OK lovely readers… Just so you have fair warning. I’m feeling pretty sad tonight. Having grown rather fond of my name and reputation as the Meandering Naturist, reality is setting in that naturism has become something of a challenge, and meandering? Well. That’s just not a thing right now.

Nick and Lins had an excellent post last week about where one could go on nakation any time of the year, (See: MUST-VISIT NATURIST DESTINATIONS FOR EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR) working their way around the globe with recommendations for each month of the year. Great post! In fact, it sounded like something of a challenge to me, despite the comment from a reader who pointed out that most people are not going to jump on the next flight to Bangkok to find a warm naturist place in the dead of Minnesota winter – ever! Fair point. A bit sobering, in fact, especially for one who has enjoyed the “privilege” of intertwining travel, work and naturist research into parallel missions. It helps to have learned a few tricks along the way about travel in general: how to grab a free flight here or find a good hotel bargain there. But even after the COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted, it’s not clear what that playing field will look like, especially when it comes to chalking up miles and cashing in free hotel nights. Seems irresponsible to even mention such things given the hardships so many are facing in these days, but there it is.

One of my very first blog posts was called “Hey! What About Naturism in America?” where I attempted to delineate those pervasive differences between naturism in the US and abroad. More recently, a couple weeks ago, a reader who lives in our region reached out to us for advice as to where he and his wife might go for their first nude recreational outing. (We would eventually connect with them online to give them a few pointers on how to figure that out. That can be amazingly tricky!)

Then, just yesterday, another reader posted a comment suggesting that the idea of family naturism in America is simply an unsubstantiated myth, reporting “As I see it, it’s dead!” I replied that I thought he was probably on point, though as far as I can tell, that’s an American phenomenon, at the very time when family naturism seems to be enjoying a resurgence in Europe – particularly in France.

This is where I need your help… my American Nudist friends!

We don’t have young kids anymore, so we really don’t need to find a family naturist place where our kids can splash around in the pool. That said, there is something holistic about a vacation spot that embraces the spirit of a Disney resort or a campground in a national park. So, I took to the web to check up on places within driving distance that would offer the opportunity for a daytrip or weekend nakation getaway; some we’ve been to before, others that I’ve been curious about for some time, but are still on our bucket list.

To this end, I’ve decided to make a list of places I might like to get naked this summer, assuming that getting on an airplane to go anyplace is not on the immediate horizon. It might be helpful to my readers to disclose the criteria for “who got on the list,” noting the omissions of those I did not include on the list. (I don’t mean to sound judgmental or narrow minded, but especially if my wife is coming along, I don’t want to drive for ten hours to have a terrible day.)

So, how did a naturist place make the list?

  • If the website looks like it was designed on Windows 95, lacking current information related to admission and entrance requirements, that’s immediately a “NO.”
  • If the website alludes to “hot sexy nights” under the stars, or provides other hints regarding a friends with benefits vibe, we’re out. Again, no judgement – just not our thing.
  • Like choosing a decent hotel in Boston, my first stop is always TripAdvisor where I’ll peruse at least the last dozen reviews. People often reveal clues in their candid prose that you might never find on the destination website. That seems particularly true for naturist places.
  • We live in the Mid-Atlantic region between New York and Washington DC. I’m all about naked, but I’m not going to drive to Colorado any time soon just to take my clothes off. In the era of germaphobia and social distancing, a three-week road trip seems insurmountable.
  • Finally, I typically comb through the entrance requirements to assess just how onerous it’s going to be to get through the gate, and how much of our “first visit” will be absorbed with orientation activities. This is distinctly an American ritual that we’ve never experienced when visiting naturist places abroad. Simply a bi-product of American paranoia about social nudity, I suppose.


So here we go, starting fifteen hours south of my home, and ending about nine hours to the north…

CYPRESS COVE NUDIST RESORT, FLORIDA: Having visited several of the other big-name resorts in Florida, I think this is the only place we would go back to, given their overnight accommodation options, modern pool complex, and recent efforts to attract a younger crowd, with volleyball tournaments and the like. Unless I missed something, the other options nearby vacillate between rustic and racy.

PARADISE VALLEY RESORT: GEORGIA: Have been looking at their website for years as it seems they have excellent facilities and a nice proximity to Atlanta. I find it interesting, though, that they don’t turn up on the AANR listing, especially given some other places that have retained AANR membership, despite corresponding shady reputations. Input anyone?

WHITE TAIL NUDIST RESORT, VIRGINIA: Almost left this place off this list, but it keeps coming up on threads about young naturists and family naturism, which suggests that it’s a place where we’d feel at home. It’s just too far for us to make a day trip of it, but it seems pretty popular with the south of DC crowd!

AVALON NUDIST RESORT: WEST VIRGINIA: We’ve actually been here several times over the years, though our last trip was something of a debacle when we rented a poorly maintained condo unit, brought the dog along (Bad idea!), and we simply couldn’t assimilate to the party vibe in the pool. Since then, the lodge has burned to the ground and they’re in rebuilding mode. But I would drive up there by myself just for a day of walking naked in the woods and snoozing on the lawn. Seems that is likely to happen this summer.

PINE TREE ASSOCIATES, MARYLAND: We did the orientation visit to Pine Tree perhaps 12 or 14 years ago, but ultimately decided not to return due to their restrictive membership policies that would require us to join after the third visit since the distance to our home was just under 100 miles. Don’t know if they still have that policy, but that was enough to scare us away. (Wasn’t about to pay $600 a year to join a club we could only get to a few times a year!) The facilities were lovely though, as I recall.


WHITE THORN LODGE, PENNSYLVANIA: I hear they have hiking trails. LOVE naked hiking! And in a normal year, it sounds like they have a pretty amazing volleyball tournament as well. I’m terrible at volleyball, but that sounds like a fun energy. My sense is this is a really good place. Eager to hear from people in the know.

ROCK LODGE CLUB, NEW JERSEY: Finally made my first visit to this legacy club last summer with my adult daughter and had a very nice day sitting beside the lake with a picnic and a bottle of wine. The registration and orientation process seemed excessive, but I also knew that the property belonged to the family of Felicity Jones, an avid advocate for social nudity amidst her twenty-something peer group. I am likely to visit again, as long as I can skip the tour involving instructional information related to the use of towels and an introduction to Pickle-Ball.

SOLAIR RECREATION LEAGUE: CONNECTICUT: We had friends who were regulars here when their kids were young, and they swore that family naturism here was as good as we had talked about in France. Here again, the entry process denoted online seems a bit onerous, and it’s not clear if I would be allowed to visit as a single male. (My wife may not want to drive that far to get naked.) But with over 300 acres, I hear the hiking is excellent. That would make it worth the trek for me.

BARE OAKS NATURIST PARK, ONTARIO, CANADA: As best I can tell, this is about as close as you can get to the standards of European naturism on North American soil. I’m a big fan of the Naturist Living Show podcast, and really appreciate the common sense approach to creating a naturist environment for the 21st century. If I only make one naturist sojourn this summer, I suspect this will be the one.

So, there’s my list! I intentionally left off places like Haulover Beach near Miami or The Ledges in Vermont as they are places where social nudity is sanctioned, but lacking the amenities one might enjoy at a naturist destination.

I hope to re-write this post at the end of August with an updated list, having visited these places, along with others that might get elevated to the short list by enthusiastic readers who wish to plug their favorite nakation destination. Keep in mind that we are not RVers, and the allure of tent-camping has faded a good bit since our early married days.

I have said for many years that circumstances could change, and we may not always be able to enjoy the luxury of international travel, which in turn, will likely afford us the opportunity to explore the opportunities for naked near home. Seems that day has arrived in a big way.

THIS IS WHERE YOU GET TO PARTICIPATE!

HELP ME OUT READERS! Comment on this post, or click the Say Hello button, or even send me an email. (naturistdan@gmail.com) We all know that the most valuable information comes by word of mouth. Help me shape my East Coast Nakation Bucket List. I’ll be waiting by the MacBook, eagerly awaiting your enthusiastic response.

FOLLOW UP POSTS IN THIS SERIES:

NAKED IN AMERICA: Solair Recreation League

NAKED IN AMERICA: White Tail Nudist Resort

NAKED IN AMERICA: Cypress Cove Nudist Resort

NAKED IN AMERICA: Abbott’s Glen Naturist Retreat

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  1. Great post. I feel like most of us single men (and I’m not technically single) are left out of the loop so we don’t know what’s really going on, or for budget reasons we stick with one or two clubs so our perspective is limited. But if naturist youths want to be heard, it’s not going to be up to us bloggers. They have to come forward en masse and show the world that there are more than three per club. And that they have the ability to socialize and organize.

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    1. Actually, I might be a bit more optimistic about the ability of bloggers to make a difference. At least on the front of normalizing nudity in general. Getting stuff out there that parents with young children can rely on as thoughtful and intelligent is key. BUT… I would agree that a lot of places are simply shooting themselves in the foot, beginning with their marketing strategy, (or lack thereof) and from there, management and operations. If the default operating mode is 1950s church camp, you’re not too likely to change up your demographics.

      Thanks for following, AND for commenting.

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  2. Of course, it’s a good idea to limit recommendations to places you’ve visited. But let’s not forget that “America” is more than the U. S. East Coast. Perhaps a better title for this article would be “How Do I Get Naked in America’s East Coast”?

    That said, my experience is more limited to the West Coast, Northern California mostly.. However, the entire West Coast (as well as Arizona and Colorado) has a great variety of good naturist places, even if you limit the possibilities to where one can stay overnight in motel or better accommodations.

    I have a pretty exhaustive list here: https://www.naturistplace.com/theblog/2019/04/24/northern-california-naturism/

    See especially the section on landed clubs and resorts, but the developed clothing-optional hot springs are also interesting.

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    1. Thanks Charles. I went back and tightened up the language in the post a bit, clarifying that we’re I’m looking at places I can drive to, but I agree – the title is misleading – UNLESS it’s not. While I’m hoping to add new places to my “been there, done that” list on American soil, the auspicious undercurrent in this post is really probing at the bigger question: How is it that Europe, Asia, and even South Africa are finding a more progressive approach to naturist tourism in 2020 than most places in the United States? Baffling!

      I am an enthusiastic follower of your blog and I’m glad you put up the link. We need more sites like yours to populate the Google search page when people want to know more about social nudity. Thanks for your work on that front.

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    1. Hi Nicky. Didn’t know anything about Juniper Woods at all, but the website looks pretty nice. I’ve heard a lot of people “talk about” Dyer Woods, and I almost put it on the list, but the website seemed dated, lacking enough information to make me want to drive for six hours. Can you provide more information about either of those places that would move them up my list?

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      1. Juniper woods is very active and I have gone their a few times. They have an active website and group.
        As for Dyerwoods, they are very active online and they have a Facebook group that’s very active as well

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  3. Being from the UK we are used to visiting France, Spain and Croatia amongst others, we are used to having access to free normal beaches with no compunction to join a nudist resort. We have been many time to the UISA but yet to stay in a place with a nude free beach! Almost all of Europe allows public nudity and is not quite so parochial as the USA where even being topless on a beach seems to be frowned on! Although at the moment, we can’t go anywhere……

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    1. Thanks Tom! Have been looking at that place for a long time as well, as well as Coventry Resort. (Have you been there?) Can you give any more info about Abbott’s Glen? (I think there website is pretty simple.)

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      1. I too have to recommend Abbott’s Glen. After visiting some CO beaches this was the first (still only) resort I visited. The owners, Amy & Lindy, are very friendly and welcoming. A few minor screening questions via email. I honestly can’t describe how welcoming and at-ease putting Amy was when I arrived. The “tour” consisted of a short walk so I could choose my campsite. They have a full mix of lodging and dining options from B&B to camping. There’s a pond, a stream with a beach & swimming hole, trails to walk. 40 acres, I think.
        I went as a married male by himself, mid-40s. Also as a bit of an introvert. Once I forced myself to engage the other guests they couldn’t have been more open and welcoming. I went from being a bit nervous when I showed up on Friday to playing lawn games with strangers Saturday afternoon to dancing with new friends that night to hugging (I am NOT a hugger) people goodbye on Sunday. All very non-judgmental, very chill.
        I’d like to say it’s family friendly and I’m sure the owners would say it is. I haven’t seen families there in the fee time I’vebeen, but I’m sure the general New England puritanism has something to do with that.
        All that said, here’s why you need to go this year: It’s for sale. It is currently a really great place. Who knows what will happen when new owners come in. With any luck it’ll continue on it’s merry way, but I highly recommend experiencing it for what it is now.

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  4. Today, I finally canceled our annual trip to CHM Montalivet. I waited, hoping, but knowing for a while that it wouldn’t be possible. I have never visited a nudist park in the USA because of things I’ve read here and other blogs. I have heard great things about White Tail from friends we’ve made in France, so that gives me hope that there are options. Like you, I also would love to visit Bare Oaks. As soon as I know when travel will be permitted to Canada and campers will be allowed, I plan on making plans.

    As for international travel, there is still too much uncertainty for me to commit to new travel plans. I don’t want my heart broken again.

    I will follow this post and hope more great ideas are shared.

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    1. It’s really sad! And for that matter, even if you were able to go, what will it be like with social distancing guidelines. As the main gathering place at most resorts is around the pool, how do you navigate face masks and spacing in an situation like that.

      I suspect this post will have a few updates over the course of the summer. Thanks for checking in

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  5. Went to Serendipity Park last summer north of Atlanta in GA and loved it. It says it has won awards as the friendliest park in the south east. The prices are good and the cabins are roomy with AC and kitchens. Registration was easy and no fuss. Very family friendly with activities for the kids.

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  6. Great post! Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    I have been to Penn Sylvan Health Society twice. Their website is old but has current information about how to get in the front gate. No problem getting in as a single guy, no first time tour. Has the feel of an RV retirement community.

    I am really intrigued by the website for Sunny Rest Lodge (also in PA) but I haven’t made it there yet. Have you?

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    1. We’ve been to Penn Sylvan several times, though it’s been a long time. Your remarks about the RV retirement community and website may have something to do with why they’re not on “the list.” The place is… “OK.”

      Have never been to Sunny Rest, though I know some people claim it as Nirvana! Rumor has it that things get racy when the sun goes down, though I’ve not been there so I can say for myself. I think the poolside bar is named “Flashers!”

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  7. I’ve been wanting to visit Bare Oaks for years. And had hoped that this would be the summer. From our place in Long Island that’s more than a day trip. Ditto White Thorne Lodge. I’m eager to see how you describe your experiences at either place if you decide to venture there.

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  8. Avalon is family friendly, single friendly, couple friendly, everybody friendly !
    If you have a less than perfect experience there, find me !!
    It’s an investor owned private commercial venue.
    Yes, the lodge burned down New Years Eve. Kinda sorta ruined the dance party scheduled for that evening, so over-night accommodations are less than they were, but two condos owned by Avalon have been remodeled and furnished. There is camper space, and just about always tent space. Dinner is served Friday and Saturday, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, and the food is generally considered very good by most.
    Snack stand by the outdoor pool, 4 hot tubs last I counted, hiking trails ranging from a barefoot stroll one could very nearly take a powered wheel chair ( it’s been done ) to a fairly grueling trek.
    Just tell Val, Julie, or Dee that Curt sent ya !

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    1. Thanks for your enthusiastic reply, Curt! Indeed, our timing was a bit off on our last visit, but I DO believe we’ll be back, as we’ve have had several positive experiences there – especially at the summer musical festivals. Way back when, we came nearly every year. My heartfelt condolences on the tragic loss of the lodge. That had to have been really scary.

      But I REALLY appreciate the update. I realize my blogging candor can be a little direct sometimes, but I try to keep that in the voice of “This is what worked for US at the time of our visit.” As is the case in all reviews, the very thing that’s a “not so great fit” for one person is the “perfect fit for the next!” Good to have your name in our back pocket (says the naturist lol) should we need it for our next visit.

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