New Age, Gay Friendly US Destinations

Author: , January 2nd, 2015

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In 1880, a wealthy man by the name of George Washington Vanderbilt II visited Asheville, North Carolina with his mother from New York. While on vacation near the Blue Ridge Mountain range, George had an unusual moment of clarity. He stared out into the woods and decided, at that precise moment, to build a second home. The Biltmore Estate, America’s largest privately owned estate and a top public attraction, is now internationally famous. Interestingly enough, his affluent friends found this quiet corner of Appalachia an odd choice over Upstate New York, which would have been much closer to home. To this day, locals swear it was the vortex and its metaphysical properties that swayed Vanderbilt. That vortex undoubtedly remains in Asheville, as tens of thousands of travelers are magically and mysteriously drawn to the quirky town each year as a place of calm, serenity, and “good energy.”

World-renowned psychic Cari Roy says that energy vortexes are what ancient cartographers called “lei lines” where certain intersections of higher energy cross. “If the globe has nerve centers,” she says, “these would be spiritual energy nerve centers. There’s some magnetic stuff behind lei lines so they literally have higher magnetism.”

Places like Asheville, North Carolina; Sedona, Arizona; and Santa Fe, New Mexico are all known to have vortexes, which may have fostered New Age communities. Dwellers who have lived around these destinations go as far back as Native Americans, who used them as healing spots. There was always a clear interest in these areas, from these earliest inhabitants to the much later rise of the New Age trend.

Full Story at Passport Magazine

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK

Author: , May 14th, 2012

American Airlines First Class Non-Stop BUE/JFK   |  New York, United States  | Back in New York City after and amazing month an a half in Brazil and Argentina. The way back, well on board First Class non-stop American Airlines flight from Buenos Aires to New York City (approx. 10 hours and 30 minutes ). Yes everyone, after an exhausting week planning a Gay Wedding in Buenos Aires, I got on my almost flat bed seat, jump into my AA pijamas, enjoyed a few glasses of White Wine and Champagne, caught up with movies and slept the whole way through to wake up over a great breakfast at JFK. Read the full post @ www.carlosmeliablog.com

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New US Tourism Ad Features Gay Couple

Author: , April 25th, 2012

Promoting one of the world’s largest and most diverse brands is no easy job, but WPP’s JWT was up for the task to handle Brand USA. In an effort to target tourists from around the world to come and visit the United States, the company rolled out a new 60-second spot that showcases America as “The Land of Dreams.”

As diverse scenes of American landscapes and its people are shown, Johnny Cash’s daughter, Rosanne Cash, sings an inspirational song about the country. “Our goal is nothing short of rekindling the world’s love affair with the US–the place, the spirit and the dream,” said Brand USA CEO Jim Evans in a statement.

“We want to spread America’s message of welcome around the world and invite travelers to experience the limitless possibilities the United States has to offer.” The campaign will first be shown in the UK and Canada and with many more countries to follow.

Full Story from Passport Magazibe

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USA: Ten Great Gay Travel Destinations

Author: , April 8th, 2012

Lake Tahoe Gay Travel10. Lake Tahoe, CA
Whether you visit during the height of ski season or summertime, Lake Tahoe offers one of the most beautiful landscapes. Leisurely explore the wilderness during the day and catch a show or try your luck at a casino at night.

9. Northampton, MA
Northampton, a.k.a. Lesbianville USA, is a small but extremely gay-friendly, college town. Check into a LGBT welcoming B&B or hotel and take a stroll down Main Street, which is lined with amazing art galleries, restaurants and shops.

8. Pensacola, FL
White sandy beaches and impossible to resist sleepy resort town charm, you’ll fall in love with Pensacola. The “Bright Gate to the Sunshine State” is home to a thriving gay and lesbian community, great weather and incredible resorts dedicated to making sure their customers have an amazing experience.

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Enjoy America’s National Parks for Free at the End of April

Author: , April 4th, 2012

YosemiteThe National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share, and give back to America’s nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012.

Celebrating the theme, “Picture Yourself in a National Park,” National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for FREE!

National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities including Volunteer Day on April 21, Earth Day on April 22, and Junior Ranger Day on April 28. From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week at www.nationalparkweek.org. Discover information about events, special activities for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers, and how to support the parks.

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The Mark Hotel New York City

Author: , January 20th, 2012


The Mark Hotel New York City 
|  New York, United States  |  I have just checked OUT from the beautiful and charming exclusive boutique hotel The Mark. If there is a way to describe it is… full class, welcoming, happening, fashionable and chic. 1927 landmark building at the corner of 77th Street and Madison Avenue. Designed by Jacques Grange and with impeccable service under the perfectionist eye of luxury hotel manager Olivier Lordonnois, The Mark combines old-world comfort, avant-garde design, the latest technologies and an unprecedented level of personal service to create the finest five-star hotel of the 21st-century. I have been in New York for over seven years, and I must say that I always stick to the same hotel preferences, although The Mark is not just a hotel, it is a whole experience of great taste and class. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Researchers Rank Top 20 Gayest Cities in the United States

Author: , July 23rd, 2010

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San Francisco PrideFrom the obvious (San Francisco) to the surprising (Columbus), Richard Florida and Gary Gates crunched the numbers to rank the top gay cities in the country.

The U.S. metropolitan region with the largest concentration of gay and lesbian people is San Francisco. That’s not exactly news, but there are more than a few surprises in the Gay/Lesbian Index’s metro-area rankings. Developed by Gary Gates, a demographer at UCLA’s Williams Institute, the Gay/Lesbian Index value tells you how the proportion of same-sex couples among all households of a given metro area compares to the average for the entire U.S. An index value of 2, for example, means that the proportion of same-sex couples in that metro area is twice that of the nation.

New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., Boston, San Diego, Denver, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, all make the list of the 20 gayest metros. But so do Dallas, Columbus, Ohio, Santa Rosa and Sacramento, Springfield, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, and college towns like Eugene, Oregon, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Ithaca, New York.

Full Story from The Daily Beast