River Spruce Cabins – Lesbian Owned Colorado Vacation Rentals

Author: , February 14th, 2019

River Spruce Cabins

River Spruce Cabins is a magical place to visit on Colorado’s Big Thompson River, whether you’re coming during the winter or in the summer.

When you arrive, unwind by the river and enjoy the serenity and splendor of the outdoors, or enjoy a cozy cabin equipped with all the comforts of home. Your backyard leads into the paths and trails that mark the magnificence of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park, Colorado offers many things for you to explore and discover when you come here, including the historic, famous Rocky Mountain National Park.

See the River Spruce Cabins Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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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.

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/

Swiftcurrent Lodge – Estes Park Gay Friendly Vacation Rental Cabins

Author: , October 25th, 2018

Swiftcurrent Lodge - Estes Park Gay Friendly Vacation Rental Cabins

The Swiftcurrent Lodge is an excellent choice for year-round vacation getaways.

We take pride in our clean & comfortable accommodations, and we have some of the best rates you’ll find in Estes Park. We have 12 units total, 8 have kitchens or kitchenettes, 9 units are riverside, the other 3 units are mere steps away from the river.

We are right on the Big Thompson River with walking/hiking trails into Rocky Mountain National Park only 300 yards from your doorstep.

See the Swiftcurrent Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Estes Park with Kids – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 15th, 2018

Estes Park with Kids

Colorado is full of all kinds of wonderful small towns, from old mining towns to ski villages, the prairie and the mountains. Our favorite Colorado mountain town is Estes Park. It’s cute, surrounded by epic landscapes and is the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park. We escaped the bustle of Denver for four days and have come up with our best activities for families planning to do Estes Park with kids.

If you aren’t into lounging by the pool, Estes Park is going to be your new favorite getaway (and I’m sure there are a few pools to lounge by there too).  Check out our top things to do in Estes Park with kids.

Locale of Estes Park, Colorado

Let’s just say this now, no matter what day you’re heading to Estes Park with kids (or for a grown up getaway) be sure to leave early in the day before rush hour. You’ll no doubt be coming from Denver, and while traffic isn’t half as bad as LA or Seattle, driving on the 25 during peak traffic hours is a lengthy, irritating experience. If you can do the drive against traffic or in off-hours, it should take less than 1.5 hours to get to Estes Park.

Estes Park is set just up into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The Big Thompson River runs through the town as several small forks, converging just east of the city. This makes getting your bearings in town a little tricky at first, but once you’ve driven through a few times you’re good to go.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Queer Denver With Kids – 2TravelDads

Author: , July 18th, 2018

Queer Colorado With Kids

We love time in the Rocky Mountains, but it’s rare that we get to enjoy it in Colorado. We’re exploring Denver and beyond this week and it’s started with a bang! Planning for the family to visit Colorado was as simple as Googling “Denver + hiking + kids + science”. OMG. Let’s just say that it’s given us the perfect Denver area itinerary for the week.

We’ve partnered up with Visit Colorado, Visit Denver and Visit Estes Park to make sure that we can experience and share our most interesting and totally Colorado sites. If you have some ideas for places for us to visit or any insider tips, please share!

Starting in Denver: Lunch at Steuben’s

We landed in Denver to blue skies and no traffic. Score! After picking up our car and heading into the city, we immediately sought out lunch (even if it was a bit earlier than normal). We headed right to Steuben’s Uptown on the recommendation of a friend and it was ideal for the family. Straight out of the 60s, it was a great taste of Denver with healthy options as a standard for kids and craft beer at the ready for the dads. With roasted chicken, Philly cheese and edamame with cucumbers, we were set. And driving around the neighborhood we saw many more cool foodie spots that we MUST come back to. Just another reason to Visit Colorado more often.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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The Nest – Boulder Lesbian Owned Cottage

Author: , June 14th, 2018

The Nest - Boulder Lesbian Owned Cottage

Nestled into the Front Range of Boulder, is our cottage, The Nest. It is a separate dwelling, behind our house, with its own access. Parking is on the street in front of our house, in our neighborhood. One will walk up our driveway and through a back door that leads to a beautiful array of plant life. There is a short walk through the gardens and a few stairs.

The Nest is a converted garage which at other times has been a pottery studio and a retreat space. It has pine floors, an attached bathroom with tiled shower and has a brand new dual heat and air conditioner. There is a petite patio which is just yours to enjoy. Festoon lighting with umbrella and chairs lends itself well to al fresco dining, perfect for morning coffee or dining with take out. We offer TV with Nettflix and free Wi-Fi in your room.

We are a smoke free property. We use fragrance free and plant based cleaning products. There are a couple appliances: a microwave and a small refrigerator . We offer organic coffee and teas, along with their accompanying sweeteners and creams.

There are restaurants 3 blocks away and it is a little over a mile to the Pearl Street Mall where renowned restaurants of the Farm to Table movement are in abundance. A few minutes away there are also grocery stores, pharmacies, laundry, banking, post office, bus routes, North Boulder Park and bike rentals.

See the Nest’s Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Family Skiing in Vail – 2TravelDads

Author: , May 19th, 2018

Family Skiing in Vail, Colorado - 2TravelDads

You may or may not know this, but we (Rob and Chris) aren’t big skiers. In fact we avoid it, but there are loads of incredible people and adventurous parents that love to ski with their family. One of our 2TravelDads writing team, Rich, is all about skiing with the fam, especially teaching his young daughter to ski. Family skiing in Vail, Colorado is one of their favorite winter activities and Rich is here to share just how to do family skiing in Vail… with a toddler.

Skiing is both a solitary and social endeavor. Alone, you negotiate down a mountain with planks bound to your feet, gliding on snow, going 50 mph. The winter wonderland scenery, the rush of adrenaline, the fear of a painful wipe-out is also best when shared with the whole family. My husband, Brian and I are very avid and dedicated skiers and we’ve chase pow from the French Alps to Chile to Japan. When we both dreamed of eventually becoming Dads we wondered “can we still ski regularly and be parents?”

While it can be logistical challenge to check skis, snowboards, boot bags, pack ‘n play, suit cases, etc., it can also be a very worthwhile experience your child will remember and cherish. As long as you keep your expectations in line, center the activities around family, and come back in one piece, you can make it work. I can’t think of better place to do this than the beautiful and surprisingly accessible town of Vail, Colorado.

Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Frisco Lodge – Gay Friendly Frisco Bed & Breakfast

Author: , October 25th, 2017

Frisco Lodge - Gay friendly Frisco Bed & Breakfast

The Frisco Lodge is a gay friendly Frisco bed & breakfast nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. We first opened our doors in 1885 as a stagecoach stop for the miners on their way to strike in rich in Idaho Springs. Stay in our historic lodge and travel back in time.

As soon as you enter the Frisco Lodge, you will be immersed in yesteryear with Victorian ambiance. We offer much more than a place to sleep. Enjoy our complimentary bicycles, Wi-Fi, HD TV’s equipped with digital channels and a movie library.

After your mountain adventure, relax in our soothing outdoor hot tub and warm up by our adjoining fireplace. During the evening we offer a tantalizing happy hour with hors d’oeuvre and two glasses of wine. Each morning we serve a picture worthy breakfast complete with lattes and cappuccinos. Our homemade Belgian waffles and freshly cut fruit will give you the energy to take on our majestic Colorado landscapes.

Our family-owned bed and breakfast has been delighting guests for 57 years. We believe in, “Your Home Away from Home,” mantra to ensure your stay in the mountains are a memorable one. We have kings, queens, doubles and family suites to accommodate any sized party.

We are located right in the heart of Main Street for convenient shopping and dining. Frisco, Colorado adjacent to five world class ski resorts and offers a free bus to get from town to town. Our lodge has a bus stop a block from our front door.

The area also has a slew of activities to do between snowfalls and especially in the summer. We hope you let us wine and dine you on your next mountain exploration.

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Pikes Peak Paradise B&B – Woodland Park Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , August 16th, 2017

Pikes Peak Paradise B&B

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

Pikes Peak Paradise offers amazing panoramic views of Pikes Peak and a million acres of Pikes National Forest – the best views in the area on over four wooded acres.

Ron and Michael have renovated this Pikes Peak boutique B&B with imported euro modern furnishings, and a beautiful collection of fine art. Our five updated guest suites offer brand-new 1000-1200 thread-count linens, plush down pillows and comforters, duvet covers, Egyptian cotton towels, and Soybu Robes.

Luxury amenities at Pikes Peak Paradsie include private in-room 2 person Jacuzzi tubs, hot tubs that hold up to 4, baths, fireplaces and decks. We also offer wireless internet access, Flat Screen TVs, Code Free CD/DVD Players, romantic music and over six hundred films on DVD. In addition to our wonderful gourmet breakfasts, we offer snacks and soft drinks throughout the day, dessert in the evening, and a four hour complimentary happy our with beer and wine!

Our Pikes Peak location is just 40 minutes from Colorado Springs Airport, and two hours from Denver International.

Pikes Peak Paradise is also the perfect location to get married, with Oikes Peak and the national forest as your backdrop. We can host up to fifty people for your wedding day, and can also help you customize your day to fit in your budget and your needs. Call or email us for our Guest Guide and more details and photos. Our facility charge includes table and chair set-uo, table linens, and napkins, and dinner settings.

We’re in the mountains, but 10-20 minutes from many attractions:

  • Local restaurants and shops in Woodland Park.
  • Garden of the Gods
  • Pikes Peak National Park
  • Cave of the Winds
  • Colorado Wolf & Wildlife Center
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Park
  • Mueller State Park
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Manitou Springs – Artists’ Town

Within thirty-forty minutes, you’ll find:

  • Seven Falls
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Olympic Training Center
  • Air Force Academy
  • Molly Kathleen Gold Mine
  • Cripple Creek – Gambling

And we’re just an hour and a half from:

  • Royal Gorge
  • Holy Cross Abbey Winery
  • White Water Rafting
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling

Pikes Peak Paradise is a beautiful, private, quiet location a romantic getaway, anniversary, honeymoon, and small wedding or commitment ceremony. Come stay with us in beautiful Woodland Park, Colorado.

See the Pikes Peak Paradise B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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River Spruce Cabins – Lesbian Owned Estes Park Vacation Rentals

Author: , August 6th, 2017

River Spruce Cabins

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

River Spruce Cabins is a magical place to visit on Colorado’s Big Thompson River, whether you’re coming during the winter or in the summer.

When you arrive, unwind by the river and enjoy the serenity and splendor of the outdoors, or enjoy a cozy cabin equipped with all the comforts of home. Your backyard leads into the paths and trails that mark the magnificence of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park, Colorado offers many things for you to explore and discover when you come here, including the historic, famous Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ancestors of our American Indians were the first to travel through the area as they hunted and made the Rockies their home. In 1859, Joel Estes arrived with his family and started a new life here. Others soon followed to trap, hunt and prospect, but the beauty captivated them and many of them stayed here to raise families.

Estes Park began to grow, in 1917 the town was incorporated. Men like F. O. Stanley, better known as “The Grand Old Man of Estes Park”, invested in the development of Estes and helped open banks, bring electricity to the town, and found the stately Stanley Hotel which opened in 1909 and remains open today.

Estes Park continues to flourish, and is the center of operations for the Colorado Big Thompson Reclamation Project. Having survived two major floods, it has earned the name “Gutsiest Little Town in Colorado.”

We want to invite you to make River Spruce your vacation home away from home – experience the best of both worlds where you can Relax, Reflect and Renew.

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