Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Meridian Manor, Washington, DC

Author: , September 30th, 2012

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

Meridian Manor, Washington, DCMeridian Manor B&B is one of Washington DC’s newest Bed and Breakfasts. Located just north of Dupont Circle on 16th streets at U, visitors will find this home comfortable and convenient, offering 6 generously sized guest rooms and a fully furnished 1-bedroom apartment. Additional amenities include color televisions with cable, decorative fireplaces and wireless Internet access. All guestrooms are furnished with queen-sized beds. 4 guest rooms feature private baths, and 2 rooms share a hall bath.

Meridian Manor was built in 1890, and gets its name from the nearby Meridian Hill Park, a quick block away. The park is part of the National Park Service, and offers visitors a beautiful Italian style garden, unique 13 terraced and cascading water fountain, and Memorial to the late President James Buchanan. Meridian Manor offers visitors here for business or sightseeing, easy access to much Washington has to offer.

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Party Leader Says Bermuda Government Should Challenge Frommer’s Warning to Gay Travelers

Author: , September 30th, 2012

Government should “reach out” to travel guide Frommer’s about its warning that Bermuda is repressive to gay people, says the United Bermuda Party. Kim Swan, interim leader of the UBP, said that his party wants “a Bermuda that is fair and welcoming to all”.

Frommer’s travel advisory to Gay and Lesbian travellers “is extremely serious with far reaching repercussions for Bermuda as a welcoming destination for all people,” Mr Swan said.

The advisory, as reported in The Royal Gazette last month, says: “Think twice before planning a holiday on Bermuda. Although many gays live in and visit Bermuda, the Island is rather repressive to homosexuals, and for most of its existence, Bermuda had laws making sex between consenting legal-age males a crime subject to imprisonment.

See the Full Story at The Royal Gazette

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Gay Travel: New York State

Author: , September 30th, 2012

When it comes to emerging gay destinations, New York State offers plenty of havens that are a simple exit off the highway. Such places like Hammondsport, Rochester, Ithaca, Sullivan County, Hudson Valley and Long Island are thriving with festivals, restaurants, hotels and nightlife suitable for anyone who wants to embark on a gay-cation.

Below are more details on what you can expect in each of these fabulous destinations:

Hammondsport: More and more gay couples are heading to Hammondsport for a romantic weekend away to relax and rejuvenate. Located in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, Hammondsport is an artsy town that was recently voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” by readers of Budget Travel magazine. Often described as something straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, Hammondsport’s scenic beauty, world-renowned wine, and inspiring artists make it a timeless treasure.

See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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2012 Provincetown Women’s Week

Author: , September 30th, 2012

The 28th annual Women’s Week in Provincetown begins on Monday, October 8th and runs through Sunday, October 14th.  What started out in 1984 as a ‘clambake on the beach weekend for women’ has grown into one of the most popular events in Provincetown during the year.

An amazing list of entertainers are in town and this year and includes Jennie McNulty, Michelle Vought, Mimi Gonzalez, Judy Gold, Vickie Shaw, Kate Clinton, Suzanne Westenhoeffer and more. I’ve always thought Women’s Week was one of the best organized events in Provincetown. If you like planning out your entire day pick up the calendar of events when you get into town and plan out the events you want to attend. Or if you are a little more casual with your planning pick up the calendar of events and decide on the spur of the moment which events you want to attend. Either way a number of performances do sell out so the sooner you buy your tickets the better.

Everyone has different tastes in activities and events, but I’d suggest a few ‘don’t miss’ activities.

Monday at 8pm – Women’s Week Kick-Off Party at The Pied Bar

Monday, Thursday or Saturday from 4pm to 7:30pm – Sunset Dune Tour and Beach Fire – The Dune Tours themselves are amazing, add in a beautiful Provincetown sunset and a fire on the beach and you have a wonderful event. I’d suggest trying to go on this tour when it’s a mostly clear day.

Tuesday at 3pm – Afternoon Music Cruise with Zoe Lewis – Imagine a gentle tour of the Provincetown bay while listening to the gorgeous voice of Zoe Lewis. Can it get any better than that?

Thursday or Saturday at 11am – Provincetown Walking Tour with Richard Olson – Richard’s walking tours are a Women’s Week tradition. Get some exercise and learn about the famous (and infamous) women of Provincetown’s colorful history.

Thursday at noon – Kate Clinton Football Classic – This is a hugely popular event, come to participate or as a spectator, always a lot of fun.

Saturday at 3pm – Provincetown Cares presents ‘The Women’ – See the beautifully restored Provincetown Town Hall auditorium and attend a benefit reading of The Women.

If you have a performer you just can’t miss and would like to purchase tickets in advance click on the following:

The Crown and AnchorKate Clinton, Jessica Kirson, Vickie Shaw, Karen Williams, Judy Gold, Karen Grenier, or Suede.

Post Office Cabaret: For Kristen Becker, Cris Williamson, Poppy Champlin, Suzanne Westenhoeffer, Jennie McNulty and Sabrine Jalees.

As you plan to attend Women’s Week keep in mind that our average daily temperature is 60 degrees during the day and 45 degrees in the evening. If you are doing an event on the water, even if it seems warm out make sure your bring a jacket.

And don’t forget when you need Provincetown lodging Somerset House Inn is here for you. We’re open year-round and would be happy to have you stay with us. We think we have one of the best locations in Provincetown, right on Commercial Street where you are steps away from everything.

Dan is a guest blogger from Provincetown, Massachusetts.  He and his partner Bob have owned The Somerset House Inn since 2005.

Amazing Biplane Ride Over Beautiful Lakes and Mountains

Author: , September 29th, 2012

Enjoy the exhilaration of flying in a classic open cockpit biplane, with the sun on your face, the warm breezes in your hair, the rumble of the radial engine, all as you glide on a cushion of air over beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire.  provides scenic plane rides over NH’s spectacular lakes & mountains. Not only will you be flying over some of the most beautiful scenery in America, but you’ll be transported back to a time when life was simpler and slower paced. The biplane truly represents the Golden Age of Aviation and offers a 360-degree experience only possible in an open cockpit aircraft.

Some people like a smooth ride with nice gentle turns so you can see all the landscape. Others want adventure and for those people, your pilot Phil DiVirgilio will roll in and out of steep turns, throw in some aggressive maneuvers and provide that adrenaline rush. Your pilot, is a commercial rated pilot who brings years of experience to your flight. He’s also a certified flight instructor and is aerobatic trained. You decide the type of flying experience that is for you; a smooth gentle flight with easy turns taking in all the area has to offer, or if you like, Phil can spice up the flight and throw in some maneuvers that will be sure to put a smile on even the most adventuresome person’s face. Phil passion in life is flying and in particular flying his Waco. Let him share that passion with you!

Come fly with Phil! Go back to the 1930′s, a truly unique experience. Two can fly, so share the adventure with a friend. Come fly Phil in his fabulous biplane! There’s no sense flying in an ordinary plane! You’ll depart from Laconia Airport – approximately 25 minutes from the Inn. Advance reservations are essential.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as your New Hampshire Foliage Season getaway base. Experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of four pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Author: , September 29th, 2012

Our dear friend, Bella (Dolly Goolsby) is on the go again, this time in Italy. She has graciously allowed us to republish her travel blogs. Enjoy!

Gay Travel: Planes, Trains and AutomobilesWe are winding down, on the last leg of our vacation. Again, the week has been busy. As I told you in the last post, Monday we had gone to Cinque Terre. Well. On Tuesday, we went by train to Viareggio to have dinner with our friends, Massimo and Magda, and to visit their dog, Orson, who had received his first chemotherapy that day, for lymphoma. At first, Orson was a bit weak, but later, he managed to visit with us, and actually seemed pretty perky.

Frank and I went for a walk with Massimo along the beach front Passiagetta then we all enjoyed dinner with Carli’s oldest son, Niccolo, their friend, Lele, and Magda’s sister, Paola. I was so busy taking pictures of the dog, I forgot to take pictures of all of us at dinner.

Wednesday we had to pack, but I did finally get to take a long walk in Florence. My foot was still complaining, but I went anyway. We ended our evening by going to the OK Bar for drinks, then out to to a pizzeria for our dinner.

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Gay Travel Fashion – It’s All About the Luggage

Author: , September 29th, 2012

Gay Travel Fashion - It's All About the LuggageWhen traveling, a bag shouldn’t just be about being big enough to fit everything in it, easy to hold, carry or pull, safe and waterproof – function is of course important, but fashion should not be sacrificed for it. A bag should match our outfit or personality, or at least stand out from the crowd – so many of us have been there waiting for our luggage to come out of the baggage claim area in an airport and we can’t fully remember what ours looked like because it’s so plain and boring. Or we’ve done the mean thing of judging someone because their bag is ugly.

Are you in need of some new ideas for travel bags and suitcases to take with you when you go away? If so, here are a handful of ones we think you should check out, all of which are unisex.

Carrying big boom boxes around seems to be all the rage these days when it comes to urban life and street cred, and you can’t get much bigger than this cool, hard-cased luggage by SUITSUIT (#116). Suitable for use as hand luggage at just 20 inches tall and super lightweight, this sleek little luggage is compact, yet stylish. And while most luggages’ wheels are usually left to be plain and unnoticeable, this one, with its mini racing car-like wheels definitely makes it look a bit snazzier.

Authored By Young Tan – See the Full Story at So So Gay

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72 Hours in St. Tropez

Author: , September 29th, 2012

Gay Travel: 72 Hours in St. TropezHi there…. yes been away for a over two weeks. Don’t call me lazy !!! I have been traveling extensively to share more stories, haute experiences and tips with you you all. Today writing my column right from Nice in the South of France, after spending 72 hours in Sain Tropez, having my own Tropezziene experience. The only missing item on my list, well to see or meet Brigitte Bardot, one of the icons that gave a soul and name to this destination, maybe next time.

Saint Tropez, is located in the French Riviera, 2 hours away from Nice or Cannes, and 65 mi to the east of Marseille in the region of Provence in the southeastern France. Known today as the playgroung of jetsetter, fashion models, the famous and extremely wealthy summertime guests. This is all began for Brigitte Bardot, she was “discovered” in Saint Tropez.

Saint Tropez became what it is today after World War II, an internationally-known seaside resort, renowned principally because of the influx of artists of the French New Wave in cinema and the Ye-Ye movement in music.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at Dot 429

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Beaconsfield B&B Inn, Victoria, British Columbia

Author: , September 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: Beaconsfield B&B Inn, Victoria, British ColumbiaThe Beaconsfield Inn is an international award-winning Edwardian Inn in the heart of quiet Victoria, British Columbia, Canada . We are proud to be a Registered Heritage Property — circa 1905, and continue to do our best to preserve the beauty and grandeur of this lovely property. We have also been awarded Canada Select 5 Star Rating and were selected “Best International Bed and Breakfast” by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.

The elegance of our historic Inn, set in the heart of Victoria BC, is tastefully blended with the comforts expected today. Each of the nine bed and breakfast guest suites has a private bath, goose-down comforters, and English antiques. All our rooms/suites have fireplaces (some wood burning), Jacuzzi tubs, chandeliers, and leaded stained-glass windows. Each room is individually decorated to be a romantic delight.

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France Offers Sophisticated Gay Travel

Author: , September 29th, 2012

France Offers Sophisticated Gay TravelAs the dog days of summer march steadily toward the fall I decided to get away for a relaxing summer vacation. The only issue was where I should go. I decided to check out the hottest new gay destination in southern Europe, so I packed my bags and headed to the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France.

The South of France has long enjoyed an unparalleled reputation with jet setters seeking relaxation in a rustic Mediterranean locale with good food and wine. However, as I learned in my trip throughout the region there are more than charming villages and pastoral landscapes awaiting Atlanta’s luxury-seeking travelers.

Begin your trek toward vacation bliss by catching an Air France flight to Montpellier connecting in Paris from the stunning new international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson. If you want to enjoy a little time in Paris be sure to leave yourself at least six or seven hours between flights. Montpellier is nestled between Marseilles and Perpignan on the southern coast of France just six miles from the Mediterranean Sea. Landing in Montpellier is a true delight as the tiny French airport and Mediterranean Sea air quickly remind you that you have arrived in a truly unique destination.

Authored By Dwayne Kinney – See the Full Story at Fenuxe.com

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