I am convinced that High Hampton Inn is the perfect place to vacation. When my mom made our reservations early on in the year, I dreamt about it for months before we actually made our voyage! Basically, happy thoughts of High Hampton Inn got me through the semester that I never thought would end!
What is so phenomenal about it? It is simple. It is old-fashioned. It is peaceful. This particular trip to High Hampton was with my mother, grandmother, aunt, and uncle. The ladies in my family love to talk, and the multiple porches and long dinners provided ample opportunity for us to do so. As a girl who loves to devour magazine pages, the atmosphere begged for me to take the time to do that as well. We took walks around the property, ate delicious food in the dining room, dressed up for dinner (a mandatory rule the inn has made that I am obsessed with), mingled with other guests, participated in post dinner bingo and afternoon tea, tried out the new “Hampton Market,” and slept with the windows open at night. I even got the privilege of going to the High Hampton Inn Spa! It was an absolute pleasure. When that kind of treatment is involved, who cares whether or not there is internet, phone service, or air conditioning?
This vacation meant so much to me, because it was not only a breath of fresh air after an insane semester, but also such a sweet time with my family. I have a feeling that many guests leave with that same thought as well. That is just what the Inn does, it provides the perfect opportunity for you to relax and enjoy one another’s company.
I will let these images speak for themselves, and hopefully you will be able to understand a little bit more of what High Hampton Inn is like. I crave it every summer, and I hope to keep going there for years to come!
PLAY // Hear the Noise That Moves So Soft and Low by James Vincent McMorrow
Owner of Dovetail Antiques, Sally Johannessen, curates her merchandise beautifully. It is evident that every item was hand-picked by her, and that there is a story behind each as well. She tells me of her travels to France (where much of her goods come from) and flea markets abroad. Her passion for gorgeous things of old is infectious, and going in Dovetail is an absolute pleasure. Her doves will even greet you at the door as they coo to one another! So sweet. To decorate a home full of these antiques would be divine!
PLAY // La Javanaise by Madeleine Peyroux
If you are ever in the mountains of Cashiers, North Carolina vacationing, do take a peek in Dovetail!
Also, totally unrelated…but look at this POST by Garance Dore. It is about a museum exhibition and it looks incredible! If only I could see it in real life! Anyone want to go to France with me? We could bring back Sally some antiques…
Lush white bedding. No air conditioning. Gorgeous flowers. Ping pong tables. Screened in doors and windows. Large fans. Afternoon tea. Dining room meals with other guests. Wooden walls. Wake up knocks instead of wake up calls.
Welcome to The High Hampton Inn. A step back in time, really. After 6:30 p.m., “Gentlemen are required to wear coat and tie,” and ladies are required to wear a dress, skirt, or something else that meets the “nice” requirements (jeans are, by no means, included in that category). What sounds like fancy fuss actually ends up being really a wonderful thing. Today, we have gotten so casuallllll with absolutely everything! Guests now value dinner as something special and out of the ordinary, and children feel as if they couldn’t look any better (and it by no means hinders them from playing around barefoot on the grounds immediately after dinner).
Also, with no cell service or Internet, one might at first almost have a panic attack from the lack of connection with the rest of the world, but soon after, all is well. What? Family? Board games? Bingo?? Who would have thought those things still existed!!! Seriously, after dinner all the guests head downstairs to watch the kids play a game all together, while the moms drink wine, the dads discuss basketball, and my mom and Grandmother read or write. I even wrote like twenty letters. Okay, not twenty, but a lot.
My third time here, this time around it is different. I experienced it as a child, and man was it magical. Running in and out with screened in doors slamming behind me, finding shelter behind bushes during hide and go seek, canoeing in the lake, hiking on the mountain…blah blah blah. I even met a kid and was pen pals with him for the rest of the year one of the times. But this time it is remarkable in a very different way. Conversation is the main form of entertainment, you gotta leave the windows open so you don’t roast at night, and the wait staff becomes your new best friend (Ricardo totally offers to bring us extra goodies at dinner and breakfast).
Southern charm and hospitality are provided here like nowhere else. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it really is something to be bragged about (yes, even from a girl who loves her phone, Internet, and a big city…trust me).