To be Rainbow Registered is to be a nationally accredited 2SLGBTQI+ friendly business or organization. And that means so much, to so many. Because when you see a Rainbow Registered symbol, you know that business or organization meets a stringent set of standards to ensure the safety, welcoming, and acceptance of all people in the 2SLGBTQI+ community.
Rainbow Registered Businesses We Love to Visit
Below you’ll find some awesome accredited Rainbow Registered businesses within Ontario’s Southwest that are ready and excited to welcome 2SLGBTQI+ visitors! Many other tourism tourism businesses in the region are going through this certification process. Be sure to check back for updates.
HoriZen BnB - Leamington
At HoriZen, owners Shelby and Mike Foster honor the heritage of their turn-of-the-century Victoria Farmhouse — maintaining many of historically significant features throughout the home, by perfectly melding in modern luxuries and personal touches to create a sense of hope, wellbeing and joy for all guests who pass through their hallways.
From the moment you step onto their beautiful wrap-around porch and wooden entrance, you will feel at home in their home. As hosts, Shelby and Mike strive to create not just a stay, but an experience of connection.
Book your stay at HoriZen Bnb, here!
Twisted Lemon - Cayuga
Located in the picturesque village of Cayuga, Haldimand County, Twisted Lemon is described as a hidden gem, attracting a faithful following of 'flavor junkies' and experienced diners from far and wide. Twisted Lemon features a lively open-concept kitchen and eclectic ambiance indoors and two patios: one partially covered, and one fully covered.
Twisted Lemon offers seasonal and locally inspired cuisine, including Chef's Blind Tasting menus, Chef's Tables in the private kitchen, demonstrational and hands-on cooking classes, exciting monthly features and house-made desserts. Book a reservation, here!
You don't have to go far for a good nights rest after an amazing meal as Twisted Lemon is now home to a cozy boutique inn! Click here to book a night, or two, and enjoy a cozy and comfortable stay.
Walnut Grove Bed and Breakfast - Harrow
The Walnut Grove B&B, a farmhouse built in 1902, is located about 5 km north of Harrow in the heart of Essex County on a 10-acre treed property.
A true 'farm to table' experience, they know the chickens who lay the eggs, make their own sausages from local ingredients, offer in-house made granola and have a large garden. They also use only local coffee roasters and local soap makers. Leslie is a Sommelier and Chef who does the cooking while Bob acts as sous chef and jack of all trades.
Each of the three rooms have been thoughtfully and carefully renovated to provide a spa-like setting for your visit with their property offering several areas to enjoy the tranquil country setting. The central location allows convenient access to Point Pelee National Park, Holiday Beach Conservation Area, John R Park Conservation Area to name a few.
“Having recently attended a Rainbow Certification seminar, it is our goal to offer an inclusive setting to all guests regardless of their gender identity. All guests are treated equally and we expect our guests to act civilly to each other including any pets of guests. Improper behavior to a fellow guest will not be tolerated and we reserve the right to remove or demand apology for any ill actions.” - Bob & Leslie Meloche, your hosts.
Click here to book your stay at the Walnut Grove B&B.
Get in touch with the nature around the property with their interactive experience - The Buzz about Pollinators. This 2 hour experience will find you strolling through our 5 acre meadow on a guided tour where you will discover many species of pollinators hard at work. Learn about native species, gardening tips, pollinators’ needs and more. Wander through a patch of Carolinian Forest then into the chalet in the woods where you will enjoy locally sourced charcuterie & taste walnut syrup while decorating your own bee bowl or bee house to take home.
Offered every Saturday at 2:30PM May through September. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 6:30PM June, July & August. Book on the website under 'add-ons'.
Turns & Tales - Chatham
Turns & Tales is a board game cafe and bookstore located in the heart of downtown Chatham owned primarily by Terence Johnson and Chandra Clarke. They have a vast board game library of games that you can rent to play in their facilities, a nibbles menu full of old favorites and new surprises, a wide variety of beverages, and loads and loads of books.
Whether you’re on your own, or bringing your crew, you’ll always be welcome. Come play a game, browse the latest books, or just sit and chill with your favorite drink.
Click here to check out what Turns & Tales has to offer. Can’t make it in to the shop today? Order online for in-store pickup.
Photo courtesy of Turns & Tales Facebook Group.
Blackfriars Bistro & Catering - London
This is the place to visit to enjoy gourmet food items with some of your favorite made-from-scratch dishes and seasonal items crafted weekly by their talented team with handpicked, seasonal ingredients from small, independent farmers, producers, and artisans.
A celebrated farm to table restaurant situated close to the Blackfriars Bridge offering seasonal menus, dining, pop-ups & experiences, such at the Italian-Inspired Gastronomic Tasting Experience (see details below).
The Woodstock Art Gallery - Woodstock
The Woodstock Art Gallery (WAG) occupies three floors of the former John White Building, located in the heart of downtown Woodstock opposite Museum Square. The WAG is Oxford County’s largest municipal public gallery with a permanent collection of over 1,900 works.
The WAG celebrates the talent of local, regional and national artists and conducts classes, workshops, and programs for all ages. The Gallery gift shop supplies unique items made by local artisans. The WAG has free admission, is fully accessible and has free parking located nearby.
Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life - Bright
Udderly Ridiculous Farm Life provides unique experiences designed to reconnect you with land, animals and food. Play or snuggle with miniature goats. Take in a Goat Yoga class to infuse calm and laughter or center yourself through a walk in the farm fields with an Alpaca. Why not indulge in an Ontario made picnic lunch in the pasture joined by their Alpacas!
More in the mood to shop? The Udderly Ridiculous farm market store is stocked with their award winning goat milk ice cream, cheese, caramels, soaps, lotions and a full lineup of unique Ontario Made products.
Products Made by Rainbow Registered Businesses
You can't visit these Rainbow Registered locations in person, but you can support them by purchasing their products and know that you are supporting a local business who is leading by example.
Ontario’s Southwest: A Proudly Rainbow Registered Organization
Did you know that Ontario’s Southwest is also Rainbow Registered?
Our staff is working with a number of other tourism businesses in our region to support their accreditation. Check out this map by our team where we’ve pinpointed all the Rainbow Registered locations in Ontario’s Southwest and stay tuned to this blog for more updates.
Our mission is to create a vibrant and inclusive tourism sector that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable. 2SLGBTQI+ visitors are encouraged to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback on your experiences travelling within Ontario’s Southwest; both good and bad.
Although not Rainbow Registered, the following businesses deserve honourable mentions for actively working to make Ontario's Southwest a safe place for all: