Catalina Park Inn Bed & Breakfast – Tucson Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 19th, 2018

Catalina Park Inn Bed & Breakfast - Tucson Gay Bed & Breakfast

Catalina Park Inn Bed & Breakfast opened in 1994 by Mark Hall and Paul Richard who continue to welcome guests visiting Tucson in their 21st season. The home was built in 1927 and retains many of the original details including all the beautiful Mexican mahogany woodwork. There is original artwork throughout the inn and surrounding desert gardens.

Leave your car at the inn and walk or take Tucson’s new Sunlink Streetcar light rail to the many restaurants, bars, and shops of Fourth Avenue, Congress Street and University Boulevard. When you are ready to tackle the many other sights to see in Tucson and the surrounding area access is a cinch as the inn just a mile from the highway.

If you are searching for an inn that offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere and not a “scene”, Catalina Park Inn may just be the ticket. The vibe is quiet and low key. Each of our five guest rooms has a private bath and many amenities including free Wi-Fi, Flat panel TV, DVD players, CD/AM/FM/iPod dock stereo, plush robes and super comfortable beds with high quality linens. On the main floor there is large living room for guests, and a Butlers Pantry with a guest fridge, glassware, ice, and a DVD library.

The inn’s clientele is varied and at the full breakfast served each morning in the dining room you might meet the parents of a UofA student, a guest lecturer or straight and gay tourists from anywhere in the world. It all adds up for lively and fun breakfast conversation.

Plan to stay in Tucson for a few days if you are able. There is much to see and the area offers magnificent natural beauty. Just a few of the sights you will want to check out are: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, The Saguaro National Monuments East and West, Mission San Xavier, Kartchner Cavers, Tombstone, Bisbee, The Pima Air and Space Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, Tohono Chul Park, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Mount Lemmon and so much more!

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Lesbian Cleveland – Go Girlfriend

Author: , March 19th, 2018

Lesbian Cleveland - pixabay

There’s a world-class city in Ohio on the southern shores of Lake Erie that blend the best of local hospitality, with some world-class facilities that allow some great weekend getaway possibilities. It’s no surprise with Cleveland’s uber-famous Rock & Roll Hall of fame that the music scene will be a vibrant bonanza! With a great music scene goes great drink and great food – perfect pairings for a night on the town.

Balancing the toe-tapping musical excitement are the quieter time activities for some conversation and simple relaxation – a picnic, the beaches, a spa, or an activity together. Our earlier post looked at some of the hotspots in Cleveland – Where to Eat, Sleep and Play. Pairing these together will open a world of weekend getaway possibilities.

The Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland’s greatest venue for catching some of the best up-and-coming indie rockers is the Beachland Ballroom’s specialty. Located in the artsy Waterloo Arts district, the space was once a Croatian Liberty Home, a social center for the large Slavic community in the area. While the space has remained largely the same with original design elements, signage and images from the 1950’s, the venue has become one of Cleveland’s most diverse live music venues with numerous shows throughout the week.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Galle Fort in Sri Lanka – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , March 19th, 2018

Galle Fort in Sri Lanka - Keep Calm and Wander

On my walking tour around Galle Fort, I was accompanied by Swiss friend I’ve never seen in a long time. We met and started our walking tour at the Clock Tower and ended it there, too. But before we burned calories and hardened our calves, we had our lunch first at the former Dutch Hospital. And we talked everything that happened in our lives since the last time we saw each other.

Galle Fort. It was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century but heavily fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 1988 for it shows a unique fusion of local and Dutch architectural traditions – that are still visible until today.

Multi-religious Community. You’d be surprise to know that people of all faiths live inside the fortress. You’ll see a mosque, a church and a temple within distance from each other.

Free Admission. I have been to may forts in my travels and this is the very first one that is open to the public and tourists – for free. Yay!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Oscar Wilde Tours – New York Gay Tour Operator

Author: , March 17th, 2018

Oscar Wilde Tours

Luxury guided tours focused on gay history. Exclusive experiences, including visits to places normally closed to the public and lectures by prominent gay authors and performers. Our 2014 tour follows Oscar Wilde’s life from Dublin to Paris. Gay Italy in 2015, Greece in 2016.

Oscar Wilde’s London and Paris 2018 – England, London: The Chesterfield Mayfair, 35 Charles St.

When: Custom Website: Click Here

This 9 day tour includes 4 nights in each city. See London and Paris a whole new way: these are not only Europe’s two great metropolises, they are also its two great *gay* metropolises. From Shakespeare to Stephen Fry, King Henri III to Yves St.-Laurent, gay people have had a huge role in both cities’ histories and cultures.
Let gay historian Dr. Andrew Lear and his staff of gay guides show you both cities from the gay perspective. We will have walking tours of neighborhoods with key roles in gay history, such as Bloomsbury and the Marais; gay tours of monuments and museums, such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Louvre; and excursions to places with fascinating gay histories, such as the Castle of Chenonceau and Bletchley Park, where gay hero Alan Turing broke the Nazi’s secret codes, helping to save the Western World.

A trip which combines fun, learning, and pride. Top-level 4 star hotels, excellent (often historic) restaurants: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 tea, 1 dinner.

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Aldrich Guest House – Galena Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 17th, 2018

Aldrich Guest House - Galena Gay Bed & Breakfast

At Galena’s Aldrich Guest House, we provide you with with luxurious surroundings coupled with professional and intuitive, yet unobtrusive, service. We have renewed the interior and decor to provide relevance in the 21st century yet maintain the inspiration of the origins of the house from 1845 by highlighting the architectural beauty and craftsmanship that put this house on the National Register of Historic Places – no doilies here!

We invite you to take advantage of all that this Galena mansion has to offer and make yourself at home. You are encouraged to walk through the nearly half acre of lawn and gardens, relax on the screened in porch, play games or enjoy wine and listen to music of your choosing in the parlor, or let us schedule a massage for you in the library.

Or maybe you would like to explore Galena and visit the historic sites, shop along Main Street, or see the wineries, distillery, or brewery. For those who enjoy the outdoors, kayak or canoe down the Galena River, walk or bike along the riverfront trail, cross country or downhill ski, or explore any of the nearby national and state parks. All of this is just a five minute walk from Aldrich Guest House and is waiting for you!

Whether it’s a getaway from the stress of the city, a romantic couple’s vacation, a friends or family reunion, a sightseeing adventure, or anything in between, Aldrich Guest House is your premier boutique bed and breakfast in Galena. We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon!

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“Two Summers on the Helen Marie” – Dolly Publishes a Book!

Author: , March 17th, 2018

Two Summers on the Helen Marie: Cruising the Inside Passage

We’re so excited for our friend Dolly – she just published her first book, a travel memoir:

I was a bit busy last week, so I did not get a chance to write a blog post; however, on March 1, I received the notice from Amazon that my book, “Two Summers on the Helen Marie: Cruising the Inside Passage”, had been accepted for publication.

The book is now available in paperback and Kindle editions on

I am very excited about this, as this is my first book to be published. Oh, yes, I am already working on another book about my adventures, which will be about traveling with Frank. That may turn out to be a hilarious comedy. At any rate, it will be interesting, especially for those of you who know us.

Today I want to post pictures and talk a little more about the first trip I had on the Helen Marie with my brother, Lee, and his wife, Rosey. I was not able to put pictures in the book. Well, I could have done that, but it would have raised the cost of production so much, I did not feel it was feasible. I am only going to write and post pictures today of the Alaska excursion, and on Friday, I will write a post and include pictures of the second trip, to British Columbia. There are just too many photos to try to include both trips in one post.

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at SOURCE

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Gay Vancouver – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 17th, 2018

Gay Vancouver - The Nomadic Boys

Greenpeace, Ryan Reynolds and Botox – what do they all have in common? They’re all from/invented in Vancouver!

This is Canada’s very cool city located right on the country’s far Western coast in the Province of British Columbia. The city is also famous for being extremely welcoming and accepting to everyone: we frequently saw many same sex couples walking the streets hand in hand all across town, and we definitely felt comfortable doing the same.

We loved the scene of gay Vancouver a lot, and have put together our guide of the best bars, clubs, events, hotels and more.

Vancouver Gay Village: Davie Street

Vancouver’s gay village, also known as the Davie Village, is the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community. It is based mainly along Davie Street between Jervis Street and Burrard Street. This is where the majority of the gay bars, clubs, fashion outlets, faces and saunas are. Although it’s not as big as the gay scene of Montreal or Toronto, it’s just as fun.

There is also a more bohemian area popular with the lesbian community of the city at Commercial Drive, called “The Drive” over in East Vancouver, which we did not visit so have not covered in this guide.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Kauai for Queer Families – 2TravelDads

Author: , March 16th, 2018

Kauai for Queer Families

Thanks to Jon Bailey from for sharing his families favorite semi-secret aka off the beaten path Kauai activities with kids. We love hearing from other dads, especially when it’s about a place on our bucket list that we’re hoping to visit in the coming year with our own kids. Thanks, Jon, for these great tips!

Finding off the beaten path Kauai isn’t difficult if you know where to look. Caves, waterfalls, shave ice and more are just off the road on the Garden Island of Hawaii. 2traveldads.comOur oldest daughter was just eight months old when we first took her to Kauai, and we’ve been back with her and her younger sister more than a dozen times since then. Now 16 and 14, the girls help us Dads plan the trip while hitting as many of our favorites as possible, and even after years of visiting we still have more of off the beaten path Kauai to enjoy.

We’ve done all the usual attractions, and the island is filled with many amazing ones definitely worth visiting. Hanalei Bay, Kilueah Lighthouse, Poipu Beach, Waipu Falls and many more gorgeous places will provide endless family fun and zillions of postcard-perfect photo layouts on the Garden Island. There are so many more parts of off the beaten path Kauai to explore, and that offer the more relaxed beauty that a local might experience.

1. Waimea Plantation Cottages

This sweet little hotel is located waaaaaay on the West Side of Kauai where people seldom venture, near the road where cars drive up the hill to reach Waimea Canyon State Park. Because it is away from most of the tourists sites, guess what… There are very few tourists at Waimea Plantation Cottages! It’s a collection of historic sugar plantation cottages, moved from other locations to this tranquil spot on beachside of the island, making it very much an off the beaten path Kauai destination.

Although not a swimmable beach, the long walks and sunsets are epic. And did I mention there are few tourists here? The sign of a good place is when Hawaiians come from other islands to vacation at this place, which is just what we’ve discovered about Kauai and the Waimea Plantation Cottages. At the Cottages, BBQs are included, along with working kitchens and lots of kitch, so it’s perfect Hawaii.

Gay France: Romance on the Loire – Passport Magazine

Author: , March 16th, 2018

Gay Paris - Loire River

It’s the late afternoon, and my partner Jason and I are running in circles in the tower of Le Château d’Ussé. We’re desperately trying to see it all before our tour bus pulls away without us. Golden French light flashes through the slit embrasures making it feel like we’re inside a slide projector. Each window reveals glimpses of the Loire River Valley. Out one, we see still-blossoming fields of lavender blanket the ground and the wind blows the purple flora as if it’s the fur of an animal. I shout Jason’s name as he disappears around a corner. Another window frames a lazy creek alongside French manicured gardens.

Twisting and turning, I see Jason’s hand glide against the cool white bricks. Out another, a man is carrying a barrel of wine while his Briard companion follows him into the wine caves. At the end of the corridor, I find Jason leaning against a heavy wooden door.

Pushing him aside, I peer through the glass windows crisscrossed with wrought iron. Inside is a recreation of the famous Sleeping Beauty. Laying in a white dress on a four-post bed, Aurora sleeps under the witch’s spell. Green disco lights fill the room adding a bizarrely creepy effect. Like looking through sunglasses at the sun, the small window behind refracts a blinding light on the window. Looking over her, the prince moves in for that kiss to end the curse.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport

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Gay Travel Guide to West Sweden – Out Magazine

Author: , March 15th, 2018

West Sweden

Gothenburg may not offer the grandeur of Stockholm, but what this seafaring city lacks in pomp it compensates for in charm, from its many parks and gardens — there are 274 square meters of green space for every citizen — to its queer-friendly vibe: For West Pride, the city is decorated annually with 1,000 rainbow flags that flap and flutter high over churches, schools, and government buildings.

It’s also a dining mecca, with its Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Sjömagasinet, housed in a 1775 wooden structure on the waterfront, and Norda Bar & Grill in the Clarion Hotel, a major supporter of 2018 EuroPride, which takes place this summer in Stockholm and Gothenburg over two separate weeks (July 27-August 5 in Stockholm, and August 14-19 in Gothenburg). There’s plenty to keep you occupied in this cheery northern metropolis, but you’d be denying yourself one of life’s great pleasures if you didn’t use it as nature intended: as a stepping stone for a trip up Sweden’s bewitching West Coast.

First though, do as the natives do, and make time for a fortifying fika in Gothenburg. There’s no shortage of choices to enjoy a strong coffee and pastry, but on a sunny morning, sitting in the courtyard outside Da Matteo (Magasinsgatan 17) is heaven. The strong, ethically-sourced coffee pairs equisitely with the caramom buns baked on the premises. At weekends, a spread (shown above) of breads, jellies, and cheese is laid out for customers to craft their own feast. Sated and caffeinated, you are ready to start your west coast adventure.

By Aaron Hicklin – Full Story at Out Magazine

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