In the age of social media, travelers are seeking a whole new level of sophistication and creativity in their vacation experiences. Creature comforts like cozy bedding and serene spa treatments are always sought after in upscale resorts, but these offerings are not nearly as memorable as the comfort provided by a real creature! Solo travelers looking for a new friend of the furry variety or families in need of a little llama love can look no further than a picturesque vacation to the Blue Ridge Mountains at High Hampton Resort in Cashiers, NC.
For nearly a century, High Hampton Resort has played host to generations of celebrated moments and lasting memories with a legacy of warm and authentic hospitality. Summer at High Hampton provides a truly unforgettable guest experience for every member of the family. In addition to the cool mountain breezes, with temperatures that run 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the surrounding regions, the property has many unique resident animal offerings that allow guests to experience something new without leaving the resort.
Studies show interaction with animals has a multitude of positive effects on human’s mental and physical health. Guests can experience these benefits first hand by hiking to the base of Rock Mountain with High Hampton’s furry fleet of sure footed llamas every Thursday-Sunday seasonally. After the hikes, guests can get up close with the gentle animals at the Llama Olympics, where they preform tricks and pose for Instagram worthy photo-ops. For guests who prefer to enhance their golf experience instead, the llamas also make excellent caddies! They may not be able to provide advice on reading the greens, but they are pros at looking adorable while carrying your clubs through the resort’s scenic mountain golf course.
Guests that would prefer a more thrilling animal encounter can interact firsthand with birds of prey at High Hampton’s Falconry Program. The resort is proud to partner with falconer Curtis Wright Outfitters to teach guests about the red-tailed hawk, feed the birds of prey and have the hawk to fly to guests’ gloves.
For a more laidback animal experience, visitors can visit Fred and Ed, High Hampton’s resident miniature donkeys. They are known to enjoy the occasional carrot or apple slice from the dining room and offer little ones’ special hayrides every summer during holiday events.
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