On August 21, 2017, High Hampton Inn invites guests and visitors to stand in the shadow of the moon and experience the extremely rare cosmic coincidence of a total solar eclipse. At roughly 2:35 p.m. for 2 minutes and 23 seconds, the sky will go dark, the air will cool and the stars will be visible in the middle of the day as the sun is completely eclipsed by the moon for the first time in the US in 26 years. The last solar eclipse viewable in Jackson County was July 20, 1506 and the next total solar eclipse to pass through Jackson County will be October 17, 2153. This total solar eclipse has been coined "The Great American Solar Eclipse" because it is the only solar eclipse to appear across the entire continent of North America.
Celebration of this event will begin the moment you check in with souvenir gifts such as solar eclipse glasses. This private event will include live entertainment by the Chuck Courtenay Band and the David Teague Band, Llama Olympics, solar drink specials; build your own "Moon Pie" dessert station, and a delectable menu.
Experience a private guided hike with Astronomers to Rock Mountain and Chimney Top for a once in a lifetime experience. This hike will include a customized cooler included with Lunetta Prosecco, your choice of sandwich, dessert, and blanket. The hike is $100 per person and limited to 50 people. When you reach the viewing location you will have the best views in Cashiers with elevations of 4,370 feet and 4,618 feet. Expect to see planets, stars, and the Sun’s outer part of the atmosphere of glowing gases during the middle of the day.
Cost: $75.00 per Adult and $35.00 per Child
Time: 11:00a.m – 5:00p.m.