My Paradise Valley Adventure
I headed to the Valley last Saturday to meet up with some of The Sex Scholars.

Even though I’ve been in Georgia for quite a long time, I had never been to Paradise Valley, a clothing-optional resort 1 hour north of Atlanta. My BFF, Coco, and I headed to the Valley last Saturday to meet up with some of The Sex Scholars. She had been there more than a few times, so she gave me a tour of the whole place.


Lots of people, but plenty of space for all


There was everything from property that you could purchase to little huts you could rent out to a motel to stay the night. They had three different pools and a couple of bars to purchase drinks.

There were a lot of people there: not too much where you can’t move, but good enough to be social and have some space in the pool to relax. It was a really hot day and I desperately needed some shade. I was also dehydrated from the night before, so I took the first half of the day to rehydrate and get acclimated to the scene. My BFF had already seen people she knew, so she started chatting with them and getting to know some of the other patrons.


Making new friends


I decided to get out of the pool (they’re saltwater!) and get in a chair in some shade and catch up on my book (Vonnegut’s Cat’s Cradle). However, as soon as I did that, people started coming up to me and talking to me about what it’s like to be there. Soon enough, I knew I was ready for a drink, so Coco and I headed to the bar for some drinks.

After a couple of drinks, we met up with more and more people who kept introducing themselves to us. For whatever reason, we attracted a lot of attention and once they found out that I teach about sex, it was a wrap. Of course, I got all sorts of inquiries and we even met some new fun friends who bought us a ton of drinks.

As the drinks flowed, the easier it was getting to know people and we had about 10 instant friends who we are still keeping in touch with!


Food, drinks, dancing, and lots of new naked friends


There were so many things going on (they had a whole day agenda!) that we almost missed our complimentary dinner! We had a wide range of food to choose from and we gorged ourselves and soaked up a lot of the alcohol we had ingested. We thought about heading to their dance party and late-night breakfast, but the sun had definitely drained us.




Overall, we had a blast and I highly recommend you go to Paradise Valley. They let you in free for the first time, so don’t be shy to discover a new kind of lifestyle! Once you get naked with a stranger, it can only get better from there!

Marla Stewart

Marla Renee Stewart, MA is a professional sex, intimacy and relationship coach and sex educator. Not only is she a lecturer at Clayton State University, she is also the co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference and the Sexual Liberation Collective. Gaining her reputation for being "The Sex Architect", she created Velvet Lips to empower people of all ages to embrace, educate and enjoy their sexuality and their sexual lives. She has studied human sexuality for more than 16 years at San Francisco State University and Georgia State University, respectively, and has expert knowledge in a wide variety of subjects. She has published academic articles and continues to do sexuality research. She has conducted workshops at conferences, not-for-profit and private organizations, as well as universities in the Atlanta area. She has been featured on many radio shows, documentaries, books, magazines and has been invited to speak at Universities around the country. She also sits on the board for the Atlanta Harm Reduction Coalition and SPARK Reproductive Justice Now!
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