The village of Cashiers (population around 150) evolved as a favored tourist destination from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, when travelers were desperate to find some respite from the mosquitoes and heat of the lowlands. The same promise of cool forests pulled Peter Kipp to the area as a young man, and he brought an unusual animal with him—a trained bird of prey.
Kipp, of Curtis Wright Outfitters, has been practicing the ancient art of falconry for over 30 years. He's one of the few licensed falconers in the country who give inexperienced bird lovers the chance to commune with hawks. Having a raptor fly from a branch to perch on your hand has the potential to change the way you view birds, even those just flitting around your backyard. "Falconry is about grace and instinct," Kipp says. "Everything in nature is connected, and you can really feel that when you're in these mountains."
BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company, has added High Hampton Inn & Country Club to its Benchmark Resorts & Hotels brand portfolio. The historic and storied property is located in Cashiers, North Carolina, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains.
Benchmark CEO Alex Cabañas said, "We are very excited to welcome High Hampton Inn to the Benchmark Hotels & Resorts brand portfolio. This scenic North Carolina property is one of America's most prestigious, historic resorts, with its rich history of hospitality extending back to the nineteenth century.”