Puerto Vallarta Mexico for New Year’s Eve 2017

Author: , December 9th, 2016

Puerto Vallarta has been listed in the top 10 New Year’s Eve Places to party by GayTravel.com. If you are looking for a great way to celebrate the New Year, look no further than Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s #1 Gay Destination. PV is listed among other gay destinations like Miami, New York City, Las Vegas, and Orlando. With the current dollar to peso exchange rate, Mexico is the best value for your next gay vacation.

Dec 30 2016 hit the White Party Puerto Vallarta. Jeffrey Sanker and Javier Jimenez bring the famous White Party to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. You will not see any white on the ground this south of the border, but you will see the hottest White Party Wet Dream Go Go Boys at Mantamar Beach Club from 5pm until midnight. A sunset pool party showcasing DJ Isis Muretech from Guadalajara in her White Party debut with unsurpassed sound and lighting getting ready for New Year’s Eve.

Dec 31, 2016 find a place to see the world famous fireworks at the Malecon. Gay Bar Hopping tour has a special New Year’s Eve tour to hit all the gay hotspots plus view the fireworks without the Malecon crowds. CC Slaughter’s will be hopping for an all night NYE Dance Party. After bringing in the new year be sure to hit nearby Olas Altas street which is closed for an all night street and dance party.

Where to Stay? Puerto Vallarta’s Romantic Zone has plenty of boutique hotels and bed and breakfast properties like Villa Enrique, a luxury villa right on the gay beach, or a luxury rental from Ron Morgan Properties.

You can’t find a warmer hot gay beach destination than Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  There is something for everyone!

Arbor House – San Antonio, Texas

Author: , December 9th, 2016

Arbor HousePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Arbor House Inn and Suites was opened in October 1995, but the history of the buildings which now comprise the unique 8 suite bed and breakfast, began in 1903, when a Swiss cabinet maker built these cottage homes for himself and his family.

During recent renovations the houses were awarded the San Antonio Conservation Society Plaque, awarded for excellence in historic renovations.

The 4 buildings are clustered around a lush garden with beautiful fountain, outdoor seating & umbrella tables, in downtown San Antonio. Arbor House is centrally located one block from historic La Villita, and the River Walk, and two blocks from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. Other attractions such as the Alamo are 3 blocks away.

Guest Suites have been individually decorated with furnishings and art work collected from a myriad of sources – functional, interesting and fun. You will never stay in any hotel as unique, intimate or convenient. Each house has only three suites, featuring high ceilings, pine floors, private baths, and all the conveniences of central air and heat, state of the art phone system with data ports. All of the suites have refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots. Some suites have private balconies.

“We provide visitors a relaxed atmoshpere, a center-of-the-city location, and San Antonio charm at a reasonable price.”

A new tradition in downtown San Antonio.

Arbor House Inn and Suites was featured in the March ’04 edition of Southern Living Magazine.

See the Arbor House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in San Antonio

Keep Fit While Traveling – Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 9th, 2016

Nomadic Boys - Fitness

We love our food. A lot! The first thing we do in each new destination we visit is set out to discover all the local flavours. The delicious cuisine of Japan and yummy curries of Sri Lanka are stand out favourites. Some cuisines are not only delicious but also quite heavy, like Russian food and those Argentinian steaks.

With all these new culinary discoveries everywhere we go, we have to keep an eye on the physique, otherwise the Nomadic Boys would quickly become the Nomadic Blobs! Of course, we work hard to prevent this from happening.

SO HOW DO WE KEEP FIT WHEN TRAVELLING?

The starting point is your mentality. This may sound obvious, but if you want to keep fit, then you’re already half way there. For us, fitness is super important. We prioritise it and make it part of our daily schedule. It not only does wonders for self esteem and confidence, it allows us to pull off those vain speedo shots…

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Gay Sitges

Author: , December 9th, 2016
Gay Sitges

Photo by David Vasquez

Just to the south of Barcelona, the Spanish coastal town of Sitges has one of Europe’s longest established gay scenes, dating back over 30 years.

During the summer season – June to October – gay nightlife in Sitges gets going from around 10PM, with most of the bars remaining open until at least 3AM, and the dance clubs not closing until sunrise.

Several hugely popular gay events are held each year including Sitges Gay Pride in June, and two annual international gay bear meetings.

Full Story at Gay Star News

Catalunya Gay Travel Resources

Gay Mexico City for Beginners

Author: , December 8th, 2016

Gay Mexico City - David Hudson

When it comes to visiting Mexico, many tourists opt first for its coastal resorts, with destinations such Puerto Vallarta known as being very LGBTI-friendly. However, for a very different sort of break, don’t overlook the country’s huge capital, Mexico City. With a population of approximately 9 million, this sprawling dense, bustling city offers centuries of history, over 180 different museums and more street food than you’ll possibly be able to sample.

I made my first visit in late October, in part to report upon the annual LGBT Confex, a business forum on LGBTI diversity and inclusion. It also happened to coincide with the city’s Day of the Dead celebrations.

Is it safe?

A little alarmingly, the first thing people said to me when I told them that I was going to ‘Ciudad de Mexico’ was usually along the lines of, ‘be careful!’ Yes, the city has a reputation for crime, and the heavy presence of armed police on the streets would suggest it’s not a reputation wholly unfounded. At the same time, it should not be blown out of proportion. Mexicans I met told me the city is much improved, particularly in relation to LGBT visibility. Others pointed out that many confuse Mexico City with the neighboring Mexico State, where crime is more common.

By David Hudson – Full Story at SOURCE

Mexico City Gay Travel Resources

Guest Post II – Elisa Rolle, Queer Places

Author: , December 8th, 2016

Hey all – today we have something different. The author of the new Queer Places – travel guides detailing the LGBTIQA history of places all around the world – agreed to write a special post for us about how she decided to write the books, and sharing a few of her favorite stories:


Queer Places V1While I was writing Days of Love, I was researching the lives of many couples, and I found that often they chose to be buried together, most of the time side by side. In a first draft of Days of Love I was “listing” these burial places, but then, on the final version, I removed most of them, storing the info aside

On other occasion, not related to the researches for Days of Love, I was visiting for my pleasure some places, and I strongly felt like there was a “queer” connection; it happened with Vizcaya in Miami, and with Glenveagh Castle in Ireland; back home I did some digging on the internet and found out that was the case, both owners, even if not officially out, were presumably gay (but nothing is written in their official biographies).

So, putting aside information after information, and loving to travel, I had collected a huge amount of historical tidbits, and putting them together I realized I had basically the material to write not one, not two, but at least three travel guides… and this is how Queer Places was born.

The Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog asked me to pick some interesting inputs from Queer Places and I decided to pick one from each books.


For the UK (Volume 2), I will pick St. Ann’s Court, Chertsey (near Heathrow airport). St Ann’s Court is a reinforced concrete private house that was finished in 1936 by the Australian born architect, Raymond McGrath, for a stockbroker friend, Gerald Schlesinger. The house stands in 25 acres of parkland on the south slope of St Ann’s Hill.

Conservation work on the structure was completed in 1999 and included an authentic refurbishment of the interior at a total cost of around pounds 1 million. Gerald “AL” Schlesinger’s partner was Christopher Tunnard. Schlesinger was a successful stockbroker whilst Tunnard became one of the most important Modern landscape architects in Britain.

The two men lived at St Ann’s for most of the year (though they had a large London home) and the unusual first floor master bedroom enabled their double bed to be separated easily into two and rolled into the wings of the bow-tie shaped room.

In this position the bedroom became two single bedrooms separated by movable screens and a circular dressing room. With this arrangement they could maintain the fiction when house guests were expected that they slept in separate rooms – which was essential when sex between men was illegal.

Purple Roofs UK Page


You can get the books here:

Queer Places Vol 1 | Queer Places Vol 2 | Queer Places Vol 3

We’ll share more stories from Queer Places soon.

Scurlock Farms – Vacation Rental Villa in Georgetown, Texas

Author: , December 7th, 2016

Scurlock Farms

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Scurlock Farms is a beautiful 172 acre working farm in the Texas Hill Country. The Palette Pad was built as the art studio for well-known Texas landscape artist C.P. Montague, one of President Lyndon Johnson’s favorites. Rocky Overlook was built by her husband as their dream home.

The homes are unique as every rock in the two homes was picked up from the San Gabriel River that forms the Northern one mile border of the farm, then hand-laid by the couple. Many rock masons have admired their work.

Rocky Overlook is a 2500 sq ft home with two large king master suites, two baths and a wonderful fireplace. The large fully stocked kitchen overlooks the large terraced patios and the ravine to the river bottom. Guests enjoy the large upper patio with seating for 17, large smoker, charcoal grill and fire pit. Washer and dryer.

The Palette Pad is a 500 sq ft home and guests have loved the feeling of the outdoors coming in through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. Fully stocked kitchen and beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the bluff with charcoal grill, fire pit and rockers.

The third home, Indian Bluff, is 1/2 mile down the drive and it has a king master suite, two queen bedrooms and two baths. There is a covered patio with table and chairs, charcoal grill and a great fire pit area. Washer and dryer for your convenience. Families with children love the garage with air hockey, fooseball, basketball hoop, futon, dining set, and toy box.

All homes have plenty of luxury linens, basic spices, soaps, shampoo, hair dryers, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, and firewood is also provided. All homes have central air/heat.

If you love the outdoors, you will love Scurlock Farms! There are miles of hiking areas, one mile of river to enjoy. The tubing and kayaking were great this summer and the fishing is great (we even have a fishing guide that can give you lessons and provide all the equipment and bait if you would like). Hike up the spring-fed creek and see hundreds of fossils in the limestone banks or all along the limestone riverbank.

Many a photographer has delighted in getting great shots while visiting. Wildlife abounds and the birding is great. 2/3 of all birds found in Texas are found in Williamson County.

Backpacks and picnic baskets are in each home. Pack a lunch and enjoy it on the river banks or in the picnic area down below. A charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table are there for your enjoyment.

Scurlock Farms is ideally situated for those that want to do a lot of day trips. Austin is 30 minutes away, Salado 25 minutes, Waco 70 minutes, and Georgetown only 10 minutes. Enjoy your days out, then come “home” to the farm and enjoy your favorite beverage as you watch the sun set.

See the Scurlock Farms Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Texas Prairies and Lakes

Corfu Island: A Greek Paradise

Author: , December 7th, 2016

Corfu - Sergio Scardia

I love Greece. I visited the country a few times in the past (especially the gay heaven of Mykonos). Last summer, as you know, I joined Saltyboys in their amazing gay nudist sailing cruise around the Saronic Gulf. In that occasion I appreciated also Athens and its fun nightlife.

From the Greek capital, before heading back to Italy, I took an easy (and very cheap) flight: I was not sure about what to expect in Corfu island. Corfu is situated in the Northern Ionian Sea, just below the start of the Adriatic Sea, between Greece’s mainland and Italy. It is actually just in front of the area of Southern Italy where I live, Puglia.

Despite its proximity to where I live, I had never been to Corfu island before: it is just a few hours ride on a ferry with daily connections all year long. Corfu island also offers a very similar landscape to the one I am accustomed to: green and authentically Mediterranean! As soon as I landed in Corfu, I was astonished by its breathtaking green scenery!

If you have been to Greece before, possibly you have visited the Ionic islands, and their dry landscapes. Forget about it: Corfu is nothing but green! If you have never been to Greece, I would then suggest to use the amazing town of Corfu island as an entry point to start exploring this beautiful country. Or, as I did, as the last stop before heading back home.

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Greece Gay Travel Resources

Gay Budapest – Castles, Markets and Cuisine

Author: , December 7th, 2016

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From their controversial media law to their discriminatory anti-gay constitution and crippling national debt, Hungary is often in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. As a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans tourist you may have doubts about visiting a country where it’s perfectly legal to discriminate against a person based purely on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

However, as a gay man who lived in gay Budapest for just over a year with my partner, I experienced less homophobia than in more ‘accepting’ countries such as my native Scotland.

I’ll be honest, if you plan your holidays based purely on whether or not your chosen destination has a good gay scene, you might as well just give Budapest a miss. However, if you love beautiful architecture, history, culture and are a glutton for good food then I strongly recommend you give Budapest a try.

Full Story at Gay Star News

Hungary Gay Travel Resources

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: High Road to Taos

Author: , December 5th, 2016

Taos

The High Road to Taos of course is the road from Santa Fe, New Mexico to Taos, New Mexico. Actually there are two different ways to drive from Santa Fe to Taos, the High Road or the regular highway. Most people take the High Road to Taos and then take the four lane highway back to Santa Fe. Taos is only 70 miles from Santa Fe and takes just a little over an hour to drive on the four lane highway however it can take 2 1/2 to four hours when taking the High Road which is a very small two lane road that winds thru different very small villages.

taosFrom Santa Fe take New Mexico highway 76 all the way to Taos. The High Road to Taos is a scenic, winding road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains., It winds through high desert, mountains, forests, small farms and tiny Spanish Land Grant villages and Pueblo Indian villages with plenty of galleries and studios selling weavings, hand crafted pottery, woodwork, pottery, paintings, jewelry and other traditional art work of the region.

The first village is the Nambe Pueblo which is located about 15 miles north of Santa Fe. It has existed there since the 14th Century. We have been there many times and have seen their native Indian dances and festivals. All visitors and guests are invited to watch the different ceremonial functions that they have throughout the year.

The second village is Chimayo where the Ortega weavers are still producing high quality rugs, blankets and a sundry of other items which can be purchased from their gift shop. You will also find the 19th century Santuario de Chimayo Church, known as the “Lourdes of the Southwest” which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Other small villages are Cordova, Truchas and Ojo Sarco which also have native American Indians selling their wares. In Las Trampas, they have one of the oldest churches in the country. It was founded in 1751 and is called Santo Tomas Apostol del Rio de las Trampas.

TaosThe village of Truchas is a remarkable village. When we were there many years ago, we got to meet Robert Redford who was directing his movie, The Milagro Beanfield War back in 1988. Of course all of these villages are very small however visitors are made welcome by all of the residents.

Then you will approach Taos, New Mexico and you can explore the sights and sounds of that town. Visit the major pueblo there as well as the entire town. Our favorite restaurant in Taos is Orlando’s which has been around forever. Their address is 1114 Don Juan Valdez Lane. Besides having the best authentic food in town they also have a very delicious special dessert, Frozen Avocado Pie!

Orlando’s is a very funky place and is always crowded. Their downtown plaza in Taos is a must see. After a driving trip on the High Road to Taos you will come back to Santa Fe with your camera full of photos of fabulous historical places where you have visited and toured. Even if you are not into religion, you will certainly appreciate all of the very old architecture of the area.

Then when you return to Santa Fe, ALWAYS stay at the Inn of the Farolito Bed and Breakfast, www.farolito.com It is the finest accommodations in Santa Fe. Wayne and Walt have owned and operated the Inn for many years and guests always stay with them whenever they return to Santa Fe. We have been visiting Santa Fe for over 30 years and always find it so refreshing and always see new things and meet new people every time we go back.

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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