Key West, Fla., is the farthest you can get from mainland America and still be in the lower 48. The fact that it’s also a queer mecca makes it all the more tempting as a destination for anyone wanting to get away from it all. The gay-owned Gardens Hotel (GardensHotel.com) is the perfect boutique B&B when you want to escape. Choose its luxurious master suite — replete with two bathrooms, a sitting room, balcony, Jacuzzi tub, and its own private sauna (you’ll never want to leave) — or one of the pet-friendly cottages (especially if you’d like your own kitchen). Rooms have Wi-Fi and modern amenities, but you’ll spend more time lounging poolside, drink in hand (the onsite bar may be small, but it’s well stocked). Free continental-style breakfast offers specialties from local artisans.
In the evening a pianist serenades you. Wander through the gardens, following the winding path beneath a lush canopy and you’ll find beautiful sculptures, flowing fountains, and a plethora of lizards. Located just off Duval Street, the hotel is walking distance to local LGBT hot spots and a short drive to amazing beaches. If that’s not enough to forget the specter of the U.S.’s spiral into authoritarian rule, take advantage of their self-serve “wine gallery.” It’s a great way to taste different wines on your own for just a few dollars. If you’re lucky, the visit will be enough to have you asking, What president?