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The Highlands Inn
Ranked #4 of 9 Bethlehem B&B and Inns
Salem, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“WORN OUT!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

This place needs lots of help. It was run down and tired inside. The place was also very cluttered and unorganized. Hosts were not very warm and we felt like intruders the whole time there. The entertainment was horrible!!!! It was some wary old street musician that thought trying to sing like Joni Mitchell off key with a zither was cool. Would not recommend!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

My partner and I were married at the Highlands Inn on September 24, 2011. This hideaway in the New Hampshire woods at the edge of the White Mountains is a truly special place. The land is quiet, well-kept, and steeped in all the magic that only a New England town on the edge of a mountain range can bring. The Innkeeper, Grace, has owned the Highlands for over 25 years and has turned it into an oasis for women. Her concert series, one of which we experienced on the night of our wedding, is known throughout the area for its high quality and diversity of performers. I loved being able to get married at 5pm, have a fantastic dinner in a nearby town, and return at 8pm for a lovely acoustic concert with a local musician from Massachusetts.

Our room was comfortable and cozy, with private bath, overlooking the spectacular backyard of the Inn. Breakfast is served every morning in the dining area just off the living room and offers fresh juices, coffee, pastries and cereal in addition to a hot item which changes daily. The food was fresh and tasty and during non-meal times, there is always juice, tea and water available for guests. We stayed for three days and the meals served at the Inn never disappointed.

The hot tub room is a special addition to this quiet and serene place. Reserved by the hour, it was the perfect place to relax post-wedding with our friends. After a hike at nearby Franconia State Park, coming back to the Inn and luxurious hot tub was a perfect compliment to our day.

Perhaps the most unique thing about the Highlands is its women-only focus. Male guests are only allowed during weddings and group gatherings, preserving one of the only women-only Inns left in the United States. The combination of female camraderie, amazing landscape and the laid-back feeling that New England towns can bring make the Highlands a place that my wife and I will return to again. We are hoping to return in the wintertime for hiking, cross-country skiing and the enjoyment of a New England Christmas.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2011

Every year we go to the Highlands Inn for some part of the Thanksgiving holiday. The friendliness and warmth of this lesbian inn is legendary, from the turkey dinner to the Friday leftovers to the delicious and leisurely breakfasts and wonderful company - a favorite place to stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

We had our wedding and honeymoon at the inn and it was beyond perfect! The inn is beautiful and relaxing. Our room was very nice. We stayed in the main inn and our room was a queen with fireplace. The bed was very comfortable and the furnishings were lovely. The shower was small, but I know they have rooms with larger showers/baths. The fireplace had a remote control so you didn't even have to get out of bed to light it! ha! The grounds are breathtaking, especially during the fall when we we were visiting. Grace, the innkeeper, happened to be out of town when we were visiting but Jackie treated us just like family. She really made our trip remarkable!! There was a concert the weekend we were there. The setting was intimate and the talent was amazing. The breakfasts were some of the best we have had. Everyday was something different and Jackie is an amazing chef! Hot coffee was available all day, which was nice! In a nut shell - our stay at The Highlands Inn was the best time of our lives and our wedding day couldn't have been more beautiful. Thank you to Jackie, Grace and The Highlands Inn :)

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Colchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

My partner and I went on a weekend trip for the leaf peeping and just to enjoy a peaceful colorful countryside. Wish I could have spent more time. The Inn is very friendly. We stayed in the farm house since we had our 2 Corgies with us. There were other couples with dogs in two other rooms but it all were behaved so no undue barking even through we were bringing in 2 dogs. We enjoyed the live music at the main Inn. We really relaxed in the indoor hot tub. Peaceful night sleep, The dogs even slept well and were not restless. Yummy breakfast and nice chat. The room was clean and fresh, bathroom was roomy even through it was the second floor. Bed is a bit harder than I have at home. If we had more time we could have hiked the grounds. I would stay there again. The only bit of advice is to get dinner reservations, we had a hard time finding a place to eat that had a table available. The Inn has notebooks with menus and list of places that offer discounts too. Great place.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Highlands Inn
Address: 240 Valley View Lane, Bethlehem, NH 03574
Region: United States > New Hampshire > White Mountains > Bethlehem
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Bethlehem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): €
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The award-winning Highlands Inn serves a lesbian clientele. Located on 100 private acres in New Hampshire's beautiful White Mountains, the Highlands is known for its welcoming, relaxing atmosphere. As PlanetOut says, the Highlands is one of the most romantic lesbian destinations on the planet! The area boasts world-famous fall foliage and hiking and skiing are among the best in country. ... more   less 
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The Highlands Inn Bethlehem, NH - White Mountains

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