Gateways Inn – Berkshires Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , October 8th, 2018

Gateways Inn - Lenox

The Gateways Inn & Restaurant, located in the heart of Lenox, MA, will take you to another time and place with its incomparable charm. The elegance of the Procter Mansion, paired with the hospitality of Innkeepers Michele & Eiran Gazit, will surely make your stay more enjoyable. Our eleven luxurious guestrooms seamlessly join the charm of the past with the conveniences of modern amenities.

To ensure your privacy, each of our guestrooms have private en-suite bathrooms. All of our rooms feature telephones, cable TV, complimentary WiFi, central heat and air conditioning, hair dryers, irons & ironing boards and plush bathrobes & slippers. A full, European style breakfast is included in the room rate and is served daily in our elegant private dining room or in our sun drenched enclosed terrace.

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

 

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 8th, 2018

Hagia Sophia in Istanbul - Keep Calm and Wander

Aya Sofia or Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is another must-visit attraction that would blow your mind away. It served as a Byzantine Cathedral from 537-1204; a Roman Cathedral until 1261; a Greek Orthodox Cathedral through 1453; an Ottoman mosque until 1931; and then, it became a museum which we enjoy until today.

I gasped when I visited the church turned mosque turned museum. It’s a mixture of historical and architectural wonders. It’s a wonderful blend of Roman, Ottoman, Islamic and Byzantine architectures – and I couldn’t help myself but gazed at every details of the interior that stood the test of history and war times. The towering dome is, in itself, a beauty that I’ve never seen anywhere – lightened up by its innumerable windows filtering the daylight.

Hagia Sophia is just across the famed Blue Mosque in Sultahnamet area of Istanbul. You can’t skip one in favour of the other. These two are inseparable tourists destinations that you must see – once in your lifetime!

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Historic St. Augustine – Go Girlfriend

Author: , October 8th, 2018

Aviles Street, Historic St. Augustine - pixabay

Celebrating nearly 500 years as the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United Sates, don’t be fooled by the age of this vibrant city. This abuela (grandmother) of american cities will surprise you with amazing restaurants, a vibrant city core, miles of beaches, a touch of sinfulness, and historic sites to explore that will turn back time.

As a getaway destination, there is more than a few days needed to experience the scope of St. Augustine’s richness. As a couple’s romantic destination, a girlfriend’s weekend retreat or a family beach vacation, a simple walk over the Bridge of Lions will tease excitement of what historic St. Augustine has to offer.

Where to Eat in St. Augustine

Good question? Would you like the old city or the more modern? Would you like seafood (fresh catches right from the ocean), farm to table freshness, or have a specific taste preference? I’m certain St. Augustine can satisfy it.

Catch 27 – deliciously delivering fresh seafood made from scratch with the freshest of locally sourced ingredients – what a treat! Try their cheese board as an appetiser with smoked blue cheese and drunken cherries, and any cocktail that features the distinctive St. Augustine gin.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Gay Honduras – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , October 6th, 2018

Gay Honduras - The Globetrotter Guys

When we travelled Central America we were naturally a little bit concerned about our safety in Honduras and in El Salvador. We opted to join an organised tour to safely see and pass through these two countries. As a result, we did not get the time to explore ‘gay Honduras’ ourselves.

However, we did manage to get in contact with an LGBT local called Joshua to learn more about gay life in Honduras. Read the full interview below:

Firstly, please introduce yourself to our readers:

Hi, my name is Joshua. I am 37, from Honduras and I work as an elementary teacher.

I really enjoy travelling and meeting new people to learn about their culture and stories.

My favourite place to go is the beach. I love the ocean, the sand and the sun. I think the beach is the perfect place to rest, think, party etc, well to do anything!!

As a teacher I like Science and now after many years I am a first grade teacher. I really love working with young kids. I spend much of my time improving myself as a teacher to be up to date with matters related to education.

Also I am a couchsurfer, and I love to have people visit, to help them and to learn a bit about their country. I used to be a party monster but I am more relaxed now. I like beer, books and good conversation.

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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Top Male Revue in Las Vegas Welcomes the LGBTQ+ Community

Author: , October 6th, 2018

Aussie Heat

The folks at Aussie Heat recently contacted us to help get out the word that we’re welcome at their Las Vegas show.

They’re also giving away a VIP show package to one lucky PurpleRoofs.com reader – comment on this post below for a chance to win.

Las Vegas is full of surprises, including a male revue that stands out for its all-inclusive attitude. Everyone in the audience is treated equally by these body-baring hunks. From the beginning, this show has welcomed men and does not shy away from giving lap dances and inviting guys to partake in the on-stage fun. Check out the tantalizing cast on the cover of Las Vegas PRIDE magazine!

We’re talking about the Australian-born show, Aussie Heat! Celebrating three successful years in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aussie Heat has captivated audiences with more than 600 performances. After catching the world’s eye on Australia’s Got Talentand So You Think You Can Dance Australia, this group now takes male revue to a whole new level. Aussie Heat is comprised of eight professionally trained dancers in street, break and hip-hop dancing. Recognized as Vegas’s most hands-on, interactive male revue, the show recently reached #4 on Trip Advisor out of all shows in Las Vegas.In 2015, Aussie Heat debuted at The D in downtown Las Vegas, and within a year quickly relocated to center-Strip, where they continue to burn up the stage at the V Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Performing four nights a week, Aussie Heat now features six new dancers, new dance numbers, and an all-new beachy look that honors their down-under roots. That’s right, this show just gets better and better!

Unlike typical, formulaic male strip shows, Aussie Heat’s “Strip-Hop” performances are genuine, original numbers that break the mold of male revues. Known for their talent first, the Aussie Heat cast unleashes hip-hop moves, skilled acrobatics,and other forms of contemporary dance. The unparalleled revue sets the stage on fire by delivering the ultimate night out complete with sultry routines, intimate audience interaction and tantalizing innuendos, leaving each guest on the edge of their seat.

To celebrate their third anniversary, Aussie Heat is offering a special bachelor party promotion, where bachelors receive $10 OFF tickets and the groom is FREE, plus guaranteed onstage experience for the groom.In addition, all VIP ticket groups of 10 or more include complimentary transportation. QLife even offers a discount ticket code for 20% off on Sunday Funday Gay Nightat Aussie Heat!

“There is no other show like Aussie Heat In Las Vegas. We enjoy providing a unique experience our audience feels connected to, while having a wild time,” said Aussie Heat emcee and manager, Adam Barr. “We feel so lucky to celebrate three years onstage in Las Vegas, and we’re excited to continue performing a one-of-a-kind show for our fans!”
Aussie Heat explodes with interactive seduction and world-class choreography, performing four nights a week at the V Theater inside Miracle Mile Shops. Tickets to the electrifying show start at $54.99 (plus applicable tax fees) and can be purchased online at the  V Theater Box Office. For more information, visit http://www.aussieheatlv.com, or follow on Facebook @AussieHeatLV, Instagram@AussieHeatLV and YouTube @AussieHeat.

Northern Florida’s Unique Finds – 2TravelDads

Author: , October 5th, 2018

Northern Florida - 2TravelDads

Our latest piece for the Alamo Rent a Car Scenic Route hub is live and it’s all about our favorite family destination: the North Florida coast and inland! We love to visit and explore Florida, not just because of its sunshine, but because of its beautiful nature, fascinating history, and cool cultural finds.

From tip to tip, Florida has some of our top picks for family travel just perfect for exploring the Scenic Route, but the North Florida coast is really a gem. Check out our full piece on Alamo’s site, but here’s a little preview of what you’ll find. And each picture is just a hint… cuz who doesn’t love a good suspense post, right?

Fun fact: did you know that the oldest city in the USA is in Florida? It’s true, and we love visiting St. Augustine for a flashback in time and cool activities with kids. There’s more to it though…

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Lesbian New Orleans for Newbies – Go Girlfriend

Author: , October 5th, 2018

lesbian New Orleans - pixabay

Visiting lesbian New Orleans for the first time? Prioritize your agenda – lots of play, a good amount of eating and maybe a little sleep. From girlfriends exploring, bachelorette and bachelor parties, to couples wandering hand-in-hand looking for amour en Vieux Carre, the French Quarter is alive at all hours of the day or night.

Experienced Nola travelers pace themselves but it’s newbies get overwhelmed and enjoy some things a little too much (like Bourbon street after midnight) and completely miss the magic of other things (like beignets at Café du Monde). If you’re planning a trip to the Big Easy, pull up a chair and learn how to strategize your Nola travel time like a pro.

It’s no secret how Nawlins, also known as Mardi Gras City got its name – lavish celebrations, wee-hour partying and drunken rowdiness is just another day (or night) in this city. Bourbon Street captures more than its fair share of attention, but there’s so much more this city has to offer – historically, culturally and architecturally.

Whether you’re chasing bawdy carousing after dark or memorable moments with your lover, start your day with a beignet and chicory coffee at Café du Monde. The restaurant is always busy so we suggest using the to-go window and crossing the street to the quieter Jackson Square. From there, you’re ready to experience all the French Quarter has to offer…

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Hiking the Hudson Valley’s Gertrude’s Nose Trail – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , October 4th, 2018

Gertrude’s Nose Trail - Globetrotter Girls

Just a couple of days after returning to New York, I found myself at Grand Central Terminal, ticket in hand and ready to board a train to New Hamburg, a small town on the Hudson River in Upstate New York.

This wasn’t going to be a long trip, but even a couple of days away from the city are enough for me to recharge my batteries, and I was on a mission to clear my head with another great hike, after all the fantastic hikes I did in Tennessee last month.

The Lower Hudson Valley has enough hikes to keep me busy (and in shape!) for the next few years, but somehow I haven’t made it up there one single time since a long day hike last summer.

We consulted our hiking guide book to find a great day hike and finally settled on a trail inside the Minnewaska State Park preserve: the 7-mile Gertrude’s Nose Trail with a detour to Lake Minnewaska.

The hike started off fairly easy, on a gravel road, until we turned off the road onto a smaller trail. The entire morning we didn’t see a single other person, and the first sign that we weren’t the only ones in the woods were fresh bear tracks which made me slightly nervous. For the next couple of hours, we followed the path along the edge of steep cliffs, always overlooking the vast forest that was surrounding us. It never ceases to amaze me how close I am to so much untouched nature – just a couple of hours north of New York City.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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How to Do Gay Mykonos

Author: , October 4th, 2018

I was in my 20s the first time I went to gay Mykonos alone. It was also the first time I was able to be out as gay in Greece.

My grandmother was from Andros, part iof the Cyclades Islands, along with Mykonos, Santorini, and dozens of other islands. I spent many summers in Andros watching the ferries from Athens stop at the hora (town) with gay partygoers on their way to Mykonos, and I began plotting early how I would eventually get there myself.

As a teenager, I wasn’t out to my family. My cousins and I would spend every August with our aunts in Andros, where they watched us like prison guards — our comings and goings were clocked and recorded meticulously. Even going on a (hetero) date would have entailed an entourage of chaperones from each family following us everywhere we went.

When I was 25, I took a business trip to Athens, and although I had an obligation to visit family in Andros, I had already mapped out my escape — claiming I could only stay for three days before heading out, when I actually planned five days in Mykonos.

I can still recall stepping onto the ferry — my aunt crying and my entire family on the dock wishing me farewell. I felt bad for lying as we pulled away from the dock. But by the time I could no longer see them, the thrill of my adventure overtook any guilt.

By this time, Mykonos held almost a mythical, Atlantis-style quality to it. And as I disembarked near Little Venice I couldn’t believe I was really there. Those five days in Mykonos are forever seared into my memory. I’ve been back many times since, and every time it has been an adventure — which is part of the island’s allure. People love to get lost on Mykonos — literally and figuratively. You can spend hours trying to find your way out of the labyrinth of streets that often lead to dead ends. The island was developed this way on purpose, to deter pirates who raided Mykonos in the 19th century seeking Venetian treasure.

By Savas Abadsidis – Full Story at the Advocate

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Renting Pocket Wifi in Japan – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , October 1st, 2018

Pocket Wifi

If you’re planning a trip to Japan, renting a pocket WiFi is a great way to stay connected during your travels without incurring roaming charges or having to buy a new SIM card. Whilst it is true public WiFi hot spots have become more available over the past few years, you’ll quickly realise it won’t be enough to keep you connected on the road, hence the need to invest in a pocket WiFi.

This small portable WiFi device has completely changed the way people travel. Whereas before, you would most likely need to buy several prepaid SIM cards for every single traveller in your group, with one standalone pocket WiFi you can instead connect multiple devices at once, with unlimited internet access. It’s also light, easy to transport, and fits comfortably in your pocket.

During our extensive travels in Japan, we tested renting a pocket WiFi with several providers and found it to be an essential item to add to any travel shopping list. However, there are so many different options to choose from that it can be quite overwhelming to decide which one is best for you. We therefore put together this comprehensive guide to renting a pocket WiFi in Japan with plenty of guidance and clarity to help you decide which one you should pick.

What is pocket WiFi?

Pocket WiFi is a small portable device with a SIM card inside which transforms 3G and 4G signals into a private and secure WiFi connection. It’s perfect for tablet, smartphone and laptop users who want to stay connected with high speed wireless internet whilst travelling.

For example, you’re walking the streets of Tokyo, and want to find a good restaurant to sample some traditional Japanese foods. A simple search on TripAdvisor or Google Maps will quickly pinpoint the best restaurants nearby with directions on how to get there.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at The Nomadic Boys