Gay Vancouver – The Nomadic Boys

Gay Vancouver - The Nomadic Boys

Greenpeace, Ryan Reynolds, Hayden Christensen, and Botox – what do they all have in common?
Vancouver!

That’s right, they were all created in this super cool city located right on the far West coast of Canada. Vancouver is the capital of the British Columbia Province, famous for being one of the most diverse regions of Canada. It is also nicknamed “The Hollywood of the North” due to its popularity as a filming location for TVs/movies after LA and NYC. Oh, and did we mention the part about Ryan Reynolds and Hayden Christensen?

We visited Vancouver several times on our trips to Canada and always have a fantastic time. As well as a bustling Gay Village over at Davie Street, Vancouver has tons of fun things to do, with the mountains on its doorstep and the natural paradise of Vancouver Island a short ferry ride away.

Most importantly of all, we found gay Vancouver to be a very tolerant city, accepting of everyone. We frequently saw many gay couples walking the streets hand-in-hand all across town and felt comfortable to do the same. Of course, this comes as no surprise as this is Canada, a country we absolutely adore and rate as the most gay friendly country in the world.

In this detailed gay guide to Vancouver, we summarise our experience discovering the gay scene of Davie Village, as well as some of the best things to do in the city, gay hotels to stay and more practical tips for LGBTQ travellers.

Davie Street: The Gay Vancouver Village

Vancouver’s gay village, also known as the Davie Village, is the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community. It is based mainly along Davie Street between Jervis Street and Burrard Street. This is where the majority of the queer bars and clubs are. Although it’s not as big as the scene of Montreal or Toronto, it’s just as fun.

There is also a more bohemian area popular with the lesbian community of the city at Commercial Drive, called “The Drive” over in East Vancouver, which we did not visit so have not covered in this guide.

Marlborough House – Bath Gay Owned Guesthouse

Marlborough House - Bath Gay Owned Guesthouse

Organic, Vegetarian Bath Gay Owned Guesthouse

Marlborough House Bed & Breakfast is an enchanting, friendly and informal small hotel in Bath, England, owned and operated by Peter Moore. Located in the heart of Georgian Bath, our impressive stone Victorian house has lovely spacious rooms furnished with beautiful antiques, carefully chosen and elegantly assembled.

Originally built in 1867, our Bath gay owned guesthouse is in the heart of town, close to Queen Square and at the edge of Royal Victoria Park. A short stroll up Marlborough Lane leads you to the gates of this lovely park, where Royal Avenue presents a panoramic view of the gracefully imposing Royal Crescent, a fine example of Georgian architecture. Only a few steps further, and you’ll find Baths’ famous Circus and the centre of this historic town, just five minutes on foot from our front door.

Marlborough House has seven bedrooms, each handsomely furnished with antiques and containing either an antique wood four-poster, or a Victorian brass and iron bed.

Each guest room is unique, but all are lovely, comfortable, scrupulously clean, and provided with complementary sherry and an abundant hostess tray featuring home baked cookies. Each room has a direct dial telephone, radio, alarm, hair dryer, and colour television with remote control. In addition, Marlborough house is on-line and internet and e-mail access is offered to guests.

Guests might desire to stay the morning in the luxury of their room, where breakfast is available by room service, another exceptional treat offered at the Marlborough House and is available throughout the day and evening. Licensed to serve drink, a wide variety of fine organic beers and wines, as well as an array of organic spirits and mixers, can be ordered through room service, or taken in the lounge.

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Bath Gay Owned Guesthouses, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Indonesia’s Jatiluwih Rice Terraces – Keep Calm and Wander

Indponesia's Jatiluwih Rice Terraces - Keep Calm and Wander

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is really beautiful. I mean, it won’t be called Jatiluwih if it’s not really stunning, right? I was told that “jati” means real, and “luwih” translates as beautiful or good. You see, Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You might wonder why but when you are standing there, you’d understand why.

Its five rice terraces are interconnected with a brilliant water irrigation system, known as subak, that goes through canals and low head dams. These water management systems mirror the philosophical belief of Tri Hita Karana, which brings all together with the balance of nature, of the spirit, and the human world.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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At Journey’s End B&B – St. Augustine Gay Friendly B&B

At Journey's End B&B - St. Augustine Gay Friendly B&B

ST. AUGUSTINE GAY FRIENDLY B&B: NOT A TYPICAL INN

Come visit St. Augustine’s At Journeys End B&B – where you’ll find a relaxing, quiet, romantic getaway you won’t soon forget.

Our Saint Augustine gay friendly B&B was built in the late 1800’s, and this beautiful home still maintains its Victorian charm, while offering updated rooms and amenities.

A VICTORIAN INN WITH A CONTEMPORARY FEEL

Our intimate 5-room contemporary Inn sits on a quiet tree-lined one-way street in St. Augustine’s famous historic district. We’re just steps from amazing local restaurants, museums, art galleries, boutique shopping and a romantic stroll along the Bayfront.

Explore the rich history of America’s Oldest City:

* The Castillo de San Marcos
* The newly re-opened Colonial Quarter
* Flagler College
* The Bridge of Lions.

Each of the beautiful guest rooms honor a famous explorer. They’re also meticulously clean and decorated with authentic period pieces and original artwork.

Some of our guest rooms even have their own private balcony.

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Cliff Cottage Inn – Eureka Springs Gay Friendly B&B

Cliff Cottage Inn - Eureka Springs Gay Friendly B&B

EUREKA SPRINGS GAY FRIENDLY B&B, HEART OF TOWN

Location! Location! Location! Award-winning Cliff Cottage Inn is the only B&B right in the very heart of Eureka Springs’ Historic Downtown, just 17 steps to Main Street and all the best restaurants, clubs, galleries and shops.

Plus, you have your own pre-assigned reserved parking space at the inn – no need to walk a mile or more to get downtown or to drive around and around hunting for non-existing parking. Most guests arrive at the inn, park and never have to drive again until ready to leave our magical village.

A National Historic Registered and Arkansas Historic Preservation landmark, our Eureka Springs Gay Friendly B&B features three elegant beautifully restored historic homes all right next to each other with two suites per cottage.

Suites all have two-person Jacuzzis and showers, and their own living rooms or sitting areas – no dinky little bedrooms here! Lots of original art and antiques with a blend of the contemporary grace all the inn’s rooms… no tired frou-frou here!

See the Cliff Cottage Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Stockholm Gay Bars – The Globetrotter Guys

Stockholm Gay Bar - The Globetrotter Guys

Stockholm is an incredible destination for gay travellers with so much to offer – it is a very liberal and welcoming city. As a result, the bars (and scene) here are quite unique.

Given Stockholm is such a progressive city, you will find yourself welcome as a traveller in bars all across the city. However, whilst this is great to see, we were very keen to check out as many ‘actual’ Stockholm gay bars as possible during our visit.

Best Stockholm Gay Bars: Club Backdoor

Club Backdoor markets itself as ‘the best gay club north of Ibiza’. Backdoor is open till 5am Friday/Saturday and naturally becomes the final stop for everyone on a night out in town. On Fridays it plays hits, hip hop, RnB and 90s, Saturdays plays dark house and techno (check Facebook for updates). This club can tend to attract more of the circuit crowd and can be found just outside the city centre.

By Sion & Ben – Full Story at the Globetrotter Guys

Hacienda at Warm Sands – Palm Springs Gay Resort

Hacienda at Warm Sands - Palm Springs gay resort

PALM SPRINGS GAY RESORT –
SPACIOUS, STYLISH, EXCLUSIVE

Come to Palm Springs and get reacquainted with someone special – you – as a guest at The Hacienda at Warm Sands.

The Hacienda is one of the Coachella Valley’s best kept little secrets: stylish, spacious, and exclusive – a luxurious Palm Springs gay resort in the heart of Warm Sands – the gay Mecca of this LGBTQ+ firiendly city.

The Hacienda at Warm Sands is easy to find but hard to leave. Many of our repeat guests tell us that returning to The Hacienda that it feels so much like ‘coming home’. We hope you will feel the same.

The Hacienda at Warm Sands is the perfect getaway. Few places offer ALL of our expected services, amenities and elements – a sophisticated, warm, sun-filled, secret hideaway resort oasis that will become your home away from home.

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Indonesia’s Kelingking Beach – Keep Calm and Wander

Indonesia's Kelingking Beach - Keep Calm and Wander

Yes, Kelingking Beach in Nusa Penida is your ultimate hiking trail down to the white seashore. That is, I assume, if you are into a treacherous hike and reward yourself by frolicking in the white sandy beach and the turquoise salty water.

Perhaps you’ve seen this area on many tourism promotions for Bali and Indonesia.

Pantai Kelingking in Nusa Penida, according to the Traveler’s Choice Awards in 2019, grabbed the 19th spot of the best beaches in the world.

Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast – Parkdale Gay Friendly B&B

Parkdale Gay Friendly B&B

PARKDALE GAY FRIENDLY B&B –
BEAUTY IN THE HOOD RIVER VALLEY

Stay at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast, a Parkdale gay friendly B&B at the foot of Mt. Hood in northern Oregon. and you’ll wake to fresh brewed coffee from our local roaster and a delicious breakfast prepared with locally grown fruits and veggies, organic whenever possible.

Only minutes from the Mt. Hood National Forest, our inn is the perfect base for outdoor adventures along the Hood River and quiet outdoor retreats. Our grounds have been recognized as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and many varieties of birds feed and nest in our gardens.

From the inn, you can set off on the Fruit Loop, a 35 mile driving tour through the valley, visiting the country farms, fruit stands and wineries along the way.

Have lunch or dinner at one of our favorite dining spots right here in town, and all only a couple walking blocks away. Explore the Hutson Museum for a taste of life in the Hood River Valley.

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Best of Gay Spain – The Globetrotter Guys

Gay Spain - The Globetrotter Guys

As a gay couple, Spain is our number one country in the world to travel to. We have visited and lived in gay Spain and the level of comfort as a same-sex couple has consistently been incredible. We have never felt discriminated against, never felt uncomfortable and never had to second guess ourselves no matter where we have travelled to – for us, this is a priceless feeling.

In 2018 we lived in Madrid, Barcelona was one of our very first holidays together 10 years ago, Sitges is one of the best prides we have been to and we have been to Gran Canaria more than 7 times – this country has a special place in our hearts. There is an inherent feeling of safety, acceptance and normality when it comes to being gay here.

In our ‘Best of Gay Spain Guide’ we want to celebrate all the amazing destinations we have travelled to and share our best recommendations with you. First, let’s take a quick look at gay rights for some context:

Gay Spain: Rights and Culture

When it comes to LGBTQ rights in Spain, these are all very positive. Same-sex intercourse has been legal here since 1979, unsurprisingly this happened the year after democracy came to this country and they said good riddance to their dictator Franco. It was also the third country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage in 2005 and discrimination protections run nationwide.

Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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