Europe’s Seven Gayest Christmas Markets

Author: , December 20th, 2014

Bath Xmas market - bath Tourism PlusWooden chalets, green furs, the scent of steaming, spiced red wine, the sound of a brass band and a thousand fairy lights in your eyes – is there anything lovelier (or more camp?) than a Christmas market?

Here, we count down seven of Europe’s best, from Vienna and Hamburg to Munich and Lille…

Stockholm

Stockholm boasts no less than six Christmas Markets throughout the city, ranging from the classic to the contemporary. They’re traditionally held during Advent, meaning most will wrap up before Christmas Eve; the Pink Christmas market closes on the 21.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Europe Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Bath Tourism Plus / Colin Hawkins

New LGBT Welcome Center Opening in St. Petersburg

Author: , December 20th, 2014

St. PetersburgThe brightly-painted craftsman bungalow at 2227 Central Avenue next to the Metro Wellness thrift shop is meant to be a warm, inviting place for LGBT visitors, residents and youths.

Here LGBT teens can find a safe weekend hangout and tourists can get acquainted with a city already well-known for its massive gay pride parade.

St. Petersburg recently earned a perfect score on LGBT social issues from the Human Rights Campaign for granting same-sex partner benefits and prohibiting gender identity discrimination, so the new welcome center appears a good fit for a community that already has embraced a spirit of inclusiveness.

By Josh Boatwright – Full Story at SDGLN | St. Petersburg Gay Travel Resources

Gay San Diego: Restaurants

Author: , December 19th, 2014

We found a few new San Diego restaurants we liked on this trip, and we’re sharing them with you below.

Caffe ZuccheroCafe Zucchero
Little Italy
http://www.cafezucchero.com/home.html
We found a great little Trattoria through Mark’s nephew, who’s attending college here. Cafe Zucchero serves wonderful pastries and has a great section of gelato that made us long for the time we spent in Italy in 2005 – yummmmm, Straciatella (chocolate chip). :)

fig-tree-cafeFig Tree Cafe
Hillcrest
http://figtreeeatery.com
Part of a small chain in San Diego, the Fig Tree Cafe is where we landed for lunch on our first day. It’s in the heart of Hillcrest, and the salads were really good and fresh. Also try the Man Candy – candied bacon, because it’s all about the bacon these days.

InfluxInflux
North Park
http://www.influxcafe.com
Another small local chain – the one we went to was in North Beach. Really good muffins and pastries here, as well as lots of other breakfast stuff – lunch options looked really interesting too. And the sleek modern ambiance reminded us of places along Pike and Pine in Seattle.

The MissionThe Mission
Gaslamp District
http://www.themissionsd.com
I’m starting to realize we visited a bunch of local chains this trip. This one’s on the south-eastern edge of the Gaslamp and downtown San Diego, and the breakfast here was really good. I had the chilaquiles, and it was delicious.

PappaleccoPappalecco
Hillcrest
http://pappalecco.com
Once more, a local chain. This one serves breakfast and lunch – you should have seen the beautiful platters of bruschetta they had on the counter – but the standout here for us were the desserts – we loved the gelato, and their chocolate chip cookies are to die for. Plus they speak Italian – we love that!

Soleil on KSoleil on K
Gaslamp Quarter

https://www.facebook.com/SoleilatK

We did find a great breakfast place here – Soleil on K – at the Marriott Hotel, just a block away from Petco Park, San Diego’s new ballpark on the southern end of downtown. Soleil on K has a great sidewalk section for sunny-morning dining, and a great breakfast buffet.

There are so many great places to try here – we have to plan another trip to San Diego in the near future.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: The Party of the Decade

Author: , December 19th, 2014

Naomi

IMG_6169In our many years of traveling and meeting people we recently attended THE PARTY OF THE DECADE in South Beach, Florida.

Our dear friend, Naomi Wilzig, owner of the World Erotic Art Museum, www.weam.com celebrated her 80th Birthday with a “Beyond Fabulous” Birthday Party at the opulent and beautiful Miami Grand Theater.

IMG_1785Over 300 invited guests from Florida, New York, Canada, Israel and all over the country attended the lavish affair.

From the moment we arrived in the limousine to the time we left (and all the guests were given a gift when they left), it was an incredible experience of a lifetime!

IMG_1794Naomi sat in her throne chair while greeting the guests wearing her fabulous French beaded embroidered tulle gold gown which was designed by Belinda’s Designs of South Beach,  www.belindasdesigns.net. Belinda’s Designs creates the finest of Haute Couture for the rich and famous all over the world.

They created a very special gown for Naomi which was the talk of the party.

Upon entering the main ballroom, the orchestra was providing beautiful music. Men and women in costumes on stilts were walking thru the crowds of guests. Ladies in bird cages were dancing. The event started with hors d’oeuvres including French Champagne and Russian Caviar.

IMG_1795For an hour and a half guests mingled and enjoyed visiting with Naomi and meeting new people and seeing old friends.

Among the old friends we saw there were Sharon Greenfelt- Kersten and Michael Gongora, who we hope will be running for Mayor next time around. New friends we met were the utterly FABULOUS Teri and Dan Kovac from Las Vegas, (she is the niece of Mel Haber, our dear friend who owns the Ingleside Inn and Melvyn’s Restaurant in Palm Springs), the Three Graces from Philadelphia (Elyse Karol, Lindsay Blank, Kate Popejoy) who were delightful as well as beautiful!

IMG_1801Also the handsome Jonathan from New York City, Naomi’s children, Sir Ivan, Alan and her very charming daughter, Sherry. Geovanni and Ruben are special guys as well. They both personify all that is good in South Beach and VERY handsome as well..

As we have always said, “Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone! It does pay off!

After cocktails everyone moved to the IMG_6161main showroom and was greeted by servers handing out more French Champagne.

After being seated, hors d’oeuvres including Tapas fashioned with grouper, steak, duck and short ribs and ended with a fantastic variety of pastries and French macaroons and then of course the French Champagne was flowing all night.

IMG_6174The entertainment then began with Naomi’s Can Can Club which was right out of Paris. Erika Moon showcased her Burlesque revue, “Burlesque Magnifique” was yet another fabulous over the top experience for the evening. It was indeed a very special night not only for our dear friend Naomi but it was a very special and unforgettable evening for the more than 300 guests attending the party and will be something that we all will cherish and remember forever.

Miami Beach officials awarded Naomi the Key to the City in 2006 and five years later proclaimed a Naomi Wilzig Day. In 2011, she was voted Person of the Year by the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

IMG_6176Our dear friend Naomi Wilzig is always standing up for the Gay community as well as all communities. She is truly a remarkable person and we are honored to be included as her friends. Congratulations on your 80th Birthday dear friend and we can’t wait for your 85th Birthday Party! Your 80th Birthday Party was indeed, the PARTY OF THE DECADE!

We made a lot of new friends at the party that we will be in contact with again. If only everybody could be as nice and caring as Naomi, this world would indeed be in a much better way.

IMG_6177Asking Naomi what her favorite song was, she replied, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is just to love an be loved in return” from the song, “Nature Boy” and we could agree more! Happy Birthday dear friend!

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING 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/

Winter Bird Banding Open House: Jan 3

Author: , December 19th, 2014

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center http://glynnhouse.com/events invites attendees ofglynnhse winter all ages to their annual Winter Bird Banding Open House. For over 30 years the Science Center has welcomed the New Year with a bird banding open house. For tracking purposes the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officially designates that all birds become a year older on January 1. Come celebrate their new age status and the New Year at the Science Center. Find out all about banding and with luck help to band and release some hardy feathered creatures. Attend part of all of the morning.

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.

Paula Poundstone: Jan 3

Author: , December 19th, 2014

Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, comedian Paula glynnhse winterPoundstone http://glynnhouse.com/events is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. While there is no doubt that Poundstone is funny, the thing that probably separates her from the pack of comics working today and that has made her a legend among comics and audiences alike is her ability to be spontaneous with a crowd.

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.

Gay San Diego – The Shopping

Author: , December 18th, 2014

We did a bit of shopping while we were in San Diego, including a mall, some LGBT sotres, and a really cool and funky place where you can find all kinds of unique stuff for your house. Here are our favorites:

Architectural SalvageArchitectural Salvage
Little Italy
http://www.architecturalsalvagesd.com
Architectural Salvage is like Restoration Hardware on acid.

With salvaged gems (door knobs, whole doors, windows, and all sorts of other things) on display from around the world, you can find that perfect piece here to give your house a little needed funkiness.

It’s fun just to wander through the store and gape at all the bric-a-brac.

EstablishEstablish
Hillcrest
http://www.establishsd.com
Filled with cool things for your house and for gifts, this home and lifestyle store has some furniture, but is mostly filled with lots of great, colorful knick-knacks. Well worth a look when you’re in Hillcrest.

Horton PlazaHorton Plaza
Downtown
http://www.westfield.com/hortonplaza/
Right in the center of the downtown core is a great outdoor mall – Horton Plaza, a multi-level, outdoor mall.

Horton Plaza also provides free wheelchairs, perfect for folks who need a little assistance getting around this large, multi-level mall. This is a great mall to roam on a sunny day, filled with fanciful architecture and a great mix of shops. The mall is on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, a cute shopping, dining and entertainment district with many bars (mostly if not all straight/mainstream).

Hot Rod Garage SaleHot Rod Garage Sale
North Park
http://hotrodgaragesale.com
You gotta make an appointment to see this place (we know friends of the artist), but it’s a really cool stop for your San Diego trip. Brian bent is an internationally respected artist who specializes in cool urban funk. Give him a call and check out his iconic arty while you’re in town.

Hotel Del CoronadoHotel Del Coronado
Coronado Island
http://hoteldel.com
The Hotel Del is an iconic destination – the scene of the film Some Like it Hot.

It has a small shopping gallery, the hi-light of which, for us, was the toy store there.

I found the perfect Christmas gift for my mom – an adorable hedgehog (yes, she collects them).

MankindMankind
Hillcrest
http://mankindsd.com
Mankind is a little farther down the street – it’s basically an underwear place – if you want to look good in your skivvies (or at least as good as possible given your anatomy LOL…) check out Mankind.

ObeliskObelisk
Hillcrest
https://www.facebook.com/ObeliskShoppe
If you’ve ever been to a Spencers. you’ll love Obelisk – it’s a gay version of the novelty shop. Headlined as a Men’s Clothing Store, you’ll also find gifts, cards and accessories, and huge bonus points for the neon Hillcrest sign in the middle of the store.

PigmentPigment
North Park
http://www.shoppigment.com
This is a really cool corner store up in North Park, the next neighborhood over from Hillcrest. Filled with really cool gift items, from candles to children’s books. And extra points for carrying Go the Fuck to Sleep.

Seaport VillageSeaport Village
Downtown Waterfront
http://www.seaportvillage.com
This little center is an adorable collection of brick buildings and walkways along the waterfront, strewn with fountains and beautiful trees – fun to stroll through.

And check out the Headquarters next door, a former historic San Diego Police Headquarters complex, now restored and turned into an outdoor shopping center with a central plaza for events.

Torreon ImportersTorreon Importers Hillcrest
Hillcrest
http://www.torreonimporters.com
Torreon Importers has one of the best selections of framed mirrors we’ve ever seen under one roof. Stop in and see yourself reflected hundreds of times in this store – the perfect place for the closet narcissist.

VitreumVitreum
Little Italy
http://www.vitreum-us.com
This is a cool, funky little store with a serious asian influence on the edge of Little Italy – Japanese incense, decorations, mugs and lots of other cool, gifty stuff.

There are so many other great places to shop in San Diego – you might also want to check out Solana Beach along South Cedros Ave – it’s an artist colony with some amazing shops and restaurants which we visited on our last trip to San Diego – also check out our Old Town section there.

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Recycled Percussion: Dec 28

Author: , December 18th, 2014

New Hampshire’s Iconic “RECYCLED PERCUSSION” http://glynnhouse.com/events/ returns to the Flying Monkey with a BRAND NEWflying-monkey SHOW for their 5th annual performance.  We are presenting two performances this year by popular demand.   The groups signature performances set the beat on discarded industrial junk, power tools and a barrage of buckets and metal cans and together with daring showmanship and acrobatics on tall ladders, break-dancing, spectacular spark showers in the background, and crowd participation they achieve nothing short of on-stage magic.

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.

Wild Winter Walk: Live Animal Trail: Jan 3

Author: , December 18th, 2014


Squam Lakes Natural Science Center http://glynnhouse.com/events hosts a guided tourglynnhse winter of the live animal trail for adults and families with children ages 6 and up. Many people wonder what happens to the animals at the Science Center during winter. Most of them stay in the same place, just as they would in the wild. Participants can see the animals as they are led by a staff naturalist who will guide the walk on the live animal exhibit trail and discuss how native animals are well-adapted for winter in New Hampshire. Be ready to snowshoe and see beautiful wild animals in their winter fur coats. Snowshoes are available at no extra cost or attendees may bring their own.

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.

Gay Ski Weeks Around the Globe

Author: , December 18th, 2014

Gay Ski WeekWith much of the northern hemisphere in the grip of winter, one of the best ways of breaking up the endless months of cold weather and long nights is to plan an expedition to the snow – there is no better time to hit the slopes and the apres-ski than during a gay ski week.

Whether you’re heading to one of the ski resorts in Europe or North America, here is our guide to some of the numerous gay ski week events on offer.

Arosa Gay Ski Week in Arosa, Swiss Alps
When: 11–18 January 2015
Perfect for: lesbians and gays eager to kick off the year with a bang
In its 11th year, Arosa Gay Ski Week brings some of the most attractive ski crew to guide you through the parties, dinners and drag queen ski race. Over 500 snow-lovers are expected to attend and highlights this year will include the closing party on top of the Weisshorn mountain; a cocktail party hosted by US drag icon Sherry Vine, and a pool party.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Other Gay Ski Weeks