The Santa Monica Pier on a Perfect Afternoon – 2TravelDads

The Santa Monica Pier on a Perfect Afternoon - 2TravelDads

Can you think of anything that is more Southern California than visiting the Santa Monica Pier? I don’t think we could name a single thing. Well, maybe a day in San Diego on the Beach surfing… But no, the Pier. Even though a day at the Santa Monica Pier seems like the most touristy and convoluted Los Angeles travel plan you can ever think of it’s actually well worth your time and a visit to LA isn’t complete without some beach time.

Yes, there are so many wonderful free things to do in the Los Angeles area and if you’re going to venture to the beach for the purpose of swimming and pretending to be from SoCal you might pick a different beach, like Manhattan Beach, but the Santa Monica Pier end beach are an ideal, easy to access destination and are just downright iconic.

Finding the Santa Monica Pier

When you ponder life in the West and the history of North America there are few things that pop out: the California Gold Rush, old west towns and cowboys, and then Route 66 and all of the struggles and stories in vintage history that are a part of it. The Santa Monica Pier is the very end of Route 66 (check out the Planet D for their Route 66 trip). As you walk out onto the pier you see the sign that calls it out.

The Santa Monica Pier is also directly next to the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as the PCH. The Pacific Coast Highway is a fantastic California road trip route.

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

Greater L.A. Gay Travel Resources

Lesbian Los Angeles – Once Upon a Journey

Lesbian Los Angeles - Once Upon a Journey

When a lesbian thinks of Los Angeles, probably the first thing that comes to mind is The L Word. Even though a lot of their hangouts spots, such as The Planet, were not real locations, some of them were definitely based on locations in the city. In this guide, I will tell you all about the best lesbian Los Angeles, bars, clubs, parties and other events you definitely don’t want to miss when you’re in LA. So you can live your own The L Word story!

Lesbian Los Angeles

Los Angeles has been gay for many, many years. Way before the colonists came and took the land, the indigenous peoples living on the land that is now Los Angeles were very accepting of same-sex relationships and the idea of multiple gender identities. However, this was all taken away when the land was invaded.

Although New York City is where modern gay rights began, Los Angeles has played its own part in history. In 1948, Lisa Ben, an anagram of lesbian, started the first-ever lesbian magazine from her boss’s office at RKO Studios. In 1966, Los Angeles started the country’s first pride organization and had its first gay parade. But it wasn’t after Stonewall that the LGBTQ+ culture really started taking off.

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Lesbian Los Angeles Travel Resources

Highlands Resort – Gay Friendly Resort in Guerneville, California

Highlands Resort - Gay Friendly Resort in Guerneville, California

HIGHLANDS RESORT: LGBT RESORT SINCE 1979!

Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community since 1979!

We offer a sense of place. Cottages that are classic. A pool with a backyard vibe. A short walk to town. Towering Redwood trees. Tasty breakfasts. Most of our guests have stayed with us before and of those that are first time visitors, many have been referred to us by their friends. We’re also straight friendly.

We’ll curate your trip. We know all there is to know about having a good time in Sonoma County. Where to eat. Where to taste wine, beer, cider. The best bakeries. The most delectable creameries (cheeses, ice cream – all things dairy). And we share all the best inside tips with our guests.

Cabins are private and have porches that catch the sun. Big comfortable beds and cozy gas fireplaces. There are 15 guest rooms and 10 different floor-plans – take a look at our website to see what the differences are.

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Guerneville Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Willows Inn – Gay Owned Inn in San Francisco, California

Willows Inn - Gay Owned Inn in San Francisco, California

WILLOWS INN: STAY GAY IN THE CASTRO

The popular Willows Inn Bed & Breakfast is conveniently located in San Francisco’s Lesbian and Gay Castro neighborhood. We’re an easy drive or street car ride from all of San Francisco’s popular sights. And we’re just a short walk from the epicenter of gay San Francisco life, Castro Street.

Housed in a 1903 Edwardian, the Inn’s decor is a blend of handcrafted bentwood willow furnishings, antique dressers, armoires, and cozy comforters.

We’re ideally situated at the crossroads to San Francisco’s efficient transportation system. The subway will whisk you downtown in 10 minutes, while the streetcars, buses and the antique trolley service can take you to any other point in the city. Golden Gate Park, the Bridge, Union Square shopping, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Baker Beach (San Francisco’s nude beach) — all of San Francisco is easily accessible.

The Castro neighborhood itself offers a wide range of restaurants and cafes, specialty and second hand shops, gyms, bars, and a vintage ’30’s movie palace.

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San Francisco Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Hacienda at Warm Sands – Gay Owned Resort in Palm Springs, California

Hacienda at Warm Sands - Gay Owned Resort in Palm Springs, California

PALM SPRINGS SECLUDED, EXCLUSIVE RESORT

We invite you to get reacquainted with someone special, you, as our guest at The Hacienda at Warm Sands.

Discover one of Palm Springs best kept little secrets: a stylishly spacious gay exclusive resort located in the heart of Warm Sands – Palm Springs gay Mecca.

Yes…the Hacienda at Warm Sands is easy to get to, but hard to leave. Many guests comment to us upon their return to The Hacienda that it feels so much like ‘coming home’. Let us help you feel the same way.

The Hacienda at Warm Sands is the ideal getaway. Few places in the world offer ALL the expected services, amenities and elements of a sophisticated, warm, sun-filled, secret gay hideaway resort oasis – your home away from home.

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Palm Springs Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Parker Guest House – Gay Owned Inn in San Francisco, California

Parker Guest House - Gay Owned Inn in San Francisco, California

PARKER GUEST HOUSE:
SAN FRANCISCO’S PREMIER GAY GUEST HOUSE

Thank you for your interest in the Parker Guest House San Francisco. The Parker House is a 21 guest room Edwardian mini-mansion with gardens perfectly located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Castro District. We are just steps from the Castro’s excellent transportation, parks, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Guest services include extended continental breakfast and use of the properties extensive public rooms, gardens, computer station, sun decks and steamspa area. All rooms come equipped with down comforters, terry cloth robes, private phone, voicemail, second line data ports (many with DSL), cable TV, new all-tile baths, and top of the line amenities.

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San Francisco Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Santiago Resort – Gay Owned Resort in Palm Springs, California

Santiago Resort - Gay Owned Resort in Palm Springs, California

SANTIAGO RESORT:
LUXURY RESORT GETAWAY FOR MEN

Santiago Resort is a luxury boutique hotel in Palm Springs where men come to hit pause, be spoiled, and rediscover the bliss of completely giving in to the moment. Santiago offers free breakfast, poolside lunch, and all-day refreshments in the cantina.

The wealth of amenities includes the largest pool of any gay resort in Palm Springs, clean spacious remodeled rooms with either poolside or mountain views.Santiago is conveniently located 1.5 miles from Downtown Palm Springs.

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Palm Springs Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Inn at 2nd & C – Lesbian Owned Inn in Eureka, California

Inn at 2nd & C - Lesbian Owned Inn in Eureka, California

INN AT 2ND & C:
NEWLY RENOVATED BOUTIQUE VICTORIAN INN

The Inn at 2nd & C offers many enticing spaces to spend your time. We host a yoga studio, conference and banquet rooms as well as a spectacular Theater Ballroom with stain-glass ceiling and wrap-around balcony with reading nooks. Set right in Old Town some of the finest local restaurants and shops are within minutes walk of the Inn’s front steps

* Organic Continental Breakfast consisting of locally made fresh breads, scones and jams, bagels and cream cheese, fresh fruits, granola, yogurt and Coffees & Teas
* Evening Social Hour with a complimentary glass of wine between 5-6pm
Teatime! Enjoy an assortment of teas and tasty cookies baked just down the street, 4pm daily
* The third and fourth floor offer beautifully furnished common sitting areas that overlook Humboldt bay.
* High-Speed Wi-Fi Access in Rooms and throughout the Hotel
* Access to our on-site yoga and exercise room, complete with mats, blocks, and relaxation and meditation area.
* In-room massages available (please request at least 24 hours before)
* Free on site Parking
* All floors are accessible by stairs or elevator

Our boutique hotel is intimate in character while grandiose in size and style. With twenty-four beautifully appointed guest rooms, a spectacular theater ballroom, a yoga/conference room, and parlor lounge and library bar, the Inn provides plenty of gathering spaces for peaceful relaxation or lively conversation.

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Eureka Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

SPOTLIGHT: Cruise Planners – San Diego, CA

Cruise Planners

I am a full service Travel Agent serving the LGBT community. I support all types of travel world-wide including: adventure travel, land tours, cruises, river cruises, destination weddings, and completely customized itineraries. I specialize in customized group trips.

I host several gay group trips as well. I love to travel and explore the world, and as a gay man I like to travel with like-minded men for fun and adventure.

I am part of a highly respected and award-winning agency, Cruise Planners, an American Express travel representative.

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The Perfect Italian Afternoon in San Francisco’s North Beach

Acquolina - North Beach

We’ve been to North beach in San Francisco a number of times, but I always complain about how it’s only restaurants and coffee shops – no other real parts of Italian culture seem to be represented.

Well, that’s changed, and for the better. If you’re an Italianofile like Mark and I, there’s now an Italian bookstore in the heart of North beach, chock-full of Italian language books.

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