Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cozy Cottage for 2, Ellijay, Georgia

Author: , June 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 Georgia Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Cozy Cottage for 2, Ellijay, GeorgiaWant to escape to the countryside, just a short, beautiful ride from Atlanta. If you like farm animals (mini goats, chickens, roosters, etc) in a quiet Georgia country setting, come see us.

We’re located in the lovely north Georgia mountains, just a hour outside Atlanta.

Our guest cabin offers a queen master suite, perfect for two adults. The master suite includes a full bathroom and 2 private balconies, along with a hot tub.

The suite also has a flat screen TV and cable television service, a kitchenette with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and small appliances to cook a gourmet meal.

See the Cozy Cottage for 2 Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Staying Sane While Traveling

Author: , June 30th, 2011

Gay TravelAs I write this, I’m sitting in a crowded terminal in Boston’s Logan Airport waiting for my flight to France. Though there’s a lot of madness around me, I try not to get caught up in it. I like to think of myself as the eye of the storm–calm amongst the chaos.

Being balanced, serene and centered while traveling is something of an art. But it’s worth the effort and practice–traveling is a lot more enjoyable when you’re present and calm.

To that end, here are a few tips to get your Zen on:

1. Exercise. You might be on vacation, but your body is not. Exercise in your room, in your hotel’s gym, outside (i.e., running along the beach) or find a gym nearby–most offer guest passes. Investing just an hour of gym time in yourself can help reduce stress, improve sleep and increase energy. It’s definitely worthwhile.

2. Choose the right attitude. Most people approach traveling with the attitude of, “Uhh! I hate flights.” If that’s the case, you’ve already decided it’s going to be a terrible experience. Instead, make the decision to enjoy the journey. Find a good book or download some interesting movies on you iPad. A long flight can be hell–or 6 hours of scheduled “me” time. The choice is yours!

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Gay Travel: New York’s Top 12 Places to Get Married

Author: , June 30th, 2011

New York Gay Wedding LocationsWith the legalization of same-sex marriage, there’s never been a better time to celebrate your love in New York! Here’s our list of the top 12 cities to get hitched in the Empire State!

12. Albany: NY’s capital city isn’t just the major political hub, it’s also a great place to experience great local theatre and musical performances. Palace Theatre and The Egg are great venues to find music, plays, and spoken word performances. The city is geographically ideal for couples looking to explore larger cities. Albany is equidistant from New York City and Montreal.

11. Rochester: The appropriately named “Flower City” is known for its natural beauty and thriving arts scene. Around the Park Avenue neighborhood you find a plethora of coffee shops, bistros, cafes and boutiques. If you’re a sucker for classical music, The Eastman Theatre plays host to the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Rochester is a liberal, open-minded destination, home to artists, musicians, students and a thriving LGBT community.

10. White Plains: About a half-hour outside of Manhattan you’ll find this suburban jewel of Westchester County. White Plains offers both natural beauty and terrific public transportation. The city is conveniently located less than a 1 hour drive from four major metropolitan airports (JFK, LaGuardia, Newark and Westchester County Airport).

Full Story from gaytravel.com

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Las Vegas May Market to Gay Honeymooners

Author: , June 30th, 2011

Same-sex couples can’t get married in Nevada, but Las Vegas tourism officials are still looking for a way to cash in on the growing gay wedding industry.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is considering marketing southern Nevada as a honeymoon destination for same-sex couples.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Thursday that the tourism agency’s director of diversity marketing has already discussed the possibility with his staff.

Full Story from the Times Union

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Chamberlain West Hollywood

Author: , June 29th, 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 West Hollywood/Los Angeles Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Chamberlain West HollywoodTucked away on a tranquil, tree-lined street, a short walk from the Sunset Strip and Santa Monica Boulevard, The Chamberlain West Hollywood is a metropolitan boutique hotel in West Hollywood, California, offering the comfort and feel of a residential pied-a-terre.

Our fully redesigned, all-suite accommodations, striking lobby, and dramatic bistro and lounge will evoke the chic home of a well-traveled host. Come stay with us for a night or a fortnight – our hotel in West Hollywood is ideal for style-conscious business and recreational travelers, as well as for small corporate meetings, informal get-togethers and other unique events.

We offer a refined choice among West Hollywood hotels.

See the Chamberlain West Hollywood Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

The World’s Most Gay Friendly Travel Destinations

Author: , June 29th, 2011

What better way to celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month than to pay tribute to places where monumental strides in gay rights have taken place. Online travel advisers CheapFlights (www.cheapflights.com) offer its top gay-friendly destinations.

Athens: Some of the first-recorded mentions of same-sex relationships, unions and marriages trace back to ancient Greece. Though relationships between two men were eventually banned thousands of years later, Greece is back on track. In 2011, more than 10,000 activists marched at the annual Athens Gay Pride parade.

Los Angeles: One of the first national gay rights organizations, the Mattachine Society, was founded in Los Angeles by Harry Hay in 1950 to help improve the civil rights of homosexuals. Today the city still brims with art and culture nurtured by its active gay community.

Full Story from the Calgary Herald

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AZ: Phoenix’s Best Gay Bars

Author: , June 29th, 2011

The bar at Bs West - Phoenix Gay BarPhoenix celebrated gay pride in March, but the rest of the country is still flying rainbow flags for national Gay and Lesbian Pride month.

We took the colorful opportunity (read: excuse) to travel the Valley to rank and review a few local gay bars worth visiting. After all, it may be too hot to march down Third Street in downtown Phoenix — but it doesn’t mean Britney can’t be played and shirtless men can’t dance. Read on for scores in “straight friendliness,” quality of the dance floor, how many times Ke$ha was played, and much more.

1. Amsterdam, 718 N. Central Ave. On Friday nights, this place is, as Pitbull would say, on fire. Aside from an on-repeat playlist, the drinks are cheap and the boys are energetic. Tip: Saturday nights can be slow (most say they move to our no. 3, Bs West).

Full Story from The Phoenix New Times

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Southwest Pilot Apologizes for Homophobic Rant

Author: , June 29th, 2011

Southwest Airlines confirmed that its employees received a written apology Tuesday from the pilot whose cockpit rant sparked anger around the globe, Local 2 Investigates reported.

“Because of the impact of my comments, I wanted to communicate with you directly,” wrote Capt. James Taylor, of Argyle, Texas.

Local 2 Investigates fought for the release of his cockpit comments that tied up an air traffic control frequency used by the FAA’s Houston Center. The tape was then played on news outlets worldwide.

Full Story from MSNBC

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: B&B at Taylor’s Corner, Woodstock, CT

Author: , June 25th, 2011

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

B&B at Taylor's CornerLooking for a traditional New England bed and breakfast? Come stay with us at the Bed & Breakfast at Taylor’s Corner in northeast Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.

We offer 3 guestrooms with queen beds, private bathrooms, air conditioning, working fireplaces and high quality linens. You can also relax in any of the three common rooms, with real wood-burning fireplaces and old beehive ovens. Our incredible breakfasts are made with high quality, locally grown ingredients, fresh baked goods and refreshments.

We also have WIFI internet access, satellite television, DVDs and board games.

You’ll also enjoy antique furniture and wide board floors that decorate our 18th Century home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. You’ll find lush perennial gardens and old stone walls that surround the property, offering a quiet sanctuary fir guests to explore.

See the B&B at Taylor’s Corner Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

New York to Celebrate Gay Pride in Wake of Historic Marriage Equality Decision

Author: , June 25th, 2011

New York Gay prideThis is a momentous year for gay pride in New York. The military policy “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed in December, marriage equality has been passed and the President has proclaimed that gay couples deserve the same rights as any other.

There’s a lot to celebrate. Here is a list of places to show your pride, support your friends and family and show the world that New York City is the greatest city in the world.

Full Story from the NY Daily news

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