Queer History Along Route 66 – SDGLN

Author: , September 19th, 2018

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The subject of gay bars from the past really interests me.

Route 66, a National Treasure of the National Trust, winds its way some 2,400 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles. It weaves past small towns, big cities, National Parks, roadside attractions, and also: gay bars.

As one of the first cross-country highways, Route 66 connected refugees from the Dust Bowl to safety in the 1930s, troops to military bases during World War II, and post-war Americans to California and the western states in the 1950s and onwards. While I traveled Route 66 with the National Trust from Chicago to Springfield, Missouri, I documented places in communities along the iconic highway that historically welcomed gay travelers.

The subject of gay bars from the past really interests me.

Where I live in New York City I lead a walking tour about “gay bars that are gone” and people who attend share histories and sometimes memories from LGBT spaces, dating as far back as the 1870s. These are spaces where gay Americans found joy, love, community, and solidarity in the face of great social and political adversity. To document the “gay bars that are gone” of Route 66, I came with a few important things in my suitcase: two LGBT USA travel guides from the year (coincidentally) 1966 and a rainbow flag.

The travel guides were incredible. Both are rare finds and I had to convince folks from far away to scan archival copies and send to me. One was titled: The Lavender Baedeker ‘66: A Guidebook to Gay, Interesting, Hysterical, and Historic Places in the U.S., and it was published by a company listing LGBT-friendly establishments since 1961. The other guide was a Damron Guide from 1966, which is an LGBT travel company that still exists and has been publishing gay travel guides since 1964. This third edition Damron Guide chronicled more than 900 places across the United States and Canada recommended for gay travelers.

By Michael Ryan – Full Story at SDGLN

California Central Coast Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 31st, 2018

What could be more perfect any time of year than a California Central Coast road trip? Nothing. Leaving the SoCal area out of Los Angeles and heading north up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), you’re bound to find beautiful, quirky, delicious, and captivating stops. A road trip up the California Central Coast fits nearly any budget and can last a few days or two weeks. There’s never a dull moment with or without kids, and we’ve done it both ways.

Looking back (and as we plan to do a Central Coast road trip again soon) I think next time we’ll eat more ice cream, spend some time hiking in Los Padres National Forest and schedule our trip around either Spring Barrel or Crush in the Fall.

We only just started to get into the amazing, diverse world of wine on the Central Coast and it could be the focus of its own trip. Was that too much much of a hint of what’s in store? Oops. Having said that, prepare yourself for fun with the family any time of year on a PCH road trip.

Planning your California Central Coast road trip

It’s so much fun to throw some bags and supplies in the car and hit the road, but when you’re talking about family travel to a popular destination, particularly in the summer months, you need to plan things out a bit more than this. Here’s how to plan your perfect California Central Coast road trip (or any similar trip for that matter).

Perfect California Road Trip Activities along the PCH

We always like to start our road trip planning with making a list of sights and activities we know both the kids and adults will love. When we’re talking about California we know that we can almost always mix beach time with hiking and even some family friendly wine tasting. The California Central Coast is perfect for all of those activities. Add in our love for history and we’ve got endless opportunities to enjoy a perfect road trip along the PCH together.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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El Mirasol Villas – Palm Springs Gay Resortr

Author: , August 25th, 2018

El Mirasol Villas - Palm Springs Gay Resort

El Mirasol Villas is the original Palm Springs resort catering to gay men since 1975. Built by Howard Hughes in 1947, the hotel’s charm and privacy have preserved while offering the style and comfort sought by today’s gay traveler. Walled and gated, this private resort is in the Warm Sands area, only blocks away from downtown Palm Springs, gay nightlife, hiking, shopping, casino gambling and gourmet dining.

Meandering garden paths lead to bungalows, one or two bedroom suites and studios, two gorgeous clothing optional pools and a 10 man Jacuzzi/Spa with an outdoor shower. The hotel even features a eucalyptus steam room.

All rooms have California king beds, private baths, Flat Screen wireless TV and DVD players, some with kitchens and private patios.

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Willows Inn – San Francisco Gay Inn

Author: , June 28th, 2018

Willows Inn - San Francisco Gay Inn

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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California Dreaming – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 22nd, 2018

California Dreaming

Time flies when you are having fun! After a year in Asia, we fly to the other side of the world. Now we can call our trip a world trip for real! After some fantastic days in Hong Kong and Macau, we fly to San Francisco. The culture shock is huge, the jetlag as well…

HELLO SAN FRANCISCO!

As soon as we arrive, our friend David – who we met in Myanmar – takes us to the Golden Gate bridge. We enjoy the view over the iconic bridge from the best spot you can think of, and David also surprises us with some champagne. We couldn’t wish for a better start. Later on, not only the jetlag but also the champagne kicks in.

During the first days in the States, it’s difficult to adapt. The jetlag is enormous, it’s cold and rainy outside and the people are so different. People talk small talk to us, and we are not used to that at all. Besides that, it’s the first time after a year of travelling that I feel unsafe. Something I never expected to happen in San Francisco. There are so many homeless people, which is shocking to me. Feeling unsafe had something to do with being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would not recommend people to be in the city centre and the areas close to the city centre of San Francisco late at night.

Before arriving in the States we were thinking of hitchhiking from San Francisco all the way down to San Diego (we like adventure), but after hearing a couple of horror stories, we book the first night bus down to Los Angeles. From Los Angeles, we travel further down by bus, to San Diego. The buses in the States are not that bad at all!

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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The Amazing Mojave Preserve – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , June 20th, 2018

Mojave Reserve

We had only planned on spending one night in the Mojave Preserve on our way to Death Valley, but we were blown away at how cool this place is so we decided to stay for three days and skip Death Valley. We hadn’t done any research on this place, so we didn’t have a clue. Luckily Camrin just happened to see a photo on Instagram from the preserve and we realized there might be something to this place.

We camped in an amazing spot surrounded by the highest concentration of Joshua Trees in the world and those cool boulder formations. We practically had the place to ourselves. The sunsets were amazing, we hiked through a slot canyon, and took time to enjoy our surroundings.

We felt so lucky to stop here. We almost passed it up so its a lesson to us to do more research on those off the radar places.

By Laura Dierbeck – Full Story at Free Wheel Drive

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Joshua Tree National Park – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , June 8th, 2018

Free Wheel Drive

Due to the cold we drove all the way from Yosemite to Joshua Tree National Park in a day. It took us about eight and half hours to get there. This was both our first time being in the Southwest so just about every plant and animal was new to us. We found free camping about 10 minutes outside of the park, which gave us the chance to see a lot of the park.

This park is so cool! It has the famous Joshua Trees and so much more. It’s a hot spot for rock climbers and artists, and the sunsets are absolutely amazing.

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Exploring Yosemite Valley – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , May 17th, 2018

Yosemite - Four Wheel Drove

A few hours East of San Francisco is beautiful Yosemite National Park. This legendary park, once home to John Muir, has inspired the masses since 1890, including us. During our stay, we narrowly missed a winter storm, camped with rock climbers, and went on some amazing hikes. Coming this late into the season we had to put up with some chilly nights, but we practically had the park to ourselves.

We barely scratched the surface of this park. Like Yellowstone, this park is huge! We stuck to the Valley area since there was plenty to do there and with the shuttle service we were able to leave our car parked for the duration of our stay. Since we paid for camping we figured we should save on gas.

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Hacienda at Warm Sands – Palm Springs Gay Resort

Author: , April 16th, 2018

Hacienda at Warm Sands

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.

Our accommodations are exceptionally spacious, with fully equipped kitchens (or kitchenettes), the majority designed to look like upscale bars featuring black granite countertops and cherry cabinetry. Accommodations include Grand Deluxe Fireplace Suites, Deluxe Suites, a Deluxe Junior Suite, a Junior Suite and a Patio Room.

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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Parker Guest House – San Francisco Gay Guest House

Author: , April 14th, 2018

Parker Guest House - San Francisco Gay Guest House

Thank you for your interest in the Parker 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.

Complementary FAX service is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. All rooms are non-smoking but, smoking is allowed on the front and rear porches and the gardens. On-site secure parking is available for $15 per night. We accept AMEX, Mastercard, Visa and Discover Cards.

The Parker House is the most highly rated gay and lesbian guest house in San Francisco receiving top mention from OUT & ABOUT, Damron Guides and Fodors Gay Guide. Our complete business facilities make us an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travelers.

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