Lesbian Cleveland – Go Girlfriend

Author: , March 19th, 2018

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There’s a world-class city in Ohio on the southern shores of Lake Erie that blend the best of local hospitality, with some world-class facilities that allow some great weekend getaway possibilities. It’s no surprise with Cleveland’s uber-famous Rock & Roll Hall of fame that the music scene will be a vibrant bonanza! With a great music scene goes great drink and great food – perfect pairings for a night on the town.

Balancing the toe-tapping musical excitement are the quieter time activities for some conversation and simple relaxation – a picnic, the beaches, a spa, or an activity together. Our earlier post looked at some of the hotspots in Cleveland – Where to Eat, Sleep and Play. Pairing these together will open a world of weekend getaway possibilities.

The Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland’s greatest venue for catching some of the best up-and-coming indie rockers is the Beachland Ballroom’s specialty. Located in the artsy Waterloo Arts district, the space was once a Croatian Liberty Home, a social center for the large Slavic community in the area. While the space has remained largely the same with original design elements, signage and images from the 1950’s, the venue has become one of Cleveland’s most diverse live music venues with numerous shows throughout the week.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Cleveland Rocks

Author: , January 21st, 2017
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Stone Gables B&BWe recently visited Cleveland and it was our first time there. We were very pleasantly surprised by the city. We stayed at the STONE GABLES Bed and Breakfast at 3806 Franklin Blvd. Richard and Jim are great hosts.
They have owned the B and B for several years and really know what their guests want and how to treat their guests. The house is a stone mansion that has been completely restored and each guest room has it’s own distinct decor. They have a very nice breakfast each morning in the dining room.
Stone Gables B&BThey have fenced off-street parking for their guests. Wi-Fi is located throughout the entire house. Each guest room has it’s own private bath. They are conveniently located just a few blocks from Lake Erie and transportation to everywhere in the city. They are located in the old Ohio City historic center in west Cleveland.
Cleveland’s famous Market Center is within walking distance plus many restaurants and shops They are about a mile from downtown Cleveland. We highly suggest this Bed and Breakfast. Their toll free number is 877.215.4326 and their website is www.stonegables.net and email them at stonegablesbnb@yahoo.com
 Cleveland’s downtown is a very dynamic place. They really have it together downtown. We were quite impressed with it. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is right downtown and it truly is amazing. Even if you are not into Rock and Roll, this is a MUST SEE museum, www.rockhall.com
cleveland christmas houseAnother museum we took in was the house for the movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY movie, www.achristmasstoryhouse.com It brought back a lot of memories the movie of course is a classic. For a smaller museum they have done it extremely professional. Their staff is very friendly.
Check out our travel columns on these two museums, http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2016/09/traveling-fabulous-gay-world-rock-roll-hall-fame.html and http://purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/2016/09/traveling-fabulous-gay-world-christmas-story-house-museum.html
Before going to Cleveland be sure and check out the Visitors and Convention’s website to get a complete listing of museums, galleries, shopping and other things to do.http://www.thisiscleveland.com/ .
Also check out http://cleveland.gaycities.com/ for what Gay activities are going on. In our travels from coast to coast we find that bars come and go and they have an updated list of bars. The LGBT Community Service Center has been serving the community since 1975 and they have lots of information for travelers. http://lgbtcleveland.org/index.html

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

TRAVELING 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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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Author: , September 26th, 2016

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall Of FameWe were in Cleveland, Ohio last month and toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We have toured museums from coast to coast and except for some of the major art museums, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the finest anywhere in the country. I. M. Pei was the architect for the building and it is an unbelievable structure set in the downtown area of the city and is right on the coast of Lake Erie. The building houses more than 55,000 square feet of exhibition space, as well as offices, a cafe and gift shop.

Even though the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation started in 1983 without a building or museum, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opened in 1995 and since then, over 10 Million visitors have toured the Museum. It is a very large museum to tour. We were there nearly 5 hours and could have stayed longer. There are seven floors to the Museum each with it’s own uniqueness. It includes exhibits on the roots of rock and includes country, bluegrass, folk, rhythm and blues and gospel.

This museum and exhibits is a true history of the United States during the 50’s thru the 80’s and more ! They deal with many of the issues of the day including this country’s involvement in wars, the racial issues, women’s issues and Gay issues. In the main exhibit downstairs you can see dozens and dozens of original costumes worn by entertainers. Also in the exhibit are instruments that the entertainers used.

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Annex

Photo by Robert Caplin

There is one special room for Elvis that has a seated area and memorabilia and an ongoing movie for visitors to see. There are several short movies in theatres for visitors to learn about the history of Rock and Roll as well. Room after room after room, visitors are amazed at all the different items on display. All of the visitors felt a real sense of comradery as we were all there to visit history. In addition to their regular exhibits they have special exhibits that are featured throughout the year. This is simply a MUST SEE MUSUEM !

Rock and Roll Hall Of FameFor the LGBT Community there are dozens of exhibits and artifacts on display. Rock and Roll DID change American concerning the LGBT community. There are dozens of original posters announcing and promoting an up coming event. We were quite amused seeing one for Little Richard who was performing in concert many years ago and it says “Admission: $2.50, Colored Spectators: $1.50” And to that we say THANK YOU Little Richard! Of course the Village People are featured as well. Many LGBT entertainers are featured. And yes, Diana Ross’s “I’m Coming Out’ which still stands as an anthem for the LGBT community is there as well as Stonewall and one great quote which reads in part, ” and a certificate on paper Isn’t going to solve it all, but it’s a damn good start.” from the song by Macklemore and Lewis. There is also a special large sign that reads:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

“ROCK CELEBRATES DIVERSITY: Many well-known artists came out as gay during the 1990’s including singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Queen’s Freddie Mercury and metal god Rob Halford of Judas Priest. In November 1991, Mercury revealed that he was infected with HIV. He died a day later, becoming the first major rock star to die of AIDS. The success of and controversy generated by gay-friendly artists such as Lady gaga with her stand on the military’s policy on LGBT service members and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s ‘Same Love’ – a song in support of same-sex marriage – shows that rock and the LGBT community have a vibrant and vital relationship.”

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Museum’s Library and archives is the world’s largest repository of materials related to the history of rock and roll. Upon exiting the Museum, be sure and visit the tour bus owned by Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located at 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, which is East 9th Street. (note: when driving there downtown go to EAST 9th Street and not West 9th Street as we did). Their website is: www.rockhall.com and their phone number is: 216.781.7625. They are open every day from 10 AM to 5:30 PM.

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

TRAVELING 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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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: A Christmas Story House and Museum

Author: , September 9th, 2016

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A Christmas Story MuseumFor those of you who enjoyed the movie, A CHRISTMAS STORY then a trip to Cleveland to view the A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE and MUSEUM is a real must! The movie actually first came out in 1983 and although it was not an immediate box office hit, it has now become a solid CLASSIC MOVIE! Since 1997, a marathon of the movie has aired annually on TNT or TBS comprising twelve consecutive airings of the film on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year. We think that it is more popular than It’s A Wonderful Life!

The house was built in 1895 and a very intelligent businessman purchased the house and restored it to look exactly as it did in the movie. It opened as a museum in 2006 and since then, thousands of people have toured the house. It is really a great house museum as you can actually touch and feel everything in the house.

A Christmas Story MuseumWhen we were there, several of the visitors got under the kitchen sink and had their photos take. Other chose to put on the pink rabbit pajamas to be photographed. It brought out the ‘kid’ in all of us. Hold the Red Ryder BB rifle, stand in front of the Christmas tree and don’t forget to touch and feel and photograph the “leg lamp”. We had an absolutely wonderful tour guide, Kristen who was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the house and movie. She was VERY charming and the entire group really appreciated her. You could tell that she really enjoyed what she was doing.

A Christmas Story MuseumAfter taking the tour of the house, then go across the street to their museum and the tour continues there. It features original props, costumes and memorabilia from the film as well as hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes photos,. Among the props an costumes are the toys from the Higbee’s department store display window.

Randy’s snowsuit, the chalkboard from Miss Shield’s classroom and the family car. We drove downtown Cleveland to visit the Higbee’s department store but sadly it was sold and is now a Casino! We did go in and got to see many of the wonderful architectural items remaining on the walls and ceilings.

After viewing the Museum then walk into the Gift Shop which is next door. They have a large selection of wonderful memorabilia to purchase and their prices are VERY reasonable. Whether you wish to purchase a life size leg lamp or a Christmas ornament or a night light, they have everything right there for you.

You can check out A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE by going to:
www.achristmasstoryhouse.com They are located at 3159 West 11th Street just south of downtown. Their phone is: 216. 298. 4919. They are open Monday thru Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Sunday they are open noon to 5 PM. One word about parking. There are tons of on street parking in the area.

There are a couple of houses on each side of the house that has parking in their front yards, but forget that. Park right on the street for free parking. We highly recommend this museum for everyone to visit.

This is a must-see museum house and one that you will never forget! When we toured the house there were other from coast to coast and everyone talked with each other about their memories of seeing the movie. On a scale of 1 to 10, we give this a 10! A special thanks to Angela Dickerson at A CHRISTMAS STORY HOUSE who is doing a very professional job there.

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

TRAVELING 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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Featured Gay Accommodations: Stone Gables Bed & Breakfast, Cleveland, Ohio

Author: , February 24th, 2015

Stone Gables Bed & Breakfast – Cleveland, OhioPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay owned b&b in Cleveland, Ohio – 1883 stone mansion lovingly restored to a five room bed and breakfast.

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Cleveland Gay Games Brought in Huge Revenue

Author: , February 21st, 2015

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Organizers say last summer’s Gay Games in northeast Ohio raised the most revenue in the event’s history.

Gay Games 9 Executive Director Thomas Nobbe says the August event held in Cleveland and Akron raised $6.8 million in revenue, netting a small profit of nearly $150,000.

Nobbe said at a forum held by the City Club of Cleveland Feb. 19 that $120,000 of the profits will go toward creating a fund at the Cleveland Foundation to continue to push for an inclusive and diverse northeast Ohio community. Another $27,000 will go to the Akron Community Foundation’s existing Gay Community Endowment Fund.

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Cleveland Welcomes Gay Games With Open Arms

Author: , August 16th, 2014

Gay Games 9Nick Gill says he was warned by a teammate on his indoor volleyball team about what Cleveland might be like before they left Portland, Maine, for the Gay Games this week.

“He was telling us horror stories about growing up here,” Gill said Thursday while watching the beach volleyball tournament at a lakeside park just outside downtown Cleveland, which is staging the Games with nearby Akron.

Gill said his teammate, who was raised in Cleveland, has been “humbled” by the progress the city has made and by the warm reception Gay Games participants have received. “People are just so thankful we’re here,” Gill said. “It’s exceeded all of my expectations.”

Other Games participants also praised Cleveland and Akron and called the host cities friendly and hospitable.

By Mark Gillispie – Full Story at the Star Tribune | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Gay Games Day One

Author: , August 11th, 2014

Gay Games - Michael KeyThe International Gay Games began on Saturday in Cleveland with several events culminating in the Opening Ceremony.

In the morning, a memorial quilt panel was unfurled as speakers remembered the early days of the Games and those who contributed to its founding. Following remarks and a musical performance, athletes kicked off the games with the Memorial International Rainbow Run.

In the early afternoon, Olympic legend Greg Louganis gave a talk at the City Club with Cleveland Foundation President and CEO Ronn Richard.

By Michael Key – Full Story at the Washington Blade | Ohio Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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Cleveland on the Rise

Author: , July 22nd, 2014

Cleveland - Apple MapsSurely, not enough people. Like many Rust Belt cities, Cleveland’s associated with joblessness, dilapidation, and general unsavoriness. But contrary to these common views, the city’s been slowly transforming into an affordable enclave for the trendy, the foodies, and cost-conscious travelers of all kinds. The Tremont district, for example, is filling up with boutiques and quality restaurants — even Iron Chefs love the famous West Side Market. The next time you have a weekend to spare, here’s what you should include on your Cleveland itinerary:

Where to eat: New York has pizza. Philly has cheesesteaks. Cleveland has… grilled cheese. Melt, located in the cozy Lakewood neighborhood, serves up generous portions of pimped out sandwiches like grilled pierogies and cheese, or grilled chorizo and potatoes and cheese. The sandwiches, all served with a wall of fries, isn’t the cheapest at roughly $12 each, but they’re so worth every cent. Bonus: Tomato soup comes with a side of Goldfish crackers, as homey as it comes.

If you’re in the downtown neighborhood, Great Lakes Brewing Company dives into a taste of the Great Lakes. When ordering a hearty meal with German flair — the bratwurst is highly recommended ($14) — it’s essential to sip a beer like the chocolatey Edmund Fitzgerald Porter or a classic Dortmund Lager. For late night revelry, Greenhouse Tavern on East 4th Street offers a fantastic rooftop, while West 6th is the street of choice for bar hopping.

By Tommy Burson – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Ohio Gay Travel Resources

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How Gay Friendly is Cleveland?

Author: , July 19th, 2014

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Two weeks ago in San Francisco, I walked past a couple of guys in my hotel lobby wearing tutus, and pretty much nothing else. No one – not me, not the hotel staff, not my kids — batted an eyelash. And so it goes in San Francisco, where my vacation last month coincided with the city’s Pride festival, a major rainbow-hued celebration of LGBT progress in a place that perhaps best defines what it means to be gay friendly.

Gay media takes a close look at Cleveland in advance of Gay Games, and likes what it sees
It got me thinking about next month’s major gathering in Cleveland, when up to 20,000 visitors will descend on Northeast Ohio for the 2014 Gay Games, an event that began (not surprisingly) in San Francisco in 1982.

I worry: Are we up to the task? Is Cleveland gay friendly enough? And what does that even mean in 2014?

“Cleveland doesn’t have to be San Francisco,” said John Tanzella, executive director of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based group that connects LGBT travelers to gay-friendly businesses around the world. All it has to be, he said, is safe and welcoming.

By Susan Glaser – Full Story at The Plain Dealer | in Ohio Gay Travel Resources