Tennessee as a Gay Travel Destination

Author: , October 23rd, 2014

Tennessee - Debbie Pippin Photography.Tennessee is probably not the first place that comes to mind when planning a big gay holiday, but let’s think about this for a minute. Dolly Parton. Check! Corn-fed country boys and girls in tight jeans. Check! Stunning scenery. Check! Moonshine. Check! Not sounding so bad an idea now is it?

First off, Tennessee is a big ole’ state, kinda like a parallelogram, so if you are in Memphis at the west end of the state, you are a full day’s drive and a different time zone away from the Great Smoky Mountains in the East end of the state.

There are plenty of resources out there for visiting the big cities like Memphis (Elvis! Scream!!) and Nashville (Rayna James!! Double Scream!!) but I’m from the other end of the state so let’s see what goes on around there.

By Baylen Leonard – Full Story at Gay Star News | Tennessee Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Debbie Pippin Photography

Nashville Gay Pride Comes to Tennessee in Mid-June

Author: , May 15th, 2014

Nashville Gay Pride 2014

Nashville Pride’s mission is to educate and maintain a sense of pride, community, and awareness of, about, and for GLBT people and culture in Middle Tennessee.

From the tapping of a hundred activists’ feet on a downtown sidewalk 20 years ago to a city-wide celebration that draws thousands of LGBT community members and their straight allies, the growth of Nashville PRIDE has ebbed and flowed over the years thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers both past and present.

A culmination of events led to the birth of Nashville’s first PRIDE event in 1988. In 1987, following organizing that resulted in the founding of T-GALA (Tennessee Gay and Lesbian Alliance), two chartered buses took members of Nashville’s LGBT community and their supporters to Washington D.C. to participate in the Second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. That same year, Stewart Biven and Jeff Ellis began publishing Dare (later Query), Nashville’s first LGBT publication.

By Kelly Riker – Seasons of Pride | Tennessee Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Nashville Should Totally Go After Gay Tourism

Author: , February 15th, 2014

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The secret’s out. Nashville’s a magnet for all who love music, sports, great food and, of course, the ABC hit musical drama that shares the city’s name. Less known is Music City’s potential to draw even more of a coveted niche group of visitors – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender travelers.

Though Nashville Conventions and Visitors Corporation has made no specific aim at the gay traveling market, Out Traveler, an online magazine on gay travel, has already caught wind of the city’s growing “it” factor and spotlighted Nashville in the Out Traveler’s destination guide.

Gaining more momentum in gay tourism could mean major dollars for Nashville, considering gay travelers spend about $65 billion a year in tourism expenditures, says John Tanzella, executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).

Authored By Stephanie Toone – See the Full Story at The Nashville Ledger

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Eating Out in Memphis

Author: , January 7th, 2014

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This Mississippi River city is proud of its barbecue, its fried chicken, its soul food. But the food scene here is often stereotyped because of it.

Those foods are what tourists typically obsess over, standing in line at Central BBQ for smoky ribs or Gus’s Fried Chicken for juicy drumsticks. When told that there’s a place in Memphis that makes standout Korean food like soups and noodle dishes with meat and seafood, some may scoff.

But Crazy Noodle is real, and it might be proof that people in intensely Southern cities like Memphis, where collard greens are made correctly and macaroni and cheese is listed on some menus as a vegetable dish, are welcoming the cuisine of immigrant communities.

Authored By Adrian Sainz – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Affordable Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains

Author: , November 30th, 2013

Blue MountainsLooking for an easy budget getaway? Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains offer a mix of inexpensive activities and attractions that work for all kinds of travelers, from thrill-seekers and hiking nuts to kids and foodies. Here’s just a sampling of our favorites, broken down by the type of traveler…

For Active Travelers: (free)

Established in 1934, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is not only the most-visited national park in the United States (who knew?), it’s also the only major federally funded park that is completely free to visit. Explore areas that only a hundred years ago were farmland, and where you now can find the remains of stone cottages and mountain cemeteries in the forest. Or, opt for a more serious hike, climbing one of the area’s high peaks, which reward you with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

For (Responsible) Adults: (free)

At the Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery, located in Gatlinburg, the Baker family continues their heritage of moonshine-making in Tennessee’s first legal moonshine distillery. Learn about the production process, then treat yourself to free samples of flavors such as apple pie, pink lemonade, white lightnin’, and some signature moonshine cherries.

Authored By Lisa Hubner – See the Full Story at Shermans Travel

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Visiting Tennessee’s Discovery Park of America

Author: , November 4th, 2013

Tennessee MapThe gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it’s not a villain’s lair or superhero’s headquarters.

It’s Discovery Park of America, a new museum, education center and tourist attraction opening Friday in Union City, Tenn., a town of 11,000 located a few hours’ drive from Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis.

With exhibits about natural and regional history, dinosaurs, Native Americans, energy, transportation, science, the military and space flight, the museum can be described as a mini-Smithsonian Institution.

Authored By Adrian Sainz – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rocky’s Creekside Cabin, Sevierville, Tennessee

Author: , September 26th, 2013

Rocky's Creekside Cabin - Sevierville, TennesseePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Pigeon Forge One Mile, Gatlinburg Four: Micro cabin for 2. Satellite TV hi speed internet. All the amenities. Pet friendly. Beautiful mountains, waterfalls, shopping, etc. A very sweet place.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Mulberry House, Nashville, Tennessee

Author: , July 3rd, 2013

Mulberry House - Nashville, TennesseePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Upscale Private Cottage in Heart of Nashville: Recently selected as one of “20 Great College Town B&Bs,” this completely renovated 1000-square-foot 19th-century carriage house is nestled behind a three-story Victorian “painted lady”. Mulberry House is three blocks from the 12 South restaurant and retail district, five minutes from the ultra-modern Gulch district, and ten minutes from downtown Nashville.

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

Knoxville, Tennessee Celebrates Gay Pride

Author: , June 24th, 2013

Knoxville Pridefest 2013Gay pride came to Knoxville, Tennessee this last weekend – Knox News reports:

Hundreds of participants marched or rode during a noontime parade through downtown Knoxville, and then the crowd enjoyed food, music and entertainment at World’s Fair Park. For Ben Byers, a board member of the sponsoring East Tennessee Equality Council, the gathering was a prideful event. “Every community needs an opportunity to celebrate things that make them special and unique,” he said. “It is also an opportunity for a group of people, who, especially in the South, live in the shadow, to come out a little bit and be very visible in the community.”

Tennessee isn’t known for its gay friendly attitudes, so it’s great to see a celebration like this there without apparent incident.

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Three Gay Travel Destinations That May Not be On Your Radar Yet

Author: , March 23rd, 2013

Looking for someplace new and exotic to go this year? GayTravel.com has a list of three great gay travel destinations that you may not have thought of – Kiev, Amsterdam, and Nashville:

Kiev, Ukraine: Ukraine is a country that some of us might remember from the nuclear meltdown a few decades ago. A lot has changed since then. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine and was a leading host for the European Soccer Championship in 2012.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage. The country itself is completely flat which makes it easy to get around.

Click here for gay travel resources in the Netherlands.

Nashville, Tenessee: When you think of Nashville, Tenessee, you might not think of a thriving gay scene. True, Nashville is a center of country music, but also so much more than that. If you would like to enjoy a few days down-to-earth then come to Tenessee and unwind from all the stress.

Click here for gay travel resources in Tennessee.

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