Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Crawford, TX has a new Clothing Optional Retreat for Gay and Bi Men


(Crawford, TX, May 27, 2016) – A clothing-optional members-only retreat exclusively for gay & bi men – The Homestead at 3218 - has opened on a private farm in rural Crawford, Texas, near Waco.  Mark Mattlage and Rob Snowden, a gay couple for 36 years and married for the last two, created this new venue over the past year.  It had its grand opening on May 20th.

The first phase of the retreat covers about two acres and features a two-story pool house containing five fully-furnished rooms with full kitchens; an 18’ x 36’ swimming pool; onsite parking; and a Rec Center.  The latter is where all new and returning members check-in at the Reception Desk each time they visit.  The building provides members with a video and game lounge; drink vending machine; clothes lockers; personal items lockers; a steam room; large, open shower room and restroom facilities; a bunk room with six beds and lockers; seven hostel-style sleeping cubicles; and an outdoor patio surrounded by a high-fence.  The Rec Center also features a unique retro ‘60s “Summer of Love“-style room with individual dressing rooms painted in a dark purple color with beaded curtains, black lights, a disco ball and neon-color painted original wall graphics.

The retreat’s second phase, scheduled for completion later this summer, will encompass an additional three acres accommodating about fifteen RV/travel trailer pad sites with utility connections and a central waste dump station and approximately ten camp sites.  A third phase will transform an existing farm tool shed into a bar & grill serving three meals daily.  It should open by Summer 2017.

Mattlage and Snowden started planning their retreat after studying gay get-away venues – both clothing-optional and not – across North America.  They decided since nothing quite like their envisioned venue existed in Texas that they’d create it on a portion of the 187-acre farm they own in the Central Texas area near Waco.  Depending on how fast The Homestead at 3218 finds success, this married couple plans to add more member amenities beyond those offered in the first three phases of its development.


The Homestead at 3218 Canaan Church Rd., LLC, is a Texas limited liability company formed in 2015 for the sole purpose of operating The Homestead at 3218, a clothing-optional members-only gay and bi men’s retreat in rural Crawford, Texas.  Its managing members are married gay couple Mark Mattlage and Rob Snowden.

For more information, contact Rob Snowden via phone at (254) 486-0032 or via email at