Bird Walks: around NH’s spectacular Lakes Region

Author: , May 27th, 2013

Tony Vazzano offers Guided Bird Walks for visitors interested in local birds but not familiar with local birding locations. Guided bird walks need to be scheduled prior to arrival. Please ring the Inn for details.

Stay at the romantic Glynn House Inn during your New Hampshire getaway and experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Don’t leave your four-footed canine pal at home. Reserve one of four pet friendly rooms. View The Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Weekend on Fire Island

Author: , May 27th, 2013

Fire Island - Carlos MeliaIt’s almost every year for the last 6 years, that we come to Fire Island to spend long Holidays Weekends and others. It’s the opening the Summer 2013 season.

Although some of the public areas remain closed, like the iconic Pavillion, Fire Island is always a great getaway from the Big Apple. This year, we are at a new beautiful house on the bay side, only minutes away from the harbor, with fantastic views of the water beyond the outdoor pool.

Despite the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Fire Island looks beautiful as always, including the beach line. Hope you like my morning walk photo album after my coffee at the Canteen.

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

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Amazing Biplane Ride!!!

Author: , May 27th, 2013

Enjoy the exhilaration of flying in a classic open cockpit biplane, with the sun on your face, the Biplane Rideswarm 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.  Lakes Biplane  provides scenic 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 summer 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 website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Cog RR

Author: , May 27th, 2013

The beauty of the mountains and the thrill of ascending the Northeast’s highest peak are just as cog railwayenchanting today as they were in 1869, when Sylvester Marsh opened the world’s first mountain-climbing railroad on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington.

Nearly 150 years later, the Mount Washington Cog Railway continues to provide a sense of adventure and history, as it carries passengers up a 3-mile-long trestle and the steepest railroad tracks in North America to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington. There, visitors can take in the spectacular panoramic view, spanning the mountains and valleys of New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont, north into Canada, and east to the Atlantic Ocean.

Passengers may choose to ride The Cog in a car powered by a historic steam locomotive or the more modern and eco-friendly biodiesel engines. Whether examining the history and memorabilia of The Cog at the Marshfield Station, where the original Old Peppersass engine is on display, or exploring the fascinating weather and ecosystem of the mountain at the summit’s Mount Washington Observatory, visitors will find plenty to thrill and entertain at the Mount Washington Cog Railway.

During foliage season, the journey up Mount Washington is particularly spectacular. A palette of autumn colors in every direction will enchant visitors.  The journey from the Inn to Marshfield Station   is less than 60 minutes. Advance bookings are recommended during foliage season. For those who’d like a ‘sneak preview’ of the journey, just open the following brief You Tube video –


Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as your New Hampshire Summer 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 website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Cenote Summer – Part II

Author: , May 26th, 2013

Last time I wrote about some of the cenotes one can visit just a few minutes from Merida. We continue our cenote summer with a look at a fantastic little cenote in the town of Chochola, just 10 minutes from Merida’s main square.

For 17 pesos each we hopped a van to Chochola. The driver let us out in the main square, and we walked three blocks to San Ignacio cenote. From the front it is nothing special to look at; we could see a couple of palapa buildings. You never know what you’re going to get when you arrive at one of the over 3,000 watering holes in the Yucatan. The San Ignacio cenote exterior belies its stunning cenote cave.
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Inside a woman took our 70 pesos each, and put a paper wristband on our wrists. We then headed to the little outdoor restaurant on the premises to get a key to one of the free lockers. The lockers are made of plywood, with small locks on them. I wondered if this was a fool’s paradise, but I needn’t have worried; we have found people very honest in the Yucatan.
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After shoving our backpack and shoes in the locker, we headed to the cenote entrance. There is a narrow cement staircase with high stone walls that drops dramatically down into a hole in the ground. Ducking our heads as we passed through, we saw before us a small, multi-colored cave filled with crystal clear water. We put our towels down on an available stone and gingerly scooted ourselves down into the water. It was about 80 degrees, cool and refreshing, a glorious respite from the 102 degrees topside.

The water at one end of the cave is just the right depth to sit and relax while the opposite end is about 10 – 12 feet deep. We sat a while, swam a while, then climbed up on some rocks on one side and enjoyed watching as others did the same. Children splashed and swam the length of the cave while their mothers and grandmothers sat in the shallow end, enjoying their brood.

The cave roof is only about 6 feet above the water, and shows many colors. Brown and red stones turn to gentle shades of green in some areas, and back to amber. Stalactite bases hang everywhere from the ceiling, but the stalactites themselves were broken off years ago. I have been in a few cenotes, but never one that was a cave. This one definitely rates a 10 on the “wow” factor.
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About 45 minutes later we were beginning to get a bit pruney, and decided it might be time to tear ourselves away from this magical under-world and head back to the surface.

Back on terra firma we took a walk around the cenote grounds, then headed back to town and our bus back to Merida. A very relaxing time was had by us both, and we’re already planning part III of our cenote summer.

Jordy and his partner, Steve, welcome guests to Casa Del Maya Bed & Breakfast in Mérida, Mexico. Their six rooms offer pasta tile floors, talavera sinks, air conditioning, pool, full breakfast, and much more, all centrally located for easy access to Mérida 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

Ralphie May: at the Flying Monkey Performing Arts Center – Jun 1st

Author: , May 26th, 2013

Voted one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2008, Ralphie May flying-monkey has filmed a record-setting three separate 1-hour Comedy Central Specials in the past three consecutive years, all of which were among the networks most highly-rated. He’ll be filming a new special on October 1st at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, proving that Ralphie’s relatable comedic genius is in higher demand than ever. You Tube video –

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 website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Beauport Inn, Ogunquit, Maine

Author: , May 26th, 2013

Beauport Inn, Ogunquit, MainePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Beautiful Luxury Manor – Warm and Welcoming!: Come join us at this beautiful, tranquil English Manor on 9 acres. Outdoor pool and jacuzzi. Tiled steam room. Private bath, small refrigerator, and gas fireplace in each room. Wi-fi, A/C, full breakfast. Walk or bike to town center, beaches, and bars. One mile to Playhouse. Tennis courts next door. A hidden gem.

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Find Exclusive Special Offers on Lodging With Purple Roofs

Author: , May 26th, 2013

Did you know that Purple Roofs has a special offers section? We list more than a hundred exclusive special offers around the world – discounts, gifts with stay, and much more.

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Orchards, Gauteng, South Africa
The Only Place to Stay in Johannesburg: Stylish, upmarket Guest House. Convenient as a stopover for travel throughout SA. Close to gay venues, restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping malls, and motorways. Friendly and personal attention, including the services of a qualified tour guide. Rates quoted are per couple – single supplement on request.
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Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit

Author: , May 26th, 2013

DSC_0487Relatively unknown to many international travelers until only a few years ago, the Riviera Nayarit may be a fresh destination on the Mexico tourism travel scene. Just north of Puerto Vallarta, in the neighbor state of Jalisco, Mexico and spanning over 190 miles along the Pacific coast of Nayarit, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is not only a perfect holiday destination, but also the ideal place where many are establishing their temporary or permanent residence.

Invited by the Four Seasons Punta Mita, I spend over a week exploring the destination and the many small villages and fishing towns that form this charming Riviera. There are nearly 200 miles of sandy beaches, resort hotels and attractions, siting at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain range.

I visited some of the towns within the coastal line of the Riviera, like the famous Litibu Beach, the happening Bucerias, Cruz de Huanacaxtle, and the up and coming Nuevo Vallarta, but I fell in love with two of them in particular Sayulita and Punta de Mita, just minutes away from my hotel, where we came for a lovely outdoor dinner over Anclote Beach at Rosa Mexicano.

Special thanks to Richard Zarkin from the Tourism Office of Riviera Nayarit, for taking a full day to introduce me to this region of unspoiled beauty. Unfortunately time was not on my side, and I missed visiting San Blas, from what I heard, the ultimate fishing village experience, a tropical Oasis, filled with tradition among estuaries, mangroves and hundreds of birds and spectacular marine life. FYI this is where you will get the fresh giant Blue Shrimps.

Authored By Carlos Melia- See the Full Story at Dot429

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Pride Season 2013 Updates – 5/26/13

Author: , May 26th, 2013

San Francisco Gay Pride Parade 2012With Pride Season getting into full swing in June, we have a number of updates for you.

Chicago Celebrates International Mr. leather Contest Tonight

Chicago’s annual leather festival reaches its peak tonight – reports:

The 35th Annual International Mr. Leather Contest begins at 6 p.m. (door open at 5 p.m.) at The Harris Theatre, 205 E. Randolph, and will be emceed by Lenny Broberg, a proud, openly-gay San Francisco Police Officer and internationally recognized leather personality. Beverly McClellan, who made the final four on NBC’s The Voice, will provide entertainment. Each finalist will be judged on a variety of criteria including community involvement, speech, presentation and overall presence.

Chicago Pride Starts June 28th

Chicago is also planning its own gay pride celebration in June. Seasons of Pride reports:

Each year, parade entrants, as well as groups sponsoring Pride Month events, have the option of using an international theme, or using a theme or slogan of their own choice… Chicago commemorates and celebrates Pride with more than one hundred different events during June Pride Month. This year, the Chicago 44th Annual Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday June 30 at 12 Noon stepping off from the corner of Montrose at Broadway.

Harlem Pride Celebrates “Harlem Through The Years” June 28th-30th

In New York, harlem’s pride celebration includes various events between June 28th and 30th. Seasons of Pride reports:

Come march with Harlem Pride in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 30, 2013. This year our theme is “Harlem Through The Years”. We’re turning 5th Avenue into our very on Harlem Style Runway as we sport hi-style fashion honoring the illustrious LGBT/SGL history of Harlem through the years. So join us, feel free to strut your stuff and showcase your gear! Oh yeah, of course we’ll also be doing the REAL HARLEM SHAKE!

NYC Pride to Be Led By Edie Windsor

NYC’s gay pride parade on June 30th will feature one of the main plaintiffs for marriage equality. Seasons of Pride reports:

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. Over the years its purpose has broadened to include recognition of the fight against AIDS and to remember those we have lost to illness, violence and neglect. The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. We are pleased to announce Edith Windsor, Harry Belafonte and Earl Fowlkes will be leading the 2013 March down Fifth Avenue.

Helsinki Pride Kicks Off June 24th

Helsinki is set to celebrate gay pride in a week long festival next month. Seasons of Pride reports:

Helsinki Pride is the Helsinki region Seta Association’s bi-annual week-long cultural and human rights event in the heart of Helsinki. It is also Finland’s leading sexual and gender minorities, and their loved ones gather together at the event and one of the biggest events of the week-long summer. Helsinki Pride 2013 will be held June 24 to June 30, 2013. Helsinki Pride visitor numbers have increased every year. In 2012, the entire week, visitors to the event was close to 32 000 and the Pride parade was attended by about 8,000 people. This year’s Pride parade held on Saturday, 29.6. The procession begins in a Senate Square and the parade of the programmatic Park Festival Hakasalmi in the park. Throughout the week the program is built on a wide range of mm. culture, debates, parties, meetings, workshops, and art around.