Wanna get away (from your family, perhaps) for the Holidays? Allow us to suggest a comfortable train-ride along the Northeast Corridor (NEC). The beauty of train travel is you’re free to doze off, eat with your hands, and check your social media, like GayCities on Instagram. Also, you’ll avoid the wild security lines typical during this time of year.
Spread out, relax, and enjoy a glass (or three) of wine as your journey along the beautiful Northeast.
For chilly holiday excursions, check out the excitement offered in these popular stops along the NEC: Providence, RI, Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, Baltimore, MD, Philadelphia, PN, and New York City.
A favorite among RISD students, CAV boasts of a decor made up of antiques and African ceremonial art, offering a full restaurant menu and a smaller bistro menu.
A charming bed and breakfast with a fireplace and a comfortable library, Annie Brownell House serves a home-cooked breakfast each morning.
The Stable features premier cocktails, friendly bartenders, billiards, and the occasional independent live music show in a cool, relaxing metropolitan-style setting.
The cavernous interior of Annie’s is the setting for a comfort food menu of huge fries, steaks, and oversized salads. Upstairs find a swanky lounge.
The charming Carlyle Suites Hotel, in the heart of Dupont Circle, is within walking distance to the many DC attractions and has gay-friendly vibes.
The regulars at The Fireplace tend to gather around the cozy downstairs bar at this unassuming D.C. watering hole. And, yes, there’s a real fireplace.
Gaslight, a romantic Parisian-inspired brasserie, offers prix fixe brunch and dinners, and fresh seafood dishes. Get carried away to the cafes of Paris without leaving Boston.
A sophisticated hotel near many Boston highlights, Nine Zero Hotel offers posh custom bedding and custom bath amenities. Personal shoppers and in-room spa treatments are available.
Gay-friendly pub Trophy Room offers a creative menu of craft cocktails, five constantly rotating draft beer lines, and even weekend brunch.
Eat: Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon, 909 N Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21201
Known for an extensive menu and kid-and-elderly friendly atmosphere, Mt. Vernon’s Saloon offers generous portions and playful drinks like “appletinis” and strawberry daiquiris.
Get friendly with other guests at Admiral Fell Inn in the heart of historic Baltimore. This charming inn hosts tea parties, ghost tours, and sea shanty sing-a-longs .
Family-owned for more than 50 years, Club Charles’ 1940s-inspired cocktail lounge is steeped in Art Deco style with a scarlet mural and period furnishings.
Popular for happy hour and tapas, Valanni is also known for their delicious, well-proportioned brunch dishes.
This boutique hotel has 24 rooms (including two suites) and is proximate to Philly’s gay action and theater scene. Enjoy a free bottle of Prosecco after check-in.
Sing along at the piano or dance in the club upstairs at Tavern on Camac, the friendly neighborhood bar.
New York City
Chelsea’s chic Asian hot spot, Buddakan, serves hip signature drinks and a diverse, fun menu.
Enjoy comfortable rooms and friendly service at this gay-friendly Chelsea hotel. GEM is the ideal vacation choice for those seeking an exceptional New York experience.
Pop into Ty’s and pop open a cold one. Meet firemen, policemen and the men who love them at this friendly local dive that’s been around since the ’70s.
Additional stops along the NEC include Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and Springfield, Massachusetts. Albany, NY and Richmond, Va.