Summer’s Great Escapes

Need a cure for post-Pride blues? New Hope, Philadelphia, Asbury Park, and Fire Island are homo-friendly hangouts just a stone’s throw from NYC. You could be there and back before nightfall, although you probably won’t want to leave!

New Hope, PA

Are you finding yourself longing to canoe down the Gowanus or go fly-fishing in Central Park? It’s time you hopped on a bus and released your inner Artemis in beautiful New Hope, PA.

Mountain bike and bird-watch your way through Washington’s Crossing State Park ( The nature center’s the best place in the park to check out the “chicks.” After a good dose of trees and rocks, head to Topeo Gallery of American Crafts and Glass Art (35 N Main St, 215-862-2750,, you probably shouldn’t throw stones, but you’ll still have plenty to take in. Then, head over to the Bucks County Playhouse (70 S Main St, 215-862-2041, From July 4 to 22, they’re playing every city girl’s favorite musical, 42nd Street!

After all this sightseeing, you’ll be as ravenous as the bunny rabbits at Washington’s Crossing. Make your way to Havana (105 S Main St, 215-862-9897, for some Cuban-Jamaican heat. Triumph Brewing Co. (400 Union Sq, 215-862-8300, is a family favorite, and has hosted many LGBT events in the past. If romance is your style, take your special lady to the outdoor riverside terrace at The Landing (22 N Main St, 215-862-5711, Later on, once you’ve stopped by Grownups (2 E Mechanic St, 215-862-9304), New Hope’s lingerie and adult toys shop, you’re ready to hit the hay. Some fabulous gay-owned hotels await you.

You’ll find a beautiful queer haven at the restored-farmhouse B&B, the Wishing Well (from $99, 144 Old York Rd, 215-862-8819, Otherwise spend your night in the outdoor hot tub at Cordials (from $95, 143 Old York Rd, 215-862-3919, For those who feel the night has only just begun, be sure to stay at the Raven Resort (from $175, 385 W Bridge St, 215-862-2081,, home to Raven Bar, New Hope’s hot spot.

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