Seedy But Beautiful Galveston, Texas

Author: , October 8th, 2015

Galveston - David Taffet

The most shocking thing about my recent trip to Galveston was how clear the water was. We waded in over our knees and we could still see our feet. I’ve gone to Galveston lots of times. I love Galveston, but I’ve never seen the water there this clean.

For anyone who’s visited the Caribbean or even beaches along the east or west coasts, that’s not much of a boast. But this was Galveston with some of the ugliest beaches and brownest water I’ve ever seen along an open coastline. OK, so the Galveston Chamber of Commerce probably won’t be linking to this piece.

Not only was the water clean, but so was the beach.

By David Taffet – Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Texas Gulf Coast Gay Travel Resources

A Perfect Day in Galveston, Texas

Author: , June 13th, 2015

Sunflower Bakery and Cafe - GalvestonGalveston Island is a unique coastal destination: An historic Victorian-era downtown surrounded by beaches that offer classic seaside fun. Whether you’re on a day trip from Houston or stopping over to or from a cruise, here’s how to make the most of it.

Breakfast at Sunflower Bakery & Cafe

Start your day at this family-owned restaurant of a local favorite, with specialties such as bread pudding French toast and oysters benedict. The restaurant is in the heart of the East End Historical District, putting you in the perfect location to explore the well-preserved architecture that makes Galveston so special.

Tour the Historic District

Taking a closer look at the historic grand mansions and the stories behind them reveals why Galveston is truly a Treasure Island. Check out Moody Mansion, a four-story, 28,000-square-foot home restored to its 1895 splendor. A tour of this home belonging to one of Galveston’s most influential families depicts life of wealth at the turn of the century. Then hop on an electric shuttle from Galveston Island Tours to check out the entire landmark district, including the unique tree sculptures that dot the island and were artistically carved from trees that were killed in Hurricane Ike.

By Shelley Seale – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Texas Gulf Coast Gay Travel Resources

Gay Houston

Author: , May 13th, 2015

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There is a billboard on a nondescript stretch of freeway just south of George Bush International Airport in Houston that reads, “Wherever you go, God listens.” This must be true because during my weekend stay in America’s fourth largest city I am wanting for great food, interesting cultural attractions and a superabundance of hot and friendly Texan men and, wouldn’t you know it, I receive all three in spades.

Houston is a curious place. The largest city in the United States without any formal zoning regulations has the disorienting effect of giving visitors the impression of a mini skyline in any direction their eyes might wander, outward from which spread a jumble of strip malls, clogged freeways, leafy green spaces, bland high rises, gated communities, cramped McMansions, and neighborhoods without central cores. Its urban plan is a tangled mess you want to straighten out like that of a child with a mop of unmanageable hair.

But the city is not without its charms. The chaos of Houston has the unintended effect of making every discovery–be it a culinary crown jewel, a funky boutique or a hipster hangout–a hard fought cause for celebration. This racially diverse city is mad for the arts, flush with expansive parks, and perpetually soaked in Bayou heat, the kind that makes summers unbearable but is perfect the rest of the year.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Houston Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Robin’s Nest B&B Inn, Houston, Texas

Author: , April 17th, 2013

Robin's Nest B&B Inn - Houston, TexasPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Montrose, Museum and Arts District: Three historical houses (c, 1890, 1920, 1938) setting side by side.

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New Report Ranks Houston as A Top Gay Travel Destination

Author: , January 1st, 2012

Texas Gulf Coast Gay TravelThe 2011-2012 Gay & Lesbian Tourism Report shows Houston tied for 18th place in the rankings for combined business and leisure travel. It’s the first time Houston has been included in the top 20 in the sixteen years Community Marketing has issued the report.

The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau regards the ranking as a success for its two-year campaign to reach out to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers. AJ Mistretta is a spokesman for the bureau.

“Two of the main things that we find that gay and lesbian folks say they’re looking for is an urban core travel experience, meaning a big city, as well as warm weather travel — both things that, regardless of time of year and what’s going on, Houston has to offer that.”

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The Texas Gulf Coast

Author: , December 11th, 2011

Texas Gulf Coast Gay TravelAlthough America’s Gulf Coast doesn’t have any major gay beach resorts, the Texas barrier island of Galveston has steadily become a popular destination with GLBT travelers. About 220 miles south, the coast’s largest city, Corpus Christi, contains a number of notable attractions as well as the coast’s only gay bar south of Galveston. And at the southern tip of the Texas coast, scenic South Padre Island has developed increased cachet as a getaway, thanks in part to biannual Splash South Padre Island gay parties.

Here’s a look at these three classic coastal getaways in Texas. Galveston

The historic and charming city of Galveston (www.galveston.com) is a haven of sandy beaches, opulent Victorian houses, and touristy but engaging seafood restaurants and souvenir shops. Gays and lesbians – many from Houston, 50 miles inland – regularly visit here. With colorful architecture, a small but discernible arts scene, and a laid-back demeanor reminiscent of Key West and New Orleans, this city of 48,000 is a bit more open-minded and offbeat than any other on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Galveston occupies a narrow, 32-mile-long, windswept coastal island. Several historic neighborhoods abound with stately old mansions and cheerful clapboard cottages, and the main drag along the shoreline, Seawall Boulevard, bustles with seafood restaurants, chain hotels, and shops selling postcards, seashells, swimsuits, and sunglasses.

Full Story from SFGN

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Historic Galveston: Texas’s Most Gay Friendly Destination?

Author: , April 23rd, 2011

Boshop's Palace, Galveston, TXListen carefully to the locals when you head south of Houston to go beachcombing: Most don’t refer to their town as “Galveston;” they will call it “Galveston Island.” Being an island is a big part of the lifestyle in this strip of land along the Texas Gulf Coast. Islanders have a different mindset than mainlanders, even when their spit of dirt is connected via a causeway. There’s a separateness to being here, which sometimes manifests as a survivalist mentality.

You need that easygoing independence if you’re gonna be front-and-center during hurricane season: You’re on your own, but you also stick together. (You’ll need to know the difference between a boy, a “boi” and a BOI — Born On Island — if you don’t wanna insult someone … or find the right guy on Grindr.)

Galveston Island has weathered (literally) its share of devastation. The Great Storm of 1900 — it doesn’t even have a name; it came before hurricanes needed them — turned most of the island’s homes into matchsticks, nearly wiping out the economy (it had been an economic powerhouse, but was usurped by Houston after that). That led to the building of the Sea Wall, the longest continuous sidewalk in the world and a barrier that has more than done its job.

Full Story from The Dallas Voice

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