Purple Roofs October 2011 Gay Travel Newsletter

Author: , October 9th, 2011

Welcome to the Purple Roofs Newsletter – this month, for the first time, we’re moving the newsletter entirely to the Purple Roofs Gay Travel Blog.

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this month – from featured articles on Whistler, BC; the Willamette Valley, OR; and Paris, France to gay travel events around the world and special offers on more than 150 accommodations. We also have a new guest blogger – welcome to Carlos Melia! Carlos travels the world and blogs about his experiences at http://carlosmeliablog.com

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: 10 Years for Our Travel Columns for PurpleRoofs.com
by Don & Ray, The Gay Travel Guys

It is hard to believe but we have been writing our monthly travel column for Purpleroofs.com for 10 years. We have written over 100 columns for them. We have been extremely fortunate to meet so many wonderful, interesting and exciting people in our travels from coast to coast. We almost always drive and in the past 10 years we have visited every State in the country with the exception of North Dakota! We have visited all kinds of places from small villages to huge cities.

Visitng Gay ParisVisiting Gay Paris
by Keith, Kooomi Paris B&B

The famous Italian-French actor Yves Montand once sang, “On a clear day you can see forever”. Well, Montand was not referring to Paris, France, but if visiting Paris with eyes wide open, you will definitely see a city forever classic, cultural, and historically beautiful. This includes a variety of Paris geographic vantage points that will provide you with amazing views of the city and skyline. One of those views is from the Kooomi Paris B&B apartment listed in Purple Roofs, but more about that later.

This is the Oregon Wine CountryThis is the Oregon Wine Country
by Brad at Dundee Manor

Welcome the the Willamette Valley – a Wine Country destination. If you will Picture the Napa Valley 15 years ago unspoiled not crowded and there you have it. The Willamette Valley is known for its Pinot Noir Wines – in fact over 300 boutique wineries glisten the area. Located just 30 minutes from Portland and 55 minutes to the Oregon Coast, the Willamette has rolling Hills of open space and grape vines. On the south side, you can bathe in the sun – you’ll find numerous well-appointed tasting rooms with great wines and breathtaking views, including the Domaine Drouhin, Archery Summit and Argyle, and many more.

Ski Gay WhistlerSki Gay Whistler, British Columbia
by Dee Mason

Whistler, in British Columbia is a highly popular and gay-friendly resort town. Whistler is widely known for the Gay Ski Week and WinterPride-to be held Feb 5th through 12th, 2012. The 20th Anniversary of WinterPride marks the celebrations of being ‘out’ on the slopes and welcomes all orientations and genders.

More Gay Travel News

We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month:

Gay Travel Events The Next Two Months:

Check out our new events calendar, where we list gay events around the world – http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-events.html. Here are the events for the next two months:

  • –Belgium, Bussels: 10/20-10/29, Annual Pink Screens in Brussels 2011. http://bit.ly/jnj4Tz
  • –Belgium, Leuven: 11/08-11/25, Holebi Filmfestival Vlaams-Brabant 2011. http://bit.ly/jpHLox
  • –Canada, MB, Winnipeg: 10/07-10/16, Reel Pride Winnipeg 2011. http://bit.ly/lijO0g
  • –Canada, QC, Montreal: 10/24-11/06, image+nation, Montreal International LGBT Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/j3Ti7d
  • –Chile, Santiago: 10/01-10/15, Cine 2.0 Festival de Cine Lesbico/Gay/Trans 2011. http://bit.ly/iAgM5e
  • –China, Hong Kong: 09/30-12/06, Pink Season Gay/Lesbian Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/qxM1B3
  • –China, Hong Kong: 11/19-12/01, Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/iKeiqp
  • –Czech Republic, Brno/Prague: 11/02-11/16, Mezipatra Queer Filmovy Festival / Mezipatra Queer Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/jGQQZ2
  • –Denmark, Copenhagen: 10/21-10/30, MIX COPENHAGEN | LesbianGayBiTrans Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/jKrh94
  • –Ecuador, Quito: 11/17-11/27, El Lugar Sin Limites 2011. http://bit.ly/ir0C9m
  • –England, London: 11/07-11/20, GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2011. http://bit.ly/lk3pDJ
  • –Finland, Lappeenranta: 10/15-10/23, Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/lXlVdK
  • –Finland, Turku: 10/22-10/24, Vinokino Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/kmGadc
  • –France, Paris: 10/07-10/16, Paris Gay, Lesbian, Trans Film Festival – Cheries-Cheris 2011. http://bit.ly/jtAHx3
  • –France, Paris: 10/29-11/02, Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/lMxl6E
  • –France, St. Etienne: 11/25-11/28, FACE a FACE Festival du film gay et lesbien de Saint-Etienne 2011. http://bit.ly/kzKnxN
  • –Germany, Bremen: 10/11-10/16, QueerFilm Festival Bremen 2011. http://bit.ly/igVksI
  • –Germany, Esslingen: 11/04-11/07, Queer Film Festival Esslingen 2011. http://bit.ly/jYIIeU
  • –Germany, Hamburg: 10/18-10/23, Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg | International Queer Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/lDMy8a
  • –Germany, Hannover: 10/17-10/23, Perlen Lesbisch-schwules Filmfest Hannover . http://bit.ly/lxbJiw
  • –Germany, Munster: 11/04-11/07, Queerstreifen Munster 2011. http://bit.ly/iB1Dx4
  • –Germany, Rostock: 10/13-10/15, QueerFilmFest Rostock 2011. http://bit.ly/mop1NL
  • –Italy, Bologna: 10/29-11/05, Gender Bender Festival Internazionale Bologna 2011. http://bit.ly/jQ67U9
  • –Italy, Emilia Romagna, Bologna: 10/30-11/06, Soggettiva 2011. http://bit.ly/iIIWO7
  • –Italy, Emilia Romagna, Bologna: 12/03-12/05, Some Prefer Cake – Bologna Lesbian Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/lvXE5H
  • –Italy, Tuscany, Florence: 11/25-12/01, Florence Queer Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/iW200S
  • –Mexico, Yucatan, Merida: 11/06-11/14, Fancinegay – Cine Gay y Lesbico Extremadura 2011. http://bit.ly/iNcUIw
  • –Northern Ireland, Belfast: 11/11-11/19, Outburst Queer Arts Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/jTKXf5
  • –Norway, Oslo: 09/16-10/21, Skeive filmer/Oslo Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/dRJimy
  • –Puerto Rico, San Juan: 11/11-11/17, Puerto Rico Queer Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/kwkSWI
  • –Romania, Cluj-Napoca: 10/11-10/17, Serile Filmului Gay (Gay Film Nights) International Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/ky0Aei
  • –Slovenia, Ljubljana: 11/26-12/04, Ljubljana Gay and Lesbian Film Festival . http://bit.ly/iL3JZL
  • –Spain, Madrid: 10/27-11/06, LESGAICINEMAD: The Madrid Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/iFcHX1
  • –Spain, Andalusia, Sevilla: 11/19-11/28, Festival internacional de cine lesbico y gay de Andalucia 2011. http://bit.ly/iqx0PZ
  • –Spain, Catalunya, Barcelona: 10/21-10/30, Barcelona International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/mPuzEC
  • –Switzerland, Bern: 11/10-11/16, Queersicht Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Bern 2011. http://bit.ly/lU5yMZ
  • –Switzerland, Geneva: 11/10-11/21, Everybody’s Perfect – Festival du film gay et lesbien (LGBTIQ) de Geneve 2011. http://bit.ly/lK1jax
  • –Switzerland, Luzern: 11/03-11/09, ink Panorama LesBiSchwules Festival Luzern 2011. http://bit.ly/lZxV6b
  • –Taiwan, Taipei: 10/08-10/17, Women Make Waves Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/k9Yr2z
  • –UK, Scotland, Glasgow: 10/21-11/12, Glasgay! 2011. http://bit.ly/irDnzg
  • –USA, AZ, Tucson: 10/14-10/15, Pride on Parade 2011, Downtown. http://bit.ly/hsi4Ex
  • –USA, CA, Palm Springs: 11/05-11/06, Palm Springs Pride 2011. http://bit.ly/gN3bdM
  • –USA, CA, San Francisco: 11/04-11/06, Tranny Fest in San Francisco 2011. http://bit.ly/irjsTs
  • –USA, CA, Santa Barbara: 11/04-11/07, OUTrageous: The Santa Barbara LGBTQ Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/kagU5H
  • –USA, FL, Gainesville: 10/16, Pride Picnic Gainesville 2011, Westside Park. http://bit.ly/i0Tcb3
  • –USA, FL, Orlando: 10/07-10/10, Orlando Pride 2011. http://bit.ly/h72fzN
  • –USA, FL, Tampa: 10/06-10/16, The Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/kgxRsC
  • –USA, GA, Savannah: 10/14-10/16, Savannah LGBT International Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/iIkVvm
  • –USA, IL, Chicago: 11/03-11/12, REELING Annual Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/mGLN0p
  • –USA, IN, Indianapolis: 11/11-11/13, Indianapolis GLBT Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/lGSwA0
  • –USA, NM, Albuquerque: 10/08-10/14, Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/lv7mLo
  • –USA, NY, East Northport: 11/11-11/17, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/jhq7fS
  • –USA, NY, New York: 10/14-10/17, Queer Black Cinema International Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/mmb1qd
  • –USA, NY, New York: 11/09-11/14, MIX NYC – The New York Queer Experimental Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/kbfDwJ
  • –USA, NY, Rochester: 10/07-10/16, ImageOut The Rochester Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/m9cbZz
  • –USA, PA, Pittsburgh: 10/14-10/23, Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/irkLhX
  • –USA, WA, Seattle: 10/14-10/23, Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2011. http://bit.ly/kStu05

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