Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Maison de Macarty, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author: , July 30th, 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: Maison de Macarty, New Orleans, LouisianaAt Maison de Macarty, we’re located in the Bywater District of New Orleans, just 5 minutes from the famous French Quarter. Bywater is a bohemian district unique to New Orleans, filled with blue collar working class families, young professionals, artists, and musicians.

Our New Orleans bed and breakfast, originally built in the 1860′s, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This beautiful Victorian home features six guestrooms in the main house and two private cottages, each with en-suite bathrooms – the perfect base to explore all of New Orleans.

Every morning, you’ll enjoy a great breakfast. You can spend the day with us, swimming in our mineral water swimming pool, sun bathing on our huge sun deck, taking a nap in our large hammock, or reading a good book under the shade of our Crepe Myrtle trees.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Louisiana

Wanna Become an Innkeeper?

Author: , July 30th, 2012

Ever wanted to get out of the rat race and buy your own inn? Or maybe a little vacation rental that you and your partner can use for vacations, and rent out the rest of the time to make some extra income?

Check out our selection of properties for sale – many with a built-in LGBT audience – at:

http://www.purpleroofs.com/forsale.html

A few of our current offerings:

Stevenswood ResortStevenswood Resort
Mendocino, California
Offered at: $4.2 Million
Boutique, upscale, full-service forest & ocean view property appraised in the past for $ 5.1Mil. Excellent operational plan, marketing plans, and training included. Fine dining restaurant, full service luxury spa, hot tubs, sultry wine bar and retail showcase included.

Liberty Apartment SuitesLiberty Apartment Suites
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
$895,000
Fort Lauderdale – – Award winning Gay extended stay Hotel-Resort, established 14 years, high year round occupancy & wonderful repeat guests. Eleven beautifully furnished & fully equipped studio, one & two bedroom suites with great full kitchens, huge heated clothing optional pool & sun decks, plenty of parking. 10 minutes to Wilton Manors and central to all Gay & nude beaches, attractions & nightlife.

Quinta do ScotoQuinta do Scoto
Melecas, Portugal
2 Million Euro
This 1746 Quinta and Manor House restored in 2008 provides 9 high class spacious Suites each sleeping up to 6 guests. Highly rated on TripAdvisor 1st in the Estremadura Region and 3rd in Portugal. 30,000 m2 with potential for further development. Good road and public transport links to Lisbon and Sintra, Good local and traditional restaurants.

Find all these and more here and make your inn keeping dreams come true! http://www.purpleroofs.com/forsale.html

Win a Trip for Two to Miami’s White Party

Author: , July 30th, 2012

Includes:

2 V.I.P Tickets to Winter Party on November 24, 2012 (includes premium seating and open bar all night)

3 Nights in a Premium room at the Townhouse Hotel in Miami Beach

Dinner for two at Bond St Lounge ($150 value)

Enter by September 1st.

Courtesy of: TownHouse Hotel, Bond St Lounge, White Party Week, and Grindr
.

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Fourth Annual Xlsior Festival Takes Over Mykonos in August

Author: , July 30th, 2012

XlsiorXLSIOR MYKONOS is the most exclusive international gay leisure festival, launched in September 2009 on the famous island of Mykonos. It will be held this year for its fourth edition from Wednesday 22 August until Sunday 26 August 2012.

With a strong international dimension, the Festival is welcoming more than 22,000 gay travelers and clubbers from all over the world.

After only three years, XLSIOR has grown fantastically and its organisers have managed to make it one of the two major events of the summer gay circuit worldwide, alongside Circuit Festival of Barcelona.

See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Nova Scotia: Halifax Rallies to Support Gay Pride Celebration

Author: , July 30th, 2012

“It is not ‘us’ and ‘them’ anymore,” said Krista Snow, the volunteer chair of Halifax Pride and former Halifax City Council member. “We have gone from a completely ‘gay event’ to a celebration for the entire Halifax community.”

An estimated 100,000 people attended yesterday’s Pride parade. With record participation by community organizations as well as national sponsors such as TD Bank, it took nearly three hours for the dozens of floats and contingents to weave their way through the streets of the historic maritime city.

The parade was just one of the activities that were part of this year’s 25th anniversary celebration, which kicked off last Friday, July 20.

Authored By Troy Petenbrink – See the Full Story at The Examiner

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Le Petit Chateau Inn, Hyde Park, New York

Author: , July 30th, 2012

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

Le Petit Château Inn - Hyde Park, New YorkAt the Hudson River Valley’s Le Petit Chateau, we offer chef-prepared farm-fresh gourmet breakfasts and lovely pond views. We source all of our farm products locally to support our area farmers – farm-fresh eggs are delivered weekly, and our dairy products are from Ronnybrook & Hudson Valley Fresh.

We also purchase many other goods locally – our handmade lavender soaps are made here, as are the supplies of honey & Maple Syrup from Hummingbird Ranch. Even our tea purveyor, Harney & Sons, is a Dutchess County business and tradition.

When you stay at Le Petit Chateau, you’ll eat well, you’ll sleep well, and you’ll be treated very well, too!

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Hudson River Valley

Honeymooning in Vegas

Author: , July 30th, 2012

Gay Travel: Honeymooning in Vegas“I love Vegas,” he said, emphasis on the verb, his voice a mixture of awe, enthusiasm – and relief at finding himself (again) in the world’s most spectacular adult playground.

We were high above the city, on the 64th floor of THEHotel at miX Lounge where the kaleidoscopic view of the Strip appears as an amalgam of Peter Pan’s Neverland and Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island as designed by Busby Berkeley on acid. The Luxor’s pyramid beams blue into the night sky while the Sphinx smiles cryptically; in the near distance, there’s the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State and the MGM lion.

Las Vegas is nothing less than a set designer’s fantasy unleashed without budgetary restrictions or logical constraints. Who wouldn’t succumb to the illusion that everything is within reach if only you want it?

Authored By Mark Thompson – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Adventure Travel is Good for Your Health

Author: , July 30th, 2012

Adventure TravelThe Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and work-life balance trainer Joe Robinson[i], author of “Don’t Miss You’re Life,” say vacations are good for you, especially ones that emphasize fitness, nature and social stimulation. Three ATTA members- Country Walkers, Fit For Trips and Sol Fitness Adventures-attest to Robinson’s claims that a fitness-focused trip can reduce stress, increase focus in the workplace, and help weight-loss efforts as well as overall fitness.

Every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to two minutes, according to the Framington heart study[ii]. Country Walkers, which began 33 years ago with the simple idea of exploring the world actively, introduced safari walking tours in 2012. The company says that walking an extra 20 minutes each day can burn off seven pounds of body fat per year; addition health benefits include relieving symptoms of depression and stress to preventing diabetes and heart disease.

“Adventure travel options give travelers the ability to set their own pace while immersing themselves in the local culture and natural beauty of the region,” said AnneCecile Blanchot, spokesperson for Country Walkers.

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Riding on the Orient Express

Author: , July 30th, 2012

Gay Travel: Riding on the Orient ExpressBeads of sweat trickle down my forehead on a muggy night in Bangkok when I realize I’m late for the Eastern & Oriental Express train. I’ve missed the shuttle from my hotel and my baggage bounces over the unevenly paved streets as I run to the station in a panic.

As I fly down the platform, my dress billows behind me. I feel like a character in an old movie as I sprint for the train, but it’s not Paris in the 1920s and I’m not chasing the love of my life. Instead, I plan to be chasing back martinis as I journey through northeast Thailand’s picturesque landscapes of rice paddy fields and lush hilltops, en route to Laos on this modern luxury train.

Flustered, I hop on seconds before the green and cream train toot-toots out of the station, and just as I imagined, it’s as though I’ve landed in a bygone era. Cherry-wood-walled corridors inlaid with deep-set maroon carpets pave the way to elm-burr paneled cabins, outfitted with floral-patterned furniture and adorned with veneers of rosewood marquetry and intricate inlays.

Authored By Charmaine Noronha – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Summer in New York State

Author: , July 30th, 2012

From the Big Apple Circus and other special events to the latest and greatest hotels to stay in, things to do and places to eat, New York State is booming this summer with openings, new attractions and entertainment, major renovations, restorations and improvements. Here is a sampling:

New Things to Do and Places to Go

Central New York: This is the first season for Southern Tier Kayak Tours, offering kayaking trips on the Susquehanna and Chenango Rivers and the Palisades valley, all equipment provided.

Finger Lakes: In Onondaga County, Destiny USA in Syracuse, the largest LEED(R) Gold certified retail commercial building in the country, will be the 6th largest shopping center in the country when completed, offering over 260 luxury outlets and retail stores, restaurants and entertainment. A grand opening celebration is planned for August 2.

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