Ballycommane House: Gay B&B in Durrus, Ireland

Author: , February 25th, 2016

Ballycommane House

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

Ballycommane House & Garden – a charming Irish country home on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tucked away in the green rolling hills of West Cork and surrounded by mature gardens, Ballycommane House is most inviting for relaxation. The sweeping views from the house and its well-tended gardens present the Irish landscape like in a nutshell: sheep grazing on green pastures, cultivated farmland, dense forests and wild open hills. Dotted with old Irish stone houses, the surrounding countryside exudes an intriguing Old World charm. Located on the famous Wild Atlantic Way, this accomodation is the ideal base for touring or walking Mizen Head, the Sheep’s Head and Beara peninsula. There are lovely sandy beaches nearby, most inviting for a swim during the summertime.

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

Red Hot Chili Pipers

Author: , February 24th, 2016

Red Hot Chili Pipers provide ‘bagpipes with attitude’. Drums with a Scottish glynnhse winteraccent. A blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning! Taking their signature ‘Bagrock’ sound to the masses, The Chilli’s have fast become a global phenomenon, rocking far-flung shores from the USA to China and everywhere in between. After twelve eventful and unbelievable years, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers adventure continues with their fourth studio album – ‘Breathe’. Three years after ‘Music for the Kilted Generation’ the band have taken Bagrock to a whole new level. With clever covers of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey,‘Fix You’ by Coldplay and a great version of ‘Hold The Line’ by Toto – just a few examples of how well rock tunes fit on the bagpipes! The Chilli’s have spent much of their career perfecting their phenomenal live act with sell out shows around the world. Don’t miss an amazing concert at the Palace Theatre March 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 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 for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Rockmere Lodge B&B, Ogunquit, Maine

Author: , February 24th, 2016

Rockmere Lodge B&B

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

Rockmere Lodge is the only bed and breakfast in Ogunquit, Maine overlooking the Marginal Way. It is by the little lighthouse and has panoramic ocean views! A turn of the century shingle style cottage built in 1898 by the Stearns family of the Stearns and Foster Mattress Company from Cincinnati, Rockmere Lodge sits on a slight knoll with commanding views of the Atlantic, midway along the Marginal Way by the little light house, a mile-long beautiful ocean-side footpath from Ogunquit Village to Perkins Cove, but in a quiet highly residential area. You can see the ocean and hear the surf crashing against the rocks from almost every room in Rockmere Lodge.

See the Rockmere Lodge B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

What’s New In The Maldives

Author: , February 22nd, 2016


Dream vacation,” “trip of a lifetime,” “bucket-list destination”: these are the most common (and certainly apt) associations when one thinks of the Maldives. In fact, chances are high that the screensaver on your computer is an image of this unrivaled, awe-inspiring paradise. The group of 1,200 islands (200 inhabited) just six degrees north of the equator in the Indian Ocean is unarguably one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Thanks to its remote location, the waters are transparent, the skies are clear, the hot-white sand is untainted, and the sunsets are stunning. The upscale island resorts that make a jaunt worthwhile are destinations unto themselves, rooted in place with thoughtful amenities, tireless service, and impeccable design. Simply put, the Maldives is extraordinary.

That said, it’s not the easiest place to get to (approximately 18-20 hours from New York City), but that’s part of the exotic charm. The islands only receive about 800,000 travelers a year (ten percent are Americans), so it’s pleasantly uncrowded.

Minding the far-flung location, a trip here comes with a hefty price tag. Supplies are expensive to ship here, resulting in steep prices for meals, spirits, and other necessities. Rates for a standard room can start at $1,500 a night during high season, but it may be the most memorable standard room you’ll have ever stayed in. It’s no surprise a one-week trip can cost upwards of $10,000, and the types of visitors here (celebrities, wealthy families, affluent honeymooners) don’t bat an eye at their final bill. The Maldives continue to grow as a destination, and some gay couples are also choosing to come here to enjoy the incredible natural beauty and luxurious resorts.

By Jimmy Im – Full Story at Passport

Maldives Gay Travel Resources

Holmwood Guesthouse – Cowes, Victoria, Australia

Author: , February 22nd, 2016

Holmwood Guesthouse

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

Holmwood is a gorgeous guesthouse on Phillip Island, home of the famous fairy penguins. Close to beach and shops we provide the perfect escape summer and winter. Check out our website.

See the Holmwood Guesthouse Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Victoria, Australia

Dublin – A Walk Through Time

Author: , February 21st, 2016


Google has teamed up with Irish historians and experts to bring the Dublin of days long gone to life on screens around the world.

For the centenary of the 1916 Dublin Rising, one of Ireland’s most significant historical events, Google and a team of experts from Ireland 2016 and Century Ireland have created an interactive map allowing users to digitally travel back in time and visit the Rising’s key places.

Leading the way for the country to partially break free of the United Kingdom to form the Republic of Ireland, the Rising’s impact on Dublin is hardly visible around the capital today.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

Ireland Gay Travel Resources

Surprised by Bogotá – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , February 21st, 2016

Bogotá - Globetrotter Girls

After over a month on Colombia’s hot and humid coastline, arriving in Bogota, which sits in the mountains and is considerably cooler than Santa Marta, from where I was flying in, was a little shock to my system. I had heard mixed reviews about Bogotá – most travelers seemed to spend only a couple of days here before heading to more pleasant places, and stories of muggings and robberies made me feel a little uneasy at first.

However, I was lucky enough to meet up with a travel buddy who’d spent quite some time in Bogota and who knew the city well – including some great salsa bars and unassuming yet delicious vegetarian eateries.

I lost my preconceptions about Bogota quickly, and after nearly a week here, I have to say that I don’t dislike the city at all, contrary to what I’d expected. A free walking tour through Bogota’s Spanish-colonial center, La Calendaria, including tidbits about life in Colombia, coffee culture, the history of Bogota and lots of interesting stories made it easier for me to understand the city, and a game of Tejo, during which you throw a metal puck at little paper triangles filled with gun powder, trying to cause a noisy explosion, plus a Chicha tasting (an indigenous fermented corn drink) were added bonuses of this tour. It me realize that this city was nowhere near as bad as some people had made it out to be.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Colombia Gay Travel Resources

Man Place Bed & Breakfast – Gay Owned B&B in Purgitsville, West Virginia

Author: , February 21st, 2016

Man Place B&B

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

Welcome to Man Place, a unique bed and breakfast situated in the mountains of the Potomac Highlands in the Eastern Panhandle of Wet Virginia. Man Place sits on 65 private acres and clothing is optional both indoors and out. Located nearby over a million acres of national forest lands, numerous state parks and forests, thousands of hiking trails, and so many more recreational options, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do first. And of course if you just want to get away and relax, Man Place is the perfect getaway to enjoy the peace and serenity you’ll find only in the mountains.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in West Virginia

City Sundays: Santa Fe

Author: , February 21st, 2016


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.

Santa Fe is a quintessential Southwestern city. As the oldest state capital in the country, it’s steeped in history, both of the Native American peoples who lived in the area first and the Mexican and American settlers who followed. It’s comfortable even in the middle of the summer, and has its own (delicious) cuisine.

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

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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Newsletter: February 20th

Author: , February 20th, 2016

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!):

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Each year brings a new calendar of tours as we introduce new itineraries as well as bring back popular vacations from our repertoire of 18 years. Be sure to check our website for current destinations!

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Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Amazing Indianapolis Part Two
by Donald and Ray
As we mentioned in our Part One of our adventures in Indianapolis, we were totally surprised and amazed how absolutely wonderful Indianapolis was and is! The people, the Mayor, the restaurants, the downtown that is full of life!, the live theatre, nightclubs and bars and it is just a very special city in so many ways. The historical aspects of the city go way back to the early 1800’s. It is the largest city in Indiana, second largest city in the American Midwest and the 14th largest in the country The downtown’s main attraction is Monument Circle with shops and restaurants located on the streets around it and the famous Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the center which was built in the late 1890’s. We saw a live production of SKYLIGHT at the Theatre On The Square, starring Sarah McGee, Tyler Ostrander and Bill Simmons. We saw it on Broadway in New York City and this production was performed as perfect as on Broadway.

Nomadic BoysThat Time We Almost Got Arrested in Delhi
by the Nomadic Boys
Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely fell in love with India. But its government just has major problems accepting its LGBT community. A very old law dating back to 1861 (Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code) criminalises gay sex with up to 10 years in prison. This was invalidated by the Delhi High Court in 2009, but in 2013, the Supreme Court reintroduced Article 377. In January 2016, the Supreme Court announced it would review this decision, but until this is done, being gay in India remains a crime. We couldn’t find any evidence of Article 377 being enforced, but its very existence is a symbolic slap in the face to the LGBT community.

Stef-Seb-9-apps-for-gay-travellers-iphone-and-non-iphone9 Mobile Apps for the Gay Traveller
by the Nomadic Boys
After our 18 months trip in Asia, we put together our 9 favourite mobile apps for gay travellers. They aren’t all gay, but simply the apps we grew to depend on every day whether it was for booking flights, hotels, planning, networking or socialising. Our pink friendly apps for the gay traveller are all available in the iPhone app store and some for non-iPhones, but you can still use the mobile friendly version of their website. Skyscanner is our #1 resource for researching flights and finding the best deals online. They also have a very user friendly app. We like Skyscanner because of all the flight search engines we’ve used, we’ve found it has the widest variety of flight operators, including budget ones like Air Asia and Easyjet, thereby maximising your options.

Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Things to Do in Nassau Near the Cruise Port
by Steven Skelley
Nassau, Bahamas is a routine stop on many Caribbean cruises. If you’re not in the mood for another visit to the Atlantis complex, here are a few sights that you can walk to within minutes from the cruise ship pier. When you arrive at Prince George Wharf, go into the cruise terminal and grab one of the FREE tourist maps that are available to have a better idea of the local streets and any other sights you may want to add to your walk. Just minutes from the pier across Parliament Street, you will see Rawson Square with a statue of Sir Milo Butler, local hero who was the first Bahamian governor of the islands. After viewing the statue, turn around and at the rear of Rawson Square you will see West Bay Street and Parliament Square with the Queen Victoria Statue. The pink government buildings surrounding the white statue make a picture perfect setting. The buildings reportedly date back to the 1700’s.

gay history in GreeceGay History in Greece Today
by Andrew Lear
As I am leading a tour of gay history in Greece this spring, people keep asking me what makes a gay history tour different from another tour of Greece. So….I figured it might be nice to post a few examples. Greece is of course one of the great countries for gay history, because some form or forms of same-sex love were customary in the ancient Greek world. And lots of evidence remains—if you know where to look! This stone is a great example. It’s a chunk of a statue base, in a glass case, in the Agora museum in Athens, and if you didn’t know what it was, you wouldn’t give it a second glance. But in fact, it speaks volumes about gay history in Greece. You can’t probably make it out in my lousy snapshot, but when it’s in front of you, you can clearly make out the upper line, which says (in Greek letters, but in this case, they’re close to the Roman letters we use), ARMODIO—most of the name HARMODIOS.

Dani - IcelandThe Most Epic Iceland Road Trip
by Dani – Globetrotter Girls
The best way to see Iceland? Without a doubt, on a road trip! And since I love road trips, I didn’t have to think about it too long when it came to deciding how we’d spend our week in Iceland: we were going to drive the Ring Road. The Ring Road, or Highway 1, is an 828 miles (1332 kilometers) long road around the country, basically circling the island. It passes everything that Iceland is famous for: stunning waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and glacier lagoons, geysers, lava fields and geothermal fields, and the country’s incredibly diverse scenery. Since we only had six days (plus one day in Reykjavik, which I didn’t want to skip entirely) we opted for a self-guided driving tour, which was an excellent decision. While I was researching Iceland road trip routes I came across Icelandic Farm Holidays, a local tour operator who offers both self-drive and guided tours of the country. There are several self-driving tours available, depending on how much time you have and what you’re most interested in, and the tour that caught my eye was the ‘Highlights of Iceland’ tour. It would bring us around the island in six days, leaving the seventh day to explore Reykjavik. Perfect!

Malaysia Nomadic BoysThe Nomadic Boys’ Malaysia Gay Travel Video
by the Nomadic Boys
What’s it like travelling in Malaysia? It’s all about the rasa sayang or Feel the Love! And boy did we have plenty of rasa sayang moments in this awesome country. Our video highlights start with the wildlife of Borneo, especially the orang utans, proboscis monkeys and pygmy elephants which we saw in the wild near the Kinabatangan River in Sabbah. You can also see orang utans at the Semenggoh Nature Reserve, proboscis monkeys at the Bako National Park – both near Kuching in Sarawak.

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