TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Author: , April 15th, 2017

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

When we were recently in Denver we visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science which is a remarkable museum for everyone to visit. It is one of the finest such museums in the country. The Museum has been there since 1908.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Denver Museum of Nature and ScienceAmong the many wonderful things to see at the museum are the world famous wildlife dioramas. They have specimens from six continents. The dioramas have re-created the habitats using paneled backgrounds, special lights and carefully crafted reproductions of plants and flowers . The Museum has 89 wildlife dioramas.

Among the dozens of different things that the museum has are a Planetarium, IMAX Theatre as well as exhibits on everything concerning nature and science including space. Needless to say, this is a VERY LARGE museum full of thousands of things to see. While we were there, they had a very special exhibit, VIKINGS: Beyond the Legend that included a very large collection of items and the visitor’s stood in long lines to get a glimpse of the exhibit.

It was VERY popular for young and old alike. The exhibition takes you back to Scandinavia in 750 to 1100 CE. The exhibits includes examples of the work of highly skilled craftspeople who used textiles, wood, metal, bone, leather, glass and ceramics to create pieces for domestic life, ornamentation as well as what they used in battle. It will take you several hours to visit the museum so be sure and give yourself enough time. They also have a cafe and gift shop.

The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Boulevard just east of downtown and you can visit their website, http://www.dmns.org.which will give you full details about their exhibits. The museum is open 7 days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM. Their phone number is 303 . 370 . 6000 and a very special THANK YOU to Maura O’Neal in the Press Department at the Museum.

Denver Museum of Nature and ScienceAfter you spend your day at the Museum you will be ready for a very delightful dining experience and we can not think of anyplace better than RACINES RESTAURANT which is located just southeast of downtown and a few blocks northwest of the Cherry Creek shopping district of Denver.  Their address is 650 Sherman Street and call 303 . 595 . 0418 to make reservations. Check out their website at www.racinesrestaurant.com.

This is a fine upscale restaurant and has been welcoming guests since 1983. They are open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. You can dine at the bar or a booth, however we prefer dining at a table and their dining room has a great  warm atmosphere.  They also have an outdoor patio which is always packed on nice days. They have free parking in their garage next door with valet parking. They are open Monday thru Thursday from 7 AM to 10 PM, Friday hours are from 7 AM to 11 PM, Saturday hours are 8 AM to 11 PM and Sunday hours are 8 AM to 10 PM.

Denver Museum of Nature and ScienceThey offer a complete menu to please any guest. We started off with their French Onion soup which was prepared perfect followed by a salad and then for our entree we had the lamb shank which was prepared perfectly. For dessert we had a banana cream pie and key lime pie. Table service was impeccable! Our server, Sam knew exactly how to take care of patrons and she was an extremely professional server. The restaurant was packed with patrons who were all enjoying their dining experience.

In our travels from coast to coast we dine at a lot of different restaurants.

Denver Museum of Nature and ScienceJust because a building has four walls, some tables and chairs and a freezer/refrigerator full of food, does not make a great restaurant.  To have a great restaurant it is all about the people involved in the restaurant… the owners, the manager, the chefs, cooks, servers, host and bartenders. Racines has it all!

The manager, Ms. Baker has been with the restaurant for years and years and she knows the proper way to run a restaurant as does the owners. It is such a joy to have a wonderful dining experience and Racines knows exactly what to do to make their guests happy. They have a huge following that dines with them all the time.  Thanks Racines and thanks to the owners and to Ms. Baker and staff for having such a great restaurant! This is certainly a MUST DINE AT restaurant in Denver. This is THE place to be and to be seen and to mingle with other guests.

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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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: The Denver LGBT Center

Author: , April 9th, 2017

Denver LGBT Center

In our travels from coast to coast we usually contact and visit the LGBT Centers in each city where we stop. Last week we were in Denver, Colorado and toured the Denver LGBT Center. In all of our travels it is one of the finest in the country.

Denver LGBT Center“THE CENTER-Advancing LGBT Colorado” offers something for everyone. From teenagers to senior citizens their center has a huge staff of volunteers to help and assist everyone. They have different exhibits during the year and while we were there we got to see ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Business: LGBT Influence on the Harlem Renaissance’ portrait exhibit featuring African Americans who were in the arts and entertainment in the 1920 and 1930’s.

The Denver LGBT Center first opened in 1976 and currently operates on an annual budget of $2..2 Million and employs 19 staff members and has over 520 community volunteers to serve more than 46,000 people a year!

Among the many services that the Center offers are General Support Groups including Counseling services, HIV/ST1 testing, Alcoholics Anonymous, Wellness screening and free cyber center. They have safe and low-cost activities for LGBT Families. They have free referrals to LGBT-friendly attorneys for help with legal questions as well as free monthly legal clinics. SAGE of the Rockies provides support and information for LGBT people over 50 years of age.

They offer free weekly activities including coffee groups, wellness clinics, Yoga classes and more. We got to meet and talk with Reynaldo Mireles, the Program Manager. Other programs includes the Capitol Hill Care Link which helps elders over 60 to continue living independently and with assistance with access to a variety of senior services. They have special support groups for the Transgender community. Actually the Center is a place for ALL of the LGBT community.

In the Denver LGBT Center is the Terry Mangan Memorial Library which is the home of over 3,000 volumes of LGBT texts. They also have a wonderful Oral Histories department, photo archive and research center where you can view articles, news clippings and correspondence related to the LGBT history not only in Colorado but in the United States.

Denver LGBT Center pride paradeIn June they have the Denver Pridefest where over 380,000 people celebrated and over 120,000 attended the parade last year. This years festivities and parade will be June 17 and 18. It is one of the largest LGBT Pridefests in the country.

We want to thank Rex Fuller, Vice President of Communications and Corporate Giving who gave us a complete tour of the Center. Also a very special thanks to Tony Smith of Denver. We first met him and his husband Jim when we visited Denver a few years ago.. Both of these gentlemen are great ambassadors for Denver.

Visit their website at: www.glbtcolorado.org.  Their phone number is 303 733.7743 and their address is 1301 East Colfax just a few blocks east of downtown. The Center is open Monday thru Friday from 10 AM to 8 PM.

The LGBT community in Denver certainly has something to be very proud of. Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and all the people who have made this a crown jewel for the LGBT community. Other cities in the country need to visit the Center and go back home and strive to make their Centers like the one in Denver.

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/

Denver Gay Travel Resources

McGregor Mountain Lodge – Estes Park, Colorado

Author: , April 8th, 2017

McGregor Mountain Lodge

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

Come and enjoy the serene and peaceful setting of McGregor Mountain Lodge. Just 4 miles from the quaint village of Estes Park, CO, McGregor is surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park, and only 1/2 mile to the Fall River entrance. Open year-round, guests enjoy the breathtaking majestic mountain views of the Continental Divide, the abundant wildlife that wander through the property, including Elk, Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer, Coyotes and Foxes and the myriad birds frequenting the feeders at every cabin.

Come escape for a summer paradise, a winter adventure of snowshoeing or back-country skiing, a fall indulgence in the autumn gold and Elk viewing at its best, a spring awakening, or simply soak in the peace and serenity of our slice of heaven while reading a book by the fireplace.

We offer:

  • non-smoking grounds
  • private patios with BBQ’s
  • free High Speed wireless internet throughout
  • a hot tub to soak in
  • warm and inviting lobby to visit
  • wood burning fireplaces
  • kitchens that are fully equipped
  • High Definition, flatscreen TV’s with DVD players are in each cabin or suite

Whether a couples escape, or bringing the entire family, we welcome you!

Dogs are allowed in select cabins for additional charge. Inquire at time of booking.

See the McGregor Mountain Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Colorado Front Range Region

 

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Wild Horse Inn – Fraser, Colorado

Author: , August 30th, 2015

Wild Horse Inn

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

The Wild Horse Inn, located in Fraser, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains, offers a rustic, luxury hand-hewn log lodge with seven unique guest rooms. We also have three cozy luxury cabins on the property. Every morning, we serve a full gourmet breakfast. Enjoy our beautiful grounds, surrounded by mountains and all of your favorite alpine activities.

See the Wild Horse Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Colorado

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs

Author: , April 17th, 2015

Colorado Springs - Don and Ray

Colorado SpringsWe have been going to Colorado Springs for years to visit relatives and also to take advantage of the many things that the city has to offer. Located just 60 miles south of Denver, it is much smaller but yet offers so many exciting and interesting things to see and do. Before going be sure and check out their website, http://go.pikes-peak.com/what-to-do-in-colorado-springs

Garden of the GodsAmong the many things to see is Pike’s Peak and you can either drive to the top or take the train. The Garden of the Gods and Nature Center is a must see. If you are into Christmas, then visit Santa’s Workshop at the North Pole. Other sights to see are the May Museum of Natural History, the Manitou Indian Cliff Dwellings, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Miramont Mountain Castle Museum,
Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame and the Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

Be sure and do not miss the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center,
http://www.csfineartscenter.org/ where you will find marvelous exhibitions of art work, photographer as well as theatre. Again, be sure and visit http://go.pikes-peak.com/what-to-do-in-colorado-springs before traveling to Colorado Springs. Another great website is: http://gaycolorado.com/colorado-springs/

colorado springs 3Listed below are some of our recommendations on places to stay when visiting Colorado Springs:

Old Town Guest House
115 South 26th Street
Colorado Springs
http://www.oldtown-guesthouse.com/
888.375.4210
relax@oldtown-guesthouse.com
Located in the heart of Old Colorado City: Soundproof guestrooms with private balconies and hot tub and steam shower. Daily breakfast and manager’s hospitality hour. Walking distance to numerous art galleries and restaurants and of course, free parking.

Avenue Bed and Breakfast
711 Manitou Ave.
Manitou Springs, CO
http://www.avenuehotelbandb.com/
800.294.1277
info@avenuehotelbandb.com
Award-Winning Muffins: Recently renovated, they offer 7 spacious guestroom all with private baths. Soak your cares away in one of their antique claw foot tub/showers. The three story turned staircase in the middle of the house takes you to the rooms, each with unique updated decor and family heirlooms that add charm and distinction to the Inn.

Blue Skies Inn
402 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, Co.
http://www.blueskiesinn.com
800.398.7949
fun@blueskiesinn.com
A nice refuge with year round stream, Garden courtyard, hillsides of trees near Pike’s Peak. Unique 3 room suites clustered in a quaint village of Gothic Revival architecture.

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/

South-Central Colorado Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Blue Skies Inn Bed & Breakfast, Manitou Springs, Colorado

Author: , February 19th, 2015

Blue Skies Inn B&B - Manitou Springs, CO

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

Gay Friendly Manitou Springs, Colorado Bed and Breakfast – Quiet refuge with year round stream. Garden courtyard, hillsides of trees near Pikes Peak. Unique 3-room suites clustered in a quaint village of Gothic Revival architecture. Romantic retreat, family vacation or garden wedding.

See the Blue Skies Inn Bed & Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in South Central Colorado

Featured Gay Tour Operator: Adventure Bound Expeditions, Inc., Boulder, Colorado

Author: , February 15th, 2015

Iceland - Adventure Bound ExpeditionsPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Tour Operator in Boulder, Colorado – Since 1989 we have designed & conducted high quality, exciting outdoor adventures tours with “trip of a lifetime” experiences for gay men to destinations throughout the world including Europe, Africa, South & Central America, Asia, and Australia and the South Pacific.

See the Adventure Bound Expeditions Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Boulder

Colorado’s Wild and Rocky Road

Author: , September 19th, 2014

Daniele Guido GessaI found the heart of America in western Colorado. After rolling in the hay with gay cowboys in the glamorous and multicultural Denver, I ventured further out into the mountain state where I found more coywboys and cowgirls, endless landscapes, deserts, forests, rivers, lakes and the warmth of Colorado’s people.

I’m talking about the smile of a farmer, the taste of a big steak, the ride of a horse and the growling of a mountain bear (not that I actually heard this, but I imagine it sounds beautiful). Colorado struck me as an escape you will never want to escape from.

As soon as I got to Durango, a proper ‘Wild West’ town, I felt that something different and peculiar was going to happen: I was going to live a life I had only seen before in the movies.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News | Colorado Gay Travel Resources

The Best of Denver

Author: , September 10th, 2014

Denver Botanic Gardens - Laura MottaIf you think of Denver as a convenient gateway to an amazing mountain or nature trip, you’re right. For skiers and hikers, it’s the closest major city to such perennial favorites as Telluride, Aspen, and Breckernridge. But with breweries galore, a charming restaurant district, affordable hotels, and a mile-wide cultural streak, the Mile-High City is developing into a travel destination unto itself. Here’s how to eat and drink your way through this affordable, good-natured city. In fact, you may never even make it to the mountains.

Breckenridge Brewery DenverWith more than 100 breweries just in the Denver metro area, beer lovers could spend a week here without leaving the city limits, and without repeating a single pint. Breckenridge Brewery is the poster child for the beer scene’s success: They’re on the verge of a major expansion into new digs in nearby Littleton. For now, though, you can tour their Denver facility for free and enjoy a sample of their signature beers. (Our favorites included the unfiltered agave wheat and the vanilla porter.)

If you want to hang around a little longer – and you’ll want to – try the barbecue in the on-site pub. Basics like pulled pork and brisket are the perfect companions to the beer, and portions start at just $8. If you don’t have time for a full tour or a meal, a Monday-Saturday happy hour offers all beer for $4. For a slightly quirkier, scene-ier experience, head to the small-yet-bustling tap room at Great Divide Brewing Co. Tours take 30 minutes and are free.

By Laura Motta – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Denver Gay Travel Resources

Image via Laura Motta

Hanging Out With Denver’s Gay Cowboys

Author: , August 12th, 2014

Denver Gay TravelTo be fair, there was no hay-rolling. There was, however, some thigh-slappin’ and ally-ooping after meeting the adorable Kevin. Kevin is a real-life cowboy, part of the growing LGBT international rodeo movement and resident of Denver, where gay rodeos have a presence at least four times a year.

Gay rodeos are getting popular in the US, and in the summer are a welcome tradition that is changing the Americans’ attitude towards LGBTI people. Depending on the event, gay and straight cowboys ride horses and chase cows, sometimes in fancy dresses and wigs. It’s fun and pints of beer under the sun.

You won’t be dissapointed with Denver’s LGBTI life. The Denver Wrangler, ‘where real men go to drink’, was a memorable spot, a sports bar with loads of fun and sometimes you can meet real cowboys.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News | Denver Gay Travel Resources