New York State Road Trip – Go Girlfriend

Author: , November 19th, 2018

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My mom recently moved to New York, but she hasn’t had a chance to explore much of her new state. So when I started planning a New York state road trip upstate, she was really excited not only to travel but to travel with me, her youngest daughter. Mom has not had the opportunity to explore New York State much so I found her excitement about the trip quite rewarding and I hoped that the experience would not let her down.

I highly recommend road trips as a form of travel with your aging parent. It’s a great way to bond – the travel time is great for story-telling, singing and making memories. I also recommend a road trip through Upstate New York for a dose of the outdoors and relaxation, stopping in the towns of Watkins Glen and 1000 Islands. Each destination is an easy road trip from NYC and both are not terribly far apart from each other, making it easy to do hit both in one weekend. For us, beginning in New York’s famous Finger Lakes area, made for a great stomping ground for people of all ages, with a diverse palette of food, activities, and most importantly, a sense of tranquility. Plus, there’s a beautiful scenic drive between them along part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, one of the first roads in America to be designated as a National Scenic Byway. You’re very likely to return home refreshed and with new memories to share with your loved one.

If there is time for an extra excursion, Chautauqua is a wonderful choice for a final stop on this trip. It’s located near Jamestown, which is past Buffalo, and has a number of special attractions you can’t see anywhere else including the National Comedy Center and the Lucy-Desi Museum. You won’t laugh nearly as hard anywhere else on this trip, or for days after you arrive back home – totally worth the additional driving.

By Holly Rosen Fink – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast – Gay Friendly Long Island B&B

Author: , November 2nd, 2018

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast - Gay Friendly Long Island B&B

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, was voted ‘Best BnB on Long Island’ by local Channel 12 TV viewers and is rated #1 in Southold, North Fork on Trip Advisor.

Guests love the location in the midst of wine and farm country, just 15 miles west of the Orient Point, Cross Sound ferry terminal, which connects this end of Long Island to New London, Connecticut and all points North on the Easter Sea Board.

They are also attracted to the unique charm of this beautifully restored mid 1860’s house, the acre of landscaped gardens, plus our own private beach on Long Island Sound and path to an inlet of Shelter Bay just a few steps away. We are literally surrounded by water!

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Catskill Lodge B&B – Gay Friendly Catskills B&B

Author: , October 21st, 2018

Catskill Lodge B&B

Built in 1893, our beautiful Queen Anne home offers historic charm, modern amenities, and a relaxed, communal feel.

Start your morning with a homemade hot breakfast. In the evening, gather round the wood stove and share stories from the slopes.

Catskill Lodge sits on five lush acres abutting the wilderness. The area’s best outdoor adventures are just minutes away, from downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, and mountain biking to fishing, farm tours, shopping, and scenic drives.

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Hiking the Hudson Valley’s Gertrude’s Nose Trail – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , October 4th, 2018

Gertrude’s Nose Trail - Globetrotter Girls

Just a couple of days after returning to New York, I found myself at Grand Central Terminal, ticket in hand and ready to board a train to New Hamburg, a small town on the Hudson River in Upstate New York.

This wasn’t going to be a long trip, but even a couple of days away from the city are enough for me to recharge my batteries, and I was on a mission to clear my head with another great hike, after all the fantastic hikes I did in Tennessee last month.

The Lower Hudson Valley has enough hikes to keep me busy (and in shape!) for the next few years, but somehow I haven’t made it up there one single time since a long day hike last summer.

We consulted our hiking guide book to find a great day hike and finally settled on a trail inside the Minnewaska State Park preserve: the 7-mile Gertrude’s Nose Trail with a detour to Lake Minnewaska.

The hike started off fairly easy, on a gravel road, until we turned off the road onto a smaller trail. The entire morning we didn’t see a single other person, and the first sign that we weren’t the only ones in the woods were fresh bear tracks which made me slightly nervous. For the next couple of hours, we followed the path along the edge of steep cliffs, always overlooking the vast forest that was surrounding us. It never ceases to amaze me how close I am to so much untouched nature – just a couple of hours north of New York City.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Country Suite B&B – Windham, New York

Author: , August 2nd, 2018

Country Suite B&B

Two hours from NYC, Country Suite Bed & Breakfast and Barn, is located at the peak of the Great Northern Catskills. Beautifully restored, 5600 sq ft 1865 farmhouse, surrounded by majestic mountain views on 11 landscaped acres, accented by lovely gardens, gazebo, fountain, statuaries, gracious decks and balconies. The crystal clear waterfront of New York State’s protected waterway offers serenity and enjoyment.

The Bed & Breakfast

Country Suite offers five spacious guest suites each with private bath and amenities. Enjoy delicious, complimentary breakfasts served each morning. Pear stuffed French vanilla toast, fresh fruits, vegetable frittatas, locally made pure maple syrup and much more. Indulge in all the comforts of your stay.

The Oculus in New York City – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , June 29th, 2018

The Oculus in New York City - Keep Calm and Wander

The Oculus in New York City (or the World Trade Center) serves as a terminal station that is, in turn, served by the Newark WTC and the Hoboken WTC, where the latter serves only on weekends.

The station, which is located in the WTC of the Financial District, Manhattan, itself was opened for public on March 3, 2016, after replacing the temporary station that had been placed after the gruesome attacks of 9/11.

Although there have been many controversies attached to the station, savor the facts below that only a few people know. These facts are meant to present a separate image of the station.

1. The Steel Used is Unique

Since the projects of the architect Santiago Calatrava are known for their unique curves, only a special type of steel can withstand them. The Oculus is made with the same special steel that is manufactured by only four companies in the world. The Italian and the Spanish companies out of these four were capable to deliver the kind of steel required for Oculus.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Arbor View House B&B – Long Island Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , April 28th, 2018

Arbor View House B&B - Long Island Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Arbor View House B&B is a Long Island Wine Country Bed & Breakfast Inn offering elegant lodging accommodations in a romantic and historic setting.

This North Fork Winery region B&B and spa offers spa services, award winning gourmet breakfast, relaxing gardens, fine linens and accessories and gracious concierge services.

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Barcelona Lakeside Bed and Breakfast – Lake Erie Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 28th, 2018

Barcelona Lakeside Bed and Breakfast - Lake Erie Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Enjoy an intimate place to gather with friends, family or an upstate New York romantic getaway just for two.

Our Lake Erie bed and breakfast is less than one mile from Interstate 90, on the shore of beautiful Lake Erie in Westfield, NY, near Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Oscar Wilde Tours – New York Gay Tour Operator

Author: , March 17th, 2018

Oscar Wilde Tours

Luxury guided tours focused on gay history. Exclusive experiences, including visits to places normally closed to the public and lectures by prominent gay authors and performers. Our 2014 tour follows Oscar Wilde’s life from Dublin to Paris. Gay Italy in 2015, Greece in 2016.

Oscar Wilde’s London and Paris 2018 – England, London: The Chesterfield Mayfair, 35 Charles St.

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This 9 day tour includes 4 nights in each city. See London and Paris a whole new way: these are not only Europe’s two great metropolises, they are also its two great *gay* metropolises. From Shakespeare to Stephen Fry, King Henri III to Yves St.-Laurent, gay people have had a huge role in both cities’ histories and cultures.
Let gay historian Dr. Andrew Lear and his staff of gay guides show you both cities from the gay perspective. We will have walking tours of neighborhoods with key roles in gay history, such as Bloomsbury and the Marais; gay tours of monuments and museums, such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Louvre; and excursions to places with fascinating gay histories, such as the Castle of Chenonceau and Bletchley Park, where gay hero Alan Turing broke the Nazi’s secret codes, helping to save the Western World.

A trip which combines fun, learning, and pride. Top-level 4 star hotels, excellent (often historic) restaurants: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 tea, 1 dinner.

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Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast – Finger Lakes Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 14th, 2018

Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast - Trumansburg Gay Bed & Breakfast

Juniper Hill Bed & Breakfast seeks to create the perfect combination of staying at a luxury inn and at your best friend’s home. Truly located in the heart of the Finger Lakes, this fully restored Colonial Revival home was built in 1921 and is privately sited on four acres of land.

Over the last nine years, we have painstakingly restored every inch of Juniper Hill, from the luxury guest rooms and baths to the formal gardens with cast iron fountain. We have tried to bring back all the original charm of the mansion, while also adding all the modern amenities expected from a five star luxury hotel.

There is a three course gourmet breakfast served every morning with early coffee available right outside your door at 8 am. You’ll always find a homemade sweet to indulge in, from brownies, biscotti, or chocolate chip cookies to homemade hand-dipped chocolates.

Personal refrigerators are in every room, along with 32″ flat screen televisions and DVD players, gas or electric fireplaces to take away that winter chill, iPod alarm clocks and sound machines, and free WiFi. Luxury pillow top mattresses are dressed with seven layer bedding and 300 plus thread count sheets.

You will find over 100 American Impressionist paintings throughout the bed and breakfast. This beautiful collection can make a rainy day come to life.

One of our favorite rooms is the library and game room, where you can pick a DVD from a vast selection to enjoy in your room or play one of the many available games and puzzles, from scrabble to backgammon or cribbage. Relax with a game and a glass of wine you picked up on your day’s excursion on the wine trail.

Juniper Hill has easy access to year round activities. Many treats are in the village of Trumansburg, just a short stroll away. From five star dining at Hazelnut Kitchen, as well as other fantastic restaurants, pizza shoppes, Gimme Coffee, Life So Sweet Chocolate Shoppe, and other wonderful eclectic boutiques, and book stores, and more. You can even walk to one of the best 18 hole golf courses in the Finger Lakes.

Once you get into your car, we are 10 minutes to Cayuga Lake and the Cayuga Wine Trail, about 12 minutes to Seneca Lake and the Seneca Lake Wine trail.

Ten miles gets you to Ithaca, home of Cornell University, and Ithaca College and Ithaca Commons, famous for too many wonderful restaurants and shops to even start to mention. Minutes away are award-winning hiking, waterfalls and gorges, swimming, museums, and antiquing. So much to mention, we have a very full activities page on our website.

I tell our guests, you can do as little or as much as you like here in the Finger Lakes. Whether you’re here for the wines, the outdoors, or visiting loved ones, we promise that you will feel right at home at Juniper Hill.

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