Airbnb Has a Gay Twin

Author: , April 14th, 2014

MisterbnbYou’ve probably heard the buzz about the web service Airbnb–a cursory glance at Google News will show that the website is a hot topic. While San Francisco has made headlines for its banning of the DIY apartment-rental service, Airbnb is becoming increasingly popular as an option in lieu of expensive hotel rates.

But convenient, affordable, and hyped as the service may be, some people (even those outside SF) have hangups about the website. Like any connection we make over the Internet, Airbnb involves an x-factor — the person at the other end of the wireless connection.

Misterbnb, a web service launched last spring, takes an Airbnb-esque approach to finding lodging, but it tailors its service to LGBT people and their allies, helping to assure users their experience will be an open and respectful one.

Authored By Jake Folsom – See the Full Story at Passport

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The Week Ahead: April 13 – April 19

Author: , April 13th, 2014

Special Offersexterior spring

  • Stay 3 evenings in a luxurious suite and SAVE 20% OFF low season rates. Compliment your stay with a bottle of Chandon Brut and a plate of delicious Chocolate Covered Strawberries – only $29.
  • Traveling Solo? Stay two evenings at the Inn and SAVE 15% OFF low season rates.

Recreation

  • Hikers are always spoiled for choice. Many trails can easily be accessed without specialized equipment.
  • Guided Rock Climbing trips are now available for experienced climbers and for those wanted to try a new sport. Advanced reservations are imperative.
  • Zipline Adventure Tours are fun for the entire family. Our partner Alpine Adventures offers three separate Zipline Treetop Tours. Every zipline tour includes an off-road Safari ride in a Pinzgauer to the top of the course.

Culture

  • ‘Bob Marley’ is one of the most celebrated and sought after comedians in the country. Come prepared for a very special evening at the Flying Monkey April 17.
  • The ‘Stiletto Brass Quintet’ ensemble reflects timely changes in the music scene with a repertoire consisting of popular styles  to the avant-garde. Come to the Silver Center in Plymouth April 18 prepared for a terrific evening of music.
  • The Flying Monkey hosts Lou Gramm April 19. The ‘Voice of Foreigner’ show will enthrall everyone who loves great Rock N Roll.

Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com/ for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

 

Bob Marley – Apr 18th – 19th

Author: , April 11th, 2014

Comedian Bob Marley http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#april_2014 returns to the Palace stage this Palace Theatrespring Celebrating 15 years as a stand-up comic, he is one of the hottest and most sought-after comedians in the country. He has been featured in his own special on Comedy Central, and is one of the few comics to do the complete late- night TV circuit: ‘The Late Show’ with David Letterman, ‘The Tonight Show’ with Jay Leno, ‘Late Night’ with Conan O’Brien and ‘The Late Late Show’ with Craig Ferguson and Craig Kilborn.

Use the romantic Glynn House Inn as your New Hampshire getaway base. Experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for other special offers plus additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Miami Beach Gets Its Pride on This Weekend

Author: , April 11th, 2014

Miami Beach Gay PridePeople from all over Florida are looking forward to the state’s fastest-growing gay pride celebration. Miami Beach Gay Pride, now celebrating its sixth year, will be putting on an elaborate parade and festival with lively musical accompaniment. All that happens on Sunday, April 13. But there is an entire weekend chock full of events for you to enjoy!

Miami Beach Gay Pride was the brainchild of former mayor Matti Bower, who organized the event as an initiative of the city’s Gay Business Development Council. When the first pride was held in 2009, the city estimated that about 15,000 people came out to participate in this new event.

Since then, Miami Beach Gay Pride has grown exponentially, from a day to a whole weekend. Last year, over 80,000 people participated in the Pride parade and festival, bringing in people not just from Florida, but tourists from all over the world who heard about the thriving and successful celebrations. There were 1,200 walkers and 66 different floats alone in last year’s parade.

Authored By Mike Halterman – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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New Hope Celebrates Gay Pride in May

Author: , April 11th, 2014

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoDiscover LGBT New Hope, Bucks County, Pa. and we are proud to announce our continued partnership with our sister city just over the bridge in Lambertville, New Jersey.

Our Annual Pride Parade, (May 17, 2014), is the keystone of the festival. It personifies our diversity by featuring colorful bands, floats, and specialty troupes, while bringing together organizations of service, politics, youth, schools and churches. From noon to 1:00 pm all of these folks “strut their stuff” through town, with enthusiasm, gusto, sincerity and just plain good fun. It’s a party given by NHC, but the invitation is open to all.
2014 New Hope Celebrates

We partner with our friends from Key West, Florida to fly the multicolored “rainbow flag”. We will again be hoisting the flag high above Main Street, and stores will fly their mini-versions, showing their collective support. During that week an estimated 13,000 visitors will line our area’s pathways and many will experience a stay at our inns, hotels and B and B’s—some for their annual return to be a part of the festivities and some for the first time ever.

Authored By Kelly Riker – See the Full Story at Seasons of Pride

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Instagramming Amsterdam

Author: , April 10th, 2014

Adam Groffman in AmsterdamI spent the other weekend running around Amsterdam with Shoshannah, Amber and the STA Travel Insider crew. If you haven’t already, check out the videos from the weekend in the YouTube playlist below. They’re a lot of fun!

Amsterdam came as a bit of a shock to me. I was expecting it to be a city full of drugs and sex, but it turns out it’s just a pretty awesome city. And way more beautiful than I was expecting. You hear about Amsterdam and its canals all the time, but wandering through the Jordaan neighborhood, it finally sinks in.

This is a gorgeous city. I tried to capture that beauty on Instagram. Check out my favorite travel Instagram photos from the weekend below.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

See Adam’s full blog here.

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Denmark Does These Six Things Better Than Anyone Else

Author: , April 10th, 2014

Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, DenmarkVibrant Denmark has everything your heart could desire for a Scandinavian city break.

Gastronomy? Denmark has some of the region’s most mouth-watering eateries.

Adventure? From countryside horseback rides to city tours on bicycles, Denmark has coast to coast covered. And we didn’t even get started on the amusement parks.

2014 is definitely the year of Denmark. Copenhagen has been named the European Green Capital, and the green capital city will also be in the global spotlight as the host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from 6 to 10 May.

Authored By Jean Paul Zapata – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Las Vegas – Go for the Food

Author: , April 10th, 2014

Chocolate Pizza at Caesar's

Chocolate Pizza at Caesar’s

You might not expect to find farm-to-table dining in Las Vegas. But that’s exactly why tourists are lining up at a rundown corner a few blocks near the old casinos in the town’s seedy core.

It takes visitors arriving by cab a few minutes to locate the nouveau diner Eat on the ground floor of a motel-style apartment complex that rents rooms by the month and looks like a place where a down-on-his-luck crime caper hero might live.

But this is Las Vegas’ first neighborhood restaurant with an emphasis on freshness and locally sourced ingredients. Eat has been a favorite among locals since it opened two years ago, when more than 100 people lined up to get their first taste. Chef and owner Natalie Young temporarily closed the restaurant that first night to regroup.

Authored By Hannah Dreler – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Five Oahu Hikes – From Easy to Exhausting

Author: , April 10th, 2014

Oahu Hikes

Photo by Karen Gardiner Dion

When on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, you just have to get outdoors. But if sunning yourself on a beach all day isn’t challenging enough, you can choose from the many hiking trails across the island, which are suitable for all fitness levels – and free.

Manoa Falls Trail

This 0.8-mile hike through lush rainforest is easygoing and shaded, but often very muddy. (Flip-flops are not a good idea.) The trail begins by crossing over a footbridge and a small stream, then makes a gradual incline, ending at a viewing area set back from the base of the 100-foot (and, honestly, rather underwhelming) waterfall. More than the falls themselves, this hike is most notable for the flora you walk through: bamboo, huge banyan trees, and colorful flowers. Parking costs $5, or you can get the #5 bus from Ala Moana.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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A Desert Adventure in Palm Springs

Author: , April 10th, 2014

Gay Palm SpringsPalm Springs is a great little desert city among eight cities in the Coachella Valley region two hours east of Los Angeles.

Getting There: Fly into the Palm Springs regional airport, PSP, and skip the drive out from L.A. (although LAX, Ontario, Burbank and even San Diego are options).
Many major airlines now go to Palm Springs, including my favorite, Virgin America, which flies nonstop to San Francisco (and you can connect to Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York.

What to do:

Bike: Rent a bike ($20 half-day includes helmet) from Bike Palm Springs, 194 S. Indian Canyon (info@bikePSrentals.com), and ride around town. Enjoy the mid-century modern architecture of many of the homes. Ride west to where the mountains start. The city has several marked trails and you can ride all the way out to “Cat City” (Cathedral City).

Authored By Bill Malcolm – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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