The Mystery of Edwin Drood: The Musical – Jul 8 – 12

Author: , June 29th, 2014

How about a show where no one, not even the actors, knows the ending until the end? An exuberant troupe of Victorian actors atBarnstormers the Music Hall Royale in 1892 set the stage for a musical mystery based on Charles Dickens’ last unfinished novel – The Mystery of Edwin Drood http://glynnhouse.com/events. Whodunit? YOU, the audience, will decide.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

STYX – Jul 6th

Author: , June 28th, 2014

STYX  http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#july_2014 have performed more live since 1999 Meadowbrook NH Pavilionthan all of the previous years of its career combined. Two Super-Bowl appearances, Pollstar Box Office chart-topping tours; two more studio albums and no end in sight. STYX continues to conquer the planet, one venue at a time.

Stay at the romantic Glynn House Inn during your New Hampshire winter 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 five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

 

Cochem, Castles and Vineyards

Author: , June 28th, 2014

Oh, wow!

We are now on the Mosel River, which veered off from the Rhine River, traveling westward now. Although we have been told that there are more castles on the Rhine than here, but I have to tell you, this is the most scenic, calm area. There is other boat traffic, but not the commercial barges as on the Rhine.

This morning we took a tour of the Cochem castle. This castle dates back to 1100’s, but of course, many restorations have been made to it during the subsequent centuries. The setting is gorgeous, sitting way up on a hill overlooking the town of Cochem.

After the castle tour, we had an opportunity to walk through the town of Cochem, seeing the shops, finding some delicious sausages, beers, pastries. Of course, Frank found his first bratwurst and beer while our tour guide was arranging for all of us to get a taste of curry wurst.

Later, back on board ship, we started traveling again, and we were were so fortunate to have such a lovely day that we were sitting on the sun deck watching the scenery go by.

Our ship went through one lock, and there are more to come, as the Mosel sits in a valley between steep mountains. One reason the wine is so good from here, is that the steep hillsides on either side of the Mosel create a warm microclimate. Tomorrow we get to go to a winery, and do some Mosel wine tasting.

Now we are all crowded into the lounge watching the USA and Germany play in the World Cup. Of course, the commentary is in German, and needless to say, our Program Directors are rooting for Germany, but they have put up USA flags and banners, as well as German. There are 96 of us in the lounge watching the match on one 36 inch screen. We can almost see the action, but it is a fun experience anyway.

I will close with another shot of the hillside vineyards. This whole countryside is so lovely, I highly recommend this cruise as a way to de-stress. If you are not into cruising, we have seen many bicyclists, motorcyclists, and walkers along the roads on either side of the river. It is a wonderful region to explore, and enjoy the calming atmosphere.

We are indeed having a lovely time.

Until tomorrow,

Auf wiedersehn,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Germany Gay Travel Resources

Why I Love Traveling for Festivals

Author: , June 28th, 2014

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Tell me: do you love festivals? From multi-day music festivals to gay pride events, film festivals, cultural events and art shows — festivals are a pervasive part of the European summer experience. Whether you’re camping on-site or it’s happening downtown during daytime, Europe has more than a few festivals. Berlin (obviously one of my favorite European cities) hosts countless festivals during the summer.

And if you must visit, make sure you visit when there’s a festival on. Yes, the travel experience will be slightly different than on any other occasion. But there’s something special when traveling for festivals. The atmosphere is different, the people are friendlier, the destination somehow feels more alive, more energetic, more…fun.

I love traveling for festivals. Here’s why:

1. Something special is happening.

Every festival has that special hook to bring in visitors. Maybe it’s a food festival with a star chef, or a music festival with a favorite band. I think even the world’s most boring festivals must be loved by someone!

2. Locals are more sociable.

If you’re visiting a city during festival season, I think you’ll find the whole city (regardless of who’s attending the festival and who’s not) a bit more friendly. When Berlin hosts its annual film festival, the whole city comes alive with red carpets. It’s a festival that even the locals love and I think it shows. The city comes alive for those two weeks in winter and everyone is just that much more happy and friendly.

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

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United Church of Christ to Sponsor Gay Games 9

Author: , June 28th, 2014

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The UCC is going to sponsor the Gay Games 9 this year in Cleveland.

Towleroad.com reports:

This year, the United Church of Christ is set to become the first religious denomination to serve as a major sponsor of the Gay Games, The New York Times reports: The denomination, the United Church of Christ, has its headquarters in Cleveland, which, along with Akron, is one of two cities that will play host to the more than 35 sporting and cultural events scheduled to be part of Gay Games 9. Geography, however, is only one reason the church agreed to become a major sponsor; ideology loomed larger.

The UCC has really stepped up on LGBT rights this year, including the lawsuit in North Carolina for marriage equality. My mom is a UCC member, So proud.

By Kyler Geoffrey – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Six Smaller Gay Friendly US Cities

Author: , June 28th, 2014

Las Vegas AerialLast week Lauren Conrad blew up her social media over a flap with a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas. Apparently they wouldn’t let same-sex couples to participate in some bar games that were going on. So Lauren took her bachelorette party and left. This got us in the office thinking about outside of the usual Miami, NY, and San Francisco, what are some of the best smaller cities to visit for the LGBT community? So here ya go:

Las Vegas, NV

You would probably expect the come-one-come all city to welcome the LGBT crowd with open arms, and you would be right. Nowadays, all of the resorts consider themselves gay-friendly and a few years back Rumor even opened as almost gay preferred, but they pull in a great mixed crowd. If you bring Fido, don’t miss their Yappy Hour event. Wynn and Encore now offer a Pride Concierge and same-sex couples massages at resorts are not even given a second thought. There is a decent smattering of gay bars, including the “Fruit Loop” – a gay section of town off of Paradise Rd with clubs and shops. If you are hanging down on Paradise head a little further down to Firefly* (ed. note – don’t go looking for the footnote; the asterisk is part of the name) for the best value on Tapas you will find in Vegas.

Providence, RI

Although there is no gayborhood in Providence, the LGBT community is found thoughout the community. Voted into Travel and Leisure’s Top Five Gay Cities as well as many other top lists of gay-friendly destinations, the eclectic art scene, great restaurants and a youthful downtown keep Providence moving. If you are going to do one thing in the summer, make it Waterfire, an “award-winning fire sculpture installation on the three rivers in downtown Providence.”

By Tom Bastek – Full Story at Travel Pulse | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

Amazing Oakland, California

Author: , June 27th, 2014

Oakland, CaliforniaFinally, Oakland is getting the attention it deserves from travelers and media alike as one of the country’s coolest cities, having been skipped over for years for sister city San Francisco. But as Oakland enters the spotlight, it remains an extremely affordable destination for culture, food, and other entertainment. These budget activities will make any cost-conscious traveler wonder why you took so long to discover Oak Town:

Oakland Museum of California

The progressive Oakland Museum of California crams more than 1.9 million objects — covering art, history and natural sciences — under one roof. Programs explore elements that shape California character and identity, from natural landscapes to its culture of creativity and innovation. Plan your visit for one of the museum’s Friday Nights events, when adults get half off admission (typically $15), galleries are open late, gourmet food trucks park outside, and live music streams through the air.

Grand Lake Theatre

This historic, first-run movie theater, considered one of the top 10 vintage theaters in the United States, is an eyeful of fun. Step in and find a sweeping staircase in the main hall, ornately decorated walls throughout, and brass chandeliers galore. There are even faux opera boxes that line the sides of the theater room itself. Prior to curtain on Friday and Saturday nights, an organist serenades the audience on a Wurlitzer. But if you can live without the performance, go on Discount Tuesday nights for screenings at only $5.

By Jill Robinson – Full Story at Shermans Travel | San Francisco Bay Area Gay Travel Resources

Bohn and Koln, Germany

Author: , June 27th, 2014

Bonn, Germany - Dolly GoolsbyGuten Tag,

Yes, we are in Germany now. We started sailing last night from our last little village in the Netherlands, where we were on the Waal River, a tributary of the Rhine. At 0830 this morning we docked at Bonn, Germany. We had already had our breakfast and we were ready for our walking tour through the city of Bonn.

Bonn is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and was the capital of West Germany before the Berlin Wall came down. Bonn is a university town, and has several old churches, but the city was so heavily bombed during World War II that very little of the original buildings are standing, and those that are have been restored.

The administration building for the university. Like many large universities, this one has no central building, but has different buildings for different schools of study. We talked with some young lady students, and found that tuition for each semester is 250 Euro per student, whether local or foreign. Almost makes foreign study cheaper than going to university at home, no?

From there, we walked to see the old cathedral. Much of it has been restored, but still looks ancient to me. We did not go inside, but walked around the city for a bit. We came to a statue of Beethoven, who is a favorite son of Bonn. He was born here, but spent most of his life in Vienna, but Bonn still claims him as their own local boy.

After our walking tour, several of us decided to go to Koeln to see the Cathedral there. The train system is very good here. We got group rates for 2 groups of 5, for 5 Euro each person, round trip. The Hauptbahnhof (train station) in Koeln is right beside the Cathedral, and the trip took 30 minutes each way.

The Koeln Cathedral is enormous, and beautiful. There are so many stained glass windows, from different eras. The ceiling is 140 feet high. When we first got there, a Mass was in progress, with the pipe organ playing. I would have loved to have heard that music for longer. The floors throughout the upper chapel were beautiful mosaics. We saw several tombs of popes and bishops, but I cannot tell you who they were. Guess I should have brought a guide book.

We found a place for a nice light lunch, then took the train back to Bonn. After finding our way back to the ship, we are now enjoying a glass of wine in the lounge. When Frank and I got down here, Ron and Jo were already on their first drink. I don’t know what this says about us, but the bartender came came over to our table, and said he noticed that we drank a lot of wine, and offered us a 20% discount on bottles of wine, rather than our just buying it by the glass. He thought that would save us some money. Sounded like a good deal to us, so we took him up on it.

So I will close on that note. By writing, I have fallen behind the others in the wine drinking!

Auf Wiedersehen for now. We will be in Germany for quite a few more days. Therefore, you will get more information from me on how the wine drinking is going.

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Germany Gay Travel Resources

Las Vegas – What’s New

Author: , June 27th, 2014

LinQ Las Vegas“Welcome to the city of Lost Wages.”

These were the words from a flight attendant during a recent excursion to gay Las Vegas, Nevada. However, this statement was also an anachronism of sorts–as Vegas now has a whole lot more to offer than gambling ( despite the numerous opportunities throughout the city ). And there’s probably no better place to start than a new diversion that’s attracting people in droves: The LINQ.

LINQ-ing up

The LINQ ( at The Venetian ) is a complex: a shopping, dining and entertainment district that aims to have something for everyone.

Among the restaurants are Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, the casual cafe Squeeze, Flour & Barley, Brooklyn Bowl, Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop and, of course, a Starbucks.

That certainly is not all. Tag Bar & Lounge ( an interactive lounge that features a full-service bar with 300 beers from around the world and state-of-the-art electronic table game ) and The Purple Zebra ( with a self-serve daiquiri bar with 20 flavors ) provide nightlife, while shopaholics can indulge in eyewear ( Chilli Beans ), shoes ( Bella Scarpa and 12AM: RUN ) and gadgets ( Koto ).

By Andrew Davis – Full Story at the Windy City Times | Nevada Gay Travel Resources

Gay Chicago, An Insider’s Guide

Author: , June 27th, 2014

Mark RobertsA proud member of Les Clefs d’Or since 2006, Mark Roberts is a veteran hospitality industry professional who has worked in New York City, Atlanta, Montreal, and his hometown of Chicago. Les Clefs d’Or (pronounced “lay clay door” and literally translates to keys of gold) is a global, professional association representing approximately 4,000 hotel concierges working in more than 60 countries. Its aim is to promote the concierge profession and to educate its members of professional service standards. Members are considered experts and ambassadors of their regions, and the selection process is highly competitive…

Where are the coolest places in gay Chicago to go for cocktails?

The Violet Hour (1520 North Damen Ave. Tel: 773-252-1500. www.theviolethour.com) is a James Beard Outstanding Bar Program nominee, serving handcrafted artisanal cocktails in the heart of Wicker Park. You can find just about any type of cocktail here and the atmosphere is very reminiscent of a speakeasy. Mixologist Toby Maloney invented a cocktail with gin, mint, cucumber, a pinch of salt, some drops of rosewater, and Angostura bitters called Juliet & Romeo, which is one of my absolute favorites.

The Aviary (955 West Fulton St. Tel: 312-226-0868. www.theaviary.com) features delicious handcrafted cocktails served by a knowledgeable and friendly wait staff. It’s also considered one of the top craft cocktail bars in the world. The cocktail menu of thoughts and ideas is meant to inspire a conversation between you and the mixologists who will create the perfect cocktail for you. The food is full of amazing flavor, and beautifully presented. It is expensive (cocktails start at $20) but worth it for the experience. Advanced reservations are taken, but every night 50 to 60 percent of seating is reserved for walk-ins.

By Jimmy Im – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Illinois Gay Travel Resources