The Best of the Best – Traveling in Our Fabulous Gay World

Author: , December 17th, 2018

Inn at 410 B&B

For over 18 years years we have traveled coast to coast and have stayed in over 100 Gay owned resorts, hotels, motels and Bed and Breakfasts.   Most of them have been very fine experiences and some were just ‘so so’  and a few have not been very good.  It is like in the old days about Gay bars.  All you had to do was open a Gay bar and you automatically had a lot of business.  However Gay  bars in the country are fading fast and over half of them closed in the past 10 years.

Over 40 of the Gay owned accommodations where we have stayed over the years are no longer in business.  Most closed due to lack of business, some owners either retired or gone into another business or have died.   90% of the ones that have closed was due to poor management either by the owners themselves or by their staff.  In today’s world Gays demand and are accustomed to a nice clean and safe place to stay.  We have stayed in places that never changed water or put new chemicals in their hot tub, had ratty linens and no personalized service.  And then they wonder why they did not have any returning customers and had to go out of business.

Thankfully, there are those owners who respect their customers and want them to return again and again.  Good for them !  Below is a  list of some of the best, where we have stayed and  have stayed several time with them where we have always had a great experience.

THE VILLA INN BED AND BREAKFASTTHE VILLA INN BED AND BREAKFAST in Daytona Beach, Florida,  It is located in a more than 75 year-old Spanish Mansion and just steps from the Atlantic Ocean.  Jim Camp is the owner and knows how to treat his guests. We have stayed there a few times and it is always perfect.  You will certainly feel like Royalty when you stay there. Website: www.thevillabb.com/

Flamingo ResortTHE FLAMINGO RESORT in St. Petersburg, Florida  is a mega resort with 130 rooms. They also have 2 bars, restaurant and retail shops.  Guest travel from miles around to stay there. Actually one never needs to leave the resort as they have everything right there.  We have stayed there numerous times since they opened several years ago and it is always fun, Fun, FUN! Their website is:  www.flamingofla.com

Grand ResortTHE GRAND RESORT in Ft. Lauderdale has always been our favorite when we are down there.   We first stayed there in 2011 and have been back many times,  Owner Casey  Koslowski  and his staff have done a remarkable job over the years and they have a rock solid guest list that keeps coming back again and again and again. They are only a couple of blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. They have  33 rooms and suites and they do book up quickly.  They also have a full spa featuring massages, facials, etc. With the excellent service that they give their guests, it is no wonder that they are usually always booked up.  Check out their website at http://grandresort.net/

El FarolitoAnother great place to stay is the EL FAROLITO BED AND BREAKFAST INN in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Owners Wayne and Walt operate one of the finest B and B’s were have stayed several times. They are located within walking distance to the downtown Plaza.  Check out: www.farolito.com

Inn at 410 B&BTHE INN AT THE 410 BED AND BREAKFAST in Flagstaff is another favorite ours. Gordon and Frank know to please their guests.  They are located within walking distance to downtown.  They offer 9 rooms  Their beautiful bedrooms have been featured in decorator books. It is always a joy and great experience to stay there.  Their website is:  www.inn410.com

We REALLY  want to congratulate these fine businesses for giving their guests a wonderful experience that they will remember forever. Our next travel column will feature the other 5 of our favorite 10 best and professionally operated Gay owned accommodations where we have stayed over the past 18 years.

Always 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. Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com

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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Want to Be An Innkeeper? Purple Roofs Lists Lots of Gay-Friendly Inns

Author: , February 10th, 2014

Purple Roofs, inns for sale, sectionDid you know that the Purple Roofs gay travel directory also lists lots of currently LGBT owned and friendly accommodations for sale? We list inns, B&B’s, hotels, vacation rentals, investment opportunities, and other short-term accommodation properties worldwide.

If you’re thinking about becoming an innkeeper, you can see all of our listings here.

We’ve always dreamed about becoming innkeepers – if you’re a people person, it might be the perfect job for you – work at home, meet travelers from all around the world, and if you like to cook, the opportunity to try a new breakfast recipe every day.

If you’d like to add your own property to our listings, click here – we’d love to help you promote your real estate offering.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Iowa

Author: , May 25th, 2013
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Iowa State Capitol

Same-sex marriage in the State of Iowa became legal following a decision of the Iowa Supreme Court in April of 2009. Iowa was the third State in the country to legalize same-sex marriage. On another significant and historical note, in 1847, the University of Iowa became the first public university in the U.S. to admit men and women on an equal basis.

In 1869, Iowa became the first state in the union to admit women to the practice of law. The state did away with racial barriers to marriage in 1851, more than 100 years before the U.S. Supreme Court would do so. The Iowa Supreme Court decided Clark v. The Board of Directors[in 1868, ruling that racially segregated “separate but equal” schools had no place in Iowa, 85 years before Brown vs. the Board of Education.

A great read on the State of Iowa being ahead of the curve on civil rights for everybody can be read by going to: http://www.cityofdubuque.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1178

With that being said, what is there NOT to like about IOWA ?

Iowa is full of small towns and cities and the one major large city, Des Moines which is the Capital city. Iowa has one of the grandest State Capitols in the country. Iowa is filled with historical places to visit, museums, wineries and breweries, national historic landmarks and amusement parks.

President Herbert Hoover’s birthplace is in West Branch and artist Grant Wood’s studio is in Cedar Rapids. Don’t forget to check out Music Man Square in Mason as it will bring back memories of the Broadway show and movie, “THE MUSIC MAN”. The Terrace Hill Governor’s Mansion in Des Moines is a must see as is the Lewis and Clark Festival in Onawa. The Amana Colonies in Amana is extremely interesting and historical.

If you fly in to Des Moines you can rent a car and go anywhere in the state in about 3 hours. Omaha, Nebraska is to the west and the quad-cities including two cities in Iowa and two in Illinois are located there. There are many wonderful small towns and villages to visit. Most everyone is extremely friendly and you will be able to make a lot of new friends. We have been to all parts of the state and always enjoy it.

They have some wonderful Bed and Breakfasts in Iowa. Some of our favorites are listed below:

iowa brownTHE BROWN STREET in Iowa City This 1913 Dutch Colonial Style Mansion is on a quiet street in the Brown Street Historical District. it is within casual walking distance of downtown Iowa City, Hancher Auditorium, and the University of Iowa campus. Amenities are provided to tourist, business and academic travelers that add quality to their Iowa City visit.

Visit their website at: http://brownstreetinn.com/

iowa 2 bella vista interiorTHE BELLA VISTA B&B in Iowa City is a lovely home in a charming historic neighborhood overlooking the Iowa Rive. It is tastefully decorated with antiques and foreign artifacts. They have three large suites with queen beds and private baths and two rooms with shared baths.
Check out their website at: http://www.abellavista.net/

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATHE FOUR MOUNDS B&B a Dubuque Landmark Site, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area partner. A model of volunteerism and community partnering at its best, Four Mounds is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and educate. We make the historic Four Mounds estate available in a variety of exciting ways.

Check out their website at: http://www.fourmounds.org/Inn/tabid/54/Default.aspx

iowa 4 large victorian laceTHE VICTORIAN LACE B&B is located at the northeast edge of Cedar Rapids and Marion in a quiet safe neighborhood with plenty of off street parking and space enough to roam. They offer a refreshing and relaxing refuge for guests desiring the warmth and hospitality often forgotten in our fast paced world. Check out their website at: http://www.victorian-lace-iowa.com/

iowa 5 mandolinTHE MANDOLIN INN in Dubuque was built in 1908 as the family home of Nicholas J. Schrup, Dubuque’s leading financier. Schrup founded the American Trust and Savings Bank, served two terms as state senator and was knighted by the king of Belgium during World War I. It gets its name from the unusual leaded and stained glass window on the first landing of the grand oak staircase. The window pictures Saint Cecelia, patron saint of musicians, holding a mandolin.
Check out their website at: http://mandolininn.com/

iowa 8 strawberryTHE STRAWBERRY FARM B&B is located in Muscatine, Iowa. It is a quiet, peaceful and relaxing bed and breakfast just inside the city limits on 4.5 acres. Enjoy a full breakfast of your choice and at your choice of time.
Their website is: http://www.strawberryfarmbandb.com/

ThorntonHouseFront052413THE THORNTON HOUSE B&B is located in Lansing. It is a grand mansion offering guests comfortable, upscale accommodations with a focus on being relaxing and casual at the same time. They offer single or double fully decorated rooms with a full size help-yourself breakfast.
Check out their website at: http://www.thethorntonhouse.com/

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERATHE BRASS LANTERN B&B is located in Greenfield near the Bridges of Madison County ! How cool is that? It is located on 20 beautiful acres, this award-winning luxury B&B features a private guesthouse with a large indoor swimming pool.
Check out their website at: http://mealtraders.com/brasslantern/

So now you know where to stay around the State while you are visiting. Hop in your auto and drive all around this beautiful State and visit and see everything. What is not to love about IOWA?

Before traveling to Iowa visit their website at: http://www.traveliowa.com/ and request information.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING 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/

Five Comfy Places to Stay in California

Author: , November 9th, 2011

Who doesn’t love being pampered? Ah to wake up and have the coffee brewed, warm pastries and breakfast at the ready-such a lovely treat and very romantic. I love hotels, but they can be a little impersonal and there is nothing cozy about most of them. Sure they can be very posh and mod, but there is something not so fun about sharing the space with several thousand other guests.

The answer my friend is to forgo the typical stay and look to the myriad of choices out there in the bed and breakfast world. It is an understatement to say that there are hundreds of choices in every city and every scenic site in this state, in fact in researching this I was so overwhelmed at first it was hard to narrow it down-I could literally write a book.

I’ve decided to work my way up the coast, much like a drive that you would take if you were a tourist on a vacation along the gorgeous California coast.

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Gay Couple Files Complaints Over Illinois B&B’s

Author: , November 3rd, 2011

Illinois B&B ComplaintA gay couple has filed complaints with the Illinois Human Rights Commission against two downstate bed-and-breakfast inns that allegedly refused to host their civil-union ceremony.

Todd and Mark Wathen of Mattoon, Ill., allege that both the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast and Beall Mansion Bed and Breakfast discriminated against them by refusing to host their legally recognized ceremony.

The Wathen’s attorneys–Betty Tsamis of Chicago, and John Knight and Harvey Grossman of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois–announced the filing Nov. 2 in a news release.

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