Queer Key West Events – Passport Magazine

Author: , April 14th, 2018

Queer Key West

Pack your bags for Key West! This LGBTQ playground provides visitors with some of the most unique and exciting things to do, see, and experience throughout the year. Here are five of our favorite annual events that make this island destination one of the most popular places for travelers from around the world.

Key West Pride

Celebrate Pride—island style. Key West Pride is not just about the party, it also brings the entire community together to show off its long history of LGBTQ inclusivity. After all, the their motto is “One Human Family.” With a street fair, parade, and parties at some of the best bars and clubs, you’ll discover one of the most integrated and unique communities in the world. Show your Pride from June 6-10, 2018.

Key West Tropical Heat

The subtropic island of Key West might be hot, but temperatures are only rising in anticipation of Tropical Heat, a four day all-male, all-adult festival running from August 15-19, 2018 that’s filled with clothing-optional pool parties, not-to-miss drag shows, and the late-night happenings that have made Key West a go-to gay getaway in recent years. Hit the sizzling kick-off party at Big Ruby’s Resort, dance the night away at Aqua Nightclub, or lounge poolside at the Bourbon Street Pub. Complete with the beloved, long-standing tradition of gay bingo, and even a saloon Dungeon party, this Key West event is one-of-a-kind!

Alexander’s Guesthouse – Gay Key West Guesthouse

Author: , March 26th, 2018

Alexander's Guesthouse - Gay Key West Guesthouse

Alexander’s Guesthouse is a European style luxury guesthouse catering to Gay & Lesbian clientele.

We offer a complimentary breakfast buffet and an open bar, as well as multiple level tanning decks, a 24 hour heated pool & Jacuzzi.

Alexander’s Guesthouse is a retreat for your soul… with comfortable beds and crisp white linens, a lovely pool and jacuzzi to melt your worries away, and delicious breakfasts to get you started each morning and a friendly Happy Hour.

See the Alexander’s Guesthouse Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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It’s Still Gay Key West – The Advocate

Author: , January 26th, 2018

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They have a motto in Key West: “One Human Family.” Coined by James Thompson — an HIV-positive activist, organizer, and designer — it represents Key West, the tiny island best known for its queer inclusiveness.

“Inclusiveness is part of our heritage,” one tour guide told me when I visited last August. Its embrace of diversity and willingness to set itself apart from the Florida mainland goes back to its origins as a haven for an eclectic blend of Native Americans, Spanish, freed slaves, seafarers (including pirates), queers, and creatives. The island known as the “southernmost point in the continental U.S.” sided with the North during the Civil War and later served as home to famous writers like Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Judy Blume.

The charm Key West offers is so unlike other Florida cities that many locals call it “Unflorida” and consider the island to be “more Caribbean than the United States.” Its reputation as a refuge for LGBT people has been reflected in local politics: The city was one of the first in the U.S. to elect an out gay mayor (Richard A. Heyman in 1983).

By David Artavia – Full Story at SOURCE

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Bayfront Marin House – St. Augustine Gay Friendly B&B

Author: , January 8th, 2018

Bayfront Marin House - St. Augustine Gay Friendly B&B

If you’re looking for a laid-back, relaxing Florida getaway in lovely St. Augustine. look no further – the Bayfront Marin House offers an elegant, award-winning accommodation experience.

Our St. Augustine bed and breakfast is located directly across from the Matanzas Bay, in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district. Our elegant hotel alternative offers the best views anywhere in the old city, from the spectacular Bridge of Lions and romantic St. Augustine lighthouse, to the playful dolphins that frolic in the Intracoastal Waterway.

If you’ve never stayed at a B&B before, you’ll love the welcoming atmosphere and personalized service we provide. And if you’re a bed and breakfast veteran, you’ll be delighted by the things that set us apart: private entrances and individual thermostats for every room, giving you the ultimate in privacy and comfort. As soon as you arrive at our richly landscaped grounds, you’ll understand why our guests have voted us the #1 Bed and Breakfast on the Bay.

The Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn is just a short walk away from the city’s historic sites, museums, art galleries, boutique shops, and great restaurants. We’re directly across from the seawall, and just blocks from the historic fort, Castillo de San Marco.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in St. Augustine, give us a call, and let us pamper you.

See the Bayfront Marin House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Lilith Pad Vacation Rental – Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Author: , December 30th, 2017

Lilith Pad Vacation Rental - Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Lilith Pad Bungalow is located in the heart of Blue Mountain Beach, just 2 miles from Grayton Beach and 5 miles from the famous town of Seaside. Our home is nestled on a 1/2 acre property, surrounded by old growth Florida pines and a natural landscape.

Our Florida Coast vacation rental has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, an outside hot and cold water cedar shower, laundry room and fully stocked kitchen in the front of the open floor plan front room.

Our home also boasts a sound system that offers sound in every room of the home and both front and back porches. There’s ample outdoor living space including a covered grill pad with room for seating and a fenced in back yard for our furry friends.

We built the home in 2003 with our own hands, and those of friends and family and it was our primary residence until life moved us to the Pensacola area. We still consider the house our home and have provided all the comforts of home we hope you will enjoy during your stay.

See the Lilith Pad Vacation Rental Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Hoyt House B&B – Lesbian Amelia Island Bed & Breakfast

Author: , December 2nd, 2017

Hoyt House B&B - Amelia Island

Welcome to Amelia Island’s 1905 Hoyt House Bed and Breakfast Inn, an exclusive boutique hotel that blends romantic elegance, comfort and great service.

Come spend a weekend (or a week) in our relaxing atmosphere at our beautiful Amelia Island Inn, which is set in Ferdinanda Beach’s Historic District. We’re close to a number of fantastic restaurants, wonderful shopping, and all kinds of antiques. Amelia Island is a great place to get away from your normal life, get refreshed, relaxed, and recharged.

Now’s an ideal time to visit Amelia Island and to stay at the 1905 Hoyt House B&B – we offer elegant guest rooms, and amazing gourmet breakfasts. We’re more than just a Bed & Breakfast – we’re a unique boutique hotel on a very unique island.

Hoyt House is ideal for a romantic weekend, an unforgettable honeymoon, or for celebrating a special occasion with your partner.

Hoyt House offers ten oversized guest rooms, four common area salons with original hand-tiled fireplaces, afternoon snacks, bicycles for guest use, a large video library, and relaxing, rocking porch swings where you can pass a peaceful morning with a cup of coffee and a good book.

The inn also has luxurious leather couches next to the fireplace, perfect for relaxation with a glass of your wine. Or you can listen to a piano serenade played by another guest.

Our lovely gardens include a heated pool with and jacuzzi, as well as lounge chairs, shaded tables, and a beautiful old-fashioned gazebo – the perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon or evening after a day at the beach.

The garden and Gazebo can also be decorated for weddings and other special occasions hosted on the beautifully landscaped grounds of Hoyt House – we welcome weddings for gay and lesbian couples!

Our wrap-around veranda has a view of the historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, originally built in 1861, the site of many wonderful celebrations and gatherings.

If you’re looking for total relaxation, comfort and romance, come stay with us at Hoyt House on Amelia Island for your next vacation!

See the Hoyt House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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The Nomadic Boys Hulk Out at Universal Orlando

Author: , August 11th, 2017

Universal Orlando - Stefan and Sebastien

Whether you’re a Harry Potter fan, Simpsons geek, or you love good old fashioned wild rollercoaster rides, Universal Studios in Orlando will completely rock your world.

This was one of our highlights from our trip in Florida, especially the life size recreation of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and all those Marvel fantasies brought to life. Universal is simply overwhelming, exciting and completely magical!

This is our 5 favourite rides at Universal Studios in Orlando, which we loved so much, we went on each of them at least 2/3 times.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Harry Potter fans will be blown away the moment they step into Diagon Alley at Universal Studios for their first time. The immense detail that has gone into recreating everything is simply astonishing, from the Butterbear stands, the dragon atop Gringotts Wizarding Bank and the many different wizarding shops where you can buy souvenirs, wands and more.

On the other side of the Wizarding World, which is located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you can visit Hogwarts school and take the Forbidden Journey. This is a motion-based dark ride through Hogwarts and its impressive grounds with Harry and Ron leading the way. It’s so lifelike that you really feel like you’re flying on a broomstick through a Quidditch match. A must for all Harry Potter fans.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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

Author: , August 7th, 2017

At Journey's End B&B

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

Welcome to At Journey’s End Bed & Breakfast, conveniently located in the heart of historic Saint Augustine.

We’re on a quiet side street, away from street traffic and noise, but stil just steps away from everything the Oldest City in America has to offer:

  • The Castillo de San Marcos
  • Lightner Museum
  • Flagler College
  • The Bridge of Lions
  • The Bayfront

There are many fine restaurants and boutique shops, as well as ocean beaches and the St. Augustine Lighthouse. At Journey’s End is the ideal Bed and Breakfast for your visit to the Ancient City.

At our St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast, we offer the sophistication of a Bed & Breakfast with the comforts of a home! Your hosts, John Gallagher and Tim Millbern, are well-known in town for their welcoming personalities and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere they have created at their Saint Augustine Inn. You’ll arrive as a guest, and leave as our friend!

Our late 1800’s Victorian House is comfortably designed and decorated to make your stay in St. Augustine enjoyable. With only 5 guest rooms, we’re able to give our guests the personal attention and hospitality they deserve. Every room is individually decorated and appointed with:

  • King/Queen sized “sleep-tite” comfort(TM) beds
  • Ensuite private baths with RainShower(TM) heads giving you a luxurious chlorine-free natural shower.
  • Cable Television
  • Some rooms include private porches or verandas
  • Some rooms are Pet and child friendly

Our St. Augustine Inn also features onsite parking, wonderful breakfasts every morning, afternoon snacks, free sodas, wine and beer, and much more.

We also offer complimentary wifi access, bike/kayak storage, and we can make reccomendations and reservations for you for restaurants, sightseeing, and much more.

Looking for the perfect place to stay in beautiful, historic St. Augustine? Come stay with us At Journey’s End.

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Urban Art in St. Petersburg

Author: , August 4th, 2017

St. Petersburg Murals

Urban art is usually associated with graffiti-ridden ghettos, not attractive beach resorts. But the LGBTI-friendly city of St Pete is exceptional.

St. Petersburg murals have spread across the city on Florida’s west coast in recent years. And the authorities have embraced this new generation’s way of beautifying the place they love.

After all, St Petersburg is no ordinary beach town. Since 2010 AmericanStyle Magazine has ranked it number one ‘America’s Arts Destination’ for mid-sized cities.

St Pete’s urban artists respect each other’s masterpieces. The murals haven’t sparked vandalism or tagging. They’ve inspired more art, with icons and themes often taken from the city’s cultural past.

And if you’re looking for free-loving, liberation-building, queer-styling art, you’ll find it everywhere.

By Tris Reid-Smith – Full Story at Gay Star News

St. Petersburg Gay Travel Resources

Gay Orlando

Author: , June 11th, 2017

gay Orlando

Florida has an array of amazing destinations, and many are famously LGBTI-friendly. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Key West to name but a few. But there’s something special about gay Orlando; a magical draw that sets it apart it from its beachside brothers. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been desperate to go since you were four years old.

It’s known worldwide for being a friendly and welcoming place. Which in part explains why last year’s horrific massacre shocked in the way it did.

Almost exactly one year ago, on 12 June 2016, gunman Omar Mateen stormed Latino night at gay nightclub Pulse. Some 49 people were shot dead and another 58 wounded during the atrocious incident. But one year on, local LGBTIs are defiant, and visitors continue to descend on the city in droves. In fact, last year Orlando celebrated record tourism: 68 million people to be exact. (To put that into perspective, only around 262,000 live here!)

The only logical conclusion is that gay Orlando is, and always will be, amazing. Here are just 8 examples of that amazingness – starting with rollercoasters, obviously.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

Orlando Gay Travel Resources