Labrys Wilderness Resort – Honor, Michigan Women-Only Cabins

Author: , July 14th, 2018

Labrys Wilderness Resort

Welcome to Labrys Wilderness Resort, peacefully situated on a small spring-fed lake at the south end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, just half an hour from Traverse City and within walking distance of Lake Michigan.

The land is mostly oak and pine forest. There is a hot tub (under the stars), picnic area, beach with fire pit and dock. Kayaks and a rowboat are available for your use. Located across the road from a hiking trail — walk in the woods, hike or ski to Lake Michigan. Miles of deserted sandy beach await you at the end of the trail.

Four distinctive rustic cabins spread among the grounds are secluded for a feeling of privacy. All of the cabins come with completely furnished kitchens, a half bath, and have one or two bedrooms with double beds.

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Wickwood Inn – Gay Friendly Saugatuck Bed and Breakfast

Author: , August 19th, 2016

Wickwood Inn

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

At the Wickwood Inn, we share a love for food and a signature style with our guests. We have eleven rooms with distinctive style in the heart of beautiful downtown Saugatuck, Michigan. Step inside our world.

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Why Detroit is America’s Comeback Kid

Author: , December 7th, 2015

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It’s impossible to deny the huge impact America has had on modern culture. Its arguably the worlds biggest superpower, and its exports have permeated life across the globe.

Two of the most important of these exports, motorcars and Motown, can both trace their origins to Detroit, the largest city in the state of Michigan. True, neither music nor motorized vehicles were invented in the city, but it was the city that brought them to the masses. Whats more, Detroits an interesting alternative to cities such as New York or Boston and, for the moment at least, a cheaper one.

Its also a city thats been through the mill it was, at one point, one of the wealthiest on the planet. The base of three automotive giants (Ford, General Motors and Chrysler), it weathered the Great Depression that followed the 1929 Stock Market Crash, and had a whole genre of music named after it. Motown was a term coined by Motown Records founder, and its a play on Detroits nickname, Motor City.

By Andrew Gonsalves – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Saugatuck

Author: , November 4th, 2015

Gay Saugatuck

Although they maintain a relatively low profile outside the region, the charming and artsy “twin towns” of Saugatuck and Douglas are the most significant gay resort destination in the Midwest. A little more than two hours from Chicago (three from Detroit), this laid-back area offers a bounty of urbane restaurants, handsome B&Bs, dapper boutiques and antique shops, and more than 25 high-quality art galleries, as well picturesque beach frontage on Lake Michigan. The pace here is pretty chill — it’s not a nightlife-driven singles destination but rather a picturesque, all-American community that affords visitors the opportunity to get away from it all while still enjoying access to plenty of great diversions.

Generally, when people mention Saugatuck they’re also referring to the neighboring village of Douglas. They share the same very helpful tourism office; the Saugatuck-Douglas Visitors Bureau is actually where many of the area’s gay-owned businesses and homes are. The towns are separated in part by a wide expanse of the Kalamazoo River, which forms a large lake that’s popular for boating and kayaking. From one village center to the other, it’s just a mile’s drive or stroll, and it’s also a mile from either community to Lake Michigan.

Historically, Saugatuck claimed more of the area’s shopping and dining, but Douglas’ smaller downtown has gentrified rapidly in the past few years, and now the main drag, Center Street, is lined with interesting businesses. In Saugatuck, you’ll find most of the shops and restaurants clustered around a roughly eight-square-block area along the waterfront, which is lined with boat slips. The two-town region is highly compact and accessible, although a handful of gay-owned accommodations are in outlying areas, a 10- to 20-minute drive away.

By Andrew Collins – Full Story at The Dallas Voice

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Gay Travel: Saugatuck and Grand Rapids, Michigan

Author: , August 31st, 2015

Saugatuck - Andrew Davis“I can’t believe this is your first time here.” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that during a recent writers’ excursion to the Michigan enclaves of Saugatuck and Grand Rapids, I felt I could’ve purchased a home there. However, all those people did have a point: These places are basically a hop, skip and a jump from Chicago ( with my flight being all of half an hour )–and they do provide the perfect getaway.

Dune and No Gloom

The trip started with lunch at Zing Eat Drink ( 310 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas; ZingEatDrink.com ), a snazzy place that serves some incredible sweet-potato fries. The petite Maryland crab cakes were pretty impressive as well–and I had to sample some of the Michigan cherries, of course. ( The state is known as the cherry and blueberry capital of the United States. ) Sitting on the patio was wonderful, as the weather was absolutely perfect that day.

Then, we traipsed on over to Saugatuck’s Oval Beach ( Perryman Street and Oval Beach Drive; Saugatuck.com/beaches.asp ). No less than Conde Nast Traveler has ranked it as among the top 25 beaches in the world–and it’s easy to see why. There are pristine sand dunes and, of course, Lake Michigan, but there are also secluded spots, tall grasses, wildlife ( I spotted several deer ) and much more.

By Andrew Davis – Full Story at Windy City | Michigan Gay Travel Resources

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: The Gay Bar in Gay, Michigan

Author: , May 18th, 2015

The Gay Bar

The Gay Bar in Gay, MichiganHasn’t everyone visited Gay, Michigan, population that is around 60? It is 12 miles from Lake Linden on Copper Island at the western end of the Upper Peninsula. The town was named after Joseph E. Gay, one of the founders of the Mohawk Mining Company that built a stamp mill in Gay in 1898. At it’s peak, Gay, Michigan had 1,500 residents and 117 houses. There were company stores and a schoolhouse for 250 students.

In the late 1800’s, Gay was a lumber town. Logging was waning when the Mohawk Mining Company decided to put stamping mills in the area to process copper from mines at Mohawk and Wolverine. Construction started in 1900. By 1901, there was an office, warehouse, blacksmith and carpenter shops, dock, pump house and company houses in the community. The Wolverine stamp mill closed in 1922. A depressed copper market caused the Mohawk Mining Company to shut its doors in 1933. Company homes were sold for $1 per room and $1 for the lot. Logging continued to be important to Gay until the railroad left in 1965.

The Gay Bar in Gay, MichiganToday, Gay, Michigan is famous for it’s bar…… THE GAY BAR in Gay, Michigan is the place to party and drink and eat. www.thegaybar.com It has been the GAY BAR since prohibition in the 1930’s. People drive from miles around to get there. The owners are Bruce and Christine Fountain. They offer a selection of over 40 beers both locally and imported.

They have a full selection of liquor and wine as well. The food menu includes thin crust Sicilian style pizza, fabulous hot dogs including their Chicago Dog (Gay Style), their Foot Long (12 inches) Hot Dog and their 1 lb. Chili Dog which they call their “The Home Wrecker”. Other sandwiches includes chicken, Meatballs, hamburgers and cheese burgers, stacked ham sandwiches and Spam and cheese sandwiches.

The Gay Bar in Gay, MichiganThey have a nice selection of items from the Waters of Gitche Gumme including a Friday Fry on Fridays, Surf & Turf, Fish Sandwiches, Smoked Oysters, Sardines and Baby Clams. It is no wonder why people go there all the time to drink, eat and have fun!

And now comes one of the best parts about THE GAY BAR! They have a huge selection of items to purchase. They offer everything including tee shirts that says “I Had 12 inches at THE GAY BAR”, ” I Blew My Wad at THE GAY BAR”, “I WENT STRAIGHT at THE GAY BAR”. They also have bar shot glasses, baseball caps, pens, beer can coolers, cigarette lighters and THE GAY BAR DO RAG” which every bad ass biker needs.

The Gay Bar in Gay, MichiganThey also have refrigerator magnets, stickers and lots of other really neat items. You do not have to go to Gay, Michigan to purchase these items as they sell them directly on their website and will ship them to you. www.thegaybar.com They are open 7 days a week. Monday thru Saturdays from 11 AM to 11 PM or later depending on how much fun everyone is having and Sunday they open at noon. You really do not need an address. Once you get into Gay, Michigan you can see it. But just in case their address is 925 Lake Street.

Gay, Michigan is celebrated for its annual 4th of July parade. The “Gay Parade” as it is referred to locally attracts people from all over. It is like New Orleans, San Francisco and Key West but on a much smaller scale. Next time you are bored with large cities and towns, why not go to Gay, Michigan and have a GAY time in Gay, Michigan and at THE GAY BAR! And a special THANK YOU to Jim of Michigan.

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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Featured Lesbian Accommodations: Labrys Wilderness Resort, Honor, Michigan

Author: , April 10th, 2015

Labrys Wilderness Resort

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

Welcome to Labrys Wilderness Resort, peacefully situated on a small spring-fed lake at the south end of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, just half an hour from Traverse City and within walking distance of Lake Michigan. The land is mostly oak and pine forest. There is a hot tub (under the stars), picnic area, beach with fire pit and dock. Kayaks and a rowboat are available for your use. Located across the road from a hiking trail — walk in the woods, hike or ski to Lake Michigan. Miles of deserted sandy beach await you at the end of the trail.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Twin Oaks Inn, Saugatuck, Michigan

Author: , February 8th, 2015

Twin Oaks Inn, Saugatuck, Michigan

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

The Perfect Location in Downtown Saugatuck: Located within steps of shops, restaurants, art galleries and marinas, and only minutes from Saugatuck’s Oval Beach and the quaint town of Douglas. This recently remodeled bed and breakfast features spacious guest rooms with private bathrooms and upscale amenities. Our expanded common area offers a wet bar with coffee and tea available 24/7, refrigerator, ice maker and more!

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Sunset Resort, Houghton Lake, Michigan

Author: , August 25th, 2014

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

Beautiful Lakeside Cabins and Lodge Rooms: Sunset Resort is the premier four-season Houghton Lake Resort ideal for your Michigan vacation. In addition to six cozy cottages and six lodge rooms the resort offers a game room, great room, and sun porch for a relaxing stay.

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Four Under the Radar Gay Travel Destinations

Author: , August 7th, 2014

Ashville, North Carolina Apple MapsWe all know by now that places like Fire Island and San Fran’s Castro are meccas for gay travelers looking to be met with open arms. And because of that fact, some of these famed locales have become positively packed with other travelers looking for the same experience.

But what about the places that fly a bit off the beaten track? In these charming towns, you’ll find an open and welcoming vibe without battling as many fellow tourists for a spot on the beach or a stool at the bar. Here we share with you a few of our favorite hidden gems that proudly open their doors to LGBT travelers.

1. Asheville, North Carolina

This picturesque mountain town makes frequent appearances on lists like, “Happiest Cities” and, “Most Beautiful Places in America.” Its rich history, stunning architecture and thriving music scene make it feel it feel worlds hipper than what you might expect from a small city in the South. The city even has its own annual pride celebration, as well as a handful of gay bars.

By Jay Deratany – Full Story at On Top Magazine | Asheville Gay Travel Resources