R&R Oasis – Gay Owned Vacation Rental in Palm Springs

Author: , July 12th, 2019

R&R Oasis - Gay Owned Vacation Rental in Palm Springs

R&R Oasis – Beautifully decorated, 3 bedroom, 3 full bathrooms – is the perfect Palm Springs Retreat…Very comfortable home, where we aim for it to be your Home Away From Home.

The lush tropical pool and yard area, looks more like you are in Hawaii than in the desert. City ID # is 4242 TOT permit # is 7318.

This home is ideally located for convenience just off Hwy. 111 Easy access to 10 fwy. 3 minutes to downtown Palm Springs & 3 min. to Aerial Tramway.

2100 sq feet inside and lots more room with the outdoor living spaces. You will enter through locked gates to the beautifully landscaped yard, and then another locked gate at the front door, before arriving through the front entry with fish pond. Blackout drapes in all bedrooms & 4 charging stations. Lots of attention to details in this home.

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The Best of the Best, Part 2 – Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World

Author: , January 12th, 2019

Gaslight Inn - Seattle Gay Inn

In our last travel column we listed 5 of our favorite 10 Gay accommodations where we have stayed. Over 18 years years we have traveled coast to coast and have stayed in over 100 Gay owned resorts, hotels, motels and Bed and Breakfasts. We are listing the second 5 here. Most of them have been very fine experiences and some were just ‘so so’ and a few have not been very good. It is like in the old days about Gay bars. All you had to do was open a Gay bar and you automatically had a lot of business. However Gay bars in the country are fading fast and over half of them closed in the past 10 years.

Over 40 of the Gay owned accommodations where we have stayed over the years are no longer in business. Most closed due to lack of business, some owners either retired or gone into another business or have died. 90% of the ones that have closed was due to poor management either by the owners themselves or by their staff. In today’s world Gays demand and are accustomed to a nice clean and safe place to stay. We have stayed in places that never changed water or put new chemicals in their hot tub, had ratty linens and no personalized service. And then they wonder why they did not have any returning customers and had to go out of business. Thankfully, there are those owners who respect their customers and want them to return again and again. Good for them! Below is a list of the other 5 of the best, where we have stayed and have stayed several time with them where we have always had a great experience.

ESCAPE RESORT IN PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA

Escape Resort - Palm SpringsIt was purchased a few years ago by Mark and Greg who were originally from Denver. They have updated some things but kept the basic theme. We met most of the guests and they have been returning for years, from Germany, Australia and all over the world as well as all parts of America. The Resort has a great reputation. Mark and Greg KNOW how to treat their guests and is why so many return again and again. The resort is located within walking to downtown Palm Springs and to most of the Gay bars, so if you have a little too much to drink, you can always walk home. They have 12 rooms, from Queen to King to Suites and comes with TV, WiFi, individual climate control, DVD Players, luxury linens, bathrobes, iron and ironing board, digital safe, mini fridge and an outdoor private patio area. For those wanting to spend more than just a few days, they have kitchenettes so you can do your own cooking. Their website is www.escapepalmsprings.com and Email them at MyEscape@EscapePalmSprings.com or give them a call at 1.760.325.5269. or 1.800.621.6973

PIKES PEAK INN, IN WOODLAND PARK, COLORADO

Pikes Peak Inn - Woodland ParkTo get way from it all, we highly suggest staying the Pikes Peak Inn in Woodland, Colorado. If you ever need to get away from it all, then head to the High Mountains in Colorado. Pikes Peak Paradise Bed and Breakfast is THE place to go. It is located just 18 miles west of Colorado Springs and just to the south of Woodland Park also known as “The City Above The Clouds”. Woodland Park is located at 8,465 feet above sea level on the north slope of Pikes Peak and is surrounded by over a million acres of Pike National Forest. Pikes Peak Paradise B & B is located on 4 acres of private land. The views of the mountains and of Pikes Peak are breath-taking. And they are over 9,000 feet in elevation. All of the rooms/suites face south towards Pikes Peak. You are surrounded by trees mountains and more trees and mountains. You can watch deer everywhere. A full gourmet sit-down breakfast is served each day. In all of our travels, they make the finest gourmet breakfast! Ron Pijut is the owner and is a fabulous host. Check out their website at www.pikespeakparadise.com and their toll free number is 800-728-8282.

BROWN STREET INN IN IOWA CITY, IOWA

Brown Street Inn - Iowa CityIt is owned by Mark Ruggeberg and Bob Brooks. They have operated the Inn for more than 12 years. It is located at 430 Brown Street which is just a short walk to downtown. It is located in a lovely two story old home and decorated to perfection. Casual elegance in Iowa City’s historic Brown Street neighborhood. It is a 1913 Dutch Colonial Style Mansion and located on a very quiet street and within walking distance to downtown as well as to the University of Iowa campus. Mark and Bob are fabulous hosts. Their website is www.brownstreetinn.com Their toll free number to make reservations is 319.338.0435. Their email is info@brownstreetinn.com They have 5 rooms and one huge suite. They have a computer for guests as well as WiFi for those who bring their laptops. These gentlemen do EVERYTHING the right way.

GASLIGHT INN BED AND BREAKFAST IN SEATTLE, WASHINGTON

Gaslight Inn - SeattleThe Gaslight Inn B and B in Seattle is areal jewel. Their website is www.gaslight-inn.com and you can call them at (206) 325-3654. This Seattle bed and breakfast became a city-designated landmark 2015. Located on Capitol Hill, the city’s most exciting, convenient, walkable neighborhood – in the heart of gay Seattle. The Inn features great Northwest art, fireplaces in the lobby and in some guest rooms, and a heated seasonal pool in the back yard. Just minutes from downtown and Elliot Bay. Their address is 1727 15th Ave., Seattle, WA, 98122. Stephen Bennett is the owner and has owned it for many years. He has a lot of guests who return year after year. City bus stops are just a block away that will take you anywhere in the city that you would want to go. They have 8 furnished rooms in his magnificent Arts and Crafts home. This Seattle Bed and Breakfast became a city-designated landmark 2015.New Delhi Cafe - Eureka Springs

EUREKA SPRINGS IN ARKANSAS

(Donald and Ray with Mr. Bill, owner of the New Delhi Cafe)

What can be said about this beautiful hidden town in the Arkansas. It is truly the Gay Mecca in the entire Midwest! Travelers come from all over the Midwest and points beyond to visit there. Their are 26 listings on purpleroofs.com find the perfect B and B just for you. Eureka Springs has a population of just over 2,000 with most of the business Gay owned. Mayor Robert “Butch” Berry has done an outstanding job at bringing thousands of tourists throughout the years. This is a very laid back town where everybody gets along with everyone. While dining you might be sitting next to a black leather motorbike guy and on the other side a lady in a fur coat. We have visited Eureka many times over the years and it is always a very unique experience. When visiting BE SURE and go to the New Delhi Cafe located right downtown. Mr.Bill is the owner and a REAL Prince of a guy! https://newdelhieureka.com/styled/index.html. They have fabulous food, drink and a huge patio. Anyone who is somebody goes there!Check out purpleroofs.com for a complete listing on all the Bed and Breakfasts. Also check out https://www.eurekasprings.org/tag/lgbt/

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/

El Mirasol Villas – Palm Springs Gay Resortr

Author: , August 25th, 2018

El Mirasol Villas - Palm Springs Gay Resort

El Mirasol Villas is the original Palm Springs resort catering to gay men since 1975. Built by Howard Hughes in 1947, the hotel’s charm and privacy have preserved while offering the style and comfort sought by today’s gay traveler. Walled and gated, this private resort is in the Warm Sands area, only blocks away from downtown Palm Springs, gay nightlife, hiking, shopping, casino gambling and gourmet dining.

Meandering garden paths lead to bungalows, one or two bedroom suites and studios, two gorgeous clothing optional pools and a 10 man Jacuzzi/Spa with an outdoor shower. The hotel even features a eucalyptus steam room.

All rooms have California king beds, private baths, Flat Screen wireless TV and DVD players, some with kitchens and private patios.

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Hacienda at Warm Sands – Palm Springs Gay Resort

Author: , April 16th, 2018

Hacienda at Warm Sands

We invite you to get reacquainted with someone special, you, as our guest at The Hacienda at Warm Sands. Discover one of Palm Springs best kept little secrets: a stylishly spacious gay exclusive resort located in the heart of Warm Sands – Palm Springs gay Mecca.

Our accommodations are exceptionally spacious, with fully equipped kitchens (or kitchenettes), the majority designed to look like upscale bars featuring black granite countertops and cherry cabinetry. Accommodations include Grand Deluxe Fireplace Suites, Deluxe Suites, a Deluxe Junior Suite, a Junior Suite and a Patio Room.

Yes…the Hacienda at Warm Sands is easy to get to, but hard to leave. Many guests comment to us upon their return to The Hacienda that it feels so much like ‘coming home’. Let us help you feel the same way. The Hacienda at Warm Sands is the ideal getaway. Few places in the world offer ALL the expected services, amenities and elements of a sophisticated, warm, sun-filled, secret gay hideaway resort oasis – your home away from home.

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Running a Clothing Optional Resort – Gay Star News

Author: , March 29th, 2018

InnDulge Palm Springs

‘It’s a relaxed, welcoming, free environment. It makes people comfortable to be who they are. If that’s someone comfortable with their clothes on, great, or with their clothes off, also great. It’s about being in a safe, queer space.’

Jon Jackson and his husband Sandy Miller thought twice before buying Palm Springs’ gay, clothing-optional resort INNdulge in 2010. But little did they know what an amazing experience running the 31-room hotel would be.

Think midnight pool parties, making new friends from around the world, and spending their days in one of the US’s most amazing cities. Palm Springs is of course known for its huge LGBTI population, super cool art deco stylings and 300 days of sunshine a year.

InnDulge Palm Springs

‘We had this bad taste in our mouths,’ says Sandy, over Skype from the South California town now he calls home (both Jon and Sandy are originally from North Carolina). ‘We’d previously moved to San Francisco to save this restaurant we’d invested in. We ended up there for 18 months. It was miserable. Running a restaurant is a horrible business! When we came to purchase the hotel, there was this nagging doubt.’

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Photos: Franz Rodriguez via INNdulge Palm Springs

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway – Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World

Author: , December 29th, 2017

Palm Springs aerial tram car

If you have never been on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway you have certainly missed a very exciting experience. Thousands of visitors visit the city but have no idea what an educational experience it is take the Aerial Tramway.

Palm Springs has an altitude of only 479 feet however when you drive 15 minutes to the base of the Tramway Valley Station, you at 2,643 feet. Then you take the Tramway up to over 8,500 feet and the temperatures are 30 degrees cooler so be and proper clothing with you.

Palm Springs aerial tram car

It is the largest rotating aerial tramway in the world and opened in September, 1963.  It goes from the Coachella Valley to near the top of San Jacinto Peak. In 1998, the Tramway said that they were embarking on news cars and update its facilities.

In September of 2000, passengers first rode the world’s largest rotating tramcars.

Once you are at the top station, you have a large variety of things to see and do. They have a very upscale restaurant, Peaks Restaurant where we had a great lunch while overlooking the valley below. Ryan was our server and he did an outstanding job.They also have a Pines Cafe which is more informal and cafeteria style. They also have the Lookout Lounge for drinks and appetizers and a great gift shop.

You can walk outside on the Long Valley deck and view the beautiful Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

For those you like to ‘rough it’ you can a Guided Nature Walk or hike on your own in the over 50 miles of trails. They have three different hiking trails for novice, experienced as well as expert hikers. We chose not to take those hikes. Plus if you are very adventurous you can even go camping overnight!

In the downstairs Valley station they have a documentary movie showing the building of the Aerial Tramway. Visiting the Palm Springs Aerial Tram is one of the World’s greatest wonders and something that you remember for a lifetime.

As we travel around the country we are so fortunate to meet a lot of professional people. Greg Purdy, Vice President of Marketing and Public Affair or the Tramway  is one such person. We first met Greg when he was the Director of Marketing for the Palm Springs Follies. He is extremely professional. Thanks Greg for doing things the right way!

aerial tram ray and greg

For more information on the Aerial Tram; 888-515-8726 or email them at pstramway@pstramway.com and their website is www.pstramway.com

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/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Palm Springs, California

Author: , December 15th, 2017

Escape Palm Springs

We have been visiting Palm  Springs for many years but for some reason have not been back for about 6 or 7 years.  It is basically still the same and always fabulous. This  time we stayed at the Escape Resort which is one of the longest running, clothing-optional Gay resorts in the area.

Escape Palm SpringsIt was purchased a few years ago by Mark and Greg who were originally from Denver.  They have updated some things but kept the basic theme. We met most of the guests and they have been returning for years, from Germany, Australia and all over the world as well as all parts of America..  The Resort has a great reputation. Mark and Greg KNOW how to treat their guests and is why so many return again and again.

The resort is located within walking to downtown Palm Springs and to most of the Gay bars, so if you have a little  too much to drink, you can always walk home.

They have 12 rooms, from Queen to King to Suites and comes with TV,  WiFi, individual climate control, DVD Players, luxury linens, bathrobes, iron and ironing board, digital safe, mini fridge and an outdoor private patio area.  For those wanting to spend more than just a few days, they have kitchenettes so you can do your own cooking.

We really enjoyed having our continental breakfast on our  patio and looking up at the majestic mountains.  Their continental breakfast consists of gourmet coffees, teas and juices, cereals, yogurts and fresh fruit.  They also have a Video and Literature Library for guests.  There is plenty of off street parking that is safe. Besides the beautiful pool area, they also have a 15 man Hot Tub that is open 24 hours.

From your private patio area or from the pool or from the Hot Tub, the scenic mountain views are incredible. The Resort has lush trees and bushes and flowers including a lemon tree!

They are always nearly booked up solid so be sure and make your reservations early. They are located just a few blocks from downtown at 641 East San Lorenzo Road.  Email them at MyEscape@EscapePalmSprings.com

or give them a call at 1.760.325.5269. or 1.800.621.6973 Their website is www.escapepalmsprings.com

Different Gay resorts offers different things and the Escape Resort offers everything one would want.  You can be as private as you want or you can mingle with other guests at all hours of the day and night.  Mark and Greg are the  perfect hosts and will certainly assure that you have a wonderful time staying with them.  In our travels from coast to coast, this resort is one of the finest that we visited and we will for sure return on our next trip to Palm Springs.

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/

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Santiago Resort – Gay Palm Springs Resort

Author: , June 16th, 2017

Santiago Resort

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

Santiago Resort is a luxury boutique hotel in Palm Springs where men come to hit pause, be spoiled, and rediscover the bliss of completely giving in to the moment.

Santiago offers free breakfast, poolside lunch, and all-day refreshments in the cantina. The wealth of amenities includes the largest pool of any gay resort in Palm Springs, clean spacious remodeled rooms with either poolside or mountain views.

Santiago is conveniently located 1.5 miles from Downtown Palm Springs.

See the Santiago Resort Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Palm Springs Private Home – Palm Springs, California

Author: , May 22nd, 2017

Palm Springs Private Home

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

Palm Springs Private Home is located on a quiet cul de sac.

It has two bedrooms, master has a king with ensuite, and the second has a queen bed. There is a study with pull out queen sofa complete with fax and copy machine and house wide wifi and free calling long distance Canada and USA.

The living room has a smart tv with satellite service. The dining room seats 8. The kitchen is completely set up for home dining.

The patio set seats 4 and has a gas bbq. The salt water pool also has a spa. There is an adjoining casita with two bedrooms and two bathrooms but we would like to rent the house on its own.

If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Palm Springs, visit us at the Palm Springs Private Home.

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La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa – Palm Springs

Author: , December 14th, 2016

La Dolce Vita Resort & SpaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

La Dolce Vita Resort & Spa is an elegant, upscale, gay owned clothing optional resort in Palm Springs. We offer 28 guest rooms, accented with Italian touches, on just under an acre of land.

The Resort features cabanas where you can relax away from the heat of the desert, enjoy our two heated pools, soak away your cares in one of our two hot tubs, relax in our twelve man steam room, or work out in our outdoor exercise area. We foster a friendly, no attitude atmosphere.

Pamper yourself at our day spa with massages, facials, waxing and luxurious body treatments designed for men and performed only by male therapists.

The entire resort is clothing optional – enjoy the warmth of the Palm Springs sun on your naked skin.

The property is blanketed with micro misters, which spray a fine water mist into the air and cool the ambient temperature as much as ten degrees.

We also offer many opportunities for our guests to meet each other, including breakfast & social hours in the evening.

You can enjoy beautiful sunsets over the San Jacinto Mountains, and stroll through our gardens – fruit trees, palms, cacti, stone sculptures and fountains

Our gay resort is close to all the gay bars, restaurants, and shops in Palm Springs. Palm Springs hosts some of the largest gay events in the country, including Jeffrey Sanker’s White Party, Palm Springs Gay Pride and Palm Springs Gay Leather Pride.

Palm Springs has one of the largest gay and lesbian populations per capita in the country, and is also one of the top 2 destinations for gay travel.

We also offer free wifi internet access, and a computer internet station for guest use. There’s a safe in each room that’s big enough to hold a laptop computer.

Each of our rooms has AVEDA bath products for gay men who expect the best, as well as spa bath robes.

By the end of the evening, as you stare up at the stars, you’ll have arrived at La Dolce Vita, “The Sweet Life”.

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