Puerto Vallarta Mexico for the LGBT Eco Traveler

Author: , May 31st, 2015

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The LGBT traveler meets nature in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  Our  beyond gay friendly destination is an ecotourism wonderland. It is here the Sierra Madre mountains join the Pacific ocean and lush jungle to form a natural wonderland paradise. Puerto Vallarta offers more gay and gay friendly activities  than any other Mexican destination. Cool refreshing rains arrive in June bringing new life to vegetation, riverbeds and jungles. It is a great opportunity to experience our exotic destination.

Although the “rainy season” arrives in June many LGBT travelers mistakenly think this is a time to avoid travel to Puerto Vallarta. Nothing could not be further from the truth. Most often the rain, indeed hard at times, is at night bringing a refreshing cool next morning perfect for a trip to the gay friendly Botanical Gardens (www.vbgardens.org) or the Vallarta Zoo (www.zoologicodevallarta.com). Rains that arrive in the day are most often followed by the returning sun allowing for a perfect day at the luxury gay friendly beach club Mantamar (www.mantamarvallarta.com). It s also a great opportunity to experience horseback riding, atv jungle trek or zip line with Go Gay Vallarta’s jungle adventure.

As cooling refreshing rains bring new life to the town, so has the gay Romantic Zone experienced new life thru recent redevelopment. The center of gay life in Puerto Vallarta is the Romantic Zone with its many gay bars and clubs. La Noche Bar, one of Puerto Vallarta’s top night spots, has completed 3 floors including a new roof top terrace with a fantastic view of the city. Across the street, Spartacus Spa has also added a rooftop terrace taking advantage of the open air view of the city. CC Slaughter’s will be adding air conditioning so LGBT travelers who have not visited the city recently will be pleasantly surprised as to what’s in store. La Margarita and La Fiesta  are great spots to enjoy a drink and meet new friends.

Why should LGBT travelers visit Puerto Vallarta in June? It a great time to take advantage of summer savings at restaurants, hotels, and businesses. Many hotels, like Casa Cupula (www.casacupula.com), begin the summer saving season. Visit www.gaypv.mx/deals for great savings and discounts of all the businesses in one place. Puerto Vallarta has much to offer the LGBT traveler. It’s time to visit the new Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and see how beyond gay friendly Puerto Vallarta can be.

Dolly Travels: Our First Day in Rome

Author: , May 31st, 2015

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I hope you will forgive me for not blogging sooner. We have been busy!

For the first time ever, all 6 of us in my travel group flew over to Rome together. Five of us left Sacramento early Monday morning and flew to Washington D.C., where we met our 6th person, Shelora, who flew from Portland. Our connection between flights was so tight I wasn’t sure Shelora was with us, till I saw her enter the plane. Yay!

We arrived in Rome early Tuesday morning, with no problems. We went to our apartment, which is located in the Campo di Fiori neighborhood. This location is ideal…we are near a main boulevard and also close to many of Rome’s attractions.

The weather was great, but we were tired. We went out for some food….didn’t know if we wanted breakfast or lunch, so I settled for a doppio caffe and a pizza. We all unpacked, but in spite of my better judgment, we each took a nap. Then we were ready to go again. In late afternoon we walked across the boulevard and in 2 blocks we were at the Piazza Navona.

After wandering around the Piazza for a while, we headed over to the Pantheon. That structure is still so amazing. The original building was a pagan temple, but in A.D. 120, Emporer Hadrian built what we see today. I got a chuckle out of a conversation I had with another Amercian tourist, who was very well-informed about the Pantheon.

I was impressed, so I had to ask him how he knew so much about this place, and he replied, “Rick Steves” and showed me his guidebook, which, of course, was the same book I was carrying. Obviously, I hadn’t read my book as well as the man from Georgia had read his.

We left the Pantheon, and were searching for a good restaurant, when it started to rain. Fortunately, we found a good place. By the time we finished eating, the rain had stopped, and we went back to our apartment.

We all were in bed within minutes of arriving at the apartment. Tired, weary, but so happy to be back in Italy, and in the beautiful city of Rome.

Now we are tired again, after another full day, so I will close for now, and tell you more about Rome tomorrow.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

By AUTHOR – Full Story at SOURCE | Rome Gay Travel Resources

Naked Paddleboarding in Key West

Author: , May 31st, 2015

Photo: Juan Pisani

It’s an afternoon of pure bliss that happens deep in the secluded heart of the waterways that part the majestic black and red mangroves of bucolic and sparsely populated Sugarloaf Key. The only sounds on this journey are the steady, reliable swoosh of the paddle as it dives into the water on both sides of your board propelling you along at a graceful, steady clip.

Your friends for the day are a likeminded band of adventurers along with sting rays, barracuda, grouper, nurse sharks, jellyfish, and other creatures of the sea. There’s literally nothing standing between you and nature–not even a swimsuit. That’s because this is Nomadic SUP, a gay-owned tour operator in Key West whose handsome and strapping owner, Cody White, leads daily, clothing-optional standup paddleboard tours through the Mangroves.

We took a tour with White and later sat down with him to talk about leading gay men and women on the perfect Key West adventure–sans clothing.

By Jason Heidemann – Full Story at Passport | Key West Gay Travel Resources

Image by Juan Pisani

Lesbian Travel: Rejuvenating Kauai

Author: , May 31st, 2015

Kauai AerialIt’s not often that we have time to stop and think about the life we are living. Nor do we sit down and think about our current blessings and future legacy. But travel can make us do all of this and more. Travel can open our eyes and help us find beauty in the NOW.

On a recent trip to Kauai, I met a woman named Puna Kalama Dawson, Hawaiian Cultural Guide to Wellness at The St. Regis Princeville Resort. She reminded me of a few very important things:

How important it is to take the time to appreciate what is directly in front of me
To be kind to others but also myself And most importantly, to live in the moment – not to count the tomorrows – for they may not come.

The word “Aloha” means a shared space, a special moment. As I was greeted with this word during the rest of my stay in Kauai, I remembered and breathed in her words. It wasn’t hard – after all, I was in Hawaii.

By Holly Rosen Fink – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Kauai Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 31st

Author: , May 31st, 2015

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In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
How to be a Badass (healthy) Travel Girl (Go Girlfriend)
Got travel on your calendar? Whether it’s for business or fun, there’s no shortage of temptation to eat your way through your travels. A glass of wine here, a cheese tray there, a buffet for breakfast every chance you get. How’s a girl to stay healthy while traveling?
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IRELAND:
5 Ways To See Ireland Now (Towleroad.com)
Along with marriage equality in Ireland, the country just hung out a giant rainbow-colored “you are welcome” sign to the world. (Oscar Wilde, Irish poet, playwright and satirist, who was persecuted for being gay, would be stunned!) Within a few hours of the historic vote, Tourism Ireland launched an LGBT website and released a video inviting the gay world to visit Ireland. And what better time than now? Clearly the Irish are welcoming and accepting and imagine how amazingly fun Dublin Pride (June 19-28) will be on the heels of this historic vote!
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PHILIPPINES:
Yes, Taxi Driver: I’m a T-Bird (ozy.com)
If you travel in metro Manila, locals say you’re risking your life. It doesn’t matter if you take a bus, a jeepney, a motorcycle with a sidecar or the train. It doesn’t matter if you, God forbid, walk or bike. To move through the megalopolis is to pray you’ll survive. But, as my friends instructed me when I moved here, there is a special danger that comes with taking a taxi.
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TAIWAN:
First Pink Dot LGBT rally in Taipei attracts 3,000 (Gay Star News)
Pink Dot, which originated in Singapore where sexual relations between men are criminalized, has also been organized by LGBT groups in Hong Kong and Okinawa (Japan) annually.
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UK, ENGLAND:
London’s Gay “Barcode” Club Abruptly Closed (Gay Star News)
Gay club Barcode, based in Vauxhall, London, announced it will be closing after one last party on Saturday. The club has not revealed any details about why it’s closing, but posted an event called ‘The Closing Party’ on Facebook, and said: “Barcode closes its doors for the last time on Sunday morning May 31st.
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USA, OHIO:
Cleveland Rock City: Visiting the Hall of Fame and Beyond (Shermans Travel)
When this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction airs on HBO on May 31, you’re actually seeing a taped version of the ceremony that took place on April 18 at Cleveland’s Public Hall. Why do they tape it? The answer is simple: The actual ceremony is five hours long. That’s what’s great about it. And if you want to attend a ceremony in the future – and have your own Cleveland rock-themed weekend — you can. Here’s how to do it.
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USA, TEXAS:
Tallywackers, Dallas’ All-Male Version of Hooters, Opens for Business (Towleroad.com)
A Dallas restaurant serving up muscular waiters in tank tops and skin-tight short shorts/underwear opened for business this week after a Craigslist help wanted ad for the eatery got national attention in April.
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City Sundays: Portland

Author: , May 31st, 2015

Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

First up, one of our favorites, Portland, Oregon. Blessed with mild weather and green year-round, Portland is a progressive oasis that has so much to offer.

City Sundays: Portland, Oregon

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Check out our Portland page here: http://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/oregon/orportland.html

Our Portland articles on the blog here: http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=portland+oregon

And come chat with us about it on Facebook:

Gay Travel Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaytravelclub

Lesbian Travel Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenstravelclub

Transgender Travel Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transtravelclub

Bi Travel Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bitravelclub

LGBT Families Travel Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lgbtfamiliestravelclub/

Hidden Treasures on the Island of Lanzarote

Author: , May 30th, 2015

Lanzarote - Joe MorganWhen I first told people I would be going to Lanzarote, I got two reactions; one, ‘You’re going to the wrong island mate, Gran Canaria is a little further west’, and two, ‘But there’s not much there, is there?’

To answer those reactions, now that I’ve been to the Canary island off the coast of Morocco, is again twofold: the first, I know what the Yumbo is like, enough already, and two, there is definitely stuff to do in Lanzarote.

While it has this repuation for being a giant pile of volcanic rubble, it is actually an island with far more to say than that. Like Shakespeare and Stratford, the Beatles and Liverpool, Lanzarote is devoted to its forefather Cesar Manrique. He was a 20th century artist who used the island as his canvas. He moulded and shaped the lava, the very ground, into scuptures and other forms of art.

By Joe Morgan – Full Story at Gay Star News | Canary islands Gay Travel Resources

Globetrotter Girls: 12 Surprising Things About Hong Kong

Author: , May 30th, 2015

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Even though I didn’t have many expectations when I visited Hong Kong for the first time this year, I have to admit that not only did the city blow me away completely, but it also surprised me in many ways.

I noticed these things during my first visit earlier this year, and when I returned to Hong Kong last month, I wanted to see if I still felt about them the same way, especially #8, which I found mind-boggling! And yes, I was still just as surprised about the following things as I had been back in January – so here they are, twelve things that surprised me about Hong Kong:

1. Hong Kong is busy: Arriving in Hong Kong from Stockholm, which had felt eerily empty during my visit, was absolutely overwhelming. There were crowds everywhere, and I hadn’t experienced large numbers of people in this way since leaving New York last November. Especially in the Kowloon neighborhood, where I was staying in the beginning, the streets were always packed with people. The subway was just as busy as the tube in London at rush hour, and most streets felt as busy as the streets around Times Square in Manhattan. It took me a few days to get used to how crowded Hong Kong felt.

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

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel News Round-Up – May 30th

Author: , May 30th, 2015

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoIn addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

GENERAL:
How to Find a Great Hotel in a City You’ve Never Visited (Go Girlfriend)
If you only had 48 hours to explore Rome, what would you do? From the Trevi Fountain, Coliseum, Vatican, grand churches, museums, ancient history galore – there’s so much to see in Rome. Where do you stay? What do you focus on?
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BRAZIL:
Carnival in Rio: Plan 2016 now (Windy City Times)
When you picture Rio de Janeiro, do you think of sexy people partying? You’d be right. Brazil’s Carnival is known worldwide as the “world’s biggest festival”—full of culture, dance, food, samba, parades and music. Tourism officials estimated that almost 1 million tourists joined local revelers at this year’s at Rio de Janeiro’s 2015 Carnival. It’s best to plan early.
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LAOS:
A Gay Laotian Man Talks About Life in Luang Prabang, Laos (Towleroad)
Laos has a mixed attitude toward gay people. It appears to be another Asian country struggling hard to accept and protect its LGBT population. There are no anti discrimination laws in place and marriage equality is nowhere near being implemented.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
Celebrate LA Pride and Stay Awhile In WeHo (Towleroad)
Every year, nearly 400,000 people come to West Hollywood for LA PRIDE and take in the city’s epic three day celebration of the LGBT community. The first permitted Pride Parade in the world, LA PRIDE marks its 45th anniversary in 2015 as the PRIDE comes to Weho June 12-14.
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USA, FLORIDA:
Disney Gay Days to Add a Dash or Rainbow to the Most Magical Place on Earth (Passport)
Dress up as your favorite childhood character or just enjoy the show and activities at Disney Gay Days where anyone can be a princess. Happening June 3-9, this weeklong extravaganza features many events, so you can pick and choose your favorites. With options like the Main Lagoon Pool Parties that happen day and night at the Doubletree SeaWorld, great packages for special days at all Disney parks, and the Taste of Gay Days wine, beer, and spirits tasting, you’ll have a hard time choosing.
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USA, NEW JERSEY:
Assemblyman Introduces Bill to Ban State-Sponsored Travel to States with ‘Religious Freedom’ Laws (Bergen Dispatch)
Assemblyman Tim Eustace has introduced legislation to prohibit the state from using taxpayer dollars to fund travel to states with laws that permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Black Walnut B&B, Interlaken, New York

Author: , May 30th, 2015

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

Welcome to the Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast, where we strive to create a top-notch “home away from home” for our guests to relax and unwind while enjoying the many offerings of the Finger Lakes region. For recent reviews of our property, we invite you to check out Trip Advisor (under Trumansburg, NY).

See the Black Walnut B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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