Gay San Diego – The Shopping

Author: , December 18th, 2014

We did a bit of shopping while we were in San Diego, including a mall, some LGBT sotres, and a really cool and funky place where you can find all kinds of unique stuff for your house. Here are our favorites:

Architectural SalvageArchitectural Salvage
Little Italy
Architectural Salvage is like Restoration Hardware on acid.

With salvaged gems (door knobs, whole doors, windows, and all sorts of other things) on display from around the world, you can find that perfect piece here to give your house a little needed funkiness.

It’s fun just to wander through the store and gape at all the bric-a-brac.

Filled with cool things for your house and for gifts, this home and lifestyle store has some furniture, but is mostly filled with lots of great, colorful knick-knacks. Well worth a look when you’re in Hillcrest.

Horton PlazaHorton Plaza
Right in the center of the downtown core is a great outdoor mall – Horton Plaza, a multi-level, outdoor mall.

Horton Plaza also provides free wheelchairs, perfect for folks who need a little assistance getting around this large, multi-level mall. This is a great mall to roam on a sunny day, filled with fanciful architecture and a great mix of shops. The mall is on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, a cute shopping, dining and entertainment district with many bars (mostly if not all straight/mainstream).

Hot Rod Garage SaleHot Rod Garage Sale
North Park
You gotta make an appointment to see this place (we know friends of the artist), but it’s a really cool stop for your San Diego trip. Brian bent is an internationally respected artist who specializes in cool urban funk. Give him a call and check out his iconic arty while you’re in town.

Hotel Del CoronadoHotel Del Coronado
Coronado Island
The Hotel Del is an iconic destination – the scene of the film Some Like it Hot.

It has a small shopping gallery, the hi-light of which, for us, was the toy store there.

I found the perfect Christmas gift for my mom – an adorable hedgehog (yes, she collects them).

Mankind is a little farther down the street – it’s basically an underwear place – if you want to look good in your skivvies (or at least as good as possible given your anatomy LOL…) check out Mankind.

If you’ve ever been to a Spencers. you’ll love Obelisk – it’s a gay version of the novelty shop. Headlined as a Men’s Clothing Store, you’ll also find gifts, cards and accessories, and huge bonus points for the neon Hillcrest sign in the middle of the store.

North Park
This is a really cool corner store up in North Park, the next neighborhood over from Hillcrest. Filled with really cool gift items, from candles to children’s books. And extra points for carrying Go the Fuck to Sleep.

Seaport VillageSeaport Village
Downtown Waterfront
This little center is an adorable collection of brick buildings and walkways along the waterfront, strewn with fountains and beautiful trees – fun to stroll through.

And check out the Headquarters next door, a former historic San Diego Police Headquarters complex, now restored and turned into an outdoor shopping center with a central plaza for events.

Torreon ImportersTorreon Importers Hillcrest
Torreon Importers has one of the best selections of framed mirrors we’ve ever seen under one roof. Stop in and see yourself reflected hundreds of times in this store – the perfect place for the closet narcissist.

Little Italy
This is a cool, funky little store with a serious asian influence on the edge of Little Italy – Japanese incense, decorations, mugs and lots of other cool, gifty stuff.

There are so many other great places to shop in San Diego – you might also want to check out Solana Beach along South Cedros Ave – it’s an artist colony with some amazing shops and restaurants which we visited on our last trip to San Diego – also check out our Old Town section there.

San Diego Gay Travel Resources

Recycled Percussion: Dec 28

Author: , December 18th, 2014

New Hampshire’s Iconic “RECYCLED PERCUSSION” returns to the Flying Monkey with a BRAND NEWflying-monkey SHOW for their 5th annual performance.  We are presenting two performances this year by popular demand.   The groups signature performances set the beat on discarded industrial junk, power tools and a barrage of buckets and metal cans and together with daring showmanship and acrobatics on tall ladders, break-dancing, spectacular spark showers in the background, and crowd participation they achieve nothing short of on-stage magic.

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 for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Wild Winter Walk: Live Animal Trail: Jan 3

Author: , December 18th, 2014

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center hosts a guided tourglynnhse winter of the live animal trail for adults and families with children ages 6 and up. Many people wonder what happens to the animals at the Science Center during winter. Most of them stay in the same place, just as they would in the wild. Participants can see the animals as they are led by a staff naturalist who will guide the walk on the live animal exhibit trail and discuss how native animals are well-adapted for winter in New Hampshire. Be ready to snowshoe and see beautiful wild animals in their winter fur coats. Snowshoes are available at no extra cost or attendees may bring their own.

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 for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Gay Ski Weeks Around the Globe

Author: , December 18th, 2014

Gay Ski WeekWith much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.

Whether you’re heading to one of the ski resorts in Europe or North America, here is our guide to some of the numerous gay ski week events on offer.

Arosa Gay Ski Week in Arosa, Swiss Alps
When: 11–18 January 2015
Perfect for: lesbians and gays eager to kick off the year with a bang
In its 11th year, Arosa Gay Ski Week brings some of the most attractive ski crew to guide you through the parties, dinners and drag queen ski race. Over 500 snow-lovers are expected to attend and highlights this year will include the closing party on top of the Weisshorn mountain; a cocktail party hosted by US drag icon Sherry Vine, and a pool party.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Other Gay Ski Weeks

Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces First 10 Films for 2015

Author: , December 18th, 2014

The CircleA sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

From Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March 2015 at Event Cinemas George Street, the festival will showcase a diverse range of LGBTI cinema from all corners of the globe, and several of the films will be making their debut at the festival.

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

Keith Haring Bathroom Mural to Re-Open Next Year

Author: , December 18th, 2014

Keith Haring bathroom Mural New York

It’s been a big year for Keith Haring. Twenty-four years after his death from AIDS, the celebrated New York artist was feted with a major retrospective at the de Young Musuem in San Francisco, along with a barrage of laudatory press. If he wasn’t canonized already, 2014 was the year he officially joined the greats.

Next year will see the restoration of one of Haring’s “lost” masterpieces: a mural he painted in the men’s bathroom at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York’s West Village. Titled Once Upon a Time, the mural was completed nine months before Haring’s death in 1990, which makes its raucous sexual panorama all the more fearless and poignant. The room–and mural–have been closed for restoration since 2013.

By Jeremy Lybarger – Full Story and More Photos at Dot429 | New York Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Jacoway Inn, Domenica

Author: , December 18th, 2014

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

Dominica’s Premier Bed And Breakfast: Looking for a warm winter getaway? Relax in our beautiful garden at Jacoway Inn. We are 5 minutes to beautiful sandy Caribbean beaches perfect for swimming, snorkeling, surfing. Come enjoy our fabulous breakfasts of home-baked breads, local organic fruits and juices and home made jams.

See the Jacoway Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Domenica

Walking Australia’s Maria Island

Author: , December 17th, 2014

Maria IslandThe Maria Island Walk is listed as one of Australia’s Top 20 island holiday escapes on

“Tranquil bays, dramatic cliffs and verdant rainforests are among the many landscapes to discover on this beautiful Tasmanian island. The entire island is a national park”.

The acclaimed guided walk offers small groups of 10 guests the chance to explore this remarkable world heritage national park in the company of two local guides whose knowledge and passion brings the island’s many secrets to life.

Full Story at Tango Diva | Tasmania Gay Travel Resources

Vote For The 2014 Best Of GayCities, Win A Free Trip For Two

Author: , December 17th, 2014

Gay Pride Flag

Don’t miss your chance to win a trip for two to any destination within the continental U.S. by voting for the 2014 Best of GayCities, courtesy of our friends at Hyatt.

Does San Francisco boast the best Singles Scene?

Does Austin host best Pride in a place lacking marriage equality?
Does Puerto Vallarta have the best Beach?

Which destination take the top honor: City of the Year?

Voting is easy. Just sign into your GayCities account and make your selections. You’ll automatically be entered into the prize sweepstakes.

Polls close January 5. You must be a US resident to win the prize.

Full Story at Queerty

Where to Party During Next Month’s London Men’s Fashion Week

Author: , December 17th, 2014

Joseph SS15 (Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council) (3)January can sometimes be a bleak time to visit London – with the excitement of Christmas behind us, the depths of an English winter often promises little more than endless weeks of cold weather and dark nights.

However one of the things that gets Londoners buzzing is fashion, and from 9-12 January 2015, the British Fashion Council will be presenting London Collections: Men.

There are three key venues where the presentations and shows will be held: The Hospital Club in Covent Garden; The Old Sorting Office on New Oxford Street and Victoria House on Bloomsbury Square. As well as four days of catwalk shows from the UK’s biggest names and emerging talents in men’s fashion, there are also some hot-ticket parties, exclusive dinners, and open-house viewings.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | London Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Photo courtesy of British Fashion Council. Photographer Shaun James Cox