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And now for something completely different: a pride event not soused in vodka and Coors Light, but one rung in with the clink of wine glasses. Harnassing the sell-out support that drove their Napa Valley Gay Train dinner event, Out In The Vineyard (OutInTheVineyard.com) presents a first-ever Gay Wine Weekend June 17-19 in Sonoma, California to celebrate Pride month and benefit Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. Organizers have three full days of LGBT events on tap, world-class wine and epicurean delights, music and dancing at a private estate vineyard, plus exclusive tastings and excursions that have made this area of rolling hills and picturesque hollows a premier destination just 45-minutes north of the Bay Area.
And although there are host hotels offering stellar rates, something that's always intrigued me about wine country living, is well, the living part—specifically what it'd be like to have a villa of my own. Now's the time: BeautifulPlaces (Beautiful-Places.com), one of the world's premier letting agents, is offering freebies and VIP discounts to the event when you stay at one of its 20-plus properties in the Sonoma area.
Book a stay of three of more nights at places holding four to 14 people and receive complimentary tickets for each person to the Twilight T-Dance signature event—think boogieing down amidst the vines of Atwood Ranch with gourmet food trucks serving dim sum, Mexican, salads and raw oysters, with world-class pours from 10 area wineries—a $75 value per ticket. Or guests can receive $50 off VIP All Access passes ($245 with discount) which garner a special 2-hour pre-dance reception as well as entrance to a weekend kick-off VIP reception at host hotel MacArthur Place Resort, Gay Comedy Night featuring Judy Tenuta, and a Big Gay Brunch and Wine Auction benefit at El Dorado Kitchen.
For more info on the Gay Wine Weekend, click here. And to check out villas, head to Beautiful-Places.com then call 800-495-9961 to book by Friday, June 10.Valid for stays of 3 or more nights during the week of the event. Additional minor restrictions apply.
Check out our Napa Valley Travel Guide and Wine Country 101 primer for general trip-planning info. Show even more pride at these other early season festivals.