Gay Las Vegas

Author: , July 29th, 2011

Gay Las VegasNow is the time for LGBT travelers to head to Las Vegas to experience its extravagance. The Strip is rolling out the rainbow carpet, hosting a number of all-gay weekend getaways at the city’s biggest hotels and resorts, and offering package deals.

The extravaganza begins with Gay Nights in August followed by Las Vegas Pride and Shedonism, a women’s event, in September. Another gay party, Flaunt, is in the works, but a date hasn’t been set yet, according to the Encore and Wynn Las Vegas’ Michael Bertetto, the openly gay niche marketing and public relations manager.

Gay Days is already planning to hit Vegas over Labor Day weekend next year.

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Argentina: San Carlos de Bariloche, Queen of the Andes

Author: , July 29th, 2011

The “queen” of the Andean Lakes District is, undoubtedly, the city of San Carlos de Bariloche. Located on the South margin of Lake Nahuel Huapi, it unfolds its beauty throughout its shore, along one long coastal avenue, which extends, approximately 25 km away from downtown.

San Carlos de Bariloche is one of the most populous cities in Rio Negro province and is known as the capital of the Patagonia because of the many options it offers travelers.

Bariloche is the most gay friendly city as a new destination for gays al lesbian people who want to come to Patagonia. Located on the shore of the Lake Nahuel Huapi, it is surrounded by the coutry’s oldest national park. The Andean forest and the Patagonia plain are some of the environments preserved in this Eden, with its surprising array of rivers, lakes, streams and waterfalls next to the Andes range.

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Think Small: 10 Big Reasons To Visit The Tiny Village Of Arrow Rock, Missouri

Author: , July 28th, 2011
by Sandy Selby, Switzler House, Arrow Rock, Missouri
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Arrow Rock barely rates a dot on the map of Missouri. There are only four streets running east to west, eight running north to south, and the entire population of the village would barely fill a school bus. Yet Arrow Rock, Mo. bursts to life from spring through fall as tourists flock to town to take in its rich history, its unspoiled architecture and its award-winning professional theater.

What’s so special about this itty-bitty mid-Missouri town? Here are 10 reasons to make it your next destination.

Arrow Rock, Missouri1. The entire village of Arrow Rock is a National Historic Landmark. That’s thanks to its location near the starting point of the Santa Fe Trail. After crossing the Missouri River, early pioneers would stock up on supplies in this once-raucous river town before embarking on the arduous journey west. Many buildings from that period have been preserved by the Friends of Arrow Rock, an organization dedicated to keeping the town’s story alive for future generations. The Friends of Arrow Rock offers formal guided tours of the town’s most significant buildings and it doesn’t take much persuasion to get the staff to share an impromptu history lesson about the town that claims three Missouri governors, an acclaimed 19th-century painter, and a groundbreaking treatment for malaria.

Lyceum Theater, Arrow Rock2. You’ll enjoy big-city caliber shows at the Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre. What started as the most improbable of notions in 1961 — a professional theater in an old church in an out-of-the-way town — has become a premier destination for theater-lovers. A state-of-the-art, 400-seat theater now adjoins the historic church building where the Lyceum Theatre was founded. Professional actors from across the country, many with Broadway credentials, vie for roles during a season that lasts from July through November. The productions never fail to enchant audiences who marvel at finding such metropolitan theater in a town without a stoplight.

3. You can dine with ghosts at the J. Huston Tavern. The J. Huston Tavern building has been the center of hospitality in Arrow Rock since 1834, and boasts of being the oldest continuously operating restaurant west of the Mississippi River. Its walls have witnessed their share of political debates, barroom brawls and wartime tragedies. These days, the atmosphere is much more tranquil and diners enjoy heaping helpings of comfort foods including the house specialties of country fried chicken and raspberry-chipotle glazed ham. And about those ghosts … there are plenty of folks around Arrow Rock who believe there are lingering spirits in the Tavern, but that doesn’t stop any of them from dropping by for a satisfying supper.

4. Every day is like a walk in the park. Arrow Rock has the kind of green space that

Main Street, Arrow Rock, MO

city planners dream of. As you stroll through the village, you’ll discover open fields, towering trees and well-tended gardens. In a town that offers up postcard-worthy scenes everywhere you look, there’s no bad route for your morning stroll. If you’re up for a longer hike, take the mile-long Lewis and Clark Trail of Discovery down to the Missouri River.

5. You can paint the town like George. George Caleb Bingham, one of the most celebrated American painters of the 19th century, called Arrow Rock home and often included local buildings and townsfolk in his paintings. This year, Arrow Rock is celebrating Bingham’s 200th birthday with special programs and exhibitions, but his carefully preserved home and several original paintings are on permanent display. Arrow Rock still inspires artists; it’s not unusual to see a budding Bingham setting up an easel somewhere in town.

Arrow Rock, MO6. Or you can buy one of his prints. You’ll find a wide variety of antiques and rarities in the charming shops along Arrow Rock’s boardwalk. A couple of those shops are willing to part with an original Bingham engraving … if the price is right. If your budget is more modest, you’ll find other originals from lesser known artists along with beautiful antique furniture, old tools and fascinating conversation pieces that are wonderful in their obsolescence.

7. You’ll get smarter. Spend a few hours in the Arrow Rock State Historic Site museum and you’ll find out about the Native Americans who valued flint from the “rock of arrows,” Lewis and Clark’s favorable impressions of the region, and life among the pioneers, visionaries and rabble rousers who built this town into a busy river port before shifting fortunes and a shifting river changed everything. Be sure to check out the story of Dr. John Sappington, whose revolutionary use of quinine as a treatment for malaria saved countless lives in the 1800s.

Arrow Rock Easter Parade8. And you’ll meet smart people. Forget everything you think you know about small town dwellers. The people of Arrow Rock are educated, articulate and artsy. They’re also open minded … up to a point. If you’d like to take a romantic stroll with your same-sex partner, that’s just fine with the folks around here, but suggest replacing original walnut clapboards with vinyl siding and those are fightin’ words.

9. Your stomach will thank you. Whether you’re craving comfort food, a light lunch or an elegant, chef-prepared meal, you and your appetite will have a fulfilling experience at the restaurants of Arrow Rock. Make friends with some locals and you might even find yourself invited over for a home-cooked meal, a village potluck supper or some Saturday night margaritas on the front porch.

Arrow Rock, Missouri10. You’ll feel at home. Arrow Rock’s bed and breakfasts offer comfortable accommodations and warm hospitality all year long. There’s a B&B in Arrow Rock to suit any taste or budget.

Arrow Rock welcomes you to explore all it has to offer. Visit these websites to learn more: ArrowRock.org (the Village of Arrow Rock), FriendsAR.org (Friends of Arrow Rock), and LyceumTheatre.org (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre).

Switzler House, Arrow Rock, MOThe newest B&B in town, the Switzler House Guest Cottage, offers complete privacy in a historic, 1,000-square-foot home that served as the post-Civil War servants’ quarters for one of Arrow Rock’s wealthiest families. Proprietors Marty and Sandy Selby have retained the cottage’s primitive charm while stocking it with the kind of high-end amenities you’d expect to find in a luxury hotel. It’s an engaging mix of unpretentious decor and unexpected luxury that the Selbys describe as “simply elegant.” Find out more about the Switzler House Guest Cottage at SwitzlerHouse.com.

Sandy Selby, like many of Arrow Rock’s 54 residents, serves multiple roles in the community. She is president of the Historic Arrow Rock Council, a trustee of the Friends of Arrow Rock, a member of the town board, and proprietor of the Switzler House Guest Cottage. She is also the editor-in-chief of Inside Columbia magazine, the city magazine of nearby Columbia, Mo.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Gaslight Inn, Seattle

Author: , July 28th, 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 Seattle Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gaslight Inn, SeattleIn restoring Gaslight Inn, we have brought out the home’s original turn-of-the-century ambiance and warmth, while keeping in mind the additional conveniences and contemporary style needed by today’s travelers. The interior is appointed in exacting detail, with strikingly rich, dark colors, oak paneling, and an enormous entryway and staircase.

Gaslight Inn’s comfortable and unique rooms and suites are furnished with quality double or queen-sized beds, refrigerator and television. Many rooms feature private baths and some also have decks with fabulous views or fireplaces. The living room, with its large oak fireplace, is always an inviting room, as is the library.

Through the late spring and summer, we encourage you to relax and unwind at poolside with a glass of wine after a long, busy day. This private, in-ground, heated pool with several decks and interesting plant arrangements, is found at the back of the inn.

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Sweden Targeting Gay Travel Market

Author: , July 28th, 2011

“Travel to Sweden is increasing and there is a great potential to increase travel even more. By turning to well-travelled LGBT people, primarily in the USA, we hope to be able to put Sweden on the map as one of the world’s primary LGBT destinations,” said VisitSweden CEO Thomas Bruehl in a statement on Wednesday.

As part of the VisitSweden campaign, Out Magazine, the world’s best-selling gay publication, will dedicate its October edition to Sweden and is set to feature Stockholm, western Sweden and the Ice Hotel in northern Sweden.

The Hollywood premier of the English language version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, scheduled for November/December, is also set to be a highlight of the campaign, with an event for journalists working in the sector.

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Manilla, The Philippines on a Half Day Tour

Author: , July 28th, 2011

During my last trip to the Philippines, on my last day, I took four hours to venture into one of the activities most tourists hate, and on the contrary I find the most beneficial. Usually I choose small boutique tour companies, with strong emphasis on seeing the destination through the eyes of a local.

I have done this in Iran, India, Greece, and found it so rewarding, getting to see and experience things totally out of the beaten track. City tours otherwise can be boring, but they provides you with a great foundation to explore new destinations, specially in cities as chaotic and populated like Manila.

Manila’s past and present. The tour starts right in the heart of the country’s financial center – the City of Makati. First stop is Nielsen’s Tower along Ayala Boulevard. Drive through Forbes Park, an exclusive residential enclave fittingly dubbed Millionaire’s Row on your way to our first stop – the American Cemetery and Memorial – reputed to be the largest and most beautiful of American memorials outside the Continental United States.

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Gay Travel: Summer’s End’s Top Ten Events

Author: , July 28th, 2011

Saying goodbye is never easy, but these 10 kick-ass events will make parting ways with summer more tolerable.

10. Pride at SIX FLAGS Over Georgia
Atlanta – August 13
Move over Mickey! Cool down in Hotlanta as the gays take over Six Flags Over Georgia! The second annual event welcomes people of all ages to join in on the fun.

9. San Francisco T-Dance by the Bay
San Francisco – August 21
The first of hopefully many, the premiere event will take place right on the waterfront, with DJ James Torres supplying the sounds. Great music, food and an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge, what more could you ask for?

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hacienda Warm Sands, Palm Springs

Author: , July 27th, 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 Palm Springs Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Hacienda Warm SandsJim and Maurice invite you to get reacquainted with someone special, yourself, as our guest at the Hacienda at Warm Sands. Come and discover one of Palm Springs best kept secrets: a stylishly spacious gay resort in the heart of Warm Sands, Palm Springs’ gay Mecca.

Our role as your hosts and caretakers of this beautiful resort property, is to ensure guests experience our spirit of service. We believe it is honorable and noble to serve each of our guests. Our hospitality is intended to calm, relax, renew, indulge and most importantly, pamper you, all in an unobtrusive way. Fun camaraderie, as befitting the best of friends, is the “esprit de corps” for accommodating our guests.

Yes, the Hacienda is easy to get to, but hard to leave. One guest commented to us on his return to the resort that it feels so much like coming home. Let us help you feel the same way. The Hacienda at Warm Sands is the ideal getaway. Few places in the world offer all the expected elements of a sophisticated, warm, sun-filled, secret gay hideaway resort oasis – your home away from home.

Large Fireplace Suites consist of approximately. 800 – 900 square feet of space. Living room with cable TV and DVD/CD player. Private phone line and answering machine. The dining area has a gas burning raised fireplace. Granite/mahogany kitchen/bar. Bedroom with king-size bed, TV and DVD/CD player. Saltillo-tiled private rear courtyards. Bathroom has a two-man shower. Wireless high-speed Internet service.

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Durban is South Africa’s Gayest City?

Author: , July 27th, 2011

Durban has declared itself the “gayest” city in the country, The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday. This is according to the youth leader of the Durban Lesbian and Gay Community Health Centre, Siphokazi Nombande.

Compared with other big cities such as Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban was the most accommodating towards gay people.

“We have a very small number of hate crimes against gays and lesbians reported in Durban and KwaZulu-Natal in general,” he said.

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IGLTA Wins UN Accreditation

Author: , July 27th, 2011

UNThe International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA) has finally won United Nations accreditation.

The group, which is one of the oldest international organisations fighting for gay rights, has been trying to gain recognition at the UN for years.

Yesterday, countries voted 30-16 to grant the group consultative status to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

Full Story from Pink News

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