Exploring the University Town of Cambridge

Author: , October 8th, 2015

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Cambridge is an incredibly attractive part of the world. Situated on the River Cam, the city is dominated by the University of Cambridge which was founded in 1209. It’s the buildings of the university and its associated colleges, libraries, and chapels that create an otherworldly street-scape that is reminiscent of the Harry Potter movies.

You will have to pay an entry fee for pretty much everything worse seeing in Cambridge, but it’s worth it.

One of the top picks is the chapel of King’s College. This is a spectacular example of Gothic architecture from the 16th-century. Also worth visiting is Trinity College – the largest college of the university. From its unique Tudor gateway to the expansive great court, this sets the standard for what a great educational institution should look like.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Eastern England Gay Travel Resources

Gay Boston and Beyond

Author: , July 4th, 2014

Boston - Apple MapsFoodies, art lovers, sports fans, and history and architecture buffs have more than enough reason to visit Boston, its neighboring nest of academia, Cambridge, and the nearby town of Salem which is a a fantastic daytrip destination with its own annual Pride celebration, slate of yearlong social events, a world-class art museum (the Peabody Essex), and a wealth of witchy kitsch.

Logan International Airport, which added international carriers Emirates, Turkish Airlines, and Hainan to its lineup in 2014, is accessible via Boston’s T (the subway’s Silver Line) and it is free for arriving passengers) and bus services, that take about 30-40 minutes to or from downtown Boston or Cambridge.

Taxis, including eco-friendly hybrid cars, take about 20 minutes and fares range between $25-$45. Smartphone app GobiCab can be used to arrange shared taxi rides for those seeking to minimize their carbon footprint or save a few dollars. Amtrak, meanwhile, offers comfortable, quick, and Wi-Fi-enabled rail service from Washington D.C., New York, and other East Coast hubs.

Getting around Boston and Cambridge is a breeze thanks to subway and buses. Good news for night owls: on March 28th, 2014, late-night service was added on Fridays and Saturdays to key lines, so last trains now leave their stations at around 2:30 A.M. Hubway, a public bike-share program with stations throughout the Metro-Boston area, offers 24- and 72-hour passes ($6/$12, respectively). You can ride for unlimited 30-minute periods, but you need to return and dock the bike for a short period before taking one out again or you’ll pay an additional fee.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Boston Gay Travel Resources

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Featured Property: Whispering Winds Retreat Haven Bed & Breakfast, Cambridge, Wisconsin

Author: , July 28th, 2010

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

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Craving some peace and quiet? Whispering Winds Retreat Haven may be the place for you. Whispering Winds is a large, renovated farmhouse surrounded by three acres of lawn and gardens. Whispering Winds is both a bed & breakfast for romantic getaways and a spiritual retreat house for small group retreats.

Four spacious guestrooms, each with a private bathroom, are furnished with a queen or full bed, comfortable chairs, and a desk. Each guest room is a peaceful escape, a totally private place to read, sleep, reflect on life, and simply relax.

Our guests are welcome to use the sun room that looks over the lawn and gardens, the living room with a gas fireplace and a piano, dining room, prayer room, and other smaller sitting areas throughout our home.

You’ll also find rocking chairs on the front porch, a fully enclosed gazebo, and paths that wander through the lawn and gardens – smell the roses, listen to the birds, and watch the chipmunks scamper by. This is the place to slow down, relax, and be refreshed.

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