Gay Mendoza, Argentina – Nomadic Boys

Author: , May 24th, 2017

Gay-Mendoza

When you think of gay Mendoza, you think of wine. This is the home of the famous Argentinian Malbec, where people come to get tipsy in the many bodegas (wineries) spread across the region.

The city itself is small, with a handful of gay bars worth checking out. Most will come here to stay in the countryside, marvel at the mountain scenery and of course, get up close to the many different flavours and styles of wines. Mendoza is after all the most important wine region in Argentina, responsible for producing nearly 80% of the country’s grapes.

When to Visit Mendoza

Mendoza is a destination you can visit any time of the year, with over 300 days of sunshine and very little rain.

December and January are the hottest months with temperatures around 25-35 degrees celsius (80-90 Fahrenheit). Winter starts from June until August with temperatures around 15 degrees celsius (60 Fahrenheit) and the rest of the year a more comfortable 20 degrees celsius (70 Fahrenheit).

The best time of year to visit gay Mendoza is at the beginning of March when the famous Vendimia grape harvesting festival is takes place. There’s even a gay segment called Vendimia Para Todos, which is definitely worth going to.

Gay Vendimia

Vendimia para todos (meaning “Vendimia for everyone”) is a 1 week festival of activities, parties and events, which climaxes with a large parade on the final day. This is Argentina’s largest LGBT event after the gay pride parade in Buenos Aires in November.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Sonoma Wine Country’s Gay Wine Weekend

Author: , April 21st, 2016

Gay Wine Weekend

If you have a passion for food and wine, we have found the event that will have you drinking straight from the source. Enjoy three days of exploration in the majestic Sonoma Wine Country, located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco.

Out In The Vineyard, a Sonoma-based LGBT Tour & Event Company, produces the annual Gay Wine Weekend. Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Wine Country living and make friends for a lifetime. Think Gay Ski Week, but for wine!

This year marks the fifth year that Gay Wine Weekend will take place; attracting people from all around the country to partake in VIP Wine Receptions, Winemaker Dinners, Winery Tours, a brunch and Wine Auction, along with a pool soiree and some very fun after parties! The signature event of the weekend is the hugely successfully Twilight T-Dance, where guests dance through the magic hour of the summer sunset and into the evening, literally Out In The Vineyards of Sonoma Valley Wine Country! This year at Sonoma’s iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery, located in the heart of the bucolic and historic Valley of The Moon.

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Gay Sacramento: Walking Tours

Author: , August 2nd, 2014

Sacramento has a great variety of walking tours, and while none of them are specifically gay, we’ve sampled a bunch of them to bring you some great options.

Sacramento Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour

First off, three historical tours.

Sacramento Capitol TourThe Capitol
http://capitolmuseum.ca.gov/detail.aspx?content2=2288&content3=1036
10th & L
Mon-Fri 8 AM-5 PM; Sat-Sun 9 AM-5 PM
Free

This is a great free tour – you get a backstage look at the history and workings of the California State Capitol, including the legislature, the Governor’s office, and the artwork scattered throughout the building, And you can’t beat the price. Biggest surprise? The modern portrait of the current Governor, Jerry Brown, from his first term as Governor in the 1970’s.

Sacramento Governor's Mansion TourThe Governor’s Mansion
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=498
1526 H Street
Wed-Sun 10 AM-5 PM
$5 adults, $3 kids

While not free, this one’s only $5 for adults and $3 for kids. The Governor’s mansion is actually not where the Governor lives – he’s in an apartment two blocks south. In fact, no one has lived in the house since Jerry Brown’s Father. Nancy Reagan decided the house wasn’t nice enough for her and Ronnie, although, in her defense, our guide told us that the neighborhood was very sketchy back then, and 16th street was a main thoroughfare before the freeways were build, so it wasn’t that great a place to live. The house is being renovated – the third floor is done, and when we were there, they were painting and redoing the floors on the first two stories.

Sacramento Underground TourSacramento Underground Tour
http://www.historicoldsac.org/programs/programs-underground.asp
Old Town
Various Times – See Website
$15 adults, $10 kids

A little more expensive than the other two historic tours, but fascinating. In 1862, Sacramento experienced an epic flood that left a lake miles wide in downtown. The city decided to raise itself twenty feet, and property owners were forced to pay to construct a wall in front of their buildings to bring the streets up 20 feet. The space between the walls on either side of the street was then filled with dirt, and at that point people had to use ladders to climb down to the businesses below. The buildings were then jacked up one by one, and new walls were built below them to hold them up. And finally, wooden sidewalks were built to connect the streets to the newly raised structures. It was an amazing feat of architecture, and the hour-long tour takes you under several of the buildings to see where the city used to stand.

Next, a few food tours. Both of these are from Local Roots Food Tours, and our guide for both was the amazing Lola.

Sacramento Urban Art, Food, and Libations TourUrban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour
http://local-food-tours.com/culinary-cultural-experience/our-food-tours/
Midtown
Every Day 2 PM
$68

This tour includes food, drinks, and a tour of the street art in Midtown. The first two were great – the last one would have been more enjoyable if it hadn’t been 103 degrees out, but hey, it was cool anyhow. Standouts on this tour were the food at LowBrau (great sausage – even though I don’t like sausage) and Thai Basil. I even tried sushi for the first time – it was pretty good! Lola is full of info about the city culinary scene and the artwork you’ll encounter along the way. We’ve lived here for 11 years, and we visited five places we’d never tried before and discovered artwork we didn’t know existed.

Sacramento Gourmet on K TourGourmet on K Culinary Walking Tour
http://local-food-tours.com/culinary-cultural-experience/our-food-tours/
K Street
Fri-Mon 1:30 PM
$62

Another great food tour with Lola from Local Roots, and honestly our favorite of the two. Why? A few things, This one is under the shade for most of the tour, a big bonus on a hot summer day. It includes some real stand-outs – Mayahuel, which has amazing modern Mexican food (and a huge tequila selection, if you are so inclined), the great charcuterie and cheese plates (and wine pairings) at Downtown and Vine, and the wonderful Andy’s Candy Apothecary, a great little candy store with a story, Andy won a competition with a cash starter fund, professional help starting the business, and a year’s rent. These tours are a great way to sample restaurants you might never try otherwise.

And finally, we have a scavenger hunt.

Urban Adventure QuestUrban Adventure Quest
http://www.urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/sacramento/default.aspx
Midtown/Downtown
Anytime
$49 for up to 5

Finally, a really cool self-guided tour. Urban Adventure Quest offers pre-planned scavenger hunts in tours all around the US. Their Sacramento tour starts just east of Capitol Park, winds through the park and the Capitol, to Downtown Plaza, and finally into Old Town. The tour consists of about 20 questions (and some bonus ones) that require you to find things, count things, and discover artwork and history along the way. You play on any smart phone, and can play up to five folks for one cost. There’s even a leaderboard where you can see how you stack up against other players.

There’s something for almost everyone in Sacramento.

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