Gay Upstate NY?

  • kaccioto

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    Mar 11, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    hubby and i have to entertain his gay coupled clients around late april/early may - they're the outdoorsy type coming from abroad, so nearby lake activities, hiking, kayaking, etc is key.. a nice charming downtown for dinner works, and they prefer gay friendly settings in everything they do.

    hubby has place in Saratoga but we've beaten that place to death and his clients wouldn't appreciate the crowds/traffic..

    was thinking a bed and breakfast/country type place if anyone had good experiences?? grazi
  • Timbales

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    Mar 11, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    I don't know of any places specifically gay friendly, but you could look at Old Forge or Lake Placid.
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    Mar 11, 2010 2:36 AM GMT
    Friends of ours have a cabin in the Catskills, which isn't too far outside the city, and we went twice last year and had a great time. I'm sure you could find a rental especially since it would be slightly off-season.
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    Mar 11, 2010 5:54 AM GMT
    My idea of roughing it in gay friendly New Paltz: http://www.mohonk.com/ I planned and took part in corporate retreats there where gay/lesbian partners of staffers joined and everyone had a good time. The beautiful surroundings are surreal and the hiking trails just don't get any nicer. A five star experience, outdoors and in:

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    Mar 11, 2010 6:15 AM GMT
    if you're ready to go really far north, Lake Placid would be great.
    Hiking the Adirondacks is a great experience in any season.
    plus you got ski centers like White Face .

    Or you cold cross over to Vermont and head out to Stowe , tons of B&B there,
    it's so typically New England it squeaks, you have MT Mansfield
    and you can whistle Julie Andrews tunes while visiting the Von Trapp family resort..icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Bunjamon

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    Mar 11, 2010 8:55 AM GMT
    Racquet Lake is beautiful, Old Forge is nice, Garnet Hill Lodge (can't remember what town) has great cross-country skiing and a nice atmosphere. Their rental houses are really nice. My parents go there almost every weekend these days, until the snow melts...
  • Timbales

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    Mar 11, 2010 1:34 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidMy idea of roughing it in gay friendly New Paltz: http://www.mohonk.com/ I planned and took part in corporate retreats there where gay/lesbian partners of staffers joined and everyone had a good time. The beautiful surroundings are surreal and the hiking trails just don't get any nicer. A five star experience, indoors and out.


    I forgot about New Paltz, and I lived there for 2 years.
  • kaccioto

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    Mar 11, 2010 9:15 PM GMT
    dont have time now but will do further research tom night... thanks for the heads up..

    fyi less glam and more country = better, these blokes are coming in from london and want to get away from crowds/city/fabulousity that they're accustomed to during their normal work/social obligations mon-sat..
  • Timbales

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    Mar 11, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
    Unless New Paltz has changed a lot, most of the village is along one street.

    I took my friend from London to Old Forge last fall so he could see the leaves, he really liked it.
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    Mar 11, 2010 9:29 PM GMT
    I think New Paltz is just what you want. Very gay friendly (the mayor of New Paltz was involved in the marriage protests last year). And Mohonk is a perfectly beautiful place to stay.
  • Timbales

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    Mar 11, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    If you go to New Paltz, Woodstock isn't that far a hop.
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    Mar 11, 2010 10:02 PM GMT
    It may be warm enough to raft down the Ausable Chasm rapids by then, sounds like something this group might enjoy. They can also go spelunking in Howe Caverns. Simply driving along the Hudson is beautiful, too, and you have the various homes of the rich & famous as museums to visit now, like the Vanderbilts, and FDR's Hyde Park. And of course West Point (USMA) is open to visitors with guided tours. You could spend weeks around there, not far from our summer home in Vermont we had some years ago.

    http://www.howecaverns.com/

    http://www.ausablechasm.com/
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    Mar 11, 2010 10:12 PM GMT
    The Berkshires are spitting distance from Saratoga. A lot of options there, especially new ones like MASSMOCA and Porches Inn in North Adams. Very Cool.
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    Mar 13, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
    I'll agree with New Paltz. It's not too far a drive from NYC and there's lots to do along the way and in and around New Paltz. Hiking in Mohonk and Minnewaska is a wonderful experience and I've heard staying up at the Mountain House is a lot of fun. You can also cross the river to Hyde Park (Cullinary Institute, FDR House, Vanderbilt Mansion) and drive up to Rhinebeck which is a really quaint village that has some good restaurants and a nice independent movie theater.

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    Mar 14, 2010 2:36 PM GMT
    New Paltz
    Great Barrington Mass. (right over the border)