Gaslight Inn – Seattle Gay Inn

Author: , April 19th, 2018

Gaslight Inn - Seattle Gay Inn

In restoring Gaslight Inn, we have brought out the home’s original turn-of-the-century ambiance and warmth, while keeping in mind the additional conveniences and contemporary style needed by today’s travelers. The interior is appointed in exacting detail, with strikingly rich, dark colors, oak paneling, and an enormous entryway and staircase.

Gaslight Inn’s comfortable and unique rooms and suites are furnished with quality double or queen-sized beds, refrigerator and television. Many rooms feature private baths and some also have decks with fabulous views or fireplaces. The living room, with its large oak fireplace, is always an inviting room, as is the library.

Through the late spring and summer, we encourage you to relax and unwind at poolside with a glass of wine after a long, busy day. This private, in-ground, heated pool with several decks and interesting plant arrangements, is found at the back of the inn.

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Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Seattle – Featured Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 24th, 2016

Bacon Mansion B&B

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

Stay in Seattle’s leading Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the charm and comfort of yesterday, with all the convenience of today. We are now offering online availability and reservations. We still prefer to personally speak with all of our guests when reserving rooms to insure that you are reserving the room that best fits your desires and needs and you understand our cancellation and check in policies.

Shields of red and white can be seen on the round stained glass windows as one passes through the gates of the Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1909 by Cecil Bacon on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, this classical Edwardian Style Tudor shows not only the trademark family crest but a fine preservation of original woods, 3000 crystal chandelier, marble fireplaces and a treasured library.

Located in the Historical Harvard-Belmont Landmark District, most of the original floor plan and exterior has been retained. In 1984 a great fire burned 60% of the interior and necessitated major renovation. Bacon Mansion’s massive walls, however, spared the glass and wood pocket doors found in the “day rooms.” Opening as The Broadway Guest House in 1985, this unique bed and breakfast is now a stately residence to all who enter.

The main Guest House, consisting of 9,000 square feet of living space is divided between four levels. A spacious outside patio leads to the historical Carriage House. The Mansion’s guest rooms are available nightly, as well as the “day rooms” which are available for social and business events. Besides a delicious breakfast including a potpourri of cereals, muffins and delicacies, catered lunches, dinners and receptions are also available.

History fills the mansion walls, and while you explore the house, perhaps you will catch a fellow guest playing the grand piano. Just a short distance from the Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle commercial districts, you will be sure to enjoy shopping and access to Seattle’s many attractions.

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Wandering Wives – Kalbarri & Geraldton

Author: , January 9th, 2016

Kalbarri coast

Breath taking coastal vistas and vibrant rock formations are the main stay of Kalbarri National Park in Western Australia. In land, the Murchinson River has carved out an 80 km gorge through striped ochre sandstone as it snakes its way to the ocean. Hikers and paddlers flock to the gorge to enjoy the wilderness. Coastal cliffs offer bracing walks high above the crashing waves below, with eagles soaring overhead.

At least that’s what it says in the guide book. Google offers amazing pictures of the striking banded rocks and orange cliffs set against perfect blue skies. Having visited so many of the national parks in Australia, we were excited to find an adventure in Kalbarri. The day we visited the park the weather was not in our favour. The sky was grey, the wind was howling and the park did not quite measure up to our expectations.

We had recently visited Karijini national park and had marvelled at the inland gorges and wildness of the region. We also had excellent experiences exploring Wilsons Prom and the national parks in Tasmania. Maybe we had been spoilt by our other outstanding national park visits or perhaps it was just the dull weather. We had a pleasant enough hike above the gorge, the dull sandstone not quite jumping out as it should. Next we headed to the cliffs to blow away the cobwebs in the sea breeze. It wasn’t terrible, but it failed to wow us in the usual national park way.

The problem with travelling the world full time is that you get to see the most beautiful sights on an almost daily basis. Things that would be extraordinary often become ordinary, mundane in fact. We realised at Kalbarri that we had become so accustomed to wonder…read more on Wandering Wives

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Wandering Wives – Shark Bay

Author: , January 6th, 2016

Shell Beach

At the most westerly point of Australia, just below the tropic of Capricorn, lies UNESCO listed Shark Bay. The pristine coast is a haven for all kinds of wildlife with humpback whales, rays, sharks, sea turtles and dugongs spotted in the waters. Still not over a childhood obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sian was particularly excited at the prospect of seeing a turtle.

We headed up the thin cape of land next to shark bay in the hope of seeing some exciting wildlife. Our first stop was at Hamelin pool; our guide book explained that the stromatolites in the water were unmissable. The stumpy coral like formations are made of bacteria almost identical to organisms that existed 3500 million years ago. These organisms are responsible for creating our current atmosphere by using photosynthesis and paving the way for more complex life forms. The revered stumps were about as interesting to look at as they were to learn about and had us considering turning to creationism to avoid spending any more time with them.

We continued up the peninsula in the hope of spotting something more interesting than a stromatolite. As we progressed into the wilderness the rain began to pour from the sky in biblical proportions. It was clearly a sign from someone about something. Maybe the stromatolite Gods were sending us a message about waterproof trousers. Or perhaps Splinter was trying to communicate with Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello. We didn’t know, so we decided to just keep driving until we came across another sign. Like an Ark or something.

Our next stop was Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world made entirely of shells. The beach covers over 100 km of coast line and even in the rain it is stunning. Shells cover the entire beach and crunch under foot as you walk on them. When you pick them up to examine them you can see all of the minute details and flecks of colour in the tiny shells…read more on Wandering Wives 

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Vancouver, The Little Portland in Washington State

Author: , October 22nd, 2010
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Vancouver, Washington

Just got back from a short trip to Vancouver, Washington – not the big one up in Canada, but the cute little town across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, in southwestern Washington State. You get here from Portland via the 5 Freeway, or from the Portland Airport via the 205 to the 14.

Vancouver, Washington

The easiest way to describe Vancouver is sort of a small Portland – same climate, similar architecture – but a lot smaller. Although Vancouver proper extends quite a ways east, Downtown Vancouver consists of just a few small districts – Uptown, where you’ll find Main Street and shorter, historic buildings, and Esther Park, centered on a cute one block park with a beautiful brick tower, water features, mature trees, and a much newer vibe.
Esther Park, Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, unlike Portland, has no skyscrapers – the tallest building is maybe 15 stories.

Musicians in Esther Park - Vancouver, WashingtonWe stayed close to Esther Park (at left), and were surrounded by the sounds of the city, from the train tracks that run along the riverside to the bells from the tower in the park. When we got down to ground level, we were delighted to hear other sounds, these from the street musicians inthe park on a lovely Saturday morning.

Farmer's Market, Vancouver, WashingtonMost of the buildings in this area are newer, and run from 3-10 stories.

In Esther Park, you’ll also find a weekly farmer’s market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sping into Fall. This one’s about twice the size of ours back home, fillade with fresh produce and flowers, and with a great prepared food section. The smells wafting from the food carts are enticing, and there was live music to enhance the mood.

Vancouver, WashingtonThere’s a Starbucks on the north side of Esther Park, great for a quick coffee and danish with park views. On the south side of the park, you’ll find Grey’s on the Park at the Hilton Hotel, which offers a good, hot breakfast, also with park views.

On the first Friday of the month there’s also an evening art walk throughout the downtown area.

North Bank Gay Bar - Vancouver, WashingtonOn Sixth Street, about two blocks east of the park, you’ll find North Bank (pictured at left),  a gay bar complete with Drag Shows.

Vancouver, WashingtonWalking north a few blocks on Main Street to Mill Plain Rd, you’ll find the Uptown District, Vancouver’s historic downtown. This is an up-and-coming District, with a lot of historic flair – and a lot of consignment and antique shops.

Vancouver, Washington MuralThe Vancouver city government has recently taken a crash course in urban revitilization, and has a number of small projects planned for the urban core of the city, including a beautiful new main library branch, conversion of a vacant lot to a city park, and restoration of some of Main Street’s historic storefronts.

Downtown seems to have a dearth of fine dining options, but of course, you’re just ten minutes by car from Downtown Portland and all the great restaurante there.

Vancouver is also home to the area’s alternative newspaper, the Vancouver Voice.

For a city of its small stature, Vancouver has a surprisingly quaint downtown and lots to offer the gay and lesbian traveler.

Seattle Lesbian/Gay Film Festival Starts October 15th

Author: , October 10th, 2010

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Gay Seattle, WashingtonIf you lived in Seattle in the 1980s or early 1990s, you had to travel out of town (to Olympia) to catch the kind of gay film festival that could call itself an annual event. That all changed 15 years ago, when Seattle got its own full-scale celebration at the Harvard Exit. Returning to Capitol Hill, the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, starts up again Friday at the Egyptian and Northwest Film Forum.

Pacific Place, Central Cinema and West Seattle’s Admiral will join in the following week with “The Adonis Factor,” “Violet Tendencies” and Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor’s long-delayed, now-out-of-the-closet “I Love You Philip Morris.”

The opening-night special “Bear City” (7:30 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian), sets out to deal with gay men who would rather fantasize about John Goodman than Brad Pitt. In the words of one character: “Throw some hair on that belly.”

Full Story from the Seattle Times