Central and Eastern Oregon Musuems Worth Making the Trip

Author: , March 30th, 2012

High Desert Museum, in Bend, Oregon, is nationally acclaimed and is dedicated to broadening the understanding of the High Desert’s wildlife, culture, art and natural resources.

Bobcat of Eastern OregonAt daily shows and demonstrations, wildlife experts will help you learn about the Museum’s more than 100 wildlife creatures — from porcupines, golden eagles and owls, to bats, lizards, snakes and spiders.   In the Birds of Prey Center you will have a rare opportunity to get a close-up look at some of nature’s fiercest predators – owls, hawks and eagles.

Kam Wah Chung Museum. in John Day, Oregon, is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Oregon history. This structure was built as a trading post on The Dalles Military Road in the mid-1800’s. Chinese businessman Lung On and herbal doctor Ing Hay worked out of this building. Dr. Hay administered care to the Chinese gold-mine workers, pioneers, and others from the John Day area and beyond by using traditional Chinese remedies. Built to preserve the legacy of the Chinese workforce in Oregon, the museum contains artifacts and displays that share some of the trials of everyday life of these people. The museum is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call (541) 575-2800 or (800) 551-6949 for more information.

They walked for 2,000 miles…men, women, and children by the tens of thousands. The story of this journey comes alive today through the life-size exhibits at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, Baker City.  The museum offers living history demonstrations, interpretive programs, exhibits, multi-media presentations, special events, and more than four miles of interpretive trails.Let the innkeepers of the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild share their knowledge of these unique museums and many other natural attractions in the beautiful and vast expanse of Eastern Oregon.

Get to know our State like a local.  Select a Bed and Breakfast from where to start and end your trip.  Experience romantic getaways, historic treasures, and tucked away rustic retreats. Whether your trip is for a quiet escape to a quaint rural or coastal town, for a World Class City experience or for a new spin on business travel, you can be assured of combining gracious hospitality with ambiance by staying at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Kenwood Inn, St. Augustine, Florida

Author: , March 29th, 2012

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

Kenwood Inn, St. Augustine, FloridaNestled in the heart of the historic district in St. Augustine, Florida, surrounded by period architecture and near the sparkling blue waters of the Matanzas Bay, you’ll find the Kenwood Inn Historic Bed and Breakfast – one of St. Augustine’s finest bed and breakfast inns.

Explore the historic district on one of the inn’s bicycles or take a leisurely ride out to miles of white sandy beaches and the lighthouse. Relax in the living room and meet fellow guests during our daily wine hour.

After exploring historic St. Augustine, our nation’s oldest city, what better way to continue your stroll through the past than staying in a c1865 vintage home where you’ll be treated with warmth and southern hospitality? The historic Kenwood Inn Bed and breakfast in St. Augustine has been continually welcoming guests since 1886.

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US Virgin Islands: St. Croix for Foodies

Author: , March 29th, 2012

US Virgin IslandsAs tour guides are apt to tell you, St. Croix has been owned by no less than seven different countries since Europeans first landed on its sandy shores. This historical diversity – combined with a melting pot of incoming jobseekers, first at the sugar cane plantations and later the island’s oil refinery – manifests itself in many aspects of Cruzan culture, and food is no exception. From international fine dining to traditional dishes to a burgeoning health food scene, St. Croix is a foodie’s paradise.

Fine Dining:

Those expecting generic resort restaurants might be surprised by the multitude of delightful fine dining options on the island. Tutto Bene’s gut-busting portions of southern Italian fare are just what you need after a day spent paddle-boarding or snorkeling at Buck Island. You can’t go wrong with the pastas, from traditional spaghetti Bolognese to seafood with capellini in a white wine herb broth to fresh veggies and penne with pesto cream sauce.

The husband-and-wife team behind Blue Water Terrace started with just a small deli, but opened their hugely popular restaurant in late 2009. Surf and turf entrees like cioppino (fish stew) and hearty steaks are sure to wow; ask for the fried chicken even if it’s not on the menu (locals say it’s the best on the island) and leave room for dessert.

Full Story from Sherman’s Travel

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Switzerland’s Pink Apple Film Festival Coming in May

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Pink Apple Film Festival, SwitzerlandTake a movie day while traveling in Zuerich during the Pink Apple, Switzerland’s largest lesbian and gay film festival running May 2-10.

The Pink Apple landed in Zuerich when the LGBT Eurogames were held there in 2000, and it has become one of Zuerich’s most prized film festivals, showing over 60 films from more than 80 countries with around 30 directors presenting their work.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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Gay Days Orlando – Filling Up Fast

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Universal Studios OrlandoMickey, Donald, Goofy and the whole Disney gang will be waiting for you at Gay Days Orlando 2012, but you might not be so lucking with a room.

This year’s Gay Days, May 29 to June 4, is expected to attract 150,000 participants. And rooms at the host hotel, the recently remodeled Doubletree by Hilton Orlando At SeaWorld (formerly the Doubletree Resort Orlando – International Drive), are already selling out.

Full Story from Metro Weekly

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Davey Wavey’s Guide to Surviving a Long Flight

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Long FlightA few days ago, I didn’t just survive a 15-hour flight from Toronto to Hong Kong (on my way to Thailand)—I thrived. While most people approach long flights with dread and fear, I recommend looking on the bright side. In a world where we’re always rushing from commitment to commitment, I like to think of flying as a chance to unwind, relax and spend some quality time with myself.

To make the most of long flights, I always put together a survival kit of activities, food and entertainment to help make the most of my flying time. Here’s what my kit includes:

1. Audiobooks. If you have a smartphone or iPad, treat yourself to an entertaining or interesting audiobook. While paper books are a decent fallback, they take up valuable carryon space—and I find that audiobooks are better on planes because it’s a chance to rest your eyes. If you’re looking for something light and enjoyable—and a bit gay—I recommend any of David Sedaris’ essay collections. Each essay stands on its own, and so it’s easy to follow along in between distractions or naps.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Maui Sunseeker, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Maui Sunseeker, Kihei, Maui, HawaiiPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Step off the plane and the first thing you notice is the warm tropical breeze, full of the scent of plumeria, jasmine and tuberose, wrapping you in a wonderful feeling you’ve really arrived in paradise. And that’s just the first few moments of your escape from the normal. It gets better.

True native Hawaiian people are very sincere about the Aloha spirit, welcoming all to experience our beautiful paradise while just being themselves. Hawaii is the 7th US State to legalize civil union/gay marriage. Maui Sunseeker LGBT Resort firmly believes no one should ever suffer discrimination anywhere, as all are welcome here (indeed we are also hetero friendly). Our rainbow flag flies proudly and prominently in front of our property as testimony to this fundamental belief. We were featured recently on KITV News – watch the clip here.

We promise to make your vacation so memorable, you’ll count the days until you can return to us. An amazing 40% of our guests do so every year. You are welcome to just come and relax on our clothing optional roof deck or next to our new saline pool, but you didn’t fly 2,600 miles over the Pacific for something you can find along any shore.

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Ask the Curious Traveler

Author: , March 29th, 2012

The Curious TravelerWhile making preparations to head down to Florianopolis, Brazil for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Convention this month, I had to spend a $140 and a whole lot of time applying for and getting a Brazilian visa. Because I received a tourist visa, it says that it is good for ten years, unfortunately though, my passport expires next year. What can I do? Should I try to peel it out of my old passport and put it in my new one?
–Michael T., Brooklyn, NY

Editor: First things first, don’t tamper with a visa. Unless you want to red flag a customs agent. Plus an agent can easily figure out that the visa is older than your passport. When you’re applying for your new passport, you will get your old passport back with a hole punched through the cover signifying that it is now expired. (Note: sometimes your new passport will come in the mail before your expired passport.)

While the passport may be expired, the visa inside it is not. When you return to Brazil, you can bring your old passport with the not-yet-expired visa. As long as your name on the new passport and the visa match, you should have no problem. Of course, the best way to make sure that this is an acceptable practice is to give the embassy a call.

Full Story from Passport Magazine

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The Out NYC Looking for a “Straight” Employee???

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Out NYCThe Out NYC Hotel is the gay hotel complex on West 42nd Street, attached to the gay club xl. But they don’t want anyone too “gay” working the spa, it seems.

Various people just got an email from the place saying:

“We have a 5000sf foot ultra sexy and luxurious wellness center with 3 water falls, 2 hot tubs, a sauna, a hamam, a large gym, a spa deck and more.

“We are looking for a ‘straight’ good looking young man that probably is in school now or works retail or is working part time that would enjoy this fun job.

Full Story from the Village Voice

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Orlando Bids for 2018 Gay Games

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Orlando and the 2018 Gay GamesThe Orlando Sentinal and Outsports are reporting that Orlando, Florida will be among the main bidders for the tenth Gay Games in 2018. The family-holiday capital will compete with at least three other cities–London, Paris, and an as yet unnamed city in Brazil — for the upcoming sportsfest.

The Orlando bid is part of the work of a new LGBT-focused Orlando visitors bureau called Orlando Gay Travel, which seeks to bring more homo holidayers–beyond the very successful but just once-a-year Gay Days at Disneyworld–to the tourism-driven city.

“I think the LGBT community tends to feel that Gay Days is the only gay-friendly event that is happening in Orlando,” Mikael Audebert, executive director Orlando Gay Travel, told the Sentinel.

Full Story from Gay Cities

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