Arden Forest Inn – Ashland Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , September 18th, 2019

Arden Forest Inn - Ashland Gay Bed & Breakfast

Ashland’s best kept secret! Come see why our guests say, “the best keeps getting better.”

Upon your arrival, you’ll discover a unique and eclectic environment dominated by a collection of original art, curiosities, and an extensive library – all housed in an historic Ashland home. The folk Victorian farmhouse with adjoining carriage house, were both built in 1890 by one of Ashland’s founding families.

We offer tranquil, fully appointed rooms, gourmet breakfasts, free Wi-Fi, off street parking, guest kitchen with complimentary coffee, tea and treats. To add to your pleasure, we’ve created one of Ashland’s most spectacular gardens, with mountain views, enchanted green spaces, gazebo, expansive decking and a heated pool. We are conveniently located just 4 blocks from plaza and theaters.

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Arbor View House B&B – Long Island Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , April 28th, 2018

Arbor View House B&B - Long Island Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Arbor View House B&B is a Long Island Wine Country Bed & Breakfast Inn offering elegant lodging accommodations in a romantic and historic setting.

This North Fork Winery region B&B and spa offers spa services, award winning gourmet breakfast, relaxing gardens, fine linens and accessories and gracious concierge services.

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Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Bardstown

Author: , December 16th, 2017

Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn is the world’s first Bourbon-themed Bed & Breakfast Inn featuring 10 luxurious, antique-appointed guest rooms, Bourbon Bar, and Day Spa.

2 Beautifully restored, National Historic Registry and Kentucky Landmark Plantation Homes built by the Brown family, known for their historic heritage of Kentucky Bourbon and Politics. An 1810 Federal House, 1820 Smokehouse, and 1830 Antebellum Mansion featuring luxurious, award-winning B&B Accommodations. Spacious antique-appointed rooms, fine art, and tranquil park-like setting. King Beds, private baths, whirlpool tubs, and fireplaces.

Award-winning Full Country Gourmet Breakfast. Bourbon Bar & Lounge and Health & Wellness Spa onsite. Located downtown Bardstown – Birthplace of Bourbon and voted “America’s Most Beautiful Small Town.”

Request a customized Bourbon Tour & Tasting Package, available with or without private transportation arrangements.

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Dandenong Ranges Cottages – The Patch, Victoria, Australia

Author: , April 7th, 2017

Dandenong Ranges Cottages

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Dandenong Ranges Cottages offers four cottages set on three acres of beautiful gardens in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges.

Catering from 2 to 10 guests in each cottage – we can accommodate sisxteen guests in total.

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TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast – Jacksonville, Oregon

Author: , March 20th, 2017

TouVelle House B&B

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TouVelle House Bed & Breakfast is ready to welcome you with a gentle, serene environment where you can relax knowing that all of your needs have already been anticipated. TouVelle House combines modern comforts with understated elegance and leisure.

Restful gardens, feather-soft bedding, home-made breakfasts and bountiful amenities create a luxurious retreat from the day-to-day. This Craftsman estate sits atop a knoll and is set well back from the street. The house is draped in an acre of lush landscaping and is open to a variety of local fauna.

A short walk will take you to the heart of Jacksonville where you will find ample opportunities for shopping, dining, wine tasting and pampering.

Historic guided tours offer insight into Jacksonville’s gold rush days or we can provide a pocket guide to explore on your own.

Feeling like getting out beyond the Rogue Valley? Crater Lake National Park, the Oregon Caves and the California Redwoods National Park are each a short day-trip from TouVelle House. We offer a sack breakfast option if you want to head out early but don’t want to skip a meal.

We post a daily breakfast menu of three courses. If the menu doesn’t suit you, we offer a selection of alternatives that satisfy most dietary restrictions and allergies. We happily accommodate gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan diets with advanced notice.

As former military and law enforcement officers ourselves, we like to recognize and thank others in the armed forces and law enforcement agencies. Mention your service and we’ll be honored to offer you a ‘thank you’ discount.

We look forward to having you as our guests. Please let us know how we can make your visit to Southern Oregon extra special.

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Delightful Hampton Court Palace Gardens

Author: , January 19th, 2017

Hampton Court Palace - Alain

The delightful Hampton Court Palace gardens are a must-see to explore. This place is huge and it might take a day to wander around the palace and the gardens. The kids would love the maze garden and the adults would love the plants and flowers surrounding the palace. The gardens are lovely and photogenic on a beautiful blue sky day.

The only disadvantage is that – in some gardens there are no shades at all. Be prepared when visiting here because summer in London can be really scorching hot. Don’t forget to bring your bottled water or your sun lotion.

The delightful Hampton Court Palace Gardens are worth a trip to the south of London. Perhaps, of all the gardens here, the Pond Gardens are the most beautiful.

Iranawila Beach House – Gay Friendly Accommodations in Sri Lanka

Author: , July 31st, 2016

Iranawila Beach House

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Welcome to Iranawila Beach House, we are a Kiwi owned 2bed/2bath exclusive hideaway with private Chef … not too much off the beaten track, in beautiful Sri Lanka.

You’ll feel at peace with everything you need in this open plan architecturally designed home. There’s lots of polished concrete, solid teak and a wonderful feeling of space and freedom.

Both spacious rooms have Queen beds, fresh linen, towels and ceiling fans. The ensuites are identical and cleverly designed to be semi outdoors

  • open to sky rain showers & hot water
  • fresh Aloe Vera plant for sunburn
  • river pebble floor for a soft foot massage
  • Every room faces and has a direct view of the Indian Ocean; a 52ft saltwater swimming pool fits perfectly in front of the house on a manicured sand terrace, for year round dips.
  • Iranawila beach is swimmable in high season – Oct – April.

We offer Yoga classes for all levels & excellent massage.
When you book the Beach House you get exclusive use of the pool bar, terrace and outside kitchen with pizza oven.

The terrace is also perfect for chilling out, sunset drinks and fantastic views. With the beach in front, a small local road frames the villa, fully walled and set on 1 acre of coastal gardens, tropical fruit trees and a working vegetable patch, we try to grow as much as we can here.

Different colors and varieties of Frangipani feature around the property as do an array of colorful bird life.

Breakfast is for up to 4 guests in the nightly rate, other meals, easily by arrangement with our Chef, Gayan. He caters to all of your special requests.

Any Sri Lankan delicacies you want to try? A Sri Lankan curry cooking class in the outside kitchen? An all day menu is available too.

A unique attraction during high season are the smiling hard working fishermen/women pulling in nets on the beach in front and fishermen in an array of boats and canoes. Both activities have front row seats here.

There are no tourists or advertising.

Iranawila is a very “Nat Geo”, peaceful village, perfect for photographers of all levels.

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is 1hr away, perfect for guests arriving and acclimatizing or to end your Island holiday before you say farewell. The “Cultural Triangle, Elephant Orphanage, Wilpatu National Park are all within easy reach from IBH. The nearest local town is easily reached with several attractions as well. We are also popular with cyclists.

There are extra beds for children or other guest’s, they can be moved to any place on site and mosquito nets fitted for a real experience.

The property is perfect for anyone who needs to escape the crowds and experience a unique peaceful environment, something you don’t find very often.

We rate our service style and fresh cuisine highly as we do our sunsets.

I’m certain you will have an unforgettable time with us.

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Riverside Villa – Gay Friendly Belize Vacation Rental

Author: , June 12th, 2016

Riverside Villa

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Riverside Villa provides the ultimate serene, secluded and romantic setting in Belize. It is located on the fast flowing banks of the Privassion which flows through the Mountain Pine Ridge, a largely undeveloped forest reserve in the Cayo District of western Belize. It’s a truly unusual location on the banks of a gorgeous river where the Mountain Pine Ridge and the jungle meet. Although the villa is privately owned it is managed by the caring and LGBT friendly staff of the adjacent Gaia Riverlodge. Guests can take their meals at the lodge’s restaurant overlooking Five Sisters waterfall (where breakfast is included in the rate). A full kitchen is also provided if you wish to enjoy your meals at the villa. At your request Gaia will deliver your meals to you at Riverside villa.

Riverside Villa consists of two log and thatch cabanas connected by an open air deck with a full dining table. The cheerful sleeping cabana which holds the bedroom and bathroom is warmly furnished with a bamboo bed and Mayan fabrics and wall hangings. The full bath contains a fancifully tiled bathtub and beautiful hardwood furnishings. A screened in porch at one end of the bedroom has a hammock as well as two chairs. It is nestled into the trees and overlooks the garden with the river just beyond.

The larger cabana contains a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, writing desk and a small library. It is surrounded on four sides with fully screened porches arranged into relaxed and comfortable living spaces. Hammocks and seating areas are situated to take advantage of the tropical gardens as well as the entrancing views of the river. All furnishings are locally made by Belizean craftsman. Colorful Mayan rugs, fabrics and wall hangings complete the cozy ambiance of the interior.

We have recently installed a hot tub at the villa which has a fabulous view or the river. Far away from light pollution you will enjoy incredibly starry skies on clear nights. It is also the perfect place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee as the mist rises off the river. Our hot tub contains no chemicals. Guests fill it from the hot and cold water faucet to their preferred temperature. Because our water comes from a spring high up on the property we have tons of water pressure and so it fills up quickly.

We have great swimming holes directly in front of the villa. After a cool dip enjoy relaxing in the thatch covered palapa next to river with two hammocks and a picnic table.

Additional Guest Accommodations – Riverside Villa was designed as a spacious one bedroom home. Over the years we have had many requests from guests interested in traveling with a third or fourth party. Recent additions and upgrades have made this possible. Please see out website for details.

The Cayo location is adventure central Belize. Our website also describes tours in the area. transportation and many other details about your visit. Hope to see you soon!

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Valley Guest House, Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia

Author: , April 2nd, 2015

Valley Guest House

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Gay Friendly Guesthouse in Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia – Six striking and luxurious suites offer total privacy in beautiful tulip and daffodil-filled gardens amongst rolling hills. Two hillside king-sized studio suites with private balconies overlook fabulous gardens. Inside, every feature guarantees complete comfort and sheer relaxation: double-heated spa, fires, air-conditioning, electric blankets, TV/CD, VCR by request, tea/coffee-making facilities and bar-fridge.

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The Parks and Gardens of Downtown Portland

Author: , August 7th, 2013

The Gardens

Japanese Garden, Portland

Rose Garden PortlandWe visited three beautiful botanical gardens in Downtown Portland, Oregon. The first was the International Rose Test Garden ( – a free to the public garden in Washington Park on the western edge of the city – it’s walkable, but not a great walk unless you cut through the park – best to drive or take the bus). How long you spend here depends on how much you love roses and how many you stop to smell along the way. The Rose garden is filled with thousands of rose bushes, and was in full bloom when we visited:

Japanese Garden - PortlandThe second garden, the Japanese Garden (, is just across the street from the Rose Garden in Washington Park, and is a blend of different styles of Japanese Gardens, with a koi pond, waterfall, picturesque bridges, a zen rock garden, a gift shop, and much more. It’s just $8 for adults, but the garden also has occasional free entry days – check their website for more information.

The gardens feature a view (somewhat blocked by trees) of downtown Portland that’s worth a look. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here – it’s not huge, but there’s a lot to see:

Chinese Garden - PortlandFinally, in the heart of the Old Town area which lies between the Pearl and the Willamette River, the Classical Chinese Garden ( Much smaller than the Japanese Garden, this urban garden is tucked into a single city block, but packs a lot into the small space. There’s a waterfall, a bridge, several pavillions, a gift shop, and many seating areas. Adults are $8.50, and there are also membership plans that give you year-round entry for one flat rate.

There’s even a tea house where you can enjoy many varieties of Chinese teas and authentic snacks. And check out the beautiful pathways – these are made up of individual pebbles of different colors, all carefully arranged to create these wonderful patterns:

The Parks

There are a number of parks in Downtown Portland. There are several that caught our attention, each for a different reason.

Jamison Square Park - PortlandOur favorite outdoor hangout is Jamison Square Park ( a one block city park centered around a fantastic fountain. It’s a half-bowl bounded by cement blocks of various heights. But here’s the cool part – the fountain ebbs and flows unexpectedly – it runs for a couple minutes, with water cascading down the blocks and making a wonderful spash. Then it stops, and the pool is still. Then it runs again. Every now and then, the whole thing drains down to nothing. Then five or ten minutes later, it starts up again.

It’s great people watching, as kids delight in the fountain’s antics, and parents join in the fun.

Tanner Springs Park - PortlandThe other park in The Pearl District is Tanner Springs Park ( at right – a few blocks north of Jamison Square Park. A natural underground spring was discovered here, and the park was built around it with native grasses to simulate the original flora of the area. This one’s more of a contemplative park – with natural grasses, running streams and a really cool rusted metal wall that pays homage to the area’s industrial past.

South Park Blocks - PortlandSouth Park runs from the Portland State University campus in the south up to about halfway through downtown. South Park is a long, skinny park, with some great examples of public art, including a statue of President Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and much more. It’s a great park for wandering, sitting on a park bench under the beautiful, huge trees, and enjoying a warm summer afternoon.

Mills End Park - PortlandNext up – Mill Ends Park. This is the smallest recognized park in the country… About 12 inches square. The story goes that a guy working in a building overlooking this little spot in the roadway median looked down at it every day, enjoying the little spot of green. So he had an idea – why not register the patch as a park? In short order, it was done, and the smallest park in the USA was born. Over the years, it’s had a small swimming pool for sprites and fairies, among other things, Today it has a miniature pine tree and some flowers.

Finally, Waterfront Park runs along the Willamette River, offering a wide greenbelt that separates the city from the water. This park is not all that remarkable in and of itself – it’s a nice picnic spot, and offers some decent river views. But it’s more significant for what it represents.

Some years ago, Highway 5 ran along this stretch of downtown Portland. The federal government wanted to build another freeway out to Mount Baker, but the locals objected. So instead of paving over even more land, they used the money, along with additional locally raised resources, to tear down the old freeway and to reconstruct it on the far side of the river, opening up the river view and the space for the park, similar to what San Francisco did in the early nineties with the Embarcadero Freeway in what’s now the Hayes Valley neighborhood.

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