Gay Houston

Author: , February 11th, 2016

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There is a billboard on a nondescript stretch of freeway just south of George Bush International Airport in Houston that reads, “Wherever you go, God listens.” This must be true because during my weekend stay in America’s fourth largest city I am wanting for great food, interesting cultural attractions and a superabundance of hot and friendly Texan men and, wouldn’t you know it, I receive all three in spades.

Gay Houston is a curious place. The largest city in the United States without any formal zoning regulations has the disorienting effect of giving visitors the impression of a mini skyline in any direction their eyes might wander, outward from which spread a jumble of strip malls, clogged freeways, leafy green spaces, bland high rises, gated communities, cramped McMansions, and neighborhoods without central cores. Its urban plan is a tangled mess you want to straighten out like that of a child with a mop of unmanageable hair.

But the city is not without its charms. The chaos of Houston has the unintended effect of making every discovery–be it a culinary crown jewel, a funky boutique or a hipster hangout–a hard fought cause for celebration. This racially diverse city is mad for the arts, flush with expansive parks, and perpetually soaked in Bayou heat, the kind that makes summers unbearable but is perfect the rest of the year.

By Jason A Heidemann – Full Story at Passport

Houston Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out: Dallas

Author: , February 5th, 2016

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Dallas is proud of some of its stereotypes. The “Big D” is, after all, where you’d head to find big hats and big cowboys wearing them, most of them sporting big appetites to boot. Then there’s football, another Big D, the silver-starred Cowboys. Even the classic TV show Dallas is something locals are proud to call their own, and not just for the big hats and big hair that made it the ultimate, iconic melodrama of the 1980s.

On the other hand, there are quite a few Dallas clichés ready to get bucked. Top among them is that this city is too conservative to have much LGBT culture. On a recent visit to Oak Lawn, one of the state’s, and perhaps all of the South’s, busiest gay neighborhoods, it was plain to see that queer folks are also pretty big in Dallas. Of course, where there’s a vibrant gay community there tends to be a strong dining scene. In Dallas, that’s true both in the gayborhood and around town. From staples like Tex-Mex and barbecue, to spicy send-ups and restaurants with soul, it’s time to refresh our notions about what Dallas has cooking.

LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE

Vegetarians beware: This may not be the restaurant for you. The first tipoff are staff T- shirts that read, simply, “Wood fire meat beer.” The second is a menu that lists chick- en and turkey under “TX Vegetarian.” But for those who appreciate barbecued brisket, ribs, and other carnivorous delights, Lockhart Smokehouse delivers. This family operation is a relative newcomer having opened in the cute, walkable Bishop Arts District in 2011. Today it upholds the standard for central-Texas-style smoked meats and is considered by many to be one of the best places for barbecue nationwide.

By Kelsey Chauvin – Full Story at Passport

Dallas Gay Travel Resources

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Eating Out: Dallas

Author: , January 28th, 2016

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Dallas is proud of some of its stereotypes. The “Big D” is, after all, where you’d head to find big hats and big cowboys wearing them, most of them sporting big appetites to boot. Then there’s football, another Big D, the silver-starred Cowboys. Even the classic TV show Dallas is something locals are proud to call their own, and not just for the big hats and big hair that made it the ultimate, iconic melodrama of the 1980s.

On the other hand, there are quite a few Dallas cliches ready to get bucked. Top among them is that this city is too conservative to have much LGBT culture. On a recent visit to Oak Lawn, one of the state’s, and perhaps all of the South’s, busiest gay neighborhoods, it was plain to see that queer folks are also pretty big in Dallas.

Of course, where there’s a vibrant gay community there tends to be a strong dining scene. In Dallas, that’s true both in the gayborhood and around town. From staples like Tex-Mex and barbecue, to spicy send-ups and restaurants with soul, it’s time to refresh our notions about what Dallas has cooking.

LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE

Vegetarians beware: This may not be the restaurant for you. The first tipoff are staff T- shirts that read, simply, “Wood fire meat beer.” The second is a menu that lists chick- en and turkey under “TX Vegetarian.”

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Dallas Gay Travel Resources

Hotel Flora and Fauna: Gay Friendly Wimberly, Texas Hotel

Author: , January 27th, 2016

Hotel Flora and Fauna

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

We are not what you think. We may be in the country, but you won’t find a country aesthetic at the Flora and Fauna. We offer a stylish, casually sophisticated, and intimate lodging facility. Each room has a studio floor plan featuring a smartly decorated space where you’ll find a king bed, living room, eat-in kitchenette, and full bath.

The Flora and Fauna is family-owned and operated boutique hotel. We pride ourselves in providing guests with outstanding comfort, hospitality, and relaxation. Staying with us guarantees a unique experience that is markedly different from the feel of big-box or chain hotel.

See the Hotel Flora and Fauna Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Texas Hill Country

Abundance Retreat – Lesbian Owned Guest Houses in Wimberley, Texas

Author: , January 15th, 2016

Abundance Retreat

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

Located on sparkling Cypress Creek and steps from the historic Wimberley Square, Abundance Retreat, an adults only/pet friendly property, features 2 guest houses — Sundance Lodge and Moondance Cabin — and an unforgettable setting for a romantic getaway, family reunion or a “Big Chill” weekend. Abundance is truly distinct, blending natural beauty and luxurious living with the best location in the Texas Hill Country. Sundance Lodge, an elegant and spacious log home and Moondance Cabin, a romantic pine log cabin, are available for weekend, weekday or weekly rentals.

See the Abundance Retreat Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Texas Hill Country

City Sundays: Dallas

Author: , November 1st, 2015

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Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Today we’re talking about Dallas. Part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Dallas is a gay friendly city in the fifth-largest metro area in the US. The city is a tech and commerce center with a huge LGBT population, and its gayborhood is the Oak Lawn area.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Dallas page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/texas/txprairieslakes.html

And our Dallas articles on the blog here:

https://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Dallas

Seedy But Beautiful Galveston, Texas

Author: , October 8th, 2015

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The most shocking thing about my recent trip to Galveston was how clear the water was. We waded in over our knees and we could still see our feet. I’ve gone to Galveston lots of times. I love Galveston, but I’ve never seen the water there this clean.

For anyone who’s visited the Caribbean or even beaches along the east or west coasts, that’s not much of a boast. But this was Galveston with some of the ugliest beaches and brownest water I’ve ever seen along an open coastline. OK, so the Galveston Chamber of Commerce probably won’t be linking to this piece.

Not only was the water clean, but so was the beach.

By David Taffet – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Texas Gulf Coast Gay Travel Resources

A Perfect Day in Galveston, Texas

Author: , June 13th, 2015

Sunflower Bakery and Cafe - GalvestonGalveston Island is a unique coastal destination: An historic Victorian-era downtown surrounded by beaches that offer classic seaside fun. Whether you’re on a day trip from Houston or stopping over to or from a cruise, here’s how to make the most of it.

Breakfast at Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Start your day at this family-owned restaurant of a local favorite, with specialties such as bread pudding French toast and oysters benedict. The restaurant is in the heart of the East End Historical District, putting you in the perfect location to explore the well-preserved architecture that makes Galveston so special.

Tour the Historic District

Taking a closer look at the historic grand mansions and the stories behind them reveals why Galveston is truly a Treasure Island. Check out Moody Mansion, a four-story, 28,000-square-foot home restored to its 1895 splendor. A tour of this home belonging to one of Galveston’s most influential families depicts life of wealth at the turn of the century. Then hop on an electric shuttle from Galveston Island Tours to check out the entire landmark district, including the unique tree sculptures that dot the island and were artistically carved from trees that were killed in Hurricane Ike.

By Shelley Seale – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Texas Gulf Coast Gay Travel Resources

Gay Houston

Author: , May 13th, 2015

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There is a billboard on a nondescript stretch of freeway just south of George Bush International Airport in Houston that reads, “Wherever you go, God listens.” This must be true because during my weekend stay in America’s fourth largest city I am wanting for great food, interesting cultural attractions and a superabundance of hot and friendly Texan men and, wouldn’t you know it, I receive all three in spades.

Houston is a curious place. The largest city in the United States without any formal zoning regulations has the disorienting effect of giving visitors the impression of a mini skyline in any direction their eyes might wander, outward from which spread a jumble of strip malls, clogged freeways, leafy green spaces, bland high rises, gated communities, cramped McMansions, and neighborhoods without central cores. Its urban plan is a tangled mess you want to straighten out like that of a child with a mop of unmanageable hair.

But the city is not without its charms. The chaos of Houston has the unintended effect of making every discovery–be it a culinary crown jewel, a funky boutique or a hipster hangout–a hard fought cause for celebration. This racially diverse city is mad for the arts, flush with expansive parks, and perpetually soaked in Bayou heat, the kind that makes summers unbearable but is perfect the rest of the year.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Houston Gay Travel Resources

Saxon and Joe – Texas

Author: , May 3rd, 2015

Saxon and Joe

We have a new feature this week – gay travel videos from Saxon and Joe:

My partner and I live in Los Angeles and recently started a channel where we are posting videos from our travels. We started it last week and have a few videos up. I though you may like to check them out!

Welcome, guys – here’s the first one – Texas.

It’s Texas Time. Saxon spent a bit of time growing up in Dallas. In this video, we explore much of what this ginormous state has to offer.

By Saxon and Joe – Full Story at YouTube | Texas Gay Travel Resources