Four Under the Radar Gay Travel Destinations

Author: , August 7th, 2014

Ashville, North Carolina Apple MapsWe all know by now that places like Fire Island and San Fran’s Castro are meccas for gay travelers looking to be met with open arms. And because of that fact, some of these famed locales have become positively packed with other travelers looking for the same experience.

But what about the places that fly a bit off the beaten track? In these charming towns, you’ll find an open and welcoming vibe without battling as many fellow tourists for a spot on the beach or a stool at the bar. Here we share with you a few of our favorite hidden gems that proudly open their doors to LGBT travelers.

1. Asheville, North Carolina

This picturesque mountain town makes frequent appearances on lists like, “Happiest Cities” and, “Most Beautiful Places in America.” Its rich history, stunning architecture and thriving music scene make it feel it feel worlds hipper than what you might expect from a small city in the South. The city even has its own annual pride celebration, as well as a handful of gay bars.

By Jay Deratany – Full Story at On Top Magazine | Asheville Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Mountain Laurel B&B, Fairview, North Carolina

Author: , March 31st, 2014

Mountain Laurel B&B - Fairview, North CarolinaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Fabulous Private Mountain Retreat!: Mountain Laurel B&B is the peace and quiet and escape from the city and work life. Tho only 14 miles from Asheville you will feel like you are surrounded in the mountain reverie with privacy and gentle breezes. Hang out on the deck, read, watch a movie, or enjoy a gormet breakfast, you will have to relax and chill.

See the Mountain Laurel B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Asheville Area

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Brookside Mountain Mist Inn, Waynesville, North Carolina

Author: , July 10th, 2013

Brookside Mountain Mist Inn, Waynesville, North CarolinaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Your Luxury Smokey Mountain Escape: Brookside Mountain Mist Inn is a luxury bed and breakfast Inn in Waynesville, North Carolina near Asheville. Relax in the comfort of our five spacious rooms, each with a private bath, fireplace, sitting area and cable TV. Enjoy the Smokey Mountain views from our back patio or spend time listening to the birds beside the rushing waters of our brook.

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Win a Night at An Asheville B&B

Author: , June 20th, 2013

Carolina B&B BreakfastSummer is here and with it lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. One way to take advantage of all that is out there and try some new foods is to purchase a CSA share. (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. ) Essentially you purchase a share in the crop from a local farm and every week you will receive a box filled with items from that week’s harvest.

Sometimes it can be challenging to know how to use some of these items. Sometimes you may not even know what they are! So here at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast we have come up with an idea to help all of us share in the learning process and have some fun along the way. Oh My CSA! is a recipe contest based on the products in the CSA basket we receive at our Asheville Bed & Breakfast from Full Sun Farm. Every Wednesday starting in July I will post the contents of our basket online.

You can enter every week or just once in order qualify for the grand prize: A gift certificate for a stay at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. Along the way we will hopefully find some great new foods and dishes to enjoy using the summer harvest.

Contest will run for eleven weeks from July 3-September 11, 2013

Contents of each week’s CSA box will be posted on The Carolina Bed & Breakfast Homepage ( as well as Facebook and Google+ pages on Wednesday afternoons. ( , )

Recipes must use one or more of the posted ingredients in order to qualify

Recipes using that month’s ingredients must be submitted by midnight on the last day of the month.

One entry per CSA box (to a total of 11 entries per contestant).

Recipes will be judged on creativity, use of the CSA ingredient and taste. The use of more unusual and difficult ingredients will be weighted more heavily (i.e. kohlrabi and mustard greens are better than tomatoes and strawberries!)

Photos of the completed recipe are not required but are requested. Winning recipes and photos will be posted on the Carolina Bed & Breakfast Blog (

Monthly winners will receive a copy of “Recipes from a Big Family” by Susan Hinkle Murray and will be considered for the Grand Prize (A Gift Certificate for a One Night Stay at the Carolina Bed & Breakfast)

Monthly winners will be announced on the 15th of the following month and the Grand Prize winner will be announced by the beginningof October.

Entries should be emailed to info@ with the subject line: Oh My CSA!
Please include your contact information.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: North Lodge on Oakland, Asheville, North Carolina

Author: , April 22nd, 2013

North Lodge on Oakland - Asheville, North CarolinaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Far from Ordinary, Close to Everything!: The North Lodge is the only stone bed and breakfast and one of the closest to downtown and the Biltmore Estate. We offer plush amenitites of a fine hotel, a DVD library and much more. Enjoy the peace and serenity of our 1904 house, nestled on an acre of gardens and featuring six tastefully appointed guest rooms.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Asheville, North Carolina

Great Springtime Road Trips

Author: , April 20th, 2013

Blue MountainsDarren Murph over at Sherman’s Travel gives us some of his favorite springtime road trips:

Oh, the difference a month makes. Even at the tail-end of March, most of the contiguous United States were still far too frosty for anyone to utter “spring” without sarcasm in their voice. But now, temperatures are rapidly rising, mountainous towns are finally thawing out, and roadways that have been closed for the winter are opening back up. Here are three of my favorite springtime road trips – they’re certainly worth a spin before summer swoops in, and if you’re looking to avoid the crowds.

Blue Ridge Parkway: Regardless of whether you hop on after a stroll through Shenandoah National Park, or if you fly into Asheville and grab a rental, this 469 mile motorway is not to be missed. Various sections of it are blocked off during the winter due to intense snowfall, but as of now, the full stretch is open for visitors. There’s really no bad spot here; vistas are around nearly every turn, and the quaint towns that line the road are chock full of friendly people, delicious home cooking, and unique stores. If you’re blessed enough with a few days on this route, driving the entire stretch is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Click the link above for his trips near Asheville, North Carolina; Lake Tahoe; and Montana.