Amber House B&B – Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 22nd, 2018

Amber House B&B - Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Amber House was converted to a B&B in 1984. We have a total of ten rooms: five are located in our 1905 Craftsman-style home known as “Poets Refuge”, and five more in the sophisticated 1895 Colonial Revival directly across the street, known as “Musicians Manor”.

Both houses maintain their individual era of elegance, and also boast modern amenities such as Jacuzzi tubs for two, HD flat screen TVs, gas fireplaces, antique soaking tubs, luxury beds, private patio/balcony, free Wi-Fi & parking…just to name a few.

A fantastic 2 course breakfast is served every morning, either in your room, on the patio, in the dining room or in our garden. We offer gluten/dairy free options as well as a light breakfast, or a to-go bag for our guests in a hurry. In the evening fresh baked cookies are delivered to each room, with turn down service available if requested.

Comfort and convenience are our top priority here at Amber House. Added extras include (but are not limited to):

  • In-room single or couples massage
  • Car service
  • Rose petals & candle lit bath
  • Wine/Champagne with chocolate covered strawberries
  • Tickets to the B St Theater
  • Weddings

Located in the heart of midtown, there is always a plethora of things to do and places to go. Any one of our amazing Innkeepers can give suggestions or directions to suit your desires. Give us a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Whether you’re traveling for business, on vacation or in need of a local getaway…make Amber House your home away from home.

See the Amber House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

 

Chalk it Up – Sacramento

Author: , September 5th, 2016

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Fremont Park in Sacramento is playing host this weekend to a cool art event – Chalk it Up brings together a bunch of chalk artists to create their masterpieces, and runs for the full three day weekend.

Chalk it UpWe stopped by yesterday to check it out. About half the art pieces were finished, and it was fascinating to see the artists working on the others, some from mental pictures, some from props, and some from photos laid out on a grid.

This is a cool little community park in an up and coming part of Sactown, with not one but two local coffee chains on the park – Naked Coffee has a cool little retro cafe on the southwestern corner, while Insidght just opened on the ground floor of the gorgeous new eco friendly 16 Powerhouse Apartments on the East Side. You can also stop into Magpie or Hot Italian for lunch.

The park is filled with vendors too – our fave? Driftwoods Clothing, which does shirts for many of Sacramento’s diverse little neighborhoods.

If you are in the Sacramento area and have time today, stop by and see this festival before it ends.

Some of our favorite art is below.

Sacramento Gay Travel Resources

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City Sundays: Sacramento

Author: , January 24th, 2016

sacramento gay men's chorus

Hey all,

Welcome to our weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

Today I thought I’d throw my own current hometown out there. To anyone who’s not from here, Sacramento seems like a bit of a snoozer. It’s been called a cow town, and is known mostly for being the Capital of California. Up until a few years ago, the city mostly shut down on weekends and when the legislature was out of session. We moved here in 2003, and since that time we’ve seen a sea change in the city. Midtown has grown into a hotbed of great restaurants, art, and culture. The new Kings Arena is spurring a ton of new construction projects aimed at bringing more multifamily housing projects to town. The city has a thriving theatre scene, and the farm to fork movement is particularly robust here, with more than a few world class restaurants. And the LGBTIQ scene is hopping too. We just got our rainbow crosswalks late last year in lavender heights, the gay district. And there’s a great gay men’s chorus (above)

I love the city so much, I’m even writing a story about it.

Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there?

Do you wanna go?

Let’s chat! Join the conversation here:

Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club
Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club
Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club
Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Sacramento page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/california/cacvalley.html

And our Sacramento articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Sacramento

Sacramento Like a Local – Purple Roofs Gets Interviewed

Author: , March 12th, 2015

Scott and Mark and Marco and FabryThe co-founder of LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs on his love of his hometown, the Californian capital (no, it’s not LA!).

I’ve lived here since… 2003. My husband Mark and I were looking for a place where we could afford a bigger home and office. We started our LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs in 1998, and we quickly outgrew our two-bedroom condo! Sacramento was affordable, and offered a more relaxed lifestyle.

I’ve stayed because… Mark and I found a lot to love about the area. The Sierra Foothills look like something out of Tuscany. There’s not too much traffic. Downtown Sac has a thriving LGBT community, and over the last few years, a new farm-to-fork ethos has emerged. Sacramento is quickly coming one of the foodie capitals of the US.

Here in Sacramento, we always look forward to… spring. That’s when most of the farmers’ markets open, and the weather warms up to the mid 70s to low 80s. The rains make the hillsides green, and the various foodie events begin. The best is the Farm-to-Fork Celebration, which culminates with a meal on the Tower Bridge [below] – the whole bridge is shut down for a gourmet dinner, with the California State Capitol Museum in the background.

By J. Scott Coatsworth – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sacramento Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Amber House B&B, Sacramento, California

Author: , December 5th, 2014

Amber House B&B - Sacramento

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

Uptown Elegance in Midtown Sacramento: In the heart of Midtown and the Lavender District, on a quiet street of historic homes, Amber House offers a perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and hospitality. Marble-tiled baths, some with Jacuzzi tubs for two, plush bathrobes, phones, flatscreen TV, DVD, WiFi. A delicious breakfast is served in your room, dining room or the garden

See the Amber House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Sacramento

Gay Sacramento: Where to Stay

Author: , August 2nd, 2014

Citizen Hotel SacramentoOur last section in our trip to gay Sacramento – places to stay. We currently have three places in town for you to choose from:

The Citizen Hotel
http://citizenhotel.com/
926 J. St.

Embedded in the urban fabric of downtown Sacramento, the Citizen Hotel is a luxury, boutique hotel in the heart of the city, at the center of the action.

The Citizen blends the best of two eras, combining the formality and magnificence of Sacramento’s history with today’s modern expectations.

Inn at Parkside SacramentoInn at Parkside B&B
http://www.innatparkside.com/
2116 Sixth St.

A grand mansion, built in 1936 as the official U.S. residence for the North American Ambassador to Nationalist China.

Located in heart of Sacramento only blocks from the State Capitol and Old Town Sacramento.

Amber House B&B
http://www.amberhouse.com/
1315 22nd St.

Amber House B&B - SacramentoIn the heart of Midtown and the Lavender District, on a quiet street of historic homes, Amber House offers a perfect blend of elegance, comfort, and hospitality.

Marble-tiled baths, some with Jacuzzi tubs for two, plush bathrobes, phones, flatscreen TV, DVD, WiFi. A delicious breakfast is served in your room, dining room or the garden.


All three are on the grid – in the midtown / downtown area. Of the three, Amber House is the closest to Lavender Heights – just four blocks from the gay bars. The Citizen is in downtown, close to the Capitol and K Street. And the Inn at Parkside is next to the park where the annual Sacramento Rainbow Festival (http://sacramentorainbowfestival.com) is held on Labor Day Weekend.

Sacramento Gay Travel Resources

Gay Sacramento: Walking Tours

Author: , August 2nd, 2014

Sacramento has a great variety of walking tours, and while none of them are specifically gay, we’ve sampled a bunch of them to bring you some great options.

Sacramento Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour

First off, three historical tours.

Sacramento Capitol TourThe Capitol
http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/detail.aspx?content2=2288&content3=1036
10th & L
Mon-Fri 8 AM-5 PM; Sat-Sun 9 AM-5 PM
Free

This is a great free tour – you get a backstage look at the history and workings of the California State Capitol, including the legislature, the Governor’s office, and the artwork scattered throughout the building, And you can’t beat the price. Biggest surprise? The modern portrait of the current Governor, Jerry Brown, from his first term as Governor in the 1970’s.

Sacramento Governor's Mansion TourThe Governor’s Mansion
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=498
1526 H Street
Wed-Sun 10 AM-5 PM
$5 adults, $3 kids

While not free, this one’s only $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The Governor’s mansion is actually not where the Governor lives – he’s in an apartment two blocks south. In fact, no one has lived in the house since Jerry Brown’s Father. Nancy Reagan decided the house wasn’t nice enough for her and Ronnie, although, in her defense, our guide told us that the neighborhood was very sketchy back then, and 16th street was a main thoroughfare before the freeways were build, so it wasn’t that great a place to live. The house is being renovated – the third floor is done, and when we were there, they were painting and redoing the floors on the first two stories.

Sacramento Underground TourSacramento Underground Tour
http://www.historicoldsac.org/programs/programs-underground.asp
Old Town
Various Times – See Website
$15 adults, $10 kids

A little more expensive than the other two historic tours, but fascinating. In 1862, Sacramento experienced an epic flood that left a lake miles wide in downtown. The city decided to raise itself twenty feet, and property owners were forced to pay to construct a wall in front of their buildings to bring the streets up 20 feet. The space between the walls on either side of the street was then filled with dirt, and at that point people had to use ladders to climb down to the businesses below. The buildings were then jacked up one by one, and new walls were built below them to hold them up. And finally, wooden sidewalks were built to connect the streets to the newly raised structures. It was an amazing feat of architecture, and the hour-long tour takes you under several of the buildings to see where the city used to stand.

Next, a few food tours. Both of these are from Local Roots Food Tours, and our guide for both was the amazing Lola.

Sacramento Urban Art, Food, and Libations TourUrban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour
http://local-food-tours.com/culinary-cultural-experience/our-food-tours/
Midtown
Every Day 2 PM
$68

This tour includes food, drinks, and a tour of the street art in Midtown. The first two were great – the last one would have been more enjoyable if it hadn’t been 103 degrees out, but hey, it was cool anyhow. Standouts on this tour were the food at LowBrau (great sausage – even though I don’t like sausage) and Thai Basil. I even tried sushi for the first time – it was pretty good! Lola is full of info about the city culinary scene and the artwork you’ll encounter along the way. We’ve lived here for 11 years, and we visited five places we’d never tried before and discovered artwork we didn’t know existed.

Sacramento Gourmet on K TourGourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour
http://local-food-tours.com/culinary-cultural-experience/our-food-tours/
K Street
Fri-Mon 1:30 PM
$62

Another great food tour with Lola from Local Roots, and honestly our favorite of the two. Why? A few things, This one is under the shade for most of the tour, a big bonus on a hot summer day. It includes some real stand-outs – Mayahuel, which has amazing modern Mexican food (and a huge tequila selection, if you are so inclined), the great charcuterie and cheese plates (and wine pairings) at Downtown and Vine, and the wonderful Andy’s Candy Apothecary, a great little candy store with a story, Andy won a competition with a cash starter fund, professional help starting the business, and a year’s rent. These tours are a great way to sample restaurants you might never try otherwise.

And finally, we have a scavenger hunt.

Urban Adventure QuestUrban Adventure Quest
http://www.urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/sacramento/default.aspx
Midtown/Downtown
Anytime
$49 for up to 5

Finally, a really cool self-guided tour. Urban Adventure Quest offers pre-planned scavenger hunts in tours all around the US. Their Sacramento tour starts just east of Capitol Park, winds through the park and the Capitol, to Downtown Plaza, and finally into Old Town. The tour consists of about 20 questions (and some bonus ones) that require you to find things, count things, and discover artwork and history along the way. You play on any smart phone, and can play up to five folks for one cost. There’s even a leaderboard where you can see how you stack up against other players.

There’s something for almost everyone in Sacramento.

Sacremento Gay Travel Resources

Gay Sacramento: Catch a Play

Author: , July 28th, 2014

Nunsense A Men - Runaway Theatre Productions

Sacramento’s Theatre scene is so, so gay. And it’s not just because we have our very own gay theatre company. Many of the theatres in the area have put on gay-themed productions of late. And their non-LGBT stuff is usually pretty good too.

Here’s a rundown of the theatres you might want to check out when you’re in town.

Closet Door Theatre CompanyThe Closet Door Theatre Company
http://www.closetdoortheatre.org
Various Locations

First there was the Lambda Players. When we moved to the Sacramento area in 2003, there was a gay theatre company called the Lambda Players. They put on a regular series of plays every year, and though they were sometimes a little amateur, we really loved having a gay theatre here. But after several location changes, the company closed down in 2011.

Our friend Rich stepped into the gap a couple years back and started up the Closet Door Theatre Company, and they now put on 3-4 shows a year. The company doesn’t yet have its own space – check their website for locations. Past productions include “The Normal Heart”, “The Little Dog Laughed”, and “The Last Sunday in June”. If you’re in town during their season, come support this great little gay theatre company.

We’ll also run down some of the other great independent theatres in the area, along with a brief explanation of why we think each one is a little light in the loafers.


 

B Street TheatreB Street Theatre
http://bstreettheatre.org
2711 B Street

Hands-down one of the best local small theatres – B Street is planning to build a beautiful new facility much closer to the beating heart of midtown, breaking ground later this year after almost a decade of fundraising. They have three series, and their B3 series often features edgier plays with social commentary.

Why It’s Gay: They’ve done several gay-themed plays, including “The Little Dog Laughed”; handsome young actor Jason Kuykendall (sadly straight) has appeared sans clothing (or mostly so) in several productions, and regular Kurt Johnson lent his time to the local reading of “8”, the play.


 

Capital StageCapital Stage
http://www.capstage.org
2215 J Street

The Capital Stage is a great one-theatre venue on J. Street, not far from the gay bars at 20th and K. The theater often showcases plays with social commentary.

Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Maple and Vine”, the subversive tale of a mixed-race NYC couple who flees the Big Apple to lve in a town that is a throwback to the 50’s, or at least the period as reimagined with nostalgia. The play features a strong gay subplot.


 

New Helvetia TheatreNew Helvetia Theatre
http://www.newhelvetia.org
1028 R Street

Located on the stretch of R Street that’s been labeled “up-and-coming” as an artist colony with a fun and funky vibe, the New Helvetia boasts a recently renovated space and really good cookies.

Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Sings From an Unmade Bed”, a one-man show (with accompanying three-piece band) that consists solely of songs about gay love and loss. Actor Connor Mickiewicz played the role, at times brash and funny, at times breathtakingly vulnerable. We sat next to his grandfather at the play, and it was beautiful to see how proud the man was of his grandson.


 

Runaway Stage ProductionsRunaway Stage Productions
http://runawaystage.com
1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento
and
2791 24th St, Sacramento

This theatre company just came to our attention this last week. They use two venues – one at Sierra 2 (an adult continuing education venue just south of Downtown), and one across the Tower Bridge in West Sacramento.

Why It’s Gay: The company is currently performing “Nunsense: A Men”, an all-male version of the popular play “Nunsense” (the original one). A bunch of men dressed up as nuns? How much gayer can you get? And funny, too!


 

So check out the thriving Sacramento theatre scene the next time you’re in town – chance are there will be something gay!

Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter: Win Trips to SF, NYC, NJ; Buenos Aires, Montreal, Sacramento, Venice, Zurich & More

Author: , June 15th, 2013

Mark and ScottPurple Roofs Newsletter 6/15/13


Our articles section now has four parts – local news, general interest, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including a huge number of feature articles on Argentina; Italy; Mexico; Switzerland; Sacramento, CA; Branson, MO; and Asbury Park, NJ.

We also just got back from Montreal, and bring you a series of reports on this fantastic European city in Canada.

And we’re featuring a number of other gay travel articles from around the world.

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

Our Newsletter Sponsor: Applewood Inn, Guerneville, California


Applewood Inn - Guerneville, CaliforniaFeatured on Public Television’s Great Country Inns program and named one of the West’s best Small Inns by Sunset Magazine, Applewood offers an oasis of style and luxury in the Russian River Valley. The Mediterranean villa compound is home to an acclaimed California/Provencal restaurant and award-winning wine cellar. An ideal hideaway for city-weary travellers. Restaurant has Michelin Star.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:


Buenos Aires, Argentina - Carlos meliaARGENTINA: Buenos Aires – The Silver City (Carlos Melia Blog)
by Carlos Melia
This morning after 10 hours flight, I landed in Buenos Aires. Photo above is of the sun coming out over Buenos Aires, while landing at EZEIZA International Airport. The silhouette of the city with the Rio de la Plata behind shinning silver as the sun came out. Buenos Aires the “Silver City”. Argentina = Argentum (Ag) = Silver. The paradigm traced back to the first voyages made by the Spanish and Portuguese conquerors to the Rio de la Plata which means “Silver River”, in the first years of the 16th century.
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MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – Arrival
by Scott & Mark
We just got back from 6 nights in the beautiful city of Montreal. We visited nine different districts and areas in the city, and we’ll tell you about them all over the next couple of weeks. Montreal is a city that’s full of wonderful contradictions – it’s half European and half North American; half French and half English; half winter and half summer. Having just spent five days there, we’re still trying to figure it all out. But it’s also a very clean, gay friendly, and welcoming city. We chose Montreal because of its European flair, the fact that it’s a place that we’ve never visited before, and a family connection – Mark has a nephew who lives there with his fiancee.
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Montreal MetroCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – Getting Around
by Scott & Mark
There are two easy and cheap ways to get around Montreal. The first is your own two feet. When the weather is good, Montreal is a very walkable city. City blocks are short, and there are many defined districts that are friendly to foot traffic – some, like St. Catherine in the Village and St. Paul in the Old Port, are even closed to car traffic in the summer, making them ideal pedestrian thoroughfares. Though Gabe warned us that drivers aren’t very attentive here when it comes to pedestrians, we had no trouble – just pay attention when you cross the street.
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Evening in MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – Downtown
by Dolly Goolsby
The financial heart of Montreal is the downtown area – this is where the skyscrapers are, as well as the banks, the financial institutions, and the malls. Bounded by The Mountain on the north and the Old Port on the south, Downtown is also where a lot of the shopping is. Take the Underground City. It’s not a city at all (see? contradiction!) – it’s a series of malls and connected tunnels underneath downtown. We set out on the one rainy day we had with the intent of seeing the whole thing. But just the first eighth of it encompassed three malls on four levels. And after seeing the same stores in separate malls for the third or fourth time, we bailed.
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Old MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – Old Port
by Scott & Mark
Old Montreal (The Old Port) is one of my two favorite districts in the city. It’s basically one road – St. Paul – that winds along a block behind the waterfront, and then the waterfront itself. This is where the European charm comes in – wandering down St. Paul is like visiting old Europe, as the road snakes along past two and three story stone buildings filled with boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. To get there, get off the Orange Line at the Square-Victoria station, and walk down McGill Street to William Street and turn left. Follow this street up to St. Francis Xavier and make a left – you’ll pass some beautiful historic buildings (like the one at left) and a nice park on the way.
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Montreal - Gay VillageCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – The Gay Village
by Scott & Mark
The Village is Montreal’s gay district, and includes a long stretch of St.Catherine’s street, where you’ll find most of the shopping, and a sizable residential area that wraps around it. To get here, take either the Green or Orange Line and get off at the Berri Uqam station and look for the exit to St. Catherine Street. Turn left, and you’re there. St. Catherine is the largest gay shopping district in North America, and it goes on for block after block after block. In the summertime, most of the street in the Village is closed to auto traffic (but be careful because cross streets are not closed) and thousands of pink balls are hung on strings up and down the street, giving it as very festive and gay look.
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Le 33 Brasseurs, Rue St. Denis, MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – Rue St. Denis
by Scott & Mark
While it’s not technically a district – it’s just a street – it connects the Village, the Theatre District, The Plateau, and ultimately Little Italy. St. Denis, from the lower Plateau down to the Village, is filled with places to eat and shop, including a mac store (not Apple). We ate breakfast here at a cute little boulangerie, called Mamie Clafoutis, on St. Denis at Rue Cherrier – they had some delicious pastries, including an apricot danish, a bread pudding (very dense and filling), and an apple turnover, as well as some amazing looking cakes and sandwiches.
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The Mountain, MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – The Plateau and The Mountain (Purple Roofs)
by Scott & Mark
Montreal’s downtown and the Village are down by the river – did you know the city of Montreal is actually an island in the St. Lawrence River? Just above the village, the land slopes up along the base of The Mountain to form the Plateau, a residential district with beautiful homes – a great walking destination to see some of the beautiful neighborhoods. Gingerbread Mansion, mentioned in our Village section, sits at the intersection of The Plateau, The Village, and The Theatre District. The Mountain is actually a large hill, part of which was built up with dirt from the excavation of the Metro system. It’s covered with bike and walking paths, grassy meadows, and two lookouts that you can hike up to.
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Church in the Mile End, MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – The Mile End (Purple Roofs)
by Scott & Mark
There’s a part of downtown called the Golden Square Mile – at the end of this, the Mile End begins. It’s a funky little district on the Plateau that’s the home to Montreal’s independent music scene. It’s also filled with little cafes, restaurants, and gelato/ice cream shops. To get here, take the Orange Line to Laurier Station and walk west on Ave, Laurier to St. Laurent, or take the 80 Bus up Park Ave. and get off anywhere between Laurier and Bernard and walk East into the District. We ate a lot here… for breakfast, we found a couple options – Traiteur Maestro at Rue St. Urbain and Rue St. Viateur has good pastries, but get there early – they go fast.
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La Petite Italie - Montreal, Quebec, CanadaCANADA, QUBEC: Welcoming Montreal – La Petite Italie
by Scott & Mark
Montreal also has a good-sized Little Italy, just past the Mile End… we didn’t have anything to eat up here, but there’s a huge farmer’s market here with a number of cafes and other food stands and shops here. We did have dinner here on our first night – Gabe and Erica took us to Ellefsen (Rue St. Zotoque and St. Denis). While we were there, we tried a Montreal specialty – the Poutine. It’s really gross – basically french fries, gravy and cheese curds – but strangely compelling as well. Most Montrealers eat them as a meal.
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Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium - MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – Olympic Park
by Scott & Mark
Olympic Park was built for the Winter Olympics in 1976 – there’s a stadium, a theater, and a number of other amenities. It’s just a few minutes northeast of the Village. To get here, take the Green Line toward the Honore-Beaugrande station, and get off at the Viau station. The park is just outside of the station. We visited two of the tourist attractions here. The first was the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. It’s brand new – just opened in April 2013. $18 gets you into the interactive museum, where you can drive a Mars rover or terraform Mars, and into the two shows, which run in French or English.
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Biosphere - St. Helen's Island, Montreal, QuebecCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – St. Helen’s Island
by Scott & Mark
Our final district is the Island of St. Helena – home to the Biosphere, built in 1967 as part of the US Pavilion for the 1967 World Fair Expo. The island was built with fill, and has a pretty lagoon and a space where periodic fairs and events are held. To get here, go to the Berri Uquam Metro and get on the Yellow Line (it only goes one way from here) and take it to the first stop. The Biosphere is a huge geodesic dome, open to the air . It originally had an acryllic shell, but it was burned off in an accidental fire in 1976, and was never replaced. The site was purchased by Environment Canada in 1990, and a five floor museum was built inside that’s dedicated to teaching people how to care for the environment.
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Mark in MontrealCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – What We Learned
by Scott & Mark
While we were in Montreal, we learned a lot about the city and its inhabitants. Here are our main takeaways. Enjoy! 1) “It’s just five minutes away”, or “It’s right around the corner”. This is the Montreal version of “your table will be ready in 15 minutes”. No matter what it is and where it is, Montreallers think it’s “just five minutes away” or “just around the corner”. Don’t trust them. Trust your GPS. 2) Tea Here is Usually Sweetened. And it’s often pre-made that way. As we mentioned earlier, if you don’t want sweetened tea, ask before you order, and try Cafe Starbucks.
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Montreal ArtCANADA, QUEBEC: Welcoming Montreal – The Art of The City & The Rest of the Photos
by Scott & Mark
Montreal is full of art, some of it official, some of it by street artists, and some of it a mixture of the two.

We saw it wherever we went, and here are some of our favorite examples.

We’ll also throw in a few more photos we didn’t have room for in the other Montreal blogs. Enjoy!
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Dolly in VeniceITALY: Visiting Venice
by Dolly Goolsby
Yes! We are in Venice now. Friday, in Florence, the plan had been for the last three travelers to arrive at the apartment in the early afternoon..as it turned out, the weather in Florence did not cooperate. It was so windy that planes could not land at the airport. Arlene’s flight was diverted to Bologna, Shelora landed in Pisa, then later, Rose’s flight was also diverted to Bologna. So they all got a scenic bus trip into Florence. However, after they all arrived safely, and we enjoyed a Happy Hour drink at the OK Bar, across the street from the apartment, we had dinner, and shared travel stories.
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Bolzano VineyardsITALY: Visiting Bolzano and Castelrotto
Ja, we are in Sudtyrol…still in Italy, but one wouldn’t know that form the food and the language. Now the people speak German, the food is heavier, and beer is the beverage of choice. Yesterday we spent the day in Bolzano. First we had a Tyrolean lunch, then went to the Museum of Archeology to see Ortzi, the iceman. He is a mummy that was discovered up in the mountains in 1991. I have been to this museum before, but the trip is always worthwhile. Later, we took a gondola ride, up the mountain to Oberbolzen. Some of the group hiked down to see the Earth Pyramids. I declined, as I did that a couple years ago, and wasn’t sure I would make it back up the trail.
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CastelrottoITALY: Celebrating in Castelrotto
by Dolly Goolsby
Today was a very interesting day. Today the town was celebrating Corpus Christi, which is held every year, supposedly 50 days after Easter. I learned from the owner of our hotel that Corpus Christi is always on a Thursday. In Germany and Austria the celebration is held on that day, but in Italy it is celebrated on the Sunday following. Therefore, the huge parade after a Holy Mass at the church. I was fortunate to have a ring side standing place, so I got quite a lot of good pictures, including one video that runs for 9 minutes, with the music from the bands included. I won’t try to send that to you, but if you want to see it after I get home, it is on this little iPad.
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Dolomites - DollyITALY: Leaving the Dolomites
by Dolly Goolsby
I am a bit sad today because we had to leave the Dolomites. We had 4 lovely days there. Monday and Tuesday were absolutely wonderful days for hiking. No rain, and the temperature, although a bit cool, made it perfect for hiking. We were in groups of 2, as everyone had their own ideas of what they wanted to do, and that made things easy. Everyone got to do their own thing. First we took a bus from our hotel to the gondola station at Seiser Alm, and rode the gondola up to Compatsch, a little town at the beginning of the Alpe di Suisi meadow. “Meadow” makes it sound a bit like a cow pasture, but it is actually miles long and wide, with trails and lifts to different areas of the area.
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Cenote entrance smallerMEXICO, YUCATAN: Cenote Summer – Part II
by CasaDelMaya
Last time I wrote about some of the cenotes one can visit just a few minutes from Merida. We continue our cenote summer with a look at a fantastic little cenote in the town of Chochola, just 10 minutes from Merida’s main square. For 17 pesos each we hopped a van to Chochola. The driver let us out in the main square, and we walked three blocks to San Ignacio cenote. From the front it is nothing special to look at; we could see a couple of palapa buildings. You never know what you’re going to get when you arrive at one of the over 3,000 watering holes in the Yucatan. The San Ignacio cenote exterior belies its stunning cenote cave.
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DSC_0487MEXICO: Riviera Nayarit
by Carlos Melia
Relatively unknown to many international travelers until only a few years ago, the Riviera Nayarit may be a fresh destination on the Mexico tourism travel scene. Just north of Puerto Vallarta, in the neighbor state of Jalisco, Mexico and spanning over 190 miles along the Pacific coast of Nayarit, Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is not only a perfect holiday destination, but also the ideal place where many are establishing their temporary or permanent residence.
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Bernina Express - Italy to Switzerland - DollySWITZERLAND: Riding the Bernina Express
by Dolly Goolsby
Wow! What a lovely train ride we had today. We left Varenna this morning under beautiful sunny skies, which was amazing, as we had experienced thunder, lightning and rain most of the night last night. I had gone to the travel agent in town to get some help with train tickets from Varenna into Switzerland. So I had all our timetables and tickets to get to Pontresina in the Alps. We boarded the regional train and took it to Tirano, which is barely over the border. From there we had to change trains, from the Italian Trenitalia, to the Swiss rail system. We got on a lovely, comfortable train car, sat back and relaxed, and lo and behold, we were on the Bernina Express.
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Glacier Express, SwitzerlandSWITZERLAND: Riding the Glacier Express
by Dolly Goolsby
As I said yesterday, we were going on another scenic train today. Fortunately, the weather cooperated and we had a wonderful trip over the Alps. We left Pontresina this morning about 9:00 and boarded the Glacier Express train at 9:30 in Samedan. The train started climbing, then we went through a tunnel that spiraled down a mountain. That was interesting. Kind of made some of us a bit queasy! We could see the front of the train as we went over the Landwasser Viaduct. The train kept climbing, but we could see a village below us.
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Zermatt, SwitzerlandSWITZERLAND: Last Day in Zermatt
by Dolly Goolsby
Well, today is our last day in Zermatt. We were so fortunate to have sunny skies over the Alps on Saturday, as yesterday and today have not been so nice. We have had rain showers, off and on for both days, but not hard enough to keep us inside. Some of us stayed in town and explored the streets here, while the intrepid hikers took to the trails. Today, the hikers took the gondola up to Kleine Matterhorn and the Ice Palace. Janis said it started snowing on them as the ascended in the gondola, but stopped soon. She said everything up there was pretty much whited out, so no good views of the Matterhorn today. They then took the gondola down to Furi, got off the gondola and hiked back to town.
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Zurich, Switzerland - DollySWITZERLAND: Our Last Day in Zurich
by Dolly Goolsby
Wow! I am really falling behind in my blogging. Once again, we are moving, but most are going different directions. Our group tour officially ended on Tuesday, June 12, but 5 of us elected to stay on in Zurich for another day. On Tuesday, we arrived in Zurich barely in time to get lunch before everything closed for the afternoon. We got checked into our hotel, then took a walk along the Bahnhofstrasse, the Main Street from the train station to the lake. It was such a nice day, we decided to take a short (2 hour) cruise around the lake. We sat up top, had our afternoon aperitif, and watched the swans swim by, one hardy person wake boarding, some sail boats, but we also just relaxed and enjoyed the beautiful view.
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Sacramento Gay pride 2013USA, CALIFORNIA: Thousands Attend Sacramento Pride
by Scott & Mark
We just got back from Sacramento’s Gay Pride Celebration – by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs. We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent – there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route. The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line – the trains didn’t stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.
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Hooray for HollywoodUSA, MISSOURI: TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Branson, Missouri
by Don & Ray
Branson is located between Kansas City, St. Louis, Little Rock, Tulsa and Memphis. Unless you are driving you will need to fly directly into Branson or Springfield, Missouri. FISK LIMOUSINES, www.fisklimo.com has been serving the Branson and Springfield area for over 30 years and they are the best of the best. They will take care of all of your traveling needs in the area. There are literally dozens and dozens of motels and hotels in Branson and like any other tourist destination, it is always best to go during the week.
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USA, NEW JERSEY: Asbury Park – Let’s Go To the Beach!
by Jim Koury, Diversity Rules Magazine
Did someone say, ‘Let’s go to the beach?’ Well, if you’re from Jersey, it’s time to ‘head down the shore.’ Super-storm Sandy had no mercy on our sisters and brothers who live and work in this ocean-side region. So, consider helping the local economy by visiting Asbury Park, New Jersey. This beach community started its existence as a jewel of the Jersey Shore. During the golden days, seven United States Presidents vacationed within easy travel to Asbury Park (Arthur, Garfield, Grant, Harrison, Hayes, McKinley, and Wilson). However, the mid-twentieth century was not kind to Asbury Park. Nonetheless, the LGBT community grabbed the Victorian homes and businesses and began returning the City back into its original splendor – a work in progress that continues today.
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CANADA, QUEBEC: Magical Montreal (Edge Boston)
When Luc Provost transforms into Mado Lamotte, one of Montreal’s most famous drag queens, it’s a magical moment. His over-the-top makeup and costumes make Mado edgy, unique, beautiful and welcoming – much like his native city. And like Provost, Montreal undergoes its own transformation every summer.
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CHINA: Pink Season in Hong Kong (Passport Magazine)
Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, see all kinds of ships. Yet a fleet of vessels one early October day in 2012 carried no ordinary cargo or Hong Kong denizens, a.k.a. Hongkies, in casual local-speak. Indeed, these junk boats were packed with celebrating queers of all ages, backgrounds, and genders.
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CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague Welcomes the Rainbow People (Passport)
Look, it’s the rainbow people!” It’s not the first thing you’d expect to hear a Prague cop gush, but this was August 2012, and the Czech capital’s police force was hot off its LGBT sensitivity training in advance of the city’s second-ever Pride parade.
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GEORGIA: Lesbian Travel: Georgia (The Country) (Autostraddle)
I spent half of last year in Georgia-the-country, in a tiny village half an hour from the Black Sea, surrounded by chickens and cows and abandoned tea plantations. It’s the land of Colchis, where Jason found the Golden Fleece, and Prometheus is said to be chained to either Mt Kazbek or Mt Elbrus.
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GUATEMALA: Guatemala is Gay-temala (Dallas Voice)
In a world economy, one of the biggest considerations in international travel is how strong your buying power is overseas. While Europe can be pricey, the world in the other Americas add great value to their long list of treasures.
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KENYA: Lesbian Travel: Safari in Kenya (Go Girlfriend)
The time had finally arrived to head out on safari and I was curious to see how this Safari in Kenya would compare to my previous one in Tanzania.
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PERU: Spartacus Says Peru is Least Gay Friendly Country in South America (Peru This Week)
Peru has been named as the least gay-friendly country in South America, by the Spartacus International Gay Guide.
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SLOVENIA: Traveling in Eastern Europe – Slovenia (Source)
I had a very busy first day in Slovenia this week on the second stop of my LGBT human rights/cultural exchange mission for the US State Department. In Ljubljana, the country’s lovely capital city, I was met by Mitja Blazik, one of Slovenia’s most important LGBT activists, who served as my tour guide.
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SPAIN: Watch: It’s a Hot (Gay) Summer in Barcelona (Towleroad.com)
It’s gonna be a long, hot summer in Barcelona – local gay bar Bimbambum just released this sexy new video.
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THAILAND: Bangkok – Gay Shopping and Attractions (GayTravel.com)
Bangkok, Thailand – A city where ancient traditions meet new visions. Where treasures and culinary treats are hidden around every corner! This is a city filled with expats, travelers, and locals melding together to create what is known as the Bangkok experience.
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THAILAND: Phuket – A Gay Travel Paradise (GayTravel.com)
Located in South Thailand, and the #1 tourist island, Phuket attracts LGBT travelers with its beautiful beaches, mountainous terrain, and beach lifestyle. With over 39 islands surrounding Phuket, many visitors fly to the island, spend a few days, and island hop to the smaller islands.
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TURKEY: Vacationing on the Turkish Riviera (GayTravel.com)
Filled with eastern promise, overflowing with wonderful beaches and boasting a superb climate, there are few countries that offer more as a holiday destination than Turkey.
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USA/CANADA, PACIFIC NORTHWEST (Edge Boston)
With the past couple centuries of North American “settlement” moving east to west, it’s no wonder that the great Pacific Northwest might seem somewhat untamed, relative to much of the continent.
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USA, DELAWARE: Rehoboth Beach for Gay Pride – Or Whenever (GPhilly)
Heading to Delaware for Pride this year, or just to see Rehoboth Beach? GPhilly has your back – with where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in the Ultimate Gay Guide to Rehoboth.
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USA, HAWAII: On the Big Island (Passport Magazine)
Hawaii’s Big Island, the island that’s actually named Hawaii, can be a challenging place to discover as it’s not as immediately accessible, either geographically or emotionally, as an island like Oahu.
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USA, LOUISIANA: Doing New Orleans On Foot (Go Girlfriend)
Do a little dance. Make a little love. Get down tonight. This is the Big Easy, after all. The history of New Orleans isn’t an easy one – slavery, plagues, fires, floods – but the people here are amazingly resilient.
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USA, NEVADA: Business and Pleasure in Las Vegas (Windy City)
Great trip ideas can come from travel columns like this one, from your favorite travel magazine or recommendations from friends and family. Business travel–if planned correctly–can be a perfect time to research your next pleasure trip.
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USA, NEVADA: With the Opening of Krave Massive, Las Vegas to Be a Premier Gay Travel Destination (Edge Boston)
Summer means vacation, and no place on earth offers more than Las Vegas. Where else are you going to get performers like dance-music hitmakers Ke$ha and Beyonce, legendary rock group Journey and rapper Lil Wayne – plus the opening of the largest gay entertainment complex in the country?
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USA, NEW YORK: Video – Getting to Fire Island (Passport Magazine)
Just got wind of this sexy new video on getting to Fire Island Pines for Pride – or whenever this summertime.
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USA, NEW YORK: While You’re in New York City for Pride… (Edge Boston)
If you’re going to NYC for Gay Pride at the end of June.
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USA, NEW YORK: Weekend on Fire Island (Carlos Melia Blog)
It’s almost every year for the last 6 years, that we come to Fire Island to spend long Holidays Weekends and others. It’s the opening the Summer 2013 season.
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USA, NEW YORK: Fire Island Pines for Beginners (Queerty)
With the release of Tom Bianchi’s new photobook paying tribute to the beautiful male specimens of a lost era and the Pavilion making a comeback as highly anticipated among the gays as Cher’s new face and/or album, interest in Fire Island Pines has been, shall we say, reignited.
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USA, SOUTH DAKOTA: Five Free Things to Do in South Dakota’s Black Hills (Edge Boston)
Mount Rushmore National Memorial may be the most famous landmark in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it’s not the only one.
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USA, WASHINGTON: Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in Seattle (Sherman’s Travel)
Seattle may have a reputation of being cloudy and rainy for the majority of the year, but if you’re in town for a week on business, chances are, you’ll get at least one or two days that’ll make you want to relocate.
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CHINA: Country Celebrates Gay Pride Parade for the First Time (Gay Star News)
What’s believed to be China’s first gay pride parade occurred on IDAHO day this year – and there’s a video.
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ISRAEL: Tel Aviv Celebrates Its Biggest Gay Pride Parade Ever (Source)
Tel Aviv’s pride celebration was its largest yet, with over 100K people participating.
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UK, ENGLAND: Oxford Pride Goes On Despite Anti-Gay Attack (Gay Star News)
Despite an anti-gay attack, Oxford Pride marched on.
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UK, SCOTLAND: Hundreds Celebrate Edinburgh Gay Pride (Gay Star News)
Pride Scotia featured a pride march today with hundreds participating.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles Pride Was THIS BIG (WeHoNews)
Los Angeles held its annual pride celebration this last weekend, and it was HUGE.
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USA, TEXAS: Dallas’s Razzle Dazzle a Success (Dallas Voice)
The estimated attendance at the Razzle Dazzle Main Event was 4,100, down from 25,000 in 2012. But organizers said the dropoff was expected and mostly due to the fact that everyone on the Cedar Springs strip was counted as attending the event last year.
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USA, MASSACHUSETTS: Boston Pride – Out NBA Player Jason Collins, Senatorial Candidates Attend Celebration (pnjk)
Recently out NBA player Jason Collins marched in Boston’s Gay Pride Parade yesterday.
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USA, WASHINGTON DC: DC Pride Parade Draws 100K (LGBTQ nation)
DC also held its gay pride celebration this last weekend – and the parade Saturday was watched by more than 100,000 people.
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USA, WASHINGTON DC: (AmericaBlog)
America Blog has a great video from DC Pride.
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USA, WISCONSIN: Milwaukee Pride Draws Record Numbers (Chicago Pride)
Even with so-so weather, Milwaukee Pride 2013 still managed to draw a lot of visitors.
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Reporting from Pride 6/3/13 (various)
Lots of new reports from gay pride events around the world are pouring in – it is Pride Season, after all. Enjoy!
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Upcoming Event News:


Gay Pride Season 2013 – Upcoming Events (various)
Here’s a recap of the upcoming Pride events from the last several weeks’ news. Enjoy!
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Gay Film Festivals This Month (various)
Looking for a gay film festival near you?
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paWorld Outgames to Come to Antwerp, Belgium in July (Edge Boston)
In Flemish myth the name is said to mean “throw the hand,” a reference to when the hero Brabo killed the giant Druon Antigoon at a river crossing. In an act of victory, Brabo cut off Druon Antigoon’s hand and threw it into the Scheldt River, giving the modern-day city of Antwerpen (“Antwerp,” in English) one of the more dramatic etymologies.
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US Virgin Islands: Olivia Travel’s 40th Anniversary Cruise to Feature Big Names (Edge Boston)
(Dec 28th-Jan 4th) Lesbian travel company Olivia is making a big splash with a lesbian celebrity cruise to the Virgin Isles, celebrating their 40th anniversary. Among special guests are Billie Jean King, Edie Windsor, Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, Chris Williamson and Tammy Smith.
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http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2013/05/win-1000-from-town-place-suites.html

USA, CALIFORNIA: GayCities Contest: 49 Places in San Francisco That Make Us Proud (Queerty)
(June 30th) With the tantalizing allure of San Francisco Pride already in the air, our sister site GayCities has teamed up with AT&T and the San Francisco Travel Association to bring you 49 Places That Make Us Proud, where you can win amazing prizes just by visiting the best places in town!
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MARYLAND, USA: Win a Five Night Gay Travel Getaway on Tilghman Island
(Oct 1st) We’re running a great sweepstakes this month at Purple Roofs – win five nights from Purple Roofs and Black Walnut Point Inn at this great Maryland B&B.
http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2012/12/win-a-five-night-gay-travel-getaway-in-maui.html

NEW JERSEY, USA: TLAGAY Giving Away Two Nights at Sand Blast Weekend (TLA Gay)
(Jun 30th) TLAgay.com (http://tlagay.com), the leading retailer of gay home entertainment, today launched the Three Days and Two Nights of Hot Fun at Sand Blast Weekend sweepstakes.
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NEW YORK, USA: Kimpton Hotels Sponsors NYC Sweepstakes to Celebrate Pride (Passport Magazine)
(June 30th) The very gay-friendly Kimpton Hotels chain is giving away a prize package in NYC.
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Thousands Attend Sacramento Pride

Author: , June 15th, 2013

Sacramento Gay Pride 2013

We just got back from Sacramento's Gay Pride Celebration - by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.  We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent - there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.  The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line - the trains didn't stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.We just got back from Sacramento’s Gay Pride Celebration – by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.

We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent – there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.

We just got back from Sacramento's Gay Pride Celebration - by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.  We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent - there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.  The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line - the trains didn't stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line – the trains didn’t stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.

We just got back from Sacramento's Gay Pride Celebration - by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.  We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent - there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.  The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line - the trains didn't stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.This time we were actually on the street, and we enjoyed walking down the route holding our sign – “Supremes – Yes to Love” – we got a few cheers for that one, and some of the group had a fun back and forth with the crowd – “In two weeks, you can get married, and you can get married…” referring to the pending Prop 8 decision with the US Supreme Court.

We just got back from Sacramento's Gay Pride Celebration - by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.  We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent - there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.  The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line - the trains didn't stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.It was a gorgeous day, and it was fun to see the parade staging area, where everyone kind of let down their hair a bit. Drag queens on floats and go-go boys in their skivvies, and even a group of “supreme court justices” mingled and shared the two (yes, only two) portapotties allotted for the area.

We just got back from Sacramento's Gay Pride Celebration - by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.  We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent - there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.  The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line - the trains didn't stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.There was even a bull-riding float, but instead of a bull, there was a giant Chipotle burrito to ride.

We finished the parade route in half an hour – it was only 7 blocks long – and headed over to the post-parade celebration along the Capitol Mall.

We just got back from Sacramento's Gay Pride Celebration - by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.  We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent - there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.  The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line - the trains didn't stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.The Capitol Mall is a blocks-long strip of grass along Capitol Avenue, and it was closed off and filled with booths of local vendors, food trucks and music stages.

We just got back from Sacramento's Gay Pride Celebration - by our estimates, there were several thousand folks there, from hot young gays to grandmothers with little dogs.  We marched this year in the Marriage Equality USA contingent - there were about nine of us in the group, and we were the eleventh group to march down the parade route.  The route was a marked improvement over a few years ago, when the parade went down the same street as the local metro line - the trains didn't stop, so every few minutes a train would rumble up and sit between us and the parade.We stopped in to talk with Rich at the Closet Door, Sacramento’s newest (and only) gay theatre company, with the Sacramento Gay & Lesbian Film Festival booth (we won some theatre tickets) and with the folks at Gay in Sac, our local gay radio program.

We had a lot of fun hanging with the MEUSA folks, and it was a great warm-up for San Francisco Pride in two weeks!

Here are a few more photos from the parade and celebration.

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