Fire Island - anyone been there?

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    Jan 28, 2013 6:53 PM GMT
    In chatting with a few acquaintances over the weekend, someone mentioned Fire Island and said that it is the 'happiest place to be blah blah..' and that part of the conversation ended with a 'you should go'.

    So I did some research and it didn't sound that promising. It seems expensive to stay there and to make the cost reasonable seems like dorm living like share would need to be done.

    e.g. this blog http://gawker.com/5928341

    Anyone has any experiences to share?
  • MikeW

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    Jan 28, 2013 6:59 PM GMT
    Once, in the early '90s. Stayed in the Belvedere: http://belvederefireisland.com/ That was a hoot. LOL.

    Best if you know someone from Manhattan with a house. ;)
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:22 AM GMT
    The first time I ever went to Fire Island it was with my roommate, a former Wilhelmina model alongside Jessica Lange and Barbara Carrera, to stay in a Cherry Grove oceanfront house owned by his older hag (think Gene Tierney in "Scruples") that he and her stable of other "boys" had been visiting for over twenty years. This is how, sleeping on the couch of a dilapidated beach house that had seen better days, presided over by an old woman and outnumbered by her middle aged cadre of men, I awoke late in the night to find myself being molested. My safety strategy? Sternly, my eyes flying open and staring straight at the perp, I said "Thank you, and goodnight." He slinked off and no one else dared approach me for the rest of the night as I slept with one eye open, furious and filled with the self righteousness and indignation of youth. As I was about to leave early for the morning ferry my roommate - who had a great eye and later got me, unsolicited, a legit agent - took a snapshot of me since he said my dark mood made for a great picture. He was right - it's now in my RJ profile, the cropped one with the orange windbreaker.

    Your experience may likely be different but regardless consider it gay beach camp - cars are banned and the luxurious saltboxes worn the color of driftwood that ply the primeval scrub covered dunes stand in as "cabins," some of which can rent for $25,000 for just one weekend. Best to go as someone's guest.

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    Jan 29, 2013 7:29 AM GMT
    Just wondering if you've ever heard about Saugatuck Michigan seeing as you're in Toronto? Surprisingly a lot of guys in SW Ontario these days don't seem to even know about it any longer.

    It's closer and lots of fun in the summer. It's roughly a 5 hr drive from T.O.

    Beautiful place, lots of gay activities, gay owned businesses, beaches, antique and artsy or gift stores etc. you name it.

    You should go !!!!

    google the Dunes Resort Saugatuck Michigan

    and Camp It, Saugatuck Michigan

    the two most popular places to stay.
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    Jan 29, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    MikeW saidBest if you know someone from Manhattan with a house. ;)

    umm.. dunno anyone from manhattan with a house there.

    eagermuscle said Best to go as someone's guest.

    Thanks for the feedback. I dont know anyone willing to go at this point or whose 'guest' I can go as. So need to figure that out, I guess.

    beneful1 saidJust wondering if you've ever heard about Saugatuck Michigan seeing as you're in Toronto?

    No I havent heard of it. There are some gay camp grounds a bit of a drive aways from here. But I guess the crowd here isnt the same as fire island. I'll google more info on saugatuck.
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    lol at 2:04
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
    PolaroidSwinger saidlol at 2:04 {vid}
    lol.. i cant believe he just dove in there and she let him!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 29, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    i went last summer with about ten other guys for a week. we rented a really nice house on the bay side of the island. it was a fun week but mostly because of the guys i went with and not anything particularly special about fire island. i was only there a week so wouldn't make any broad generalizations about other people. everyone seemed friendly enough. i just wasn't all that into fire island. there's not too much to do besides drink. i'd rather go to the cape or nantucket. nicer towns and more to do. it was even kind of hard to run or go to the gym on fire island.

    also, the whole place was pummeled by a hurricane this winter so its kinda messed up. not sure if they've rebuilt and they were just rebuilding last summer from a big fire.
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    Jan 29, 2013 8:57 PM GMT
    http://stitchyourwaytoahealthyheart.blogspot.com


    This is a blog by a Manhattan doctor who writes about his place on Fire Island.
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    Jan 29, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    I like Fire Island but like another poster mentioned I feel there is less to do than Provincetown, MA or Ogunquit, ME both of which are gay friendly beach towns.

    The Fire Island beaches are much nicer but I felt like it is more catering as a weekend getaway for New York A-list gays.
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    Jan 29, 2013 9:17 PM GMT
    Been there many times when I lived in NY and years later, hasn't changed much, give me a beach in Thailand any day. FI is boring IMO
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    Jan 29, 2013 10:20 PM GMT
    I've heard the wildlife there can be pretty aggressive. 146.gif
  • JMex3

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    Jan 30, 2013 12:29 AM GMT
    I've been going there since my childhood, never to cherry grove or the pines. The house is in Point O' Woods, it's a great place to go and relax…no cars which is a big plus everyone's on bikes or on foot.

    It's easy to appreciate but not for everyone there is definitely a party scene in OBP and OB. It is not cheap but it's a great getaway, I've never done just a day trip but I've heard it's doable depending on how far you are from the ferries.
    Worth checking out.