Top 5 LGBTQ+ Winter Getaways
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Here are some ideas for places to visit this winter that are exceptional locations for another dose of R&R and are especially LGBT friendly
Summer vacations are great, but we all know they have lower and lower returns. Those longer shadows, shorter days, and cooler nights mean it's time to take a vacation from the books.
Whistler, British Columbia
One of the best ways to cope with the winter blues is to embrace the cold and hit the slopes. And one of the best places in the world to climb the slopes is the revered Whistler, just 1.5 hours from Vancouver, BC. We recommend planning a trip to coincide with the Whistler Pride and Ski Festival when the LGBT community dons their best after-ski gear and takes over the quaint European-inspired town.
Where to stay when you go: We love the Fairmont Chateau Whistler for its luxurious accommodations and prime location next to the ski lifts.
We won't surprise anyone who includes Hawaii on this list. It appears on virtually every major winter travel chart. However, many LGBT travelers don't know how welcoming and open the Hawaiian Islands are. Although you can literally visit any of the Hawaiian islands and have an exceptional winter vacation, we picked Honolulu from this list because it's incredibly easy to get to, the shopping is world-class, and the food scene is exploding. Also, we have a soft spot for Hula, which has such cheap and unobstructed views of Diamond Head.
Where to stay when you go: You have a ton of hotel options in Waikiki (we're idiots for the Halekulani and we love the Hyatt Regency Waikiki's location), but the ultra-chic The Modern Honolulu has piqued our interest recently.
Palm Springs, CA
For a quick dose of fun and sun, there's no better place than Palm Springs. What we love so much about the LGBT mecca is that it has somehow managed to achieve, and maintain, a balance between the artistic, the simple, the sophisticated, and the chic. Where else in the desert can offer the perfect Reuben sandwich, lush architecture, and fun art galleries?
Where to stay when you go: Palm Springs has no shortage of high-end hotels. For example, the Movie Colony Hotel is a safe bet (and has one of our favorite restaurants attached), but we've also heard amazing things about Sparrows Lodge.
If you've never done Walt Disney World without the kids (or your parents as a kid), it's time to experience Disney in a whole new way. As we can attest, Disney is increasingly focused on enhancing experiences for adults without children and LGBT visitors.
We've been several times over the past few years and love the ever-increasing focus on great restaurants and cocktails, great shopping at the renovated Disney Springs, and of course the attractions (you have to do Everest Expedition in the dark!) to tell the children (if any) that their moms or dads attended a job conference in Toldeo, OH.
Where to stay when you go: When you are with the little ones, it is best to stay at a Disney Resort. But for an "adults-only" trip, consider the luxurious new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. You deserve that.
San Diego, CA
Virtually everyone we meet, gay, straight or not, wants to visit (or live) San Diego. And for good reason; the city has a perfectly warm climate, a postcard setting, and a vibrant culture. LGBT visitors will want to head to the famous neighborhood of Hillcrest to discover a true gay town, which is increasingly difficult to find (we will leave the debate on whether this is good or bad for another time). But even if you spend your time in the "gay zone," don't miss out on drool-worthy Mexican food in Barrio Logan or an evening stroll by the sea.
Where to stay when you go: To make getting around easier, we prefer to stay downtown at the Marriot Marquis, Grand Hyatt, or Andaz.
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