Juston McKinney

Author: , September 26th, 2015

Juston McKinney! New Hampshire’s Juston McKinney http://glynnhouse.com/events/ returns with lots of GH autumn exterior 411new material. Juston McKinney has two Comedy Central Specials to his credit including his own one-hour special and multiple appearances on the Tonight Show, and on Conan O’Brien, but there’s no place like home! No one really “gets” New Hampshire humor like Juston McKinney. He’s been using the state as his comic muse since he was humoring perps as a deputy sheriff on the NH/ME border in the 1990s. Now he’s got TV deals galore and appearances on “The Tonight Show” and Comedy Central.” His Youtube channel has over a million views, which includes NH favorites such as “Live Free or Die” and “Live Freeze then Die!”.  Experience a terrific evening of comedy at the Palace Theatre October 10. 


Book your Palace Theatre accommodation at the romantic Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage – available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other fall activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many local activity fees. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Globetrotter Girls – 5 Reasons Why Cuzco Is Worth A Trip

Author: , September 26th, 2015

Dani - Cuzco

About 99% of people who are visiting Peru are visiting Cuzco – however, most of them are only passing through. Cuzco is the gateway to Machu Picchu, the mystic Inca town that is set high up in Andes Mountains, often referred to as the Lost City Of The Incas. Cuzco is often overlooked as a destination in itself – but it is so worth a visit, even if there was no Machu Picchu nearby! I spent about ten days in Cuzco when I did the Salkantay Trek (I have yet to share the highlights of the trek with you, but I guarantee you, the photos will make you want to hop on the next flight! Luckily LAN has regular sales to Peru – I get emails with their special offers and am always tempted by their promotions), and I could see why other people ended up staying there for months.

So instead of planning to just pass through Cuzco on your way to Machu Picchu, consider spending a few nights here – trust me, you won’t regret it. Here are my top five reasons why Cuzco is worth a trip:

A gem of a city

Because most people have only Machu Picchu on their bucket list they don’t pay too much attention to Cuzco, but let me tell you: Cuzco is actually a gem of a city, with beautiful architecture, an impressive cathedral, a gorgeous Plaza De Armas, fantastic shopping for local handicraft and woolen textiles (there are several markets around town that sell everything from blankets to pottery) and a number of festivals throughout the year. Plus, it is located in a stunning setting, nestled in the Andes Mountains.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Peru Gay Travel Resources

Gay Travel: New York City

Author: , September 26th, 2015

New York

I’m seesawing on a sloop in New York Harbor, its white sail waving like freshly hung linen. Down: the sparkling water laps up on the boat and my mimosa, the color of the early-morning sun, feverishly sloshes. Up: One World Trade Center pokes its silver top above the large sail and an endless blue sky makes Downtown Manhattan look like a professionally painted cityscape sold in a Times Square souvenir shop.

A salt-filled ocean breeze whips between the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and swirls with the fresh orange juice smell from the Champagne flutes of a dozen brunch guests aboard Manhattan by Sails Shearwater (www.manhattanbysail.com). The boat’s sail turns slightly against the wind, and grants me a full view of the City. From this vantage point, New York seems different and that’s what I’ve been searching for during a whirlwind one-week trip as a New York tourist.

Trying to ditch my existing biases and opinions as a ten-year New Yorker and a life-long New York State resident, I forge a plan to take off work and discover just what New York is like for an average tourist trying to take a bite out of the Big Apple. And while I enjoy seeing attractions that I’ve never actually visited, like the Empire State Building, I try to find new and exciting ways to see this thriving metropolis of eight million people. I also quickly discover that navigating and experiencing New York City is fraught with long lines, overpriced attractions, and endless schemes to take advantage of tourists, but enjoying a quintessential experience is attainable.\

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | New York City Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – September 26th

Author: , September 26th, 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 are The Most Gay-Friendly Destinations? (Travel Pulse)
Thomas Stanley, who has a 40-year history as a tour operator that includes positions with Travcoa, Cox & Kings, Trafalgar, Mountain Travel – Sobek and Lindblad Travel, is also one of the world’s experts on gay and lesbian travel.
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GENERAL:
6 Totally Unsanitary Tourist Attractions (Shermans Travel)
We’re not germaphobes, but some attractions are just plain gross. Here are six tourist attractions you might want to avoid unless you have a jumbo-sized bottle of hand sanitizer and, in some cases, a strong stomach.
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Seattle’s Gum Wall/Flickr/Conrad Olson

Seattle’s Gum Wall/Flickr/Conrad Olson

SPAIN:
Benidorm’s Tourist-Takeover Will Never Crush Its Spanish Spirit (Gay Star News)
In the fifty or so years since the fishing industry’s decline in the Alicante region, the landscape of Benidorm has changed beyond recognition. Skyscrapers dominate the skyline as an influx of 5 million tourists per year from around Europe, and particularly the UK, flocks to the area in search of sun loungers and poolside bars.
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Dan Beeson

USA, CALIFORNIA:
5 Reasons Why Should Check Out Dolores Park (Keep Calm and Wander)
In Spanish, Dolores means “sorrow.” But, at Dolores Park in San Francisco, sorrow is nowhere in sight. Not even a shadow of it.
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Dolores Park - Alain

USA, FLORIDA:
Space Coast Pride Takes Off While Ocala Pride Shines Anew (Watermark)
Though on the scene for eight years, this is a festival of firsts for Space Coast Pride. Expanding to three days for the first time, the festivities kick off with a launch party on Sept. 25 and end with an ocean-view brunch on Sept. 27.
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USA, FLORIDA:
Sarasota Fabulous Film Festival (Watermark)
The 5th annual Sarasota Fabulous Independent Film Festival was held September 18-20 at Burns Court Cinemas and USF Sarasota/Manatee campus.
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USA, LOUISIANA:
Your Ultimate Guide To Gay Halloween New Orleans Is Here (Towleroad.com)
Halloween New Orleans presented by Avita Pharmacy, now in its 32nd year, is known as the best gay Halloween bash in the U.S. for good reason. With 4 days of gay parties (including a black-tie gala, a neon party, a costume party, and the most sacred of all, gay brunch), a spectacular parade, a top notch music festival and a crowd that is equally uproarious and sexy, it’s no wonder gays flock to NOLA come the end of October.
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Halloween New Orleans

USA, NEW YORK:
Newfest Announces Lineup For 27th Annual Film Festival (LGBT Weekly)
NewFest, in partnership with Outfest, today announced the lineup of their 27th annual celebration of the year’s best LGBT films from around the world.
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Charley’s Aunt

Author: , September 25th, 2015

Charley’s Aunt! Charley’s Aunt http://glynnhouse.com/events/ was created by Brandon Thomas. The show is GH autumn exterior 411widely regarded as one of the most sensational and entertaining farces of all time, Charley’s Aunt centers on two Oxford undergraduates in search of a chaperone for a proper visit from their girlfriends.  Jack and Charley manage to persuade fellow undergraduate Fancourt “Babbs” Babberley to impersonate a millionaire aunt in this hilarious tale of young love and preposterous deception. Experience a sensational evening at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse October 9 – 17.

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.

Carlos Melia – Getting to San Miguel de Allende

Author: , September 25th, 2015

San Miguel de Allende

When planning my trip to San Miguel de Allende, I did quite some research on the best way to travel there. San Miguel de Allende sits at an altitude of 6,435 feet above sea level. Located in Central Mexico, it is roughly three hours away from Mexico City. Guests may fly to Mexico City, Queretaro Airport or the Guanajuato-Leon Airport.

Queretaro Airport has direct flights from Houston through United and Aeromar. It is an hour-drive away. Guanajuato-Leon Airport has direct flights from Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, San Jose and Oakland (California), and Mexico City, and is served by American Airlines, United and Aeromexico. It is a scenic one-and-a-half-hour drive away.

My choice was to fly to Mexico City and onwards. Mexico City Airport is served by most major airlines including Aeromexico, KLM, US Airways, Air Canada, United and Alitalia. The airport is roughly a three-hour drive away.

Once in Mexico City, where BTW I strongly recommend spending at least two nights at the beginning or end of your trip, you have the option to either rent-a-car and drive yourself, or take one of the many luxury bus services available, linking Mexico City from Mexico Norte Bus Terminal, to San Miguel de Allende in approximately three hours, mind traffic. Private cars, each way, go for approx. USD 250. For the luxury buses, the round trip is approx. USD 58.

For the bus companies I recommend are Primera Plus and ETN. The last one has a more polished service. Due to the connection with my United flights, I chose Primera Plus. Tickets on both cases can be purchased online. Seats are very comfortable. Upon boarding you will be handed a bag with some snacks and non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Each seat has a private LCD screen with at least 20 options of movies, more so music and games. The units look super clean. WIFI is available but very slow and sporadic. Departure was on time.

Mexico Norte Bus Station is located approx. 15 minutes away from the International Airport (mind the traffic). San Miguel de Allende Bus Station is located 10 minutes away from most hotels and resorts.

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

Dolly Travels: Rotorua

Author: , September 25th, 2015

Rotorua

Kia Ora,

Yesterday, we had a very full day in Rotorua. Our wake-up call came at 0630. Right after breakfast, we boarded our bus, and drove up to Waimangu Volcanic valley. Our group was met at the Visitors’ Center by Mark, who led us on a walk through this area. There were clouds of steam rising from the valley, the smell of sulphur was in the air. That reminded me of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. However, as Mark explained, this Waimangu area has the characteristics of an active volcano, more than just a geothermal area. In 1886, there was a massive volcanic eruption, resulting in the formation of Lake Rotomahana, and destroyed seven villages.

While those little white wisps may just look like mist rising from the trees on a drizzly day, they are actually steam clouds rising from the valley. Those are all part of this ongoing volcanic action.

We spent an more than an hour walking down the trail, with Mark explaining the different features of the volcanic area as we walked.

After our walk, we got on board a boat, and Paul took us around Lake Rotomahana. The water in the lake is not hot, despite all the hot water flowing into it. We saw quite a few birds, including black swans, that seemed to enjoy the lake.

After lunch at the Visitors’ Center, we headed back toward our hotel. As you saw from the pictures, it was raining while we walked in the volcano region. However, as we started back toward Rotoruta, the sun came out, so Aaron took us on another “surprise” walk. We went to the Redwood Memorial Forest. This is a special place, dedicated to all forestry people who died in World War II. The forest has redwood trees that were started from seedlings imported from California a little over 100 years ago. The redwoods have tree ferns, trees that are native to New Zealnd growing alongside of these imports from California. It was a very pretty walk, very peaceful.

Apparently, the reason for importing these redwoods was to have a supply of good redwood lumber. However, the trees grew so tall so fast, that they were not suitable for lumber. Now they just reside in a lovely memorial forest.

Later, yesterday evening, all of us went to a Maori feast and traditional show. When we started out, it was raining, and the rain just got worse. We did get to enjoy the feast and the show, though. We had to walk through pouring rain, muddy, sliding pathways, to watch the war canoes come up the river. Once the warriors got off the canoes, we followed them to a long covered building, and they, along with some of the Maori women, performed songs and dances for us.

It was cold! You could see the vapor from their breath as they sang.

Eventually, we got back to the long building, and the hangau dinner, that the Maori had prepared for us.

What a busy day. I slept well, but I got up early this morning, to watch the All Black New Zealand team play Argentina in the first match of the World Cup, Rugby. That was exciting. I wish I knew enough about rugby to tell you about the game, but my reciting the rules and plays of that game would be ridiculous and detract from the vision of New Zealand that I want you to see.

Today, we flew from Rotorua to Queensland. Crisp, cool weather but sunny, and the Southern Alps are so stunning. You will have to wait to hear about that, as it is now past a good, decent bedtime. I will be getting up at 0500 tomorrow to go to Milford Sound with our group.

I cannot even convey what a fantastic country New Zealand is. I only hope you are enjoying seeing this country through my writings, until you are able to come see it for yourself.

So, I will say, good night, and I will write again very soon. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to make this trip again.

Until next time,

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Bay of Plenty Gay Travel Resources

Kevin Griffin

Author: , September 24th, 2015

Kevin Griffin http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is a multi-platinum, Aria winning, 5-time BMI Pop award winning GH autumn exterior 411songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and artist who started and remains the front-man of seminole 90’s alternative rock band “Better Than Ezra”. He had early success with major alternative hits like “Good,” “In The Blood,” “Desperately Wanting,” “Extraordinary” and others. Kevin has had #1 hits writing songs like “Collide” for Howie Day, “Stuck Like Glue” for Sugarland, and “Scars” for Missy Higgins — he has also written songs with David Guetta, Taylor Swift, Christina Perri, James Blunt, Hot Chelle Rae, Train, Blondie, Boys Like Girls, Shinedown, Jennifer Nettles and others. Kevin is a truly versatile topline pop, rock, EDM and country songwriter and calls both Nashville and Los Angeles his home.

Kevin Griffin made his professional debut in 1995 as the singer and songwriter for New Orleans based band Better Than Ezra. Their debut record, Deluxe, went double-platinum fueled in part by the success of the #1 Modern Rock track “Good.” The band’s follow up record, Friction Baby, went Gold and contained two Top 10 Modern Rock tracks followed by another Top 10 Hit in 2001 with the single “Extra Ordinary.” In 2005, Better Than Ezra had a Top 10 Hot AC hit with “Juicy” which was not only licensed by several commercials and brands but also featured in the promotional advertisements for the popular ABC television series Desperate Housewives. Their 2005 song, “Breathless,” was covered by Taylor Swift at the Hope for Haiti telethon and during her worldwide tour. Don’t miss a great evening of music at the Flying Monkey October 9. 

Book your Flying Monkey accommodation at the romantic Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage – available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other fall activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many fall activities too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Same Time, Next Year

Author: , September 24th, 2015

Same Time, Next Year http://glynnhouse.com/events follows a love affair between two glynnhse winterpeople, Doris and George, who are married to others but rendezvous once a year. As they meet, they share their lives and adapt to the world ever-changing around them. Don’t miss a terrific evening of theatre at Jean’s Playhouse in nearby Lincoln, October 8 – 17.

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 http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

A Gastronomic Journey of Discovery in Burgundy

Author: , September 24th, 2015

Burgundy - Gareth Johnon

I grew up on a small, remote farm in rural Australia. For me, the region of Burgundy has always symbolised everything about old-France that fascinated me. The history of this region stretches back through the ages but Burgundy began to take shape in the form that we know it today during the dissolution of the Frankish Empire in the 880s.

The Dukes of Burgundy emerged as a powerful political force across the centuries, steadily expanding their territories and influence before being largely absorbed by France during the 15th and 16th centuries.

One of the factors that made Burgundy such a strategic part of the world was its agriculture – throughout its history this area has been recognised as producing quality food and outstanding wine. While I’ve travelled extensively over the years, one of the things that has always intimidated me the most is being confronted with an extensive wine list and seeing the wines of Burgundy (generally accompanied by some extreme prices) and feeling completely out of my depth.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Central France Gay Travel Resources