Gay guest houses

  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 28, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    I've only stayed at one, The Worthington in Ft. Lauderdale and I thought it was good. Friendly staff, lush surroundings and close to Sebastian Street Beach.
    I'm planning a trip to Key West at some point and the Island House looks really good. Who has stayed there and what did you think?
    What are some other good guest houses? Could be anywhere, not necessarily in Florida.
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    Jul 28, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    Why would you want to segregate yourself? I'll never understand this.
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    Jul 28, 2013 12:54 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidI've only stayed at one, The Worthington in Ft. Lauderdale and I thought it was good. Friendly staff, lush surroundings and close to Sebastian Street Beach.
    I'm planning a trip to Key West at some point and the Island House looks really good. Who has stayed there and what did you think?
    What are some other good guest houses? Could be anywhere, not necessarily in Florida.

    I'm at New Orleans House on Duval Street in Key West right now, part of the Bourbon Street Pub complex. See my separate thread.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/3344543/

    Island House is very nice, though expensive, I've stayed there. It's at the very end of Fleming Street (Google Map these places), which means a very long walk to most areas of interest. Little parking at IH, and if you drive up to Duval you may not find parking there, either, nor back at IH when you return.

    There's recently been a big turnover of KW gay guest houses, becoming straight as investors buy them out. Same thing we saw in South Beach. Another surviving gay place is the Equator, also on Fleming, not as far away from the attractions as IH, but much smaller and limited.

    Back to IH, it's heavily couples 30 and up, lots of 40-somethings who can afford it. You may not find too many singles if you stay alone, though some guys pay just for the day. A lot consider it a tropical bathhouse, but I take a more generous view. Depends on what you're looking for, and if you arrive with another guy.

    PE me for more discussion about KW. We come here at least 6 times a year, have lots of local friends here, have known the place since 1973.
  • ChicagoSteve

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    Jul 28, 2013 1:06 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWhy would you want to segregate yourself? I'll never understand this.


    Because I had never stayed at one before and I wanted to try it. Also it was much more reasonably priced than the hotels down the street right across from the beach.
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    Jul 28, 2013 1:15 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    My favorite gay guest house in Key West is Big Ruby's.

    http://bigrubys.com/

    Big ruby's is indeed very lush, I've been there. So have some of our lesbian friends - they permit women, despite it being clothing optional, similar to the way a nude beach is, not gender restricted.

    Our local KW friends also tell us it's in the process of converting straight under new ownership, but I haven't confirmed that officially. Maybe if we get down that way today we'll drop in and ask them.
  • Amelorn

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    Jul 28, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    Scruffypup saidWhy would you want to segregate yourself? I'll never understand this.

    Because you can't get naked with the straight people.


    Colour me weird, but I can't understand wanting to be naked with complete strangers. A visit to a bathhouse? Yeah. Several days or weeks? Ugh.
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    Jul 28, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    Amelorn said
    Aristoshark said
    Scruffypup saidWhy would you want to segregate yourself? I'll never understand this.

    Because you can't get naked with the straight people.

    Colour me weird, but I can't understand wanting to be naked with complete strangers. A visit to a bathhouse? Yeah. Several days or weeks? Ugh.

    You aren't naked the entire time, just as the situation warrants, mostly in and around the pool and sunning.
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    Jul 28, 2013 5:46 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidWhy would you want to segregate yourself? I'll never understand this.


    +1
  • Suetonius

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    Jul 28, 2013 6:14 PM GMT
    There are loads of them in Provincetown. My partner and I like the Ampersand.
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    Jul 28, 2013 6:37 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve saidI've only stayed at one, The Worthington in Ft. Lauderdale and I thought it was good. Friendly staff, lush surroundings and close to Sebastian Street Beach.
    I'm planning a trip to Key West at some point and the Island House looks really good. Who has stayed there and what did you think?
    What are some other good guest houses? Could be anywhere, not necessarily in Florida.


    I just stayed at the Worthington a few weeks ago. If you liked it, you'll probably like Island House as well although Island House has smaller rooms. I've stayed at Island House a couple of times and visited some guys we met while snorkeling on another occasion. The last time I stayed was about a year ago. In each case, the guys were mostly in their 30s and 40s with some younger and older. There seemed to be a mix of single guys and couples. There is a bar and restaurant on site so you don't have to leave to eat which is nice.

    I also stayed at New Orleans House on one occasion several years ago but preferred Island House. But the plus of New Orleans House is that it is closer to Duval street which is where most of the tourist type things to do are. Island House seemed to be kept up nicer and was quieter than New Orleans House. But in all fairness, the last time I stayed there was maybe 5 years ago, so they might have spruced the place up a bit.

    Definitely go to Key West. It is very relaxed and has its own special vibe.
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    Jul 28, 2013 9:14 PM GMT
    I posted on an old forum on the Flamingo in Ft. Lauderdale. The price was amazing $99.00 a night if you called them since it is only adverstised on their website for the slow season. Great staff, always very clean, and a great continental breakfast in the morning, and free cocktails between 5:00 to 6:00p.m., and literally steps to the beach. I also posted some photos.

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/257487/
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    Jul 29, 2013 12:18 AM GMT
    Suetonius saidThere are loads of them in Provincetown. My partner and I like the Ampersand.


    We just spent a week at the Carriage House. Nice people, bigger rooms than the P'town norm, and 1 block from T-Dance and Joe's Coffee, twin epicenters of P'town see-and-be-seen.

    http://www.thecarriagehse.com/index.cfm

    If you're going to a gay mecca like P'town it would be pointless to stay anywhere but a gay guesthouse. Mainly because in P'town there are only a few larger venues, and guesthouses are the norm. But staying in a guesthouse is part of the P'town experience. A typical house will have room for 10-20 guys and you will meet them all at breakfast every morning since breakfast is included. Most are friendly, come from diverse backgrounds, and enjoy sharing their very different life stories. You will enjoy the company and you come away feeling that there is in fact a supportive gay community that you are part of.

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    Jul 29, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    Nice thread - but should it be in the Travel forum?
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    Jul 29, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    Sashaman said...I've stayed at Island House a couple of times and visited some guys we met while snorkeling on another occasion. The last time I stayed was about a year ago. In each case, the guys were mostly in their 30s and 40s with some younger and older. There seemed to be a mix of single guys and couples. There is a bar and restaurant on site so you don't have to leave to eat which is nice.

    I also stayed at New Orleans House on one occasion several years ago but preferred Island House. But the plus of New Orleans House is that it is closer to Duval street which is where most of the tourist type things to do are. Island House seemed to be kept up nicer and was quieter than New Orleans House. But in all fairness, the last time I stayed there was maybe 5 years ago, so they might have spruced the place up a bit.

    Definitely go to Key West. It is very relaxed and has its own special vibe.

    Accurate observations, to my own experience. I would also recommend eating & drinking off-site no matter where you stay, though, since there are some interesting options on Key West. I'll often have the resort's free breakfast, then lunch in town, return for free happy hour, and go back out for supper. All on foot or via taxi; once I park the car (in a private off-street lot at New Orleans House) I rarely move the car again our entire stay. Same when we stay in P-town.

    I don't think you CAN spruce up New Orleans House much - LOL! Yes, Island House is a bit nicer in appearance. NOH has a little more exercise equipment in their renovated gym, but IH has the cruisey indoor spa with steam room, sauna, hot tub and gang shower. Both usually have a good supply of naked men in the pool & bar areas, but in swim suits, too, in case you're shy. I feel so hedonistic sitting naked on a bar stool (with a towel under me, of course) having cocktails.

    But we still enjoy NOH, for the Duval Street location and the regulars & staff we know, and the bigger poolside area with large garden bar, popular with locals who get complimentary towels and needn't bother bringing suits. On this trip alone we met 8 guys from Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors, several we already knew, and another who recognized us whom we met for the first time. But we also met a guy from Columbia, too, and that kind of thing is always fun.

    We also like the authentic "Key West Ramshackle" atmosphere at NOH. If we're in Key West we want to experience Key West, not a generic US Marriott nor a Caribbean resort we can find elsewhere. In Key West we do Key West exclusively, not an idealized Disney-like theme park simulation. It's old, tumble-down and not always conventionally pretty, and that's what we like about it.

    And above all we love the freedom of being clothing optional with other gay men, and having their company in a relaxed & accepting atmosphere. We mix enough with the straight tourists from Kansas everywhere else in KW (whom we can sometimes overhear whispering: "Look! There's some of THEM! They walk around right in the open here! Oh my God, see that? They're holding hands in public!"), so we like an exclusive place where we can enjoy some "us" time.
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    Jul 29, 2013 12:03 PM GMT

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  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Jul 29, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidThere is a wonderful gay resort up in the mountains of West Virginia (believe it or not!)
    http://www.purpleroofs.com/guesthouse-lost-river.html


    Another unlikely location for gay guesthouses and gay friendly tourism is Eureka Springs, AR (only slightly less unlikely than WV). By BF and I have visited twice this year. Great hiking, lakes, Thorncrown chapel, and the Crystal Bridges museum. We stay in town but there are guesthouse lodges in the mountains.

    http://www.gayeurekasprings.com/ Eureka has three pride weekends per year.
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    Jul 29, 2013 12:26 PM GMT
    ChicagoSteve said
    I'm planning a trip to Key West at some point ...

    What are some other good guest houses?


    In 104 days I'm headed for my 8th year to Alexander's Guest House on Fleming Street, not a few doors from the famous (infamous?) Island House.

    Gay, lesbian, bi and straight couples welcomed. Raul(one of the owners) and the entire staff are gracious, fun and will go out of their way to make your stay the best you'll ever have.

    They made (not bought!) me a birthday cake last year!

    http://www.alexanderskeywest.com/
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 29, 2013 12:26 PM GMT
    I've heard all about them and have a couple of good gay friends who have stayed (and really enjoyed their time).
    All positive comments so far!

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    Jul 29, 2013 12:28 PM GMT
    LuckyGuyKC said
    Another unlikely location for gay guesthouses and gay friendly tourism is Eureka Springs, AR (only slightly less unlikely than WV). By BF and I have visited twice this year. Great hiking, lakes, Thorncrown chapel, and the Crystal Bridges museum. We stay in town but there are guesthouse lodges in the mountains.

    http://www.gayeurekasprings.com/

    I used to bring my RV and motorcycle all through that area in the Ozarks, during the 3 years I lived in Arkansas, it is indeed beautiful. But I never knew there were gay-friendly sections. Wouldn't have mattered, I wasn't out back then, not even to myself. My favorite area for camping was more to the east, around Heber Springs and Greers Ferry Lake.
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    Jul 29, 2013 12:36 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidThere is a wonderful gay resort up in the mountains of West Virginia (believe it or not!)


    I should take offense at that!!! But I won't.icon_wink.gif

    Other WV options:

    http://www.longfork.com/ Clothing optional/Men only campground in Walton, WV. Located within a 45 min drive of the state capitol in Charleston.

    http://www.roselandwv.com/index.html
    Tent/RV/Cabin Resort
    located in the northern panhandle of WV near Wheeling, WV
    It features many leather, bear and other events attended by many from the DC area.

    So, that is three (the 3rd being Purple Roof) gay owned/friendly resorts in li'l ol' backwater WV. icon_cool.gif

    Not bad, IMHO.
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