‘Camp Out’ With Fellow LGBT Lovers of the Outdoors at Club Getaway This Weekend
Provincetown, Fire Island and Atlantis cruises have new competition for LGBT vacay funds. This weekend, from July 27–29, Club Getaway — nestled tightly within the lush and spacious Berkshire Mountains in Kent, Connecticut — will host its second annual Camp Out, a weekend to get down and dirty in the great outdoors.
“Guests can expect a fun-packed weekend of activities,” says Claire Sorrels, one of the camp’s directors. “Everything from hiking, biking and the flying trapeze to ziplining, yoga and a color war. In addition to the great activities, guests can expect delicious meals, comfy cabins, great entertainment and amazing parties.”
Club Getaway has hosted campers since 1946, so you know there’s plenty to do. But you’re not just limited to the 300-acre Club Getaway grounds; you’ll have opportunities to venture beyond its borders with bike rides and walks into town as well. Kent is a quaint, idealistic representation of rural New England and home to three posh boarding schools, plus art galleries, restaurants and a hike along the Appalachian trail.
Campers will have the opportunity to sign up for activities after breakfast each day. (Meals are a major part of the weekend, by the way — almost activities unto themselves.)
Upon arrival on Friday, guests will be treated to a happy-hour welcome party and hors’ d’oeuvres before sitting down for a family-style dinner that includes unlimited wine and an opportunity to make new friends. Buffets for breakfast and lunch each day and Saturday’s dinner are included. Even the pickiest of eaters will be impressed by the spreads.
If there’s inclement weather in the forecast, Club Getaway staff has a contingency plan to keep the rainbow jubilee at peak shimmer. Just put on your bedazzled galoshes and go with the literal flow.
“When it rains, Club Getaway pours,” Sorrels says. “We open the bar and bring everyone together for great community activities like karaoke, Bloody Mary Bingo and Getaway Games. We have several activities that we can move inside, like fitness and dance classes, and as long as it’s safe we keep some of our outdoor activities going.”
Camp Out will be hosted by TV personality Carson Kressley (Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, RuPaul’s Drag Race), and lesbian comedian Christine O’Leary will perform after dinner on Saturday night before the ’80s and ’90s-themed “Rocking the Rainbow” costume party.
“I’ve never gone glamping before, so I’m super excited,” says Kressley.
While not exactly “glamping” — you won’t be roughing it, but don’t expect five-star accommodations either — your experience will be comfortable if you like the idea of sleeping in an air-conditioned cabin featuring extra-long twin Memory Foam mattresses and a private bathroom with housekeeping services. Guests can opt for two-, three- or four-person cabins, the cost of which gets lower the more roommates you have. You can request to stay with friends or let Club Getaway assign your cabin at random — fingers crossed for a hot top (wink).