Beach Escape to the Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol If you are looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol. The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga – this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations. The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there has been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Miami Where to Relax

Gay Miami Photo via Flickr by T. Tseng[/caption] When life becomes monotonous, head down to Florida, America’s favorite year-round destination, to break free from everything dull. Some go for the hedonism it offers, and others go to relax. But when you’re thinking of your ultimate escape, look no farther — Miami, the Magic City, will never fail to make you feel refreshed, relaxed, and energized by the time you get back to work. Here are five places offering rest for the weary in gay Miami. Stroll Around Wynwood Art District With over 70 museums and art galleries, Wynwood Art District screams life, hopes, and dreams in vibrant colors. The open-air street art installations you’ll see here won’t just awaken your drained body but will feed your mind as well. If you want to explore together with other art lovers and learn more details about the visual feasts you’ll be seeing, join the Wynwood Art Walk Tour. When you’re done, sit at one of the cafes in the neighborhood and enjoy the artistic vibe. If you like contemporary art, be sure to check out the internationally acclaimed Art Basel, an annual art show held in December.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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San Xavier del Bac in Tucson – Globetrotter Girls

San Xavier del Bac Returning to Arizona felt as glorious as ever! As usual, I am housesitting here – but this time, for different homeowners. I’m enjoying the company of a different dog and a different pool, but I am in the same neighborhood in the Catalina foothills which I love, and funnily enough it is just as hot as it is when I’m here in May. Tucson is experiencing unseasonably warm weather at the moment, I’ve been told. I usually come to Arizona for a month of peace and quiet, and to catch up on work projects that I don’t get around to when I’m on the road, but this year, I’ve been busier than usual. I’ve been more social than I was on previous visits, making more of an effort to make new friends here, and have them show me some cool spots around town, because Tucson’s restaurant scene keeps growing. I also got to catch up with old friends over wine and cheese and have been taking advantage of my well equipped and spacious kitchen which almost makes me want to stop traveling and set up a home base. Almost. The highlight of the week? Katie came to visit me for a few days and I introduced her to some of my favorite spots around here: we hiked in Sabino Canyon and in Saguaro National Park (and after finding this website listing all the hikes around Tucson I think I’ll never get bored here – so many hikes I haven’t done yet!), and we visited the beautiful San Xavier Del Bac Mission, pictured above, which is the oldest European structure in Arizona, filled with striking original 18th century statuary and mural paintings.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Guide to Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Philadelphia As someone who’s lived in Philadelphia for over a decade now, there’s one thing I can tell you with no hesitation: it’s a city of neighborhoods. While of course this applies to just about any city, it’s particularly marked in Philadelphia, where a few minutes’ stroll can bring you to a totally different atmosphere. Of course, there are things that united the city into a cohesive whole, including its combination of history and modernity, the gay-friendly quality that consistently lands it at the top of rankings by LGBT groups, and the immensely walkable nature of the “Center City” area, which is where we’ll spend most of our time. Set between two rivers, and only thirty blocks wide and about ten blocks long, with numbered streets going north/south and (mostly) tree-named streets east/west, the Philadelphia’s center city is a paradise for walkers. So let’s go on a tour of the City of Brotherly and Sisterly love, neighborhood by neighborhood. I think you’ll like the things we discover. I’m just sayin’.

The Gayborhood: At the Heart of Things

PhiladelphiaWe’ll start, of course, in the Gayborhood (aka Midtown Village), which is geographically as well as thematically a great place to begin, as it’s pretty much in the heart of Center City. For our purposes, we’ll call the Gayborhood the district from 10th to Broad Streets (Broad is the equivalent of 14th), and Market down to Pine. It’s here that you’ll find almost all the LGBT nightlife, and one of the most pleasant neighborhoods in the city. Good news: you can stay right in the Gayborhood. For convenience and appeal, I love Alexander Inn, a boutique hotel at Spruce and 12th that couldn’t be more perfectly located. Add to that Alexander’s nice rooms, super-helpful staff, and great breakfast buffet in their cozy living room, and what we have here is a winner. On the edge of the neighborhood, Loews Hotel, built in America’s first skyscraper, offers the style and friendliness we’ve come to associate with Loews.

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport

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Hamilton Heights Showcases Manhattan's Other Side

Hamilton Heights Bordered by the Hudson River on the west and St Nicholas Park in the east, New York City’s Hamilton Heights is said to experience a boost in popularity with buyers and renters. It’s quiet Uptown – so quiet, in fact, you’re sometimes able to forget Hamilton Heights is indeed part of Manhattan. Far away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown, buildings made from concrete, glass and steel are far and few in between, despite a continuous influx of new renters and buyers. Old Brownstones and a fair number of landmark buildings – counting them all seems near impossible – line the streets instead, standing reminiscent of the area’s rich history. Founding father Alexander Hamilton made the leafy-green hills of Uptown Manhattan his family’s home in 1802, moving into a mansion he called the Grange, after a family estate in Scotland.

By Stefanie Gerdes – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gazebo Inn Ogunquit – Gay Ogunquit Bed & Breakfast

Gazebo Inn Ogunquit Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: The Gazebo Inn Ogunquit is an Ogunquit Maine Bed and Breakfast Inn in a restored 1847 farmhouse. The B&B offers 10 newly renovated, air conditioned rooms, with king beds, suites, private baths, and Jacuzzi tubs. We also offer a full breakfast daily in dining room. Each room has Cable TV/ LCD TV/VCR/DVD, and we offer an on-site movie library. The Bed and Breakfast is in a convenient location, just a short walk from the famous Footbridge Beach. the “Best Southern Maine Beach for Avoiding Crowds” (Yankee Magazine August 2005). The bed and breakfast has many other great features, including:

  • A private and sunny heated pool
  • A year-round hot tubWireless Internet Access
  • Pet-Friendly rooms
  • Economical Weekly and 2-Room Package
  • Rooms with fireplaces
  • Rooms with balconies/ distant ocean views
  • Gathering room with fire place
  • Dining room with fire place
  • Walking to many fine restaurants and shops
  • Individual attention and personal detail
  • Several designated pet friendly rooms

    About Ogunquit:

    First settled as a small fishing village and artist colony on the southern coast of Maine, Ogunquit still retains that charm while offering visitors some of the best from a New England vacation. In the Algonquin translation, “Ogunquit” means “beautiful place by the sea” and with its 3 1/2 miles of sandy white beach and breathtaking views from the Marginal Way, it is no wonder that Ogunquit is listed as one of the top 10 US vacation destinations. Along with its scenic beauty, Ogunquit also offers an endless variety of shops, galleries and restaurants. Fishing trips, sailing adventures and tour boats depart several times daily from Perkins Cove, in season. Gazebo Inn Ogunquit is located directly on the Trolley Line providing fun, reliable transportation to any of these destinations.Gazebo Inn Ogunquit is a 165 year old farmhouse, one mile north of Ogunquit village in southern Maine. A single family home originally and stayed that way for many years, the Gazebo Inn became an apartment building in the 70’s, and then turned into the beautiful B&B that it is today in the early 80’s.Come visit us in historic, beautiful, and very gay friendly Ogunquit, Maine!

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Sonoma Wine Country's Gay Wine Weekend

Gay Wine Weekend If you have a passion for food and wine, we have found the event that will have you drinking straight from the source. Enjoy three days of exploration in the majestic Sonoma Wine Country, located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco. Out In The Vineyard, a Sonoma-based LGBT Tour & Event Company, produces the annual Gay Wine Weekend. Immerse yourself in the culture and lifestyle of Wine Country living and make friends for a lifetime. Think Gay Ski Week, but for wine! This year marks the fifth year that Gay Wine Weekend will take place; attracting people from all around the country to partake in VIP Wine Receptions, Winemaker Dinners, Winery Tours, a brunch and Wine Auction, along with a pool soiree and some very fun after parties! The signature event of the weekend is the hugely successfully Twilight T-Dance, where guests dance through the magic hour of the summer sunset and into the evening, literally Out In The Vineyards of Sonoma Valley Wine Country! This year at Sonoma’s iconic Chateau St. Jean Winery, located in the heart of the bucolic and historic Valley of The Moon.

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Habu Temple in Luxor is an Architectural Wonder

Madinet Habu Temple The Madinet Habu Temple in Luxor is an architectural wonder of ancient Egypt. Its classic and timeless style remains intact until today as evidenced in the relics and antiquities that are found here. Most of all, this temple doesn’t draw much attention from tourists, thus, it is less crowded than the rest of the attractions in Luxor. In fact, on the day we went there, only 9 of us were the ones roaming around. This ancient fortified temple was built as a Mortuary Temple of Rameses III.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Oceanlink Travel – Gay Vietnam Tour Operator

Oceanlink Travel Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Oceanlink Travel assembles members having great passions for the tourism industry. Besides that, our travel product team also specializes not only in running classic tours but also in offering unique and sublime tour programs by bringing tourists deep impressions of culture, local people, and cuisine in Vietnam. Especially, our leading programs are pre-wedding photo shooting, wedding and honeymoon packages for LGBT Tourists. We can turn tourists’ dreams of love into reality by our thoroughness and thoughtfulness, so as to ensure that the tourists will have truly memorable experiences in Vietnam. Why is Oceanlink Travel trusted to provide these leading packages for LGBT tourists?

  • In-house photographer & stylist
  • LGBT friendly tour guides
  • Using our own transportation fleet
  • Travelling with local experts
  • Offering unique & romantic beach resorts

See the Oceanlink Travel Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Singin’ in the Rain

Singin’ in the Rain! What happens when movies make the transition from silent exterior springto talkies and one of Hollywood’s biggest stars has a voice that only a mother could love? Based on the beloved 1952 film (and listed as the #1 Movie Musical of All Time by the American Film Institute), SINGING IN THE RAIN will make you laugh as chorus girls, elocution lessons, and lip-syncing are parodied in this send up of the Golden age of movie making. From the title song and dance number to “Moses Supposes” and “All I Do Is Dream of You”, SINGING IN THE RAIN will have you whistling a tune and looking for your umbrella. Experience an exceptional evening at the Palace Theatre May 5 – May 7. Book your Palace Theatre accommodation at the romantic Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage – available in most guest rooms. Are you looking for other spring activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many spring activities. View the Glynn House website for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.]]>