Win Five Nights in Maui at Cliff’s Edge

Author: , October 31st, 2012

We’ve just started our latest sweepstakes – win five nights from Purple Roofs and Cliff’s Edge at this beautiful Maui bed and breakfast:

Cliff's EdgeWelcome to The Cliff’s Edge in beautiful Haiku, Maui. We’re very fortunate to have guardianship over this wonderful tropical property that looks out over the Pacific Ocean.

We welcome you to experience the peaceful time and expansive space here at Cliff’s Edge, where you can refresh and restore yourself in Hawaiian natural splendor.

The Cliff’s Edge is an exclusive, oceanfront Maui vacation rental property on Maui’s scenic North Shore. This secluded two-acre Maui estate is perched at the edge of a three hundred foot cliff looking out over stunning Waipio Bay.

Our accommodations include the private two-bedroom Seaside Cottage, two Bed & Breakfast suites in the main house, and the new Bali Cottage, a luxurious self-contained Hawaiian vacation rental cottage with great Pacific Ocean views.

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Dijon, France – More Than Just Mustard

Author: , October 31st, 2012

Driving along the “route des Grands Crus,” our guide kept pointing out various esteemed vineyards and winemaking houses – and, whenever we stopped for a photo, admonishing all of us not to taste the grapes or cross the stone walls surrounding the vineyards.

Oh, but how tempting it was: to sneak a bunch of grapes from these illustrious houses – and then to imagine pocketing the grape seeds and planting them in the States. Our own “Grand Crus” grapes in our own backyards!

After all, the “route des Grands Crus” is the “Champs-Elysees” of Burgundy, home to some of France’s most famous labels, including Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne Romanees, Morey-Saint-Denis, which, in an oenophile’s world, is equivalent to Cartier, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton.

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

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Fire Island Devastated By Hurricane Sandy

Author: , October 31st, 2012

Fire Island, the long barrier island off the southern coast of Long Island east of New York City, has been battered over the years by natural disasters like fires, “n’easter” storms and hurricanes. But nothing since the great hurricane of 1938 has hit the island like Sandy.

Fire Island “has been devastated,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone Newsday, Long Island’s principal newspaper, on Tuesday. “It will have changed in a number of ways.”

Suffolk County sprawls from tightly packed suburban towns nearer to New York City to the potato farms and grand estates of the Hamptons on the eastern end. Sandy hit the entirely county hard, with nearly everyone experiencing power outages and widespread flooding.

Authored By Steve Weinstein – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Lazy L at Willow Creek, Lewes, Delaware

Author: , October 31st, 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: Lazy L at Willow Creek, Lewes, DelawareThis Lewes Delaware bed and breakfast is a great choice for a summer beach vacation or weekend getaway. At your doorstep is bird watching, fishing or canoeing. If you are a dog owner, bring your pet here and relax. The daffodils were fabulous, tulips incredible and now the iris are blooming. Sit by the pool and watch the heron and other birds. Enjoy our amenities that rival the big fancy hotels, while relaxing in the comfort, convenience and hospitality of a small home.

The Lazy L offers 5 spacious rooms with queen sized beds (single rollaways are available too). We are located just outside the beach town of Lewes so it is a quick trip for beaches, parks, outlet shopping and first class restaurants.

We have a heated swimming pool (open for the ’06 season), hot tub, game room, pool table, screened porches, free wireless internet access, and DVD/VCRs.

See the Lazy L at Willow Creek Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Prince Edward Island Working to Become More Gay Friendly

Author: , October 31st, 2012

Prince Edward Island is already considered an attractive tourist destination with its spectacular scenery, sandy beaches, challenging golf courses and friendly people. But tourism operators on “the gentle island” are also making an effort to get the message out that P.E.I. is gay-friendly.

“What we’re trying to do is let travellers know that Prince Edward Island is gay welcoming and we have a lot of the things that the research indicates that gay travellers are seeking,” said Bill Kendrick, chairman of the P.E.I. Gay Tourism Association.

He said gay travellers are looking for the same features in a destination as anyone else, plus a bit more.

Authored By Kevin Bissett – See the Full Story at the Ottawa Citizen

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Carlos Melia Meets Hurricane Sandy in New York

Author: , October 31st, 2012

Gay Travel: Carlos Melia Meets Hurricane Sandy in New YorkLast night I made it safely back to New York City thanks to Aeroflot. We were literally the last flight to land at JFK International Airport together with the A 380 double deck of Air France. Now in New York waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit New York.

The state of emergency has been declared, over 7,200 flights have been cancelled and Major Bloomberg said the worst is yet to come by 8PM tonight. Strong winds, floods, power outs, are some of the things coming our way. Everyone in the area stay safe, and best of luck. (photo above of New York see today at 12noon).

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Rehoboth Beach Avoids Much of Sandy’s Wrath

Author: , October 31st, 2012

The devastation unleashed by Hurricane Sandy along the Atlantic coast between Virginia and New York bypassed Rehoboth Beach on Monday, generating a collective sigh of relief from residents and businesses in the Delaware resort town that’s popular with the LGBT community in the D.C. and Baltimore area.

“We’re very, very fortunate down here in Rehoboth Beach,” the town’s police chief, Keith Banks, told the Blade on Tuesday.

“What we have is minor debris and some trees down,” said Banks. “We’ve got sand across the boardwalk, sand in the roadways, and some sand erosion and breaches in some of the dune areas. Some gutters were off and some shingles were down,” he said. “But overall, we made out very well.” Banks said Rehoboth Mayor Sam Cooper lifted an evacuation order requiring all businesses to close and all residents in the downtown area to leave as the storm approached.

Authored By Lou Chibbaro Jr. – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Stone Cold

Author: , October 31st, 2012

Within an hour’s drive of Merida are many little towns dotting the Yucateca landscape that specialize in their own particular brand of hand-crafted items. In Ticul you will find wonderful ceramics of every design, shape, and size. Temozon streets are lined with bodegas selling stunning Mayan-inspired furniture in woods of pine, cedar, and Tsalam. And just 10 minutes outside Merida lies Dzitya, a sleepy little pueblo offering up works of sinks, fountains, gargolas, floor and wall tiles, statues, and more, all made from local stone.

Dzitya is close enough to Merida to be on a city bus route. So when Steve and I needed some items for our B&B we took a bus to Dzitya (six pesos – such a bargain!), got off on a corner just outside the town square, and began our search. Actually, we had lunch, first, but I’ll save that incredible experience for another time.

After lunch we walked to the town square, which is quite large for a town this size. We saw, maybe 2 dozen homes in the little village, and although I’m sure there are a few more, the size of the town square belies the small size of the overall town. In fact, the town square IS Dzitya. And although hardly a soul was around, don’t let the apparent lack of activity fool you. To many this dusty little pueblo is just another struggling Mexican village. But look deeper and you will find a treasure trove of goods and people.

Lined along the streets bordering the square is shop after shop with locals selling their wares. There are highly lacquered pieces in Tsalam, a beautiful local hardwood, and ceramics. But the town specializes in heavy local stonework.
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There are three main types of stone used in Dzitya. Macedonia is a dense, white stone with a Jurassic-era look. We have seen this stone on floors and stairs and walls, and we have a sink made of Macedonia in one of our guestrooms. Coquina is a lustrous, marble-like stone used for virtually everything in Merida colonial homes. It has the look of some of the finest Italian marble, but at a price that makes it affordable on even the tightest of budgets. We purchased two coquina corner shelves for our own shower, and the total came to about $30.00 US. I almost felt guilty getting them for that price. I said almost.

Finally comes my favorite local stone, Ticul. Ticul is a red, dense stone. It will have variations of color throughout, often with streaks of deep-red or brown. Because it is so easily identifiable, and affordable, you see Ticul all over Merida: on stairs, floors, walls in bathrooms, kitchens, counter-tops, and building facades. Our pool fountain gargolas are Ticul.

Unlike in Italy, where the prices of stone and marble have risen to luxury level, these Yucateca stones are still rock-bottom cheap, which is why so many expats use them to build their new homes in Merida. All the shops will wrap and ship your items for you, so don’t be afraid of purchasing something for your own home.

Dzitya is a real rough gem of a town. And in September each year, in the town square, is held a huge crafts fair where you will see artisans offering everything imaginable made of wood, stone, and ceramics. It’s just another reason why people from the U.S. and all over the world are flocking to Merida.

Jordy and his partner, Steve, welcome guests to Casa Del Maya Bed & Breakfast in Merida, Mexico. Their six rooms offer pasta tile floors, talavera sinks, air conditioning, pool, full breakfast, ticul gargolas, and much more. Casa Del Maya is centrally located for easy access to Merida attractions and the Mayan ruin sites of Chichen Itza, Mayapan, Uxmal, Ek Balam, area cenotes, Celestun, Progreso, and many others. For information and reservations, visit www.CasaDelMaya.com.

The Odd Couple – Nov 2nd – 11th

Author: , October 30th, 2012

This classic comedy opens as a group of the guys assembled for cards in the apartment of divorced Oscar Madison. And if the mess is any indication, it’s no wonder that his wife left him. Late to arrive is Felix Unger who has just been separated from his w

ife. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds O

scar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean-freak and the slob ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results as The Odd Couple www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#november_2012_1_1 is born. The Lake Winni Playhouse is only a short drive from the Inn.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as your New Hampshire getaway base. Experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitalityA 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 website www.glynnhouse.com/ for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ursa Minor Cottage, Honor, Michigan

Author: , October 29th, 2012

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

Ursa Minor Cottage, Honor, MichiganThe cottage is nicely situated with wooded Lakeshore (Lake Michigan) land behind us and across Long Lake, and just 1/2 an hour from Traverse City. We are blessed with a quiet Lake and quiet neighbors, with enough trees to afford a lot of privacy.

The cottage has one bedroom with a queen bed and good storage space. There is a small extra sleeping room, which we call the Nest. It is, literally, the size of a queen sized bed and has a view of the lake. This cottage is the perfect size for a small family, a couple, or 2-4 good friends. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are an open floor plan, anchored at one end by a fireplace for heat and ambience and on the other end by a sliding glass door and windows overlooking the lake. The cottage is supplied by perfectly good well water, but for taste we recommend that visitors bring bottled water.

Ursa Minor Vacation Rental Cottagecan be rented from early spring through late fall. Our fully equipped kitchen includes a microwave, blender, coffee maker, mixer and toaster oven, but no dishwasher or disposer. Bed linens and pillows are provided. For summer use, we have a rowboat and accessories, lawn chairs, and a Weber Grill. Charcoal is provided. We also provide a telephone, washer/dryer, radio/CD player, VCR and a small TV. If you prefer not to cook, the locally famous Manitou Restaurant is within a 3/4 mile walk.

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