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The Inn at Half Mile Farm



Happy Thanksgiving!  I told you the other day I would have a less thought provoking post for you today and that I would share my favorite Highlands inn with you.  So just sick back, relax, and enjoy my favorite … The Inn at Half Mile Farm.  I wish I could just take you all there!

It sits a few miles outside of town – giving it a more secluded, peaceful atmosphere.  We have not been to Highlands in a few years, and it was owned by Jack Henry and his wife when we last visited.  They were the brainchild behind the project – buying the farm, renovating it, and opening it as an inn in 2001.  We visited it several times in its early years before it was sold to the Messer family.  My in-laws ended up building a cabin near there, so we stayed at their cabin more often than in Highlands itself for awhile.

When I first read the inn had been sold, I was a little worried.   But all the reviews since then have been superb, so the Messers must be doing a wonderful job with it.  (By the way, that porch above has great views of the pond that sits down the hill from it.)

To get to Half Mile Farm, you drive a few miles out of Highlands, turn right on a road, and then follow a dirt road back through the woods to the inn…nicely isolated.  We parked the car and entered the farmhouse from the back.  You walk through a plank walled hallway to the innkeeper’s desk, and right off the hall is this comfortably pretty common area.  They also serve wine and hors d’oeuvres there in the evening.

On the other side of the hall is the breakfast room.  A heavy breakfast is served each morning for their guests, and I loved their baked eggs with tarragon and leeks so much that Jack gave me the recipe.  Of course their recipe calls for 30 eggs, and it feeds 13!  They do have a cookbook, so perhaps I need to order that to see if they have the recipe scaled down to a family sized portion.

The entire complex is made up of the restored farmhouse, 2 new additional buildings housed around the courtyard, and a number of very old log cabins that were moved onto the 14 acre property and restored.  There are 4 rooms available in the farmhouse.  Here is one:

This is the courtyard behind the original farmhouse where you can see some of the new additions.  There is also a swimming pool not far from here.

My favorite rooms are in the new additions.  How do you like this one with its painted bed and floral fabrics?

Here is one of the new bathrooms.  (All of the bathrooms in the farmhouse have also been renovated and beautifully modernized.)

This is the room that we have stayed in several times.  (Naturally, I would want the room with the red checked fabric.)

But the next time we go, I hope we will stay in this room.  (By the way, all of the rooms in the farmhouse and in the additions are named after waterfalls in the area.)

When we were there, I did not see any of the cabins that have been moved in and restored.  From what I have read online, they look like they would be fantastic places to stay.

And you should know by now, if I have a snow photo I have to include it!

Not only is my post today my Thanksgiving one, but it also marks my 100th post since starting this blog.  I wanted to let you know that on this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for many things…one if which is you.  I so enjoy doing this, and I am thankful that you all are out there spending your time here, reading my words, and talking with me about houses and anything else I write about.  I hope your Thanksgiving is full of food, family, and fun, and that you have renewed energy for whatever you are doing on Friday and the coming weekend…like maybe……

…….decorating for Christmas?

with a grateful heart for all of you,

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Susan - November 16, 2013 - 8:21 pm

Enjoying all your posts. Was thrilled when I saw your post on Inn @ Half Mile Farm. We have been going there every year for our anniversary for many years. We love and nice to hear someone else does too!! Loving all your posts!!

Carolyn Bradford - November 29, 2012 - 10:43 pm

LOVE this post! My parents have a house in Highlands so it is very near and dear to our heart! We’ve stayed at the Old Edward’s Inn a lot but never here! Would love to!
Carolyn – You are so lucky that your parents have a house in Highlands!! I would love to live there. If you get a chance, you should stay at Half Mile Farm. It is a truly wonderful place.

Paula B. - November 26, 2012 - 1:59 pm

What a lovely post, wanting to stay there very much. And, have I got just the places for you to visit if you ever get to Cape Cod. I’m so glad I found your blog, every post is just filled with delights. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving,let the Christmas merriment begin!
Paula – You need to make a trip to NC and stay there. It is a beautiful and relaxing place. We made a short trip to Cape Cod a few years ago, and I can’t wait to go back. I hope to do a post on the inn where we stayed next summer. I agree with you – Let the Christmas merriment begin!

Judy - November 23, 2012 - 4:49 pm

i’ve been so lazy lately and have failed to comment on your posts and congratulate you on making it to 100! i’m so happy I’ve “met” you and hope to meet you in person one of these days.

your posts are always so beautifully thought out and presented…keep it up!

hope you all had a fabulous thanksgiving…can’t wait to see some of your christmas decorations.
Judy – You have been a traveler lately! Thank you for the congratulations and your compliments. I hope we get to meet up one day too. Our Thanksgiving was a good one, and I am working like crazy to get Christmas things up around here. I had said that I would not decorate this year until most of the shopping was done, so I am proud to have most of that task checked off. Hallelujah

Taylor Greenwalt - November 23, 2012 - 11:24 am

What a charming Inn and so quaint. I would love to stay here. Congrats on your 100 post. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.
Julie – Thank you! It is a charming place. We had a very good Thanksgiving! And by the way, your Thanksgiving post was beautiful!

Dawn - November 22, 2012 - 7:13 pm

Kelly, I do love this Inn and the cabins. The front porch and common area fireplace are my favorites! Thanks for sharing the pictures.Happy Thanksgiving!
Dawn – That common area is really beautiful – and big! I like the breakfast room too, and I don’t think the photos really do it justice.

Garden, Home and Party - November 22, 2012 - 2:33 pm

What a lovely inn. I’m so impressed with the wonderful decor in these inns. I’ve been to a few inns or B&B and they, while fun to stay in, usually have tired looking, country decor. I love country decor so I’m not being unfair. I always thought that was just one of the sad facts when staying at a bed and breakfast.
This is such a great holiday for reflecting on the many things we have to be thankful for. I am thankful for my blog friends too!
Karen – You are right about so many of the inns being so “tired” looking in their country décor. And no, you are not being unfair. There was an inn that I really loved back in the 90′s, and it was very upscale then. I wanted to do a post on it, but when I looked at all their rooms online recently, they had not updated much of anything. So needless to say, I did not do a post on them. I think I research things to death before finding ones that I like!

Cathy Norrie - November 22, 2012 - 10:30 am

Congratulations on 100 delightful posts!


Happy Thanksgiving – I hope you have a wonderful day.

Our landscape is so Christmassy… fresh snow almost every day and the temps. are way down (-20 C today… nor sure what it is in F). I’m waiting until it gets a bit warmer before I decorate for Christmas.

In Thanks…
Cath – Thank you! We did have a wonderful day for Thanksgiving – just wish we could spread all the food out more than 2 big meals in one day. Goodness it is a lot! Hope you got some Christmas decorating done. -20 C would be a bit too cold for me to do much of anything I think!

Wanda - November 22, 2012 - 8:51 am

Happy Thanksgiving my dear friend and congratulates on you 100th post! An accomplishment to be sure! I love this Inn and have put it on my places to visit in the near future!

May your family be blessed with a wonderful day and may your table be filled with a bounty of food and surrounded by all those you love!
Wanda – Just now catching up on all the blog comments. Thank you for your thoughtful comments. I hope you get to one day visit the Inn at Half Mile Farm. It is such a wonderful place.

Debbie - November 22, 2012 - 8:49 am

Was Jack Henry’s wife named Beth? My good friend’s sister (“Beth”- can’t remember her last name)and her husband owned the Inn years ago and I visited there with my friend. It is beautiful. I am so glad to see that the beautiful property is still an inn that others can enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I love the days when I get a new blog post from you in my inbox!
Debbie – YES, Jack’s wife is named Beth! What a small world. Didn’t you just love the inn?! Can you tell me what they are up to now? Are they running another inn, or have they retired from that business? I hope your Thanksgiving was a good one. Ours was full of food!

Emily - November 22, 2012 - 5:38 am

Congratulations on your 100th post! I have so enjoyed your blog and the sharing of your home with us. So thankful and grateful for people like yourself to take the time and effort to share themselves. Your posts about Highlands brings back so many memories for us. We had been to the last Inn and restaurant you posted about. We too, love the area. It is truly unique.
Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Take care.
Emily – I am glad the posts brought back happy memories for you, and I am glad you are enjoying the blog!

Barbie - November 21, 2012 - 11:53 pm

Thanks for sharing this beautiful farmhouse. Happy Thanksgiving, Kelly!
Barbie – Thank you for reading and commenting! We had a good Thanksgiving. I hope yours was too.

Mickey Cybulski - November 21, 2012 - 11:12 pm

Thank you for sharing that beautiful farmhouse. Happy Thanksgiving, your blog is my favorite. Mickey
Mickey – How sweet of you to say that about the blog! Goodness! I am glad that you liked the farmhouse.

Barbara (WA) - November 21, 2012 - 9:40 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to You! I will spend Friday baking even more pies because my mom is turning 90 years old on Saturday!! We’re having a party for her that day. It’ll be next week before I begin to focus on Christmas. Congratulations on your 100th post. I’m glad I found your blog!
Barbara – How wonderful that your mom is reaching 90 years! Wow! I hope the party was a good one. I am so glad you found the blog too.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - November 21, 2012 - 9:11 pm

That Inn looks amazing….I would love to stay in one of those cabins on a cold winter day with the fire going….so beautiful…I shall put this wonderful place on my list!!!
Happy Thanksgiving and Congratulations on your 100th post!!!! I look forward to the next 100!
Shirley – That sounds like such a wonderful idea! I hope you get to visit there one day. Thank you for the congratulations.

Linda Strickler - November 21, 2012 - 9:11 pm

That is such a beautiful farmhouse, I would never want to leave. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!
Linda – You are right about never wanting to leave! Sitting on the front porch is so relaxing.

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