Laconia Bike Week 2016

Author: , May 2nd, 2016

Laconia Bike Week 2016! http://glynnhouse.com/events/  Celebrate 93 years of riding legacy in Glynn House Evening-c2016! Join other enthusiasts at the world’s oldest motorcycle rally in Laconia, New Hampshire. Laconia Bike Week 2016 is unmatched for scenic riding along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Laconia Bike Week 2016 has a schedule packed with terrific events too. Scheduled events include gypsy rides, live music, bike air jumps, stunt shows and lots more. Residents and business alike, welcome motorcyclists during Laconia Bike Week each year. If riding is your pleasure, join us for Laconia Motorcycle Week 2016 – June 11 – 19.

Are you looking for Laconia Bike Week accommodation? The historic ‘circa 1895’ Glynn House Inn is the perfect Laconia Bike Week 2016 location. The Inn is situated 20 minutes from Weirs Beach. It’s perfectly positioned for cruising dozens of easily accessible country roads too. Laconia Bike Week 2016 guests experience elegant surroundings delicious food, modern amenities, unrivaled service and genuine hospitality. Rates include gourmet breakfast – served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bike trailers readily be accommodated. Hoses and rags are available for bike cleaning. Let your four-footed canine pal join your Laconia Bike Week 2016 getaway. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Therapeutic in-room massage is available in most guest rooms.

Experience additional delights during your two-wheel visit to New Hampshire’s amazing White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, plus endless hiking trails. Guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Laconia Bike Week 2016’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

The Ice Diamonds Of Breiðamerkursandur – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 2nd, 2016

Breiðamerkursandur

Steaming geysers, thunderous waterfalls, breathtaking canyons and vast lava fields – I saw more stunningly beautiful places in my week in Iceland than in any other country in such a short time. But my favorite place?

None of those. My favorite destination was Breiðamerkursandur – the place that puts the ‘ice’ in Iceland: Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon, and even more so Diamond Beach, just across the street from the glacier.

When I parked our car in the little car park right on the black sand beach, I understood immediately why it was called Diamond Beach: like bright diamonds in different shapes and sizes, dozens of chunks of ice litter the beach, giant waves crashing against them, moving the smaller ones around, and forcefully repelled by the bigger ones.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Gay Philadelphia: Elfreth’s Alley

Author: , May 2nd, 2016

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's AlleyLate last year, we visited gay Philadelphia. It was our first time in this amazing, diverse city, and we’re just finally getting around to sharing it with y’all.

One of our favorite things in the city was Elfreth’s Alley. It’s a tiny, one-block section of the city, tucked away om the east side close to the Delaware River. The whole city sits between the Delaware and the Schuylkill Rivers, one to the East and the other to the West.

Elfreth’s Alley is fascinating. It’s called the “nation’s oldest residential street.” The street was created in 1702, and the houses there date from 1728 to 1806. The houses on the south side of the street were built under British occupation, and are shorter than the others and fly British flags. The ones on the north side were built after the Revolution, and are taller, with American flags.

Elfreth's Alley panorama

If you look closely, you can see little metal emblems on many of the houses. At the time, you had to pay for fire protection, and the company you chose would put their emblem on your house. Just so they didn’t accidentally save a house that hadn’t been paid for.

Elfreth's Alley panorama

We took our tour of historic Philadelphia with an outfit called Urban Tours. The guide there was friendly and very knowledgeable, and actually lived in the neighborhood.

Elfreth’s Alley is a really cool place to see and take pictures the next time you’re in Philly.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Hotel Pattee, Perry, Iowa – A Destination Unto Itself

Author: , May 1st, 2016

hotel-pattee- good front shot

Sometimes we want to go to a resort and spend some time whether it is in the mountains or seaside or desert and other times we want to go to a destination just to enjoy that particular destination. Earlier this year we stayed at the HOTEL PATTEE in Perry, Iowa which is more or less in the middle of Iowa. Perry is actually located about 35 miles northwest of Des Moines and has a population of about 7,000. The very historical HOTEL PATTEE was built in 1913 and the interior is from the Arts and Crafts movement of that era and it is still the same. The lobby and all the rest of the interior of the hotel brings you back when grandeur was what it was all about.

pattee hotel jaySince the beginning of the HOTEL PATTEE the hotel has gone thru a few owners. Jay and Denise Hartz from St. Louis purchased the hotel in 2013 and have done a truly remarkable job. They really enjoy the hotel business and are extremely professional. They live in the town and are there everyday to see that everything is done properly.

hotel pattee lobbyThey offer 22 Classic Rooms, all with different themes like the Gustav Stickley Room, Needlework Room, Irish Room, Quilting Room, Russian Room, Southeast Asian Room, Welsh Room, Williams Morris Room, Woodworking Room, Bohemian Room, Marching Band Room, plus a large variety of other ‘themed’ rooms.

pattee suite12 Premier Rooms, all with different themes like Perry, Iowa natives and former residents, VT Snick Hamlin, (Creator of the popular comic strip, ‘Alley Oop), Bill Bell, (who was in the John Philip Sousa band and later the Principal Tubist for the New York Philharmonic), Barry Kemp (Television writer and produce known for Newhart, Taxi and Coach) and other motifs like Swedish, Mexican, King’s Daughter, Japanese, Dutch, Chinese, American Indian, Amana Colonies and 1913 Farm House Room.

6 Full and Junior Suites (including the Louis Armstrong Suite, D.J. Pattee Suite, Earl & Virginia Green Suite, Travelers Suite, David Ahmanson Suite for Kids and the George and Agnes Soumas Suite.)

pattee trainThey have a wonderful restaurant, called David’s Milwaukee Diner. It was named for David Jackson Pattee, the gentleman in whose honor the hotel was built, and for the Milwaukee Railroad which for over 100 years was the the main employer in Perry. The Diner takes you back to the era when the train was King! The Arrow Room, named for a Milwaukee passenger train is a recreation of an early 20th century railroad dining car, complete with coffered ceiling, wood paneling, and murals showing the countryside near Perry. The Challenger and Hiawatha Rooms, also named for Milwaukee trains are designed in the Arts and Crafts style frequently found in depot hotel restaurants and railroad hotel dining rooms.

Their Inter-Urban Lounge, named for the electric trains that shuttled travelers back and forth between Perry and Des Moines through the early part of the 20th Century. The lounge is decorated in the style of the Midwest’s best known Arts and Crafts designer, Frank Lloyd Wright. Known as Prairie Style, Wright’s designs dot the Midwest. Photos of the Inter-Urban, Perry’s railroad history and the people who made the town line the walls. Relax and enjoy drinks while enjoying the nostalgia. They have live music on weekends. In addition they have a wonderful outdoor patio that is within the hotel grounds. They offer a large variety of places for weddings, anniversaries and all types of private parties. This is one of the most LGBT friendly hotels in the country.

They offer many amenities including over 130 pieces of original art by more than 30 artists which are on display honoring noteworthy native sons and daughters of Iowa. Your experience will feature oversized beds, wireless Internet access, spacious bathrooms, oversized bath towels and plush robes. Spa and wood-burning fireplaces are available in selected rooms. During your stay, take advantage of their fitness center with sauna, steamroom and hot tub. And believe it or not, they have a bowling alley on the lower lever of the hotel. It has two full-functioning lanes with automated scoring.

EVERY member of their staff is extremely professional and friendly. The owners certainly have taught them well. Our favorite staff member, for his ultra professionalism was Josh Riviera, Front Desk Manager. But all of the staff was perfect both in the hotel as well as in the restaurant. Thank you to the owners, Jay and Denise Hartz for returning the historical HOTEL PATTEE to its original grandeur. You and your staff are to be commended for a wonderful job on making the hotel a 5 star stay for your guests. Whether staying just for a couple of days or a week or more, we guarantee that you will be in for a very special experience. In all of our travels from coast to coast, this is the most unusual and interesting hotel we have visited.

Check out their website at: www.hotelpattee.com Most hotel websites do not give a lot of details however their website tells you everything about the hotel including photos of all the rooms so before you check in, you can choose exactly which ‘themed’ room you want. They are located at 1112 Willis Avenue in downtown Perry. The phone number is 515-465-3511. The HOTEL PATTEE truly is a destination unto itself!

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Beach Escape to the Costa del Sol

Author: , April 29th, 2016

Costa del Sol

If you are looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol.

The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga – this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.

The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there has been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Wandering Wives – L Beach 2016

Author: , April 29th, 2016

L Beach 2016 Wandering Wives

We’ve just returned from a crazy weekend of pool parties, live music, breathable waterproofs, DJ’s and bracing sea air on the Baltic Coast. L Beach is an annual festival now in its seventh year, which brings together around 4000 women in the German resort of Weissenhauser Strand. We didn’t really know what to expect when we arrived at L Beach 2016, aside from the sound of 4000 pairs of comfortable shoes dancing until dawn. We love live music but we weren’t familiar with many of the musicians who were playing. We decided to go with the flow and see as many acts as possible, we had an amazing time and are pleased to say we were blown away by the range of talent at L Beach. We genuinely loved all of these artists and will be updating our music collection immediately. Here are Wandering Wives top five live performances from L Beach 2016:

5. Chefboss
Chefboss were a great surprise for us, we never planned to watch their gig but we are so glad we did. German hip hop doesn’t usually feature that highly on our list of favourite music genres, but the Chefboss chicks brought so much energy to their performance we were jumping around with the crowd and begging for more! It didn’t matter that we couldn’t understand the words to the songs, we were carried along in a wave of excitement and loved every minute of it. They beat some great English speaking acts to a place in our top five live performances at L Beach with their awesome stage presence and enthusiasm. With their team of hot dancers wearing wrestling masks, they not only owned the stage but the whole festival. There is only one word to describe the Chefboss crew: Fierce!…read more on Wandering Wives

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Gay Miami Where to Relax

Author: , April 28th, 2016
Gay Miami

Photo via Flickr by T. Tseng

When life becomes monotonous, head down to Florida, America’s favorite year-round destination, to break free from everything dull. Some go for the hedonism it offers, and others go to relax. But when you’re thinking of your ultimate escape, look no farther — Miami, the Magic City, will never fail to make you feel refreshed, relaxed, and energized by the time you get back to work.

Here are five places offering rest for the weary in gay Miami.

Stroll Around Wynwood Art District

With over 70 museums and art galleries, Wynwood Art District screams life, hopes, and dreams in vibrant colors. The open-air street art installations you’ll see here won’t just awaken your drained body but will feed your mind as well. If you want to explore together with other art lovers and learn more details about the visual feasts you’ll be seeing, join the Wynwood Art Walk Tour. When you’re done, sit at one of the cafes in the neighborhood and enjoy the artistic vibe. If you like contemporary art, be sure to check out the internationally acclaimed Art Basel, an annual art show held in December.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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San Xavier del Bac in Tucson – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , April 28th, 2016

San Xavier del Bac

Returning to Arizona felt as glorious as ever! As usual, I am housesitting here – but this time, for different homeowners. I’m enjoying the company of a different dog and a different pool, but I am in the same neighborhood in the Catalina foothills which I love, and funnily enough it is just as hot as it is when I’m here in May. Tucson is experiencing unseasonably warm weather at the moment, I’ve been told.

I usually come to Arizona for a month of peace and quiet, and to catch up on work projects that I don’t get around to when I’m on the road, but this year, I’ve been busier than usual. I’ve been more social than I was on previous visits, making more of an effort to make new friends here, and have them show me some cool spots around town, because Tucson’s restaurant scene keeps growing. I also got to catch up with old friends over wine and cheese and have been taking advantage of my well equipped and spacious kitchen which almost makes me want to stop traveling and set up a home base. Almost.

The highlight of the week? Katie came to visit me for a few days and I introduced her to some of my favorite spots around here: we hiked in Sabino Canyon and in Saguaro National Park (and after finding this website listing all the hikes around Tucson I think I’ll never get bored here – so many hikes I haven’t done yet!), and we visited the beautiful San Xavier Del Bac Mission, pictured above, which is the oldest European structure in Arizona, filled with striking original 18th century statuary and mural paintings.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Events: Justin Hayward

Author: , April 23rd, 2016

Events: Justin Hayward http://glynnhouse.com/events/ has chalked up nearly fifty years at the exterior springpeak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over.  Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for the Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold fifty five million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists. Justin Hayward is honored with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard. Plan on enjoying a fantastic evening of music with the legendary Justin Hayward May 11.
Book your Flying Monkey accommodation at the romantic Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other spring activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, horseback riding, and tax free shopping. Or, simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many fall activities too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your Justin Hayward concert accommodation Now http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Guide to Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Author: , April 23rd, 2016

Philadelphia

As someone who’s lived in Philadelphia for over a decade now, there’s one thing I can tell you with no hesitation: it’s a city of neighborhoods. While of course this applies to just about any city, it’s particularly marked in Philadelphia, where a few minutes’ stroll can bring you to a totally different atmosphere. Of course, there are things that united the city into a cohesive whole, including its combination of history and modernity, the gay-friendly quality that consistently lands it at the top of rankings by LGBT groups, and the immensely walkable nature of the “Center City” area, which is where we’ll spend most of our time. Set between two rivers, and only thirty blocks wide and about ten blocks long, with numbered streets going north/south and (mostly) tree-named streets east/west, the Philadelphia’s center city is a paradise for walkers. So let’s go on a tour of the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love, neighborhood by neighborhood. I think you’ll like the things we discover. I’m just sayin’.

The Gayborhood: At the Heart of Things

PhiladelphiaWe’ll start, of course, in the Gayborhood (aka Midtown Village), which is geographically as well as thematically a great place to begin, as it’s pretty much in the heart of Center City. For our purposes, we’ll call the Gayborhood the district from 10th to Broad Streets (Broad is the equivalent of 14th), and Market down to Pine. It’s here that you’ll find almost all the LGBT nightlife, and one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in the city.

Good news: you can stay right in the Gayborhood. For convenience and appeal, I love Alexander Inn, a boutique hotel at Spruce and 12th that couldn’t be more perfectly located. Add to that Alexander’s nice rooms, super-helpful staff, and great breakfast buffet in their cozy living room, and what we have here is a winner. On the edge of the neighborhood, Loews Hotel, built in America’s first skyscraper, offers the style and friendliness we’ve come to associate with Loews.

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport

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