Sunsets, Music and Food in Provincetown

Author: , July 31st, 2015

Sunset MusicA recent addition to the Provincetown scene is sunset music at the beach on Wednesday nights with food provided by Far Land Provisions. You’ve got to do this at least once! Herring Cove beach is a spectacular spot for sunset. Far Land now offers nightly dinner, beer and wine for a relaxing dinner by the beach. It’s a great escape from the crowds of downtown. After 5pm, parking at Herring Cove is free – but remember – Far Land on the Beach is cash only. It’s a really inexpensive magical way to watch a Provincetown sunset.

Dan and his partner Bob own Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location. It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water.   The Somerset House Inn still has some limited availability in August, we’d love to have you stay with us. We have a five night and a seven night stay available for Carnival and a couple of rooms for Labor Day weekend. Due to other bookings we sometimes have some great shorter stays. A two night stay on Friday and Saturday night is available August 7th and 8th in guestroom 1. Another two night weekend stay is available August 14th and 15th in guestroom 2. Check out the availability calendar on our web site.

Insider’s Guide to Gay Toronto

Author: , July 31st, 2015

Evan Lacey

Evan Lacey is a 22-year-old comedy writer, stand-up comedian, and avid bird-watcher. As a self-described small-town boy who moved to Toronto, Canada to pursue a performance and writing career, Lacey took a job between performance gigs at the brand-new 46-floor, four-star Delta Toronto. Lacey has always enjoyed working in different facets of the hospitality industry. When he was searching for a new adventure, the Canadian-based Delta’s history of commitment to “above, beyond, and then one step further” customer service, enticed him to apply. Lacey started working in the SOCO Kitchen + Bar in November of 2014, and he enjoys the challenges and joys that working here provides him on a daily basis. Check out his recommendations for what’s hot, hip, new, and fabulous, in always-trendy Toronto.

Where are the coolest places to go for cocktails?

Toronto is definitely a cocktail city. Bar Fancy is the trendy spot in QSW. Look for the entirely gold-plated exterior on Queen St…then follow the neon tiger-head sign down the neighboring laneway and you’ve found one of the city’s cutest new cocktail spots. It’s a snack bar that serves beer and wine but they’ll also make delicious cocktails on request. Geraldine has guest feeling like they’ve stepped back into 1940’s Paris? Geraldine will take you there. Try the Scarlett Carson with jasmine-infused gin and get transported. Come and Get It is a favorite for laid-back cocktails and snacks. There is also chain-link fencing inside, so it’s kind like hanging out in your favorite back alley, sipping liquor…without having to put everything in a brown bag and being outside.

By Paul Summers – Full Story at Passport

The Fascinating History of Gay Resort Towns

Author: , July 31st, 2015

beach town

These days there seems to be gay everything – gay cruises, gay television channels, gay magazines, gay festivals, and the list goes on..But, as you well know, it wasn’t always this way… not by a long shot.

For the vast majority of recorded history, being gay was, at best, something to be hidden. At worst, it was grounds for being abused, fired and even arrested. So anyone who identified as anything other than heterosexual had to tap into secret underground communities just to have a brief opportunity to let their guard down and embrace who they really were.

This slowly changed over time and, little by little, gay culture was able to come out of the dark closets and basements it was hidden away in for so many years. And it’s still an ongoing process today. Although the last couple of decades have been instrumental for gay culture and civil rights, there was another period in history that was unique for the LGBT community.

By Jay Derataney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – July 31st

Author: , July 31st, 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!

Morrissey: TSA At San Francisco Airport “Groped My Penis And Testicles” (Queerty)
We’ve all been there. Standing awkwardly and publicly before a TSA agent as they run their hand up our inner thigh, along the underpants band, and around the butt crack, searching for box cutters. It’s part of living in paranoid, post 9-11 America where big brother is always watching.
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Affordable Australia: 9 Cool Places to Eat and Drink on the Gold Coast (Shermans Travel)
Sydney and Melbourne are known for their flashy dining and drinking scenes, but Queensland’s Gold Coast — a spectacular stretch of sand fringed by a crown of mirrored skyscrapers — offers better prices, and a laid-back sophistication that feels more like California at happy hour than New York at rush hour. Here’s a sampling of some of the hippest haunts on Australia’s east coast — great for when you’re hungry after a day of surfing, sunning, or wallaby-spotting.
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Photo by Laura Motta

Multiple Stabbing at Jerusalem Pride Parade (LGBT Weekly)
Late on Thursday six people were stabbed while participating in an LGBT Pride Parade in Jerusalem. The perpetrator, Yishai Schlissel, is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who also stabbed victims at the same event in 2005. Schlissel was just released for that crime last month after serving ten years in prison.
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The Eclectic, Electric Milkshake Festival in Amsterdam (Travels of Adam)
It was raining when I got to the entrance of the Milkshake Festival in Amsterdam. I’d only arrived to the city a few hours earlier, on an early morning easyJet flight. As I was checking into my hotel the weather seemed perfectly fine, which is why when I left the hotel just before noon, I walked out in short shorts and a tank top. Only to find the sunny weather I was anticipating had turned to a sudden downpour.
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Adam Groffman

Parliament House Celebrates 40 Years (Watermark Online)
Parliament House, Orlando’s iconic gay resort and nightclub, is marking four decades of gay inclusiveness, balcony debauchery and first-class entertainment.
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Priello B&B, Caprese Michelangelo, Tuscany, Italy

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Priello B&B

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

Welcome to Priello! Come and spend an unforgettable vacation in Tuscany! Stay in our 1600’s farmhouse beautifully restored with an incredible view of the green heart of Italy. Set on a hillside with commanding views of the valley and mountains beyond … more than one guest has broken into a chorus of Sound of Music! It’s that beautiful…

See the Priello B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Boogie N’ Blues Music Festival

Author: , July 30th, 2015

Boogie N’ Blues Music Festival is Glynn House Evening-cthe largest outdoor blues festival in New Hampshire! Now entering it’s 19th year, the festival features award-winning blues artists, food vendors, craft vendors, a climbing wall and many fun activities for children including Saturday night fireworks. The blues festival is held in the heart of the White Mountain and the boogie stage is in a natural amphitheater located on a 72 acre pasture in the Pemigewasset River Valley, located in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire with beautiful New England scenery. The festival is a special treat for newcomers and a summer favorite for returning guests. We encourage you to join us we’re sure you will be happy you did! If you like blues, plan to attend the Boogie N’ Blues Music Festival in nearby Thornton August 14 – 16.

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 and 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 for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Globetrotter Girls – Chinatown in New York City

Author: , July 30th, 2015

Dany at Globetrotter Girls - New York City Chinatown

July is nearly over, which means my U.S. visa is about to run out. As usual, I am extremely upset to leave, this time maybe even more than ever. I’ve got to say a few more words on this topic, but I wanted to keep the Polaroid light, so look out for it in my July round-up.

I left Gomez and moved in with Jessie, my biggest fling from last summer.. cat fling, that is. Do you remember her? She was my favorite pet and I looked after her several times last summer, and the exciting part of the cat sit this year is that her owner moved from Brooklyn to the Lower East Side – to Chinatown to be precise.

I have never spent much time down here which is why I was excited to finally explore Chinatown in more detail, and take advantage of the short way home from the many cool Lower East Side bars.

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

Dream Euro Trip – Cetara is for Fish Lovers

Author: , July 30th, 2015

DJ Yabis - Cetara, Italy

I love seafood. I could give up meat and poultry any day if I could eat fresh seafood everyday. It’s so difficult to find good or fresh seafood in Germany where I live so every time I find myself in the Mediterranean I make it a point to always eat as much seafood as I can.

On my recent trip to discover the other unknown villages of the Amalfi coast, I visited the quaint, fishing village of Cetara.

Cetara looks like a quintessential Mediterrean fishing village: colorful houses built around a domed Church, a small port and a beach lined with bobbing fishing boats.

By DJ Yabis – Full Story at Dream Euro Trip | Campania Gay Travel Resources

Should Gay Honeymooners Stop Avoiding Anti Gay Countries?

Author: , July 30th, 2015

Gay Travel

With the legalization of same-sex marriage in the United States, a new crop of honeymooners has entered the market. The travel industry has positioned itself to capitalize, having recently launched several targeted marketing campaigns featuring gay couples, including Hotwire’s “Lucky Me” commercial, Airbnb’s #HostWithPride film, and Marriottt’s Love Travels campaign.

But with gay marriage fully legal in just 20 countries – and homosexuality illegal in 75 — gay newlyweds face extra hurdles in deciding where to celebrate their nuptials. Many feel compelled to research discrimination laws before making overseas travel plans. In fact, four out of 10 U.S. LGBT travelers said local discriminatory laws and homophobic sentiments affect where they decide to fly “to a great extent,” according to a survey by LGBT marketing group Out Now. As one lesbian couple expressed in Airbnb’s #HostWithPride film, “For our honeymoon, I don’t want to be attacked. We want to be able to express our love, and be able to be affectionate, and feel comfortable and safe.”

But are such fears founded? Certainly, in some nations around the world, including popular honeymoon destinations, local LGBT people are harassed, arrested and even killed with impunity. But for Americans, these threats are minimal. Both the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the International Gay and Lesbian Alliance have no reports of gay American honeymooners being assaulted during international travel. Even the U.S. State Department, which posts warnings for LGBT travelers, has little evidence of such incidents.

By Michael Luongo – Full Story at The Washington Post | Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Beaufort House Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

Author: , July 30th, 2015

Beaufort Inn

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

Beaufort House Inn offers a boutique hotel experience in beautiful, progressive Asheville, North Carolina. We provide a fun, friendly atmosphere on our historic 1894 property – the perfect place to enjoy a romantic getaway.

See the Beaufort House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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