Half-Mile Farm: Highlands Charm

Just outside Highlands, North Carolina, an iconic retreat welcomes visitors to fourteen acres of secluded luxury surrounding a circa-1870 farmhouse. Now known officially as Half Mile Farm: A Country Inn by Old Edwards Hospitality, the Inn has been a favorite with visitors to the area since its opening Room, Half-Mile Farmin 2001. Rooms in the main house, which overlooks scenic Apple Lake, maintain a rustic elegance—mellow hardwood floors, comfortable armchairs—which is also reflected in the living room with its big stone fireplace. In addition to the main house and its neighboring courtyard building, the Inn offers accommodations in historic farmhouses and cabins dotted around the property.

Visitors here enjoy bountiful breakfasts—one memorable meal during our stay featured a bacon omelet, cheese grits, and pork chops—in the dining room of the main house, and sunset wine and hors d’oeuvres in the living room or on the spacious porch. Relaxation is a major draw at the Inn, and we logged some quality time on the private deck of our upstairs room looking out over the flower beds filled with native plants and the serene lake. However, for guests who feel that they have to be up and doing, the same lake is stocked with fish, and canoes are available for gliding over its shining surface.

Apple LakeThe Inn also boasts a swimming pool, and the forested grounds supply plenty of opportunities for hiking. Farther afield, the area offers mountain golf courses, whitewater rafting, and fly fishing in rushing mountain streams.

Then there are the waterfalls. Located a short drive up winding US Highway 64, Bridalveil Falls offers the ultimate in waterfall convenience—you can drive behind it. Another mile or so brings you to Dry Falls and a roadside trail that lets you walk behind the spectacular falls without getting wet.

If you prefer adventure of another kind, downtown Highlands is filled with charming restaurants and shops.

Or you could follow our recommendation and relax on the porch.exterior of farmhouse Half-Mile Farm

Half-Mile Farm is located at 214 Half-Mile Drive just north of Highlands, North Carolina, off U.S. Highway 64. For more information or reservations, check the website at www.halfmilefarm.com or phone 1-800-946-6822.

photos by Jack Purser

Kathie Farnell
Kathie Farnell
Freelance writer Kathie Farnell lives in Foley, Alabama, ten miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, with her husband, photographer Jack Purser, and a flock of cats. She has written travel articles for print and web publications since 1992, and also produces programming for public television and radio through her nonprofit corporation, Artemis Media Project. The couple enjoy exploring off-the-beaten-path destinations and spending time on the Gulf beaches.

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