Queer Austin: Texas’s Weirdest, Most Wonderful City – Gay Star News

Author: , April 23rd, 2018
Queer Austin

Photo: Courtesy Geoff Duncan of Visit Austin

Throngs of delicate, birdlike creatures swarm across a pink-blue sky. Audible gasps abound. Austin, Texas comes alive at night. The same, of course, can be said of its resident urban bat colony.

In spring and summer, on an almost daily basis, 1.5 million Mexican free-tailers soar from under Congress Avenue Bridge into the twilight sky. And you know what they say about nature putting on a show…

Across Lady Bird Lake, another nocturnal animal catches my eye. The Frost Bank Tower – which looks uncannily like a sitting owl – is catching fractions of dying light.

Between the sunset and Downtown Austin’s ultramodern cityscape, not to mention those bizarre winged creatures, I can’t help but think of the famous ‘keep Austin weird’ tagline; of how I never imagined ‘weird’ could mean, well, wonderful. But that’s Austin for you: full of wonderful surprises, from the sheer ubiquity of its live music to its world-class dining.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Mt. Gainor Inn – Dripping Springs Gay Bed and Breakfast

Author: , August 14th, 2017

Mt. Gainor Inn

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

The Mt. Gainor Inn is a ninety three year-old farm house perched on a hill peacefully overlooking the Texas Hill Country, just half an hour west of Austin, Texas.

Our comfortable Dripping Springs bed and breakfast accommodations are not limited to our four walls. The decks are furnished with comfortable rockers, ceiling fans and conversation nooks. Step through the rock wall and you will find the landscape is in bloom. Or relax in the hammock to read your favorite book and enjoy the gentle breeze.

The Mt. Gainor Inn Bed and Breakfast in Dripping Springs is a unique vacation destination – surrounded by the beauty and privacy of the Texas Hill Country. Sink your toes into our cool grass, enjoy your favorite drink under the pavilion and enjoy our wonderful Texas sunsets – you’ve probably never seen the Milky Way this clearly.

Our Texas Hill Country accommodations are surrounded by large ranches, so there’s a large abundance of wildlife and birding opportunities. Wander along the paths throughout the Inn’s twenty three acres and you’ll will find yourself relaxed and connected to the nature around you.

Mt. Gainor is famous for our Texas Hill Country ranch views, vintage atmosphere, and serene comfort – guests love to pull up a chair on the porch or in the pavilion covered with honeysuckle and jasmine (when in season) and enjoy the relaxing ambience of a bygone era.

Dripping Springs is directly west of Austin and north of San Antonio, Texas in the Central Texas Wine District. Mt. Gainor Inn B&B offers a great central location for exploring the Treasures of the Texas Hill Country. Nearby, you’ll find the towns of Driftwood, Wimberley, Blanco and Johnson City, Texas.

Mt. Gainor Inn was built in the early 20th century as a German farmhouse, and retains its originality and charm. Each of our guest suites is carefully designed with casual elegance and modern amenities, and offers a private entrance, deck, WiFi/TV/DVD, In room Refrigerator, hair dryer, luxury linens, and a private bath with plush bathrobes.

Want to enjoy ultimate relaxation Allow us to pamper you with an in-room massage, chocolate dipped strawberries or any one of our custom designed, romantic packages.

Come check out the beautiful texas Hill Country, and stay with us at Mt. Gainor Inn Bed & Breakfast.

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Forty-Eight Hours in Austin, Texas – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , March 6th, 2017

Austin - Dani, Globetrotter Girls

When I visited Austin for the very first time last year, I didn’t really know what to expect. My plan was to spend a month in the capital of Texas, hoping this would give me a good amount of time to explore the city whose slogan is ‘Keep Austin Weird’. Even though this slogan had me suspect that I’d love the city, I had no idea just how much I’d fall for Austin.

With dozens of live music venues, excellent craft beer, countless food trucks, plenty of outdoors activities, especially along the river, and an overall laid-back attitude, the city won me over during my month there.

Because I had the advantage of being able to spend four full weeks there, I took my time to explore every nook and cranny of the city, but I know that most people come to Austin for a quick weekend getaway. And while I’ve already shared 33 Things I Love About Austin, I wanted to give you a more structured overview of how to spend a weekend in Austin.

Here is my perfect weekend in Austin for you – including places to eat and drink, what to do and what to see on a first-time visit:

Friday, 2pm: Welcome to Austin

Luckily, nearly all Austin hotels are conveniently located downtown, which makes it easy to explore the city on foot. If you’re not hugely into walking, I recommend you take advantage of Austin’s easy-to-use bike sharing system. The shared bikes, called B-Cycle, have a great ‘Weekender Pass’, which gives you three full days access to the bikes for only $15 and includes an unlimited number of free rides up to 60 minutes (a 24-hour pass is $12).

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Forty Eight Hours in Austin – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , February 26th, 2017

Austin - Dani

When I visited Austin for the very first time last year, I didn’t really know what to expect. My plan was to spend a month in the capital of Texas, hoping this would give me a good amount of time to explore the city whose slogan is ‘Keep Austin Weird’. Even though this slogan had me suspect that I’d love the city, I had no idea just how much I’d fall for Austin.

With dozens of live music venues, excellent craft beer, countless food trucks, plenty of outdoors activities, especially along the river, and an overall laid-back attitude, the city won me over during my month there.

Because I had the advantage of being able to spend four full weeks there, I took my time to explore every nook and cranny of the city, but I know that most people come to Austin for a quick weekend getaway. And while I’ve already shared 33 Things I Love About Austin, I wanted to give you a more structured overview of how to spend a weekend in Austin.

Here is my perfect weekend in Austin for you – including places to eat and drink, what to do and what to see on a first-time visit:

Friday, 2pm: Welcome to Austin

Luckily, nearly all Austin hotels are conveniently located downtown, which makes it easy to explore the city on foot. If you’re not hugely into walking, I recommend you take advantage of Austin’s easy-to-use bike sharing system. The shared bikes, called B-Cycle, have a great ‘Weekender Pass’, which gives you three full days access to the bikes for only $15 and includes an unlimited number of free rides up to 60 minutes (a 24-hour pass is $12).

33 Things I Love About Austin – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , July 23rd, 2016

Austin, Texas

I spent nearly a month in Austin and I’ve already mentioned in my monthly round-up that I’ve got a huge crush on Texas’ quirky capital – who knew that a city in Texas of all places could sweep me off my feet the way that Austin did. I’ve done a fair amount of traveling in the U.S. during the past 6 years, including numerous road trips that brought me to dozens of U.S. cities – but I don’t think I’ve ever declared that I am so enamored with a place that I could see myself live there – that has always been NYC’s prerogative. But I think I might want to make an exception for Austin. Why? Well, let me share 33 of the things that I love about Austin…

1 THE FOOD TRUCKS

Of course, for me as a foodie, a city with dozens of food trucks is a culinary paradise. Even if I had tried to eat at a different food truck every day during my month long visit, I wouldn’t have been able to cover them all. Which means I’ll have to come back to continue my quest to try all of them. My favorite so far? Gourdough’s Big.Fat.Doughnuts. Yes, I have a sweet tooth, and I don’t eat BBQ (or any kind of meat), so it’s a dessert food truck that takes the crown (for now). If you’re visiting Austin and are wondering which food trucks are the best, here are 10 food trucks you need to visit in Austinand if you still have room for more, 17 essential food trucks in Austin.

2 THE WEATHER

I don’t think any city could ever come close to how much I love New York, but Austin did impress me a lot – and one point where it wins over NYC is without a doubt the weather. While my friends in New York were still wearing scarfs and winter jackets at the beginning of May, I was sweating by the pool. And months of ice and snow? Not in Austin! It’s not rare to have temperatures in the 80s here during the winter months. Perfect.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Austin, Texas – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , June 9th, 2016

Austin - Dani

I have to apologize if I’m getting on your nerves with my constant ravings about Austin – I’ve already sang the city’s praises here and here – and I can’t stop gushing about Texas’ quirky capital. I arrived in New York last week and have been enthusiastically talking about how great Austin is ever since my plane touched down here, almost forgetting that I’m in my favorite city in the world.

But my last week in Austin was a great one, and I finally got the local introduction to the city that I had hoped for: from someone who had lived in Austin for many years and knew the city inside out. Together, we hit up some of East Austin’s coolest bars (including the fabulous Weather Up bar, which I learned had a branch in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights neighborhood, just around the corner from where I lived two years ago – not sure how I had missed that place back then!).

I was introduced to the magic of pinball arcades (I need to bring them to NYC – so much fun!), finally watched a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse while enjoying craft beers and a surprisingly tasty meal, wishing I could always enjoy restaurant service and booze in a movie theater (apparently Brooklyn is getting an Alamo Drafthouse in a few weeks – I am excited!), and had a midnight diner meal at the Magnolia Cafe which came to fame thanks to the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Wonderfully Weird Austin – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 22nd, 2016

Austin - Dani

Oh, Austin… I don’t even know where to start.. This city has swept me off my feet the minute I got here! Over the years, I’ve been told by several people that I should go and check out Austin because I’d like it and it was ,my kind of city’ (and that’s what piqued my curiosity and made me eventually come here!). And yes, they were absolutely right!

So what’s ‘Dani’s kind of city’, you’re asking? A green city. A city filled with food trucks. A city filled with craft beer bars, some of which have over 100 (!!) beers on tap. A city with more live music venues I could possibly visit in a month. A dog friendly city where dogs have their own little beaches along the river.

A city where apartment complexes don’t only come with communal swimming pools and BBQ areas, but also with kayak parking lots and their own docks on the river. A city where there are more kayaks and SUPs on the river than cars on the road (who am I kidding, the traffic in Austin is definitely something that we need to work on.. but still: on weekends, there are so many kayaks and SUPs on the river that it seems like half of Austin is out on the Colorado River).

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Austin, Texas: The World’s Next Drag Capital?

Author: , April 15th, 2016

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas might be best known for being the home of the annual South by Southwest festival, but a new artistic sub-culture is slowly taking over.

In the spirit of “Keep Austin Weird,” the city is becoming a global leader in drag entertainment. From false lashes to sequin gowns, drag queens and kings can be found in venues across the city, and once a year the city hosts hundreds of drag performers for a three-day festival known as Austin International Drag Festival. Performers and fans travel from around the world to celebrate the art of drag and to meet a variety of entertainers.

The Austin International Drag Festival is just one many ways the city’s drag scene is becoming internationally recognized.

Full Story at Queerty

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Featured Lesbian Owned Accommodations: Park Lane Guest House, Austin, Texas

Author: , November 15th, 2014

Park Lane Guest House

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

Your B&B In Austin, Texas: View of the lights of downtown and the Colorado River. Hike and bike trails. Park Lane is designed for your comfort, pleasure, privacy. Enjoy a dip in our swimming pool surrounded by 1/2 acre of stone patio decks and native Texas gardens. Chem-free/smoke-free environment. More than just a place to sleep, a place to rest your soul.

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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.”

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