Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bay Breeze Villa, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Author: , October 31st, 2013

Bay Breeze Villa - US Virgin IslandsPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Unique Villa in the Round: Beatful views up and down island from your private deck. Lots of room for you to stretch out and enjoy the views. Private pool with views of St John. Welcome home!

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the US Virgin Islands

Gay Snow Happening Coming to Solden, Austria in March

Author: , October 31st, 2013

Gay Snow Happening 2014It’s coming for its 16th year, Gay Snow Happening in Solden from 22 – 29 March 2014.

The programme gets more packed every year and the hype escalates, one of the most exciting events in the gay winter calendar and I hope that I can take part soon. there is nothing better than a gay ski week to drown the misery of winter. The parties on the slopes, the late night dancing sessions and curing your hangovers in the bitter cold snow, the heavy warm food and the friendly socialable gays that attend.

Gay Snow Happening has hundreds of gays from all across Europe and beyond to enjoy Austria’s top resorts. As the organisers say “Among the most entertaining attractions ranks the jovial Hut Evening at Annemarie’s Hühnersteign: after dinner the quaint mountain hut turns into a unique music and dance temple just perfect for unlimited party fun until the small hours. In Sölden’s bar, pubs and restaurants several great events and cosmopolitan programs are scheduled at night – top DJs and the “Forever Tel Aviv” party series organizing also the farewell evening together with Cologne’s SEXY Mega Party.”

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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From Beijing to North Korea – Another World

Author: , October 31st, 2013

Ryan C. Haynes - North KoreaWaking to a busy, lively train while cramped in the top bunk of a sleeper is not most people’s idea of enjoyment and excitement but for me it is one of those days in the year that put a smile on my sleep. I had managed to survive the night without rolling off the bunk, kept myself warm from the onslaughts of air con blasts from the roof of my berth (thanks to my Vietnamese silk sleeping bag), and had manoeuvred my way up and down the three bunks twice during the course of the night without disturbing anyone, in pitch darkness on a moving wagon!

As you can tell I was mighty pleased with myself! The top bunk is not many people’s choice but it certainly means people won’t disturb you. I then sit up – bang! I hit my forehead square on the train roof! Good morning! Half crunch and that’s the space in my bunk compromised.

Then I need to manoeuvre out of the bunk, changing clothes and packing while the body is still waking up and muscles aren’t quite stretched. It makes me wonder how I did this during the course of the night. Especially during my mid-sleep pee break!

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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Pride House to Sneak Into Russian Olympics

Author: , October 31st, 2013

Sochi Winter GamesWhile Vladimir Putin may have no interest in LGBT people having a place at the Olympics in Sochi, Pride House International may have found its own way of promoting gay rights.

Their intention is to overcome the ban on a Pride House to work with national houses at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

That way, there could be a Pride House to promote LGBT diversity in sport and sneak past Russia’s choice to not have an official one at their event.
Lou Englefield, coordinator for Pride House International, explained: ‘Various National Olympic Committees traditionally create a venue to promote their national teams and offer hospitality for officials, athletes, and fans.

Authored By Joe Morgan – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Autumn In New York

Author: , October 31st, 2013

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FallSlightly above Albany and down to New York City, the Hudson River Valley offers a thriving diverse community with an established LGBT presence. October’s warm days and crisp nights accent the beauty of autumn’s prime. The vibrancy of the fall foliage makes a car trip a perfect fun-filled escape. So, pull up a map and see where in the Valley is the best place for your personal experience.

If you ever had a reason to break the piggybank, a stay at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz (Mountain Rest Road) may make you scramble for a hammer. This magnificent one-eighth of a mile long resort is at the river’s edge. The estate is surrounded by magnificent gardens where within five American Presidents vacationed. If the piggybank seems to be a bit low, stop at the House for lunch and a nice walk around its grounds.

Speaking of Presidents, if you are a history buff, visit The Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library & Museum (Albany Post Road) in Hyde Park. The surroundings are incredible and the estate is steeped in an era that reshaped modern America. Want more history – journey to West Point.

The beauty of nature compliments the eye candy at West Point. The campus is impressive and well worth an hour tour. The history and almost reverence of the grounds at this time of year stirs the American pride. The $35 Sunday Champagne Brunch at the remarkable Thayer Hotel (Thayer Road) is extraordinary. The Academy allows visitors to tour by bus and is quite strict about identification requirements, therefore, visit the Academy’s Website regarding sponsored tours.

When driving through the Hudson Valley, consider adding Poughkeepsie to your list of stops. While in town, experience the magnificent “Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park” (Parker Avenue) that provides breathtaking views of the Hudson River and its banks as you walk the longest (1.28 mile) pedestrian bridge in the world. Should your travel plans bring you to Poughkeepsie on October 26, you should not miss “The Great Poughkeepsie Costume Carnival.” This ‘creepy vintage carnival’ takes place downtown ($10 Ticket); there are prizes for the best use of glitter, best side show/freak show character, and of course, the best gender illusion. After the Carnival, you may want to stop for a drink at The Out Bar (Main Street).

If later October is the best travel time, I highly recommend that your sights are set on the Village of Nyack. Downtown Nyack is remarkably quaint and is filled with interesting shopping and great eateries. The Village is celebrating its Halloween Parade on October 26. Following the parade head over to Barz (US 9W) if you enjoy Saturday Dance Night.

New York has a jewel of the Halloween diadem that is set in Sleepy Hallow. Washington Irving immortalized North Tarrytown (renamed Sleepy Hallow in 1996) with the American classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. If time permits journey to nearby Irvington to stroll the grounds of Irving’s home, Sunnyside (Sunnyside Lane). You may want to search for the headless horseman by day as the Sleepy Hallow Cemetery (North Broadway) is a fully functional resting-place with gates open 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Nonetheless, if you want some excitement take an evening guided lantern-tour through the cemetery; hopefully, the night is clear and the moon bright.

As always, please make reservations and call ahead for special needs to avoid any disappointment.
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casita du Marroc, El Prado, New Mexico

Author: , October 30th, 2013

Casita du Marroc, El Prado, New MexicoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Colorful Romantic Casita, Views, Charm, Peace: Welcome to the Casita du Marroc, a romantic getaway on the Taos Mesa! The casita is minutes from Ski Valley, Rio Grande River Gorge Bridge and downtown Taos. This peaceful and relaxing casita with unique Moroccan decor has privacy and breathtaking views.

See the Casita du Marroc Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Taos area.

Santa Fe Gets a Tourism Boost from Marriage Equality Fight

Author: , October 30th, 2013

New mexico mapGay marriage has helped fuel a tourism boomlet in gay-friendly Santa Fe, New Mexico.

According to the Santa Fe New Mexican, nearly one-quarter of the 463 same-sex marriage licenses issued in Santa Fe County since August 23 have been issued to out-of-state couples.

“It’s something that never in my wildest dreams I thought would happen, ’cause I’m almost 80 years old,” Dorothy Alexander, 79, told the paper of marrying Devey Napier, 68. “It still makes me kinda dizzy when I think about it.”

See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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Russian Gay Group Plans Games After Sochi Olympics

Author: , October 30th, 2013

RussiaA group in Russia has announced plans to hold a “gay games” in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.

Russia has been heavily criticised because a federal bill banning gay “propaganda”, which was signed into law by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in June.

It prescribes fines for providing information about homosexuality to people under the age of 18 – ranging from 4,000 roubles (#78) for an individual to 1m roubles (#19,620) for organisations.

Authored By – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Calling All Snomosexuals to Arosa

Author: , October 30th, 2013

Arosa, Switzerland - Ryan C. HaynesI’ve been. It’s great! Seriously – it’s a fantastically organised week for which you need plenty of energy for.

Arosa Gay Ski Week is not just about the slopes but also the evening parties. For me, I was exhausted by day 3 – but the atmosphere, the energy and the events keep you going to the bitter end.

Arosa has just announced its line-up for year 10 – and it is a must-see!

Authored By Ryan C. Haynes – See the Full Story at Honest Omissions

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Oahu Is More Than Honolulu

Author: , October 29th, 2013

Oahu BeachBeing on the West Coast, the Hawaiian Islands are a popular destination for many of my clients and each island has its own uniqueness. Maui seems to be the top pick over Oahu, based on what they’ve heard from others. Many base their experience or opinions based on Waikiki, however, which is only a small area on the beautiful island of Oahu.

I love Hawaii and think Oahu is one of the best islands to visit with a family as there’s so much to see and do. Just like the other islands, everything is spread out and budgeting for a car rental is a must or you’ll be stuck in one area, probably Waikiki and this will likely not leave you with the same love for the island as I have. If you rely on the bus system or a tour, you’re going to miss out on a lot of what the island has to offer.

Let me help you find the perfect place on Oahu to enjoy your Hawaiian Island vacation.

Authored By Kirsty Connolly – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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