Northeast hotels offer special packages to help the LBGTQ community

In honor of Pride Month, two Northeast hotels are raising awareness with new packages that benefit the LGBTQ community.

The Hotel Ithaca, the only independently-owned hotel in the area, is offering a LGBTQ Walking Tour package with proceeds benefitting the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services at Ithaca College. Surveys show that 20 percent of visitors to Ithaca, NY identity as LGBTQ, while only four percent in the state does, which shows how popular this destination is among the LGBTQ community.

The Ithaca LGBTQ History Walking Tour, with 32 stops over seven miles, showcases one of the first cities in the US to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, where one of the first student-organized sit-ins for LGBTQ rights took place, the site of one of the first public declarations of the American bisexual movement. The tour is available as a self-guided experience through the free app with options for users to customize their experience. The Ithaca LGBTQ tour just received two national awards, presented at the 2020 ACPA Convention, The Outstanding Social Justice Collaboration award from the ACPA Commission for Social Justice Education, and The Research Recognition Award from the ACPA Coalition of Sexuality and Gender Identities.

The 170-room hotel is close to Cornell University and Ithaca College an the Finger Lakes Region. The package includes deluxe accommodations for two, a bottle of Finger Lakes Wine at check-in and a picnic lunch for two guests who show proof they will take the tour by downloading the Pocket Sights app or brochure with map.

In the next state over, the DELMAR West Hartford, CT., has created the True Colors Package to raise funds for a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of sexual and gender minority youth.

In support of the LGBTQ community in Connecticut and nationwide, Delamar West Hartford will donate 10% of every package booked to True Colors, Inc. Package include: overnight accommodations for two; 10% spa discount for couples massage or facial; $25 dining credit to Artisan Restaurant; two hand-beaded Free2Luv custom rainbow bracelet and an-room bottle of wine.

West Hartford, dubbed one of “America’s coolest suburbs” by Travel & Leisure magazine, is located exactly midway between Boston and New York.  The DELAMAR West Hartford is the perfect vantage point from which to explore all that Connecticut’s Capital Region has to offer – from the trendy boutiques and eateries to historically and culturally rich attractions including The Mark Twain House, Wadsworth Atheneum, and The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. The hotel’s full-service DELAMAR spa offers cutting-edge treatments specializing in anti-aging and lifting for the face and body with a focus on wellness. Artisan, the hotel’s highly acclaimed farm-fresh restaurant, offers exquisite New England-inspired cuisine with a European flair.

Mary Welch


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