Winter Sunrise in Germany – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 12th, 2017

Germany sunrise - Dani

This week has been all about spending time with my family and about getting in shape – because I got a pretty last-minute opportunity to run a half marathon in Israel later this month!

I’ve briefly mentioned my upcoming trip in my December Life Lately round-up, and I was already super excited for my return to Israel, but this race will make it even better. The marathon route goes along the Dead Sea – one of my favorite places in Israel – so I didn’t have to think long, even though I am admittedly not in the best shape I’ve ever been.

I didn’t run a single time during my week in Berlin, and couldn’t motivate myself to go for a run when I visited my brother for a couple of days afterwards, but now that I am back at my sister’s house I’ve taken her dog Odie on a daily 5k (even though he’d gladly do a daily 10k) and have run two 10ks.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Wainwright Inn B&B – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Author: , May 11th, 2016

Wainwright Inn B&B

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

We Welcome You to the Wainwright Inn B&B … the Berkshires Bed and Breakfast originated in 1766, offering personalized service and fine home cooking by the owners; Chris and Barb . Nestled in the heart of the Southern Berkshire region in the town of Great Barrington. Walking distance to the town’s best restaurants, shops, theatres and other attractions.

The Inn is a four season getaway easily accessible from Boston and New York. We invite you to relax in our gracious setting and enjoy the hospitality of a true New England Country Our house was originally built by Captain Peter Ingersoll in 1766 on the site of an older house built in 1720s by his father Moses Ingersoll, and was known as the Troy Tavern and Inn. The colonists undoubtedly met right in our living room, planning their participation in the siege of the British troops in Boston. During the American Revolution, our house served as a fort and colonial armory.

In 1790 the house was bought by David Wainwright, a statesman and state representative. The house became known as Wainwright Hall, and later became home to his daughter Electra and son-in-law Ebenezer Pope. One of their sons, Franklin Pope, remodeled and added our porches.

Franklin Pope was an engineer, inventor, and patent attorney who did extensive work on the telegraph and electrical systems in Great Barrington, assisted by his brothers Ralph and Henry Pope. Franklin Pope with Thomas Edison was co-inventors of the ticker tape. Wainwright Hall, as it was known at the turn of the century, was a tourist destination featuring the best amenities of its day.

Successive owners have added to the charm and the diversity of the Wainwright Inn B&B, keeping it a well maintained Great Barrington Landmark. Come see the Wainwright Inn as it once again serves the traveling public.

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Wainwright Inn – Gay Friendly Great Barrington, Massachusetts B&B

Author: , May 7th, 2016

Wainwright Inn

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

Wainwright Inn is a Berkshire Bed and Breakfast nestled in the heart of the southern Berkshire region. Our historic home was originally opened as an Inn and Tavern in 1766.

The Inn is easily accessible from Boston and New York. We invite you to relax in our gracious setting and enjoy the hospitality of a real New England country Inn!

See the Wainwright Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Berkshires

A Winter Walk Around Chicago

Author: , February 27th, 2015

Chicago - Laura MottaNo matter your tastes, whether you’re into stately neoclassical, ’60s mod, or swooping steel-and-glass, Chicago has an architecture style for you. And if you’re happy to gawk up at all of the above, it’s a feast. Stop into The Rookery, one of the most iconic structures by World Exhibition designers Burnham and Root, for a tour of the lobby ($7), which was given a gold-and-glass update by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905. For a free glimpse at an architectural marvel, stop into the Chicago Cultural Center.

The space not only offers programs and classes throughout the year, the building’s showpiece is a swoon-worthy Tiffany glass dome — the largest in the world. For more modern trappings, snap photos of the famous “corn cob” towers, more formally known as Marina City, situated right on the Chicago River, then warm up by the fire in the lobby of the nearby Raddison Blu at the Aqua.

The exterior by architect Jeanne Gang, with its irregularly shaped balconies, is a geometric feast for the eye, and the hotel lobby has a coffee bar and a sleek gas fireplace that spans the length of the room. Be sure to pop into the expansive lobby of the Palmer House Hilton, with its brilliantly frescoed ceiling by French artist Louis Pierre Rigal. Have a drink at the bar, but be sure to stop at the Monroe St. entrance for a glimpse at the gilded “peacock door” — another scrolling Tiffany confection that dates back to the days when there was a fine jewelry store in the building.

By Laura Motta – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Illinois Gay Travel Resources

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Snowmosexuals – Your Season is Here

Author: , December 6th, 2014

Gay Ski WeekThe cliche is that gay folks have great bodies they love to show off in the summer with skimpy bikinis. That’s false. Many, many gays also have great bodies they like to cover in ugly sweaters while showing their prowess shushing down the slopes.

Gay ski weeks have been around nearly 40 years, and continue to grow in popularity. Whether you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder, or merely a cold-loving apres-skier who likes to cuddle by the fire and attend the many social events gay ski organizers offer, there’s something for you. Here’s our annual rundown of the major North American gay ski weeks for 2015.

Aspen Gay & Lesbian Ski Week, Aspen, Colo. Jan. 11-18. The granddaddy of gay ski weeks takes place (for the 38th time) in Aspen, kicking off the season when the new year is still in its infancy. Featuring a “four mountains, one ticket” deal for as little as $250, you can hit a different slope all weekend long with the “mountain du jour” plan. Keep this in mind, though: The $375 black diamond pass is all about unfettered access to the parties, not the lifts. Every day also features and apres ski hot tub party, as well as dance parties, a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, fashion events, whiskey and costume contests.

Winter Rendezvous XXXI, Stowe, Vt. Jan. 21-25. On the other side of the continent, Stowe, Vt.’s Winter Rendezvous party touts its “five days of wintry bliss” for the 31st time. From the opening night party to entertainment by Bianca del Rio and Dixie Longate to an ice sculpture carving competition to performances from DJ Mary Alice and the unexpected indoor pool party (hey, those bikini bodies will be useful after all!), there’s fun for all.

By Arnold Wayne Jones – Full Story at The Dallas Voice

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Toronto in the Winter

Author: , February 13th, 2014

Toronto in Winter - Alain the SojournerYes, you’re right.

I woke up super early this morning hoping I’d be able to witness the ferry breaking the ice on its first trip of the day to the island at 6:35. But, unfortunately, the odds were not in my favor; I almost made it. I was late for 6 minutes. Don’t blame me. It’s the unreliable TTC, as usual. I waited for 15 minutes at the Dufferin Subway Station for the train. Argh!

But, anyway, going to Toronto Island is like going to the arctic nowadays. There are no seals, or bears but there are ducks and birds though. :))

Lake Ontario is frozen and I felt like I was on an expedition tasked to do further research on global warming–with only one tool: a camera. Ok, I brought my best friend, too. My very reliable tripod.

Authored By Alain – See the Full Story at The Sojourner

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Embracing Winter in Quebec

Author: , February 12th, 2014

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There are cities where winter is something to be endured, where the cold months from November to March reduce citizens to shut-ins. Quebec City is not one of those places. In Quebec, the winter is celebrated. In fact, it may be one of the best times of the year to visit. Here’s how to enjoy it …

First, a note about the conditions. For sure, it is incredibly cold (winter temperatures can dip as low as -13*F), but with the correct dress, it can be manageable. Go for the three-layer technique: synthetic fabric on the bottom layer to allow humidity to escape the body, wool, flannel or fleece in the middle, and a wind-shielding exterior layer. Add a hat, scarf, mittens, and boots, and you’re ready to go.

Get into the Carnival Spirit

Undoubtedly the number one reason for visiting Quebec in the frigid winter is Carnaval de Quebec, the biggest winter festival in the world. The carnival, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, offers 16 days and nights of outdoor parties, events, and parades. They’re all presided over by official Carnaval mascot Bonhomme, a big, lovable snowman clad in an arrowhead sash and red cap. Bonhomme’s home during Carnaval is his Ice Palace, which is constructed from 2,000 blocks of ice, and is open to visitors. It’s also the setting for nighttime dance parties.

Authored By Karen Gardiner Dion – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Ten Warm Winter Getaways for Gay Travelers

Author: , February 11th, 2014

Hawaii BeachNow that the holidays are over and the frigid, harsh reality of winter has only just settled in, you may want to ditch the snow shovels for daiquiris for a warm weather retreat. There’s nothing like escaping a snowocalpse for some sun and sand, and you’ll head back home with all the vitamin D you’ll need to see you through ’til Spring.

To get the blood flowing, here are 10 gay-friendly glimmering winter escapes to ensure all your Instagram followers be thoroughly jealous this season.

Puerto Rico

In Puerto Rico the locals are friendly, the beaches are beautiful and the nightlife is hot. Check out Condado beach, where the gay sun-worshippers tend to gather. Puerto Rico might seem like an exotic paradise, but don’t forget: it is a U.S. territory so the dollar is the currency and almost everyone speaks English.

Authored By Dan Tracer – See the Full Story at GayCities

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Visiting Ontario in the Winter

Author: , January 26th, 2014

Niagara Falls Winter - Lisa Hubner

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The Canadian province of Ontario is home to some of North America’s most popular travel destinations, including cosmopolitan Toronto, the nation’s capital, Ottawa, and the majestic Niagara Falls. And while it may seem counter intuitive, winter is actually a great time to visit this versatile state. Here’s why…

Wintery (and Crowd-Free) Niagara Falls:

Even on weekends in the winter, you’ll likely have this natural wonder all to yourself. Skip the summer lines at Journey Behind the Falls and peek past the icicles as 19 million gallons of water rush over the falls every minute. In the winter, entry is only $10.20 (versus $14.45 in the summer). Or, you can purchase the Niagara Falls Wonder Pass for $18.05, which includes entry to the popular Butterfly Conservatory – a great way to warm up in the winter – and Niagara’s Fury, an educational exhibit about the history of the Falls.

Ice Wine:

Winter is ice wine season in Ontario. The province is the world’s largest producer and exporter of this sweet delicacy, which is made from grapes that are frozen while they’re still on the vine. Every January, the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake hosts the Niagara Icewine Festival, showcasing the region’s best ice wines and local foods. Even if you can’t make if for the festival, vineyards such as Reif and Trius offer affordable ice wine tastings and tours throughout the winter.

Authored By Lisa Hubner – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Gay Cruises This Winter

Author: , January 20th, 2014

Gay CruiseWinter is a great time for people from points north seeking sun and fun to converge on south Florida and board cruise ships bound for the Caribbean.

The weather has been so beautiful this winter that it may be difficult for partiers to tear themselves away from Wilton Manors and South Beach, but they will be rewarded with luxurious cruise experiences once they make it to either the ports of Fort Lauderdale or Miami. Here are profiles of six gay cruises that are setting sail in the next six weeks.

MIM Presents a Journey Down the Yellow Brick Road
January 26 – February 1: This cruise was designed for older men who want to set sail in the company of younger men, and vice versa. Royal Caribbean’s ship Independence of the Seas will be the vessel for this six-night trip, which leaves the port of Fort Lauderdale and stops at George Town in the Cayman Islands; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Royal Caribbean’s private resort in Labadee, Haiti. Bob Lawson and his entertaining mind-reading show “Mind Gaymes,” which were recently featured at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, will entertain guests aboard this cruise. This is the only cruise to leave this winter that was organized 100% by people in south Florida. For more information, call (954) 735-8108.

Authored By Mike Halterman – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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