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Rhode Islander and first "Survivor "champ Richard Hatch made going naked on national TV look easy. Of course, parading around in the buff on a remote island in front of seven fellow castaways you met a week or so ago (and a few pesky cameramen) is one thing. Heading for less-than-tropical New England to take it all off in front of dozens of total strangers is another.
Still, whether you're a seasoned nudist or you've wanted to experience the freedom of clothing optional recreation for the first time, New England does offer a number of campgrounds, resorts and inns that cater to the less than fully clothed.
Definitely call ahead to make reservations and to inquire about policies (most don't allow cameras, for example, and some require membership). The nudist season in New England is largely limited to the summer months, but you will find a few options for indoor nude vacationing in the colder months, as well.
Warning: While you will not find any nude photos on this site, once you follow a link from this guide to one of the featured nudist resorts, you may see pictures of naked people. If nudity offends you, please proceed with caution.
Abbott's Glen Clothing Optional Inn & Nudist Resort: Jacksonville, Vermont
This southern Vermont inn and campground is one of the few New England properties that offer year-round nude getaways. A restored barn with a wood fire, Club SugarShack Clothing Optional Dance Club open to the public on Friday and Saturday evenings, hot tub, and restaurant is the place to be in the winter (although nude ice skating, sledding, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are options). Come summer, enjoy the scenic, 50-acre property's pond, river, waterfall and orchard. The Ledges nude swimming area is 10 minutes away. Day rates are available to guests who want to stop by for a nude fall hike or winter snowshoe followed by a relaxing hot tub soak. There is no requirement or pressure to get naked, making this the ideal destination for first-timers.
Berkshire Vista Nudist Resort: Hancock, Massachusetts
This nude resort and RV campground welcomes nude recreation newbies and offers a sunning lawn, pool deck and solar heated pool, hot tubs, sauna, free WiFi, game room, children's playground, hiking trails, pool bar and grill, tennis, table tennis, a clubhouse with a restaurant, DJ dances and live bands on holiday weekends. The resort is open May 1 through Columbus Day.
Cedar Waters Village Nudist Park: Nottingam, New Hampshire
Established in 1950, Cedar Waters Village claims the title of New England's largest private nudist park. The 350-acre, wooded property with a 20-acre lake offers privacy and recreational possibilities including sunbathing, swimming, sailing, fishing, canoeing, windsurfing, tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard and horseshoes. Facilities include a sauna bath, hot tubs, hot showers, tenting and RV sites, rental cabins, a chapel, a clubhouse and a lakeside restaurant open on weekends.
Coventry Club & Resort: Milton, Vermont
Open May through late September, this nudist resort in the Champlain Valley region of Vermont offers tent and RV camping options, or stay in a rental cabin. The property is situated on a 50-acre scenic lake and has its own nude beach. Themed social events are held most Saturday evenings.
Dyer Woods Nudist Campground: Foster, Rhode Island
Celebrating its 55th season in 20, Dyer Woods is a family-oriented nudist campground located on the site of an old, 200-acre farm. "You have nothing to lose but your hangups," is their advice to first-time visitors. Facilities include a grassy sunbathing area, a filtered swimming pond, wood-fired sauna, walking trails and more. Rentals are available for those who do not have their own tent, camper or RV. Day visitors are also welcome. In the winter, special events are scheduled and open to all.
Richmond Sauna and Captain's House: Richmond, Maine
For just $10 per day, you'll have access to this clothing-optional recreation spot's heated outdoor pool and sunbathing areas. Just leave your inhibitions at home and bring a towel! Open year-round, this Maine woods hideaway also offers a wood-fired sauna, hot tub and overnight lodging for additional fees. Four guest rooms are available in the Federal-style 1831 captain's house or you can reserve the two-room efficiency apartment.
Sandy Terraces Associates Family Nudist Campground: Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
Want to experience Cape Cod sans clothing? This secluded, seasonal, 10-acre campground is located near the Cape Cod National Seashore. Tent or RV sites can be reserved, and day rates are also available. Facilities feature a green beach near the heated, nude-only swimming pool, as well as a sandy beach with a sunning deck on the pond. A paddle boat and canoes are available for guests' use. Other amenities include barbecue grills, tennis courts, a grass volleyball court, pickleball, corn hole and a large pavilion with a fire pit, where events are held throughout the season.
Solair Family Nudist Resort: Woodstock, Connecticut
Solair in Connecticut's northeast "Quiet Corner" is one of the oldest continually operating nudist/naturist facilities in the United States. Established in 1935, the 360-acre property offers a variety of rustic accommodations options from April into October, plus the Naked Turtle Cafe. You'll find a busy schedule of weekend events such as the 5K Color Run, Young Naturist Weekend and Bare Birthday Bash, plus dinners and dances. With an emphasis on family-friendly vacations, Solair offers a library, bare bike trails, tennis, shuffleboard, volleyball, a sandy pond beach, a pool and naked shopping in the camp store. Introductory rates are available for those who want to give nude vacationing a try.
Sun Ridge Nudist Resort: Sterling, Connecticut
Open early May through the fourth Sunday in September and catering primarily to adult couples, Sun Ridge Resort offers campsites and rentals that are available by the night, week or month. Day admission is also an option. Recreational amenities include a no-clothes-allowed heated swimming pool, hot tub, a sand volleyball court, tennis courts, billiard tables and more. Located in southeastern Connecticut near both the Rhode Island and Massachusetts borders, this nude recreation destination provides proximity to many regional attractions including the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, where you can't go nude, although you can lose your shirt.
Juniper Woods: Catskill, New York
Located less than an hour from the Massachusetts state line in neighboring New York State, Juniper Woods is a 65-acre, family-oriented nudist camping retreat in the scenic Catskill Mountains. Want a vacation that's car-optional as well as clothing-optional? They'll pick you up at the Hudson train station.