Habana Inn Bought, To Be Largest Gay Resort in Central US

Author: , February 7th, 2019

Habana Hotel

The largest gay resort in the  U.S. Southwest has new owners. Los Angeles-based Alternatives Resorts has bought the 170-room Habana Inn in Oklahoma County. The property sold for $2.4 million.

Alternatives Resorts spokesman Arnold Greenspan says the hotel will be renamed as Hotel Habana and the first phase of renovations will start in the fall.

By Juergen T. Steinmetz – Full Story at eTurboNews

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Author: , September 9th, 2017

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumIn our travels we always enjoy visiting all types of Museums. We were recently in Oklahoma City and visited the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum which houses the largest collection of Cowboy memorabilia in the country. Actually they have over 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts including the world’s most extensive collection of rodeo photographs, barbed wire, saddlery and early rodeo trophies.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumIt was established in 1955 and has involved into what it is now. The museum has more than 200,00 square feet of display space. Their collection includes of 2,000 works of western art including landscapes, portraits, still lives and sculptures by 19th and 20th Century artists with more than 200 by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, Albert Bierstadt, Solo Borglum, Thurmond Restuettenhall, Robert Longhead and Charles Schreyvogel.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumThe museum has an authentic late 1800’s Western town where you can stroll the streets and look into store windows and walk into some of the furnished building. You will actually think that you are REALLY there back in the day! The town is called Prosperity Junction and is 14,000 square feet of space. There are three separate ‘Halls of Fame’ at the museum. One is for the Rodeo Hall of Fame, another for the Hall of Great Western Performers from the movies and the Hall of Great Westerners for actual people who lived through the frontier times.

There are many different galleries and one of our favorites was the American Cowboy Gallery which dealt with the life of working cowboys living and working on  their ranches. It shows how they really lived. Outside, beautifully landscaped gardens flank the Children’s Cowboy Corral and other children’s spaces.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage MuseumMore than 10 million visitors from around the world have visited the Museum to gain better understanding of the West, a region and history that permeates our national culture. It will take several hours to see and do everything at the Museum so plan your day well.

The Museum is located just to the north of downtown a few miles with plenty of free parking. Their address is 1700 Northeast 63rd St. which is just off Interstate 44. Their website is: https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/ They are open Monday thru Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday from noon to 5 PM. Before going to Oklahoma City, check out https://www.visitokc.com/ for more places to visit and things to do.

For those that are REALLY into western songs, check out this Willie Nelson song which is a song about Gay Cowboys:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u4CXlIYjyE
Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Tulsa, Oklahoma – Art Deco, Music and More

Author: , March 29th, 2013

Oklahoma MapLooking for an unlikely gay travel destination? How about something oin the US Midwest? Edge Boston has the scoop on Tulsa, Oklahoma:

As an Oklahoma transplant – a native New Englander who moved here for love – I’ve had fun getting to know the Sooner State. I also host the occasional out-of-town visitor, so I’m always on the hunt for colorful history, interesting art, quirky shopping and a great meal. I have found it all, plus some surprises, in Oklahoma’s second-largest city: Tulsa.

Tulsa was initially occupied by Native American tribes forced to relocate here from their home territories by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. But the modern city was built from oil money in the early 20th century. There was already a railroad station here serving the cattle industry when oil was discovered in nearby Red Fork in 1901, so Tulsa became the logical place for oilmen – from tycoons to middlemen to so-called wildcatters looking for the next big well- to settle with their families.

What you find here now is an eclectic mix of new and old: artsy hangouts that show off Tulsa’s thriving hipster culture as well as well-preserved historic gems that harken back to the oil boom of the early 1900s. As somebody who seeks out both highbrow art and underground subculture, I love this about Tulsa.

Hit the link above to see more of what this Midwest metro has to offer.

Click here for gay travel resources in Oklahoma.