Cooling Off: Excuses for quick, summer escapes
Photos in order: Courtesy Tony; courtesy Sausalito Floating Homes Tour
For city dwellers, August and September spell escape and, for those that eschew a big, beachy retreat, the cooler climes of a wooded Northern area or Cape Cod breezes can be particularly appealing. Check out a few convenient excuses to skip town that have come across our desk recently.
Out in the Adirondacks
August 21st - 23rd
Steve Hayes, who starred in Trick, will be hosting this first gay get-a-way by Blue Mountain Lake in upstate New York at what promises to be a intimate and intelligent weekend summer camp for adults. At an inclusive $249, Out in the Adirondacks is also a comparatively affordable -- and easily-accessible, particularly for Bostonites and New Yorkers -- way to bow out of another sweaty, urban weekend.
August 16 - 22
One of Provincetown's many summertime events, Carnival is a festive annual treat in the grand Rio tradition. Well, maybe a scootch gayer. This year's theme riffs on Woodstock's 30th Anniversary with "Summer of Love: Peace, Love and Go-Go Boots." Expect the usual hilarity and casual fun of live DJs, drag competitions and a parade.
Lily Tomlin Fundraiser for Pilgrim Bark Park
Just a week later, P-Town will go to the dogs. Lil Tomlin, a long-time Provincetown lover will perform as part of a late summer fund-raiser for a much-needed new dog park!
Sausalito Floating Homes Tour
Over in breezy side Sausalito, a waterfront community just North of San Francisco, the Annual Floating Homes tour is an oddball, but fun one-day escape. Wander around these colorful and unique floating houses from 11am to 4pm while just enjoying being out of the city and actually on the water.
One intriguing home, for example, is known as the "Train Wreck" and was built from a half of a 1889 North pacific Railway Pullman car. Registration for the self-guided tour is $35 and organizers recommend advance purchase, as registration tends to fill up quickly. For more, check out the news clip below -- the style isn't great, but the info is good!