Featured Gay Tour Operator: Serene Journeys, New Delhi, India

Author: , August 29th, 2014

Serene JourneysPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay-owned travel services inbound to india, outbound to Nepal. Programs are tailored to fit each traveler, right down to the amount of spice in your food. Our mission, whether creating a complete itinerary or making arrangements in a specific destination, is simple: to make sure guests have the best possible travel experience customized to their lifestyle, interests and budget.

See the Serene Journeys Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Tour Operators in India

The Finger Lakes – Beauty, Hospitality, and Barrels of Wine

Author: , August 29th, 2014

Christine Wei/Dr. Frank's Vinifera Wine CellarsIn upstate New York, there’s a 2.6 million-acre region characterized by rolling green valleys and sprawling open space, and it’s just four hours from Manhattan. Yet, Finger Lakes wine country doesn’t receive nearly the attention it deserves as a breezy summer escape or a fall foliage getaway — or an excellent anytime jaunt for wine lovers.

While sweet Rieslings and Cabernet Francs are the hallmarks of the region — the climate is nearly identical to that of Germany’s Mosel region — more refined reds are also starting to take hold. This quirky destination draws a savvy crowd of visitors with an appreciation for natural beauty and laid-back hospitality. Those who prefer a more personal experience, and a slower pace, will find few highly commercialized experiences in its 11,000 acres of vineyards. Instead, small estates, run by multi-generational families, each boast their own flair and character. A wealth of independent museums, state parks, and other attractions round out any trip.

Wine country is divided into three distinct trails, along Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga Lakes. Like the individual wineries, each of these lakes have a vibe and history of their own. Here’s a guide to finding your ideal trail, plus some of our favorite spots along each lake.

By Christine Wei – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Finger Lakes Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Christine Wei/Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars


Author: , August 29th, 2014
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Our last travel column dealt with some of the complaints that owners of Bed and Breakfasts had with a very small percentage of the guests staying with them. They all said that 95% of their guests were very wonderful people who they would love to have them stay with them again.

It is just the 5% that are the problem. We have stayed at over 65 Bed and Breakfasts from coast to coast and we often ask other guests what they like and or dislike about the Bed and Breakfast. 95% of the time the guests give glowing reviews of their stay at the Inn. The most often things that we hear are how friendly and nice the owners are.

The personality of the owners after all is one of the most important things that a Bed and Breakfast is known for. Of course the Inn has to be very clean, great breakfast, lovely location and a very nice ambiance. A few years ago it seems as though almost all Inns were filled with antiques however in today’s world, they are decorated in all types of decor and themes. We have stayed in Inns with western decor, leather decor, retro and Art Deco decor as well as rustic and chrome and mirrors.

As for the complaints that we have heard from guests are that the owners are never there. Others complain that the owners are not friendly and seem not to care if they are staying there or not.

Sometimes linens and towels are not kept fresh and have ravelings. Yep, we have stayed one or two Inns like that. NOT a pleasant situation! Some Inns only change linens every 3rd day and this is a MAJOR complaint with guests!

It is nice for there to be some information about the Inn and the city in each room however we stayed in one Inn that actually had an 18 page booklet about the do’s and don’t’s about the Inn. Who wants to spend that much time reading things like that?

We were staying at in Inn a couple of years ago and a guest came down for breakfast and asked the owners about the bus line to go downtown. Rather than tell them, they told them that it was in their booklet upstairs and they needed to read it there. That Bed and Breakfast is no longer in business!

Some guests are returning guests and love staying at their favorite Inn however sometimes they notice little things like the Inn has lowered costs by changing their breakfast selections. No one wants to stay at an Inn and be served coffee in paper cups or try to unwrap a muffin from a cellophane wrapper.

If an Inn offers bathroom amenities, keep them coming. Don’t drop things like that as guests will notice.

Happy hour is very special at a lot of Inns. Don’t drop things like that either.

We realize that owning an Inn is a 24 hour job. The owners just HAVE to get away sometimes. Often they can hire a “Inn sitter” to take over but sometimes they just need to get away for a few hours. They just always need to give each guest their cell phones in case of an emergency.

We have stayed in Inns where the doors wouldn’t close to each room and the shared baths were not clean. If an Inn does have shared baths, they need to be sure and check them out often especially in the mornings. Not all guests are that clean nor that considerate of others, which is sad to say.

All in all, 95% of all Inns are operated in a very professional and friendly way. One major complaint that guests have is that when they email an Inn for reservations or even just a general question, it might take days for them to get a response. Rather than to call, they usually just book another Inn.

95% of the Inns where we have stayed are marvelous. One thing that owners do complain about is guests who are always leaving things behind and then expect the owners to ship the item to them free of charge.

We love Bed and Breakfasts and will continue to stay at them forever.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Plan Your Stay: Wright Museum

Author: , August 28th, 2014

The Wright Museum http://glynnhouse.com/area-activities/museums-historic-sites celebrates Americans’ sacrifices and wright museumachievements during WWII.  The Wright Museum collects, cares for, and exhibits military equipment from the WWII period. The museum also contains a series of time tunnels, which help illustrate how the civilian population lived during the war. The Wright Museum is situated in Wolfeboro, a pleasant 60 minute lakeside drive from the Glynn House. We normally suggest guests include the Wright Museum with a handful of other convenient stops.
During your New Hampshire foliage season getaway, stay at the historic Glynn House Inn. 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 http://www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

The Day of 900 Stairs

Author: , August 28th, 2014

Dolly in the Cinque TerreOk, gang,

As you know, our first day on the Cinque Terre (yesterday) was not so fun. We had rain, off and on, all day. The trails were closed. We had enough good weather to allow us to explore both the old and the new towns of Monterosso. Then the rain came back, so we had to settle in our rooms, read, catch up on emails, and of course, study more Italian.

Today, however, the sun came out, and we were ready to explore. Unfortunately for me, I had told Susan that, although I have been to the Cinque Terre many times, done some of the hikes at different times, I had never been up to the village of Corniglia. If you look at a map of the Cinque Terre, you will see that the southern most villages, Riomaggiore then Manarolo, are the least strenuous villages to visit.

There are hills, of course, but the walk between the villages is pretty flat and level. The northern most villages, Vernazza and Monterosso, are much more hilly. Monterosso has the largest beach access, so walking along the sea wall is pretty flat. But, then there is Corniglia.

Corniglia is the center village of the 5 villages. It sits way up on the mountain top…and no easy access to the village. You might think, when the train stops at the Corniglia station, the village is right there. Not so. One gets off the train, walks up a paved path to the beginning of the stairs…..426 stairs later and you be In the village.

Once we got to the village, of course, it is smaller than the others, but very pretty, in its own way.

One could really walk through the entire village in 15 minutes.

We had lunch, then we had to descend the same 426 stairs and the walkway to get to the train station. We had a full day pass, so we went on to Manarolo by train, then backtracked to Vernazza, also by train. There has been so much rain here I the past few days, many of the trails were closed, so today, no hiking, only stair climbing.

After being in Manarolo, we went by train to Vernazza. Susan and I walked up the hill to the ristorante, Il Pirata, to say Hello to our Sicilian twin friends. Luca was there, along with his wife, and the barista, whom we have met several times. It was like old home week, Luca wanted to know why we were not staying in Vernazza, and why my “marito” was not with me, I tell you, I go to Vernazza every year with my groups, sometimes twice a year. Frank has gone with me twice, I think. And they remember him. Of course, Frank is a memorable person.

We finished our afternoon with aperitivo at the bar by the waterfront in Vernazza, sharing a botte of wonderful Cinque Terre dry white wine, waiting for the church bells to chime at 5:00. This is probably my most favorite thing to do….have an aperitivo by the waterfront, and listen to the church bells.

Eventually we made it back to Monterosso, and as the weather had been kind today, the beach umbrellas were up, and life was good once more for the beach concessions.

We were tired..at least I can say. I was tired. We had to walk up and down stairs in Vernazza, in Manarola, in Monterosso. So therefore, I can easily say, this was a day of 900 stairs. After a light dinner, a “passeggiata “, with only a few more stairs, we are both ready to call it a night.

Tomorrow, perhaps, I will get to be lazy, by the beach. If not the beach, at least by the pool. But so many adventures await. Who knows what will happen tomorrow.

So I will say,

Ciao for now,


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

Eating Out: New York City

Author: , August 28th, 2014

Gay New York CityNo matter where you live, it’s worth visiting New York City at least once a year if only to be able to talk about the newest restaurants and hottest food trends from experience. It really makes no difference whether you long for New York street food or prefer to chase down Michelin stars. Though classic New York staples like bagels as big as your head and dollar-a-slice pizza are here to stay, much of the flavor of New York comes from the rotating cast of characters who are constantly reinventing the city’s cuisine. The choices here highlight some of the city’s most exciting and creative chefs, as well as the meticulously prepared dishes served by the world’s most venerable restaurateurs.


Walking in the front door of 508, located along an unassuming stretch of Greenwich Ave. just above TriBeCa, I am eagerly greeted by million-watt smiles from the wait staff who are dressed almost as stylishly as the low-lit and modern dining room. Sitting down at one of the tables, I’m surprised by the casual and cool atmosphere in this unexpected location. It’s no wonder with its low lighting and intimate tables that celebs like Andy Cohen and Bethenny Frankel enjoy this spot.

Coming for the food is only part of the fun, as 508 is well known for its delicious in-house brewed beers. So, I start my evening sampling Brewmaster Chris Cuzme’s whimsical creations. If you ask politely, you may get a chance to see the Dexter’s Laboratory-like brewery where Cuzme gets to experiment with different flavors. The beer menu changes according to his latest inspirations, but I sample the Lollygagger Smokin’ Blonde, an “attractive” light beer that’s both sweet and hoppy with Czech Saaz bitterness. While in New York the cocktail scene reigns supreme, Cuzme’s libations bring out the best in Chef and Owner Jennifer Lynn Hill’s Mediterranean-American food.

By Amy Nordrum and Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | New York City Gay Travel Resources

Chicago’s Reeling Film Festival to Celebrate 32nd Anniversary

Author: , August 28th, 2014

Reeling Film Festival ChicagoThe 32nd Chicago LGBT International Film Festival, Reeling will commence Thursday, Sept. 18 at The Music Box Theatre (3733 N. Southport ave.) with a screening of Boy Meets Girl, directed by Eric Schaeffer (US, 2014, 95 min).

Director Eric Schaeffer is set to attend the screening, along with trans actress Michelle Hendley. There will be a pre-screening reception at 5:30 p.m., just before the 7:30 p.m.screening of the film.

The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival is the second longest-running film festival of its kind, and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBT films and videos each year.

Full Story at LGBT Weekly | Illinois Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast, Trumansburg, New York

Author: , August 28th, 2014

Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast - Trumansburg, New York

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.In

In the True Heart of The Finger Lakes: Juniper Hill B&B is a 1920s Colonial Revival mansion, nestled in the quiet privacy of nearly four acres, truly in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. The perfect romantic getaway for any occasion. Close to Ithaca, Cornell, Ithaca College, the Cayuga and Seneca Wine Trails, and Watkins Glen.

See the Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Finger Lakes

Things Are Hot in Gay Provincetown

Author: , August 27th, 2014

Not one, not two, but three things out of gay Provincetown on the wires this week.

First off, Joe.My.God has a great video from Ptown’s Carnival Week:

Not to be outdone, Gay Star News has photos of the event:


The summer Pride season has left millions of us with photos to share and happy memories to treasure. And the team from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are no different. They were proud to join in Provincetown’s Carnival Pride Parade in Massachusetts, USA last week (21 August). As the theme was Comicbook Capers, IFAW staff dressed as Justice League superheroes alongside their dolphin-decorated emergency response vehicle.

And finally, Towleroad.com alerts us to some stunning new drone videos of Ptown, taken by Videographer David Cox:

Provincetown by Drone

Videographer David Cox brought his DJI Phantom Vision drone to Provincetown, Massachusetts to document some of the resort town’s many appealing features including the Cape Cod National Seashore, the picturesque harbor, the Pilgrim Monument, the bustling tea dance, as well as last week’s costumed Comic Book Carnival Parade (see our photo gallery HERE), much of it from a great height and in glorious HD.


Provincetown Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs Lists More Than 5,000 Gay Friendly Accommodations Worldwide

Author: , August 27th, 2014

Purple Roofs Home PageIf you just read the Purple Roofs gay travel blog, you may not realize that we’re actually a travel directory too. We started the directory 15 years ago, and it has grown into one of the largest directories of LGBT owned and friendly accommodations on the web.

We’re different from other directories, in that we focus on the little guys. Sure, you’ll find a smattering of Marriotts and Hyatts on the site, but the vast majority of our listings are mom and mom or pop and pop businesses. More than a third of these are LGBT owned, and the rest are gay friendly, giving you places to stay that will welcome you and your partner in many places (both popular and out-of-the-way) around the world.

To search the directory, just go to our home page, and use either the map links there or the searches just below the maps.

Find your dream vacation, and have fun!