Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bayfront Marin Bed & Breakfast, St. Augustine, Florida

Author: , March 31st, 2011

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

Gay Friendly Location Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Bayfront Marin House B&B - St. Augustine, FloridaWelcome to the Bayfront Marin House in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida – recently completely renovated, our St. Augustine bed and breakfast has been tastefully decorated to take you back to an earlier, more elegant time.

Unlike a sterile hotel, each of our fifteen guestrooms is furnished with lovely antiques.

Our Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inn is one of the few Bed and Breakfasts in St Augustine, Florida, on the waterfront of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway – Matanzas Bay, Florida!

Sit back, relax and enjoy the warm Florida sea breezes from breakfast to our evening wine/beer happy hour while horse-drawn carriages and sail boats pass by. You can even stroll hand-in-hand along the seawall past the picturesque Bridge of Lions and St. Augustine’s historic fort, Castillo de San Marco. When you arrive back at the inn, you’ll find free high-speed WIFI in your room and outside on our porches.

Each of our guest rooms is entirely unique, and offers you the opportunity to choose the one that is perfect for you. Each room is ideal for a Florida weekend getaway. Our Florida B&B includes tasteful Victorian decor, a tropical romantic paradise. Don’t be surprised if you never want to leave!

Our meals have a tropical flair – we serve you breakfast individually in our dining room, courtyard or covered gazebo. You can even have breakfast in bed, complete with two bed trays, served to you in your room (additional charges apply.)

See the Bayfront Marin Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Why Not Try European Pride This Summer?

Author: , March 31st, 2011

European Pride 2011Europe’s gay summer is only just beginning — so what better time to visit one of the many Gay Pride festivals happening this year across Europe’s coolest cities?

In the coming five weeks the Sydney Star Observer and Lufthansa/Austrian will introduce you to the best places to visit to experience the gay social scene and night life, and Gay Pride celebrations all over Europe.

With Mardi Gras been and gone, why not let Lufthansa take you to one of the many gay celebrations across Europe this year? Lufthansa takes you there.

Full Story from The Star Observer

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Gay Travel Guru’s 6 Month Tenure Ends

Author: , March 31st, 2011

Gay Travel GuruNick Vivion was chosen from thousands of applicants as the first ever Gay Travel Guru. During his six month reign he ventured to the hottest gay and lesbian tourist destinations in North America: blogging, filming and using social media to show you, our amazing site visitors where to spend your oh so valuable LGBT dollar!

In October, Nick started his journey in the Lone Star state. He got dressed up for Gay Bingo in Dallas, a local LGBT tradition. Word quickly spread that the coolest LGBT traveler was in town and soon Nick was getting interviewed by NBC. Of course, Nick was doing his fair share of interviewing as well, even nabbing an interview with the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Chris Heinbaugh.

Next up, Santa Fe! In this city, cuisine is king! Santa Fe’s cuisine isn’t Mexican, it is New Mexican and of course if you want to get the freshest ingredients for New Mexican cuisine you have to go to the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, which our guru duly did. Nick discovered that the big question at the Market is; are you a red or a green (chile lover that is).

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Gay Resort Reopens in Fort Lauderdale After Renovation and Expandion

Author: , March 31st, 2011

Royal Palms Resort - Fort LauderdaleContemporary Euro style meets tropical splendor at the new Royal Palms, a stunning reinvention that’s poised to change the face of the city’s hotel market. The longtime gay favorite unveils its expansion to 62 rooms April 11 – courtesy of two additional buildings that underwent head-to-toe renovations. The makeover also added two heated swimming pools (one clothing-optional), a bar/grill, spa and fitness center, all just one block from Fort Lauderdale Beach.

The Royal Palms team took their design cues from the up-and coming North Beach village neighborhood and added a modern slant. Visitors will find crisp white exteriors, grey tumbled marble pavers, and contemporary lush tropical foliage with splashes of bougainvillea blooms accenting the palm-studded outdoor spaces.

Guestrooms vibrate with pops of color against a white backdrop; rain showers spill onto pebbled floors; and original artworks from photographer Dennis Dean hit a sensual note. All rooms come with 42-inch flat-screen TVs, and the RP’s signature orchid blossoms still accompany each stay–along with complimentary WiFi throughout the property, and access to iPad 2s, mobile phones, white bicycles and the ultimate guest amenity: a sleek 54-foot private luxury yacht, available for guest excursions, celebrations and commitment ceremonies.

Full Story from The Travel Blackboard

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Villa Gioianna, Castiglione del Lago, Italy

Author: , March 30th, 2011

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

Gay Friendly Umbria, Italy Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Villa Gioianna, Castiglione del LagoWelcome to Villa Gioianna, a gorgeous Italian villa set amongst a large garden, olive grove and vineyards upon a hill above Lake Trasimeno, with superb views of Tuscany, Umbria and Lake Trasimeno.

The Villa is an historic Italian country villa, with eight very romantic bedrooms, ten beautiful bathrooms, a well-equipped kitchen with a big fireplace and a wood-burning oven (in addition to more modern appliances). You’ll also find large living and dining rooms that open out onto terraces, a beautiful tiled swimming pool, bocce court, large flower and kitchen garden, olive grove, private forest, fruit orchard, extensive grounds and stunning Italian countryside views.

Local lore says that the Villa was originally buyilt in 1918, but experts believe it may be much older. The “padrone”, or wealthy landowner, of the surrounding farms and vineyards built it as his showcase residence, and he and his descendants lived here until the 1970s, when a Roman doctor bought it as his family’s country home.

In the early 21st century, we bought and then renovated and updated the Villa for the new century, with respect for the original architecture, spirit and history of the home – the Villa still has the original warmth and ambience of an Italian family country home.

See the Villa Gioianna Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Russian River Area Rebranding

Author: , March 30th, 2011

Guerneville, Russian RiverRussian River resort-area business and community interests are so certain their towns need a new image that they’ve spent $177,000 in tax money for a new slogan and branding plan.

Henceforth, Guerneville and environs are to be known by the slogan “balanced. by nature,” a tagline accompanied by the words “Russian River” in stylized script and a drawing of two redwood trees.

It’s all meant to portray the area as a place to go to be rejuvenated in a lower-case sort of way. “We went through quite a bit of research to come up with the brand, we are going with the restorative message,” said Al Lerma, a redevelopment associate with the Sonoma County Community Development Commission.

Full Story from The Press Democrat

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Spend Memorial Day Weekend At Pensacola Women’s Week

Author: , March 30th, 2011

Pensacola Women's WeekAlright ladies, are you thinking ahead to your Memorial day weekend plans? How about a girl’s trip to Pensacola, Florida to party with some some Georgia Peaches?

A ton of your favorite lesbian parties have come together to create this awesome event, The Dinah, Lesbian Lush, GO Magazine, Phishphest, She Wired, Pro Suzy, Cherry Grrl and Olivia Travel to name a few, taking place May 26th the 29th. Lesbian bar from Atlanta, GA”My Sister’s Room” is going to be one of the hotspots at the event, transplanting their bar to Pensacola to play host to the sexy “Fuel Girls” (yes, that is them in the picture and you’re welcome) from the UK as well as DJ Liz, who will be on stage and in drag.

Also participating in Pensacola women’s week is…wait for it…Sara and Romi from The Real L Word. Yes, they are in business together and make all their appearances together…but they are sooooo not dating. AmIRight?

Full Story from Lez Get Real

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UK: First Ever Gay Pride for East Lancashire?

Author: , March 30th, 2011

East Lancashire Gay PrideEast Lancashire’s first ever gay pride festival could be held in Burnley this summer. The event would consist of a day of colourful parades and activities and would be supported by local bars.

Already 158 people have joined the ‘Burnley Pride’ group and a number have shown an interest in helping plan the day. Organisers hope the event will be similar to popular gay pride festivals which take place in Manchester and Blackpool.

Jay Howarth, who at weekends performs as alter ego Zanadu Minnelli in Burnley’s Guys as Dolls bar, said there was a strong desire for a pride event in the town. He said: “Things are still at an early stage but there is definitely a will to make something happen.

Full Story from The Burnley Citizen

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Looking for St. Louis’s Gay History

Author: , March 28th, 2011

St. Louis Gay HistoryThe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in St. Louis has a storied history — are you holding on to any of it? The St. Louis Gay History Project wants to know.

The project is brainchild of blogger Steven Brawley, a longtime history buff. It seeks to find and preserve pieces of LGBT history in St. Louis. That can be anything from old bar posters and matchbooks to photos to pins to scrapbooks and diaries.

“There wasn’t a good, well-rounded, thorough review of gay life,” Brawley tells Daily RFT. “What was life like? Where would you go to socialize?” Tidbits and word of mouth kept reaching him through his blog. So he got the idea to ask people about what they might have stored away in the attic.

Full Story from The Riverfront Times

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Gay Travel Thailand: Ko Samui and Ko Phangan

Author: , March 28th, 2011

Ko Samui and Ko Phangon, ThailandBrendan and I visited two beautiful islands this week, Ko Samui and Ko Phangon. Koh Samui is Thailand’s third largest island and is less than an hour flight south of Bangkok (or a short ferry ride from Ko Phi Phi or Phuket) and it belongs to Surat Thani Province in southern Thailand.

Koh Samui has been developed into a very popular holiday spot and is full of tourists from all over the world who enjoy the natural beauty, top notch resorts, beaches, clubs and countless pharmacies where a prescription is nothing but a mere suggestion.

We stayed the peaceful and pleasant Samui Pier Resort, which is right on the beach front on the shores of Big Buddha Beach with breath taking views of Koh Phangan, warm blue waters, a white sandy beach and palm trees as far as the eye can see. Koh Phangan is the slightly smaller island next door to Samui (just a short 40 minute ferry ride) halfway between the islands of Samui and Tao.

Full Story from Boy Butter Blog

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