Darius Rucker

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Darius Rucker!  Darius Rucker defied all odds in 2008 when he made the successful and difficult transition Eventsfrom rock-pop star to country star. Many before him have tried such a move, but few have ever succeeded, and virtually none succeeded to the extent that Rucker did, and all with just one album. From Hootie and the Blowfish frontman to bona-fide country music sensation, Darius Rucker http://glynnhouse.com/events/ achieved the impossible, and his future in country music appears to be very bright. Experience a great evening of country music at the nearby Meadowbrook Pavilion July 10.

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.

Dolly Travels – In the Dolomites

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

Dolomites - DollyYesterday I left Verona, traveled north by train to Bolzano, then I caught a bus that brought me to Castelrotto, in the Dolomites. While I am still in Italy, it doesn’t feel like Italy any longer. I feel like I am in Austria. I can almost hear “Sound of Music” coming from the hills.

On the bus ride, I could just feel myself relax, muscles unwind, brain letting go of stress.

When I got to the hotel, I met three of my friends who had arrived here a few days before, while I stayed in Verona. I checked into the hotel, opened the door to the small terrace, and was greeted by a gorgeous view.

It was chilly last night, so we didn’t venture further than the nearest good restaurant for dinner, some good red wine from the region, and called it a night.

Today, two of the friends left. Susan and I took the chairlift up to the small area of Marizen. Later, I took the chair lift back to Castelrotto, while Susan hiked back.

I did get a few raindrops on my head on the ride down, but that stopped almost immediately, and the rest of the afternoon was very pleasant. This evening, we took a little walk around town before going out to dinner.

From the Main Street of town, I looked down on another little village below Castelrotto. I think that needs to be checked out tomorrow.

Finally, we went to dinner, and had a fantastic meal. The dinner was Austrian food: roast veal with bread dumplings in a rich sauce, followed by an Italian dessert, panna cotta. Of course we had another local wine with dinner, then waddled our way back to the hotel.

On that note, I will close. We are hoping for good weather in the morning, so that we can do some hiking. Or, maybe a stroll in the meadow. I am just so happy to be here, and I am enjoying the lovely scenery, the fresh mountain air, that I really don’t have an agenda. I will just savor the moment.

Until next time,

Ciao,
Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Trentino-Alto Adige Gay Travel Resources

Gay Key West Like a Local

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

Gay Key WestFlorida Keys expert Stephen Murray-Smith on the gorgeous Key West: from its vibrant drag scene to its Cuban cuisine to its celebrity inhabitants past and present, from Madonna to Tennessee Williams.

When did you move here?

I’ve lived here for 26 years. After visiting one year in June and falling in love with the island, the vegetation, the bloom – I was ready to make a change. Plus I don’t like cold weather and a lot of traffic. It’s also very welcoming and safe here. You’re hard pressed to stop anywhere and not see someone you know. We’re one big happy family.

What’s your favourite gay bar?

I like Bourbon St. Pub, and I like the Garden Bar because you’re sat actually in a courtyard with a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. It’s a very relaxed place to be.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources in Key West

Nomadic Boys – Our Cambodia Travel Video

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

Cambodia - Nomadic Boys

We spent 2 weeks travelling in Cambodia in April 2015 with our friends Jess from the UK and Johan from France.

We started in the capital city of Phnom Penh where we discovered a very exciting gay scene with local boy Aaron.

We then headed to Siem Reap to explore the world famous temples of Angkor Wat.

In Siem Reap we also saw the excellent Phare Circus and got quite involved in the water and talcum powder throwing during the Khmer New Year celebrations around Pub Street.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 22nd

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

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!

CANADA, QUEBEC:
Photos – Go-Go Boys Get Busy Inside Montreal’s Biggest Gay Club (Queerty)
With two dance floors, a rooftop terrace, and a VIP area make, Club Unity is Montreal‘s biggest gay club. It features drag shows, international DJs, and go-go dancers, plus special party nights that keep the regulars coming back for more every week.
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Montreal Go-Go Boys

LATVIA:
Steve Grand and Stuart Milk attend EuroPride in Riga (Gay Star News)
EuroPride in Riga, Latvia was attended by 5,000 over the weekend – making it the first post-Soviet country to host the annual party. – See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/steve-grand-and-stuart-milk-attend-europride-riga-latvia-%E2%80%93-full-report-pictures220615#sthash.St07euda.dpuf
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Steve Grand

UK:
UKIP Members Will Wear These T-shirts at Pride in London Despite Ban (Pink News)
Marchers plan to wear UKIP t-shirts at the Pride in London parade on Saturday – despite being banned from marching as a group.
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UKIP Pride Shirts

UK:
British Cabinet Office to Fly Rainbow Flag for Pride in London (Pink News)
The Cabinet Office has announced that it will fly the rainbow flag this week to celebrate Pride in London.
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USA, DELAWARE:
Rehoboth’s Controversial Pool Ban Fails (Washington Blade)
Gay vacationers and residents of Rehoboth Beach were part of a coalition of property owners and renters credited with persuading the popular resort city’s Board of Commissioners to unanimously defeat a controversial proposal to ban rental homeowners from operating swimming pools.
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USA, KENTUCKY:
The People of Kentucky Pride (Advocate)
Rain mixed with sunshine created beautiful rainbows this year for the Kentuckiana Pride Parade and Festival in Louisville.
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Kentucky Pride

USA, MASSACHUSETTS:
Circuit Party Ascension Boycotts Fire Island Pines, Relocates to Greece (Gay Star News)
Party’s producer says he was influenced by calls to boycott properties owned by gay hotelier Ian Reisner after he hosted party for GOP senator Ted Cruz.
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John Gorka

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

John Gorka! There are few contemporary songwriters that come anywhere close to the talentGlynn House Evening-c of John Gorka http://glynnhouse.com/events/. His songs have a way of working on you long after you thought you had it all figured out. You will listen to a song that you know all the words to and can sing along with and then one day sitting at a traffic light, realize that there was a whole other layer of meaning that you had missed. Enjoy John Gorka at the Anderson Hall in nearby Wolfeboro July 3.

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.

Good People

Author: , June 21st, 2015

Good People! Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of Eventsbingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh start. What happens next is a tender mix of poignancy and humor, “grandly entertaining,” in a play that reflects how choices can make or break us and the smallest twists can determine our path. Good People http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is great grown-up theater with smart, witty dialogue and deliciously human characters who will remain at your side long after the curtain comes down. Don’t miss Good People at the Barnstormer’s Theatre July 7 – 11.

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.

Nomadic Boys – Gay Vietnam – Discovering Gay Saigon With a Local

Author: , June 21st, 2015

Vietnam Nomadic Boys

Vietnam was one of the more gay friendlier countries we visited in Asia:

Vietnam Nomadic BoysIt has never had any anti gay laws (unlike the US and UK). On 1st January 2015, the Law on Marriage and Family came into effect, outlawing the ban on gay weddings. It held its first (peaceful!) pride parade on 5 August 2012 in Hanoi and has been going strong since.

Although we found Vietnam to be a relaxed and tolerant country towards us as gay tourists, Vietnamese society still remains very conservative towards homosexuality. For example, The Law on Marriage and Family only allows gay weddings but doesn’t actually recognise them, and many of the gay guys we met were very careful and secretive about their orientation.

Full Story at The Nomadic Boys | Vietnam Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – June 21st

Author: , June 21st, 2015

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:
That Trip Around the World (Travels of Adam)
For a 15-month period in 2010-2011, I backpacked my way around the world. At the time, it felt like the most important thing in my life. Even today, already five years later, it still feels strangely important. And yet, I’m not so sure it was. Sure, that trip changed my life. There’s no question about that. It forced me to make a lot of decisions about who I was and who I wanted to be.
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INTERNATIONAL:
Photos – The World’s Best Nude Beaches, 2015 Edition (GayCities)
When we gave you The World’s 10 Best Gay Beaches it became clear you wanted to skip the tan lines and feel the heat. If you’re looking for clothing optional options that include sun, sand and surf get thee to a nude beach!
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Nude Beach

INTERNATIONAL:
Five Amazing Off The Beaten Path Prides To Check Out (Queerty)
With so much focus on the world’s major pride celebrations this month, it’s easy to see why everyone’s getting so excited. Los Angeles Pride went off without a hitch (and even an impromptu dance from Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer), and San Francisco and New York Pride are both just a stone’s throw away.
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Sitges Gay Pride

USA, FLORIDA:
Pride Night at Tropicana Field Sets Attendance Record (Watermark)
Pride Night at the Trop held on June 12 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg set a new attendance record for the event with over 700 tickets sold, three times the number that the event has attracted in the past.
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USA, NEW MEXICO:
Photos: High-Altitude Pride in Albuquerque (The Advocate)
Thousands of people lined Central Avenue for the 39th annual Pride Parade. Starting with 25 people in 1976, it’s now the second-largest parade held in New Mexico.
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Albuquerque Pride

USA, NEW YORK:
Five Things We Love About New York Pride (GayCities)
In the early morning of June 28, 1969, the Stonewall Inn was raided by police. A melee ensued, and history would never be the same. One year later the Christopher Street Liberation Day Committee launched the first Gay Pride March, commemorating the riots and the possibility of liberation it set off. The country (and world) took note as battles were won and the march grew year after year.
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NY Pride

USA, PENNSYLVANIA:
Photos: Philly Pride Celebrates Freedom and Liberty (The Advocate)
housands celebrated at the Philly Pride Parade and Festival at Penn’s Landing this year and Gov. Tom Wolf was among the guests. Thanks to the awesome Tara Lessard at Freedom G Photography for covering this amazing event.
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Philadelphia Pride

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Staveleigh House Bed & Breakfast, Sheffield, Massachusetts

Author: , June 21st, 2015

Staveleigh House Bed & Breakfast

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

Rated the number one B&B in Sheffield by Tripadvisor, Staveleigh House Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located on Route 7 in historic Sheffield, Massachusetts. It is the perfect place from which to explore the rich history, natural beauty, and cultural venues of the Berkshire region.

See the Staveleigh House Bed & Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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