Events: Tab Benoit

Author: , May 24th, 2017

Events: Tab Benoit! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s No. 1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis. You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Tab Benoit’s amazing album Medicine is 100% pure musical snake-oil. A melodic potion that provides immediate and satisfying relief for all aches and pain. Benoit’s Medicine is a guaranteed cure for heartache. It’s the genuine article this Medicine is for whatever ails you. Book your tickets and plan on experiencing a magnificent evening of blues June 8.

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 spring 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 spring activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Tab Benoit’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Forty Eight Hours in Santiago – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , May 24th, 2017

Santiago Chile - Dani

The booming Chilean capital can be hard to figure out for some tourists, but Santiago has so many beautiful attractions – from sprawling markets to vast parks, and picturesque neighborhoods to world-class museums. 48 hours is nowhere near enough time to soak up the true nature of this five million strong South American city, but following this guide will give you a true taste of the city, from its main attractions to its most charming markets and quarters, plus where to find the best views and where to devour typical Chilean dishes and drinks.

Day 1

10am: Plaza De Armas And The Cathedral

Before you start your tour, get yourself a BIP card for public transport (available in all metro stations). You can buy single use tickets for the city’s efficient, clean, art-packed metro system, but buses accept BIP cards only, so it makes the most sense to use it for both. Pay 1,500 Pesos ($2.20) and then load it with as much credit as you need – 5,000 Pesos ($7.36) should be plenty even for an active 48 hours in Santiago.

Exit the metro at the beautiful Plaza De Armas, the city’s central plaza and home to kilometro zero, the central point from which the city has continued to sprawl out in all directions. The plaza is home to historic buildings such as the incredibly ornate Central Post Office, the Palacio de la Real Audiencia and, as in nearly every Latin American city, the main cathedral. Although it might appear a bit bland from the outside, do not skip a trip inside, which is packed with impressive details and treasures you would never guess were there from the building’s façade.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girks

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Gay Mendoza, Argentina – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 24th, 2017

Gay-Mendoza

When you think of gay Mendoza, you think of wine. This is the home of the famous Argentinian Malbec, where people come to get tipsy in the many bodegas (wineries) spread across the region.

The city itself is small, with a handful of gay bars worth checking out. Most will come here to stay in the countryside, marvel at the mountain scenery and of course, get up close to the many different flavours and styles of wines. Mendoza is after all the most important wine region in Argentina, responsible for producing nearly 80% of the country’s grapes.

When to Visit Mendoza

Mendoza is a destination you can visit any time of the year, with over 300 days of sunshine and very little rain.

December and January are the hottest months with temperatures around 25-35 degrees celsius (80-90 Fahrenheit). Winter starts from June until August with temperatures around 15 degrees celsius (60 Fahrenheit) and the rest of the year a more comfortable 20 degrees celsius (70 Fahrenheit).

The best time of year to visit gay Mendoza is at the beginning of March when the famous Vendimia grape harvesting festival is takes place. There’s even a gay segment called Vendimia Para Todos, which is definitely worth going to.

Gay Vendimia

Vendimia para todos (meaning “Vendimia for everyone”) is a 1 week festival of activities, parties and events, which climaxes with a large parade on the final day. This is Argentina’s largest LGBT event after the gay pride parade in Buenos Aires in November.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Palm Springs Private Home – Palm Springs, California

Author: , May 22nd, 2017

Palm Springs Private Home

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

Palm Springs Private Home is located on a quiet cul de sac.

It has two bedrooms, master has a king with ensuite, and the second has a queen bed. There is a study with pull out queen sofa complete with fax and copy machine and house wide wifi and free calling long distance Canada and USA.

The living room has a smart tv with satellite service. The dining room seats 8. The kitchen is completely set up for home dining.

The patio set seats 4 and has a gas bbq. The salt water pool also has a spa. There is an adjoining casita with two bedrooms and two bathrooms but we would like to rent the house on its own.

If you’re looking for a great place to stay in Palm Springs, visit us at the Palm Springs Private Home.

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The Grand Al Mursi Mosque – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 22nd, 2017

Al Mursi Mosque

The grand Al Mursi Mosque in Alexandria is devoted to a great Sufi Saint Abul Abbas al-Mursi. In fact, his body is laid here. This is a very historical mosque where both males and females can go in and worship but separately.

I wasn’t planning to visit this place but I got lost looking for the Catacomb of El Shoqafa. I asked people around the area but no one could really direct me where the Catacomb was. My google map was useless but it pointed me to the area around this mosque. After going and asking around, I gave up.

Of all the mosques I’ve seen in Alexandria, Al Mursi Mosque is the most beautiful.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Gay Valparaiso – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 22nd, 2017

Gay Valparaiso

Gay Valparaiso is the cultural capital of Chile.

Gay ValparaisoValpo (for short) is one of the country’s most popular draws, famous for its magnificent street art. Pablo Neruda, famous Chilean Nobel winning poet, loved Valpo so much he set up one of his homes here. UNESCO was so impressed, it added Valpo’s Historic Quarter to its World Heritage List in 2003, and The Guardian described Valpo as a “mini Berlin by the seaside“.

There is plenty to discover in this quirky city. To help you plan your visit, we’ve put together our travel guide to gay Valparaiso.

People in Valpo have a very open mind, so most bars are very gay friendly and welcoming. These are the few 100% gay bars in the area:

  • Pagano: attracts a mixed crowd of all ages with fun drag shows on most nights. Watching a Chilean drag show is the best way to get a feel of Chilean slang Spanish in its crudest form. Pagano is open everyday from 11:30pm except Sundays and is located at Avenida Errazuriz 1852.
  • Máscara: a cool gay bar in Valparaiso to start the night. They have promotions like 2 for 1 cocktails on Monday-Thursday until midnight. Mascara is open Monday to Saturday from 9:30pm and is located at Plaza Anibal Pinto 1178.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Casa Felix – Chio, Canary Islands, Spain

Author: , May 20th, 2017

Casa Felix

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

We are a happy lesbian couple, but we welcome people of all spots, stripes and labels. One of us will most likely always be around, and we are adventurous enough to communicate with you in English, French, German and more. We are able to tell you about anything you want to know about Tenerife: one of the most diverse islands we have ever visited and we have travelled extensively.

Casa Felix is our dream house. The house, which is actually made up of three completely independent apartments, was lovingly remodeled by our predecessors, a charming retired Austrian couple. The moment we walked onto the property it was clear to us that a lot of love and care had gone into creating this small oasis on the Island of Eternal Spring (the nick name for Tenerife).

Before you even enter the house, the garden will blow you away. There are three very mature palm trees which serve as visual anchor points. A collection of various cacti shout out to any visitor: this location is warm all year round! There are various fruit trees (e.g. plum) but our personal favourites are two very healthy lemon trees with copious amounts of phenomenal fruits. And, of course, flowers are always blooming! Much of the ground is covered by flagstones and gravel imported from the local quarry and a groundcover that at first glance may look like a grassy lawn but is actually a thick patchwork of a local, drought resistant groundcover, shorn to look like grass.

The house and the grounds gaze across an expanse of banana plantations and wild shrubbery towards the Costa Adeje. You can admire the Atlantic, sparkling in the not too distant vista distance (15 minutes by car), and the distinct shape of Tenerife’s small sister island, La Gomera, from all the balconies, sun terrace, and much of the garden. Indeed, while visitors to Casa Felix sip their beverage of choice, the sun sets behind La Gomera in the most wondrous of ways and warm days turn into warm nights, with the bright stars sparkling in a black velvet sky to remind poor city dwellers that orange skies are not the norm in nature!

Since you will look at our website there is no need to describe the charms and benefits of our two, fully self-catering apartments. But remember: Casa Felix is a passion of ours. Our aesthetic is crisp, state-of-the-art functionality, and in tune with the natural surroundings, and we are constantly trying to improve the existing comforts and design sensibilities of Casa Felix. Cleanliness is incredibly important to us, and we believe you will appreciate it as well.

We are always interested in hearing suggestions for improving people’s stay. If you have any ideas to make the apartments even more special, please let us know. After all, if you have chosen our place for your vacation, it means we have very similar tastes.

La benvinguda a Felix Casa (Catalan for Welcome to Casa Felix!)!

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Treasure Island, Florida

Author: , May 20th, 2017

beach house beach two

Need to get away and have a VERY comfortable, relaxing and enjoying time ? We have found the perfect place! Treasure Island, Florida is just about 8 miles west of downtown St. Petersburg and a little over 20 miles from the Tampa International Airport.  You drive over the causeway and you are there. They have the most beautiful  beaches and the beaches are extremely wide, like a block wide! The sand is perfect.

beach house fountainWe also found the perfect place to stay….. Beach House Cabanas is owned by Eric and David Barenz, a married couple. Located at 12035 Gulf Blvd. and just a short block from the beaches, this is a ideal location. Eric and David purchased a very wonderful accommodation about a year ago and since ownership they have made it into an extra fabulous accommodation!

beach house courtyardThey know how to treat and accommodate their guests and their guests are spreading the word from coast to coast about how wonderful this accommodation is. They have one of the finest listings on tripadvisor from over 100 guests who have reviewed them on tripadvisors. Check out: https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34693-d7390364-Reviews-Beach_House_Cabanas-Treasure_Island_Florida.html

beach house bedroomThey have 11 rooms and a magnificent courtyard area in the front with a huge fountain and palm trees and a lush tropical garden. All rooms are equipped with a fridge, micro-wave and even wine glasses and an opener. Each morning they have a Keurig coffee machine (and tea) and fresh fruit, breakfast bars and muffins and of course all is complimentary.  This is a beautiful place where all the guests mingle and get to know each other.

After your morning breakfast pick up one of their complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas and walk a short block to the beach. They are very close to shops to purchase anything that one needs.

There is a Trolley that stops directly in front of them and goes up and down the entire beach area. A large Publix supermarket is within a few blocks and there is a convenience store in their block. Within walking distance they have dozens of restaurants with menus varying from seafood, steaks, Mexican and anything else you are into.

In all of our travels from coast to coast we have never stayed in a place that is this super clean and found the owners so hospitable as Eric and David. They will make your stay on Treasure Island a remarkable memory that will last forever.

Just be sure and take some sun screen to take to the beach. As the reviews on tripadvisor express, you go there as guests and you leave as friends. Thank you Eric and David for being so professional and doing things the ‘right way’. We just wish that more accommodations were operated as professional as you operate the Beach House Cabanas.
For more information on Treasure Island, visit, http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/treasure-island.html

Check them out at http://beachhousecabanas.com/ You can make reservations by calling them at 727.201.9940 or email them at
beachhousecabanasti@gmail.com

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

TRAVELING 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/

Events: Robert Cray Band

Author: , May 20th, 2017

Events: Robert Cray Band! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Blues legend Robert Cray is returning to the Flying Monkey! Cray’s smooth, seductive vocal phrasing and rhythmic R&B stylings have earned him a reputation as a modern blues poet. His signature blend of rhythm and blues, pop, rock, soul, and traditional blues have made him a standout. Cray’s Grammy-winning 1986 album Strong Persuader made him a leader of the ’80s blues resurgence. He followed that success with his next Grammy winner, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame in 2011. Buy your tickets and experience a terrific evening of blues May 28.

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 spring 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 spring activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Robert Cray Band’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Maples Inn – Bar Harbor, Maine

Author: , May 19th, 2017

Maples Inn

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

The Maples Inn Bed & Breakfast takes you back to the turn-of-the-century in Bar Harbor, Maine – come stay with us for a taste of the simple life, and let go of the real world and all the stress of modern times.

Our Mount Desert Island bed and breakfast was originally built in 1903, as a retreat for well-to-do summer visitors. The inn sits on a quiet, tree-lined street in a residential neighborhood, within easy walking distance of Bar Harbor’s quaint boutique shops, great restaurants, and the nearby ocean.

We’re also just five minutes away from Acadia National Park, where you can find outdoor adventures thw whole year through – watch the sun set from Cadillac Mountain or see the waves crash against Schooner Head.

Acadia National Park also has more than a hundred of hiking trails, including easy walks and more difficult hikes. There are also forty miles of carriage roads, ideal for walking and bike riding.

Between late spring and early fall, there’s also great whale watching, sailing, kayaking, canoeing and many other water sports. If you like to try a little bit of everything, we can help you fill up an entire week with great activities here on the island.

And there are also some fantastic day trip options, including Blue Hill, Deer Isle, Castine, and the Schoodic Peninsula.

Your hosts know Mount Desert Island inside and out, and will be happy to help you find all the great activities Bar Harbor and the surrounding area have to offer.

We serve a large breakfast every morning in our sunny dining room – enjoy culinary treats and meet the other guests staying at Maples Inn B&B. In the afternoon, we provide refreshments on the front porch in the warmer months and before our blazing fireplace in the wintertime.

Escape to Bar Harbor, Maine, and stay with us at Maples Inn Bed & Breakfast on Mount Desert Island.

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