Wandering Through West Hollywood

Author: , July 30th, 2012

In my first visit to the West Coast in many years, I decided to venture out to the land of dreams, Los Angeles, California and more specifically, West Hollywood. In a region known for celebrities, rolling hills and mega mansions, West Hollywood is a wondrous enclave, with its own identity and a drastically different vibe than its surrounding neighbors.

The most difficult part of your journey will be getting from Los Angeles International Airport to West Hollywood…the traffic in Los Angeles is legendary. But once you arrive, all of your worries seem to fade away. Check in at the newly renovated Le Montrose Suites, situated just blocks from Santa Monica Boulevard and minutes away from some of the most popular gay venues in the country.

The magnificent boutique hotel offers a full-service restaurant, beautifully appointed suites complete with full kitchen, living space, balcony, flat screen televisions and luxury linens. Le Montrose also features a fitness center and rooftop pool overlooking the Los Angeles skyline, perfect for sun bathing or enjoying a late-night swim.

Authored By Joey Amato – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Iron Mountain Inn B&B, Butler, Tennessee

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.

Iron Mountain Inn, Butler, TennesseeThe Iron Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast has a unique, secluded place in the Northeastern Tennessee town of Butler, far from the crowds of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Our peaceful log home sits on a mountainside away from the crowds and congestion – the ideal place to relax and forget about your everyday cares and frustrations in our quiet mountain setting.

Each day, we work hard to meet our goal, “Pampering Perfected”. We’ll do our best to anticipate your needs, and to make sure that your stay with us is “just right”. We must be doing something “just right” – we just recently started our fifteenth year in business.

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San Francisco for Free

Author: , July 30th, 2012

Golden Gate BridgeIt’s no secret that you can drop a lot of cash seeing the sights of San Francisco. After all, this is the home of the Gold Rush.

But did you know that some of the finest things in the City by the Bay carry the budget-friendly price tag of free, gratis and no charge?

Here are five things that may make you leave your heart, but not your money, in San Francisco.

GOLDEN GATE PARK: Covering more than 1,000 acres, the Golden Gate Park is home to playgrounds, museums, flower gardens and more. On the western side of the park, check out the Dutch-style windmills near John F. Kennedy Drive. Once used to pump water through the park, they now represent a little of the city’s history. Also in the western section is the Buffalo Paddock where you’ll find not buffalo but bison.

Authored By Michelle Locke – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Australia’s CoastOut Celebrates Third Anniversary in October

Author: , July 30th, 2012

CoastOut 2012One of the freshest Festivals to hit the Gay & Lesbian Social calendar in the past couple of years is Australia’s CoastOut Festival. Now in its third year, CoastOut has already become a popular Annual event with visitors from around Australia and overseas with its eclectic mix of Art, Community, Sports and Social Events.

Described as a ‘Boutique Mardi Gras’, CoastOut is staged over three days in late October in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. Known as one of only two regions in Australia where the mountains reach the sea, Coffs Harbour also boasts the most temperate climate in Australia making it the perfect seaside holiday retreat.

CoastOut is quickly becoming a favored alternative for those looking for a new destination with the choice of relaxing and enjoying the natural surroundings or partaking in the many Festival Events on offer.

See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Guatemala | Olympics Past and Present

Author: , July 30th, 2012

With the 2012 Olympics now in full swing, I thought it would be interesting to learn about Guatemala’s past – and present – participation in the Olympic Games.

First, the present – 19 Guatemalan athletes qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London and they are now currently in London competing. The honor of carrying the Guatemalan Flag into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony last week was given to Juan Maegli of Guatemala City.

Guatemala 2012 Olympics

Juan Maegli, 24, is currently a senior at College of Charleston (South Carolina, US) and this will be his second Olympics. In the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Maegli represented Guatemala in Sailing (Laser Class) and is doing so once again in this year’s Olympics in London.

Maegli is currently ranked No. 21 in the world in lasers sailing, but recently he was 4th in the World Championships in his class so hopes are high that he might be the first Guatemalan athlete to ever win an Olympic Medal!

Olympic “fever” appears to run in Juan Maegli’s family since his father – Juan Estuardo Maegli – was also an Olympian, competing/sailing in three Olympic Games – Montreal in 1976, Moscow in 1980 and Los Angeles in 1984.

In addition to Maegli, hopes are also high that Guatemala’s Kevin Haroldo Cordón Buezo might also “medal” in the 2012 Olympics. Cordon, who competes in badminton, is from La Union, Zacapa and he currently ranks 26 in the world in badminton. Like Maegli, this is Cordon’s second Olympics and he too had the honor of carrying the Guatemalan Flag into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony – but at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

At the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games Cordon won three Gold Medals: singles, doubles, and team events, being the Guatemalan athlete with the most medals won during the games. In October 2011, Cordon won his first Pan-American Games Gold Medal by beating Cuban competitor Osleni Guerrero in the final. Cordón did not lose one set in the tournament.[7]

And finally, Alfredo Montenegro of Guatemala City is already a 2012 Olympic winner of sorts. Montenegro won a trip to this year’s Olympics when his video was selected by the Olympic Committee as a grand prize winner in their “Show Your Best” initiative. His video was selected from hundreds of videos submitted from people in over 50 countries. Segments of Montenegro’s video will be featured in a TV spot that will be shown in the stadiums and by broadcasters around the world during the Games.

Following are a few highlights for Guatemala from past Olympics:

Guatemala has competed in every Summer Olympics Games since 1968. Guatemala has participated in the Winter Olympic Games only once, in 1988.

Rider Oswaldo Mendes came closest to winning a medal for Guatemala at the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games. Mendes finished 4th in the Equestrian individual showjumping competition. Second closest to winning an Olympic Medal for Guatemala was Boxer Carlos Motta Taracena who finished 5th in the Olympic light flyweight boxing competition at the Los Angeles 1984 Games.

Guatemala has performed well in Olympic Shooting. Edgardo Zachrisson finished 6th in the skeet competition at the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games, and Arturo Iglesia competed in three successive Olympic Games from 1976 to 1984. He finished 15th in the running target at the 1980 Games and Sergio Sanchez was 8th in the free pistol in 1996.

Heidy Suarez achieved the best performance by a Guatemalan woman in the Olympics. She lost in the semifinal of the welterweight taekwondo at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and placed 4th.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, Guatemala joins 10,000 athletes from more than 200 countries for 17 days of competition in 26 sports in 34 different venues. Buena suerte equipo Guatemala!!!

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GuySpy Releases New Gay Travel Mode

Author: , July 29th, 2012

GuySpyGuySpy, the top-ranked mobile gay dating app for iPhone and Android, has made some its most popular features free to its members. Travel mode, which lets you drop in on any city in the world and check out the community, is now free on the mobile app. As well, members can view up to 50 profiles with a simple swipe of the finger. Want to see the latest member photos? Cruise lets you view the last 100 photos uploaded.

GuySpy for iPhone and Android has seen tremendous growth in membership, according to Morris Chapdelaine, Executive Editor of GuySpy.com. “We are thrilled to offer to our members features that previously were part of the premium package. The free gay travel mode is proving to be particularly popular with our users. Clearly, summer is a time to travel, and GuySpy can help you make friends before you even get there! The popular gay travel show Bump! hosted by Charlie David, has even chosen to showcase GuySpy’s travel model as a way to make work and vacation travel even more efficient and fun.”

Peter Gill, President of Stark Mobile Technologies, states, “Our members tend to be adventurous, affluent men who travel frequently for both business and pleasure. With GuySpy’s Travel Mode, our members can check out the scene in any city in the world, and find out where the best restaurants and bars are, as well as make contacts.

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Rio Pride Coming in October

Author: , July 29th, 2012

Rio Gay Pride 2012This October 14th, the heat that you’ve been longing to feel will overwhelm you as Rio’s Famous Pride Parade hits the scene. With colourful costumes, fabulous floats and perfectly sculpted bodies, Brazil is calling and you won’t want to miss it!

With events catering to all walks of the gay lifestyle, the party reaches a fever pitch as revellers all gather on the famous Copacabana Beach for one of South America’s biggest pride parades! Celebrating the diversity and uniqueness of Brazilian culture, this pride event is one that will definitely leave a lasting impression.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: El Castillo, Ojochal, Costa Rica

Author: , July 28th, 2012

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

El Castillo, Ojochal, Puntarenas, Costa RicaWelcome to Costa Rica’s Hotel El Castillo, towering six hundred feet above the Pacific Ocean – where elegance and adventure meet.

Hotel Castillo is a Mediterranean-style Costa Rican boutique hotel, offering five luxurious guest rooms, each with dramatic ocean views. Our Cista Rica boutique hotel is located in Ojochal, famous for its incredible ocean and mountain views, lovely waterfalls, great restaurants and endless adventure opportunities. Ojochal is also ideal for short trips to Manuel Antonio or Dominical to the north, the mountains to the east or Osa to the south.

Each of our guestrooms and suites includes upgraded bedding, robes, refrigerator, coffee maker, safe, and a/c. From our bedrooms, double French doors open to a veranda, with a view of the Pacific Ocean.

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Scotland – Glasgow Pride Breaks Attendance Records

Author: , July 28th, 2012

Attendance records were shattered at Scotland’s biggest LGBT event, Glasgow Pride. According to The Glaswegian more than 6,000 people attended the event, breaking previous attendance records.

Held July 14, Glasgow Pride kicked off with a parade from Kelvingrove Park to George Square.

Ross Stevenson, Glasgow Pride director said, “I am so glad the parade and festivities were such a success and happened without any major problems. We estimate that a record number of around 6,000 people participated.”

See the Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Newfoundland – Whales, Icebergs, and a Sea Monster?

Author: , July 28th, 2012

Gay Travel: Newfoundland - Whales, Icebergs, and a Sea Monster?If I had a dollar for every time someone asked how I wound up traveling through Central Newfoundland, I’d have a tidy little sum piled up in just a few days. Indeed, this region of Canada – part of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador that lies northwest of the port city of St. John’s – tends to get overlooked on tourists’ itineraries in favor of hotspots like Montreal and Quebec City and the more well-known coastal regions of British Columbia.

It’s a destination well worth a trip, though, especially for adventure-seeking travelers, as the area is loaded with off-the-beaten path opportunities for exploration on both land and sea. Hundreds of miles of spectacular hiking trails, boasting unforgettable names like the Squid Jiggers Trail, crisscross the rocky terrain. Tour boats take visitors in search of migrating whales and mighty icebergs.

And, as I discovered from a recent visit, the area is also home to Canada’s version of the Loch Ness Monster: a mysterious, eel-like creature that’s said to live in the murky depths of Lake Crescent.

Authored By Blane Bachelor – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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