Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: 1907 Bragdon House B&B, Geneva, New York

Author: , August 31st, 2013

1907 Bragdon House B&B, Geneva, New YorkPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

#1 on Tripadvisor in Geneva, NY: The Bragdon House is a beautiful B&B centrally located within the Finger Lakes Wine trails and in the heart of Geneva. We are within minutes walk to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, local shops, pubs, wonderful restaurants. Also only 5 minutes drive to Belhurst Castle, Ventosa Winery and Geneva on the Lake

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Find Exclusive Special Offers on Lodging With Purple Roofs

Author: , August 31st, 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.

Here’s today’s featured special:

Kemble Inn - Lenox, Massachusetts

Kemble Inn

Lenox, Massachusetts

Landmark, 1881 Georgian Mansion, in Lenox: Restored and renovated in 2005 Georgian mansion. 13 rooms, 2 suites, all private baths and jacuzzis. Open views of the Berkshire Mountains. Huge porch overlooking mountains. Wireless, Cable,C/A.

$50 off rooms per nt AND $50 restaurant credit per nt. Weekdays 1st or 2nd Flr. Promo Code PURPLE, Sep 3-Oct 3

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Red Gate Farm

Author: , August 31st, 2013

The Red Gate Farm Gallery http://www.glynnhouse.com/area/id14.htm, located in the Red Gate Farmrenovated woodshed, is home to the work of local, regional and nationally recognized craftspeople and fine artists. Pottery, glass, wood, textiles and jewelry are sold along with fine art paintings, photography and prints. The gallery is an eclectic mix of fine contemporary art and craft. The shop is less than 10 minutes drive from the Inn.

Stay at the romantic Glynn House Inn during your New Hampshire summer 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 www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Off-The-Beaten-Path Museums in Philadelphia

Author: , August 31st, 2013

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Philadelphia’s most iconic thoroughfare, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is populated by important art and cultural centers like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. Directly east of there is the Liberty Bell viewing site, and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence took form. But what if you’re looking for slightly more obscure cultural references? It turns out Philadelphia has plenty of that, too, as long as you’re willing to seek it out. From mosaic-tiled houses to the world’s first pizza museum, here are a few places to spice up the usual Philly itinerary:

Benjamin Franklin Museum

Next month heralds the re-opening of an iconic Philly museum dedicated to Benjamin Franklin, the USA’s most eccentric Founding Father. Located on the site where Franklin himself lived in the 1700s, the underground museum is not visible from the street – instead, look out for the iconic steel frame structure outlining the shape of Franklin’s original house. Inside the museum’s five galleries, visitors can interact with different exhibits relating to Franklin’s many earthly interests, which range from electricity to flip books to chess and everything in between.

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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Curacao Welcomes Gay Travelers

Author: , August 31st, 2013

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With exceptional gay friendly hotels and attractions, the Curacao Tourist Board encourages gay and lesbian travelers to visit the island and experience its ‘Live and let live’ atmosphere for themselves.

“It is important to us that it’s known to the gay & lesbian community that everyone is welcome in Curacao. Our island offers diverse culture, art galleries, beaches, museums, fine accommodations and exquisite cuisine that are enjoyed by all visitors to the island.” commented the Executive Director of the Curacao Tourist Board.

Joining the millions who support LGBT marriage and the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn the “Defense of Marriage Act,” the southern Caribbean island of Curacao has always embraced the LGBT community with a “‘Live and Let Live” philosophy and attitude.

Today, Curacao’s progressive environment, UNESCO World Heritage city of Willemstad, world-class diving sites, beautiful beaches and luxury hotels and restaurants make the island the ideal destination for Caribbean commitment ceremonies and honeymoons for all the LGBT couples who have, or plan to, tie the knot.

See the Full Story at the Best Gay Travel Guide

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Costa Rica – A Gay Travel Paradise

Author: , August 31st, 2013

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Costa Rica feels like paradise because of its lush jungles, spectacular beaches, abundant wildlife, and varied landscape – all for less than you’d pay for a trip anywhere in Europe. But for gay and lesbian travelers in particular, Costa Rica has gained a well-earned reputation as a comfortable place to visit. True, its discos won’t rival those of New York or London, and its gay scene isn’t as big as the one in Amsterdam or Sydney.

But where else can you climb a volcano with your partner during the day, then kick the dust off your boots and find a place to watch a drag queen lip-synch at night?

You could spend years here and not see everything, but there’s a great itinerary that’s popular with first-time visitors. It’ll give you a taste of several different parts of the country – a bit of urban life, a bit of jungle, and a spell on the beach. You’ll have opportunities to flex your muscles if you’re the athletic type, or time to take it easy if you’re not – or if you’re traveling with kids. Tour operators offer all-gay tours, but it’s easy enough to set one up on your own, and you’ll meet plenty of gay people along the way. Most importantly, nobody will bother you in Costa Rica; the local motto is “pura vida,” which means “pure life” but loosely translates as “life is good, so don’t sweat it.”

Authored By Wayne Hoffman – See the Full Story at New Now Next

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Southern Decadence Brings Big Money to the Big Easy

Author: , August 31st, 2013

New OrleansThe symbol of gay Pride is a rainbow but if the Southern Decadence festival that draws to a close on this Labor Day proves anything it is that the ubiquitous “pride flag” could easily be the color of money.

For years, the loosely organized conglomeration of music and street parties centered around the bawdy gay bar scene at St. Ann and Bourbon Street has been – whether by design or not – making the case that gay commerce is a very big deal.

Promoters of the celebration estimate that, in years when the weather cooperates, the economic impact on the city far exceeds $100 million. Promoters and police were expecting more than 125,000 participants this year.

Authored By Kevin McGill – See the Full Story at The Wisconsin Gazette

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Five Free Walking Tours in New York’s Central Park

Author: , August 31st, 2013

Central Park - Apple MapsSeeing all of Central Park in one trip is impossible – it is six percent of Manhattan’s total acreage, after all. That’s why the Central Park Conservatory offers 13 themed tours of the park to focus your visit. We’ve narrowed down their offerings to the most interesting options that are still free of charge (a rare find in NYC). Visit their online calendar to see tour schedules, and don’t forget to donate what you can to the conservatory afterwards – the organization cares for all 250 acres of lawns, 150 acres of lakes, 9,000 benches, and 36 bridges in the park.

1. Cross-Park Promenade

This tour is perfect for covering many popular sites at once. In just over an hour, you’ll see the miniature sailboats so familiar from movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s; the famous Bethesda Fountain, the Loeb Boathouse, and Strawberry Fields. Keep in mind you’ll start on the east side but end the tour on the west side of the park. Starts at 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, Length: 75 mins.

2. History of Sports in Central Park

If you’re a sports fan, this is the tour for you. Guides explain how and why tastes in recreational activities such as baseball and horseback riding have changed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, and reveal how Central Park has managed to continuously accommodate these evolving interests. Starts at the Dairy Visitor Center, Length: 75 mins.

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Authored By Cailin Barrett-Bressack – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Susurro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Author: , August 30th, 2013

Susurro - San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MexicoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Colonial Beauty in the Historical Center: Susurro provides the ultimate romantic getaway for those seeking a luxurious escape. Rooms off elegance with luxury and comfort. Relax by the pool or on your terrace. There is always a space for you to enjoy privacy or socialize, indoors or out. After a gourmet Mexican breakfast, explore folk art shops, antique store, markets, restaurants, fiestas and more.

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Ohio’s Lesbian Festival Begins September 20th

Author: , August 30th, 2013

Ohio Lesbian Festival 2013Want to be a part of the 24th Ohio Lesbian Womyn’s Festival experience? Consider this….

  • Fabulous performers and amazing music
  • Camping and connecting with other womyn
  • Workshops ranging from hula hooping and dog training to gender discussions and self defense
  • Movies, merchants, games, arm wrestling, bonfires, food and so much more…. and its all just 30 minutes east of downtown Columbus!

The Ohio Lesbian Festival IS NOT just for lesbians! We are a festival produced BY lesbians for all womyn. We have always and will continue to be open and inviting to all womyn, lesbian, straight, bi, queer, questioning, trans, young , old, able bodied and differently abled. Come and enjoy a space where womyn come together to celebrate ALL that is female.

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