Vientiane, Laos – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , October 31st, 2016

Vientiane, Laos

I stopped in Vientiane on my way to Malaysia after a tour around Cambodia and Southern Laos in December last year. I arrived in the big Laos capital after spending a few days in the beautiful area of the 4 thousand Islands in the Southern part of the country, where I chilled and relaxed while enjoying its beautiful outdoors!

Vientiane lays on the big, beautiful, and quite Mekong river, as quite as the life of the city itself. You can spend plenty of time walking along the Mekong, sipping a drink, stopping for a cafe in one of the many bars and restaurants facing the riverside, having an ice-cream, and still not getting tired of it! As you can imagine, due to its position, Vientiane is a very hot city during the day, which makes this kind of refreshments even more enjoyable!

The best moment to enjoy the Mekong river is the sunset: find a nice spot along the riverside, possibly further from the chaos of the city center, and enjoy the best moment of the day! The sun sets down just in front of the river, such a romantic view!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at the Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Vienna in Mascara and Heels

Author: , October 31st, 2016

Vienna

Think mascara is only good as make-up? Think again! The Viennese drag queen and burlesque performer, Tamara Mascara, is here to give her top tips about having a great time in Vienna.

A full-on shopping trip on Mariahilfer Strasse is an absolute must for a perfect day in the city on the Danube. “The Phil on Gumpendorferstrasse is a great place for a break: Bookstore, cafe and bar in one. Students and hipsters love it.

The Felixx just around the corner is a cozy place to round off your shopping spree …”

After dropping off the shopping bags at Tamara’s apartment and getting all dolled up, it’s time to start the evening out with dinner at the revolving Danube Tower Restaurant – fantastic 360* panorama included! “I can warmly recommend Cafe Berg for dinner – it’s totally gay friendly.

Full Story at Pink News

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Coqui del Mar Guest House – Gay Puerto Rico Guest House

Author: , October 30th, 2016

Coqui del Mar Guest House

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

Coqui del Mar is a gay owned and gay friendly San Juan guest house, 3 minutes walk to gay friendly Ocean Park beaches, and minutes drive to SJU airport. All units have private bathrooms and full private kitchens. Extra guests are never a problem and you are welcome to bring back new friends. We strive to provide more than our guests expect in every way. Some of our in room guest amenities include:

  • Fast WiFi
  • daily housekeeping
  • high count linens
  • cold Air Conditioning and ceiling fans
  • full kitchen
  • flat screen cable TVs with Apple TV (for Netflix or iTunes access)
  • USB plugs for easy phone charge
  • Iron and board
  • blowdryer
  • shampoo/conditioner and body soaps
  • luxury bathtowels
  • large beach towels

If you are looking to be one of hundreds of tourists in a five star resort, frequenting chain restaurants, that is not us. We are a unique and quirky guest house nestled into Ocean Park, a beach side community where you will experience Puerto Rico like a local. At Coqui del Mar Guest House, you are family and our goal is to make you feel at home.

Our area is a foody’s delight and you can sample one of a dozen unique restaurants within a 15 minute walk, such as La Cueva del Mar, Bistro Cafe or Acapulco’s Taqueria. A city bus can take you to el Museo del Arte or to Old San Juan to sites such El Morro (a UNESCO site), the cruise ship docks or from there take the ferry to the Bacardi Factory. UBER or your rental car can take you to the gay bars of Santurce (an inland area where most of the larger gay bars are located).

Ocean Park is located between Condado and Isla Verde neighborhoods, equidistant from Old San Juan and the SJU airport. Our area is the perfect home base to further explore Puerto Rico, such as el Yunque Rain Forest, the only rain forest in the US national park system (45 minutes drive east), Camuy Caverns (1.5 hours drive west), or much else.

Some of our free amenities include:

  • Jacuzzi tub
  • Bar-b-que grill
  • outdoor shower
  • filtered water fountain
  • beach bicycles
  • free on street parking
  • boogie boards
  • beach chairs
  • beach coolers
  • umbrellas
  • bug sprays and sun screens

Some of our free items that can be requested or paid items for purchase include:

  • use of laundry area (just coordinate with on site manager)
  • personalised welcome baskets for special occasions
  • in room massages from a professional masseuse

We provide a tested gay guide showing many of the local gay bars, beaches and community services. Heterosexual friends will feel at ease at Coqui del Mar as we welcome everyone like family, and provide information for bars, restaurants and outings suited to fit your desires.

See the Coqui del Mar Guest House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Puerto Rico

Gay Buenos Aires – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 30th, 2016

Gay Buenos Aires - Nomadic Boys

Fresh off the plane, our Porteño friends Pablo and Gustavo welcomed us, and took us straight to the Pepo Pepona gay restaurant in Palermo so we could have our first taster of the famous Argentinian steak.

Just as we were tucking into our bife de chorizo, the restaurant’s entertainment started: a handsome (extremely well endowed!) Argentinian lad came gyrating from table to table, quickly loosing all his clothes. At that moment we knew we were going to enjoy this city a lot!

WHY IS GAY BUENOS AIRES SO GAY FRIENDLY?

Argentina is extremely progressive with LGBT rights. It was the first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage in July 2010, which included full adoption rights. The right to change legal gender has been in place since 2012 and anti discrimination laws are in full force in Rosario and Buenos Aires. Even the more conservative city of Córdoba has an active gay scene.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Argentina Gay Travel Resources

Morroco’s Ouzoud Falls

Author: , October 30th, 2016

Ouzoud Waterfalls

We were picked up from our hostel around 8 in the morning but didn’t really leave Marrakech until 9:30. Our tour bus had pick to up some people from one hostel to another.

The journey from Marrakech to Ouzoud Falls was almost three hours with one stop for bathroom break. We finally reached our destination at 12:20 in the afternoon. Our trek guide was already waiting for us and he wasted no time.

He gathered us around told us that the hike to the Ouzoud Falls would be around two hours – and it would cost us 3 euros each for his guiding service. When we booked this trip at the hostel, we weren’t informed about this extra/hidden service. All we were told is that lunch wasn’t included in the price (20 euros). This fee was strictly for transport only.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Eating Out: Oakland, California

Author: , October 29th, 2016

Oakland

While it would surely raise eyebrows to deem dinner at Oakland’s Commis a bargain, it’s more than fair to call Chef James Shyabout’s elegant tasting menus a Michelin Stargain. Twinkling with two of the French tiremaker’s honorifics as of 2016, Oakland’s serene, cerebral seven-year-old culinary jewel box offers prix fixe adventures of eight ingenious small courses (plus a few more bonus bites sprinkled throughout the meal) for $125.

While that’s six times what you’ll spend for a satisfying steak dinner elsewhere in Oakland (more on that later), it’s a remarkable price compared to a constellation of other Michelin-winning prix fixes in the Bay Area: $398 at San Francisco’s Saison, $330 at Napa Valley’s Meadowood, $310 at the French Laundry in Yountville, and $235 at Manresa in Silicon Valley. (Prior to going out on his own, Shyabout cooked at the latter, as well as Spain’s legendary elBulli and England’s Fat Duck.)

Along with housing rates, the cost of opening and sustaining a business in the San Francisco environs have skyrocketed in recent years, to such an extent that, along with young, adventurous eaters, ambitious, eclectic chefs like Shyabout have rooted themselves in more affordable Oakland.

By Jim Gladstone – Full Story at Passport

San Francisco East Bay Gay Travel Resources

Gay Norfolk, Virginia

Author: , October 29th, 2016

Norfolk

The port city of Norfolk offers more than meets the eye as a hotbed of local arts culture and a focal point for Virginia’s dynamic culinary scene. On the eve of Hampton Roads Pride, I set out to meet the city beyond the shore. There is the Ghent neighborhood, which thanks to a new wave of hip bars, restaurants, and independent art shops, has made Granby Street home to plenty of young bohemians. Downtown is equal parts old and new, where the lofty high rises stand side-by-side cornerstones of the antebellum era. Steeped in the city’s colonial history is the ever-charming West Freemason, a living portrait of Americana past and present, with grand old homes and winding cobblestone streets.

I set up digs at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel (777 Waterside Dr., Tel: 757-622-6664. www.sheratonnorfolkwaterside.com), a 468-room low-rise hotel with a prime location in the heart of gay Norfolk proper. Amenities include a bona fide onsite business center and a large outdoor pool on the banks of the Elizabeth River, both of which are put to good use once I check in. My room is bright and airy, and comes complete with a small blue sofa and coffee table by the window. Free highspeed Wi-Fi sweetens the deal, too, as do the harbor views from my suite, all bright with lights against the night sky. I can’t wait to check out what the city’s culinary scene has to offer on my first night.

Pendant lights hang high above the brick-and-rafter spaces of Luna Maya (2010 Colley Ave., Tel: 757-622-6986. www.lunamayarestaurant.com). This upscale Mexican restaurant has earned a high standing for serving some of the city’s best Mexican fare. At the top of my menu is the flank steak, topped with a tangy drizzle of chimichurri, and paired with a limemuddled mojito. House specialties like the slow-cooked sweet yellow corn tamales, and the roasted Poblano peppers, stuffed with spicy chicken chorizo and chipotle enchilada sauce, are standouts among a big assortment of tacos and quesadillas.

By Chris Roney – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Virginia Gay Travel Resources

Image via City of Norfolk

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown – New Orleans

Author: , October 28th, 2016

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown

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

Thank you for considering the LaQuinta Inn & Suites New Orleans Downtown! This isn’t your everyday LaQuinta located only 2 blocks from the French Quarter in the heart of the Central Business District and only one block from the St Charles Street Car Line.

We’re also the proud recipients of the “LaQuinta of the Year Award” for excellence in customer service, cleanliness and sales.

Stay with us and experience all New Orleans has to offer at a great value in a great location! All rates include a daily hot continental breakfast buffet and complimentary wi-fi. This hotel is TAG Approved

See the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Downtown Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Seattle by Night – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , October 28th, 2016

Seattle at Night - Dani

What a week it’s been! The sun has shown itself more often than expected (and much more than the previous week), and I used every opportunity to get out and explore as much of the city as possible. I ticked all kinds of things off of my Seattle-to-do-list, like a stroll through the Olympic Sculpture Park and along Alki Beach, a visit to the locks in Ballard and a short hike through Discovery Park.

The sunny weather had me check out all kinds of parks this week, from Union Lake Park and Seward Park to Freeway Park and Volunteer Park.

I went out on more neighborhood explorations and, thanks to Katie being in town, I also got to enjoy lots of good food and craft beer. It even stayed dry long enough to check out the Sunday market in Fremont, and we headed to Golden Gardens, which turned out to be a lovely beach instead of a garden, but ended up being one of my favorite finds last week. I think I definitely have to come back to Seattle in the summer.

By Dani – Full Story at the Globetrotter Girls

Washington State Gay Travel Resources

Romantic Gay Buenos Aires

Author: , October 28th, 2016

Gay Buenos Aires

Romance is everywhere in gay Buenos Aires. The Porteños (local folk of the big capital city) are extremely passionate – and boy do they know how to celebrate being in love. Whether it’s taking a stroll in charming Puerto Madera, getting intimate while dancing Argentinian Tango or taking a picnic in one of the many beautiful gardens, the opportunities to spend a special moment with you lover are endless. Here are our top 5 romantic things to do in Buenos Aires.

#1 WATCH A TANGO SHOW

Tango is the romance of Argentina. This sensual dance which originates from Río de la Plata is so mesmerising that you could watch it for hours and not blink an eye. A candlelit dinner while watching a tango show is one of the best memories we have of Buenos Aires. There are plenty to choose from but our favourite which we absolutely recommend is Rojo Tango.

The setting for this intimate experience is in the luxurious Faena hotel in Puerto Madero. The dinner includes a three course Argentinian meal with drinks followed by an unforgettable show. Rojo Tango dinner and show starts from $298 per person.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Argentina Gay Travel Resources