Cottage Close to Glacier Bay in Gustavus AK: Our gay and lesbian, bi and trans-friendly cottage is located in Gustavus, Alaska, the gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. Our specialty is catering to the independent traveler. Glacier Bay Cottage is conveniently located in the center of Gustavus at the Four Corners but is also very private and rural.
Andrew Collins over at the Dallas Voice clues us into a few less-traveled beach destinations for your summertime getaway:
Homer, Alaska: You may not think of Alaska when you’re planning a beach vacation, but the offbeat fishing town of Homer (HomerAlaska.com) is an endearingly funky and gay-friendly coastal getaway popular both with residents and visitors to the Last Frontier. On the Kenai Peninsula and reached from Anchorage either by a stunning 220-mile drive or an easy 40-minute flight, the town is situated at the mouth of Kachemak Bay and affords dramatic views of the glacier-capped Kenai Mountains.
Mendocino, California: Among the many jewels of the rugged California coastline, the beautiful little town of Mendocino (VisitMendocino.com) stands out for its rugged sea cliffs, charming New England-inspired cottages and serene seclusion. The town is just 150 miles up the coast from San Francisco, and 80 miles via the lovely Anderson Valley from the heart of the Sonoma Wine Country.
For more details on both locations, hit the link above.
When people think of Alaska they immediately think of the arctic, snow, ice, and a general freezing cold. Well, when you tell people that you are going to Alaska in February they immediately think you are crazy.
I have travelled the world and seen tons of different countries and geographical areas, but nothing compares and nowhere I have been comes close to the uniqueness and rugged natural beauty that is Alaska. The sheer size of Alaska is so big it is difficult to grasp, it is 1/3 the size of the land area of the entire 48 states, or about twice the size of Texas.
Not only am I inspired and drawn to the extreme locals and geography, but as an astronomy aficionado the main astronomical phenomena I am chasing here on this Alaska adventure is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is a natural brightly colored occurrence as the Sun’s radiation hits the Earth’s magnetic field a beautiful display of charged particles light up the sky in our upper atmosphere, only visible near the poles and the best time of year to witness it is during the winter time when the nights are longer and chance of seeing the Aurora are the greatest, but you better pray for clear skies or it can be completely obscured.
The first stop on this arctic adventure is Anchorage, the most popular place to start your introduction into this sub-arctic wonderland. Surrounded by impressive snow covered mountains, Anchorage is a spread out bustling town of 300,000 out of Alaska’s population of 730,000 folks with plenty of things to do, places to go and people to meet.
By far Alaska’s largest and most sophisticated city, Anchorage is situated in a truly spectacular location surrounded by permanently snow-covered peaks and volcanoes of the Alaska Range. To the west of the city, part of the craggy Chugach Range is actually within the eastern edge of the municipality, and the Talkeetna and Kenai ranges are visible to the north and south. On clear days Mt. McKinley looms on the northern horizon, and two arms of Cook Inlet embrace the town’s western and southern borders.
Staying at the comfortable and classy Copper Whale Inn, a gay friendly bed and breakfast located conveniently in the heart of downtown Anchorage, just a short walk from the city’s restaurants, galleries, museums and attractions. One museum that I suggest is the largest museum in Alaska, The Alaska Museum of History and Art, where you can learn about Indigenous art, science, and the history of Alaska and it’s cultures.
Also a short distance away are the only two gay bars in town, Mad Myrna’s and The Raven, if you want to see a super hot bartender, please make sure to ask for Chris Jones at Mad Myrna’s (oucha mcgoucha). There is also a small Gay and Lesbian Center nearby on 5th Avenue just down the road so you can inquire on all things homo-Alaskan when you get there.
The next stop on the Northern Lights adventure is to Denali National Park, home of Mount Mckinley, the tallest mountain in North America at an elevation of 20,320 feet. Then it is on to Fairbanks and the famous Chena Hot Springs, a location so famous for the Northern Lights viewing that Japanese people fly specifically to Chena Hot Springs so they can conceive a child under the Aurora as it is considered good luck for the future child. I might not be conceiving a Japanese child there but I am sure it will be enjoyable nonetheless.
Looking for something a little different for your next vacation? How about chasing the Northern Lights in Alaska? Our friend Eyal Feldman at Boy Butter Blog (yes, that Boy Butter) reports:
The sheer size of Alaska is so big it is difficult to grasp, it is 1/3 the size of the land area of the entire 48 states, or about twice the size of Texas. Not only am I inspired and drawn to the extreme locals and geography, but as an astronomy aficionado the main astronomical phenomena I am chasing here on this Alaska adventure is the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. The Aurora Borealis is a natural brightly colored occurrence as the Sun’s radiation hits the Earth’s magnetic field a beautiful display of charged particles light up the sky in our upper atmosphere, only visible near the poles and the best time of year to witness it is during the winter time when the nights are longer and chance of seeing the Aurora are the greatest, but you better pray for clear skies or it can be completely obscured.
Follow Eyal’s adventures at the Boy Butter Blog.
Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.
Our Anchorage B&B is just 20 minutes on well-paved main roads Anchorage International Airport. AAWESOME (Anchorage Alaska Wilde Edge Sanctuary Observatory Mountain Escape) Retreat is in the majestic hillside community of Bear Valley on 13 1/2 acres.
Our unique boutique style Anchorage, Alaska home was built and designed to provide an optimal guest experience by your hostess and resident artist, Debi Cole. Our large windows make it feel like you’re outside – and even if it’s frosty and snowing outside, you’ll enjoy perfect temperatures on our radiant heated floors.
Our large suites feature sultry decor, dazzling view decks, and private bathrooms, all designed to accentuate the amazingly beautiful environment outside our doors.
Each of our guest rooms offers one king size or two twin beds, beautiful mountain views, satellite television, and clock radios. Our king suites also include a refrigerator. Each of our private baths has elegant classic marble surrounds, and thick, luxurious towels, as well as with light kimonos and colorful sarongs for lounging comfort.