Wainwright Inn B&B – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Author: , May 11th, 2016

Wainwright Inn B&B

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We Welcome You to the Wainwright Inn B&B … the Berkshires Bed and Breakfast originated in 1766, offering personalized service and fine home cooking by the owners; Chris and Barb . Nestled in the heart of the Southern Berkshire region in the town of Great Barrington. Walking distance to the town’s best restaurants, shops, theatres and other attractions.

The Inn is a four season getaway easily accessible from Boston and New York. We invite you to relax in our gracious setting and enjoy the hospitality of a true New England Country Our house was originally built by Captain Peter Ingersoll in 1766 on the site of an older house built in 1720s by his father Moses Ingersoll, and was known as the Troy Tavern and Inn. The colonists undoubtedly met right in our living room, planning their participation in the siege of the British troops in Boston. During the American Revolution, our house served as a fort and colonial armory.

In 1790 the house was bought by David Wainwright, a statesman and state representative. The house became known as Wainwright Hall, and later became home to his daughter Electra and son-in-law Ebenezer Pope. One of their sons, Franklin Pope, remodeled and added our porches.

Franklin Pope was an engineer, inventor, and patent attorney who did extensive work on the telegraph and electrical systems in Great Barrington, assisted by his brothers Ralph and Henry Pope. Franklin Pope with Thomas Edison was co-inventors of the ticker tape. Wainwright Hall, as it was known at the turn of the century, was a tourist destination featuring the best amenities of its day.

Successive owners have added to the charm and the diversity of the Wainwright Inn B&B, keeping it a well maintained Great Barrington Landmark. Come see the Wainwright Inn as it once again serves the traveling public.

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Wainwright Inn – Gay Friendly Great Barrington, Massachusetts B&B

Author: , May 7th, 2016

Wainwright Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Wainwright Inn is a Berkshire Bed and Breakfast nestled in the heart of the southern Berkshire region. Our historic home was originally opened as an Inn and Tavern in 1766.

The Inn is easily accessible from Boston and New York. We invite you to relax in our gracious setting and enjoy the hospitality of a real New England country Inn!

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Globetrotter Girls – The Perfect Fall Weekend in London

Author: , December 6th, 2015

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One of my favorite things about having spent the past few months in Europe? How easy it was to hop on a train or plane for a city break in another country! I could be in Prague, Barcelona, Copenhagen or Rome within a few short hours, soak up some sun in Lisbon for a couple of days, indulge in Italian gelato in Rome or stroll along the canals in Amsterdam.

But after traveling around Europe for nearly three months, I came to the conclusion that London was still my favorite European city. I might be biased, having lived there for so many years, but Ive also traveled to enough other places to be able to say that I dont think any other European city can rival London in all the things it has to offer, in terms of culture, food, nightlife, markets, shopping, green spaces, things to do, theater, and areas for urban exploration.

When I stopped in London this year I had the opportunity to show a first-time visitor around town something I did on a regular basis when I was living in London, which is why I felt comfortable playing tour guide for my friend and which is why I thought it was time to share my recommendations for the perfect fall weekend in London with you. Of course this itinerary also works at any other time of year. Here is my suggested itinerary for three days in London including the must-see London landmarks, afternoon tea, my favorite museums for some culture but also some cool street art spots, the best walks and my favorite green spaces, delicious food and evening activities.

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Wandering Wives – Autumn In Brittany

Author: , November 21st, 2015

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Brittany lies in the north-west corner of France and has a climate similar to the UK. So along with driving rain and biting wind, autumn in the region can bring some truly stunning days. Vivid landscapes full of colour are waiting around every corner. Fallen conkers and amber leaves make up an ever changing blanket on the ground. Lush grassy hills play hide and seek in the haze of foggy mornings as coats and scarves come out of hiding.

Autumn in Brittany is about woodland walks through crisp undergrowth and evenings spent by a crackling fire. The colours of autumn breathe life into their surroundings as everyone enjoys the last days of sunshine before winter arrives. Pumpkins are carved, soups are made, slippers are rediscovered and butternut squash becomes part of everyday vocabulary one again. Autumn is bright, vibrant youthful and wondrous.

Or at least that’s what our Instagram feed would have you believe. Leaves on the ground, check. Huge scarf, check. Average pumpkin in the dark, check. Cute dog walking selfie, check. The reality is often very far from the truth. Yes we have been carving pumpkins and walking a dog in a scarf (us not him), but what the selfies don’t reveal is the truth behind them.

It rains 95% of the time and lighting a fire is one of the skills our generation have lost. Most of the leaf strewn pathways are brown and sludgy and very slippery. The grass is always wet and merely glancing in its direction will render your jeans soaked to the knees for the rest of the day. Carving a pumpkin is hard, trying to cut a butternut squash requires so much skill it should be an Olympic event. The super cute giant scarf is actually super itchy and a massive trip hazard. The dog has diarrhoea and shat on his own lead the other day…read more on Wandering Wives

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Globetrotter Girls – Fallen Leaves in Upstate New York

Author: , November 12th, 2015

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If you’ve read my October round-up, you already know that I am back in New York City!. Upon returning to New York last week I felt something I hadn’t felt in months: an inner calm and peace of mind, knowing that I’d be able to finally unpack my bags for a while.

But before making myself at home, I left the city to catch the fall foliage in Upstate New York. I knew there wasn’t much time left to see the fall colors – the trees were about to drop their leaves, so I decided to go on a little road trip right away.

Last year, I went on a short road trip to the Seven Lakes region in late October which I enjoyed tremendously, which is why I was beyond excited to spend not just one, but several days in the Hudson Valley, the Peekskills and the Catskill Mountains. And so I headed upstate after the fastest and most painless car rental process (I tried the new Silvercar app), and was lucky enough to still catch the colorful fall foliage along the Palisades Parkway and around Bear Mountain, which we climbed on a day hike.

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Five Amazing National Parks for Fall Colors

Author: , September 17th, 2014

Gay Travel: Time for a New England Road Trip!If you want to catch our nation’s deciduous trees taking on a vibrant palette of yellows, reds, and oranges, now’s the time to plan a road trip. Naturally, some of the best drives for fall foliage wind through our beautiful national parks. Here are five trails for unbeatable views.

1. Teton Park Road in Grand Teton National Park & Blacktail Plateau Drive in Yellowstone National Park

Brilliant yellow aspens burn brightly against the backdrop of the Teton Range in Grand Teton National Park. For the best views, stick to the Teton Park Road and stop at Oxbow Bend and Snake River Overlook for great photo opps. Keep an eye out for wildlife — if you’re lucky, you may see elk sparring or black bear and moose nibbling on berries. To make the most of your trip, you can continue to Yellowstone National Park, which is less than an hour away. If you have a car that can handle an unpaved road, opt for the one-way Blacktail Plateau Drive, a turn off just before Phantom Lake, for amazing fall views and wildlife.

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Watch the Leaves Change in These 8 Cities This Fall

Author: , November 4th, 2013

FallThe Fall season is an exciting time to travel. The leaves are changing colors, the temperatures are cooling off, and everyone seems more relaxed in general. If you’re looking at taking a trip any time soon, you should consider one or more of these cities.

Savannah, Ga.

If you’re going to travel to see the leaves change, what better place to go than the South? Head down to Savannah and enjoy the historic buildings. In addition to enjoying nature, check out the historic district and enjoy a performance at the Savannah theatre. The city has many free Wi-Fi locations, so if you’re not sure what to do, be thankful that you’ve brought your Lenovo convertible laptop so you can research some ideas.

Charleston, S.C.

Charleston is a very walkable city, and in the Fall you’ll be able to take full advantage of that fact. If you happen to find yourself in Charleston on a Saturday, drop by the Charleston Farmer’s Market in Marion Square. In the French Quarter, swing by the Robert Lange Studios and enjoy the various paint styles and photographs. If you feel like listening to some music, head to the Youth Orchestra of the Lowcountry. Most of the shows are completely free, so feel free to check it out when you feel like it.

Honolulu, HI

In the Fall season, you’ll find some amazing travel deals to this island paradise. One of the best deals you can find, surprisingly, is a ticket to Honolulu. The best deals for Honolulu occur during this time of the year. It’s also humpback whale season, so in addition to whale watching, you’ll be able to take tours, laugh in the face of death by taking a volcano tour, or just relax in a hammock by the ocean.

Nashville, Tenn.

Head to the Music City to enjoy the nightlife and the Fall weather. The less humid nights allow you to enjoy your time downtown while checking out each bar and nightclub. There are many antique shops to browse in, as well as local record stores, like Grimey’s or Third Man Records. Head East for a few hours and you’ll find yourself in the Smoky Mountains, where you can watch the leaves change from a great vantage point.

Austin, TX

The best part about visiting Austin in the Fall is that it’s not nearly as hot as it is in the Summer. Austin is a well-known college town, so you’ll be able to swing by and catch the local football game. Austin is also well-known for its diverse music scene, and there are plenty of venues to listen to some great music around the city. There’s also a lot of local barbecue joints.

Miami, Fla.

Now that Florida has finally cooled off a bit, head to Miami. There’s an art show in December in the new Perez Art Museum that’s worth checking out. Stop at South Beach to shop and party the night away. If you have young ones, be sure to stop by Zoo Miami and the Seaquarium. If you’re looking for a more educational venture for them, check out the Miami Children’s Museum.

Portland, Ore.

Come relive the dream of the ’90s in Portland this Fall. Portland is beautiful in the Fall. If you visit in September, check out its annual food fest Feast. Spend some time shopping, because there are zero sales tax. There are many venues that feature local bands that you can check out. There are multiple river and winery tours that you can take. Don’t drive around; instead, rent a bike and traverse the city that way.

Montpelier, Vt.

Head to the capital of Vermont — it’s known as the go-to spot if you’re looking to watch the leaves change. Check out the multiple tours offered, pick apples at one of the many apple orchards, or just take a day to yourself and explore. If you visit Vermont’s tourism site, they have a list of drives that you can take that’ll allow you to see the best nature has to offer. The drives range anywhere from 30 miles to 210 miles, so it just depends on how far you feel like driving that day.

Fall is a great time to take a trip thanks to cheaper traveling rates. What makes it even better, though, is that the temperature is finally cooling off in cities across the nation, so you’ll actually be able to enjoy everything they have to offer. When Fall rolls around, do you have a city that you like to head to? If so, where do you go?

Autumn in Germany

Author: , November 4th, 2013

Autumn in Germany - Adam GroffmanAutumn in most countries is usually pretty, but when in the spa city of Baden-Baden in southwestern Germany a few weeks ago, I found it particularly beautiful. Maybe it was the bath salts and smell of luxury that permeated the air. The perfectly manicured city is small, but certainly colorful.

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Autumn In New York

Author: , October 31st, 2013

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FallSlightly above Albany and down to New York City, the Hudson River Valley offers a thriving diverse community with an established LGBT presence. October’s warm days and crisp nights accent the beauty of autumn’s prime. The vibrancy of the fall foliage makes a car trip a perfect fun-filled escape. So, pull up a map and see where in the Valley is the best place for your personal experience.

If you ever had a reason to break the piggybank, a stay at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz (Mountain Rest Road) may make you scramble for a hammer. This magnificent one-eighth of a mile long resort is at the river’s edge. The estate is surrounded by magnificent gardens where within five American Presidents vacationed. If the piggybank seems to be a bit low, stop at the House for lunch and a nice walk around its grounds.

Speaking of Presidents, if you are a history buff, visit The Franklin D. Roosevelt Home, Presidential Library & Museum (Albany Post Road) in Hyde Park. The surroundings are incredible and the estate is steeped in an era that reshaped modern America. Want more history – journey to West Point.

The beauty of nature compliments the eye candy at West Point. The campus is impressive and well worth an hour tour. The history and almost reverence of the grounds at this time of year stirs the American pride. The $35 Sunday Champagne Brunch at the remarkable Thayer Hotel (Thayer Road) is extraordinary. The Academy allows visitors to tour by bus and is quite strict about identification requirements, therefore, visit the Academy’s Website regarding sponsored tours.

When driving through the Hudson Valley, consider adding Poughkeepsie to your list of stops. While in town, experience the magnificent “Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park” (Parker Avenue) that provides breathtaking views of the Hudson River and its banks as you walk the longest (1.28 mile) pedestrian bridge in the world. Should your travel plans bring you to Poughkeepsie on October 26, you should not miss “The Great Poughkeepsie Costume Carnival.” This ‘creepy vintage carnival’ takes place downtown ($10 Ticket); there are prizes for the best use of glitter, best side show/freak show character, and of course, the best gender illusion. After the Carnival, you may want to stop for a drink at The Out Bar (Main Street).

If later October is the best travel time, I highly recommend that your sights are set on the Village of Nyack. Downtown Nyack is remarkably quaint and is filled with interesting shopping and great eateries. The Village is celebrating its Halloween Parade on October 26. Following the parade head over to Barz (US 9W) if you enjoy Saturday Dance Night.

New York has a jewel of the Halloween diadem that is set in Sleepy Hallow. Washington Irving immortalized North Tarrytown (renamed Sleepy Hallow in 1996) with the American classic, The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. If time permits journey to nearby Irvington to stroll the grounds of Irving’s home, Sunnyside (Sunnyside Lane). You may want to search for the headless horseman by day as the Sleepy Hallow Cemetery (North Broadway) is a fully functional resting-place with gates open 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Nonetheless, if you want some excitement take an evening guided lantern-tour through the cemetery; hopefully, the night is clear and the moon bright.

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Visiting Boston in Autumn

Author: , October 16th, 2013

Boston SkylineSummer may signal the end of high season at New England’s beach resorts, but early autumn is the perfect time for visiting the region’s largest metropolis, Boston, along with its smaller neighbors, Cambridge and Somerville. In October, the city comes alive with students back at the area’s many colleges, the leaves turn bold shades of orange and crimson in gardens and parks around town and restaurants and bars with terraces and sidewalk seating entertain fans of alfresco dining for a few more weeks of warm weather.

Here’s a look at one of the nation’s gay-friendliest destinations, with a particular eye toward what to see during the fall months.

The handsome South End neighborhood of narrow, tree-shaded streets lined with Victorian bow-front, redbrick townhouses has steadily evolved over the years into one of the city’s favorite destinations for an afternoon stroll, whether to admire the architecture, duck into tony boutiques or seek out trendy neighborhood bistros and cafes. This upscale district is very much the heart of Boston’s gay scene, and it’s home to several long-running LGBT nightspots

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