Globetrotter Girls – 10 Places In Chile That Will Take Your Breath Away

Author: , November 22nd, 2015

Dani - Chile

Last week, a woman started talking to me while I was working in a coffee shop (actually, she was complimenting me on my outfit, and that’s how we got started talking), and after a bit of small talk I found out that she was from Chile. ‘Aaah, Chile, I sighed.. Such a beautiful country! I love Chile so much!’ She was delighted to find out that not only had I visited her country, but I had traveled nearly the entire length of it, 2,653 miles (4,270km).

It turned out that she hadn’t seen much of Chile beyond her hometown of Santiago, but when I started raving about how much I loved the Atacama Desert, Chilean Patagonia, the island of Chiloe, the sea lions of Valdivia, the Central Valley vineyards with the imposing Andes Mountains as a backdrop, talked about the geysers and salt flats, volcanoes and beaches… she finally said: ‘You’re right. Instead of flying thousands of miles to America, I should explore more of my own country.’

I wholeheartedly agreed, wondering when I myself would be able to hop on a flight to Santiago again. Talking to my new Chilean friend Marta so extensively about Chile had me relive all my favorite memories of the 3.5 months I spent there. I’ve traveled to many new countries since then, but few have been as diverse, breathtaking and memorable as Chile. I’ve seen return flights from New York to Santiago on LAN Airlines for as little as $650 which made me almost buy a ticket – but then I decided to continue my Latin America explorations in the north instead to visit the countries I haven’t been yet. Who knows though, maybe I’ll make it all the way down to Chile again when I fly to South America in a couple of months.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Chile Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Il Sole del Sodo, Cortona, Tuscany, Italy

Author: , November 22nd, 2015

Il Sole del Sodo

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

ll Sole del Sodo b&b is located in the heart of Tuscany, nestled away but very close to the Cortona village center. An encounter with Cortona is an encounter with art, history and spirituality. The b&b is managed by the 4 sisters that are focused on making every guest’s stay wonderful and memorable – from just relaxing at the resort to recommendations for visiting the area (with so many options like Montepulciano,Siena ,Lake Trasimeno ,Arezzo ,Perugia ,Firenze ,Montalcino ,Pienza ,Assisi or Gubbio , wineries, village shopping and dining). This B&B is great for romantic getaways or traveling with friends.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Eastern Tuscany

City Sundays: Boise

Author: , November 22nd, 2015

Boise - Hotel 43

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.

Boise is a surprisingly liberal bastion in the heart of deep red Idaho. With more than 660,000 people in the metro area, Boise is larger than you might think – it’s the next biggest metro in the Northwest after Seattle and Portland. It’s also the home of Boise State University.

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 Boise page here:

And our Boise articles on the blog here:

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Eric Mintel Quartet

Author: , November 21st, 2015

Eric Mintel Quartet! From the White House to the Kennedy Center and beyond, glynnhse winterthe Eric Mintel Quartet have been thrilling audiences with their electryfying jazz performances! Now you get a chance to hear them celebrating the music from the 50th Anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. Performing the timely classics of pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi, an evening with the Eric Mintel Quartet and their “Charlie Brown Jazz” will sure to please and ring in the holidays with unforgettable family entertainment! Enjoy a terrific evening of Jazz at the Palace Theatre December 7.

Book your Palace Theatre accommodation at the romantic 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 winter activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, fine dining, hiking, historic sites, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful winter countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many winter activities. View the Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Wandering Wives – Autumn In Brittany

Author: , November 21st, 2015

French abandoned house

Brittany lies in the north-west corner of France and has a climate similar to the UK. So along with driving rain and biting wind, autumn in the region can bring some truly stunning days. Vivid landscapes full of colour are waiting around every corner. Fallen conkers and amber leaves make up an ever changing blanket on the ground. Lush grassy hills play hide and seek in the haze of foggy mornings as coats and scarves come out of hiding.

Autumn in Brittany is about woodland walks through crisp undergrowth and evenings spent by a crackling fire. The colours of autumn breathe life into their surroundings as everyone enjoys the last days of sunshine before winter arrives. Pumpkins are carved, soups are made, slippers are rediscovered and butternut squash becomes part of everyday vocabulary one again. Autumn is bright, vibrant youthful and wondrous.

Or at least that’s what our Instagram feed would have you believe. Leaves on the ground, check. Huge scarf, check. Average pumpkin in the dark, check. Cute dog walking selfie, check. The reality is often very far from the truth. Yes we have been carving pumpkins and walking a dog in a scarf (us not him), but what the selfies don’t reveal is the truth behind them.

It rains 95% of the time and lighting a fire is one of the skills our generation have lost. Most of the leaf strewn pathways are brown and sludgy and very slippery. The grass is always wet and merely glancing in its direction will render your jeans soaked to the knees for the rest of the day. Carving a pumpkin is hard, trying to cut a butternut squash requires so much skill it should be an Olympic event. The super cute giant scarf is actually super itchy and a massive trip hazard. The dog has diarrhoea and shat on his own lead the other day…read more on Wandering Wives

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Gay Travel: The Basilicata Region of Southern Italy

Author: , November 21st, 2015

Valle del Melandro - Daniele Guido Gessa

Welcome to Basilicata, Italy – a charming region south of Naples with two separate coastlines (touching the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas), two cities/provinces (Potenza and Matera), two souls (mythical forests and Mediterranean shores) and even two names, (it’s also known globally as Lucania).

Forget the Renaissance of Florence, the Baroque of Rome, the magic of Venice and the buzz and fashion of Milan. Forget nightclubs and catwalks. Here, you’ll find the possibility of a countryside holiday in a European environment where almost everything seems to be stuck in time.

Visiting Basilicata, especially the Province of Potenza, will reconcile you with your senses, nature, traditions, good food and myths. Yes, myths. In Basilicata, some people believe in fairies, witches, evil spirits, destiny and ‘Rumit’ (tree-like men who live in the forests). This area is known to be enchanted throughout Italian literature and has been represented in several films. The area is also dependent on the seasons – in summer you’ll find lush green landscapes; in autumn, the magic of foliage; in winter, snowy mountains and in spring, blossoming valleys.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News

Basilicata Gay Travel Resources

Globetrotter Girls – Colorful New York

Author: , November 21st, 2015

Dani - New York

I am not sure when I started to dislike fall, but I think it must have been during my years in England. Fall, or autumn as the Brits say, always seemed to define itself through rain and foggy days, and while those misty London mornings could be romanticized initially, the novelty wore off quickly, replaced by the melancholy over yet another rainy day.

Once I packed up my London apartment and started traveling, I started chasing the sun and skipping spring, winter and autumn completely. Until I happened to be in the U.S. in October a couple of years later, amazed by how colorful and sunny this season was in the Midwest. It was my first time experiencing pumpkin patches, corn mazes and pumpkin spiced treats. Suddenly, autumn felt wonderful, and not dreary at all. Instead of rainy days and grey skies, I was enchanted by blue skies and autumn leaves in vibrant colors.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

New York Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia – Taking a Thai Cooking Class

Author: , November 21st, 2015

Carlos Melia - Thailand

After a long night out in Bangkok which began in full luxury and ended up right in the underground scene, I was awake pretty early, with a pounding headache and hangover, but determine to conquer the day ahead, which included an full morning Thai Cooking Class at The Oriental Thai Cooking School of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, follow by a 3-hours Khlong tour of Bangkok.

So my first stop was shades to conceal the damage of my late night out, and ultra healthy breakfast over an ultra spicy Khao Tom soup to sweat away the many bottles of Champagne I had. After that I was ready to start my day and master the arts of Traditional Thai Cooking.

FullSizeRender-272-1024x768Off I went to the adventure onboard one of the private barges, that would transport me across the Chao Phraya River to The Oriental Thai Cooking School by the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and to my master of the morning, Chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen. The dishes, or better I should say the challenge, of the day were: Banana in Coconut Sauce, Steamed Leaf-wrapped prawns with spicy sauce, Green Curry with Chicken and Stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk.

Mastering all these four traditional four dishes would grant me the official certificate of Hands-on Cooking Course – Class II. Now the most daunting part of these all, was being announced that at the end of the class, we would have to eat our own cooking, hosted on a formal lunch at their lovely traditional Thai restaurant Sala Rim Naam… so the pressure was on – and my own health at risk, ha ha ha… But I trusted my Chef blindly.

At their renowned Thai Cookery School people from all over the world have learnt the art of preparing fine Thai cuisine. All participants will learn how to create stunning Thai meals whilst gaining insights into the fascinating culture and traditions of Thailand. During your class, your instructor will skilfully demonstrate the methods and steps of Thai cookery from ingredient preparation to cooking. Class participants will be encouraged to try grounding pastes, chopping up meat and vegetables, stir-frying, deep-frying and stewing food to create dishes of the highest quality and flavour.

Carlos Melia - ThailandFunny enough, our Chef, preferred to begin the menu by the dessert, so off we went to learn and later prepare the first (or should I say last) dish of our traditional Thai menu – Banana in Coconut Sauce. And in between we sampled some, very cute, amuse-bouche. It all looked so simple and easy, but when you start analyzing the amount and local ingredients that Thai cuisine includes, you pray to either, have a staff behind you like Chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen did, and/or the Mise-en-place correctly done.

Next course, I must say was one of my favorites, and I found it to be quite simple to replicate and enjoyable to prepare. Steamed leaf-wrapped Prawns with Spicy Sauce. And he took some time to teach us the many secrets amd myth around Chili.

Next, a true classic, that almost everyone loves, Green Curry with Chicken. I have sworn to myself and the Gods, that one day before I die, I WILL COOK this dish at home. I promise. Of course, instead of calling the local Thai Restaurant delivery around my corner.

And last was the Stir-Fried Squid with salted Egg Yolk. I think at this point I was so overwhelmed, with my lack of cooking skills, that I decided to put my camera down and listen carefully, ha ha ha … because I do not have a single photo of this last dish at all. SORRY. !!!!!

Such an amazing way to begin my morning and second day in Bangkok. A different approach to learn about this amazing and intriguing culture and country, through the senses and their cuisine. You can book these Cooking Classes regardless being a guest at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, calling this number +66 (2) 659 9000. Have fun and may the Cooking Force be with you.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

Thailand Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Shakti Cove Cottages, Ocean Park, Washington

Author: , November 21st, 2015

Shakti Cove Cottages

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

Secluded in a grove of trees, on 3 beautiful acres. A stream that flows through the property and a private walking path to the beach. Shakti Cove has 12 cottages all with kitchenettes. Its truly a magical place that soothes the soul.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Southwestern Washington State

An Evening with the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet

Author: , November 20th, 2015

An evening with the Eric Mintel Jazz Quartet! Celebrating 50 Years of the Music from A Charlie Brown glynnhse winterChristmas! Don’t miss this night of feel-good, family entertainment.  For almost fifty years, the timeless jazzy tunes from the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon have endeared and entertained audiences of all ages. The Eric Mintel Quartet performs these songs and more in a way that’s fun, exciting, and a treat for the whole family. Bring the entire family to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse December 5.

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.