Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Carpe Diem, Provincetown

Author: , September 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 Provincetown Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Carpe Diem Guesthouse, ProvincetownEuropean Charm and luxury amenities make this Guesthouse & SPA an escape out of the ordinary.

Our award winning boutique Hotel is quietly located in the center of Provincetown. All guestrooms offer private bath, queen size beds, down comforter and pillows, bathrobes, TV/VCR, Telephones with voicemail and dataport, suites feature fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, private entrance and/or private patios.

The Patios at the Carpe Diem are a green oasis far away from all the excitement of Commercial Street.

Our Namaste Spa offers a wonderful array of spa experiences that allow you to feel the benefits of heat and cold, light and darkness, touch and aromas. With a choice of light treatments to more intense therapies such as the Hamam Steam Room, Finnish Dry Sauna, Spa Tub Hydromassage or massage services, our guests’ journey is interspersed with relaxation time in a choice of peaceful settings.

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NY: Straight Girl Takes On Gay Nightlife

Author: , September 30th, 2011

New York Gay NightlifeIt takes some serious balls–or lack of–to be a straight female in the world of gay nightlife. But Jamie T. Ranieri, better known under her handle A Fruit Fli, has managed to infiltrate the system over the years by working with promoters like Josh Wood. “I met a boy named Alex from Cork, Ireland,” the Las Vegas native says of her introduction to gay nightlife. “When he moved to New York, Urge, Splash and XL became my home.” Her Tuesday night party, Pour Les Garcons, moves from La Pomme to The Ritz next week and becomes Tijuana Tuesdays. So, we pulled out our swatter and got this fly to buzz.

Choose One: Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, West Village, Lower East Side

Who was your celebrity sighting?
John Cusack and Christopher Walken.

Full Story from Next Magazine

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UT: Moab to Have First Pride Parade

Author: , September 30th, 2011

A gay pride march in conservative southern Utah was so unlikely that the idea started as a joke. But Amy Stocks figured it was about time, especially after the positive feedback she received online when she posted a satirical video about a small town that threw a pride festival for its one gay resident.

“I posted that video on my Facebook wall jokingly, but there was a lot of response from other locals saying, ‘We should do this,'” said Stocks, 34. “It exploded from there. The response was overwhelming.”

With help from Seattle transplant Ali Lingel, Moab’s first gay pride “visibility march” and festival has been scheduled for Saturday. She and Stocks expect between 500 and 1,000 to participate in the mile-long march that starts at Swanny City Park in downtown.

Full Story from The Republic

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Disneyland’s Gay Days to Draw More Than 30,000 Visitors

Author: , September 30th, 2011

Once an underground gathering that was regularly protested by religious groups and conservative politicians, the annual Gay Days at the Disneyland Resort marks its 14th anniversary this weekend and is expected to draw more than 30,000 people to the Anaheim amusement parks.

Though not officially sponsored by the Disneyland Resort, the annual celebration has become one of the most crowd-dependable and popular gatherings at the park.

This year, there are to be Disney-themed “Gay Day” T-shirt sales, discount tickets for attendees, an ABC television screening, concerts and a chance to talk with 90-year-old actress Carol Channing or meet up with Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, a star of the hit TV show “Glee.”

Full Story from the LA Times

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Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town

Author: , September 30th, 2011

Mount Nelson Hotel by Orient-Express Cape Town
 |  Cape Town, South Africa |  A trade mark of Cape Town, Set in a lush garden estate in the heart of this fantastic destination , the Mount Nelson Hotel encapsulates the true spirit of Orient-Express. From the moment you pass through their grand entrance, to the welcome drink at their lobby and the walk to your room or cottage in my case, you get to experience luxury and guest service at its premium class without excesses. Situated close by Table Mountain and Cape Town’s spectacular beaches, it offers easy access to all that’s happening in this vibrant city, while its gardens and spa are an oasis of calm. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Victoria Falls Zambian Side

Author: , September 30th, 2011

Victoria Falls Zambian Side  |  Livingstone, Zambia  |  During my tour across Africa, I made it to the Victoria Falls or the indigenous name   Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders). Victoria Falls are shared by Zambia and Zimbabwe, linked by the Victoria Falls Bridge. The whole volume of the beautiful Zambezi River pours through the gorges. David Livingstone gave the falls the name ‘Victoria Falls’ in honour of his Queen. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. Listed as World Heritage. > Check the Full Post and more at www.carlosmeliablog.com

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: La Dauphine, New Orleans

Author: , September 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 New Orleans Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

La Dauphine, New OrleansYou might have heard people say that New Orleans is like San Francisco, Savannah, Charleston, Paris, or Marseilles. It’s not. The biggest difference is that the streets are exploding with live music all year round. You’ve never seen such “street theater.” Our most cherished visitors come for our food, music, architecture, history, artists, and writers. The ambiance is most like the French Caribbean.

We live in the old French area, much like my Creole ancestors did, coming from France and Spain in 1715 and 1793, respectively. My mother and father grew up speaking French just a few houses away from us. Our district, Faubourg Marigny, is a quieter version of the adjacent French Quarter-the main difference being that you can actually sleep at night here. It’s the safe, artist/gay residential area with about 70 bed and breakfasts. The city attracts one million visitors each month, so accommodations fill up quickly.

Within a couple minutes walk of our front door, you have access to restaurants such as Marigny Brasserie, Belle Forche’, Cafe Negril, Feelings, Santa Fe, Marisol, La Peniche, Mona’s, Wasabi, Adolfo’s, Santa Fe, and bars such as Spotted Cat, Cafe Brasil, d.b.a., Checkpoint Charlie’s, Phoenix–not to mention an over abundance of galleries and antique shops. There’s a Cuban grocery store right across the street. Jackson Square is a mere 20-minute stroll through the adjacent French Quarter.

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A Gay Aruban Adventure

Author: , September 29th, 2011

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association welcomed their first hotel member from the Island of Aruba, the Aruba Marriott and Sellaris Casino located on Palm Beach. Didn’t think of Aruba as a gay friendly destination? Yeah, I didn’t either, until I got there.

First of all, the Aruba Marriott is a luxury loving and adventure seeking gay mans paradise with eight floors of hotel rooms featuring oversized bathrooms with a dual vanities, private 100sq ft. balcony’s with an oceanview, and plush robes for your use. Wanting to leave your room might be the only problem you encounter on your vacation. Not to mention the hotel features several in-house amenities and restaurants including a Ruth’s Chris Steak House along with a full service Spa and an array of activities at your disposal.

Now, usually, I’m not a beach person. However, I decided to take this trip to treat myself and break out of my homebody jeans-and-sweatshirt shell. Not to mention the scenery and atmosphere of the resort and beach were so inspiring to get outdoors and dive right into everything the island had to offer.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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FL: New Gay Friendly Hospitality Program Launched in Miami Beach

Author: , September 29th, 2011

Gay Miami Beach TravelMiami Beach, for years the destination of choice for LGBT travelers looking for a community that welcomes them without reservation, is going the extra step this fall in reaching out to LGBT visitors. The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (MDGLCC) and the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach are announcing the launch of the Pink Flamingo Hospitality Program on September 28th.

The Pink Flamingo Hospitality Program will be conducted by MDGLCC partner, YES Institute, the industry source for knowledge on gender and orientation. YES institute will provide one-hour educational workshops for hoteliers that address fears and misinformation that lead to discrimination by using a unique discussion method designed to turn “us vs. them” into just “us,” so no one is seen as an outsider.

“The goal of this program is to let our gay travelers feel just like any other tourists who stay on the beach,” said Steve Adkins, president, Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. “We don’t just want them to feel welcome, we want them to feel like they can act the way they do when at home.”

Full Story from Market Watch

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Gay Travel: Where to Go for Halloween

Author: , September 29th, 2011

Gay HalloweenGhosts, goblins and gays are synonymous with Halloween. And if you’re looking for a spooktacular LGBT-friendly destination to spend the holiday, here are Elsewhere’s picks:

Toronto — One day is simply not enough time to celebrate Halloween in Toronto. Celebrating its 5th year, Halloweek is held in the heart of the city’s gay neighborhood, Church Wellesley Village. Area restaurants offers special Halloween-themed menus, businesses dress up their windows (interiors and exteriors with eye catching Halloween displays), pumpkins are carved and there is one hell of a block party.

Full Story from Metro Weekly

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