Five Amazing National Parks for Fall Colors

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Gay Travel: Time for a New England Road Trip!If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views.

1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park

Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River Overlook for great photo opps. Keep an eye out for wildlife — if you’re lucky, you may see elk sparring or black bear and moose nibbling on berries. To make the most of your trip, you can continue to Yellowstone National Park, which is less than an hour away. If you have a car that can handle an unpaved road, opt for the one-way Blacktail Plateau Drive, a turn off just before Phantom Lake, for amazing fall views and wildlife.

By Teresa Bitler – Full Story at Shermans Travel

Still More to Do To Make Fort Lauderdale Trans Traveler Friendly

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Gay TourismBroward County’s tourism bureau has been marketing to the LGBT community since 1996, but results of a survey released Monday show extra effort is needed to attract more transgender travelers.

In August, some 700 members of the transgender community across 48 states participated in the online survey conducted by Community Marketing & Insights, a San Francisco-based specialty marketing and research firm.

Only 10 percent of participants perceived Fort Lauderdale to be very trans-friendly, the study revealed. Nearly half (48 percent) of respondents polled perceived Fort Lauderdale as not being transgender-friendly, while 43 percent said it was somewhat trans-friendly, according to the study commissioned by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.

By Arlene Satchell – Full Story at The Sun Sentinel | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Queenstown Rocks in the Snow

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Queenstown Gay Ski WeekIt is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand, and it is hard to imagine a better time to visit than during Gay Ski Week.

Situated on the stunning Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by snow capped mountains, there was a real buzz of excitement as gays and lesbians from around the world arrived into town for days of skiing in perfect conditions, and nights out on the town.

Gay Ski Week is a big deal on the Queenstown calendar. The streets were festooned with gay ski week rainbow barriers. The local shops were all involved in a competition as to who could create the best Gay Ski Week window display. ‘The business association here in Queenstown has always been incredibly supportive,’ explained Gay Ski Week organizer Sally Whitewoods.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Queenstown Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Marinzen

Author: , September 16th, 2014

MarinzenGood afternoon,

Today, according to weather.com, it was supposed to rain. I am glad to say that once again the forecasters were wrong. We woke up to a beautiful sunshiny day. Right now, at 4:00 p.m., I am sitting on the balcony of my hotel room and this is my view:

So we may get the rain tonight, but it is still very nice outside.

Instead of going up to Compatsch today, we decided to go only halfway up the mountain. There is a chair lift right here in town that took us up to a little mountain restaurant that has pastures for cows, horses and the ever-present goats. This little area is called Marinzen. It is a pretty spot, with hiking trails running up to Marinzen, and several leading away from there.

It was so nice up there, hikers were relaxing on the lounge chairs and sun bathing. The goats were taking a nap on the platform for the kiddie slide.

But also, today, there was a musical group playing Oktoberfest music….polkas, waltzes, two-steps. That was very enjoyable, too, sitting there in the sunshine, drinking a beer, watching the dancers dancing in their hiking boots.

Later, we walked out and were able to pet the horses and the cows. The animals expected we had food for them, so I was a bit leery, but they all behaved nicely.

As I said before this is just beautiful country…very relaxing, very clean, and very nice people. I never get tired of looking at the mountains, the meadows and the pretty little white houses with red or brown roofs.

We went for a walk in town after returning to Castelrotto. The weather is just so conducive to being outside, none of us wanted to come back inside. Susan hiked back to town instead of taking the chair lift. She said she did the hike in 30 minutes. It was posted as taking 1 hour 20 minutes, but I swear she is part mountain goat anyway.

But just so that you know, I do have to do chores, like laundry, which is washing as I am writing. Then we have to decide where to go for dinner tonight.

Hmmm..shall it be the wiener schnitzel tonight, or the sausages with sauerkraut? Big decisions to make.

I shall sign off for now and tackle these weighty problems.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Trentino Alto Adige Gay Travel Resources

Spartanburg: Food, Wine, Art, and Glamour in Central Virginia

Author: , September 16th, 2014

Spartansburg, VAIt’s early November, so the leaves have only just changed color, creating a fluttering sea of crisp reds, oranges, and golds across the quiet hilly terrain of central Virginia. Outside the airport terminal, I’m greeted with a genial smile, a charming southern accent, and a seductive box filled with sticky sweet donuts, deep-fried and sugar-glazed. My tour guide, and acting chauffeur, Caroline Gibson welcomes me to her pictorial hometown of Richmond, a quaint, but urban cityscape tucked into the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

“The leaves have changed just in time for you!” she says, narrating the scenic drive to the city center while I munch on the delectable welcome gift and gaze out of the window. The vibrant foliage gleaming beneath the full glaze of an afternoon sun transfixes my eyes. As a Louisiana-bred southerner turned New York City urbanite, it seems like it’s been ages since I’ve seen natural vegetation, and while I am here to attend the 26th annual Virginia Film Festival hosted in nearby Charlottesville, I am in awe of the natural beauty that exists in this part of the country.

My suite on the 14th floor of the Omni Richmond Hotel (100 S. 12th St. Tel: 804-344-7000. www.omnihotels.com) overlooks the bustling streets of downtown Richmond, where architecturally historic buildings commingle with modern skyscrapers. Caroline notes the once gritty neighborhood has witnessed a resurgence in recent years and is welcoming an increasing number of young professionals.

By Morgan Ribera – Full Story at Passport | Virginia Gay Travel Resources

Colombia Goes After the Gay Travel Market

Author: , September 16th, 2014

ColombiaWhen Tatiana Pineros took the helm of this city’s tourism agency in July, she became the face and an example of Colombia’s transformation. Pineros, 36, is the only transgender public official in a Catholic country where views on sexuality often skew conservative.

“I have a double responsibility,” Pineros said on a recent weekday. “First, as a public servant who has to handle public resources, and second as a representative of a sector. I can help open doors for others simply by doing a good job.”

As Colombia sheds its image as a war-torn drug haven, it’s emerging as a regional economic power and a tourism destination. But the country is undergoing a more subtle shift as well, building a reputation as an LGBT-friendly hotspot. And Bogota, a city of 6.7 million people high in the Andes, is at the vanguard of that change.

By Jim Wyss – Full Story at the Bradenton Herald | Colombia Gay Travel Resources

Ugandan Tourism Officials Claim Gays Are Welcome Despite the Jail the Gays Law

Author: , September 15th, 2014

Uganda - Google MapsUgandan tourism officials have said the African country still welcomes gay tourists despite repeated attempts to pass an anti-gay law. The Ugandan Tourism Board (UTB) recently met with the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) to try to restore the country’s reputation among both gay and straight tourists.

John Tanzella, president and CEO of IGLTA, told the SoSoGay website that the board felt Western media had portrayed Uganda in a particularly negative light since the country passed a law that would punish gay sex with life imprisonment in December last year. The law was struck down last month.

Tanzella said, ‘The delegation said that gay people are welcome. They were very concerned about the perception of Uganda in Western Europe and North America, and claimed that the backlash caught them by surprise. No-one thought it would pass. The delegates all pointed out that they have friends and family who are gay.’

By Darren Wee – Full Story at Gay Star News

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First Hike in the Dolomites

Author: , September 15th, 2014

Dolly in the DolomitesGood afternoon, everyone,

Yes! Although the clouds covered the mountains this morning, we decided to give hiking a try anyway. We got on a bus which took us to the gondola station, then took the gondola up to the meadow, and the little town of Compatsch. By the time we got there, the clouds were already starting to break up, the sun came through and we enjoyed a very nice little hike, up to the area called Panorama.

The scenery was so beautiful I didn’t know which way to look first, or second. The weather was great, not too cold, not too warm. From our vantage point, we could see trails going all over the meadow. Again, choices, choices! Which one to do next? We even got to see a couple of llamas on our hike. Lots of cows, a few horses.

On our return trip, a few clouds began to hover, but they were not threatening. Finally, we decided it was getting late, so we just trekked back to Compatsch and had a lovely lunch.

Pictures just cannot relate the grandeur, the enormity of this area. There were quite a few hikers and mountain bikers out, but the entire day was relaxing, inspiring and I truly felt, this is a great gift from God that I am able to enjoy some of His wonderful creations. I could spend weeks up here and see something different every day. I know I am truly blessed. I know that the ladies traveling with me felt the same way today.

The only thing that would make this trip even more enjoyable for me would be for each of you to join me on a hike, so that I could show you what I love and tell you how much this area means to me.

Until that occurs, I will say….

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Trentino Alto Adige Gay Travel Resources

One Weekend as a Swedish Hipster at Popaganda Festival

Author: , September 15th, 2014

Yelle at PopagandaStockholm has long been described to me as one of Europe’s trendiest cities. And with a history of good design (IKEA), fashion (H&M), films (Ingmar Bergman) and music (ABBA…I guess), it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Swedish capital city is at the heart of Scandinavian culture. So rather than making my first visit to Stockholm purely as a tourist, I made the decision to visit during one of the city’s coolest indie festivals: Popaganda.

The Popaganda Festival has been running for years, though it’s only been in its current location (a public swimming pool complex) for the past few. This year’s headliners included all female vocalists, with Swedish pop star Veronica Maggio headlining along with Swedish international pop group Icona Pop, plus Lily Allen from the UK.

The festival lineup included a good mix of Swedish and international bands, though the entire festival felt rather small and personal. Always a good thing at a music festival where large-scale lineups can compete for audiences! Popaganda’s two stages never competed for an audience and you could even enjoy the music from one of the outdoor public swimming pools (though it was a bit cold for most people!).

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: One Weekend as a Swedish Hipster at Popaganda Festival.

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Plan Your Stay: Art Galleries – Chi Lin Arts & Antiques of Asia

Author: , September 14th, 2014

Chi Lin Arts & Antiques of Asia http://glynnhouse.com/area-activities/art-galleries-antiques/ offers an extensive collection Chi Lin Galleryof antique, vernacular furniture and household pieces reflecting a time when craftsmanship was understood, and attention to detail expected. The artwork is contemporary and comes from all over the Orient. This is a ‘must see’ stop for anyone who has interest in Asian arts or antiques. The gallery is located in Meredith – less than 15 minutes drive from the Inn.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as your New Hampshire foliage season getaway base. Experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.