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Author: , August 25th, 2014

Purple Roofs Home PageWe started the Purple Roofs Gay & Lesbian Travel Directory in in 1998, and we’re now on Version 5 of the popular gay travel site.

Purple Roofs is one of the oldest and most successful directories of gay friendly accommodations on the web. Each month, more than fifty thousand travelers turn to our site for accommodations, travel agents and tour operators, and travel news – and we currently list more than 5,000 accommodations in 77 countries/regions around the world.

If you have a bed and breakfast, hotel, inn, guesthouse, vacation rental, motel, or other short-term vacation accommodations, and you welcome gay and lesbian travelers, we’d love to have you – and even better, it’s free – there’s never a charge for our extensive basic listings.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Sunset Resort, Houghton Lake, Michigan

Author: , August 25th, 2014

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

Beautiful Lakeside Cabins and Lodge Rooms: Sunset Resort is the premier four-season Houghton Lake Resort ideal for your Michigan vacation. In addition to six cozy cottages and six lodge rooms the resort offers a game room, great room, and sun porch for a relaxing stay.

See the Sunset Resprt Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Michigan

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014 Lost Money

Author: , August 24th, 2014

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The 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival announced a $177,644 financial loss from this year’s festival season and organizers say the event will need a radical overhaul to return to profitability.

Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik told a member meeting today that revenue from ticket sales and fees had been below what the organization had budgeted for.

Organizers had expected to raise an additional $350,000 in 2014 which would have made the event profitable for the second year in a row after it posted a profit of $45,693 in financial year 2012/2013.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: AntiQua & Qook B&B, Lauw, Belgium

Author: , August 24th, 2014

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

Relaxing Bed & Breakfast Near Antique Market: Set in a restored traditional Belgian farm, just 4 km from the famous Antique Market Tongeren you will find AntiQua & Qook Bed & Breakfast. The 4 individually decorated suites each with private bathroom and shower will make your stay comfortable and relaxing. For those bright sunny days the garden and terrace beckons.

See the AntiQua & Qook B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Belgium

More Restaurants in San Diego’s Expanding Gayborhood

Author: , August 24th, 2014

Hillcrest - Apple MapsWe hope you enjoyed the mouth-watering reviews of restaurants and eateries in Mission Hills, Bankers Hill and Hillcrest (issue #153). We continue our exploration of gastronomic delights in this issue and sample the fare found throughout University Heights, South Park, North Park and Adams Avenue. Eat this, hungry readers!
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Pomegranate (2312 El Cajon Blvd.) offers Russian-Georgian cuisine. Borscht? You bet. Their deep red-purple beetroot soup is simmered for hours until the chunks of beet melt in your mouth and is served with a dollop of sour cream. My friend raved about the Salad Sampler Platter which offers tastes of potato, beet, carrot, eggplant and bean salads. I was smitten by the pelmeni dumplings stuffed with meats and topped with a yogurt dill sauce. For dessert, we split the Toad Sweat Ice Cream which brought a bit of heat to the cool sweetness. Lots of fascinating graffiti on the walls of the dimly lit dining room.

If you’re yearning for modern European fare, then visit Hanna’s Gourmet (2864 Adams Ave.). The apple and goat cheese stuffed chicken was filling, but not heavy. The potato butternut squash mash paired well with the chicken as did the tarragon sauce. Linger in the Hanna’s bright homey dining room or on the adjacent patio. Be sure to leave room for dessert. The moist carrot cake is phenomenal and you might want to take a second slice home for a midnight treat. Open for lunch and dinner. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

By Lance Ryder – Full Story at LGBT Weekly | San Diego Gay Travel Resources

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Gay Travel: Check Out the Purple Roofs Select Listings Section

Author: , August 24th, 2014

Purple Roofs Select ListAt Purple Roofs, we list more than 5,000 gay and lesbian owned and friendly accommodations around the world with extensive information.

But we also have our Select List – more than 500 properties with full page Expanded Listings on the Purple Roofs site, where you can easily view photos and get more information about these welcoming properties.

See the Purple Roofs Select Listings section here.

Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , August 24th, 2014

Gay Travel: Toronto to Host DREAM Leather Fetish Party on October 13thThe Church Street area in Toronto, Ontario, is a gay hotspot on any given day, but things turned up a notch for WorldPride this year. Over three days in June, the city was overrun with not only a massive parade but separate Dyke and Trans marches plus a street festival complete with eight stages of live entertainment welcoming more than 1.2 million people…

Take a day trip to the Toronto Zoo, which has more than 5,000 animals, or head into the tunnels beneath Niagara Falls, the Hornblower Cruise will take tourists right up close and personal to the water so don a plastic poncho they provide.

On the drive back, stop at Peller Estates Winery for lunch and samples. The staff is knowledgeable and very attentive plus the break in Toronto traffic will be a relief.

There are numerous places to shop in unique stores in the gaybourhood while the Queer West Village offers even more options. The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in this area contains collections exploring identity and art combined.

The Ryerson Image Centre is a new cultural destination displaying multi media and photos. Look for international food at Crown Princess Fine Dining for dim sum and decorations of gold bling, or grab meat on a stick at the new Copacabana, which not only offer loads of protein but entertainment as well, in the form of acrobats and Brazilian dancers. La Societe packs a mean brunch so don’t miss this the morning after partying at clubs like Woody’s and Buddies.

By Jerry Nunn – Full Story at Windy City Times | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Las Vegas Pursuing LGBT Tourists

Author: , August 23rd, 2014

Las vegas AerialWhile gay couples still can’t get married in the marriage capital of the world, Las Vegas wants to let them know they — and their money — are more than welcome to the buffet of other activities Sin City has to offer.

The city’s tourism authority recently launched its first mainstream TV campaign aimed at the LGBT community: a commercial featuring a hunk and a heavy dose of innuendo. The first gay nightclub inside a Las Vegas Strip casino opened up this summer. And casino pools that struggled to distinguish themselves in the high-flying world of day clubs have found a niche in gay pool parties.

The efforts have landed the city among the top destinations for gay travelers, who LGBT tourism experts say are more likely to be childless, take more trips and tend to have more disposable income than the average visitor. But some business leaders fear that Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban is preventing Las Vegas from reaching its true potential among the demographic.

By Michelle Rindels – Full Story at Travel Weekly | Nevada Gay Travel Resources

Wailin Jennys – Aug 29

Author: , August 22nd, 2014

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices Glynn House Evening-cthat together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound — all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Region – 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 for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Exploring the Adirondacks

Author: , August 22nd, 2014

Adirondack ChairsAs the largest state-run nature reserve in the continental United States, Adirondack Park offers plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities, from hiking and fishing in the summer months, to wintertime skiing. Even if you find yourself near one of the park’s most popular resorts, Gore Mountain, outside of prime ski season, you’ll find plenty of other attractions to keep you busy. Here’s a sampling…

Culture: Visit the Adirondack Museum

Open since 1957, the 32-acre open-air Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Park documents the history of the people who have lived, worked, and played in the Adirondack Park. Exhibits housed in 24 buildings include a “Roads and Rails” exhibit with a walk-through, fully furnished railroad car, as well as sleighs, buggies, and the carriage that rushed Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt to a train in North Creek, New York on the night President McKinley was assassinated.

The location of the museum itself mirrors the history of the Adirondacks, which developed from a mineral and lumber resource to recreation site. The museum’s site was used first as a lumber camp, then a summer hotel, before becoming a museum. The Adirondack Museum ($18 admission) will remain open seven days a week until October 13, then reopens next May. Special exhibits on view include the Sonic Hotel: Lost and Found Sounds of the Adirondacks, an audio art exhibition.

By Karen Gardiner Dion – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Adirondacks Gay Travel Resources