What you need to know. (basics)

The Highlands Resort offers a relaxing and peaceful gay and lesbian (straight-friendly) retreat - a jewel under the redwoods! Before we tell you how charming, comfortable, relaxing, pampering and wonderful the resort is, you need to know that:

  • Most of our guests (about 98%) are Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, Bi-sexual, Queer (or Queer Questioning).
  • We are very "straight-friendly". You just need to be comfortable around folks who are LGBTQ+.
  • We allow clothing optional (nude) sunbathing at our pool.
  • Adult Environment: Ours is a quiet and relaxing atmosphere and the sound of excited voices shrieking, shouting or screaming is disruptive (regardless of the persons age).
    • Persons under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  If you have questions, please contact us.
  • We have pet-friendly cabns.
  • TV free zone. One of our goals is to encourage "interpersonal communication". Thus, we only have TV's in two units (Pool Suite and Garden Suite, for you TV junkies). Guests are encouraged to bring a companion who can carry their end of a conversation. We'll supply the board games and cards. For those travelling alone, it's easy to make new friends during breakfast or chatting around the pool.
  • We are a SMOKE-FREE resort (including vapor). However, smoking is allowed in our designated Smoking Area... which is in a beautiful circle of redwood trees.  


A Snapshot of the Resort

Celebrating over 40 years of LGBTQ hospitality, the Highlands Resort offers charming individual cabins an hour and a half north of San Francisco in the village of Guerneville in Sonoma County.  Our goal is to provide a retreat for our guests and a place to unwind.

Cabin porches soak up the sun and guests relax at our clothing-optional pool. Accommodations range from charming suites and romantic cabins with gas fireplaces, comfortable beds and 2-person soaking tubs to budget friendly cozy rooms and in the summer months, tent camping. All of our guests enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each morning. Just 3 blocks from the center of the village, we are up a hill and the resort is spread over nearly 3 acres of trees and gardens.

Wireless Internet access is available, however we encourage you to "unplug" your life and enjoy connecting with people (your love, your friends new and old) and the beautiful and enchanting area.

Concierge Services: Let us help you make the most of your vacation by arranging restaurant reservations and massage appointments, and assisting you in planning your day's excursions. We're in the middle of the Russian River Recreation Area and, as such, a great starting point for outdoor activities like: canoeing the Russian River, birding, fishing or an invigorating hike in an ancient redwood forest (only 2 miles from the resort). This is also the training ground for many competitive cyclists (lots of killer hills - although we know a nice 22 mile ride that would include no hills and ice cream at the beginning AND end). 

Looking for a less strenuous getaway? We know the yummiest restaurants, bakeries, ice cream parlors; and can connect them with pretty drives... well, you get the idea. After your busy day, spend your evening at one of our local gay bars. Evenings are lively (summer) or laid back (winter) and the bars and clubs are just a short walk from the resort.

Wine Tasting: There are over 100 local wineries within a 15 mile radius of Highlands Resort and another 200+ in the rest of Sonoma County (that's not counting the gazillion wine tasting rooms they've packed into Napa Valley - a 40 minute drive away). We have done extensive research on the local tasting rooms in Healdsburg, Alexander Valley, Forestville, Dry Creek and Sonoma and can tailor a wine-tasting excursion especially suited to your taste in wine. (just keeping up on all the tasting rooms is exhausting for us, but you're worth the trouble!)

Beer, Cider & Spirits: We've seen tasting rooms for craft brewed beverages increase annually. Many are getting national recognition for their products. We're currently working on getting around to all of them for a little taste. We'll help you find some of our favorites.

Cheese Trail: Yep, we've got that too. Creameries are mostly located in the Petaluma area of Sonoma County and we'll help you out with maps and suggestions for lunch breaks or bakeries.

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