Gay Kauai: Our Favorite Beaches

Author: , November 20th, 2014

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While we lived on Kauai back in 2000 and 2001, we found a few great beaches, Here are the ones we like the best.

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On Pe’e Road on a little bay halfway between Poipu Plantation and the Marriott, is a great Honu-watching spot – stand above the rocks on the eastern end of the bay in the morning and watch for a few minutes – they’re hard to spot at first, but you’ll start to see dark shadows in the waves, and if you’re lucky, you may see 5-10 turtles here.

There are actually three main beaches here in Poipu – Shipwreck Beach on the east, in front of the Hyatt, Brennecke’s Beach in the heart of Poipu, where you may see the Honu, and Lawai beach, to the west, near the Spouting Horn.

Tunnels Beach

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Tunnels beach kauaiThe famed Tunnels Beach, a popular surfing beach for the last half century, offers a great view of Bali Hai, the rocky outcrop that was used in the movie South Pacific as the Island of Bali Hai, though it’s really just a ridge on Kauai.

Tunnels is one of the few places on the north shore where you can view the sunset.

Our Italian friends Marco and Fabrizio chose tunnels for their wedding day, and they were married just before the sun set next to Bali Hai. It’s the perfect Kauai wedding location, especially at sunset.

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Farther along the north shore, you’ll come to our favorite beach, Lumahai (pictured at left). There are rarely more than 5-10 people here at any one time, and the beach is really long, so it’s easy to find a bit of privacy. It’s maybe five minutes past Hanalei – after you leave the bay, the road winds up and around the coast.

After a couple minutes, the road straightens out and there’s a pasture to your left, often with wild horses. Just ahead you’ll see a two lane bridge where the road crosses high above a small river. Just before the bridge, pull off on the Makai side (ocean side) of the road – there’s a dirt turn-out here. Park and walk out to the beach.

This beach is fabulous. Most days when the Hanalei Bay is cloudy, you can find sun here. There’s a river that winds down to the sea at your left, where you can wade in warm water. Don’t try to swim in the ocean here, though, as there are rip tides and swimming can be very dangerous here.

The sand often piles up in two or three banks leading down to the water – put your towels and stuff down on the second bluff, and watch the tourists on the first bluff run when the water rushes up the hill and soaks their towels.

If you’re up for a hike, walk eastward about 15 minutes to the end of the beach. This is the quintessential Hawaiian Cove – dramatic black lava rocks rise up from the water, and beautiful tropical jungle frames the white sand cove. If the tide is high, you can reach the cove above the rocks, crossing through the jungle – just be careful because the rocks can be sharp.

Barking Sands

Where the sand is coarse and crunches (barks) under your feet.

Donkey Beach

A little ways up the road from Kapa’a, 7/10 of a mile past mile marker 11, there’s a path that leads across an old sugar cane field to Donkey Beach, one of Kauai’s unofficial nude beaches. Using this beach is AYOR, as nudity is technically illegal here, and there have been some enforcement efforts spurred on by development of this section of the island and prudish homeowners and politicians who don’t want their views, ummm, spoiled by unexpected outcroppings.

Kauai’s other nude beach is also here, just past Kilauea – Secret Beach is accessible at the end of Kalihiwai Rd. Again, using this beach naked is AYOR.

Queens Bath KauaiQueen’s Bath

While Queen’s Bath is not technically a beach, it is a beautiful saltwater pool on a lava rock shelf just above the water. Get there from a trail at the end of Kapiolani Rd. in Princeville, and follow the trail down to the ocean. For more detailed instructions, see The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook. Be aware the pool is not safe at high tide.

Ke’e Beach

Most folks goto the end of the road on the North Shore, where you’ll find Ke’e Beach, with a protected cove that’s ideal for swimming and snorkeling, and where you’ll find the start of the Na Pali Coast trail.

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Rainbow Barcelona Tours

Author: , November 20th, 2014

The very first gay tour guide company lands in Barcelona with amazing reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Barcelona, Cosmopolitan city and joy of the Mediterranean, is the headquarters of the first private tour company in Spain for the LGBT community (lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals).

Rainbow Barcelona Tours opens a brand new informative service for both local and foreign gay/lesbian tourists. Included are great leisure offers for the city, so you can make the most of your stay, as well as a new world of knowledge about gay history in Barcelona, one of the most avant-garde cities that defends the rights for the gay community.

The tours, built to enjoy the city in a different way with links to the gay environment, try to show you emblematic places of Barcelona at your own pace, without hurries, and always accompanied by experienced guides. With them you will avoid the inconvenience of large groups, queues, getting lost or always looking at the map.

The company has prepared different routes around the city, which will allow you to visit the most important monuments like Paseo de Gracia, Cataluña square, las Ramblas, el Parc Güell, la Sagrada Familia, Montjuic Mountain, the Gothic quarter or the port area, among many others.

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They also have a tour by night for gays and for lesbians, so you get to know the newest and hottest clubs or the lifelong ones, and another tour to see one of the most beautiful and gayfriendly towns of the Catalan seacoast: Sitges. A former fisher village at only half an hour from Barcelona, famous for its Carnival, beaches, modernist buildings, cultural heritage, night life and for its gay environment.

While in Barcelona, they offer you personal shopper services, for him and for her, and soon they will offer balloon rides and a tapas tour to discover the fantastic Mediterranean cuisine. Likewise, they have a section for Accessible Tourism, offering tours in Barcelona suitable for slow walkers and wheelchair users.

The very first gay tour guide company wants to make tourist stay something special and unique, that’s why everything has been thought through in detail, the clients will even get free wifi during the tour.

Tours are available in several languages like English, Spanish, Catalan, French, German, Italian and Portuguese.
More information about the company: www.rainbowbarcelona.com
Email: info@rainbowbarcelona.com Let Barcelona and their best tour guides entice you.

It will be an unforgettable journey, that’s for sure!

Women in Travel Summit Planned for Boston in March

Author: , November 19th, 2014

Women in Travel SummitGo Girl Travel Network has officially launched its preliminary schedule for the second annual Women in Travel Summit (WITS). The schedule features 22 workshops conducted over the weekend of March 27-29, 2015 that fit under one of three tracks: The Traveler, The Blogger and The Entrepreneur. The weekend also includes a number of networking events, official parties, press trips, and more.

Speakers include Stephanie Yoder of Twenty-Something Travel, the Emmy award-winning Grannies on Safari, Tanya Churchmurch of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), and more. The two keynote speakers at the summit are entrepreneur Dina Yuen of Asian Fusion and blogger Kate McCulley of Adventurous Kate.

WITS is offering two ticket options. General Admission tickets (offered at $199) are for empowered travelers and travel companies. Blogger tickets (offered at $159) are available for published bloggers and media representatives who will be covering WITS on social media and their websites throughout the weekend.

Full Story at PR.com | Massachusetts Gay Travel Resources

Self Guided Tours of Madrid

Author: , November 19th, 2014

Madrid, Spain - Apple MapsAt first glance, Madrid seems like a sprawling maze of neighborhoods, monuments, and museums — but as locals will quickly point out, most of the sites you’re setting out to see are smack dab in the center. The best way to explore the Spanish capital? By foot. Here are four routes you can take to see it all.

Walk Through History:

Start your tour at the Plaza de Espana, a stunning square set on the end of the shopping street, Gran Via, surrounded by Madrid’s two tallest buildings. The square is just a 15-minute walk from the Campo del Moro palace gardens, Sabatini Gardens, and the Palacio Real — the royal palace dating back to the 17th century.

Get lost strolling through the pedestrian-friendly area as you make your way to the Plaza Mayor. Once the site of executions during the Spanish inquisition, the square and its archways are now home to cafe terraces surrounded by the stunning 16th and 17th century architecture. Nearby, the traditional Mercado San Miguel is an indoor market dating back to 1916 with 33 stalls filled with meats, cheese, and tapas.

By Lane Nieset – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Madrid Gay Travel Resources

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Dueling Pianos – Nov 29

Author: , November 19th, 2014

One night only! A high energy, interactive, and all-request rock and roll event. From Bon Jovi to Billy Joel, you make the requests and you Capitol Centersing along – lots of music, and lots of laughs in one of the most interactive shows to hit the stage. Dueling Pianos http://glynnhouse.com/events/ shows are request oriented, interactive sing-a-long shows  wherein two piano players sit across from each other and trade songs.

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 and 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.

Terri Clark: Nov 29

Author: , November 19th, 2014

Terri Clark http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is a dynamic, no-holds-barred live performer and one of the rare female country artists capable flying-monkeyof throwing down some impressive guitar work. Terri continues to headline sold-out tours throughout Canada. Recently she ventured into an exciting new chapter of her career as radio co-host of ‘America’s Morning Show’ with Blair Garner. She is well on her way to establishing her position as an all-around entertainer in the country music industry. Her new single ‘Some Songs’ has just been released.

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 and 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.

The Nutcracker: Nov 28 – 30

Author: , November 18th, 2014

Don’t miss The Nutcracker http://glynnhouse.com/events, a magical holiday tradition, with the Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater, Palace Theatreaccompanied by a live orchestra led by Grammy® Award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams. Set in 19th Century Germany, this classic ballet opens at a charming Christmas party where the mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his niece Clara a magical toy that takes her on an unforgettable journey.

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 and 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

Iceland – perfect place for a destination wedding!

Author: , November 18th, 2014

Same sex marriage has been legal in Iceland since 2010 and Iceland is the home of award winning LGBT travel & wedding experts, Pink Iceland, combine that with the LGBT friendliness and the breath taking nature serving as the back drop for the ceremony and what you have is the perfect place for a same sex destination wedding.

The wedding planners at Pink Iceland consider themselves extremely lucky to do what they do for a living, getting to share in on the wonderful experiences and create ever lasting memories.

These are beautiful memories from our elopements and same sex weddings in Iceland. Nature, love, simplicity & honesty.

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For more love wedding photos from Iceland check out our Facebook album.

4th annual Winter Pride festival – Rainbow Reykjavik

Author: , November 18th, 2014

Rainbow Reykjavik, Winter Pride festival in Iceland will be celebrated for the 4th time January 29th – February 1st 2015. LGBT visitors are expected from all over the world to enjoy together dips into thermal pools, Northern Lights viewing, amazing nature & Icelandic culture, cuisine and nightlife.

The programme is a long weekend from Thursday – Sunday and the LGBT travel agency Pink Iceland has organized the festival to make sure the guests experience the best Iceland has to offer.

Check out the official programme of Rainbow Reykjavík and the extended programme and join us in Reykjavik 2015.

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Warren Miller’s No Turning Back: Nov 28

Author: , November 18th, 2014

Warren Miller’s 2014 film, No Turning Back, http://glynnhouse.com/events/ pays homage to 65 years of mountain culture and flying-monkeyadventure filmmaking. We’re taking a legacy that dates back to before skis had edges and we’re running with it to every end of the winter world—from the top of the steepest, snowiest peaks and back again to the Mom and Pop hills that define skiing and riding. Since 1949, Warren Miller has known that as skiers and riders there’s no need to look back. We have to continuously drive to keep our edge and chase snow, and this year, we prove that not much has changed. Revel in the celebration this winter season and remember, this time there’s No Turning Back.

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 and 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.