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.

When: Custom Website: Click Here

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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The Rebirth of Manhattan – Gay Star News

Author: , December 2nd, 2017

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New York City’s downtown and financial district is changing: As it inevitably would.

No one who witnessed them can forget the events of 9/11. Since that time, the area around the former World Trade Center towers has been scarred. Sixteen years on, that scar has gone some way to healing.

One World Trade Center

I first came to New York in 2002, just six months after 9/11. The WTC site was still a closed-off scene of devastation. I’ve returned every 2-3 years since. The development and rebirth has been dramatic, but moreso in the last couple of years.

New Yorkers know that life has to move on. The downtown financial district now stands in the shadows of another tower – the new One World Trade Center. The highest building in the Western hemisphere, since its opening in 2014 changes to the local area have picked up speed.

The residential population in Lower Manhattan has more than doubled since 9/11. Some big banking groups have moved out since the financial crash of 2008: all those new residents, and visitors, need places to eat, drink and shop.

By David Hudson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Manhattan Day Trip – Dolly Travels

Author: , November 25th, 2017

Manhattan Day Trips - Dolly Travels

I love to travel…everyone who knows me, knows that. How has it happened that I had never visited New York City?

Well, yesterday (Thursday, November 9), I got to enjoy a day in the Big City.

Frank and I are staying at a hotel on Long Island, as that is where all the activities around the Cradle of Aviation and the gala on Saturday night are happening.

From the advice of the hotel people and our new friends from the Museum, we took a taxi to the Westbury Station; one of the stations of the Long Island Rail Road. The train trip took about 45 minutes, letting us out at Penn Station in Downtown Manhattan.

When we emerged from the train, I was amazed at how large Penn Station is. All those trains carrying people to all the boroughs of New York. We exited the station right into the thick of things..panhandlers, myriad salespeople for the different bus trips, boat trips, different activities in the city. The tall buildings and moving billboards on the buildings. We walked along 7th Avenue, with me, looking at everything, just like a kid.

Crossing that first intersection, I had a good view of the Empire State Building. We debated about going up to the top of that building, since it was only two blocks away, but decided against that, as we had tickets for a matinee performance at one of the theaters near Broadway.

The weather was a bit nippy, but tolerable. I enjoyed the walk, seeing all the tall buildings, the Macy’s store that took up an entire block.

Who needs a newspaper? Just sit at a table in Times Square and read the news in Large Print.

Finally, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant near the theater. We had planned to have dinner later, after the performance. I just enjoyed “people watching” along the way.

We arrived at the Majestic Theater in plenty of time to find our places.

We had very good seats. This was the only photo I got of the stage. Soon, the cell phone police (the ushers) came along, pointing at cell phone offenders, to ensure that no one would photograph any of the actors or scenes.

The production was amazingly wonderful. The voices of the actors, the stage settings, all were magnificent, where we felt transported to that opera theater in Paris all those years ago.

Now, Frank and I both have the music still running through our heads.

“Just love me, that’s all I ask of you.” Or, “Music of the NIght”. Now you can have the music running through your heads, also.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable day. When we got back to Penn Station, night had fallen, but the city was definitely not dark.

That was my day in Manhattan. It was certainly a day I will remember.

Now we are back on Long Island, and we will be going to the Gala dinner and reception at the “Cradle of Aviation Museum” this evening.

I will tell you about that tomorrow.

Until then,
Ciao for now,
Dolly

Casa De Lhasa – Catskills Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Author: , October 28th, 2017

Casa De Lhasa - Catskills Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

One-of-a-kind Artist Gem, 5 acres, stream, heated pool, pet friendly, 5 min to Woodstock NY

A soulful 100-year-old house w/all the modern conveniences, Casa de Lhasa is your ideal vacation home in the Catskills. It’s on 5.5 acres with woods, lawn, mature plantings and stream by which there is seating where you can relax with your drink as you watch nature do its thing. May to September: Heated saltwater pool! And there is an outdoor fire pit to enjoy any time of the year.

The house has a fully equipped kitchen and an awesome/one of a kind dining room that can seat eight. The outside deck is furnished with large table for perfect al fresco vino ‘n mangia. There is a gas barbecue on the deck for your grilling pleasure.

The den has wood burning fireplace with a full-size sofa bed and a TV. The living room has French doors opening up to the lawn and pool. Off the living room is a study and the entrance to a fenced in yard for your two house-trained small dogs or one house-trained medium/large dog.

The three bedrooms are located upstairs. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and jetted bath tub, the South Bedroom and the Blue Bedroom with a private balcony. In all, the bedrooms can sleep up to six persons. Upstairs has AC.

Make this well-appointed, tastefully decorated house in a magical setting your happy home in the country while you enjoy the delights that Woodstock and its environs have to offer.

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