Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – January 29th

Author: , January 29th, 2016

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!

GENERAL:
Gay Travel Radar: Our Top 5 Discoveries for January (Towleroad.com)
Our travel radar helps you find your gay way in this big world with gay and gay-friendly discoveries from the four corners.
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GENERAL:
Caitlyn Jenner and Friends Call for End to TSA ‘Horror Stories’ (The Advocate)
The transgender reality star and her costars shared their experiences of traveling while trans, and called on allies to demand better treatment.
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AUSTRALIA:
LGBTI Tourism in Australia Gets a Rebrand (Gay Star News)
Gay and Lesbian Tourism Australia (GALTA) has revealed a new initiative, ‘Visit Gay Australia’, in an effort to attract more queer tourists to the country.
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AUSTRALIA:
17 Shots Of Hot Aussies Having Fun In The Sun At Midsumma Festival In Melbourne (Gay Star News)
Midsumma Festival is officially back with a bang.
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Midsumma Festival

DUBAI:
Dubai Sunset (Keep Calm and Wander)
You really don’t have to worry where to take photos of Dubai skyline anywhere in the city. The only thing is that—you’ve got to drive your own car if wanna see it from a distance. Or hire / take a taxi if you’re just visiting the city. Best time to do that is early morning and late afternoon.
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ICELAND:
10 Reasons Not To Miss Rainbow Reykjavik (Gay Star News)
It started as an experiment by then-new LGBTI travel company Pink Iceland – with support Icelandic industry heavy-hitters, including national carrier Icelandair. And next month, the fully grown Rainbow Reykjavik Winter Pride Festival returns for another outing.
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Rainbow Reykjavik

INDONESIA:
Where Does Bali Stand on LGBT Travel? (Bali Discovery)
A witch hunt is now underway on the Island of Bali that when viewed on a certain level seems highly hypocritical and inconsistent. Many ranking officials in Bali are in an uproar, adopting poses of righteous indignation over pictures posted on Facebook of several same-sex weddings taking place in Bali.
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IRELAND:
Visiting a New Autumn in Ireland (The Advocate)
So many Americans — nearly 40 million — claim Irish ancestry that it’s little wonder it’s an incredibly friendly place for stateside visitors.
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USA, CALIFORNIA:
11 Things To Do In San Francisco With Your GBFFs (Gay Cities)
San Francisco offers much more than just a vibrant bar club scene. The City by the Bay has unique activities lurking in every inch of its seven square miles every day of the week, so grab your friends and head out to these fabulous alternatives to cruising the bars–so you can cruise outside of bars!
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Featured Lesbian Owned Accommodations: Blue Haven 151 Farm and B&B, Roseland, Virginia

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Blue Haven 151 Farm and B&B

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

Relaxing accommodations surrounded by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on Route 151, Nelson County’s Brew and Wine Trail. Close to Wintergreen Ski Resort, local wineries, breweries, hiking and biking trails, Blue Haven 151 offers year round accommodations welcoming leaf peepers, snow bunnies, vintage camper enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, artists, wedding goers, events, festival goers, writers, porch sitters and everyone in between!

See the Blue Haven 151 Farm and B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

GayVallartaBarHopping in Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Author: , January 28th, 2016

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Explore the Gay Scene in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s #1 Gay Destination on Gay Vallarta Bar Hopping tour. Whether visiting for the first time or a repeat visitor, the Top rated tour is a must do tour when visiting the town.  Puerto Vallarta has more gay bars and clubs than many larger LGBT destinations. It is hard to fit it all in in one night, but it is much more fun going on the tour than going alone. Get VIP access to all the bars and clubs, No Lines, No Wait on drinks, and No Cover. Let’s Have Fun!

 

Eating Out: Dallas

Author: , January 28th, 2016

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Dallas is proud of some of its stereotypes. The “Big D” is, after all, where you’d head to find big hats and big cowboys wearing them, most of them sporting big appetites to boot. Then there’s football, another Big D, the silver-starred Cowboys. Even the classic TV show Dallas is something locals are proud to call their own, and not just for the big hats and big hair that made it the ultimate, iconic melodrama of the 1980s.

On the other hand, there are quite a few Dallas cliches ready to get bucked. Top among them is that this city is too conservative to have much LGBT culture. On a recent visit to Oak Lawn, one of the state’s, and perhaps all of the South’s, busiest gay neighborhoods, it was plain to see that queer folks are also pretty big in Dallas.

Of course, where there’s a vibrant gay community there tends to be a strong dining scene. In Dallas, that’s true both in the gayborhood and around town. From staples like Tex-Mex and barbecue, to spicy send-ups and restaurants with soul, it’s time to refresh our notions about what Dallas has cooking.

LOCKHART SMOKEHOUSE

Vegetarians beware: This may not be the restaurant for you. The first tipoff are staff T- shirts that read, simply, “Wood fire meat beer.” The second is a menu that lists chick- en and turkey under “TX Vegetarian.”

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Dallas Gay Travel Resources

Win Your Own Inn

Author: , January 27th, 2016

This month, we have two chances for you to win your own inn – each one requires you to write an essay about why you want to become the innkeeper.

Almost Home Inn, Ogunquit, Maine – $110 to Enter

Almost Home InnHave you ever dreamed of living in a coastal town located in southern Maine? If the answer is yes, this could be your opportunity.

Back in the 1990s, I remember seeing a movie starring Ellen Burstyn as Hannah Ferguson, the owner of a café called Spitfire Grill located in Maine. Hannah decided to run an essay contest to find a new owner for her café. At the time, I remember how I wish I could have had that same chance.

Many years later, I had no idea my sons would actually buy a bed-and-breakfast and ask me to be the innkeeper. My dream was coming true! I always wanted to be an innkeeper in this quaint, coastal town. Here was MY opportunity to return to Ogunquit where I had loved living so many years ago.

That was 10 years ago. While I am still loving the experience, I have come to realize that I am ready to retire and start the next phase of my life. My sons and I would love to give someone else the chance to experience the same joy of owning this Inn.

http://www.almosthomeinnessaycontest.com

Iron Mountain Inn, Butler, Tennessee – $200 to Enter

Iron Mountain InnIf your 250 Word Essay is chosen as the winner of the Lodge On Iron Mountain Essay Contest, the Mountain Property, plus the Lodge On Iron Mountain and the Log Cabin By The Creek are your Grand Prize.

This Mountain Property is located in Northeastern Tennessee near Watauga Lake and the Eastern Tennessee / Western North Carolina State Line. Nearby towns include Abingdon VA, Bristol TN, Johnson City TN, Boone NC and Blowing Rock NC.

The luxurious Lodge On Iron Mountain and smaller Log Cabin By The Creek are located on 141+/- acres which back up to the Cherokee National Forest giving this Tennessee Mountain Property complete privacy. The Iron Mountain section of The Appalachian Trail runs along the mountain ridge in back of the property, making this Tennessee Mountain real estate property perfect for hiking and outdoor adventures.

http://www.LodgeOnIronMountain.com

Nunsense A-Men

Author: , January 27th, 2016

Nunsense A-Men! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ You’re invited to support the Order of the Little Sisters of glynnhse winterHoboken as they put on a variety show to earn much needed funds for their parish. With Nuns that were once circus performers, ballerinas and puppeteers, the show includes singing, dancing, an audience quiz and comedy that might send you straight to confession. NUNSENSE is the second longest running musical in Off-Broadway’s history. And it’s no surprise that this show has become an international sensation as it’s a habit that’s hard to break. Don’t miss an exceptional evening at the Palace Theatre February 11 – 13.

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 http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.

Beach Bliss in Palomino, Colombia – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 27th, 2016

Palomino, Colombia

As you can see, I was jumping with joy this week when I finally arrived at the beach! I admit, it’s not my best jumping photo, but I tried :) It was probably right then when I was jumping around, frolicking in the sand when my bungalow in Palomino was broken into, in bright daylight.

Luckily I didn’t lose much, but I am still shaken up by the experience of returning to all my belongings strewn across the floor of my bungalow, thinking how different this could have ended (we assume the burglar was interrupt and had to flee). I will talk more about it in my monthly round-up, but here’s a short version of what happened.

Other than that, this past week has been amazing. I hiked in Tayrona National Park, where jungle forests stretch along the Caribbean coast, tempting me into a 5-hour jungle hike. I also went to Bahia Concha, a beach that also belongs to Tayrona, but wasn’t part of my sweaty hike.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Colombia Gay Travel Resources

Big Love for Fremont Street, Las Vegas

Author: , January 27th, 2016

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Most people travel to Las Vegas for the infamous strip and glittering nightlife that never ends. But what about Downtown Las Vegas? That tiny little core city where the story all began? I travel to Vegas twice a year for business and while I’ve stayed at a lot of hotels on the Strip (Trump, Vdara, Wynn, Caesar’s), I always make a trip downtown. It’s seedy, a little ugly around the edges and just being there can make you feel better about all your choices in life – but it’s an experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. And it can be a lot of fun if you’re traveling with the right crowd.

A trip from the strip to downtown Vegas will cost you $30 – but the drinks are cheaper here and so is the food. And while you won’t get the glitz of the strip, you’ll get a slew of stories to tell when you get home.

Strolling the Fremont Experience can be ridiculously cool and depending on the time of night, make you happy – or a little sad – for humanity. There are no filters here and you’ll see all kinds of street entertainment vying for your attention and spare change. Please note, even though you’ll see lots of families, this is no place for young children (or anyone under 20 for that matter).

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

Nevada Gay Travel Resources

Gay Havana

Author: , January 27th, 2016
Photo by Dennis Dean

Photo by Dennis Dean

In old Havana there is a tree that’s said to be older than the city itself. It was here, though it was very young, when the Taino people would worship, venerate, and respect her as Ancient Mother. It was here too, though a little older now, in 1519 when the Spanish first established a settlement. The land was claimed, right beside her growing roots, as San Cristobal de la Habana. She provided shade for the first mass and bestowed a breeze for the first council meeting. And as she reached toward the heavens, so did a city. Becoming resilient and strong, prosperous and wealthy, devout and ideological–she soon had a home overlooking churches and plazas, statues and mansions that rivaled those of Europe. She felt the breeze of independence and briefly felt it taken away from her. As times changed, though, she witnessed the plight of the Cuban people under a dictatorship and felt the mumblings of revolution brush through her leaves. Then, in 1959, as winter drew to an end she was here still to feel the rumbling of a tank shake her roots to usher in spring and a new hope for her land. More than half a century later, the wind again sways her branches and one of her leaves falls in 2014, twirling like a Sky Dancer, landing flatly on my head.

I am about to visit Havana, Cuba for a whirlwind three-day trip, and I decide before boarding a charter flight from Miami to Jose Marti International Airport, to drop the veil on my parochial American upbringing, to observe and reflect on a country that has persevered through difficult times, and embrace (not criticize) its convictions. Of course, actually being in Havana, exploring, and meeting the people, I am forced to modify this original declaration. Havana lends itself to open-minded tourists who should be curious about the political system, who want to question the state of the city, and who will dig deeper into the country’s modern-day ethos while understanding its past. And once you find yourself sharing a mojito with a local, you may be surprised to see just how open and honest they are about their lives and their country. As my journey unfolds, I find the city to be a living testament of its history and ideals, and I meet a proud people who have the strength to overcome obstacles that the modern-day traveler may not realize still exist.

I am able to visit Cuba because of loosened travel restrictions on citizens of the USA thanks to a recent change in policy encouraged by President Barack Obama. Now, tour companies are allowed to operate in the island nation as long as they are licensed through the juggernaut education-based travel program called People to People. My trip is booked through Pride World Travel, a member of the IsramWorld portfolio of brands, which is beginning their LGBT-focused tours of Cuba in 2015. Because these are educational trips, Americans are still at the mercy of the Cuban government that works to organize specific itineraries for each group. If you don’t feel like going along with the plans, too bad. As long as the official government itinerary is in play, you’re required to be with your group. But as I learn during my trip, there is a leniency depending on your guide. Luckily, my itinerary is relaxed and filled with a steady stream of good food, fascinating people from the LGBT community (including my guide), and even time to relax at the gay beach.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine

Cuba Gay Travel Resources

Hotel Flora and Fauna: Gay Friendly Wimberly, Texas Hotel

Author: , January 27th, 2016

Hotel Flora and Fauna

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

We are not what you think. We may be in the country, but you won’t find a country aesthetic at the Flora and Fauna. We offer a stylish, casually sophisticated, and intimate lodging facility. Each room has a studio floor plan featuring a smartly decorated space where you’ll find a king bed, living room, eat-in kitchenette, and full bath.

The Flora and Fauna is family-owned and operated boutique hotel. We pride ourselves in providing guests with outstanding comfort, hospitality, and relaxation. Staying with us guarantees a unique experience that is markedly different from the feel of big-box or chain hotel.

See the Hotel Flora and Fauna Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Texas Hill Country