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…

Features:

  • 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 http://libertysuites.com/

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

steven-skelley-and-thomas-routzongArticle by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong
Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publishing
Sunny Harbor Publishing, PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956
Phone: 321-446-7552
Email: SunnyHarborPublishing@yahoo.com
Website: www.SunnyHarborPublishing.org or www.GayTravelersMagazine.com

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:

#1 GAY PASO CHICO

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 www.TravelGaySeattle.com. 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 http://www.Amtrak.com or http://www.YourTrainStory.com

Steven Skelley and Thomas RoutzongArticle by Steven Skelley and Thomas Routzong. Copyright 2016 Sunny Harbor Publish
ing.

Contact Us: Sunny Harbor Publishing, PO Box 560318, Rockledge, FL 32956.

Phone: 321-446-7552.

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He Opened Doors for Gay Travelers

Author: , June 14th, 2016

Edward Sotomayor Jr.

Here is one of the stories from the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. It’s important, I think, that we tell the stories of those who lost their lives in this terrible event.

Born in Sarasota, Fla., to a Puerto Rican father, Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34, made it his life’s mission to open doors for gay travelers, especially in Latin America.

He was proud of his Puerto Rican heritage. And as the national brand manager for a travel agency that catered to gay people, he organized what the company’s owner, Al Ferguson, called the first ever gay cruise to Cuba.

“There was so much fear in the American gay community to go to Cuba because of how they would be perceived and treated and potential security risks,” Mr. Ferguson, 54, said. “And Eddie was probably one of the leading voices to say Cuba was exceptionally safe for the gay community, and Cuba was really anxious to welcome the gay community. And it turned out to be true.”

During the trip, in April, Mr. Sotomayor and Mr. Ferguson met with Mariela Castro, Raúl Castro’s daughter and a prominent gay rights advocate there. The two men also posed in front of a poster left over from President Obama’s trip.

And instead of sleeping on the ship during their stay in Havana, Mr. Sotomayor found an Airbnb rental near the Malecon, an esplanade along the coast. The company later told him it was one of the first rentals in Cuba, and asked him to write a review.

By Benjamin Mueller – Full Story at The New York Times

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Airline Traveling This Summer

Author: , June 4th, 2016

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TSA airline linesOh, the horrors of airline traveling this summer. Since 9/11 it has gotten worse and worse and even worse if that is possible. Now it is even worse! Lines at the TSA are getting longer and longer and taking forever to go thru. People are missing their flights because of this and people are getting extremely fed up and frustrated.

The Transportation Security Agency’s “Precheck program” is designed to fix that problem and move the lines much quicker however only about 2.75 million people have enrolled to date which is far below projections.

The TSA wants to have at least 25 million people signed up by 2019 for federal ‘trusted traveler’ programs for domestic travel, and Global Entry which is the program for International travelers operated by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. And just what is this “Precheck program”? You can complete the online application or you can complete the entire process in person at an application center. Schedule an appointment by calling 855. 347.8371 weekdays, 8 A.M. to 10 P.M. Eastern Time.

TSA airline dogWalk-ins are welcome but appointments take priority. Visit an applications center to provide required documentation and be fingerprinted. Be sure and bring your current U.S. passport or a driver’s license and birth certificate. Pay a non-refundable fee of $85.00 which will last for 5 years. Payment may be made with a credit card, money order,company check or a certified or cashier’s check. You can obtain a ‘precheck’ at most airports.

It takes about 10 days to two weeks to get your ‘precheck” number in the mail. Then whenever you make an airline reservation, be sure and give them that number, otherwise you will need to stand in the regular lines. Those who have this ‘pass’ do not have to remove their shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. Since you are in a special line, naturally the wait time is much shorter or at least that is the way the system should work! For more information on the TSA’s Precheck program, check out: www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/apply and https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/airlines-airports

airline virginSpeaking of airlines, the latest reports out on the good and the bad and the ugly for airline companies, the ratings for the best down to the worst according to CNN : Virgin America, JetBlue, Delta, Hawaiian, Alaska, Southwest, SkyWest, United, Express Jet, American, Frontier, Envoy Air and Spirit at the bottom. The major complaints are the rise of ticket changing prices, lack of improvement of airline amenities, and most of all NO SERVICE once you are in the air. A great website to visit about airline complaints can be found at www.airlinecomplaints.org/

Some things in life we can handle and other things we just have to simply grin and bear it. At this point in history and especially when flying we really have few choices. So it is best to always take a book or two or three with you and just relax and don’t sweat the small things in life that you have absolutely no control over. Getting all worked up and getting your blood pressure going sky high is not the answer.

As for us, we have not flown in the past 15 years. Since we live in the middle of the country and have the time, we always drive from coast to coast. Sure, once in a while there is a traffic jam or something like that but it is never for a very long time. We can dine where we want to and enjoy the scenery along the way. However we fully understand that there are a lot of travelers out there that do not have the luxury of time that we do and have to fly.

Good luck this summer in your traveling and hopefully all of your airline traveling will be safe and with no major time delays or anything like that. Just remember do not sweat the things that you cannot control and enjoy yourself with a good book.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/