For Women: Hot Fun in the Summer Sun!

by Winnie McCroy
EDGE Editor
Tuesday Jul 16, 2013

Summer is all about getting away from it all and recharging your batteries. And you don't need to neglect paying the power bill to do it. From the East Coast to the West and points in between, EDGE dishes up a sample platter of the best in women's summer getaways. 'Cause it's time for you to go, girl!

"There was nothing that said if you are from out of town and a lesbian, you go here... or if I go to these places, I'm going to have these things," said San Francisco party planner Christine De La Rosa, about organizing her EDEN events. "The cornerstone of my mission is that everybody should feel welcome, like they belong. Every race and demographic needs to be there and I feel like we've succeeded in producing an event that does bring a lot of different types of people together under one roof, and it's really beautiful to see."

With her brand-new EDEN Pacific Northwest Festival in Oregon, De La Rosa is doing what other lesbian event planners have done: to create a fun, safe space for lesbians to come together for fun.

For those with deep pockets and an abiding love of adventure, Barcelona is the spot for the Girlie Circuit party. Looking for your Zen place to reconnect with nature? Try Ame Wren Yoga at Good Commons, or do a sweat lodge and mud pit at Twin Oaks Women's Gathering.

If it's fun in the sun you're after, Key West is your destination for Womenfest, a week of water-themed events. Or head to the Oregon seaside for EDEN Pacific Northwest. And older lesbians will find their contemporaries at BoldFest in Vancouver British Columbia Canada. Find your bliss!

Girlie Circuit in Barcelona

If you’ve saved all winter and are looking for the getaway that’s worth the splurge, head to Spain Aug. 13-18 for Girlie Circuit, a huge circuit party for the ladies. Think sunshine, beaches, parties, activities and girls, girls, girls! The event starts with a day and night at the water park, followed by Wednesday’s Lezzgo! club night, featuring live entertainment. Thursday brings you The Legend Party, and Friday is La Leche! The White Party and headliners Uh Huh Her will perform on Saturday.

"The L Word" star Leisha Hailey says, "We are beyond thrilled to be able to come to Barcelona to play for our Spanish fans. We are glad we were able to make up for our last minute cancellation last year. We look forward to seeing you all in August! Besos!" The event finishes its week of decadence with a Splash! closing pool party on Sunday.

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Summer Ladies Retreat at Good Commons

Looking for inner peace? Head to the Green Mountain State Aug. 15-18 for the Summer Ladies Retreat, featuring yoga by Ame Wren and Alison Sinatra. Nestled in the foothills of Plymouth, Vermont, Good Commons blends historic charm and natural beauty to create the ideal setting for this sweet and sweaty yoga retreat.

Their 750-square-foot studio is fully equipped with yoga mats, blankets, straps, bolsters and blocks, to accommodate a class of up to 25 people. You’ll enjoy a weekend of wellness, featuring wholesome vegetarian cuisine by yogini chef Sarah Sturges at their harvest table. In addition to yoga, guests can enjoy hiking, visiting local artisans’ shops, or the nearby lakes of Okemo Valley.

For reservations or information, call 802-776-8333, email or visit

Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering

Way out in the country in Louisa, Virginia, residents of the intentional community of Twin Oaks spend most of the year making tofu and stringing hammocks. But on the weekend of Aug. 16-18, they open up their land to bio-born and/or female-identified women, girls (and boys under 5) for the 29th Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering, an annual multicultural event since 1983. The event brings together about 300 women for a variety of workshops ranging from sex and sexuality to music, art and movement.

Weekend activities include creative crafts, sweat lodges, drumming, song, performance, mud pits, female empowerment and outdoor fun. Registration is on a sliding scale of $60-160, and fees include meals and tent space. Guests are asked to bring a dish and a snack to supplement the commune’s food for meal times.
For more information or to register, visit

Womenfest Key West

The Florida Keys is the place to be Sep. 3-8 for Womenfest Key West, a thrilling week on the water, loaded with cruises, dances, pool parties and much more! Guests can enjoy snorkeling and dolphin watching on the area’s only lesbian-owned and -operated charter boat, or jet ski to the Gulf of Mexico.

Enjoy Raven Cooper perform at the Schooner Wharf Bar, and get to know your fellow revelers at Speed Meeting at Pearl’s, the hottest lesbian B&B in town. Sister Funk will take you for a day of watersports, or you can just sit by the pool and enjoy ice cold mojitos with Postal Wendy. Friday is the night for the legendary pool party, Beach Blanket Butch & Babe Bash at Bourbon. Comedian Suzanne Westenhoeffer will have you in stitches, and "The Voice" star Beverly McClellan will rock the Saturday BBQ. The weekend finishes up with services at Metropolitan Community Church, followed by a clothing-optional pool party at Alexanders. Saints and sinners, all are welcome at Womenfest Key West!

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Wiser and older? Time to get bolder, at BOLDFest, for Bold(er) Lesbians & Dykes. Head north to British Columbia, Canada from Sep. 5-8 to the Coast Plaza Hotel in the heart of Vancouver’s gay West End for some old-fashioned lesbian fun. Conference organizers Pat Hogan and Claire Robson created the event to counter ageism in the lesbian community and provide older women with a chance to celebrate queer visibility, female empowerment and the sharing of ideas.

Weekend events include a BOLD Film Festival, seminars, social events, workshops and a smoking-hot Butch & Femme Fashion Show. This year’s theme is Bold Humour, with comedians Karen Williams and Sheila Norgate. If you’re over 45 and loving life, BC’s BOLDFest is for you!

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EDEN Pacific Northwest

Take a chance with the first-ever EDEN Pacific Northwest festival, Oct. 3-6 in Seaside, Oregon. Producer and activist Christine De La Rosa has expanded on her EDEN San Francisco Pride parties to create this new getaway at one of the West Coast’s oldest beach getaways.

The festival, produced by EDEN Pride Events, along with PQ Monthly and The Seattle Lesbian, will offer live music by female performers, world-class female DJs, comedians and artists. Organizers are finishing up negotiations for the host hotel, and will post details about the event soon. "It’s been an interesting journey," said De La Rosa. "I always tell people, you think you’re starting something, and you think it’s one way but you never know where that path will take you."

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Winnie McCroy is the Women on the EDGE Editor, HIV/Health Editor, and Assistant Entertainment Editor for EDGE Media Network, handling all women's news, HIV health stories and theater reviews throughout the U.S. She has contributed to other publications, including The Village Voice, Gay City News, Chelsea Now and The Advocate, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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