Fort Lauderdale is for Gay Beach Lovers

Author: , August 26th, 2016

Gay Beach Lovers

If Florida’s a family of blockbuster travel destinations – with Miami and Orlando as the energetic kids – Fort Lauderdale’s like the cool older brother. The one who doesn’t need to raise his voice to command your attention. Located on the state’s east coast a 38-minute drive from Miami, and three hours from Orlando, this city of 172,000 is the perfect foil to both.

It’s less intense and touristy than its neighbors, while sharing their year-round temperate weather. It’s almost perpetually sunny, and the sea is warm in summer and refreshing through winter. But Fort Lauderdale’s best quality sets it apart from the pack: it’s found in Broward County, the most progressive (read: gayest) of all Floridian counties.

It’s firmly Democratic in a region where Republicans reign supreme and, according to the US census, has the second highest proportion of LGBTI residents in America. Furthermore, Greater Fort Lauderdale has long been recognized for its efforts to attract gay and lesbian tourists, and in recent years, trans travelers specifically. Perfect for gay beach lovers.

By Andrew Gonsalves – Full Story at Gay Star News

Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau

City Sundays: Fort Lauderdale

Author: , November 29th, 2015

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Hey all,

We’re launching a new 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.

Fort Lauderdale is a great place to visit as an LGBT traveler – it’s warm and sunny, and has so much to offer, from its status as a cruise ship hub to the shopping on Las Olas Ave, from the Riverwalk to Wilton Manors, a suburb of Greater Fort Lauderdale that’s one of the gayest cities in the country.

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
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Fort Lauderdale page here:

https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/florida/flbrowardco.html

And our Fort Lauderdale articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Lauderdale

Playground for LGBTI Families to Open in Florida

Author: , September 21st, 2015

Pride Playground

Families of all shapes and sizes are to benefit from a new interactive playground in Florida, USA, specifically designed to create a safe space for LGBTI parents, children, and straight allies to network.

The playground will be built at the Fort Lauderdale’s Pride Center – a community center which provides social services including counselling, mentoring, exercise classes and HIV testing – in order to support the growing number of LGBTI families in the South Florida area.

Surveys of local LGBTI parents have indicated there are insufficient resources and services locally, and that same-sex couples parenting children have their own set of unique challenges. ‘With the national legislation of gay marriages and state adoptions by gay couples, we are evolving to fulfill our mission,’ said Robert Boo, CEO of The Pride Center. ‘As our stakeholders expand their families, we must be prepared to respond to this changing environment and the playground build is an ideal start.’

By Mel Spencer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Fort Lauderdale Becomes Premier Destination for Transgender Travelers

Author: , September 18th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale has long encouraged gay and lesbian travelers from around the world to explore their sunny side on the rainbow-ready shores of southern Florida. So it should come as no surprise that the sandy safe haven has just become one of the nation’s first cities to market expressly to transgender travelers.

The coastal city is home to hundreds of LGBT-owned business, from bars and clubs to restaurants and attractions. Last year, Fort Lauderdale’s “progressive, diverse citizenry” earned top marks among “America’s Top 100 Best Places to Live, Work and Play.” This year, for the first time, Fort Lauderdale will host the Southern Comfort Conference, the largest transgender conference in the country, on September 29.

Much of the credit, The New York Times writes, belongs to Richard Gray, Managing Director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mr. Gray, 57, focuses on the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender outreach, and also serves on the board of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).

By Chris Roney – Full Story at Passport | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Gay Fort Lauderdale

Author: , July 11th, 2015

Gay Fort Lauderdale TravelThis is a trip of firsts. It’s my first time in Fort Lauderdale, my first mass wedding, my first time toasting nuptials at 8 in the morning, and my first time welcoming the day with Lance Bass. Yet something about Fort Lauderdale feels familiar.

I’ve traveled to several cities since I was a kid, but as an adult I turned my attention away from Disney and Gulf of Mexico beaches. Miami and Key West seemed the best option for a lesbian on the loose in the tropics. But I kept hearing about Fort Lauderdale. That it had more LGBT offerings than anywhere in Florida, and as the seat of liberal Broward County, it’s the most out-and-proud of the Sunshine State’s mixed political landscape. Plus the city recently rolled out a tourism campaign to welcome transgender travelers, a first in the United States. The more attention I paid, the more intriguing the city became.

Then on January 6th, 2015, marriage equality came to Florida. True to the reputation I’d been hearing about, Fort Lauderdale was planning to celebrate the new love law with flair, and I soon found myself headed there to attend a sunrise wedding on the beach for 100 happy couples, including Mr. *NSYNC himself.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

City Sundays: Fort Lauderdale

Author: , July 5th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale

Hey all,

We’re launching a new 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.

Today’s city – Fort Lauderdale. We were here a few years ago when we took an RSVP Caribbean cruise. It’s an amazing city – sunny and tropical, with one of the gayest suburbs anywhere in the US – Wilton Manors. Then there’s the amazing shopping on Los Olas Blvd, and the lovely Riverwalk 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
LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club

Check out our Fort Lauderdale page here:

http://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/florida/flbrowardco.html

And our Fort Lauderdale articles on the blog here:

http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=lauderdale

Five Things Not to Miss in Fort Lauderdale

Author: , March 14th, 2015

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While many gay meccas are becoming more mainstream (j’accuse Castro, South Beach and Chelsea!), Fort Lauderdale is actually becoming gayer. This is thanks in part to a growing base of out gay men in their 40s and older — many of whom migrated from these former gay capitals — who keep local businesses vibrant, including Ft. Lauderdale’s huge assortment of gay restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and sexually focused venues. Now is a great time to visit the Venice of America with its beautiful canals crisscrossing the city. Or wait till May for Beach Bear Weekend (May 6-11). Or, plan on staying a night or two before or after an upcoming cruise. We probably all know the city has a great gay beach (St. Sebastian) and the fabulous, untouched Hugh Taylor Birch Park, a protected reserve that harkens back to ye olde Ft. Lauderdale. So, here we present our top five things you may not expect and must not miss.

1. Rosie’s: Ok, so you’d totally expect this boozy bar-food joint but it is so gay, no visit to FLL is complete without stopping here. The indoor-outdoor hot spot offers a menu full of quirkily named burgers you shouldn’t be eating and drinks you definitely should be drinking. The food is pretty ordinary despite the high-falutin’ menu nomenclature, but this Wilton Manor institution is always packed with gays of all ages and denominations.

By Ed Salvato – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Accommodations: Liberty Suites, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Author: , March 2nd, 2015

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

Gay owned vacation rental apartments in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – Beautifully furnished, fully equipped efficiency, studio, one, two bedroom apartments.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Wilton Manors, Florida

Author: , January 16th, 2015

wilton sign oneThere is the city of Los Angeles and then there is West Hollywood which is why Gays visit there. There is the city of Las Vegas and then there is the Las Vegas Strip which is why Gays visit there. Most people do not realize that the Las Vegas Strip is not in the city of Las Vegas.

Then there is the city of Ft. Lauderdale and then there is the city of Wilton Manors which is why Gays visit there. You fly into Ft. Lauderdale but the main attraction is Wilton Manors which has over a dozen bars, fabulous restaurants, great shopping and everything else that you would want including museums. Most everything is within walking distance so it is not necessary to even have an automobile.

Wilton Manors is called ‘The Island City” and abuts Ft. Lauderdale just to the north. Wilton Manors and Provincetown, Massachusetts and West Hollywood are considered the Gayest cities in America. You just fly into the airport in Ft. Lauderdale and take a short cab ride to Wilton Manors and then you can walk everywhere.

Inn on the DriveA new Bed and Breakfast, The Inn On The Drive, opened last year in downtown Wilton Manors. Tony and Walt are the owners. They are located in a very quiet residential area however only a couple of blocks to where all the action is so you certainly do not need an automobile to get anywhere.

Tony and Walt are two of the nicest guys that you would ever want to meet. They have four guest rooms that all face their swimming pool.

winton manor bedThis is a brand new complex that is spotless. They offer everything that you need. You can either have breakfast in your room or out on the patio. They have certainly done everything the right way. Great rooms, great hosts, great location and the fact that you can walk everywhere within a few blocks is amazing!

And should you have an automobile, they offer off street parking. Their phone number is: (954) 990-4895, their email is: info@InnOnTheDrive.com. Their address is: 2405 NE 7 Avenue Wilton Manors, FL and their website is: www.innonthedrive.com/.

IMG_1779Of course they offer WiFi, Cable TV, air-conditioning and more. Tony and Walt want your stay to be perfect and they will do most anything to assist you.

Some of our favorite restaurants in Wilton Manors includes Rosie’s Bar and Grill, www.rosiesbarandgrill.com/, The Courtyard Cafe, www.wiltonmanorscourtyardcafe.com/, The Tropics Restaurant and Bar, www.tropicsofwiltonmanors.com/, and Peter Pan, www.peterpandiner.com/ where they serve wonderful home-style and comfort foods.

Remember, we always tell you to talk to everyone? As we were going into the Peter Pan restaurant, we started talking with two ladies. In that short period of time, we had a great time and then upon entering the restaurant we asked if they would like to sit at our table for lunch which they agreed to. What was to be a routine lunch for the two of us turned out to be a fabulous one hour dining experience with lively conversation and laughter.

Helen and Jane were two very interesting and delightful and VERY intelligent ladies. Plus we were pleasantly surprised when at that end of the lunch, they paid for our lunch! That is one of the many things that we enjoy about traveling, meeting new people

Wilton Manors has dozens of bars and some of our favorites are: THE TROPICS, www.tropicsofwiltonmanors.com/ which is always packed with mature men and with live piano entertainment every night. The ALIBI, www.georgiesalibi.com/ which is always busy and also serves food. THE RAMRON, www.ramrodbar.com/, which serves the leather community. THE SIDELINES SPORTS BAR, www.sidelinessports.com/. SCANDALS SALOON, www.scandalsfla.com/ for the cowboy crowd. RUMORS, www.rumorsbarwiltonmanors.com/, which is a classy cocktail club. And BILLS, www.billsfillingstation.com/.

These are but just a few of the many bars and clubs in the area within walking distance of the INN ON THE DRIVE BED AND BREAKFAST!

Wilton Manors is indeed THE PLACE TO PARTY IN SOUTH FLORIDA! And again, be sure and stay at the Inn On the Drive Bed and Breakfast. Tony and Walt will take good care of you.

In addition it is always great seeing our good friend there, Herb Pianin who stands out as being not only he finest General Manager of any resort in the country but also one of the nicest gentlemen that we have ever met in our travels.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Enter by Tomorrow to Win a Fort Lauderdale Wedding

Author: , January 12th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale wedding“Hello Sunny” Fort Lauderdale is showing that “Love is Love” by announcing a massive beachfront wedding for both straight and gay couples, and you and your partner could win a spot at these historic nuptials. The landmark wedding, which will see 100 couples tie the knot, will take place in front of W Fort Lauderdale Hotel, right on the beach. The special occassion will be presided over by Reverend Dr. Durrell Watkins, the senior minister of the Sunshine Cathedral. After couples say their “I Dos” they will be invited back to W Fort Lauderdale for a post-ceremony Champagne toast and reception to commemorate the exciting occasion. Additionally, one lucky couple will win an extended getaway.

But time is ticking, register to win a spot ASAP, because the wedding will take place on February 5th.

Enter Here by 1/13/15.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources