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…


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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Adams No Eve – Gay San Diego Guesthouse

Author: , August 3rd, 2017

Adams No Eve - Gay San Diego Guesthouse

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

Adams No Eve is a unique 2 story studio guesthouse in a quiet tropical backyard with a Zen like atmosphere. This is the perfect setting for you to relax and refresh after adventuring out in beautiful San Diego CA.

The private entry of this unique Studio Guesthouse opens to a Kitchen painted in festive colors and a small bathroom with a pedestal sink and a cozy stall shower. 14 stairs lead you up to the sleeping area where a queen size bed awaits you. A 55″ TV with local HD channels and Amazon Fire stick and a sound system you can plug your mobile device into allows you feel at home. WiFi service is available in the guesthouse and the surrounding lagoon pool area.

Adams No Eve is located in a very quiet single family neighborhood in the mid-city area of San Diego CA. The Main House and the Studio Guesthouse share the \0xBD acre terraced property. Citrus trees, fruit trees, avocado trees and a working vegetable garden along with the tropical lagoon pool make up this unique property.

The backyard view to the north gives you Cowles Mountain and night lights. Cowles Mountain is a prominent mountain which is a popular hiking area and the highest elevation of the city of San Diego. On any given day you will see neighbors out walking and socializing with each other. Ample on street parking is available for guest, however off street parking can be available for an additional fee.

Once you enter off the driveway through the locked entrance, prepare to be relaxed. The surrounding tropical Zen atmosphere takes over and compels you to relax and unwind. Guests are free to use the tropical lagoon pool and surrounding backyard. Hosts John and Rick live in the main house and are on site to answer any questions and to ensure you enjoy your stay.

Pool hours are 9 AM to 9 PM, No glass or food by pool, Quiet hours are 10 PM to 8 AM, 2 Adults maximum occupancy, no children, no pets, Tobacco free. 420 friendly.

Adams No Eve is just a short drive or an inexpensive Lyft or Uber ride to Hillcrest, Gaslamp, Downtown, Balboa Park, North Park or any of San Diego’s fun attractions and a quick 20 minute ride to the Mexico border. The Studio Guesthouse is a short walk through the neighborhood to public transportation and one mile from San Diego’s trolley service.

See the Adams No Eve Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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San Diego’s East Village: Fringe No More

Author: , May 23rd, 2016

San Diego East Village

Fashions come and go, as do housing trends. Once folks left their urban environments and flowed into suburban green zones. Today the traffic is in the opposite direction, from the suburbs back to metropolitan centers rife with places to go and things to do.

A recent Nielsen report on trends reflecting millennials found just that. This group is fond of mixed use communities where housing is intermingled with stores, restaurants and service businesses. Activity is no longer shunned, and proximity is prized over serenity.

This trend offers an opportunity for communities down on their luck, or replete with a mixture of industrial and commercial properties, to be redeveloped into thriving live-work communities. This fate has befallen East Village, actually the largest urban neighborhood in downtown San Diego, located east of the Gaslamp quarter.

By Del Phillips – Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Artists’ Loft B&B, Julian, California – Gay Friendly Accommodations

Author: , April 9th, 2016

Artists' Loft B&B

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As most of you know…. all the buildings at the Artists’ Loft Inn were completely destroyed by the great Cedar Fire of 2003 in San Diego County.

The fire moved in sometime in the afternoon of the 28th of October with a fierce fire tornado that took down five of the neighboring homes as well as ours…the plants and wildlife suffered even more….we escaped with the seven cats, a few material things…and our love of the mountain

We are rebuilding, and have great plans for the new Artists’ Loft, scheduled for completion in late 2005. The new loft will be a special retreat for two to four persons, with views from the peaks of the Cuyamacas to the islands off the coast of Southern California.

A new approach to bed and breakfast is planned, as well as a private loft for working artists to use as they like.

As the woods and animals have suffered even greater loss than we, there will be ongoing programs to restore and revive the sanctuary. Guests are invited to participate and lend ideas to the process, as they are moved…we will also be offering a variety of workshops in the arts… photography, printmaking, drawing, writing, pastel…. and many more.

One thing is to be remembered: the spirit of Julian, and of the Artists’ Loft did not perish. We and the town are much as they were, more sober, more humble but much wiser for the meeting with Great Nature.

We invite you to Julian to be a part of the rebirth of both the town and our beautiful artist’s retreat.

See the Artists’ Loft B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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City Sunday: San Diego

Author: , December 20th, 2015

San Diego

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.

San Diego is a beautoful and gay friendly city. From the beautiful beach on Coronado Island to the Gaslamp Quarter downtown, from Balboa Park to the gay Hillcrest district, from Oldtown to Solana Beach’s funky Los Cedros Street, there is so much to do and see here. Oh, and did I mention Old Town? The San Diego Zoo? The Wild Animal Park?

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
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Keep Calm and Wander – Arts and Culture at Balboa Park

Author: , September 24th, 2015

Balboa Park - Alain

San Diego’s Balboa Park is teeming not just with green spaces but also with arts and culture. It’s a different kind of park I’ve been to before. While New York City’s Central Park boasts its size in the middle of Manhattan, Balboa Park is a public space for architecture, museums, gardens, sculptures, performances, outdoor installations and many more.

Beaches come to mind when visiting San Diego. I can’t blame you—their sunsets are breathtakingly stunning, too! And if you’re into hot guys, the surfers are there to test your libido. Hahahaha! It’s best to be there in late afternoon when they’re either shirtless or clad in their body fit wet suits.

Ok, let’s talk about Balboa Park now. 🙂

San Diego is pretty hot in summer. So, you better start exploring the park in the morning. Should you need to avoid the sun, there are shades everywhere. The park is huge-and if you’re up for walking around, be sure to wear a comfy pair of shoes. If not, there’s a trolley that goes around. You can hop on and off to places of interests inside the park.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander | San Diego Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Accommodations: Keating House, San Diego, California

Author: , March 22nd, 2015

Keating House - San Diego

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

In the late 1800s, during San Diego’s boom period, many of its prominent citizens chose Banker’s Hill, an elevated area of the city, to establish residences. Now over 100 years later, several magnificently restored Victorian homes remain in this residential area and among them proudly stands Keating House, San Diego’s Historical Site No. 198. Our graceful home has been faithfully restored to its turn-of-the-century elegance and now, as a Bed & Breakfast, awaits your visit…

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Mike’s Place, San Diego

Author: , March 12th, 2015

Mike's Place San Diego

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

Mike’s Place is an artistic retreat right in the middle of the city. It sits between a California Bungalow from 1910 and an art studio. Located in a turn-of-the-century neighborhood surrounded by canyons and less than a block from the pedestrian “Poetry Bridge” that connects to all of Hillcrest. Within a five minute walk are restaurants, theaters, coffee shops, gyms, and bookstores.

See the Mike’s Place Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Eating Out: How About a Little S&M for Lunch?

Author: , February 7th, 2015

S&M San DiegoS&M is all about experimentation. That’s what Justin Frank, director of operations for Sausage and Meat (S&M), told me. As expected, the menu focuses on house made sausages and exotic meats, charcuterie and bacon. But the menu “can change at any time” depending on what’s in season, and what Chef Mark Younggren has been concocting in the kitchen.

I visited S&M during happy hour. The medium-sized space has a friendly, unpretentious quasi-industrial vibe. Warm colored woods balance the glass and stainless steel appliances. Colorful mosaic tiles add a playful touch to the poured concrete bar. Light streams in through large roll-up windows. Plenty of seating, indoors or out.

Did I mention bacon? You’re given a free slice of bacon just because it’s happy hour. You get another free slice when you use the “safe word”. Bacon choices are sweet, like white chocolate and cashew, or savory. I chose the Honey Sriracha and Garlic Rosemary Parmesan varieties. The thick slices have a wonderful pliant consistency, almost like a taffy. The hickory flavor pairs well with the sticky honey and a hint of the chile’s fire. Similarly, the garlic, rosemary and cheese work in unison, but do not overpower the delicate smokiness.

By Lance Ryder – Full Story at LGBT Weekly | San Diego Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Gay San Diego – Getting Around

Author: , December 31st, 2014

Walkable San DiegoGay San Diego also has a great transportation system – if you don’t rent a car and want to avoid taxis, you can ride the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – a combination light-rail and bus transit system that’s very affordable.

The trolly system runs from El Cajon and Santee on the northeast to San Ysidro and the border in the southwest.

San Diego is also a very walkable city – the great weather means you can use your feet almost year-round to get around, especially downtown. We even walked this last trip from the heart of Downtown San Diego up to Hillcrest, and back. It’s a bit of a hike, but you pass through some great neighborhoods.

San Diego is an all-year city – averaging a high of 77 degrees in the summer to a low of 64 degrees in December.

So bring your bathing suit!

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