Stay Here For Pride This June: A Hotel Guide For Pride Festivals Outside Of New York City. – Forbes

June is pride month around the world and hotels are booking fast.

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June is widely considered LGBT pride month around the world, particularly in the United States, and with World Pride heading to New York City this year for its first visit to the U.S., all eyes are on the Big Apple, but most of its hotel rooms are already booked during the festivities. Fortunately, much of the rest of the country will continue to host their annual pride celebrations throughout the month, too, and there’s still time to reserve rooms at some top hotels in these hot destinations. From Philadelphia to Orange County, here are the best hotels to book for pride in five U.S. cities that aren’t New York City this June.

San Francisco Pride, Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa

The home of gay icon Harvey Milk, first openly gay politician elected in California history in 1977, San Francisco has been at the forefront of LGBT rights for decades, and celebrates pride in grand style with one of the largest and oldest parades in the world. More than 100,000 people typically turn out for the parade, and twenty stages and venues across the city will host additional events during the festivities, with inclusive gathering spaces for marginalized groups like the deaf and hard-of-hearing, queer youth and Asian and Pacific Islanders.

Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa in Sausalito, California is an intimate destination just over the Golden Gate Bridge, and a short ferry ride away from the iconic San Francisco pride parade. The property just completed a multi-million dollar wellness renovation and unveiled nine dedicated wellness rooms that provide unique, technologically-advanced amenities for health-oriented travelers, including artificial intelligence (AI) virtual personal training, immersive mind-body-heart meditation and plant-based nutrition with adaptogens. Casa Madrona is also the first hotel to equip its rooms with the Eight Sleep mattress, which monitors guests’ “sleep fitness.” This historic Northern California property perfectly blends the amenities of a full-service hotel with the charm of a historic inn, and is an ideal location recharge during the legendary San Francisco celebration.

Boston Pride, XV Beacon

XV Beacon

XV Beacon

With its festival, parade and multiple block parties throughout the city, Boston’s pride is strong. Nearly 750,000 spectators cheered the 55,000 marchers of last year’s parade, and 2019 will celebrate the 49th annual Pride Festival with the Pride Concert showcasing performances from artists including Todrick Hall, Robin S. and Beth Sacks.

Just steps from the parade route, XV Beacon welcomes guests with its Preferred Pride package featuring celebratory amenities like complimentary chilled house champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. The boutique hotel is a proud member of a distinctive group of independently owned and operated hotels that are either TAG-approved or members of IGLTA, and is a top choice for the most discerning travelers to this year’s pride celebration.

Philadelphia Pride, The Logan

The Logan

The Logan

With 68 rainbow street signs and colorful crosswalks to match, Philly’s Gayborhood is hard to miss. The City of Brotherly Love’s annual pride parade stretches from the Gayborhood to the riverfront plaza at Penn’s Landing, where the festival takes place.

Less than a mile from the parade route, The Logan’s contemporary design and locally curated artwork encapsulate the vibe of Philly in the heart of the city. With an indoor pool and Assembly Rooftop restaurant with sweeping views of the historic city (the first capital of the newly forming United States), it’s the perfect oasis to return to after a long day of revelry in the sun. If some serious recovery is in order, visit The Spa at The Logan for the CBD quartet, an 80 minute 4-in-1 treatment designed to relieve stress and melt away muscular aches from scalp to sole, and the CBD mani/pedi, combining CBD exfoliating scrub, massage oil and bath bomb.

Orange County, Balboa Bay Resort

Balboa Bay Resort

Balboa Bay Resort

In 2018, Orange County LGBT Pride dedicated its parade to Blaze Bernstein, victim of a horrific hate crime, and all LGBT individuals impacted by hate crimes, and will continue the theme this year with the “Blaze Forward” Pride Parade. Beginning at the Orange County LGBT Pride headquarters and concluding at the “Be You” Festival near French Street, the route teems with activity and LGBT culture.

To recharge from the enthusiasm of pride, head to Newport Beach’s only waterfront resort, Balboa Bay Resort, where some time on the water will provide the natural rejuvenation you’ll need to continue celebrating. From kayaks and paddle boards to Newport Beach’s quintessential Duffy boats, the property provides endless ways to indulge in the California beach experience during pride.

Portland Pride, The Hotel Zags Portland

The Hotel Zags

The Hotel Zags

The Portland Pride Waterfront Festival and Parade is certainly a celebration, but with a more focused spotlight on the history and accomplishments of the LGBT community. A major pride festival of the Pacific Northwest, it’s also one of the largest donation-based pride festivals in the U.S., raising money for its “Gay it Forward” program that allows community members to attend regardless of ability to cover the gate fee.

For the most Portland experience possible, The Hotel Zags, a boutique hotel new to the downtown scene, connects visitors with hidden gems of the city through a uniquely local lens. The swanky spot near the festival and parade route offers an onsite Adventure Advisor to guide guests to discovering the city’s best trails to explore and, in an ongoing series with activations inspired by the letters of the alphabet (“the ABZs of Portland”), The Hotel Zags is partnering with local brands to bring visitors curated experiences including guided bike tours around the city, yoga in the Living Wall Courtyard, zodiac readings and more. Don’t miss the world’s greatest vending machine in the Zags lobby; it dispenses original artwork from local artists so you can bring home a one-of-a-kind souvenir of your pride celebration.

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brandonschultz/2019/04/27/stay-here-for-pride-this-june-a-hotel-guide-for-pride-festivals-outside-of-new-york-city/

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