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surrounded by opulance. (363 Cocoanut Row, Palm Beach, 561-659-5800) Grandview Gardens allows the traveler to choose their own luxury accommodations. Would you like a bed and breakfast experience or would you like to rent a vacation home? Grandview Gardens can help you with either c h o i c e . T h i s p ro p e r t y, b u i l t i n t h e Mediterranean style and dating from 1925, is impeccably designed and feels fancy, yet intimate and inviting. (1608 Lake Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-833-9023) The Residence Inn West Palm Beach Downtown/CityPlace is centrally located right in the heart of downtown West Palm Beach, within walking distance of nightclubs and CityPlace. Enjoy free WiFi in all rooms, as well as a complimentary breakfast served daily. With 95% of tourists pledging that they will stay at this hotel again, you can't beat the value that this downtown hotel offers. (455 Hibiscus St., West Palm Beach, 561-653-8100) Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham West Palm Beach was recently rated by TripAdvisor as the top hotel in all of West Palm Beach in terms of excellence and value. There are one and twobedroom suites, each with its own kitchenette. Other room amenities include free WiFi, flatpanel TVs, and plush bed linens. Stop by for social hour and enjoy a complimentary glass of beer or wine. Did I mention that it's less than a mile from the Palm Beach Outlets? (301 Lamberton Dr., West Palm Beach, 800-3370200)
WHERE TO PLAY The LGBT nightlife scene in the Palm Beaches is smaller than in Broward or Miami-Dade Counties. With that said, there are a few options to choose from in this area. Fort Dix (6205 Georgia Ave., West
Palm Beach) touts itself as host to the Palm Beaches' best drag shows. The Palm Beach Leathermen also meet here each month. H.G. Roosters (823 Belvedere Rd., West Palm Beach), established for over 30 years in the local community, hosts drag shows, karaoke, and Latin nights, to name a few. Roosters
Other LGBT-owned or LGBT-friendly bars and nightclubs along the Palm Beach and Treasure Coasts include Tattle Tails in Port Saint Lucie; Penny's at the Duke in Lantana; and The Mad Hatter in Lake Worth. Palm Beach County's LGBT ser vice organization, Compass, is located in Lake W o r t h . To f i n d o u t m o r e , v i s i t compassglcc.com. Compass has held a number of past events in the Palm Beaches, including at venues such as Club Colette in Palm Beach and the Harriet Himmel Theater in West Palm Beach. PrideFest of the Palm Beaches, the area's annual pride celebration, happens every March.
Pridefest of the Palm Beach
PrideFest of the Palm Beaches, the area's annual pride celebration which is organized by Compass, happens every March. This past year's event took place over two days, and all of the Palm Beach County gay bars came together to suppor t the event. The establishments sold tickets to the festivities, and the proceeds directly benefited Compass. The parade was held in downtown Lake Worth,