Enchanting, Lesbian Philadelphia – Windy City

Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the nation’s fourth largest city, feels vibrant, its walls covered in more than 3,500 murals, its narrow streets buzzing with excitement—and traffic. Streets can be packed with nightlife at two in the morning, but it feels rather like a carnival than an annoyance.

Despite the traffic, bicycles abound in lesbian Philadelphia. The Indego system—a bike share like Chicago’s Divvy—only costs $4 per half-hour ride. As long as you accept that the streets only have numbers sometimes, the grid system is easy to follow, and in the corners of the city you’ll find charming squares with sculptures, trees and benches. Staying in a Kimpton Hotel means you get free bike rental, though, as long as you return by sundown. The Hotel Palomar, in the middle of Center City, has a funky rock ‘n’ roll groove to it and personable, helpful staff who might offer you champagne at check-in.

When thinking about lesbian Philadelphia, art is not the first thing that comes to mind. Yet within a half-mile of each other exist the Philadelphia Museum of Art, home of the picturesque rocky steps, its smaller offshoot the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. The Rodin Museum is a beautiful small repository of the sculptor’s works, including The Gates of Hell, one of his masterpieces.

The Barnes Foundation, a treasure trove of impressionism, is notable for staying true to its collector’s vision, despite a controversial move from the outskirts of town to the city itself—and for its utter lack of signage. Instead, visitors absorb the art with sly hints Barnes installed by the work, metal objects like keys and ladles indicating fundamental shapes in the painting below. It’s an unusual and ultimately incredibly rewarding way to view these priceless works, and is a must-see experience for an art lover.

By Liz Baudler – Full Story at Windy City

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Xaviera's Happy House – Amsterdam

Xaviera's Happy House Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay: Xaviera Hollander’s Happy House Bed&Breakfast is a perfect “lovers hideaway”, in other words “A home away from home”… where you are most welcome. Your hostess is Xaviera Hollander, the well known author of the Happy Hooker and she and her darling husband Philip, who is a terrific chef, will gladly cook you and your friends a delicious meal. Xaviera will even, on request do a workshop on “How to Become a better Lover!” Xaviera’s Happy House is the ideal bohemian place to stay at in Amsterdam for a few days, no matter why you come here: for a naughty romantic weekend, a congress at the Rai or simply as a tourist with wife and or kids. When looking for the perfect hostess, nobody compares to Xaviera. This is your opportunity to spend some time at a real diva’s house…one with flair for hospitality. It is located on the South side (gold coast) of Amsterdam, close to Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, colorful street markets and elegant Beethovenstraat with dozens of great shops and trendy restaurants and … what’s more it is also just around the corner from the famous RAI Congress Center. In the rooms there is wifi, TV, coffee and tea maker, hairdryer and in Goliath a fridge as well. It is a majestic house with quiet rooms even though we are not that far from the hustle and bustle of the city. A charming host and hostess Xaviera and Philip also offer private meals cooked by Philip who used to be a professional cook. The two of them speak each 5 languages and are most entertaining story tellers.

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Chalk it Up – Sacramento

Chalk it Up - Giraffe Fremont Park in Sacramento is playing host this weekend to a cool art event – Chalk it Up brings together a bunch of chalk artists to create their masterpieces, and runs for the full three day weekend. Chalk it UpWe stopped by yesterday to check it out. About half the art pieces were finished, and it was fascinating to see the artists working on the others, some from mental pictures, some from props, and some from photos laid out on a grid. This is a cool little community park in an up and coming part of Sactown, with not one but two local coffee chains on the park – Naked Coffee has a cool little retro cafe on the southwestern corner, while Insidght just opened on the ground floor of the gorgeous new eco friendly 16 Powerhouse Apartments on the East Side. You can also stop into Magpie or Hot Italian for lunch. The park is filled with vendors too – our fave? Driftwoods Clothing, which does shirts for many of Sacramento’s diverse little neighborhoods. If you are in the Sacramento area and have time today, stop by and see this festival before it ends. Some of our favorite art is below.

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Street Art in Deep Ellum, Dallas

Deep Ellum I love it when I visit a place without any expectations and end up being pleasantly surprised. And I happened to visit one such place this month. A place I never even thought I’d visit: Dallas. In my head, Dallas was a big, personality-lacking, dull, corporate kind-of-city. Instead, I found a city filled with interesting attractions, a fantastic restaurant scene, great bars, street art (even more than in much more alternative Austin!). To be honest, I didn’t even plan to visit any other Texan cities while I was in Austin, but as so often, the opportunity to go up there for the weekend arose suddenly, and I jumped on it, because.. Why not? And I already began to think that I should’ve allocated more time to exploring Dallas when I, upon researching cool stuff to check out in Dallas, came across this list of 50 free fun things to do in Dallas of which I wanted to check out over a dozen! All I got during this brief weekend trip was a teaser of the city, and the desire to come back for more (which is luckily extremely likely to happen if I get to spend more time in Austin in the future, which I’d love).

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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European Artists B&B, Underhill, Vermont – Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations

European Artists B&B Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay. Located in scenic Champlain Valley between Stowe and Burlington minutes away from Mount Mansfield you will find this out of the ordinary contemporary LGBT friendly three units Bed and Breakfast built on 12 acres of private wooded land. With large common areas, including a cozy living room with a fireplace, European antiques and arts, as well as fresh flowers throughout, this Parisian lady owned and run guest house will remind you of a typical artist retreat in France. Each of the guest rooms represents a European painter of the 20th.century, is individually decorated with reproductions paintings, fine linens, and comfortable king, or queen beds. They come with private baths, and an individual patio overlooking mountains, meadows and gardens. To allow hassle-free check-in for late night arrivals each units comes with its own private entrance. The region of Champlain Valley is fantastic in all four seasons:

  • spectacular fall foliage
  • great winter skiing/snowboarding
  • beautiful mountain springtime
  • all summer sports
You will also enjoy amazing antiquing, year-around festivals, shopping, and excellent restaurants. Whether you come to The European Artists for a romantic getaway, a little sport vacation, or just to relax, there’s always plenty to do at this very special French flair filled B&B where you will always be offered a warm, welcoming atmosphere. And if you enjoy or need to exchange in foreign languages, your hostess -and ex globetrotter, speaks fluently French, German, Italian and some Spanish. The day with us starts with a healthy breakfast served in the large, sunny breakfast room. While seated at a table overlooking the mountains and wildflower meadows, you will be served a delicious full gourmet petit-dejeuner based on fresh garden and nearby farm products along with homemade artisan breads and pastries of France and Germany, jams, honeys, fresh squeezed juices, and more. Non-staying B&B guests can also join you at an additional charge. The extra touch of this atypical B&B: guests can treat themselves to a French four-course dinner, recognized and complimented to be a romantic fine dining experience. Naturally, non-staying B&B guests can join you for dinner as well. Upon request vegetarian and vegan meals are prepared. You can enjoy our twelve acres of wooded land as well as the nearby trails for hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and mountain-biking. Underhill State Park -Mount Mansfield- is only a 10 minutes drive away, Smuggler’s Notch and Stowe offering outdoors activities all year around are a 20-30 minute trip. And don’t forget our spectacular sunsets! A few minutes spent relaxing on the lawn outside the European Artists B&B will reward guests with a glorious palette of colors. In the fall, the same vistas are ablaze with Vermont’s world famous known autumn foliage.

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