Culture

This is also another one of my favorite magazines. I thought it was important for folks who may be looking to relocate and purchase Real Estate in North Carolina to research the different areas. So, this has turned out to be my week of "Best Magazines" for North Carolina Real Estate and culture!
Our new development near Cashiers, North Carolina called The Preserve at Eagle Crest chose Our State Magazine to advertise in because of the loyalty of their subscribers and wonderful content they have.
Robin Clark, from Our State Magazine stated "Our paid subscribers as of this letter is 141,478.
She also sent me this email:
Just a note to let you know some great news here at Our State Magazine. As you may, or may not know, 2008 is our 75th Anniversary year. As we prepare to celebrate this major publishing feat, we find ourselves extremely grateful for all we have to rejoice in.

The magazine continues to get better with more photography, fresh stories, and a couple new staff members who are contributing an even greater level of experience to the pages.Because of the beautiful and awe-inspiring covers, our newsstand sales are going through the roof.

The Best of Our State at the Grove Park Inn is sold out, and our first ever Best of Our State at the Outer Banks is generating quite the buzz on the coast.

Our State, the television show, had the great fortune to earn a regular time slot this year - Thursday at 8:00 p.m. This has enabled the show to receive ratings higher than such popular shows as Masterpiece Theater, Nova and Mystery.

Check out the OurState website for more information and subscription rates.

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This is one of my favorite magazines dedicated to Western North Carolina.


WNC’s September/October issue is currently on newsstands with features
on unique farms, agricultural heritage, herbal medicines, and hearty
fall brews.

WNC magazine is a lifestyle magazine celebrating the unique people and
cultures; arts, crafts, and architecture; history and foodways of
Western North Carolina. Each issue includes features on current topics
facing residents, profiles on intriguing locals; and regular
departments with gorgeous homes, great weekend escapes, a calendar of
regional events, and a comprehensive dining guide.

For more information or to subscribe, call (828) 210-5030 or log on to
http://www.wncmagazine.com/. WNC magazine is available at area newsstands for
a cover price of $4.95.

WNC magazine—Mountain living in Western North Carolina.

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Design considerations for Log & Timber Frame Homes

Search for all Timber Frame Homes for Sale in Western North Carolina

Three must-know design considerations for Log & Timber Frame Home Building

Whether you've been waiting a couple of months or a couple of decades to build a log home, you know that size and layout are key to whether your home will live up to your dreams.

Here's what the experts say when it comes to Log Home Design 101:
Be true to your site, your budget, and your lifestyle, and you won't go wrong.
While it's only human to start amassing folders of home designs from magazines and off the internet, it's best to not fall too far in love with a particular design until you have your land.

Some communities have covenants directing the size and height of your house. And a site that's clinging to the side of a mountain with a fantastic view in one direction and a bland roadbank on the other merits a different house than, say, a flat wooded lot with an inviting stream on one side of your building site, a spectacular birch grove on another, and a wildlife trail on the third."

Things to know before you build:
If there is a dramatic view, you want to optimize it at much as possible," says Bridger Mountain Log Homes' Brian Gregoire, noting that rooms that get the most use, such as a great room, dining room, and kitchen, should be designed to take the best advantage of sweeping vistas, while rooms designed for more private functions such as sleeping and reading or watching television might have less access to the panorama outside.
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in Western North Carolina Contact us mailto:info@carolinapg.com or call 828-226-8837