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Great gay getaways for summer
Resorts and campgrounds offer a variety of experiences


Traphill Mill Inn & Resort


The River's Edge


Parliament Resort & Social Club


Twin Oaks

It’s the time of year when your mind turns to the thought of getting away. If you’re looking for places to go that welcomes both gays and lesbains, you might want to try the Traphill Mill Inn & Resort. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the 29-acre property was originally the center of the town of Traphill, where over 200 years ago, the Traphill Mill thrived with life and the hustle and bustle of the first area gristmill. Built over 225 years ago, the stone foundation is a work of art and remains strong and standing to this day. The mill itself has been through many changes since the end of the era of small town gristmills.

Ammenties include a suite on the first floor of the mill with a private bath and a separate sitting room with a hide-a-bed sofa, a beautiful room on the second floor with a private full bath over-looking the water-wheel and deck, another room on the second floor with a shared bath and a third floor attic space that has been used as a bunk house for families, small groups, hunters and young people.

Outside the mill there is a non-electrical two story cabin in the campground area. If you prefer creature comforts, there’s another 240-square foot cabin with loft, air conditioning, heater, TV and VCR. In addition to a one story sleeping cabin with electricity and a tin roof (for those rainy nights!),Traphill boasts large, rustic and private creekside campsites.

The Starlite Trailer Lodge is another camping facility that also welcomes both lesbians and gay men. A private and secure park covering 75 acres in the Globe Valley, which adjoins the Pisgah Forest located south of Blowing Rock, N.C, Starlite offers spacious riverside campsites, a swimming pool and bathhouse facilities. They also offer fishing (river and lake) and hiking.

If the heat’s getting you down and you wanna shed those pesky clothes, try The River’s Edge. Located in Dewy Rose, Ga., River’s Edge is a unique adult clothing-optional camping experience. A private, membership-only facility catering primarily to men — women, however, are welcome. According to owners, the campground is meant to be an escape from city life and a unique experience for those who enjoy the outdoors, nature and country life.

Now we’re down to the men-only sites.

The Parliament Resort & Social Club is a members-only social club for gay males in the privately leased Parliament Resort motel complex located in Augusta, Ga. The facility is locally and gay owned. Members are gay men who are looking for a place to get away, meet new friends and have lots of fun. The resort boasts 70 rooms with selections of one or two queen, one king, or two full beds. The complex is enclosed by a privacy fence and gated entrance to ensure privacy.

Spring and summer bring lush tropical grounds to life with towering banana trees, roses, hibiscus and hundreds of flowering cannas. Amenities include a steam room, hot tub, TV lounge, maze, novice dungeon and an outdoor pool.

Tucked deep in a hollow of the Southern Appalachians is Timberfell Lodge, a facility that offers camping and lodging for men seeking solitude or camaraderie with their gay brothers.

After breakfast and conversations lingering over fresh-brewed coffee, guests frequently head for the pool, hike the gentle or more demanding trails circling the lodge property or do nothing at all. Just down the hill from the main house is the pool complex, where you can swim or join in a game of volleyball in the large, 20’ by 40’ heated pool or simply watch while sunbathing. Relax in the glass enclosed, six-man hot tub or in the 20-man sauna and 8’ by 8’ tiled shower room with benches. Timberfell’s award-winning dining facilities offer a full breakfast, evening appetizers, and an American cuisine style dinner.

Located in Bonlee, N.C., Twin Oaks is a clothing-optional campground for men over 21 years of age. The site is open seven days a week. Situated on 26.6 acres of scenic forest just minutes from the Haw River, Jordan Lake, N.C. Zoological Park and major metropolitan areas, rural attractions like farm tours, antique shops, historic sites, and outdoor activities are abundant.

Twin Oaks boasts 15 campsites and six RV sites. Sites vary from rustic to landscaped. Some include hammocks, low voltage landscaping lighting, unique landscaping, stone firepits, and at-site parking. RV sites include 50, 30, & 20 amp service and water. Walking trails wind through mature lush forest and it’s not uncommon to encounter wildlife while strolling through the shade.


The Old Traphill Mill Inn, 452 Traphill Mill Rd.,Traphill, NC , 336-957-8117,

Starlite Trailer Lodge, 5955 Globe Rd. Lenoir, NC, 828-757-0933,

The River’s Edge, 2311 Pulliam Mill Rd., Dewy Rose, GA, 706-213-8081,

Parliament House, 1250 Gordon Hwy., Augusta, GA,706-722-1155,

Timberfell Lodge, 2240 Van Hill Rd., Greeneville, TN, 800-437-0118,

Twin Oaks Campground, 3024 Bonlee Bennett Rd., Bonlee, NC, 919-742-320

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