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The Inn at Millstone…a Mystery, and the Giveaway Continues


I have a mystery for you today.  Several year ago while looking for an inn at which to stay in Cashiers, North Carolina I came across The Inn at Millstone.

It was a beautiful inn – built in 1933 as a private residence on 20 acres that were bordered by the Chatooga River. According to information I had read, it had been sold a number of times and renamed a few times too…The Millstone Inn, The Inn at Millstone, and I even found where it (or the surrounding land) was named The Lodges at Millstone.

It had even gone through an extensive renovation and was the Cashiers Decorator’s Showhouse one year with a number of designers decorating its beautiful wood interiors.

I loved all the stone work and the “rustic elegance” as they called it- not to mention the antiques and the view out the windows.

There were 5 suites and 2 cottages on the property.  This was the Blueridge

The Sunrise Cabin was my favorite, and this was its living

This was the dining

Another room was named the Chatooga room and was located in the main

I really liked the neutral colors and the fabrics in it.

The inn operated as a bed and breakfast with a full service restaurant.  Here was a menu.

How about dinner?

and a dessert?

Doesn’t it look like it would have been wonderful?  So here is the mystery.  I cannot find it in operation anymore.  The website states, “Closed for the 2011 season.” Well that has been awhile.  I cannot find the information on when it was the Decorator’s Showhouse…and I know I remember reading that it was indeed the showhouse one year.  I cannot find the listing for the property sales of “The Lodges at Millstone,” even though there was a link on one of the pages for it on their website.

Do any of you know what has become of this lovely inn?  Someone on Tripadvisor asked the same question a few years back but did not really get a good answer. It would be such a beautiful place to go for a November weekend getaway.

And now from a getaway to a giveaway… just a reminder that there is a giveaway going on for two cans of the Williams Sonoma pumpkin cupcake mix.  Leave a comment on any post I publish between 10/31/12 and 11/10/12, and you are entered for the drawing on 11/10/12.  Pretty simple, right? (and just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner. :))

So do you have a theory on what has become of my mystery inn?  I wonder if it is in operation under another name, or perhaps it is now a private residence…

 would love to hear your thoughts!

**Giveaway has closed.  Winner announced on 11/12/12

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Steve - October 21, 2015 - 1:14 pm

What a shame! We celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary there in June 1995 and it was absolutely charming. I recall the owners saying they were already completely booked for the dates of the following year’s Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

We spent our honeymoon at another lovely place nearby, the Fairfield Inn, which was demolished in 1986.,_North_Carolina)

Hate to see these places disappear.
I hate to as well. I remember the Fairfield Inn too. We stopped there and visited the lake a number of times back in the early 80’s.
So sad. 🙁

Melanie - October 7, 2015 - 9:37 pm

Sad to report that the Inn has been torn down. I visited there a few times over the years and always found it intriguing. After AIG lost the property it was purchased by a private owner, but sadly the years of sitting vacant while AIG owned it were its ruin. According to friends of ours who own a home in the community surrounding the Inn property, the new owners couldn’t save it due to the wildlife living in it and the infestation of insects/rodents in those beautiful wood walls. So sad.
Oh…I had not thought about animals and insects in those wood walls. That is sooo sad. What a waste of a beautiful beautiful building. I just hate that.

Mike Mulcahy - N. Barrington, Il - August 4, 2015 - 2:08 pm

This is sort of amazing as I read all these comments and this BLOG.
I had just been writing to a friend and mentioned staying at the MILLSTONE INN…1989, 1990, and 1991. We stayed in 108 I believe was the number but it was the Main first floor room off the patio. I was just looking for the Inn on the internet and now I read all the mystery surrounding it. What a shame but understandable as a building left vacant so long was bound to have deteriorated. I too had sat out and admired the Whiteside Mountain…taken the hike to the falls….met some fun people there and truly had rich memories. The other main room facing the mountain was a lounge area for guests at the time…play chess, sit, read or converse over the complimentary sherry.

Malcolm Hutchings - May 16, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Just went by the old Millstone Inn that I so dearly loved. Giant backhoe tearing it to the ground. Sorry to report this. Feeling sad.

Sydney Corvinus - April 6, 2015 - 8:05 pm

My name is Sydney and I am the last innkeeper for this property that was owned by AIG Baker. I just heard today that this magical property has been purchased. I do not know what the new owners have in store for it but I truly hope they will hold the traditions of this property dear for future generations to enjoy.
Sydney, thank you so much for the information! Please let us know if you hear any more details about what will become of the gorgeous inn. I hope it will indeed be operated as an inn again in the future.

Kyle Bryner - February 23, 2015 - 10:05 am

Hello! I know this mystery is years old by now, but hopefully I can clear things up a little.

I was the chef at the Inn at Millstone (the one whose food is pictured), and opened the Inn under AIG/Baker’s ownership, who spent the small fortune to remodel the Inn with no expenses spared.

After being in operation for a few seasons the AIG/Baker company split. Alex Baker and AIG couldn’t agree on what to do with the property, so it has sat for 4-5 years unoccupied. It really is a shame, because the place was so very special.

I hope in the near future someone will purchase and reopen the Inn and return the hidden gem to it’s former glory.
Oh my goodness!! Kyle, thank you so much for posting this. Do you know if it is listed for sale with any realty company? It is an absolute shame that it is sitting unoccupied.

cbpfeffer - July 23, 2014 - 7:00 pm

Yes. I have stayed at the Milestone Inn with my husband over the years. It is located between Highlands and Cashiers. We accidently discovered the Milestone Inn one summer while taking our children to camp.Of course, there were no available rooms at that time. The owners gave us a short tour of the property which gave us a glimpse of the beautiful mountain view from the Inn’s massive great room.
The Milestone Inn soon became our favorite Autuminal vacation spot. The old Inn is lovely in more ways than I can describe. The living accomodations were outstanding as well as the panoramic view. The view reminded us of the mountains in Germany. On our last visit, which has been several years ago, the Milestone Inn was being operated by the Collins family. I believe their names were Patricia and Paul. The Collins were originally from England. They informed us, on our last visit, that they would be selling the Inn and moving to Florida. We were sorry to hear their news, but looked forward to another visit the following year with new Inn Keepers.
Of course, this is where your story begins and seems to end, as the beautiful Inn is no longer in operation. Once listed on the top ten Bread and Breakfast Inn’s in America, it is no longer opened for guest. We have also wondered why the lovely Inn is no longer open. It was truly a heavenly vacation spot.
Cindy from South Carolina
Cindy, thank you so much for all the information on the inn. It sounds like it was a beautiful place to visit when it was open. You were lucky to be able to enjoy it for those years that it was in operation. I do hope that one day, others will be able to stay there again. I know it was a heavenly vacation spot!

Bill Wimer - July 19, 2014 - 3:07 pm

I was wondering what happened to ‘The Lodge’ as I remember it (Millstone Inn as referred to here and google street view), from 1969 – 1980 something. This is definitely the place i spent a lot of time at growing up. Google Maps link (,-83.119314,3a,83.9y,121.6h,70.65t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s05_Rtcq80oqK5weeq6pVdA!2e0).

The Lodge was purchased by my neighbor around 1969, and I understand it sat vacant for a long time before. it consisted of the main lodge you see in the bottom picture above, without the portico, and a two story building with several rooms to the left of the view. Later a smaller house was built to the right of the view. In the back (top picture above) you could walk out on the lawn and look at Devil’s Courthouse (what we called it) across the valley. This is where the millstones were, maybe 8-10 total. We would race down the lawn to the logging road and follow it to the base of some falls, part of the Chattooga river headwaters, and explore, and slide in some parts of the falls. …and a thousand more memories… Hopefully this place will be preserved.
Bill, what a wonderful place to explore as a child!! I am jealous! Thank you for a little more history of the place. I hope one day we will hear that it has been reopened as another gorgeous inn. I will be headed their way if I hear of it!

Kerry Lozano - November 19, 2013 - 2:59 pm

So,I see that all of these comments are from about a year ago so not sure if anyone will see mine or not. My husband and I live in Atlanta and we spent our anniversary there one year. Our anniversary is in October so it was the perfect place. We LOVED that Inn and always hoped to go back one day. It was the showhouse one year and several Atlanta designers participated in that showhouse. Heartbroken to hear that it is no longer around.
Thank you for your comment Kerry! How wonderful that you were able to enjoy the inn for your honeymoon. It is a shame that it is not still in operation. I am still waiting for some fabulous investor to come along and rescue it. Maybe one day… I will certainly post if I hear of anything.

Annette Poynor - November 6, 2012 - 10:26 am

Love the brown walls After seeing these rooms I am painting mine.

Sandra - November 6, 2012 - 8:58 am

I have heard of this place many times. I wish that I knew the status of it. I did not realize how fabulous it is.

the farmer's wife - November 5, 2012 - 6:40 pm

Thanks for the opportunity!

DiAnne Crisp - November 4, 2012 - 8:59 pm

love your blog and the Inn at Millstone. Such a beautiful area. I love WS!

Kelly Guerin - November 3, 2012 - 8:32 pm

I would love to win this!! I just love WS! And I especially love pumpkin goodies 🙂

Susie - November 3, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Kelly, yes, it WAS fun to work at WS! The biggest problem was taking advantage of the employee discount at the Memphis outlet, let’s just say I am pretty certain that wiped out any wages I had earned during my tenure. We’re off to Knoxville next week for the Tennessee game, can’t wait to see the mountains! Thanks for the peek.

Pat Peele - November 3, 2012 - 2:06 pm

Lovely place for a getaway! Sad it isn’t anymore. Pumpkin muffins —mmmmmmm!!!!!!

Toocutedobs - November 3, 2012 - 6:25 am

Here is the website for your inn. The name changed a little and it has new owners.

Katrina Cantler - November 2, 2012 - 9:22 pm

I LOVE your website! I drove through snowy Cashiers on Monday! It put me in such a holiday mood that I started playing my Christmas CD’s! I’ll ask around about your mystery inn! Keep those wonderful posts coming!
Have a great weekend,

Bettie F - November 2, 2012 - 8:42 pm

Beautiful place. Too bad it closed. Maybe someone can buy it be it can once again be a place of retreat and rest.

Stephanie - November 2, 2012 - 5:31 pm

This place looks amazing! I would love to have a visit there. I wish I had some information on it for you, but I’m sorry I don’t. Maybe someone will know something. Thanks for the chance to win!

shannon - November 2, 2012 - 2:26 pm

I called the Cashiers Chamber of Commerce and they said that the inn was closed. It is in foreclosure and they are uncertain what will happen. Her words were it’s a “touchy subject”… It is beautiful and hopefully someone will buy it and reopen it.

Garden, Home and Party - November 2, 2012 - 1:16 pm

How odd, especially knowing how easy it usually is to find information on almost anything using on line searches. The Sunrise Cabin would make a charming cottage to live in! The menu looks like it was fabulous as well. Wow, what a mystery. Let us know if you hear from a reader as to what happened.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Kathy - November 2, 2012 - 1:05 pm

I wonder if it’s been sold, maybe it’s a private home now. However it’s a lovely place. Looking forward to trying the cupcake mix.

Kathy - November 2, 2012 - 1:03 pm

The place is beautiful and would be lovely for a long weekend get-a-way. I wonder if it’s been sold, maybe it’s a private home now. Thanks for sharing it.

House Crazy Sarah - November 2, 2012 - 11:28 am

That place is amazing – or was amazing. 🙁 sounds like all of the interior stuff may have to be liquidated, etc, etc.
Very sad.

Betsy from Charlotte, NC - November 2, 2012 - 11:14 am

Just did a little research – the Inn at Millstone is owned by AIG Baker (a real estate investment co), which is in serious financial trouble and has been putting many of their properties into bankruptcy. It looks like the inn might be for sale because this is posted on one of the pages I found:
The Inn at Millstone :: Cashiers, NC
For more information, please call 800.277.0606.

It’s a beautiful place though – sad to see this!

Jerew - November 2, 2012 - 10:18 am

How ironic, we are building a log home on Millstone Mountain in Cumberland County Tennessee. It will be one of a kind also! I can’t wait to live in it!!

GLORIA - November 2, 2012 - 10:06 am


Terri - November 2, 2012 - 9:47 am

That is a mystery indeed!!! I absolutely love that area of the Mountains…. Never knew about this place…. MY LOSS…. We have actually spent a lot of time over in Highlands & Cashiers…. would love to visit / stay here…if it is indeed still an Inn…. laugh if you want too… but I tried emailing the Innkeeper….. If I do get an answer …. I will forward to you!!! LOLOLOL… I feel like Nancy Drew!!!! 🙂

Peggy - November 2, 2012 - 9:24 am

Some pumpkin muffins and a warm cup of coffee would be delightful in a place like this. I’m dreaming of it now. Please let us know what you find out about the inn.

Dawn - November 2, 2012 - 9:09 am

Kelly, that Inn looks amazing! Have you tried a real estate agency close to where the Inn is located? It is so nice that my guess would be, some one snapped it up and now they will celebrate all of their extended families holidays there…
Keep us posted on the mystery as it unfolds. You have got me intriqued.

Linda - November 2, 2012 - 8:59 am

Kathy –
It certainly was the Cashiers Decorator’s Showhouse, probably about 3 years ago. It was stunning. I live in Atlanta and have many friends who have places up there. I’ll ask around for the status of the Inn.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Cathy Norrie - November 2, 2012 - 8:40 am

Looks lovely! Certainly a mystery… I’m thinkin’ the same thoughts as Kim. Sad but a real possibility 🙁 Good luck in solving the mystery.

Take care

Shirley@Housepitality Designss - November 2, 2012 - 8:36 am

Oh no…I was ready to look up that Inn with the thought of one day staying there…it is beautiful!!….Have you tried calling the Chamber of Commerce of Cashiers?

Amy O'Quinn - November 2, 2012 - 8:06 am

I hope you solve the mystery, because I agree, it sounds like a wonderful place to visit in the autumn! Thanks for another opportunity to enter the give-away!

Arlene@Nanaland - November 2, 2012 - 7:54 am

This is such a beautiful place!! The scenery out the windows look like paintings… I hope you find the answer to the mystery!!

Wanda - November 2, 2012 - 7:45 am

Another chance to win that wonderful mix!

Kim - November 2, 2012 - 7:38 am

I wonder if the failing economy caught up with this place and it may have become bank owned.

Mora - November 2, 2012 - 7:30 am

What a beautiful place. Looks so serene and a place to rejuvenate, hope the news on this place is good. Would love to have a weekend in such a lovely place.

Kathy Roberson - November 2, 2012 - 6:12 am

I live in Sylva….just a curvy 30 minute’s drive from Cashiers. I have not heard of this inn but I will certainly ask around. Have you checked with She is an outstanding local designer who has worked on designer showhouses in Cashiers.

Judy - November 2, 2012 - 1:27 am

you always find the most interesting looking places to visit…it truly is a mystery about what happened to the Inn…hopefully someone will know or you will find out soon.

i would love to win the cupcake mix…my granddaughters and i would have a great time making them for thanksgiving!

Dianne R - November 2, 2012 - 1:21 am

Kelly, have you try’d googling the address? Maybe a sale or other info will come up.

Anne Boykin - November 2, 2012 - 1:08 am

Hi Kelly, I hope you find info on this beautiful vacation spot. Thanks for the giveway. I’m sure those pumpkin cupcakes are fantastic!

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