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Connextions Magazine had the pleasure of staying at the Ale House Inn, back in 2011. After a wonderful visit to the Portsmouth, NH area, we documented the highlights in Connextions Magazine, Issue 2. We have just learned that Ale House Inn Owners Doug & Dan have sold the property. Read their letter below to learn what's next for Doug and Dan, as well as what will happen to the Ale House Inn.
Dear friends, guests and neighbors,
It is with great enthusiasm we announce the Lark Hotels as the new owner/operator of the Ale House Inn. After establishing the inn five years ago, we are pleased to pass the torch on to this established brand of boutique properties in New England's most iconic destinations. With a focus on accessible design and modern amenities, Lark Hotels embrace the locations they are in - but in playful, unexpected ways. The look and vibe of the Ale House Inn will fit right in with this dynamic group of properties. We are more than confident that the Lark Hotels will continue to offer the level of service and hospitality that we have provided since 2008. For more information on Lark Hotels, please visit:
What's next for us you might be asking? 2014 will bring many new opportunities for both of us. This coming spring we will be opening downtown Portsmouth's first full service, independently owned boutique hotel, The Hotel Portsmouth. If you would like more details and to be kept in the loop on this exciting project, please visit and sign up at: www.thehotelportsmouth.com
Secondly, Dan has announced his candidacy for US Congress in NH's 1st congressional district. In what will likely be one of 2014's most highly contested races, Dan is excited about moving the country forward as a representative of the people and values of New Hampshire. For more info, please go to: www.innisforcongress.com
It has been our pleasure to serve you as our guest over the past five years. Your support, recommendations, and feedback have enabled us to build the Ale House Inn into what it is today. With Lark Hotels now at the helm, you are in good hands.
With Warm Regards,
Doug Palardy & Daniel Innis
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November 1-3, 2013 - SINGLES WEEKEND!
By popular request, Singles Weekend has been scheduled at The Highlands Inn!
Treat yourself to a weekend of respite and connection in this magical space. There will be a concert Saturday night, and a scheduled group meal upon request.
Couples also welcome... Bring your single friends!
For more information, click to www.highlandsinn-nh.com
A message from Jenny Wackerle & Gia Koumantzelis, Innkeepers :
The Highlands Inn has just published the 2013 schedule for our Women's Music Concert Series. See the Concerts page on our website (www.highlandsinn-nh.com). We are excited to announce that SONiA (aka "disappear fear") will be performing at The Highlands Inn on Saturday evening, January 12, 2013. Click to read about SONiA.
SONiA's performance is the first concert of the 2013 Women's Music Series. Started in 2000 with just a couple of performers per year, the Series has grown to become a year round event that includes multiple performers from around the country. Concerts are generally held on Saturday nights at 8 pm.
As far as we know, The Highlands Inn is the only inn or resort that sponsors a year round series of shows. Performers include international solo artists, several duos, as well as a few well known bands. We are excited about this year's line up that includes a terrific variety of performers. Some have performed at the Inn many times and others will be here for the first time.
The Inn's comfortable, intimate atmosphere provides an excellent venue for our artists, whether concerts are held indoors or poolside during warm weather! Many of the participating musicians perform nationally, at popular music festivals and other venues around the country. Many performers have said, "A gig at The Highlands Inn is a welcome break during a busy tour." Our venue provides a unique opportunity to showcase new songs and win new fans. And of course the Inn's guests enjoy an evening with a new talent or perhaps a favorite artist from their home area.
2013 Events Calendar
The Highlands Inn has also published its 2013 Calendar of Events. Annual holiday events include Thanksgiving and New Year's. Upcoming special "theme" weekends include a Yoga Weekend (January) and Family Weekend (June).
Please see www.highlandsinn-nh.com for complete listings of
events. Schedules may change during the year and concerts and events may be
added, so please check our website for the latest information!
Congratulations to Jenny & Gia, the new Innkeepers of The HighlaA message from Grace, previous Owner of The Highlands Inn:
It's almost exactly one year since I announced my plans to sell The Highlands Inn in preparation for my retirement. And now, I am very happy to tell you that Jenny Wackerle and Gia Koumantzelis will soon become the new owners!
First, I want to introduce Jenny and Gia to you. For years, they have dreamed of the possibility of buying the Inn. They are of course thrilled that it's happening, and so am I! Jenny and Gia have been frequent guests at The
Highlands Inn for the past 19 years. They are both social workers, live in Newburyport, MA and are celebrating 21 years together this June. They were married in 2006, and spent their honeymoon at The Highlands Inn. Ellie, a sweet and enthusiastic 5-year-old dachshund mix, joined their family in 2010, after she found them with the help of a New Hampshire shelter. Jenny and Gia enjoy
hiking, golf, going to Indigo Girls concerts, and spending time with family and friends.
Jenny and Gia have become my friends over the years and are very excited about becoming the Highlands' next Innkeepers. In their own words: "We have always loved spending our free time in this special place. The Highlands Inn has always felt like home, because of Grace's warmth and hospitality. Our goal is to maintain the spirit of The Highlands Inn, and to continue the wonderful work Grace has done over the past 29 years. We feel so fortunate and honored to be accompanying The Highlands Inn into her next
I am confident that Jenny and Gia will preserve the comfortable, welcoming atmosphere that has become a hallmark of the Highlands. When I put the Inn on the market, I made a commitment to maintain the Highlands as an inn for women. Jenny and Gia share that commitment. At the same time, they will bring new energy and fresh ideas to the Inn. Don't expect any sudden changes, however! We all will work to make the mid-July transition as seamless as possible. To that end, I will be working closely with Jenny and Gia over the next few months to familiarize them with all the details of running the place ... and there are many! Also, Jackie who has been here over 20 years, and Sheena over 4, will be here to help ease the transition.
It has been my privilege to provide this special place for women for close to 30 years. I am profoundly grateful to all of you whose support has helped create this "lesbian paradise," and I hope that we can count on your support in the future. Many thanks also to our staff. It's been wonderful to be able to serve the lesbian community and to meet women from all over the world. I'm sure I'll miss it! However, as living in New Hampshire constantly reminds us, "to everything there is a season." I look forward to placing The Highlands Inn in Jenny and Gia's capable hands so that women may enjoy the Inn for many years to come.
Very Best Regards,
Greetings from downtown Portsmouth. As many of you have likely begun (and may be finishing) your holiday shopping, we wanted to remind you that a trip to Portsmouth and the Ale House Inn makes a wonderful gift. Certificates are perfect for that hard-to-shop-for person on your list.
The benefits of our certificates include:
- No expiration date
- No black out dates
- Any dollar amount available
- May be used towards in-room amenities
- May be applied to spa treatments during stay
- Supports a small, locally owned business
- Mailed same day directly to you or your recipient
Not looking forward to receiving another tie, bottle of perfume, or pine scented candle? Tell them you'd love a certificate to the Ale House Inn and forget re-gifting next year!
To purchase, simply call us at 603.431.7760 and we can assist you immediately over the phone.
We look forward to welcoming you and/or your gift recipient to Portsmouth and the Ale House Inn.
Doug & Dan
Ale House Inn www.alehouseinn.com
SONiA will perform on Friday evening, December 30th.
SONiA's show will be an exciting prelude to the already full agenda for the weekend. The Highlands Inn New Year's Package includes your room, a delicious breakfast every morning, and a fabulous New Year's Eve party with dinner and dancing.
The party gets started with hors d'oeuvres in our fireplaced living room, followed by a wonderful dinner with your choice of prime rib or broiled salmon, delicious veggies, and lots of desserts.
Then we'll rev it up with DJs and dancing! We'll have a chocolate fountain, hats & horns, and plenty of champagne to help you bring in the New Year!
Packages are $745-$1,225 per couple for a 4-night minimum stay.
Make reservations now. Call (603) 869-3978 or 1-877 LES-B-INN (537-2466)
Flickering glimpses through the trees of exquisite architecture only begins to intrigue your curiosity of the quaint town of Portsmouth, home of the Ale House Inn. Approaching the Inn, it is hard to tell what lies within the brick outer exterior, and modern hallway. But as you step out of the elevator, the warm ambiance wraps its welcoming arms around you just begging for you to relax and stay awhile.
The bayside décor in the lounge basks in the warm sun that flows through the tall picture windows as you are greeted and checked-in to your room by a staff as warm and embracing as family. Any questions you have about local great eats, town history, shopping or even Ogunquit, Maine for some night life, Manager Scott Choppe is a proud local native with a wealth of knowledge.
A deep breath and soothing exhale will come naturally as soon as you step foot into your spacious accommodations for the next night or two or three. There is no doubt that the soft colors and inviting furniture are a strong contrast to the brick exterior. Don’t think that just because you are in a quaint historic town that you are going to have to go with out! Of course there is internet access, cable television and coffee/tea available, but the most amazing find was the Apple iPad sitting on the desk just waiting to get some use!
Whether you are on vacation, just want to relax, in town with plans to go shopping, or on a business trip and need to get some work done, the Ale House Inn is just right for you!
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