Whether women come to the Highlands for a relaxing vacation or a romantic weekend getaway, they're sure to find a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Guests love being able to meet and socialize with other lesbians from all over the country, whether chatting at breakfast, joining another couple for dinner at a wonderful local restaurant, or sharing a bottle of wine in the spacious fireplaced living room. In fact, many couples who've been visiting the Inn for years have said that they first met some of their best friends here!
Looking for a romantic getaway for you and your partner? Or a vacation at a truly welcoming resort? There's always plenty to do at this very special women's place!
From our guests ...
"This was our second visit to the Highlands Inn and it was even more restful than the first. We appreciate the comfort of the Inn, the relaxing rooms to just sit in and talk, the cool breeze on the porch and the pool. The new owners, Jenny and Gia, have just taken over this week. We enjoyed them and know they will respect the history of the Inn and add their own touches. We wish them well - we will be back to visit!" -Seattle, WA
"Serenity Now!! I needed to get away from stress. I went to the Highlands to watch an amazing performer, Lynn Deeves, and to relax. I enjoyed a one day vacation that re-charged my batteries!" -St. Johnsbury, VT
"Thank you Jenny and Gia for a wonderful week. Sorry to leave this morning :( Our friends had a great time and we are planning next summer at the farmhouse already. Great breakfast every morning, great scenery, lots to do and plenty of relaxation. Now back to realty :) See you in February for our winter visit." -Maria
"A place for women to feel accepted, respected, valued, and safe. The owners of Highlands Inn, Gia and Jenny, are new, having taken over from Grace, who created this special place and ran it for many years before retiring. We had qualms about returning to the inn, as so many of our memories were tied up with Grace's easy-going and hospitable ways. But not to worry: the inn is in good hands. The new owners are generous, warm, welcoming and eager to make guests happy. And Jackie, the inn's principal worker all these many years, helps bridge the transition... She is a Jack of all trades and contributes significantly to the workings and ambience of the inn. The little amenities provided by the hosts, Gia and Jenny, testify to their thoughtfulness: a bowl of fresh fruit sits on a buffet in the dining room, pitchers of icy water and lemonade in the afternoon, some munchies, a welcome drink upon arrival, chocolate cake after a concert. And, finally, there is the piece de resistance: a loving kiss and an exuberant wag from the resident dachshund, Ellie Joy. Who could ask for more?" -New Jersey
"Warm and welcoming.
Under new ownership. Very warm and friendly. Had a relaxing time. Beautiful piece of land. Very nice pool. Great area for hiking, skiing and countless other outdoor adventures." -Southampton, MA
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For your enjoyment and comfort, amenities include:
Delicious country breakfasts each morning
Air conditioning and hair dryers in every room
Some rooms with a private entrance and deck, others with a fireplace, 2-person spa, or both spa and fireplace
15 miles of trails for hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking
Complimentary use of snowshoes
54-foot heated pool
2 large whirlpool spas, indoors and outdoors
32-inch satellite TV in comfortable public TV area
Extensive lesbian/gay movie collection for in-room viewing
In-room massage by appointment
Free Women's Music house concerts
Guest computer with high speed internet access
Wireless internet access in Main Inn guest rooms, living room/library, and breakfast room
Non-smoking in all guest rooms and indoor common areas ... smoking is OK anyplace outside
A day at The Highlands Inn begins with a healthy country breakfast served in the large, sunny breakfast room on the first floor of the Main Inn.
Our breakfast entree changes daily. Entrees include:
scrambled eggs and home fries
fresh fruit salad and bagels
fried eggs with sausage & biscuit
Assorted juices, granola, yogurt, award-winning Vermont cheddar, teas, and plenty of freshly brewed coffee are always available. Click photo for more breakfast pics.
Many activities are available right at the Inn. The 15 miles of well-maintained hiking/skiing trails around the Inn offer outstanding conditions for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The trails are also perfect for a romantic walk and perhaps a picnic in a secluded spot along the way.
In the summer, guests enjoy the 54-foot pool with its large sundeck, adjacent gazebo, and barbecue area. The outdoor spa is also adjacent to the pool. The large private indoor spa is located in a room off the breakfast room - use of the spas is complimentary.
Other popular activities at the Inn include watching a movie from the extensive lesbian/gay movie collection, browsing through the large library, or finally reading that book you've been waiting to read. Guests also enjoy watching the wildlife, which is constantly changing depending on the season!
Many guests also enjoy a massage in the privacy of their room. Appointments must be made in advance.
And sunsets at the Inn are not to be missed! A walk down the road or a few quiet minutes sitting on the grassy hill near the Main Inn will often reward guests with a spectacular sunset over the mountains. In the fall, the same vistas are ablaze with the rich colors of nature's autumn palette.
Evening activities center around the great old stone fireplace in the spacious, comfortably furnished living room. It's here that guests congregate for conversation, a glass of wine before dinner, or a game of Scrabble on a snowy night. As many guests have mentioned, there's always plenty to do at this very special women's place.
The Inn has been offering hospitality to visitors for over 100 years. The main building was built as a farmhouse about 200 years ago. Then around 1900, the owners opened their home to summer visitors and began operating it as an inn.
The Highlands' founder, Grace Newman, bought the property in 1983 and completely renovated the main building, grounds, and swimming pool. The Farmhouse and Cottage were opened in 1986 and 1990, respectively. In 2012, Jenny Wackerle and Gia Koumantzelis bought the Inn from Grace. They had been frequent guests at the Inn for 19 years.
The Main Inn has 12 delightful, antique-filled guest rooms. Three of the rooms are on the back of the building. Each of theserooms has its own outside entrance and private deck. The main building also houses the enormous sunny breakfast room, the spacious living room with its inviting fireplace and library, the public TV area, an extensive lesbian/gay movie collection, and the private indoor spa.
The Farmhouse has five attractive guest rooms and a full, eat-in kitchen. The rooms are charmingly decorated with antiques and lovely linens. In warm weather, the front porch provides a comfortable place for Farmhouse guests to relax and socialize.
Our rustic Cottage is ideal for two to four people. The first floor has a living area with kitchen table and chairs, queen-size futon, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and full bath. The small upstairs sleeping loft has a queen size bed. And there's a deck on the front of the Cottage - great for moose and deer watching!
We have a 32-inch flat screen satellite TV in the comfortable public TV area and an excellent lesbian/gay movie collection for in-room viewing.
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The turn from Route 302 into The Highlands Inn property is well-marked by a sign. For added privacy, the sign always says "No Vacancy" - so if you ever drive by without reservations, ignore it!