Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Columbus

Author: , May 20th, 2013

Despite a lengthy winter, Ohio is finally diving headfirst into spring. And with that begins conference season in Columbus. One of America’s most varied and vibrant cities is also one of the most welcoming, which means you shouldn’t spend all of your time tucked within a concourse. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the heart of Cowtown (yes, that is one of it’s nicknames), we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: DeepWood has so many menu options, you should honestly plan a second visit. Even vegetarians, vegans, and those in search of gluten-free options are taken care of here. I recommend the fish. It’s an upscale eatery, which makes it perfect for client dinners. That said, it’s also open for lunch on certain days.

Those looking for a serious seafood dinner need look no further than 89 Fish. This place has fresh fare from the sea, flown in daily (keep in mind: the prices reflect that). The atmosphere is classy but casual, and there’s also a larger-than-usual bar area for those who need to take the edge off during happy hour.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

Click here for gay travel resources in Ohio.

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in San Jose, California

Author: , May 6th, 2013

If you’re the type who finds San Francisco to be too chilly pretty much every day of the year, you’ll be the type who rejoices at the chance to visit San Jose. While it’s just a few dozen miles south of North California’s most well-known city, San Jose has a vibe all its own – not to mention a temperature that’s routinely warmer. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the heart of Silicon Valley, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: If you’re in a hurry, or just looking to harken back to the good ol’ days, it’s worth it to stop by Peggy Sue’s. It’s widely known for having one of the best burgers in the area, and milkshake aficionados should find themselves satisfied as well. It’s reasonably close to the McEnery Convention Center, but not too close; after all, you’ll need to walk off whatever you indulge in.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

Click here for gay travel resources in San Jose and the South Bay.

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in San Antonio

Author: , April 25th, 2013

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If you’ve been tasked with visiting San Antonio on business, don’t feel disappointed – after all, you’ll fly into some of the country’s warmest weather, but you’ll also be showing up prior to the dog days of summer. In a nutshell, it’s the perfect time to visit. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the River City, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: If you’re looking for that special locale to close the deal, look no further than Fig Tree Restaurant. It’s just down the street from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, and while it’s mighty expensive, the atmosphere, view, and waitstaff help to justify the lofty prices. The food here is exceptional, and the staff will go to just about any length to ensure that your party has a stellar time.

Being that you’re in Texas (and relatively close to Mexico), you’d be remiss of your travel duties if you left San Antone without indulging in some of the local fare. Casa Rio is right on the riverfront, offering up a brilliant collection of Tex-Mex dishes with a view. Surprisingly, the prices are fairly reasonable considering the location. If you’re worried about tossing and turning all night from ingesting too much heat for dinner, just drop by for lunch.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

Click here for gay travel resources in Texas.

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Napa

Author: , April 17th, 2013

NapaNapa Valley receives millions of visitors a year, and over 20% of them identify as business travelers. While peak season occurs in the summer and fall months, winter and spring sees an average high of 62 degrees and, according to locals, is a favorable time to visit as there are less crowds, more personal attention at vineyards, and lower room rates.

Despite all the hedonistic temptations of Michelin-star chefs, indulgent spas, well-appointed accommodations, and one-of-a-kind vineyards, business can be conducted in Napa, thanks to a number of impressive meeting facilities.

While gay tourism grows every year in steady numbers, the LGBT community has been visible for decades. Mark Young, owner of three restaurants in the burgeoning gay county of Calistoga, a region in Napa, is from the area and he tells me: “I’ve seen it all,” recalling his position as a maitre d’ at the fancy Auberge Du Soleil Resort when a four-course dinner was $42 (it’s more than triple that now and quite worth it considering the restaurant’s prime valley views and top-notch Michelin-fronted American dishes). The valley wasn’t really discovered yet, which is why celebrities like Edward Kennedy and Barbra Streisand liked it here. The tradition still remains strong.

Authored By Jimmy Im – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

Click here for gay travel resources in Napa.

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Reno

Author: , April 17th, 2013

Nevada Gay TourismThe town that Johnny Cash helped immortalize is one of the more beautiful places to visit as spring finds its way in, and if you’re heading to The Biggest Little City in the World, allow us to offer some recommendations. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the Truckee Meadows, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: You’re not in Vegas, but you’ll still have to work hard to avoid all-you-can-eat steakhouses and the like. You can start by diving into lunch at Rickshaw’s Fine Asian Bistro. It’s definitely one of the best sushi options in the area, but there’s plenty to choose from if you aren’t keen on raw fish.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

Click here for gay travel resources in Nevada.

 

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Albuquerque

Author: , April 8th, 2013

New mexico mapThe southwest sun is probably reason enough to look forward to an escape to Albuquerque, but there’s plenty more to enjoy in New Mexico’s largest city than warmth. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into Burque (as the locals say), we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: While it’s a short cab ride (or about a half-mile walk) from the convention center, The Artichoke Cafe is known as the go-to spot for fine dining in the area. It’s open for both lunch and dinner, and as the “cafe” in the name implies, lighter fare is their specialty. Those who prefer soups and salads will be right at home, though the pumpkin ravioli is a dish that you can’t find just anywhere. If you’re planning on staying a while, the wine and dessert menu is heralded as well.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

Click here for gay travel resources in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Raleigh, North Carolina

Author: , April 3rd, 2013

If you’re traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina on business and want some great, quick things to do while you’re in town, check out this article by Darren Murph at Sherman’s Travel:

If Raleigh pops up on your list of places that are soon to be traveled to, you’re in luck. For one, the capital of North Carolina is a gorgeous place to be in the spring, and moreover, yours truly has spent the vast majority of his life calling The Tar Heel State home. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the best parts of central NC, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: Being that you’re in the south, you’d be doing yourself a tremendous disservice if you left the downtown Raleigh region without a visit to The Pit. While simply named, this eatery is truly one that you won’t soon forget. It’s beautifully decorated, staffed by folks with genuine hospitality, and it offers up some of the best southern cooking you’ll ever taste. Be it pork, ribs, grits, green beans, or fried okra, everything that’s served here is cooked to perfection.

Click here for gay travel resources in North Carolina.

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Louisville

Author: , March 21st, 2013

Kentucky MapSpring: It’s more than a term, and it’s more than a season. It’s a word that spells relief for much of America that has grown tired of shoveling snow and yearning for sunshine. There aren’t too many locales in the country that shine like Louisville in the spring, and if you’re headed to the heartland for a conference, allow us to help you make the most of it. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the wilds of the Derby City, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: If you’re looking for a quick bite at lunch, Bistro 301 is good way to get out and stretch your legs. It’s as upscale as a casual place gets, and the menu is chock-full of local flair. Shrimp and grits come highly recommended, and if you’re just angling for a salad, they’ve got plenty of options.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

Click here for gay travel resources in Kentucky.

 

Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Portland, Oregon

Author: , March 8th, 2013

PortlandThere’s hardly ever a bad time to visit Portland, Oreg. and as spring weather does its best to creep in, one of America’s most revered convention halls is opening up. The Pacific Northwest as a whole has long since been a gem of the U.S., and Portland in particular has a wealth of beauty just a few short hours (or less!) away. In an effort to get you outside the boardroom and into the wilds of the Rose City, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

EAT: Food is one of this city’s strong suits. There are plenty of off-the-wall, quirky places to indulge, and you don’t have to sacrifice quality to get an extra helping of the delightfully unusual. Take Le Pigeon, for instance. It’s a high-end French locale just steps from the Oregon Convention Center, offering up some of the most beautifully prepared dishes this side of Paris. Of note, it’s only open during the evenings from 5pm-10pm, so don’t bother showing up for lunch.

Authored By Darren Murph- See the Full Story at Sherman’s Trael

Click here for gay travel resources in Oregon.

 

Gay Vancouver – Variety and Diversity

Author: , February 27th, 2013

Vancouver - Passport MagazineJimmy Im visits Vancouver, british Columbia, for the 35th annual gay pride celebration, and has to take off his shirt. Passport Magazine reports:

I find out that it’s mandatory for everyone on my float to take off their shirt. This generally isn’t a big deal, but after a road trip for the past two weeks and not having spent any time in the gym (not to mention generously eating my way through three cities), I have to admit I’m a little self-conscious. I also stand strongly on the fact that celebrating diversity has nothing to do with showing skin, and, furthermore, I don’t have much to show off. So what actually pushes my decision to strip down (other than the fact that I don’t want to walk the route as I’m wearing loafers) is justifying the idea Vancouver is a small city of just over 600,000, therefore it must be an appropriately scaled audience. I can’t be more wrong.

Vancouver is a bit bigger than he anticipated:

On the West Coast of Canada, Vancouver is a rare cosmopolitan city that’s surrounded by nature. Even with mountains just minutes away, it’s all about beaches and islands, progressive neighborhoods and luxury hotels wrapped in a one-stop vacation. It has an edge over other top Canadian cities thanks to its commanding backdrops and wealth of outdoor activities—just an easy hour away, there’s Whistler, one of the top skiing destinations in the world.

Vancouver is one of our favorite cities in North America – very gay friendly, clean, and filled with great things to do.