Purple Roofs Newsletter 11/9/13

Published Date Author: , November 9th, 2013

Mark and ScottWelcome to the Purple Roofs gay travel newsletter.

Our articles section now has four parts – local news,
general interest, travel event news (including upcoming events and reviews and photos of past events), and finally sweepstakes and contests.

We’ve got lots of other great stuff for you this month, too – including a feature article on our visit to Seattle, a Gay Book Review, Hawaii, Traveling on the Royal Scotsman, and Autumn in New York.

And we’re featuring a number of 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.

Chanric InnThe Chanric Inn: The Perfect Mix of Comfort, Luxury and Culinary Delights

The Chanric Inn (R) is a small, contemporary and luxury gay owned hotel in Calistoga, Napa Valley, California. Upscale ambience, beautiful pool, hot tub, couples massages on place. Soft drinks, Nespressos complementary as evening hors-d’euvres with selected wines and champagne at night. Turn down service, free WIFI & Parking. We offer a Gourmet Signature 3 course brunch that we’re famous for.

Visit The Chanric Inn Website Here

Our Featured Articles This Month:

RSVP CruiseTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: “Cruise Excursions” Book Review
by Don & Ray
We ran across this book by an Australian author who has been reading our travel columns here on Purpleroofs for the past few years and from start to finish his book is a MUST for anyone traveling to Europe and or the Baltic. This was written as a record of his travels with Atlantis and R.S.V.P. gay cruises in the Baltic and the Mediterranean – though the information is totally universal as the very same shore trips are available week in and week out on just about all the cruise lines.
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Carlos Melia on the Royal ScotsmanUK, SCOTLAND: Traveling on the Royal Scotsman
by Carlos Melia
Traditional style and elegant comfort provide an unparalleled way to explore the very best of Scotland and the Highlands. Here is my photo album and videos of the daily life onboard the luxury train “The Royal Scotsman” by Orient-Express, traveling from/to Edinburgh across the Highlands. I spent 5 fabulous days onboard, and I have to say, it is without a doubt a true travel experience. The train itself becomes your destination, and the most sophisticated and comfortable way to explore the breathtaking wonders of this amazing country.
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Hawaii Big IslandUSA, HAWAII:
The Straight Scoop on Gay and Lesbian Adventures in Hawaii

Yes, my dear, there is a wealth of fun for Gays and Lesbians to partake in Hawaii. From clubs to tours…They don’t call Oahu the meeting place for nothing!

Sure, the Aloha spirit flows through the pulsating dance floors of some very friendly nightclubs. But what do you do during the daylight hours, other than work on a gorgeous tan?
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FallUSA, NEW YORK: Autumn In New York
by Robert Saldarini
Slightly above Albany and down to New York City, the Hudson River Valley offers a thriving diverse community with an established LGBT presence. October’s warm days and crisp nights accent the beauty of autumn’s prime. The vibrancy of the fall foliage makes a car trip a perfect fun-filled escape. So, pull up a map and see where in the Valley is the best place for your personal experience. If you ever had a reason to break the piggybank, a stay at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz (Mountain Rest Road) may make you scramble for a hammer.
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SeatacUSA, WASHINGTON: Visiting Gay Seattle: Queen Anne Hill & The Airport
by Scott & Mark
Cute, cute, cute. Take Queen Anne Ave. up the hill from close to the Space Needle. Round the corner at the top, and you’re in one of the cutest shopping districts in Seattle. Here you’ll find about a thousand pizza places (including a branch of favorite Via Tribunali), Chocolopolis (with one of the cutest chocolatiers we’ve met yet), and a great bunch of little boutique shops, cafes and restaurants.
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Watch the Leaves Change in These 8 Cities This Fall
The Fall season is an exciting time to travel. The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are cooling off, and everyone seems more relaxed in general. If you’re looking at taking a trip any time soon, you should consider one or more of these cities.
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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.

Local Stories:

BELIZE: The Perfect Belize Getaway
If you’re planning a trip to Belize, chances are you’ve already pulled up images of tucans perched in the jungle, the laid-back shores of Ambergris Caye, or maybe the view from top resorts like Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn and the luxury El Secreto, so named for its sense of deep seclusion and privacy.
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CANADA, QUEBEC: Five Things to Do for Free in Montreal
It’s a taste of French culture in North America: Montreal.
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CHINA: Gay Guy Goes to China
Gay China is much more apparent than I expected, but with an internal population of over 1 billion people it really is obvious to understand why there is a hive of homosexual activity.
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CHINA: Transgender Woman – Hong Kong Customs Officers Behaved Like Animals
A South American transgender woman has has claimed Hong Kong customs officials behaved ‘like animals’ during a body search which lasted more than nine hours.
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CHINA: Macau – Asia’s Flashiest City
Planning a trip to China’s gambling capital? With private, walled-in gardens, public beaches, and historic sites that reference the city’s strong Portugese influence, you’ll have plenty to do, whether you’re hitting the slots or not.
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CHINA: Getting Around Beijing, China
I may have only spent time in Beijing, and took a train across the country, but the sheer size of its towns and cities, the growth of the skyline, and its modern look just exemplifies the place that China holds in the world.
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CHINA/NORTH KOREA: From Beijing to North Korea – Another World
Waking to a busy, lively train while cramped in the top bunk of a sleeper is not most people’s idea of enjoyment and excitement but for me it is one of those days in the year that put a smile on my sleep.
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EUROPE: Traveling Europe by Rail
For many privileged South Africans, the words “Eurail Pass” bring back memories of epic backpack journeys through Europe during university years abroad.
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GERMANY: Berlin New Year’s Survival Guide
We have decided to spend our New Years Eve with friends from around the world in Berlin this year, and I have been doing some research on the NYE Survival List for our time there.
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GERMANY: Autumn in Germany
Autumn in most countries is usually pretty, but when in the spa city of Baden-Baden in southwestern Germany a few weeks ago, I found it particularly beautiful.
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ISRAEL: Visiting the Roman Ruins in Israel
Today was an adventure as my parents and I, who are in Israel together, went on a day trip through the Bible.
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ITALY: Visiting Rome for the Day
Okay, well in all actuality I was in Rome for slightly more than a day — just under 36 hours to be precise.
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PANAMA: Casco Viejo, Panama City’s Hot Spot
You don’t need much time to process what’s going on after the elevator door slides open onto the rooftop at the Tantalo Hotel in Panama City’s Casco Viejo neighborhood.
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PORTUGAL: Guide to Gay Lisbon
Arrive in Lisbon during daylight and the city is discrete, there’s very little to suggest it is gay welcoming, but there’s nothing to say that there will be a problem for gay travellers.
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RUSSIA: Putin Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for Gays at the Olympics. Sort Of.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is saying gays are welcome at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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RUSSIA: Pride House to Sneak Into Russian Olympics
While Vladimir Putin may have no interest in LGBT people having a place at the Olympics in Sochi, Pride House International may have found its own way of promoting gay rights.
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RUSSIA: Gay Group Plans Games After Sochi Olympics
A group in Russia has announced plans to hold a “gay games” in Moscow just days after the Winter Olympics take place in Sochi in February 2014.
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SINGAPORE: Anti Gay or a Gay Friendly Travel Destination?
Legally, Singapore is not friendly to the LGBT community; in practice, however, it’s a different story.
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TAIWAN: Corporations Support Taiwan Pride
Fortune 500 companies welcomed Taipei Pride as a sign of Asia’s progress on LGBT rights.
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One of the first things you’ll notice about the islands of Trinidad and Tobago – besides the rolling mountains, romantic beaches, and endless palm trees – is the deep love of local food by those who know it best.
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UK,ENGLAND: London’s Elephant Octopus Mural
London’s East End has to be one of the most cool neighborhoods not just in London, but probably Europe.
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USA: Chicago Gay Couple Sets Out on Year-Long Tour of USA
DJ Doran and Joe Morales the stars of the web based travel and adventure show “The Adventures of Joey & DJ” and seen on Out n About TV have departed Chicago on their 52 week journey to discover and explore Gay America aboard their 33’ vintage 1979 Bluebird Wanderlodge.
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USA, CALIFORNIA: Santa Barbara on a Budget
There’s no denying that Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful towns on California’s central coast (and perhaps the entire United States), comes at a cost.
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USA, HAWAII: Oahu Is More Than Honolulu
Being on the West Coast, the Hawaiian Islands are a popular destination for many of my clients and each island has its own uniqueness.
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USA, ILLINOIS: New Things to Do in Chicago
When the Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that the federal same-sex marriage ban called the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, roaring cheers were heard throughout our nation.
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USA, NEVADA: Las Vegas Vacation Rental Company Refuses Gay Couple
When partners Dr. Timothy Seelig and Dan England received an invitation from a company called Best Vacations Ever for a discounted time share vacation package, the pair decided to take them up on the offer.
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USA, NEW MEXICO: Santa Fe Gets a Tourism Boost from Marriage Equality Fight
Gay marriage has helped fuel a tourism boomlet in gay-friendly Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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USA, NEW YORK: The Catskill Mountains
Once Himalayas-high and populated by Paleoindians some 13,000 years ago, the Catskills (three hours or less from New York City) are truly ancient.
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USA, OHIO: Ohio’s Hocking Hills – Breathtaking Scenery
Not only does Ohio’s Hocking Hills region offer breathtaking forests, waterfalls, scenery and unforgettable experiences, but it also boasts a host of lodging options that are truly one-of-a-kind.
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USA, TENNESSEE: Visiting Tennessee’s Discovery Park of America
The gleaming white building with curved exteriors and a spaceship-like tower emerges from the flat landscape of West Tennessee like something out of science fiction, but it’s not a villain’s lair or superhero’s headquarters.
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General Gay Travel News:

Gay Tourism May Be Worth $200 Billion Next Year
The spending power of LGBTI tourists has been estimated to be worth $202 billion in 2014, a global tourism conference has heard.
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Are Anti Gay Countries Missing Out on LGBT Tourists?
The ‘Out Now Global LGBT2020 Study’ shows 73% of respondents said that the position of local LGBT people affected where they spend their holiday – 36% to a great extent and a further 37% to a moderate extent.
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Are Airline Lounges Worth It?
From small mechanical issues to ill-timed blizzards, few of us have traveled in the past few years without running into some sort of mishap at the airport.
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Museums Ought to Be Free
You see, it was when I was living in London as a university student that I discovered the amazing benefits of free access to art & culture.
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Gay Event Reviews:

CHINA: Hong Kong Pride Bigger Than Ever in 2013
Today’s Hong Kong Pride showed the LGBT community there are more visible than ever before.
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CURACAO: Celebrates First Gay Pride
Hundreds of Curacao visitors and residents celebrated the island’s very first Pride Week, September 25-29th, 2013.
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Upcoming Event News:

AUSTRALIA: Adelaide’s Rainbow Festival Begins
(Nov 9) FORGET about painting the town red, for the next two weeks Adelaide will go rainbow as the Feast Festival opens across the city.
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AUSTRIA: Gay Snow Happening Coming to Solden, Austria in March
(Mar 22-29) It’s coming for its 16th year, Gay Snow Happening in Solden from 22 – 29 March 2014.
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NEW ZEALAND: Auckland Gay Pride to Start Later in 2014
(Feb 22) The Auckland Pride Festival Trust is pleased to announce the official route and new start time for next year’s Auckland Pride Parade 2014.
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IGLTA Plans 33rd Annual Convention in Cape Town
(2016) The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will host its 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016.
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SWEDEN: A Pink Christmas in Stockholm
(Dec 9-15) 2013 is starting to come to an end. This can only mean one thing: Christmas! The supermarkets have their Christmas aisles creeping in and everywhere you look there are ‘gift ideas’.
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SWEDEN: Calling All Snomosexuals to Arosa
I’ve been. It’s great! Seriously – it’s a fantastically organised week for which you need plenty of energy for.
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UK: Nottingham Pride Shut Down By Debt
The charity that runs Nottingham’s annual Pride festival has been forced to close amid debts of almost #17,000. Acting chairman Ben Holmes said the charity had been in financial trouble for the last three years.
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CANADA, ONTARIO: Win a Trip to Toronto World Pride 2014
(Dec 31) Win a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Toronto for WorldPride in 2014. Join us in June 2014 for the world’s largest international celebration of LGBTQ culture and human rights.
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SWEDEN: Win a Same Sex Wedding at Sweden’s Ice Hotel
To celebrate the UK’s Marriage (Same-sex) Act finally coming into law in 2014, ICEHOTEL in partnership with Discover-the-World and VisitSweden UK are offering same-sex couples a once in a lifetime, truly intimate, personalised wedding at the ICEHOTEL in Sweden.
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USVI: Win Five Nights in the US Virgin Islands at Sand Castle on the Beach
(Apr 1) Sand Castle On The Beach Resort welcomes you and your loved ones to vacation in a beautiful, tropical environment. Beachfront on the Caribbean Sea, enjoy the newly added amenities on this special property. There are two pools on site – one beachfront, the other clothing optional.
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Gay Travel Events – The List:

Check out our new events list, where we list gay events around the world – http://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-events.html.

Sign Up for Our Gay Travel Sweepstakes

Caribbean 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 108 Accommodation/Tour offers listed in 18 countries and regions around the world! No membership required.

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

Mark & Scott

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