Triple M Tours – Gay Friendly Calgary Tour Operator

Author: , February 29th, 2016

Triple M Tours

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

You’ve always dreamt of a European Escapade but you’re convinced you can’t afford it until retirement. You’re certain you can’t afford an amazing romantic getaway in Venice or Paris, a winter escape to the Mediterranean or spend a fabulous week at Pride in Paris. Are you positive that you can’t spend 1 week in Europe for under $1000 without staying in hostels? Do you believe that destinations like Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Amsterdam, London and Paris are out of reach? Let us convince you otherwise!

Triple M Tours is a Calgary based tour operator. With our combination of affordability & luxury, Triple M Tours will take you on an unforgettable trip. Come with us and explore the historical Mansions, intriguing Museums, and delightful Markets full of culinary diversity as we show you the hidden gems of Europe. From adrenaline loaded The Fast & The Curious, to fast paced “La Mazingrace”, to our easy on the wallet “On a Dime” tours, and our exclusive Pride Week in Paris, we offer something to please everyone with trips that are affordable and offer amazing value for your dollar.

See the Triple M Tours Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gosherd Valley Cottage, Morrison, Missouri

Author: , February 28th, 2016

Gosherd Valley Cottage

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

My farm’s original homestead is now a cottage rental. It is stocked with locally sourced breakfast foods for your convenience. We recently won the Houzz 2016 design award for it’s comfy interiors.

See the Gosherd Valley Cottage Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

City Sunday: Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Author: , February 28th, 2016

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Hey all,

Welcome to our 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.

From “Out in Eureka“:

The first city in Arkansas to officially endorse same-sex marriage and the first and only city in the state with a Domestic Partnership Registry, and now the only city in Arkansas with an LGBT specific anti-discrimination ordinance, Eureka Springs also the number one vacation destination in the Mid-South for out and proud LGBT travelers.

The antithesis of the redneck stereotype, our micro mecca has been a beyond-gay-friendly getaway for decades– long before out was in. Here, one Gay Pride weekend won’t do. So, Spring, Summer and Fall we also celebrate a trifecta of Diversity Weekends that attract thousands of gay and lesbian gaycationers.

A microcosm of San Francisco, we boast a disproportionately large gay population, dozens of gay-owned and gay-friendly B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, art galleries, shops, turn-of-the-century Victorian homes and vintage trolleys plying steep and narrow village streets.

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 Eureka Springs page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/arkansas.html

And our Eureka Springs articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Eureka+Springs

Rock of Ages

Author: , February 27th, 2016

Rock of Ages! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Set in 1987 on L.A.’s infamous Sunset Strip, ROCK OF AGES tells glynnhse winterthe story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, just a small-town girl, who want to know what love is and find it in the world of sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. Rock of Ages is nothing but a good time as you travel back to the days of big bands, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair. Get ready to rock with the songs of Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Steve Perry, Poison and more. Experience a great show at the Palace Theatre March 11 – 13

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.

Rock Cottage Gardens – Gay Friendly Eureka Springs Bed & Breakfast

Author: , February 26th, 2016

Rock Cottage Gardens

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

The Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast Inn, including a small wedding chapel and 5 private cottages, is a uniquely historic Eureka Springs landmark with a Thomas Kincade-like rock cottages.

The mainhouse residence is complete with formal living and dining gathering rooms for guest enjoyment and 5 individual private cottages, each with 2 person Jacuzzis, dedicated flat off-street courtyard guest parking, surrounded by 6 lovely garden areas with a fountain pond on 0.6 acres providing a peaceful setting for guest relaxation. Our location is a comfortable 10 minute walk to downtown Eureka Springs shopping, art galleries and restaurant venues.

rock-cottage-gardens-eureka-springs4All buildings are complete with gas fireplaces, air conditioning & heating. Guest cottages have either king or queen beds, 2 person Jacuzzi’s & showers, mini-frigs, cable/WiFi and all the amenities of a premiere award winning inn including, high quality Egyptian sheets, plush bath towels, bath salts, spa robes, handmade glycerin soaps, in room coffee service, complimentary water & soda daily.

Awarded the annual Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence consecutively since 2011 since purchased and The Talk of Town 5 star lodging awards our guests rave about the privacy of the cottages, the tranquility of our gardens, the outstanding 3 course breakfast service and the convenience to downtown. The main house can accommodate 20-25 guests.

The main house kitchen is commercially certified, th chapel can substitute for small guest gatherings as a common area meeting place for guest groups to enjoy a glass of wine or a game of cards.

See the Rock Cottage Gardens Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Spain’s Balearic Islands – Adventures and Parties Await You

Author: , February 26th, 2016

Balearic IslandsThe Balearic Islands of Spain, located in the western Mediterranean Sea, have been in the crosshairs of many rulers, from the Vandals of 461 AD to the Byzantine Empire to the Kingdom of Aragon. Many landmarks, like the imposing Gothic Cathedral in Mallorca and the salt marshes in Ibiza, are reminders of their ancient history and architectural wonders built on the beautiful islands.

In addition to exploring the relics of past centuries, Mallorca and Ibiza both offer a plethora of excursions for outdoors enthusiasts. From boat rides through caves to tanning on gay-friendly beaches the Balearic Islands are a destination for every type of traveler.

The Pueblo Espanol is one of several sights to see in Mallorca. Photo: Adrienne Jordan
Start your journey by visiting the largest island of the archipelago, Mallorca. Perhaps the most recognizable landmark in the capital of Palma de Mallorca is the magnificent La Seu Gothic cathedral. Built from sandstone walls and lined with flying buttresses that seem to rise out of the sea, La Seu was created during the rule of King James I of Aragon in 1229, with construction finishing four centuries later in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar, where couples stop for a romantic bite and teenage locals host rap battles in Spanish.

By Adrienne Jordan – Full Story at the BAR

Balearic Islands Gay Travel Resources

Relaxed Puerto Rico

Author: , February 26th, 2016

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It’s easy to see why Puerto Rico is a popular destination for vacationers from the east coast of North America. Although situated just a short jump from Cuba, Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States – the currency is US dollars, the time zone is almost the same as New York, most people speak English (with a good smattering of Spanish), and all of the big American food and retail chains are well represented.

But Puerto Rico is a lot more than just a warmer version of the US – it offers visitors a unique combination of sandy beaches, rugged landscapes, and Latino living that makes for a pretty spectacular vacation destination.

Increasingly, the island is also becoming a popular destination for European travellers looking for a sunny destination as a mid-winter break – direct flights to San Juan make it a fairly painless eight-hour journey.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources

The Divers at Dubai Mall Waterfalls

Author: , February 25th, 2016

Divers at Dubai Mall Waterfalls

Dubai Mall won’t stop surprising you with lots of things to do. It’s a mall not just about shopping but there’s also so much work of art everywhere. There’s one installation art that impressed me most—the Dubai Mall Waterfall where silver-colored sculptures of divers complement the cascading, gentle flow of the waterfall itself.

The waterfalls gush through the entire four floors of the mall.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Exploring Svalbard: Norway’s High Arctic

Author: , February 25th, 2016

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Through a dense haze my boat follows the sounds of Ivory gulls, rhythmically squawking in a language all their own. I’m nearly dangling off the rail of the MS Nordstjernen, trying to make sense of my new surroundings. The wind is so strong and the air so cold that my tears nearly solidify and glue my eye to my Nikon. My perma-smile attracts the attention of a group of older Germans who wave from the inside lounge and raise their piping-hot coffees in solidarity. Three gulls fly along the railing, and seemingly give me the side-eye as they barely make headway against the strong winds. They suspiciously inspect the goings-on aboard our ship, curious as to what kind of creature we are. I look curiously back and try my best to capture their Arctic distinctiveness, but with one click of my shutter they tilt their left wings down and, like superheroes, dart into the dark mist. I too, with my bright-red survival suit, camera, and parochial wonder set a course for the 80th parallel in Svalbard, Norway and enter off into the dark mist.

Traveling to the northernmost settlement in the world, with a population of around 2,400, is surprisingly simple. Thanks to it being administratively part of Norway, flights from Tromso, Norway to the northernmost airport in the world with public flights, Svalbard Airport, is a short trip (around two hours), and its location is a cheap and quick bus ride into Longyearbyen. Although there are many chartered airlines that make the flight, Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Charter are the only companies to offer year-round flights.

I land and find myself face to face with a polar bear, literally. A stuffed bear greets visitors as he stands guard over the baggage carousel. My sneakers are already slipping on the tile floor, and as I regain my footing I look up at the parka-wearing crowd who are pulling tons of outdoor equipment off the belt. A handsome man standing in the corner waves to me, and I instantly recognize him as one half of a blog duo based out of Longyearbyen, The Arctic Husbands. The travel industry brought Stian Kristiansen to Longyearbyen, and he and his husband, Jorge Kristiansen, who is originally from Venezuela, took the (Arctic) plunge North and have been enjoying their adventures throughout Svalbard ever since.

Full Story at Passport Magazine

Norway Gay Travel Resources

Gay Malaga, Torremolinos, Granada and Madrid – Nomadic Boys

Author: , February 25th, 2016

Nomadic Boys Gay Malaga

We love Spain. Let’s face it, every gay man will come here at some stage of their life (or wish they did). After 18 months travelling in Asia, it was a refreshing change to visit a country that welcomes gays, like REALLY welcomes us! Spain was recently voted by a Gallup poll as the most gay friendly country in the world.

Whether you’re touching down in the south of the country on flights to Malaga or travelling on to Madrid or Granada, you will be welcomed here with open arms.

GAY MALAGA

This made Stefan chuckle for hours. Malaga (with the stress on the second a) literally means wanker in Greek! The customs official at the airport was less impressed and pointed out the stress is on the first a… Malaga is in the very Southern tip of Spain and boy does it get hot here with temperatures always in the double figures throughout the year.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Spain Gay Travel Resources