Lesbian Travel: Niagara-on-the-Lake

Author: , September 16th, 2017

Niagara-on-the-Lake

When we travel, we always go where the glass is half full. Of our favorite wine. In Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now that fall’s almost here, there’s always a wine tasting available – and a cute little B&B or inn nearby if you have time to spend the weekend. Talk about the perfect girlfriend getaway.

If you’re a wine-tour groupie like us, we’ve got the 411 on planning a customized wine tour and tasting in Niagara.

“With scenic vineyards and gorgeous wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular destination for wine lovers during the summer months,” says Marcel Morgenstern, a Sommelier and national sales manager at Pondview Estate Winery. “With new wineries opening every year, there is never a shortage of things to do or vineyards to explore. Niagara-on-the-Lake’s convenient wine route offers the perfect opportunity to make the most of your vacation.”

Grab Your Maps and Choose Your Wineries

With almost 100 wineries in the Niagara region, you’ll have to employ strategic thinking when planning your route. Marcel offers the following tips for making the most of your wine tour. Just remember to designate a sober driver – or hire a taxi – for your adventures.

Tempting Toronto

Author: , October 2nd, 2016

Toronto

My friend Ming and I had been housemates in London and I was a bit gutted when he decided to move to Toronto. He seemed to settle in quickly to his adopted city, so it didn’t take much persuading from him before I was cashing in my air-miles and making my first visit to Canada.

I’d subconsciously decided not to like Toronto – I was here to remind Ming what he was missing out on in London and, in my own subtle way, encourage him to move back.

I took a taxi from the airport to Ming’s house in the Trinity-Bellwoods neighborhood. After dropping off my luggage, it was straight out to dinner with Ming, his boyfriend Terry, and his friend Moine. It was a short wait for a table at izakaya-style Japanese restaurant Guu but we were soon tucking into tasty sharing plates of chicken, pork, and beef, all washed down with beer. ‘Irasshaimase!’ shouted the happy restaurant staff every time someone arrived – this is a busy, noisy, vibrant place. Undeniably great food.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Trinity House Inn – Gay 100 Islands Bed & Breakfast

Author: , May 13th, 2016

Trinity House Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we welcome you to the Trinity House Inn. Our completely restored Inn offers individually appointed guest accommodations, fine dining, sofa lounge, open air rocking chair porch and sun verandah and award winning Victorian Waterfall gardens.

Trinity House Inn is for those who appreciate old-world charm and hospitality, together with the genuine beauty of surroundings and the quality of comfort it brings.

From the beautiful profusion of summertime flowers gracing the front steps to the distinctive lines of the bronze blue herons poised just inside the vestibule entrance to the exquisitely restored 1859 dwelling, the intrinsic beauty and old-world charm of Gananoque’s Trinity House Inn is readily apparent for all to see.

Today’s look encompasses one of exceptional attention to detail, from the proliferation of wonderful antiques throughout to the silky elegance of the rose on the pillow.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through our Victorian perennial gardens with ponds, statues and a small waterfall where the chefs harvest herbs and flowers for your dinner.

The Innkeeper gave the suites names like ‘Camelot’, ‘Beau Rivage’, ‘Prince Regent’ and ‘Aubrey’ to commemorate favourites among the Thousand Islands. Each of the eight guest rooms are individually appointed and offer modern amenities for the sophisticated traveller.

See the Trinity House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Insider’s Guide to Gay Toronto

Author: , September 10th, 2015

Concierge Evan Lacey, Delta Toronto

Evan Lacey is a 22-year-old comedy writer, stand-up comedian, and avid bird-watcher. As a self-described small-town boy who moved to Toronto, Canada to pursue a performance and writing career, Lacey took a job between performance gigs at the brand-new 46-floor, four-star Delta Toronto (75 Lower Simcoe St. Tel: 416-849-1200. www.deltahotels.com). Lacey has always enjoyed working in different facets of the hospitality industry. When he was searching for a new adventure, the Canadian-based Delta’s history of commitment to “above, beyond, and then one step further” customer service, enticed him to apply. Lacey started working in the SOCO Kitchen + Bar in November of 2014, and he enjoys the challenges and joys that working here provides him on a daily basis. Check out his recommendations for what’s hot, hip, new, and fabulous, in always-trendy Toronto.

Where are the coolest places to go for cocktails?

Toronto is definitely a cocktail city. Bar Fancy (1070 Queen St W. Toronto. Tel: 1-416-546-1416. www.barfancy.ca) is the trendy spot in QSW. Look for the entirely gold-plated exterior on Queen St…then follow the neon tiger-head sign down the neighboring laneway and you’ve found one of the city’s cutest new cocktail spots. It’s a snack bar that serves beer and wine but they’ll also make delicious cocktails on request. Geraldine (1564 Queen St W. Tel: 1-647-352-8815. www.geraldinetoronto.com) has guest feeling like they’ve stepped back into 1940’s Paris? Geraldine will take you there. Try the Scarlett Carson with jasmine-infused gin and get transported. Come and Get It (676 Queen St W. Tel: +1-647-344-3416. www.comeandgetit.ca) is a favorite for laid-back cocktails and snacks. There is also chain-link fencing inside, so it’s kind like hanging out in your favorite back alley, sipping liquor…without having to put everything in a brown bag and being outside.

By Paul Summers – Full Story at Passport | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Keep Calm and Wander – Get Wet at Ontario’s Albion Falls

Author: , August 13th, 2015

Albion Falls

If you’re looking for a day trip outside Toronto, head out to Hamilton where the cascading Albion Falls is waiting for you to get wet. It’s an hour (or less if you take the HOV) drive and you won’t regret it. Bring an extra dry clothes for you to wear later–and don’t litter.

And PLEASE, enjoy the warm water by really taking a dip into the falls! I hated when I was the ONLY one who got wet and “wild”. LOL…. Most of the visitors were just there to take selfies! My god, I didn’t get the memo that Albion Falls is for a selfie adventure!

I can’t imagine myself visiting Albion Falls or any waterfalls and all I have to do there is take pictures. LOL…. Unless, of course, if it’s really prohibited, like Niagara Falls or Angel Falls or Iguazo Falls.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander | Southwestern Ontario Gay Travel Resources

Toronto Like a Local

Author: , June 11th, 2015

Christina Zeidler TorontoAhead of Toronto Pride, which kicks off on the 19 June, Christina Zeidler, the proprietor of The Gladstone Hotel shares her top tips on this cultural melting pot, from rooftop gardens and Caribbean festivals to the city’s thriving alt-queer underground.

I’ve lived here since…

Always. I grew up in the great city of Toronto.

I’ve stayed because…

I love this city. I come from a family of city builders (my father is an architect and immigrant to Toronto). There is an excitement and frustration to city building here – we have so much potential! I also love the queer scene here. I have been privileged to be part of a movement of queers creating safe spaces in our city’s West End for members of the LGBT community. We have a created a cool, artist-friendly, alternative queer scene here.

Here in Toronto, we always look forward to…

Summer! People here treat winters here are like the snowpocalypse, and it’s like the whole city angrily hibernates. But Toronto is amazing when the weather gets warmer. There are so many festivals, cool meet-ups, and amazing things to do, like take a ferry (or fairy) ride to the Toronto Island – which is also very queer!

By Christina Zeidler – Full Story at Gay Star News | Toronto Gay Travel Resources

Lesbian Travel: Self-Guided Winery Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Author: , May 27th, 2015

Pondview Estate Winery

When we travel, we always go where the glass is half full. Of our favorite wine. In Niagara-on-the-Lake. Now that summer’s almost here, there’s always a wine tasting available – and a cute little B&B or inn nearby if you have time to spend the weekend. Talk about the perfect girlfriend getaway.

If you’re a wine-tour groupie like us, we’ve got the 411 on planning a customized wine tour and tasting in Niagara.

“With scenic vineyards and gorgeous wineries, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a popular destination for wine lovers during the summer months,” says Marcel Morgenstern, a Sommelier and national sales manager at Pondview Estate Winery. “With new wineries opening every year, there is never a shortage of things to do or vineyards to explore. Niagara-on-the-Lake’s convenient wine route offers the perfect opportunity to make the most of your vacation.”

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend | Southwestern Ontario Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Cabbageville B&B, Toronto, Ontario

Author: , December 8th, 2014

Cabbageville B&B - Toronto

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Beautiful Historical Location in D/T Toronto: House built in 1880, set in pretty treed location. 10 min walk to Church street, 2 min walk to transport and loads of excellent restaurants.

See the Cabbageville B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Sands on Golden Lake, Golden Lake, Ontario, Canada

Author: , November 2nd, 2014

Sands on Golden Lake

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Lakeside Inn & Resort: Newly updated rooms, spacious chalets with fireplaces, beautiful surroundings, spectacular sunsets, sumptuous meals, spa treatments and truly gratifying service.

See the Sands on Golden Lake Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Visiting Gay Toronto

Author: , October 30th, 2014

Toronto, Ontario

I’ve just arrived in Toronto, my first time visiting the much-hyped Canadian city, and I begin walking from my hotel to the University of Toronto where a Human Rights Conference is about to kickoff as part of this year’s World Pride festivities. My hotel, the Four Seasons Toronto (60 Yorkville Ave. Tel: +1-416-964-0411. www.fourseasons.com), is located in Yorkville and my friends and I are surprised by the enormous amount of area establishments that are demonstrating their gay pride. During my walk along Avenue Road, I spot the Church of the Redeemer’s sign “Welcome the World, Happy Pride,” the Royal Ontario Museum’s massive rainbow banner that shows off their sponsorship of the events, HSBC’s rainbow flags, and the national chain Pizza Pizza’s advertisement for “Slice + Coke + Pride Bag” for $5.99. The city’s glass-heavy architecture reflects the street-level life as well as a near-constant ROYGBIV shimmer that glistens to the street, like the rainbow being cast from “The More You Know” star, and I’m beginning to think Toronto itself reflects a spirited, unique diversity.

As the street turns from towering glass to more brick and mortar, we hear a voice shout, “Hey girls.” We see a twinkish boy with a camo backpack equipped with a rainbow flag sticking up. Looking like an overly patriotic, gay-friendly Volkswagen Beetle he asks: “Want to come with me to check out this exhibit?” Our collective look of New York skepticism is obvious. “It’s right here,” he says as he points to The Gardiner Museum (111 Queens Park. Tel: +1-416-586-8080. www.gardinermuseum.on.ca). The large banners advertise the exhibit Camp Fires: The Queer Baroque of Leopold L. Foulem, Paul Matheieu and Richard Milette, but we’re running late and pass up the opportunity and insist to one another that we may have only traveled one hour to get here from New York City, but must have landed on another planet.

We then enter Victoria Park. “Whew, I think my eyes are still seeing rainbows,” my friend laughs as we adjust to the greenscape. “I spoke too soon,” she says while pointing to a rainbow-hued dome creeping above the trees from the University’s quad. “This city really is so gay,” she coos. “I know, I love it,” I utter.

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