Events: I and You

Author: , September 19th, 2017

Events: I and You! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Anthony arrives unexpectedly at his classmate Caroline’s door with a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Anthony also has an urgent assignment from his English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months. But, she is quick and sardonic, at odds with Anthony, who is athletic, sensitive and popular. Book your tickets and plan on experiencing a delightful evening enjoying ‘I and You’ at Jean’s Playhouse October 5 – 14.
Reserve terrific Jean’s Playhouse accommodation at the GLBT friendly 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.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the autumn delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘I and You’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Greens Treat Suites – Northampton Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 18th, 2017

Northampton Gay Bed & Breakfast

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

Welcome to Greens Treat Suites, a rural eastern Massachusetts retreat just minutes from the heart of “Paradise City” – Northampton Massachusetts. We’re close to everything that Northampton, Amherst and the Pioneer Valley has to offer, but away from the traffic, noise and congestion of daily life.

Greens Treat Suites is a Northampton gay bed & breakfast set in the beautiful country that inspired Thomas Cole’s painting, “The Oxbow,” and our hill-top setting provides its own spectacular views.

Our Northampton B&B offers:

  • Private entrances and gardens
  • Romantic fireplaces
  • Local art, literature and crafts
  • WiFi internet access
  • Sonos sound system featuring “Rhapsody”
  • Welcoming dinner en-suite
  • Breakfast basket each morning
  • Fresh flowers
  • Organic robes, bed & bath linens, natural body & hair products
  • Large gardens – organic fruits & vegetables, flowers
  • Two really friendly dogs

If you’re looking for a great, friendly, quiet place to get away from it all, come stay with us in Northampton at Greens Treat Suites!

See the Greens Treat Suites Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Connecticut River Valley

 

Experiencing Peruvian Culture – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 18th, 2017

Peruvian Culture - Nomadic Boys

Peru continues to grow as one of the most sought after destinations in South America, largely due to the famous Inca World Wonder, Machu Picchu. But there’s so much more to discover and explore. Its rich history introduces us to its diversity of people, languages and foods, making it one of the most unique and exotic destinations. Don’t miss these 7 cultural experiences you should include during your trip to Peru:

Spend time in the capital city – Lima

There’s really no better way to immerse yourself in culture than by spending time in the capital city. Lima is the most populated city in the entire country, making it the perfect location to meet and interact with locals, experience the traditional Peruvian customs, and learn how its history plays a part in the diversity of its people and architecture.

Once considered a dirty and dangerous city, Lima is rising along with the Peruvian economy. Ceviche is now a globally famous dish, putting the city on the map for it’s unique gastronomy.

In addition to the delightful dishes, Lima is known for its museums and collection of fine arts, the beautiful, upscale neighbourhood of Miraflores which also boasts “Huaca Pucllana” – a pre-Inca pyramid belonging to the Huari culture. Other top not-to-miss sites include the rock formations of Marcahuasi, sand boarding at Huacachina and taking a boat trip to see penguins at Paracas. Beach lovers and surfers will want to check out Lima’s incredible beaches towards the south of the city. To find out more, check our gay guide to Lima.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Peru Gay Travel Resources

On the Water in Puget Sound

Author: , September 18th, 2017

Puget Sound - Dolly Travels

Hello!

I have had a busy couple of weeks or more. First, Frank and I spent a week in Puerto Vallarta, where it was hot and humid. As soon as we returned, I came up her to the Seattle area, to visit some of my family who have the good fortune to live in such a beautiful area as the Pacific Northwest, and where the weather could not be more perfect. Sunshine, temperatures in the 70’s all week.

Puget Sound - Dolly TravelsI have actually had a quiet week here in Anacortes, one of my favorite places to visit, at any time. On the day of the eclipse, one of the residents of this Skyline area in Anacortes, arranged an eclipse viewing party in a local park. Patrick brought solar viewing glasses for everyone, and gave us a little talk on the eclipse: statistics from previous years, when to expect the next one, things like that. He and his wife had also brought champagne and orange juice, so that we could celebrate after the eclipse.

Up here, we got about an 85% eclipse. It was very strange; we did not get total darkness. In fact, I could not see that the sky got very dark at all, but one of the ladies present said that she watched how the eclipse was progressing by watching my eye glasses. I wear progressive lenses, that turn into sun glasses as the light increases. She said that the lenses of my glasses gradually became lighter and lighter, until the time that we had the maximum eclipse, then my lenses were clear. However, the air got cooler and cooler, with the temperature dropping ten degrees during that eclipse. I was glad that I got to experience that phenomenon, for I doubt that I will see another.

Puget Sound - Dolly TravelsToday, we had a special treat. My brother and his wife, Lee and Rosey, had owned the boat, the Helen Marie, for many years. Last year, the boat was sold to their next-door neighbors. I had met this couple a few days ago, and enjoyed their company very much. Today, Dave invited us to go on the Helen Marie for a day trip.

We made a picnic lunch and joined Dave down at the Flounder Harbor. Dave was very generous, and insisted that Lee pilot the boat, and Dave would be the Deck Hand.

On two different occasions, I had the opportunity to travel with Lee and Rosey on this boat; once, a three week trip in Alaska and another three-week trip in British Columbia. Lee told me I was to be the ship’s cook, so this area was my domain. I don’t know if you can see the clamps around the tea kettle, placed so that the cook can secure the pans to the stove, if the boat is rocking and rolling. It is a very efficient galley, not much different than cooking in my own kitchen at home.

The water was very calm today. This is an amazing area of the country; water, islands, trees all around as we cruised quietly along. The sky was a bit hazy to the north and to the east, as smoke from fires in British Columbia are still drifting down this way.

After we had cruised for about two hours, Lee stopped the boat and it sat still in the water while we consumed our picnic lunch. There were a quite a few other boats out today, but when we decided to stop for lunch, no one was around. We spent about a half hour just idle, watching the water, the sea birds and I saw one little seal poke his head out of the water, to see what we were doing.

After we started up again, it was Dave’s turn to be captain, and Lee had to be Deck Hand.

When we got to the side of Cypress Island, we saw a damaged fish farm.

Puget Sound - Dolly TravelsThe dust is from workers trying to repair damage to the farm. Apparently, somehow the enclosures for the fish broke, and over 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon escaped into the waters of Puget Sound. This incident has certainly caused a great deal of distress among the citizens of this area, for now all those foreign fish are out in the Sound with the native fish. There are so many of them that the people of the area are concerned about pollution of the water, for most of these fish will die. Those fish do not know how to get their own food; they have been fed pellets for their entire life. Also, they do not reproduce as normal salmon do, so they are doomed. The Fish and Game Department has encouraged anyone who wants to fish to catch them and take as many as they want…no limit. However, most people up here will not eat farmed salmon, so this is another dilemma. To read on this further, check out the Spokesman-Review Outdoor Blog, of August 28, 2017, to get more information.

Finally, we made our way back to Flounder Harbor. By then, Lee was back at the wheel. He brought the Helen Marie back into her slip in the marina, just like a pro.

We had a delightful day, and I was so happy that Dave invited us for this excursion. It brought back a lot of good memories for me. Rosey and I spent some time sharing some of the good times we had enjoyed together on the boat.

Thank you, again, Dave, for a wonderful day on the water.

Events: Oliver

Author: , September 18th, 2017

Events: Oliver! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Lionel Bart’s Oliver brings Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life. Lionel Bart’s Oliver takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – for love. When Oliver is picked up on the street by a boy named the Artful Dodger, he is welcomed into a gang of child pickpockets led by the conniving, but charismatic, Fagin. Purchase your tickets and experience a delightful evening at the Palace Theatre September 29 – October 1.

Reserve your Palace Theatre accommodation at the GLBT friendly 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.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the autumn delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Oliver’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Glynn House Inn – White Mountains Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 17th, 2017

Glynn House Inn - White Mountains Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

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

The romantic Glynn House Inn is situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Region. The historic – circa 1895 – Inn is the perfect choice for romance, recreation and relaxation. You and your partner will experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, modern amenities, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality.

Guests can select from 12 spacious, tastefully decorated guest rooms that include queen size beds, private baths, romantic fireplaces, central air, DIRECTV, DVD players, WiFi, iPod radios, luxurious bathrobes & deluxe Eco-friendly amenities.

Seven of the rooms are deluxe suites, which also offer bubbling double whirlpool tubs, some with separate sitting rooms. A stylish, extremely spacious, self-catering apartment is also available. Delicious multi-course gourmet breakfasts are served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available.

Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping or simply enjoy the delightful countryside. Bring your favorite four-footed canine and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

See the Glynn House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

White Mountains Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Transgender Crosswalk Hits the Streets of Calgary

Author: , September 17th, 2017

Transgender Crosswalk - Calgary

Two new crosswalks have appeared in Calgary in time for pride, one rainbow and one with the transgender pride colors.

It is the first time that the city has painted a trans pride crosswalk, and becomes the third Canadian city to do so, after after Whitehorse and Lethbridge. The one in Lethbridge is the first permanent transgender crosswalk.

The crosswalks in Calgary can be found at 4 St. and 17 Ave. S.W.

“It’s quite a positive and supportive statement for our city to have that done,” Jason Kingsley, president and executive producer of Calgary Pride, said.

By Jeff Taylor – Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Hilights From Canada Pride – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 17th, 2017

Canada Pride - Nomadic Boys

Justin Trudeau – as if the charming, dreamy, Disney-Prince-Eric-Aladdin Canadian Prime Minister couldn’t get any more perfect, he turns up at a gay pride event, gives an inspiring speech about the importance of inclusivity and diversity in society, then leads the parade through the streets of Montreal, waving a transgender flag and shouting:

“Happy Pride! Bonne Fierté!”

In August 2017, Montreal hosted the first ever Fierte Canada Pride, an 11 days festival of parties, performances by artists like Nelly Furtado and Ru Paul drag race superstars, then culminating with a large parade on the final day, led by Justin.

We were so proud to be a part of it and like the Puerto Vallarta Pride in Mexico, it ranks as one of our favourite gay pride events. Here’s our 5 favourite moments from the very first Fierte Canada Pride in Montreal.

Justin! Justin! Justin!

Maybe we’re more Justin obsessed than we should be – his perfect bubble butt broke the internet, after all – but we can’t think of any other country in the world where its leader turns up, speaks about how important the LGBTQ community is, then leads the entire parade through the busy streets. In fact, Canada is the only country in the world that we know of, which has its own national gay pride event.

And if it couldn’t get anymore awesome, Justin was joined by another world leader: Leo Varadkar, the gay Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister), who marched by his side, with his husband to hand.

After travelling in countries where being gay is illegal and can even lead to a death sentence, it is so inspiring and significant for us to be in a country where the government not only gives such strong visibility to the LGBTQ community, but openly embraces and celebrates us – just like Justin did.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Quebec Gay Travel Resources

Events: Deathtrap

Author: , September 17th, 2017

Events: Deathtrap http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Throughout Ira Levin’s Deathtrap, the suspense mounts as the plot twists and turns in the classic whodunit. Deathtrap is the longest running thriller in Broadway history.The cunningly clever and comically twisted murder mystery masterpiece that is so good…it’s to die for! A once successful Broadway playwright struggles to overcome a dry spell that’s resulted in a string of flops. His fortunes turn when one of his students shares a brilliant new script with blockbuster potential. The author and his wife devise a plan to steal the work. But is it all that it seems? Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn until the final, fatal moments of the play. Plan on enjoying Deathtrap at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse October 5 – 8.

Book your Winnipesaukee Theatre accommodation at the GLBT friendly 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 autumn activities during your visit? New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and explore NH’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. You can enjoy ATV rides, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and zip line. More sedentary options include boat rides, train journeys and scenic drives. Shoppers will appreciate local antique emporiums, art galleries and a range of unique tax free shopping options. Inn guests enjoy savings on many autumn activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Deathtrap’ Show Accommodation Now http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Events: Kashmir The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Show

Author: , September 16th, 2017

Events: Kashmir The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Show http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Kashmir, the nation’s #1 Led Zeppelin tribute show, is the most authentic representation of Led Zeppelin on the modern national touring scene. Each of the 4 band members assumes their individual role with pinpoint accuracy. Kashmir possesses the live stage show, sound, and likeness to bring audiences and fans back to the days when the mighty Led Zeppelin ruled the musical landscape. With the playlist of every classic rock station and the most identifiable voice in rock history, Kashmir’s show features Page’s iconic double-neck guitar, Bonham’s drum solo, the stage show of the era, and most importantly, the greatest hits that make up the soundtrack to peoples’ lives. Experience an awesome evening at the Flying Monkey September 30.

Book your Flying Monkey accommodation at the GLBT friendly 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 are available daily. Early evening wine and cheese is 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 summer activities during your visit? Venture away from the Inn and explore NH’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. You can enjoy ATV rides, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and zip line. More sedentary options include boat rides, train journeys and scenic drives. Shoppers will appreciate local antique emporiums, art galleries and a range of unique tax free shopping options. Inn guests enjoy savings on many autumn activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers and local activities. Book Your ‘Kashmir The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Show’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.