TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Grant Philipo’s Las Vegas Showgirl Museum

Author: , March 20th, 2015

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Las Vegas Showgirl MuseumWhenever we visit cities from coast to coast we always enjoy visiting the different museums and galleries. Sometimes they are the Metropolitan in New York City or the Getty in Los Angeles. We have visited the Fabulous World Erotic Art Museum in South Beach, the Neon Light Museum in Las Vegas which has a huge collection of vintage neon signs for Las Vegas’s past. No museum is too small or large for us to visit.

Another fabulous museum that is a ‘must see’ when you go to Las Vegas is the GRANT PHILIPO’S LAS VEGAS SHOWGIRL MUSEUM. Owner and Curator Grant Philipo has the largest collection of original Showgirl costumes in the world ! There are sequins and feathers everywhere in the museum. They have over 20,000 Artifacts of Costumes, Sets, Jewelry, plus archives of Programs, Costume Sketches, autographed photos, videos, and Music from shows. Plus all of Errol Manoff’s Fantasy Factory Collection. Their mannequins are custom painted with glass eyes.

Las Vegas Showgirl MuseumThey look so real that you would swear they were live models. We were totally amazed when we viewed this museum. If you only have time to visit one museum in Las Vegas, this is the one to see. If you have been to Las Vegas many times over the years, it truly is a trip down memory lane as there are costumes from all of the big shows in Las Vegas and more ! Besides the hundreds of woman models and costumes, they also have a nice selection of male motels and costumers as well. Each room is just completely filled with beauty. And we do mean beauty! What an utterly fabulous collection this is. It is the only kind of museum like this in the world.

Las Vegas Showgirl MuseumGrant Philipo, CEO and Head Curator has been in Las Vegas for years. Grant’s career has taken him from years of artistic, vocal and dramatic achievements and awards, to professional careers as a lead singer/dancer and makeup artist, to being a top high-fashion model, and on to working alongside and designing with and for such greats as Bob Mackie, Michael Travis, Dolly Parton, Ann-Margret, Eartha Kitt and Liberace, to mention just a few.

Grant has earned scholarships, and performed and trained others at the Des Moines Museum of Art, USC San Diego, Stage 7 (San Diego’s only Professional Entertainment Academy), Barbizon, San Diego Ballet Company and the Pygmalion Institute in Las Vegas. For a number of years, Philipo’s costumes have been displayed alongside Bob Mackie’s and others at UNLV’s Art Museum Showing of “The Las Vegas Showgirl,” as well as been featured on MTV, Biography, A&E and the Billboard Music Awards.

Grant’s award-winning shows and costumes have graced almost every stage in Las Vegas, as well as a number of those in Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Japan and Mexico. Unlike others in his profession, he produces, writes, designs, directs and stages all of his own shows. His costume collection contains the largest number of privately owned Bob Mackie creations, as well as numerous pieces by Pete Menefee and Michael Travis, as well as many equally stunning Grant Philipo Originals.

As the onetime Artistic Director for the Hollywood Wax Museums, Grant’s re-creations of garments worn by stars and royalty are still on display in both the Los Angeles and Branson, Missouri, locations, as well as in Fong’s Wax Museum at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and the Guinness World Book of Records Museums in California and Florida.

Mary Dee Mantle is the President and Co-Owner and Dallas Fueston is the Vice President. The Museum is located at 3217 Gaucho Dr. in Las Vegas and their phone number is: 702-893-9000. They are open by Appointment Only and give tours from 4:00 PM on Daily basis as long as you have a confirmed appointment! Tours take anywhere from one to two hours and their last tour time is 10 PM daily. Grant is a great host and tour guide and gives the best and finest history of Las Vegas.

To find out more about the Grant Philipo’s Las Vegas Showgirl Museum, go to:

http://www.lasvegasshowgirlmuseum.com/

…and their facebook page at:

http://www.facebook.com/LasVegasShowgirlMuseum

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Revisiting Las Vegas – Part 2

Author: , August 24th, 2013
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Last column we told about where to stay and some of the many great museums in Las Vegas to visit. But of course there is a lot more to do in Las Vegas and the shows are a must see. Most of our very favorite show since we first going to Las Vegas 40 years ago and no longer going. However some are still going strong like Bally’s Jubilee (above) which has all the fabulous showgirls and boys with their feathers, glitz and glamour. Not too many shows have that anymore, which is really sad to say. Visitor’s flock to Las Vegas to see glitz and glamour! Jubilee! Is Las Vegas’ last classic showgirl revue, with over 30 years of rhinestones and feathers making it the best-loved Las Vegas entertainment tradition and is almost the only topless show left in Las Vegas. If one only sees but just show in Las Vegas, make sure to see Bally’s Jubilee.

Frank Marino with Don and RayAnother show to see is the fabulous and very entertaining Frank Marino’s DIVAS. Frank has been performing in Las Vegas continuously longer than any entertainer in the history of Las Vegas. He has a very devoted following (including us) that has been returning to see his show year after year after year. He performs at the new QUAD which is the old Imperial Palace across the street from Caesars Place. Check out his website: www.frankmarino.com Talk about glitz and glamour! AND exciting ! You know why he has performed for all these years and has such a packed house almost every night ? Because Frank is a PROFESSIONAL and he loves what he does.

Magician Jan RouvenFor those into magic, JAN ROUVEN is performing at the Riviera. He gives a fantastic performance and the audiences really love him. He does however need to dress better. You ARE in Las Vegas Jan! Please dress the part of an entertainer instead of looking like somebody that just walked off the street. Check out his website: www.janrouven.com

Magician Mike HammerAnother fun and exciting magician and comedy show is Mike Hammer, www.mikehammershow.com He is performing downtown at the Four Queens hotel/resort. He really gets into audience participation and the crowds really enjoy it. He is a really nice guy and loves what he is doing.

Phat PackThe Phat Pack is playing at the Plaza Hotel downtown, www.phatpackshow.com Featuring four very entertaining singers they are really very special. A show for the entire family featuring music, laughter and dreams. The three performers, Ted Keegan, Bruce Ewing & Randal Keith are all Broadway entertainers. The Las Vegas Review-Journal ranks them as the best all around performance with an A rating and we agree! These three entertainers share their personal journeys through story and song. For a very relaxed and entertaining show, don’t miss it.

AbsintheAnd then there is one of the FUNNIEST and DIRTIEST shows that we have ever seen in Las Vegas in 40 years of going there. ABSINTHE plays nightly at the Stripside venue at Caesar’s Palace. The Emcee forewarns everybody at the very beginning of the show about it’s content and offers to have people go across the street to see Donny and Marie if they think that they will be offended. Not ONE person left.

We were ashamed to laugh so much but during the entire show it was a “laugh riot”. They had jugglers, acrobats, high wire acts and every kind of performances that one can image PLUS the two co-stars are, well, let’s just say that you would not be wanting to be seated next to your grandparents while watching these two marvelous entertainers doing their skits. Penny does a skit with two sock puppets that you have to see to believe. This is a show in the round and you are so close to the performers that you can almost touch them. All we can say is DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW ! It is dynamite, raunchy, fun, funny and will keep you laughing throughout the entire show. Their website is: absinthevegas.com

On a special note, Las Vegas is very proud to have one of the finest Gay and Lesbian Community Centers in the country. Located near downtown at 401 South Maryland Pkway . Their website is: www.thecenterlv.com We were fortunate in being able to meet the Office Manager, Arlene Cooper. She is the “crown jewel” of the Center as far as we are concerned. More people need to be as nice and friendly and professional as Ms. Cooper. And be sure and always go to www.qvegas.combefore visiting Las Vegas. It is one of the top Gay and Lesbian publications in the country.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: 90% of the Time EVERYTHING is GREAT !

Author: , April 20th, 2013
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Gay TravelOur last travel column was about our “Trials and Tribulations” in our travels over the past 12 years. We do not want anyone to think that all of our traveling experiences was like what we wrote about, 95% of the time, everything runs smoothly in our travels.

Most all owners of Bed and Breakfasts are extremely professional in every way. They provide a nice clean place to stay, with delicious breakfasts and want their guests to have a wonderful time when staying with them. They KNOW that word of mouth is one of the best types of advertising they can get. They want their guests to return again and again and again. They keep their Inns in tip shop and cleanliness is a MUST for them. They enjoy their guests and really enjoy telling them about their area and where to dine and what sights to see. Bravo to all those owners.

They know that their guests are busy and usually have an agenda of their own them they are there. We really don’t understand how so many Inn owners have patience and understanding that it takes to handle different people all the time. They are certainly a breed of their own! They know how to interact the different guests and always have to have a smile on their face.

Staying in a Bed and Breakfast is so much more than just staying in a motel room. People stay in a B and B so that they can talk with other guests and to find out where to dine and what to see. We have made so many wonderful friends while staying in B and B’s from coast to coast that we still stay in touch with all the time.

Resorts are basically the same time of accommodations however you are around a lot more people. Most resorts offer a breakfast which is great for the beginning of the day. Guests talk with other guests on what they did the day before, where they dined, where they drank and what sights they saw. Most of the staff at resorts are also very knowledgeable about the sights and sounds of the area.

95% of the time when we are traveling, the rooms are very clean, nice linens, great breakfasts, clean pool areas, very professional staff members and the owners are on top of everything as they should be. They all have repeat guests and a solid guest base. We have been to several resorts from coast to coast and the guests come back year after year after year. They simply would not think of staying anywhere else because they are always treated so well. They know that they are appreciated. And that simply is what it is all about.

Of course when you are staying at a B and B or at a small resort, the real owners and real managers are usually right there and if a small problem does arise, they can take care of it immediately. However sometimes a problem can come up that they have no control over.

On more than one occasion we were staying somewhere and the staff came around and explained that the City water department was doing some work in the area and that there would be no water for a couple of hours. This is no big deal and should be a problem with any guests. Just like when the electricity goes out in an area. It just happens sometimes. Just go with the flow and make the best of it. Things like happen whether you are traveling on at home.

Traveling is our passion! We love it. We love seeing new sights and sounds of an area. We love meeting new, fun, exciting and interesting people.

So don’t let a small problem deter you from traveling. If by chance you do find yourself in a bad situation, simply check out and go someplace else. There are hundreds of other places that wants your dollars and business. Another thing you can do, is when checking out of a B and B or a resort, be SURE and tell the owner/manager how much you enjoyed your stay and pick out a couple of things that you really liked and also mention any staff member or members who you thought did an exceptional job.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Trials & Tribulations While Traveling

Author: , April 6th, 2013

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Most of our readers read about all the fabulous, interesting and exciting places where we go, the many wonderful people that we meet and the fine dining we enjoy. Yep, usually this is the case, however sometimes it does not work out that way.

We recently met Rudy Maxa, aka “The Savvy Traveler,” who is one of America’s premier consumer travel experts whose writings and radio and television shows have helped save thousands of travelers’ time and money. He was giving a lecture in town last week and we were discussing with him about whether or not we should write a column on the “not so pleasant things” that has happened to us in our travels. He highly suggested that we write it. So, here goes:

Most of the really bad accommodations where we have had problems have long gone out of business although a few still exist so we will not be mentioning any names (if any of you want to know the names, kindly email us and we will give those names to you).

One time in Colorado we stayed at a B and B that was the worst place we have ever stayed. It was filthy dirty and dusty. When you walked into the front porch you were immediately told to take off your shoes and put on a pair of the dozens of flip flops that were strewn all over the floor.

There was dust everywhere on the tables, desks, lamps, sinks, etc. It was just awful. Needless to say the bedroom was a total disaster as well with torn and ragged towels and sheets. Breakfast was to be at 8:00 and we went down at 7:45 and waited until 9:00 and still nobody was there and no breakfast. We left a note and then LEFT !

Another time in California we were staying at a Resort and upon checking in, we were told that we would need to wait about an hour for someone to fix the TV. We walked around and returned only to find that it had not been fixed yet, but that the front door was broken as well as the sofa in the room. Nobody there knew what was going on.

After finally checking in, we called down to the front desk to ask for a wash cloth. Nobody there knew what a wash cloth was. The WiFi was not working and we called down to see what the problem was. Naturally they said that it was working perfectly and it must be our laptop that was the problem. Upon going down to the “dirty” swimming pool and talking with other guests, we found out that everybody staying there was having problems getting on line. The entire place was a disaster! Needless to say, the next morning we left.

Another time in Arizona, we stayed in a motel / B &B type of an accommodation. The owners had just moved from Ohio where they had sold their house and purchased this property. They put down as a deposit the entire amount that they sold their house for. Needless to say they didn’t think ahead to realize that they needed a few months of cash reserves to tide them over.

They actually asked us if we would lend them some money. NOT!

Another time we were to stay at a B and B in South Dakota. We drove up the house which was quite nice. Upon entering the house we soon discovered that there were only two bedrooms. One was taken up by a former lover of the owners and the other bedroom belonged to the owners. Yep, they put us up in that bedroom and they slept on the sofa downstairs.

Their toiletries were in the medicine cabinet and everything. We left the next morning. The same thing happened to us once in Denver. The B and B turned out to be a two bedroom condo and one of the bedrooms was the owner’s office. He slept on the sofa as we slept in his bedroom. Yep! we left the next morning.

Most B&B’s have a very nice sheet or two for arriving guests to read telling them about the B&B and the sights and sounds of the area. This is a very handy thing for guests. However some B&B’s have a 12 or 20 page booklet for their guests! What traveler wants to spend an hour reading something like this ? We have been sitting down for breakfast when a guest will ask the host a question, only to have the host ridicule them in front of the other guests that they did NOT read their booklet very well and to go back and read it to get their answer. How sad!

We were driving back from Florida a couple of years ago and pulled into a chain motel in Kentucky to check in. The motel clerk, with her “beehive hairdo up the heavens”, was watching an episode of the Gomer Pyle show. She then started ranting and raving in front of us about him being gay and went on and on and on. It was cold and late and we really needed to stay. However we did explain to her that we were a gay couple and we certainly did not appreciate the way she was talking.

We spent the night and then the next morning we talked with the manager/owner about the situation. He apologized and immediately gave us the night free. Was that enough? NO WAY! When we got home we called the home office for the national chain and explained the situation to them.

After a few days of telephone conversations and apologies on their part AND with a promise by them that they would delve into the matter so that something like that would never happen again in any of their motels, we were offered a settlement for 50,000. No, not $50,000 but 50,000 in reward points for future stays.

We have since checked and they did fire the clerk at that motel and they have sent out newsletters to all of the motels about the situation that we had and to treat every customer with respect. We stayed in a gay resort many years ago in Ft. Lauderdale (that is no longer in business). The bathroom fixtures were all rusty, there was a used condom under the bed, the linens and towels were thread bare. Yep, we checked out the next morning.

We normally have very nice dining experiences. A few years ago in Ft. Lauderdale we were going for lunch. The first place we went offered only sandwiches for lunch, so we walked out. The second place had everything we wanted however the owner/manager and two of the servers were having a very loud bitch fight and we didn’t feel as thou we wanted to deal with that, so. we walked out.

We decided to go to a buffet where we have dined many times in Ft. Lauderdale. After years of having a buffet, they stopped it and now only serves sandwiches. Yep, we walked out. We then went to a local place which is kind of like an upscale Denny’s. We have dined there several times in the past.

They were out of the two things that we wanted. Yep, we walked out. We both agreed that the next restaurant we passed that we would take it, no matter what! We stopped in a Cuban restaurant where the service was great as well as the food and food presentation. Sometimes it just takes time and patience.

Once in Seattle we went to a bar for a drink. It was a rectangular bar. We sat down on one end and the bartender completely ignored us. Finally a customer came over and explained to us that the bartender does not like to walk around bar and that if we wanted a drink that we would have to go to his end of the bar and order and then returned to our seat. We walked out of the bar.

However we did call the manager later that night and explained the situation to him. He was shocked. Yep, the bartender was fired.

In Jacksonville, Florida a couple of years ago, we sat at the bar and the bartender came to wait on us SMOKING A CIGARETTE! We nicely told him that when he was through with his cigarette break that we would order. He rudely and very loudly explained that he smokes all the time when he was behind the bar. Needless to say, we left.

Once in West Hollywood we were in a bar and the assistant manager was flinging her arms going thru the bar and hit the glass of wine I was drinking. It went all over me and my new white slacks that I had just purchased about two hours before (they were $100 and were on the 1/2 price rack).

She was not nice about it at all but did offer to buy me another drink. I explained that red wine would not come out of my new white slacks. We KNEW we were going to win this one. She finally relented and then gave us $50 for the slacks. Later the owner of the bar emailed us and other people saying how cheap we must be to only pay $50 for a pair of slacks! Jeez! That bar is now out of business.

Okay, want to read more of our “miseries” in traveling? A couple of years ago we took a bus trip to Tunica, Mississippi which has a dozen gambling casinos and nothing else. It was a 4 day, 3 night excursion with 48 people on board. It was supposed to be a 9 hour trip there. The bus stopped for lunch on the way down at a Denny’s! UGH!

Not so bad and we were off again and then the brand new bus’s air-conditioning broke. This would be no big deal except for the fact that it was over 100 degrees in July. The bus drive stopped at the first place he could and got ice for everyone and paper towels. Needless to say, that didn’t work. Now we are not talking teenagers here, we are talking mature people. Since the windows do not open the drive got a bright idea to open the roof escape hatches on the bus.

Naturally when he took off again they slammed shut. Not to be out-done by that, he stopped the bus and opened the roof hatches again and he went into the rest room and go rolls of toilet paper and propped the windows open with them. So now we all had more hot air coming in.

People were practically passing out. The driver stopped about ever half hour so the entire bus could depart and run into a McDonald’s or a Wendy’s or Burger King to cool off. Then he announced that due to the time he had to stop that his time was up. A new bus was called and we all got off the bus into another one which had air-conditioning. By then everybody was sweating like 48 hogs in a sty. It was NOT a good experience.

When we arrived at the resort all was fine until the next morning and we were to assemble at the bus to take off at exactly 9 AM to go to another resort for breakfast. As soon as we got there, yep! two of the passengers were late getting downstairs to get on the bus and the driver said that we all had to go back to pick them up. No, NO, a thousand times NO! Let us off and let the driver go back by himself to pick up the two ignorant passengers.

The driver would not budge and neither would the 46 passengers. The driver could tell that 46 against one is not good odds, so he relented and let us off so that we could all have breakfast.

On the way home from Tunica, they showed movies on the bus. Now mind you, there were 48 “mature” adults on the bus and what did they show? Cartoons!!!!! Never, as in NEVER AGAIN will we ever, Ever, EVER take another bus tour. NEVER!

Fortunately for us, we generally drive our own auto from coast to coast so rarely rent an auto or fly. We can only imagine how many more problems we might have encountered if we used them.

As said, most all of these places are out of business and we certainly understand why. Most places offer their paying customers tremendous service and THANKS FOR ALL OF THEM FOR DOING THAT! They are making money and have a solid customer But we have been writing our travel columns now for 12 years and have stayed at over 100 B and B’s plus motels, hotels and Resorts. Guess that the odds of having a few problems just comes with the territory.nd have a solid customer base. Most of the time, traveling is fun, interesting and exciting however sometimes there ARE bumps in the road. Fortunately they are few and far between.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Springtime for Traveling

Author: , March 17th, 2013
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Every season is a great time for traveling but one of our favorite seasons is Spring, when most families children are busy with school and having to work their daily jobs. Most of them have to take off traveling in the summer. However we can take off anytime we want.

springtime parisJet off April in Paris, or that is too far, then April in the Rockies (as Colorado), or anywhere between the coasts of the country. Many accommodations have reduced prices right now as well as auto rentals. Even cruise ships are having special prices going on now, it is indeed the time to travel.

Whether traveling a few miles or out of the country, now is the time to travel. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to travel during each season and take advantage of the sights and sounds and the TEMPERTURES of different regions in the country.

springtime nycWe usually drive down to Florida for Winter, travel in the Midwest for Spring and the upper states during the hot Summer time. Autumn is always a great time to visit the upper northeast or northwest of the country. Always check out purpleroofs.com for some of your favorite places to stay as many are having specials right now.

Being a gay couple we of course always travel together, but we have dozens of single friends enjoy traveling by themselves. The only problem with that is cruises where a single person has to pay more unless you are lucky enough to find a traveling partner to go with you.

Some cruise ships offer that service in that they will try to find someone for you to share your cabin with. But of course one never knows about that as it could be very good or very bad depending on whom they find for you.

springtime rockiesHowever we have never heard any of our friends or readers tell us that they had a bad experience with sharing a cabin on a cruise ship. If they really didn’t get along that well, as you know you are not in the cabin that much anyway on a cruise ship and it did save them a lot of money.

Don’t forget to check out Amtrak as they have a lot of Springtime specials and the scenic routes thru the country can really be amazing. Another great thing about Amtrak is that you can plan your itinerary in advance and make several stops as you travel. One of these days we want to take Amtrak from coast to coast and get off and spend a few nights at different places.

So NOW is the time to travel and enjoy life to the fullest,

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Live Your Life Before It’s Too Late

Author: , December 5th, 2010
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Edward Albee wrote, “What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it?” Wouldn’t that just AWFUL!

Unfortunately there are thousands of people out there that it really does happen to. Whether traveling thousands of miles or simply to the next town, enjoy yourself and explore new things, meet new people, learn how others live, dine in different restaurants and cafes and for sure, talk to everyone.

We visited a small town just south of Palm Springs a few years back and the clerk was not busy and wanted to talk. We found out how they got their electricity in town, their gas and water supply as well as a lot of other very interesting things. We found out what living in a very small town was really like with no major supermarkets, big box stores or things like that.

We visited a small town in Arizona and everyone had to make a 120 mile driving trip to get to their nearest major grocery store, hardware store and pharmacy. These people learned to build a relationship with their neighbors real quickly so that if one of them was going to be making the trip, that they will tell their neighbors around them so that if they needed anything, they would pick it up for them. In large city, we don’t even think about such things like that.

In large cities, we take so much for granted and many times forget about how others live. From Palm Springs, try driving nearly all the way to the Arizona border and stay in one of the small towns for the weekend. You just might be surprised what an education you might obtain and how very friendly the people are.

You won’t get to see all that much culture but on the other hand some small high schools can really stage some nice drama and musical productions. Just always pick up a copy of the local newspaper to see what is happening. Many times we have just taken off for a weekend trip to a small town not too far away and we have always returned with some great memories.

As the holiday season approaches try to remember to always talk with new people that you encounter in your own city whether at bars, restaurants or wherever you find them. They will certainly appreciate it and you just might make some new friends that way.

We talk to people everywhere, while visiting museums, having lunch, seeing drama or musical productions and everywhere. After all, we all must have something in common otherwise we wouldn’t be in the same location!

And if you are traveling, talk to everyone (or at least several people) on your cruise line, at the resort where you are staying and especially if you are staying at a Bed and Breakfast. Talking with people doesn’t cost anything and it can bring you so many rewards.

We fully realize that many people are rather shy until you get to know them. If you fall into that category then just try to learn to be a little more outgoing. People are not going to bite you if you speak to them first. The most they can do is simply ignore you.

In that case, forget them and go on to the next person. Live life for today! Give it your best shot! Enjoy life, have fun, make new friends and have new adventures.

With emailing now in today’s world it is so simple to stay in touch with people that you meet. Do not go to the same restaurant every time you go out. Do not go to the same bar every time you go out. Be adventurous and try new and exciting things!

Just do not be one of those thousands of people who say “What could be worse than getting to the end of your life and realizing you hadn’t lived it?” We are off to Florida for 6 weeks and can’t wait to meet new people and try new adventures!

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!
TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Author: , November 3rd, 2010
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Gay Santa FeSanta Fe is so interesting and exciting. The city was established in 1610 and is one of the oldest cities in the country. The elevation is 7,000 feet.

Everyone is welcome in Santa Fe. You won’t see very many gay flags as they don’t need any. Actually it is the most gay-friendly cities in the country.

Inn of the Turquoise Bear, Santa FeWe always stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear which is owned by Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton. It is the estate of the former Witter Bynner, the famous poet and author who lived there for over 40 years. Actually the Inn is a “compound” with an adobe wall all around it.

It is located just a few blocks of the downtown Plaza. You are really stepping back in time when staying there. Their guest list reads like a who’s who in the arts, entertainment and writers. We have met so many extremely interesting guests over the years staying there. This is just a very grand place to stay when visiting Santa Fe. Their website is www.turquoisebear.com

Palace of the Governors, Santa FeThere are so many things to see and do when visiting Santa Fe. The “Plaza” which is the business square in downtown Santa Fe has been at the heart of Santa Fe which everything regarding the city. You will find all of kind of shops in the area selling Indian jewelry, bronze sculptors, an abundance of all kinds of art for sale.

The shops on Canyon Road are extremely top of the line. There are many museums in the city including the Museum of Fine Arts, with regional art, oil paintings and watercolors and photographs.

Turquoise Necklace from Santa feThe Palace of the Governors built in 1610 as the original capitol of New Mexico is located right on the Plaza. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture with exhibits of pottery, basketry, clothing, carpets and jewelry is a must see.

The Museum of International Folk Art houses over 130,000 objects from around the world. The Girard Room is truly spectacular.

Santa Fe PotteryThe Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has the largest collection of her works in the world. There are several other museums that you would also want to visit.

For those interested in architecture Santa Fe has some of the most wonderful old churches, many dating back several hundred years. The Santa Fe Opera was established in 1959 and is considered the 2nd finest Opera company in the country, second only to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Check them out at www.santafeopera.org

Cafe Cafe - Santa FeOne has to dine and we highly suggest the Cafe-Cafe Restaurant. Kirstn Griffin and Donalee Goodbrod have owned this fabulous restaurant for 3 years and since its opening day, throngs of diners have passed thru their doors. Their menu is exciting and everything is freshly made daily. Service is impeccable! We would dine there every day if possible. We used taste buds that we have not used in years! It is so great dining at a restaurant where the owners really care about the food that they are serving. Check them out at www.cafecafesantafe.com

A new bar recently opened in downtown Santa Fe right across the street from City Hall. The Rouge Cat has a nice lounge upstairs and then down stairs is their dance scene. It has been open only a few months however it has become a favorite among the locals.

Santa FeSpeaking of City Hall, we met with Mayor David Coss who is one of the favorite mayors that we have met. He also has a great administrative assistant, Marge Sandoval.

Also a must see is the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. You can visit their website at www.juansiddiflamenco.com

Santa Fe RugFor shopping, the Canyon Road Arts District is THE place to go. There you will find more than 100 art galleries and studios, unique specialty shops, restaurants and the historic adobe architecture that gives Santa Fe its legendary southwestern charm.

There are numerous day trips that one can take from Santa Fe including driving up the high road to Taos thru the very small Indian villages and then visit Taos itself. The Bandelier National Monument close to Los Alamos is a scenic beauty and just 15 miles to the south is El Rancho de las Golondrinas which is a 200 acre ranch dating back to 18th Century. Check out santafe.org/ before going. And for the most memorable time visiting Santa Fe, be sure and stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear Bed and Breakfast.

Don & ray - Gay TravelersAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/