Journeys End Lodge – Berkshires Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast

Author: , June 7th, 2019

Journeys End Lodge

Journeys End Lodge can be your home base in the Berkshires from which you comfortably pursue your objectives. Each morning, you’ll enjoy a fresh, homemade breakfast following which you can fulfill your day’s calendar and return to the warmth and comfort of the Lodge.

An Adirondak Great Camp log home with modern-day amenities, Journey’s End Lodge provides an intimate venue for business and social meetings; where artists can display and musicians can rehearse their art; and, where any tired traveler can rest.

We’re 20 minutes from Jiminy Peak and Mount Greylock in the Berkshires, and 40 from Mount Snow and the skiing, mountain biking, hiking and spectacular views each affords. Journey’s End Lodge is ideally situated for motorcycle tours tracing Vermont or Berkshire mountain roads and we are but a brief drive to your choice of golf or kayaking experience.

At the end of your day and at home at Journey’s End Lodge, relax with your family and friends in our Great Room and enjoy the coffee, hot chocolate and homemade pastries we provide.

See the Journeys End Lodge Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Instagramable Guadalupe, California – 2TravelDads

Author: , May 30th, 2019

Instagramable Guadalupe, California - 2TravelDads

I hate to be that guy but I’m going to share with you the best secret spot in California for Instagram worthy pictures. I know, you’ve seen it a thousand times but this you want to check out for sure. Guadalupe is the best surprise of a town and it’s the most Instagramable town in California, or at least the Central Coast.

There are some places that have been ruined by Instagram and people over running things in an effort to get a cute picture or something. That’s not the case here. Instagramable Guadalupe, CA is cool and would only benefit from people sharing its awesomeness.

A party of the Santa Maria Valley, Guadalupe is nestled between wine country, artichoke fields, and the sand dunes of the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Preserve. It’s about three hours north of Los Angeles and 40 minutes south of San Luis Obispo. It’s a short jaunt off the 101 and totally easy to add to a California Coast road trip. It’s one of the less visited towns off the 101 and is absolutely worth your stop.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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California Agritourism in the Santa Maria Valley – 2TravelDads

Author: , May 27th, 2019

CALIFORNIA AGRITOURISM IN THE SANTA MARIA VALLEY

We’ve loved visiting the Santa Maria Valley of California for years, ever since our first visit in 2017. We wanted to take a different approach to visiting on our most recent trip, so went with the theme of agritourism. Of course we still enjoyed the beach and nature of the Central Coast, but California agritourism with kids was a hit in more ways than just a fun vacation.

Why the Santa Maria Valley for California agritourism? For three reasons: diversity of farm experiences; wonderful, welcoming people; and it’s gorgeous. Just keep reading…

WHAT IS AGRITOURISM?

We love agritourism because it’s a very different way to explore and learn. If you’re not familiar, agritourism is the approach of tourism through the lens of farming and agriculture. It’s visiting and interacting with farmers and experiencing both the work and the joy of farming. One of the biggest benefits of agritourism with kids is helping them see and understand where their food comes from.

Tip: a good conversation to have with kids is regarding sustainability and organic farming and labeling. When you start visiting farms and vineyards, you’ll see signs and you’ll hear farmers talking about what they do to ensure they’re growing the best produce possible, so it’s nice to lay some groundwork.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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Groveland Hotel – Gay Friendly Yosemite Hotel

Author: , October 20th, 2018

Groveland Hotel - Gay Friendly Yosemite Hotel

Take a step back in time at the oldest hotel in the Yosemite area. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the Groveland Hotel offers easy access to Yosemite.

Our newly renovated hotel features 18 beautifully-appointed guest rooms, wrap around porches, and a delightful tiered patio. Fresh carpets, windows, bedding and lighting provide the modern amenities you’re looking for while enveloping you in the historic sophistication of the early California ranch-style.

Originally built as a trading post in 1849, the Groveland Hotel has had many lives. The Groveland Hotel is one of the few remaining buildings in the Sierra Nevada build in the Monterey Adobe style which was in vogue in the late 1840 and 1850s. Guests can still see the original adobe bricks used to build the structure.

See the Groveland Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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California Central Coast Road Trip – 2TravelDads

Author: , August 31st, 2018

What could be more perfect any time of year than a California Central Coast road trip? Nothing. Leaving the SoCal area out of Los Angeles and heading north up the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), you’re bound to find beautiful, quirky, delicious, and captivating stops. A road trip up the California Central Coast fits nearly any budget and can last a few days or two weeks. There’s never a dull moment with or without kids, and we’ve done it both ways.

Looking back (and as we plan to do a Central Coast road trip again soon) I think next time we’ll eat more ice cream, spend some time hiking in Los Padres National Forest and schedule our trip around either Spring Barrel or Crush in the Fall.

We only just started to get into the amazing, diverse world of wine on the Central Coast and it could be the focus of its own trip. Was that too much much of a hint of what’s in store? Oops. Having said that, prepare yourself for fun with the family any time of year on a PCH road trip.

Planning your California Central Coast road trip

It’s so much fun to throw some bags and supplies in the car and hit the road, but when you’re talking about family travel to a popular destination, particularly in the summer months, you need to plan things out a bit more than this. Here’s how to plan your perfect California Central Coast road trip (or any similar trip for that matter).

Perfect California Road Trip Activities along the PCH

We always like to start our road trip planning with making a list of sights and activities we know both the kids and adults will love. When we’re talking about California we know that we can almost always mix beach time with hiking and even some family friendly wine tasting. The California Central Coast is perfect for all of those activities. Add in our love for history and we’ve got endless opportunities to enjoy a perfect road trip along the PCH together.

By Rob Taylor – Full Story at 2TravelDads

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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

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California Dreaming – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , June 22nd, 2018

California Dreaming

Time flies when you are having fun! After a year in Asia, we fly to the other side of the world. Now we can call our trip a world trip for real! After some fantastic days in Hong Kong and Macau, we fly to San Francisco. The culture shock is huge, the jetlag as well…

HELLO SAN FRANCISCO!

As soon as we arrive, our friend David – who we met in Myanmar – takes us to the Golden Gate bridge. We enjoy the view over the iconic bridge from the best spot you can think of, and David also surprises us with some champagne. We couldn’t wish for a better start. Later on, not only the jetlag but also the champagne kicks in.

During the first days in the States, it’s difficult to adapt. The jetlag is enormous, it’s cold and rainy outside and the people are so different. People talk small talk to us, and we are not used to that at all. Besides that, it’s the first time after a year of travelling that I feel unsafe. Something I never expected to happen in San Francisco. There are so many homeless people, which is shocking to me. Feeling unsafe had something to do with being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I would not recommend people to be in the city centre and the areas close to the city centre of San Francisco late at night.

Before arriving in the States we were thinking of hitchhiking from San Francisco all the way down to San Diego (we like adventure), but after hearing a couple of horror stories, we book the first night bus down to Los Angeles. From Los Angeles, we travel further down by bus, to San Diego. The buses in the States are not that bad at all!

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Joshua Tree National Park – Free Wheel Drive

Author: , June 8th, 2018

Free Wheel Drive

Due to the cold we drove all the way from Yosemite to Joshua Tree National Park in a day. It took us about eight and half hours to get there. This was both our first time being in the Southwest so just about every plant and animal was new to us. We found free camping about 10 minutes outside of the park, which gave us the chance to see a lot of the park.

This park is so cool! It has the famous Joshua Trees and so much more. It’s a hot spot for rock climbers and artists, and the sunsets are absolutely amazing.

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Parker Guest House – San Francisco Gay Guest House

Author: , April 14th, 2018

Parker Guest House - San Francisco Gay Guest House

Thank you for your interest in the Parker House San Francisco. The Parker House is a 21 guest room Edwardian mini-mansion with gardens perfectly located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Castro District. We are just steps from the Castro’s excellent transportation, parks, restaurants, bars and cafes.

Guest services include extended continental breakfast and use of the properties extensive public rooms, gardens, computer station, sun decks and steamspa area. All rooms come equipped with down comforters, terry cloth robes, private phone, voicemail, second line data ports (many with DSL), cable TV, new all-tile baths, and top of the line amenities.

Complementary FAX service is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. All rooms are non-smoking but, smoking is allowed on the front and rear porches and the gardens. On-site secure parking is available for $15 per night. We accept AMEX, Mastercard, Visa and Discover Cards.

The Parker House is the most highly rated gay and lesbian guest house in San Francisco receiving top mention from OUT & ABOUT, Damron Guides and Fodors Gay Guide. Our complete business facilities make us an ideal place to stay for both leisure and business travelers.

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Running a Clothing Optional Resort – Gay Star News

Author: , March 29th, 2018

InnDulge Palm Springs

‘It’s a relaxed, welcoming, free environment. It makes people comfortable to be who they are. If that’s someone comfortable with their clothes on, great, or with their clothes off, also great. It’s about being in a safe, queer space.’

Jon Jackson and his husband Sandy Miller thought twice before buying Palm Springs’ gay, clothing-optional resort INNdulge in 2010. But little did they know what an amazing experience running the 31-room hotel would be.

Think midnight pool parties, making new friends from around the world, and spending their days in one of the US’s most amazing cities. Palm Springs is of course known for its huge LGBTI population, super cool art deco stylings and 300 days of sunshine a year.

InnDulge Palm Springs

‘We had this bad taste in our mouths,’ says Sandy, over Skype from the South California town now he calls home (both Jon and Sandy are originally from North Carolina). ‘We’d previously moved to San Francisco to save this restaurant we’d invested in. We ended up there for 18 months. It was miserable. Running a restaurant is a horrible business! When we came to purchase the hotel, there was this nagging doubt.’

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Photos: Franz Rodriguez via INNdulge Palm Springs