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Live Here? Go There: 5 Road Trips to Get Outta Town

Summer 2020 is shaping up to be a road-trip kind of season

Published on Edgemedianetwork.com
Written by Kelsy Chauvin

Across America, travelers are taking to the beaches, mountains, lakes, and forests to catch up on fresh air and nature. To help you refresh and decompress the gay way, we’ve compiled this tip sheet for your very own LGBTQ mini-break from five major U.S. cities. Gas up the car, pack up your travel cooler, and let’s roll!

Boston to the Berkshires

Photo Courtesy Seven Hills Inn

It’s about 2.5 hours driving due west from Boston to reach the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts’ section of the Green Mountains range. Once there, let the cool mountain breezes diffuse your stress and inspire loads of outdoor recreation.

The region makes a glorious escape for everything from hiking and golf to kayaking and horseback riding, not to mention camping, whitewater rafting and all manner of winter sports.

As an early leader in LGBTQ marriage equality and legal cannabis, Massachusetts is a famously progressive state, so queer travelers should find plenty of warm welcomes here. But for LGBTQ-owned businesses, dine at fun, fanciful Dream Away Lodge (actually a restaurant) in Becket. Or check into historic and queer-friendly. Or check into historic and queer-friendly, Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, set on 27 acres of lush lawns and stunning gardens.

Lenox also is home to lovely wine, beer, and pizza bar Brava. Don’t miss a bit of shopping at gay-owned Casa B Group’s, four Lenox clothing boutiques, including Casablanca, Shooz, and Swtrz. Just south of Lenox in Lee, find gay-friendly Moe’s Tavern for craft beer and quality whiskeys — just don’t ask for Coors Light.