Boston Gay and Lesbian Vacations
Your gay Boston vacation
Steeped in American history and characterized by an almost British reserve among its populace, Boston is a unique city in many ways. It seems there's a university everywhere you turn in Boston, and a liberal and youthful vibe wafts through the city -- despite its New England stuffiness. This is progressive Massachusetts after all, the first state in the nation where same-sex marriage was legalized.
LGBT-welcoming Boston hotels
An oasis in downtown AtlantaThe W Atlanta – Downtown hotel bills itself as an urban oasis in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The hotel is stylishly designed with a mix of light and colors that seems to take just a little of the heat out of Hot-Lanta. With vibrant restaurants serving anything from snacks to American and... More
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The Westin Copley Place Boston Hotel provides its guests with a relaxing experience in the midst of one of America's most exciting cities. It is situated right next to Copley Place-a premier shopping destination-and within walking distance of many of Boston's most popular attractions. The views of the Charles River and... More
The Nine Zero is a superior boutique hotel in Boston that offers renowned hospitality from the Kimpton Company. The hotel's exterior is constructed from traditional red brick, and the rooms feature stylish yet comfortable design elements. Guests of the Nine Zero will appreciate its convenient location in the center of... More
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Eco-friendly, unique four-star property in downtown BostonOnyx Hotel, a AAA four diamond, four-star boutique hotel sits on a charming side street in the heart of downtown Boston near many top sites like Faneuil Hall, TD Garden and the Freedom Trail. An eco-friendly, pet-friendly property, the Onyx offers upscale... More
Newly renovated hotel on Boston’s beautiful and historic Copley SquareHaving recently undergone an $18 million renovation, the Copley Square Hotel offers guests a unique blend of chic, modern design with a keen sense of history. The hotel is situated close to many of Boston's historical and cultural attractions. Dining,... More
Chic accommodations and signature service set in hip theater districtFeaturing modern and sophisticated décor in its public spaces that perfectly compliment the beautiful glass façade of the building, W Boston is located in the heart of the theater district in Boston's exclusive Midtown area. The hotel's location offers... More
Award-winning luxury boutique hotel overlooking the Charles RiverThe Hotel Marlowe is a AAA four diamond-rated boutique property emanating elegance and vibrancy with eclectic style throughout the space. Overlooking the Charles River, the hotel offers easy access to MIT and Harvard, as well as some of Boston's best... More
Boston Marriott Copley Place will introduce you to the pulse of Beantown from day one, with its indoor entry to both the Copley Place Mall and the Prudential Center. Abstract art stands out in the bright mezzanine lobby with its triangular skylight, while views of the urban skyline and nearby Charles River are never far... More
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Though only built in 1982, Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel sits within an integral part of Boston's history and the 17th century focal point of Boston's sea trade. Emulating the warehouse-feel of the old city, the diamond structure is matched inside with the geometric lighting and wall design of the Waterline Dining... More
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Historic building features European rooms in Boston's theater districtA restored historic 1925 building houses this Back Bay hotel in the heart of Boston's theater district near convention centers and the city's top attractions, making it perfectly suited for business and leisure travelers. The AAA three diamond-rated... More
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Historic architecture with a modern, minimalist spiritHistory buffs appreciate both the location and original architecture of the AMES in the Byzantine-Romanesque Ames building. Built in 1893 as headquarters for the Ames farm equipment empire, the boutique hotel showcases mosaic tile ceilings, ornate staircases, carved... More
The Boston Harbor Hotel continues to earn accolades by pampering guests with fine rooms, fine dining, and a standout waterfront location. The architectural grandeur of the hotel's stunning arched entryway opens up to a breathtaking view of the private marina, and its rooftop terrace towers 16 stories over the Financial... More
The Lenox Hotel is designated as one of the Historic Hotels of America, as well as being an outstanding' green' venue with sustainability practices and recycling initiatives. Since 1900, luxurious European-themed accommodations have hosted rich and famous guests, including jazz legend Duke Ellington. Classic elegance... More
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Chic five-star hotel in downtown locale offering “elegant simplicity”This hotel is located near many of Boston's historical and cultural attractions, the business and financial districts, and the beautiful Beacon Hill area. The Four Seasons Boston offers guests elegant, old-world hospitality combined with... More
|San Francisco||Boston||Thu, Feb 5 - Fri, Feb 6||$323|
|Chicago||Boston||Wed, Jan 14 - Mon, Jan 19||$133|
|Los Angeles||Boston||Thu, Jan 22 - Fri, Jan 23||$299|
|Washington DC||Boston||Fri, Jan 16 - Fri, Jan 23||$118|
|Seattle||Boston||Tue, Jan 20 - Wed, Jan 21||$284|
|Raleigh||Boston||Sun, Dec 28 - Sun, Jan 4||Check rates|
|Minneapolis||Boston||Wed, Jan 21 - Sun, Jan 25||$279|
|Atlanta||Boston||Sat, Jan 17 - Tue, Jan 20||$177|
|London||Boston||Wed, Feb 18 - Wed, Feb 25||$678|
|New York||Boston||Tue, Dec 30 - Fri, Jan 2||$171|
|Charlotte||Boston||Tue, Jan 13 - Tue, Jan 20||$175|
|Phoenix||Boston||Tue, Jan 20 - Wed, Jan 21||$278|
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The Boston gayborhoods
The South End was the traditional gay neighborhood that the local queers gentrified, but now many straight families reside there cheek-to-jowl with the gays. Funky Jamaica Plain, south of downtown, has a pronounced lesbian population as does the neighborhood of Roslindale.
Other general neighborhoods worth exploring are stately Back Bay; historic Beacon Hill, with its cobblestones and original gas lamps; busy Chinatown, which has been featured in many movies; and the North End, Boston's "Little Italy" although locals never call it that. And shopaholics will want to spend time on Newbury Street in Back Bay, filled with the city's best boutique shopping.
Seeing Boston's sights
For pure sightseeing, Boston offers up a smorgasbord for the history buff: Follow three-mile Freedom Trail to visit the Paul Revere House and the Old North. Or trace the Black Heritage Trail, a 20-block walk starting at the African Meeting House, the oldest black American church building still standing.
Pride happens in June, the food festival/AIDS benefit Taste of the South End in March. And don't forget the summer "gay beach" area on the Esplanade along the Charles River between Dartmouth and Gloucester, where guys tan in Speedos! The huge fireworks displays over the area pop off on the Fourth of July.
Insider tips for Boston gay travel
Keep your eyes peeled for plaques
Boston excels at showcasing its history, and there seems to be a plaque on every other building. It's like a free tour and more interesting than any textbook.
Watch out for the school calendar
Boston hotel rooms can be hard to come by during graduation in early summer and orientation in late summer. Mid-summer can be a great time to visit, thanks to fewer crowds and glorious weather. But once fall starts, the leaf peepers use Boston as a base, bringing up hotel rates.