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 in the White Mountains has something special to offer.
SPRINGTIME IN THE MOUNTAINS
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 is open Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting. Springtime is the perfect time to enjoy the forest trails right behind the Inn (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.
Enjoy a maple tour 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.
Summer is officially ushered in by the 3-week “Fields of Lupine Festival”, which 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.
GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME
The White Mountains Association boasts “Summer was invented here.” Visit us, and we think you’ll agree! All the White Mountain Attractions are open and within as short drive from the Inn. 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!
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.
Guests enjoy vistas of spectacular fall foliage at The Highlands Inn. Northern 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!
Guests enjoy vistas of spectacular fall foliage at The Highlands InnFall 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.
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.
WINTER EVENTS AND HOLIDAYS
There is so much to do in our “Winter Wonderland”, including alpine and nordic skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides, dog sledding, snowmobiling, or a Mount Washington snow coach winter tour. Check out our area attractions page for some ideas.
Just steps from the Main Inn is our outdoor spa, open year round (weather permitting). Many guests enjoy luxuriating in the spa under the stars, while others prefer a relaxing afternoon dip, surrounded by snow-covered fields!
Our common areas offer an opportunity to connect with other lesbians on a blustery day. Many guests enjoy gathering around the fire, lounging at the breakfast tables, watching TV in our TV area, working on a jigsaw puzzle, or choosing a movie from our extensive video collection.
Our trails provide excellent cross country skiing and showshoeing just steps from the inn. We offer complimentary use of snowshoes.
Click Here to view our concert schedule! Enjoy a cozy house concert any time of the year!