Rainbow Mountain Resort is gay-owned and operated with a restaurant and nightclub nestled high atop a mountainside on 25 private acres, including a two-acre pond. For a queer-friendly stay, there’s a pool and dance club for those missing a bit of nightlife. Rooms are tastefully designed and bookings come with a free continental breakfast.
The main lodge was built in the 1900s. Over the decades, other buildings were added; some in the 1950s and others in the 60s. It’s homey – think Dirty Dancing and kitschy Catskills of days gone by, and have the time of your life.
The unassuming rooms feature free WiFi and shared bathrooms. Upgraded rooms add TVs, air-conditioning, and en suite bathrooms. Some have mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers. Cozy cottages/cabins offer private porches.
Into glamping? There are three tents on the Rainbow Resort property that come with a queen-sized bed and fire-pit. Tent guests have full access to the resort’s amenities.
Amenities include the laid-back restaurant, The Rainbow Bistro, and an outdoor pool with a bar, plus a lake and a nightclub. Themed weekends are also offered. On-site amenities include an Olympic size swimming pool and sundeck; a year-round, 10-person hot tub with a heated changing room, an exercise facility; a sauna, tennis, volleyball, badminton and shuffleboard courts; a hill for snow sledding and tubing, and pond with paddle boats, fishing, and ice skating.
New this year (2022) pool passes are offered for non-hotel guests. If you plan to visit the pool regularly you can get a seasonal pass, which is a better option than day passes.
Relax at the pool, go for drinks at the club, hike some beautiful trails, or just hang out and chill in the hotel. Rainbow Mountain is located in in the middle of a plethora of warm weather activities including boating, canoeing, rafting, kayaking, water skiing, golfing, and water parks (both outside and indoor). In the winter, there is snow skiing (downhill and cross country), snowboarding, and snowmobiling. All year long there is great hiking, horseback riding, antiquing, outlet and flea market shopping, and gambling.