The Worthington Guesthouse (543 N. Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale) has been welcoming tourists from all over the world ever since they opened back in 2000. It’s the largest gay-owned clothing-optional resort in the United States, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular with gay men from Florida and all points beyond. Just one look at the beautiful courtyard area and you will fall in love.
There are six different kinds of guest rooms, all equipped with the latest amenities and creature comforts. Take one step outside your room and you can make friends very quickly. Have a beverage and lounge around with your newfound friends in any of the three clothing-optional pools and two large hot tubs. This is a resort that welcomes all types of men with open arms. You’ll feel right at home at The Worthington.
I spoke with owner Jim Durhan and asked him a little bit about what makes The Worthington such a special place.
What sets The Worthington apart from other guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale?
The atmosphere and the employees. We’re laid-back, kind of with a Key West vibe. It’s a place where you can kick back and forget about all your worries.
How do you ensure people have the best stay possible?
We appreciate people’s business, so we try to make them feel as comfortable and natural as possible. If they need something, we make sure it’s taken care of. Most of our clientele have stayed here before; they keep coming back and they love it. Our employees have been here for many years and it’s just like a family.
What do you love most about The Worthington?
I love coming to work each day because I get to meet great people from all over the world. Even after 15 years, I love starting a new day at work each morning, meeting new guests, showing them good places to eat, having a beer with them, all of that. They’re all like my friends.
The Worthington Guesthouse’s rates are changing in time for the summer season, effective June 1: $120 per night for a guest room, $140 for a deluxe, $160 for a junior suite and $180 for a one-bedroom suite. If you stay three nights, the fourth night is 50% off. To place your reservation, visit theworthington.com or call (954) 563-6819.