LESBIAN TRAVEL: Big Bend National Park – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , June 13th, 2018

Big Bend National Park

About 7 hours West of Austin. Big Bend NP is a huge park that sits along the famous Rio Grande River.

Since the Eco Ranch was so close to the National Park we were able to visit it twice on our days off from work. Big Bend is a huge park! We felt like we mostly drove it. We didn’t even make it the eastern side of the park.

We also got to experience the park during a government shut down, which wasn’t a big deal for us. The Visitor Centers and restaurants were closed, but we didn’t need those.

The park is a combination of desert and mountains. It was unlike any park we’ve been to yet. It is a very dry place, but there are trees that manage to grow in the higher elevations.

By Camrin LaFond – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Queer Austin: Texas’s Weirdest, Most Wonderful City – Gay Star News

Author: , April 23rd, 2018
Queer Austin

Photo: Courtesy Geoff Duncan of Visit Austin

Throngs of delicate, birdlike creatures swarm across a pink-blue sky. Audible gasps abound. Austin, Texas comes alive at night. The same, of course, can be said of its resident urban bat colony.

In spring and summer, on an almost daily basis, 1.5 million Mexican free-tailers soar from under Congress Avenue Bridge into the twilight sky. And you know what they say about nature putting on a show…

Across Lady Bird Lake, another nocturnal animal catches my eye. The Frost Bank Tower – which looks uncannily like a sitting owl – is catching fractions of dying light.

Between the sunset and Downtown Austin’s ultramodern cityscape, not to mention those bizarre winged creatures, I can’t help but think of the famous ‘keep Austin weird’ tagline; of how I never imagined ‘weird’ could mean, well, wonderful. But that’s Austin for you: full of wonderful surprises, from the sheer ubiquity of its live music to its world-class dining.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Mt. Gainor Inn – Dripping Springs Gay Bed and Breakfast

Author: , August 14th, 2017

Mt. Gainor Inn

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

The Mt. Gainor Inn is a ninety three year-old farm house perched on a hill peacefully overlooking the Texas Hill Country, just half an hour west of Austin, Texas.

Our comfortable Dripping Springs bed and breakfast accommodations are not limited to our four walls. The decks are furnished with comfortable rockers, ceiling fans and conversation nooks. Step through the rock wall and you will find the landscape is in bloom. Or relax in the hammock to read your favorite book and enjoy the gentle breeze.

The Mt. Gainor Inn Bed and Breakfast in Dripping Springs is a unique vacation destination – surrounded by the beauty and privacy of the Texas Hill Country. Sink your toes into our cool grass, enjoy your favorite drink under the pavilion and enjoy our wonderful Texas sunsets – you’ve probably never seen the Milky Way this clearly.

Our Texas Hill Country accommodations are surrounded by large ranches, so there’s a large abundance of wildlife and birding opportunities. Wander along the paths throughout the Inn’s twenty three acres and you’ll will find yourself relaxed and connected to the nature around you.

Mt. Gainor is famous for our Texas Hill Country ranch views, vintage atmosphere, and serene comfort – guests love to pull up a chair on the porch or in the pavilion covered with honeysuckle and jasmine (when in season) and enjoy the relaxing ambience of a bygone era.

Dripping Springs is directly west of Austin and north of San Antonio, Texas in the Central Texas Wine District. Mt. Gainor Inn B&B offers a great central location for exploring the Treasures of the Texas Hill Country. Nearby, you’ll find the towns of Driftwood, Wimberley, Blanco and Johnson City, Texas.

Mt. Gainor Inn was built in the early 20th century as a German farmhouse, and retains its originality and charm. Each of our guest suites is carefully designed with casual elegance and modern amenities, and offers a private entrance, deck, WiFi/TV/DVD, In room Refrigerator, hair dryer, luxury linens, and a private bath with plush bathrobes.

Want to enjoy ultimate relaxation Allow us to pamper you with an in-room massage, chocolate dipped strawberries or any one of our custom designed, romantic packages.

Come check out the beautiful texas Hill Country, and stay with us at Mt. Gainor Inn Bed & Breakfast.

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Uphouse Manor B&B – Gay Friendly Houston B&B

Author: , July 24th, 2017

Uphouse Manor B&B - gay friendly Houston B&B

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

Uphouse Manor B&B is large, light and airy, with lots of common areas.

The owner is an interior designer by trade and loves art (you’ll see!).

Uphouse Manor B&B offers six bedrooms, four and a half baths, kitchen, DR, library, reading room, TV room, parlor, laundry, veranda and porches.

Walk to everything here in the historic Houston Heights: the best restaurants, spas, and shops.

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Gay Houston in 48 Hours

Author: , March 26th, 2017

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Beyonce was born here. And with 2.3 million inhabitants, it’s the US’s fourth largest city, after NYC, LA and Chicago. But despite knowing the basics, gay Houston, Texas always remained a bit of a mystery to me. I guess I harbored a very ‘red’ perception of the city. I assumed that, like the rest of the Lone Star State – Austin aside – it was not for me.

But visiting H-Town last year, I got an education. Epitomized by its jagged, futuristic skyline (one of my favorites ever), the city was far more progressive and cosmopolitan than I expected.

Keeping politics out of it (although I will say Trump was in town, and there were protests), I was impressed by the locals’ openminded and welcoming nature.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Dallas in a Different Light

Author: , March 5th, 2017
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Adam Shows Us Gay Dallas in a Different Light

My hometown city is a place I saw surprisingly little of despite living there for 18 years. My wasted youth was spent mostly beside a swimming pool, in an heavily air-conditioned mall or in the local ice cream shop. Can you blame a guy? A brownie fudge sundae for a couple of dollars is hard to resist! The suburban life can be so hard…

So, on my most recent trip home (I now live in Berlin, where I write my travel blog Travels of Adam), I decided to finally dive into the deep end of Dallas. Growing up, I never heard much about the gay scene there (but then again, I wasn’t really looking for it either).

But, over the years, Dallas has had an increasingly visible presence for its LGBTI locals. Dallas Pride has been running consistently for nearly 30 years, and the gayborhood of Oak Lawn is consistently ranked among the most gay-friendly places in the USA (despite some recent anti-gay attacks in 2015 and 2016).

By Adam Groffman – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Forty Eight Hours in Austin – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , February 26th, 2017

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When I visited Austin for the very first time last year, I didn’t really know what to expect. My plan was to spend a month in the capital of Texas, hoping this would give me a good amount of time to explore the city whose slogan is ‘Keep Austin Weird’. Even though this slogan had me suspect that I’d love the city, I had no idea just how much I’d fall for Austin.

With dozens of live music venues, excellent craft beer, countless food trucks, plenty of outdoors activities, especially along the river, and an overall laid-back attitude, the city won me over during my month there.

Because I had the advantage of being able to spend four full weeks there, I took my time to explore every nook and cranny of the city, but I know that most people come to Austin for a quick weekend getaway. And while I’ve already shared 33 Things I Love About Austin, I wanted to give you a more structured overview of how to spend a weekend in Austin.

Here is my perfect weekend in Austin for you – including places to eat and drink, what to do and what to see on a first-time visit:

Friday, 2pm: Welcome to Austin

Luckily, nearly all Austin hotels are conveniently located downtown, which makes it easy to explore the city on foot. If you’re not hugely into walking, I recommend you take advantage of Austin’s easy-to-use bike sharing system. The shared bikes, called B-Cycle, have a great ‘Weekender Pass’, which gives you three full days access to the bikes for only $15 and includes an unlimited number of free rides up to 60 minutes (a 24-hour pass is $12).

Zen Cowboy House – Amarillo, Texas

Author: , February 8th, 2017

Zen Cowboy House

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This mid-century modern bungalow holds its own in a neighborhood filled with impressive homes. It has been renovated to include all modern conveniences. Filled with Asian touches, we call this our “Zen Cowboy” home. It’s walls are filled with original Western art that reflect the owner’s unique taste and love of Western illustration.

The Zen Cowboy home is a fully furnished 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, with all appliances including

  • washer/dryer
  • central AC/heat
  • pots
  • pans
  • utensils
  • plates
  • glasses
  • everything you need to make cooking enjoyable

Come home to comfy leather La-Z-Boy’s, a fireplace, HDTV, expanded cable service, wifi, dining room, wet bar, fireplace, a second common sitting area for two, a master bed/bath with a king-sized bed and a private sitting area looking out into the fenced yard. The second bedroom has a queen-sized bed with attached private bath. There is also a half-bath in the entry area. The garden and fenced yard include magnolia trees, Chinese statuary, and seasonal plantings. There is also a one-car garage for your convenience.

Enjoy Amarillo at its very best with original artwork, books, Texas books, and local magazines. Located in the Bivins historic neighborhood, close to shopping (Wolflin Village), a wide-variety of restaurants and entertainment. It’s a perfect home base for exploring Palo Duro, Tule, and Caprock Canyons; Route 66, Cadillac Ranch, dozens of historical sites, “Texas” the musical, and golfing. The adventurous types will enjoy zip-lining, horseback riding, and of course, our exceptional sunrises and sunsets.

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Arbor House – San Antonio, Texas

Author: , December 9th, 2016

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Arbor House Inn and Suites was opened in October 1995, but the history of the buildings which now comprise the unique 8 suite bed and breakfast, began in 1903, when a Swiss cabinet maker built these cottage homes for himself and his family.

During recent renovations the houses were awarded the San Antonio Conservation Society Plaque, awarded for excellence in historic renovations.

The 4 buildings are clustered around a lush garden with beautiful fountain, outdoor seating & umbrella tables, in downtown San Antonio. Arbor House is centrally located one block from historic La Villita, and the River Walk, and two blocks from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center. Other attractions such as the Alamo are 3 blocks away.

Guest Suites have been individually decorated with furnishings and art work collected from a myriad of sources – functional, interesting and fun. You will never stay in any hotel as unique, intimate or convenient. Each house has only three suites, featuring high ceilings, pine floors, private baths, and all the conveniences of central air and heat, state of the art phone system with data ports. All of the suites have refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots. Some suites have private balconies.

“We provide visitors a relaxed atmoshpere, a center-of-the-city location, and San Antonio charm at a reasonable price.”

A new tradition in downtown San Antonio.

Arbor House Inn and Suites was featured in the March ’04 edition of Southern Living Magazine.

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Scurlock Farms – Vacation Rental Villa in Georgetown, Texas

Author: , December 7th, 2016

Scurlock Farms

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Scurlock Farms is a beautiful 172 acre working farm in the Texas Hill Country. The Palette Pad was built as the art studio for well-known Texas landscape artist C.P. Montague, one of President Lyndon Johnson’s favorites. Rocky Overlook was built by her husband as their dream home.

The homes are unique as every rock in the two homes was picked up from the San Gabriel River that forms the Northern one mile border of the farm, then hand-laid by the couple. Many rock masons have admired their work.

Rocky Overlook is a 2500 sq ft home with two large king master suites, two baths and a wonderful fireplace. The large fully stocked kitchen overlooks the large terraced patios and the ravine to the river bottom. Guests enjoy the large upper patio with seating for 17, large smoker, charcoal grill and fire pit. Washer and dryer.

The Palette Pad is a 500 sq ft home and guests have loved the feeling of the outdoors coming in through the walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. Fully stocked kitchen and beautiful outdoor seating area overlooking the bluff with charcoal grill, fire pit and rockers.

The third home, Indian Bluff, is 1/2 mile down the drive and it has a king master suite, two queen bedrooms and two baths. There is a covered patio with table and chairs, charcoal grill and a great fire pit area. Washer and dryer for your convenience. Families with children love the garage with air hockey, fooseball, basketball hoop, futon, dining set, and toy box.

All homes have plenty of luxury linens, basic spices, soaps, shampoo, hair dryers, toilet paper, paper towels, garbage bags, and firewood is also provided. All homes have central air/heat.

If you love the outdoors, you will love Scurlock Farms! There are miles of hiking areas, one mile of river to enjoy. The tubing and kayaking were great this summer and the fishing is great (we even have a fishing guide that can give you lessons and provide all the equipment and bait if you would like). Hike up the spring-fed creek and see hundreds of fossils in the limestone banks or all along the limestone riverbank.

Many a photographer has delighted in getting great shots while visiting. Wildlife abounds and the birding is great. 2/3 of all birds found in Texas are found in Williamson County.

Backpacks and picnic baskets are in each home. Pack a lunch and enjoy it on the river banks or in the picnic area down below. A charcoal grill, fire ring and picnic table are there for your enjoyment.

Scurlock Farms is ideally situated for those that want to do a lot of day trips. Austin is 30 minutes away, Salado 25 minutes, Waco 70 minutes, and Georgetown only 10 minutes. Enjoy your days out, then come “home” to the farm and enjoy your favorite beverage as you watch the sun set.

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