Pack Light for Nudists Convention

Site selection is relatively cut and dried for the American Association for Nude Recreation, based in Kissimmee, Fla. It's either at a clothing-optional resort or it's not an option. Fortunately for the AANR, there are 267 nude resorts in the United States and Canada, including Glen Eden Sun Club, Corona, Calif., site of the 2004 convention.

AANR expects about 1,000 people to attend the annual convention in August, says Carolyn Hawkins, public relations coordinator at AANR, so the resort has to have the meeting space to accommodate a fairly large group and have adequate recreational facilities.

Recreation is indeed the focus of AANR, which was established in 1931 and boasts 50,000 members, so ample swimming, tennis, volleyball, horseshoes, hiking, horseback riding, and other amenities are a must. But there is also an educational and business component to the meeting, says Hawkins, and yes, these indoor sessions are clothing optional too. “If it's chilly, like an air-conditioned room, then some prefer to have a T-shirt on, but basically these folks are nudists and they want to be nude,” says Hawkins. “Nude when possible, clothes when practical.”

While the resorts have rooms, space is limited so some guests of the annual meeting must stay at nearby hotels, where clothing is required for all guests. The AANR has yet to run into any problems at local hotels. In fact, says Hawkins, they are very receptive and usu-ally give the association special group rates.