Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Palm Plaza Resort, Fort Lauderdale

Author: , July 31st, 2011

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

Gay Friendly Fort Lauderdale Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Palm Plaza Resort, Fort LauderdaleThe Palm Plaza Resort is situated on a quiet residential street, three short blocks from Fort Lauderdale beach and four blocks from it’s famous and very popular gay section. The beautiful tropical garden, complete with outdoor tables, chaises and a 3 man swing, is the perfect place to relax and unwind or socialize with the other guys.

The outdoor gas BBQ makes evening cookouts easy and fun. The heated, clothing optional swimming pool is a natural focus of activities and our entire grounds are covered by our Wi-Fi hotspot (wireless DSL Internet access).

Our beautifully appointed en-suite accommodations are perfect for your every need. Well equipped Hotel Rooms with either a King or a Queen bed, refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker, fully Air-conditioned, Ceiling fan, Digital cable TV that includes complimentary access to 10 HBO movie channels, DVD, VCR, Music CD and mp3 CD player combo, telephone which includes voicemail and Dataport for modem connectivity.

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PA: Central Pennsylvania Pride Draws Thousands

Author: , July 31st, 2011

Pride festival of Central PA went off without a hitch and drew thousands along Riverfront Park today.

This year’s event came right after a major decision in the gay and lesbian community.

It’s one of the biggest one day festivals in our area, and this year Pride Fest comes on the heels of a monumental decision in nearby New York; the decision by lawmakers there for same sex marriage is something many here hopes happens very soon….. “Just because you are transgender, gay or lesbian doesn’t mean you’re not human, everybody deserves that right,” Andrew Aguirre said.

Full Story from WHPTV

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TX: Straight Ally Ben Cohen to Helm Dallas Gay Pride Parade

Author: , July 31st, 2011

UK rugby star Ben Cohen and openly gay Forth Worth Councilman Joel Burns will help celebrate Dallas Gay Pride.

Thousands of revelers are expected to travel the roughly 1 mile parade route down Cedar Springs Road to Lee Park in downtown Dallas on September 18.

The 28th annual Dallas Gay Pride Parade, called the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade, will be led by three grand marshals, the Dallas Voice reported: Alan Pierce and Gary Miller, partners in life and owners of the Round-Up Saloon, and community volunteer Chris Bengston.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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NY: High Line Park Gets New Skate Rink

Author: , July 31st, 2011

New Yorkers now have a new Skate Rink the High Line Rink | New York, High Line | Just opened today, is the new reason to come and visit the High Line. a new, outdoor rollerskating rink now open under the High Line.

Open for a limited time this summer, from Thursday, July 28 to Monday, September 26, the High Line Rink is one of the only open-air rollerskating venues in Manhattan, with regularly scheduled theme nights and other fun public activities for visitors of all ages. Admission will be free for the first 500 people on the first three days of operation thanks to UNIQLO.

Full Story from the Carlos Melia Blog

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Pahoa, Hawaii – A Big Island Town With an Alternative Flair

Author: , July 30th, 2011
by Cindy & Richard Vogel, Ohia House, Pahoa, Big island, Hawaii
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The quaint old town Pahoa, this Hawaiian village has an alternative flair and started out in the late 1800’s as a lumber town making koa and ohia railroad ties and later became a sugar town.

Pahoa, Big IslandAround 1960 Pahoa was named the anthurium and papaya capital of the world. This historic town boasts several excellent restaurants, shops and galleries and even an open market on Sunday mornings.

Just a short drive is the beautiful Kalapana “new” black sand beach being created from the Kilauea lava flow, from there you can follow Hwy. 137 (red road) to the turquoise blue waters of Kehena Beach, watch closely and you’ll spot numerous dolphins, sea turtles, or whale watching during our winter months.

Pahoa WaterfallContinue on 137 through our tropical rainforest to MacKenzie State Recreation Area, Issac Hale Beach Park, where you can swim or watch our local surfers, or join them! This park, located a few miles away, and is where you will catch the Lava Boat tours.

Grab a snack from any one of the local snack trucks or continue on to Ahalanui Warm Springs for a therapeutic dip or enjoy unsurpassed snorkeling at Kapoho Tide Pools.

Some of the best snorkeling is on the Big Island, Kapoho Tide Pools where you can view a wide variety of tropical fish and coral. Just beyond this spot is the “Champagne Pond”, an ocean spring and favorite spot of many sea turtles!

Lava Tree State Park has some of the most fascinating lava rock formations in the entire Hawaiian Islands. The ancient lava flow left a thick coating as it flowed through old forests encasing the larger trees and burning them to ashes, but not before creating free standing tubes in the shape of the trees.

Pahoa Ocean

The Big Island is considered the orchid capital of the world. See thousands of blooming orchids at one of several local orchid farms open to the public, and even ship an orchid home from Hawaii.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden is a 40 acre botanical garden jewel to the islands. It has waterfalls, scenic ocean views, and enormous mango and coconut palm trees that are over 100 years old. You will find orchids and anthuriums.

Take a 20 minute drive out of Pahoa to the Nation’s only natural tropical rainforest zoo where you will find more than 80 animal species, including a White Bengal Tiger.

Just an hour from Pahoa, at Volcanoes National Park, you will find numerous hiking trails, see steam vents, and lava tubes both inside and outside the park. For the latest information on the volcano’s activity, see theUSGS Hawaii Volcano Website or the Big Island Visitors Bureau website which are both updated regularly.

Play a round of championship golf at Pele’s Course at the Volcano Golf and Country Club situated on the rim of the active Kilauea volcanic crater. This public course is 18 holes, par 72, and has a total of 6,547 yards of playing area.

Fourty minutes away is the city of Hilo. This city is built around the crescent-shaped Hilo Bay. Often described as the “Honolulu before the jets came”, Hilo is a visit back in time to “Old Hawaii”.

Shop at the interesting boutiques and antique stores, or grab a bite at the wide variety of ethnic restaurants. You can also enjoy a fabulous farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday.

Don’t miss Coconut Island, also known as the Healing Island and is a favorite of locals for fishing, swimming, or picnicking and its shallow sandy pools make it an ideal place for families. A must for the traveler is Rainbow Falls, a spectacular waterfall just outside the town.

Experience hula dancing at its finest with the annual Merrie Monarch Festival and Competition held annually in April. This is the ultimate Hawaiian cultural event. It

Ohia House is an intimate Bed and Breakfast located on the Big Island of Hawaii that blends luxury, serenity and personal service, to give you a true feeling of seclusion and serenity. With only one well-appointed suite, you are our only guest! Come let Ohia House B& B be your private retreat on Hawaii, experience aloha the way it is meant to be experienced.

Ohia House is a licensed and permitted B & B by the state of Hawaii, the perfect home base for your Big Island vacation. Centrally located between Hilo and Volcanoes National Park, located in the Puna district in tropical Leilani Estates. We are just minutes from the quaint village of Pahoa, where you will find numerous restaurants and shops. Our rates are $110 per night for two guests plus applicable state taxes. Book 7 nights and receive one night free, yes only pay for 6. Each morning includes a great tropical breakfast served on your private screened lanai. Whatever your pleasure, it is here at Ohia House, we’re waiting for you.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Biltmore Village Inn, Asheville, NC

Author: , July 30th, 2011

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

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

Biltmore Village Inn, Asheville, North CarolinaWe are pleased to welcome you to the Biltmore Village Inn Bed and Breakfast, just a stone’s throw from the gates of the Biltmore Estate, and a short walk from the shopping, restaurants, and attractions of Biltmore Village of Asheville, North Carolina.

Built in 1892 by George Vanderbilt’s lawyer, the rooms of our bed and breakfast inn have been completely updated, blending period decor with modern comforts: whirlpool tubs (most double) and separate showers in every en suite bathroom, guest-controlled thermostats for the central heating and air conditioning in the main house, fireplaces in all the rooms (and in several bathrooms), cable TV, and phones with dataports.

The huge porches invite you to sit and enjoy the mountain views, the multitude of birds, and the breeze that always blows across our hilltop.

The inn holds our collection of antique furnishings, paintings, and accessories, which represent 25 years of searching. Appropriately for a Queen Anne Victorian house, many of the pieces are in the Queen Anne style.

This is our third bed and breakfast inn, and our aim is still the same: We specialize in stress reduction. We have afternoon tea either on the porches or by the fireplace in the parlor. Full breakfasts include a number of specialties like Parmesan souffle with an apple and bacon confit, raspberry croissants in an almond custard, frittatas, freshly-baked breads and muffins, and specialty coffees and teas. We’re here to guide you on your expeditions to the exciting Asheville area, and to introduce you to our town’s wonderful restaurants.

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3K March in Jerusalem Pride

Author: , July 30th, 2011

Over the strenuous objections of religious groups, yesterday about 3000 activists marched in Jerusalem’s pride parade. The event coincided with the date of the murderous 2009 attack on a Tel Aviv LGBT youth center. The perpetrators of that attack have still not been apprehended.

Full Story from Joe.My.God

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India Looking to Gay Tourism

Author: , July 30th, 2011

India Gay TravelHaving visited countries they find safe and fun, foreign gay travelers are increasingly touring India to get an experience of this varied and beautiful travel destination, thanks to niche travel agencies and a mindset change.

As many as five gay travel agencies in India offer customised packages including surrogacy tours, spiritual camps, weddings and honeymoon packages and a promise of an experience sans negative incidents that they face in conservative cultures.

“Customised packages — everything from yoga, spiritual, weddings, honeymoon or even surrogacy tours — are the main attractions for foreign gay tourists to India,” Abhinav Goel, founder of OutJourneys.com, an travel gancy dedicated to gay travel, said.

Full Story from ETN

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Toronto Townhouse

Author: , July 29th, 2011

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

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

Toronto Townhouse - Toronto, OntarioWe offer to visitors a beautiful and grand heritage home, centrally located – with quiet, pleasant surroundings in a nonsmoking environment. We have luxury suites and cozy to large rooms available at reasonable prices.

We are right in the heart of Downtown Toronto, just a few blocks walking distance from the Gay Village on Church Street.

We are the first and only B&B to ever win the coveted Diner’s Club Int’l/Toronto Tourism Award for accommodation, something usually won by larger hotels. We received an Honorable Mention again in subsequent years. Our neighborhood, Old Cabbagetown has also been voted the best place to live by Toronto Life Magazine.

We are also within walking distance of the subway, and we are on a major 24 hr transit route.

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Gay Travel Events This Weekend

Author: , July 29th, 2011

COPENHAGEN – Queer Festival Copenhagen 2011
Denmark’s largest city turns into LGBT central this weekend. Enjoy this always popular festival with concerts, film screenings, workshops, etc.

VANCOUVER – Vancouver Pride
This year’s theme … Educate, Liberate, Celebrate! Emphasis on the last! Parties, a huge parade and hotties from around the world make this one of the hottest pride events in North America.

VANCOUVER – 2011 Vancouver Outgames
With upwards of 1,000 athletes and participants expected in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, the Outgames is a perfect complement to the Pride festivities. Soccer, volleyball, track and field and so much more!

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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