TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Revisiting St. Louis, Missouri

Author: , November 7th, 2014

Just John Bar - St. Louis

Whenever we revisit a city we always enjoy visiting the same restaurants, antiques shops, bars and businesses that we visited previously.

Sadly, businesses close for whatever reason and friends move or?

St. Louis ArchitectureWhenever we think of St. Louis the first thing that comes to mind is ARCHITECTURE! Of all the cities in the country we love the architecture in St. Louis more than anyplace, including New Orleans. They have the most beautiful stately estates there. And there are hundreds of them with luscious lawns, gargoyles and statuary. Hundreds of historic buildings and churches are everywhere. St. Louis is celebrating their 250th Anniversary this year.

Brewer's HouseThe one thing that is always there for us is where we stay and that is the BREWER’S HOUSE Bed and Breakfast. They are located at 1829 Lami Street, which is just a few blocks from downtown and close to the shopping and fine museums that the city has to offer. Brewer’s House is a Civil War vintage home nestled amongst several breweries.

Brewer's HouseRick Compton is the owner/host and has been having guests there for years. He makes all of his guests feel right at home. They have off street parking and is located in a very nice neighborhood They have a large deck where one can sit and view downtown and the surrounding area while having a cocktail or wine. The house was build around 1860 and has been kept up wonderful. All rooms have private baths. Naturally, they have WiFi.

They get very high ratings on both Tripadvisor and Yelp and we can see why! Their email is brewershouse@scbglobal.net, their website is www.brewershouse.com or give them a call at 314.771.1542.

Thomas JeffersonNo trip to St. Louis would be complete without taking advantage of their famous FOREST PARK which has over 1,300 acres and is the home to the St. Louis Zoo, the St. Louis Museum of Art, the Missouri History Museum (which has two Gay exhibits) and the St. Louis Science Center which has the McDonnell Planetarium. There is NO admission to any of these places. Plan to stay the entire day visiting this fabulous and very interesting place. On a nice day, be sure and pack a lunch with wine and dine on the grounds.

Whether you are into Broadway shows, Opera, Baseball, Football or anything, you will find it in St. Louis.

The GroveFor the Gay experience be sure and go to ‘THE GROVE’ which is located on Manchester Avenue between Kingshighway and Vandeventer St. It is lovingly called the St. Louis “Gayborhood”. Over 50 businesses are located here for shopping, drinking and dining.

Our favorite Bar there is JUST JOHN, located at 4112 Manchester Ave, Check out their website, www.justjohnclub.com as they have things going on their all the time. Owners John and Jeromy are on top of everything and the bar is packed all the time. This is THE place to drink and party in St. Louis. They have several rooms as well as a large outdoor patio / bar in the back. They have special drink prices all week long and different entertainment nightly. As we said, this is THE place to drink and party in St. Louis! The staff is extremely friendly and professional and everybody always has a great time there. Their hours are 3 PM to 3 AM daily except on Sunday when their hours are noon to 1:30 AM. On a sad note, Clementine’s Bar which was the oldest Gay bar in St. Louis closed a couple of months ago.

Needing something special for a souvenir or for your home? We found some great buys at The Bargain Baier, 3958 Miami St. Owner Mark Baier seems to be able to come up with some very unusual items. Other places to shop are the Frontenac Plaza in the suburbs which has a Neiman-Marcus store and other high end shops and we always visit the antiques shops on Cherokee Street.

Dining in St. Louis is a real treat. You won’t find many chain restaurants, rather you will find locally owned restaurants specializing in Italian, German, Chinese, Mexican and really all other nationalities of homemade food.

St. Louis really does have it all and we know that you will have a wonderful and very interesting time while you are there.

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/

Before going to St. Louis, check out: www.explorestlouis.com

Belleville, Illinois to Celebrate Gay Pride, Marriage Equality

Author: , February 23rd, 2014

Gay Pride Flag San FranciscoWhile same-sex couples began marrying in Chicago and Illinois’ Cook County as a result of a court ruling on Friday, more than a dozen gay and lesbian couples downstate are preparing to celebrate their big day at the 7th annual Metro East PrideFest in Belleville, Ill., on June 21, 2014.

The Illinois state legislature approved same-sex marriage last year, and the new law is set to take effect statewide on June 1, just in time for LGBT pride month.

With a population of 43,765, the Southern Illinois city is among the smallest towns in the nation to host an annual pride celebration, produced by Metro East Pride of Southwestern Illinois (MEPSI).

Authored By Colin Lovett – See the Full Story at LGBTQ Nation

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Quick Escapes for Business Travelers in St. Louis

Author: , February 23rd, 2013

St. Louis ArchSt. Louis is a staple of Americana, with the Gateway Arch standing as an appropriate monument that ushers weary travelers from east to west. Granted, we aren’t exactly in the Oregon Trail days any longer, but there’s still something magical about standing beneath the tallest man-made monument in the United States. Though the weather may be chilly this time of year, there’s a lot of heart in St. Louis to keep those passing through on business plenty warm. In an effort to get you outside of the boardroom and into an exploratory mindset, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.

So, you want local? Coming right up. Just a few blocks northeast of the America’s Center Convention Complex sits Al’s Restaurant. Though simple in name, it has become a beacon of fine dining in the city. It’s actually owned and operated by three generations of a single St. Louis family, so it goes without saying that every single meal is served with the knowledge that their reputation is on the line. The steaks and seafood are world-class, and while it’s a pricey dinner, you can rest assured that any clients you bring along will leave satisfied.

While we’re on the subject, Rooster is an outstanding bet for those with a taste for breakfast. This place sources as much as it can from local farmers, and you’ll find a wealth of organic items as well. They’re usually open until 3:00PM or so, giving those who’d prefer breakfast for lunch a great excuse to visit. It’s also designed to be quick (without sacrificing quality), but try to hit it between peak hours if you’re looking for a brief queue.

Authored By Darren Murph – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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St. Louis, Gay Capital of the Midwest

Author: , June 20th, 2012

St. Louis Gay TravelSt. Louis, commonly referred to as “The Gateway to the West” is home to some of the country’s most recognizable corporations including Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Edward Jones Investments Energizer, and of course, the city’s most popular company, Anheuser-Busch. The city is also home to three professional sports teams: The St. Louis Cardinals, Blues and Rams and is one of the LGBT capitals of the mid-west.

Visitors arriving to St. Louis should take note of the MetroLink. The train system has two routes, is easy to navigate and is an inexpensive way to travel throughout the city. MetroLink connects Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to downtown as well as a host of other neighborhoods worth visiting including my personal favorite, Forest Park.

Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. At 1,371 acres, it is approximately 500 acres larger than Central Park in New York City. Forest Park is home to the Art Museum, Science Center, Zoo, Jewel Box Greenhouse and History Museum, as well as a 7.5-mile biking, jogging and skating path. Most of these attractions are free of charge.

Full Story from Edge Boston

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PrideFest in St. Louis June 24th

Author: , June 3rd, 2012

PrideFest St. Louis 2012As you all know we like to get to the bottom of everything (no pun intended!) so we reached out to our friends at PrideFest St. Louis to get the inside scoop on this awesome Pride Festival! Here is the skinny from our good friend Ethan Barnett, programmer of the festival.

What sets PrideFest St. Louis apart from other events of its type?

“PrideFest St. Louis is unique in that it is a free and family friendly community-wide celebration in the heart of a beautiful and historic South St. Louis Park. The two day event boasts live national, regional and local entertainment, one of the cities largest and most exciting parades, local restaurants, a grass volleyball tournament, Pride 5k and most importantly a vibrant and strong St. Louis LGBT community.”

What about this year’s event makes it bigger and better than last year’s?

“This years event promises to be bigger and better than ever. The Pride Entertainment Committee worked diligently to build one of the strongest and most dynamic entertainment lineups, there are nearly 200 vendors and sponsors, an Athletes Village, the Pride 5k, new and exciting food options and a new layout to festival. PrideFest St. Louis has undergone a facelift.”

Full Story from gayTravel.com

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St. Louis Gay Pride Line-Up Announced

Author: , April 21st, 2012

St. Louis Gay PridePRIDE ST. LOUIS ANNOUNCES NATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP FOR ANNUAL ST. LOUIS PRIDE FESTIVAL JUNE 23-24

Saint Louis, MO April 19, 2012 -The 2012 Pride St. Louis, Inc. Board of Directors isproud to announce an impressive national entertainment lineup consisting of: singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne, powerhouse diva Frenchie Davis, Rupaul Drag Race contestant Pandora Boxx, international dance music icon Kristine W and R&B/Pop recording artist Deborah Cox.

This year, patrons will find themselves immersed in a much larger festival and the 2012 entertainment lineup has been developed to complement the expanded festival by hosting 5 national entertainers! This comprehensive lineup includes something for everyone, spotlighting a variety of musical tastes and styles.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Lesbian Couple Kicked Out of St. Louis Four Seasons for Kissing

Author: , October 6th, 2011

St. Louis Four SeasonsTeresa Folds and Julieigh Snell were kissing in the Jacuzzi at the rooftop pool at the Four Seasons in St. Louis when they were asked to leave because of their PDA, told that the hotel does not allow behavior like theirs by any couple, and ” insinuated that [they] were not a normal couple,” Folds tells KSDK.

The hotel released a statement:

“Four Seasons respects the behaviors of our guests, except where doing so may be a breach of law or create tensions among people. This was the case on the night in question, as our staff received several complaints about the guest’s behavior. I can assure you that the gender of the couple was never at issue.”

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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Looking for St. Louis’s Gay History

Author: , March 28th, 2011

St. Louis Gay HistoryThe lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in St. Louis has a storied history — are you holding on to any of it? The St. Louis Gay History Project wants to know.

The project is brainchild of blogger Steven Brawley, a longtime history buff. It seeks to find and preserve pieces of LGBT history in St. Louis. That can be anything from old bar posters and matchbooks to photos to pins to scrapbooks and diaries.

“There wasn’t a good, well-rounded, thorough review of gay life,” Brawley tells Daily RFT. “What was life like? Where would you go to socialize?” Tidbits and word of mouth kept reaching him through his blog. So he got the idea to ask people about what they might have stored away in the attic.

Full Story from The Riverfront Times

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