Lesbian Travel – Ten Great Girlfriend Getaways

Author: , August 31st, 2015

New Orleans

Our recipe for the perfect gal-pal getaway is simple. Begin with a beautiful venue and simply add in wine, a spa and as many BFF’s as you can round up. Reduce stress and let simmer for the weekend. Easy, right?

Not sure where to take your gal-pals? Check out some of our favorite places to hang out in this world. Feel free to steal what looks like fun to you:

Oxnard, California – While the community is deeply rooted in agriculture, it’s grown up in recent years and boasts an extraordinary number of elegant, beautiful places to hang out, dine and sleep. While we were only in the city for a weekend, we left with taste buds tickled and craving to return again soon.

Bermuda – Bermuda is a 3-hour direct flight from New York or Boston and 2 hours from Miami. This beats the plane hopping necessary to see much of the Caribbean. You can be checked into your Bermuda hotel and on the beach with a cold drink before mid-afternoon.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

Have a Gay Old Time in New Orleans

Author: , August 5th, 2015

New Orleans

Southern Louisiana’s wicked heat and humidity, not to mention the bureaucracy’s slowly-turning wheels, means things evolve slowly here. In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, rebuilding progress started off at a snail’s pace before finally kicking into high gear in recent years. Some argue that the city is not the same place it was before August 29, 2005. Of course it isn’t — even in an unhurried city, change is inevitable.

What’s different about New Orleans a decade since Katrina is a newfound infatuation from those who survived the storm and those who were drawn there in the aftermath. If America is a melting pot, then New Orleans is a big pot of tasty gumbo, with flavor that grows richer with every new resident’s love for this unique, down-home metropolis.

Post-Katrina, one of the best parts of the city’s rebirth — along with improved infrastructure and economic investments that are boosting the local economy — has been renewed hometown pride. That goes for LGBT pride especially.

By Ryan Cochran – Full Story at Edge Boston | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

New Orleans Like a Local

Author: , April 5th, 2015

Sandy SachsDinah Vegas founder Sandy Sachs shares her top tips on the jazz capital of the world.

I’ve lived here since… August of 2010. I stayed because New Orleans is in my blood. I went to College here at Tulane University and this is the town I came out in.

My favorite queer bar has to be… None other than The Bourbon Pub & Parade which is the first gay bar I had ever been to…and now I own it!

Here in New Orleans, we always look forward to… NOLA folks bring new meaning to the acronym TGIF…they really know how to celebrate.

New Orleans’ best building is undoubtedly… The Pontalba Buildings built in the 1840s and flank Jackson Square. They are the oldest apartment buildings in the United States.

By Jamie tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Elysian Fields Inn, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author: , March 25th, 2015

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

Elysian Fields Inn

Welcome to Elysian Fields Inn, a fully licensed New Orleans Bed and Breakfast located in the Historic Faubourg Marigny section of New Orleans. Our neighborhood was just listed as one of the four hot neighborhoods in America by Travel + Leisure Magazine. Everything mentioned in the article is within a few blocks of our Inn. The Frenchmen Street shops and restaurants, French Quarter and French Market are all just steps from our door. Stroll to the Riverwalk Marketplace where you can browse the numerous upscale shops before boarding the Streetcar for your tour of the Universities and grand homes of the Garden District along the famous St. Charles Streetcar Line.

See the Elysian Fields Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Louisiana

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Five Continents Bed and Breakfast, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author: , March 19th, 2015

Five Continents B&BPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

The 5 Continents is a reflection of the owners world travels and life experiences. Your host has visited or lived in five of the seven continents of the world, hence the name. We are located just a 15 minute walk to the historic French Quarter or the Fairgrounds where the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is held. It is perfectly situated for a memorable visit to New Orleans. The house is a Greek Revival Mansion done in the Italianate style. It preserves and radiates the atmosphere of the late 1800’s with its original details such as 13 foot cove ceilings that terminate in a delicate plaster shell motif, ceiling rosettes and the original chandeliers in the both the parlors. There are eight fireplaces and hardwood floors.

See the Five Continents B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Louisiana

Featured Gay Accommodations: La Dauphine, New Orleans, Louisiana

Author: , March 6th, 2015

Jackson Square

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

We live in the old French area, much like my Creole ancestors did, coming from France and Spain in 1715 and 1793, respectively. My mother and father grew up speaking French just a few houses away from us. Our district, Faubourg Marigny, is a quieter version of the adjacent French Quarter-the main difference being that you can actually sleep at night here. It’s the safe, artist/gay residential area with about 70 bed and breakfasts. The city attracts one million visitors each month, so accommodations fill up quickly.

See the La Dauphine Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Louisiana

New Orleans for Mardi Gras

Author: , February 19th, 2015

New Orleans Mardi Gras

Today’s dispatch is culled from the stunning Instagram feed of John d’Addario, writer, photographer, and chronicler of things “mostly” New Orleans.

As you may know, today is Mardi Gras in New Orleans when the streets are crammed with drunken revelers draped in glittering strands of purple, green, and gold beads. Mr. D’Addario has been taking some choice shots of the pre-Fat Tuesday Big Easy glam, which is making us reminisce about our trip down South last Halloween.

Full Story at Towleroad.com | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

Author: , January 28th, 2015

MardiGrasNewOrleans.comThe city of New Orleans is known for its delicious food, world-famous cocktails, and, of course, wild Mardi Gras celebrations. More than one million spectators throng the French Quarter each February for the colorful costumes and an excuse to party — but that’s only a small portion of what the city has to offer during Mardi Gras. Look beyond the vividly colored feathered boas and tourist-filled bars lining Bourbon Street to discover that the locals have plenty of other great ways to celebrate. Here are some insider tips to help you experience a more authentic Mardi Gras in NOLA, like the locals do. Let the good times roll!

Plan ahead. There are dozens of krewes that hold parades in the days and weeks leading into Mardi Gras. Find one that seem most interesting to you, check the parade schedule, and add it to your itinerary!

Get to know your krewe. Many krewes have been in existence for decades, each with their own unique histories and annual themes. All host their own parades at varying schedules throughout Carnival season, making the entire city festive even before Mardi Gras day takes place. Local favorites include:

Krewe of Bacchus: With over 1,000 members, 33 animated floats, marching bands, ceremonial escort groups, and a celebrity “king” acting as a stand-in Bacchus, the Krewe of Bacchus, started in 1968, is widely considered as one of the more spectacular krewes of Mardi Gras. The Krewe of Bacchus parades the Sunday before Mardi Gras, drawing a crowd of several hundred thousand spectators along its route on St. Charles.

By Connie Hum – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Image via MardiGrasNewOrleans.com

Month by Month Guide to Gay New Orleans 2015

Author: , January 26th, 2015

New Orleans - Bourbon StreetWhen southern charm, a storied history and wild abandon collide, there’s absolutely no mistaking what city you’re in. The only dilemma a North Texan faces is exactly when to visit New Orleans to maximize the sensory overload. Fortunately, there are dozens of annual events that are either primarily LGBT or extremely welcoming of our community, all just a 90-minute plane ride away. (Or an eight-hour drive if you’re feeling road-trippy.)

With more than a dozen recent visits to the city between us, we’ve created a monthly guide for indulgent ways to spend a long weekend letting those bon temps roll.

February: Some big event with beads & parades. Even though Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the Dallas area in various ways, there’s nothing like the real deal in NOLA. Leading up to the fattest of Tuesdays are a variety of LGBT events, including the dog-themed Krewe of Barkus Parade (Feb. 8), which was conceived at gay bar Good Friends. Three LGBT masquerade spectaculars — Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Ball (13), Armeinius (15) and Lords of Leather (15) — are great places to show off your feathery masks before celebrating the big day at the Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss (17) on Bourbon Street.

March: Four-leaf clovers. Get your fill of green beer and shamrock-festooned strippers as the gay bars join the rest of the city in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (17). Two days before in nearby Metairie, the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (15) features floats handing out cabbages, potatoes, carrots, onions, packaged seasonings and other ingredients for Irish stew. It’s worth seeing, but best to skip on hauling veggies back to your hotel.

Full Story at The Dallas Voice | Louisiana Gay Travel Resources

Towleroad Has Pics from Halloween in New Orleans

Author: , November 1st, 2014

Halloween in New OrleansLast weekend, Towleroad hit The Big Easy for Halloween New Orleans! We were so excited to participate this year as a media sponsor and our crew was headquartered outside OZ bar each day at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets in the French Quarter where the revelry that New Orleans is famous for continued day and night.

2014-10-26 19.29.14Our Bourbon Street gallery features photos we took in and around the gayest intersection in NOLA, and inside OZ bar. We were happy to meet so many Towleroad readers and look forward to see you again next year.

Also, coming up shortly we’ll have galleries of both the Friday night NEON party at Republic nightclub and the main ‘Descent’ costume ball where there was plenty of sexiness, skin, drag, and devilry to be found.

By Andy Towle – Full Story at Towleroad.com | New Orleans Gay Travel Resources