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We love it when a hotel rolls out the rainbow carpet for queer travelers. We love it even more when relaxing on a front porch, catching rays poolside and taking a disco nap wrapped in 300-thread-count sheets directly supports our community. That’s why it’s worth checking out and checking into properties that are LGBTQ owned. Here are 7 amazing ones to visit when the time is right to travel again.

Note: All travel is subject to frequently changing governmental restrictions—please check federal, state and local advisories before scheduling trips.

RELATED: Check out our 2020 Pride Travel Guide!

Austin Motel: Austin, TX

Texas-based hotelier Liz Lambert is the coolest lesbian in the lodging business—period. A few years back her Bunkhouse Group took over this South Congress gem and gave it a snappy refresh while retaining its hippie-chic charms. The rooms are cheerful, the pool scene happening and, thankfully, the iconic sign remains intact!

Keep Austin weird by supporting a local business. Book here!

Hôtel Gaythering: Miami, FL

Hotel Gaythering, Miami, LGBTQ

This mischievous and playful property located a stone’s throw from South Beach’s famed Lincoln Road is owned by a hunky gay artist with a penchant for making rabbit masks! There’s no swimming pool, but the on-site, men-only sauna more than makes up for it, as do perks like free breakfast and bunk rooms for travelers on a budget. It also boasts one of the best and busiest queer bar scenes in town.

Find out what all the buzz is about. Book now!

The Chalet of Canandaigua Bed & Breakfast: Finger Lakes, NY

Chalet of Canandaigua, Finger Lakes

A low-key Finger Lakes getaway sounds nice right about now, doesn’t it? This lesbian-owned B&B (and lake cottage) is perched on a hillside and features three suites oozing rustic farm chic. Other perks include a 3-course daily breakfast, afternoon refreshments, a second-story porch with scenic views and close proximity to area attractions like Finger Lakes Wine Country.

Book this cozy charmer here!

Santiago Resort: Palm Springs, CA

Santiago gay resort, palm springs

This sunny desert mecca is famous for its gay hotels and this men-only resort is among the best and nicest of the bunch. Everything at this 24-room property is top notch, including poolside misters, rainfall showers, complimentary continental breakfast and snacks, and close proximity to downtown and gay bars. Swimsuits are optional—for when it’s just too hot to wear one.

Book your gay desert getaway right now!

The Peaceful Pelican: Palacios, TX

B&B, peaceful pelican, Texas

Where is Palacios, you ask? It’s a bayfront town just steps from the Gulf Coast and midway between Galveston and Corpus Christi. So yes, a stay at lesbian-owned Peaceful Pelican is what a true vacation feels like. This grand, turn-of-the-century home boasts three rooms and two suites, complimentary multi-course daily breakfast, front yard with fire pit and a wonderful wraparound front porch.

Lose yourself in the Lone Star State. Book here!

The Cabanas Guesthouse & Spa: Fort Lauderdale, FL

We love this men-only property for several reasons. For starters, it’s located right on one of Fort Lauderdale’s famed canals, which means you can literally kayak after morning coffee. We also love its unique layout where each room truly feels like its own cabana. Then there’s the full-service spa and the gayborhood location—the only gay guesthouse in Wilton Manors.

Relax, already. Book your Fort Lauderdale stay here!

Phoenix Hotel: San Francisco, CA

Phoenix Hotel, San Francisco. LGBTQ

Another gem from Lambert and her Bunkhouse Group (see Austin Motel), this Tenderloin motor court lodge has been a favorite of rock icons like Little Richard, Neil Young and R.E.M. for decades. We dig the tropical courtyard and pool, chic eatery Chambers with its extensive record collection and reasonable nightly rates.

Live like a rock star and book now!

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Jason Heidemann

Jason Heidemann

Jason is a Lead Content Specialist for Expedia Group, and manages content initiatives across numerous Expedia-owned brands. His work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Time Out, the Huffington Post, Chicago Magazine, Passport and many others.

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