There's always plenty to do at The Highlands Inn! Located in the heart of one of New England's top vacation destinations, the Inn is truly a four-season resort.

Each season has something special to offer. Click to browse the details!

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2014 is the 15th year of our Women's Concert Series. These cozy house concerts are free to guests. Click here to see details!

Annual holiday events include Thanksgiving and New Year's celebrations.

Also see our Area Attractions page for more about local activities.

 

 

Please check this Events page throughout the year for updates. We'll be adding concerts and other events during the year, and there may be some schedule changes, so check often!

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2014 Events & Specials

 

A WINTER WONDERLAND

The Highlands Inn is located in one of the best ski areas in the country. Two major ski resorts are within 15 minutes of the Inn - Bretton Woods and Cannon Mountain. Four others are within 40 minutes. Discounted lift tickets and cross-country passes are available at the Inn. They'll guaranteeThe Highlands Inn: Serving the Lesbian Community With Quality and Excellence Since 1983 your admission with no waiting in ticket lines!

The ski resorts offer snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowtubing, and snowshoeing in addition to alpine skiing. Ice skating and sleigh rides are also available. The facilities open as early as mid-November and usually stay open through mid-April for some super spring skiing! They discount their rates midweek, so come then if you can.

If you're not up for downhill, 15 miles of trails provide excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right on our property. We offer complimentary use of snowshoes. And snowmobilers are welcome! The Inn is surrounded by some of the best snowmobile trails in New England. You can ride these trails all the way to Canada. Rentals are available locally.

 

You can even go dog sledding in the White Mountain National Forest or on private trails. One- and two-hour trips are available within minutes of the Inn. These "adventure tours" are both fun and educational! Dog sled rides are also available at The Rocks Estate right in Bethlehem. 

 

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT WINTER EVENTS!

 

JANUARY-MARCH CONCERTS - FREE!

 

February 2, 2014  
Super Bowl Special  
   

Come join us for the Super Bowl! There will be a burning wood stove, a cozy fire, and special gametime snacks. Hopefully the Patriots or the Bears will be joining us. Stay at least one night and get Sunday night at half price!

 

OUR MOUNTAIN SPRINGTIMERomantic sunset at The Highlands Inn: Serving the Lesbian Community With Quality and Excellence Since 1983
Most warm-weather sports and activities are readily available within minutes of The Highlands Inn, and facilities start to open up in the spring. Golf is very popular with our guests. We have two Donald Ross golf courses in Bethlehem alone! Discounts at several area golf courses are available at the Inn.

The White Mountains also offer some of the best and most varied hiking and biking in the country. There are short hikes that can take you to a waterfall or a spectacular view, as well as more strenuous hikes to scenic outlooks and mountain summits. And whether you prefer on-road or off-road biking, you'll find miles of roads and trails. Other popular sports include tennis, canoeing, fishing, rafting, and horseback riding ... and spring is a great time for moose-watching!

Our heated pool opens in May, and you'll find 15 miles of walking/mountain biking trails right on the property (see pond on left). Or take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington or a leisurely train ride through a scenic mountain pass. We also have a historic movie house, the Colonial Theatre, right in Bethlehem. The Colonial is open from the spring through fall, showing art films that you won't easily find elsewhere - see www.bethlehemcolonial.org.

March 8-9, 2014  
Yoga Weekend  
   

Come for a weekend of rejuvenation and renewal! Yoga sessions will be available on Saturday and Sunday. Sessions will be appropriate for all levels, and will be free to guests. Come if you practice regularly, or if you have always wanted to try yoga! Enjoy the hot tubs, read by the fire, watch a good movie, or schedule a massage. This is the perfect place to unwind.

 


APRIL-JUNE CONCERTS - FREE! 


March 15-April 5, 2014  
Maple Tours at The Rocks Estate  
http://www.therocks.org/maple.php  

Maple tours are back on tap at The Rocks Estate. Discovering the history of maple sugaring, participating in the process of tapping trees and making syrup, horse-drawn wagon rides through the scenic Rocks property, and tasty treats have made these tours a favorite springtime tradition. Visitors learn how to identify the sugar maple trees that produce the sweet sap for making syrup, hear the history of maple sugaring, and see part of the process demonstrated at the on-site New Hampshire Maple Experience.

 

May 30-31, 2014  
Kids Weekend  

Children are always welcome at The Highlands Inn. Due to popular request, we are designating this weekend especially for families with kids. There will be a pizza dinner on Saturday May 31. Come hike the trails, swim in the pool, and enjoy connecting with other families in this special place. Please contact us for additional information or questions.

 

 

GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
The White Mountains Association boasts "Summer was invented here." Visit us and we think you'll agree! Highlands Inn - Main Building, Pool & Gazebo in the Summertime

In our area, summer is officially ushered in by the 3-week "Fields of Lupine Festival" sponsored by Bethlehem and other surrounding towns.

For starters, the Inn opens its 54-foot heated pool in May. Lounge by the pool, relax in the outdoor spa, hike on our trails, cook out on the poolside grill - or get out and explore the beautiful mountains that surround us.

All of the area's outdoor sports and activities are in full swing - golf, tennis, hiking, biking, horsebackriding, canoeing, and fishing. Antiquing, two wonderful summer theaters, and music ranging from free summer bandstand concerts to world class chamber music all help to make the Inn the perfect summer getaway!

JULY-SEPTEMBER CONCERTS - FREE!

 

June 5-8, 2014  
Fields of Lupine Festival  
http://www.franconianotch.org/things-to-do/
special-events/lupine-festival.aspx
 

The Fields of Lupine Festival is an annual event celebrating the blossoming of the lupines in New Hampshire's north country. Nowhere else does this beautiful wildflower figure so prominently in the landscape and the ethos of the region.

Early June sees roadsides and fields carpeted with this unique New Hampshire wildflower. You will enjoy views that are serene and awe inspiring at once. The communities of Bethlehem, Easton, Franconia, Sugar Hill, Twin Mountain, and Bretton Woods all join together to celebrate the coming of the lupines and to showcase the region. Every year they put together a host of great events around the flowering: garden tours, historic inn tours, concerts, sidewalk sales, and art exhibits. 

 

 

Date TBA  
23rd Annual North Country Moose Festival  
www.northcountrychamber.org/  

Enjoy the fun, funky and fabulous North Country Moose Festival. Friday’s activities usually include moose mud pond fun and games, an art show, quilt show, street fair, chicken barbecue, classic car parade, and guided moose tour. Saturday’s entertainment includes a Moose Country Fair, photography contest, historical horse & wagon tours, moose stew cook-off, and moose calling contest.

 

 

AWESOME AUTUMN
Guests enjoy vistas of spectacular fall foliage at The Highlands InnNorthern New Hampshire's fall foliage is world famous and deservedly so. Only two places in the world enjoy such brilliant autumn colors - the White Mountains and an area in Japan. The Highlands Inn is located right in the heart of this fabulous foliage country. With so many spectacular hikes and drives nearby, the Inn is ideally situated for leaf-peeping. Fall is also an excellent season for moose-watching!

Fall festivals, the Littleton Art Show at the end of September, a gorgeous drive down the Kancamagus Highway - there's so much to enjoy during this time of year. We welcome visitors who come from all over the world to appreciate nature's incredible show.

OCTOBER-DECEMBER CONCERTS - FREE!

 

September 5-8, 2014  
Harmony & Women Music Camp  
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Come to our Harmony and Music camp with Tret Fure and Jamie Anderson, and learn guitar, mandolin, ukelele, vocals and songwriting - for beginners on up.

 

September 19-21, 2014  
New Hampshire Highland Games  
www.nhscot.org  

The New Hampshire Highland Games is the largest Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast. The festival celebrates the music, dance, athletics, and customs of the Scottish people. Known for its diverse program, highlights include the gathering of the Scottish clans with over 60 clans and societies, massed bands, sheepdog trials, Celtic music concerts, the New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship, heavyweight Scottish athletics, highland dance competition, solo piping & drumming, Scottish harp & other instrument competitions.

 

Dates TBA  
45th Annual Littleton Arts Show  
http://www.littletonareachamber.com/  

Main Street, Littleton NH. Artists from throughout New England display and sell their work.

 

Date TBA  
Singles Weekend  
   

You asked! By popular request, we have scheduled a singles weekend November 1-3. Enjoy a fireside concert with Annie Rich on Saturday night. We will schedule a group meal upon request. Couples are also welcome! Bring your single friends!

 

November 27-30  
Thanksgiving 2014  
   

Enjoy the Inn's hospitality at its best when old and new friends gather for this Thanksgiving dinner. We will serve a traditional Turkey feast with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving, with soup and desserts on Friday. $60 per person includes both meals. Three night minimum stay.

We also have a special treat this weekend. With her unique style, poetic lyrics, soothing vocals, and expressive guitar, Emily Nymanís performance is a real treat. An eclectic mix of tunes, including singer-songwriter, folk, and classic rock, with a sprinkling of blues, country and old standards, Emilyís performance is sure to please audiences of all musical tastes. She connects with her audience in an intimate way, inviting listeners to experience the emotions behind her originals and reminisce to familiar tunes. For more information and sound samples, go to Emily's website: http://www.emilynymanmusic.com/

Here's what one guest wrote about Thanksgiving at the Highlands Inn: "A guest at the Inn is usually served a full home made breakfast; for this holiday, guests could opt to partake of a full Thanksgiving feast AND a meal of Leftover Casserole and home made soups the next day. Their wonderful dog, Ellie, is a one of a kind, loving, inn-dog, a favorite of all guests. One couldn't ask for a more decadent and special way to spend the holiday." -Haverhill MA

 

 

WINTER EVENTS AND HOLIDAYS
There's so much to do in our "Winter Wonderland"! In addition to excellent skiing and other winter sports in the immediate area, the Inn has two large spas for the enjoyment of our guests. Both are complimentary and open year round. The private indoor spa is located in the Main Inn, in a room just off the breakfast room. To reserve the time that you want, all you need to do is sign up on a sheet that's posted on the door to the spa.

The Highlands Inn: Serving the Lesbian Community With Quality and Excellence Since 1983Just steps from the Main Inn, our outdoor spa is also open year round. Many guests enjoy luxuriating in the spa under the stars, while others prefer a relaxing afternoon dip, surrounded by snow-covered fields!

Other amenities of special interest to wintertime guests include the gay/lesbian movie collection and our spacious fireplaced library and living room.

The living room is always a popular gathering spot, but especially in winter months. As one guest wrote: "The fireplace, sitting area and dining area are absolutely beautiful; the perfect place to relax as a couple, or meet new people. It is a credit to you and your Inn that we all started out as 40 or so strangers, and ended up friends."

The nearby ski resorts offer snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowtubing, and snowshoeing in addition to alpine skiing. Ice skating and sleigh rides are also available. The facilities open as early as mid-November and usually stay open through mid-April for some super spring skiing! They discount their rates midweek, so come then if you can. Discounted lift tickets and cross-country passes are available at the Inn. They'll guarantee your admission with no waiting in ticket lines!

Fifteen miles of trails provide excellent cross-country skiing and snowshoeing right on our property. We offer complimentary use of snowshoes. And snowmobilers are welcome! The Inn is surrounded by some of the best snowmobile trails in New England. You can ride these trails all the way to Canada. Rentals are available locally. You can even go dog sledding in the White Mountain National Forest or on private trails. One- and two-hour trips are available within minutes of the Inn. These "adventure tours" are both fun and educational!

CHRISTMAS 2014

Spend a relaxing holiday with us! Enjoy a white Christmas in the country, with lots of holiday cheer, eggnog, and caroling. We have three rooms with cozy fireplaces as well as our great old stone fireplace in the living room/library. Plus indoor and outdoor spas, complimentary snowshoes, discounts at the local ski resorts, and miles of cross country trails right on our property! FYI ... several of our local restaurants serve excellent dinners on Christmas Day (reservations recommended). 

 

NEW YEAR'S CELEBRATION 2014: Good Music, Good Food, Good Company!

Music with special guest Jamie Anderson.
Dinner and celebration: $75 per person.
Three night minimum stay.

 

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