It could be either. Ed and Fred are the two miniature donkeys who reside at High Hampton Inn. For more than 90 years, guests have been returning to High Hampton Inn over and over – just because they love it – and because it’s always (well almost always) the same. At High Hampton, it’s all about tradition. You still have to dress for dinner (coat and tie required), tea is served at 4:00 p.m., Ed and Fred pull a wagon for children to take hayrides and Southern Fried Chicken is served every Sunday at noon. I should know – I’ve been one of these guests since I was 9 years old. I can remember the horse camp across the street (which is no longer there), the year the Inn installed a TV in the lobby, the year the bar transitioned from BYOB to serving wine and beer to serving “real” drinks (but it still closes at 10:00 p.m.), and when they removed the pay phone booth from the lobby (cell phones now rule).
Now we bring our boys to enjoy the same things my sister and I remember from our childhood. The first time my oldest was here, he was 3 months old – and he slept in an armchair that we shoved up to the side of the bed. LOL. Now he’s 18 and a freshman in college. Hard to believe. My two others are 16 and 13 (almost 14). This is one of their most favorite vacations ever. The same families come back year after year on the same weekend. The boys hang out with the same friends and we visit with the same parents. Our table for meals now holds 20 of us – 4 families and friends that can’t wait to catch up with each other and share stories and bits of life that have occurred over the past year. Too much fun!
And here we are – dressed for dinner and our Saturday night traditional photo. Always perfect. Always the same. High Hampton – we hope you never change!