If you like to be naked and drink beer and wine, we have the perfect getaway for you.
Sunny Rest Resort in the Pennsylvania Poconos Mountains (about a five-hour drive from Boston) is hosting two festivals this summer—a Bare Beach Beer Bash June 28 and Bare Vine Wine Fest August 16.
If you are waffling about whether to whip it all out, this is not the vacation for you. The first thing you need to know is “nudity is required” at the beer and wine festival areas, according to the event flyer on the resort website.
But if nudity doesn’t phase you, you have an afternoon of unlimited craft beer and wine sampling ahead of you at both of these events—all for $20 or less (advanced ticket sales save you a few bucks). There will be a live band at both events and pools and hot tubs to drink in (once again, nudity required).
The Poconos party continues when the festival is over with evening pool parties and more live music at Flashers Sports Bar & Night Club, the resort’s nightlife hotspot. Want to explore more of Sunny Rest while you are there? Get a free day of admission by printing out the festival flyer from the resort’s website. The day rates for visiting the resort area on a Saturday are $32 for visitors ages 18 to 35 and $55 for others. The resort’s amenities include a conversation pool, a hiking and biking trail, restaurant, fitness center, and more. Nudity is optional around the resort and only required at the pools and spa. For accommodations, you can either reserve a room or a campsite.
Nude resorts certainly aren’t new in Massachusetts. Folks have been stripping down at Sandy Terraces on the Cape for 61 years. Its website invites you to “spring into summer on Cape Cod naturally.” Opening day is May 23. The Berkshire Vista Resort, in business since 1956, opens May 1 with new rules for newbies who are feeling a little shy. For the first time, bathing suits will be allowed in the pool area (but are still banned from pools and hot tubs). It is the resort’s way of adopting a more “newcomer friendly attitude” for “those not quite ready to dive into social nudity.”
If you think this is all highly unusual, consider this: nude recreation is a $440 million industry, according to The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). Statistics show more travelers are looking to vacation in their birthday suits. For example, AANR reports that the demand for nude cruises increased from one clothing-optional 500-passenger cruise liner in 1992 to 30,000 clothing-optional cruisers on 45 voyages in 2010. And websites have popped up to meet the demand.
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