Canterbury Inn – Gay Friendly Hotel in Ocean Shores, Washington

Canterbury Inn

BEST CONDO-STYLE BEACH HOTEL

The Canterbury Inn is a condominium style hotel in Ocean Shores, along Washington’s beautiful Pacific Coast.

Voted one of the best vacation getaways in Washington, Ocean Shores offers six miles of sandy beaches, twenty-three miles of interconnecting freshwater canals and a charming beach town where you can explore and enjoy some great shopping.

Everyone comes here for the ocean in any season. Enjoy:

* Beach combing
* Flying a kite
* Horseback riding
* Clamming
* Enjoying sunsets over the Pacific

Our freshwater canals are ideal for kayaking, water skiing, and fishing, or even for biking along on a beautiful afternoon. They even run through our local golf course.

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Chicago for Gay Families – 2TravelDads

Chicago for Gay Families - 2TravelDads

The USA has several cities that are known around the world as being iconic or embodiment of America. We think of New YorkSan FranciscoSeattle and Chicago. Traveling to Chicago is really awesome and totally easy to do in two or three days; you could even have an unforgettable Chicago experience in one day if you were really in a pinch and wanted to. It’s an easy, walk-able city with unlimited potential and plenty of things to do.

There are so many things to do in Chicago, and you really can’t do them all on one trip. For your first trip, or if you’re traveling to Chicago on a tight schedule, these are the best ideas to make sure you explore the city and really get a feel for this incredible town.

To get familiar with the layout of the city, take a look at the map below. You’ll see that Chicago is on the shore of Lake Michigan, so there are several activities and sights very near each other since they’re all in that Magnificent Mile neighborhood, between Michigan Ave and the Lakefront Trail. We don’t include the Shedd Aquarium or Field Museum on our things not to miss in Chicago, but they’re close by too, so easy to add to your list.

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

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Rock Cottage Gardens B&B Inn – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Rock Cottage Gardens B&B Inn

PRIVATE B&B COTTAGES IN EUREKA SPRINGS

Welcome to the Rock Cottage Gardens Bed and Breakfast Inn in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Our private property includes five Thomas Kincade-like, charming rock cottages and a small wedding chapel.

Our main house residence has a formal living room and dining room where our guests can gather.

Each of our guest cottages has a two person hot tub, and there’s dedicated off-street guest parking, surrounded by six beautiful garden areas and a fountain pond – a quiet, idyllic place where our guests can relax. We’re just an easy ten-minute walk to downtown Eureka Springs, where you’ll find some great boutique shopping, art galleries and fantastic local restaurants.

All of our cottages also include:

* Gas fireplaces
* AC & heating
* Queen beds
* Showers
* Cable TV
* WiFi internet access
* Mini-refrigerators
* High quality Egyptian sheets
* Luxurious bath towels, bath salts, and spa robes
* Glycerin soaps
* In-room coffee service
* Free water & soda daily.

The inn has been awarded the annual Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence every year since 2011, and The Talk of Town 5 star lodging awards. Our guests love the privacy of the cottages, the peacefulness of our gardens, the fantastic three-course breakfast and the convenient location close to downtown.

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Gay Fort Lauderdale – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Fort Lauderdale - The Nomadic Boys

Over the past few decades, Fort Lauderdale has evolved massively to become the gay capital of Florida as well as one of the top LGBTQ destinations in the USA. The city has everything to suit all LGBTQ travellers including clothing-optional male-only resorts, gay beaches, many gay events taking place throughout the year and of course the gay scene of Wilton Manors!

We’ve been several times to Fort Lauderdale, either as a stopover for a cruise, or to go to one of the many gay parties they have here throughout the year like “Wicked Manors” on Halloween. We always love coming here, particularly as it’s a 365 day destination. There’s always something happening and you’re almost always guaranteed gorgeous sunny weather.

This is our detailed gay guide to Fort Lauderdale featuring highlights from the gay scene of Wilton Manors, the best gay beaches, events and gay hotels to stay. Read why we included Fort Lauderdale in our detailed guide to the best vacation places in the world for LGBTQ travelers.

Is “Gay Fort Lauderdale” Really Gay Friendly?

Fort Lauderdale has evolved so much over the past few decades to become one of the gayest places in the entire country, especially Wilton Manors. It’s so gay that in the 2010 US Census it was ranked as the second gayest place in the USA after Provincetown for most gays couples per 1,000.

Even the community leaders of Wilton Manors are predominantly gay. The city’s first openly gay mayor was John Fiore who was elected in 2000. He was then succeeded by Jim Stork in 2002, making Wilton Manors the first city in the United States to elect two consecutive openly gay mayors. More recently, Justin Flippen was the openly gay mayor of Wilton Manors, who sadly died in early 2020 from a brain aneurysm.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Man Place B&B – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Purgitsville, West Virginia

Man Place B&B - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Purgitsville, West Virginia

Man Place B&B – 65 PRIVATE ACRES IN WV MOUNTAINS

Welcome to Man Place, a unique clothing optional West Virginia bed and breakfast in the mountains of the Potomac Highlands. Man Place is surrounded by sixty-five private acres, and clothing is optional inside and out.

Close to Man Place, you’ll find many recreational options, most within an easy hour or two hour drive. There are more than a million acres of national forest lands nearby, including many state parks and forests, tons of hiking trails, and other recreational options. There are so many great things to do outdoors that you’ll have a hard time deciding what to do first.

You’ll also find steam trains, river rafting, spelunking and cavern tours, rock climbing, hiking and 4WD wheeling. if you want something a little less active, you can shop local antique stores and artisan shops in charming towns, visit historical sites, or attend one of the many fairs and festivals across the region in the summertime.

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Gay Florida Keys – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Florida Keys - The Nomadic Boys

We’ve travelled the world extensively, and can hands down say that when it comes to stunning sunsets, the Keys of South Florida is the best place to come. There are of course many other reasons to visit the Keys: the terrific gay scene of Key West, the diving in the many coral reefs, beautiful beaches, and of course the star culinary highlight, the divine Key Lime pie! But for us, those magnificent sunsets stole the show.

The Florida Keys are a string of thousands of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles (193km) off the southern tip of Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The word “Keys” comes from the Spanish word “cayo”, which means ‘small island’.

The Keys begin at the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula, about 15 miles (24 km) south of Miami. They then extend from Key Largo, all the way to Key West, which is the westernmost of the inhabited islands.

This is our gay travel guide to the Florida keys, where we set out the best gay hotels to stay, our favourite gay hangouts and top things to do.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Arden Forest Inn – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Ashland, Oregon

Arden Forest Inn - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Ashland, Oregon

PREMIER THEATRE-ORIENTED INN IN ASHLAND

The Arden Forest Inn is Ashland’s best kept secret! Come see why our guests say “the best keeps getting better.”

When you arrive arrival, you’ll find a uniqu, eclectic environment filled with original artworks, curiosities, and a big library – all in a beautiful historic Ashland home. Our folk Victorian farmhouse and adjoining carriage house were constructed in 1890 by one of Ashland’s founding families.

We offer:

* Peaceful, quiet, fully appointed guest rooms
* Free WiFi internet access
* Daily gourmet breakfasts
* Guest kitchen with free coffee, tea and snacks
* Off street parking

You’ll also find one of Ashland’s most spectacular gardens on the property – offering mountain views, enchanted green spaces, a beautiful gazebo, a wide deck and a heated swimming pool.

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Gay Key West – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Key West - The Nomadic Boys

Conch! It’s quite a quirky word, satisfying, yet it sounds like you’re cursing… “you CONCHhead!” or “you’re such a CONCH!”

Giggles aside, over in the gay island mecca of Key West, a conch is a legit nickname given to the locals. And this bunch of conchers sure know how to live life to the fullest!

Key West is famous for its relaxed, tolerant and queer inclusivity. Historically it’s always been different, helped by the fact that it is the southernmost point of the USA mainland, slightly cut off from the rest of Florida. This has allowed Key West to thrive as a mixed haven for an eclectic blend of people ranging from Native Americans, Spanish, freed slaves, pirates, and of course, the LGBTQ community. It has also been a bedrock for artistic talent with the likes of Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway and Judy Blume all making this unassuming island their home base. Key West even has an official motto of “One Human Family“.

We absolutely loved Key West. There are so many things to do here with a really exciting gay scene along Duval Street. We’ve been to Key West several times and always had a ball on each visit. We’ve put together this detailed gay guide to Key West to include our experience trying out the best gay hotels, partying in the bars/clubs, inspiration for things to do, and more.

Gay Key West

The gay area of key West is based around the busy Duval Street, between Angela and Petronia Streets. There is a permanent Rainbow Crosswalk here so you can’t miss it! This small intersection forms the gay neighbourhood of Key West, largely centred around 3 large complexes forming a sort of triangle. The 3 large complexes are 801 Bourbon, Bourbon St. Pub and Aqua. Each one has around 3/4 separate bars/clubs inside which we summarise in detail below.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Topside Inn – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Topside Inn - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

BEST WATER VIEW IN MAINE

Topside Inn has been named the number one hotel in Maine, and the fifth for Most Romantic and in the top ten for Best Service by TripAdvisor.

Innkeepers Mark & Buzz were also named “Innkeepers of the Year” for 2020 by Hospitality Maine. We look forward to welcoming you to Maine’s beautiful Boothbay Harbor. 

We have a gorgeous location at the highest point in Boothbay Harbor. Our 19th-century sea captain’s home offers panoramic harbor views, and is surrounded by perennial seaside gardens with peaceful places to relax. But we’re just a few steps away from everything you’ll find in the charming village of Boothbay Harbor.

Our main house and two classic summer guesthouses provide stylish, comfortable lodging, and our indoor and outdoor common spaces are perfect to enjoy the harbor views, sip on a glass of wine, or meet some of our other guests.

Water views are evrywhere – greet the sunrise and the famous footbridge across Boothbay’s inner harbor to the east, take in the sight of lighthouses and islands to the south, and enjoy sunsets in the west. From the front lawn, you’ll have the perfect place to observe harbor activity throughout the day and the starry night skies.

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Cabrillo National Monument – 2 Travel Dads

Cabrillo National Monument - 2 Travel Dads

San Diego, California is such a popular west coast destination. We all love to head to SoCal for the nearly guaranteed sunshine and beaches where you can actually swim. And the coastal vibe is so different, with bare feet everywhere and flowers blooming on the bluffs year round. Cabrillo National Monument is a great place to experience that great SoCal feeling.

Cabrillo National Monument is part of the National Parks system (#FindYourPark) and it’s perfectly located for an awesome afternoon during a San Diego visit. Planning a day out at Cabrillo includes everything from lighthouses to tide pools, picnics to National Park Passport stamps. Yep, our family has favorite activities and Southern California is the perfect spot to do all of them!

Finding the Cabrillo National Monument

A lot of people visiting San Diego are going to be playing tourist in the Gaslamp District or being fancy and lounging on Coronado Island, but there’s so much more to San Diego. The beach neighborhoods are awesome! Starting at the north is La Jolla (it’s own city) with its cove full of seals, then working the way down is Hermosa and the bluffs, and then it’s the beaches!

Full Story at 2Travel Dads

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