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.

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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.

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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

Amber House B&B – Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 22nd, 2018

Amber House B&B - Sacramento Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast

Amber House was converted to a B&B in 1984. We have a total of ten rooms: five are located in our 1905 Craftsman-style home known as “Poets Refuge”, and five more in the sophisticated 1895 Colonial Revival directly across the street, known as “Musicians Manor”.

Both houses maintain their individual era of elegance, and also boast modern amenities such as Jacuzzi tubs for two, HD flat screen TVs, gas fireplaces, antique soaking tubs, luxury beds, private patio/balcony, free Wi-Fi & parking…just to name a few.

A fantastic 2 course breakfast is served every morning, either in your room, on the patio, in the dining room or in our garden. We offer gluten/dairy free options as well as a light breakfast, or a to-go bag for our guests in a hurry. In the evening fresh baked cookies are delivered to each room, with turn down service available if requested.

Comfort and convenience are our top priority here at Amber House. Added extras include (but are not limited to):

  • In-room single or couples massage
  • Car service
  • Rose petals & candle lit bath
  • Wine/Champagne with chocolate covered strawberries
  • Tickets to the B St Theater
  • Weddings

Located in the heart of midtown, there is always a plethora of things to do and places to go. Any one of our amazing Innkeepers can give suggestions or directions to suit your desires. Give us a try! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Whether you’re traveling for business, on vacation or in need of a local getaway…make Amber House your home away from home.

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Big Pines Mountain House – South Lake Tahoe Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , February 18th, 2018

Big Pines Mountain House - South Lake Tahoe Gay Friendly Hotel

Big Pines reinvents Hotels, offering its guests the chance to “consume better”. For a very affordable price, they benefit from a package that includes the room, an all-you-can-eat continental breakfast, free wireless internet connection, and a ton of little extras at no extra charge.

More than just a Hotel:

  • The Big Pines creative and friendly concept offers in every room the character, comfort, cleanliness and security that make sense to your wallet.
  • Big Pines is a medium-size property (72 rooms) in the heart of South Lake Tahoe makes it easy to get to and practical for daily trip planning

Quality plus personality:

  • Big Pines is a budget friendly Hotel that is truly different, offering value and super friendly customer service year round at a very affordable price.

Our Mission

Big Pines is committed to exceed the expectations of our guests, by creating a friendly environment and getting the customers the best value for their money.

Vision

Big Pines is a two star Hotel offering consistent products and services. Our growth will be achieved through motel ownership, management and successful long lasting business relationships. We will be known for our creativity, innovation, exemplar service and family oriented products.

If you’re planning a trip to South Lake Tahoe, come stay with us at Big Pines.

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Inn on Castro – San Francisco Gay B&B

Author: , February 16th, 2018

Inn on Castro - San Francisco Gay B&B

The Inn on Castro odernist interior in a circa 1890 townhouse, just three houses up from Castro and Market streets.

With eight rooms over three floors with almost all private bathrooms, free wifi and hard wired internet access, flat screen tv, dvd player and our well known organic full breakfast, the Inn on Castro is a great way to stay in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro District.

From poached eggs with fresh hollandaise sauce to smoked salmon and fresh basil omlette, we serve amazing breakfasts every day.

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