These American hotels welcome cannabis tourists
Though cannabis is legal in many cities around the U.S., it’s often still illegal to use cannabis products in public. For tourists, this poses a problem because many accommodations, including hotels and vacation rentals, have rigid no-smoking policies. But Gallup’s annual consumption survey showed that 48 percent of American adults had tried cannabis and 16 percent of adults consume regularly. Hospitality groups, motel managers, and owners of B&Bs around the country are figuring out how to cater to these adults without violating indoor smoking regulations or ostracizing guests who don’t want to be around weed smoke.
These American hotels are figuring out how to welcome cannabis-curious guests, and they each offer unique amenities for tourists.
In East Portland, between the skate park and the climbing gym, sits the Jupiter Hotels, two boutique spaces across the street from one another. The Original Jupiter has been welcoming cannabis tourists for years, I remember running into their representatives at a craft cannabis fair in 2017. Back when most hospitality brands were changing hotel rules, explicitly prohibiting cannabis consumption on-site, the Jupiter Hotel was building a cannabis package for guests. As a perk of their stay, Jupiter hotel guests can enjoy 10% off at participating local dispensaries and get a discounted ticket for the Potlandia Tour for a locally-infused experience. This hotel (and a few more) were listed in our past coverage of 420-friendly accommodations. Check those out after reading these new additions to the list.
Melody’s Place Lodging
Massachusetts visitors can stop in at Melody’s Place, a charming pink 1860 Victorian home that has been welcoming visitors for 21 years. Cannabis use is allowed on private decks off of two rooms, and those in rooms without a deck can enjoy their weed on the porch. If they prefer a short walk, there is a hill on the property to pass a joint while enjoying the view. Melody spoke with GreenState on the phone about opening up the space to guests who use cannabis; she described cannabis tourists as some of her best visitors.
Clarendon Hotel & Spa
Industry veterans could have memories of after-parties at The Clarendon. Now they offer packages and spa services catered to a cannabis-friendly clientele. The boutique hotel has a wing reserved for cannabis-friendly rooms; over in the Elevations Lounge, local members and guests can enjoy their buds, vapes, or edibles. In the lounge, guests can rent smoking devices and vapes so tourists no longer have to worry about gathering the necessary accoutrement to enjoy their bud. Vapes are allowed in outdoor smoking areas, but guests must keep smoking products indoors while tobacco use is prohibited in all rooms. The Clarendon also features the Lazy Bee Spa, which offers CBD add-ons to any service.
Red Rocks concertgoers can unwind post-show at nearby Arrowhead Manor, a cannabis-friendly inn. The bed and breakfast advertises as ideal for adults, so leave the kids at home for a romantic getaway and enjoy the mountain views. Guests can legally and safely stay at the luxury inn and get shuttled safely to and from the Amphitheatre; a designated driver is included in your stay. Guests can order delivery from Chronic Courier with a lowered delivery charge and enjoy cannabis smoking products on designated balconies rather than in their rooms.
Aldrich Guest House
Illinois has strict indoor smoking laws, and as such, no hotel, B&B, or Inn allows smoking inside rooms, lobbies, or lounges. That said, Aldrich Guest House welcomes cannabis tourists. Guests can grab the key for “The Potting Shed,” a tiny house with food and entertainment accommodations. It is ok to vape inside but to follow the state laws, any combustion (aka lighting herb on fire) must move out to the Shed’s back porch. The Alrich provides clean glass pipes, one-hitters, and papers for those who need them. This inn is the only place to stay that allows cannabis consumption in Illinois, but any other illicit substances and tobacco are strictly prohibited.
The Patterson Inn
Visitors can stay in this national landmark in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of the “Mile High City.” The historic building was originally commissioned in 1891 by a merchant and experimental plant breeder. The Patterson Inn has been cannabis-friendly since its acquisition by The 420 Hotels Inc., but smoking in rooms is prohibited. In recent news, The Patterson has been seeking licensing for a lounge where guests could light up. They are currently at the stage of designing a lounge HVAC system suitable for city regulators. Chiari described the lounge as having a “steampunk vibe” in a recent interview with Westword. The 420 Hotels group is currently crowdfunding the endeavor.
Coming Soon: The Lexi
Las Vegas, NV
Elevations Hotels and Resorts is pursuing cannabis tourists with its latest venture in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lexi is now taking reservations for a Spring launch, and the entire fourth floor is cannabis-friendly. The hotel is just off-strip and features Vegas favorites like a fine dining steakhouse, intimate entertainment concepts, and a European-style pool experience. Self-described as “small and cheeky”, we look forward to seeing this new location open to the public.
Cannabis tourism is one of the slowest-moving pieces of the legalization and normalization movements. But the hospitality industries in each legal state are taking steps towards welcoming this new type of customer. With consumption on the rise, more curious tourists may be interested in seeing cannabis offerings beside pamphlets of local national parks and local restaurants upon check-in.
Cara Wietstock is Senior Content Producer of GreenState.com and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.