Chanric Inn B&B – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Calistoga, California

Author: , September 16th, 2016

Chanric Inn

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Welcome to a celebrated new lifestyle of bed & breakfast travel. The Chanric Inn Bed & Breakfast is a lush oasis providing a stylish ambiance, sensual amenities and tantalizing sustenance. Enviably located in the natural spa town of Calistoga, The Chanric is central to the finest wineries, restaurants and activities Napa Valley and Sonoma have to offer.

Enjoy the elegant, muted color palette of your private room and bath.

Slumber in heavenly beds with fluffy down comforters. Luxuriate in high thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, thick, Pima cotton towels and plush bath robes.

Light the candles and let the night take you away…

Features:

  • Pool, spa and sauna
  • Property-wide Wi-Fi
  • Select beverages provided throughout your stay
  • Wake up coffee service
  • Breakfast brunch served restaurant style, whenever you choose
  • Menu honors dietary considerations
  • King and Queen size beds
  • High thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets
  • Thick, Pima Cotton towels
  • Lush bathrobes
  • Fluffy down comforters and pillows on heavenly beds
  • Aveda and Neutrogena bath amenities
  • Special event packages available upon request

Come spend some time in the Napa Valley wine country, and stay with us in beautiful, quiet Calistoga.

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Visiting Napa / Sonoma in the Off Season

Author: , February 9th, 2015

Wine GrapesMy favorite time of year to visit Napa and Sonoma are the months of January, February and March. It’s not uncommon to be the only one in the tasting room (hello, library and reserve pours!) or be invited to the cellar or winemaking facility to meet the winemaker. Why? Though the weather — between the 50s and 70s during the day, down to the 40s at night — is considered quite warm for much of the country, Bay Area residents consider it too chilly to visit tasting rooms. Within this window, the golden hue of mustard cover crops in the vineyards from late January through March, and greener grass in March as rainy season begins, makes for fantastically picturesque drives. And it’s all in all cheaper, too. Airfares are lower than in summer months — from JFK to SFO, the major airports serving Napa and Sonoma aside from Oakland, round-trip fares can run as low as $365 over a long weekend; from LAX, it’s just $44 round-trip.

The same goes for wine regions in other parts of the U.S. Out in the Finger Lakes or Long Island, for example, January and February especially offer some of the best hotel rates of the year — while lower flight demand always means cheaper airfare. It’s a no-brainer as far as we’re concerned, but here are a few extra tips for maximizing the experience:

1. Keep an eye out for seasonal hotel deals.

Like we said, during the winter months, you can score a steep discounts at hotels. Using Napa and Sonoma again as an example, the quaint English Tea Garden Inn in Cloverdale is offering 50 percent off the second night through March 30, with first night starting rates from $225. Similarly, Fern Grove Cottages in Guerneville gives you the third night free, with rates between $99 and $289, through February 28. At the luxe Harborfront Inn on Long Island’s North Fork, there are plenty of weekday rates starting from $209 and weekend rates for just $10 more in February — again roughly half of what you can expect to pay in summer.

By Kristine Hansen – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Napa Gay Travel Resources | Sonoma Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn on Randolph, Napa, California

Author: , August 20th, 2014

Inn on Randolph - Napa

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Hip and Fresh with a Whole New Attitude: Hip, fresh, and luxurious with a whole new attitude. Run by young, innovative innkeepers, this stunning Napa property has become the destination of choice for savvy travelers who want the intimacy of a Bed and Breakfast Inn with the elegance and amenities of a boutique hotel. Historic – but stunningly renovated with modern conveniences.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Vino Bello Resort, Napa, California

Author: , September 12th, 2013

Vino Bello Resort	 - Napa, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Napa Valley’s Newest Luxury Resort: Known for producing some of the world’s finest Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot and Chardonnay varietals, Napa Valley is also home to California wine country’s newest luxury resort – Vino Bello Resort. Its Old World Tuscan charm blends with the surrounding vine-covered hills to welcome you with style and grace. This is wine country at its best.

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Visiting Northern California’s Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Author: , May 1st, 2013

Sonoma VineyardWine lovers have surely heard of the Napa Valley, one of the pre-eminent wine regions in the US. Jimmy Im takes you there for Passport Magazine:

Napa Valley receives millions of visitors a year, and over 20% of them identify as business travelers. While peak season occurs in the summer and fall months, winter and spring sees an average high of 62 degrees and, according to locals, is a favorable time to visit as there are less crowds, more personal attention at vineyards, and lower room rates. Despite all the hedonistic temptations of Michelin-star chefs, indulgent spas, well-appointed accommodations, and one-of-a-kind vineyards, business can be conducted in Napa, thanks to a number of impressive meeting facilities. While gay tourism grows every year in steady numbers, the LGBT community has been visible for decades.

Napa’s a great place to spend a romantic weekend – stay at a local B&B and drive around to some of the best wineries in the country, or head next door for the Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma in June. Gay Travel Information reports:

Out in The Vineyard is proud to announce GAY WINE WEEKEND 2013 in California Wine Country -Featuring TWILIGHT T Dance, a weekend of wine & celebration, benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County AIDS Network. Three full days of LGBT events in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley -home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world.

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Fun on the Big Gay Wine Train

Author: , April 17th, 2013

Napa Valley Wine Train LogoMy girlfriend leads they way with her karaoke rendition of “Copacabana” in the lounge car. No, this isn’t some post late-night snack dream sequence, but the real deal as we revel in laughter and wine on board Big Gay Wine Train.

An after dinner crowd gathers around the piano breaking out into their own favorite songs in a lounge car sing-a-long and chatting with each other about dinner and the four unique wines paired with the gourmet meal designed just for the guests.

This isn’t our first time on the wine train, but it is our first time with a bunch of gays… and it makes for a much livelier experience.

Authored By Heather Cassell – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Napa

Author: , April 17th, 2013

NapaNapa Valley receives millions of visitors a year, and over 20% of them identify as business travelers. While peak season occurs in the summer and fall months, winter and spring sees an average high of 62 degrees and, according to locals, is a favorable time to visit as there are less crowds, more personal attention at vineyards, and lower room rates.

Despite all the hedonistic temptations of Michelin-star chefs, indulgent spas, well-appointed accommodations, and one-of-a-kind vineyards, business can be conducted in Napa, thanks to a number of impressive meeting facilities.

While gay tourism grows every year in steady numbers, the LGBT community has been visible for decades. Mark Young, owner of three restaurants in the burgeoning gay county of Calistoga, a region in Napa, is from the area and he tells me: “I’ve seen it all,” recalling his position as a maitre d’ at the fancy Auberge Du Soleil Resort when a four-course dinner was $42 (it’s more than triple that now and quite worth it considering the restaurant’s prime valley views and top-notch Michelin-fronted American dishes). The valley wasn’t really discovered yet, which is why celebrities like Edward Kennedy and Barbra Streisand liked it here. The tradition still remains strong.

Authored By Jimmy Im – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn on First, Napa, California

Author: , July 4th, 2012

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn on First, Napa, CaliforniaOur garden offers a peaceful retreat where guests can sit and reflect on their perfect day spent wine tasting in the world-renowned Napa Valley wine country.

The Inn on First is only the beginning of your Napa Valley experience. Within minutes you will be immersed in all the Napa Valley has to offer. Enjoy wine tasting, award-winning restaurants, hot air ballooning, spas, biking, hiking and gorgeous wine country views. We can help you discover Napa Valley California or just relax.

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Win a Trip to the “Gay Wine Weekend” in Napa for Two

Author: , February 19th, 2012

Napa Sweepstakes1. Sponsor will award airline ticket vouchers for two people (winner and winner’s guest) to cover the cost of round-trip coach/economy class air transportation from an airport near winner’s residence (selected by Sponsor in Sponsor’s discretion) to Oakland, CA during Gay Wine Weekend, with a maximum value of $250.00 USD per voucher. Ticketing is subject to flight availability at the time of ticketing in economy/coach class of service. Winner and guest must travel and use prize together on the same itinerary. If, in the sole judgment of Sponsor, air travel is not required due to winner’s proximity to Oakland, California, ground transportation may be substituted for this portion of the prize.

2. Airline travel must be booked by a gaytravel.com representative and reservations must be completed by April, 15, 2012. No cash value or refunds will be given to winner if winner is unable to travel on scheduled dates. If airline ticket cost exceeds $250 per person, winner must pay the balance at the time of booking and by April 15, 2012. Trip must be completed by June 17, 2012, or prize will be forfeited in its entirety. Accommodations are subject to availability and certain restrictions, so Sponsor cannot guarantee prize will be available on the exact dates specified by winner. Any extra nights’ stay and any additional costs associated with an extended stay are the sole responsibility of the winner and his or her guest. Additional restrictions may apply.

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Gay Travel’s Favorite Napa Valley Wine Country Adventures

Author: , February 16th, 2012

Napa Valley Gay TravelThere’s always something fabulous to do in California’s wine country, one of the most beautiful and romantic areas in the United States. Gay and lesbian tourists are certain to be intoxicated with the Napa Sonoma region, in and out of the vineyard. Here’s our list of the top 10 places and events you must not miss.

10. Oxbow Public Market: This unique shopping area in the heart of downtown Napa is a great place to find amazing bottles of wine, incredible food and unique goods created by locals. Enjoy dinner and drinks at one of the posh restaurants, window shop or grab a picnic lunch to go.

9. Napa Valley Big Gay Bingo: Anywhere you go, gay bingo is always a blast. Over the top drag queens calling the numbers and fabulous door prizes, what’s not to love? Local LGBT organizations team up to sponsor the event with proceeds benefiting gay and lesbian non-profits like the Trevor Project.

8. Napa Valley Film Festival: Film, food and of course, wine. This celebration of independent filmmaking takes place in November and features more than 100 titles screened at venues across the region.

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