Gay and lesbian travelers, singly or in pairs, will feel right at home in Provincetown, a world-renowned gay vacation capital. They should also feel comfortable wandering farther afield. This is a sophisticated, semi-urban population, and you'll rarely encounter an overtly bigoted innkeeper, shopkeeper, or restaurateur. If you do, report them to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 1 Ashburton Pl., Room 601, Boston, MA 02108 (tel. 617/727-3990).

To avoid unpleasant situations, read between the lines of promotional literature ("fun for the whole family" may mean not much fun for you), or be blunt in stating your expectations (for example, "It will be for me and my partner, [name goes here], and we'd like a queen bed, if possible"). The descriptions of each establishment listed in this guide should give some idea of their suitability and compatibility.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.