Across the globe, the month of June increasingly is celebrated as Pride Month, during which a rainbow of myriad special events unfolds. With WorldPride -- an international conclave devoted to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues -- convening for the first time in New York City this year, all eyes are on the Big Apple, but parties and parades will stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
A number of hotels across the country have stepped up to offer special Pride packages, including the following.
Boston: The XV Beacon
This year marks the 49th annual Pride Festival in Boston, which will include a parade on June 8 (nearly 750,000 spectators cheered the 55,000 marchers last year) and multiple block parties taking place throughout the city.
Just steps from Boston's parade route, the 63-room XV Beacon is welcoming guests with its Preferred Pride package highlighting amenities like an in-room complimentary bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberry assortment.
The XV Beacon prides itself as being one of a group of independently owned and operated hotels that are either Travel Advocacy Group-approved or members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travelers Association.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa
For those looking to celebrate Pride Month south of the border, the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa offers a full slate of ways to rest, relax and rejuvenate while marking the occasion.
Nestled on a sandy strip of beach between the Sierra Madre Mountains and Banderas Bay, the 433-room hotel features a Pride & Joy/Pridefully Ever After package that includes complimentary snacks and a bottle of wine upon arrival, as well as a breakfast for two, a guide to all things LGBTQ in the area and a complimentary massage at the resort's Ohtli Spa.
Puerto Vallarta is known as one of the most LGBTQ-friendly destinations in the world thanks to its "gay-centric" nightlife, saunas and boathouses, day cruises, welcoming beaches, and a variety of themed tours and events.
San Fransisco: Hilton Union Square
On June 29-30, San Francisco's Pride celebration will go into hyperdrive with 10+ city blocks transformed into designated areas like the Queer Youth Space and Leather Alley. The massive Pride parade on Sunday, June 30, will have seemingly everyone in town cheering on the sidelines.
Just steps from the parade path, the 1,921-room Hilton Union Square is featuring a PRIDE Bed & Breakfast package that includes two complimentary breakfasts for each night's stay. Centrally located, the property is just steps from a host of theaters, shops, restaurants, jazz clubs, museums, speakeasies and more.
New York City: Grand Hyatt New York
The nexus of the world's Pride celebration is New York City. This year, the city is hosting more than 50 official and partner events throughout the month, stretching from Central Park to the East Village and culminating with the mammoth NYC Pride March on June 30, expected to draw some 3 million people. Nearly 30 hotels are offering special Pride packages with perks like discounted rates, hosted art-gallery tours, culinary treats and more.
As one of the premium hotel partners of NYC Pride, Hyatt is offering 20 percent off final booking costs at its various locations across Manhattan to groups using the code "PRIDE" at checkout. On East 49th Street right by Grand Central Station, the 1,298-room Grand Hyatt New York put visitors in the middle of all the action and within walking distance of some of the area's best dining and attractions.
According to Hyatt, "Our guests come in all different sexual orientations and gender identities, and we are committed to caring for all of them so that they can be at their best. No matter who you are or who you love, we invite you to stay as you are."
Aruba: Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Certified in good standing by the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association, the 411-room Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino helps travelers enjoy Pride Month from its perch overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
The resort's Pride in Paradise package means guests automatically are upgraded to the adults-only Tradewinds Club, complete with private check-in, a reserved beach area, complimentary F&B offerings and more. Other perks include a privately catered dinner on the room's balcony, a complimentary bottle of champagne, a reserved cabana at the adults-only pool and a romantic sunset sail for two. In the surrounding area you can find various sporting events, island excursions and fun nightlife including gay-friendly bars like 7 Aruba.
Philadelphia: The Logan
The City of Brotherly Love stages a number of parades during Pride Month, most originating or winding up in the city's "Gayborhood" district and/or riverfront plaza at Penn's Landing. Look for lots of street entertainment, pop-up shops and food set along streets decked in rainbow-hued signs and banners.
Close to all the action, The 391-room Logan has a special All You Need is Love package for visitors desirous of watching or marching in the city's largest Pride parade, which takes place on June 9. Guests receive complimentary plush robes, a private mixology class, a 50-minute couples massage, in-room cocktail flights, brunch and a conveniently late checkout time.
Portland, Ore: The Hotel Zags Portland
One of the biggest pride-related events in the Pacific Northwest, the annual Portland Pride Waterfront Festival (June 15-16) focuses on the history and accomplishments of the LGBTQ community.
For the most Portland experience possible, the 174-room Hotel Zags, a boutique property new to the downtown scene, provides an on-site Adventure Advisor to guide guests some of the city's hidden gems. The hotel's special Daily Grind package includes discounted accommodations and a $25 credit on F&B.
Curaçao: Floris Suite Hotel & Spa
Those who can't celebrate in June can still enjoy an annual celebration of love and acceptance at Curaçao’s own Pride Festival, which takes place at the 72-room Floris Suite Hotel & Spa every September.
"Curaçao is known for being one of the most the gay-friendly islands in the Caribbean," notes the resort's online LGBTQ section. "The island breaths the live-and-let-live atmosphere and is therefore the most popular Caribbean island amongst gay and lesbian travelers."
Each Friday evening during the month, the hotel’s Rainbow Lounge, created especially for LGBT guests, comes alive as travelers of all races, backgrounds and sexualities come together to mix, mingle and make new friends while enjoying cocktails and food.