Purple Roofs Gay Travel Newsletter: May 2012

Author: , April 30th, 2012

Mark and Scott

Welcome to the Purple Roofs Newsletter for May, 2012!

We launched an all new version of the Purple Roofs gay travel site in January – our first in more than 8 years – with a great new look, and new features, including local articles, events, and links to our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages. Take a look at the new site here!

We even redesigned the blog!

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this month – Omaha, Nebraska; Miami Beach; Nevada City, CA; Salida, CO; and Beziers, France to other gay travel articles from around the world.

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.


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Our Featured Articles This Month:

by Don and Ray, Gay Travelers

When in the Midwest, there are actually quite a few good options on where to visit and Omaha, Nebraska ranks right up there. We have been going to Omaha for more than 30 years on business and pleasure and it really does just keep getting better and better. The city has a very lively downtown, which sad to say, most cities do not have anymore. With a metro area of close to a million population there is so much to see and do in the city ranging from shopping, theatre, sports, museums and art galleries to fine dining and of course night life!


TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Tom of Finland Exhibit in Miami BeachTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Tom of Finland Exhibit in Miami Beach
by Don and Ray, Gay Travelers

Tom of Finland, born Touko Laaksonen in Kaarina, Finland, who came to be known throughout the international art world for his extraordinary homoerotic drawings depicting men at ease and equally at play, will be the subject of a major exhibit, TOM OF FINLAND: Male Masterworks, opening Saturday, April 14, at 8 P.M. through July 31st at Naomi Wilzig’s World Erotic Art Museum.


The Travel Gem: Staying at a B&BThe Travel Gem: Staying at a B&B
by Peggy and Dave Furlan, The Livingston Inn, Madison, Wisconsin

“My wife and I love staying at a bed & breakfast.” Substitute “husband”, “partner”, or “significant other”, and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard this statement since we opened our B&B. I’m also surprised by the variety of people who tell me this. It’s not just retired couples who travel the country. Nor is it young couples seeking a romantic getaway. It’s couples with children, young or grown, or with no children at all. It’s professionals, like educators and physicians, but also people in skilled trades, like carpenters and plumbers, as well as firefighters and police officers.


Historic Nevada City, CaliforniaHistoric Nevada City, California
by Erin Thiem, The Outside Inn, Nevada City, Californi

DLooking for a Northern California weekend getaway, try visiting Nevada City. The town was once a thriving gold rush town, but now maintains its quaint small town charm.

Points of historical interest include Bridgeport Covered Bridge, the longest single span wood arch bridge, built in 1862. Or visit Empire Mine in nearby Grass Valley, the oldest, largest richest gold mine in California.


Salida, Colorado – The Heart of the RockiesSalida, Colorado – The Heart of the Rockies
by Gina & D’Arcy Marcell, Mountain Goat Inn, Salida, Colorado

Known as the Heart of the Rockies, Salida is a major recreational center located just east of the Continental Divide along the Arkansas River. Salida sits at an elevation of 7083 feet and has a population of over 5,500. Salida has grown from a railroad and mining town into a respected art community and significant historical district. Today the most prominent business in Salida is tourism and can satisfy almost any outdoor adventure preference. Salida is home to the annual FIBArk kayak race, one of the oldest whitewater races in North America. Salida’s downtown historic district has enjoyed a rebirth of development over the past few years.


Beziers, France: Home to Languedoc’s ‘Feria’Beziers, France: Home to Languedoc’s ‘Feria’
by Mark Binmore, Maison De L’Orb, Beziers, Languedoc, France

Throughout Languedoc, Beziers is known for two things in particular: wine and bullfighting. Undoubtedly the best time to visit this town, which sits atop a rocky spur overlooking the great plain of the Herault departement, is during the four-day long feria when you can combine both. Beziers is also perfectly situated for excursions into the Haut Languedoc, a rugged and untamed mountainous region of picturesque stone villages and cascading mountain streams. Time here is rarely wasted and an amble through the old town, bordered on three sides by the Orb river and a canal, is extremely agreeable.


More Gay Travel News

We also scour the web to bring you all the gay travel news we can find. You can see these posts on a daily basis at http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog, or sign up for our RSS feed. Here are some of our favorites from the last month:

Here are a few travel sweepstakes we’ve found this month around the web:

Gay Travel Events The Next Two Months:

Check out our new events calendar, where we list gay events around the world – http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-events.html. Here are the events for the next two months:

Sign Up for Our Gay Travel Sweepstakes

US Virgin Islands Sweepstakes: We’re teaming up with the beautiful Sand Castle on the Beach in the US Virgin Islands (http://www.sandcastleonthebeach.com/) to give away 5 nights in the Caribbean.

Check Out Our Special Offer Section

Our innkeepers and travel agents offer exclusive specials to travelers who find them on Purple Roofs. This month, we have 158 Accommodation/Tour offers listed in 18 countries! No membership required.

Visit Our Other Websites:

Gayapolis: Personals, daily news, and a great gay and lesbian directory.

Mi Casa Su Casa: Our home trade network, with over 310 members around the world, for just $75 for 5 years.

Gay Realty Network: Real estate professionals around the world.

Purple Unions: Gay friendly wedding vendors around the world.

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That’s it for this month – enjoy the newsletter!

Mark & Scott

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Toucan Nest, San Pedro, Belize

Author: , April 30th, 2012

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

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Toucan Nest, San Pedro, BelizeWelcome to Belize’s Toucan Nest Guesthouse – a tropical getaway on Ambergris Caye – what a great find!

Each morning, Toucan Nest offers a fantastic breakfast, as well as full service trip and tour planning. There are so many things to do here, including:

Davey Wavey Does New England

Author: , April 30th, 2012

Gay Travel: Davey Wavey Does New EnglandFor purposes of full disclosure, I need to share that I’m a tried and true New Englander. Wherever I go in the world, I always end up back here–right where it all started. Beyond having my roots in New England, I think it’s really a region that has it all. From warm summers to cold winters and with everything in between, each season brings a totally distinct experience and a full host of activities–from hiking to skiing to canoeing to ice fishing and swimming. We have cities, small towns and even gayborhoods. We’ve got great food, theater and certainly no shortage of gays.

One of my favorite vacations–be it late summer or the frigid depths of mid-winter–is an escape to Northern New England. Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are home to some of the friendliest people and most picturesque views you can find.

Depending on your speed and the season, you can plan an exciting and wild summertime adventure on the Appalachian Trail, which snakes all the way from Georgia to Northern New England and ends in Maine. At 2,180 miles, it’s one of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world. If you do hike the whole trial, you will have climbed the elevation equivalent of Mount Everest–sixteen times.

Full Story from GayTravel.com

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Warm, Gay Friendly Iceland

Author: , April 30th, 2012

Iceland Gay TravelWhen most Americans think of Iceland – that is, when they think of it at all – they probably conjure up visions of an ice-covered, barren, isolated, primitive place. That, and maybe Bjoerk.

Before my recent visit there, I admit that I didn’t know what to expect. What I discovered was a profoundly beautiful landscape unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.

But even beyond the incredible natural wonders, the Icelandic people were a revelation. Many countries advertise themselves as friendly, but the universal warmth and friendliness made this one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken.

Full Story from Edge Boston

Click here for gay travel resources in Iceland.


Carlos Melia: Memories From Botswana

Author: , April 30th, 2012

Most people, when they get to know me up close and personal, they always ask me…. Carlos how can you have such an enormous Emotive Memory.

And I reply to them, how can I not ? after having had so many amazing and life changing experiences in my life while traveling this amazing world.

This time I am bringing to you, emotive memories from the hear of Africa in Botswana. Hope you enjoy them. Video Caption: Lions on the runway at Kwai River Lodge by Orient-Express, Botswana, Africa.

Full Story from Carlos Melia Blog

Click here for gay travel resources in Botswana.


Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Harmony Ridge Lodge, Nevada City, California

Author: , April 29th, 2012

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

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Harmony Ridge Lodge, Nevada City, CaliforniaAnnouncing Harmony Ridge Lodge, a pleasing combination of Nature’s best and inspired human design.

Rediscover nature’s harmony at the South Yuba River and Tahoe National Forest. Harmony Ridge Lodge is located 160 miles from San Francisco, one hour from Sacramento, or Reno, and five miles from Grass Valley or Nevada City. The Lodge occupies 5 acres adjacent to Tahoe National Forest, in California’s Gold Country.

Outside the doors you’ll find decks for lounging and star gazing, a barbeque, and fenced acres of wooded gardens for strolling (great for safely exercising your dog). The Pioneer Trail, directly across from the lodge, is a local favorite for both cycling, hiking and horseback riding. Cross country and downhill skiing at Lake Tahoe, are a short drive. South Yuba River State Park swimming and fishing holes are nearby, and are dog-friendly. The vibrant cultural scenes of Nevada City and Grass Valley are a few miles down the hill.

See the Harmony Ridge Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the California Central Valley & Sierra Nevadas

Atlanta Jazz Festival Coming in May

Author: , April 29th, 2012

Atlanta Jazz Festival Coming in May“We are reaching an important milestone as the Atlanta Jazz Festival celebrates 35 years,” states Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “We take our stewardship of the festival seriously and salute the leaders whose vision and hard work created this preeminent cultural event, featuring well-known jazz legends and exciting new artists.”

“For the entire month of May, through the performances in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day weekend, Atlanta Jazz Festival will continue the rich tradition of presenting world class jazz, combined with southern hospitality. Whether you like your jazz traditional or contemporary, smooth or eclectic, with big band swing or a Latin beat, we’ll have something to excite your senses and soothe your soul. We invite jazz enthusiasts of all ages to join us for an unforgettable experience.”

This year’s performance schedule includes jazz greats Roy Ayers, Cyrus Chestnut, Kathleen Bertrand, Russell Gunn, Edy Martinez, Ojeda Penn and Johnny O’Neal. Newcomers to the festival include the rhythmic Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra, soulful singer and saxophonist Grace Kelly, and the R&B and hip-hop influenced Robert Glasper Experiment.

Full Story from Edge Boston

Click here for gay travel resources in Georgia.


Upcoming Lesbian Tours to Kenya and the Azores

Author: , April 29th, 2012

Kenya SafariThinking about your next holiday destination?

As the warm weather arrives to the northern hemisphere, many of you are thinking about a summer vacation. Would you like to join a group of gay women exclusively for a trip to Kenya or the Azores Islands?

The Azores are a group of volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, and San Miguel is the largest of the Islands. In the countryside there’s a lovely accommodation in a typical house of 1937. The House Felicitas is a guest house only for women, where travellers from all over the world can meet, share ideas or just relax close to the ocean.
Breathtaking views, a virgin nature, great variety of flora such as hydrangeas, azaleas, quiet and solitary corners, flowers and routes for hiking, small coves and natural beaches. The Azores Islands are a natural aquarium that this full of whales and dolphins, as well as a wide variety of aquatic animals, plants and fish.

Africa more your thing than a guesthouse escape? Try this 7-day safari through Kenya, combining wildlife and beach, which starts in Amboseli National Reserve to see Mount Kilimanjaro, known as the roof of Africa.

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How Friendly is St. Stefan Island in Montenegro?

Author: , April 29th, 2012

So I am debating where to plan my next European adventure. While I love Prague and Budapest, and I can’t keep going there every year, when there are other places I want to see. A friend recently suggested planning a trip around Montenegro. I said, “WHERE?!”

Montenegro is the pearl of the Mediterranean, unique in many ways, is situated in the south of the Adriatic. Nowhere else can you find, so much natural wealth, beauty, mild beaches, clear lakes, fast rivers, and gorgeous mountains in such a compact area as in Montenegro. In the morning you can wake up along the beautiful Adriatic coast, have lunch on the banks of Skadar Lake, and enjoy an evening walk in the Montenegrin mountains. Montenegro cannot leave you indifferent.

Not only an excellent choice for holidays, Montenegro has many other remarkable characteristics: history, culture, tradition, good weather conditions, clean air, beautiful nature, the blue Adriatic Sea…. Everyone should visit Montenegro. This little country combines features of both the Balkans and the Mediterranean, near Serbia, Bosnia, Croatia, Italy and Albania. Despite its small size, Montenegro offers great diversity and abundant natural beauty.

Full Story from the New Gay Travel Guide

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The Best Rooftops in Asia

Author: , April 29th, 2012

Moonbar, Bangkok, ThailandWhat could be better than to combine amazing drinks, a great, sexy, and sophisticated crowd, and the most breathtaking 360 degree panoramic views of one of the up and coming and avant-garde cities of Asia? As soon as I arrive to any big urban destination on this side of the world, my first question to pop up to the concierge of my hotel is, “Where are the Roof Top Bars?” and there I go, and there I went to share my experiences with you.

My absolute favorite is the Ku De Ta Lounge in Singapore on the 57th floor of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino SkyPark. Featuring the most spectacular 360 degree views of Singapore Bay, particularly from their beyond real infinity pool. Ku De Ta is divided into two sections, including the restaurant and the lounge/club.

Ranking second is the world renown SkyBar in Bangkok, Thailand. This Rooftop Bar was made famous by the movie The Hangover II. It’s located on top of the The Dome at State Tower Lebua Hotel. You can see mesmerizing views of the city and the Chao Phraya River as you’re suspended in the sky on the 63rd floor. Sit at the stunning multi-hued bar with the finest selection of vintages, beverages, cocktails and appetizers in Bangkok.

Full Story from dot429

Click here for gay travel resources in Asia.