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.

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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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Walking Through The Castro’s History

Author: , June 1st, 2015

Castro GayborhoodIn a city as vibrant as San Francisco, it can be hard to remember that it has a lot of history as well–but the company Detour is working to change that.

Advertised as “stories that take you places,” Detour uses modern smart phone technology to give users a historical tour of specific locations. While they have a whole series of San Francisco locations, the tour of the Castro narrated by Cleve Jones, now in his 60s and still living in the area, is especially intriguing.

Starting out at Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy, tourists are taken through a winding expedition of the diverse and beautifully kept neighborhood known as the Castro. The history of the area seems to come to life with Jones’ narration of the LGBTQ rights movement.

As Detour’s website says, “Imagine walking through the Castro with a key figure in almost every twist and turn of San Francisco’s historic fight for gay rights…

By Emily Rush – Full Story at Dot429 | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Where to Shop (for Boy Toys and Bouquets) in the Castro

Author: , April 12th, 2015

Castro Gayborhood

Whether you’re looking for a bed stand or a one-night stand, the perfect gift or fun item to add to your personal collection, look no further than San Francisco’s Castro.

One Night Stands – Badlands

Shop at the late night meat market better known as Badlands if you’re looking to put another notch in the ‘ol bedpost. This bar is filled to the brim with European tourists, twins, and innocent out-of-towners every night. When it overflows, head across the street to its sister bar, Toad Hall.

A Beautiful Bouquet – Urban Flowers

The Looking-famous Urban Flowers Shop is filled with off-the wall varieties we guarantee you’ve never seen before as well as more than a few daddies to check out. From the classics to the oddest things you can image, a stop in this mom-and-pop flower shop is the perfect way to say whatever it is you want.

By Gabe Cooper – Full Story at Queerty | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Gay Travel Agency Being Evicted in the Castro

Author: , May 17th, 2014

Now, Voyager TravelA travel agency founded by gay men that’s been in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood for almost 30 years is being evicted. The fate of Now, Voyager, at 4408 18th Street, comes just over a year after the apparent suicide of founder Jonathan Klein, 61, and the departure of co-founder Peter Greene, 59, who’s been running the business.

Greene thinks the landlord, Chandra Maniedeo, wants him out so she can raise the rent. But Maniedeo said Greene had expressed doubts about the survival of his business, and she wants stability in the space.

The 60-day eviction notice was given on April 15 to Klein’s estate. Klein left Now, Voyager to Greene in his will, but the probate process hasn’t ended, so Klein’s estate still owns the business.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: 24 Henry Guesthouse in San Francisco

Author: , May 2nd, 2014
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24 Henry San FranciscoWe have been traveling to San Francisco for many years and we cannot think of a better place to stay than at the 24 Henry Guesthouse. The owner, Walter and his staff are extremely hospitable and friendly as well as very professional.

Their Guesthouse is located at 24 Henry Street just a few blocks from the heart of the Castro area so it is within a 6 or 8 minute leisurely walk to the Castro. It is located on a very quiet tree lined street away from the loud noises of the city but yet close enough to walk anywhere.

24 Henry San FranciscoA big Safeway store as well as a Walgreen’s are just three short blocks away. The public transportation including the buses, trolleys and Muni underground are within 5 minutes away.

They have a variety of rooms available in this beautiful and historical Italiante style guest house which has nearly 12 foot ceilings. Owner Walter and his staff of John, Larry and Mike are extremely professional and extremely friendly. We have stayed with them in the past and everything is always perfect.

24 Henry San FranciscoThey offer everything that one would want while staying in San Francisco. They not only offer free WIFI, but they also have two computers with a printer in their parlor which is perfect for printing out reservations or your transportation needs. Of course they offer a complimentary continental breakfast each morning.

Within a few blocks there are dozens of all types of restaurants to enjoy. By public transportation you can be directly downtown with 10 minutes or almost anywhere in the entire city within 20 minutes.

Did we mention how friendly and professional that the owner Walter and his staff of John, Larry and Mike are ? This is what makes staying a B and B or guesthouse that much better. They are all fully informed about what is going on in the city and are more than happy to tell you where to go and how to get there.

24 Henry San FranciscoThis time, they had guests from France, German, New Zealand and Australia which we really enjoyed talking with them about the life in their countries. For the location and the price and the wonderful owner and staff, we just cannot think of a better place to stay in San Francisco.

The 24 Henry Guesthouse is located at 24 Henry Street San Francisco, CA 94114 Toll-free: 800.900.5686 Outside the US: 415.864.5686 and their local number is: 415.864.5686. http://www.24henry.com/henry.html

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Nine Free Things to Do in the Castro

Author: , September 28th, 2013

Castro Muni Station1. Free Chicken Wings at Lookout: The Lookout (3600 16th Street) is not only a great bar to people-watch from their prime balcony spot, but on Fridays from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, you can stuff your face with free chicken wings! If you like vodka, they also have a $3 deal on all Skyy Vodka drinks from 3:30pm to 9:00pm. But if you want those wings, just be sure to arrive early because they’ll go fast!

2. Free History Lesson at the GLBT Museum: The GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in America. Join them in celebrating 100 years with their latest exhibition “Our Vast Queer Past.” And on the first Wednesday of any month you get free admission (regular admission $5)! Learn more: http://www.glbthistory.org/

3. Free Breathtaking Views at Twin Peaks: Twin Peaks (501 Twin Peaks Blvd) is a must-see when visiting (or living in!) San Francisco. It’s one of the most spectacular views in the city. This set of high peaks offers stunning 360-degree panoramic views of San Francisco, the bay and the beautiful ocean.

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Finding the Best Events in San Francisco

Author: , August 15th, 2013

Coit Tower, San FranciscoSan Francisco has this crazy weird beautiful mix of culture and events. This city’s got everything from wine tasting to lightsaber training. And while these events can be life-changing, finding the right ones can be hard. Below are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned about picking the right events to go to:

Location Location Location!

This city is all about neighborhoods. Hipsters in the Mission. Frat row in the Marina. When someone decides to put an event on, it’s gonna rep the neighborhood. In general, it’s best to pick events in neighborhoods you like so if the event isn’t good, you can always pop next door. The big exception are events in completely random locations… those tend to be the best because they know the event is so good, you’ll travel to it.

Authored By Martin Shen – See the Full Story at My Castro

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GayTravel.com’s Favorite San Francisco Bars

Author: , April 13th, 2012

GayTravel.com's Favorite San Francisco BarsSan Francisco is notoriously the West Coast’s center for LGBT arts, culture, and nightlife. The best place to scope out San Franciscan locals and tourists alike are at the various hotspots sprinkled around town- the gays are not just in the Castro anymore! Bring your gay friends and lovers from near and far to party up, boogie down, and show your prideful colors at our top ten San Francisco gay bars and clubs.

Wild Side West

Wild Side West is the neighborhood bar of the notorious lesbian neighborhood Bernal Heights. The interior resembles an old-style saloon, complete with a wooden structure, mismatched collection of tables and chairs for card playing, and lots of silly knickknacks hanging overhead. There are even couple of pool tables and television sets adorning the walls. With a friendly wait staff and a beautiful outdoor space that includes lower- and upper-level patios and a shrubbery and sculpture garden, this is a great place to spend any late afternoon!

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks is one of the most famous bars on the Castro. This gem sits right on the Corner of Market and Castro, and beautiful glass windows all around allow you to people watch in this colorful neighborhood. The atmosphere here is very comfortable so it is easy to sit and talk with friends whether they are people you just meet and people you have known for years! If you are looking for a place that is laid back and fun, Twin Peaks is the place for you.

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In the Castro: Now, Voyager’s Jonathan Klein

Author: , September 26th, 2011

In 1984, Jonathan Klein opened Now, Voyager, a Castro district travel agency, with his business partner Peter Greene. Unlike most travel agencies, it’s survived – largely because it found a core market in the gay community. Klein, 59, grew up in Massachusetts and Bethesda, Md., and moved to San Francisco in the mid-’70s. He shares an 1889 Castro district flat with two roommates.

There were many moments over the last 15 years that I was afraid I wasn’t going to be able to keep the business going. I was so reluctant to close down because I had no idea what I would do other than this.

But now, having managed to survive, we’re one of the few travel agencies left, and business has done nothing but improve the last couple of years. We’re not booming – the economy is affecting us just the way it is everybody – but we are not declining anymore.

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