Featured Gay Accommodations: Villa B&B, Daytona Beach, Florida

Author: , October 29th, 2015

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

Stay in Daytona Beach’s most prestigious accommodations – the Villa Bed & Breakfast in the heart of Daytona, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy elegant accommodations in a Historic Spanish Mansion, located on over 1 1/4 acres of land in the heart of Daytona Beach. Decorated with fine antiques, richly detailed public areas, formal living, dining, breakfast room, and library / entertainment room. Private walled flower gardens, pool and sunning area. Conveniently located 3-4 blocks walking distance to Daytona’s Famous Beach, restaurants, shopping, nightlife and the Famous Boardwalk – Arcade area.

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

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Central Eastern Florida

Introducing Wandering Wives

Author: , October 27th, 2015

We’re delighted to announce a new addition to the Purple Roofs blogging team. Emily and Sian Davies are Wandering Wives; a married lesbian couple from the UK who have been travelling the globe in style.

 

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After a light bulb moment, they sold everything they owned and bought two one way tickets to the other side of the world. That was almost two years ago and they haven’t looked back since. They’ll be sharing their hilarious adventures in a new regular column on the Purple Roofs blog!

 

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The Wandering Wives love beaches and cocktails, touring vineyards and hiking in the great outdoors. They’ve worked with an NGO in Cambodia, trekked with hill tribes in Vietnam and driven their temperamental campervan around Australia.

 

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Find out more about Emily & Sian by visiting Wandering Wives

 

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The Price is Right Live

Author: , October 24th, 2015

The Price Is Right Live™ http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is the hit interactive stage show that gives glynnhse wintereligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” to win.  Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car!  Play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™,  to Cliffhangers™,  to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase. Playing to near sold-out audiences for nearly nine years, the Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets. If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live. Experience The Price is Right Live at the Capitol Center for the Arts November 5.

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.

Natalie McMaster & Donnell Leahy

Author: , October 23rd, 2015

Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy http://glynnhouse.com/events/ have created a new show to glynnhse winterbring their fans the next chapter in their musical and personal journey. For the first time on stage, they’ll feature their children alongside dancers and singers from the traditions of their hometowns of Cape Breton and Lakefield, Ontario. The evening will highlight the unique talents, influences, and stories of the first family of traditional fiddlers through dancing, singing, and, of course, world-class music-making. Don’t miss Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy at the Capitol Center for the Arts November 4.

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.

The Addams Family

Author: , October 22nd, 2015

The Addams Family! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Do you dare to enter the creepy, kooky, mysterious and glynnhse winterspooky world of THE ADDAMS FAMILY? It’s time to meet the parents in this gruesome romantic musical tale of forbidden love. Can Gomez and Morticia pull off a normal family dinner in order to impress the parents of daughter Wednesday’s boyfriend? Based on the cartoons of Charles Addams and the popular 1960s TV show, this boy meets the macabre musical comedy was the winner of broadway.com’s’ Audience Award for Favorite New Broadway Musical in 2010. Don’t miss this wonderful romantic musical at the Palace Theatre November 6 – 8.

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

Laughing Stock

Author: , October 20th, 2015

Laughing Stock! Laughing Stock http://glynnhouse.com/events/ was created by Charles Morey. The show is a GH autumn exterior 411hilarious backstage farce and genuinely affectionate look into the world of the theatre. When The Playhouse, a rustic New England summer theatre, schedules a repertory season of Dracula, Hamlet and Charley’s Aunt, comic mayhem ensues. We follow the well-intentioned but over-matched company from outrageous auditions to ego-driven rehearsals through opening nights gone disastrously awry to the elation of a great play well told and the comic and nostalgic season close. Enjoy a terrific evening of theatre at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse November 5 – 8.

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.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Hot Air Ballooning

Author: , October 19th, 2015

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning is not for us however we have a lot of friends who are really into it. They have hot air balloon festivals in almost every State in the country plus all over the world as well. The best place to start to get full details is www.hotairballoon.com. There you will find a directory and calendar of hot air balloon festivals, rallies and events. Another great site is www.ballooncalendar.com/

Hot Air BallooningHot air ballooning has been around for a time. They began in the late 1700’s and have continued thru the years all over the entire world. Attractive aspects of hot air ballooning include the exceptional quietness (except when the propane burners are firing), the lack of feeling any kind of movement and the bird’s-ye views. Since the balloon moves with the direction of the winds, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed.

There are many gatherings of balloons and balloonists around the world and most are held on an annual basis. The festivals are a great place for balloonists to get to interact with each other as well for a venue for the thousands and thousands of visitors to see. These events range in size to just a few balloonists to hundreds as in the case of Albuquerque, New Mexico where they have hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators. The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival is the largest in the United States and is considered the hot-air ballooning capital of the world.

There are two ways to enjoy hot-air ballooning. The first way is to own your hot-air balloon and the second way is to take a ride in one. In Albuquerque the best way to is take a ride with someone else doing all the work. There are dozens of companies that off this service. Early morning and sunset rides are the best for the stunning Rio Grand valley vies of the Sandia Mountains and views of the city. Most hot-air balloon rides hold from 2 to 8 passengers. Prices range around the country from $125 to over $1,000 per person.

Are there any risks with riding in a hot air balloon? Just like there are risks with skiing and race car driving and snowmobiling. Landings can be rough sometimes. Most hot air balloon crashes occurred during landing and most with hard landings. Fixed-object collisions with trees, buildings, power lines or the ground contribute to serious injuries. During landing sequences, gondola dragging, tipping, bouncing and occupant ejections were the main cause of problems for riders.

Hot Air BallooningBut as with anything whether it be motor-cycle riding or motor boats or anything else, everything has risks. Hot air ballooning is not on our bucket list but there are a lot of people out there they love it, both participating and just watching from afar.

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/

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Symphony New Hampshire

Author: , October 19th, 2015

Symphony New Hampshire http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Music Director Jonathan McPhee leads glynnhse winterthe orchestra in a program that will show how music  paints pictures of character, emotion, story, time and place.  The concert starts with high-impact excerpts from Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Holst, and others accompanied by slide projections and narration from the Maestro, and concludes with a complete performance of Ravel’s glittering orchestration of Mussorgsky’s thrilling “Pictures at an Exhibition.”  Great for the whole family! Don’t miss Symphony New Hampshire at the Capitol Center for the Arts November 2.

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.

Breakaway Backpacker – Experiencing Benidorm LGBT Pride!

Author: , October 19th, 2015

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When you think of gay destinations in Spain or in Europe I am sure both Madrid and Barcelona are the first to pop up in your head. Well I’d like to share with you what my Benidorm Pride experience was like. If you are like me I am sure you haven’t heard much about Benidorm aside from the fact that it’s a huge beach resort town where the drinks are cheap.

Those times are changing because it’s now a bit more sophisticated than just that. It actually has a lot to offer and one of them is an amazing LGBT scene. As part of the #MyGayPride campaign I was invited to Benidorm for it’s 5th LGBT Pride Parade. I arrived with no expectations and was blown away.

It’s a seven day affair leading up to the main event, the parade itself and after parties. Things really got going on Thursday night with the White Party hosted at the plaza of Mirador del Castillo in the Old Town with stunning views of Benidorm. The entire time I was there I just couldn’t believe the venue. Of all the parties I’ve been to this was hands down the best venue ever. The crowd was great with just about everyone dressed in white and amazing music to dance to all night long.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakaway Backpacker | Comunidad Valenciana, Spain Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Eating Out: Melbourne, Australia

Author: , October 19th, 2015

Melbourne Eats - Passport

Sydney may have the iconic Opera house, Mardi Gras glitz, and some celebrity chefs, yet Melbourne can lay claim to Australia’s only inclusion on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants In the World list–Chef Ben Shewry’s avant-garde, farm-to-table hotspot Attica. Melbourne also has the honor of being a repeat title holder of World’s Most Livable City.

The dining scene here is simply incredible, thanks in no small part to the bounty of produce and wines resulting from the Victoria region’s climate (“four seasons in a day,” locals like to say), a burgeoning crop of under-the-radar innovative chefs, a teeming craft coffee culture, and strong multi-cultural influences.

From Melbourne’s downtown (CBD) and its famed, labyrinthine laneways to hipster hoods Fitzroy and Collingwood, amazing new spots are cropping up everywhere. Openings and reboots are routinely chronicled on chic “what’s on” website, Broadsheet, while annual tome The Age Good Food Guide keeps tabs on the best and brightest. A tastings-filled food tour is always a good idea, and the excellent and sassy Monique Bayer’s Walk Melbourne offers superb 3-hour expeditions covering coffee, chocolate, dumplings, rooftop bars, and more from $53-up. You can even try some modern Aussie cuisine from New York or Los Angeles in Qantas’ business class where the menus are by Neil Perry, whose high-profile Rockpool can be found at Melbourne’s Crown casino complex.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport | Victoria, Australia Gay Travel Resources