Swinging, sometimes called wife-swapping, husband-swapping, or partner-swapping, is a sexual activity in which both singles and partners in a committed relationship sexually engage with others for recreational purposes (thanks, Wikipedia!).
According to a 2018 report from the National Institutes of Health, a 2012 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior suggested that roughly 4% of adults in the US engage in consensual nonmonogamy. To put that into perspective, the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau determined there were 258.3 million adults living in the U.S. 4% of that is a little over 10 million.
10 million swingers in the U.S. alone. They’re everywhere, y’all. 😉
Swingers use a variety of techniques to find their fellow swingers. There are swingers’ clubs, parties and conventions. And if you ever saw an upside-down pineapple on a cabin door of a cruise ship, guess who’s probably in that cabin? 😉 The pineapple thing has actually caused some non-swingers to be mistakenly identified as swingers. Whoopsie!
So when we were looking for hotels for our upcoming trip to New York City, and I discovered the Staypineapple Hotel, you know what went through my mind right? Because of course, it did.
As it turns out, Staypineapple is not a swingers’ hotel. It’s a distinctive collection of ten boutique hotels that provide stylish and one-of-a-kind accommodations in Boston, Chicago, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and the aforementioned New York.
As it turns out, the “pineapple” part represents hospitality from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Due to its seemingly exotic qualities and rareness, the pineapple soon became a symbol of hospitality in early America. Because trade routes between America and Caribbean Islands were often slow and perilous, it was considered a significant achievement from a host to procure a ripe pineapple for guests.
So, nope, it is not made by or for swingers. However, Staypineapple does have its own “thing.” They call it The Naked Experience. From Staypineapple:
- FRESH – EVERYTHING that touches you is freshly-laundered. Sleep naked, it’s that clean.
- CLOUD-LIKE – Cloud-like European-style individual duvets, so you don’t fight over the covers.
- ENHANCE – Designed to enhance your “something” quotient. Whatever that “something” is for you.
- RESTFUL – Restful bliss so you wake up on the Pineapple side of the bed.
- THIRSTY – Wrap yourself with big thirsty towels. All the way around.
COZY – Signature lightweight, cozy robes so you don’t answer the door naked.
They even made a video about it…
So nope, no swingers. But sleeping naked is encouraged.
I don’t think we’ll be staying there in New York, only because there will be 2 of us and the double rooms look teeny tiny. But if I was going as a single? I’d definitely check it out.
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