Abalonia Inn – Ogunquit Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 16th, 2017

Abalonia Inn - Ogunquit Gay Bed & Breakfast

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

Located in the heart of Ogunquit, Maine, the Abalonia Inn is a completely renovated 1840 Ogunquit farmhouse converted to a 17 room inn.

The rooms have great period detail with exposed post and beams, wide pine floors, and period detailed furniture.

Our location in Ogunquit is ideal. We are a short walk to the beach, clubs, and entertainment that only Ogunquit has to offer.

Enjoy a walk on Marginal Way, a cliff walk that goes from the center of the village to beautiful Perkins Cove, a working fishing village. You can also enjoy 3 miles of pristine beach, which Yankee Magazine just named the best in New England.

At night, you can go enjoy one of the many restaurants, or have a cocktail at the Front Porch or Maine Street dance clubs. For those of you who love the arts, visit one of Ogunquit’s many Museums, the fabulous shows at the Ogunquit Playhouse, or entertainment at both Maine Street and Admiral’s Inn lounge.

The Abalonia is rich in history beginning with its first owners, Barak Maxwell, the richest and most influential shipbuilder in Ogunquit. In 1940 it was converted to an inn.

It eventually fell in disrepair, and was brought back to life with its current owners in 2012.

Every room at the Abalonia Inn was completely gutted, taking particular care to preserve the historic nature of the inn.

Amenities include a beautiful new saline pool, firepit, wireless internet, and great common areas. Each room has a refrigerator, either a king or queen sized bed, and a large 32″ LCD/LED television. But by far, our biggest amenity is our in-town location.

If you’re looking for an historic inn with a modern flair, come stay with us at the Abalonia Inn in Ogunquit, Maine!

See the Abalonia Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Ogunquit Gay Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Lesbian Travel: Niagara-on-the-Lake

Author: , September 16th, 2017

Niagara-on-the-Lake

When we travel, we always go where the glass is half full. Of our favorite wine. In Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now that fall’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.”

Grab Your Maps and Choose Your Wineries

With almost 100 wineries in the Niagara region, you’ll have to employ strategic thinking when planning your route. Marcel offers the following tips for making the most of your wine tour. Just remember to designate a sober driver – or hire a taxi – for your adventures.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Edith “Edie Windsor

Author: , September 16th, 2017
Edith Windsor

June 20, 1929 – Sept. 12, 2017

President Barack Obama said it best:  “Former President Barack Obama offered his condolences Tuesday following the death of Edith Windsor, 88, an LGBT rights activist whose lawsuit against the federal government led to the federal recognition of same-sex couples.

“America’s long journey towards equality has been guided by countless small acts of persistence, and fueled by the stubborn willingness of quiet heroes to speak out for what’s right. Few were as small in stature as Edie Windsor  and few made as big a difference to America,” Obama said in a statement. Windsor sued the government when she received a bill for an estate tax after the passing of her first wife, which led the Supreme Court to  issue a decision in 2013 overturning part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

“In my second inaugural address, I said that if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said Tuesday.  “The day that the Supreme Court issued its 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor was a great day for Edie, and a great day for America — a victory for human decency, equality, freedom, and justice. And I called Edie that day to congratulate her.”

Edith is survived by her second wife Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married in 2016 after the Obergefell v. Hodges decision guaranteeing the right of same-sex couples to marry.

“I thought about Edie that day,” Obama said of Windsor’s landmark case, “I thought about all the millions of quiet heroes across the decades whose countless small acts of courage slowly made an entire country realize that love is love — and who, in the process, made us all more free.”

THANK YOU EDIE WINDSOR AND THANK YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA !  You both have made us proud to be Americans!  and YOU have made America GREAT again in the true sense ! Edie’s website is http://www.ediewindsor.com/

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

Don 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/

Las Vegas Gay Travel Resources

Hawaii’s Hidden Hideaway B&B – Kailua Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 15th, 2017

Hawaii's Hidden Hideaway B&B - Kailua Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

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

Recipient of the Most Romantic Hideaway Award, two years in a row. One of the best-kept secrets in Hawaii is this beautiful B&B.

30-minutes from Waikiki, Honolulu, airport and the Pearl Harbor Historic district. 2 blocks from the world famous Lanikai beach. Five minutes from Kailua with great restaurants, antique shops, and rentals for kayaks, windsurfing and bikes.

Private units include one suite, and two deluxe studios, all with garden views, and all can interconnect, with your choice of king, queen or twin sleeping arrangements. The suite has

  • a large garden lanai area with a private outdoor Jacuzzi spa
  • a queen bed plus a single sleep sofa.

Each hideaway unit has

  • its own private entrance
  • bathroom
  • dining area
  • lanai deck
  • kitchenette
  • fiber optic cable television
  • a library of activities on the island
  • restaurant menus
  • books on Hawaiiana

We also have beach chairs, mats and toys (snorkel gear, boogie boards and other beach items.) Water sports, not your thrill, we have 7 golf courses within 20 minutes from the B&B. Tennis courts close by and wonderful hikes right by the B&B.

We offer FREE WiFi and FREE off street parking and there are NO Resort Fees. We also have laundry facilities for your use. One of the best features to our location is that you can watch the sunrise on the beach, or even better, the full moon rising over the ocean. We are a legal licensed permitted establishment.

Please accept our invitation to come stay at the Hideaway. Thank you for considering us.

Warmest Aloha

See the PROPERTY Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

 

Montanita Beach in Ecuador – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , September 15th, 2017

Montanita Beach, Ecuador - Globetrotter Girls

After spending a week in Guayaquil, which was hot and sticky despite frequent rain showers, I was ready for some beach time. A cool ocean breeze sounded just about perfect.

When I looked into Ecuador’s beaches and tried to decide which one(s) to visit, two names came up over and over again: Canoa and Montañita. Both sounded equally as nice but what made me eventually go for Montañita was the fact that it was quite difficult to get to Canoa.

The bus from Quito takes nearly nine hours (with a change in between), and from Guyaquil around six hours. Montañita was only three hours from Guayaquil by bus. And so Montañita it was.

This little beach town is not only the number one surf spot in all of Ecuador, but it’s also known as one of South America’s prime party destinations. People come from as far as Argentina to celebrate there at massive open air parties in which DJ’s play their sets right on the beach, and the music blasts loudly out of giant speakers, resounding throughout the entire bay.

This little beach town is not only the number one surf spot in all of Ecuador, but it’s also known as one of South America’s prime party destinations. People come from as far as Argentina to celebrate there at massive open air parties in which DJ’s play their sets right on the beach, and the music blasts loudly out of giant speakers, resounding throughout the entire bay.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Ecuador Gay Travel Resources

Mexico’s Ik Kil Cenote – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , September 15th, 2017

Ik Kil Cenote - Keep Calm and Wander

The wonderful cenote Ik Kil in Mexico will never fail to stun you. We arrived around 10:30 in the morning and the parking lot was still almost empty. Yes, we were one of the few who arrived before tour buses came in droves. No, we didn’t join one of those tours because we’re too fabulous to be in crowded buses. 😀 😀 😀 (Scroll down below if you wanna know how we got there.)

What is a cenote?

Cenotes are unique to Mexico, especially in the Yucatan State. They are natural wells surrounded by rocks. Most often they serve as the mouth of an underground river or a cave. They’re also good for snorkeling and diving.

Travel Tips:

Most bus tours to Chichen Itza do not include this in their itinerary. Only few do this. Even the tour agents in our hotel don’t combine this with Chichen Itza Pyramid Tour. However, most Cenote Ik Kil Tour is combined with some other unknown Mayan ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula.

If you’re renting a car or on your own, be sure to get here between 9:00 to 10:00 in the morning. This should be your first itinerary of the day if you want to avoid the crowd. The famed Chichen Itza Pyramid is just 5 minutes drive from here.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Yucatan Gay Travel Resources

Events: Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Author: , September 15th, 2017

Events: Red Hot Chilli Pipers! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ The Red Hot Chilli Pipers provide bagpipes with attitude. They deliver drums with a Scottish accent. They’re a blazing rock band. Bagpipes, rock AC/DC meet the poet Robert Burns. Rock anthems sit comfortably with the great tunes from the glens. Drums with a Scottish accent. A blazing rock band and show so hot, it carries its own health warning!   It’s Bagpipes. It’s Rock. It’s Bagrock. AC/DC meets the poet Robert Burns. Where rock anthems sit comfortably alongside the great tunes from the glens and the mountains of Scotland. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers is a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards, and drummers. They’ve w been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers deliver musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless. Purchase your tickets and enjoy the show September 30.

Book your Flying Monkey 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 are available daily. Early evening wine and cheese is 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 autumn activities during your visit? 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 autumn activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers and local activities. Book Your ‘Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

River House Inn – Gay Maryland Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 14th, 2017

River House Inn

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

Enjoy a casual, elegant getaway at the River House Inn Bed and Breakfast, a spacious National Register Victorian home on the beautiful Pocomoke River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Our bed and breakfast is located in the village of Snow Hill, where you can be as active or relaxed as you choose – thee are so many possibilities. The area is rich in history and natural beauty, with antiquing, kayaking, boating, beautiful beaches, nature preserves, cycling, swimming, fishing and golf al outside your front door.

We’re just 45 minutes from the Assateague National Seashore and Ocean City, Maryland.

The Riverhouse Inn is pet-friendly, too!

Snow Hill, Maryland, was incorporated in 1686 – a picturebook of architectural treasures. Take a walking tour of the village along old brick sidewalks, down picturesque streets, past more than a hundred homes that have passed the 100 year mark.

The towns of Chincoteague, Assateague, Ocean City and Crisfield, with its boats to Smith and Tangier Island, are only about 30 minutes away.

You can even rent a canoe or kayak just one block from the Inn to explore on the wild, scenic Pocomoke River. And the Chesapeake Bay is close by, too – perfect for sailing and motor cruising.

Want to play a round of golf? The Nassawango Country Club, one of a dozen in the area, will welcome you.

The River House Inn Bed and Breakfast has four guest buildings in a lovely rambling setting, covering more than two acres of rolling lawn that leads down to the river. We offer modern amenities, along with fireplaces in spacious guest rooms, as well as plenty of porches to relax on.

All of our rooms have air conditioning, queen-size beds and private bathrooms. We include a full breakfast in the room price, as well as complementary beverages.

Have a boat? You can tie up at our waterfront at no charge while you are our guest.

Looking for the perfect Chesapeake Bay getaway? Come stay with us at the River House Inn B&B.

See the River House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Maryland Gay Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Colombian Coco Loco – Nomadic Boys

Author: , September 14th, 2017

Colombian coco loco

We absolutely loved Cartagena in Colombia. We came here to celebrate Seb’s birthday with a boat trip around the islands. One of the things we discovered was the famous Coco Loco cocktail.

Coco Loco literally means crazy coconut in Spanish. It’s a fresh coconut with vodka/tequila/rum/whiskey mixed in with the coconut water inside to produce an awesome beach cocktail. It is sold by vendors around the Caribbean beaches in Colombia who make it in front of you using fresh coconuts.

However, on a rainy grey day in London, fresh coconuts aren’t as easy to come by, so we put together this recipe to try to recreate this tropical Colombian memory when back home. Our recipe for Colombian coco loco serves 4 people.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

LOCATION Gay Travel Resources

Gay Iceland – The Magic Island of Fire and Ice

Author: , September 14th, 2017

Gay Iceland

A visit to gay Iceland wouldn’t be complete without immersing yourself in the milky waters of the iconic Blue Lagoon.

It’s just one of the wonderfully weird must-sees in this place that feels incredibly remote, but is just three hours flight-time from London and only five from New York.

Because the sapphire waters of the lagoon are just a short bus ride from capital Reykjavik’s main airport, they are a first or last experience in the country for most.

Tourists and locals alike come to bathe in the geo-thermally heated pool of the Blue Lagoon. Whether there’s snow on the ground or the summer sun beating down, you’ll be beautifully warm once in the lagoon and the mineral-rich waters really do condition and tone your skin.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Iceland Gay Travel Resources