O.A.R. – Jul 5

Author: , June 27th, 2014

O.A.R. http://glynnhouse.com/events (short for Of a Revolution) is an American rock band, founded in 1996 in Rockville, Meadowbrook NH PavilionMaryland. The band consists of lead vocalist Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman, and saxophonist Jerry DePizzo. Together, the band has released seven studio albums, including their latest release, King, in August 2011. The band is well known for their live shows and extensive summer touring, and have released five records of various live performances to date.

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.

Squam Lake Dinner and Sunset Cruise: Jul 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug 7

Author: , June 25th, 2014

Start the evening with a delicious, fixed-price dinner at Walter’s Basin Restaurant, followed by a sunset cruise on Squam Lake. squamsunriseThe Dinner and Sunset Cruise http://glynnhouse.com/events/ showcases Squam’s beauty as dusk falls. The guide discusses the natural history, wildlife and people of Squam Lake.

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.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: RJ Rodack Guest House, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

Author: , June 25th, 2014

RJ Rodack Guest House - Penticton, BC, CanadaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Quiet Country Setting, Great View of OK Lake.: We have two, one bedroom, fully furnished and equipped suites. Both are beautifully appointed and offer spectacular city and lake views. Private keyless entry. We are licensed only for two adults per suite.

See the RJ Rodack Guest House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Thompson Okanagan Region

Who Does Pride Motivate to Travel?

Author: , June 25th, 2014

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2014-06-25-tempatableV2-thumbThe LGBT2020 research project is the largest research study into the lives of LGBT people from around the world that has ever been undertaken, and has since 2010 sampled respondents in 13 languages, and in more than 20 countries across all five continents. Findings from the LGBT2020 study are providing the clearest picture that has ever existed into the lives of LGBT people right across the world, collecting data on a diverse range of topics including workplace issues, harassment and discrimination, consumer patterns and behaviour, internet usage and tourism.

The 2014 survey includes the following question asking respondents how important LGBT Prides were to them when making their travel plans. “How important can a local LGBT Pride, Film or other LGBT cultural festival be in motivating you to choose to visit a particular destination at the time of that festival?”

By Ian Johnson – Full Story at the Huffington Post

What to Do in Portland, Oregon

Author: , June 25th, 2014

Pioneer Courthouse SquareFrom scenic day trips, to breweries and wineries galore, to cycling and hiking, it would be impossible to experience all that Portland has to offer in a single day — but you can certainly try. Make a mad dash for all of these places, or space them out over a two- or three-day itinerary:

Brunch: Start your day with brunch at Tasty n Alder, open daily from 9 a.m., although you may want to get their earlier, especially on weekends. The menu is American with global touches, inspired by Chef John Gorham’s food memories and travels. The decor is modern industrial, with bare bulbs and exposed wood beams, and large windows let in lots of natural light. The food is served family-style, with each dish brought out at different times to encourage sharing. Drinks like a “Brandy Alexander” (brandy creme de cocoa and chocolate bitters) compliment breakfast nicely. Savor entrees like biscuits with venison and pork sauce; a truffle omelette with beef bacon; and Korean fried chicken with short grain rice. The unobstructed views of the Gothic-style First Presbyterian Church add to the atmosphere.

Cycling: Portland is known from its enthusiastic biking culture. In fact, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation six percent of residents commute by bike (more than any other large American city) and the city features 319 miles of bike lanes. With that in mind, what better way to work off those Wagyu fat-soaked fries from brunch than with an active cultural experience?

By Jessica Festa – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Portland, Oregon Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Gay New York – Break Out of the Old Routine

Author: , June 25th, 2014

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Do you find that when you travel to New York City that you go to familiar places and maybe do the same old thing? I visit NYC several times a month for business. I realized that it is time to break away from my familiar routines and try new things in one of the world’s greatest cities.

Just in time for New York City Gay Pride ( July 29 ), NYC & Company and ManAboutWorld wrote what might be the best New York trip-planning guide. And better yet, it’s available for free this month at NYCGo.com . New York-based ManAboutWorld is a global authority on travel available as an iPad subscription magazine.

Planning a trip here can be overwhelming but I took to the New York ManAboutWorld guide to get new ideas and the up-to-the-minute recommendations for where to stay, eat, play and meet as well as what to see and do. The free guide to New York also lets you experience the Big Apple your way whatever slice of the city you want: hipster, cultural, trendy or classic. So break away and try something new. I did!

Back to Broadway

It is the iconic NYC tourist experience but Broadway is always changing. So I took friend and R family vacations co-founder Gregg Kaminsky to Broadway to see Rocky. Yes, we all know the story, or at least you think you remember the entire story. I have to admit I needed a refresher.

By Jeff Guaracino – Full Story at the Windy City Times | New York Gay Travel Resources

A Day in the Netherlands

Author: , June 25th, 2014

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Good morning,

I have a bit of time before going on a walking tour of Nijmegen. (These Dutch names seem hard to pronounce, but the town is pronounced “Nee-Megan “). Today will be our last day in the Netherlands, as after lunch we will sail again, this time into Germany.

Netherlands - Dolly GoolsbyYesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the little star-shaped village of Willemstadt. It is so tiny, our Program Director told us that if we got lost in that town there virtually is no help for us! I think he might have put it a bit more tactfully, but we got the message.

Frank and I walked down this lovely little street, and met a man who was trimming his garden. He spoke English very well, and he was so happy that we had stopped to talk with him. I asked if I could take his picture, and he said, “Oh, yes, just wait a minute until I put on my wooden shoes.” He and Frank had a great conversation, then we continued on our way.

We then found one of my favorite things, a fruit and vegetable market, but I restrained myself and didn’t buy anything.

After lunch, we sailed a short way, and were able to visit a UNESCO World Heritage site, Kinderdijk, where there are miles of canals, with old windmills along the canals. Most of the windmills were built in the mid 1700\0x2032s, and many are still operational. We got to tour the inside of one, to see the living quarters. It was interesting to me to find that the kitchens were in a stone building set apart from the windmill, as the danger of fire was too great to have a kitchen inside. I do not know what they did for heat, as this area can get very cold. The baking kitchen was another stone building, much larger, and shared by many families.

We walked from our ship to the windmills, then returned by way of a canal boat. A local lady gave us more of the history of the canals and windmills. Very interesting.

I shall let you know how the rest of the day goes. The weather promises to stay pleasant. This part of the river is very busy with all kinds of boat traffic, much as in Antwerp. The Viking cruise ship was right next to us, literally, this morning. If the passengers on the Viking wanted to leave their ship, they would have walked through ours. Another cruise ship is right in front of us and another one in front of them.

I am enjoying the trip very much. Now I must close and go on the walking tour of Nijmegen.

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

San Francisco Gay History Around Every Corner

Author: , June 25th, 2014

San FranciscoThe reputation of San Francisco as a gay Mecca goes back to the Gold Rush days of 1849, when there were an estimated 40,000 men and 700 women. All those men… alone… together… what to do? Often, sex with another man was the only outlet available. World War II saw another influx of men, away from home for the first time, and discovering sex with other men in the process. Many decided to settle in the Bay Area after the war, and the roots of what would become the now powerful LGBT community were planted.

While many assume that New York was the epicenter of the LGBT rights movement because of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, San Francisco can arguably lay claim to locations and events that led to the worldwide Pride celebrations. With this coming weekend’s Pride festival and parade (June 28-29), it’s the ideal time to learn San Francisco has history around every corner, and that many locations that played a part in LGBT history are hidden in plain sight.
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Compton’s Cafeteria (Corner of Taylor and Turk Streets): While many assume that the modern LGBT rights movement began at the Stonewall Inn in 1969, San Franciscans know that the first time LGBT people fought back was in August of 1966 (no one agrees on the exact date), when the Compton Cafeteria tried to ban trans-people from the establishment. A picket line turned into a full-fledged riot when the cafeteria’s window was smashed. Look for the commemorative plaque in the sidewalk.

By Joseph Amster – Full Story at Queerty | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Boston: Jul 3

Author: , June 25th, 2014

Boston http://glynnhouse.com/events is an American rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved its most notable Glynn House Evening-csuccesses during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists. To date, they have sold over 31 million albums in the United States alone. Boston’s genre is considered by most to be hard rock, while combining elements of progressive rock into their music.

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.

Three Unique Sights in Sri Lanka

Author: , June 24th, 2014

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Once known as Ceylon, the island nation of Sri Lanka off the southern coast of India is still finding its tourism balance as it rebuilds from the devastation of the 2004 tsunami and years of political unrest.

As such, Sri Lanka doesn’t see nearly as many visitors as its neighbor to the north, where it’s often easy to find good value on accommodation and tour packages. If you’re looking for a destination that offers the color and spice of India, and all the gracious hospitality and natural beauty of Southeast Asia, but still feels relatively free of tourists, Sri Lanka may be the ideal choice. Here are three reasons why:

The Gathering of the Elephants: While Sri Lanka may not immediately seem like a safari destination, it offers one of the most unique wildlife experiences in the world — The Gathering. You can stand in a jeep in Minneriya National Park, just as the sun sets along the mountains, surrounded by hundreds of Asian elephants as they munch on grass, drink from the reservoir, and swim. Their annual migration, which takes place from July to November, happens only in northern Sri Lanka.

By Annie Shustrin – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Sri Lanka Gay Travel Resources