Drag Queen Appointed as Atlantic City Tour Ambassador

Author: , March 9th, 2015

Miss RichfieldAtlantic City has revealed its new LGBTI tourism ambassador – the fabulous Miss Richfield 1981. The scantily-clad star will represent the popular destination as she travels America and beyond with her riotous act.

Miss Richfield 1981 – the alter ego of Russ King – has appeared on shows including The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Today, and commonly takes her show on various gay and lesbian cruises and to various vacation hotspots.

Miss Richfield 1981’s appointment follows the inauguration of the city’s first openly gay mayor, Don Guardian, in 2013.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Southern New jersey Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Candlelight Inn, North Wildwood, New Jersey

Author: , February 25th, 2015

Candlelight Inn - North WildwoodPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay friendly bed & breakfast in North Wildwood, New Jersey – Queen Victorian house with 8 rooms in the main house, 2 in the Carriage House.

See the Candlelight Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Asbury Park, New Jersey

Author: , September 3rd, 2014

Asbury Park, New JerseyGay Asbury Park is a pretty special place. Not your ordinary Jersey Shore town, there’s a quirky and freewheeling spirit here, and a GLBT influence that’s become part of the very fabric of the town. Once one of the great seaside resorts, it fell on hard times in the 1970s, and it was only through the infusion of LGBT creativity, devotion, and money that it became what it is today: a dining destination so good that New Yorkers will come down just to have a meal here, and a music magnet that attracts performers and fans from all over, perhaps hoping to be or see the next Bruce Springsteen, who was a major figure in putting his adopted hometown on the map.

It doesn’t have the glitz of Atlantic City or the cutesy Victorian appeal of nearby Neptune. What it does have is an artistic and independent spirit that constantly surprises, making Asbury (as locals tend to call it) the most interesting and singular town along the Shore. It also has, of course, the Atlantic Ocean and an alluring boardwalk, which is still the primary attraction here. Take some time, though, to explore the rest of the town: this is one city with a thriving life away from the boardwalk. It’s only a little over an hour from New York or Philadelphia, so you can just visit for a day or a long weekend.

Enjoy the unique Asbury spirit, get a major dose of fascinating history, check out several of the alluring restaurants and fun gay nightspots, and, above all, just revel in the proudly idiosyncratic atmosphere. Maybe it’s a stereotype that “the gays come in, and the place improves,” but in Asbury Park any local will tell you that’s what happened, which makes the community here not just “tolerated” but appreciated to the point of reverence. If you take the train in, you’ll see in the Transportation Center a sign from the old Rainbow Room, a popular lesbian hangout from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Historical Society here spent $15,000 to restore and hang this lesbian bar sign in the most public spot possible in the city. Doesn’t that really tell you all you need to know about Asbury Park?

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Central New Jersey Gay Travel Resources

Wildwood, New Jersey’s Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Waterparks

Author: , March 24th, 2014

Morey's PiersMove over Disney! Morey’s Piers, located in Wildwood, NJ on the infamous Jersey Shore, is a magical, affordable, safe destination worthy of some serious applause!

Morey’s Piers is a true classic seaside amusement park and I have fallen hard for it. The excitement of the three amusement piers, two waterparks and bustling boardwalk transported me back to when I was a young girl.

I remember that feeling of “butterflies” as we approached our local seaside amusement park here in Rhode Island. There was nothing more exciting than pulling up to that huge welcome sign and catching a glimpse of the park.

See the Full Story at Gay Travel Information

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Win a $50K Wedding in Atlantic City

Author: , February 20th, 2014

Caesar's Atlantic City Sweepstakes

Engaged? Caesars Entertainment in Atlantic City has the contest for you. For one lucky gay or lesbian couple, the company is giving away a lavish prize–a wedding valued at $50,000 for 100 invited guests, complete with “a cocktail hour, dinner, a custom cake designed by celebrity chef Deb Pellegrino, photographers, flowers, entertainment, luxury accommodations, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and more.”

Entering is easy. Simply upload a video to Instagram of you and your significant other explaining why you should win the contest — remember, Instagram only allows for 15 seconds of video, so this will be no easy task! 4. Be sure to tag @Total_AC and use the hash-tag #LoveIsLoveInAC when posting your video. (Complete official rules found here)

The results will be determined by voting in mid-late March, where Instagram users will pick the top five by “liking” their favorite video. From this group, a panel will select the winners.

Enter by March 16th.

See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Atlantic City Pushing its Nightlife

Author: , January 31st, 2014

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New Jersey’s seaside gambling resort is taking its show on the road, targeting partiers in Philadelphia with a mobile nightclub that will bring 300 of them back to Atlantic City to experience the resort’s nightspots. It’s also launching social media efforts to recruit fun-seekers to come to Atlantic City.

The outreach is part of the $30 million annual campaign by the Atlantic City Alliance to promote the resort as more than just a gambling center.

“Atlantic City is a lively destination all year round,” said Liza Cartmell, the group’s president. “These promotions are designed with specific social media components included in order to showcase all that there is to do here even during the coldest months. We encourage visitors to enjoy the indoor pools, spas, restaurants, shopping, nightclubs, entertainment and gambling, and share their experiences over social media with their friends.”

Authored By Edge Boston – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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From New York City to Atlantic City

Author: , November 23rd, 2013

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from Google Maps

Following some recent legislation, it’ll be at least seven years before developers are allowed to build a casino in New York City (though we’d happily wait another 50). Until then, New Yorkers craving the sounds of ringing slot machines and clacking poker chips will continue trekking to the same ocean-sprayed resort town they’ve been visiting since the early 1900s: Atlantic City.

And why shouldn’t they? Situated just 130 miles south of Manhattan, Atlantic City is an easy day trip that’s both cheap and entertaining. Don’t believe us? Allow the facts to speak for themselves:

How to get there

The cheapest and fastest way to the Boardwalk is a bus that leaves from Port Authority on 42nd St and Eighth Avenue. Academy Bus runs every hour (and sometimes, multiple times per hour) from 8am to 9pm, with roundtrip tickets starting at $40. Watch out, though: different buses arrive at different casinos, so to minimize confusion, pick the route that will bring you closest to your final destination.

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Shermans Blog

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Miss’d America Drag Queen Pageant Returns to Atlantic City in September

Author: , August 7th, 2013

Miss'd America Pageant - Atlantic CityOrganizers of the Miss’d America drag queen pageant say they’re excited the Miss America Pageant is returning to Atlantic City this year.

The spoof of the real pageant, that was created as a fundraiser for charities, will take place at the House of Blues at Showboat Atlantic City on Sept. 21, less than a week after Miss America is crowned on Sept. 15.

Contestants will be judged in swimsuit, talent, evening gown and the judges’ interviews.

See the Full Story at NJ.com

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bacchus Inn B&B, Cape May, New Jersey

Author: , June 14th, 2013

Bacchus Inn B&B, Cape May, New JerseyPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Romance, Charm and Wine in Historic Cape May: John & Lisa Matusiak welcome you to their charming seaside Bed & Breakfast. The inn is located in the primary historic district of Cape May, NJ. Only a short walk to shops, restaurants, and the beach.

See the Bacchus Inn B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Asbury Park, NJ: Let’s Go To the Beach!

Author: , June 8th, 2013

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Did someone say, ‘Let’s go to the beach?’ Well, if you’re from Jersey, it’s time to ‘head down the shore.’ Super-storm Sandy had no mercy on our sisters and brothers who live and work in this ocean-side region. So, consider helping the local economy by visiting Asbury Park, New Jersey. This beach community started its existence as a jewel of the Jersey Shore. During the golden days, seven United States Presidents vacationed within easy travel to Asbury Park (Arthur, Garfield, Grant, Harrison, Hayes, McKinley, and Wilson). However, the mid-twentieth century was not kind to Asbury Park. Nonetheless, the LGBT community grabbed the Victorian homes and businesses and began returning the City back into its original splendor – a work in progress that continues today.

Asbury Park offers some interesting gay friendly accommodations such as Mikell’s Big House (Fourth Avenue). Mikell’s is a B&B where oftentimes you can get a quality room for less than $200. However, for more grand taste, you may want to consider the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel (Boardwalk). If you are on a budget, make sure you check out Karen’s B&B (Fourth Avenue). As always, you should have a reservation before you travel. Once you find a place to lay your head, get out and have a good time.

You must buy a beach pass to spend the day at Asbury Park Beach. (Sorry, I know, but it’s Jersey — the state that charged a toll to allow Washington’s men to pass through during the Revolutionary War.) If you would rather stay off the sand and save the fee, consider renting a bike and ride along the Boardwalk. While walking or biking, you can quickly find yourself in another town or municipality. I highly recommend you explore Ocean Grove which is Asbury Park’s next-door neighbor. Ocean Grove’s history and homes are magnificent. Take some time to shop Main Avenue or have something to eat.

With a large LGBT community, finding a gay-friendly place for dinner is effortless. There are some good restaurants in the area. Moonstruck (Lake Avenue) draws a nice crowd. On a Friday nights, when I’m in town, you could find my friend Rich and me at Brando’s Citi Cucina (Cookman & Main Streets). While at Brando’s, say hello to Frank the bartender and tell him I sent you. Speaking of bars, there are two primary gay places in town; i.e., Paradise and Georgie’s Bar. Paradise (Asbury Avenue) offers a variety of club environments where you can dance, enjoy a drag-show, or just sit and have a drink. Georgie’s (Fifth Avenue) provides a more home-town bar atmosphere.

Asbury Pride Weekend is held in the early part of June; this year, Pride weekend is on June 5 and 6. If June is hectic and July allows some time, consider Asbury’s Sandblast Weekend that starts on July 22. A quick Google search on ‘gay Asbury Park’ brings up summer calendars and events to make your weekend a tribute to the summer of 2013.

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