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Summer's Great Escapes

Need a cure for post-Pride blues? New Hope, Philadelphia, Asbury Park, and Fire Island are homo-friendly hangouts just a stone's throw from NYC. You could be there and back before nightfall, although you probably won't want to leave!

Philadelphia, PA

We all went on field trips to Philly in our youth to see the many historical sights, museums, and the giant crack in the Liberty Bell, but the only thing we really remember is the smell of a gooey Philly cheese steak with onions. It’s time to take the quick train ride back to this city of sisterly love to discover a Philadelphia most of us have never seen. Start your day at Giovanni’s Room (345 S 12th St, 215-923-2960, giovannisroom.com), Philly’s LGBT bookstore. If you’re still distracted by cheesy memories, give in to your craving at Pat’s King of Steaks (1237 E Passyunk Ave, 215-468-1546, patskingofsteaks.com), voted best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia by AOL CityGuide.

Time to get the party started? Find the nearest liquor store, buy a bottle of Patrón, and visit the lesbian-owned Lolita’s (106 S 13th St, 215-546-7100, lolitabyob.com), where amazing virgin margaritas are mixed up for the masses. You can make them as strong as you like with their BYOB policy.

After dinner, discover Philly’s thriving nightlife and alluring ladies. First stop is Sisters (1320 Chancellor St, 215-735-0735, sistersnightclub.com), where a diverse group of sexy women dance, drink, and flirt the night away every day of the week! For a quieter setting, have a drink and sing a tune at piano bar Tavern on Camac (243 S Camac St, 215-545-0900, tavernoncamac.com). Be sure to check Ladies2000.com for the latest events happening in and around Philly.

Once you’ve worn holes through your dancing shoes, kick up your feet at the beautiful, Victorian Gables B&B (from $105, 4520 Chester Ave, 215-662-1918, gablesbb.com), or enjoy the more urban atmosphere of the Alexander Inn (from $109, 301 S 12th St, 215-923-3535, alexanderinn.com), two of Philadelphia’s best gay-owned hotels. For a worth-while splurge, check into the classic European-style boutique Latham Hotel (from $239, 135 S 17th St, 215-563-7474, lathamhotel.com).

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