TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast – Jacksonville, Oregon

Author: , March 20th, 2017

TouVelle House B&B

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

TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast is ready to welcome you with a gentle, serene environment where you can relax knowing that all of your needs have already been anticipated. TouVelle House combines modern comforts with understated elegance and leisure.

Restful gardens, feather-soft bedding, home-made breakfasts and bountiful amenities create a luxurious retreat from the day-to-day. This Craftsman estate sits atop a knoll and is set well back from the street. The house is draped in an acre of lush landscaping and is open to a variety of local fauna.

A short walk will take you to the heart of Jacksonville where you will find ample opportunities for shopping, dining, wine tasting and pampering.

Historic guided tours offer insight into Jacksonville’s gold rush days or we can provide a pocket guide to explore on your own.

Feeling like getting out beyond the Rogue Valley? Crater Lake National Park, the Oregon Caves and the California Redwoods National Park are each a short day-trip from TouVelle House. We offer a sack breakfast option if you want to head out early but don’t want to skip a meal.

We post a daily breakfast menu of three courses. If the menu doesn’t suit you, we offer a selection of alternatives that satisfy most dietary restrictions and allergies. We happily accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets with advanced notice.

As former military and law enforcement officers ourselves, we like to recognize and thank others in the armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Mention your service and we’ll be honored to offer you a ‘thank you’ discount.

We look forward to having you as our guests. Please let us know how we can make your visit to Southern Oregon extra special.

See the TouVelle House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Southern Oregon

Five Must Visit Tourist Places in Hyderabad – Breakaway Backpacker

Author: , March 20th, 2017

Hyderabad

Are you planning a trip to Hyderabad anytime soon? If you are, then you surely are in for an incredible treat. Well known as the ‘pearl capital’ of India, Hyderabad is a culturally vibrant city. The capital of two states namely Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, it is also well connected by air to most parts of the country. It is regarded as a highly popular tourist spot thanks to its mouth-watering cuisines, care-free lifestyle, famous spots and much more.

While the city boasts of several luxurious five-star hotels, it also has its share of relatively less expensive yet equally comfortable options. Booking your hotel with OYO Rooms can easily get you great rooms at unmatched prices. You can utilize the saved bucks on the sumptuous eateries or splurge on a pair of authentic ‘Hyderabadi Pearl Earrings.’

So for instance even if you are looking for OYO hotels in Banjara Hills Hyderabad – an upscale area of the city.

By Jaime Davil – Full Story at the Breakaway Backpacker

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Life Lately and Upcoming Travels – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , March 20th, 2017

Globetrotter Girls

Where I’ve Been

I can’t believe that this month had only 28 days – it feels like I’ve packed so much into February: Tel Aviv, Berlin, Erfurt, Cologne, New York, and in Ecuador I’ve already visited Quito, the Galápagos Islands, Guayaquil and Montañita, where I am right now. I took nine planes, starting the month in the Middle East and ending it in South America:

  1. Tel Aviv – Berlin
  2. Dusseldorf- Lisbon
  3. Lisbon – NYC
  4. NYC – Houston
  5. Houston – Quito
  6. Quito – Guayaquil
  7. Guayaquil- Baltra
  8. San Cristobal – Baltra
  9. Baltra – Guayaquil

What I’ve Been Up To

This month was a crazy travel month, and yet I managed to fit in a whole bunch of work as well and I’m not feeling completely exhausted, because I was taking things slow.

I wrapped up my Israel trip with a couple of days in Tel Aviv before a whirlwind 24 hours in Berlin to see some friends before leaving Germany. From there, I went to my hometown to say goodbye to my sister and my nephew and packed up everything I needed to get settled in New York City.

Flying to NYC from Düsseldorf meant I was able to spend some time with my friend Jo in Cologne, and then I had five days in New York to get a taste of an East Coast winter before escaping to South America. And what a taste I got: I arrived just before a massive blizzard hit New York, the biggest snowstorm I’ve ever experienced!

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Events: Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Author: , March 20th, 2017

Events: Last of the Red Hot Lovers http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Neil Simon’s comedy about Barney Cashman’s failed attempts to join the sexual revolution! The middle-aged, married, and overworked, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. He arranges three seductions.The first proves to be a foul-mouthed bundle of neuroses The next is a 20-ish actress who’s too kooky by half. The third is a gloomy, depressed housewife who happens to be married to Barney’s best friend. The show is delightfully hilarious and witty. It’s also filled with wisdom about human nature. Plan enjoying ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse April 7 – 15.

Book your Winnipesaukee Theatre 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 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 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 ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Rainbow Room At Sloop Jones – St. John, US Virgin Islands

Author: , March 18th, 2017

Rainbow Room At Sloop Jones

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

Commune with nature and art in The Rainbow Room by Sloop Jones, a quiet retreat on St. John in the US Virgin Islands.

The Rainbow Room is a spacious one-bedroom with high ceilings and tons of natural light, a large bathroom with shower, a kitchenette, and a large porch with screened in area and blissful water view. Walk less than five minutes and you’re on the neighborhood’s private, secluded beach.

It’s located on the same peaceful property as the famed Sloop Jones art studio and gallery, but in a separate, stand-alone guesthouse.

Lush tropical grounds surround the cottage, displaying nature’s bold and sensual palette. You will enjoy vivid and fragrant tropical flora that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Visit while the jasmine or ylang ylang is in bloom, and your nose will have an ambrosial experience of a lifetime. Become friends with the silent predawn hour after the insects have stopped buzzing and before the birds begin to chirp.

The Rainbow Room is located on an enchanting piece of property, yes. But even better, the island is magical in and of itself. People who love St. John will tell you it’s a treasure of an island. A jewel.

About two thirds is reserved as National Park, saving the island from overdevelopment. As such, St. John’s beaches are unspoiled and high-rise free.

A nature lover’s paradise with tons of trails and ample snorkeling, St. John is also a great place to relax, imbibe, and shop. So if exercising on vacay isn’t your thing… no problem.

The Rainbow Room is on the remote East End of St. John, perfect for people who REALLY like to get away from it all.

Quiet and sparsely populated, the East End offers scenic vistas of St. John and the British Virgin Islands. Plus, a starscape that will honestly-not-just-saying-this take your breath away. And probably bring tears to your eyes.

Also. There are wild donkeys and goats.

For the soulful traveler who yearns for a balance of solitude and connection, serenity and stimulation, The Rainbow Room will arouse your senses and rejuvenate your spirit.

And it may very well become your happy place.

Amenities:

  • WIFI
  • Coffee maker
  • Toaster oven
  • Microwave
  • Small fridge
  • Screened in porch with water view
  • 5 minute walk to secluded, private beach
  • Private, off-street parking
  • Large shower
  • Queen bed
  • 15 minutes to Coral Bay – the nearest stores and restaurants
  • 30 minutes to the North Shore beaches
  • 45 minutes to Cruz Bay

See the PROPERTY Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gaucho Gal for a Day

Author: , March 18th, 2017

Gaucho Gal - Tango Diva

“Don’t worry”, Federico said, “We will find the perfect horse for each one of you.”

I quickly moved to the back of our group. We were a motley assortment of tourists from different counties—Finland, England, Australia, Tobago Trinidad and the United States—some singles, some couples, of different ages ranging from 28 to 75.

Like me, most were both excited and nervous about the upcoming horse back ride across the expansive grounds of this Argentinean estancia on the outskirts of Bariloche.

Out of our 13 member group, Chris was the only avid horse back rider. She actually owns a horse back in England. So she was the first one to get a horse, and her horse was probably younger and more spirited than the others. Next up was her husband, Roger, who was the only other person in our party to have significant riding experience, although he doesn’t love riding the way that Chris does.

I think the last time that I had been on a horse was probably 20 years ago at a Club Med.

“We will give the rest of you horses that have been specially trained for inexperienced riders,” Federico reassured us.

Two gauchos were helping out. As a gaucho brought a horse forward, he pointed to the person that he felt was a good match. I was relieved to see that the gauchos also helped the selected person to mount the horse.

By Janet Bein – Full Story at Tango Diva

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Unbuttoned – Gay Life in the Santa Fe Arts Scene

Author: , March 18th, 2017

UnbuttonedSometimes when we visit a town we wish that we had read more about it before going. Such is the case with Santa Fe, New Mexico where we have visited many times over the past 30 years. We visit all the really great places and shrines and churches and really appreciate the architecture, etc.

When we visited last year we ran across a new published book about Gay Life in the Santa Fe Arts Scene written by Walter Cooper. It is a great history of Gay Life in Santa Fe particular in the art scene.
Walter was born in New York, got his B.A. in American Studies from Hobart College and worked in New York City and Tokyo for 10 years as a copywriter. but yearned for more out of life. He then moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico in the early 1970’s and as they say, the rest is history and what a rich life he has had in Santa Fe.

Like many of us, he enjoys “people” in all forms, shapes and sizes. Walter’s artwork has been exhibited in major galleries and private collections. His work in graphic design includes opera posters, book and record album covers, wool rug, greeting cards and postage stamps. He is the author of two previously published books.

Santa Fe has always been a haven for artists and writers, poets and sculptors and the rest of the arts including their famous Santa Fe Opera which has become a world renown Opera. It is located just to the north of Santa Fe in the high mountains and draws thousands of visitors each year. Santa Fe has it’s mountains and scenery and chapels and architecture but it is PEOPLE that makes a community and Santa Fe has had a very colorful history of people from all walks of life.” Why be like everyone else” would be a good description of  the people in Santa Fe ?

Walter Cooper’s book of more than 250 pages, including over 80 photographs, tells about most all of the people that he has met in his many years living in Santa Fe. And what colorful characters he has met and partied with ! From Grande Dames to artists, writers, entertainers, and just people who live there. Often it is those people who are most interesting to be with.

He tells his readers about his social life as well as his personal life with the different lovers that he has had. He tells readers about the dozens and dozens over extremely interesting characters that has met and become friends with.  Readers will really get involved with his stories and wish that they were there enjoying the life as he has lived and continues to live.  You will be introduced to so many VERY interesting people. This is certainly a book that when you start reading, you cannot put down until the ending.

The one thing that readers need to take home with them from reading his book is that one can have the life that he has had anywhere that they live. One just has to enjoy people and get involved with people on different levels of life. Being ‘different’ is a good thing !

Walter Cooper has now lived in Santa Fe and he and his partner of many years, Doug live in the countryside near Santa Fe. Many book stores sell his books or you can purchase them from Amazon.com. After reading his book all we can say is that he has had a life, well lived. Readers should take heed and live their lives more fully. Walter certainly as had a life well lived. Next time you are going somewhere to visit, try learning about the ‘people’ before going there.

And when going to Santa Fe the best place to stay is El Farolito Bed & Breakfast Inn. They are located at 514 Galisteo which is just a few short blocks from the Plaza. Their website is: https://farolito.com/ and their phone is: 505.988.1631 or 888.634.8762. Owners Wayne Mainus and Walt Wyass have owned the Inn for nearly 20 years and they have guests that keep coming back all the time simply because they are the BEST ! If they are booked up, which they often are, they also have another B and B, The Four Kachinas Inn, just a few blocks away, https://fourkachinas.com/

And on top of everything else about Santa Fe, they have a very handsome and WONDERFUL Mayor, Javier Gonzales. Hopefully he will be the Governor one of these days.

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/

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Events: Avengolded Sevenfold

Author: , March 16th, 2017

Events: Avengolded Sevenfold http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Avenged Sevenfold released their first album 15 years ago. The band has a sound that has broken through obstacles of language and culture. The group routinely sells out arenas worldwide. They’ve also headlined some of the biggest and most prestigious music festivals around the globe. Avenged Sevenfold has a string of best-selling albums. They’ve also collected Diamond, Platinum and Gold awards for album sales. Plan on experiencing this legendary group at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion July 18.

Book your Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings and delicious food. The innkeepers provide 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 summer activities during your visit? 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 summer activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers and local activities. Book Your ‘Avenged Sevenfold’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Xaviera’s Happy House – Amsterdam

Author: , March 16th, 2017

Xaviera's Happy House

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

Xaviera Hollander’s Happy House Bed&Breakfast is a perfect “lovers hideaway”, in other words “A home away from home”… where you are most welcome.

Your hostess is Xaviera Hollander, the well known author of the Happy Hooker and she and her darling husband Philip, who is a terrific chef, will gladly cook you and your friends a delicious meal. Xaviera will even, on request do a workshop on “How to Become a better Lover!”

Xaviera’s Happy House is the ideal bohemian place to stay at in Amsterdam for a few days, no matter why you come here: for a naughty romantic weekend, a congress at the Rai or simply as a tourist with wife and or kids. When looking for the perfect hostess, nobody compares to Xaviera.

This is your opportunity to spend some time at a real diva’s house…one with flair for hospitality. It is located on the South side (gold coast) of Amsterdam, close to Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, colorful street markets and elegant Beethovenstraat with dozens of great shops and trendy restaurants and … what’s more it is also just around the corner from the famous RAI Congress Center.

In the rooms there is wifi, TV, coffee and tea maker, hairdryer and in Goliath a fridge as well. It is a majestic house with quiet rooms even though we are not that far from the hustle and bustle of the city. A charming host and hostess Xaviera and Philip also offer private meals cooked by Philip who used to be a professional cook. The two of them speak each 5 languages and are most entertaining story tellers.

See the Xaviera’s Happy House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Netherlands

Isla Mujeres – The Island of Women

Author: , March 16th, 2017

Isla Mujeres

Cancun gets all the attention in Mexico. She’s the sophisticated older cousin with the glitziest hotels, name-brand malls and an over-abundance of casinos. Isla Mujeres is quieter, less mature when it comes to glitz but older and wiser when it comes to gracious hospitality. She’s more like your best girlfriend who loves spending time with you, sharing meals that stretch on for hours, strolling and Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Cancun, Mexico

The island is 8 miles (13 kilometers) off the northeast coast of Cancun, serviced every half hour by ferries from pre-dawn to midnight. The Spanish graced it Isla Mujeres – Island of Women –because of the many goddess images left there by the Mayans who viewed the island as the sacred home of Ixchel, goddess off childbirth and medicine. Coincidently, it’s also the shape of a mermaid.

To the east of the island lies the Caribbean sea, rough and windy and the best place to view consistently spectacular sunrises. To the west is Cancun, which can be seen clearly on good-weather days. For visitors to Cancun, it’s the perfect day trip. For those who want to escape the glitz and see and be seen atmosphere of Cancun, it offers charming hotels, delish restaurants and exquisite beaches.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfrend

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