Jodi Picoult

Author: , January 27th, 2015

Jodi Picoult! New Hampshire resident, Jodi Picoult, http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is the bestselling author of twenty-one novels and her Palace Theatrelast seven novels, including THE STORYTELLER, her most recent, have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Don’t miss the show February 6th. 

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms.

Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Frank Santos Jr

Author: , January 27th, 2015

Frank Santos Jr. Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as hypnotist/comedian Frank Santos Jr. Palace Theatrehttp://glynnhouse.com/events makes them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. Limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic and unique show that you will never forget! Don’t miss the show February 7th.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms.

Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Lesbian Travel: Dickenson Bay Beach, Antigua

Author: , January 26th, 2015

Dickenson Bay, AntiguaDickenson Bay is the most accessible and conveniently located beach on the island and if you’re hunting for the fully loaded resort beach experience, it’s the perfect choice. From swimming to cove explorations, yacht sailing to snorkeling, kayaking, wind surfing and scuba diving, Dickenson Bay has it all. Get here early when the beach is least busy to snag a good spot. Warm yourself in the sun, cool down in the water and enjoy all that surrounds you as you indulge in life on this busy beach.

Feast your eyes on a wide pallet of colors offered on the bay by catamarans, beach umbrellas, sailboats, jet skis, speedboats and brightly dressed tourists. Do some light souvenir shopping as you stroll kiosks run by the locals or savor Caribbean food and drinks at Pepperz n’ Lime, Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar, Tony’s Watersports and Bar, The Blue Pineapple Restaurant and Bar or Bay House Restaurant and Bar.

Meander over to St Mary’s Street or High Street in St. John’s for upscale, boutique shopping or to Redcliffe Quay or Heritage Quay for stores that offer more authentic Caribbean merchandise.

By Angela Braun – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Antigua Gay Travel Resources

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Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015

Author: , January 26th, 2015

New Orleans - Bourbon StreetWhen southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in. The only dilemma a North Texan faces is exactly when to visit New Orleans to maximize the sensory overload. Fortunately, there are dozens of annual events that are either primarily LGBT or extremely welcoming of our community, all just a 90-minute plane ride away. (Or an eight-hour drive if you’re feeling road-trippy.)

With more than a dozen recent visits to the city between us, we’ve created a monthly guide for indulgent ways to spend a long weekend letting those bon temps roll.

February: Some big event with beads & parades. Even though Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the Dallas area in various ways, there’s nothing like the real deal in NOLA. Leading up to the fattest of Tuesdays are a variety of LGBT events, including the dog-themed Krewe of Barkus Parade (Feb. 8), which was conceived at gay bar Good Friends. Three LGBT masquerade spectaculars — Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Ball (13), Armeinius (15) and Lords of Leather (15) — are great places to show off your feathery masks before celebrating the big day at the Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss (17) on Bourbon Street.

March: Four-leaf clovers. Get your fill of green beer and shamrock-festooned strippers as the gay bars join the rest of the city in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (17). Two days before in nearby Metairie, the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (15) features floats handing out cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, packaged seasonings and other ingredients for Irish stew. It’s worth seeing, but best to skip on hauling veggies back to your hotel.

Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

My Favorite Restaurants in Madrid

Author: , January 26th, 2015

Madrid Restaurant - Carlos MeliaI have been to Madrid countless times, and I even lived there for over two years. So each time I visit, it is recreating favorite gourmet experiences which include the high and lows. I always say, that my style of travel is as follows “… A backpacker during the day, exploring the city with no limits, and at night as a king, enjoying the luxury and sophistication…”. Here my list of favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid, after my recent 72 hours stay over New Year.

After biking around the city for the entire day, I made a technical stop at one of the main landmarks of Madrid, Plaza Mayor. I know, you will say ” How Touristic ” but over the years, this has always been my spot to enjoy a fantastic local lunch over a few Canas (beer).

EBOLI Cerveceria is fantastic. Despite, located in a very popular location, most of the regulars are locals, and prices are very reasonable. My lunch options, well the classics: Patatas Bravas, Boquerones, Tuna with Peppers and olives.

After my lunch, only walking distance from EBOLI is the quaint and happening Mercado de San Miguel. This is a spot I quite enjoy over a glass of wine or a coffee with local pastries. The reason why I do not choose it for lunch, is because I prefer my quiet time seating on my own private table. At Mercado de San Miguel, the ambiance is loud and busy, and seating is very limited. But there is a huge array of local, traditional and international options. It is a great spot to mingle with locals and do some people watching.

On my second night, I decided to go very local and try the marvelous Spanish cuisine and wines. While walking around Chueca, my former neighborhood when I used to live here, I am happy to see that one of my favorite restaurants is still there standing, with it charisma and own local charm.

If you want to experience a true Madrid Gourmet experience, then you must try Riviera do Mino. Where Madrid meets the best of Galician typical dishes. My options: Asparagus and Tomato Salad. A fabulous Merluza. White wine from Adegas Vina Sobreira Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain.

The following day I spent most of my day at the Museo del Prado and then walking along the Retiro Park. Since I was staying at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond, I decided to have a relaxed afternoon an evening enjoying my hotel and my fabulous suite in full. First I began at their Lobby Bar, savoring a traditional Chocolate with Churros.

Went back to my Suite to enjoy a relaxing bath, after a long day walking… and after that I joined my host for a drink at the Velazquez Bar over a Dalitini. The only Krug Bar in the world.

And from there we moved to very sophisticated and intimate gourmet evening at Goya Restaurant, to me one of the best restaurants in Madrid. Check them OUT. Bon Appetit!

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Madrid Gay Travel Resources

When to Visit the 911 Memorial

Author: , January 26th, 2015

911 Memorial - Alain the Sojourner

The only place in New York City where taking a selfie with a smile on your face is absurd (or frowned upon by me) is the 9/11 Memorial, former site of the city’s World Trade Center Twin Towers.

For a solemn visit, I think the best time to visit 911 Memorial is in the evening when the crowd is lesser and the noise is lower. During the day, the crowd can be a bit annoying by taking smiling selfies/photos that give the creep out of your intestines. Also, there’s still so much construction going on around the area-and the noise can be frustrating for someone who expects that the 911 Memorial site is quiet and devoid of dusts.

By Alain – Full Story at The Sojourner | New York City Gay Travel Resources

Passport Magazine’s Favorite Buenos Aires Neighborhoods

Author: , January 26th, 2015

Buenos Aires - Apple Maps

from Apple Maps

I’m going to take you on a tour of several places, places with names like Recoleta, San Telmo, Palermo, and La Boca. They’re all very different in atmosphere and appearance, and to visit these various places feels like you’ve taken a whole series of trips. The thing is, they’re all part of Buenos Aires, for this major metropolis feels more than anywhere I’ve been like a series of small towns in one, loosely connected to form a big city that’s exciting, dynamic, a little daunting, and incredibly satisfying. I could never list all the neighborhoods, so we’ll concentrate on my favorites.

Buenos Aires takes some energy to explore, as it’s spread out, with a semi-workable subway system (I’d suggest a taxi or your own two feet for most explorations) and a frenetic pace that will keep you on your toes. You’ll find plenty of places, though, to relax and take it easy. With an enviable coffeehouse culture, a collection of lovely restaurants, and some surprisingly calm areas amid the bustle, there’s always time to refresh and renew among the chaos.

The only way to properly explore Buenos Aires, to get a grip on this intimidating and loveable city, is to approach the trees rather than the forest, and get to know each neighborhood before trying to fit the whole puzzle together. There’s an unmistakable urban buzz here, but also peaceful, leafy neighborhoods, a non-stop quality to life, and also a take-it-easy attitude. These contradictions can take some work to reconcile, and just when you think you have a handle on the city, something changes your entire outlook. Gay marriage, for instance, is legal here, as it is throughout Argentina: would you have expected this in the heart of South America? That’s Buenos Aires, though, with something always coming at you out of the blue to surprise and delight you with the insouciance of a tango dancer.

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport | Argentina Gay Travel Resources

Swan Lake

Author: , January 26th, 2015

Swan Lake! Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi glynnhse winterTheater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theater of Russia, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev dance company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time – Swan Lake http://glynnhouse.com/events/.  This full-scale production, set to the music of Tchaikovsky and based on Russian folklore and German legend, follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell. The State Ballet Theater of Russia is proud to present 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars as they bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life! Don’t miss the show February 10th. 

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms.

Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Gay Mardi Gras

Author: , January 26th, 2015

Photo by KXMGay Mardi Gras is conundrum wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery with a side of bafflement sprinkled with bitterness and devil-may-care. It’s also a little elusive.

The secret society nature of Mardi Gras is a cozy security blanket for many an outcast. In most Mardi Gras cities, gay Mardi Gras still operates as a kind of subculture. On one hand, this comes as no surprise: Most Mardi Gras cities are nestled in the bosom of the American South. On the other hand, the South is exactly where a culture of shrouds and masks and biting bless-her-heart political satire can flourish – a fertile estuary for some stealthy visibility and acceptance. A perfect little example illustrating how far we’ve come and how far we’ve yet to go.

For locked deep within the codified beads, beer, and boobs of the most mainstream Mardi Gras, there are a lot of men in tights … and just who do you think designed all those generations of headdresses and codpieces?

By Kate X Messer – Full Story at the Austin Chronicle

Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up

Author: , January 26th, 2015

The Ten Year PlanFrom ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.

The festival will be held at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March in 2015.

Film fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the festival’s full program since the release of ten teaser films last November.

Now the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) has announced its full medley of classic and contemporary queer films for 2015 hailing from Australia and countries as far-reaching as Philippines, Kenya, and even the very first queer feature film from Sri Lanka.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events