10 Best Romantic Lesbian Resorts in the United States

Sometimes, you need a few nights away at a romantic hotel to keep the sparks flying. Fight those lesbian bed death stereotypes and make your partner swoon with some of our favorite romantic lesbian resorts in the US. All of the properties are lesbian owned so you know you won’t run into any issues while trying to set the mood. These country retreats are perfect for the romantic getaway. 

Lesbian Owned San Jose Hotel Austin Texas

Hotel San Jose – Austin, TX

The Hotel San José is a bungalow-style hotel for friends from near and far in the South Congress neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Dogs are always welcome. We loved Austin SO much that I decided to spend my 30th birthday exploring the city. Check out some of our Lesbian Travel Tips for Austin.

Lesbian Owned Hotel Lucky Dog Farm Stay

Lucky Dog Farm Stay – New Glarus, WI

Lucky Dog Farm Stay is a Bed and Breakfast style hotel focusing on wellness, with yoga, massage and fresh, sustainably grown food. The intimate setting allows you to take a deep breath and focus on reconnecting with your life’s balance. Guest rooms are located on the upper floor of a historic 1865 stone farmhouse. Breakfasts are served at Cow & Quince, the award winning farm to table restaurant. Guests enjoy organic fair trade coffee and teas before going into the village for breakfast. The farm has goats, chickens, pigs, one dog and several farm cats.

Sunset Marine Lesbian Owned Resort

Sunset Marine Resort – Sequim, WA

The Sunset Marine Resort is made of private vacation cabins on the Olympic Peninsula with panoramic waterfront views of the Puget Sound. The waterfront lodging is less than 2 hours from Seattle and Victoria BC. Whether your idea of lodging is a simple jump off point for the Olympic National Park, a quiet beachfront cabin to relax and rejuvenate, a gathering place for connecting families and friends or a place to sit and watch the sunset, The Sunset Marine Resort is a great option.   

Lesbian Owned Quintessa on Whidbey

The Quintessa on Whidbey Island, WA

The Quintessa on Whidbey Island is a nine-bedroom vacation home near Seattle WA popular for weddings and large groups. The Quintessa is located within minutes to many attractions including a nine-hole golf course straight out of the Scottish Highlands, a variety of beaches, and an abundance of local artists’ studios. Take a drive to nearby Langley “The Village by the Sea”, featuring a vintage movie house, live music and theater, eclectic boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, bookstores, and fabulous food options.

Lesbian Owned Lincoln Inn

Lincoln Inn and Restaurant- Woodstock, VT

The Lincoln Inn and Restaurant is a charming country-style inn with a restaurant, tavern, library and six cozy guest rooms. Lincoln Inn is on six acres overlooking the Ottauquechee River. The restaurant was voted in the top 10 best restaurants by Forbes Magazine in 2016. To the credit of Jevgenija Saromova, the restaurant’s Michelin star trained chef. Woodstock is a gorgeous location for gay weddings.

Rock River Studio Lesbian Owned Resort

Rock River Studio-  South Newfane, VT

Rock River Studio is an adorable tiny house in the woods. It’s the perfect romantic getaway in the woods for a couple looking for a bit of quiet. The one-room cabin offers something unique to city dwellers like me – a place where you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the Rock River flowing by. To top it all off, a complimentary breakfast is served on the porch of the main house on the morning of your choice.

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Abundance Retreat – Wimberley, TX

The Abundance Retreat is made of gorgeously appointed cabins off the beaten path in Wimberley, Texas. This adults-only but pet-friendly relaxation center is a Bed and Breakfast near the Spring-fed Cypress Creek. Guests have free use of kayaks to watch the fish, turtles, and birds, and to explore the beautiful cypress trees.

Chanric Inn Lesbian hotel

Chanric Inn – Napa Valley CA

The Chanric Inn is right in the heart of wine country. The Inn offers 7 guest rooms, 6 king bedrooms and 1 queen bedroom in the beautiful Napa Valley and is located just 10 to 15 min. walking from downtown Calistoga restaurants and market. The Chanric is serviced by the complimentary city shuttle so guests can enjoy a safe ride and the wine. Chanric Inn also has a spa with a beautiful swimming pool, whirlpool spa and a variety of massage treatments.

Hilltop Manor Lesbian Hotel

Hilltop Manor – Hot Springs AZ

Hilltop Manor is a relaxing bed and breakfast on the edge of Hot Springs National Park. It’s a tranquil refuge from life’s stress. Enjoy a cup of coffee amongst the outdoor fireplaces before spending the day hiking the red rocks. Afterwards lounge in the nearby hot springs to ease your muscles. An elegant full breakfast served in your private suite, in the dining room with floor to ceiling stone fireplace and antique lighting overhead.

Springwood Cabin Lesbian Owned Hotel

Springwood Cabins – Columbus OH

Springwood Cabins is the perfect glamping destination. You’ll find the perfect blend of nature and comfort in these luxury cabins. The cabins feature a unique design and decorating touches ranging from antique colored windows, river rock stone sinks and skylights to hand built furnishings.  Each of the cabins provides a private and relaxing setting while surrounded by 52 beautifully wooded acres filled with trails, amazing wildlife and a private stocked pond.

 

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Washington DC Pride Guide 2016

It’s that time of year again, the month of a thousand pride parties, rainbow colored everything and body glitter. This year, I’m keeping it low key (ish) and only hitting up three different Pride festivals. I’m confirmed to be at DC Capital Pride Saturday, June 11, 2016, Columbus Pride, June 18, 2016 and back home in NYC for Pride on June 26, 2016. This month is going to be a bit crazy, but I’m kicking off Pride Tour 2016 with my favorite local queer party, The Coven.

The Coven

Kate Ross and Marissa D. Barrera are teaming up once again to bring you THE COVEN, DC’s only late night party for witchy, bitchy, queer kids. On Friday, June 3rd, at Smith Public Trust on (12th Street and Monroe Ave NE)  they’re bringing you the DJs of FACTORY GIRLS, a group that showcases queer talent and celebrates femininity, regardless of gender or sexuality. Factory Girls is co-produced by DJs Gun$ Garcia (Philadelphia), Katie Rex (New York), and Suga Shay (Los Angeles). Opening set by DC’s own Jacq Jill. Get excited! The thing I love about Coven is that they do a variety of parties and community events. Sure, they have nightlife, but they also have a book club, spin classes and fundraisers for the community. I LOVE that it’s not all focused on drinking and sex. DON’T GET ME WRONG. I love me some vodkasodasplashofcrans and I’m known for my sex columns at Go Magazine and Wanderful, but some substance is nice too. Speaking of which, when you go to The Coven’s Pride party, 15% of ticket sales go to SMYAL, a local organization that supports and enhances the self esteem of sexual minority youth.

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Photo Credit: The Coven

Capital Pride Parade

This year the annual DC Capital Pride Parade steps off on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm from 22nd & P Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The DC parade weaves it’s way through the nation’s capital throughout the early evening. Don’t forget to bring your water bottles and sunscreen.

FUSE WOMEN’S PARTY

After you’re all paraded out head out to Howard Theater. That’s the Green line Shaw – Howard University station for those taking the metro. Join the Ladies of LURe and Tagg Magazine for their annual FUSE: Pride Women’s Event. Despite the “ladies party” notation on nearly every advertisement, I reached out to the party planners on Facebook and Instagram to ensure the event was trans and nonbinary friendly, and they promptly responded “ABSOLUTELY!!! This event is for everyone under the rainbow.” The Facebook event invite also states “This event is for everyone lesbian, queer, and under the rainbow!” The party gets started at 9:00 PM and will continue into the early hours of the morning. Tickets are $15 and there will be bottle service available for those high rollers in the crowd.

YOUTH DANCE

If you’re under 21 and still trying to get your Pride dance party on, the folks at SMYAL are putting on a youth-exclusive Queer & Now dance! They’ll be at National City Christian Church in Thomas Circle for FREE dancing, food, and HIV testing from 6pm-10pm after the parade.
If you’re not the clubs and drinks kinda of person, there are tons of other cool things to do in DC. I highly recommend checking out the Blind Whino

The Blind Whino

Blind Whino is a Non-profit Arts Club and Event Space that hosts a variety of creative events and performances throughout the year. The building is an old Friendship Baptist Church from the 1900s that has been repurposed and redesigned, as I’m sure you guys are aware from my Instagram feed, I’m borderline obsessed with giant murals. The first time I saw Blind Whino I knew I HAD to attend some events there. The work on the outside of the building was a commissioned piece from Atlanta based artist HENSE. It’s a full building mural that wraps around the entire perimeter of the venue. The work on the inside is just as breathtaking. Whether you’re attending a poetry slam or checking out an art exhibit, Blind Whino is definitely worth checking out.

WONDER at Renwick Gallery

Wonder is one of the coolest things DC has to offer. Sure, on the surface it’s just an art exhibit, but honestly, it’s so much more than that. It’s one part art, one part social commentary and one part media experience. While the nine artists featured in WONDER create wildly different pieces, they are similar because they create large-scale works from nontraditional materials and objects. You’ll see a giant rainbow colored spider web of woven threads, wooden pieces spiraled together to form larger than life creations and rooms filled with everyday objects like marbles and cards placed together in transfixing installations. The gallery is open daily and has free admission. They open at 10:00 a.m. and close at 5:30 p.m. I’d recommend being there right at 10am because the line can get a bit crazy.
 
Did I miss anything? Let me know your recommendations in the comments below.