Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride Festival

Author: , January 2nd, 2018

After a glorious NYE it’s time to shift focus to Iceland’s very own Winter Pride festival, Rainbow Reykjavik. Rainbow Reykjavik is where locals and international guests get together for a long weekend of nature, nightlife and northern lights. We celebrate it in 2018 for the 7th time from Feb 8-11!

Celebrate Winter Pride in Iceland. Rainbow Reykjavik Feb 8-11

Celebrate Winter Pride in Iceland. Rainbow Reykjavik Feb 8-11

If Iceland is on your bucket list (which it probably is) the Rainbow Reykjavik Program will have you  walking along the Continental Divide between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America.  Seeing geysirs, waterfalls and nature of unparalleled beauty.  Relaxing in the turquoise geothermal waters of the world-famous Blue Lagoon and dining in world-class restaurants, sitting in cosy cafes and partying until the wee hours of the morning with LGBT people from all over the world, in the charming and very cosmopolitan city of Reykjavik.

Tickets are still available and all the info you need can be found on Rainbow Reykjavík’s website: https://www.rainbowreykjavik.is/

See you in Iceland!

Ten Things You Must Do in Los Angeles

Author: , December 19th, 2017

Los Angeles

It may be called “The City of Angels” and most well-known for the deep saturation of ‘the industry,’ but in reality Los Angeles is home to incredible culture, cuisine, arts and nightlife, especially for the gay traveler. And as with most international destinations, there are simply some experiences that must appear on your Los Angeles itinerary, especially if you’re a first-time visitor.

Below we’ve taken the opportunity to share some of those experiences. Whether you’re an L.A. virgin or have visited a ton in the past — even if you’ve called Los Angeles home for more than a decade — the perfect L.A. affair will include several of these museums, meals and nights out on the town.

Exploring the City’s Rich Gay History

Sure, you may be in town for vacation, but your Los Angeles itinerary can still have you learning a thing or two while you play. Out and About Tours will take you through the city’s culturally rich gay history step-by-step, exposing fun, vital and hidden information about the LGBTQ community’s roots.

By Alexander Kacala – Full Story at The Hornet

Los Angeles Gay Travel Resources

New Year’s Eve in Provincetown

Author: , December 10th, 2017

New Year’s Eve weekend is almost here with the end of 2017 and the start of 2018!  What better way to end the old year and ring in the new year that to celebrate in Provincetown with First Light Provincetown.  Events include:

Dec 30             Sound of Music Sing-A-Long with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Dec 30             Miss Richfield 1981 presents “Fall On Your Knees”

Dec 30             Well Strung “Home for the Holidays” at Town Hall

Dec 31             Light Bright Bike Ride

Dec 31             NYE parties throughout Provincetown

Jan 1               Polar Plunge

Jan 1               Fireworks over Cape Cod Bay

Jan 1               Suede in Concert

Please click here for a full First Light Provincetown schedule.

The Somerset House Inn welcomes you to Provincetown for the New Year’s Eve weekend celebrations.  Make your Provincetown lodging reservations with us and let us help you plan your holiday weekend in Provincetown.  Rooms and events are expected to sell out.

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 and is the perfect guesthouse for the New Year’s Eve weekend.   Please visit our web site to make your reservations.  We look forward to welcoming you to Provincetown!

The Wizards of Winter – Time Travel Back to 70’s & 80’s Prog Rock

Author: , November 29th, 2017

Wizards of Winter photo by Steven Skelley

The Wizards of Winter
Time Travel Back To A 70s and 80s Prog Rock Holiday

By Steven Skelley & Thomas Routzong

Going to The Wizards of Winter concert is like stepping into a time machine to travel back to a 1970s or 1980s Prog Rock holiday concert. Cofounder and music director Scott Kelly has assembled a team that is perfectly fit to take audiences on that journey. The show is part Transiberian Orchestra, part Meatloaf, and part Pat Benatar with laser lights, snow falling on stage and too many duelling and harmonizing lead guitar solos to count.

“You can feel it in the audiences that come to our shows. They range from eight to 80. We try to create music that has the pageantry of the late-70s, early-’80s rock shows and present ourselves accordingly,” cofounder and music director Scott Kelly posted on their website.

Lead guitarist Fred Gorhau often employs a Brian May style while coiffed and dressed like a hatless Slash.

The Narrator, Tony Gaynor, shares a version of the gospel / nativity story between songs accompanied by flutes, violins, four keyboards, two guitars, a bass guitar, drums, four female vocalists, two male lead vocalists, and a saxophone.

Songs ranged from standards such as “O Holy Night” to a song that sounded strangely like Brian Setzer’s Stray “Cat Strut.”

The Wizards of Winter call their holiday rock opera “Tales Beneath a Northern Star” which takes the audience on a “musical journey inside a snow globe in search of the true meaning of Christmas.” That’s the clearest description I can give you.

According to their website, “Tales Beneath a Northern Star” is based around the music of their self titled CD and their albums ” The Magic of WInter” and ” A Christmas Dream.”

We were invited to see the “Tales Beneath a Northern Star” concert at The King Center for Performing Arts.

The Wizards of Winter are not The Transiberian Orchestra, but they never meant to be.

To view The Wizards of Winter tour schedule, visit https://www.thewizardsofwinter.com/tour-dates.

Article by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
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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

straight couple

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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