STATES BORDERING THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
The Meandering Naturist’s Guide to Eastern US and Canada.
FROM NORTH TO SOUTH: Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
NATURISM IN EASTERN STATES AND PROVINCES
Given the pervasive French influence in Quebec, the dense population of the Northeast, and the idyllic weather of the Southeast, it’s no huge surprise that there are more naturist resorts on the eastern seaboard than anywhere else in the country. (California has a lot of nude tolerated beaches, but amazingly few resorts.) The east coast is also home to several legacy clubs, founded by the nudist pioneers in the first half of the 20th century. That, however, comes along with a good bit of baggage, as many of these venues are still operating on a membership basis, often involving steep annual fees along with expectations to show up on “work-days” to keep the place up. Despite all that, these places vary – dramatically – from one location to the next; some with modern clubhouses and manicured grounds, others rustic and virtually unchanged since they opened in 1930-something.
As always, it pays to do your homework! Make sure you check out the individual websites, along with recent reviews on places like Trip Advisor and Yelp. We’ll provide links to these pages when we can find them, and I’m gradually adding our own reviews for those places we’ve visited first hand, marked with this guy… 😎!
And a final word to the wise… A few of these places have a reputation for getting a little (or maybe, a lot) racy, especially on holiday weekends. To each their own, we say, but it’s worth taking the time to read the fine print before you pack the kids and the dog into the car for a weekend family nakation.
WHERE WE TELL OUR FRIENDS TO GET NAKED ON THE EAST COAST
We’ve visited at least a dozen naked places on the east coast, and I’m hoping to add a few more to that list in the coming months. If you’re looking for a place with a nice room, you should check out Abbott’s Glen in Vermont or Cypress Cove in Florida. Coventry Resort in Vermont is great for camping and has a naturist friendly lake, as does Solair Nudist Resort in Connecticut. Both have excellent hiking trails as well. Skyfarm and Rock Lodge Club are easy day–trips from the NYC metropolitan area, but require a membership if you’re going to become a regular. There are loads of places for RVers in Florida, but we don’t have an RV, so we’re not so keen on that, but I am eager to check out Sunsport Gardens and Lake Como, as they both have modest cabins to rent.
CLICK ON THE HYPERLINK FOR THE STATE OR PROVINCE BELOW.
(Links will go live as each region is fully populated. I’m starting with New Jersey, and working my way out from there. )
In the coming weeks, I’ll be adding an individual page for each state/province, with links to reports and webpages for each naked place as I’m able to complete each page. You may want to bookmark this page and watch for links to go live as each section opens up. And if you find a place I’ve missed, please don’t hesitate to add a reply in the comment section below. Word of mouth is always the best intel!
I’m surprise you missed the province of Ontario. We border on New York and Michigan.
Ontario has a few smaller locations but the biggest are Ponderosa Family Nudist Resort and Bare Oaks Family Nature Resort.The owner of the latter is extremely active in promoting family nudism and has an ongoing podcast.He is a wealth of information and has been active in European associations.You may wish to contact him to get his perspective on nudism.
Enjoy your site.
Huh! Thought it was on the list. Have been dying to get to Bare Oaks, but we’re shut out of. Canada at the moment! I’ll fix Ontario tonight. Thanks for the catch!
Thanks, Yes everyone has heard of Bare Oaks because of their extensive marketing and promoting nudism. If you do go, Ponderosa( my location of choice) is only 2 hours away and only an hour from Niagara Falls.
Our members from Buffalo and Niagara Falls have been locked out because of the virus. If you do come to The Pond let me know, I’d like to meet with you. All the best. David
AH! Actually, I think I put Ontario on the Middle America list, not Eastern.. if you want to send more info about Ponderosa, I’d be happy to include that when the post goes up. And would LOVE to meet you if they ever let us out of here! 😉
Thanks for the reply. I really think we’re part of Eastern Canada since we border on New York State.For information on The Pond you can just google the name Ponderosa Nature Resort. (From reading your post I think we’re in the same age bracket.) The Pond has been around since the ’60s.and has gone thru 3 owners. The Current owner Lee was a member and bought the property when it became available.
She has put a lot of money and hard work into the place and added an outdoor swim up bar, hot tub and spa. When our kids were young there was playground equipment and a lot of kids. For some reason that I haven’t figured out Bare Oaks tends to attract more families with kids.
We have a yearly Volleyball Tournament which attracts hundreds of young players for 4 days.Then they seem to disappear till the next year.
The Pond is now enlarging its indoor hot tub to 10. We also have an indoor pool which is great during the winter.
With this Virus and no place to go I would think more people would try a nudist resort just to get out and try something different.But that doesn’t seem to be the case.Maybe it’s because people just don’t know nudist resorts exist. Have you noticed an increase interest in Nudism since the virus?
What are your thoughts on why Europe is more open to nudist resorts than North America?
After this Virus is over you should really visit both resorts and see their differences.Both are excellent in their own ways.Stay nude! David
Hi David. Actually, the division of states and provinces turned out to be somewhat arbitrary as I started organizing the North America page. At first, I was only going to list places that touched the Atlantic ocean as eastern, and same with the Pacific on western, but that didn’t really make sense either. Regardless, when done, there will be a master directory to help people navigate, along with an interactive map that’s currently under construction. That will allow people to simply click a place anywhere on the map and find the nearest naturist place.
I will definitely visit both places after they drop the blockade at the border. Have heard great things about both. As to your questions about nudism during the pandemic, it seems evident that more people are spending more time naked at home, but the social construct at resorts has made that even more complicated than it already was. We’ve been very cautious during COVID and have felt really awkward when visiting a resort where NOBODY is masked while insisting they’re in a COVID-free bubble. I suspect that’s keeping people away from nudist and textile resorts until more of us are fully vaccinated.
Not ALL of Europe is super tolerant with nudity. France certainly leads the way as it’s simply accepted as something people do in a family setting. Croatia has a huge market that goes back for decades with sun-seeking Germans. And Spain has laws that permit nudity on nearly any beach in the country. As compared to the US, I think the conservative Christian thing has really gummed up the system, whereas organized religion seems to have less influence on those Mediterranean countries. Italy is more fervently religious, and thus, naturism is not so common.
We’ll keep watching the borders. Maybe we’ll see you at Bare Oaks or Ponderosa one day.
Thanks for your comments.
Our Province is back to a lockdown so The Pond is closed for the month. Who knows when it will open.The weather is improving and I’m antsy for some nude time in the sun. The Pond was open last summer but the virus kept a lot of people away.Our American friends who have trailers here could not cross the border, so they loss the whole year. Hopefully with the vaccine we’ll get back to some normality.
Yep. That all checks out. Fingers crossed!
Abbotts Glenn Clothing Optional Inn is permanently closed 😭