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Boston hotel spotlight: Four Seasons One Dalton

I’ve written a four-part series featuring different luxury hotels in Boston for gay travelers who may be visiting the area. These articles are also for locals who may want to pamper themselves with a posh stay-cation and those who may never spend a night but would like to treat themselves to hotel services and or dining. We can all do with a little pampering and these hotels are ready, willing and more than able to help you feel special.

lux·u·ry ˈləɡZH(ə)rē/ noun: the state of great comfort and extravagant living.

Boston luxury hotel spotlight for gay travelers

Over the past few years several luxury brand hotels in Boston have opened and / or undergone significant renovations and are now open for business. Even if you don’t have the budget to fully experience the ammenities, it is possible to experience luxury in doses at these properties. The Four Seasons One Dalton in Boston’s Back Bay is one such newcomer worth checking out.

The 61-story five star hotel and residence, which opened in May 2019, is Boston’s third tallest building. This is the second Four Season’s hotel in Boston and the glass and steel elliptical design hints at a more modern property than its sister property, the Four Seasons Boston located across from the Public Garden. While the 160 private residences located on the uppermost floors have the best views, the 215 room hotel offers a great vantage point with views of the Charles River, Back Bay and points south and west.

All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and come with iPads, premium bedding, 65″ plasma televisions and complimentary Internet access to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The muted colors in the guest rooms are intentional and designed to help guests relax, and the rooms’ furnishings have clean and simple lines consistent with the building’s modern design.

Four Seasons restaurants and more

Some of the amenities available to guests who stay at this sleek property include The Wellness Floor (on the 7th floor), which includes a worldclass spa, fitness center and salon facilities along with a stunning indoor pool that has great views of the city below. However, you don’t need to be a guest to make an appointment which is now open Friday through Sunday. Call and make a reservation.

If a stay at this new hotel is unlikely, it is still worth coming to see the property. Located off of the hotel lobby is a vibrant installation of the British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare’s Great American Library. The captivating bookshelf installation brings a smile to my face when I walk through the room to take the stairs up one flight to the contemporary Japanese restaurant, Zuma. However, if contemporary Japanese cuisine isn’t your thing visit Trifecta, the Four Seasons cocktail lounge serves light bites. It is also here that weekend tea service is offered from 11:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

If you’re looking for something to do during the day and you’re not tempted to make use of the 7th floor pool, gym or spa, head out to Newbury Street for some retail therapy. The hotel is just a few blocks from Boston’s shopping district. Just a few blocks beyond Newbury Street is my favorite park in Boston, The Esplanade. Here you can go for a walk, run or bike ride.

If the dining options at the Four Seasons One Dalton are not of interest, read my post about the Back Bay and South End, which have more LGBTQ+ tips and places to eat or enjoy a few cocktails. The closest gay bar, Club Cafe, is a 10 minute walk. There you can have a meal, check out a cabaret show or go dancing.

Four Seasons
One Dalton Street, Boston 02115
617.377.4888
fourseasons.com/onedalton

Scruffy Sunday

Previous Scruffy Sunday Posts

Saturday morning coffee

Enjoy your morning cup of Joe (or whatever you might like to call him).

Furry Friday

Thank goodness it’s Furry Friday.

Past Furry Friday

What to do this weekend

heels for hope is a gay fund raiser in Boston

This is what is happening in Boston and Provinceton this weekend. If you haven’t been out in a while, come out and show your love by supporting our gay bars and businesses. If you have an event or program you want included in upcoming posts, email bosguymail@gmail.com with the details.

Boston Gay Bars

The Alley
THURSDAY: Mass Bears & Cubs Trivia Night w/ host Dave Sawyer at 8PM
FRIDAY: Dancing w/ resident DJ BEGBICK at 10PM
SATURDAY: Dancing w/ resident DJ BEGBICK at 10PM
SUNDAY: Idol Karaoke at 8PM

blend
THURSDAY: Taco Thursdays and RPDR viewing party starts at 4PM
FRIDAY: Supernature w/ DJ Brian Derrick at 10PM
SATURDAY: Mayhem Saturdays w/ DJ Twisted Gleam at 10PM
SUNDAY: Disco Drag Brunch w/ Mizery starts at 11AM

Cathedral Station Open but no programming scheduled.
The patio will be open and Saturday & Sunday brunch starts at 11AM.

Club Cafe
THURSDAY: Frankie & Andy in Napoleon Room at 7PM and dancing with DJ FrenchY at 10PM, special show at 12:30AM
FRIDAY: Bill and Katie in Napoleon Room at 7PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone at 10PM
SATURDAY: Bill and Katie in Napoleon Room at 7PM, RPDR viewing party w/ Mizery at 8PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone at 10PM
SUNDAY: Bear Tea Dance w/ DJ Stevie Psyclone at 5PM & Tea w/ the Dame in Napoleon Room at 6:30PM

dbar
FRIDAY: Give me back my mic Karaoke night starts at 8PM
SATURDAY: The Category Is… dance party starts at 10PM

Legacy & Candi Bar (Gay Mafia Boston)
THURSDAY: Serve Thursdays w/ DJ Coleslaw at Legacy at 10PM
SATURDAY: DJ Shane Marcus at Legacy at 10PM
SUNDAY: Hot Mess w/ DJ Richie LaDue & Coleslaw at Candi Bar at 10PM

Trophy Room will be reopening for business soon.

Featured LGBTQ+ events

Men of Color Weekend (a.k.a. Frolic) is this weekend in Provincetown.

MaineStreet celebrates Southern Maine Pride join the PRIDE celebrations in Ogunquit.

While there, check out the Dueling Drag Divas, performing each night at MaineStreet.

THURSDAY: NEW GAY NIGHT Quinta Latina Grand Opening is Thursday at Icon in the Theater District with special guest DJ Freddy Sanchez, GoGo Boys and drag show.

FRIDAY: NEW GAY NIGHT Beach Ball Fridays at Revere Beach is a new weekly gay night. Join DJ Michael Giller, drag queen Lady German from NYC and Mizery.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Drive In Drag Saves 2021 pulls into New England this weekend with drive-in shows all weekend in Wrenthem. All shows were nearly sold out at the time this post was written.

gay boston, kiki beach

SATURDAY: Kiki Beach If you’re unsure where the boys go on M Street Beach, check out the map on the Kiki Beach Boston Facebook Page, but when in doubt follow the good music and speedos.

SATURDAY: NEW GAY NIGHT Boom Saturday is presented by Ever Vega at La Makina Night Club on Revere Beach.

SUNDAY: Boston’s Gay Beer Club (GBC) returns after a long hiaitus due to the coronavirus. Former members and newcomers are welcome as GBC uses the social to raise money for BAGLY this Sunday from 7PM – 10PM at the Cambridge Brewing Company.

Drag brunches in Boston

Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Madonna Drag Diva Brunch
Saturday, 6/19 @11:00AM – 1:30PM at House of Blues

Mizery Loves Company Disco Drag Brunch
Sunday, 6/20 @11:00AM & 2:00PM at blend

Anyone up for hosting a drag brunch? Seems like a missed opportunity!

Provincetown gay bars & entertainment

Ptown

For more information about live entertainment in Provincetown this week (and all month) click here. Click the links below for more information about each bar.

A House – One of Provincetown’s most popular dance clubs.

Aqua Bar – Located at the Aquarium Marketplace, with views of the harbor.

Backstreet Club – Previously Club Purgatory will NOT reopen this summer.

Buoy Bar – Located on Commercial Street at The Boatslip. It is fabulous for people watching (esp after Tea).

The Club – Lea Delaria’s supper club includes live entertainment in the lounge.

Dive Bar – Weekend piano bar at The Crown & Anchor.

Harbor Lounge – Waterfront cocktail lounge in the East End.

Little Bar – Provincetown’s oldest bar.

Macho Bar – Provincetown’s longest running leather and denim bar.

Monkey Bar – Will NOT reopen this summer.

Paramount – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is Ptown’s largest dance club.

Porchside Lounge – Located at The Gifford House.

Provincetown Brewery – Popular brew pub on Bradford Street.

Shipwreck Lounge – Located at the Brass Key Guest House.

Tin Pan Alley – This restaurant has a lively piano bar that has a friendly crowd.

The Vault – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is a leather / fetish bar.

Velvet Lounge – Dance club with DJ Mark Louque spinning each Friday.

The Wave Bar – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is a fun video bar.

Missing a favorite bar / club in Provincetown? Share it in the comments section. If the status of these bars / clubs change, it will be noted.

Vintage gay

This photo comes from the private group on Facebook, Vintage Working Man Beefcake. I always like getting photos of servicemen because their uniforms can usually help date and sometimes even locate the men. Does anyone recognize these uniforms? When or where do you think this chummy couple is posing? I love how the guy on the left is clasping the hand and they lean in to each other despite the camera obviously being quite a distance away from them.

I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share? Email me at bosguymail@gmail.com.

Previous Vintage Gay Photos

Latino Wednesdays have returned

For those of you looking for a mid-week escape, head over to Legacy Boston in the Theater District for Latino Wednesdays. This popular dance night has returned. The weekly party is hosted by Gay Mafia Boston.

Get more information about Gay Mafia weekly parties by subscribing to their mailing list.

Verna Felton: Drag costume non-profit

Boston-based non-profit, Verna Felton, launched their website last week. The non-profit aims to support LGBTQ+ emerging adults interested in drag by applying the green concept of “reduce, reuse, recycle”. Verna Felton encourages anyone who may have one of a kind, beloved statement pieces such as drag costumes, dresses or gowns that have been relegated to closets and storage to be donated to LGBTQ+ young people who have an interest in drag but lack the financial resources to purchase such garments. I think of it as giving these sequins and sparkles previously worn to parties, tea dances and cruises an opportunity to shine in the spotlight once again.

The popularity of drag is hard to deny. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, drag was experiencing a renaissance. Drag nights, brunches and contests were everywhere, and the growing popularity of shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race has helped fuel the interest in drag with LGBTQ+ youth.

Scottie Gage conceived of the non-profit after he realized he had a closet brimming with statement pieces he was no longer using or intended to wear again and wanted to share with other young men who could make new memories with their friends in these clothes.

Recognizing that many gay men have garments that no longer fit or will be worn again provides a thoughtful approach and alternative to discarding these items. In addition to providing a practical solution to gift drag costuming, Verna Felton aims to be a resource for LGBTQ+ young people seeking additional clinical and behavioral health resources.

For more information about how to help support this non-profit financially and through clothing donations, or if you would like to learn more about how to receive a donated garment from Verna’s closet, please visit, vernafelton.org.

Men in kilts

This guy is working or should I say “werqing” it.

Previous Men in Kilts Posts

Monday morning mancandy

This week’s mancandy post is going to give a lot of guys a serious daddy complex. 

Boston hotel spotlight: XV Beacon Hotel

I’ve written a four-part series featuring different luxury hotels in Boston for gay travelers who may be visiting the area. These articles are also for locals who may want to pamper themselves with a posh stay-cation and those who may never spend a night but would like to treat themselves to hotel services and or dining. We can all do with a little pampering and these hotels are ready, willing and more than able to help you feel special.

lux·u·ry ˈləɡZH(ə)rē/ noun: the state of great comfort and extravagant living.

Boston luxury hotel spotlight for gay travelers

Over the past few years several luxury brand hotels in Boston have opened and / or undergone significant renovations and are now open for business. Even if you don’t have the budget to fully experience the ammenities, it is possible to experience luxury in doses. The XV Beacon in Boston’s Beacon Hill is one such property worth checking out.

Although it is not part of the definition, exculsivity is often associated with luxury. For that reason, XV Beacon stands out as the only boutique property in this series.

XV Beacon first opened on Beacon Hill in 2000 and is consistently noted as one of Boston’s preeminent places to stay. It has earned the admiration and respect of Bostonians, guests and the travel industry. It was named by Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Best Hotel or Resort in every state and has many rave reviews on Trip Advisor.

This 63-room boutique property is in a beautiful ten story Beaux Arts building of iron, limestone and brick. It is capped with a copper cornice exterior and exudes great curb appeal. The hotel rooms were individually designed and have four-poster queen bed classic rooms or queen and king-size bed studio rooms that include whirlpool baths, heated towels, in-room fireplaces, complimentary high-speed Internet access, 400-thread-count linen sheets, and museum-quality artwork throughout. 

XV Beacon goes the extra mile by providing helpful guest services like their fleet of chauffeured Lexuses for complimentary trips around Boston. Their superb conceirge services can arrange for on-site massages in your rooms, private tours to places of interest and of historical significance, tickets to shows as well as airport transfers. Tempted? Check out one of XV Beacon Hotel Packages & Promotions and treat yourself.

XV Beacon Hotel restaurant and more

However, if a stay at this beautiful property is unlikely, one can appreciate this unique property’s excellent restaurant (also part of the Columbus Hospitality Group), MOOO. The modern steakhouse is perhaps best known for their private dining room ‘The Wine Cellar’, with double vaulted ceilings and 4,000 bottles of fine and rare wine dating from the 1700s to present day. For an additional private dining option, XV Beacon’s Parlor Suites can be booked, but a more realistic option for those seeking luxury on a budget is to visit MOOO for a cocktail at their bar with a few apps. The staff is superb and the cocktails delicious. Also be on the lookout for MOOO to (hopefully) bring back their acoustic jazz brunch this fall.

The central location of XV Beacon makes it easy for visitors to enjoy some of Boston’s most popular attractions. From the historic Freedom Trail to biking and walking paths by the Esplanade to Fanueuil Hall and shopping in the Back Bay there are plenty of ways to spend your time. If you have limited time and unsure what to do, speak to the concierge team at XV Beacon who have an impeccable reputation and can tailor suggestions to your interests.

After you are done sight seeing, perusing the unique shops on Beacon Hill’s Charles Street or strolling down Newbury Street, head over to Club Cafe for a cabaret show or dancing in the back. For more information about places to shop, dine or go out read my post about the Back Bay and South End which include more places to eat or enjoy a few cocktails at Boston’s gay bars.

XV Beacon Hotel
15 Beacon Street, Boston 02108
1.877.XVBEACON
xvbeacon.com

Scruffy Sunday

Seems like a lovely way to wake up if you ask me.

Previous Scruffy Sunday Posts

Saturday morning coffee

This weekend would’ve been Boston Pride’s parade and block parties would be scheduled throughout the weekend, but due to the pandemic that has been deferred. In place of the large celebrations, I hope friends will come together and make the most of the weekend.

Happy Pride Boston

Furry Friday

I’ve featured photos of the handsome French model and personal trainer Killian Belliard before. Most recently, I shared this photo of Killian for a Temptation Tuesday post this past February, and I’ll probably feature him again in future as well. However, I have to say he certainly makes for an ideal Furry Friday.

Past Furry Friday

What to do this weekend

heels for hope is a gay fund raiser in Boston

This is what is happening in Boston and Provinceton this weekend. If you haven’t been out in a while, come out and show your love by supporting our gay bars and businesses. If you have an event or program you want included in upcoming posts, email bosguymail@gmail.com with the details.

Boston Gay Bars

The Alley
THURSDAY: Trivia Night with your host Dave Sawyer at 8PM
FRIDAY: FUZZ Returns w/ DJ Brent Covington and guest DJ Brian Halligan at 10PM
SATURDAY: Dancing w/ resident DJ BEGBICK at 10PM
SUNDAY: Idol Karaoke at 8PM

blend
THURSDAY: Bop Thursday with DJ Twisted Gleam at 10PM
FRIDAY: Friday Feels with DJ Begbick at 10PM
SATURDAY: Gay Pride Mixer with DJ Andrea Stamas at 10PM
SUNDAY: Disco Brunch starts at 11AM & Disco Tea w/ DJ Brian Derrick starts at 4PM

Cathedral Station Open but no programming scheduled.
The patio will be open and Saturday & Sunday brunch starts at 11AM.

Club Cafe
THURSDAY: Dancing with DJ FrenchY w/ hosts Mizery, Alana Thicc, Arabella and Travis Tí at 10PM, special show at 12:30AM
FRIDAY: Tracey O’Farrell in Napoleon Room at 7PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone at 10PM
SATURDAY: RPDR viewing party w/ Mizery at 8PM & DJ Stevie Psyclone at 10PM
SUNDAY: Tea Dance with DJ Begbick at 5PM & Tea with the Dame in Napoleon Room at 6:30PM

dbar
THURSDAY: Marc E Lewis Pride Event & fundraiser starts at 7PM
FRIDAY: Stoplight Party w/ DJ Jay Ine starts at 10PM
SATURDAY: The Category Is… dance party starts at 10PM
SUNDAY: Dorchester Pride Tea Dance starts at 4PM

Legacy & Candi Bar (Gay Mafia Boston)
THURSDAY: Serve Thursdays with DJ Coleslaw at Legacy at 10PM
FRIDAY: Twerk Fridays with DJ FrenchY at Legacy at 10PM
SATURDAY: Pride Saturday with DJ Ralphi Rosario at Legacy at 10PM
SUNDAY: Hot Mess Pride Finale with DJ Richie LaDue at Candi Bar at 10PM

Trophy Room will be reopening for business soon.

Featured LGBTQ+ events

THURSDAY: Pride Night @Fenway June 10, 2021 Click here for information and tickets.

FRIDAY: Big Gay Dance Party (Outdoors) Friday June 11 (rain date June 18) from 6:30PM – 9:00PM in Union Square, Somerville with DJ FrenchY and drag performances by Amanda Playwith and JP. More info here.

SATURDAY: Boycott Boston Pride Meet Up A growing list LGBTQ+ groups are calling for a boycott of Boston Pride 2021. Learn more about why and what is happening on Saturday at 10:30AM in Nubian Square and march to Franklin Park where a vigil for black trans lives will take place at the Park Playstead / Trails on Pierpont Road in Jamaica Plain.

gay boston, kiki beach

SATURDAY: Kiki Beach If you’re unsure where the boys go on M Street Beach, check out the map on the Kiki Beach Boston Facebook Page, but when in doubt follow the good music and speedos.

SATURDAY: Big Ass Cookout starts at 4PM in Mattapan. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information about this group visit, Boston’s Lesbian Urban Foundation.

SATURDAY: The Loud & Proud (Drag Show) at Icon will help raise $$$ for industry friends and family who have been impacted by COVID-19. Hosted by Miranda Wrights with performances by: Mizery, Kris Knievil, Penny Tentiary, Destiny, Khloe, Miranda Wrights, Adeli Meat, and Haus of Snap and of course great music from Gay Jim.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY: Join the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus concert broadcast on WCVB-TV on Saturday at 7:30PM, Sunday at 12:30PM or on YouTube on Sunday at 2:00PM.

SUNDAY: Drag Bingo @DBco will likely sell out so don’t delay and get your tickets. All proceeds go to BAGLY.

Sunday Tea Dances in Boston

Sunday Fun Day: This weekend Boston has several Pride themed tea dances.

dbarPatio Tea Dance to celebrate Dorchester Pride starts at 4PM

blendDisco Tea Dance with DJ Brian Derrick starts at 4PM

Club CafeThrowback Tea Dance with DJ Begbick starts at 5PM

Legacy BostonCome Together Tea Dance with DJs Esthera & Brian Halligan starts at 6PM

Drag brunches in Boston

Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.

Drag Diva “Disco Inferno” Brunch (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, 6/5 @11:00AM – 1:30PM at House of Blues

Mizery Loves Company Drag Brunch (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, 6/6 @11:00AM & 2:00PM at blend

Anyone up for hosting a drag brunch? Seems like a missed opportunity!

Provincetown gay bars & live entertainment

Ptown

For more information about live entertainment in Provincetown this week (and all month) click here. Click the links below for more information about each bar.

A House – One of Provincetown’s most popular dance clubs.

Aqua Bar – Located at the Aquarium Marketplace, with views of the harbor.

Backstreet Club – Previously Club Purgatory will NOT reopen this summer.

Buoy Bar – Located on Commercial Street at The Boatslip. It is fabulous for people watching (esp after Tea).

The Club – Lea Delaria’s supper club includes live entertainment in the lounge.

Dive Bar – Weekend piano bar at The Crown & Anchor.

Harbor Lounge – Waterfront cocktail lounge in the East End.

Little Bar – Provincetown’s oldest bar.

Macho Bar – Provincetown’s longest running leather and denim bar.

Monkey Bar – Will NOT reopen this summer.

Paramount – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is Ptown’s largest dance club.

Porchside Lounge – Located at The Gifford House.

Provincetown Brewery – Popular brew pub on Bradford Street.

Shipwreck Lounge – Located at the Brass Key Guest House.

Tin Pan Alley – This restaurant has a lively piano bar that has a friendly crowd.

The Vault – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is a leather / fetish bar.

Velvet Lounge – Dance club with DJ Mark Louque spinning each Friday.

The Wave Bar – Located at the Crown & Anchor. This is a fun video bar.

Missing a favorite bar / club in Provincetown? Share it in the comments section. If the status of these bars / clubs change, it will be noted.