After I Do: Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations
Now that same-sex marriage is on offer in Massachusetts and California, as well as north of the border, and civil unions in Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey available, it?s time to start planning what to do once the I Do?s are done. Read on for the top homo honeymoon hotspots in North America.
Tolerant, easygoing, and deliciously sunny, Hawaii wins our vote for top honeymoon spot. Splash in the surf, walk hand in hand around a volcano, or explore a rainforest and then come back to the 40-acre Grand Wailea (3850 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Maui; 808-875-1234; $375+). It?s a lovers? and a water lover's paradise, with a 2,000 foot-long pool, nine free-form pools, rapids, jungle pools, slides, waterfalls, and more. The 50,000 square-foot Spa Grande has 40 treatment rooms, many with ocean views. Alternatively, join the happy, holidaying hordes in Honolulu and check in to the hip, boutique Wyland Waikiki (400 Royal Hawaiian Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu; 877-995-2638; $129+). Sculptures of frolicking otters, whales, and turtles adorn the grounds of this luxurious hotel. It?s the first Robert Wyland-themed hotel and features the famed marine artist?s works throughout the hotel?s public spaces and 400 guestrooms.
Provincetown is a perfect spot for a gay or lesbian honeymoon. Women and men flock to this haven of acceptance to enjoy its sandy charms and quaint inns and restaurants. Wholesome P-town calls out to couples, with long bike paths, art galleries, historic buildings, and some of the best gay guesthouses in the world. Our first favorite address is Crowne Pointe (82 Bradford St; 508-487-6707 or 877-276-9631; $109+), a gleaming Victorian with 40 luxury rooms, suites, and apartments. The other top choice is women-owned Fairbanks Inn (90 Bradford St; 800-324-7265; $120+), an exceptional, lovingly restored and maintained 200-year-old Captain's house. You can bank on falling in love with its romantic and historic atmosphere.
Like a chunk of France thrown into North America's back yard, Montr?al is a special treat for gay visitors. With liberal laws protecting gays and lesbians and one of the most progressive, gay-friendly tourist bureaus on the planet, most queer visitors feel like they have finally come home when they get a taste of Montr?al. For luscious surrounds, check in to chic, sleek, modernist gem Opus Hotel (10 Sherbrooke Ouest; 514-843-6000; C$243+), located in the Latin Quarter, a 15-minute walk from the Gay Village. Alternatively, to stay gay, La Conciergerie (1019 Rue St.-Hubert; 514-289-9297; C$119+) is a charming B&B in two 120-year-old Victorian houses, with a gym, a 24-hour hot tub, and a clothing-optional sun deck.
4. Santa Fe
Lesbian-popular Santa Fe boasts a gentle, rustic-yet-sophisticated vibe, historical stucco structures, and a removed, otherworldly feel. Once home to pioneering artist Georgia O'Keeffe, it?s a delicious spot to bring your beloved, snuggle at a cozy inn, and watch the full moon rise over the desert floor. Triangle Inn (off U.S. 285/84, Arroyo Cuyamungue; 505-455-3375; $70+) is a beautifully maintained, lesbian-owned compound of seven adobe casitas.
5. Puerto Vallarta
Although definitely well marked on the tourist track, Vallarta?s old Spanish feel and its lively gay scene make it well worth consideration. With world-class resorts, gourmet restaurants, and a mix of modern and old, Puerto Vallarta is one of the best gay honeymoon spots south of the border. There are more than a dozen gay hotels in Vallarta but none are as upscale as the Casa Cupula (129 Callejon de la Igualdad; 866-261-3516; $108+), which combines the intimacy of a B&B with the service level of a high-end resort. Amenities in the 19-room property include a gym, continental breakfast, concierge service, and two pools.