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!halfmilefarm.com
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?halfmilefarm.com
with a grateful heart for all of you,