Villa Decary – Costa Rica Gay Inn

Author: , January 20th, 2019

Villa DeCary

Hotel Villa Decary Bed & Breakfast overlooks the beautiful, pristine Lake Arenal and Costa Rica’s Tilaran mountains. Costa Rica’s Lake Arenal region is a remote, uncrowded area of Costa Rica – at 1,800 feet in elevation, the area boasts a unique temperate climate, with cool nights and warm days.

The property is surrounded by a middle-elevation tropical rainforest, including lush plant life, a rainbow of butterflies, over two hundred and fifty bird species. You’ll also find troupes of shy howler monkies.

Hotel Villa Decary is American owned and operated, and is a relaxing and affordable escape on a lush Costa Rica hillside, surrounded by a botanical garden of exotic tropical plants and palm trees. We’re close to the small Tico town of Nuevo Arenal, and just fourteen miles from the active Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs.

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Packing for a Gay Cruise – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , January 20th, 2019

gay cruise

You might think that packing for a gay cruise is like packing for any other cruise, however, it’s quite different indeed!

Our first cruise experience was with Celebrity Cruises and although this was not a ‘gay cruise’, it was very gay friendly and you can read more about it here. We loved the experience and as a result booked ourselves on to an Atlantis gay cruise to the Caribbean for the following year!

However, for our first Atlantis gay cruise our packing list is significantly different. Having talked to many avid Atlantis cruisers, there are many items to pack that we had never thought about in the slightest! Take a look at our list ‘What to pack for a gay cruise’ below and see if you agree.

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Hiking in Scotland – Go Girlfriend

Author: , January 20th, 2019

Hiking in Scotland

I’m a down-to-earth, see-the-world-from-a-different-perspective kinda traveller and find a hike deep into the back-country of a destination an enriching exhilarating experience. Both from the benefit of the awesome geography and scenic beauty to be found right at ground level to a day out of the bustle of crowded tourist hot spots, this breath of fresh air and a chance to stretch my legs re-invigorates me for the next leg of the journey.

Clearly fitness is a major partnership with the degree of strenuousness of a hike you wish to undertake, but couples can enjoy non-strenuous adventures on thousands of hikes loch-side or along a seashore trail, girlfriends can join a girls-only trip into wondrous and more remote areas with a dedicated tour guide (Wilderness Scotland offers designated women-only tours throughout the year), or if you are up to a new competitive challenge you and a partner can challenge each other to break a new record together while exploring some profound geography. Either way, there is amazing insight to be gathered from every perspective.

There’s so much beauty to see in Scotland – grand Highland valleys both moorish and mountainous contrasting with the stark wild differences of the coastal cliffsides and lowland greenery. Here’s a few of our perspective points that brought Scotland into a special place in our travel hearts!

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Arroyo Vista Inn – South Pasadena Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , January 18th, 2019

Arroyo Vista Inn - South Pasadena Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

The Arroyo Vista Inn is located in South Pasadena California and is less than 5 miles from Old Town Pasadena and less than 7 miles from Downtown Los Angeles. We are also a 15 minute walk from the South Pasadena Gold Line Station. The Inn is a historic ten room Craftsman home build in 1910 and converted to a bed and breakfast in 2006. The original home was designed by the renowned architect Lester Moore. Each room at the Inn has a queen or king bed and private bathroom with WIFI and Flat Screen Cable TV.

The Inn sits atop a hill overlooking the Arroyo Seco with great views of the San Gabriel mountains.

Your choice of rooms range from a mountain view room to a quiet hill facing room nestled under the Oak Trees. The Arroyo Vista Inn attracts visitors from around the world who enjoy our large 16 person dining table or beautiful outdoor patio.

We cater to both the vacationer or business traveler serving a continental breakfast during the week with hot dishes also served at the table. On the weekend, it is a sit down breakfast featuring at least two specialty items from our kitchen. Weekday breakfast is served from 7:00 am to 9:00 am and weekends are 8:00 am to 10:00 am.

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Lesbian Travel to Southern Laos – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , January 18th, 2019

Southern Laos - Once Upon a Journey

Pakse, or Pakxe, is a city in Southern Laos. It’s the capital of the province Champasak and Laos’ second most populous city. Pakse is the perfect hub for your Southern Laos travels to places as the Bolaven Plateau and 4000 islands. But it’s way more than just a hub or gateway.

It’s a charming and peaceful city surrounded by beautiful nature. Pakse means mouth of the river, and its located next to the Mekong and Sedone rivers. We recommend staying at least two days in Pakse, to enjoy everything it has to offer and to enjoy the laid-back Lao culture. Here are our top things to see and do in Pakse. And also our recommendations on where to eat and stay. We fell in love with this city, hopefully, you do the same!

1. WAT PHOU SALAO AKA GOLDEN BUDDHA

Rent a motorbike, bicycle or jump in a tuk-tuk and visit Wat Phou Salao. With it’s giant golden Buddha and stunning views over the city and Mekong river this temple is a must visit.

The big Buddha might be the advertised highlight, we actually loved the many small Buddhas right next to it even more. On the way to Wat Phou Salao from Pakse city, you will cross the Lao-Japan friendship bridge and from there, you can spot the giant golden Buddha on top of the mountain. Sunset and sunrise are definitely the best moments to visit Wat Phou Salao for the best light.

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Romance in Ontario’s Blue Mountains – Out With Ryan

Author: , January 18th, 2019

Blue Mountains - Out With Ryan

Ryan shares five of his favorite things to do in the Blue Mountains:

SPA – #1 ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

There are a few options for spas in the Blue Mountains area, but my #1 choice is the Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.

The award-winning Scandinave Spa is a renowned outdoor Scandinavian Baths experience. Nestled in the heart of nature, the spa also offers registered massages, getaway packages, and so much more.

After some intensive skiing down the fantastic slopes at Blue Mountain, what can be more pleasant than heading to the nearby Scandinave Spa where you will be able to relax and unwind in a tranquil environment.

Enjoy one of the many thermal pools and saunas and de-stress in one of the many relaxation rooms. Going to Scandinave Spa is definitely one of the top romantic things to do in the Blue Mountains.

By Ryan – Full Story at Out With Ryan

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Dominion Hill Country Inn – New Brunswick Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Author: , January 16th, 2019

Dominion Hill Country Inn - New Brunswick Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfast

Dominion Hill Country Inn and Retreat Centre is nestled on sixty five acres, just minutes from Saint Andrews by the sea. Beside the Digdeguash river.

It has been many things over the years. From a farm to a retreat centre. It has a colourful and unique history. The spacious and elegantly revamped manor house, holds four rooms for overnight guests a dining room. Three quaint cottages are nestled in the trees by the carriage house. Our carriage house has a yoga studio, massage chair, conference room.

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Cabo With Kids – 2TravelDads

Author: , January 16th, 2019

Cabo With Kids - 2TravelDads

We’ve been to Cabo with kids load of times, like, we’ve spent the equivalent of three months in Cabo as a family. You could say it’s our favorite family destination in Mexico. Since we’ve done it so much, we’ve decided it’s time we share our best tips for visiting Cabo with kids.

I’ll say this right away, Cabo with kids is mostly about relaxation and swimming vs digging into Mexican culture and nature. There are lots of opportunities for that, but Cabo San Lucas really has built itself into a luxury destination more than adventure. If you’re looking for adventure, check out our articles about Quintana Roo and touring the Yucatan Peninsula.

Locale and getting to Cabo San Lucas

For those traveling from the west coast, getting to Cabo San Lucas is pretty easy. There are direct flights from Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Los Angeles and San Diego. Denver and Dallas also offer direct flights, so know that even east coasters should be able to find a good flight. When flying into Cabo, the airport is SJD (San Jose del Cabo), Los Cabos International Airport. The airport is actually quite nice now (thanks Hurricane O’dele) and as long as you arrive early in the day or in the early evening, customs is pretty fast and smooth.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Queer Travel In Asia… Is It Safe?

Author: , January 16th, 2019

Gay Travel in Asia - The Globetrotter Guys

Gay travel in Asia can be confusing to say the least. A lot of people will look up gay rights in Asia and for the most part be disappointed. However, don’t let this discourage you! Back in 2012, we spent 3 months travelling from Thailand through to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia and Bali. We experienced this part of Asia as a gay couple and only had positive experiences.

We returned to Asia again in 2017 for our honeymoon, where we spent 3 weeks in the Philippines. When it comes to gay travel in Asia, the Philippines is one of the more advanced countries. There is still work to be done, like anywhere, but overall we had a wholly positive experience.

Quite simply, often the laws of the country don’t match the reality of being there as a tourist. While some people may say not to travel to countries until they have better laws, as long as you are safe as a tourist, you could be helping by representing the local LGBT community.

We have compiled our ‘Gay Travel Asia Guide’ to help you navigate the countries we visited. We want to compare the laws to the reality as a gay traveller in Asia. Read on to find out more, and feel free to share your own experiences in the comments.

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Painted Hills Vacation Cottages & Retreat – Eastern Oregon Gay Friendly Resort

Author: , January 14th, 2019

Painted Hills Vacation Cottages & Retreat

A paradise 20 years in the making, Painted Hills Vacation is not your typical lodging experience! Our retreat is made up of 3 unique, European-style cottages, delightful indoor and outdoor gathering areas, and awe-aspiring gardens where you can relax and recharge.

The thoughtful and creative decor, abundant original artwork, magical gardens, and spectacular Central Oregon countryside create an unforgettable experience. Come discover it for yourself and understand why our guests call us the “Oasis in the High Desert!”

The Painted Hills Vacation – Cottages & Retreat is family owned and operated by Barbara and Aruna Jacobi, a dynamic mother/daughter team. Natives of Germany, the Jacobi family has been living in the U.S. for almost 30 years.

After running a successful restaurant in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market for ten years, the Jacobi family felt that it was time for a change and, after much traveling, fell in love with Eastern Oregon. After settling in the small town of Mitchell, the family spent years remodeling 2 old houses inside and out, transforming them into works of art. Barbara, a writer and master gardener, created the beautiful gardens connecting the properties with many magic nooks and crannies. In 2008, Painted Hills Vacation was officially born.

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