LGBTQ+ Escape

From big-time festivals and neon nightlife to intimate inns, outdoor adventure, and acclaimed restaurants, Connecticut has every vibe for the LGBTQ+ community — and our pride runs strong. Find ways to party and ways to chill when you take a trip to this LGBTQ+ destination. 

2-3 days

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Fall

  • Drag Brunch
  • Real Art Ways
  • Chez Est
  • Shops at Yale
  • Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
  • Tavern on State
  • Scranton Seahorse Inn

Drag Brunch

Kick off your trip with a can’t-miss Sky Casper Events drag brunch at The Place 2 Be, a photo-worthy spot for boozy brunch. Expect great breakfast creations and lots of laughs. 

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Real Art Ways

After brunch, stop by Real Art Ways to explore contemporary art, independent film, innovative music, and frequent events. After, take a stroll in Bushnell Park, grab a latte at Story and Soil, and devour dinner at Trumbull Kitchen or Tisane Euro-Asian Café

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Chez Est

That night, vibe to the DJ or attend a drag or cabaret event at Chez Est. Then crash at the Goodwin Hotel or Residence Inn Marriott

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Shops at Yale

The next day, head to New Haven and check out a The Shops at Yale: unique collection of local boutiques, national retailers, cafes, casual eateries, restaurants, and attractions in the city's historic downtown. Favorites include Urban Outfitters, J. Crew, lululemon, L.L. Bean and more! 

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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

While in New Haven, discover LGBTQ+ history experiences at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – plus be awestruck by its incredible architecture.  

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Tavern on State

Stop in for traditional tavern fare from an eclectic and sophisticated menu at Tavern On State, owned by Chef of the Year 2023, Emily Mingrone, who’s also a member of the LGBTQ+ community. 


After, sip some drinks at East Rock Brewing Company or Rhythm Brewing Company and check out the nightlife at gay bars Partners Café and 168 York Street Café


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Scranton Seahorse Inn

Head not too far away to the Connecticut shoreline and stay over in the gay-owned Scranton Seahorse Inn for an intimate escape. Or if you’re staying in New Haven, check into the Study at Yale, Hotel Marcel, The Blake Hotel or Graduate New Haven

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