New Gay Travel/Lifestyle Magazine Connextions Available

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Connextions Gay Travel MagazineNew York-based Connextions Magazine is pleased to announce that a contract has just been signed with Source Interlink International, Inc. to distribute the LGBT travel and lifestyle magazine to a variety of urban market stores across America, including Barnes & Noble. The publication will be available by mid December 2011.

In just one year, Connextions Magazine has celebrated dramatic success. With the release of their 5th issue, increasing page count by 33%, and now contracting for distribution nationwide, Connextions has certainly proven that with passion and perseverance, success is possible in any economy!

Straight-friendly Connextions magazine celebrates the life and styles of the lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) community. With travels throughout America and beyond, the publication, full of incredible photography, brings gay-friendly destinations and lifestyle interests to readers from around the globe.

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The Christmas Markets of Europe

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Christmas Markets of EuropeSleigh your way to Europe to join the annual festivities of Sinterklaas — or Sankt Nikolaus, or Father Christmas — and bring back a gift even the elves would be proud of, especially when shopping amongst our Fab Four.

Christmas in Tivoli Gardens — Copenhagen, Denmark
Europe’s second oldest amusement park, Tivoli erects a small traditional Christmas village complete with an ice-skating rink and plenty of twinkling lights. Keep warm (and stylish) with hand-knit mittens, socks, and hats. Nov. 11-Dec. 30;

Pink Christmas Market — Munich, Germany
A Christmas market just for the gays with live cabaret, pink trees, and Queen Claus. Rejoice in the festivities by feasting on Christollen (fruitcake), washed down with plenty of mulled wine, naturally. Dec. 3- 22;

Bremgarten Weihnachtsmarkt — Zuerich, Switzerland
A day trip to Bremgarten brings a boon of more than 250 vendors to satisfy shopping needs. Munch traditional Christmas tirggel–hard, thin, and sweet cookies–to power you through the day. Dec. 1-4;

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TripOut Calls Rio 2011’s Hottest Gay Travel Destination

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Gay TravelRio de Janeiro has been selected as the hottest gay destination in the world for the second time in a contest sponsored by and MTV.

With 48% of the votes, Rio beat out Madrid, Spain; Portland, Oregon; St. Tropez, France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Stockholm, Sweden. The candidate cities were chosen by a group of writers and journalists specializing in global travel.

The beaches and nightclubs available in Rio were specifically noted as a result of this recognition. Here’s a list of some of Rio’s hottest beaches and gay nightclubs.

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Skiing in the Adirondacks

Author: , November 28th, 2011

Adirondacks Gay SkiingNovember heralds the beginning of winter in the Adirondack Mountains of Northern New York, and everyone – from alpine skiers and boarders, to families looking for a quick winter retreat, is gearing up for snow.

Skiing is synonymous with winter in the Adirondacks, whether tackling some of the big Adirondack Mountains , rugged backcountry or gliding along groomed terrain on cross-country skis.

Less than two hours south of Montreal and four hours southeast of Ottawa, New York’s premier ski destination awaits. Whiteface Mountain’s hometown of Wilmington offers lodging deals and a festive winter atmosphere all season long. Nearby, the village of Lake Placid offers boutique shopping, ice-skating and fine dining at Adirondack restaurants . Enjoy seasonal attractions like dogsledding, toboggan rides and outdoor ice-skating right in the village.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Summer Kitchen Cottage, Charlottesville, Virginia

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

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

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Summer Kitchen Cottage, Charlottesville, VirginiaImagine sitting in your private hot-tub on a clear cool night, under the stars, or cuddling with your sweetie in a hammock, gazing upon a pastoral setting under the drape of a lovely old sycamore.

This charming 19th century cottage was the original summer kitchen for our main log cabin home. Renovated in 2001, this private, cozy abode boasts a large old-brick fireplace, an antique six-foot claw foot tub/shower, queen bed, and a private deck with your own outdoor hot-tub. Pristine rolling hills, iconic to the Virginia countryside,create a lovely backdrop to your summer kitchen cottage.

Our intention is to spoil your senses, within a quiet, serene setting; treat you to homemade goodies created in our professionally appointed kitchen. A full organic, gourmet breakfast is served to you in the cottage or on you own private deck. Massage Therapy is available by appointment, by one of the owners. Other spa amenities, such as a sauna and yoga studio, are offered as a part of our special packages.

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Five Great Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve, 2011

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

FireworksNew Year’s Eve is celebrated all over the world with various different types of celebration, but one thing that is for certain is that wherever you go; there’s bound to be parties, smiles and usually fireworks. Here is our guide to the top 5 places to celebrate New Year’s Eve…

It goes without saying that London plays a genial and merry host for a New Year’s Eve party, with the River Thames itself serving as a spectacular venue for this special night. What could be better than celebrating the New Year as you pass through this historic City?

Many companies offer river cruises, giving you a prime location to enjoy the fireworks display by the London Eye, whilst enjoying food and drinks along the way. You’ll have to get down by the Thames early to get a good spot, however the fireworks are an amazing site to behold, and you’ll be able to see them from miles away.

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NewNowNext Calls Columbus, Ohio 2011’s Top Gay Destination

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

Columbus Ohio Gay TravelColumbus, Ohio has won the NewNowNext Travel Award for gay travel destination of the year. Ohio’s most populous city and home of The Ohio State University was voted the best travel destination from six alternatives by readers.

Columbus fended off Baku, Azerbaijan, Cartagena, Colombia, Floriandopolis, Brazil, Istanbul, Turkey and St. Petersburg, Russia to take home the coveted travel title.

In a Meet the Nominees item, NewNowNext editors described Columbus as a thriving metropolis.

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Atlantic City Goes Gay for the Weekend

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

Gay Atlantic City TravelWhen the grind gets to be just too much, it’s time to throw your sequined hotpants in a bag and head to Atlantic City. Just two and a half hours from New York City by bus or train, AC is a carefree, hedonistic oasis on the Jersey Shore.

Every day is a chance to test your luck, and every night is a party. And with hotel/casinos like Harrah’s and Caesar’s teaming up to present Out in AC — the ultimate gay party weekend — LGBT players have more reason than ever to come out and play.

“I hadn’t been back to Atlantic City in 20 years, and I thought it was just about time,” said weekend host, drag queen Frank Marino. “I wanted them to do here what we did in Vegas, and they are finally getting it! We are starting off small and will watch it grow.”

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Audrey’s Inn, Bisbee, Arizona

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

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Audrey's InnThink Mini San Francisco and you have Bisbee with concrete stairs laced through out the town and a philosophy of ‘live and let live’. Chock full of artists, writers, great restaurants and the cleanest air, the summers start out at 68 degrees because of he high altitude making this a year-round paradise.

Located in the Historic Brewery Gulch of Downtown Bisbee Audrey’s Inn is a 100 year old brick building that was remodeled by a San Franciso Architectural Firm. Some suites are one story, others are two, all very spacious.

There is a theme for each suite from the ‘Chinese’ unit which is dedicated to the Chinese which had to leave the town daily by sundown to the Wild Animal Suite which overlooks the “Gulch Area” with its’ active night life. The Honeymoon Suite is popular with couples who come here to be married by one of the Six Gun Wedding Reverends on the rooftop overlooking Bisbee. Or just guests looking for a romantic hideaway with its purple colors, soft lighting and cozy bedroom.

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Australia: Sydney Mardi Gras De-Gayed

Author: , November 23rd, 2011

Sydney Mardi GrasTHE 33-year-old Mardi Gras has a new name, new logo and new message of inclusiveness that organisers admit could alienate traditional supporters.

“We fought for this day, the day we could embrace the wider community and
be inclusive,” said the chairman of the Mardi Gras, Peter Urmson.

Gone is the prefix “gay and lesbian” from the March event, which will now be simply Sydney Mardi Gras. Gone, too, is the “alphabet soup” of GLBTQI, an awkward acronym which sought to be a catch-all for non-heterosexual minorities.

Full Story from the Sydney Morning Herald

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