Bluff Creek Campgrounds – Gay Friendly Sunshine Coast Campground

Author: , October 26th, 2017

Bluff Creek Campgrounds - gay friendly Sunshine Coast campground

Bluff Creek is a simple campground in the beautiful Mary Valley on the Sunshine Coast. The 100 acres of camping offer guests the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Mary River, walk through bushland that is home to koalas, kangaroos and many other native animals.

Features and amenities include, hot showers and flushing toilets, bush walking trails, swimming holes and a small farm shop offering local fare and camping basics. We keep numbers low to allow our guests extra privacy and space.

Our locality offers lovely day trips from visiting waterfalls to breweries and local producers. Markets in the nearby towns of Imbil and Eumundi can also be found on selected days.

If you would like to visit give us a call to arrange your camping or glamping stay.

See the Bluff Creek Campgrounds Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Queensland Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

If Straights Were Treated Like Gays on Vacation

Author: , October 12th, 2017

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It’s a world many could not fathom, one where straight couples are questioned, harassed, and discriminated against while trying to relax together on vacation. That reality is one that all too many gay couples face, a new study from Virgin Holidays shows.

One of its depressing findings: Only five percent of LGBTQ couples feel comfortable showing affection while on holiday, compared to 84 percent of straight couples. Two thirds of LGBTQ couples reported not even feeling comfortable with a simple action like applying sunscreen to their partner’s back. A third experienced judgment and ridicule, like being stared at, laughed at, or verbally abused. One in ten reported being threatened with physical violence.

Virgin partnered with ATTN to show what it would be like if the situation were reversed, and straight couples experienced the same type of treatment. If it looks funny or unfair to see straight couples treated this way, perhaps it will help drive the message home that no one should have to deal with this kind of behavior, whether they are on vacation or not.

By Jeff Taylor – Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

Ptown Columbus Day Weekend bargains !

Author: , October 2nd, 2017

Bargains galore in Provincetown for the Columbus Day Weekend!  It’s the monumental yard sale weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Find great bargains at store sidewalk sales or explore Ptown and find yard sales all over town.  You may even see signs like the one to the right where Kenneth Scott is having a summer clearance sale of 50-75% off.

Coming up:

Oct 6-8               Monumental Yard Sale weekend

Oct 6 -9              Columbus Day weekend 

Oct 9-15             Women’s Week

Oct 15-23           Fantasia Fair

Oct 27-29           Spooky Bear weekend

Oct 27-29          Halloween weekend 

The Somerset House Inn joins in on the bargains by offering 10% off any stay of two nights or more which includes Saturday, October 7th.  Good for new reservations only please mention ‘bargains galore’ when booking your reservation to receive your discount.

With great weather and lower mid-season rates you have a great reason to visit Ptown this fall.  Ptown Dan and his partner Bob own the Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Ptown location.  On Commercial Street, across the street from the water our guesthouse is walking distance to everything.  We would love to have you stay with us, please visit our web site to make your reservations.  We look forward to welcoming you to Provincetown!

Provincetown’s 2nd Summer

Author: , September 24th, 2017

September and October with warm days and cool evenings mark the ‘2nd Summer’ in Ptown.  The crowds have thinned a bit, but there’s still plenty of things to do.  The average September high is 70 degrees with an average low temperature of 55.  October brings an average high of 60 degrees and a low of 45.  It’s a spectacular time to visit Provincetown.

The 2nd summer lineup of activities is packed with something going on every weekend and a number of activities during the week.  A glance at the schedule lists these highlights:

Sept 28-Oct 1   Mates Leather Weekend
Oct 6-8               Monumental Yard Sale weekend
Oct 6 -9              Columbus Day weekend 
Oct 9-15             Women’s Week
Oct 15-23           Fantasia Fair
Oct 27-29           Spooky Bear weekend
Oct 27-29          Halloween weekend 
Nov 17-19          Mr. New England Leather
Nov 22               Holiday lighting of Pilgrim Monument festivities
Nov 23-26        Thanksgiving weekend
Nov 25               Holiday lighting of Lobster Pot Christmas Tree
Dec 1-3              Holly Folly weekend
Dec 28-Jan 2    Provincetown First Light Celebration with Fireworks
With great weather and lower off-season rates you have a great reason to visit Ptown this fall.  Ptown Dan and his partner Bob own the Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Ptown location.  On Commercial Street, across the street from the water our guesthouse is walking distance to everything.  We would love to have you stay with us, please visit our web site to make your reservations.  We look forward to welcoming you to Provincetown!

 

Events: Three Dog Night

Author: , September 23rd, 2017

Events: Three Dog Night http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, celebrating nearly 5 decades, claims some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. This Grammy-nominated band is not content resting on its legacy alone. Always working to expand its audience, Three Dog Night has embraced and been embraced by 21st century music technology. In fact, releases from this decade alone have sold well over a million copies.Three Dog Night maintains an aggressive, year-round touring schedule of over 70 dates a year. The hit filled concerts are performed for generation-spanning audiences.Now, marking nearly 50 years on the road, Three Dog Night continues to grow its fan base and develop new ways of doing business, all the while keeping up a full schedule of concerts. Since 1986, the band has performed over 2,200 shows including two Super Bowls. Experience this legendary band at the Flying Monkey October 8.

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 autumn 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 ‘Three Dog Night’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Out of Office Boys: Provincetown, Mass.

Author: , September 20th, 2017

When you travel, you know instantly if you want to go back. When my partner and I arrived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, we knew for sure we’d be back.

Provincetown is located at the end of Cape Cod in Mass.

More affectionately called P-town, the coastal city sits on the north end of Cape Cod and is easily accessed by what I hear is a beautiful drive through the Cape, by air, or as we did take the 90-minute ferry ride from Boston to P-Town. I can recommend the ferry option. It’s nice and relaxing, and adult beverages are available on board.

Since moving to Washington, D.C., I have always heard stories of P-town. Everyone talked highly of the fishermen’s village-turned-gay destination, but it’s hard to describe until you arrive.

When you set foot off the ferry, you know you are somewhere different. People are welcoming. The main street following the bay is busy. And you’ll even see people in their speedos and have to take a double take.

A few tips:

  • Bring shorts and flip-flops for summer. Outside of summer, review the forecast to plan out your fashion options.Check out the calendar of events and see what’s happening in town. Each weekend during the summer months has a theme. So dress and pack accordingly.
  • Go to Tea Dance at the Boatslip Beach Club. It’s where people congregate in the afternoons before heading to dinner or out for round two of libations.
  • Rent a bike and explore Cape Code National Sea Shore. It’s also the surest way to get to the beach. More on that coming!
  • Run in the morning along Commercial Street and enjoy the sites and sounds of P-town. Hit it early though. The streets get busy by 11 a.m.
  • Take an excursion. Kind of cloudy? Go whale watching!
  • Check out all of the wonderful LGBT accommodations recommended on Purple Roofs. We stayed at the Tucker Inn and loved it. The homemade breakfast pastries are a must.

A few things to avoid:

  • Do not come to P-town and be in a hurry. You are on vacation so get in the mood. In fact, stop by one of the many street side bars and drink your cosmo.
  • Do not just stay at the pool. Trek out to the Herring Cove Beach in the Cape Code National Seashore. Yes, it is a hike, a hike through the marshes on low tide and water in high tide but it will be worth it. Think of it as a gay pilgrimage. Bring your food and drinks with you because there is no cabana man here.
  • Do not miss all of the wonderful local shops and restaurant along Commercial Street. I like to leave a place thinking I helped stimulate the economy during my visit.

Whether you are looking for a laid-back beach vacation or one with some excitement, P-town has something for everyone. I am already planning an out of office return to P-town!

Out of Office Boys live in Washington, D.C. and their passions are good food and wine. Mick writes; Justin edits. Follow Mick on Instagram @mbullock80. 

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Lesbian Travel: Niagara-on-the-Lake

Author: , September 16th, 2017

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When we travel, we always go where the glass is half full. Of our favorite wine. In Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now that fall’s almost here, there’s always a wine tasting available – and a cute little B&B or inn nearby if you have time to spend the weekend. Talk about the perfect girlfriend getaway.

If you’re a wine-tour groupie like us, we’ve got the 411 on planning a customized wine tour and tasting in Niagara.

“With scenic vineyards and gorgeous wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular destination for wine lovers during the summer months,” says Marcel Morgenstern, a Sommelier and national sales manager at Pondview Estate Winery. “With new wineries opening every year, there is never a shortage of things to do or vineyards to explore. Niagara-on-the-Lake’s convenient wine route offers the perfect opportunity to make the most of your vacation.”

Grab Your Maps and Choose Your Wineries

With almost 100 wineries in the Niagara region, you’ll have to employ strategic thinking when planning your route. Marcel offers the following tips for making the most of your wine tour. Just remember to designate a sober driver – or hire a taxi – for your adventures.

Colombian Coco Loco – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 14th, 2017

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We absolutely loved Cartagena in Colombia. We came here to celebrate Seb’s birthday with a boat trip around the islands. One of the things we discovered was the famous Coco Loco cocktail.

Coco Loco literally means crazy coconut in Spanish. It’s a fresh coconut with vodka/tequila/rum/whiskey mixed in with the coconut water inside to produce an awesome beach cocktail. It is sold by vendors around the Caribbean beaches in Colombia who make it in front of you using fresh coconuts.

However, on a rainy grey day in London, fresh coconuts aren’t as easy to come by, so we put together this recipe to try to recreate this tropical Colombian memory when back home. Our recipe for Colombian coco loco serves 4 people.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Old Florida Vacation Rental Homes – Short Term Vacation Rentals Near Sebastian

Author: , July 31st, 2017

Old Florida Vacation Rental Homes

Short Term Vacation Rentals Near Sebastian

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

Married couple Glenn Powell and Scott Kimberly were vacationing in Florida when a friend drove them to the small, historic town of Roseland just outside of Sebastian. They saw a property that was once owned by the Goodrich family – an iconic name in the rubber industry. Glenn and Scott fell in love with the riverfront compound and were soon making plans to leave their Georgia home to embrace the old Florida way of life…but with modern amenities!

“We had a vision in our minds of what Florida should be like. We had visited the big cities where everything was built up in every available space and that just wasn’t Florida to us. When we found this property on the riverfront, with a view of the railroad bridge, ancient oak trees covered in Spanish moss, fruit trees and the 1920s era architecture, we felt like we were in the Florida we had always envisioned,” Glenn told us.

We asked Scott what atmosphere or vibe they want their guests to experience.

“This place is so relaxing, so different from other Florida experiences, that we just hope our guests come and embrace the peace and tranquility here. Just embrace it and enjoy it,” he said.

Roseland is a charming town where many streets are still unpaved. You will even find baskets of mangoes in residents’ yards beside signs reading “free mangoes.”

Henry Flagler’s railroad brought a depot and water tower to Roseland in the 1890s. Some of the structures date back to the early 1900s including the Roseland Community Center which is a short stroll from Glenn and Scott’s rentals along a sandy road.

Somehow, Glenn and Scott have taken a historic structure and property and maintained the historic charisma but equipped it with all the modern conveniences.

We stayed in Glenn and Scott’s Poolside Cabana. It was once a carriage house. Now, it is the ultimate in air conditioned, beautifully and tastefully decorated comfort. The huge 1928 era swimming pool rests irresistibly just out the door inviting guests in for a refreshing clothing optional dip.

If you are looking for a short term vacation rental with an old Florida feel where you can embrace peace and tranquility, this is the place.

​Old Florida Vacation Rental Homes

Poolside Cabana in Roseland (North Sebastian), Florida
* Historic Sebastian Riverfront
* Perfect getaway for swimming, boating, and relaxing
* Sleeps 2-4 – 1 BR / 1 BA
* $1200/week – $3300/month
* Poolside guest house
* Direct riverfront
* Newly renovated
* Boat dock access
* 1 BR, 1 BA
* Sleeps 2-4

Riverside Cottage in Roseland (North Sebastian), FL
* Breezy Florida home that time forgot
* Brand new private pool for 2009
* Sleeps 4-6 – 2 BR / 1 BA
* $1000/week – $3000/month
* Breezy cottage in a classic Florida style
* Floors newly refinished throughout with cool terrazzo tiles
* New private solar-heated pool
* 2 BR, 1 BA with bonus room
* Sleeps 4-6

1924 Guest House in Roseland (North Sebastian), FL
* With boat dock access to the St Sebastian River
* Boat dock access included!
* Sleeps 4-5 – 2 BR / 2 BA
* $1000/week – $2500/month
* Historic early 20th century guest house
* Newly renovated and updated
* Refinished wood floors
* Clawfoot tub and restored vintage fixtures
* 2 BR, 2 BA, with additional sleeping space

Vintage Florida Bungalow in Wabasso (Vero Beach), FL
* Charming carefree home near beaches
* Minutes from the beaches!
* Sleeps 4-6 – 2 BR / 1 BA
* $900/week – $2400/month
* Least expensive private vacation home rental in the Vero Beach/Sebastian area!
* Just 5 minutes to the beach!
* Comfortable bungalow in classic Florida style
* 2 BR, 1 BA
* Sleeps 4-6

For more information, visit Old Florida Vacation Rental Homes or phone 772-532-8386

Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Copyright 2017 Sunny Harbor Publishing
Sunny Harbor Publishing, PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956
Phone: 321-446-7552
Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com
Website: www.SunnyHarborPublishing.org

The Big Coconut Guesthouse – Our Interview With Owner David Medici

Author: , July 28th, 2017

The Big Coconut Guesthouse

Our Interview With Owner David Medici

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

The Big Coconut Guesthouse in Fort Lauderdale is now high on our list of favorite places to stay. The accommodations are excellent, the grounds are beautifully tropical and the whole atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. From the courtyard seating to the complimentary Happy Hour to the crystal clear swimming pool to the complimentary Continental Breakfast, everything is designed to encourage guests to get to know each other and become family.

We spoke with owner David Medici and asked him to tell us more.

How would you describe The Big Coconut Guesthouse in one sentence?

One of the most welcoming guesthouses in Fort Lauderdale where all guests are treated like they are part of a family.

What is the history of The Big Coconut Guesthouse?

I owned another men’s guesthouse called Coconut Cove. There was a void created after the closing of the Coconut Cove that has been filled with the opening of The Big Coconut. Many of the guests that had stayed at the Coconut Cove have already visited and many more are making plans to stay at the Big Coconut.

What is special about The Big Coconut Guesthouse?

The Staff goes out of the way to create a friendly comfortable atmosphere where all guests are made to feel welcome. Whether you are staying a single night or an extended stay you are treated with the same hospitality.

The staff is extremely knowledgeable about local restaurants, nightlife and shopping experiences and will point you in the right direction.

I designed our courtyard to encourage socializing. We have big tables under umbrellas where guys can sit, talk, enjoy a drink and get to know each other. Our guests quickly become friends even though they

are from different backgrounds and different parts of the country or the world.

During the morning breakfast or the weekend happy hour many guests get to know one another and become life long friends. You can’t make a trip without running into someone you met before or making new friends that make your stay more enjoyable.

We also have a complimentary Happy Hour where we set up a poolside bar. Our guests can have a drink or two or three and spend an hour getting to know each other.

Guys spend a lot of time in the clothing optional pool talking to each other too.

What accommodations are available at The Big Coconut Guesthouse?

There are rooms that have a King size bed with full kitchens or just a wet bar. Additional rooms have two Queen beds with a wet bar.

There is also a Penthouse apartment which is a one bedroom apartment with central air that has a private balcony overlooking the pool.

Who stays at The Big Coconut Guesthouse?

The guests tend to be more from the bear community but still has a nice mix of an older and younger crowd where all guests intermingle instead of the breaking off into cliques that tends to happen at other resorts.

Our Thoughts

The Big Coconut Guesthouse in Fort Lauderdale is now one of our favorite places to stay. Everything about this resort is done with care. Owner David Medici obviously loves doing what he does and it shows. He has created a beautiful guesthouse where gay men can be as nude as they want to be and accepted as family by all. Bravo, David!

The Big Coconut Guesthouse is located at 1021 N. E. 13th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33304.

Phone 954-712-9600

For more information, visit, http://thebigcoconutguesthouse.com/

Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Copyright 2017 Sunny Harbor Publishing
Sunny Harbor Publishing, PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956
Phone: 321-446-7552
Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com
Website: www.SunnyHarborPublishing.org