What’s the Kinkiest US City?

Author: , January 28th, 2015

The answer may surprise you:

How exactly does one measure the kink-factor of a major metropolitan area? Surely there are prevailing opinions on the matter — San Francisco and New York come to mind first. But to celebrate the launch of Kink University (we’re still a little unclear on what that is), the aptly named purveyors of all thinks kink, Kink.com, went looking for the top ten kinkiest cities in America.

To reach their results, they examined “total kink population (as measured by active members on kink social network Fetlife), the percentage of the population that identifies as kinky, the number of kink-aware professionals (therapists, doctors, lawyers) listed on the NCSF’s excellent resource directory, and by the porn purchases of their inhabitants, using data from Kink.com.”

Portland, Oregon Skyline

#1: Portland: “Put a whip on it! With nearly 4% of it’s population logged on to kinky social networking site Fetlife, Portland has the highest percentage of kinksters per capita in the US — and is nearly as rich in resources for the BDSM, fetish and poly communities as much larger cities like San Francisco, New York and Chicago. It’s also become a leader in pushing the scene forward — it’s the home of influential kink blog, Leatherati, and it was local Portland artists who (for better or worse) launched the HealthGoth trend. The numbers speak for themselves. In a recent survey by the Portland Mercury, nearly 42% of Portland identified as something other than monogamous and 33% as something other than heterosexual. Just about the only metric that Portland scored low on was kinky porn consumption. But then again, it might be because they’re getting so much IRL. Congrats, Portland — sir.

Congrats, Portland – who knew?

Full Story at GayCities

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: WorldMark Isla Mujeres, Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Author: , January 28th, 2015

Worldmark Isla Mujeres

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

Direct Access to the Isla Mujeres Marina : Escape to a quiet tropical retreat off the coast of Cancun at WorldMark Isla Mujeres, a spectacular resort in Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This resort offers direct access to the marina where you can enjoy boating and yachting, as well as spacious suites and villas with king-size bed, sleeper sofa, mini bar, jetted bathtub, wireless Internet and more.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Quintana Roo

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Author: , January 28th, 2015

MardiGrasNewOrleans.comThe city of New Orleans is known for its delicious food, world-famous cocktails, and, of course, wild Mardi Gras celebrations. More than one million spectators throng the French Quarter each February for the colorful costumes and an excuse to party — but that’s only a small portion of what the city has to offer during Mardi Gras. Look beyond the vividly colored feathered boas and tourist-filled bars lining Bourbon Street to discover that the locals have plenty of other great ways to celebrate. Here are some insider tips to help you experience a more authentic Mardi Gras in NOLA, like the locals do. Let the good times roll!

Plan ahead. There are dozens of krewes that hold parades in the days and weeks leading into Mardi Gras. Find one that seem most interesting to you, check the parade schedule, and add it to your itinerary!

Get to know your krewe. Many krewes have been in existence for decades, each with their own unique histories and annual themes. All host their own parades at varying schedules throughout Carnival season, making the entire city festive even before Mardi Gras day takes place. Local favorites include:

Krewe of Bacchus: With over 1,000 members, 33 animated floats, marching bands, ceremonial escort groups, and a celebrity “king” acting as a stand-in Bacchus, the Krewe of Bacchus, started in 1968, is widely considered as one of the more spectacular krewes of Mardi Gras. The Krewe of Bacchus parades the Sunday before Mardi Gras, drawing a crowd of several hundred thousand spectators along its route on St. Charles.

By Connie Hum – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Image via MardiGrasNewOrleans.com

Audrey Hepburn Mural in New York’s Little Italy

Author: , January 28th, 2015

Audrey Hepburn Mural - Alain The SojournerThe Audrey Hepburn mural in Little Italy, New York is something that you won’t pass without pausing or stopping by to admire it’s bold play of colours that attracts pedestrians to take a picture or two.

The close-up mural of the famed actress gazes up Mulberry Street like she’s up to something. See it across the street (on the pizza place side) and you can feel like she’s staring at you with her beaming eyes, perhaps, seducing a mere mortal like you.

After all, she’s the Fair Lady everyone wanted, right?

By Alain – Full Story at The Sojourner

Jodi Picoult

Author: , January 27th, 2015

Jodi Picoult! New Hampshire resident, Jodi Picoult, http://glynnhouse.com/events/ is the bestselling author of twenty-one novels and her Palace Theatrelast seven novels, including THE STORYTELLER, her most recent, have debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Don’t miss the show February 6th. 

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

Frank Santos Jr

Author: , January 27th, 2015

Frank Santos Jr. Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as hypnotist/comedian Frank Santos Jr. Palace Theatrehttp://glynnhouse.com/events makes them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show. Limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic and unique show that you will never forget! Don’t miss the show February 7th.

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

Lesbian Travel: Dickenson Bay Beach, Antigua

Author: , January 26th, 2015

Dickenson Bay, AntiguaDickenson Bay is the most accessible and conveniently located beach on the island and if you’re hunting for the fully loaded resort beach experience, it’s the perfect choice. From swimming to cove explorations, yacht sailing to snorkeling, kayaking, wind surfing and scuba diving, Dickenson Bay has it all. Get here early when the beach is least busy to snag a good spot. Warm yourself in the sun, cool down in the water and enjoy all that surrounds you as you indulge in life on this busy beach.

Feast your eyes on a wide pallet of colors offered on the bay by catamarans, beach umbrellas, sailboats, jet skis, speedboats and brightly dressed tourists. Do some light souvenir shopping as you stroll kiosks run by the locals or savor Caribbean food and drinks at Pepperz n’ Lime, Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar, Tony’s Watersports and Bar, The Blue Pineapple Restaurant and Bar or Bay House Restaurant and Bar.

Meander over to St Mary’s Street or High Street in St. John’s for upscale, boutique shopping or to Redcliffe Quay or Heritage Quay for stores that offer more authentic Caribbean merchandise.

By Angela Braun – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Antigua Gay Travel Resources

Map via Apple Maps

Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015

Author: , January 26th, 2015

New Orleans - Bourbon StreetWhen southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in. The only dilemma a North Texan faces is exactly when to visit New Orleans to maximize the sensory overload. Fortunately, there are dozens of annual events that are either primarily LGBT or extremely welcoming of our community, all just a 90-minute plane ride away. (Or an eight-hour drive if you’re feeling road-trippy.)

With more than a dozen recent visits to the city between us, we’ve created a monthly guide for indulgent ways to spend a long weekend letting those bon temps roll.

February: Some big event with beads & parades. Even though Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the Dallas area in various ways, there’s nothing like the real deal in NOLA. Leading up to the fattest of Tuesdays are a variety of LGBT events, including the dog-themed Krewe of Barkus Parade (Feb. 8), which was conceived at gay bar Good Friends. Three LGBT masquerade spectaculars — Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Ball (13), Armeinius (15) and Lords of Leather (15) — are great places to show off your feathery masks before celebrating the big day at the Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss (17) on Bourbon Street.

March: Four-leaf clovers. Get your fill of green beer and shamrock-festooned strippers as the gay bars join the rest of the city in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (17). Two days before in nearby Metairie, the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (15) features floats handing out cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, packaged seasonings and other ingredients for Irish stew. It’s worth seeing, but best to skip on hauling veggies back to your hotel.

Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

My Favorite Restaurants in Madrid

Author: , January 26th, 2015

Madrid Restaurant - Carlos MeliaI have been to Madrid countless times, and I even lived there for over two years. So each time I visit, it is recreating favorite gourmet experiences which include the high and lows. I always say, that my style of travel is as follows “… A backpacker during the day, exploring the city with no limits, and at night as a king, enjoying the luxury and sophistication…”. Here my list of favorite Gourmet experiences in Madrid, after my recent 72 hours stay over New Year.

After biking around the city for the entire day, I made a technical stop at one of the main landmarks of Madrid, Plaza Mayor. I know, you will say ” How Touristic ” but over the years, this has always been my spot to enjoy a fantastic local lunch over a few Canas (beer).

EBOLI Cerveceria is fantastic. Despite, located in a very popular location, most of the regulars are locals, and prices are very reasonable. My lunch options, well the classics: Patatas Bravas, Boquerones, Tuna with Peppers and olives.

After my lunch, only walking distance from EBOLI is the quaint and happening Mercado de San Miguel. This is a spot I quite enjoy over a glass of wine or a coffee with local pastries. The reason why I do not choose it for lunch, is because I prefer my quiet time seating on my own private table. At Mercado de San Miguel, the ambiance is loud and busy, and seating is very limited. But there is a huge array of local, traditional and international options. It is a great spot to mingle with locals and do some people watching.

On my second night, I decided to go very local and try the marvelous Spanish cuisine and wines. While walking around Chueca, my former neighborhood when I used to live here, I am happy to see that one of my favorite restaurants is still there standing, with it charisma and own local charm.

If you want to experience a true Madrid Gourmet experience, then you must try Riviera do Mino. Where Madrid meets the best of Galician typical dishes. My options: Asparagus and Tomato Salad. A fabulous Merluza. White wine from Adegas Vina Sobreira Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain.

The following day I spent most of my day at the Museo del Prado and then walking along the Retiro Park. Since I was staying at the iconic Hotel Ritz by Belmond, I decided to have a relaxed afternoon an evening enjoying my hotel and my fabulous suite in full. First I began at their Lobby Bar, savoring a traditional Chocolate with Churros.

Went back to my Suite to enjoy a relaxing bath, after a long day walking… and after that I joined my host for a drink at the Velazquez Bar over a Dalitini. The only Krug Bar in the world.

And from there we moved to very sophisticated and intimate gourmet evening at Goya Restaurant, to me one of the best restaurants in Madrid. Check them OUT. Bon Appetit!

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

When to Visit the 911 Memorial

Author: , January 26th, 2015

911 Memorial - Alain the Sojourner

The only place in New York City where taking a selfie with a smile on your face is absurd (or frowned upon by me) is the 9/11 Memorial, former site of the city’s World Trade Center Twin Towers.

For a solemn visit, I think the best time to visit 911 Memorial is in the evening when the crowd is lesser and the noise is lower. During the day, the crowd can be a bit annoying by taking smiling selfies/photos that give the creep out of your intestines. Also, there’s still so much construction going on around the area-and the noise can be frustrating for someone who expects that the 911 Memorial site is quiet and devoid of dusts.

By Alain – Full Story at The Sojourner | New York City Gay Travel Resources