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Six of the Best Gay Friendly Inns
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Whether you are wanting a weekend getaway or are in need of a longer break, a bed and breakfast or small inn can provide a relaxing escape. At these exceptional gay friendly inns, you can truly relax and be yourself. For the LGBTQ community, knowing you will be fully welcomed at a gay friendly inn can put you at ease, allow you to unwind, and let you recharge. We include this initial select group of gay friendly inns for their personalized service, outstanding hospitality, and beautiful accommodations.
Staying at a gay friendly inn or bed and breakfast provides greater luxury at a better value than a hotel offering the same amenities. The owners of a gay friendly inn view their patrons as guests and want you to feel as welcome as possible. An inn or bed and breakfast offers an authentic experience with unique rooms, each with their own character. Many properties are rich with history and the owners are established locals with area expertise. Plus, you’ll enjoy delicious homemade food, most of it made with fresh, local ingredients. Consider the following remarkable gay friendly or gay owned inns.
Six Superb Gay Friendly Inns
1889 WhiteGate Inn | Asheville, NC
Billed as the closest B&B to downtown gay-friendly Asheville, this in-town property is comprised of several attractive buildings, scattered amidst the lush, well-tended, and award-winning gardens. (Check out the orchid house!) For the ultimate in pampering, choose one of the suites in the Carriage House, complete with fireplaces and ultra-luxury baths. The multi-course breakfast, served at the elegant large dining table, is an event in itself, and even includes dessert. A perfect inn to return to, after experiencing the hippies, “drum circle”, mountain views and great restaurants of Asheville. See more at 1889 WhiteGate Inn.
Brampton Inn | Eastern Shore, MD
A long time favorite of savvy inn-goers, The Brampton Inn is set on 20 lush acres just outside the beautiful riverside historic town of Chestertown, MD. The centerpiece of the property is the meticulously-restored 1860s plantation house, with palatial rooms and just about the best wrap-around porch anywhere. Ask for one of the super-luxe private cottages, featuring spacious screened-in porches, outdoor tubs and showers, wood-burning fireplaces, and luxury baths with 2 person whirlpool tubs. Food is seriously an art here—with everything (and we mean everything) homemade. (If you fancy wearing those skinny jeans, step away from the bottomless cookie jar.) Breakfasts, served in the high-ceilinged dining room at individual tables, are sumptuous and plentiful. See more at the Brampton Inn.
Captain Jeffereds Inn | Kennebunkport, ME
Even though the Bushes summer here, this is a remarkably gay-friendly town, and a walkers dream. Captain Jefferds is right in town, but on a quiet residential block. The inn is a large captain’s mansion (it just screams “quintessential New England Inn”) and features beautifully-decorated traditional rooms and elegant common rooms. The delicious multi-course breakfast, served at the communal dining table, often inspires great conversation about things to do in the area. If you need help planning your stay, the owners are always happy to help you find your way. They can even tell you when to spot Barbara Bush walking the dogs along with a Secret Service agent. Read more at the Captain Jeffereds Inn.
El Farolito Bed & Breakfast Inn | Santa Fe, NM
The incomparable city of Santa Fe needs no introduction, and El Farolito is situated perfectly for exploring this art mecca. What will strike you immediately is the high quality art work everywhere at this award winning inn. Long-time owners Walt and Wayne, have been here for years and are experts in local art, the town and the amazing and complex history of the area. Their knowledgeable staff members can help you make the most out of your time visiting one of the top rated cities in the United States. Breakfasts are yummy and reflect the cuisine of the area, and most rooms have those crazy-cool “kiva” fireplaces to keep you warm on Santa Fe’s surprisingly cool nights! Read more at the El Farolito Bed & Breakfast Inn.
Inn at Cedar Falls | Hocking Hills, OH
Located just 1.5 hours outside Columbus, Ohio, this rural gem is a real find. This is a rustic, yet luxurious inn—complete with fabulous restaurant and an on-site spa—a stone’s throw from spectacular Cedar Falls, a great hiking destination. Privacy is paramount—there are wonderful woodland cottages with every possible amenity including serene forest views, there are spacious and charming log cabins, and more basic rooms in the main inn with private entrances. The Inn was a real trend-setter—reaching out to Columbus’ gay community in a big way, well before it became the thing to do. See more at the Inn at Cedar Falls.
Squam Lake Inn | Holderness, NH
This is the lake where On Golden Pond was filmed—yes, we are talking Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda. Co-owners and spouses, Cindy and Rae, run a remarkable inn, where the staff is stellar–upbeat, young and refreshingly service-oriented. The rooms range from modest to more spacious, and there are even a couple suites. The food is fabulous—be sure to eat in their restaurant, where both the food and the guests are local. But again, the staff and the vibe here is the real magic—it is something special. These two magic-makers also own the little market in town, which is great for the best home-made ice cream sandwiches anywhere! Read more about the Squam Lake Inn.
Although we only highlight six of the best gay friendly inns or bed and breakfasts, there are certainly others we have yet to cover. Choosing to stay at a luxurious inn can provide you with a unique and memorable experience. Many can tailor your visit creating the perfect time away, giving you a chance to get cozy and relax or be active and explore. You’ll enjoy lush rooms, beautiful outdoor space, and delectable dishes. Consider these gay friendly inns and let us know of any others that we may want to feature.