A Halloween Themed Radio Play

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A Halloween-Themed Radio Play! Join the Winni Players for their traditional, spooky Halloween Radio GH autumn exterior 411Themed Radio Play http://glynnhouse.com/events/.  Get into the spirit of Halloween at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse October 23 – 24.

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 too. 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.

An Evening of Entertainment with Loretta LaRoche

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An Evening of Entertainment with Loretta LaRoche! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Loretta GH autumn exterior 411LaRoche has helped millions of people deal with everyday stress. With her irreverent humor and an innate sense of the absurd, she helps people see how needlessly complex and stressful our lives can become. Loretta’s wit, wisdom, and humor is a common-sense view of life that leaves audiences inspired, motivated, and roaring with laughter. An acclaimed humorist, speaker and author, Loretta has shared the stage with Former President Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, Tony Robbins, Lisa Williams, Cesar Millan, and many other great leaders. Experience ‘An Evening of Entertainment with Loretta LaRoche’ at the Capitol Center for the Arts October 21.

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 too. 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.

Things You Have to Do in San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende - Carlos Melia

After my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, here is my list of must DO and SEE things, which hopefully will help you plan your trip and maximize your time there. I was there for three nights. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit Guanajuato, but if you can, you should add extra time to your journey to do so. San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaIn 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town’s religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic. Walking around San Miguel is quite quaint and charming. An obligated stop is Aldama Street, for great photo opts featuring its iconic cobble stone narrow streets and the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel.

Historically, the town is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826, as well as the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule by the nascent insurgent army during the Mexican War of Independence. Most of these heritage can be seen and experience at the Jardin Principal or Jardin Allende and La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaFabrica La Aurora. San Miguel is a preferred destination of art lovers. Whether you’re an aspiring or accomplished artist, or just prefer to admire the creations of others, you’ll be happy here. Studio openings, courses and workshops form a vital part of the thriving arts scene. Galleries, boutiques and shops selling a wide range of art and handicrafts are plentiful so it won’t be hard to find souvenirs to take home with you. The epicenter, perhaps, of this artistic movement can be found at Fabrica La Aurora. A beautiful art and design center housed in a former textile factory from the turn-of-the century.

One of the things that I enjoyed the most, was walking around exploring the streets of San Miguel and people watching. The town is very lively during the day, and once the sun is down, most of the activity centralizes around the Jardin Allende and La Parroquia San Miguel Arcangel, where I would go to enjoy the live music performances of the Mariachis.

The Mercado de Artesanias is a must stop. Local crafts include metalwork, papier mache, hand-blown glass, stained glass pottery and furniture. The many artists who make this city their home fill the city with beautiful details and offer their work for sale. You’ll find the best deals at San Miguel de Allende’s handicrafts market. Located near the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez, along Andador Lucas Balderas between Calle Colegio and Calle Loreto, this market takes up three city blocks and is full of stalls selling regional products. Don’t be shy to bargain, it’s part of the fun!

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaSan Miguel de Allende has long had a reputation as a haven for visual artists. Since the 1950s, when Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros worked there. You should stop by Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante”, also known as Bellas Artes, to see the unfinished mural by Siqueiros. Located only a few steps away from Jardin Principal. Formerly a cloister, place of prayer and contemplation is now a of Monastery of Art.

The Sanctuary of Atotonilco, located approx. 20 minutes from San Miguel de Allende, is a church complex and a World Heritage Site. The complex was built in the 18th century by Father Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro. Dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico”, the main feature of the complex is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels by Antonio Martinez de Pocasangre over a period of thirty years.

Biblioteca Publica is another must stop during your day. Specially to enjoy a coffee or light lunch at their inner courtyard. Mexico’s second largest English language library. There is plenty more to see in San Miguel de Allende, and this destination is perfect to be combined with Mexico City.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Guanajuato, Mexico Gay Travel Resources

Exploring the University Town of Cambridge

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Cambridge - Gareth Johnson

Cambridge is an incredibly attractive part of the world. Situated on the River Cam, the city is dominated by the University of Cambridge which was founded in 1209. It’s the buildings of the university and its associated colleges, libraries, and chapels that create an otherworldly street-scape that is reminiscent of the Harry Potter movies.

You will have to pay an entry fee for pretty much everything worse seeing in Cambridge, but it’s worth it.

One of the top picks is the chapel of King’s College. This is a spectacular example of Gothic architecture from the 16th-century. Also worth visiting is Trinity College – the largest college of the university. From its unique Tudor gateway to the expansive great court, this sets the standard for what a great educational institution should look like.

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

Seedy But Beautiful Galveston, Texas

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Galveston - David Taffet

The most shocking thing about my recent trip to Galveston was how clear the water was. We waded in over our knees and we could still see our feet. I’ve gone to Galveston lots of times. I love Galveston, but I’ve never seen the water there this clean.

For anyone who’s visited the Caribbean or even beaches along the east or west coasts, that’s not much of a boast. But this was Galveston with some of the ugliest beaches and brownest water I’ve ever seen along an open coastline. OK, so the Galveston Chamber of Commerce probably won’t be linking to this piece.

Not only was the water clean, but so was the beach.

By David Taffet – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Texas Gulf Coast Gay Travel Resources

Our Ten Favorite Things In Portland, Oregon

Author: , October 7th, 2015

We just got back from another great trip to one of our favorite places in the world – Portland. So we thought we’d share our favorite things – the must-sees if you visit downtown Portland.

Downtown Portland

10. Take the Free Downtown Tour

Secrets of Portlandia Tour

There’s a great free tour of Downtown Portland that meets every day, rain or shine, in front of the Portland Courthouse at 11 AM. Run by Erik Kennon and called The Secrets of Portlandia, it’s a two hour and fifteen minute tour (easy walking) that gives you so much information about the city, including many things we didn’t know. And we’ve taken a lot of tours here. Learn why the city is called Stumptown, where to see the famous penny, the history of the smallest park in the world, and what famous world plazas inspired Pioneer Square. it’s a great tour, and if you like it, you can tip Erik at the end. He does work awfully hard.

9. Dinner at Serratto or 23Hoyt


We always try to make time for a meal at Serratto up on 21st, but this year we also found a new place just around the corner on 23rd. Both of these are excellent restaurants with meals second only to Andina in Portland. 23Hoyt has more of an American Lodge feel and cuisine, while Serratto has a more Mediterranean-inspired menu. Visit both if you have the time.

8. Wander the Stacks at Powells

Powells Books

Portland has, hands down, our favorite bookstore anywhere. Powells fills up a whole city block, having taken over several buildings and merged them into one gigantic store. They sell new and used books – and you can literally wander around in there for hours and hours.

It’s the place true booklovers go to die.

7. Grab Breakfast at Tasty and Alder

Tasty and Alder

T&A is a great restaurant on the edge of downtown, close to Goose Hollow. It’s great for any meal, but breakfast is our particular favorite. They start seating at nine, but there is always a line – we recommend getting there and putting your name in at least a half an hour early. We were there for dinner this trip, and as they seat everyone at once, as soon as the tables were full, the wait time jumped to an hour and a half. But the food is worth the wait, if you have to.

6. Tea Ceremony at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Hidden away in Chinatown, you’ll find the wonderful Lan Su garden – a full city block that’s been sculpted and planted as a formal Chinese Garden. The place is a delight to walk through – adults are about $10 for entry, while a year pass for two is just $60. But what’s really special here is the Tao of Tea House – where you can sit down and take in the surroundings with a formal tea ceremony. Check their schedule in advance and try to come when there’s music. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and at peace.

5. Grab a Gelato at Allotto Gelato

alotto gelato

One of our favorite gelato places anywhere. It’s up on 23rd between Kearny and Johnson – grab a cone and explore this great little neighborhood, often called the Alphabet District. It runs up 21st and 23rd from about Couch to Lovejoy, and has a bit of a Berkeley flair.

4. Hang Out at Jamison Square

Jamison Square

This is our favorite people watching place in Portland. It’s in the heart of the Pearl, and has this really cool fountain – a half bowl that ebbs and flows every 15 minutes or so. Camp out here for a bit on summer day and watch the kids delight in the fountain when the water comes flooding back.

3. Pizza at Hot Lips

Hot Lips Pizza

There’s only one pizza place in downtown Portland.

Okaym so we’re lying. But there’s only one worth visiting. Hot Lips Pizza is in the pearl – grab a slice or two of their innovative pies (I had apple, walnut and gorgonzola this trip) and one of their patented Hot Lips fruit sodas and head over to Jamison Square to people watch at the fountain.

2. See a Play at The Artists’ Repertory Theatre


There’s a great community theatre here called the ART – the last time we were here, they had a fascinating play featuring Scott Lowell – the actor who played Teddy on the American version of Queer as Folk.

This time the theatre had a play called The Understudy – the work was great, and the actors were simply amazing. If there’s something playing here while you;re in town, go see it.

1. Eat at Andina


OK, so we’ve made it all the way down to number one. Andina is a Peruvian restaurant on the edge of the Pearl that serves some of the most fantastic food we’ve ever had. And it’s all in the sauces. We ordered our meal family style – potatoes, chicken skewers, scallops, and empanadas. Each of these dishes came with one or more sauces, and we were lucky enough to have the owner stop by and spend about ten minutes with us, discussing the food and how it is made.

The ingredients are authentic, brought in from Peru, and the flavors were simply amazing. The Salsa de Rocoto was featured on several dishes – a hearty red chile pepper sauce. The Aji de Maracuya combined a gorgeous color with a wonderful sweet flavor. And the Salsa Ocopa was something completely new to me – a flavor I thoroughly enjoyed and still can’t entirely describe.

The restaurant itself is beautiful as well – warm and welcoming. There are 6 booths along the front window – the best seats – but only available for parties of 3 or more.

This is our must-stop for every trip to Portland – but call ahead as soon as you can because it books out early. Simply amazing food.


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Although we do not, we have a lot of friends and readers who enjoy traveling all over the country in either their own personal RV or a rented one. Unless you already own a RV you will need to rent one and amazingly we have checked out the prices and they are not all that expensive.

rv parkThere are several different sizes that you can rent and the prices begin at about $599 a week. Prices of course vary from State to State and there are always a lot of extra charges so beware of them. Check your auto insurance to see if it covers renting a RV. You certainly do not need to pay for a RV should you get in a bad wreck!

Even the smallest RV’s sleeps 5 people and larger ones sleeps 8. Then there are other things to consider like should you pull a small auto behind it or just drive the RV? If you have never driven a RV before it could be a daunting task however we have seen little old ladies barreling down the Interstate driving RV’s. Guess you just have to get used to them and how to drive them.

rv twoNeedless to say they do not get good mileage. They typically get from 5 to 12 miles per gallon and most gas tanks hold 100 gallons which is quite a ‘weighty’ issue in itself! Just think how much it costs to fill your tank if you are near empty? You do save a lot of motels/hotels and if you get a good self contained RV you can ‘rough it’ and not go to a RV park every night and if at least one member of your group is a good cook then you save a bundle on going out to restaurants.

Sometimes it is hard enough traveling with just two people but when traveling with 4 or more things can get a little weird sometimes so everybody needs to be on the same page as where they are going and how far each day and scheduling, etc. Drivers do need to change off every once in a while as is really is very stressful driving a big RV down the Interstate and have to watch out for other cars as well as big semi’s.

There are several Gay or Gay-friendly RV parks around the country and below are some websites to be sure to check out in advance. There are GAY RV CLUBS as well where they have a GAY RV Caravan barreling down the Interstate.

We have some friends that drove their RV all the way from Kansas City up thru Canada and on up to Alaska. They owned their RV and other than a few minor mechanical problems, it was smooth sailing for them all the way. They were gone for about 6 weeks. They rarely ate at restaurants and saved a bundle by dining in all the time.
RV traveling is not for everyone but if you are one of those hardy souls that enjoys something like that, then go for it!





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).

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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – October 7th

Author: , October 7th, 2015

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

A Review of Two Gay Saunas in Delhi (That Gay Backpacker)
My first stop in India was New Delhi – the hectic capital. I was sure that if there was one place in India where I’d find some gay life it would be there. But after much frantic Googling, I could find very little to explore.
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First Transgender Person Travels With an “Other” Gender Passport (Kathmandu Post)
Bhumika Shrestha has become the first transgender woman to travel abroad by identifying herself as ‘other’ in the gender category.
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Bhumika Shrestha

Whitstable And The Most Unusual Gay Cruise I’m Ever Likely To Go On (Gay Star News)
Getting on a fishing boat at 10 am to go see a World War II gun emplacement at the mouth of the River Thames is not your standard gay cruise.
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Whitstable Gay Cruise

Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (Travels of Adam)
Edinburgh is unquestionably one of Europe’s most beautiful cities–the cobblestone streets, the narrow alleys, the old-town feeling. Edinburgh seems more like a 16th century kingdom than a 21st century metropolis. And yet the city somehow maintains its history in a modern way.
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Edinburgh Castle - Travels of Adam

Man Asked To Change Into Longer Shorts At Gay Days Disneyland (SDGLN)
Disneyland’s unofficial Gay Days Anaheim was a huge success this past weekend. Crowds of LGBT men and women dressed in red shirts descended upon the park in an act of queer solidarity. However one man, UK visitor Anthony Gilét, decided to ditch the red shirt and go rogue. Gilet donned a loose fitting thigh-length athletic jersey, sunglasses and a pair of mouse ears.
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Bears, Drag Queens, and Celebs Don Red for Gay Days 2015 (The Advocate)
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Gay Days

Orlando City Pride Night 2015 (Watermark)
Orlando City hosted their first ever LGBT Pride Night, pitting the Lions against the Montreal Impact.
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Orlando City Pride Night

Silver Series: David Sedaris: American Humor

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Silver Series: David Sedaris: American Humor! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ With sardonic wit and GH autumn exterior 411incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of numerous collections of personal essays, his most recent being Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. His next book will be a collection of his diaries entitled Theft by Finding due out in the summer of 2017. Don’t miss a delightful evening with David Sedaris at the Hanaway Theatre October 20.
Book your Silver Series accommodation at the nearby 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 fall 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, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many local activity fees. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Lisa Lampanelli

Author: , October 4th, 2015

Lisa Lampanelli http://glynnhouse.com/events/GH autumn exterior 411 is bringing her outrageous, raunchy Leaner Meaner Tour to New Hampshire!   Comedy’s lovable Queen of Mean is an equal opportunity offender who pulls no punches with her trademark in- your- face insult comedy. She is well known for her many Comedy Central roasts. She has lambasted Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Betty White, Donald Trump, and Flavor Flav to name a few. Don’t miss Lisa Lampanelli at the Capitol Center for the Arts October 16.

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 too. 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.