James Montgomery plays at the Flying Monkey – Apr 6th

Author: , March 31st, 2013

flying-monkeyLegendary harmonica man and perennial favorite James Montgomery http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#april_2013 will perform his own brand of rockin’ blues as he and his band return to the Flying Monkey stage. James has performed with dozens of chart topping acts across the globe including Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Greg Allman, Mick Jagger and B.B. King to name a few. The following You Tube Video should provides a great introduction – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W-vuskNP2Q

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn – only minutes from the Flying Monkey Performing Arts Center – as your New Hampshire getaway base. You and your partner will 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.

Brian Regan – Apr 4th

Author: , March 31st, 2013

Capitol CenterBrian Regan http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#april_2013 has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country.  Brian’s non-stop theater tour has visited more than 80 cities each year since 2005 and continues through 2013.  It is the quality of his material, relatable to a wide audience and revered by his peers, which continues to grow Brian’s fan base.  The perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality, Brian Regan consistently fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. The Inn is only a short drive from the Capitol Center for the Arts.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as your New Hampshire getaway base. You and your partner will 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 website www.glynnhouse.com/ for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Prana Rainforest Retreat, Manuel Antonio, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Author: , March 30th, 2013

Prana Rainforest Retreat - Costa RicaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

A Romantic Spa Villa Retreat for Two : 1400 square foot modern Balinese style villas in the rainforest, right on the border of Manuel Antonio National Park, on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Owners are on premises and provide optional massage, yoga and gourmet meals. Treat this as your private destination spa retreat, or simply as your bed and breakfast vacation rental.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Costa Rica

Sao Paulo Pride Coming in May/June

Author: , March 30th, 2013

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoThe biggest gay pride celebration in the world is coming back to Sao Paulo, Brazil in late May. Rainbow Tourism reports:

If you listen closely enough, you can almost hear the heat sizzling around you. The tall buildings, beautiful people and infectious spirit start to take over, and you realise one thing – you’re in Brazil, baby! And this May 30 – June 3, there will be no hotter spot than the streets of Sao Paulo. One of the world’s largest and most chaotic cities is hosting its very own Sao Paulo Pride and you’re invited to dance to the beat of your own drummer with thousands of people from all walks of life joining together to celebrate their pride!

It’s bigger than SF or NY Pride – if you want to be in the middle of the world’s biggest gathering of gays and lesbians and their friends, make plans to visit Sao Paulo now.

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Cuba The Next Gay Travel Hot Spot?

Author: , March 30th, 2013

Cuba FortressLooking for a new tropical gay travel spot not too far from the USA? Ryan Dixon at SFGN makes the case for Cuba:

Even with State Department travel restrictions and a checkered past of treating the gay community, Cuba is looking to attract LGBT travelers and bring them – and their money – to what was once a forbidden country to Americans. From April 14 to 21, Insight Cuba, along with gay travel agency Coda International Tours, has put together a travel package to give LGBT people an exclusive seven-night trip to Havana and Cienfuegos full of one-of-a-kind art and cultural experiences. Coda International Tours founder Jim Smith said gay travelers are “on the cutting edge” and the “first to establish trends.”

Click the link above for more info on the tour.

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Twenty Four Hours in San Diego’s Gayborhood

Author: , March 30th, 2013

San Diego gay BarsEven a short trip to San Diego can be fun. Check out GayTravel.com’s guide to Hillcrest, San Diego’s gayborhood:

Food: If food is what you like, then food is what you’ll find in San Diego and Hillcrest! From Moroccan tapas to European comfort food, you can spend days exploring different restaurants in San Diego and Hillcrest. Just a brief stroll from the Lafayette Hotel is Lil B’s Urban Eatery. Trendy to a t, this is a great spot for breakfast or brunch if you’re looking to go explore outside of the Lafayette Hotel.

Music /Clubs: There is definitely not a shortage of dance clubs and music in San Diego. With its mild climate, you can find plenty of great spaces to enjoy the California weather. Since I was staying at the Lafayette Hotel, I started my evening out by the pool listening to a wonderful bluegrass band. Even if you’re not a guest at the hotel, stop over to the Lafayette Hotel, grab one of their specialty craft cocktails at Imig’s Bar & Kitchen, and hang out for a while. With a small group of 30 people, everyone was dancing and engaged while the band played.

Hit the link above for more info.

The New Colombia – Cartagena

Author: , March 30th, 2013

The second part of Sherman Travel’s Colombia series – Jim Sherman visits Cartagena:

in Cartagena, you’re immediately struck by the Caribbean feel of the city. The pastel colored low-rise buildings, high humidity, and infectious salsa music reminds you that this coastal enclave is very much part of the Caribbean. The old town of Cartagena, a walled city, is charming and designed for casual strolls with its small shops, cafes, bars, and several inviting squares. Stop by the Charleston Santa Teresa around sunset for a rooftop ron punch (rum punch) or mojito and enjoy the sunset over the sea.

How to get here: From Bogota, Cartagena is a short one-hour flight on Avianca Airlines, which has several daily departures. Something to remember: Peak season in Cartagena is winter which means that coming later, spring or summer, is ideal only for those who don’t mind humidity.

Click here for gay travel resources in Colombia.

The New Colombia – Bogata

Author: , March 30th, 2013

Over at Sherman’s Travel, Jim Sherman takes a look at the new Colombia, starting with Bogata:

The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Bogota was how new, clean and organized its international airport is (I wish JFK were as pleasant). Around the capital city there are new buildings going up alongside gleaming office and apartment towers. Colombia is showing off a new face to the world – one that has left behind the constant fear of drug dealers and domestic terrorists. Nowadays, a democratic, free-market-focused central government is making progress, and a rising middle class is supporting a boom in restaurants, nightclubs, and retail. As people exude optimism about their future, Colombia is on the rise, much like its more noticed neighbor, Brazil.

In planning my visit to Colombia, I decided to spend three days in Bogota and three in Cartagena. Located at the foot of the Andes mountain range, Bogota is the country’s picturesque business, cultural, and political center. The city is actually comparable in size to Mexico City and New York. Cartagena is further north on the Caribbean, and boasts a charming old colonial town that dates back to the 16th century. Medellin, reputed to be perhaps the most modern city in Colombia (it’s the second largest in the country), is in between Bogota and Cartagena and near the famous coffee triangle.

Click here for gay travel resources in Colombia.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Whidwood On Whidbey Island, Washington State

Author: , March 29th, 2013

Whidwood On Whidbey Island, Washington StatePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Discover a Log-House HideAway: The New York Times calls centrally located Coupeville the “logical home base” for exploring the islands. Use Whidwood as your base for exploring nearby shops, galleries, parks, gardens & beaches. Then enjoy your hot tub, library, sunroom and breakfast. Just a 15 minute walk to the beach.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in San Juan, Camano, Whidbey, and Orcas Islands, Washington

Greece: Travel Company Launches Homophobic Ad

Author: , March 29th, 2013

you tube bigA travel company in Greece is raising eyebrows with an ad campaign that brings up stereotypes of predatory gay men. Pink News reports:

In the AirFasttickets video, which has been published on YouTube, a male hitchhiker is picked up by a gay male truck driver who is portrayed as menacing. As the truck driver makes suggestive glances at the hitchhiker, the hitchhiker looks increasingly uncomfortable. AirFasttickets suggests in avoiding similar situations, customers should book with them. The company, founded in 2009 by Nikolaos Koklonis, says on its website that it arranges travel for almost 5 million people worldwide each year.

See the ad:

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