Shine at Pride in Burlington, Vermont’s Queen City

Author: , August 27th, 2015

Burlington PrideVermont has long held a special place in the hearts of the LGBT community as the first state to grant legal recognition of same-sex marriage following the 1999 Supreme Court decision. And as the largest city in Vermont, lakefront Burlington is the state’s “crown jewel,” hence her moniker, “Queen City.”

PRIDE Vermont, Northern New England’s premiere LGBT PRIDE celebration will be held Sept. 6-13 in Burlington. This year’s theme, “SHINE,” celebrates the personal and collective triumphs of the LGBT community. The week-long, family-friendly event includes a high heel race, transgender events, a food and travel expo, and a special appearance by the girl group The Glamz. (More information at www.PRIDEVermont.com, or by calling the PRIDE Center of VT, 802-860-7812.)

Highlights, Heels, and Drag On ‘Til You Boogie

Sunday, Sept. 6

2 p.m. on Church Street: The pedestrian-only Church Street Marketplace welcomes over 1 million visitors per year, and heels will meet paving stones here for the annual High Heel Race emceed by perennial favorites, the House of LeMay. (*If you happen to be in town the day before, visit the Farmers Market in City Hall Park, adjacent to Church Street; it’s awash in delectable everything from ethnic foods to maple-tinged gin.)

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Burlington Pride7 p.m., Burlington City Hall auditorium: Noted author and activist Julia Serano will be the keynote speaker on “Making Transgender Activism More Inclusive.” She’ll be joined by a young speaker from Outright Vermont and a question and answer session will follow. (Admission is free; $5-10 donation suggested.)

Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.: Interfaith Service, First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. LGBT people and allies from all faith traditions, or none, are invited. (For more information: call the church, 802-878-5745, or email Rev. Stannard Baker, sbaker@stpaulcathedralvt.org.

Saturday, Sept. 12

Burlington Pride1-5 p.m. The Women’s Afternoon Dance at Red Square, Church Street, Burlingon, 18+ only, with DJ Craig Mitchell spinning the best of the 80s and 90s. Indoor and outdoor dancing (weather permitting), free admission, cash bar, food welcome. (For more information, see: www.facebook.com/events/509605345870853/ )

5:30 p.m.: Vermont premiere of the documentary film, “State of Marriage,” the inspirational story of how VT attorneys Beth Robinson and Susan Murray formed Vermont Freedom to Marry, partnered with legal pioneer Mary Bonauto of GLAD, and led a determined group of activists in a two-decade-long struggle for marriage equality in VT, that built the foundation for the national movement. Screening at the lakefront Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. Admission is $25 and includes a reception and panel discussion. Advance tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2061974

Sunday, Sept. 13

12 noon – 5 p.m.: Northern Decadence Food & Travel Expo, Battery Park, Burlington. Produced by the Vermont Gay Tourism Association, this “festival within a festival” showcases LGBT-friendly businesses from throughout VT, and includes food and drink samples, including IPA beers from internationally award-winning The Alchemist Brewery, and a silent auction. Tickets: $5 for adults, children 12 and under free. (Some alcoholic samples may have additional fees.) For more information: www.northerndecadence.com.

12:45 p.m. It gets bigger every year, the PRIDE PARADE, Church Street, Burlington. Follow all the participants, students, families, and early “leaf peepers,” all the way to Battery Park (with a stunning view of Lake Champlain), where the festival continues.

1-5 p.m.: PRIDE Festival, Battery Park, Burlington. Music and entertainment by local performers, the aerial performance group Fierce Circus, curvy girl group from NYC, The Glamz, make-your-own button fun, arts & crafts, “Lawn Gaymes,” reading nook with onsite library, a Gender Fun Test, exhibitors and resource displays.

So, Where Are the Gay Bars?

Surprisingly, The Queen City hasn’t had an exclusively gay bar in many years, but no worries, there are numerous gay-friendly establishments. Among the best:
Oak45, just down the hill from Burlington, on Main Street in Winooski. Sleek, candlelit wine bar with long communal tables, couches, elegant cocktails, and a reputation for cute bartenders. See: oak45.com.

Drink, 135 St. Paul St., Burlington. See: vtdrink.com
Halflounge Speakeasy, tiny and intimate, adjacent to its big sister, the popular Red Square, Church St., Burlington. See: redsquarevt.com.
Three Needs Brewery & Taproom, Pearl Street, Burlington. Check them out on Facebook.
Zen Lounge, Church Street, Burlington. See: zenloungevt.com.

What Do I Do if I’m Bored?

That’s not likely to happen in Burlington. From its music venues, to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, to ECHO Aquarium & Science Center, cruises on Lake Champlain, Shelburne Museum & Farms, there’s something going on around every corner. Our local, gay-founded, independent weekly Seven Days covers the entire scene with a thorough calendar of events:
http://tinyurl.com/pukcp9t

Welcome to “Foodie Paradise”

One of the many reasons Burlington is ranked on numerous Top Ten lists of America’s best small cities is the plethora of eats, and it is truly farm-to-table heaven. You’ll find the top-rated restaurants here: http://tinyurl.com/pkzcbwx

Now, for some insider tips: If you can’t book a table at #1 restaurant “Hen of the Wood” (named for a wild mushroom and located inside Hotel Vermont), sit at the bar, watch food being prepared, and order from their outstanding appetizers and craft cocktails. For imaginative vegetarian that impresses even carnivores, try “Revolution Kitchen.” And if you’re suffering late-night munchies, visit Kountry Kart Deli on Main Street, open until 3 a.m.

Dog-Darn It, I Can’t Find a Place to Stay!

Many of us can’t bear to travel without our “fur baby.” Burlington has major chain hotels, a few accept dogs, but if you’re looking for a Bed & Breakfast experience with your pooch, only one B&B in Burlington welcomes dogs, the totally eclectic, LGBT-friendly Made INN Vermont (www.madeinnvermont.com). Owner/designer Linda Wolf took a small mansion in the historic Hill District, restored and retro-fitted it into an urban chic work of art with just four guestrooms.

Whether you’re coming to Burlington for PRIDE week, or for Vermont’s spectacular fall foliage season, all lodgings in the Lake Champlain region fill-up quickly, so it’s important to book early.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hotel Banana Azul, Puerto Viejo, Limon, Costa Rica

Author: , August 27th, 2015

Hotel Banana Azul

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

If you’re looking to experience more culture and nature on your Costa Rican vacation then beachfront Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo might be just what you’re looking for. Your host Colin Brownlee (from Vancouver, Canada) welcomes you to a hotel built out of local hardwoods that has 14 beautiful guest rooms, all with private bath and free wireless internet to accommodate adventurous travelers looking for a comfortable, tranquil place to stay while visiting the Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica.

See the Hotel Banana Azul Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Costa Rica

Carlos Melia – Two Days in Hangzhou and the Beautiful West Lake District

Author: , August 24th, 2015

Carlos Melia

Our short visit to Hangzhou, also known as the West Lake, was rather short but marvelous. We came from Shanghai ( over an hour ride by speed train ). One of eastern China’s natural jewels, the 650-hectare (1,600-acre) lake is surrounded by a lush green shoreline, with views of majestic mountains, ancient temples, traditional pagodas and graceful bridges.

Our visit consisted on a lovely private tour of the West Lake Park + Visit to the Lingyin Temple – biggest Buddhist temple in China + Panoramic walk and views from atop the Peak Mountain – highest mountain in Hangzhou – and visit to the Lingshun Temple + Lunch and site inspection of the lovely Amanfayun by Aman Resorts + Some shopping at the main commercial center + A fantastic stay at my favorite Four Seasons property in China, the Fours Seasons West Lake.

First stop was, over a private tour, at the gorgeous West Lake. It is like visiting the world’s largest traditional Chinese garden, with ancient temples, pagodas and delicate bridges. Hangzhou and particularly the West Lake, UNESCO World Heritage Site, are considered one of China’s most famous and beautiful destinations. West Lake has influenced poets and painters throughout Chinese history for its natural beauty and historic relics, and it has also been among the most important sources of inspiration for Chinese garden designers in China, Japan and Korea.

We came to visit the Fayun Village, invited by the Amanfayun Resort by Aman Resort – following our previous experience at the Aman Summer Palace in Beijing – where we spent half day touring around the many highlights, like the Lingyin Temple – biggest Buddhist temple in China. Panoramic walk – pretty long and steep by the way, atop the Peak Mountain – highest mountain in Hangzhou – and visit to the Lingshun Temple.

Carlos MeliaLiterally translated as Temple of the Soul’s Retreat, Lingyin Temple, located next to the Amanfayun Resort, is one of the largest and wealthiest Buddhist temples in China, and contains numerous pagodas and Budddhist grottoes.

Our panoramic walk, atop the Peak Mountain – Feilai Feng. Of course once on top, we realized we could have taken in full comfort, one of their cable cars… ha ha ha… but honestly our option was much more enjoyable.

Next stop was lunch at the Steam House Restaurant at the lovely Amanfayun resort. Nestled in a valley near West Lake on the west fringes of Hangzhou, Amanfayun is surrounded by ancient temples, bamboo forests and terraced tea fields, a world away from urban life. Discoveries await throughout the peaceful resort as well as the region beyond, whether it is a morning prayer session with Buddhist monks, a soothing nature walk or a visit to a neighbouring tea plantation. We tried some local small dishes and a fantastic steam fish dish. After that we followed the General Manager of the property on a full site inspection of the resort.

Carlos MeliaNext and last stop, before heading to our hotel for the night, was a walk along the main Chinese Market of the West Lake District. Lots of local shops, medicine houses, tea stores among many others. Was quite interesting to mingle with the locals, although I would have expect this to be more driven to tourists. Here we found our own Pixiu which we brought back to the United States with us. Pixiu is a Chinese mythical hybrid creature considered to be a very powerful protector to practitioners of Feng Shui. It resembles a mix of a dragon and a lion.

Final stop for the rest of our stay in the West Lake District, was the beautiful, peaceful and relaxing Four Seasons Hangzhou. A tranquil enclave woven with ponds, streams, swans and lagoons. Once we got to the resort, we never left till our time to head back to the train station, to head back to Shanghai. Our breakfast, lunch and dinner was outdoors at the many restaurants around the property. Infinity pond overlooking the West Lake. Imperial style indoor pool.

Off we went back to Hangzhou Railway Station, to take our train back to Shanghai, to continue our journey in China. And now that I am back, after visiting Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, I must say that the West Lake, together with the Summer Palace in Beijing, both rank top on my choice to return.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | China Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – August 24th

Author: , August 24th, 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:
What Your Luggage Goes Through in One Video (The Washington Post)
Do you ever think about where your luggage goes between when you check it before you get on the plane and when it emerges on the conveyor belt at your destination? This new 3-minute video will give you an idea.
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CANADA:
Red Canoe Landing – One of the Best Make Out Spots in Toronto (Keep Calm and Wander)
You probably never heard of the Canoe Landing Park even if you’re a Toronto local, except if you live around this park. If you take the Gardiner Expressway, you’ve surely seen this red object but never really cared too much about it.
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Alain - Red Canoe Landing

CUBA:
How Americans Can Go To Cuba (Keep Calm and Wander)
A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me if Americans can now go to Cuba. Well, unfortunately, the answer is NOT YET. That’s as far as I know.
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Keep Calm and Wander - Cuba

DENMARK:
5 Reasons to Visit Copenhagen Pride (That Gay Backpacker)
When you think of the world’s gay capitals (London! Miami! Berlin!) you probably don’t give too much thought to Copenhagen, the Danish capital. But after visiting the city with the #mygaypride gang to celebrate Copenhagen Pride, I’m happy to confirm that Copenhagen is actually a gay hotspot waiting to be discovered. Here are some of the reasons you should visit Copenhagen for its annual Pride events.
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MALAYSIA:
Seven Terraces: Luxury Gay Friendly Boutique Hotel in Penang (Nomadic Boys)
We always try to find places with bags of character while travelling and the gay owned Seven Terraces boutique hotel satisfied this nicely.
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Seven Terraces - Nomadic Boys

UK, SCOTLAND:
Trans Scripts at the Edinburgh Fringe – Review (Travels of Adam)
At the moment I’m here in Edinburgh, here for the crazy atmosphere during the month of August when a handful of festivals are playing. Maybe the most famous of the bunch, the Edinburgh Fringe, has been an eye-opening experience. A mix of professional and amateur, of street performers and actors, comedians and fire-breathers, cabaret dancers and sometimes just a guy in a thong.
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Travels of Adam - Fringe Festival

USA, NORTH CAROLINA:
Photos – Charlotte Pride Smiles at You (The Advocate)
Charlotte, N.C.’s business leaders give hearty support to their local parade and festival, and it shows in the official title: the Bank of America Pride Parade. And well they should, as the events added $7.75 million in economic impact last year, according to the Charlotte Business Journal. All photos by Jennifer Hogan (HoganImaging.com), courtesy Charlotte Pride.
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Charlotte Pride

Featured Gay Accommodations: Nashville Smart Loft, Nashville, Tennessee

Author: , August 24th, 2015

Nashville Smart Loft

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

The Nashville Smart Loft offers an extravagant, refined experience. The apartment is flamboyant but sophisticated – Nashville’s newest luxury vacation rental. Our Nashville vacation rental offers the sumptuous allure of urban loft living right in the center of downtown Music City. Our luxury loft in downtown Nashville offers a refreshing retreat in the middle of all the hustle and bustle of downtown Music City. From exquisite furnishings, original exposed brick, double-height ceilings, wall-to-wall windows and custom flooring to brand new stainless steel appliances, vertical spa with body jets and high-end spa amenities, you’ll soon be pinching yourself to make sure you aren’t dreaming!

See the Nashville Smart Loft Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

City Sundays: Los Angeles

Author: , August 23rd, 2015

City Sundays - Los Angeles

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.

Los Angeles is one of America’s truly multi-cultural cities. With a revitalization of the city’s downtown underway, there is so much to see and do hereincluding Olivera Street, Santa Monica, the Getty Museum, and so much more.

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

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Los Angeles page here:

http://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/california/calosangeles.html

And our Los Angeles articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=los+angeles

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter – 8/22/15

Author: , August 22nd, 2015

Welcome to the biweekly Purple Roofs Newsletter. Every day, our LGBT Travel Blog brings you featured LGBT travel articles, as well as tons of news and helpful travel tips, which we summarize here for you every few weeks. And you can also join our Facebook Travel Clubs for our daily discussions and your travel questions (it’s free!):

Gay Travel Club | Lesbian Travel Club | Transgender Travel Club | Bi Travel Club | LGBT Families Travel Club


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Featured Articles:

ViolatedA Clothing Optional Gay B&B
by Jamie Fessenden, Author of Violated
A clothing-optional gay bed and breakfast? For reals? Yes, the clothing-optional gay bed and breakfast I described in Violated is based upon real B&Bs in my area. I don’t know of any in New Hampshire, but I found Frog Meadow and Gargoyle House, both of which are in Vermont. I’ve been to clothing-optional resorts in the past. The particular one I’m recalling was one I visited about a decade ago near Burlington, VT. I was dating Erich, at the time, but he wouldn’t be caught dead running around naked with a bunch of strangers, so I went with a group of friends—all men, two gay and one straight. It was a pleasant weekend. The resort had been there so long, a number of the people there actually had small cabins they lived in for much of the summer. My friends and I stayed in a full-sized trailer with an indoor bathroom, a huge living room, a kitchen, and two bedrooms. The weekend was spent swimming in the lake, soaking in the (indoor) hot tub, and there was one big communal dinner consisting of game animals prepared in various ways—moose, elk, venison. I recall venison barbequed in a maple syrup glaze.


journalTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Journals and Photos When Traveling
by Donald and Ray
Do you take off without a camera or journal when you travel? We have been traveling by auto from coast to coast for the past 15 years and we always take notes all along the way on people that we meet, places where we stay, restaurants where we dine and even where to purchase cheap gas. It would be nice to think that we could just remember all of these things however we can’t and thankfully we keep a journal and photos with all of that information. When we get back home we put the photos, notes, brochures, flyers, receipts in an album. That way we can go back before we go to the same place again and get the details on what we did before plus get the information on people, places and things and email everyone that we are coming back.


Samba in Brazil - Carlos meliaBRAZIL: Behind the Scenes Samba Experience
by Carlos Melia
If there is an experience you must have when in Rio de Janeiro, it is SAMBA, and what best than doing a behind-the-scenes tour to the world of the “samba schools” of Rio, which has remained mysterious and hidden. Let’s open the doors to reveal the secrets behind it. For this I came to the Samba City in the district called Little Africa, A beautiful, ancient and historical part of the port of Rio, where samba and the very first samba school was born. Hosted by one of the last year winning Escola de Samba Mirim Pimpolhos da Grande Rio ”Samba School“. Grande Rio is non-profit organization and a Samba School for Grande Rio’s children, that uses carnaval’s arts and popular culture as a tool for education. Grande Rio is one of the newest schools, nevertheless currently one of the most successful members of the First League (Special Group). It has come close to winning in all the last 10 years. It is currently ranked the second best among all Rio samba schools. Samba School Grande Rio represents Duque de Caxias, a satellite town of Rio de Janeiro.


Carlos Melia - Favela VidigalBRAZIL: Exploring Rio’s Vidigal Favela
by Carlos Melia
I would say that one of the best experiences I did, during my recent visit to Rio de Janeiro, to curate unique travel experiences for my VIP clients coming to the 2016 Summer Olympics next year, was something was ranking high in my travel bucket list, after being in Rio for many times in the past. Venturing into the intriguing world of a Favela, was quite interesting, and what I found atop Morro do Vidigal – which gives name to the Favela Vidigal – was indeed unexpected. While I was touring around Rio de Janeiro with my expert guide Isabella, as the sun was setting over the bay at the neighborhood of Urca, she said to me …” Would you like to go an explore a Favela…” My first thought was, Is it safe – meaning ARE YOU CRAZY. Second, since we were touring around on a luxury E Class Mercedes Benz, I was, are you sure we can go with this car?


Nomadic BoysMALAYSIA: Langkawi Island: A Pink Travel Guide to the Jewel of Kedah
by Stefan Arestis, the Nomadic Boys
For most gay travellers, Muslim countries like Malaysia are not necessarily high up there of places to visit. Technically, under Malaysian law, we’re seen as criminals and this ungodly practice (!) of ours becomes very hush hush and hidden away. But get to Langkawi and a whole new way of thinking kicks in. There was us thinking we would not be welomed if we rocked up as gay travel bloggers promoting pink tourism in Langkawi. But to our surprise, every single place we visited in Langkawi was very enthusiastic and excited to welcome us as a gay couple visiting their shores. In any case, Langkawi has always had a reputation as being more liberal and relaxed than mainland Malaysia. For example, its politicians have always fought to maintain its duty free status (a savvy move, which has helped boost tourism a great deal over the years).


largest-gay-fes-3ce56a71-lMEXICO: Largest Gay Dance Party Announced for Puerto Vallarta Mexico
by Tim Wilson
Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY Palm Springs started as a small celebration with only a few hundred people in the desert in 1989. It has evolved to become the world’s largest gay dance music festival, attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe. WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS founder and producer Jeffrey Sanker says, “ WHITE PARTY has become more than just a party. It is an institution. After 25 years, it’s time we bring the festival outside North America and what better place to do it than in Puerto Vallarta during Latin Fever.” Sanker joins forces with Latin Fever producer Will Gorges. The inaugural WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA will be headlined by two of the industry’s powerhouse DJs- ALEX ACOSTA and CINDEL along side local talents DJ Ramses and Daniel Sandoval.


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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Tres Leones, Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

Author: , August 22nd, 2015

Casa Tres Leones

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

Casa Tres Leones is nestled on the mountain side of AJIJIC, a 15th Century village on the northern shores of Lake Chapala, Mexico. It is owned and operated by two talented Australians who have extensive experience in customer service and are accomplished chefs.

See the Casa Tres Leones Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Journals and Photos When Traveling

Author: , August 22nd, 2015

journalDo you take off without a camera or journal when you travel? We have been traveling by auto from coast to coast for the past 15 years and we always take notes all along the way on people that we meet, places where we stay, restaurants where we dine and even where to purchase cheap gas. It would be nice to think that we could just remember all of these things however we can’t and thankfully we keep a journal and photos with all of that information.

When we get back home we put the photos, notes, brochures, flyers, receipts in an album. That way we can go back before we go to the same place again and get the details on what we did before plus get the information on people, places and things and email everyone that we are coming back.

Have you ever traveled someplace and dined at a great restaurant and then when you returned a few years later, was not able to remember the name of that restaurant or where it was located ? One of the biggest disappointments in our travels is when we do find a great restaurant, accommodations or other business, only to find out that when we return, that they have gone out of business or changed ownership and went downhill.

photo albumEven if you are flying to your destination, you should keep a journal of your travels. Especially now, with airline travel being such a hassle, it is always nice to remember about different airports, what you can and cannot take with you onboard and the different options for getting to your accommodations in town by rental car or public transportation.

Last year we took a three week Amtrak train journey out to California and wrote in our journal everyday about all the sights and sounds that we encountered plus the people we had meals with on the train and those we met in the cocktail lounge. We have kept in touch via email with a lot of these people and have seen some of them when traveling in their area.

With all the places we have been and the hundreds of people that we have met, we most likely will be writing a book on our travels, but even if we do not, we are sure glad that we kept a journal from the very beginning of our travels. Write down anything and everything. When talking with other people when you travel, they can give you all kinds of information which if you can not use while you are there, then write it down for the next time you are visiting that area.

cameraBetween talking with everyone, taking photos and keeping a journal, your travel experience and future travel experiences should be more fulfilling for you. Checking the Internet is of course is always a ‘must’ be traveling anywhere, but if you can check your own past experiences in your own journals, that is even better.

Do we have a lot of travel albums filled with photos and memorabilia from our travels ? Yep! and we do mean a LOT of them. And when we are not traveling we can always go to those albums and cherish the many memories that we have had from. traveling.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Largest Gay Dance Party Announced for Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Author: , August 21st, 2015

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  • The world’s largest gay dance music festival WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS (WP) joins forces with Will Gorges and Latin Fever to launch WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA, Thanksgiving weekend November 27th thru November 30th, 2015

Jeffrey Sanker’s WHITE PARTY Palm Springs started as a small celebration with only a few hundred people in the desert in 1989. It has evolved to become the world’s largest gay dance music festival, attracting more than 30,000 attendees from every corner of the globe. WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS founder and producer Jeffrey Sanker says, “ WHITE PARTY has become more than just a party. It is an institution. After 25 years, it’s time we bring the festival outside North America and what better place to do it than in Puerto Vallarta during Latin Fever.”

Sanker joins forces with Latin Fever producer Will Gorges. The inaugural WHITE PARTY PUERTO VALLARTA will be headlined by two of the industry’s powerhouse DJs- ALEX ACOSTA and CINDEL along side local talents DJ Ramses and Daniel Sandoval. To keep with the WHITE PARTY PALM SPRINGS tradition, there will be big surprises unveiled along the way including top performers, WHITE PARTY signature Go-go Gods, and Andrew Christian giveaways.

To see more info on Puerto Vallarta White Party visit http://gaypv.mx/news/2015/08/largest-gay-festival-puerto-vallarta and book travel packages info when released visit http://gaypv.mx/events

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