What's New in Gay Chicago

Chicago Boystown The stools at Dove’s Luncheonette in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness. On a bustling weekday afternoon each one will be flattened by Midwestern butts–which are arguably more voluminous during the winter months. Dee Dee Warwick’s “A Fool for Love” is playing on a record player, not on the vintage Select-O-Matic 100 jukebox hiding in the corner, which works only about half of the time. Meanwhile, gratuitous wood paneled walls give the whole place a kind of 70s dive bar vibe and provides the requisite cue that we are deep in the heart of hipster country. But the real draw at this newly opened throwback diner from superstar chef Paul Kahan (Big Star, the Publican) is the menu whose Tex-Mex inspired standouts include smoked brisket with avocado, pico de gallo, chicarones and green chile vinaigrette rolled into a large flour tortilla, or chicken fried chicken drenched in chorizo verde gravy and topped with sweat peas and pearl onions. It is joints like this that remind the world why gay Chicago is everyone’s kind of town. There is much to be excited about in gay Chicago these days. Yes, it’s still cold December through March (and sometimes November and April), yes the crime rate is higher than residents would like it to be (although way down overall when measured against previous decades), and yes the Cubs still suck (but does anybody really honestly care?). On the other hand, a spate of enchanting new public parks are slated for 2015 arrival (two of which are profiled below), neighborhoods like the West Loop, Fulton Market, Pilsen, and Logan Square that were quiet a mere decade ago are now chockablock with bars, restaurants, shops, and art galleries, and the city’s queer scene has gotten so big that Boystown on weekend summer nights rivals places like the French Quarter and Ybor City in terms of exuberant revelry. Be on the lookout for many new buildings, public projects, and exciting cultural offerings from Chicago in the coming months, and come prepared for amazing food and libations

Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Abundance Retreat – Lesbian Owned Guest Houses in Wimberley, Texas

Abundance Retreat Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Located on sparkling Cypress Creek and steps from the historic Wimberley Square, Abundance Retreat, an adults only/pet friendly property, features 2 guest houses — Sundance Lodge and Moondance Cabin — and an unforgettable setting for a romantic getaway, family reunion or a “Big Chill” weekend. Abundance is truly distinct, blending natural beauty and luxurious living with the best location in the Texas Hill Country. Sundance Lodge, an elegant and spacious log home and Moondance Cabin, a romantic pine log cabin, are available for weekend, weekday or weekly rentals.

See the Abundance Retreat Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Nunsense A-Men

Nunsense A-Men! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ You’re invited to support the Order of the Little Sisters of glynnhse winterHoboken as they put on a variety show to earn much needed funds for their parish. With Nuns that were once circus performers, ballerinas and puppeteers, the show includes singing, dancing, an audience quiz and comedy that might send you straight to confession. NUNSENSE is the second longest running musical in Off-Broadway’s history. And it’s no surprise that this show has become an international sensation as it’s a habit that’s hard to break. Don’t miss an exceptional evening at the Palace Theatre January 29 – 31. 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 winter activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, fine dining, hiking, historic sites, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful winter countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many winter activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.]]>

Atlanta – City Sundays

City Sundays Atlanta Hey all, Welcome to our weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well. Atlanta is a vibrant gay friendly city, home to CNN, their famous peach tea, and lots of beautiful guys and women with those amazing southern accents. It’s a very diverse city, set amongst the rolling hills of Northern Georgia. Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there? Do you wanna go? Let’s chat! Join the conversation here: Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club Check out our Atlanta (Georgia) page here: https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/georgia.html And our Atlanta articles on the blog here: https://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Atlanta]]>

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Buses

travel auto In the United States, there are basically only four ways to travel and that is by plane, train, automobile and buses. They all have their advantages as well as disadvantages. We prefer traveling by automobile since we have the luxury of time. Living in the center of the country, it only takes a couple of days or at the most 3 days to travel to either coast. Plus we enjoy seeing the sights and sounds and meeting new and interesting people along the way. If you fly, you usually need to rent an automobile anyway. Plus when driving you can take more clothing with you and purchase more items to bring back home with you. Our theory is ‘getting to a destination can be half the fun’. However we fully understand if you do live on either coast or do not have a lot of time, you have no choice than to fly. travel planeFor those who live in the upper Midwest or Northeast, they are forced to fly if they only have a week if they want to go to South Florida. Thousands of Gay men fly into Ft. Lauderdale during the winter months to get away from the frigid cold and snow. Fortunately in that town, the Gay resorts are close to the bars and shopping so an automobile is not always necessary. Otherwise one does need to rent an automobile. With all of the hassles in flying, we just prefer not to fly. travel trainAmtrak is another alternative however they scheduling is very ‘iffy’ to say the best. We took an Amtrak trip to California and back two years ago and although we were very lucky in not having any scheduling problems, Amtrak does present a lot of problems for travelers. Check out this website, http://www.consumeraffairs.com/travel/amtrak.html to read some of the hundreds of complaints about what passengers have written about their experiences riding on Amtrak and then decide for yourself if you want to try Amtrak. We now only would take Amtrak for a short trip less than 300 miles. travel busBuses are still around and although we have never taken one on a trip, there are those who really enjoy it. We have taken tour bus trips which is not to be confused with traveling across the country. With a tour bus trip you get on at one location and go directly to your destination and your luggage and accommodations are all taken care for you, whereas on a regular bus travel you have to book everything yourself. The bus terminals are usually downtown and sometimes right at the Amtrak station. On Amtrak they do have full restaurant services whereas on buses they do not. Some websites to check out are, for buses, www.greyhound.com and for trains, www.amtrak.com There are several automobile rental companies and many have great specials from time to time so check those out. Don and Ray Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone! TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at [email protected] and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Casitas Laquita, Lesbian-Owned Resort in Palm Springs

Casitas Laquita Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great places to stay.

Casitas Laquita is a private retreat that offers women a unique, fun and comfortable environment where they can totally be themselves. There is as much or as little to do here as you want — sightseeing, great shopping, recreational sports, Happy Hour socializing and BBQs….or just simply relaxing in a chaise lounge by the pool. Casitas Laquita Resort provides guests with an atmosphere of rustic tranquility and dramatic mountain views. The property features handcrafted furnishings accented with tribal indian artifacts, and an old mission charm on 1.2 acres of private spiritual grounds. The interior design pays homage to the desert’s native Indian heritage by incorporating unique, handcrafted furnishings with authentic Indian/Southwestern influences. All rooms feature private bathrooms, full kitchens, televisions, telephones with guest voice mail and in-room Internet access. Some units are equipped with Southwestern style fireplaces.

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Ragtime

Ragtime! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ AT THE DAWN OF A NEW CENTURY, everything is glynnhse winterchanging…and anything is possible.  Ragtime returns to the road in an all-new touring production directed & choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge and produced by the team that most recently brought you The Addams Family, Spamalot, Rock of Ages, and The Color Purple.  The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York. All three are united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.  The compelling stories are set to theatre’s richest and most glorious musical score. Plan on being at the Capitol Center of the Arts January 19. Ragtime will provide patrons a terrific evening of theatre. The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday too. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.]]>

Rosewood Country Inn, Gay Friendly Inn in Bradford, New Hampshire

Rosewood Country Inn Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

An 11-suite Inn, built around 1850 in the early Victorian style. The Rosewood is set on 12 hilltop acres in Bradford, part of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region (about 90 minutes from Boston). Just minutes away from Mt. Sunapee Ski area in Sunapee, NH and Pats Peak Ski area in Henniker, NH. Wireless internet available in all rooms.

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1964 the Tribute

1964 the Tribute! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ 1964 the Tribute returns to the Palace Theatre on Sunday glynnhse winterJanuary 17, 2016. This is “The Number One Beatles Tribute in the World”, according to Rolling Stone Magazine! These are the Beatles you remember from the “Ed Sullivan Show and Shea Stadium” The song perfectly recreates the early Beatle and they look amazing from their Beatle Boots to their vintage guitars! Don’t miss an amazing evening at the Palace Theatre.  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 winter activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, fine dining, hiking, historic sites, skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, tax free shopping or simply experience the delightful winter countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many winter activities. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities.]]>

New York’s Magnificent Flatiron Building – Globetrotter Girls

New York Flatiron Building Dani Guys, I am freaking out! Only one more Polaroid from New York and I’ll be on my way to South America. I am torn between excitement and misery – on the one hand, I am drooling over pictures of pristine Caribbean beaches as I’ve finally started to plan my trip in more detail (I hope by the time the next Polaroid rolls around I know where I’ll rest my head when I arrive in Colombia in less than two weeks!), but on the other hand I am devastated about leaving New York.. as always! However, since it’s getting quite chilly now, I feel like it’s a good time to leave, and to know that when I get back, I won’t need my winter coat and boots anymore. As for the last week and what I’ve been up to.. I was happy that several friends who had left NYC for the Holidays were returning from their trips, making sure I wouldn’t turn into a crazy cat lady (I am looking after four cats at the moment..) by getting me out of the house more often again.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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