Win a Trip With Detours Travel

Author: , January 14th, 2015

Detours TravelIntrepid travellers could win a trip to Peru, Thailand, Costa Rica or Greece with a new giveaway from gay tour operators Detours Travel. The organisation is giving away the $2000 experience to its lucky grand prize winner, as well as three $500 gift certificates for three runner ups…

The contest is open until January 31 2015, and there are four ways to enter: via the Detours Travel official website, by tweeting on Twitter, following Detours Travel on Instagram or by visiting the Detours – Gay Adventure Travel on Facebook.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

Win a Stay in Costa Rica

Author: , December 23rd, 2014

Los Altos de Eros

Enter to win a 4-night Romantic Getaway package for two to Los Altos de Eros, a luxury 5-star, adult’s only, LGBT friendly resort in the Guancaste region of Costa Rica!

That’s right, and you have to do is enter!

Enter at http://www.GAYTRAVELCONTEST.com by 12/24

Vote For The 2014 Best Of GayCities, Win A Free Trip For Two

Author: , December 17th, 2014

Gay Pride Flag

Don’t miss your chance to win a trip for two to any destination within the continental U.S. by voting for the 2014 Best of GayCities, courtesy of our friends at Hyatt.

Does San Francisco boast the best Singles Scene?

Does Austin host best Pride in a place lacking marriage equality?
Does Puerto Vallarta have the best Beach?

Which destination take the top honor: City of the Year?

Voting is easy. Just sign into your GayCities account and make your selections. You’ll automatically be entered into the prize sweepstakes.

Polls close January 5. You must be a US resident to win the prize.

Full Story at Queerty

Enter to Win a New Year’s Eve Trip to San Francisco

Author: , December 5th, 2014

San FranciscoIf you’ve ever dreamt of biking across the Golden Gate Bridge, dancing the night away in the Castro, and watching New Year’s Eve fireworks over the Bay Bridge, you’re probably hankering for a visit to San Francisco. Well it’s just your day, because GayCities is giving away a trip for two to the City by the Bay! All you have to do is enter this year’s San Francisco Travel Sweepstakes.

Here’s what’s in store for you, plus one, when you visit:

Two nights at Hotel DIVA: Twerk like a true diva for two nights at your namesake hotel: The trendy and modern Hotel DIVA located on Union Square. Your guest room will be just a stone’s throw from San Francisco’s bustling shopping district and blocks from sumptuous international restaurants.

Enter here by 12/10.

By Brennan Gamwell – Full Story at Queerty | San Francisco Gay Travel Resources

Win a Dream Trip to Palm Springs

Author: , December 3rd, 2014

Palm SpringsGRAND PRIZE: Choice of: Three-night stay at POSH Palm Springs, Three-night stay at Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs or Three-night stay at Queen of Hearts Women’s Resort.

Also includes: Round-trip airfare for winner and a guest, $100 gift certificate at Kaiser Grille Palm Springs, Lunch or dinner for two at Sessions restaurant inside Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, One round of golf for two players to include green fee, cart fee and range facility at Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort,Four general admission tickets to The Living Desert, Two seats on a public Gay Icons SUV Tour with Desert Adventures

Enter here by June 30th, 2015

Full Story at Seasons of Pride | Palm Springs Gay Travel Resources

Win a Trip to Captivating Colombia

Author: , November 10th, 2014

Colombia Sweepstakes

Colombia’s one of my favorite countries not only in South America, but in the world as a whole. That’s because in many ways, Colombia is South America. From cosmopolitan cities like Bogota and Medellin, to natural wonderlands like Tayrona National Park and the Coffee Triangle, to Cartagena and the beaches of the Caribbean coast, to a “lost city” that gives Machu Picchu a run for its money, you can find everything you find in the rest of South America within Colombia.

Only one thing in the world is better than taking a trip to Colombia – and that’s taking a free trip to Colombia. Click here to learn more about LAN’s “Captivating Colombia” sweepstakes, which starts today, and has as its grand prize a trip for two to Colombia. Or, continue reading to learn more about what makes Colombia such a captivating country to begin with.

By Robert Schrader – Full Story at Leave Your Daily Hell | Colombia Gay Travel Resources

Enter the Contest here by 12/1/14

Win A Two Night Stay in Vancouver

Author: , November 8th, 2014

Vancouver

Explore everything Vancouver has to offer from its vibrant West End, just steps away from the world-famous Stanley Park and English Bay beaches. Every one of our spacious guest rooms features a private balcony–and many offer stunning panoramic views of the city, waterways or North Shore mountains. Unwind at our 18,000-square foot fitness centre, including an indoor pool, whirlpool and sauna.

Package includes:

– A Two night stay in a One bedroom Suite.
– Breakfast for 2 each morning in The Brasserie.
– Complimentary Wi-Fi.
– Parking.

Entere here

Win a Trip to Fort Lauderdale Gay Days

Author: , November 2nd, 2014

Gay Days Ft. Lauderdale

If you don’t have Thanksgiving plans yet, we thought of something more fun than a turkey dinner. Go soak up the sun in Fort Lauderdale during Gay Days courtesy of IGLTA! Here’s how:

IGLTA is giving away a six-night escape to Fort Lauderdale Gay Days, complete with a stay for two at W Fort Lauderdale, entry to all official Gay Days pool parties, Bliss SPA treatments, and bottle service at the Living Room or Whiskey Blue.

Enter here by 11/15: https://www.facebook.com/IGLTA?sk=app_1389938784583783

By Tyler Neasloney – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Fort Lauderdale Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Win a Wine Getaway in Puglia, Italy

Author: , October 12th, 2014

Winerist Sweeps

How would you like to spend three days/two nights being pampered on an Italian farmhouse, treated to the best wines of the region?

Winerist, who makes wine, food and travel simple with wine tasting packages all over the world, is offering one lucky Gay Star News reader the chance to spend a few days wine tasting in Puglia.

By visiting the Winerist competition page and submitting their information, one lucky traveler will win an unforgettable two-night stay for two people at a stunning restored farmhouse located at the heart of beautiful Italian vines.

Full Story at Gay Star News | Apulia Gay Travel Resources

Rolling the Barrels in Italy

Author: , September 1st, 2014

Bravio delle Botti - Dolly GoolsbyBuongiorno, tutti,

Yes, we returned to Montepulciano for the barrel-rolling competition, called the Bravio delle Botti. We arrived on Friday afternoon, and the festivities were well under way by then. On Thursday, they had had an evening parade, by candlelight, with people in medieval costume from all 8 contrade, entertainment in the Piazza Grande, and fireworks.

Well, yes, we missed that, but on Saturday each contrada had a parade of their young people, so we got to see that.

Of course, in the evening there was live music in many different venues. All contrade had their own areas where they were cooking and serving food and drink. It was hard for me to imagine even eating a bistecca Fiorentina at any time, but I know I wouldn’t do that at 10:00 at night.

All of this area is heavy on meats: beef from the Chianini cattle, only found in Tuscany, wild boar stews and ragu (cinghiale), rabbit, domestic pork and lamb, and sausages, too, from the cinghaile and pork. Thankfully, for some of us who want more veggies in our meals, it is porcini season here. Mmmm..just the aroma of porcini mushrooms being sauteed in olive oil, served over pasta, makes my mouth water. Also, many grilled local vegetables: eggplant, zucchini, fennel, are available. Salads with fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are wonderful.

On Sunday, the entire day had something going on leading up to the grand finale, the actual barrel race. At 10:00 a.m. there was a parade of the royalty and dignitaries of each contrada, ending at Piazza Grande. All of these people went through large double doors into the city hall. Then there was a lottery which determined starting position for the barrel rolling competition. (Think “pole position” at Indianapolis.).

The trumpeters opened some windows on the top floor of that building, played a fanfare, then a flag appeared, announcing the first position.

Next, the barrel rollers from that first contrada rolled their brand new barrel out onto the steps of the cathedral. The blacksmith then measured the barrel with calipers, tapped in any loose nails, and branded the barrel with his stamp. While all this was going on, the drummers and flag throwers from the contrada were keeping the audience entertained.

This procedure continued until all 8 contrade had their positions announced, barrels were branded. Then the priest and a cardinal gave a short blessing ceremony and all the nobility, the barrel rollers, the flag throwers and drummers entered the church for a Mass.

Eventually, it came time for the actual barrel racing. It was impossible to get a good photo, so this is the best I could do. They were really moving fast, up the Corso, through some side streets, passing through each of the 8 contrade, from the bottom of the hill up to Piazza Grande.

Eventually, the contrada Voltaio won. They had gotten the first position, and are also return winners, having own last year.

All in all, it was a fun filled weekend. We got to meet again some of our friends from school, as well as some of the instructors. We also met the lady and her husband, from whom we had rented our apartment while going to school. The town is filled with lovely people like them.

I am very much in love with Montepulciano. I hope I get to return again before too long.

I trust you will enjoy my synopsis of a wonderful cultural experience.
(I have included so many pictures, it will be interesting to see if they all come through.)

Ciao for now,
Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Purple Roofs | Eastern Tuscany Gay Travel Resources