I have had the privilege of attending many different transgender events over the years. I've gone to big conferences, getaway weekends, and events that fall somewhere in-between. There are events like this all over the US, and in many parts of the world. If you think there's not something near you, think again (and then get to Google-ing "TG events YourState")!
Of course, some areas have more options than others. I feel fortunate in New England that not only are there so many options for going out in public and more options opening up every day. We have several TG conferences including First Event, and fantastic regularly scheduled club nights (I'm looking at Tiffany Leigh and Triangles specifically). I've taken people to mainstream restaurants and clothing stores and local parks with no incident. And I'm very thankful that I live in an area that there are all these great options and resources to point people towards.
However! We have a gap in the getaway-weekend department.
There is so much to be gained from conference seminars, but after going to several, some people have gleaned as much as they are going to, and want an event where they can really focus on the social aspect of the event. That is where getaway weekends come in; roughly the same span as a conference, the focus is totally different. Think of it as a vacation organized with a bunch of friends you haven't quite met yet.
Over the last two years, I've considered many different locations to host a Thursday through Sunday event, and have finally decided on Ogunquit, Maine. Activities I'm looking at include a scenic sailboat cruise, a show at the Ogunquit Playhouse, the Museum of American Art, and a trip to the Kittery Outlets. I haven't quite decided on timing yet (currently Fall 2015 seems the best), but hopefully I will nail down a weekend soon. When I do, it will be posted here!