Lesbian Travel – Ten Great Girlfriend Getaways

Author: , August 31st, 2015

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Our recipe for the perfect gal-pal getaway is simple. Begin with a beautiful venue and simply add in wine, a spa and as many BFF’s as you can round up. Reduce stress and let simmer for the weekend. Easy, right?

Not sure where to take your gal-pals? Check out some of our favorite places to hang out in this world. Feel free to steal what looks like fun to you:

Oxnard, California – While the community is deeply rooted in agriculture, it’s grown up in recent years and boasts an extraordinary number of elegant, beautiful places to hang out, dine and sleep. While we were only in the city for a weekend, we left with taste buds tickled and craving to return again soon.

Bermuda – Bermuda is a 3-hour direct flight from New York or Boston and 2 hours from Miami. This beats the plane hopping necessary to see much of the Caribbean. You can be checked into your Bermuda hotel and on the beach with a cold drink before mid-afternoon.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

Gay Travel: Saugatuck and Grand Rapids, Michigan

Author: , August 31st, 2015

Saugatuck - Andrew Davis“I can’t believe this is your first time here.” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that during a recent writers’ excursion to the Michigan enclaves of Saugatuck and Grand Rapids, I felt I could’ve purchased a home there. However, all those people did have a point: These places are basically a hop, skip and a jump from Chicago ( with my flight being all of half an hour )–and they do provide the perfect getaway.

Dune and No Gloom

The trip started with lunch at Zing Eat Drink ( 310 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas; ZingEatDrink.com ), a snazzy place that serves some incredible sweet-potato fries. The petite Maryland crab cakes were pretty impressive as well–and I had to sample some of the Michigan cherries, of course. ( The state is known as the cherry and blueberry capital of the United States. ) Sitting on the patio was wonderful, as the weather was absolutely perfect that day.

Then, we traipsed on over to Saugatuck’s Oval Beach ( Perryman Street and Oval Beach Drive; Saugatuck.com/beaches.asp ). No less than Conde Nast Traveler has ranked it as among the top 25 beaches in the world–and it’s easy to see why. There are pristine sand dunes and, of course, Lake Michigan, but there are also secluded spots, tall grasses, wildlife ( I spotted several deer ) and much more.

By Andrew Davis – Full Story at Windy City | Michigan Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out – Stockholm

Author: , August 31st, 2015

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At the beginning of my recent culinary exploration of Stockholm, I reached out to Marcus Samuelsson, the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised star chef who rose to prominence at Manhattan’s pioneering, now two Michelin-starred Aquavit in the 90’s. Based in New York, his international restaurant group includes American Table Brasserie & Bar at the Clarion Hotel Sign, Stockholm’s largest hotel.

“From a young age, I learned to cook with local, foraged ingredients,” informed Samuelsson, recalling his childhood summers in Sweden fishing local waters and gathering vegetables and herbs with his beloved grandmother. “Rooted in these traditions, Swedish cuisine has evolved under the influence of chefs focused on sustainability, organic farming, and innovation.” According to Samuelsson, this has “profoundly impacted” the dining scene in Stockholm. “From casual places offering the best sustainably farmed, dry-aged steak, to fine-dining restaurants presenting surprising local ingredients in a beautiful and artistic way,” he said, “Stockholm has become a city of amazing options.”

All signs now point to a much-diversified and expanded dining scene, running the gamut from Michelin-starred temples and White Guide winners (Sweden’s definitive gastronomy guide) to food trucks and street stalls.

By Jeff Heilman – Full Story at Passport | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – August 31st

Author: , August 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!

RUSSIA:
Russia just cancelled one of its only LGBT film events. (Pink News)
The Moscow Premiere, an anti-fascist and LGBT cinema event, was soon to take place, but was replaced with a “positive, youth-orientated” alternative.
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SOUTH KOREA:
The Grandeur of Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul (Keep Calm and Wander)
Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul is South Korea’s first imperial palace. If Beijing has Forbidden City, Seoul has Gyeongbokgung Palace. If you compare both of them, they have similarities in architectural style. And for sure, they have differences, too
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Keep Calm and Wander

UK:
Here are the 18 best pictures from the Manchester Pride parade (Gay Star News)
Over 100,000 people lined the streets of Manchester to celebrate Pride today. In one of the crowning celebrations of the LGBTI community of the season, numerous groups from the northern English city took part in the march.
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Manchester Pride

Photo by Joe Morgan

USA, FLORIDA:
12 tips for unlocking the Florida Keys (Gay Star News)
Three words: Key lime pie. Yes, the Florida Keys are known for many reasons. For the thriving, well-heeled LGBTI community that live here for one. but the Keys’ greatest selling point? Undoubtedly this perfect, perfect dessert.
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USA, WISCONSIN:
48 Hours in Milwaukee (Shermans Travel)
There’s more to Milwaukee than beer and Harley-Davidson. In just 48 hours, you can also see world-class art, sample German food, and even kayak in the Milwaukee River (weather permitting).
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn on Poplar Hill, Orange, Virginia

Author: , August 31st, 2015

Inn on Poplar Hill

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

On-site Central Virginia Bed and Breakfast Owners Marty and Victoria have been welcoming guests for over twelve years. The 1890’s home built by Thomas Jefferson’s Great Granddaughter is located in the historic town of Orange, VA. It is just a two block walk to Main Street for dinner or antique shopping. Our six guests rooms are decorated with comfort in mind. All rooms have King or Queen beds with clean comfortable linens, and private baths. WiFi is available throughout the house.

See the Inn on Poplar Hill Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Provincetown on a Budget

Author: , August 30th, 2015

We know Provincetown can be an expensive place to visit, the busy season is quite short and businesses have to make a great percentage of their income during that short busy season to survive. We have a lot of great restaurants and you will want to try many of them while you are here. How do you get to visit our great restaurants while keeping your food budget under control?   Here are some hints.

On a few days make lunch your big meal of the day. A perfect day to do that is Sunday and have the brunch at Fanizzi’s at 598 Commercial Street. Fanizzi’s is on the water in the East end, brunch is from 10am to 2pm.  Did I mention it’s ‘All You Can Eat’? for $14.95? You won’t find many deals like this. Brunch includes French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Corn Beef Hash, Breakfast Burritos, Steamed Mussels, Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Bacon. . . I could go on, but check out their web site for their brunch menu.

Another great place for a meal is the food court at the Aquarium Mall at 207 CommercialBig Daddy Tacos Street. A number of different  options are available and behind the building is the Aqua Bar where you may eat your food and enjoy a gorgeous outdoor view of the Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. One of my favorites is Big Daddy Burritos. The food is incredibly fresh, the staff is cute and friendly and it’s a great deal. I get a saucy chicken burrito with creamy salsa verde and the hot mamma sauce a couple of times a week. It’s $8.51 including tax so plan on $10 with a tip for lunch or dinner and enjoy that incredible view and the ocean air.

Aqua Bar

Aqua Bar

Another great option at the Aquarium Mall is Connie’s Bakery. Great sandwiches made fresh to order.  I had their brown bag lunch which is a freshly made sandwich, cole slaw and a cookie for $11.  The Black Forrest Ham sandwich on herbed focaccia bread was a delish. Again, eat outdoors at the Aqua Bar and you have a great meal with a view.

The Early bird specials aren’t just for your grandma in Florida. For example, get your order in to the kitchen by 7pm at the Seafood Grille (386 Commercial St) and have a three course meal for $14. Options include Cape Cod Fish & Chips, Broiled Cod with Lobster Newburgh Sauce and Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken. Start with clam chowder or a salad and end your dinner with the dessert of the day.

There’s something for everyone and every budget in Provincetown, you just need to know where to look. Dan and his partner Bob own Somerset House Inn.  When you stay at Somerset House Inn the staff are always willing to help you with suggestions. We have one room left for the Labor Day weekend and then it’s fall in Provincetown, the perfect time to visit with warm days and cool evenings.

For a full listing of fall events please see the calendar on our web site.  Come see us this fall!

Scorpions

Author: , August 30th, 2015

Scorpions! Klaus Meine and Rudolph (Rudy) Schenker celebrate 50 years of being together as the Scorpions! EventsThis year the Scorpions http://glynnhouse.com/events/ celebrate with a worldwide tour and the release of their 18th Studio album Return Forever. The album is comprised of a dozen of unfinished songs from the Blackout, Love at First Sting, Savage Amusement and Crazy World sessions. The band had in mind to make a selection between 16 and 18 songs and pick the 12 best out of them. The band members added new parts to the existing recordings such as new lyrics because most of the songs didn’t have proper lyrics and in almost every song the lyrics had to be re-written. Experience a great evening of sound at the nearby Meadowbrook Pavilion September 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.

Lesbian Travel: Getting Around Europe on the Cheap

Author: , August 30th, 2015

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I am spending two months in Europe this summer, and I wanted to take advantage of the cheap ways to travel to some of my favorite places and explore a few new destinations while I am here (more on my upcoming travel plans in my monthly round-up).

With the exchange rate between US Dollars and Euros being more favorable than it has been in a long time, and a myriad of ways to get around the continent for very little money, there is no better time to travel around Europe than now!

During my research on how to get around Europe I came across several websites and apps that make your trip even cheaper – because when traveling Europe, you never want to just show up and hop on a train or bus – you have to book in advance. This does require more travel planning than in other parts of the world, but use the tools I am sharing below and you can see Europe for very little money.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Nomadic Boys – That Time We Were Interviewed on Malaysian National Radio

Author: , August 30th, 2015

Nomadic Boys

Kuala Lumpur was a great base for us to stop and take a breather from our backpacks for a month in June/July 2015.

Whilst in KL, we met the awesome DJ Kevin Chong, who invited us to be interviewed about our travels in Asia over the past year, on his morning show with his partner in crime, DJ Diyana.

TraXX FM is one of the most popular English radio stations in Malaysia, broadcasted nationwide and also in neighbouring Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. We were of course dead excited at the opportunity and jumped at the chance to be grilled by Kevin and Diyana about our travels.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Wild Horse Inn – Fraser, Colorado

Author: , August 30th, 2015

Wild Horse Inn

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

The Wild Horse Inn, located in Fraser, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains, offers a rustic, luxury hand-hewn log lodge with seven unique guest rooms. We also have three cozy luxury cabins on the property. Every morning, we serve a full gourmet breakfast. Enjoy our beautiful grounds, surrounded by mountains and all of your favorite alpine activities.

See the Wild Horse Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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