A Christmas Carol: Dec 18 – 21

Author: , December 8th, 2014

The annual Palace Theatre tradition continues with Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol http://glynnhouse.com/events. A classic story of Palace TheatreScrooge and Tiny Tim, filled with lively song and dance and featuring over fifty actors. Scrooge, known for his penny pinching ways, is visited by three ghosts on a snowy Christmas Eve. These ghostly visits reveal Scrooge’s past, present and future to him and fill him with newfound hope and joy in the Christmas season!

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

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cabbageville B&B, Toronto, Ontario

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Cabbageville B&B - Toronto

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

Beautiful Historical Location in D/T Toronto: House built in 1880, set in pretty treed location. 10 min walk to Church street, 2 min walk to transport and loads of excellent restaurants.

See the Cabbageville B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Brighton Pride Announces 2015 Theme

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Brighton Gay Pride

Britain’s favorite seaside LGBTI festival, Brighton Pride, has chosen its theme to celebrate its 25th anniversary. An expected 160,000 participants and spectators will be part of the Brighton Pride Community Parade in early August next year.

And the theme will be Carnival of Diversity.

Organizers hope those in the parade will be inspired to create a ‘creative, lively, uplifting and empowering visual showcase in the city’.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sussex Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Did You Miss the Boston Santa Speedo Run?

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Boston Santa Speedo RunBoston’s annual Santa Speedo Run, which started back in 2000, took place over the weekend as hundreds of scantily clad holiday revelers braved icy temperatures (and shrinkage) to have some fun and raise some cash for a good cause.

By Kyler Geoffrey – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Boston Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Eleven Incredible Out Adventures To Experience Before You Die

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Machu Picchu

It’s that time of year. Dead of Winter is here in the West, and we’re dreaming of fantastic escapes. Not to put any extra pressure on anyone, but there are some adventures that you shouldn’t pass up forever. Some of them are specific, and some are universal. So we asked Robert Sharp of Out Adventures, one of the world’s top gay travel experts, to weigh in on some of his all-time favorite trips. Many of these can be enjoyed specifically on OutAdventures experiences, while still others are just worth doing, however you make it there (and possibly even back home).

With no further ado, here’s eleven OUT Adventures to enjoy before you die…

1. Riding the elephants in Chiang Mai, Thailand -Outings involving domestic animals can be dicey, if only for the well being and rights of the animal kingdom, but if you choose the right excursion, you’ll not only be having the experience of a lifetime, but you’ll be contributing to the health and well being of the animals. Just outside Chiang Mai, Thailand, you’ll find Patara Elephant Farm. Here you’ll learn about each Asian Elephant before bathing them in a river alongside your expert guide, then the ride of a lifetime through the Thai jungle.

Full Story at GayCities

Holiday Pops with the Capitol Jazz Orchestra: Dec 21

Author: , December 7th, 2014

Ring in the Holidays with the Capital Jazz Orchestra http://glynnhouse.com/events glynnhse winterSmall Group and Music Director Clayton “Skip” Poole as they entertain, sing, make you laugh, and celebrate the Yuletide in a wonderful, new Holiday Variety Show featuring seasonal  musical chestnuts! The Capital Jazz Orchestra Small Group features some of the best jazz musicians in the world, including Benny Goodman alumnus & NYC jazz clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski; jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli; The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson comedian & instrumentalist Pete Barbutti; NYC jazz pianist Ehud Asherie; and vocalists Patty Barkas & CJ Poole.

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

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Magnolia House Inn, Hampton, Virginia

Author: , December 7th, 2014

Magnolia House Inn - Hampton, Virginia

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

In the Heart of Hampton Roads, Virginia: Accommodating elegance in 1889 Queen Anne Victorian located in downtown Hampton, Virginia. Delicious breakfasts, friendly innkeepers, great area to explore. An experience to remember….The Magnolia House!

See the Magnolia House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay San Diego

Author: , December 7th, 2014

San Diego Rainbow

We last visited San Diego at the end of 2006. It’s almost always sunny in San Diego, or so we’re told, and that certainly was true this time – we had great weather for our visit.

Hazel CoatsworthWe came down to the city for my Aunt Wendy’s wedding. She was married in the Rose Garden of Balboa Park on a beautiful September afternoon.

It was an amazing family gathering, with folks flying in from all over the country. It was also the last time I saw my Grandmother, Hazel Coatsworth, who passed away on the day after Thanksgiving after an amazing life of 95 years.

The next morning, we enjoyed an hour of Bubble Soccer – which is just what it sounds like. You climb into this clear, inflated plastic bubble that covers you from your head to your knees, and then you play a one-minute game of soccer, trying to knock down the other team’s cones (and the other team). It’s just one minute, but these things weigh 25 pounds!

Bubble SoccerMy cousins, who are uniformly taller than I am (and I’m almost 6 feet – seriously, it’s like a basketball team when we get together, with me as the water boy), took turns knocking me on my ass. It was fun.

Then we spent the next few days bumming around town, with our dear friend Kathie Cox as our tour guide.

San Diego is very walkable – believe me, we walked a lot of it!

We’ll cover several places in the Greater San Diego area, including the downtown core, the gay Hillcrest area, North Park, Little Italy, Coronado Island, Old Town San Diego, and Solana Beach.

–Scott & Mark, Purple Roofs

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The Gay Games Brought $52 Million to Northeastern Ohio

Author: , December 7th, 2014

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The 2014 Gay Games, which attracted nearly 8,000 athletes to Northeast Ohio in August, added $52 million to the local economy during the eight-day event, according to a new study by two economics professors at Kent State University.

The Plain Dealer reports that spending far exceeded the estimated $36 million that was spent in the area during the 2013 National Senior Games, held in Cleveland in July 2013 – despite the fact that the Senior Games drew 25,000 visitors, while the Gay Games attracted 20,000.

Shawn M. Rohlin, an assistant professor of economics at Kent State, speculated that Gay Games visitors came from farther away – the event is an international draw – stayed longer and spent more.

Full Story at LGBTQ Nation | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Twenty Four Hours at the Dead Sea

Author: , December 7th, 2014

Carlos Melia - Dead Sea

I continue reporting on my recent wonderful week in Israel. This time on my 24 hours visit to the Dead Sea, located less than two hours drive from Tel Aviv, with a lovely panoramic scenic drive on the last quarter of the journey, along the coast of the Dead Sea, with the Judaean Desert on the opposite side, and a glance of the Jordanian coast.

Dead Sea - Carlos MeliaWe arrived late at night, after an amazing day exploring Jerusalem, so checked IN at our host hotel, the Isrotel Hotel in the Dead Sea Resort of Ein Bokek. A fairly nice basic property, nothing striking, right along the coast. But I must be fully honest, none of the hotels we visited were much of a difference, other than the fact that some of them had direct access to the beach. Ours the Isrotel Hotel, didn’t, but in full fairness, it was just a few steps away from it.

Following morning I woke up rather early, and WOW as I opened the shades to my private balcony, this was the scenery that showed before my eyes. Deep below sea level, at the lowest point on the face of the earth (417 meters below sea level), on the shore of a unique natural phenomenon, Dead Sea is a green oasis of health, tranquility, indulgence and spa, within dramatic views of desert mountains and elevated cliffs. I quickly rushed to breakfast, at a private restaurant, since I was staying at an Studio Room on the Moab Floors, I was entitled to enjoy VIP amenities, treatments, and of course a balcony overlooking the magnificent Dead Sea and Arava Desert.

The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, is actually a lake bordering Jordan to the east, and Israel to the west. One of the most unique tourist attractions in Israel, bringing in visitors from around the world thanks to the ancient landscapes of the region and many medicinal virtues attributed to the Dead Sea water and mud. Earth’s lowest elevation on land , 9.6 times as salty as the ocean, which makes swimming similar to floating. I mean literary, I felt that I could float to the coast of Jordan in an hour with no effort on my side. The salinity makes for a harsh environment in which animals cannot flourish, hence its name.

Dead Sea - Carlos MeliaThe sea bed also has deposits of black mud that is easy to spread on the body and provides the skin with nourishing minerals. As if that were not enough, the bromide in the air is also beneficial to the body’s systems, thus making the Dead Sea a provider for good health and healing for vacationers from all over the world.

Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. One of the world’s first health resorts by King Herod the Great, and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products like, fertilizers, to create cosmetics and herbal sachets.

I spent the full morning, both bathing at the Dead Sea, and afterwards, using the indoor/outdoor Dead Sea water pools at the Spa of our hotel. Around noon we checked out, and moved a few blocks away to do a site inspection of the HERODS Dead Sea Resort, followed by lunch. I personally like this resort over the one we stay. But I have to say that I preferred the beach area at the Isrotel Hotel.

Dead Sea - Carlos MeliaOn our way back to Tel Aviv, by the Judaean Desert, we did a two hours stop at the biblical Palace and Fortress of Masada by King Herods the Great. One of the highlights of my week in Israel.

If you would love to experience this and much more, join me on a journey to Israel and Jordan in 2015. For more information contact me directly @ carlos@carlosmelia.com. This trip was made possible by the support and invitation of both the Tourism Office of Israel and a Tel Aviv based tour operator OUTStanding Travel.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Jordan Gay Travel Resources