After I Do: Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com September 17 2008 11:00 PM ET

Now that same-sex
marriage is on offer in Massachusetts and California,
as well as north of the border, and civil unions in Vermont,
New Hampshire, Connecticut, and New Jersey available,
it’s time to start planning what to do once the
I Do’s are done. Read on for the top homo
honeymoon hotspots in North America.

1. Hawaii
Tolerant, easygoing, and deliciously sunny,
Hawaii wins our vote for top honeymoon spot. Splash in
the surf, walk hand in hand around a volcano, or
explore a rainforest and then come back to the 40-acre Grand
Wailea
(3850 Wailea Alanui Dr, Wailea, Maui;
808-875-1234; $375+). It’s a lovers’ and a
water lover's paradise, with a 2,000 foot-long pool,
nine free-form pools, rapids, jungle pools, slides,
waterfalls, and more. The 50,000 square-foot Spa Grande has
40 treatment rooms, many with ocean views.
Alternatively, join the happy, holidaying hordes in
Honolulu and check in to the hip, boutique Wyland Waikiki (400 Royal Hawaiian
Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu; 877-995-2638; $129+).
Sculptures of frolicking otters, whales, and turtles
adorn the grounds of this luxurious hotel. It’s the
first Robert Wyland-themed hotel and features the famed
marine artist’s works throughout the
hotel’s public spaces and 400 guestrooms.

2. Provincetown
Provincetown is a perfect spot for a gay or
lesbian honeymoon. Women and men flock to this haven
of acceptance to enjoy its sandy charms and quaint
inns and restaurants. Wholesome P-town calls out to couples,
with long bike paths, art galleries, historic
buildings, and some of the best gay guesthouses in the
world. Our first favorite address is Crowne Pointe (82 Bradford St;
508-487-6707 or 877-276-9631; $109+), a gleaming
Victorian with 40 luxury rooms, suites, and
apartments. The other top choice is women-owned Fairbanks Inn (90 Bradford St;
800-324-7265; $120+), an exceptional, lovingly
restored and maintained 200-year-old Captain's house. You
can bank on falling in love with its romantic and
historic atmosphere.

5. Montréal
Like a chunk of France thrown into North
America's back yard, Montréal is a special treat
for gay visitors. With liberal laws protecting gays and
lesbians and one of the most progressive, gay-friendly
tourist bureaus on the planet, most queer visitors
feel like they have finally come home when they get a
taste of Montréal. For luscious surrounds, check in to
chic, sleek, modernist gem Opus
Hotel
(10 Sherbrooke Ouest; 514-843-6000; C$243+),
located in the Latin Quarter, a 15-minute walk from
the Gay Village. Alternatively, to stay gay, La
Conciergerie
(1019 Rue St.-Hubert; 514-289-9297;
C$119+) is a charming B&B in two 120-year-old Victorian
houses, with a gym, a 24-hour hot tub, and a
clothing-optional sun deck.

4. Santa Fe
Lesbian-popular Santa Fe boasts a gentle,
rustic-yet-sophisticated vibe, historical stucco
structures, and a removed, otherworldly feel. Once home
to pioneering artist Georgia O'Keeffe, it’s a
delicious spot to bring your beloved, snuggle at a
cozy inn, and watch the full moon rise over the desert
floor. Triangle Inn (off U.S. 285/84,
Arroyo Cuyamungue; 505-455-3375; $70+) is a
beautifully maintained, lesbian-owned compound of
seven adobe casitas.

5. Puerto Vallarta
Although definitely well marked on the tourist
track, Vallarta’s old Spanish feel and its
lively gay scene make it well worth consideration.
With world-class resorts, gourmet restaurants, and a mix of
modern and old, Puerto Vallarta is one of the best gay
honeymoon spots south of the border. There are more
than a dozen gay hotels in Vallarta but none are as
upscale as the Casa Cupula (129 Callejon de la
Igualdad; 866-261-3516; $108+), which combines the
intimacy of a B&B with the service level of a
high-end resort. Amenities in the 19-room property
include a gym, continental breakfast, concierge service, and
two pools.