Lesbian Phoenix – Go Girlfriend

Author: , May 16th, 2019

Phoenix, Arizona - Pixabay

If you’re chasing your next vacation escape, consider a desert respite in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is the 6th largest city in the US and second only to Orlando for number of resorts – 20 in total. Whether you’re traveling solo, with a partner or your family, there’s more here to enjoy than you might realize.

I recently traveled to Phoenix to speak at a trade convention and took some time to explore the some of the restaurants, resorts and activities with my lover. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my Phoenix finds with you here on GoGirlfriend, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. But I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek…

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Ko’sin – Just upstairs at the Wild Horse Pass is Arizona’s only 5 star restaurant, Kai, but Ko’Sin meaning ‘kitchen’ in the Pima language, delighted us with savory dishes garnished with a stunning view of Sierra Estrella Mountain Range.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

Phoenix Gay Travel Resources

 

Bryce Canyon National Park in the Off Season – 2TravelDads

Author: , May 13th, 2019

Bryce Canyon National Park in the Off Season - 2TravelDads

Bryce Canyon National Park is exceptional when it comes to unique geology and sights. It’s a place for hiking and appreciating nature’s fascinating processes and diversity. It also gets tons of snow in the winter and spring, so visiting Bryce Canyon in the off season is tricky but totally doable and beautiful. We paired it with a trip to Zion National Park and loved the combo and its varied experiences.

This is our guide for sights, hiking and accommodations at Bryce Canyon National Park, good for any time if year, but especially the off season. That’s actually the best time to go! Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park in the off season ensures smaller crowds and lower costs, so it’s a great budget friendly option.

The most popular time for visiting Bryce Canyon is for sure the summer, and why not? It’s gorgeous and sunny; thunderstorms show up out of nowhere; hiking trails are sure to be open; it’s great! Here’s a huge tip though: visitors taper off in early fall and the weather is still awesome. In winter and early spring you’re guaranteed minimal crowds and perfectly snow-capped hoodoos. Spring brings the snow melt and prairie dogs. You’ll love it, no doubt.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2traveldads

Utah Gay Travel Resources

 

Wild Side Tours – Gay Friendly Oahu Tour Operator

Author: , May 11th, 2019

Wild Side Specialty Tours

We specialize is smaller personalized eco tours – Whale watching, dolphin encounters, above and in the water, turtle reef snorkel – Mother nature willing!

Perfect for honeymooners, discriminating nature-lovers, or any special occasion seeking a sense of place… Only 6 or 10 guests tops per journey! We welcome both experienced and first-time snorkelers, with extra personal attention w/ no restrictions of a being lost in a large group.

Our experienced crew of naturalists and biologists will teach you about the Hawaiian wildlife, culture and history along the beautiful West coast of Oahu. Constantly in search of the “Perfect Day” of swimming with dolphins, snorkeling and/or whale watching, they stop at nothing to ensure unparalleled service and quality.

See the Wild Side Specialty Tours Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

Carl’s Guest House – Gay Provincetown Bed and Breakfast

Author: , May 10th, 2019

Carl's Guest House - Gay Provincetown Bed and Breakfast

Looking for a relaxed, comfortable, reasonably priced and friendly place to stay in Provincetown? Carl’s Guest House is hard to beat.

Decorated in a clean, simple manner ideal for a beach vacation home, Carl’s is just a short walk from all the most popular places in P-town.

We offer fourteen guestrooms of varying sizes and amenities – from large rooms with private bathrooms, refrigerators, microwaves, a/c and more to simpler comfortable rooms with shared single occupancy bathrooms. All of our guestrooms are completely private, clean and comfortable.

See the Carl’s Guest House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

 

Maple Hill Manor B&B – Gay Owned Springfield, Kentucky B&B

Author: , May 9th, 2019

Maple Hill Manor B&B

Voted Kentucky’s Best B&B, #1 in the U.S. as the B&B with the Most Historic Charm, Best Breakfast in the Southeast, AND “Best B&B in the South, USA TODAY Top 10 B&B Farmstay for a Haycation, Voted Top 10 Innkeepers in the U.S, Top B&B in Kentucky for Hospitality and Service, and Best Breakfast Recipe in the World Contest.

Just minutes from Bardstown – less than an hour’s drive from Lexington or Louisville AND Two hour’s drive from Cincinnati or Nashville.

Thomas Irvine McElroy built this beautiful Greek Revival Plantation Home on 949 acres and presented it as a Wedding Gift to his young bride, Sarah Jane Maxwell.

Lavished with numerous architectural features, it is accented with Italianate detail, spans over 7,000 sq. ft., with 14′ ceilings, 12′ doorways, 9′ windows, 13 original rooms – most are 20′ x 20′ with some even larger, and a grand cherry floating spiral staircase.

See the Maple Hill Manor B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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

 

Complete Family Guide to Zion National Park – 2TravelDads

Author: , May 9th, 2019

Zion National Park - 2TravelDads

Yes, you can totally get a good sense of Zion National Park in just one day, but believe me when I say that you’ll leave wanting more. Between the unique, red and yellow and white canyon walls to the waterfalls that appear out of nowhere, it’s remarkable. This is our complete family guide to Zion National Park, basically giving a high level overview and drilling down into our more detailed posts. We’ve written a ton about Zion because it’s awesome and we love it, so get all the goods.

The first time I planned a trip to Zion National Park as an adult I didn’t even know where to begin. I had visited as a kid and remembered everything we did… including hikes that I’d never take my four year old on. I ended up spending hours Googling hiking guides, travel blogs about Zion with kids, the National Park website itself and couldn’t find all of the information I needed in one place, so I decided then and there that following our trip I would make something super easy that was exactly what I needed. And that’s what this is: your one stop shop resource for all things family-friendly at Zion National Park.

When to visit Zion National Park

If you’re in Southern Utah, you should visit Zion National Park, no matter the time of year, but just know that it won’t all be accessible. The absolute best time to visit Zion is early to mid Spring or early Fall. Being such a popular National Park, Zion is very busy and trails can be exceptionally crowded in the summer. Whatever season you choose to visit, you always need to be prepared. The weather can change in a heartbeat, although the summer months are pretty consistent with hot days and random cloud bursts.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

Utah Gay Travel Resources

 

Harborview Inn – Gloucester, Massachusetts Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , May 6th, 2019

Located on Gloucester Harbor, in view of the iconic Man at the Wheel statue, Harborview Inn is walking distance to downtown’s restaurants, museums, shops, brew pubs, coffee shops, whale watches and other seaport attractions.

The rooms are comfortable and beautifully decorated, each with a distinguished and charming style. Most of the rooms feature a spectacular harbor view and all have private baths, AC, and cable TV. Guests are invited to a complimentary continental breakfast of fresh fruits and pastries from around the Cape Ann area.

See the Harborview Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Northeastern Massachusetts Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

 

Great Small Towns for Queer Travelers

Author: , May 6th, 2019

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Throughout the 20th century, as particular neighborhoods in America’s largest cities became LGBTQ strongholds, a number of corresponding resort towns became similarly famous as gay vacation spots. Provincetown, Fire Island, Key West, Palm Springs, and the Russian River grew into international queer havens, united by their creative spirits and often flamboyant and permissive personalities. Slightly more low-keyed burghs—Laguna Beach, Saugatuck-Douglas, Ogunquit, Rehoboth Beach, New Hope-Lambertville—also developed big-time gay followings despite their tiny populations.

While all of these places—albeit to varying degrees—remain touchstones of queer vacation life; they also now have plenty of competition. In recent years, dozens of small communities with less pronounced queer cachet but nevertheless progressive vibes, alluring settings, and sophisticated cultural offerings have become increasingly fashionable with the LGBTQ set, both as places to live and travel.

Listed in alphabetical order, here are 10 of the most compelling of these diverse and desirable little towns with emergent gay followings. To be considered for this list, each community (as well the accompanying alternative recommendations) had to have fewer than 10,000 year-round residents, at least a couple of reliably inclusive lodging options (plus plenty of vacation rentals and Airbnb listings), and an exceptional mix of enticing activities and attractions.

Astoria, OR (pop. 9,800, travelastoria.com)

Dramatically situated where the mighty Columbia River empties into the Pacific Ocean, Astoria was visited by the Lewis & Clark expedition, permanently established as a fur-trading outpost, and eventually developed into a prominent port city and salmon-canning center. Today, with many of its stately downtown buildings and riverfront wharves occupied by hip lifestyle boutiques, artisan breweries and coffee roasters, and retro-chic cocktail bars, this hilly town at the northern tip of the spectacular Oregon coast has begun to resemble a miniature version of Portland (two hours away), complete with a sizable LGBTQ population and a super-fun Gay Pride weekend in mid-June. Pop culture alert: The Goonies was filmed here, and the former Clatsop County Jail—featured prominently in the movie—now houses the Oregon Film Museum.

By Andrew Collins – Full Story at Rainbow Times

Whale Watching in Provincetown

Author: , May 3rd, 2019

A whale watch tour is ranked as one of the top activities for Cape Cod and Provincetown.  As you depart traveling along the National Seashore you will view the beaches, lighthouses and the very tip of Cape Cod.  A naturalist accompanies every cruise to serve as an interpretive guide to the ecology and natural history of Cape Cod and Massachusetts Bays with emphasis on whales, other marine life and marine birds that passengers are likely to see.  The tours last from 3 to 4 hours.  Each boat has a sundeck, centrally heated /air conditioned cabin and viewing platform on the bow. It can be cool on the water this time of year so be sure to bring warm clothing.

‘Perfect Day’, ‘Great Trip’, and ‘Got a lifetime experience to cherish’ are some of the reviews of the whale watching tours.  This is one Provincetown activity you  can’t miss.  Every guest from our B&B that has taken the tour brings back rave reviews.

The Somerset House Inn has made your whale watching tour even easier.  Book any three-night stay during May, including the Memorial Day Weekend, and the Somerset House Inn will give you a 50% discount on two whale watching tickets.  That’s a $53 value!  Mention ‘Whale Watch’ when making your reservations and we will assist you with your whale watch tour reservations.

Ptown Dan and his partner Bob own the Somerset House Inn, an award winning Provincetown Bed and Breakfast.  Named the Best Bed and Breakfast on Cape Cod for 2018 by Cape Cod Magazine the Somerset House Inn is in the perfect Commercial Street location across the street from the water and walking distance to everything.  Please visit the Somerset House Inn web site to make your reservations.  We look forward to welcoming you to Provincetown.

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Parkdale, Oregon Bed and Breakfast

Author: , April 25th, 2019

Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast

Stay at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast 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 we are the perfect base for outdoor adventures and quiet 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 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.

See the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Columbia River Gorge Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals