Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Lancaster B&B, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Author: , November 30th, 2013

Lancaster B&B - Lancaster, PennsylvaniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Warmth & Sophistication in a Central Location: The Lancaster is conveniently located near the vibrant downtown and the inspiring Amish countryside. An evolving vintage boutique decor brings warmth and sophistication. Your comfort is our first priority with in-step local information, personal dining (phenomenal breakfasts!). Wi-Fi keeps the business traveler at ease. English-style gardens and nearby Conestoga Greenway trail enhance your stay at The Lancaster

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Phoenix – Go for the Food

Author: , November 30th, 2013

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When Twitter and Facebook first began to catch fire, so did food trucks. Mobile kitchens in cities like Los Angeles and New York branded themselves, using social media to gain foodie followers. But the gourmet meals-on-wheels trend was slow to hit Phoenix streets.

Fast forward to 2013 and nearly 60 food trucks belong to the Phoenix Street Food Coalition. Now, some of the city’s food truck operators are trading car keys for tables and chairs. Several brick-and-mortar incarnations have emerged in the past nine months in the desert city’s artsy Roosevelt Row neighborhood. The location stands in contrast to the many popular restaurants scattered across the city and its suburbs, tucked inside strip malls. Besides having built-in street cred, these food-truck-spawned establishments have become great advocates for showcasing locally-grown and purchased food through innovative street eats.

Leading the culinary charge is the Welcome Diner. Chef Michael Babcock and his business partner, Jenn Robinson, were brought in by Phoenix developer Sloane McFarland to revive the long-dormant nine-seat diner. A fixture on historic Route 66 in the 1960s, the roadside Valentine-style diner (a type of diner built like a small box) has anchored a residential block of Roosevelt Street since 1979.

Authored By Terry Tang – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Five Unique Holiday Shopping Spots in San Francisco

Author: , November 30th, 2013

Coit Tower, San FranciscoSan Francisco is a world-class shopping city, and everyone from high-end international designers to small independent DIY artisans has a seat at the merch table. So after you gawk at Union Square’s impressive array of luxury brands, you’ll definitely want to explore the equally fantastic charm of SF’s smaller scale.

If you’re looking for gifts that your loved ones will really remember and cherish, quirky and unique are always good bets. And nobody, we mean nobody, does quirky and unique quite like San Francisco.

Here are 5 only-in-SF spots to hit up on your quest for flawless holiday gifts-perfect given that this Saturday is “Small Business Saturday” in the city.

Authored By – See the Full Story at Gay Cities

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Affordable Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

Author: , November 30th, 2013

Blue MountainsLooking for an easy budget getaway? Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains offer a mix of inexpensive activities and attractions that work for all kinds of travelers, from thrill-seekers and hiking nuts to kids and foodies. Here’s just a sampling of our favorites, broken down by the type of traveler…

For Active Travelers: (free)

Established in 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not only the most-visited national park in the United States (who knew?), it’s also the only major federally funded park that is completely free to visit. Explore areas that only a hundred years ago were farmland, and where you now can find the remains of stone cottages and mountain cemeteries in the forest. Or, opt for a more serious hike, climbing one of the area’s high peaks, which reward you with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

For (Responsible) Adults: (free)

At the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, located in Gatlinburg, the Baker family continues their heritage of moonshine-making in Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery. Learn about the production process, then treat yourself to free samples of flavors such as apple pie, pink lemonade, white lightnin’, and some signature moonshine cherries.

Authored By Lisa Hubner – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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Venice’s Rialto Bridge and Market

Author: , November 30th, 2013

Rialto Bridge Venice - Carlos MeliaThe Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo.

I came to visit before I lunch at the lovely, recently opened, Aman Grand Canal, which is only steps away. Like Ponte Vecchio is to Florence, Ponte di Rialto is to Venice.

This bridge dates to 1181, originally built out of wood, like it was painted on the Miracle of the Cross at the Ponte di Rialto, also known as The Healing of the Madman painting by Italian Renaissance artist Vittore Carpaccio.

It is a fabulous spot for photos, and if you can… take a private riva along the Grand Canal and cross under the bridge. You will get AMAZING photo moments.

Now the biggest surprise was to discover the Rialto Mercato or Rialto Market. It takes place from early in the morning to around 1PM. See locals and foreigners flock to shop and enjoy the real daily Venetian life. Rialto Bridge and Market are a MUST see and visit spot of Venice.

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

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John Lennon Re-imagined – Dec 6th

Author: , November 29th, 2013

The unique and compelling ensemble whose name, The Nutopians, was given to them byYoko Ono herself, celebrates John Lennon’s www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#december__2013 genius an

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d artistry with remarkably fresh treatments of some of his best known Beatles & solo years song compositions, often inspiring a whole new appreciation for the iconic music. Created and led by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step and Tom Dean of Devonsquare, the ensemble’s spectacular live show features poignant song narratives on an array of instruments that include acoustic 6 & 12-string, electric and bass guitars, cello, violin, mandola, accordion, piano, chromatic harmonica and light percussion.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn – less than 10 minutes from the Flying Monkey – as your New Hampshire 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 five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Sydney Mardi Gras Announces 2014 Calendar

Author: , November 29th, 2013

Sydney Mardi Gras 2014The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival is poised to deliver a kaleidoscope of colorful experiences in 2014, with a jam-packed program of cultural and community events running from Sunday 9 February through to Sunday 2 March, 2014.

Tickets for the 2014 Mardi Gras program went on sale today as organizers unveiled the first round of talent, icons and events that will headline the Asia-Pacific region’s biggest and most spectacular, celebration of LGBTI pride and diversity.

Based around the theme of ‘kaleidoscope’, the three-week festival will offer up an array of both free and ticketed events including fabulous parties, world-class artistic performances, a film festival, community, social and youth events, panel discussions and art exhibitions.

Authored By Andrew Potts – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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A White Water Ride for Equality in the Balkans

Author: , November 29th, 2013

MWhite Water Rafting in the Balkans - Clark Turneronday morning and we are back on the road. We head deep into the mountains. The area is breathtaking.

Peaks reach for the sky, while valleys plummet to oblivion, cradling local villages. The autumnal forest is a patchwork, in full glory with leaves from seasonal golden yellows to rich reds.

We arrive outside the town Konjic and are reaquainted with the Neretva River for a spot of white water rafting. We’re all eager to get going but are treated first to a traditional breakfast of breads, eggs and ajvar, a delicious homemade smoked garlic and red pepper spread.

Authored By Clark Turner – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Cologne, Germany – Cooler Than You Think

Author: , November 29th, 2013

Adam Groffman in Cologne, GermanyBefore the weather turned too cold I took a short trip up to visit Cologne (that’s Köln) for the very first time. Having lived in Germany for a little while now (a long while, really), it seemed strange that I hadn’t yet visited. All the things I’d heard about Cologne were positive. It’s apparently Germany’s most “gay” city with a more-than-usual LGBT population. It’s supposed to have good nightlife and artsy things to do. You hear these things about cities all the time but it’s always hard to judge.

In reality, though, I found Cologne 100% lived up to its hype. And probably even exceeded it! This was one damn cool city.

Shop in the Belgian Quarter

Well this has to be one of the coolest neighborhoods in Cologne. Full of great shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants I pretty much stayed out in this area as much as possible. My favorite shop I found in this neighborhood was called Magasin 2, which was actually part of a trifecta of shops. They sold men’s and women’s fashion, plus cool & trendy things such as records and knick-knacks.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Natalie MacMaster – Dec 5th

Author: , November 28th, 2013

Natalie MacMaster www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#december__2013 is an electrifying flying-monkeyperformer thrilling audiences from Carnegie Hall to Prairie Home Companion to The Flying Monkey, this Cape Breton Island fiddler weaves her skill, passion, and incredible musicianship to produce performances filled with foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-wrenching ballads, world-class step dancing, and fiddling fireworks.   A Monkey favorite, this show sold out in advance last year…don’t miss one of the most thrilling performers we’ve ever seen!

Use the romantic Glynn House Innless than 10 minutes from the Flying Monkey – as your New Hampshire 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 five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.