LAS VEGAS, Nevada — Tonight marks the final night of business for the Blue Moon Gay Men’s Resort in Las Vegas.
The clothing-optional resort’s affable owner, John Hessling, made the announcement Tuesday night on the hotel’s Facebook page:
It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that as of Wednesday October 15th, Blue Moon Resort will close it’s doors for good.
It has been a long and wonderful 12 year run. I’ve met some fantastic people along way and had many wonderfully supportive customers. And for that I am eternally grateful. Your happiness was truly my happiness.
Sadly due to circumstances beyond my control I have to close my doors.
At this point, I don’t know what my future holds, but wherever I land, I look forward to having you all as part of it.
Thank you to the Las Vegas Community and thank you to the Bears of Las Vegas for all your support.
Blue Moon Resort — at Blue Moon Gay Men’s Resort
The gay resort was a popular getaway location for gay men from San Diego, Palm Springs, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other parts of the world. It’s spacious pool area included a hot tub grotto, a waterfall and a steam room. Weekends were typically busy with sun worshipers, many of whom chose to tan without their clothes.
The news brought an outpouring of comments on Facebook and concerns for Hessling. They included:
Michael Brandon: Oh noooo! I hope you are OK John. Hugs and tugs, Michael Brandon
Kirk Goodrich: Thank you for everything you have done for our community John. You opened and ran an awesome business. I wish nothing but the best for you in the future and know you will be successful in whatever path you take! All my love.
Justin Kramer Schulz: The best vacation I ever had was at the Blue Moon. Thank you for the wonderful memories that will last a lifetime!!!
Jason Harmon: The best place to stay in Vegas. Hands down the most fun I had there every time.
Rich Ripples: John, I’m almost at a loss for words. Everytime I visited you guys there I’ve always had a ball, or two. Lol! But in all seriousness, I’m so sorry to hear this news. I’m so glad I was able to go to the last Lucky Bear Weekend there. Whatever the future holds, count me in when the new venture begins. Your a smart, save businessman and a sweet man, you’ll always have my business.
Bob Bellis: John, whatever you do in the future, you will kick ass! I stayed at Blue Moon a few times, but the most memorable was my wedding night, thanks to you. I’m looking forward to what you do next!
Tommy Fontenot: The end of an era… I have so many good memories with my friends.. Damn, now where to get hamburgers on a Sunday ? The Las Vegas gay community lost on of its friendliest businesses.