Eureka Springs, Arkansas – We spent six days exploring the Ozarks and what we found was amazing!

Author: , October 9th, 2016

Eureka Springs photo by Steven Skelley

Eureka SpringsArkansas – We spent six days exploring the Ozarks and what we found was amazing!

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

We had no idea what to expect when we were invited to visit Arkansas and Missouri. We spent six days exploring Eureka Springs and the Ozarks and what we found was amazing!

* Famous natural springs, lakes and rivers – check! ( or Eureka Springs Waterways)
* Beautiful rolling hills – check! ( or Eureka Springs Visitors Guide)
* Artists and art galore – check! ( or Eureka Springs Gallery Association)
* Pioneering citizens for equal rights – check! ( or Diversity Weekend)
* Historic and picturesque downtown – check! ( or Eureka Springs Chamber)
* LGBT relocation and business hotspot – check! ( or Out In Eureka)
* Spooky historic hotel – check! (1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa)
* Significant architecture – check! (Thorncrown Chapel)
* Mayor with a cool nickname – check! (Butch Berry)

We spent the night in a spooky hotel complete with a ghost tour. We strolled the historic streets and spoke with award winning artists. We enjoyed delicious meals ranging from upscale to something called ArkMex.

We had dinner with Eureka Springs Mayor Robert Dale “Butch” Berry. This is what he told us about Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

In one sentence, how would you describe Eureka Springs?

Eureka Springs, clinging to limestone walls, nestled in the mountains and surrounded by water, is a vibrant, authentic and historic cultural “island” in Northwest Arkansas known for its arts, architecture and culinary uniqueness.

How is Eureka Springs unique in architecture, dining and lodging?

Eureka Springs is the only town which has been listed in its entirety by its (1969) city limits on the National Register of Historic Places with National Significance.

Area restaurants can satisfy anyone’s appetite with everything from down-home Southern classics to romantic, candlelit dinners. With over 80 restaurants in the area that has award-winning restaurants serving savory Czech-German dishes, authentic Italian cuisine and spicy East Indian fare. You’ll find Mediterranean, Chinese, Irish, Mexican, Cajun, and Thai as well. You can also enjoy lunch or dinner on a dining car at Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway.

When it comes to lodging, cozy up in a downtown B&B, historic hotels, modern motel, a romantic private suite or cottage, or a cabin in the woods. And if you want to spend the night in a treehouse or with a lion or tiger in your backyard, we have that too!

How has Eureka Springs become such a home for talented artists and a destination for art lovers?

Artists have been flocking to Eureka Springs since the early 1920’s to live in naturally creative setting free from distraction and rich with inspiration.

Louis and Elsie Freund started the ‘art colony’ phenomenon in the 40’s when they opened an art school in Eureka. As nationally known WPA muralists and artists, the Freund’s attracted folks from around the country. They also organized some of the first art fairs and artisan workshops in the area.

Quickly, galleries opened downtown, art festivals were born. The May Festival of the Arts will celebrate 30 years in 2017!

Today, we have over 48 galleries, more than 350 working artists,  the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, Opera in the Ozarks, Melonlight Dance Theater, Eureka Springs Plein Air Festival and the Eureka Springs Artist Studio Tour, to name a few.

Artists like to live where other artists live and visitors appreciate their craft – Eureka Springs is that place.

How is Eureka Springs a destination for family travel?

Deep in the Ozark Mountains, Eureka Springs is a family paradise just brimming with activities – The Great Passion Play, one of the nation’s largest large cat sanctuaries, Turpentine Creek, and a Zipline over our valleys.

The city has over 63 springs and is surrounded by two rivers and three lakes with great fishing, smooth water for canoe or kayak floats, boating, jet skiing and paddle boarding.

Plus a 1600-acre city park, one of the largest city parks in the US, twice as large as Central Park, that is crisscrossed with 25 miles of hiking and biking trails and then there are several caves in the area available for touring.

Over 1.3 million visitors a year agree!

How is Eureka Springs a destination for LGBT travel?

Eureka Springs is the only city in Arkansas with a full non-discrimination ordinance clearly stating that Eureka Springs embraces equality, diversity and welcomes EVERYBODY.

Eureka Springs celebrates the LGBT community several times a year with Diversity Weekends.

Many of the galleries, restaurants, lodging and shops are LGBT owned.

Eureka Springs understands that equality and diversity are good for business, quality of life and essential for the arts, culture and entrepreneurial growth of Eureka Springs


If the word eureka means “I’ve found it,” then Eureka Springs, Arkansas may be the most perfectly named city in the USA.

For more information about Eureka Springs, Arkansas, visit or

Check our USA Spotlight for more of our articles about Eureka Springs, the Ozarks, and Branson, Missouri.


Article and photos by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing
Sunny Harbor Publishing
PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956
Phone: 321-446-7552

Serendipity B&B Gay Friendly Ocean City, New Jersey Bed & Breakfast

Author: , October 2nd, 2016

Serendipity B&B

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

Welcome to the Serendipity Bed & Breakfast, a year-round oasis by the sea, where you can walk to the beach and the Ocean City Boardwalk, just 1/2 block away!

Serendipity Bed & Breakfast was originally built in 1912, and is completely air conditioned. The inn is full of natural light, with many windows in 6 beautifully decorated rooms. We offer many guest amenities, including cable television, VCR’s, a/c, private (or shared) bathrooms, ceiling fans, hair dryers and clock radios.

We prepare healthy, flavorful meals for our guests, and are happy to accommodate vegetarian, vegan, heart-healthy, and high-protein diets.

Mornings are delightful at Serendipity Bed & Breakfast – you’ll wake to the tantalizing aroma of fresh-brewed coffee and home-baked goods. Enjoy a tasty, healthy breakfast on the garden veranda, or dine in our large dining room with private seating and the morning’s newspaper.

There are many great things to do here in the Ocean City area – we’re just fifteen minutes south of Atlantic City and thirty minutes from Cape May. Here are a few other suggestions for spending time in Ocean City:

  • Rent a bike and explore the island

  • People watch from Serendipity’s front porch
  • See a beautiful Ocean City sunrise
  • Take a ride on the Merry-Go-Round at Gillian’s Wonderland
  • Relax at the beach with an umbrella and a good book
  • Play miniature golf
  • Stroll the Boardwalk
  • Take in the music of the fabulous Ocean City Pops

There are also a number of great attractions in the area, including:

  • Asbury Avenue’s Gallery of Shops

  • Corson’s Inlet State Park
  • Atlantic City’s Shows & Casinos (8 miles)
  • Scenic 40-Mile Ocean Drive
  • Cape May County Park/Zoo
  • Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
  • Belleplain State Forest
  • Cold Spring Village
  • Wheaton Village & The Museum of American Glass
  • Batsto Village
  • Somers Mansion

At Serendipity B&B, we run our accommodations as an inn – locking our front door (you have the combination) for guest security. You can come and go as you wish!

We invite you to share the magic of the Ocean City seashore. Come visit us, and unwind at Serendipity.

See the Serendipity B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in New Jersey

Chanric Inn B&B – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Calistoga, California

Author: , September 16th, 2016

Chanric Inn

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

Welcome to a celebrated new lifestyle of bed & breakfast travel. The Chanric Inn Bed & Breakfast is a lush oasis providing a stylish ambiance, sensual amenities and tantalizing sustenance. Enviably located in the natural spa town of Calistoga, The Chanric is central to the finest wineries, restaurants and activities Napa Valley and Sonoma have to offer.

Enjoy the elegant, muted color palette of your private room and bath.

Slumber in heavenly beds with fluffy down comforters. Luxuriate in high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, thick, Pima cotton towels and plush bath robes.

Light the candles and let the night take you away…


  • Pool, spa and sauna

  • Property-wide Wi-Fi
  • Select beverages provided throughout your stay
  • Wake up coffee service
  • Breakfast brunch served restaurant style, whenever you choose
  • Menu honors dietary considerations
  • King and Queen size beds
  • High thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Thick, Pima Cotton towels
  • Lush bathrobes
  • Fluffy down comforters and pillows on heavenly beds
  • Aveda and Neutrogena bath amenities
  • Special event packages available upon request

Come spend some time in the Napa Valley wine country, and stay with us in beautiful, quiet Calistoga.

See the Chanric Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Napa

Casa Ocotillo – Gay Palm Springs Resort

Author: , September 11th, 2016

Casa Ocotillo

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

Welcome to Palm Springs’ Finest gay place to stay…Casa Ocotillo, a luxury vacation accommodation for gay men in a 1934 Mexican Hacienda tucked away behind gates on over one-half acre of lushly landscaped grounds. Nestled at the foot of the San Jacinto Mountains in old Palm Springs, this property offers you all of the best features for your Palm Springs vacation.

From the moment that you arrive, you’ll realize that you have entered a special place that you can call “home” while visiting Palm Springs. This gated compound offers you the ultimate in luxury and privacy. The wonderful grounds will envelope you in an oasis setting with lush tropical plantings, gardens and even a citrus grove where you can pick your own morning fruit (when in season). The spectacular mountain views are breathtakingly beautiful as the mountains soar thousands of feet above you.

Each suite has been uniquely designed to provide you a warm, welcoming hospitality. The wonderful Hacienda style setting makes Casa Ocotillo the perfect place to invite the out-of-doors into your living space and fully enjoy the beautiful climate.

Our guests experience unparalleled resort-like accommodations and services designed especially for gay men in a personal hideaway you can call your very own. This is truly your own private resort in the desert, away from the hustle and bustle, and yet minutes from the excitement of downtown Palm Springs.

Uniquely decorated Bungalows & Suites individually designed with your personal comfort and privacy in mind

  • Private in-suite Baths

  • Oversized showers with Rain Heads & Seats
  • Outside Entrances
  • Private Porches/Patios
  • Heated Salt Water Pool and Spa with outside Fireplace
  • TV/CD/DVD/VHS/Cable in each bedroom
  • King Size Beds with Luxury Linens
  • Judith Jackson Spa Products
  • Expanded Continental Breakfast
  • Plush Robes, Hair Dryers, Iron and Ironing Board
  • Ceiling Fans
  • High Speed Internet-Wireless and plug-in
  • Guest Computer, Fax and copying service
  • Pet Friendly rooms available (ask for pet policies)
  • Walking Distance to Downtown Palm Springs Village
  • Guest Service Kitchen
  • Laundry facilities
  • Smoke-free indoor environment (Smoking permitted anywhere outside)
  • Clothing Optional Sunbathing around Pool and Hot Tub
  • Secure Motor Court Parking Behind Remote Controlled Gate
  • Complimentary Hollywood Video Library with over 1000 titles
  • Come visit us in Gay Palm Springs and stay at this beautiful, upscale men’s resort.

See the Casa Ocotillo Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Palm Springs

Liberty Garden Suites – Interview With Owners of Gay Accommodations in Dania Beach, Florida

Author: , September 8th, 2016

Liberty Garden Suites
Dania Beach, Florida

Gay owned and operated garden suites between Fort Lauderdale and Haulover Beach

By Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong

liberty-garden-suites-smallLiberty Suites in Dania Beach has been our favorite south Florida gay resort for years. Now rebranded as Liberty Garden Suites with a new look and focus, we know it will be a success with gay travelers looking for gay owned and operated accommodations just minutes from Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport and the world-famous clothing-optional Haulover Beach.

We chatted with owners Joe Van Eron and Jack Zimmerman.

How would you describe Liberty Garden Suites in one sentence?

We are sure you will love our unique “Piece of Tropical Paradise” with attractive, immaculately clean, turn key, self-catering accommodations, and the company of our Gentlemen Guests.

What makes Liberty Garden Suites unique?

We are centrally located in Greater Fort Lauderdale in Historic Dania Beach, just 5 minutes south of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades, and are the closest Gay Accommodation to the World Famous Nude Beach at Haulover. Everyday conveniences of markets, restaurants & shops are within blocks, and we are short 15-20 minute drive to all Gay Greater Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors Nightlife and Attractions, as well as 5 Casinos including the new Casino @ Dania Beach..

The entire property is lushly landscaped and offers clothing optional sundeck, outdoor living room, patio dining with BBQ, Hot Tub/Spa, complimentary laundry facility and private off street parking. Each apartment is uniquely decorated, has private adjoining outdoor patio space, all with full kitchens and perfectly set up with all the amenities for vacation or longer term “Home Away from Home” Stays.

How would you describe your guests?

There are so few properties left that still offer a safe secure and private environment for exclusively Gay Vacation Rentals….our clients remain mostly mature, retired, well educated, successful and upscale Gay Men, singles and couples….which we believe there is a continued market, mostly with the aging boomers… as you know the Gay travel world has substantially changed, especially with the younger generations…the vacation rental market has exploded with Airbnb, Home Away, and the hundreds of other sites….and they no longer have to be so protective as we did in the early years and travel to large cites with Gay populations and Gay villages, and stay in safe Gay Guesthouses, and patronize strictly gay bars and restaurants….which I think is just wonderful…especially when I remember that I got my first apartment in Manhattan in January of 1969, 6 months before the Stonewall riots… “WE’VE COME A LONG WAY BABY !!”

Do you have any upcoming specials or packages?

Currently we are offering Summer Specials with rates as low as $79/Night and $495/Week….through September 30th …and as always during the off peak season we continue to accommodate longer term relocation stays as we remain an affordable and more pleasant alternative for those relocating in or out of the area, as well as extended business stays…and as Always, Pet Welcome.

For more information, visit

Liberty Garden Suites
1500 SW 2nd Avenue
Dania Beach (South Fort Lauderdale), FL 33004
Phone or Text: (954) 927-0090

steven-skelley-and-thomas-routzongArticle by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
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Phone: 321-446-7552
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Puerto Vallarta Mexico for Gay Spring Break!!

Author: , August 31st, 2016




Puerto Vallarta for Spring Break? You bet!! In the August 29, 2016 Press Release the top selling destinations for Spring Break 2017 are Cancun, Punta Cana, Puerto Vallarta and Puerto Plata.

What about for the LGBT Spring Breaker?  It is even better. The Puerto Vallarta Mexico Gay scene is hopping in the Romantic Zone. With more gay bars than most larger international destinations, there is no limit to the bar fun for the gay spring breaker. Mr Flamingos, La Noche, Wet Dreams, to CC Slaughter’s and even the more sensual Spartacus Spa…There is even a gay bar hopping tour for all the best in one VIP Night! Get on the Wet and Wild Gay Boat cruise and the zip line to round out your adventure in Mexico’s #1 Gay Destination.

Where to stay? Casa Cupula Gay Hotel, Almar Resort and Pinnacle Resorts have great travel packages for spring break. Check Hotel Mercurio, Pinata PV, Casa Muni, Hacienda Escondida, Villa Savana for other gay choices for your ultimate LGBT spring break.

Dining Options for Spring Break? Puerto Vallarta is second only to Mexico City in terms of where to eat. Everything from street tacos to fine dining. Perfect for the Spring Breakers budget! The luxurious Mantamar Beach Club just held a summer foam pool party that would have made any LGBT spring breaker feel right at home.

So looking for the ultimate gay spring break destination?  Puerto Vallarta will top your list!

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge – Gay San Ignacio, Belize Accommodations

Author: , August 20th, 2016

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge

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

Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge is a gay friendly, green conscious, authentic rainforest ecolodge destination centrally located in the heartland of the Maya and between San Ignacio Town and the Mountain Pine Ridge. Being an authentic naturalist Belize Jungle Lodge our facilities are designed with your comfort in mind with a commitment to having a low impact on the environment. Also, as a sustainable lodge we produce our own electricity and water.

Our accommodations in the Cayo District consists of six nicely appointed rustic style cabanas with private baths,soaps, shampoos, linens, hot and cold shower, queen size bed,and some with twin single beds, a private screened deck with seatings, fans, electricity and daily housekeeping.

Our Maya Restaurant features farm fresh to table using mostly locally produced organic ingredients. we offer a fusion of Belizean, Italian, American, Asian and Mexican dishes.

The Tribal Bar serving an assortment of imported and locally produced liquors, wines, beers and cocktails. Our tropical cocktails are made with fresh and natural organic fruits juices.

The property also consists of five miles well groomed nature trails , Macal River front property with easy access to sandy beach with seatings, board games, lending library, darts, volleyball, palapas with hammocks, offsite tours to ancient Maya sites, waterfalls, caving,canoeing, horseback riding along with night walks, bird tours and pristine Macal River tubing available on site on our 50 acre Nature Reserve. In addition, our guests have access to free Wi-Fi during daylight hours which could be affected by weather conditions, as we are served by satellite.

We offer an exotic adventure destination where you will immerse yourself in an authentic natural jungle setting. Ideal for couples, families, retreats, naturalists, ornithologists, spelunkers, yoga retreats, family reunions, friends getaway.

Belize, land of enchantment where you will find an amazing amount of ecological and cultural bio-diversity. In Belize you will find mountains, abundance in flora and fauna, ancient mayan archaoelogical sites, extensive cave systems, rivers, waterfalls, savanahs, mangroves, coral reefs, islands, seashore, and much much more. You will be surprised on the amount of bio-diversity in the many ecosystems of Belize.

There is also a rainbow of cultural diversity in Belize for you will find Creole, Maya, Mestizo, East Indian, Chinese, Amish and Mennonites.

See the Macaw Bank Jungle Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Belize

Gay Hotels in Gran Canaria – Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 15th, 2016

Gran Canaria gay hotels

Gran Canaria has long been a gay destination for the gay boys. The Yumbo Centre is made up of gay bars, clubs and shops and forms the base of the gay scene on the island.

There’s a variety of excellent gay friendly and exclusively gay accommodation in Gran Canaria, whether it’s bungalows, resorts or boutique hotels. Here’s our 5 unique gay hotels to stay in Gran Canaria we discovered:


Gay Paso Chico is a male only gay hotel in Playa del Ingles and the ideal place to stay with a group of friends or for solo travellers who want to party and be based near Yumbo Centre. It’s also walking distance to the sand dunes and the famous gay beach at Kiosk #7.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Canary Islands Gay Travel Resources

Provincetown Celebrates Carnival

Author: , August 9th, 2016

Carnival returns to Provincetown August 13 -19 with a ‘Back to the 80’s’ theme.  Carnival is one ofCarnival 2009i Massachusett’s largest outdoor festivals and is always a highlight of the Provincetown summer.  A Carnival highlight every year is the Carnival Parade, this year on Thursday, August 18th.  Other events include The Love Boat Cruise on Sunday, August 14th, The Pool Party on Monday, August 15th and numerous dance parties.  For a full listing of events check out the Provincetown Business Guild’s web site.

For last minute planners looking for Provincetown lodging  The Somerset House Inn has a four night stay for Carnival checking in on Friday, August 13th and a three night stay checking in on Saturday, August 14th.  We would love to have you stay with us at The Somerset House Inn, please give us a call (508-487-0383) or go on-line to make your reservations. 

Fall is also a great time to visit Provincetown, reservations for the Fall including The Tennessee Williams Festival, Mates Leather Weekend, Columbus Day Weekend, Women’s Week and Halloween weekend are now being accepted.

Click here to make your Provincetown reservations. 

Dan and his partner Bob own The Somerset House Inn, a modern B&B in the perfect Provincetown location.  Located on Commercial Street it’s across the street from the Cape Cod Bay and you are steps away from dining, shopping and Provincetown’s nightlife.

AMTRAK and GSBA Host LGBTQ Honeymoon Train Contest

Author: , July 21st, 2016

Rainbow AmericaWe’ve been in contact with AMTRAK about their current contest celebrating LGBTQ PRIDE Month.

AMTRAK and the Greater Seattle Business Association have created a contest for LGBTQ couples to win a trip on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight and one-night stay at the Seattle Sheraton.

Here’s what they said:

To celebrate LGBTQ PRIDE month and show its continued support of the LGBTQ community, Amtrak announced today that it has partnered with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) to launch a contest for LGBTQ couples.

This contest offers LGBTQ couples a chance to enter to win a trip on Amtrak’s Coast Starlight complete with a complimentary one-night stay at the Seattle Sheraton.

The Honeymoon Train features roomette service for two people and travels from Seattle to the San Francisco Bay Area. To enter and view the official contest rules, couples should visit This contest runs from June 25, 2016– Sep. 6, 2016, with the winning couple being selected on Sep 14, 2016.

“Amtrak is excited and proud to show its support of the LGBTQ community through this unique partnership with GSBA,” said Darlene Abubakar, Senior Director, National Advertising and Marketing Programs, Amtrak. “Amtrak strives to continually demonstrate its commitment to diversity and inclusion, and the Honeymoon Train is just one example of the many consumer promotions we activate throughout the year.”

The GSBA is a vibrant community organization with a mission to foster business development, social action and leadership opportunities within the LGBTQ community.

In addition to this partnership with GSBA, Amtrak is celebrating Pride Month with its support of Festivals in Washington, DC, New York City, Seattle and St. Louis.

For more information, visit or

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