Romantic Gay Sarasota – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , December 16th, 2018

Gay Sarasota - The Nomadic Boys

Sarasota is the arts and cultural capital of Florida. It has no fewer than 2 symphonies, an opera house, a world-class ballet company and many art galleries. That’s on top of the many beautiful powdery white sandy beaches like Siesta Key, as well as being the famous HQ of one of the world’s most eminent circus companies – the Ringling Bros.

Sarasota offers the ideal holiday for couples looking for a romantic weekend, or even for travellers who want to add on something different to their Orlando theme-park vacation. These are our 10 romantic things to do in Sarasota from our big road trip around Florida.

1. Watching the sunset together on Siesta Key beach
Siesta Key is perhaps the main reason most people will know about Sarasota. As well as being the title of a MTV reality TV show, this is also one of the best beaches in the US. For example, in 2017, it was ranked as the #1 beach in the US by Dr Beach and TripAdvisor also rates it as the #2 best beach in the US.

The reason why Siesta Key is so notorious is due to the fact that the water is so clear, clean and can be enjoyed throughout the year. In addition, the sand is powdery white, like icing sugar. This is because it is comprised of 99% pure Quartz, which means it is always silky in texture and cool to the touch, even on the hottest summer days. And if it couldn’t get any better, Siesta Key beach has spectacular sunsets every evening.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys

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Gay Philippines: Local Gay Stories – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , December 16th, 2018

Gay Philippines

In 2018 we visited the Philippines for our honeymoon and fell in love with the country. From a tourist perspective, as a gay couple in the Philippines we had no problems at all. However, we are always interested to learn about what it is like to be LGBT in a country from a local perspective and not through a rose tinted tourist lens.

This is why we got in contact with Brix, a Filipino local to learn more about what it is like to be gay in the Philippines. Check out his interview below!

Hi Brix, please introduce yourself to our readers.

Thank for the opportunity to share a bit of my life experience and insights on LGBTQ travel in the Philippines and my hometown. My name is Ruel Perez, my friends call me Brix. I may look young but I am 30 years old. I used to work in tourism & hospitality and trading in different parts of the world. After traveling around 30 countries I came back to my town, built a farmhouse and became a gardener. I am currently running for town Mayor to fight against corruption and raise awareness for LGBTQ rights in the Philippines.

By Sion and Ben – Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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Under the Lindens – Gay Owned Salt Lake City Bed & Breakfast

Author: , December 14th, 2018

Under the Lindens - Gay Owned Salt Lake City Bed & Breakfast

Under The Lindens Bed & Breakfast is a historic home (recently listed in the National Historic Register) and was originally built in 1903. The house was the home of Lewis Ramsey, a well-known Mormon painter.

We’ve renovated the property, keeping the original historic style, and Under the Lindens now offers four full suites.

Each suite has a private entrance, living room including a cozy fireplace, sleeping area with a queen bed, ceiling fan, private bathroom, full kitchen, Television, VCR & DVD Player, phone/fax line, parking, and a laundry room, deck and hot tub.

Our suites exemplify an attention to detail, with antique furnishings, marble, granite and tile counters, hardwood and tile flooring, and really comfortable beds. We don’t have any theme rooms, just refined, simple, clean decor that complements the historic nature of Under the Lindens Bed & Breakfast.

See the Under The Lindens Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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New Mexico Hot Air Ballooning – 2TravelDads

Author: , December 14th, 2018

New Mexico Hot Air Ballooning

I’m pretty adventurous when it comes to travel. I’ll rock climb with the kids, go hiking with bears and moose, I’ll free dive with sea lions and sharks, I’ll even paddleboard with alligators… but I never thought I would go hot air ballooning in New Mexico. I did it. I actually bit the bullet, climbed into a wicker basket and lifted off into the great blue beyond. And you can too!

New Mexico is known for many things, from the Navajo and Hopi pueblos and culture, to the incredible nature and epic landscape unlike anywhere else. And hot air ballooning. Since we’re all about sharing unique experiences and encouraging everyone to be a little more brave with each adventure, here’s how you can do a hot air balloon in New Mexico.

Places for New Mexico hot air ballooning

New Mexico is one of the most unique and gorgeous places I’ve ever been in the United States. It’s that combination of mountains, desert, high prairie, and vibrant geology that makes the Land of Enchantment totally enchanting. How better to experience and take in the wonder of New Mexico than from a hot air balloon? There are three primary destination in New Mexico for hot air ballooning: Gallup, Albuquerque, and Alamogordo. (see map below)

I went up out of Gallup, New Mexico and wow, the landscape made it not just beautiful, but thrilling. With Alamogordo, you’ve got the plains leading to White Sands National Monument. With Albuquerque you’ve got view of the mountains and metropolitan city. Hot air ballooning in Gallup provides you with an up-close encounter with nature… the way eagles see it.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Best Countries for Travel Photography – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , December 14th, 2018

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Given the advancements in technology and low cost airfare, it’s never been a better time to travel to your dream destinations and capture the beauty of the world with your trusty camera.

Believe it or not, most smartphones now boast cameras that could go head to head with high-quality photography equipment released just a few short years ago.

You no longer need to lug around and wish losing bags upon bags of photography equipment because you can just carry it all in your pocket. But on that note, where are the best places for travel photography where you can capture picturesque landscapes?

Norway

With its fjords and mountainous landscapes, this Scandinavian country offers photogenic landscapes that could be mistaken for beautiful fantasy-scapes straight out of a medieval novel.

You can travel just a half hour outside of any major city in Norway and your eyes will be in for a feast of staggering peaks, quaint villages nestled in mountain valleys, wide expanses of ice and snow, and alpine forests.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Somerset House Inn – Provincetown Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast

Author: , December 13th, 2018

Somerset House Inn

Coming to Provincetown? Somerset House Inn B&B offers year round lodging in the heart of Ptown, on Commercial Street just across from the bay.

We have a number of guestrooms with bay views, and can provide a friendly alternative to an impersonal hotel.

We serve our guests a hot breakfast each morning between 8:30 and 10:30 am – breakfast includes coffee, juice, and hot tea, pastries, fruit, cereal, yogurt, and a hot dish. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions or needs in advance so we can provide something appropriate for you. We also provide evening cocktails (including wine and beer and our own secret Love Potion margarita), and host a barbeque party on Saturdays in the summertime.

If you’re commemorating your anniversary or celebrating some other important event, please let us know, and we’ll be happy to help make it memorable.

See the Somerset House Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Luxembourg – The Gay UK

Author: , December 13th, 2018

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Luxembourg might not jump out at you as the most obvious place to head to for a European break. After all, France boasts Parisian style and world-renowned wines, Belgium and Germany are the beer destinations of choice for those with a taste for the hop, and if you are looking for sun, sea, sand and …well, shenanigans, then you probably head for the Mediterranean.

But if you are a cultural explorer looking to see just how much fun can be had on the pink pound, then this little country has something that no other European state can rival. So the question is, ‘how vibrant is Luxembourg, a country where their Prime Minister is openly gay?’

The Grand Duchy, as it is more formally known is encompassed by Germany, Belgium and France and the capital, Luxembourg City has a population of only 115,000, a city where languages are as trendy as their chic nightlife. I have to admit that Luxembourg was not high on my list of must-see places, but when I started to research how easy and affordable direct flights were from London City Airport with Luxair, I packed my overnight bag and off I went.

The real draw of Luxembourg, both the country and the capital city, is that it is small but perfectly formed and offers a charming and manageable slice of northern Europe. It is also one of the wealthiest countries in the world and also features high on the list for global wine consumption.

By Ray Si – Full Story at The Gay UK

 

Zion National Park – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , December 13th, 2018

Zion National Park - Free Wheel Drive

Starting our Southern Utah tour with the famous Zion National Park. We spent three full days hiking into deep canyons and up the steepest scariest trails we have ever been on. Zion is most well known for its namesake canyon, Zion Canyon. The canyon is 15 miles long and up to 2,640 ft deep! Walls of the canyon are a beautiful reddish color from the layers of Navajo Sandstone. A shuttle system takes visitors up and down the Virgin River/Canyon to several trailheads, museums, and a hotel.

The canyon area was very busy with tourists during our visit, but we found that getting to the park early and hopping on the shuttle right away helped cut down on time spent waiting in line. Once in the heart of the canyon, we never had to wait more than five minutes for a shuttle. Shuttles were implemented in the 1970s as a way to reduce traffic, smog, and noise pollution. Because of the reduced car traffic, wildlife has been able to return to the canyon floor.

A Very Brief History

Zion has a long history of Native Americans thriving along the Virgin River and exploring the nearby slot canyons further up the river. It is estimated that people lived in the area as long as 8,000 years ago. It was the Mormons who were the first white people to settle the area. Mormons petitioned the National Park Service to change the park’s name to Zion. The Latter Day Saints refer to Zion as a utopia for the righteous. Seeing how beautiful the landscape is here, it’s easy to see why people thought it could be a utopia. President Woodrow Wilson made Zion an official national park in 1919.

By Laura and Camrin – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Arbor House – San Antonio Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , December 12th, 2018

Arbor House

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.

See the Arbor House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Taipei’s a Foodie Paradise – Mic.com

Author: , December 12th, 2018

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If your idea of vacation planning is obsessively researching every restaurant, bar, coffee shop and food stand, gay Taipei, Taiwan, belongs on your bucket list. Taiwan’s sprawling capital city is home to 2.7 million residents and what feels like just as many must-visit spots for food and drink.

The island has a contentious history, with bouts of Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese presence or rule, and Taipei’s rich culinary landscape includes nods to its diverse colonial past as well as the traditions of the indigenous population: fresh Japanese seafood at DOZO Izakaya Bar, superstar soup dumplings at Din Tai Fung, fine-dining French exports like L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, unbelievable street food like stinky tofu, innovative cocktails from the R&D Cocktail Lab, German beer halls like Buckskin Beerhouse, scenic tea houses atop Maokong mountain — and that barely scratches the surface.

There’s never been a better time to visit. In the first Michelin Guide Taipei, the city had 20 restaurants receive stars, with restaurants ranging from the three-star Le Palais, famous for its expertly executed Cantonese fare, to the one-star Taiwanese-meets-Nordic hit Mume.

Thirty-six joints made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand category, including 10 street food stalls scattered throughout the Taipei’s famous night markets, where tourists, locals and everyone in between sample piping-hot black pepper buns and pearl milk tea. You’ll also find plenty of excellent shops, hotels and tourist attractions — Taipei 101, once the world’s tallest building, is definitely worth braving the crowds for — to fill time between meals.

By Meredith Heil – Full Story at Mic.com