(2-hour bus or car from NYC)
Why Go: Looking to buy a second home in Sullivan County? There’s a good chance your neighbors will most likely be gay. In fact, this quiet getaway from the city has been a favorite for the LGBT community for years (up to 70 percent of businesses in Narrowsburg Village alone are gay-owned). There’s even a local magazine and a web site dedicated to the gay community.
While hiking and canoeing are top activities, Sullivan is more of a retreat for simply doing nothing at all, though people-watching is a favorite pastime—celebrities like Michelle Williams and Mark Ruffalo own homes here.
Get nostalgic at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a contemporary museum that celebrates sixties history and the iconic Woodstock Festival (yes, it took place here in Sullivan, not Woodstock). The recently opened Dancing Cat Saloon and Catskill Distillery is a go-to for live music and Peace Vodka tastings (average main: $14).
Next door to the recently renovated Roxbury Motel (see below) is the gay-owned Public Lounge, a groovy restaurant serving farm-to-table dishes (average main: $11). It’s sprawling earth and all sky in this neck of the woods, so check out the popular Kaaterskill Falls or Alder Lake for picnics and hiking.
Where to Stay:
Check into Bradstan Country Hotel (rates from $225/night), owned by a gay couple that officially got married last summer. The property looks over White Lake and is within walking distance to cute shops.
The truly remote, gay-owned Ecce Bed & Breakfast (rates from $200/night), though, is perhaps cream of the crop. The five-room hideaway is perched 400-feet high on a bluff overlooking Delaware River where eagles soar through the sky. Don’t let “B&B” fool you: it feels more like an intimate, boutique hotel with contemporary furnishings in all five guestrooms—some with private terraces or whirlpool tubs—and impressive antique pieces and local artwork in the public areas.
Gay New Yorkers may remember that in the 80s, Roxbury Village was the weekender from NYC. And while that trend died out, Roxbury is experiencing something of a renaissance. The Roxbury Motel (rates from $99/weeknight, $125/weekend night) is owned by a gay couple who are movers and shakers in the area. Last year’s brand-new wing brought 9 themed suites, each paying tribute to popular 60s and 70s TV shows and movies. Think Gilligan Island Suite and Wizard of Oz Suite, designed in a whimsical way (the owners’ backgrounds are in theater and set design).