Old Edwards Inn & Spa and Half-Mile Farm

Sep 05, 2023 at 10:36 am by RMGadmin

Transcend the Ordinary 

The Old Edwards Inn & Spa, situated in the heart of downtown Highlands, North Carolina, offers a mountain retreat with luxury guest rooms, suites, cottages and vacation homes.  Perched atop the southwest plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the European style Relais & Châteaux resort is woven into the Highlands, North Carolina community and culture. Guests can enjoy doing as much or as little as they want. Enjoy award-winning farm-to-table culinary experiences; a destination spa; eighteen-hole golf course with dramatic mountain vistas; tennis courts; outdoor mineral pools and whirlpools; game rooms; live music and more. 
Old Edwards offers ideal access to the excitement of downtown Highlands, and it is the perfect gateway to some of the region’s best outdoor adventures, the best fall foliage with leaves in every color, to scenic drives and historical walking tours making a perfect fall escape. 
Not to miss is Old Edwards’ casually elegant culinary concepts, including Madison’s, that showcases the vibrant rustic flair of the Appalachian range and traditional Southern flavor profiles. Guests can dishes such as Espelette Sunburst Trout, Pecan Crusted Springer Mountain Chicken and Green Tea Dusted Roasted Breast of Duck that fully embody the warm ambiance of the region with interesting twists to keep things fresh for the luxury traveler’s palate.
Relaxed Luxury in the Blue Ridge Mountains
Situated at 4,118 feet, Highlands, North Carolina, is a breathtaking destination on the southern plateau of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The vibrant mountain village, with stunning vistas, waterfalls and wooded forest, draws visitors worldwide. Stroll along Main Street and explore unique shopping, dining, museums, arts and entertainment. Embrace the mountain spirit with live music, theater and art galleries in one of America’s Top Twelve Small-Town Art Places. Discover spectacular mountain trails for biking, hiking, horseback riding, sparkling lakes and rivers for tubing, canoeing, fly fishing and whitewater rafting.
Highlands is known for its beautiful seasons and stunning visuals. Springtime is when the native Mountain Laurel blankets the forest in vibrant pink. Fall introduces a symphony of color with the changing leaves, and winter ushers in clear views and the alabaster of fallen snow. The pristine mountain air and panoramic beauty fill you with serenity at the Highlands, North Carolina mountain resort. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Edwards Inn and Spa provides unparalleled experiences in the Blue Ridge Mountains, from golf to garden-to-table dining. Let the concierge help you plan every adventure so you can relax, explore and celebrate the good life.
Steeped in History
The Old Edwards Inn was Highland’s earliest boarding house. Known as Central House, it was built in July 1878 on property owned by John Norton. After a log and storied history and a tradition of hospitality, the Inn was purchased in 2001 by Art and Angela Williams of Palm Beach, Florida. Soon, they too began building on the 132-year-old tradition and created the mountain oasis and resort you see today. Listed on the National Register for Historic Places, Old Edwards Inn and Spa stands as a beacon of wellness, relaxation and rejuvenation for visitors across the country and the globe.


A Luxury Country Inn at the Old Edwards Inn
As if the Inn itself was not enough, treat yourself to a fully bucolic experience at the adjacent property of Half Mile Farm. Surrounded by fourteen acres of fields, forests, streams and lakes gracing the Blue Ridge Mountains, Old Edwards Inn’s sister property just up the road, Half-Mile Farm, is a quaint country inn offering a rustic-luxe, adults-only escape. 
You’ll find serenity in complimentary canoeing, stand up paddle boarding and fishing on the property’s very own Apple Lake, taking a book from the owner-selected library onto the grass or fireplace for a read, or a trek through the forest on a stream-side trail. Just a short drive away, guests can venture off-property for a day of hiking, rock climbing, waterfall sightseeing, whitewater rafting, fly fishing and zip lining at whatever pace they’d like. 
The humble food and beverage options make for intimate dining — an open-air picnic set up on the dock, a selection of seasonal cocktails at J. Henry Farmhouse Tavern, and delicious locally sourced dinners in the dining room:  Slow living is at its core. 
Discover this Napa-style setting surrounded by verdant landscapes and mountain vistas on the outskirts of downtown Highlands. For guests eighteen and older, an expanse of green lawn and views of glistening Apple Lake welcome you, and luxurious amenities invite you to stay and indulge. 
Feel at home in modern farmhouse guestrooms and rustic-luxe cabins with fireplaces, stylish comfy interiors and balconies that offer tranquil views of the courtyard, lake and surrounding forest. Half-Mile Farm is a peaceful getaway where adults can relax and recharge in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. 

 445 Main Street 
Highlands, NC 28741
214 Half Mile Drive
Highlands, North Carolina 28741