MAKE RESERVATION:
Day Use

Day Use

Day Use Now Open! We have reopened Day Use for the month of May! We’re still feeling cautious so we want to take it a little slow to start. So here are our new policies: The number of Day Guests allowed will be limited. We still need to distance at the pool. The number of Day Guests accepted will vary depending on the number of Overnight Guests staying on that date and the number of people already at the pool. Yeah, this is unreasonably vague. We’re sorry. MAKE a RESERVATION for DAY USE – Call us anytime after 9am and get your name on the list. As long as you check-in and pay prior to NOON – you’re all set. At noon any remaining reservations are released. Day rate is $20 per person every day of the week. Bring cash. Parking will be allowed only IF space is available. Just another day in Paradise! Come visit for the afternoon. Relax, read a book or make new friends. From May 1 through October 31 Day guests have access to the pool (heated from May through September), bbq and picnic area. Day use is from 10 am and until 6 pm. Evenings at the resort are reserved for our overnight guests. What to bring: A towel something to wear (the whole resort is not clothing-optional) food (we’ve got a gas barbecue for our guests) drink (no glass allowed) sunscreen cash (no credit cards-sorry) and a good, friendly attitude What to leave home? Pets, children, I-pod (unless you bring ear-buds), cell phones (turn to vibrate) and the idea that just because we’re clothing optional we allow sexual activity in our public spaces (pool, etc.). Oh, and we’re serious about the NO GLASS bit. Don’t buy your beer in bottles. If you’re bringing wine, decant it into something non-breakable. It’s ok to bring a cooler, but it will have to stay in the office if you’ve got glass in it. PARKING: We only have a few parking spaces for our day guests and on busy summer weekends we may not have any parking available when the resort is full (street parking is available at the bottom of the hill on Armstrong Woods Road). When available parking is allowed in the ‘back’ lot only. Rate: $20 per person, cash only. Available:  10am to 6pm. May 1 through October 30. Notice to our returning friends: Our personal Hot Tub is no longer available to be shared with our friends. After 40 years at the resort, the County has required that the Tub be removed.

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Contact Us

Please give us a call at (707) 869-0333 or email muffins@highlandsresort.com. We’re at 14000 Woodland Dr, Guerneville, CA 95446, off Armstrong Woods road, five minutes from downtown Guerneville. Mail received at: P O Box 346; Guerneville, CA  95446

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About Ken and Lynette

This bit is for the folks that want to know the Ken and Lynette ‘back story’. Who we are, why we’re (still) here and all that. If you aren’t interested, no worries. There isn’t going to be a quiz.

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History

A Little History Highlands Resort has been around since the early 1920s when it was known as Highland Park Lodge. Like many of the resorts in the area, it began by offering platform tent camping and began adding cabins during the 1930s. In those days folks took the ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito where trains headed to the “Vacation Playland” villages of Guerneville, Rio Nido and Monte Rio. The current cabins date from the early 1940s. The river villages have been a vacation magnet since the late 1880s reaching a peak in the 1920s and 30s (25,000 people came to the river for the July 4th weekend in 1925). As in those days, visitors come for the natural beauty, to play in and on the river, eat in great restaurants and party in the bars. Not much has changed. In the 1970s the resort was reclining into a dilapidated old age when Bill & Steve bought it in 1979 and turned it into a gay resort.  They are credited with the wonderful landscaping at the resort. This was at the beginning of the area’s revival as a tourist destination, especially for LGBT guests, during the 1980s. Highlands Resort has always attracted a loyal following of guests looking for a quiet, relaxing place to stay that is friendly and fun. As we have been restoring the cabins we have tried to capture a bit of the 1940s and 50s by using vintage chrome & Formica tables and chairs wherever possible, using custom cut and inlaid linoleum floors, and by using vacation brochures blown up as art in the cabins.  At this point we have rehabilitated all but 1 of the cabins (hoping to get  the Two Room Cabin done soon). And we are continuing to improve our rooms and suites.

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Amenities

Highlands Resort Offers the following: Accommodations: Private individual Cabins – freestanding small cabins with private porches. Rooms & Suites – are part of larger buildings. Camping (seasonal) – tent camping. No RV sites available. Resort Features: Large outdoor pool (nudity permitted), surrounded by redwoods and gardens. Barbecue and picnic area. Our outdoor kitchen has a large gas grill for all guests to share. Tables and chairs that can easily be arranged to accommodate anything from an intimate dinner for 2 to a large resort-wide potluck barbecue. Club house with TV and DVD player, games, books and a baby grand piano.  Closed temporarily due to COVID-19 distancing protocols. Internet: Free wireless internet.  Streaming video:  Not guaranteed. Our bandwidth is not intended for streaming (video, music, etc) so please don’t expect it. It is for surfing the internet and checking your email. We have DVD’s for you to borrow (free) and books (the kind with actual paper pages). You won’t be bored. Continental breakfast served daily is included with all overnight stays. Breakfast consists of Coffee, decaf coffee, assorted teas, orange juice,  fresh fruit. Homemade granola. We make our own and each day two of our special blends will be available. Homemade bread and/or our famous Muffins. Essentials & non-essentials: Iron & Ironing board available upon request (we’re not very “pressed” around here). Hair dryer – we have one or two we loan out. Mosquitoes – not a huge problem other than a bit just around dusk . We have spray available at the office. Pool towels are provided to everyone in our rooms, cabins and suites. If you are camping you need to bring your own towels, bedding, pillows,… In-room TV/DVD: Nope.  Ok, we do have two suites that have ’em, but that’s all. Look at the Pool Suite and the Garden Suite if you just can’t live without TV. We are happy to loan you movies from our DVD collection to play on your laptop or you can borrow our portable DVD player. Our taste runs to the more light and silly than to bloody action flicks. Day Use of the resort is available daily from May 1st through October 31  from 10am until 6pm for a fee. Closed due to Covid-19 distancing protocols. Guerneville: Only four blocks away you’ll find all your essentials. Supermarket, ATM’s, Post Office, liquor store, shops, restaurants, bars & so much more (like ‘hidden’ neighborhood tennis courts and a vintage putt putt golf course).

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Clothing Optional Pool

Clothing Optional Pool

Clothing Optional Pool Notice: Our personal Hot Tub is no longer available to be shared with our friends. After 40 years at the Resort, the County has required that the tub be removed. Back to the bit about our Clothing Optional Pool… So what’s this mean? It means that you can sunbathe in the nude and swim in the nude at the pool. Or wear your swim suit. Whatever you’d like. You’ll want to bring a coverup (sarong/shorts/ stunning silk robe) for transiting from the pool to your cabin or the restroom in the guest lounge. For guests used to staying at some of the same-sex resorts in Palm Springs or other gay destinations we’re a PG13 kinda place… with nakedness. The resort grounds are open to all of our guests. This includes men, women, and very occasionally children (staying overnight). Many parts of the resort (including the pool) are visible from neighboring homes (and not just the ones along our property line). So to answer your question: no sexual activity outdoors. Ever. Not even on your birthday. We also allow Day Use of our Pool and picnic area. Find out more here.  

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