Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter 1/31/15

Author: , January 31st, 2015

Scott & MarkWelcome to the Purple Roofs LGBT travel newsletter.

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this time – including feature articles on gay Madrid, gay Barcelona, and Dolly’s back maiking one of her Italian specialties! And our articles section has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news, and sweepstakes and contests.

Check out our Facebook Travel Clubs – discussion groups where you can ask questions and meet other travelers – there are hundreds of LGBT travelers there already. Everyone’s welcome in each group, but the discussions should be related to the group topic:

Gay Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaytravelclub
Lesbian Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenstravelclub
Trans Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transtravelclub
Bisexual Travelers: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bitravelclub

And check out our Gay Travel Events section – more than 500 pride events, film festivals, circuit parties, and much more, now with photos, descriptions, and links to lodging for your stay.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


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Our Featured Articles This Month:


Carlos Melia - Madrid by BikeSPAIN: Biking Madrid
by Carlos Melia
The best decision take was to rent a public bicycle by BiciMAD and biked all over Madrid. The bikes are fantastic and electrically motorized, if you choose to use that feature. Great for a city like Madrid, with so many hills. Let early from the station locate right next to my hotel, the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond. A fantastic way to explore the city, at your own pace, having access to places and landmarks in a completely different way, which happen to be a marvelous day. The process is easy, just get your BiciMAD Card, get some credit and start biking. First stop was Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Almudena Cathedral, Royal Palace and Plaza Espana. From my last stops, I move on along Gran Via and La Castellana, to Paseo del Prado, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Atocha Train Station and Chueca. Make sure to park your bike every 28 minutes to avoid any extra charges.
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Madrid Restaurant - Carlos MeliaSPAIN: My Favorite Restaurants in Madrid
by Carlos Melia
I have been to Madrid countless times, and I even lived there for over two years. So each time I visit, it is recreating favorite gourmet experiences which include the high and lows. I always say, that my style of travel is as follows “… A backpacker during the day, exploring the city with no limits, and at night as a king, enjoying the luxury and sophistication…”. Here my list of favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid, after my recent 72 hours stay over New Year. After biking around the city for the entire day, I made a technical stop at one of the main landmarks of Madrid, Plaza Mayor. I know, you will say ” How Touristic ” but over the years, this has always been my spot to enjoy a fantastic local lunch over a few Canas (beer).
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Sagrada Familia BarcelonaSPAIN: Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia
by Carlos Melia
This was not my first time in Barcelona, but yes indeed the first time spending almost two hours exploring inside-out, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sagrada Familia. Right after my Facades and Architecture walk/tour along Paseo de Gracia and Av. Diagonal, I arrived right to Sagrada Familia, considered by many as the most famous landmark of Barcelona. Designed meticulously by the great architect Antoni Gaudi. This work of art has taken over 100 years to build and contains the finest architecture in the city. Construction continues and they estimate will come to full completion by 2026. Construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882 and Gaudi became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.
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Carlos Melia - BarcelonaSPAIN: Barcelona’s Modernist Facades and Architecture
by Carlos Melia
A morning exploring the Modernist facades, architecture and interior design of iconic on and off the beaten path of Barcelona by friends and colleagues at Rainbow Barcelona. From my hotel the Majestic Hotel & Spa all the way to Sagrada Familia by Paseo de Gracia and the Diagonal. A path I could have done by taxi or metro, I chose by their expert advise to do walking. Paying attention to unknown facts and details, I would have totally missed, if it would have been by their local perspective.
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Dolly's CakeBaking an Italian Specialty
by Dolly Goolsby
It is mid-winter. Cold, foggy, depressing. I had to think of something better to do with my days than going to bed, covering my head, and wait for nicer weather. Fortunately, I have a pretty busy schedule now, so that going to bed thing wasn’t going to happen, anyway. I wanted to try an Italian dessert recipe, cannoli cake, so my good friend, Susan, suggested we make one, just to see how it turned out. So often, I find recipes that intrigue me, with no idea of how these dishes are supposed to taste. In these cases, sometimes ignorance is bliss…the dish might taste really good to me, but bears no resemblance to what others, who are familiar to the dish, think it should be. Therefore, today Susan and I made a cannoli cake. Susan had told me, that growing up in Chicago, for her birthday each year, her family would order a cannoli cake from their favorite Italian bakery. So she knew what the cake should be.
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We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month.

Local Stories:

ARGENTINA: Passport Magazine’s Favorite Buenos Aires Neighborhoods
I’m going to take you on a tour of several places, places with names like Recoleta, San Telmo, Palermo, and La Boca.
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paANTIGUA: Lesbian Travel – Dickenson Bay Beach, Antigua
Dickenson Bay is the most accessible and conveniently located beach on the island and if you’re hunting for the fully loaded resort beach experience, it’s the perfect choice.
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Sydney Like a Local
Home of the iconic Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, and not forgetting the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney seems to embody the best of everything that is quintessentially Australian.
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CHINA
I finally visited Hong Kong! Hong Kong is one of the places I’ve been wanting to visit for years, and now one of the places where I am asking myself ‘Why didn’t I come here sooner?!’.
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DENMARK: Copenhagen Like a Local
I’ve stayed because… Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.
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GERMANY: Berlin by Boat
Recently I was invited by Hannes from one of Berlin’s newest boat tour operators, Berlin Liquide, to experience an afternoon out on the River Spree.
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GERMANY: New Gay Tour Will Go to Auschwitz
The image is a little jarring. On the left, a bearded, shirtless guy in sunglasses stands on a beach, the Israeli flag reflected in his mirrored aviators. On the right, a pink Star of David hovers over an ancient building in Prague.
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SWEDEN: Lesbian Travel: Surprising Stockholm
Having traveled to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities over the past five years, it is getting harder and harder to find places that surprise me.
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UK, NORTHERN IRELAND: On a Budget
Northern Ireland teems with castles, ancient sites, and natural beauty.
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USA: What’s the Kinkiest US City?
How exactly does one measure the kink-factor of a major metropolitan area?
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Six Awesome Los Angeles Neighborhoods
Los Angeles has so many unique neighborhoods — or, as we who are in the know like to call them, “enclaves” — that you could spend years getting to know each one. But where to begin?
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Gay Los Angeles Getaways
And here’s a history question for you: Why did the movie industry settle in Los Angeles? If you’ve spent any time in and around the City of Angels, you probably know the answer.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Mardi Gras in New Orleans
The city of New Orleans is known for its delicious food, world-famous cocktails, and, of course, wild Mardi Gras celebrations.
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USA, NEW YORK: Audrey Hepburn Mural in New York’s Little Italy
The Audrey Hepburn mural in Little Italy, New York is something that you won’t pass without pausing or stopping by to admire it’s bold play of colours that attracts pedestrians to take a picture or two.
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USA, NEW YORK: When to Visit the 911 Memorial
The only place in New York City where taking a selfie with a smile on your face is absurd (or frowned upon by me) is the 9/11 Memorial, former site of the city’s World Trade Center Twin Towers.
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USA, NEW YORK: Central Park in the Snow
Before I left New York, I had the chance to visit its Central Park one early morning on snowy day.
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General Interest Stories:

Trending Places To Visit 2015
Contemplating over how to use those frequent flyer miles this year? After compiling our popular list of incredible Out Adventures to experience before you die, we thought we’d come up some ideas of where to get started on that goal, this year.
Full Story

The Top Gay Friendly Pools in the US
Considering gay travel is an annual $200 billion industry, hotels are vying for our “pink dollars” with dedicated marketing initiatives, partnering with gay travel organizations like IGLTA, and reaching out to the community with gay-themed events and packages.
Full Story

Seven LGBT Holocaust Memorials
For Holocaust Memorial Day , PinkNews looks at some of the monuments for gay and lesbian victims of the Holocaust that are in place across the world.
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Sunny Destinations for LGBT Seniors
Even more than in the mainstream world, most ads and visuals that promote LGBT travel feature a bevy of fresh, youthful faces.
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Gay Mardi Gras
Gay Mardi Gras is conundrum wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery with a side of bafflement sprinkled with bitterness and devil-may-care. It’s also a little elusive.
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Venere Travel Map Ranks Safety Risks for LGBT Travelers
Openly gay visitors are being made far from welcome in many up-and-coming holiday destinations, including Morocco – where in 2015, tourists still risk imprisonment.
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The Accidental Expat
One of the most popular questions (here’s the full list, if you’re curious) I get from followers and friends is about my choice for staying in Berlin long-term. How did I choose Berlin? Why did I want to stay? Why haven’t I returned to the USA?
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Nine Dino Destinations to Whet Your “Jurassic Park” Appetite
Can’t wait for the Jurassic Park sequel, “Jurassic World,” to hit theaters in June? Have your own prehistoric adventure at one of these fun-packed dinosaur destinations.
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Past Events:

CANADA, QUEBEC: Montreal’s Divers/Cite
The night air had cooled, a contrast from earlier in the day when the summer sun soared high and bright overhead. Around me, a crowd (mostly gay, mostly male, mostly shirtless) undulated to a deep, rolling bass line heaved at us from onstage by European house duo Chus & Ceballos.
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Upcoming Event News:

WORLDWIDE: Gay Ski Weeks Around the Globe
With much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.
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USA: Six Sexy Gay Events for 2015
You may be staring at your diary for 2015 and looking for a bit of inspiration. Which countries around the world haven’t you been to? Which cities haven’t you ticked off yet? Which parties are attracting your attention?
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Dates Announced for the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras
(Feb 20-Mar 8) The 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival promises 17 days of parties and events from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March next year.
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces First 10 Films for 2015
(Feb 19-Mar 5) A sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.
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AUSTRALIA, NEW SOUTH WALES: Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up
(Feb 19-Mar 5) From ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.
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BRAZIL: Lesbian Surf Camp Coming to Brazil
(May 9-16) The first ever lesbian surf camp in South American will get girls sharing their uniqueness in Santa Catarina, Brazil, between May 9th-16th.
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CANADA, ALBERTA: Wicked White Winter in Jasper, Alberta
(Mar 19-22) The theme of the 6th annual Jasper Pride Festival will be Wicked White Winter, standing for the “Wicked White Winter Wonderland” that is Jasper.
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CANADA, ALBERTA: International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships Comes to Edmonton in 2016
(Aug 8-14) Edmonton will be the site of the largest gay sporting event in Alberta history next year when it hosts the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics championships.
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FRANCE: Queernaval to Launch in Nice, France in February
(Feb 27) Fluff up your feathers, stock up on glitter and get that headdress sorted – a new gay and lesbian carnival, or ‘Queernaval,’ is to launch in Nice, France next year.
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UK, ENGLAND: Brighton Pride Announces 2015 Theme
(Aug) Britain’s favorite seaside LGBTI festival, Brighton Pride, has chosen its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary.
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USA: Snowmosexuals – Your Season is Here
The cliche is that gay folks have great bodies they love to show off in the summer with skimpy bikinis. That’s false. Many, many gays also have great bodies they like to cover in ugly sweaters while showing their prowess shushing down the slopes.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: The Dinah Celebrates 25 Years
(Apr 1-5) Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend is turning twenty-five and taking the event to a new zenith.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015
(Jan-Dec 2015) When southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Women in Travel Summit Planned for Boston in March
(Mar 27-29) Go Girl Travel Network has officially launched its preliminary schedule for the second annual Women in Travel Summit (WITS).
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Contests and Sweepstakes:

Win a Trip With Detours Travel
(Enter by Jan 31) Intrepid travellers could win a trip to Peru, Thailand, Costa Rica or Greece with a new giveaway from gay tour operators Detours Travel.
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CURACAO: Win Five Nights in the Caribbean at the Floris Suite Hotel
(Enter by Apr 1) We have some exciting news for the next sweepstakes – PurpleRoofs.com is teaming up with Gaycation Magazine to bring you our first contest prize from Curacao in the Caribbean, at the Floris Suite Hotel.Full Story

USA, California: Win a Dream Trip to Palm Springs
(Enter by Jun 30) GRAND PRIZE: Choice of: Three-night stay at POSH Palm Springs, Three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or Three-night stay at Queen of Hearts Resort.
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Gay Travel Events – The List:


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Caribbean Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with Gaycation Magazone and the beautiful Floris Suite Hotel in Curacao (http://www.florissuitehotel.com/default-en.html) to give away 5 nights in Curacao.
http://www.purpleroofs.com/contest.html

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Lesbian Travel: Nightlife in Hong Kong

Author: , January 31st, 2015

Hong Kong

I finally visited Hong Kong! Hong Kong is one of the places I’ve been wanting to visit for years, and now one of the places where I am asking myself ‘Why didn’t I come here sooner?!’. Luckily, I will return to Europe the same way I came to Asia, which means I’ll get to go back to Hong Kong soon, and that’s also the reason why I took things easy this time. I was extremely exhausted when I arrived in Hong Kong, my fifth country this month, and just wasn’t up for the hikes and long sightseeing treks I had planned.

Admittedly, I was also pretty overwhelmed by the city for the first two days (the amount of people, the noise, the intensity of everything!) and it took me a while to get back in to the swing of things (meaning: exploring a city on my own, instead having someone to take me around like recently in Stockholm or Istanbul). And I am guilty of some major planning fails on this trip, but I will tell you all about them in a separate post.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | China Gay Travel Resources

Copenhagen Like a Local

Author: , January 31st, 2015

Lasse Skole HansenI’ve lived here since… November 2005.

I’ve stayed because… Copenhagen is a capital city that feels like a town, so you get the perks of being in a big city but none of the traffic, noise and hassle – you can ride your bike literally everywhere, all year round. Copenhagen is by far one of the most liveable places that I know of in the world.

My favourite queer bar has to be… Masken, for kicking off the night with drinks, then on to Cosy Bar for the first dance and finally Never Mind, for dancing until my feet ache. If I had to pick one of the above, Never Mind takes the crown, for its DJ perching on an actual pulpit.

Here in Copenhagen, we always look forward to… Spring. In Copenhagen we have really long and dark winters, so as soon as springtime arrives everyone flocks to the parks and cafes in their shorts even though it’s still technically freezing – this has always been such an endearing habit that Copenhageners have.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Denmark Gay Travel Resources

Trending Places To Visit 2015

Author: , January 31st, 2015

Old Montreal

Contemplating over how to use those frequent flyer miles this year? After compiling our popular list of incredible Out Adventures to experience before you die, we thought we’d come up some ideas of where to get started on that goal, this year. It’s a great time to strategize on where to go next and what’s trending in 2015.

What’s on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments section and we’ll put together a list of the top destinations all of you hope to check out this year.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket was founded in the 1st century, B.C. by Indian colonists. Little did they know (or maybe they did?) it would become a lush gay haven. Visitors catch sweeping oceanic views from Three Beaches hilltop and Promthep and take in the breathtaking Phang Nga Bay, made famous for it’s part in the James Bond hit The Man With the Golden Gun.

Cinephile visitors can also get their fix at Maya Bay on the western side of Koh Phi Phi Leh: the stunning backdrop for Danny Boyle’s popular film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Repeat visitors basque in the glory of the magnificent Wat Chalong and Phuket Temples while newbies will stop in their tracks at the Giant Buddha visible from anywhere in the south. Did we mention how inexpensive the place is and the wonderful Thai cuisine?

Full Story at Gay Cities

New Gay Tour Will Go to Auschwitz

Author: , January 31st, 2015

Gay Auschwitz Tour

The image is a little jarring. On the left, a bearded, shirtless guy in sunglasses stands on a beach, the Israeli flag reflected in his mirrored aviators. On the right, a pink Star of David hovers over an ancient building in Prague.

But for Jayson Littman, the pictures make perfect sense. As the founder of Hebro Travel, a new tour company serving “gay Jews and those who love us,” he’s serving up trips that blend historical exploration, cultural discovery — and some serious partying.

The travel venture is an outgrowth of Hebro, Littman’s hugely successful party promotion and social-networking outfit, which hosts events with names like High Homodays, Jewbilee, and Sederlicious. “A lot of organizations exist to help gay people feel comfortable in Jewish spaces,” he told the Forward. “I exist to help Jews feel comfortable in gay spaces.”

An Israel trip timed for Tel Aviv Pride in June will take travelers to a famously gay-friendly environment. But it’s Littman’s latest tour offering that’s generating attention — and raising eyebrows.

By Michael Kaminer – Full Story at Forward Thinking | Germany Gay Travel Resources

Choo-Choo Soul

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Choo-Choo Soul! Imagine parents honestly being able to enjoy the music that their children glynnhse winterenjoy. Imagine soulful and current renditions of the ABC’s, 1-2-3’s, and learning how to be polite. Imagine a diverse, and incredibly hip duo, teaching children through music on an animated train…. And Choo-Choo Soul http://glynnhouse.com/events is born! Choo-Choo Soul was developed by video game designer Greg Johnson while working on his project “ToeJam & Earl III, Mission to Earth” for the Xbox. Don’t miss the show February 13. 

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms.

Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘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: WorldMark Zihuatanejo, Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico

Author: , January 31st, 2015

WorldMark Zihuatanejo

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

Soak in the stunning scenery of Zihuatanejo Bay in Ixtapa, Mexico at WorldMark Zihuatanejo. You’ll find paradise in this pacific coast retreat with spacious one-bedroom suites featuring kind-size beds, scenic bay views, private balconies, and wireless Internet access (fee applicable). Escape to Ixtapa pleasures in this intimate seaside hideaway with breathtaking coastal vistas.

See the WorldMark Zihuatanejo Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Acapulco and Guerrero

Slippery Sneakers

Author: , January 31st, 2015

Slippery Sneakers http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is a high energy glynnhse winterZydeco dance band that brings together traditional and contemporary Cajun/Zydeco roots music originating from Southwest Louisiana. Their sound is a spicy mixture of up-tempo Zydeco, Blues and Soul, Cajun waltzes, Creole, and a bit of Rock’n Roll, with a heavy emphasis on “the groove” to keep crowds dancing. Slippery Sneakers has performed at nationally known Zydeco festivals all over the country, including almost every dance festival in New England, always to wide acclaim.  Additionally, the band has routinely broken attendance records at many of the monthly Zydeco dances held around the region of “southern” New England. Don’t miss the show February 13th. 

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms.

Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘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.

My Gay Amsterdam

Author: , January 30th, 2015

Tom SwatlingOriginally from New York City, author David Swatling moved to Amsterdam in 1985. We caught up with him recently for some insider tips on how to get the most out of a visit to Amsterdam.

What are some of the best things about living in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. The Dutch are committed to LGBT rights. Same-sex marriage has been legal since 2001.

Why is Amsterdam a great city to visit?

Museums galore and a lively night life. It’s a small city and everything is within walking distance (although the Dutch prefer bikes, which are readily available to rent.) Many tourists are attracted to the coffeeshops with their exotic menus of grass and hash.

By gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Netherlands Gay Travel Resources

Image by David Swatling

The Top Gay Friendly Pools in the US

Author: , January 30th, 2015

London West Hollywood

Considering gay travel is an annual $200 billion industry, hotels are vying for our “pink dollars” with dedicated marketing initiatives, partnering with gay travel organizations like IGLTA, and reaching out to the community with gay-themed events and packages. Ultimately, travelers are often guided by a property’s LGBT reputation, whether a gay stamp (like a TAG-approved hotel), affiliation (sponsor in the local gay pride), or amenities offered, like a separate gay concierge.

There are some factors that are not LGBT specific, but they still convince thousands of gay travelers to book a room. One of these, although it’s seldom used as sole selling point, is having a gay-friendly pool, which has become important for the LGBT community in deciding which hotel to book.

Gay-owned hotels obviously wave a large rainbow flag (literally and figuratively) for their hotel pool, but several non-gay-owned hotels flaunt a pool that’s welcoming, social, and sexy. A gay-friendly pool is an indication that the hotel will be a fun and inviting place for LGBT travelers. “I always love it when I discover a hotel pool with a great, gay-friendly vibe,” says Andy Keown, director of communications for Visit West Hollywood. “I travel a lot for work and my fantasy getaway involves a pool scene with attractive people, good music, tropical drinks, and, of course, a pool where I feel welcome. It’s how I really decide on what hotel to book when I travel for business or pleasure.”

By Jimmy Im – Full Story at Passport Magazine