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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.
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.
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
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
ADAM & ANDY is set in the fictional New England town of Woodfield, CT. You can learn more about Adam and Andy and purchase a copy of “the definitive collection of Adam and Andy” by visiting, adamandandy.com.
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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.
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 email@example.com with the details.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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: 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 Fun Day: This weekend Boston has several Pride themed tea dances.
dbar – Patio Tea Dance to celebrate Dorchester Pride starts at 4PM
blend – Disco Tea Dance with DJ Brian Derrick starts at 4PM
Club Cafe – Throwback Tea Dance with DJ Begbick starts at 5PM
Legacy Boston – Come Together Tea Dance with DJs Esthera & Brian Halligan starts at 6PM
Some drag brunches require tickets purchased ahead of time. Click the event links shared below for ticketing and reservation information.
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.
Boston Pride has been embroiled in a nasty back-and-forth with activists who have (for some time) called the non-profit organization racist and “trans-exclusionary”.
The tipping point for activists came last summer after the Boston Pride board’s tepid response to the police killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement. The organization’s response was developed without consulting Black Pride subcommittee members. Critics said the board routinely disregard LGBTQ+ minority groups (especially those in the trans community) and that the all-white Boston Pride leadership and board needs to go. Organizers say by removing the entire board it will give the organization a fresh new start – one that is hopefully more representational of Boston’s LGBTQ+ community.
In today’s Boston Globe, Sue O’Connell, copublisher of Bay Windows and a host at NECN, the official media sponsor of Boston Pride, said, “The pandemic and the reckoning of our unjust racial past has just claimed the Pride committee because they were unable to actually do the right thing over many, many years.”
Activists are calling for the entire Boston Pride board to resign and are holding their second annual vigil for Black Trans Lives on Saturday. DiMarco’s announcement will certainly be acknowledged from the stage, but will DeMarco’s resignation be enough? The protest and vigil will start in Nubian Square and people will march to Franklin Park. More information about that is available here.
Much thanks to my friend Jim L for sharing this photo with the hand written note “Let not your hearts be troubled”. I can’t imagine what that might be referring to and think the heart-shape cut out for the photo seems quite sweet. Does anyone have any guesses on when or where this photograph may have been taken?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the next year Boston will get two new state-of-the-art live music venues. These mid-sized venues will be welcome additions to the city and provide new space for musicians, artists and performers. The first venue expected to open is the MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park, which is eyeing a late fall 2021 opening. The second, is The Roadrunner, will open at Boston Landing in Allston / Brighton in the spring of 2022.
MGM Music Hall at Fenway Park is a new performing arts center located at the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets. The new venue has a 5,000 person capacity and will be operated in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment. MGM Music Hall is expected to open in the fall of 2021, but no website or further information has been forthcoming. This venue will provide Boston yet another indoor, performing arts space with a capacity that is approximately twice that of the neighboring House of Blues on Lansdowne Street and roughly the same as the seasonal venue, Harbor Lights (now known as Leader Bank Pavilion). Stay tuned for more updates on this new venue.
Roadrunner is set to open in the spring of 2022. Located at Boston Landing in Allston / Brighton, the venue is larger than the House of Blues but smaller than the MGM Music Hall. With a capacity of 3,500 the Roadrunner will be the largest general admission indoor music venue in New England when it opens. In case your wondering, the venue’s name comes from the 1976 rock song Roadrunner by the Modern Lovers, which has been proposed as the state’s official rock song. This venue will be operated by The Bowery, which also own and operate The Sinclair in Harvard Square and Royale in Boston’s Theater District. You can sign-up to receive updates from this venue by visting their website at roadrunnerboston.com.
Hopefully the caption I’ve shared below inspires you to offer up one or two of your own. Leave a funny caption in the comment section, and I’ll approve it for readers to enjoy.
“Just a typical day at Boston’s Kiki Beach.”
No plans tonight? How about dinner and a show at dbar?
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