Out Destinations – Gay Travel Agent

Author: , February 19th, 2018

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Out DestinationsOut Destinations specializes in travel for the LGBT community. We are known for our high level of customer service and attention to detail, that lets us deliver incredible vacations with lasting memories.

Prior to making any reservations, we talk with you to get a full understanding of your interest, hopes, and expectations. Then we craft personalized travel plans built upon your expectations. To enhance your knowledge of the destination(s), we deliver highly detailed destination guides for most major cities and ports. We work with you throughout the entire process.

Whether you’re looking for a vacation for one or a group, we have access to all gay cruises and gay tours (including culinary, adventure, historic, cultural, and more), as well as all mainstream cruises and tours.

If you are seeking information on groups, we can put together proposals for any size group, including chartering an entire ship or tour. Plus we can work with our vendors to create customized experiences for group travel. If you’re looking to raise funds, we can create a cruise or tour that your members and friends will enjoy, while making money for your organization.

Give us a call so you can experience our customized vacation planning.

See the Out Destinations Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Beautiful Bern – Gay Star News

Author: , February 19th, 2018

Beautiful Bern - Gay Star News

The River Aare swirls in icy shades of cyan below the quaint Nydeggbrücke arch bridge. A sharp, mountain-fresh breeze cuts across my face.

In Bern, the capital of Switzerland, you can see The Alps glistening in the distance to the south from many vantage points. They cast a spell over the city: the water, the air, they’re just better here. Switzerland, in general, makes you feel like you’re in some Evian-drenched wonderland. The wind is bracing, but I zip up my jacket and lean into it. The picture-perfect scenery demands it.

Think a sea of terracotta pantile roofs. Forest-carpeted hills. And barely an ultramodern building in sight. It’s certainly a deviation from the evermore chaotic skylines of most capital cities.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Taking in Gay Nashville, Tennessee – Windy City

Author: , February 19th, 2018

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Nashville is the capital of Tennessee that is quickly growing too big for its britches. Windy City Times took a road trip down South to narrow down some of the new travel offerings and provide a guide on where to begin planning a visit.

Flights are not expensive from Chicago to Tennessee usually, but you will need a car upon arrival for most excursions, so a rental car is suggested. Public transportation is complicated and not reliable, although there are some fun options for tourists as the Old Trolley Tours of Nashville offers daily packages.

Construction is everywhere, traffic is a growing problem and parking can be tricky. There are no app or credit-card options for parking meters at this time, so save those coins.

Start your trip by finding a place to stay, take in a show and search for sustenance.

First, you will need a place to hang your hat. Sobro Guest House is a fairly new domicile with some charming features such as an adorable monkey theme and a throwback record player to spin old school records on. With amenities including parking, laundry and a kitchen, this modernly decorated spot has a self-check-in that allows privacy and convenience.

By Jerry Nunn – Full Story at Windy City

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Big Pines Mountain House – South Lake Tahoe Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , February 18th, 2018

Big Pines Mountain House - South Lake Tahoe Gay Friendly Hotel

Big Pines reinvents Hotels, offering its guests the chance to “consume better”. For a very affordable price, they benefit from a package that includes the room, an all-you-can-eat continental breakfast, free wireless internet connection, and a ton of little extras at no extra charge.

More than just a Hotel:

  • The Big Pines creative and friendly concept offers in every room the character, comfort, cleanliness and security that make sense to your wallet.
  • Big Pines is a medium-size property (72 rooms) in the heart of South Lake Tahoe makes it easy to get to and practical for daily trip planning

Quality plus personality:

  • Big Pines is a budget friendly Hotel that is truly different, offering value and super friendly customer service year round at a very affordable price.

Our Mission

Big Pines is committed to exceed the expectations of our guests, by creating a friendly environment and getting the customers the best value for their money.

Vision

Big Pines is a two star Hotel offering consistent products and services. Our growth will be achieved through motel ownership, management and successful long lasting business relationships. We will be known for our creativity, innovation, exemplar service and family oriented products.

If you’re planning a trip to South Lake Tahoe, come stay with us at Big Pines.

See the Big Pines Mountain House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Slovenia – Gay Star News

Author: , February 18th, 2018

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What do you know about Slovenia? If your only answer is ‘Isn’t that where Melania Trump was born?’ then it’s time to pay this stunning land a visit. Indeed, it may be one of Europe’s smallest countries, with a pint-sized population of 2.06 million and an area mass 20,273 km². (To put that into perspective, Germany has an area mass of 357,376 km2 and a population of 82.67 million). But Slovenia boasts a range of touristic credentials akin to countries that are far, far bigger.

It has the mountainous natural beauty of Austria and Switzerland, and a short stretch of pristine coast to rival Italy and Croatia. Meanwhile the capital, Ljubljana, is as clean, functional and cultural as any in Scandinavia. Best of all, you can enjoy the best of all three without being stuck in cars and coaches for hours on end. Here’s our guide to making the most of this immensely LGBTI-friendly country – which legalized homosexuality in 1977 and introduced civil unions in 2006 – in a long weekend.

Lake Bled

Lake Bled, in the medieval town of Bled, is probably Slovenia at its most iconic. A 30-minute drive from Ljubljana International Airport and 47 minutes from the city proper is a scene so idyllic, it could have inspired fairytales. In the center of the lake and surrounded by greenish-blue water stands a small island, home to the 17th century Church of Mary the Queen. (Also known as the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Mary.)

Full Story at Gay Star News

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A Day in Bologna – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , February 18th, 2018

Bologna - Keep Calm and Wander

I was in Bologna for two full days and nights. However, I only spent a day in Bologna because I spent the second day in Ravenna, a small city which is an hour and 15 minutes by train. Ravenna is a city known for its amazing mosaics, history and architecture. It’s also the final resting place of Dante, a great Italian poet, who wrote Divina Comedia (Divine Comedy).

A Day Trip. Bologna can be reached by 35 minutes by train from Florence. It’s 2 hours from Venice and an hour and a half from Verona.

Let’s just say you arrive at Bologna Centrale at 8 AM. From here, follow the scent of freshly baked brioche and coffee coming from Bar Della Stazione, a little coffee shop that provide pastry, drink and juice to all the people that are running for work. Get a creamy espresso with a full flavor of the best Italian coffee! This will wake you up from the long trip. And don’t forget to bring a bottle of water before you go to your next destination.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Solo in Gay Chicago – 2TravelDads

Author: , February 17th, 2018

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The USA has several cities that are known around the world as being iconic or embodiment of America. We think of New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago. We haven’t all gotten to to each of the cities as a family, but finally I got to do Chicago solo… and I wish I would’ve had the family with me.

Chicago solo travel is a great city adventure. Museums, food, historic buildings and tours, it’s a perfect weekend escape or easy to explore as a business traveler. 2traveldads.comChicago solo is really awesome though and totally easy to do in two or three days; you could even do Chicago solo in one day if you were really in a pinch and wanted to. It’s an easy, walk-able city with unlimited potential and unforgettable sights.

1. Walk the streets of Chicago

Doing Chicago solo is so easy because it’s such a walk-able city. Most of the key sights and museums are all around either the Chicago River or the Magnificent Mile, aka Michigan Ave. Walking the Magnificent Mile will let you see some of Chicago’s incredible architecture, maybe let you do some shopping, grab food, and the get you to any museums you want to visit.

Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Adventures in Tulum – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , February 17th, 2018

Tulum - The Globetrotter Guys

There are many exciting adventures in Tulum, it’s just a case of looking! Cycling around Tulum is the best way to find these adventures and see as much of this beautiful town as possible. Take a look at our short video on what we saw in Tulum here. We recently spent 4 days in Tulum and here are some of the things we did.

Cycling around Tulum – Just explore!

Tulum is quite small. Equip yourself with a map, a bike, plenty of water and set off on an adventure. Our hostel included free bikes, however there are plenty of places to hire them. We saw on the map a section where there was a thin strip of land separating the sea and a lagoon. This looked like it would be spectacular to see so off we went!

Our route

We cycled 15km along the coast and back. This was away from the main roads so was very easy and safe. Along the way there are many beautiful hotels, boutiques and restaurants. There seemed to be a bit of an “LA vibe” around as there were many health-conscious places to eat, yoga retreats and bikini boot camp resorts! Or if you just wanted to break up your cycle, plenty of boutique cafes and super food smoothie bars.

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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Inn on Castro – San Francisco Gay B&B

Author: , February 16th, 2018

Inn on Castro - San Francisco Gay B&B

The Inn on Castro odernist interior in a circa 1890 townhouse, just three houses up from Castro and Market streets.

With eight rooms over three floors with almost all private bathrooms, free wifi and hard wired internet access, flat screen tv, dvd player and our well known organic full breakfast, the Inn on Castro is a great way to stay in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District.

From poached eggs with fresh hollandaise sauce to smoked salmon and fresh basil omlette, we serve amazing breakfasts every day.

See the Inn on Castro Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Five Unexpected Gay Scenes – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , February 16th, 2018

Five Unexpected Gay Scenes

This is a guest post on the Nomadic Boys’ site by super cute gay couple Sion and Ben of The Globetrotter Guys.

We all know and love the obvious gay scenes around the world like Berlin, Gran Canaria, Sydney or San Francisco. But what about the less talked about ones? Even in the most unexpected places, gay locals still come together to drink and have a good time. We always make a point to seek out the local gay scene wherever we travel on holiday.

These are our 5 most unexpected gay scenes we’ve encountered on our travels to date.

Mikonos and Phoenix in Marbella – Spain

If you blink, you might miss the gay scene in Marbella. Given its beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan nature you would expect there to be a more established scene in this part of Spain. However, this simply is not the case. Instead what was on offer when we visited turned out to be one of the best nights we’ve had in a long time.

Mikonos gay bar was extremely well hidden. We walked to the exact address and it seemed to not exist. However we went down a nearby alleyway to a backstreet, down some stairs and voila – there it was.

Mikonos is a very small local bar, which fills up quickly. The staff are very friendly, offering free shots and making sure they speak to all the customers. Drinks here seem pricey at €7, but they come with a generous measure. They also have entertaining drag shows, which are great for polishing up on your Spanish slang.

By Sion and Ben – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys