Romance in Ontario’s Blue Mountains – Out With Ryan

Author: , January 18th, 2019

Blue Mountains - Out With Ryan

Ryan shares five of his favorite things to do in the Blue Mountains:

SPA – #1 ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

There are a few options for spas in the Blue Mountains area, but my #1 choice is the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.

The award-winning Scandinave Spa is a renowned outdoor Scandinavian Baths experience. Nestled in the heart of nature, the spa also offers registered massages, getaway packages, and so much more.

After some intensive skiing down the fantastic slopes at Blue Mountain, what can be more pleasant than heading to the nearby Scandinave Spa where you will be able to relax and unwind in a tranquil environment.

Enjoy one of the many thermal pools and saunas and de-stress in one of the many relaxation rooms. Going to Scandinave Spa is definitely one of the top romantic things to do in the Blue Mountains.

By Ryan – Full Story at Out With Ryan

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Harlem Stonegate B&B – Gay Friendly Elgin, Ontario Bed & Breakfast

Author: , October 27th, 2018

Harlem Stonegate B&B

Harlem Stonegate B&B is a superb choice for visitors who are searching for a blend of charm, peace and quiet, and a convenient location from which to experience or discover the natural beauty of Southeastern Ontario.

We offer:

  • an inspirational, comfortable, non-smoking environment, to unwind, relax, and rejuvenate;
  • charming period elegance with modern accents and pastoral views well suited to romantic getaways, intimate weddings or elopements; and
  • exceptional, personalized service, and are available to give constant care and attention to the needs of our guests.

Harlem Stonegate B&B is situated in an amazing 1860’s stone farmhouse and adjoining carriage house, originally built to support a 200-acre dairy farm. Restored in the mid 1990’s (and recently updated), using carefully chosen traditional materials, and while offering every modern comfort still retains its charming stone farmhouse style. The current property is approximately 50-acres and includes a tranquil sugar bush, peaceful waving hayfields, serene wetlands and fascinating majestic post-and-beam bank barns.

See the Harlem Stonegate B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Toronto Island – Go Girlfriend

Author: , October 19th, 2018

Toronto Island - Go Girlfriend

The multi-cultural megacity of Toronto, Ontario, Canada can boast a wooded, rural, non-hectic getaway gem just a short ferry ride into Lake Ontario – think New York City with it’s Central Park, but in Toronto, with beaches. While only 300 ft into Lake Ontario with no bridge link, the island’s charm and non-commercialism is a relaxing respite from Toronto’s high rises and city center just a short distance away.

Take a picnic, put on your bathing suit (or take it off at the one of a few of Canada’s official Clothing Optional beaches), rent a tandem bike or family quadracycle or stroll the miles of walking trails in the wooded greenery bird-watching, swimming in Lake Ontario, or exploring Centreville Theme Park. On a summer’s afternoon, there’s a full day of activities to keep yourself and your family busy!

Getting to the Toronto Islands by Ferry is the easy part (it’s a relaxing 15-minute ferry ride), getting into the downtown core to park may be the challenge. Public transit is best if you live in or near Toronto, but for those outside the city, there is ample parking available at the numerous lots (especially on weekends) near the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. Expect about $20 for the day’s parking.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Romantic, Gay Toronto – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 8th, 2018

Romantic, Gay Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Toronto is an exciting city in Canada to visit. It has over 40 million visitors each year, and is home to 8,100 restaurants and bars. This is one of the most diverse places on our planet, with over 180 languages and dialects spoken.

Toronto is also a very fun place to come as a couple. We loved discovering the many touristic sites here, especially the CN Tower and the massive aquarium. Following our visit, we’ve put together our 5 favourite romantic things to do in Toronto to inspire your trip.

Romantic Dinner at the CN Tower

The CN Tower is one of the most iconic buildings in the city. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, and when adding in the height of its antenna on top, it’s the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere, standing proud at 553m/1,815ft. It was built in the 1960s by the Canadian National Railway (CN) because they wanted a communications tower tall enough so that any radio or TV communications from it would not be obstructed by the many other high-rise buildings in the city.

As well as being able to visit the tower for the best views across the city, it also has a revolving restaurant to dine at. We had one of our favourite romantic meals here at the tower’s 360 The Restaurant. The food is delicious, with a mix of fresh sea food, steaks and other local classics. Definitely one for a special occasion.

Queer Toronto: Five Must-See Events – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 16th, 2018

Queer Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Toronto is one of the most exciting gay destinations in Canada. It has an awesome gay scene, and like the gay events in Montreal, it also has its fair share of gay events taking place each year.

These are our 5 best gay events in Toronto you should consider checking out and planning your trip around.

FEBRUARY IN QUEER TORONTO: Rhubarb Festival

The Rhubarb Festival is Canada’s longest-running new works festival, taking place at the awesome Buddies in Bad Times theatre in the gay village of Toronto. It is a 10 days festival every February, which started in 1979. It has since grown from strength to strength each year, and is today funded partly by the government, partly by private sponsors.Rhubarb is a festival where artists explore new possibilities in theatre, dance, music, and performance art. This is the place to come and see the most adventurous ideas in performance. During the festival there are around 3/4 shows taking place, and no two nights of Rhubarb are ever alike.  For more information, check out the Rhubarb archive on the Buddies in Bad Times website.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Gay Toronto Clubs and Bars – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , April 11th, 2018

Gay Toronto Clubs and Bars - The Nomadic Boys

We love the scene in gay Toronto. It is home to Canada’s largest gay community and welcomes visitors from all walks of life.

Just like the gay scene of Montreal, the gay village of Toronto is huge. It is located at the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets, and therefore nicknamed the “Church and Wellesley Village”. This is where the majority of the best gay bars, clubs, restaurants, cafes and clothing stores can be found. It is also ground zero for the annual Pride week in the summer, which is one of the largest pride festivals in the world.

These are our 5 favourite gay Toronto bars and clubs, which you can also check out in our vlog about gay Toronto at the end of this article.

Woody’s

Woody’s is an institution in Toronto. From the outside it looks like 2 separate bars: Woody’s and Sailor’s. Inside, they connect and merge as one. This iss the staple go-to bar to start the night, with some of the funniest drag shows in town. It’s been around since 1989 making it the first bar in the village.

We love their “best” competitions on the weekends like best chest and best ass, where contestants are judged and winners based on who gets the loudest applause from the audience.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Gay Toronto – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , February 7th, 2018

Gay Toronto - The Nomadic Boys

Watch our weekend in Toronto as we set out to discover the gay scene and the nightlife. We went to gay bars like Woody’s, which have the best drag shows, and we danced at awesome gay clubs like Fly. We also had a yummy brunch at Lola’s Kitchen. All of these places are located in Toronto’s gay village.

We also did some sightseeing in Toronto, such as the CN Tower and the huge Aquarium.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa – Gay Friendly Ottawa B&B

Author: , February 3rd, 2018

Downtown Bed & Breakfast - Gay Friendly Ottawa B&B

Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa is in a restored Edwardian House (preVictorian) in the heart of Ottawa, Canada.

We’re within easy walking distance to the Rideau Canal, embassies, and many other colorful local attractions. Our property has a lush garden in the summer. We offer WiFi, continental breakfast, and parking is included, along with tea/coffee 24/7 and filtered water.

If you’re looking for a gay friendly place to stay in downtown Ottawa, check out the Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa.

See the Downtown Bed and Breakfast & Spa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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John’s Gate Gourmet Bed & Breakfast – Gay Friendly Niagara on the Lake B&B

Author: , December 6th, 2017

John's Gate Gourmet Bed & Breakfast

Welcome to John’s Gate Gourmet B&B located in the Historic town of Niagara on the Lake. Come enjoy a quiet retreat away from the city and the pressures of daily routine.

Our B&B is custom-built pre-Victorian style, walking distance to the Queen Street shops, fine/casual dining, Shaw Festival theatres and to a winery or two. Walking distance to spa facilities at Pillar and Post, and to the oldest Golf Course in North America – the Golf Club. A few minutes drive to many more wineries, Niagara Falls, Casino Niagara, Fallsview Casino and Resort, Butterfly Conservatory, Horticultural Gardens, MarineLand and Game Farm, Antique and Boutique shops, dozens of museums and many more attractions. John’s Gate Gourmet B&B is completely private with a private entrance for guests, private living/dining room with all the amenities. A full three/four course gourmet breakfast is served everyday.

Enjoy a relaxing evening at the world famous Shaw Festival, where plays written by George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright, and his contemporaries like Oscar Wilde, are shown daily. There are two theatres associated with the world famous Shaw Festival – The Royal George Theatre and the Court House Theatre. The Niagara Parkway has one of the nicest bicycle paths where tourists can roller-blade all the way to Niagara Falls. Enjoy horse-back riding, jetboating, helicopter rides and walking trails. There are numerous bicycle trails. Ask us for bicycle route maps to the wineries, or just for the Niagara Region. From May to October, pick your own apples, peaches, strawberries, pears and cherries directly from the Niagara Region farms.

The Niagara Region is a wine lovers paradise. Tourists may take guided tours or visit the many wineries on their own. Spend a day biking through the vineyards and dine at casual or gourmet restaurants. Take advantage of the festivals organized by the Wineries of Niagara on the Lake. For special winery events, activities, tastings and dinners held at the wineries, please check our calendar for Winery Events. Take a wine tour and savour the taste of wines from the Niagara Region.

John’s Gate Gourmet Bed and Breakfast welcomes everyone regardless of race, sex, creed and colour.

See the John’s Gate Gourmet B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Lesbian Ottawa – Curve Magazine

Author: , December 6th, 2017

Lesbian Ottawa

This year, tourism to Canada hit a 14-year high, with international arrivals increasing by 16%. This renewed romance is due in part to the splendor of the 150th anniversary of Canada and its multitudinous celebrations, but also perhaps because our Northern neighbor demonstrates a commitment to openness, inclusion, diversity, and welcomes foreign nations in a way that seems sorely lacking in the U.S. these days. As the world’s second-largest country, stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific and Arctic oceans, there is a lot to explore in Canada, and the best place to begin is in the nation’s capital of Ottawa, which is, of course, the home of LGBTQ ally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

So where should you make your home base when visiting Ottawa? If you wish to stay somewhere that treats you like an official dignitary, choose Fairmont Château Laurier, a sprawling and splendid fairytale castle that embodies the history, tradition, and grandeur of this inspiring city. Over 100 years, this iconic hotel has hosted the international elite—including Princess Diana, Marlene Dietrich, and the Dalai Lama! It’s the best luxury 5-star hotel in Downtown Ottawa, and an elegant centerpiece of the city, prestigiously located between Parliament Hill, the picturesque Rideau Canal, the Congress Center and all the major arts and cultural attractions.

With 426 charming guest rooms decorated with old-world style, many with views of Parliament, it’s not hard to feel like a VIP, especially when sipping a cocktail on La Terrasse and watching the sunset over the canal. If you’re interested in walls that talk, take a narrated self-guided tour of the castle and discover its rich history. Just sign in for an iPad at the front desk.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at Curve Magazine

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