Lesbian Travel: Self-Guided Winery Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Author: , May 27th, 2015

Pondview Estate Winery

When we travel, we always go where the glass is half full. Of our favorite wine. In Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now that summer’s almost here, there’s always a wine tasting available – and a cute little B&B or inn nearby if you have time to spend the weekend. Talk about the perfect girlfriend getaway.

If you’re a wine-tour groupie like us, we’ve got the 411 on planning a customized wine tour and tasting in Niagara.

“With scenic vineyards and gorgeous wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular destination for wine lovers during the summer months,” says Marcel Morgenstern, a Sommelier and national sales manager at Pondview Estate Winery. “With new wineries opening every year, there is never a shortage of things to do or vineyards to explore. Niagara-on-the-Lake’s convenient wine route offers the perfect opportunity to make the most of your vacation.”

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

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 26th

Author: , May 27th, 2015

Travel Round-UpIn addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

INTERNATIONAL: LGBT Travel Presses for LGBT Rights (TravelPulse) full story

INTERNATIONAL: Delta Goes First Class for Pride 2015 (Edge Boston) full story

INTERNATIONAL: Gay Honeymoons: Exciting Urban Options (Passport) full story

BELGIUM: Muscles in Brussels: Dancing in the Street and Too Many Mojitos at Pride.be (Gay Star News) full story

SOUTH AFRICA: Cape Town Four Ways (Shermans Travel) full story

UK: Expo Organizer to Measure Attitudes About LGBT Travelers (Exhibition World) full story

USA, INDIANA: Indianapolis Mayor To Be Grand Marshal of Pride Parade (Watermark) full story

USA, LOUISIANA: Louisiana Tourism Industry At Odds With Bobby Jindal Over Religious Freedom Bill (Towleroad.com) full story

USA, NEW YORK: Cheap & Chic: New York City’s Greenwich Village (Shermans Travel) full story

Gay Porto – The Perfect Portuguese Experience

Author: , May 26th, 2015

Daniele Guido Gessa in Porto‘Would you like to go to Porto for a weekend?’ This is a question I’ve been waiting to hear for years.

Having travelled around Portugal several times, I had never visited the north. The sunny south of the country had always been my first choice but there was something in Porto which was calling me, like the chant of a mermaid.

Let’s start from the end. Let’s start with how I realized, after stopping in this area for three nights and four days, if you are looking for the essence of Portugal – the unique mix of good food, friendly people, vineyards and wineries, endless horizons, strong winds and warm sun, churches and monasteries, castles and tiny villages, then you should come to the north of the country.

This is where Porto and the Minho regions are, and it’s here you’ll find out that Porto is much, much more than just Port wine.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News | Portugal Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out: Miami

Author: , May 26th, 2015

The Matador Room

If you watched the show Best New Restaurant on Bravo (where I’m a judge for two episodes), you would have been introduced to some of the best new dining hot spots in the country. While each featured restaurant was recently opened and served up headline-worthy dishes, there was one collective factor that went unnoticed: the diners were mostly under 30.

It’s a trend happening globally: Millennials are fascinated with the culinary arts and about good food at reputable restaurants. Miami has become the stomping ground for young gourmands, foodies, and dining thrill seekers alike. In fact, there’s no other city that’s impressing the young and adventurous as notably as Miami. But that doesn’t mean all travelers aren’t reaping the benefits of a young dining scene. New, emerging chefs are taking over kitchens and opening new establishments while seasoned, old-school master chefs are ditching traditional recipes and going outside the box with edgy presentations, new culinary twists, and smart restaurant design. While the city already attracts a younger audience with music festivals, fashionable new hotels and burgeoning, artsy neighborhoods, the food scene is equally pandering to the impressionable. Whether fronted by a rising chef or a world renowned icon, the best of the best new restaurants in Miami have a love affair with the young and the restless (and hungry), and these new eateries are destined to become classics, emphatically approved by the millennial jet set.

THE FORGE

Notable chefs across the nation have been permanently clocking out of their Michelin-starred restaurants and packing their knives for Miami to start anew. It’s not unusual, considering Miami’s happening dining scene is the most significant to date. To be involved in the movement is to be part of history. One chef that’s gone south is Christopher Lee, who departed the two Michelin-starred Gilt in New York City to helm Miami’s iconic The Forge. The Forge is a fantastical, whimsical restaurant with uber-high ceilings, oversized booths, and creative furnishings like tiered chandeliers, a cavernous wine cellar, and well preserved old school flair (it was opened as a restaurant in the 1930s).

By Jimmy Im – Full Story at Passport | Miami Beach Gay Travel Resources

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – May 26th

Author: , May 26th, 2015

Gay Pride Flag San Francisco

In addition to our regular travel articles, we’re starting a regular travel round-up, for those stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we didn’t have time to add. Enjoy!

WORLDWIDE: New LGBT Travel Survey Launched (TTG Digital) full story

WORLDWIDE: 6 Gay Places to Kick Off the Best Summer Ever (Rainbow Times) full story

WORLDWIDE: 12 Amazing Destinations for Your Gay Honeymoon (Gay Star News) full story

SPAIN: PHOTOS: Sexy Spaniards Pack The Heat At Madrid’s Hottest Fetish Bar (Queerty) full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: Frameline Festival Has The Gayest Promo Ever (GayWebSource) full story

USA, CALIFORNIA: It’s San Diego, Don’t Forget Your Shorts (SDGLN) full story

USA, ILLINOIS: PHOTOS: International Mr. Leather Weekend (The Advocate) full story

USA, NEW JERSEY: Miss’d America drag pageant moving to Borgata Casino (NJ Herald) full story

Travels of Adam: Berlin By Boat – Photos from the Spree

Author: , May 25th, 2015

Adam GroffmanRecently I was invited by Hannes from one of Berlin’s newest boat tour operators, Berlin Liquide, to experience an afternoon out on the River Spree.

After having lived here for a number of summers, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out by the river (as you do in Berlin), but this was my first opportunity to actually get on a boat and see Berlin from a different perspective. We were lucky that this autumn was relatively warm in Berlin, plus the sun managed to stick around for a lot of the season.

Hannes is a friendly German guy that speaks perfect English and his boat, suitable for 12 people, provides the perfect setting for a half-day tour of Berlin.

This article was written by Adam Groffman, author of the internationally popular travel blog, Travels of Adam. Read more here: Berlin By Boat: Photos from the Spree.

LOCATION Gay Travel Resources in Germany

LGBT Travel to Havana

Author: , May 25th, 2015

Havana - Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers

The dance floor of Humboldt 52, a gay bar near the Hotel Nacional and Havana’s oceanfront promenade known as the Malecon, was packed around 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Rum and Blue Sky, the drink special, were flowing freely as the DJ played Cuban reggaeton and American and European pop songs.

It was not at all clear to me what to expect once I arrived in Cuba, especially since I had never been to the island before and everyone seemed to offer their solicited and unsolicited insight as to what things are actually like on the ground. No es facil (“It’s not easy” in English) is a phrase that has already come to define my experience thus far in Havana.

I have yet to obtain a cell phone to communicate with local sources because the state-run telecommunications company wants more than $180 for a phone that I will use for a week. The slow wifi network at the Hotel Nacional prevents me from logging onto the Washington Blade’s website and I was nearly doused with something resembling stewed carrots that someone threw from their balcony in Old Havana as I walked underneath it.

By Michael K. Lavers – Full Story at The Washington Blade | Cuba Gay Travel Resources

Image by Michael K. Lavers

Europride 2015: Fourteen Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

Author: , May 25th, 2015

Riga Skyline Bar

Never made a trip to the Baltics? Latvian capital Riga will be the host for this year’s Europride festival in summer (15-22 June 2015) – which is reason enough alone to think about paying the city a visit.

Whether you venture there for that or at another time of year, here are 14 things to see, sample or experience…

Explore the Old Town

Riga’s old town – designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is one of its prettiest aspects, with cobbled streets and buildings dating back hundreds of years. Check out the Town Hall Square, Riga Cathedral, art museum Bourse, Freedom Monument and House of Blackheads.

Enjoy the View From the Radisson Sky Bar

There are three Radisson hotels in the center of Riga. Head for Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija and take the lift the 26th floor to enjoy what is generally agreed to be the best view of the city.

By David Hudson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Image via Riga Skyline Bar

The New Piano Men

Author: , May 25th, 2015

The New Piano Men is the timeless music of Billy Joel, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and Freddie Mercury come together again, with many other piano greats to have Palace Theatreyou dancing in the aisles!  The tributes to these musicians are nothing short of stellar as the featuring of a live band with top vocalists, and dancers straight from New York City.  The ageless music The New Piano Men http://glynnhouse.com/events is brought to life on stage right before your eyes, which is something you won’t want to miss! This original musical production by Artistic Director, Carl Rajotte, is one of the most popular shows in Palace Theatre history!!  Don’t miss a great evening of theatre June 5 – 7

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, “tax free” shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Best LGBT Beach Towns in New Jersey

Author: , May 25th, 2015

Asbury Park - Star Legder Photo

That Asbury Park is the most gay-friendly Shore town comes as no surprise to anyone. There are about a dozen bars and hotels that cater to gays and lesbians; the Empress Hotel, for example, bills itself as “Asbury Park’s LGBT friendly hotel,” with a ’50s style “that radiates sophistication.”

Sand Blast Weekend, the biggest summer gay and lesbian beach party on the East Coast, moved to Atlantic City last summer after 11 years in Asbury Park, but no matter.

Asbury Park still has the Gay Pride Festival, the state’s largest LGBT parade and festival, which will be held June 7. The Pink Prom, at the Hotel Tides on May 8, is a fundraiser for the Pride Center of New Jersey and features entertainment by “drag extraordinaire” Pissi Myles.

By Peter Genovese – Full Story at Inside Jersey | New Jersey Gay Travel Resources