A Sunday trip to the High Hampton Inn and Country Club in Cashiers, North Carolina was just the perfect trip. Chris is going to be traveling on our anniversary so he planned a nice weekend for us before he left. It included a quick trip to Cashiers, North Carolina to have lunch at the famed High Hampton Inn.
We arrived early and took the chance to walk the grounds a little bit. The beautiful rustic Inn is nestled behind some trees and once we drove around a bit and stopped and asked where it was we finally found it. We had missed the little wooden signs that pointed us to the Inn when we first drove in. Once we located it we parked and walked the short distance from the parking area to the inn.
The Inn is located on a small part of the 1,400 acre resort and is surrounded by rustic cottages with a view of the beautiful lake and mountains. There was an abundance of rocking chairs on the porches where guests and visitors can sit and relax and take in the view. While we were there we saw people swimming, kayaking, playing shuffleboard and bocce and just generally enjoying the space. I could imagine families coming to gather here year after year. It had the feel of a place where traditions are made and continued. Kind of like my Lakeside experience.
There were so many beautiful flowers and the backdrop of the mountains were absolutely breathtaking. The day we visited the air was crisp and clear and the smelled wonderfully fresh everywhere we walked.
Chris showed me a sign that he knew I would love. Llama walks are offered twice a week here and you can bet that is currently on my bucket list. I spied a sign up sheet and a small fee applies but well worth it to walk with the llamas.
Chris had booked our lunch on Open Table and when we got in line for the opening of the dining room at noon it was apparent that the buffet style lunch was going to be amazing. Tables loaded with salads, entrees, veggies and a huge table devoted to desserts dominated the center of the dining room. Tables were draped in red picnic style table cloths and mason jars of patriotic flowers complete with flags graced every table.
The food was indeed delicious and I limited myself to small portions of several things so I could sample a little bit of several offerings. I have to admit the honey cornbread muffins and the okra and tomatoes were my favorites. The fried chicken was light and juicy and the desserts were rich and tasty. The price for both of us was just around $50 and we were checked out by a young man with a Square reader on his phone very efficiently when we exited. Most of the people there were guests and their stay includes 3 meals a day. There is no tipping so it was easy to get in and get out without any drama. My perfect kind of experience.
I love it when my husband finds great places to explore and the trip to Cashiers was well worth the drive. If you are in the area make sure you check it out. It is easy to access the grounds and you don’t need to be a guest to stop by and have a meal. Check out their website here to learn more about this historic place nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It was definitely worth the windy drive through the mountains to find this little gem.
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Aw, what a special treat your hubby planned for your anniversary….so sweet! My Motor Man would never do anything like that: he rarely surprises me, because he’s afraid I won’t like what he chooses, whether it’s a trip or a gift!
Thanks for sharing your photos.
Did you walk with the llamas yet? They are such amusing-looking creatures!
I have not walked with these llamas yet but I suspect that will happen one of these days. I love llamas. 🙂
It was so good. I could not pick a favorite food!
Looks fabulous! Happy Anniversary!
What a lovely setting that sounds totally relaxing and with the bonus of great food. An early Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. Diamond!
Thanks so much, Audrey. This lunch was perfect. I would go back anytime! The place is beautiful and the food was delightful.
What a beautiful location! Happy anniversary!
Thanks Josh. IT was a fun day!
Sounds like the perfect anniversary outing. I hope you go on the walk with the llamas someday!!
I will definitely make it happen!
What a beautiful place. And that buffet looks amazing. We should eat okra more often up here.
I love okra. This dish was perfectly prepared as well. Yum.