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CONNECTICUT      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Solair    42.0212N, 72.0527W     E
          Woodstock (northeastern CT, near MA border)

     Sun Ridge Resort    41.7462N, 71.7965W     E
          Sterling (eastern CT, near RI border)


MAINE      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Maine lacks any established coastal nude beaches. The most notable skinnydipping site in the state has historically been Lake Wood [3] 44.4087N, 68.2677W  in Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor, but this lakeshore site has frankly seen better days. Attendance has dropped now that a national park pass is required to park in the area.

      In the White Mountains of southwestern Maine, Frenchman's Hole [2] 44.5109N, 70.9185W  near Bethel is a swimming hole in a creek that sees sporadic nude use.

SOAKING ESTABLISHMENTS

     Richmond Sauna    44.1008N, 69.8889W 
          Richmond (southwest of Augusta)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Twin Ponds Lodge    44.4747N, 69.4605W     E
          Albion (north of Augusta)


MASSACHUSETTS      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Massachusetts has two established coastal nude beaches, both on Cape Cod. Herring Cove Beach [2] 42.0259N, 70.2010W  in the gay mecca of Provincetown, at the tip of Cape Cod, is populated almost entirely by gay men. 12 miles away, Longnook Beach [2] 42.0126N, 70.0308W  in the town of Truro is attended mostly by couples and families, but steep parking fees and parking limitations are drawbacks.

      The best-established inland site in Massachusetts is the Westfield River at Cummington [1] 42.4357N, 72.8604W  , a popular and secluded riverbank beach located about 35 miles northwest of Springfield in Western Massachusetts. The Cummington site is one of the top inland nude beaches in all of New England. Along the same river, the Westfield River at Knightville Dam [2] 42.3324N, 72.8536W  , about 15 mile south of the Cummington site, is sporadically visited by skinnydippers, but it is relatively insignificant compared to Cummington.

      The well-heeled islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard have a few nude beach options. One of those sans-swimsuit havens is Miacomet Beach [2] 41.2416N, 70.1104W  on the south coast of Nantucket. The other is Moshup Beach [2] 41.3493N, 70.8362W  , a gorgeous beach beneath the stunning Gay Head cliffs at the far western tip of Martha's Vineyard. A final option for nude bathing is Lucy Vincent Beach [1] 41.3401N, 70.7218W  , which is less than 10 miles away from Moshup Beach, but you can't just visit on a whim. It's a private beach, and you'll need to lay out considerable cash to rent a house in Chilmark before you are eligible to buy a permit to visit. Lucy Vincent is almost certainly the most exclusive nude beach in North America.

NATURIST RETREATS & OTHER NATURIST-FRIENDLY ESTABLISHMENTS

     Berkshire Vista    42.5728N, 73.3259W     E
          Hancock (far western MA, near NY border)

     Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa    42.0542N, 70.1849W     E, F, G
          Provincetown

     Sandy Terraces    41.6638N, 70.4463W     E
          Marston Mills (far southeastern MA)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Carl's Guest House    42.04909N, 70.1910W     E
          Provincetown

     Romeo's Holiday    42.0507N, 70.1886W     E
          Provincetown


NEW HAMPSHIRE      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Cedar Waters Village    43.1264N, 71.0704W     E
          Nottingham (between Manchester & ME border)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Joe's Hideaway    43.1506N, 72.1025W     E
          Washington (southern NH, west of Concord)


RHODE ISLAND      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Rhode Island has no well-established nude beaches. Very discreet nudity is possible at a secluded cove of Beavertail State Park [4] 41.4600N, 71.4005W  on Conanicut Island (west of Newport).

NATURIST RETREATS

     Dyer Woods    41.7677N, 71.7474W     E
          Foster (west of Providence, near CT border)


VERMONT      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Vermont is perhaps the most tolerant and enlightened state in the country with regard to nudity on public land. While Vermont has no specifically sanctioned nude areas, the state government decreed in the early 70's that it has no interest in nudity on private property out of public view or on secluded public land. Therefore, the state is teeming with swimming holes that are traditionally used nude. Our sampling represents the best established and most popular sites, along with a few other interesting spots thrown in for good measure. There are many more skinnydipping opportunities in Vermont besides the ones named in this guide.

      The two most notable skinnydipping sites in Vermont are in the far southern part of the state in the Brattleboro vicinity. The Ledges [1] 42.8363N, 72.8767W  on the Harriman Reservoir near Wilmington is the best known and overall most popular nude spot in the entire state. It is the most likely of Vermont's nudist sites to have substantial crowds and—relatively speaking—a gender balance. The Rock River [1] 42.9474N, 72.6510W  near Newfane does not have the notoriety of The Ledges, but it draws a much higher percentage of gay men as part of the overall crowd. On hot summer days, the Rock River is Vermont's most popular gay nudist venue, but some straight nudists visit as well.

      Moving north to the Rutland area, skinnydipping is popular at narrow Clarendon Gorge [1] 43.5226N, 72.9450W  about 10 miles south of Rutland. Nude bathing is also customary at a secluded area of Chittenden Reservoir [2] 43.7282N, 72.9150W  about 10 miles northeast of Rutland.

      Moving farther north still, there are two nude recreation possibilities just off the highway near the town of Warren. Warren Falls [2] 44.0955N, 72.8643W  is a series of pools and falls in the Mad River where nudity is common. If it is overrun with textiles, a nearby alternative just a few miles to the north is the Mad River Punch Bowl [1] 44.1487N, 72.8421W  , a swimming hole accessed through private property. The owners welcome nudists and promote a suitable-for-all-ages atmosphere.

      Between Montpelier and Burlington, the Huntington Gorge [2] 44.3731N, 72.9580W  is one of the most famous (and dangerous) swimming areas in the state, and the lower gorge is very popular with nudists.

      There are two lakeshore nude sites on Lake Champlain in the immediate vicinity of Burlington. Just a few miles south of town, a hidden area of Red Rocks Park [2] 44.4440N, 73.2335W  draws a scattering of nudists, as does newly "colonized" Starr Farm Beach [2] 44.5161N, 73.2688W  a few miles north of town.

      Northwest of Montpelier in Woodbury, Fletcher Quarry [2] 44.4412N, 72.3854W  is a secluded, off-the-beaten path respite for nudists. Even farther north, just 20 or so miles south of the Québec border, Southwest Cove on Lake Willoughby [1] 44.7164N, 72.0334W  is a very well-established nude beach that draws small crowds. The nude beach affords terrific views of the mountains rising up on either side of the lake.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Abbott's Glen    42.7601N, 72.7802W     E
          Jacksonville (southwest of Brattleboro, near MA border)

     Coventry Club & Resort    44.6747N, 73.1948W     E
          Milton (north of Burlington)

     Maple Glen    44.8843N, 72.9753W     E
          Sheldon Springs (far northern VT, near Québec border)

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     The Gargoyle House    44.1398N, 72.0812W     E, F
          Wells River (near Montpelier)

     Frog Meadow Bed & Breakfast    42.9749N, 72.6938W     E
          Newfane (near Brattleboro)

     Rock River Lodge    42.9475N, 72.6430W     E
          Newfane (near Brattleboro)


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