Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cliff’s Edge, Haiku, Maui, Hawaii

Author: , April 29th, 2012

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

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cliff's Edge, Haiku, Maui, HawaiiWelcome to The Cliff’s Edge. We are so fortunate to have guardianship over this magnificent pristine property that stands looking out to the Pacific horizon. With great pleasure and gratitude we welcome you to gift yourself the experience of enjoying the time and space to refresh and restore yourself in Nature’s splendour.

The Cliff’s Edge is an exclusive, oceanfront Maui vacation rental property located on the scenic North Shore of Maui.

Our secluded two-acre tropical estate is perched at the edge of a 300-foot cliff overlooking Waipio Bay.

Accommodation includes a private 2-bedroom Seaside Cottage, two Bed & Breakfast suites in our main house, and the new Bali Cottage, a luxurious self-contained Hawaiian vacation rental cottage with amazing ocean views.

See the Cliff’s Edge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Maui, Hawaii

East Meets West in Istanbul

Author: , April 29th, 2012

Gay Travel: East Meets West in IstanbulPulsing through the city and cooling the warm air, the Bosphorus splits Istanbul into its European and Asian parts. But this isn’t a city so simply divided. Each district has its unique flavour and each is a rich melting pot, fusing culture in its own way and simmering with activity. I’m staying in Beyoglu – the city’s modern secular centre.

I arrive on a hot afternoon after a bracing ride in one of the local cabs from Atatuerk airport. The door to the apartment block is thick solid wood, painted black and seems to be the only thing holding up the fragile building. A few doors down someone is selling Turkish delight from huge jars and a handsome twenty-something is delivering bottles of water from his motorbike trailer, his Levi’s and leather jacket not even bringing a drop of sweat to his face; he smiles easily as he passes. Bugger blending in, first chance I get, the tourist shorts, t-shirt and sandals are changed into, in front of the large fan that is switched to the highest setting.

WiFi signal found, I check out Scruff and discover the International IstanBear Festival has just started. I go to the bear club night and get chatting to some locals and fellow travellers: a surgeon on sabbatical from Jordan; an accountant between jobs from Jerusalem; a historian from Israel.

Full Story from the Gay Traveller Blog

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First Gay Pride Festival for Rockford Illinois

Author: , April 29th, 2012

A group of organizers and residents plan to bring the first-ever LGBT pride festival to the state’s third-largest city this June.

The festival will be held at Davis Park in downtown Rockford June 9 and will feature live entertainment, food and goods vendors, civil union ceremonies and other festivities. Organizers expect about 1,000 people from the city and surrounding areas to attend.

“It’s the first year, so we’re going to start off small,” said Ron Almanza, president of the planning committee. “We don’t want to bombard Rockford and we know that Davis Park is perfect for it.” He added that they do not intend to have a parade until they’ve had a few years of successful festivals.

Full Story from The Chicago Phoenix

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Ten Things to Do In Venice

Author: , April 29th, 2012

Gay Travel - VeniceVenice, the historic Italian city on the water, stretches across several small islands along the Adriatic Sea in the northeast quadrant of Italy. While much more subdued in terms of noise and chaos than other Italian cities, Venice is still bustling and alive. This beautiful city is everything a gay and lesbian traveler could ask for in an Italian getaway. There are some vital things that are definitely not to be missed though, so be sure to take careful notes on our top ten things to do when visiting Venice!

1. Piazza San Marco- The city’s main square and meeting place also offers tourists three major destinations that are fundamental to Venice’s history. St. Mark’s basilica, Doge’s Palace, and Torre dell’Orologio can all be found in St. Mark’s Square, so be sure to bring your camera and get some great people watching on!

2. Ride in a gondola- Gondola rides through Venice’s network of canals is a must in this notorious water-based city. It isn’t necessary as romantic as it is made out to be in the movies, but it is a cheesy tourist option that is definitely worth doing. The best part of gondola rides is getting to see some of Venice’s most famous buildings and bridges up close and personal.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Sun and Safety for Gay Travelers

Author: , April 28th, 2012

Barcelona Gay TravelTHE QUESTION: Can you recommend sunny destinations that are safe for gays and lesbians?

Feeling welcome and at ease to be yourself are essential elements of travel. And for LGBT travellers in some parts of the world, that just doesn’t happen.

“It’s illegal to be gay or for men to show affection in most of the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East,” says Liz Devine, president of Thomas Cook Rainbow Travel in Toronto.

“Many countries in these regions have laws prohibiting homosexual activity, imposing prison or, in some cases, death sentences for people identified as gay.”

Full Story from The Globe and Mail

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Omaha, Nebraska

Author: , April 28th, 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, NebraskaWhen in the Midwest, there are actually quite a few good options on where to visit and Omaha, Nebraska ranks right up there. We have been going to Omaha for more than 30 years on business and pleasure and it really does just keep getting better and better.

The city has a very lively downtown, which sad to say, most cities do not have anymore. With a metro area of close to a million population there is so much to see and do in the city ranging from shopping, theatre, sports, museums and art galleries to fine dining and of course night life!

Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NebraskaOne of the finest museums in the Midwest, Joslyn Art Museum is a “must see” when you are in Omaha. It is a Smithsonian affiliate, offering an impressing range of artwork, including permanent exhibits from Monet, Pollock and Chihuly. (but then it seems like EVERY museum and art gallery in the country has at least one Chihuly).

The museums website is www.joslyn.org and is located jut a few blocks from downtown. Here is a listing of absolutely wonderful places to visit when in Omaha.

Omaha, NebraskaOmaha is an old meat packing town and has been around for a long time and it has some of the finest architecture in the Midwest. One could spend a couple of days enjoying all of the old buildings downtown and there are many interesting “period” residential houses in the city.

Omaha has a lot of different neighborhoods with diverse restaurants, cafes and shopping. Every once in a while when you are driving, you find yourself in a completely different setting. It is almost like a little Seattle in that way.

And, if Omaha is good enough for Warren Buffett who could live anywhere that he wanted to, to make Omaha his hometown and stay there for all these years, the city must have something good to offer!

Omaha Arch, Omaha, Nebraska

The Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha has been serving the community for over 30 years. their website is. www.mccomaha.org.

The gay nightlife in Omaha is always very busy. Most bars and nightclubs are open seven days a week. Among our favorites are DC’s Saloon, 610 South. 14th St, Connections at 1901 Leavenworth St.and primarily a lesbian bar, Flixx Video at 1019 South 10th St., Omaha Mining Company at 1715 Leavenworth St. and The Max at 1417 Jackson St (at 15th St.). The Max has been around forever and is very popular.

Also try Myth, 1105 Howard St. which is a nice, mixed martini bar and Broadway Joe’s on the Council Bluff, Iowa side at 3400 West Broadway which is a real nice neighborhood bar.

Joslyn Museum, Omaha, NebraskaJust across the state line and the Missouri river is Council Bluffs, Iowa. And of course we are extremely proud of the good people of Iowa for legalizing same-sex marriage.

60 miles to the west of Omaha is Lincoln which is the home of the University of Nebraska. It is also a very interesting city to visit and with the University located there, they have a vibrant gay community as well.

The Cornerstone Mansion Inn at 140 North 39th Street is the only accommodations listed on purpleroofs. Their website is www.cornerstonemansion.com

Several good websites to visit before traveling to Omaha would be:
www.visitomaha.org, www.lincoln.org and www.councilbluffsiowa.com and of course www.gaycities.com is always an ideal website to visit to get the latest on the bar scene.

Omaha is a very friendly city and restaurants, accommodations, bars and nightclubs are eager to have you as a customer and they treat everybody with respect. A big hello to our good friends in Omaha, Donald and Hank.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING 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). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Laguna Inn, Laguna Beach

Author: , April 27th, 2012

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

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Laguna Inn, Laguna Beach

Terraced on a hillside in Laguna Beach, CA amid tropic gardens and flower splashed patios, this Laguna Beach hotel exudes an ambiance of bygone days when Laguna Beach, California was developing its reputation as an artists’ colony and hideaway for Hollywood film stars.

The mission style architecture of this Laguna Beach bed and breakfast set below towering palms framing views of the blue Pacific invites you to linger, to slow your pace to that of another less hurried era. This feeling will be reinforced as you take your breakfast or afternoon refreshments in the historic Mission House or on one of the many secluded patios.

Our magnificent Palm Court, the bougainvillea-vined courtyard and the ocean-view pool deck will enchant you with their fountains and rare Catalina tiles. Another true touch of classic Laguna Beach, California is the Bell Tower, the perfect place to catch spectacular sunsets over Catalina Island.

See the Casa Laguna Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Greater Los Angeles Area

Palm Springs is More Than Just a Party Town

Author: , April 27th, 2012

Gay Travel Palm SpringsThe first thing you hear when an East Coaster says “I’m going to Palm Springs,” is “I love Miami.” The second thing is a story about the Dinah Shore extravaganza for women or the White Party for men.

Note: Palm Springs is in CALIFORNIA (Palm BEACH is the one in Florida). And while trips to The Dinah and White Party are mandatory for full gay-club membership, the truth is Palm Springs is so much more than a party destination.

It’s impossible to overstate how gay this California town is. Between vacationing gays and retiring gays, a Friday night downtown seems like a polo-shirted Castro. Adding to the mix is the vibe of Republicans. These aren’t the variety of Republicans we hear frothing on talk radio-these are the old fashioned Republicans (read: real) who want fiscal responsibility and don’t want the government in our, or their, bedroom.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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Ten Tips for Fun But Cheap Travel

Author: , April 27th, 2012

Gay Travel: Ten Tips for Fun But Cheap TravelThis past week, my boyfriend and I wanted to embark on a fun, easy and cheap getaway. Since I live in Rhode Island, we were sold on the idea of a short drive out to Provincetown, MA–right on the tip of Cape Cod. We gave ourselves a budget of just $150 for the 24-hour adventure–and even with gas at $4.00 per gallon, we made it happen!

Here’s how we did it:

1. Call motels and inns directly. While booking online is super convenient, it’s always helpful to talk to a real person directly. They will also know of any last-minute cancellations or special discounts–which will increase your chance of finding a room in your budget.

2. Travel off-peak. Our motel room was just $87 on a Thursday night. Come Friday–during the Memorial Day holiday–that same room goes for $150. We saved $63 by taking our trip on an off-peak travel day.

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Dinah Shore Las Vegas Debuts

Author: , April 27th, 2012

Lesbian Travel: Dinah Shore Las Vegas DebutsA different kind of Shore is debuting this weekend, the first annual Dinah Shore Weekend Las Vegas, presented by Girl Bar and Truck Stop Girlz.

Starting with a soft-opening this Thursday, April 26th, 2012, and an official launch Friday, April 27, the event will run through the wee hours of Monday morning, April 29.

During this inaugural weekend, Girl Bar will take over several venues that belong to the Caesar’s Entertainment Corporation for their ultimate lesbian party weekend.

Full Story from SDGLN

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