Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Under The Lindens, Salt Lake City, Utah

Author: , December 31st, 2012

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Under The Lindens, Salt Lake City, UtahPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Under The Lindens Bed & Breakfast is a historic home (recently listed in the National Historic Register) and was originally built in 1903. The house was the home of Lewis Ramsey, a well-known Mormon painter.

We’ve renovated the property, keeping the original historic style, and Under the Lindens now offers four full suites.

Each suite has a private entrance, living room including a cozy fireplace, sleeping area with a queen bed, ceiling fan, private bathroom, full kitchen, Television, VCR & DVD Player, phone/fax line, parking, and a laundry room, deck and hot tub.

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Leave Your Daily Hell’s 2012 in Review

Author: , December 31st, 2012

Gay Travel: Leave Your Daily Hell's 2012 in ReviewAs I mentioned in a post of a more esoteric nature last week, 2012 was in some ways my most travel-filled year. In said post, however, I downplayed the amount of time I spent abroad (eight months) by mentioning the fact that I’d visited just 12 countries, “only” eight of which were “new” to me.

Going back through the proverbial archives, however, I realize my modesty couldn’t be more misplaced — I was all over in 2012! Here’s a brief look at all the traveling I did this year.

Australia

Last Christmas, I rewarded myself for a year of hard work by using my frequent flier miles to purchase a ticket to Australia. I fondly remember being interrogated on the jetbridge at San Francisco International Airport prior to boarding my plane on January 31.

Authored By Robert Schrader – See the Full Story at Leave Your Daily hell

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Travel Trends for 2013

Author: , December 31st, 2012

Gay Travel Trends for 2013San Francisco, CA – Access Trips, the leading adventure travel company specializing in exotic learning vacations, announced its list of the hottest travel trends for 2013.

With over 15 years of experience working for some of the biggest names in travel, Access Trips’ CEO, Tamar Lowell, is predicting the most popular destinations, experiences and travel patterns for the coming year.

Rise of the Adventure Honeymoon: Forgoing the cookie-cutter honeymoon, more newlyweds than ever are celebrating their matrimony with an adrenaline-filled adventure tour. With the increased legalization of gay marriage, Access Trips is experiencing an increase in both LGBT and heterosexual honeymooners.

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When Gay Cruises Visit Unfriendly Ports

Author: , December 31st, 2012

Gay Travel: When Gay Cruises Visit Unfriendly PortsYou may fly into Miami, ready to forget your troubles with a week-long cruise in the Caribbean. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, LGBT citizens need to practice caution when planning a trip out of the country. Many ports of call here are homophobic. It is imperative that you educate yourself to the laws of your travel destinations — your freedom could depend on it.

This year, two gay American men traveling on a cruise were accused of having sexual intercourse on the ship while it was docked at Dominica. Police boarded the ship and arrested the men on suspicion of indecent exposure and “buggery,” the local equivalent to sodomy on the island.

In an interview with Fridae Magazine, one of the men, Dennis Jay Mayer, said that the local authorities wanted to have the men medically examined to determine if they had participated in any sexual activity. Mayer also said that he and his partner were held in a cell for 19 hours with no light, water or toilet and they were taunted all night long.

Authored By Steffany Skelley Gilmer – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Romantic Merida

Author: , December 29th, 2012

People come to Merida for the historic architecture, the museums, galleries, and Mayan ruins sites. But Merida is also a very romantic destination. There are so many great ways to show your partner how you feel while visiting Merida. Here are a few suggestions.
1) Drive him to Celestun where you can lounge in a boat and while away the afternoon staring in awe at thousands of pink flamingoes. Then walk the backcountry boardwalk and discover new birds and aquatic animals while discovering new things about each other.
2) Rent bikes and ride from downtown Valladolid to the twin cenotes. Swim in both and then enjoy a leisurely lunch before your return ride as the sun sets behind you.
3) Walk up Paseo Montejo, the “Champs Elysees” of Merida. Sit in one of the many “lovers” chairs placed on the boulevard, then enjoy ice cream from one of the local stores.
4) Go on a “Frida” hunt. Try to find artwork by and about Frida Kahlo. There is even a restaurant dedicated to the great Mexican artist named, naturally, Frida’s.
5) Indulge her in her love of good food. Take her to one of the many “Cocina Economicas” in the city where you both will enjoy the best Yucateca food prepared by women who know their way around a kitchen.
6) Bring out the animal in him by taking him to the zoo. Actually, there are two in Merida, each with their own special appeal.
7) Go shopping and buy each other new wardrobes. From local shops selling handmade linen clothing to local malls offering more traditional wares, Merida has it all sewed up in the clothing line.
8) Buy each other Guayabera shirts, the “Mexican Wedding Shirt”, and then sit in a local café planning your wedding.
9) Carnaval
Enjoy Merida’s own Carvaval this year, February 6 – 13.
Cenote

lovers chair
10) Sit by the pool at Casa Del Maya, just relaxing and enjoying each others’ company.
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.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Arizona Sunburst Inn, Phoenix, Arizona

Author: , December 29th, 2012

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Arizona Sunburst Inn, Phoenix, ArizonaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Arizona Sunburst Inn Bed and Breakfast offers a private desert oasis in the middle of Phoenix – it’s like you’re out in the countryside.

Our Phoenix B&B features a welcoming, heated pool in a tropical setting – surrounded by magnificent palm trees. The grounds have wide, shady patios cooled by a mist system, and there’s also a hot tub where you can let the cares of the day evaporate away.

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Try Gay Vacation Home Trading – Just $75 for 5 Full Years With Mi Casa Su casa

Author: , December 29th, 2012

Mi Casa Su CasaEver wanted to try a home trade service, but worried that the people you trade with won’t be gay friendly?

That’s where Mi Casa Su Casa comes in. MCSC is a home trade service run by Purple Roofs, one of the top names in Gay Travel since 1998. When you join Mi Casa Su Casa, you’ll have a great selection of gay owned and gay friendly places to stay, among them bed and breakfasts and hotels who have also joined the Mi Casa site.

With Mi Casa, you have the option to do a straight trade – where you go to stay at someone else’s house while they come stay at yours, or a hospitality trade, where you stay with someone now, who can act as a host and show you around like a local, and they come stay with you at a later date.

It’s very affordable too – just $75 for a five year membership, or just $15 a year.

Mi Casa offers exchange options around the world – sign up now at:

http://www.gayhometrade.com/join.html

Laguna Beach – My Favorite SoCal Getaway

Author: , December 29th, 2012

Gay Travel: Laguna Beach - My Favorite SoCal GetawayWhen I first visited California about 20 years ago, I was living in Michigan at the time. I bought something at a store and used a credit card and had to show my ID. The salesman said, “Oh! I am from Michigan too! I moved here 5 years ago!”

When I asked why he loved it, he said, “Look around you….this is God’s country! It’s like heaven!” And he was right. His words stick in my head every time I visit. California is the most beautiful state I have ever visited. From North to South, California has so many beautiful options.

California’s diverse geography ranges from the Pacific Coast in the west, to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east – from the Redwood-Douglas-fir forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert areas in the southeast. The center of the state is dominated by Central Valley, a major agricultural area. California contains both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States (Mount Whitney and Death Valley), and has the 3rd longest coastline of all states (after Alaska and Florida).

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GayCities’ Guide to New Years Eve Events

Author: , December 29th, 2012

new year's eve, gay travel, events, partiesWe survived the holiday season and Mayan Apocalypse s0 now it’s time to celebrate by making plans for New Year’s Eve. Be sure to start the new year off right (most likely surrounded by shirtless guys) at any of the events listed on the GayCities Guide to New Year’s Eve.

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My Gaycation in Barcelona

Author: , December 29th, 2012

Barcelona, SpainBarcelona – the city of hot Spaniards and late nights. As the second largest city in Spain, Barcelona is one of the best cities if you’re looking for a gaycation that will keep you going from morning to night! Although you could easily fill your time with all the tourist attractions in this town, I often opt for experiences and interactions with the locals. So whether you arrive by air or boat, if you’re stopping in Barcelona, here are a few experiences that will be well worth your time!

If you’re going out in Barcelona, then you know the bars don’t get going until 12 a.m. and stay open until the wee hours of the morning. Depending on how hard you hit the town the night before, you may need a little revitalization the following day. Aire de Barcelona is a great way to kickstart your morning before heading out for another day to explore the city.

For $37 to $53 USD, you can start your morning off by immersing yourself in the ancient hot, warm, and cool baths and then continuing your journey through the steam, aromatherapy, and tea rooms, ending with a nice 15-30 minute massage to get you going for the day. Bathing suits are required, but you’ll quickly realize this experience is nothing short of amazing. For additional information, or to make a reservation, visit www.airedebarcelona.com.

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