Ten Things You Must Do in Los Angeles

Author: , December 19th, 2017

Los Angeles

It may be called “The City of Angels” and most well-known for the deep saturation of ‘the industry,’ but in reality Los Angeles is home to incredible culture, cuisine, arts and nightlife, especially for the gay traveler. And as with most international destinations, there are simply some experiences that must appear on your Los Angeles itinerary, especially if you’re a first-time visitor.

Below we’ve taken the opportunity to share some of those experiences. Whether you’re an L.A. virgin or have visited a ton in the past — even if you’ve called Los Angeles home for more than a decade — the perfect L.A. affair will include several of these museums, meals and nights out on the town.

Exploring the City’s Rich Gay History

Sure, you may be in town for vacation, but your Los Angeles itinerary can still have you learning a thing or two while you play. Out and About Tours will take you through the city’s culturally rich gay history step-by-step, exposing fun, vital and hidden information about the LGBTQ community’s roots.

By Alexander Kacala – Full Story at The Hornet

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: A Two Week Driving Trip to California

Author: , December 4th, 2017

Nevada - Donald and Ray

Kansas Church - Donald and RayWe decided to take a 2 week driving trip from our home in greater Kansas City to California. We always travel by auto and there are good Interstates all the way there. We usually stop in small towns for lunch and dinner since we really are not into chain restaurants. Usually they are good as they are so far on this trip.

Kansas is 400 miles long and really nothing to see or visit. However they do have largest Catholic Church in the Midwest which was built out of limestone over a year ago, so we did visit it. The architecture is very interesting.

Limon - Ben & Jerrys - Donald and RayOur first day’s stop was in Limon, Colorado which is a very small town. We always talk to everyone and a semi truck driver came in and we were talking with him. He had a truck load of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream.

We kept telling him how much we enjoyed Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, but being such a small town they didn’t have any at the only small grocery store in town. Yep, he felt sorry for us and went out to his semi and brought back a 1/2 gallon for us. It PAYS to talk to people!

Kansas Historical Marker - Donald and RayOur second night was in the middle of Utah and the only place to stay is in Green River which has a population of 952 and most everyone works in the 10 motels in town.

Needless to say after the sun goes down, there is absolutely nothing to do in town. However the scenery along Interstate 70 is absolutely incredible. Native American Indians are selling their hand made wares at the rest areas.

Bonnie and Clyde Car - Donald and RayThe next night we stayed in Primm, Nevada which is about 40 miles southwest of Las Vegas. Room rates at the resorts are like $39.95 so is much less expensive than staying in Las Vegas. We were both lucky on the penny slot machines. Ray first won $49.60 and Donald won $176.50. So that was a nice surprise!

At the Resort where we stayed they had on permanent display the actual auto that Bonnie and Clyde were killed in – with dozens of bullet holes in it.

Jom Nabors Star - Donald and RayThen, next, onward to West Hollywood where the temperatures are tremendously warm! Upon arriving to Hollywood the news came out that Jim Nabors had died so we went immediately to his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Stars on Hollywood Blvd. Flowers had already been placed at his star by fans.

Now we will have a very interesting time in West Hollywood and then more fun times in Palm Springs before driving back home.

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/

Eating Out San Francisco – Lesbian Travel Edition

Author: , November 30th, 2017

San Francisco

Long ago, in another era and career that involved cubicles and quarterly reports, a colleague sat his khaki-clad butt on my linoleum desk and asked me the question that would ultimately lead me straight out the front door.

“What would you do, professionally, if you could do anything?”

The answer came immediately. “I’d write.”

Working beside me day after day, he’d witnessed the frowning and temple rubbing–my career frustration hadn’t escaped him.

At my response, he stood up and put a hand on my shoulder.

“Do it,” he said. “Go find what you love and fill up on it.”

Twenty years later, not a day goes by that I don’t sit down to a blank page and feel grateful for that conversation. Today, I write for a living and have been blessed with bylines in some of the best publications in the world. It never gets old–especially when the subject matter combines three things I love to muse over—people, places, and food.

When the opportunity to pen Unique Eats & Eateries of San Francisco came along, it was impossible to say no. San Francisco is that place, for me, where food and memory are inextricably linked.

By Kimberley Lovato – Full Story at Tango Diva

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Villa Santa Rosa – Gay Friendly Santa Rosa Vacation Rental

Author: , September 27th, 2017

Villa Santa Rosa

Bring your friends or family (children very welcome!) to our luxury five bedroom (2 King master suites, one queen suite, two queens with shared bath), 4.5 bath villa with 3 jetted tubs and 3 gas fireplaces, a flat-screen t.v. in every bedroom, and gorgeous views from every window, looking out over a long wooded open space valley.

Watch for deer, quail, and hundreds of wild birds. Have a glass of wine at sunset on your own private balcony, or sit out on one of two larger balconies with seating for everyone, looking out over the gardens, pool, and valley.

Sit with your morning coffee under a secret rose arbor and watch the hummingbirds and families of quail in the garden. Enjoy being all together, or go off and find that private space with a good book; our gardens are full of secret or group sitting areas.

Lounge in the sun by our tropical jungle pool with it’s splashing waterfall, or share lunch in the big gazebo. Discover the secret hammock garden under the cooling shade of the palms. This is a serene and peaceful property (no parties with outside guests allowed), a great place to reconnect with friends and family.

Owners on-site nights only, in owner’s studio with no shared walls, separate entrance.

Inside, everything is high-end, with luxury cotton linens, and wood, marble, granite and glass touches throughout. Stainless steel gourmet kitchen, sunny breakfast nook, large great room with Netflix and Pandora, and a formal red dining room. Hire a private gourmet chef for a special dinner, hire a masseuse to come to the house, or arrange for a wine country driver to take you on a Napa or Sonoma tasting tour, from our own Referrals List (you can even arrange a private wine tasting right at the house!)

Central to all major wine roads, with Sonoma Valley ten minutes to the south, Napa Valley 20 minutes north-east, the quaint town of Healdsburg and the lush Dry Creek Valley ten minutes north, the Russian River Valley, Redwoods, and our gorgeous wild beaches a short drive west, and the exciting city of San Francisco only an hour to the south. Do Napa one day, Sonoma the next. Or rent a kayak or canoes and paddle down the Russian River through the Redwoods, in the gay-friendly town of Guerneville!

Float in our pool (heated April-Oct.), lay in a hammock, or soothe tired muscles in our in-ground, year-round spa. Get our our Karaoke set for group fun at night, or play one of our many fun board games. Grill up a feast on our covered upper balcony with two kinds of gourmet grills, a gas fireplace, and seating for all. Be sure and leave time to relax in our gorgeous rose and perennial gardens, with birds and flowers everywhere you look, and soak in the beauty. Welcome gift of roses, wine and chocolates!

See the Villa Santa Rosa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Restful Nest B&B Resort – Gay Friendly Mariposa, California Resort

Author: , August 10th, 2017

Restful Nest B&B Resort - Mariposa, California

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

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the heart of California Gold Country, you can experience old California hospitality with the flavor of Provence.

Our Restful Nest is a wonderfully relaxing bed and breakfast on eleven acres of oak trees, and just 40 miles from Yosemite National Park.

Each of our guest rooms has a private bath and a/c, and we also offer a seperate guest house, with wood burning stove, a/c, living room, bedroom and bath.

Our Yosemite area B&B offers all the amenities: a barbecue pit, picnic area, swimming pool, hot tub, spa, and fishing pond (catch and release).

Breakfast takes place at a leisurely pace, served in our country dining room. Awaken to the aroma of fresh baked brioche and other breads (Rated tops by visitors from France and Belgium), homemade sausages, fresh fruit, country jams, preserves, juice, freshly brewed coffee and a variety of teas.

People from all over the world come to visit the Yosemite area, so plan ahead for your vacation with us. Forget your daily routine and relax, and let us pamper you.

Come to the Restful Nest and enjoy a wonderful vacation experience.

See the Restful Nest B&B Resort Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Adams No Eve – Gay San Diego Guesthouse

Author: , August 3rd, 2017

Adams No Eve - Gay San Diego Guesthouse

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

Adams No Eve is a unique 2 story studio guesthouse in a quiet tropical backyard with a Zen like atmosphere. This is the perfect setting for you to relax and refresh after adventuring out in beautiful San Diego CA.

The private entry of this unique Studio Guesthouse opens to a Kitchen painted in festive colors and a small bathroom with a pedestal sink and a cozy stall shower. 14 stairs lead you up to the sleeping area where a queen size bed awaits you. A 55″ TV with local HD channels and Amazon Fire stick and a sound system you can plug your mobile device into allows you feel at home. WiFi service is available in the guesthouse and the surrounding lagoon pool area.

Adams No Eve is located in a very quiet single family neighborhood in the mid-city area of San Diego CA. The Main House and the Studio Guesthouse share the \0xBD acre terraced property. Citrus trees, fruit trees, avocado trees and a working vegetable garden along with the tropical lagoon pool make up this unique property.

The backyard view to the north gives you Cowles Mountain and night lights. Cowles Mountain is a prominent mountain which is a popular hiking area and the highest elevation of the city of San Diego. On any given day you will see neighbors out walking and socializing with each other. Ample on street parking is available for guest, however off street parking can be available for an additional fee.

Once you enter off the driveway through the locked entrance, prepare to be relaxed. The surrounding tropical Zen atmosphere takes over and compels you to relax and unwind. Guests are free to use the tropical lagoon pool and surrounding backyard. Hosts John and Rick live in the main house and are on site to answer any questions and to ensure you enjoy your stay.

Pool hours are 9 AM to 9 PM, No glass or food by pool, Quiet hours are 10 PM to 8 AM, 2 Adults maximum occupancy, no children, no pets, Tobacco free. 420 friendly.

Adams No Eve is just a short drive or an inexpensive Lyft or Uber ride to Hillcrest, Gaslamp, Downtown, Balboa Park, North Park or any of San Diego’s fun attractions and a quick 20 minute ride to the Mexico border. The Studio Guesthouse is a short walk through the neighborhood to public transportation and one mile from San Diego’s trolley service.

See the Adams No Eve Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Twenty Four Hours in Bodega Bay – Tango Diva

Author: , July 21st, 2017

Bodega Bay

Across the Golden Gate Bridge and past the winding roads through meadows of green grass on Highway 1, you will soon land in the enchanting town of Bodega Bay. This quaint destination lends itself to a truly peaceful and relaxing getaway. And, if you’re longing for a solo getaway that includes amazing views, an awesome massage, delicious food, and miles of coastal trails, then book a stay at Bodega Bay Lodge. The Lodge is a cozy inn perched atop a tranquil bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The crown jewel of the resort is the pool and hot tub that has endless views of the bay.

If you happen to find yourself is 24 hours of free time, here is my perfect itinerary for you.

  • 4:00 PM Check into the hotel and relax in your room.
  • 5:00 PM Everyday in the lobby complimentary wine and cheeses are paired and you can enjoy sampling a local winery’s selection.
  • 6:00 PM Enjoy a sunset dip in the hot tub and feel free to savor the view with a glass of sparkling.
  • 8:00 PM Dine at their Drakes Sonoma Coast Kitchen. Chef Jeff Reilly has established close relationships with local organic family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and artisan cheese makers to create a fresh and innovative menu. Everyday is an adventure! Do order the crab cakes and finish with a piece of Jeff’s Mom’s Chocolate Cake.

By Teresa Rodriguez – Full Story at Tango Diva

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Los Angeles Area Gems – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , July 19th, 2017

Long Beach - Globetrotter Girls

While Los Angeles itself has plenty to offer, the city can be quite overwhelming, especially for people who aren’t used to cities of this magnitude. During the month I spent in the West Coast metropole last year, I became increasingly frustrated about the long drives and traffic several times – can it really take 90 minutes to cover an eight mile distance?

I found myself wishing for small town conveniences on various occasions (usually while stuck in a traffic jam on the 405), and that’s when I realized it may be a good idea to check out some nearby cities of a more manageable size to see what they have to offer. Luckily I had enough time to check out several cities right in Los Angeles county, some along the coast, some just outside the L.A. city limits. Each one was special and unique in their own way, and worth a visit for things that the others didn’t have.

If you visit L.A. and want to escape the ‘Big Smog’ for a day, here are five nearby cities that you should visit:

1 LONG BEACH

Long Beach is LA’s big neighbor to the south, California’s 7th largest city and second busiest container port in the U.S. The massive port has led people to believe that Long Beach is nothing more than a big industrial city, but I found out that the city itself is actually a fine escape from L.A., offering a downtown area that is walkable and, as its name suggests, a pretty long beach.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Hollywood Museum Salutes LGBTQ

Author: , July 15th, 2017

Hollywood Museum

Hollywood MuseumWe have been to the Hollywood Museum a couple of times and now they are having a special exhibit featuring the LGBTQ community.  Steve Nycklemoe is the Director and Curator of the Museum and a VERY professional and friendly guy.  We enjoyed meeting him the last time we were there and he gave a private tour of the museum for us.

The Hollywood Museum is thrilled to announce its 2017 salute to the LGBTQ community’s contributions to the entertainment industry. The fourth annual “REAL to REEL: Portrayals and Perceptions of LGBTQs in Hollywood” exhibit, in partnership with Los Angeles CityCouncilmember Mitch O’Farrell(CD-13) and LA Pride, is an educational, entertaining and informative retrospective of LGBTQ images in film, TV, new digital platforms – featuring costumes, props, photos, and iconic imagery all telling the story of the milestones and influence that LGBTQ characters and plot lines have had in Hollywood from early stereotypes to modern-day representations.

Hollywood MuseumAdditionally, REAL to REEL celebrates LGBTQ Icons those individuals and couples who may be openly LGBTQ or not, and who support the LGBTQ community.

The Hollywood Museum’s REAL to REEL exhibition, which coincides with the annual Christopher Street West Pride activities, offers a historic perspective spanning 100 years from silent films to today’s films, TV shows, and digital platforms.

“The museum welcomes the opportunity to create and showcase this important exhibition, sharing with the public the artistic expression and extraordinary significance of the LGBTQ culture and its effect and impact on the world through the medium of entertainment,” says Donelle Dadigan, Founder and President of The Hollywood Museum located in the Historic Max Factor Building.

Hollywood MuseumThe exhibit revisits monumental LGBTQ moments in history with Rev. Troy Perry, including the Black Cat riots (1967), and on display – the infamous sign that once hung at the entrance of West Hollywood’s Barney’s Beanery. Exhibit highlights include costumes from Transparent, How to Get Away with Murder, The Walking Dead, Empire, Trans America, Sordid Lives, Cruising, Orange is the New Black, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ray Donovan, Mad Men, Arrested Development, Cabaret,K-11, as well as Cyndi Lauper’s Grand Marshall Costume (Toronto’s Gay Pride parade, 2015.

Additional exhibit items include famous costumes from Hollywood’s leading designers – Mr. Blackwell, Bob Mackie,Ret Turner, Nolan Miller, Edith Head – to today’s Project Runway with Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, as well as Days of Our Lives, The Bold and the Beautiful, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots, Scandal, Two in a Half Men, True Blood, The Good Wife, and more. This year’s exhibit also includes, LGBTQ Iconsincluding Judy Garland, Betty Davis, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Ramon Navarro, Rudolf Valentino, Charles Laughton, Sam Harris, Bruce Vilanch, Sherman Hemsley, Gere Jewell, Jerry Herman, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner and many more.

The Hollywood Museum gratefully acknowledges the following ABC, Amazon Studios, BBC America, CBS, Discovery Life, Focus Features HBO, Logo, NBC, Netflix, OWN, Showtime, TLC and 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, as well as organizations serving the LGBTQ community including ONE Archives, Christopher Street West, The Lavender Effect, and The Glaad Awards, amfAR and more.

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD MUSEUM IN THE HISTORIC MAX FACTOR BUILDING:

See 10,000 Authentic Show Business Treasures spanning more than 100 years of Hollywood history! Located next to the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building houses the largest collection of entertainment memorabilia on display in the world. It is home to thousands of costumes, props, photographs, posters, celebrity automobiles and other treasures from some of the most iconic films and TV shows ever made!

See Hollywood legends – past, present, and in the making! The museum attracts thousands of fans from around the world and was recently named one of the top tourist attractions by LA Weekly and by Trip Advisor, and was voted one of the Top 10 Museums in LA by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. The Hollywood Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

REGULAR HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm (Exhibit: Fri, June 10th – Sun, Sept 4th)

TICKETS: $15 Adults: $12 Seniors (62+): $12 for students with ID and $5 Children under 5.

ADDRESS: 1660 N. Highland Ave. (at Hollywood Blvd.), Los Angeles, CA 90028 MUSEUM INFO:www.TheHollywoodMuseum.com or Tel: (323) 464-7776

FOLLOW THE MUSEUM:

WEBSITE: www.TheHollywoodMuseum.com   FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/TheHollywoodMuseum

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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Santiago Resort – Gay Palm Springs Resort

Author: , June 16th, 2017

Santiago Resort

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

Santiago Resort is a luxury boutique hotel in Palm Springs where men come to hit pause, be spoiled, and rediscover the bliss of completely giving in to the moment.

Santiago offers free breakfast, poolside lunch, and all-day refreshments in the cantina. The wealth of amenities includes the largest pool of any gay resort in Palm Springs, clean spacious remodeled rooms with either poolside or mountain views.

Santiago is conveniently located 1.5 miles from Downtown Palm Springs.

See the Santiago Resort Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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