2013 Pink Choice Award
We are very pleased to announce that we have received the 2013 Pink Choice Award! Pink Choice rates gay and gay-friendly hotels, inns and guesthouses, according to the opinions and scores submitted by gay and lesbian travelers. Based on these ratings, the annual Pink Choice Awards are presented to those properties determined to have provided the very best in guest amenities and services. We are honored to have received a Pink Choice Award every year since 2007. See www.pinkchoice.com.
Click here to read the article that was published in Boston Spirit.
Boston Spirit Magazine
November 2012. Boston Spirit recently published an article about the Inn, "A New Chapter for a Fairy Tale B&B." The article is based on an interview with new owner Jenny Wackerle. Jenny noted "People come here to relax and be with other people, to settle around the fireplace for conversation, to recharge and relax in a reaffirming environment."
New Hampshire Business Review
The New Hampshire Business Review (June 1, 2012) published a Q&A interview with Grace Newman, the Highlands' owner. Click here to read the interview.
Women Travel the World
Women Travel the World http://www.womentravel.info posted Grace's announcement on their blog. Click here to read it.
Sale of The Highlands Inn
June 3, 2012: Grace Newman, the Highlands' owner, has just announced the forthcoming sale of the Inn to Jenny Wackerle and Gia Koumantzelis. Over the years, Jenny and Gia have been frequent guests of the Inn. The transfer of ownership is expected to take place in mid-July. Click here to read Grace's introduction to the new owners.
LesbianDating.net, a lesbian dating site, published a Q&A interview with Grace, the Highlands' owner. In the interview Grace talks about why she decided to open an Inn catering to a lesbian clientele. She also talks about same-sex marriage, things that guests enjoy doing in the area, the Inn's Singles Weekends, other "theme" weekends, and how the Inn's relaxed environment makes it so easy for guests to socialize and meet new friends. Click here to read the article.
Yahoo Sports has published several online articles that include good info about fun things to do in the winter in our area. Click the following links to read the articles: snowmobile rentals, winter hiking, snow tubing, and of course skiing!
The Highlands Inn was featured in an article "Gay Wedding Hot Spots" in Kent State's Fusion Magazine. The article covered locations in the 6 states that have legal same-sex marriage.
EdgeNewYork.com recently ran a lengthy and informative story about The Highlands Inn. The story also ran on EdgeBoston.com and was picked up by Purple Roofs Travel Blog. Read the Travel Blog. The article also was mentioned in PR Insider from the NH Division of Travel & Tourism Development.
2012 Pink Choice Award
We are very pleased to announce that we have received the 2012 Pink Choice Award! Pink Choice rates gay and gay-friendly hotels, inns and guesthouses, according to the opinions and scores submitted by gay and lesbian travelers. Based on these ratings, the annual Pink Choice Awards are presented to those properties determined to have provided the very best in guest amenities and services. We are honored to have received received a Pink Choice Award every year since 2007. See www.pinkchoice.com.
Even Fictional Lesbians Love Us!
The Highlands Inn in Bethlehem NH has received some attention recently with the publication of Jodi Picoult's new book, Sing You Home. The book features a lesbian couple from Rhode Island, who marry in Massachusetts and come to the best honeymoon spot, The Highlands Inn. The book mentions our rainbow chairs, our fireplaced rooms, breakfast and best of all, the getting-more-famous-by-the-day phone number, 1-877-LES-B-INN! Jodi, who lives in NH, is the author of 18 books, including many New York Times Best Sellers and her book, Your Sister's Keeper, was made into a movie. Jodi recently announced that Ellen DeGeneres has bought the rights to make Sing You Home into a movie as well. We have heard from lots of folks, some who are planning their first visit, others who call and fess up to just needing to find out if our perfect phone number is for real! We are grateful to Jodi for helping those women who hadn't managed to find us yet to learn about us. For more info on Jodi Picoult, please check out www.jodipicoult.com
Evening by the Rainbow Chairs with Jodi Picoult was a rousing success! On July 25, 2011 about 40 people came to the Highlands Inn for a very special evening. During the spring we became aware that bestselling New Hampshire author, Jodi Picoult, included the Highlands Inn as the honeymoon destination of two main characters, Vanessa and Zoe, in her latest book Sing You Home. So started the adventure that became an Evening by the Rainbow Chairs.
Jodi told us that she has been aware of the Highlands Inn for some time. She admired the work we do to provide a haven for women, as one character says in her book, “it’s nice sometimes for like to be with like.” She also thinks we have the best phone number on the planet. When Grace and Maria met Jodi in April at a book signing they asked if she might visit the Inn someday and that we could hold a fundraiser to benefit New Hampshire Freedom to Marry. She said yes without hesitation; she was incredibly easy to work with and was so very generous with her time. We were thrilled when Jodi told us her friend and musical collaborator, Ellen Wilber, who wrote the music and performs the soundtrack which accompanies Sing You Home, would also be able to attend. photos
The Highlands Inn partnered with the Colonial Theater, the arts cinema and performance space in Bethlehem, and planned a two-part event. For a donation of $50 or more, attendees gathered at the Inn for an informal reception. There was lots of time to mingle with Jodi and Ellen, nosh on appetizers donated by Hilltop Catering, The Notchland Inn and Cold Mountain Café, and hear from Mo Baxley, Executive Director of New Hampshire Freedom to Marry. Attendees also received a commemorative bookmark complete with plantable wildflower seeds.
After the reception Jodi, Ellen and all of the reception attendees moved to the Colonial Theater and joined others for the second half of the evening. Jodi read from Sing You Home, answered questions from the audience of over 100 and afterwards signed books. Ellen sang from the book’s soundtrack. Our book vendor for the evening was Village Book Store of Littleton. Over $2,000 was raised for New Hampshire Freedom to Marry. We are extremely grateful for Jodi’s and Ellen’s warmth and generosity and to Jodi for making a minor detail of her latest novel into a great adventure for us at the Inn!
Events of the evening were captured by Meg Hamilton of Rodeo & Co. Photography who was very excited to be our event photographer. Guests also generously shared their snapshots. Enjoy some of the images from the evening!
All proceeds from An Evening by the Rainbow Chairs with Jodi Picoult will go to the New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition. New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition is NH’s LGBT education and advocacy organization, leading the fight to defend marriage equality in New Hampshire. Those who were unable to attend are urged to make a donation to support the work of the Coalition at www.nhftm.org
PINK CHOICE AWARD
Pink Choice rates gay and gay-friendly hotels, inns and guesthouses, according to the opinions and scores submitted by gay and lesbian travelers.
Winners are chosen based on accumulated Pink Choice member feedback, with rankings compiled from travelers' reviews and ratings throughout the year.
The annual Pink Choice Awards are presented to those properties determined to have provided the very best in guest amenities and services. Awards are presented at the end of each calendar year. We are honored to have received received a Pink Choice Award every year since 2007.
GET MARRIED MAGAZINE
Get Married magazine is a new, glossy national wedding publication tagged as the "new shopping and trend guide for the savvy bride." A Highlands Inn wedding was featured in the fall 2010 issue of the magazine! Congratulations to the couple, Kasandra and Helen Kettenring Fox, and to their photographer Meg McGovern Hamilton of Rodeo and Co. photography.
100 WOMEN WE LOVE, CLASS OF 2010
Grace Newman, owner of The Highlands Inn, was selected by GO Magazine as one of their "100 Women We Love, Class of 2010." GO magazine is a widely distributed lesbian publication.
GO wrote: "As the first decade of the new millennium comes to an end, we take a moment to celebrate 100 out lesbians who have made the past year one of inspiring change and amazing progress. These are the women who fight for justice, chronicle our lives, lift our spirits and bring our communities together. From bloggers to chefs to entrepreneurs to White House officials, these are the women we love. So let’s hear it for the Class of 2010."
And about Grace and The Highlands Inn: "Grace Newman founded this women's resort with her then-partner in July 1983. Built on the site of 200-year-old one-time dairy farm and former inn in rural Bethlehem, NH, Newman renovated the property to create a relaxing country sanctuary for women. Now the sole owner, Newman has been an enthusiastic host to numerous commitment ceremonies at the Inn since 1985; The Highlands Inn began celebrating weddings in 2010 with New Hampshire's legalization of same-gender marriage. She says: I think that our 27 years here has helped to increase acceptance from local residents. I'd like to think this has had a ripple effect and made things better for the local gay community."