Provincetown on a Budget

Author: , August 30th, 2015

We know Provincetown can be an expensive place to visit, the busy season is quite short and businesses have to make a great percentage of their income during that short busy season to survive. We have a lot of great restaurants and you will want to try many of them while you are here. How do you get to visit our great restaurants while keeping your food budget under control?   Here are some hints.

On a few days make lunch your big meal of the day. A perfect day to do that is Sunday and have the brunch at Fanizzi’s at 598 Commercial Street. Fanizzi’s is on the water in the East end, brunch is from 10am to 2pm.  Did I mention it’s ‘All You Can Eat’? for $14.95? You won’t find many deals like this. Brunch includes French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Corn Beef Hash, Breakfast Burritos, Steamed Mussels, Eggs Benedict, Sausage, Bacon. . . I could go on, but check out their web site for their brunch menu.

Another great place for a meal is the food court at the Aquarium Mall at 207 CommercialBig Daddy Tacos Street. A number of different  options are available and behind the building is the Aqua Bar where you may eat your food and enjoy a gorgeous outdoor view of the Provincetown Harbor and Cape Cod Bay. One of my favorites is Big Daddy Burritos. The food is incredibly fresh, the staff is cute and friendly and it’s a great deal. I get a saucy chicken burrito with creamy salsa verde and the hot mamma sauce a couple of times a week. It’s $8.51 including tax so plan on $10 with a tip for lunch or dinner and enjoy that incredible view and the ocean air.

Aqua Bar

Aqua Bar

Another great option at the Aquarium Mall is Connie’s Bakery. Great sandwiches made fresh to order.  I had their brown bag lunch which is a freshly made sandwich, cole slaw and a cookie for $11.  The Black Forrest Ham sandwich on herbed focaccia bread was a delish. Again, eat outdoors at the Aqua Bar and you have a great meal with a view.

The Early bird specials aren’t just for your grandma in Florida. For example, get your order in to the kitchen by 7pm at the Seafood Grille (386 Commercial St) and have a three course meal for $14. Options include Cape Cod Fish & Chips, Broiled Cod with Lobster Newburgh Sauce and Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken. Start with clam chowder or a salad and end your dinner with the dessert of the day.

There’s something for everyone and every budget in Provincetown, you just need to know where to look. Dan and his partner Bob own The Somerset House Inn.  When you stay at The Somerset House Inn the staff are always willing to help you with suggestions. We have one room left for the Labor Day weekend and then it’s fall in Provincetown, the perfect time to visit with warm days and cool evenings.

For a full listing of fall events please see the calendar on our web site.  Come see us this fall!


Author: , August 30th, 2015

Scorpions! Klaus Meine and Rudolph (Rudy) Schenker celebrate 50 years of being together as the Scorpions! EventsThis year the Scorpions celebrate with a worldwide tour and the release of their 18th Studio album Return Forever. The album is comprised of a dozen of unfinished songs from the Blackout, Love at First Sting, Savage Amusement and Crazy World sessions. The band had in mind to make a selection between 16 and 18 songs and pick the 12 best out of them. The band members added new parts to the existing recordings such as new lyrics because most of the songs didn’t have proper lyrics and in almost every song the lyrics had to be re-written. Experience a great evening of sound at the nearby Meadowbrook Pavilion September 13.

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 too. 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 for additional information about the Inn and local activities.

Lesbian Travel: Getting Around Europe on the Cheap

Author: , August 30th, 2015

Dani - Globetrotter Girls

I am spending two months in Europe this summer, and I wanted to take advantage of the cheap ways to travel to some of my favorite places and explore a few new destinations while I am here (more on my upcoming travel plans in my monthly round-up).

With the exchange rate between US Dollars and Euros being more favorable than it has been in a long time, and a myriad of ways to get around the continent for very little money, there is no better time to travel around Europe than now!

During my research on how to get around Europe I came across several websites and apps that make your trip even cheaper – because when traveling Europe, you never want to just show up and hop on a train or bus – you have to book in advance. This does require more travel planning than in other parts of the world, but use the tools I am sharing below and you can see Europe for very little money.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Nomadic Boys – That Time We Were Interviewed on Malaysian National Radio

Author: , August 30th, 2015

Nomadic Boys

Kuala Lumpur was a great base for us to stop and take a breather from our backpacks for a month in June/July 2015.

Whilst in KL, we met the awesome DJ Kevin Chong, who invited us to be interviewed about our travels in Asia over the past year, on his morning show with his partner in crime, DJ Diyana.

TraXX FM is one of the most popular English radio stations in Malaysia, broadcasted nationwide and also in neighbouring Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. We were of course dead excited at the opportunity and jumped at the chance to be grilled by Kevin and Diyana about our travels.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Wild Horse Inn – Fraser, Colorado

Author: , August 30th, 2015

Wild Horse Inn

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

The Wild Horse Inn, located in Fraser, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains, offers a rustic, luxury hand-hewn log lodge with seven unique guest rooms. We also have three cozy luxury cabins on the property. Every morning, we serve a full gourmet breakfast. Enjoy our beautiful grounds, surrounded by mountains and all of your favorite alpine activities.

See the Wild Horse Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Colorado

City Sundays: Tokyo

Author: , August 30th, 2015

City Sundays - Tokyo

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.

From Wikipedia:

Tokyo is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan,[6] and is both the capital and largest city of Japan. The Greater Tokyo Area is the most populous metropolitan area in the world.[7] It is the seat of the Emperor of Japan and the Japanese government. Tokyo is in the Kantō region on the southeastern side of the main island Honshu and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands.[8] Formerly known as Edo, it has been the de facto seat of government since 1603 when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters. It officially became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from the old capital of Kyoto in 1868

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 Tokyp articles on the blog here:

Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – August 29th

Author: , August 29th, 2015

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!

My Own Personal Postcards of Rio de Janeiro (Carlos Melia)
A collection of my favorite postcards for my lasted visit to Rio de Janeiro, all photos taken by me using my iPhone6. I spent a week at the carioca city of Rio, curating the best experiences, restaurants, venues and locations with a view, to host events and activities for my VIP clients coming next year for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Here some of the stunningly beautiful panoramic views I found along the way.
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Rio - Carlos Melia

Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum is so Heartbreaking (Keep Calm and Wander)
Visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum was so heartbreaking I couldn’t grasp the atrocities humans can do to its fellow humans. It’s my first ever museum of this kind and I was totally devastated going around, reading one description to another.
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Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Cambodia - Alain

Getting Around & Getting Connected (Shermans Travel)
“Welcome to José Martí International Airport.” You’re here, finally, in Havana. The door of your plane has opened and the Caribbean humidity has wrapped you in its cloying embrace. Now what?
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Ibiza: Where to Eat and Play, Then Take a Break (Shermans Travel)
The jetset island got its rep for a reason — this is the spot where the rich and famous flock once June rolls around. With a club scene that’s turned global, Ibiza attracts world renowned DJs and celebrities to its shores.
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Stockholm’s Gay Scene: Where Cafe and Bar Culture Meet (That Gay Backpacker)
Whenever I venture to a new city, I am keen to find my way around the gay scene as a priority. With that said, I’ve gone through some changes in the last year – I no longer drink, and I prefer to go to bed early. So upon arriving in Stockholm, I was definitely excited to visit a few gay hot-spots in the city, but I was also worried that I wouldn’t feel comfortable because I don’t do the all night drinking thing anymore.
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Ian McKellen Leads Manchester Gay Pride Parade (On Top Magazine)
British actor Sir Ian McKellen on Saturday led the 25th annual Manchester Gay Pride parade.
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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Ochenta y Dos, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Author: , August 29th, 2015

Ochenta y Dos

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

Ochenta y Dos is an urban B&B in the heart of the beautiful historic colonial city of Merida. Our Merida Bed and Breakfast is gay owned and operated, and the owners live on the premises. Our brand-new building has been built with close attention to historic design and preservation, along with smart home technology which makes it a truly unique boutique property in historic Merida.

See the Ochenta y Dos Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Merida

Jasper, Alberta – Small Town for the Queer Visitor

Author: , August 28th, 2015

Jasper, Alberta - Keph Senett

Of the many ways that Jasper, Alberta, is unique, two particulars stand out and shape this small town’s appeal for the queer visitor. First, Jasper is located inside a national park, which means that every one of its approximately 5,000 inhabitants must meet eligible residency guidelines. Whether through work, school or family, the life of every Jasperite is connected to Jasper National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and this plays out in a packed calendar that celebrates the natural diversity of the region, the community and the people. Second, the town mascot — though admittedly, an unintentional icon of gay culture — is a bear.

Located just four hours west of Edmonton by car, the town comprises a small cluster of streets alongside the Athabasca River in the shadow of Marmot Basin. In the winter, daily shuttles make the trip from town to the ski hill, which has recently enjoyed terrain expansions and infrastructure upgrades — developments that only enhance its existing appeal. Marmot’s base elevation of 1,697 metres is the highest of any ski area in North America.

Initiated in 2009, the inaugural Jasper Pride weekend attracted just a few dozen people, but the event has grown steadily to include more of the local population and visitors from farther-flung places.

By Keph Senett – Full Story at Xtra | Alberta Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia – My Latest Restaurant Experiences in Buenos Aires

Author: , August 28th, 2015

Carlos Melia - Buenos Aires

After my week in Rio de Janeiro, I decided to take four days off and head to my native city of Buenos Aires, to visit my family, before heading back to, my new home, New York. One of my favorite activities, as you may know by now, is eating and checking out restaurants of all kinds, and that is what I did. I went to some of my classic ones like the Rodi Bar in Recoleta. I tried a new one in San Telmo and was invited by the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, to enjoy their winter Fondue Nights at the Duhau Restaurant. See my comments and photos below.

First stop was Rodi Bar, along with my father. This is a classic of each of my visits to Buenos Aires. It is the typical Buenos Aires dining experience, which some my think it looks very much like a restaurant in Spain, but well, our cultures and costumes are so interconnected that this is very much so. The food is AMAZING, I love the local vibe, see the Portenos and enjoy a nice chilled bottle of San Felipe Torrentes over a nice conversation. Rod Bar is located at the residential neighborhood of Recoleta.

Carlos Melia - Buenos AiresMy next stop was the bohemian neighborhood of San Telmo, very well known by locals and tourists for their flea market and the antique shops. I took a stroll by the local fruit and meat market, which remains as original. And after checking some antique shops – which is one of my huge passions, and visiting briefly my friend and world renown silversmith Marcelo Toledo – by the way you should stop by and see his collection, I went for lunch at CASEROS Restaurant.

It was quite a lovely afternoon, and was nice to be able to seat outside and enjoy a nice lunch. Great local food, featuring a menu with quite some local classics. Small restaurant, very relaxed. Dessert was the best, a flan with dulce de leche and whipped cream yummy. Prices are fair, and service, though a bit slow, was perfectly in sync with the relaxed afternoon outdoors I was looking forward, over a nice glass of Malbec.

As the night came by over the city, I along my brother and father, arrived to the very lovely – and one of my favorite hotels in Buenos Aires – the Park Hyatt Hotel Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Recoleta, along the fancy Alvear Av. I have stayed with them before, and I have tried their restaurant a few times – Duhau Restaurant. But being winter seasons, I was invited to enjoy their new addition to their offer, the Fondue Nights. I haven’t had fondue in quite a while so, I said yes right away.

Carlos Melia - Buenos AiresSince we arrived early – on purpose – we decided to seat at the OAK Room for half an hour to enjoy some drinks. The rooms is quite lovely, quite and very chic, just as I like it. Now I must say that the drinks were not as fantastic, as a matter of fact, they were quite terrible and overpriced. I mean I paid two times the price of what I would paid in New York or Paris. If you follow me you know of my addiction to Dirty Vodka Martinis, I have tried them all over the world “literally” at some of the best and worst places. And to have the barman come to me and try to explain – with an attitude – that this is how a Maritini should be…. it was wrong. Same situation with my father’s drink – a Margarita ( which we sent back twice ) To this I replied, CHECK PLEASE.

We came down to the lower floor to the Duhau Restaurant and had indeed a lovely evening. We went throuhg two different types of Cheese Fondues and one Chocolate one. Of course paired with some local wines. Great time spent with my brother and father, catching up on life. If you like Fondue, you should try it.

So these were my three restaurant experience of my brief visit to Buenos Aires. Of course as I always say, the best food in Buenos Aires is my Mom’s, so I quite enjoyed some of them at the privacy of their home.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Argentina Gay Travel Resources