Flower Fans Flock to North Carolina When Spring Arrives at High Hampton Inn

Experts from the North Carolina Botanical Gardens will guide visitors through 1,400 acres of spring blooms at the High Hampton Inn during the annual Wildflower Workshop, May 18-23. Nature's spring wardrobe of blues, pinks, whites and yellows makes this the perfect opportunity to explore and learn amid a profusion of azaleas, rhododendrons, dogwoods, irises and more.

Throughout the weekend, Peter White, director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, and James Ward, curator of the garden, will lecture on the uses and specialties of indigenous flowers, trees and shrubs, as well as how to help protect them and their habitats.

Days will be filled with walks, field trips, seminars and demonstrations. During the evenings, guests are invited to become better acquainted over cocktails. On Sunday evening the inn will host a wine and cheese reception, inviting guests to converse with the prestigious botanists in a setting outside of the workshop environment.

The cost for the two-day Wildflower Workshop is $370 per person, double occupancy, and $385 single occupancy, plus tax.

The workshop includes registration for six programs, three days and two nights at the High Hampton Inn, six meals, a wine and cheese reception, greens fees at High Hampton's mountain golf course, and complimentary tennis. Wildflower enthusiasts not staying at the inn can participate in the six programs for $110 per person.

The High Hampton Inn & Country Club, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a classically rustic stone-and-wood mountain inn overlooking the scenery of North Carolina's sliver of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Amenities at this 3,600-foot elevation, 1,400-acre, 117-room resort (with lodge rooms, cottages and cabins, all with private bath) include seasonal events (children's programs, golf and tennis clinics, wildflower workshops), an 18-hole golf course, a full dining room with three buffets daily, six tennis courts and a 35-acre lake for swimming, boating, fishing and other water-related activities.

FYI: For more information or reservations, call 828-743-2411 or visit www.highhamptoninn.com/events-detail.aspx?eid=2.

Two Resorts, One Price

Two of Jamaica's classic resorts, Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay and Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios, are offering a six-night vacation package featuring three nights at both of these world-famous properties, including breakfast daily, private transfers between the resorts and to and from the airport, tax and service, for $2,681 per couple from May 1 to Oct. 31.

Both resorts offer Jamaican warmth with all the amenities needed for a top-of-the-line vacation. The readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure consistently rate them among the world's best.

Round Hill is located on a 110-acre peninsula, just eight miles west of Sangster International Airport. The package includes three nights in an oceanfront room located in the Pineapple House, designed by Ralph Lauren, with bathrooms by Waterworks. Upstairs rooms have beautiful views; first-floor rooms have balconies or patios. Guests will receive full a breakfast daily on the seaside terrace or in-room, a complimentary welcome beverage on arrival, afternoon tea and complimentary use of non-motorized water sports and the fitness center.

Jamaica Inn, a six-acre property owned by the same family for nearly 50 years, is located on a private cove with a 700-foot private white sand beach that is arguably the best in Jamaica. Guests can indulge in an innovative menu based on the finest local ingredients in an open-air dining room or in the privacy of their suite on their own verandah. The package includes three nights accommodation in a Premier Verandah Suite located either directly on the water or right on the beach, both with views of the blue Caribbean. All suites have verandas, air conditioning, ceiling fans and Jamaican antiques.

Also included in the package is breakfast daily, served in the dining room overlooking the sea, a complimentary Planter's Punch on arrival and one each day on the beach. In addition, there is a fitness center, kayaking, snorkeling and sunfish sailing at the property, and tennis available nearby.

FYI: For more information, visit www.roundhilljamaica.com or www.jamaicainn.com. For reservations for the Classics of Jamaica Package, call 800-972-2159 at Round Hill or 800-837-4608 at Jamaica Inn.
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