The Federal-style Captain’s House, tucked at the end of a narrow walkway, is a bed-and-breakfast with 12 rooms that was long a destination for gay men. From the 1970s until the early ’90s, it was owned by Claude Marc Belair — a French Canadian “who went by the name of Marc because he hated the way Americans pronounced Claude,” Len Paoletti said. Until the 2012 season, under the owner Michael Stetto, it was geared especially to “bears”; typically hirsute, heavier set men whose appearance and demeanor is consciously the opposite of the hairless, lithe gay archetype. The new owners are Peter Bullis and Mauricio Zuleta. “It no longer caters to just bears and gay men, but it’s for everyone,” Bullis told me in 2012. “The name will stay the same.”
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