Photos from the Dinah Vegas – Lesbian Travel

Author: , May 5th, 2016

Dinah Vegas

Palm Springs, Calif., may be the city most associated with the legendary Dinah Shore festival (so called for a golf tournament bearing the entertainer’s name), the annual gathering of lesbians seeking sun and fun. But for the past five years, Las Vegas has hosted its own Dinah gathering.

This year’s Dinah Vegas — which wrapped Sunday and took place at the Rio, Tropicana, Flamingo, Linq, and Luxor resorts — was another rousing success, according to founder Sandy Sachs.

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Big Love for Fremont Street, Las Vegas

Author: , January 27th, 2016

Fremont Street - Las Vegas

Most people travel to Las Vegas for the infamous strip and glittering nightlife that never ends. But what about Downtown Las Vegas? That tiny little core city where the story all began? I travel to Vegas twice a year for business and while I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels on the Strip (Trump, Vdara, Wynn, Caesar’s), I always make a trip downtown. It’s seedy, a little ugly around the edges and just being there can make you feel better about all your choices in life – but it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. And it can be a lot of fun if you’re traveling with the right crowd.

A trip from the strip to downtown Vegas will cost you $30 – but the drinks are cheaper here and so is the food. And while you won’t get the glitz of the strip, you’ll get a slew of stories to tell when you get home.

Strolling the Fremont Experience can be ridiculously cool and depending on the time of night, make you happy – or a little sad – for humanity. There are no filters here and you’ll see all kinds of street entertainment vying for your attention and spare change. Please note, even though you’ll see lots of families, this is no place for young children (or anyone under 20 for that matter).

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Eating Out: Las Vegas

Author: , August 20th, 2015

Andrea BarIn case you haven’t noticed, Las Vegas has turned itself into a must-visit dining destination, attracting some of the world’s greatest chefs who are opening up spectacular new restaurants each year to the delight of the 40 million annual travelers to this desert oasis. From Gordon Ramsay, Hubert Keller, and Bobby Flay, to Wolfgang Puck and Giada De Laurentiss the choices are endless. Here are some of my top choices for discerning gourmands headed to Las Vegas. Bon appetit!

Della’s Kitchen

Delano Las Vegas combines the style, service, and allure of the original Delano South Beach with the energy and buzz of the Las Vegas Strip. Della’s Kitchen is designed to be a “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen,” and does so by blending dessert tones and industrial materials.

Serving seasonal comfort dishes made with regionally and locally sourced ingredients, with local produce coming from Della’s private greenhouse, guests here enjoy a range of breakfast options from the simple local honey and lemon yogurt to elegant plates such as the Blue Crab Benedict with artisan Brie, spinach, roasted tomato, and Mornay sauce. Lunch options include five signature paninis ranging from Gruyere cheese and mushrooms to ham and brie with onion marmalade, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees featuring grass-fed beef and hormone-free chicken.

By Andrew Villagomez & Jeff Heilman – Full Story at Passport | Nevada Gay Travel Resources

Lesbian Travel: Las Vegas’s Fremont Street

Author: , August 3rd, 2015

Las VegasMost people travel to Las Vegas for the infamous strip and glittering nightlife that never ends. But what about Downtown Las Vegas? That tiny little core city where the story all began?

I travel to Vegas twice a year for business and while I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels on the Strip (Trump, Vdara, Wynn, Caesar’s), I always make a trip downtown. It’s seedy, a little ugly around the edges and just being there can make you feel better about all your choices in life – but it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. And it can be a lot of fun if you’re traveling with the right crowd.

A trip from the strip to downtown Vegas will cost you $30 – but the drinks are cheaper here and so is the food. And while you won’t get the glitz of the strip, you’ll get a slew of stories to tell when you get home.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Nevada Gay Travel Resources

Gay Travel: Viva Downtown Las Vegas

Author: , July 25th, 2015

Las Vegas DowntownIt’s Friday night and Las Vegas is buzzing, but not from the sounds of slot machines or the spinning of roulette wheels. It’s a different kind of buzz that fills the Arts District. A man stands at a microphone with the light of a neon sign serving as his spotlight. Passersby walk through the Arts District, taking in the various vendors’ stalls. A boy picks up a vegan chocolate bar, and the man, like a Greek stentor, shares his spoken-word poetry. A woman browses local artwork and as she moves on down the street she proclaims loudly, “I’ll have to pick that painting up later.”

Nearby, a group of gay boys files out of a local bar holding inventive sugary cocktails that each deserves its own PANTONE color. The poet continues to speak, creating a vibrant urgency, and people dance through the stalls to the beat of his trochees. The neon lights of Las Vegas’ Arts District are nearly drowned out by the illuminated vendors who have completely transformed the outdoor 18-block district into a creative amusement park of art and local culture.

The rumba of salsa music has old and young locals twirling under the disco-ball twilight. Clouds of smoke from the freshly deep-fried zeppole waft across the dance floor and mix with spray paint fumes puffing like a chimney from a young boy creating a mural.

By Joseph pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Nevada Gay Travel Resources

Lesbian Travel: Vegas’s Fremont Street

Author: , May 24th, 2015

Fremont Street VegasMost people travel to Las Vegas for the infamous strip and glittering nightlife that never ends. But what about Downtown Las Vegas? That tiny little core city where the story all began? I travel to Vegas twice a year for business and while I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels on the Strip (Trump, Vdara, Wynn, Caesar’s), I always make a trip downtown.

It’s seedy, a little ugly around the edges and just being there can make you feel better about all your choices in life – but it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. And it can be a lot of fun if you’re traveling with the right crowd.

A trip from the strip to downtown Vegas will cost you $30 – but the drinks are cheaper here and so is the food. And while you won’t get the glitz of the strip, you’ll get a slew of stories to tell when you get home.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Nevada Gay Travel Resources

Las Vegas Goes Dinah

Author: , May 9th, 2015

Lauren Jow in Vegas25,000 gay girls recently descended on Las Vegas for a weekend of fun and frolics – here, journalist Lauren Jow proves what happens in Vegas certainly doesn’t stay in Vegas…

The decision to go to Dinah Vegas 2015 with my girlfriend days after she turned 30 was, like all the best Vegas decisions, a last-minute one. We weren’t planning on going, but a few days before the hedonism began I decided we should make a dash for it – scoring major girlfriend points in the process.

Though Dinah technically starts Thursday night, Friday is the earliest we can arrive. Amanda and I made the four-plus-hour drive from Los Angeles to Las Vegas through miles of tedious desert; the landscape’s way of building anticipation for the sensory onslaught that is Sin City.

The shimmering casinos and hotels rise alluringly as we finally approach, and then we hit a wall of Vegas traffic. I gratefully remember aloud that parking is free at all the casinos, everything is walking distance – and thank god we’re lesbians so nobody expects us to wear heels.

By Lauren Jow – Full Story at Gay Star News | Nevada Gay Travel Resources

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Grant Philipo’s Las Vegas Showgirl Museum

Author: , March 20th, 2015

Las vegas Showgirl Museum

Las Vegas Showgirl MuseumWhenever we visit cities from coast to coast we always enjoy visiting the different museums and galleries. Sometimes they are the Metropolitan in New York City or the Getty in Los Angeles. We have visited the Fabulous World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach, the Neon Light Museum in Las Vegas which has a huge collection of vintage neon signs for Las Vegas’s past. No museum is too small or large for us to visit.

Another fabulous museum that is a ‘must see’ when you go to Las Vegas is the GRANT PHILIPO’S LAS VEGAS SHOWGIRL MUSEUM. Owner and Curator Grant Philipo has the largest collection of original Showgirl costumes in the world ! There are sequins and feathers everywhere in the museum. They have over 20,000 Artifacts of Costumes, Sets, Jewelry, plus archives of Programs, Costume Sketches, autographed photos, videos, and Music from shows. Plus all of Errol Manoff’s Fantasy Factory Collection. Their mannequins are custom painted with glass eyes.

Las Vegas Showgirl MuseumThey look so real that you would swear they were live models. We were totally amazed when we viewed this museum. If you only have time to visit one museum in Las Vegas, this is the one to see. If you have been to Las Vegas many times over the years, it truly is a trip down memory lane as there are costumes from all of the big shows in Las Vegas and more ! Besides the hundreds of woman models and costumes, they also have a nice selection of male motels and costumers as well. Each room is just completely filled with beauty. And we do mean beauty! What an utterly fabulous collection this is. It is the only kind of museum like this in the world.

Las Vegas Showgirl MuseumGrant Philipo, CEO and Head Curator has been in Las Vegas for years. Grant’s career has taken him from years of artistic, vocal and dramatic achievements and awards, to professional careers as a lead singer/dancer and makeup artist, to being a top high-fashion model, and on to working alongside and designing with and for such greats as Bob Mackie, Michael Travis, Dolly Parton, Ann-Margret, Eartha Kitt and Liberace, to mention just a few.

Grant has earned scholarships, and performed and trained others at the Des Moines Museum of Art, USC San Diego, Stage 7 (San Diego’s only Professional Entertainment Academy), Barbizon, San Diego Ballet Company and the Pygmalion Institute in Las Vegas. For a number of years, Philipo’s costumes have been displayed alongside Bob Mackie’s and others at UNLV’s Art Museum Showing of “The Las Vegas Showgirl,” as well as been featured on MTV, Biography, A&E and the Billboard Music Awards.

Grant’s award-winning shows and costumes have graced almost every stage in Las Vegas, as well as a number of those in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Japan and Mexico. Unlike others in his profession, he produces, writes, designs, directs and stages all of his own shows. His costume collection contains the largest number of privately owned Bob Mackie creations, as well as numerous pieces by Pete Menefee and Michael Travis, as well as many equally stunning Grant Philipo Originals.

As the onetime Artistic Director for the Hollywood Wax Museums, Grant’s re-creations of garments worn by stars and royalty are still on display in both the Los Angeles and Branson, Missouri, locations, as well as in Fong’s Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and the Guinness World Book of Records Museums in California and Florida.

Mary Dee Mantle is the President and Co-Owner and Dallas Fueston is the Vice President. The Museum is located at 3217 Gaucho Dr. in Las Vegas and their phone number is: 702-893-9000. They are open by Appointment Only and give tours from 4:00 PM on Daily basis as long as you have a confirmed appointment! Tours take anywhere from one to two hours and their last tour time is 10 PM daily. Grant is a great host and tour guide and gives the best and finest history of Las Vegas.

To find out more about the Grant Philipo’s Las Vegas Showgirl Museum, go to:

http://www.lasvegasshowgirlmuseum.com/

…and their facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/LasVegasShowgirlMuseum

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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Easy Gay Friendly Getaways from San Diego

Author: , March 11th, 2015

Gay Las VegasWhile we’re lucky enough to live in such a beautiful tourist destination as San Diego, sometimes a slight change of pace is needed. Thankfully, there are multiple hot spots that are perfect for a three-day weekend getaway within a short drive or flight from San Diego.
If big cities top your list of must-sees, check out the bustling nightlife of Las Vegas, the fascinating culture of San Francisco or the Hollywood glamour of Los Angeles.

If you prefer a more mellow vacation, consider taking a tour of the wine country of Napa Valley and Sonoma, soak up the desert sun in Palm Springs or venture down south to Baja California. Here’s a brief overview of the highlights of each vacation destination:

Los Angeles

Looking for a weekend full of diverse activities? Hit the freeway and head north to Los Angeles. “Los Angeles offers dozens of tourist attractions with appeal across a broad range of tastes,” said Tim Heffley of LAtourist. “The mixture of cultures and lifestyles here inspires a vacation environment where anyone can feel comfortable.” Heffley recommends making West Hollywood your home base for the weekend. Not only is it the self-proclaimed gay center of Los Angeles, but it’s also conveniently located near popular tourist attractions, such as Hollywood Boulevard, Beverly Hills and the Getty Center.

By Abby Walker – Full Story at LGBT Weekly

The Best Burgers in Vegas

Author: , February 10th, 2015

Burger - Holsteins Shakes and BunsLas Vegas restauranteurs, who have long built a mecca of elite eateries, have taken notice of the culinary renaissance of casual burger joints that has swept the U.S. in recent years. Nowadays, Sin City is a destination for burger lovers. Chefs throughout the strip go to great lengths to perfect the this comfort food mainstay, and we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch. From lobster to fried eggs, these five incredible Las Vegas burgers go beyond expectations.

Holsteins Shakes and Buns (The Cosmopolitan)

The Cosmopolitan’s Holsteins Shakes and Buns is a fun entrant into the burger scene with its surrounding pop art and no-pretense attitude in serving casual food with a twist. Just a glance at the menu’s 20-plus assortment of burgers challenges the adventurous types, but you can’t go wrong with the Gold Standard ($18.50). The juicy patty comes smothered with aged goat cheese, topped with smoked bacon, tomato confit, baby arugula, and garlic-chive aioli.

By Zachary Laks – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Las Vegas Gay Travel Resources