Three Undiscovered US Beaches in the South

Author: , September 7th, 2014

beachFlorida’s beach towns are often saturated with travelers, especially in areas like Miami and Destin, but the southeastern U.S. has so much more coastline than people realize. These lesser-known beaches mean you can leave behind the crowds and the tacky t-shirt shops and enjoy the quiet.

Charleston has three main beaches, but Sullivan’s is the local’s favorite. There aren’t any big chain hotels, but rather family homes and well-loved local restaurants. Bill Murray has a house here, as do members of the indie rock band Band of Horses. Set yourself up for the day around station 18, near Charleston Light, a slightly odd-looking, but iconic steel frame lighthouse.

You’ll have views of the ships coming into the harbor and may spot horseshoe crabs and other wildlife. For a quick bite, you can’t go wrong with Poe’s Tavern, which is named after the famous writer who once lived here.

By Caroline Eubanks – Full Story at Shermans Travel

Six Smaller Gay Friendly US Cities

Author: , June 28th, 2014

Las Vegas AerialLast week Lauren Conrad blew up her social media over a flap with a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas. Apparently they wouldn’t let same-sex couples to participate in some bar games that were going on. So Lauren took her bachelorette party and left. This got us in the office thinking about outside of the usual Miami, NY, and San Francisco, what are some of the best smaller cities to visit for the LGBT community? So here ya go:

Las Vegas, NV

You would probably expect the come-one-come all city to welcome the LGBT crowd with open arms, and you would be right. Nowadays, all of the resorts consider themselves gay-friendly and a few years back Rumor even opened as almost gay preferred, but they pull in a great mixed crowd. If you bring Fido, don’t miss their Yappy Hour event. Wynn and Encore now offer a Pride Concierge and same-sex couples massages at resorts are not even given a second thought. There is a decent smattering of gay bars, including the “Fruit Loop” – a gay section of town off of Paradise Rd with clubs and shops. If you are hanging down on Paradise head a little further down to Firefly* (ed. note – don’t go looking for the footnote; the asterisk is part of the name) for the best value on Tapas you will find in Vegas.

Providence, RI

Although there is no gayborhood in Providence, the LGBT community is found thoughout the community. Voted into Travel and Leisure’s Top Five Gay Cities as well as many other top lists of gay-friendly destinations, the eclectic art scene, great restaurants and a youthful downtown keep Providence moving. If you are going to do one thing in the summer, make it Waterfire, an “award-winning fire sculpture installation on the three rivers in downtown Providence.”

By Tom Bastek – Full Story at Travel Pulse | LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

Rainbow Fest Returns to Georgia’s Tybee Island in May

Author: , March 26th, 2014

Tybee Island Rainbow FesrIn May, LGBT travelers will show their pride on Tybee Island, Georgia! Stroll the beach, sample fresh seafood and party long after the sunsets at Tybee Rainbow Fest, which takes place May 2-4 on Tybee Island, a laid-back island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic Savannah.

Presented by GaySavannah.com, and GayTybeeIsland.com this LGBT event will unite area residents and visitors for a full weekend of festivities.

“Once again we’ve created a signature event that will showcase Tybee’s laid-back style. Tybee has always been very welcoming and supportive of the gay and lesbian community. This year we’ll make history again with a first of its kind Tybee Rainbow Fest Parade. We invite everyone to experience Tybee’s relaxed coastal style and warm Southern hospitality,” states Riley Sharpe PR Director.

Tybee Rainbow Fest showcases Tybee Island as an LGBT-friendly destination nestled along the scenic Georgia coastline with five miles of public beaches, top-rated restaurants, lively nightclubs and more.

For more information about Tybee Rainbow Fest, please visit GaySavannah.com , GayTybeeIsland.com or email Riley Sharpe at info@gaysavannah.com.

2014 TYBEE GAY DAYS SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday, May 2, 2014

HAPPY HOUR AT COCO’S SUNSET GRILL
Lazaretto Creek Marina
Old US Hwy 80
Tybee Island, GA 31328
5 p.m. -7 p.m.
Coco’s Sunset Grill welcomes you to stop by on your way onto the island for happy hour and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

TYBEE RAINBOW FEST KICK-OFF PARTY
Tybee Wedding Chapel Grand Ballroom
1114 US Hwy 80, Tybee Island, GA\0x200E
7-11 p.m.
The fun begins at this lively soiree, which offers the opportunity to party at the newly built Grand Ballroom at the Tybee Wedding Chapel for a luau themed dance party featuring Kristina Foxx, Angel Collins & Destiny Myklz. A portion of the proceeds from this event will benefit Savannah Pride. There will be door prizes and a photobomb contest in which one winner will receive $100 and two VIP passes to all of the weekend’s events. Tickets are $10 per person and include hors d’oeuvres. Tickets available online March 25, 2014 on GaySavannah.com & GayTybeeIsland.com.

AFTER PARTY
TYBEE SOCIAL CLUB’S BIG DECK PARTY

1311 Butler Ave.
10:30 p.m.- 3 a.m.
Come party the night away on the deck at one of Tybee’s premier party spots.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

BEACH MEET-UP ON THE BEACH IN FRONT OF MARLIN MONROE’S
Marlin Monroe’s
404 Butler Ave.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Spend the day relaxing on the beach, sipping cocktails and enjoying fresh seafood at Marlin Monroe’s. This serves as the perfect kick-off for the summer season.

TYBEE RAINBOW FEST PARADE
3 p.m.-5 p.m..
Make history with us at this first-of-its-kind Tybee Rainbow Fest Parade. The parade will start at 4th Street, continue down Butler to Tybrisa and then down Strand (net proceeds benefit Tybee Marine Science Center). There will be a $300 prize for the best parade entry. For a parade application contact info@gaysavannah.com.

THIRD FLOOR DANCE PARTY
Fannie’s on the Beach
1613 Strand Ave
5 p.m.-3 a.m. Show 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Party as the sun goes down with delectable hors d’oeuvres, cocktail & drink specials all night. Tickets are $10 per person and include hors d’oeuvres. Tickets available online March 25, 2014 on GaySavannah.com & GayTybeeIsland.com.

AFTER PARTY
FOAM PARTY

Bernie’s Oyster Bar
13 Tybrisa St,
10 p.m.-3 a.m.
Bernie’s will be removing all of the tables and filling the restaurant and back deck with 6 feet of foam! It doesn’t take much imagination to see that this will be a lot of fun. Tickets are $10 per person and will be available online March 25, 2014 on GaySavannah.com & GayTybeeIsland.com.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

SUNDAY BRUNCH – 4 CHOICES
CoCo’s Sunset Grille
Lazaretto Creek Marina
Old US Hwy 80
Noon – 2 p.m.

Fannie’s on the Beach
1613 Strand Ave.
Noon – 2 p.m.

Tybee Social Club
1311 Butler Ave.,
Noon – 2 p.m.

Enjoy Tybee’s best brunches at Coco’s, Dolphin Reef, Bernie’s Oyster House, Fannie’s on the Beach and Tybee Social Club, all of which feature fresh coastal ingredients in a LGBT-friendly environment.

BEACH SWEEP
Meet up in front of Fannie’s on the Beach
1613 Strand Ave.
2:30 p.m. – 4 p. m.
Join forces with the Tybee Beautification Association to clean up the beach. Don’t miss this great event for a great cause! Help us keep Tybee beautiful!

TEA DANCE
Marlin Monroe’s
404 Butler Ave.
Starts at 4 p.m. – until
You don’t want to miss this closing party held poolside. Tickets are $10 per person and include hors d’oeuvres. Tickets available online March 25, 2014 on GaySavannah.com & GayTybeeIsland.com.

ABOUT TYBEE ISLAND:

Tybee Island, Georgia, a funky island paradise located just 20 minutes east of historic downtown Savannah, offers five miles of sandy beaches, America’s most intact historic lighthouse complex, a picture-perfect fishing pier, romantic sunsets, fresh seafood and plenty of family-friendly fun. Defined by quirky beachfront style, Tybee Island stands apart as an authentic Southern beach town along the scenic Georgia coast. This laid-back, eclectic vacation destination hosts a wide range of festivals and special events throughout the year. For more information about Tybee Island, please visit www.VisitTybee.com online or call 912.786.5444.

Rainbow Days at Six Flags Over Georgia Two Months Early This Year

Author: , March 26th, 2014

Rainbow Days - Six Flags Over GeorgiaRainbow Days at Six Flags Over Georgia will be held at Six Flags Over Georgia on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on a day significant for our community.

This date will honor and be a tribute to the Stonewall riots of 1970 in New York, one of the beginnings of the modern gay pride movement – and this is the only Pride event in Atlanta in June.

A production of Atlanta Premier Events Group, this annual “gay day of fun” expects to attract some 3,000 or more from Greater Atlanta and beyond.

This year, events include mini-speed dating; rainbow “wedding” ceremonies; special performances on the Main Stage and guest DJs. A Pre-Party Friday night and an After Party on Saturday night are planned.

Also new this year will be free HIV/AIDS testing in the park.

There will be several levels of sponsorship, beginning with Presenting Sponsor to Bronze, Silver and Gold, and all levels are being sold now. Vendor tables this year will be $300 for companies and organizations that cannot afford a full sponsorship. Past sponsors include Coca-Cola, LivingSocial, Monster Energy Drink, Gayborhood App and others.

Admission to the all-day event is available in packages from $24.99 to $49.99 which can include parking, park rides, evening buffet and live stage entertainment. The prices are significantly less expensive than purchasing the amenities separately.

Prior to the event, T-shirts will be available for $12 on our web site. If any shirts are left, they will be sold at the gate on Saturday.

Tickets are available for purchase now at http://www.rainbowdaysatsixflags.com/.

The buffet picnic-style meal includes chicken filet sandwiches, hot dogs, baked beans, potato chips, ice cream bars and Coca-Cola fountain beverages. The meal and DJ entertainment begins at 6 p.m. at the Peachtree Pavilion.

This event has grown by leaps and bounds every year, beginning with just 200 attendees four years ago.

Atlanta Premier Events Group LLC is an event production and management organization that conceives and stages events in Greater Atlanta including celebrity entertainment, concert bookings, award shows, corporate meetings and other special events. It is the producer of Rainbow Days at Six Flags Over Georgia.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Savannah, Georgia

Author: , February 10th, 2014
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Savannah Fountain

Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilTwo things to always remember about Savannah is how beautiful and historical city it is and it’s depiction in the movie, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” based on the book by John Berendt about a real life Gay Antiques dealer in the city. It was a major movie directed by Clint Eastwood. The book was on The New York Times bestseller list for 216 weeks following it’s debut and still, to this day, the longest standing best seller of The New York Times.

After his book came out, tourists from all over the world flocked to Savannah to see for themselves the historic city. Savannah is located on the east coast of Georgia on the Interstate. Tourists go there 12 months of the year to take advantage of everything that the city has to offer.

SavannahThey have several trolley and bus tours that one can take to view the historical homes, downtown, and even the cemeteries. The most visited one is the Bonaventure Cemetery which is a public cemetery located on the scenic bluff of the Wilmington River just east of downtown Savannah. The headstones, markers and statuary are remarkable so be sure and take your camera.

Savannah Park

The main part of the city is made up of different “squares” which has the old stately homes and estates facing the historical statues in the center of the square.

There are of course dozens of restaurants touting that they are the best however we enjoyed one of THE best when found THE PIRATES’. It is located in the oldest house in Georgia and was erected in 1753! Yes, that is right….. 1753!

Pirates House restaurant SavannahWhile dining you can actually see the hand hewn ceilings joined with wooden pegs in the Captain’s Room, and the original brick walls and heart pine floors. They serve authentic Georgian food and it is priced very reasonable. Check out their website at: www.thepirateshouse.com

There are dozens of antiques shops in Savannah filled with the finest of porcelain, silver and decorative items for the home. We were lucky to find some great buys to bring home. For nightlife one needs to go further than to go to Club One, 1 Jefferson St. in the downtown area. The ‘Lady Chablis” has been performing there for years there.

If you have never seen her, check out the website so that you will know when she is performing, http://clubone-online.com/

Savannah statueOther items of interest when visiting Savannah are the River Boat Cruises, The Savannah Theatre for live productions, the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, plus there are several walking tours that you can take. If you stay downtown you can walk almost everywhere to view all that the city offers. On weekends, there is no charge at the parking meters in the entire city.

Before going to Savannah, be sure and check out www.savannah.com. There are several Bed and Breakfasts in Savannah and always check out www.purpleroofs.com to find the good ones.

Everyone is extremely hospitable in Savannah and are always more that happy to give directions or suggestions on where to dine and shop.

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

Donald and RayTRAVELING 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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Five Things to Do for Free in Atlanta

Author: , January 8th, 2014

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Many people who visit Atlanta for the hundreds of conventions the city hosts each year never make it out of the few blocks around their hotels. But the city has much more to offer, and some attractions are even free.

Atlanta is a diverse, cosmopolitan city that is home to major corporations’ headquarters, world-class cultural institutions and restaurants helmed by award-winning chefs. It has a rich cultural and political history, plus parks and trails to keep outdoor enthusiasts busy during the many months of the year when Atlanta’s latitude makes it pleasant to be outside. Here are five free things to do and see on your next trip to Atlanta.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HISTORIC SITE

The historic site is operated by the National Park Service. A film and an exhibition of photos, text and video clips in the visitor’s center give a comprehensive overview of the civil rights movement and Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership role. Up the street is the home where King was born. Tours of the birth home are free but must be reserved in person the day of the tour at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The crypts of King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, sit in the middle of a reflecting pool outside The King Center. A few steps away, visitors can walk through Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King and his father served as pastors.

Authored By Kate Brumback – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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A Girls’ Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

Author: , November 15th, 2013

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What would you do if you had less than 48 hours in a city you’ve never visited before? Oh, and 28 of those hours are dedicated to an organization you adore. If you’re like me, you vow to give your best at the meetings, soak in as much as you can when you’re free – and save sleeping for the flight home.

I recently flew to Savannah to meet with my board of directors for WithIt, a women’s leadership organization. Thankfully, the ladies I travel with live by my philosophy and we packed in a lot of fun during our short time together. If you’re considering a trip to Savannah, feel free to follow our 7-step plan to discovering Savannah.

Step 1

Leave home as early as possible so you’ll arrive in time to enjoy lunch on River Street in the Historic District. While it may mean dragging yourself out of bed at the crack of stupid, you’ll be thankful to have a full day ahead of you when you land.

Authored By Julia Rosien – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Savannah and Charleston – Southern Charm

Author: , October 7th, 2013

In “Gone With the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara, comparing Savannah and Charleston to the much younger city of Atlanta, called the older locales “aged grandmothers fanning themselves placidly in the sun.” Today the two waterfront cities are among the South’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors annually with their history, restaurants and streetscapes.

Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, was established in 1733, and Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina, was founded in 1670. They’re located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) apart, so it’s easy to visit both on one trip.

Savannah is a walkable city, from the waterfront on the Savannah River to the spacious downtown and historic district. Its streets are made from cobblestone and tabby (ground oyster shells, lime, and sand, mixed with salt water), and it’s known for a series of picturesque, park-like squares, lined with live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.

Authored By Norm Goldstein – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Georgia Gears Up for Fall Gay Prides

Author: , September 15th, 2013

viewimage_story_element.phpAtlanta Pride and Black Gay Pride are over, but Georgia LGBTs have a lot to look forward to this month as four cities prepare to celebrate LGBT Pride with events from small picnics to huge festivals.

“It gets everybody involved in their local community,” Raynae Jones, executive director of South Georgia Pride, told the Georgia Voice. The event, which will be held on Sept. 21 in Valdosta, “lets families see other families like them. It’s good for those kids to see other families like their own. People might not think we’re here, but we are. It’s great to have that one day of visibility.”

Local LGBT organizations agree, feeling that smaller Pride events throughout the state help bolster the visibility of the LGBT community.

Authored By Winnie McCroy – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hamilton Turner Inn, Savannah, Georgia

Author: , September 1st, 2013

Hamilton Turner Inn - Savannah, GeorgiaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Top Rated Luxury Inn in Savannah: Experience the gracious Southern Bed and Breakfast hospitality at the elegant, Hamilton-Turner Savannah Bed and Bed Breakfast. Situated among the magnolias and live oaks on beautiful Lafayette Square, guests are able to envelop themselves in the romance of old Savannah Georgia and the relaxation only a fine four diamond bed and breakfast can provide.

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