Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter: January, 2012

Author: , January 9th, 2012

Welcome to the Purple Roofs Newsletter for January, 2012!

We just launched an all new version of the Purple Roofs gay travel site – our first in more than 8 years – with a great new look, and new features, including local articles, events, and links to our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages. Take a look at the new site here!

We even redesigned the blog!

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this month – from featured articles on Italy’s Oltrepo Pavese, Davao in the Philippines, The Berkshires, and St. Petersburg, to other gay travel articles from around the world!

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: St. Petersburg: THE Major Art Destination City in the CountryTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: St. Petersburg: THE Major Art Destination City in the Country
by Don and Ray, Gay Travelers

St. Petersburg, Florida is certainly one of the very major art destination cities in the country. Sure, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, etc. offers a large variety but for a medium size city in the country, no city can even come close to what St. Petersburg has to offer. In addition to the fabulous art museums and galleries which are basically all located right downtown sitting on the Bay, one can shop and dine in dozens of exciting and interesting retail shops and restaurants.

Oltrepo Pavese, The Tuscany of the North
by Stef Smulders, B&B Villa i Due Padroni

The Oltrepo Pavese is the largest wine producing area of Lombardy in the North of Italy, only 50 km from Italy’s Gay Capital Milan, but is also virtually unknown abroad. It is reminiscent of Tuscany, but without the tourist industry. The landscape is beautiful, the people are kind, the food is authentic and there are lots of possibilities for walking, hiking, cycling and sight-seeing. The smooth hills are covered with vineyards, castles and medieval villages and this landscape reminds one of Tuscany. Pace of life is slow, food is traditional and wine can be tasted anywhere, in one of the over 100 independent cantines.

The Davao LifeThe Davao Life
by Josephine, Davao Condo Rental

The city of Davao is the largest city on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It has a population of over 1,600,000 people. Which makes it the second largest city in the Philippines, second only to Manila. It offers an international airport and its seaports are among the busiest cargo hubs in the Philippines. In recent years, Davao has developed into the business, investment and tourism hub for the entire southern Philippines. It ranks as the 87th fastest growing city in the world by the city Mayors Foundation and is listed by the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine as the 10th “Asian City of the Future”. In 2008, it was named as the Most Livable City in the Philippines by the Department of Tourism.

The Berkshires – All Weather Enjoyment
by Nana Simopoulos, Topia Inn

The Northern Berkshires is a place where outstanding nature and culture experiences combine for all weather enjoyment. Mt Greylock is the tallest peak in Southern New England. There are many trails to the summit that start in Adams for hikers of all levels as well as lakes and waterfalls to swim in. Across the valley is Savoy Mountain National Forest with pristine lakes and sandy beaches. The Aschuwillticook rail trail is now a smooth 11 mile bicycle path alongside rivers, a bird sanctuary, lakes and mountain views. Mass MoCA is the largest contemporary art museum in the country with a year round performing arts center. The contemporary music ensemble Bang on a Can are among their resident artists every summer.

More Gay Travel News

We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month:

Carlos Melia

Intrepid traveler Carlos Melia is also posting to the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog – here are his adventures this last month:

Gay Travel Events The Next Two Months:

Check out our new events calendar, where we list gay events around the world – http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-events.html. Here are the events for the next two months:

Sign Up for Our Gay Travel Sweepstakes

Boston, Massachusetts Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with the beautiful Bulfinch Hotel in Boston (http://www.bulfinchhotel.com/) to give away 5 nights in Massachusetts.

Check Out Our Special Offer Section

Our innkeepers and travel agents offer exclusive specials to travelers who find them on Purple Roofs. This month, we have 158 Accommodation/Tour offers listed in 18 countries! No membership required.

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That’s it for this month – enjoy the newsletter!

Mark & Scott
PurpleRoofs – http://www.purpleroofs.com, PO Box 4666, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762

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MA: Enjoy the Holiday Season at the Lenox Caroling Festival Friday and Saturday

Author: , December 8th, 2011

Lenox Massachusetts Christmas FestivalTake a break from the mall and the crowded sidewalks and head to the Lenox Caroling Festival December 10th & 11th for a weekend of traditional holiday fun in historic Lenox, Mass.

Decked out in holiday splendor, the streets of this quaint Berkshires village will be filled with holiday music sung by singing groups from throughout the Northeast. The festival is one of several holiday activities planned throughout the weekend to celebrate the spirit of the season.

The caroling competition will be held on Saturday (12/10) from 10 am to 4 pm with each group performing at least one 15-minute set at one of several street locations throughout the village. Winners will be decided by a combination of popular vote and a panel of professional judges. The public is invited to attend a Caroler’s Reception emceed by Gene Shalit of the Today Show at 5:30 pm at Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre which will feature festive food, a sing-a-long and an awards presentation.

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The Beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts

Author: , June 22nd, 2011
by Laura Macionus, North Adams, Massachusetts
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North Adams, Massachusetts

North Adams, MA

Photo by R. Bunt, N. Adams Mayor's Office

National Geographic Travel ranked the Berkshires, located in Western Massachusetts, 7th on their Destination Scorecard. “This area seems to have the right balance of picturesque towns, arts offerings, and well protected natural beauty.

Surrounded by natural beauty consisting of the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Greylock (the highest point in the state of Massacusetts) and bordering the Green Mountains affording magnificent views, hiking and other outdoor recreation..

Arrowhead Home, Pittsfield, MA

Culturally, museums abound with examples of MASS MoCA the largest contemporary museum in the US located in North Adams, while only a few miles away in Williamstown Sterling and Francine Clark Art offers American, British and Old Masers paintings surrounded by 140 acres of woodland and trails. Experience Norman Rockwell’s original paintings in Stockbridge.

The Mount

Photo by David Dashiell

Music ranging from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to James Taylor at Tanglewood where one can sit in The Shed or on the lawn and enjoy the entertainment with a bottle of wine and a picnic.

Jacobs Pillow situated in a lovely rural setting in Becket is world reknowned for ballet, jazz and modern dance that can be enjoyed indoors or out, weather depending. Theater excels in the Berkshires! From Shakespeare & Company, Barrington State Company and The Williamstown Theater Festival who has earned the reputation of Tony award winning theater in the Berkshires, the offerings are endless.

Civil War Statue, Main Street, North Adams, MAThe Berkshires is also very well known for it’s “Gilded Age Mansions.” These homes were considered the summer cottages for the likes of Edith Wharton, Ventfort Hall and Naumkeag Estate which was the Choate family mansion, just to name few.

If you are a history buff, Hancock Shaker Village offers a special connection to the Shaker way of life. Chesterwood was the country home and studio of Daniel Chester French sculptor of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. Visit Arrowhead which was the 18th century farmhouse where Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick.

Antiquing can be enjoyed throughout the Berkshires. Whether you are seeking French Country, painted furniture from Sweden or Early American.

Since the Berkshires is known for culture and the arts, there is a wonderful array of galleries stretching from Great Barrington to Williamstown offering everythig from scuplture, photography, contemporary art to museum quality pieces.

If you want to relax and rejuvenate, one can enjoy a variety of treatments from hot stone massage to shiatsu to reconnect with your body as the area affords numerous day spa offerings.

Dining out offers unlimited possibilities. Foodies will enjoy the plethora of ethnic as well as regional fare. There is a wide range between price and variety of food to satisfy every palate.

Blackinton Manor, North Adams, MassachusettsOnly 45 minutes from Albany International airport and 3 hours from Boston or NYC the Berkshires are easily accessible.

Blackinton Manor Bed & Breakfast centrally located to the aforementioned venues and a Yankee magazine travel editors’ recommended place to stay, affords 5 well-appointed guestrooms/private baths, inground pool and a full hot multi-course breakfast as well as a guest pantry, and WiFi.

Note: Uncredited area pictures above from the Berkshires Visitor’s Bureau, Used with Permission.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Gateways Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts

Author: , May 13th, 2011

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

Gay Friendly Berkshires, Massachusetts Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Gateways Inn, Berkshire Hills, MAThe Gateways Inn Bed and Breakfast, in Lenox, Massachusetts, will take you away to another time and place.

The Gateways Inn offers an elegant atmosphere, blended with the European charm and hospitality of Innkeepers Fabrizio and Rosemary Chiariello. We’re in the heart of Lenox, in Massachusetts’ Berkshire Hills.

The Inn has 12 guest rooms, all recently restored, with either queen or king-sized beds. Our rooms also offer cozy fireplaces.

We also have an on-site restaurant, one of the best in Lenox, with a great mix of ambiance and taste for the discerning diner. Beveled French doors open onto our large dining room, with terra cotta walls, and antique Italian and French prints.

See the Gateways Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Blackinton Manor B&B, North Adams, MA

Author: , January 12th, 2011

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

Gay Friendly Berkshires Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Blackinton Manor B&B - North Adams, MassachusettsBlackinton Manor B&B is centrally located in the Berkshire Hills between Williamstown and North Adams. We’re just five minutes from MASS MoCA, Williams College, Williamstown Theater Festival, Clark Art Institute, Massachusetts University of Liberal Arts, Mt. Greylock and the Appalachian Trail.

Originally built in 1832, Blackinton Manor B&B was the luxurious home of wealthy textile manufacturer Sanford Blackinton.

Each of our 5 spacious guest rooms offers a private bathroom, king or queen bed, and its own unique decor.

We also encourage our guests to enjoy our large, comfortable living room, relaxing in front of out fireplace – there’s even a grand piano!

See the Property Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Featured Property: Kemble Inn, Lenox, Massachusetts

Author: , October 22nd, 2010

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

Gay Friendly Berkshires, Massachusetts Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Kemble Inn - Lenox, MassachusettsOriginally built in 1881 by President Chester Arthur’s Secretary of State, Frederick T. Frelinghuysen, the Kemble Inn has since graced the town of Lenox, MA with its stately grandeur. A welcoming foyer and sweeping staircase with its Palladian window are the testament to the elegance and opulence of a bygone era – but for you to enjoy!

At the turn of the 19th century Berkshires was a haven for the wealthiest of Americans. Here, they built their splendid mansions, “The Berkshire Cottages”, in the richness of styles that reflected the taste and aspirations of their owners. An example of this wealth of expression is Ventfort Hall and just across the street The Kemble Inn. Both were designed by renowned architects of the time, Arthur Rotch and George Tilden, but in styles so vastly different – that the two do not seem of the same era.

Located on the hill top of two elevated acres; Kemble Inn offers open views of the splendid Berkshire Mountains. This oasis of green space in the center of Lenox is equally suited for your next personal getaway, as it is for weddings, anniversaries, reunions, corporate meetings and special events.

See the Kemble Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here