Sorry We’ve Been Absent…

Author: , April 25th, 2015

Hey all… I planned to keep up the blogging thing while we moved from El Dorado Hills to California, but I was overwhelmed by the move. We’re in the new place and picking up the pieces on the other side, so we’ll be posting again on a regular basis. Sorry for the lapse!

–Scott & Mark

The Season Begins in Provincetown!

Author: , April 10th, 2015

The 2015 season begins in Provincetown

Many, including The MEWS, Fanizzi’s, Napi’s, Far Land and The Somerset House Inn, are open year-round, but many consider April the official start of the season in Provincetown. Those businesses that aren’t open year-round begin to open in April. Restaurant openings include
• The Lobster Pot on April 10th
Ross Grill on April 3rd
Victor’s on April 3rd
Coffee Pot opens April 3rd (the best Cuban sandwich!)

The Pilgrim Monument and Museum has opened for the season and whale watch tours start on April Croscuses at Napis11th and we have a new trolley, The Mayflower Trolley in town. When you walk through town you see the Harbor Lounge open and shops like Wildflower, The Penny Patch, Botanica, Utilities and Timscapes open and you can feel spring in the air. It doesn’t matter how long you have lived in or been coming to Provincetown it is a rejuvenating time of the year. Come be a part of it!

 

April 1 – The Pilgrim Monument and Museum opens for the season.
April 11 – Whale watching begins. Check out whalewatch.com for more information.
April 17-20 – Patriot’s Day Weekend
April 24-May 3 – Appearances Eco Arts Festival
April 24-26 – Gays for Patsy Annual Spring Stomp
May 14 – Fast ferry service from Boston begins
May 14-17 – Single Women’s Weekend
May 22-25 – Memorial Day Weekend.

Bob and his partner Dan own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location. It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water. Good rooms are still available at The Somerset House Inn, we’d love to have you stay with us. The upcoming weekend forecast is sunny with temps in the 50s, come on down! Click here to make your reservations. We also have availability for Memorial Day Weekend, the week of July 4th and very limited availability for Bear Week.

Four LGBT Friendly Island Paradises Close to Miami

Author: , April 3rd, 2015

CaribbbeanWhen it comes to easy getaways from South Florida, the Caribbean is a quick flight off the grid to islands where the water’s just a little bit bluer and the sun shines just a little bit brighter. And for those ready to bask in that sun — be it for a simple springtime escape or a long-awaited honeymoon — the Caribbean is calling. Whether you’re looking for a cosmopolitan retreat, the Caribbean’s largest gay pride festival, island hopping in the lap of luxury or the relaxation of an all-encompassing resort, we’ve got four distinct destinations to tempt every type of traveler.

Puerto Rico – An Urbanite’s Paradise

With splashy hotels lining the beach, a burgeoning arts district, sizzling culinary delights and a nightlife scene that goes strong into the wee hours, Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan is one of the most gay-friendly destinations in the Caribbean, especially in trendy neighborhoods Condado and Santurce.

The oceanfront Condado is packed with resorts, like the Atlantic Beach Hotel (atlanticbeachhotel.com) on Calle Vendig, site of a popular gay beach, weekly drag shows and plenty of cafes and restaurants, like the chic, gay-owned Oceano (oceanopr.com), perfect for sunset drinks and dinner to the beats of a live DJ.

By Thiery Dehove – Full Story at the Miami Herald | Caribbean Gay Travel Resources

PUERTO VALLARTA ATTRACTS DIFFERENT LGBT NICHES

Author: , March 5th, 2015

Marketing to today’s LGBT consumers requires targeting the different niches that exist within the gay community. There are gay men, lesbian women, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning, all with different interests and motivations. These subgroups travel to a variety of different events: bear events, pride festivities, lesbian events, circuit parties, live entertainment, eco-tourism, arts and culture, gastronomy, or simply to a warm beach relaxing destination. Puerto Vallarta offers these events all wrapped-up in one sun and sand resort destination.

For the bear and leather community, Puerto Vallarta offers Beef Dip Bear and Leather week (www.beefdip.com). For more than 12 years, Steve Buczek from Toronto, Canada has organized bears to enjoy the hot gay beach scene of Puerto Vallarta. Held the last week of January, hundreds of hairy men enjoy pool parties, pub crawls, boat cruises, and charity fundraisers with others sharing similar interests.

For circuit party travelers, Puerto Vallarta has three main events: Semana Santa (Easter week);  Latin Fever (Thanksgiving); and a New Year’s blowout.  Large event organizers like Maxima and Will Gorge bring international DJ’s to PV‘s club venues. Puerto Vallarta has seen some great international DJ’s like Tony Moran, the late Peter Rauhofer, Hector Fonseca, and Kidd Madonny, to name a few.

For live entertainment seekers, Puerto Vallarta has two great cabaret venues: Act II and The Palm. These stages have welcomed international performers like Lady Bunny, Coco Peru, Miss Conception, Leslie Jordan, The Kinsey Sicks, and Well Strung. National personalities like Supermana, La Gorda, and Alejandra Bogue have performed.

Ecotourism LGBT travelers enjoy a huge selection of activities. Vallarta has a fantastic botanical center (www.vbgardens.org) and zoo (www.zoologicodevallarta.com). The nearby mountains and jungle offer zip line canopy tours, horseback riding, nature hiking, and all-terrain activities.

On famous Los Muertos Beach, gay travelers enjoy eye candy from Blue Chairs or the expansive new beach club Mantamar. They enjoy the water from a different perspective aboard gay cruises like the popular Diana’s Tours (www.dianastours.com) or a little sexier on Wet and Wild (www.pvsunsetpartycruise.com). During the season, gay eco-tourists watch whales, dolphins, and porpoises in Banderas Bay and marvel while protected, sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. It’s no wonder Puerto Vallarta is Mexico’s #1 Gay beach destination, with all that is offered in one destination. It’s time to discover for yourself how “Beyond Gay Friendly Puerto Vallarta can be”.

Tim Wilson, owner of www.GAYPV.com is a member of NATJA and submits articles and press releases about Puerto Vallarta as Mexico’s #1 Gay beach destination. GayPV travel magazine highlights the gay and friendly scene of Puerto Vallarta with photos, what to do, where to stay and a complete activities and events listing.

 

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Provincetown’s Out of Hibernation Weekend

Author: , February 24th, 2015

Out of Hibernation Weekend is coming to Provincetown the weekend of March 13 – 15.  Out of Hibernation is known as the “un-run” that happens in Provincetown, MA every St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  By “un-run” they mean there’s no package to purchase – you just show up and take part in the weekend activities.  It should be a fun weekend.

Photo courtesy of Petar Dopchev

Photo courtesy of Petar Dopchev

Events include the Friday meet and greet hosted by Mr. CT. Bear, the Wheel of Wonder on Saturday afternoon hosted by the CT Cruisers and Mr. CT. Leather, The Boots and Boxers Party on Saturday night with DJ Chris Racine and the Farewell brunch on Sunday morning.

My partner Dan and I own The Somerset House Inn, a wonderful B&B in the perfect Provincetown location.  It’s on Commercial Street across the street from the water.  We’d love to have you stay with us.  Click here to check availability and make your reservations.  We already have a March special of a 20% discount on room night nights Sunday through Thursday when part of any multi-night stay in March.  We’re extending that for the Out of Hibernation weekend – 20% off any multi-night stay for the Out of Hibernation weekend.

Need a list of restaurants? Please visit the calendar page on The Somerset House Inn’s web site.

See you soon,  Bob

LGBT Cruising: Something for Everyone

Author: , February 10th, 2015

Gay CruiseIf you are wondering about taking a cruise as a vacation I highly recommend it.

I always tell people that a cruise is like a vacation smorgasbord; it takes you to several different destinations – and often countries – and allows you to taste test each. The one downside is that you have limited time in each port, usually only a day or so. However, to me, experiencing several new cities is part of the fun, and it gives me a short look at a city that I might like to return to on a future trip.

Another great reason to take a cruise is that you unpack once, always have the same room, and wake up each morning in a new location. It’s like staying at an all-inclusive resort that moves while you sleep. When you awake there is a brand new view out your window and as you sail away each night into the sunset you dine with a new view. Some itineraries do include an overnight in a port so that you can explore and dine in that city. I have had overnight ports in Barcelona, Ibiza, Puerto Rico and Key West, all of which offered a party and some fun dining experiences.

By Fred Palmer – Full Story at Edge Boston

Red Chair Travels Arrives in Oregon

Author: , February 9th, 2015
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How sweet! The staff chair is in holding the umbrella for it.

The Red Chair’s story started on Cape Cod in the spring of 2012. This lucky chair has surfed the waves off Nantucket, explored the cranberry bogs of Chatham, enjoyed the view from Nobska Light in Falmouth, watched the grist mill turn at Stony Brook in Brewster and the sun set over Menemsha.  The chair has traveled all over New England, from Maine to Rhode Island all on the kindness of America’s friendly B&B’s. At each stop, the Red Chair is introduced to all that is memorable and beautiful about the local area, with a B&B owner as the chair’s concierge. Traveling is about getting outside of the everyday and seeing the world with fresh eyes. Through the journey of the Red Chair, we are all travelers off the beaten track where true relaxation awaits. The Red Chair has traveled to over 20 states with nearly 500 innkeepers acting as concierges.  BedandBreakast.com has partnered with the Red Chair Travels to keep the journey alive!  And now the Red Chair has started its journey through Oregon and will visit more than 20 inns of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild.  Follow Red as it visits The Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Bed and Breakfasts in Oregon’s Wine Country, Mt Hood, Crater Lake and all points in between.  We know you’ll enjoy the ride and hope you are inspired to travel to the places, and inns, that Red visits.
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#GaySurfBrazil: Women’s Surf Camp 2015.

Author: , February 7th, 2015

Santa Catarina, in South Brazil, is a hidden gem known for its gorgeous beaches and mild climate. Long appreciated by the local LGBT community, in recent years it has become a popular gay and lesbian vacation destination.

Lesbian Surf camp

Praia do Rosa, the only bay in Brazil to be recognized as one of the 38 “Most Beautiful Bays in the World”, is famous for its perfect waves, laid-back atmosphere, rustic-chic guesthouses and great restaurants.

Thanks to the half-moon shape of the bay of Rosa, it is considered a “Disneyland” for surfers- you will always find great surfing there, no matter the direction of the winds or swells. Winter months (June-August) often bring major waves that lure the world’s pro-surfers, but year-round Praia do Rosa it offers great conditions for all levels of ability.

With this fantastic surfing environment also comes an amazing surf coach, Capitão David. His surf school, founded in 1995, is the oldest one in all of Rosa. The Captain, as he is known by his more than 15,000 student/friends, has taught generations of beginners and trained some serious surfers. You will definitely learn more with the Captain than you would at any other surf school!

For more experienced surfers who don’t need the basics, this trip will offer you the best waves in Brazil with a friendly local, as well as the expertise of the Captain to help improve your performance.

On top of the 5-day surf camp, this trip also includes a 2-night stay in Florianopolis. Also known as “the Magic Island” or “Floripa, this island has been known for its surfing culture and LGBT-friendliness since the 80’s!

This will be a surfing holiday that you will never forget!

Program for #GaySurfBrazil: Women’s Surf Camp 2015.:

Saturday 9th May - Arrival in Florianopolis. Check in at your Town Home right in front of Praia Mole- one of the best beaches for surfing on the Island and the most LGBT-friendly beach south of Ipanema. Afternoon free.
Welcome Dinner. Optional G& L nightlife tour.

Sunday 10th May – Breakfast at your leisure

Day free to enjoy the beach (previous host to both WQS and WCT competitions). Optional afternoon tour of the Island.

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Monday 11th May– Early breakfast then transfer to Praia do Rosa. Check-in at Pousada Casa do Ceo.
2 pm: Start of the Surf Camp: Surf Introduction for Beginners/ Evaluation session for experienced. Duration 3 hours.

6:30 pm: Yoga lesson

 

Tuesday 12th May

8:30 am: Breakfast

10 am: Surf session & Clinic. Duration 4 hours.

Rest of the afternoon free for relaxation at the beach or by the pool.

Wednesday 13th May.
8:30 am: Breakfast

10 am: Surf session & Clinic. Duration 4 hours.

6:30 pm: Yoga lesson

Thursday 14th May
8:30 am: Breakfast
9:30 am: Departure for a full-day Surfari.

We will explore the Southern Coast of Santa Catarina looking for the best spots for our Surf Session. If conditions are good we will go up to Farol de Santa Marta, a remote fishing village with a famous lighthouse and good waves. On the way there, you’ll have the chance to see the famous Laguna Dolphins.

Lesbian surf camp

Friday 15th May.
8:30 am: Breakfast

10 am: Surf session & Clinic. Duration 4 hours.

7 pm: Caipirinha Workshop, Sundowners and Farewell Dinner

Saturday16th May:

Breakfast & Check Out. Transfer back to Florianopolis airport for return flights.


Cost per person:

Single room basis: US$ 1799.00

Twin room basis: US$ 1469.00

Double room basis: US$ 1299.00

Package includes:

 

  • All transfers starting/ending Florianopolis airport with English-speaking driver or guide
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at a Town Home in Praia Mole, Florianopolis, with breakfast (shared house, private ensuite rooms)
  • 5 nights’ accommodation at the charming Pousada Casa do Ceo in Praia do Rosa (private ensuite rooms) with breakfast
  • 4 days of Surf Camp with Capitão David School in Praia do Rosa.
  • Surf Camp consists of lessons for beginners and intermediates, followed by surf clinic with exercises/practice for better performances aided by analysis of videos filmed during lessons/sessions. Experienced surfers will have “Surf with a Local” Sessions and the Surf Clinic (4 hours daily).
  • 1 full-day Surfari with Capitão David School;
  • 1 DVD with photos/videos of your session
  • 2 Yoga Group Sessions
  • 2 dinners
  • English-speaking Tour Leader

 

Package does not include:

Flights, Visas, meals not mentioned, optional tours, insurance, tips, equipment (except during surf lessons)

**Extensions to Rio, Iguazu or other destinations in Brazil available- please contact us for more details.**

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Passport Magazine’s Favorite Buenos Aires Neighborhoods

Author: , January 26th, 2015

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from Apple Maps

I’m going to take you on a tour of several places, places with names like Recoleta, San Telmo, Palermo, and La Boca. They’re all very different in atmosphere and appearance, and to visit these various places feels like you’ve taken a whole series of trips. The thing is, they’re all part of Buenos Aires, for this major metropolis feels more than anywhere I’ve been like a series of small towns in one, loosely connected to form a big city that’s exciting, dynamic, a little daunting, and incredibly satisfying. I could never list all the neighborhoods, so we’ll concentrate on my favorites.

Buenos Aires takes some energy to explore, as it’s spread out, with a semi-workable subway system (I’d suggest a taxi or your own two feet for most explorations) and a frenetic pace that will keep you on your toes. You’ll find plenty of places, though, to relax and take it easy. With an enviable coffeehouse culture, a collection of lovely restaurants, and some surprisingly calm areas amid the bustle, there’s always time to refresh and renew among the chaos.

The only way to properly explore Buenos Aires, to get a grip on this intimidating and loveable city, is to approach the trees rather than the forest, and get to know each neighborhood before trying to fit the whole puzzle together. There’s an unmistakable urban buzz here, but also peaceful, leafy neighborhoods, a non-stop quality to life, and also a take-it-easy attitude. These contradictions can take some work to reconcile, and just when you think you have a handle on the city, something changes your entire outlook. Gay marriage, for instance, is legal here, as it is throughout Argentina: would you have expected this in the heart of South America? That’s Buenos Aires, though, with something always coming at you out of the blue to surprise and delight you with the insouciance of a tango dancer.

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport | Argentina Gay Travel Resources

Lesbian Surf Camp Coming to Brazil

Author: , January 21st, 2015

Brazil - Google MapsThe first ever lesbian surf camp in South American will get girls sharing their uniqueness in Santa Catarina, Brazil, between May 9th-16th.

Lesbian-owned tour operator Brazil Ecojourneys is inviting women to a week on their own. In this case, the real “l” surfers will travel to Praia do Rosa, a spot that is already frequented by the local LGBT community.

“I surf all the time, and I’m usually the only lesbian out there, surrounded by heterosexual men. I see how there really aren’t many opportunities for gay women to get together and learn to surf in a friendly environment,” explains Marta Dalla Chiesa, owner of Brazil Ecojourneys.

Full Story at Surfer Today | Brazil Gay Travel Resources

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