Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: The Inn at Parkside, Sacramento

Author: , October 21st, 2011

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

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

The Inn at Parkside, SacramentoOverlooking Sacramento’s Southside Park, the Inn at Parkside is an urban oasis of relaxation and renewal. Ideally located for business and pleasure, this chic and elegant mansion and its new and contemporary adjacent property, Parkside House, are a short drive or walk from the California State Capitol and vibrant downtown Sacramento.

All rooms include flat screen televisions, DVD players, i-pod docking stations, cable TV and Wi-Fi. The extravagant rooms of the Parkside house also have private fireplaces, deep jacuzzi tubs with marble surrounds, marble showers with glass enclosures, and a few with private balconies.

Built in 1936, the distinctive rooms in the historical mansion are filled with the charm and history of times gone by, with a touch of Asian inspiration to reflect back to the original owners of the Historic Fong Mansion.

The outdoor courtyard area is a great place to escape, read a book, or take a soak in the large covered jacuzzi. Uniquely decorated, each room evokes a feeling revealed by their names such as, Tranquility, Refresh, Dream, and Passion.

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CO: Aspen’s Gay Ski Week: Snow & Studs

Author: , October 21st, 2011

Aspen Gay Ski Week 2012Aspen, Colorado is notorious for entertaining the upper crust of the skiing community- but not just during the wintertime. This adorable mountain town not only provides its often-famous residents a winter wonderland to escape to, but also offers tourists a taste of the Rocky Mountain lifestyle, in style and all year round. Aspen is one of the best ski areas in the world, and draws in hoards of winter vacationers once the snow falls.

Aspen in the off-season is still very much “on” though; hiking, kayaking, biking, and other outdoorsy activities beacon visitors during the warmer months in the Rockies. The best part about this mountain town? Getting to enjoy the ambiance of the beautiful lodges regardless of what the weather may be, with a (preferably caffeinated or alcoholic!) drink in hand. For the LGBT community, the time to make this Aspen fantasy a reality is during Aspen Gay Ski Week.

The next Aspen Gay Ski Week happens January 15th-22nd, and its theme “Aspen through the Years” celebrates the 35-year history of this event that brings the skiing gays together in the beautiful Aspen atmosphere. Each day will include skiing and snowboarding on one of the four featured mountains led by a (hopefully hunky!) local guide. All levels of experience will be accommodated so don’t be intimidated- hit the slopes! Get your grub on at lunch on the mountain each day; this is also a great opportunity to mingle and meet some fellow gay skiers!

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Review: Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Author: , October 21st, 2011

Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film FestivalThis past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the Sacramento International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (SIGLFF) at the Crest Theatre. The festival ran selected film series each evening from Thursday to Saturday.

Founder Alan Cole started the project in 1992 as a student-run film festival that received support from Sacramento State University, Gay and Lesbian Alliance students with grant funding from Associated Students Inc. , which is a official governing body which operates the sponsorship of programs and services to CSUS students.

A bevy of sponsors and volunteers support the board of directors, programming and gala committees to prepare and organize the annual festival that takes place in October to celebrate National Coming Out Day. The festival showcases handpicked films by the committee that are created by filmmakers of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The festival serves as a vehicle for LBGT talent such as actors, writers, producers and directors from around the world to showcase their abilities.

Full Story From The Sacramento Press

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India Should Court Gay Travelers

Author: , October 21st, 2011

India Gay TravelIndia can close its eyes and miss the global gay tourism bus, an international gay tour promoter said in Panaji on Friday even as the Goa government unceremoniously dropped a session on lesbian gay bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) tourism from a state sponsored travel and tourism mart.

Rika Jean-Francois, a representative of the ITB Berlin – a renowned tourism and travel mart – and Thomas Bomkes, managing director Munich based Diversity Tourism, who were to participate in a discussion on LGBT tourism at the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM), also issued a joint statement protesting accusations that LGBT tourism was equivalent to “paedophilia practices, sex tourism, sex tourism or escort service”.

“India can close its eyes, but gay tourism is going to be there. It is up to India to see if they can tap this sector. Gay tourists globally will go elsewhere,” Bomkes said.

Full Story from DNA India

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28 Things About Portland

Author: , October 21st, 2011

Gay Portland, Oregon1. Beer, beer, beer, beer, beer. Beer; beer, beer.
2. Funemployment.
3. Everything is so cheap that you will compulsively overtip. (You’re doing it wrong).
4. Never look a kombucha mother in the eye. This is so serious.
5. There’s actually a skyline, sort of! It’s pretty!
6. Why does anyone not live here?
7. Oh yeah, rain.
8. Sometimes at a 4-way stop everyone just sits there politely and looks at each other.

Full Story from Autostraddle

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Aysgarth Station, Bar Harbor, Maine

Author: , October 20th, 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 Downeast & Acadia, Maine Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Aysgarth Station, Bar Harbor, MaineThe Inn offers YEAR ROUND accommodations minutes from Acadia National Park (a great place for “Birders”) on Mt. Desert Island. Aysgarth Station extends New England hospitality, and quiet country comfort in a uniquely casual atmosphere. Situated in downtown Bar Harbor …. just a short walk to the waterfront and town center, where you’ll find a wealth of distinctive shops and incredible eateries …. and only a 5 minute drive to the Ferry Terminal for traveling to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

Enjoy beautiful Acadia National Park, and take a day trip to the islands surrounding Mt. Desert. Shop in downtown Bar Harbor and sample some of New England’s crafts and Maine’s wondrous food delicacies. Finish up each day at Aysgarth Station relaxing in front of a cozy fire, and start the next with a scrumptious hearty country breakfast that will please any traveler. Accommodations include queen size beds, air conditioning, private bathrooms and delightful afternoon refreshments. There may be more elegant B&B’s in town, but you won’t find one that’s more comfortable!

Built in 1895, Aysgarth Station has seen generations come and go; it has been a private residence and for many years provided room and board for the Greyhound Bus Drivers who came and went throughout the years. Our 100+ year old home located on a quiet side street in downtown Bar Harbor now provides guests with country comfort in a uniquely casual atmosphere. Aysgarth Station offers wonderfully comfortable rooms, full hearty country breakfasts and delightful afternoon refreshments.

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Egypt: Following in the Footsteps of Moses

Author: , October 20th, 2011

Gay EgyptIt was a shame to break a commandment on the way up the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments, but at least it was only one of the revised orders my tour group had composed the night before.

“Thou shalt not wear socks and sandals,” had been the first idea from my end of the table. But I really did need to wear socks with sandals on our hike up the Steps of Repentance on Mount Sinai – to keep the small stones out of my all-purpose travel footwear.

Our Intrepid Travel group on tour through Egypt had already formed a tribe. We had spent the day before at the basic, clean and tasteful Sawa Beach camp on the Red Sea, half an hour north of Nuweiba, chilling out and bonding. The men played volleyball, women walked along the beach and talked about relationships, yoga and family. We each had a simple palm hut with balcony and hammock. It was bliss after our action-packed itinerary, offering a much-needed “day off”.

Full Story from Stuff.co.nz

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Argentina: Going Back to Buenos Aires

Author: , October 20th, 2011

Being back in Buenos Aires filled me with a little dread, considering our first experience resulted in the pickpocket of my beloved digital camera.

By foot we took to our hotel, the streets were surprisingly quiet. The streets were lined with ripped paper due to the end of the financial year – apparently we missed the accounts party as they tossed huge sums of paperwork from office buildings!

During our Desyuno (breakfast), we discovered that New Year’s Eve being a Friday is a bank holiday – so too the entire weekend. On the one hand we knew we would get the peace we wanted, on the other – finding things to do proved a challenge.

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Gay Girl on the Run: The Travel Kit

Author: , October 20th, 2011

Check you out, free spirit! Wanderlusting all over the damn place. Taking the world by storm with nothing but the clothes on your back and the wind in your hair. I see you too, long-distance relationship girl. I see you there, at the plane terminal, weary of naked cell phone pictures and cuddling on Skype. You probably over- or under-packed, but that’s okay, because you’re in love.

Maybe neither of these is you at all. Maybe you’re following Tegan and Sara on the road. Maybe you just hate where you live. Perhaps you’re on the run from homophobic family members (seriously, still a tragically common occurrence). Maybe you just feel like your time and money are best spent being, well, somewhere else.

I think, probably, that I have been each of these people at least once, and am probably some combination of two or three of these people right now. And no matter who you may be in this grand scheme of runagays and wanderlust dreams, the world is your oyster, and everyone knows that oysters are symbols for vaginas, so let’s get to exploring, shall we?

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Madrid to Host International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Convention in 2014

Author: , October 20th, 2011

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s 31st Annual Global Convention will be held in Madrid in May 2014. This will mark the inaugural appearance of IGLTA’s premier educational and networking event in Spain – a country known for its progressive legislation on LGBT rights.

“We’re thrilled to be returning to Europe for our 2014 convention, especially to the beautiful city of Madrid,” said IGLTA Board Chair Tanya Churchmuch. “Not only is Madrid home to one of the most important Pride events in the world, but it also has an extremely active local LGBT community that worked hand in hand with local tourism offices to create their wonderful conference bid.”

Promocion Madrid (the Madrid City Council’s Tourist Board), Turespana (the Spanish Tourism Board) and Turismo Madrid (Tourist Board of the Region of Madrid) have pledged support for the convention. The capital city is also headquarters for the United Nations World Tourism Organization, a key organizational partner of IGLTA.

Full Story from eTravelBlackboard

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