Win Two Nights at a Luxury Edinburgh Hotel

Author: , January 16th, 2017

Nira Caledonia contest

OutOfOffice.com is giving you the chance to win a two-night stay at the beautiful five-star Edinburgh hotel Nira Caledonia.

Located on the cobbled streets of New Town, this romantic boutique property combines the luxury of a top five-star with the intimacy and peace of a cosy townhouse.

The 28-bedroom hotel features stunning original cornicing and plasterwork. An intimate restaurant is lit by the soft glow of a chandelier, while the striking architecture on the street opposite is visible through original sash windows.

A successful blend of Georgian period features and contemporary furnishings characterises the decor throughout the property. This, together with a home-from-home ambience, defines the very essence of Nira Caledonia.

The prize includes:

Two-night stay in a Petite Double room, complimentary upgrade, early check-in and late check out, welcome drink upon arrival, full Scottish Breakfast each morning, a three-course dinner for two people including a bottle of house wine at Blackwood’s Bar & Grill and a Silver Whisky Barrel ride at The Scotch Whisky Experience.

Enter at Gay Star News

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Buckingham Palace, But No Queen – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 16th, 2017

Buckingham Palace

The Queen was nowhere when I visited her residence, The Buckingham Palace in London. It’s either she was busy or just didn’t want to meet a fellow queen – that’s me. Or probably she was babysitting the adorable Prince George playing with her adorable corgis. But, whatever her reasons are, it’s not acceptable to snub me. Hahahahahaha!

Right after we finished watching the Changing of the Guards, we headed out to Buckingham Palace which was once called as Buckingham House. The gardens and the park surrounding the palace are well-kept, thus, selfie sticks are flying up in the air for best photographic angles.

The Buckingham Palace is the centre and residence of the British Monarchy since 1837. The palace has 775 rooms! Yes, that’s really huge, eh? Fifty two of these are Royal and guest rooms.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Aerie Beach Club – Provincetown, Massachusetts

Author: , January 15th, 2017

Aerie Beach Club

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

Aeirie Beach Club is at 425 Commercial Street in the heart of Provincetown. We provide luxurious oceanfront apartment rentals – private, fully equipped accommodations that include private balconies with panoramic beach and Cape Cod Bay views.

Aerie Beach Club has four accommodations available – a provate cottage and three apartments, one per floor, in our main building. The property also includes a beautiful lawn with gardens that opens onto our own private harbor beach.

Each of our Provincetown vacation rental apartments has a complete kitchen, direct dial phone and voice mail, wireless internet access, a DVD player, 2 televisions, CD player and BBQ grill.

Apartment One (the cottage) is air conditioned. Apartments 2, 3 and 4 in our main building have floor fans.

We have an on-site laundry room for guest use, and guests can use the Aerie Guest House facilities next door – a DVD library, bikes to ride, our hot tub and our large continental breakfast.

There’s one parking space for each apartment, and we greet you with complimentary champagne when you arrive. Each guest room has linens and towels, but we do not provide daily housekeeping service. Check-in and out is at the Aerie Beach Guesthouse office around the corner. Aerie Beach Club apartments are nonsmoking, but smoking is allowed on the outdoor decks.

Looking for the perfect place to spend a weekend (or a week) in Provincetown? Come stay with us at the Aerie Beach Club – luxury in the heart of Provincetown.

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Dani’s 16 Favorite Travel Moments of 2016 – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , January 15th, 2017

Dani 2016

2016 was an interesting year, with travels I didn’t see coming at all, and visits to places I had on my travel wish list but didn’t think I’d go to this year. I terribly failed at my travel wish list – out of the ten places I wanted to visit, I only made it to one (Colombia).

2016 was the year I started off by saying I really want to slow down (see: The Evolution Of A Nomad), but then I ended up traveling more than in previous years. Even though I only visited six countries, my time in the US was spent between five states, and I ended up on 23 flights (from one place to another, not counting connecting flights), which means I took about two flights per month.

I tried to add up the number of beds I slept in and came up with 82, but to be honest, I may have forgotten a couple. That means I’ve slept in a new bed every five days, and at least 12 beds more than in 2015, even though I visited less countries this year – down from 15 countries last year. I spent time in five different US states, however, I spent around a month in each: Washington, New York, Arizona, Texas and California.

I shared the details of each month’s ups and downs in my monthly round-ups, but here are my top 16 travel moments of 2016 as a whole:

16 ICE SKATING IN MANHATTAN

There are only two things in New York City that get me excited for winter: Central Park covered in snow (which I witnessed two years ago) and the ice rinks. Despite spending all of December in New York last year, I never found someone to go ice skating with. This year, I finally made it to Bryant Park for an ice skating session, and if I end up spending next winter in New York, I’ll definitely invest in skates – so much fun!

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

Gay Thailand – Best Kept Secrets

Author: , January 15th, 2017

Gay Thailand

The intense gay life of Thailand makes this Far East dream an attractive reality for LGBTI travelers.

Gay Thailand is one of the most open-minded and welcoming countries in the world, with the gay community completely accepted and welcome. The country presents a rich and organized gay scene, that even the big metropoles of Europe and US would be jealous for.

With exotic destinations that make you instantly fall in love, like Phuket, Ko Samui and Pattaya, and with one of the most fascinating capitals in the world – Bangkok – Thailand has become one of the top destinations for gay travelers from across the globe.

Destsetters, in collaboration with Gay Star News, takes a deep dive into the Thai world and presents the the top things to know about gay travel in the country…

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Events: Apple Hill String Quartet

Author: , January 15th, 2017

Events: Apple Hill String Quartet! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ The glynnhse winterApple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire as well as for world premieres and commissioned pieces. Violinist Elise Kuder is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Violinist Colleen Jennings toured extensively throughout Western Europe. Mike Kelley, viola, graduated from The Walnut Hill School for the Arts and has received degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School. Rupert Thompson made his solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of 18 and received the C.D. Jackson Memorial Award of Merit from Tanglewood. Experience a terrific evening of music at the Smith Recital Hall February 3.

Reserve your elegant Silver Center accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure, plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘Apple Hill String Quartet’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Newbie Guide to Lesbian New Orleans

Author: , January 14th, 2017

lesbian New Orleans

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 Cafe 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.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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The Rosetta Stone – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , January 14th, 2017

Rosetta Stone - Keep Calm and Wander

Events: Mike Girard’s Big Swinging Thing

Author: , January 14th, 2017

Events: Mike Girard’s Big Swinging Thing! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ Mike Girard is the captivating and energetic lead singer and founder of Boston’s legendary band THE FOOLS. He has a new project. Along with Fool’s guitarist Rich Barrett, Mike is joined by the lovely backup singers, The Jewels and some of New England’s best musicians.  If you’re looking to rock, get ready for the power of this 20 piece Rock and Roll Big Band. They’ll be doing the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Billy Idol, the Animals and so much more! If you’re ready to party this band will have everyone in the room on the feet and dancing! Join Mike Girard’s Big Swinging Thing at the Flying Monkey Jan21.

Book your Flying Monkey accommodation at the GLBT friendly Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments are available daily. Early evening wine and cheese is offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other winter activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, dog sled trips, fine dining, hiking, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, skiing , snow play and ‘tax free’ shopping. Or, simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many winter activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Mike Girard’s Big Swinging Thing’ Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Brewster Inn – Gay Friendly B&B in Dexter, Maine

Author: , January 13th, 2017

Brewster Inn

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

The Brewster Inn is located in Dexter, Maine which is less than an hour’s drive to the coast or Bangor and the beautiful Moosehead Lake and Mt Katahdin region of Maine. The Inn is perfect for special events, parties and weddings. We also offer the Inn as facility space for corporate meetings and group retreats of all kinds.>p>Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, quiet weekend of relaxation, wedding or retreat location, business facility or vacation filled with outdoor activities, The Brewster Inn of Dexter, Maine welcomes you!

The Brewster Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a former Maine Governer and Government Senators family home. If you ever saw the the 3 x”Golden Globe” and 5 x Oscar award winning film “The Aviator” starrring Leonardo De Caprio as Howard Hughes then you will of seen Alan Alda from MASH playing the Senator that was in charge of the Government task force that tried to bring Howard Hughes down. In that film Alan Alda played Senator and also Governor Owen Brewster and its his home we have so it’s pretty historic.

Our home was shown on TV across the USA on HGTV in June 2008 on “If Walls Could Talk” and has been replayed numerous times since then.

Presidents Truman and Taft, 7 Senators that we’re aware of and Louis B Mayer founder of MGM Films have all been and stayed here. The house was remodeled in 1934 by Maine and quite possibly New Englands most famous architect John Calvin Stevens.

Our 9 guest rooms range from expansive to cozy, and each offers a distinct personality. Some feature King size beds, fireplaces, original wood panelling, window seats and original tile bathrooms. Others offer a view of the gardens or a whirlpool bath for two. One handicapped accessible guestroom is also available. All guest rooms have their own bathrooms, cable HD & 26 or 32″ LCDTV, AC in season and their own independent heating controls, wi-fi, IPod/IPhone docking stations, luxury bathrobes and towels as well as in-room DVD players with movies all available for you to enjoy. We also encourage you to take advantage of our large living room, expansive gardens, screen porch and patio for relaxation, reading, conversation or just watching the world go by. The dining room is a great space for writing or playing board games.

The Brewster Inn welcomes children of all ages.

Explore the area and all of its quaint charm while staying with us. Walk to shops in Dexter where you will find a variety of shopping, antiques and Maine made items. Take a drive or bicycle ride around the area and experience an abundance of scenic views from lake Wassookeag, charming farms and beautiful countryside.

Visit one our many local farms and orchards for apple and pumpkin picking. Don’t forget to take home our delicious Maine pure maple syrup.

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