Highlands Resort – Guerneville Gay Friendly Resort

Author: , July 7th, 2018

Highlands Resort

Highlands Resort offers a relaxing and peaceful gay and lesbian (straight-friendly) retreat – a jewel under the redwoods! Situated in the Russian River Wine Country just a short walk to the town of Guerneville, and just an hour and a half from San Francisco and the Bay Area, the Highlands offers private cabins, many with fireplaces, nestled in amongst the flowers and trees.

Relax in our secluded spa, take a swim, or enjoy a massage. You’ll be glad you pampered yourself here at our resort!

A Little History – The Highlands has been around since the early 1920’s, the current cabins date from the early 1940’s and are rustic (no phones, TV or radios). They are comfortably furnished and offer a glimpse back in time.

See the Highlands Resort Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Guerneville Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Half Moon Bay and Pescadero – Gay Star News

Author: , December 23rd, 2017

Half Moon Bay

If you are visiting San Francisco and feel like a change of scene for a few days, take your cue from the locals who weekend in nearby Half Moon Bay and Pescadero.

Half Moon Bay

It’s a short but spectacular 46-minute drive from San Francisco to Half Moon Bay – through the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Half Moon Bay is everything that you could want from a weekend mini-break – great restaurants, interesting shops, art galleries, wineries, redwood forests, and the stunning Pacific Ocean shoreline.

If you’re into surfing (or just into surfers), then this is where you’ll find the Mavericks’ surf break location – a beacon for boys who like to ride waves.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Villa Santa Rosa – Gay Friendly Santa Rosa Vacation Rental

Author: , September 27th, 2017

Villa Santa Rosa

Bring your friends or family (children very welcome!) to our luxury five bedroom (2 King master suites, one queen suite, two queens with shared bath), 4.5 bath villa with 3 jetted tubs and 3 gas fireplaces, a flat-screen t.v. in every bedroom, and gorgeous views from every window, looking out over a long wooded open space valley.

Watch for deer, quail, and hundreds of wild birds. Have a glass of wine at sunset on your own private balcony, or sit out on one of two larger balconies with seating for everyone, looking out over the gardens, pool, and valley.

Sit with your morning coffee under a secret rose arbor and watch the hummingbirds and families of quail in the garden. Enjoy being all together, or go off and find that private space with a good book; our gardens are full of secret or group sitting areas.

Lounge in the sun by our tropical jungle pool with it’s splashing waterfall, or share lunch in the big gazebo. Discover the secret hammock garden under the cooling shade of the palms. This is a serene and peaceful property (no parties with outside guests allowed), a great place to reconnect with friends and family.

Owners on-site nights only, in owner’s studio with no shared walls, separate entrance.

Inside, everything is high-end, with luxury cotton linens, and wood, marble, granite and glass touches throughout. Stainless steel gourmet kitchen, sunny breakfast nook, large great room with Netflix and Pandora, and a formal red dining room. Hire a private gourmet chef for a special dinner, hire a masseuse to come to the house, or arrange for a wine country driver to take you on a Napa or Sonoma tasting tour, from our own Referrals List (you can even arrange a private wine tasting right at the house!)

Central to all major wine roads, with Sonoma Valley ten minutes to the south, Napa Valley 20 minutes north-east, the quaint town of Healdsburg and the lush Dry Creek Valley ten minutes north, the Russian River Valley, Redwoods, and our gorgeous wild beaches a short drive west, and the exciting city of San Francisco only an hour to the south. Do Napa one day, Sonoma the next. Or rent a kayak or canoes and paddle down the Russian River through the Redwoods, in the gay-friendly town of Guerneville!

Float in our pool (heated April-Oct.), lay in a hammock, or soothe tired muscles in our in-ground, year-round spa. Get our our Karaoke set for group fun at night, or play one of our many fun board games. Grill up a feast on our covered upper balcony with two kinds of gourmet grills, a gas fireplace, and seating for all. Be sure and leave time to relax in our gorgeous rose and perennial gardens, with birds and flowers everywhere you look, and soak in the beauty. Welcome gift of roses, wine and chocolates!

See the Villa Santa Rosa Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Sonoma County Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Carlos Melia – My Hectic Week in San Francisco

Author: , December 3rd, 2015

Carlos Melia - San Francisco

My week in San Francisco was full of fashion, hotels, restaurants, private events and a lovely simple day out exploring Sausalito, which was the perfect balance to a hectic week. The main reason of my trip, was to attend RUBINSINGERs my husband personal appearance and trunk show at Neiman Marcus San Francisco, and from there on, I built the itinerary and activities around.

Day 01 went this way. Arrival to San Francisco around 2.30PM from New York ( approx. 6 hours flight). Our car and driver was waiting for us to rush us to our hotel, the St Regis San Francisco, to check in and get ready to the private cocktail event co-hosted by Neiman Marcus and RUBINSINGERs at Dirty Habit. After the event, which finished around 9PM, our team enjoyed a great rustic Italian dinner at Cotogna, followed by some truffled delights at Relais & Chateux Restaurant Quince, next door. Time to call the day and head back to our hotel for a nice night sleep.

Carlos Melia - San FranciscoWe checked in at our Astor Suite at the St Regis San Francisco. Corner Suites with 711 Square Feet and floor-to-ceiling windows featuring lovely views of San Francisco in the SOMA district South of Market. During our stay, weve enjoyed the following VIP perks I offer my clients when booking with me: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (excluding suite categories) + Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests + Lunch for two in Vitrine restaurant, once per stay (excluding alcohol and gratuity) + Early check-in/late check-out subject to availability.

DAY 02 began very early over a great and healthy breakfast at Vitrine Restaurant , on the 4th floor of the St Regis San Francisco. From there off we walk to the north side of Market, to Neiman Marcus, to find RUBINSINGERs featured Windows displays, and begin the day of Personal Appearance and Trunk Show. When at Neiman Marcus San Francisco, you must do a coffee of lunch stop at The Rotunda Lounge and Restaurant. I instead, went back to the St Regis San Francisco, and had a lovely lunch at Vitrine Restaurant with the Sales & Online Marketing team, followed by a walk around the property, previewing other suites. Between us, the Presidential Suite is stunning and the ideal destination for a uber chic private event.

Back at Neiman Marcus San Francisco for more RUBINSINGER Trunk Show. And right after, weve got on a private car to be transferred to Palo Alto, and more specifically to the Rosewood Resort Sand Hill, where we would join four other guests, for dinner at Michelin starred restaurant Madera. By 12 at night, we were back in San Francisco, ready to be done with our long happening day.

DAY 03. Our last full of events with Neiman Marcus in San Francisco. In between I took a lunch break to visit the very lovely Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, which to my understanding, is the leading luxury property. Book this property with me and enjoy the following VIP Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability + Early check-in, late check-out, subject to availability + Continental breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests + $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full, not valid on tax or parking).

Carlos Melia - San FranciscoOur last full day in San Francisco, went this way. We started with a Champagne Breakfast at a clients mansion. From there we moved on to a lovely and humble morning/afternoon in Sausalito. We took a car from San Francisco to Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge. First stop was Salitos Restaurant, where we sat at the outdoor terrace and we enjoyed over three dozens of local oysters along with three bottles of crispy white wine. Second stop, after a nice 20 minutes walk along the promenade, was FISH Restaurant. At FISH they offer sustainable seafood and organic produce, bought locally from the people who work so hard to bring the seasons best to their doors. They grill food over a wood fire, drink wine from simple glasses and think going fishing isnt a bad way to spend a day.

Time to head back to San Francisco. There was still plenty more to do. So we jumped on the ferry and 20 minutes after filled with breathtaking views, sailing by Alcatraz Island and a sunset gifted to us we were docking at Embarcadero. From there we all rushed to see the unveiling of the Neiman Marcus Seasons Windows, featuring RUBINSINGER. Wait the day, the eating and drinking was not even close to over yet…

Back at the St Regis San Francisco, a power nap and off again. It was opera night at the War Memorial Opera House. So we followed the classic route. We began over cocktails and tapas at Jardeniere Restaurant quintessentially San Francisco along with our local friends Sobia and Nadir, and from there at 7PM sharply, we crossed the street to the Opera house to enjoy a performance of The Magic Flute.

Was the end of a very successful and eventful week in San Francisco. Great to see so many friends, and meet so many lovely ladies. Quick breakfast at our suite at the St Regis San Francisco, and back to the airport to head back to Home Sweet Home in New York.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Accommodations: Nantucket Whale Inn, Half Moon Bay, California

Author: , December 3rd, 2015

Nantucket Whale Inn

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

Stay with us in at Nantucket Whale Inn – Half Moon Bay’s new boutique Bed and Breakfast Inn. Inspired by the grand homes on Nantucket Island, the Nantucket Whale Inn offers guests a relaxing and luxurious stay in our lovely coastal town, just a half hour south of San Francisco. Conveniently located on the quiet end of Main Street in the charming and historic village of Half Moon Bay, guests will have complete privacy at our Inn. Walk to Half Moon Bay’s shops, the beach and the many fine restaurants and eateries nearby. The Coastside offers so many things to do – choose from over twenty beaches, hike through the giant redwood forests only a half mile from the Inn or along the high cliffs above the sea, bike along the shoreline, go horseback riding, kayak in the harbor, visit a goat farm where fine goat cheese is made, taste local wines and microbrews, or tour and picnic at Filoli, one of America’s architectural treasures.

See the Nantucket Whale Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Half Moon Bay

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Highlands Resort, Guerneville, California

Author: , March 30th, 2015

Highlands Resort

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

Highlands Resort offers a relaxing and peaceful gay and lesbian (straight-friendly) retreat – a jewel under the redwoods! Situated in the Russian River Wine Country just a short walk to the town of Guerneville, and just an hour and a half from San Francisco and the Bay Area, the Highlands offers private cabins, many with fireplaces, nestled in amongst the flowers and trees.

See the Highlands Resort Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Sonoma County