Water Sprite Bed and Breakfast – Gay Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B&B

Author: , July 19th, 2017

Water Sprite Bed and Breakfast

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

The Water Sprite Bed and Breakfast is located in Lunenburg Nova Scotia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within a few minutes walk, you will find numerous restaurants, boutique shopping and amazing galleries.

Just a stones throw away, Lunenburg harbour, a shelter from the North Atlantic Ocean offering refuge to fishing schooners, scallop trawlers and a fleet of sailboats. Go whale watching, rent a kayak, deep sea fishing or have a sail aboard the famous Bluenose racing schooner.

After a busy day, the Water Sprite awaits your arrival. You can choose from two suites.

THE MAINSAIL SUITE is located oceanside of the house. It has:

  • a king bed
  • beautiful 400+ thread count cotton sheets
  • a 50 inch flat screen TV with full cable and Netflix
  • Fibre optic high speed internet service is complimentary
  • the ensuite bath has a contemporary clawfoot soaker tub where you can lay back and watch sailboats as they enter the harbour

From your room you have your own private balcony where you will find two andirondack chairs waiting for you to sit and enjoy the unobstructed panoramic view of Lunenburg Harbour. A breathtaking sight. We even provide wool blankets should you want to sit out a little longer when the evening cools down.

THE STAYSAIL SUITE is two full size bedrooms with a shared connecting bath that is exclusively for your use. Each room is furnished with:

  • a queen size bed offering you a great nights sleep
  • a 33 inch flat screen in each room with full cable and netflix included
  • fibre optic high speed internet here as well.

All our guests are welcome to use the library, the living room space as well as the covered deck over looking the harbour.

All day treats and refreshments are complimentary and available 24/7.

If you can get out of that comfy bed, a multi-course home made hot breakfast is prepared for you at your convenience. You won’t want to miss that!

We are located on the Southern Shore of Nova Scotia and approximately one hour from Halifax. Be sure to take the Light House Route on your way so you get to see all the coastline has to offer.

We look forward to your visit.

See the Water Sprite Bed and Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Los Angeles Area Gems – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , July 19th, 2017

Long Beach - Globetrotter Girls

While Los Angeles itself has plenty to offer, the city can be quite overwhelming, especially for people who aren’t used to cities of this magnitude. During the month I spent in the West Coast metropole last year, I became increasingly frustrated about the long drives and traffic several times – can it really take 90 minutes to cover an eight mile distance?

I found myself wishing for small town conveniences on various occasions (usually while stuck in a traffic jam on the 405), and that’s when I realized it may be a good idea to check out some nearby cities of a more manageable size to see what they have to offer. Luckily I had enough time to check out several cities right in Los Angeles county, some along the coast, some just outside the L.A. city limits. Each one was special and unique in their own way, and worth a visit for things that the others didn’t have.

If you visit L.A. and want to escape the ‘Big Smog’ for a day, here are five nearby cities that you should visit:

1 LONG BEACH

Long Beach is LA’s big neighbor to the south, California’s 7th largest city and second busiest container port in the U.S. The massive port has led people to believe that Long Beach is nothing more than a big industrial city, but I found out that the city itself is actually a fine escape from L.A., offering a downtown area that is walkable and, as its name suggests, a pretty long beach.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Gay Morocco – A Gay Man’s Guide

Author: , July 19th, 2017

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Before I left for #Morocco, I had received multiple concerns from family and friends about travelling to an Arab country. Their concern came from my sexuality and the idea that Arab countries threaten the lives of LGBT+ individuals. I am not saying that isn’t true, countries like Egypt and Saudi Arabia have a history of this, but I was traveling to Morocco.

The first step into Gay Morocco

I had traveled to Morocco with friends and a professor who had grown up in the area. I definitely recommend flying from New York to Casablanca. Casablanca, Morocco reminded me of California when I had visited, and I think that is a good way to transition from American lifestyle to Morocco.

It eases you into this new country with not as big of a cultural shock. Especially since the Casablanca is the setting of the 1942 film, “Casablanca”. There is a sense of familiarity to it.

The Sahara desert and its beauty

My first weekend in Morocco, we had travelled to the #Sahara desert and camped out there for a night. We had left for our camping spot during the middle of a sandstorm. It was one of those adventurous scenes you would see into a movie, leading to the discovery of an ancient tomb and magnificent riches. Sadly, we didn’t find any riches but instead reached our camping spot. This is still one of the most memorable moments in my life. Dancing with everyone around a fire while our hosts were playing instruments, staring at the stars that shinned in the night sky, and going to sleep with the sound of the wind and the moving sand.

By Jonathan Kerrins – Full Story at Blasting news

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Gay Aarhus, Denmark – Passport Magazine

Author: , July 17th, 2017

gay Aarhus

Whether it’s a rainbow of revelry during Pride, or a cornucopia of cuisine and culture that has elevated gay Aarhus to international acclaim, a jaunt to Jutland is a must to make your next journey to Denmark complete.

Denmark has long appealed to those who appreciate modern design, timeless fashion, New Nordic cuisine, and hygge, an ubiquitous sense of coziness that seems to permeate Danish culture whether it’s the dark days of winter or a bright summer afternoon on the Jutland peninsula. Most are familiar with Copenhagen’s enticing cultural offerings, but scoop around Denmark’s archipelago to the northwest via rail (or boat, if you want to take a longer, scenic route), and you’ll discover Aarhus, one of Scandinavia’s oldest cities.

Founded during the Viking Age, recently discovered archeological evidence indicates that Aarhus dates back to around 770. Today, the city boasts a population of approximately 300,000, with a youthful vibe due to Aarhus University. Established in 1928, it’s one of the most prestigious public universities in the world, and with a student population nearing 45,000, it certainly tips the scale in terms of the millennial demographic.

While Copenhagen’s older sibling has in the past shied away from the limelight while the country’s capital acquired accolades and Michelin stars, this year marks a dramatic shift for Aarhus. The city was named 2017’s European Capital of Culture. With a hefty investment of € 5,760,000 ($6.2 million), gay Aarhus is in the midst of a dynamic cultural phenomenon, encompassing four MEGA events throughout the year as well as 12 Full Moon events. More than 350 artistic and cultural projects are on the program, overseen by Aarhus 2017 Foundation Chief Executive Rebecca Matthews.

By Matthew Wexler – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Tranquillo Tranquillo – Dolly Travels

Author: , July 17th, 2017

Tranquillo

Hello, again,

I haven’t written for awhile, as I have not been traveling, but that is just an excuse, not a valid reason. Today I was inspired to write again, as I remembered one peaceful, beautiful hill town of Tuscany.

This morning, while driving to an appointment, I found myself becoming increasingly irritated by the rudeness and careless actions of other drivers. Drivers cutting in and out of traffic as if they were on the Indianapolis Speedway. What is wrong with these people? I wondered, as I could feel my temper as well as my blood pressure rising.

All at once, in my head I could hear my Italian language instructors saying, “Tranquillo, tranquillo”. I heard those blessed teachers say that to me frequently when I became frustrated during language classes. Essentially, “tranquillo”, in a word, means: let your mind relax. Count to ten and take a few deep breaths. Settle down. Let your mind become tranquil.

Hearing those voices this morning made me so absolutely homesick for Montepulciano and those patient instructors at Il Sasso, the Italian language school that I had the opportunity at attend three years ago. I simply had to write this post and dedicate it to Sara, Sylvia, Cincia, Lucia, Alberto, and of course, Heike.

I realized this morning that my irritation with the other drivers was more of a reaction to my being homesick for Italy, rather than the driving techniques of other people.

Since I cannot be in Italy right now, I felt it would be beneficial for my mental well being to think and write about feeling “tranquillo”.

First, I must tell you, I am usually happy when I am home. I love my home, my family, my friends, the activities that take up my days. However, I feel much more comfortable, at ease, “tranquillo” when I am in Italy.

I loved staying in Montepulciano. When we were not attending classes, we were walking up and down those steep streets, or hiking down to Chiesa San Biago.

Sometimes I would just wander down a passageway that brought me out to a view point that looked over the Tuscan countryside.

I could go on and on, telling you about so many other places in Italy that have given me the sense of “tranquillo”, but today I am homesick for Montepulciano, so I will only tell you some of my memories from that lovely hill town.

If I don’t recover from my Italy homesickness soon, you may hear about Cinque Terre, the Dolomites, the parks and piazze of Florence and Rome, the seaside town of Sorrento. But I must close now and send this off to you, so, hopefully, you can read the blog, see the pictures and share a new sense of “tranquillo” with me.

Ciao for now,

Dolly

Events: The Graduate

Author: , July 17th, 2017

Events: The Graduate http://glynnhouse.com/events/ “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.” California 1964 is the setting for romantic disaster where Benjamin, an aimless college graduate, becomes entangled in a love triangle with a mother and daughter.  The cult novel which became a classic film starring Dustin Hoffman, finds its way to the stage in this provocative adaptation about growing up, making choices, and facing consequences. Plan on enjoying The Graduate at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse August 2 – 12.

Book your Winnipesaukee Theatre accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other summer activities during your visit? New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and explore NH’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. You can enjoy ATV rides, canoeing, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and zip line. More sedentary options include boat rides, train journeys and scenic drives. Shoppers will appreciate local antique emporiums, art galleries and a range of unique tax free shopping options. Inn guests enjoy savings on many summer activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Graduate’ Show Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Events: Amos Lee

Author: , July 16th, 2017

Events: Amos Lee! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Critically acclaimed troubadour Amos Lee hits the road this summer, with a stop at the Capitol Center for the Arts. The singer/songwriter, whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul, has drawn unanimously positive praise from reviewers. Spirit, his sixth and most recent studio album was released August 16, 2016.  He penned all thirteen songs. Book your tickets now and experience a fantastic evening of music August 2.

Reserve terrific Capitol Center for the Arts accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Amos Lee’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

DDG Retreat – Gay Friendly Andalucia Getaway

Author: , July 16th, 2017

DDG Retreat

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

DDG Retreat offers the ultimate experience for couples looking for romantic getaways, weekend breaks, honeymoon or anniversary celebration on Costa del Sol. We are not a standard hotel but a family run Retreat. We don’t sell rooms – we bring you exotic Ambience within a stunning Natural setting with personalized services. DDG Retreat has more then 200 – 5 stars reviews and has been voted as Best in Honeymoon and Romantic Getaway 2016. We have also been covered extensively by World Press including Conde Nast, The Times, Sunday Times, Elle, Cosmo etc.

You can choose to stay at DDG Retreat’s luxury designer Villa for up to 12 Guests or enjoy a romantic break away with your Loved One at our beautiful Casa Pino with private plunge pool and tropical garden. DDG Retreat also offers you two the most luxurious Tents in the Europe.

Absolutely 5-bedrooms, 4 bathrooms Unique Luxury Villa surrounded by tropical gardens and panoramic views. Ideal for family breaks, special celebrations or anyone looking to get away from it all. This fantastic designer Villa with private heated Jacuzzi is located within a territory of natural Retreat within 4 hectares of land surrounded by tropical exotic gardens, natural pines and flowers. Stunning panoramic views stretching over Mediterranean sea, Gibraltar and Africa. If you are looking for a very private property to get away from everyday life, then this villa would be perfect. Villa has many terraces with panoramic views.

Casa Pino offers absolute privacy and solitude. Serene views stretch over to Gibraltar and African coast. Designed for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living, this property enjoys private plunge pool with outdoor lounging and dining area with BBQ. Outside bath in the garden will complete the romantic touch and exotic Ambience.

Boasting a private territory of 500m2, Royal Tent offers one of the most breathtaking uninterrupted views over Gibraltar, African coast, Pueblo Blanco Casares and the sea. Hot tub over the cliff will provide the most romantic and luxurious experience for Couples. Enjoy the feeling of being at a real cinema with your personal in home theatre dolby surround system and wine Cabinet with Award Winning Wines.

Elegant and light – Maharaja Tent is located on the elevated hill with beautiful views over the mountains. Spend your day relaxing by your private plunge pool, enjoy a bath under the stars or watch breath-taking sunsets from your private terrace. Outside shower will complete your exotic experience.

  • Stunning heated infinity pool 15×5 meters
  • sauna
  • steam room
  • gym
  • games
  • table tennis
  • tennis court
  • CD, DVD, books library and much more are of complimentary usage of guests.

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A Pirate Inspired Birthday in the Rosario islands – Nomadic Boys

Author: , July 16th, 2017

Rosario islands boat trip - Nomadic Boys

Our greedy Frenchman turned 35 last May. An important milestone in one’s life. Now’s the time to stop pretending you’re still 25 and accept the natural ageing process of life: you’re a thirtysomething!

Stefan wanted to organise a fun and unique celebration in Cartagena for his French beau, which would make this milestone truly memorable.

Cartagena is Colombia’s most visited city, famous for its UNESCO listed old town. Back in the 1500s, it was a major trading port and the main gateway into South America for the Spanish, who used it as the base to ship their gold back home. As such, it became a tempting target for pirates in the Caribbean. Sir Francis Drake was one particular British pirate who led a huge siege in 1586 against the Spaniards. The Spanish responded by building the fort to guard the town which you can still see today.

A few miles from the coast are a group of beautiful islands – the Rosario islands – where just a few centuries ago, you could imagine Captain Jack Sparrow-type pirates fighting those dashing handsome Spaniards right on these shores. There’s even an island called Pirate Island.

Today, the Rosario islands are popular for beach partying and for relaxing in one of the many secluded white sandy beaches. The islands are located within 1-2 hours from Cartagena and can be visited on a day trip by boat. As we absolutely love cruising the seas and relaxing on secluded white sandy beaches as much as we love fantasising about Pirates of the Caribbean, this made for the perfect present for our birthday boy.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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The Cinque Terre – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 16th, 2017

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is on the north western coast of Italy. This is, perhaps, the country’s version of the French Riviera in France. Cinque Terre is translated into “five lands.” These villages are: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Monterosso and Vernazza. They’re along the rugged coastlines of Italy where colourful houses are built on jagged cliffs. They view is jaw dropping anytime of the day but breathlessly stunning at golden hours. At night, when all the lights are on, the village becomes a romantic place to be.

It is expensive to stay in any of the five villages mentioned above. And there are also very few choices. It’s even hard to find an affordable accommodation within your backpacking budget. So, I’d advise you to stay at La Spezia, the nearest town where the five villages are under its care. Also, La Spezia’s Train Station is well-connected to many parts of Italy. I stayed at Grand Hostel Manin which I booked via Booking.com. You can also find other accommodations from HostelWorld, and Expedia.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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