Summer on Long Island

Author: , April 24th, 2017

Long Island

Just outside of New York City, you’ll find 120 miles of sparkling beaches, iconic sites, quaint downtowns, world-renowned wine country, and luxurious properties. From Fire Island, the Hamptons and beyond, Long Island plays host to some of the most premier LGBTQ-friendly destinations right in New York City’s backyard.

Enjoy some of the best farm-to-table fare in the United States courtesy of Long Island’s incredible farmlands and bountiful surrounding waters. History buffs will love the homes of past presidents, poets, and artists, including President Theodore Roosevelt and Poet Walt Whitman. Adventure seekers can climb to the top of the many storied lighthouses or venture out on a hike through the 300-year-old Sunken Forest, a rare natural formation. The avid golfer will find some of the most challenging golf courses in the country, including Bethpage Black. Surfers flock to Long Island’s shores each year to conquer East Coast waves at Long Beach or Montauk and sailors, yachtsmen, and fishermen alike enjoy some of the deepest water ports the Northeastern seaboard has to offer that are teeming with life.

Fire Island, Long Island’s celebrated LGBTQ destination, is a 32-mile-long barrier island that offers the ultimate car-free beach haven during the summer months. Cherry Grove has been a bohemian sanctuary for decades, becoming a beachside sanctuary for New York’s LGBT community who has created their own unique free-wheeling community here. Its array of restaurants and nightlife venues prove to be popular stomping grounds throughout the summer months. Fire Island Pines is known for its signature zigzag boardwalks that lead to Fire Island’s most sought-after real estate. Weekenders flock to The Pines for its markets, boutiques, restaurants, and, of course, beaches.

Full Story at Passport

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Summer in Fire Island – Carlos Melia

Author: , June 3rd, 2016

Fire Island - Carlos Melia

Lovely week – as every year – at our Beach House in Fire Island PINES. filled with beach walks, quire relaxing time, friends and family visits, cooking and glasses of wine and lots of breathtaking sunsets over the bay.

Lucky enough 6 more weeks ahead await for Rubin, Bruna and I. Very few places in the world give me so much peace and happiness. Fire Island is one of them, and lucky enough this island is only two hours away from New York.

No need for long-haul flights. Hope you enjoy my report in photos on this experience. You can also check and follow me on Instagram to see all my past-current-future posts and experiences while in Fire Island.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia blog

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Photos and Videos property and credits to CM by Carlos Melia / /

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Belvedere Guest House For Men, Cherry Grove, Fire Island, New York

Author: , December 11th, 2013

Belvedere Guest House For Men - Fire IslandPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Venetian Palace, with Terraces, Towers & Domes: Belvedere, Fire Island’s premier accommodation, located on the bay front at Cherry Grove, near Fire Island Pines, a few minutes from one of the world’s best beaches. It is in the style of a Venetian Palace, with terraces, towers, domes, statuary, antiques and fountains. A roof-top terrace and bay front deck affords spectacular views.

See the Belvedere Guest House For Men Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gay Travel Event Review: Ascension at Fire Island Pines

Author: , August 22nd, 2013

Ascension - Fire Island

Photo by Evan Mulvihill

Gaycities reviews this last weekends’ party at Fire Island Pines:

How do you get 2,500 gay men on the beach in overcast weather? Throw a circuit party! The yearly Ascension Party owned the Fire Island Pines this weekend, bringing in throngs upon throngs of gay men — a few in actual thongs. The marquee event was Sunday’s Beach Party, where DJ Hector Fonseca and DJ Theresa spun alongside a surprise performance from Natascha Bessez.

See more photos over at GayCities.

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Fire Island Opera Festival Opens Tomorrow

Author: , August 22nd, 2013

Fire Island Opera FestivalFire Island proves that it’s more than just fabulous circuit parties, all-night T dances, and days lazing on the beach with its annual Fire Island Opera Festival that transforms the beach community into a world-class cultural attraction from August 23-25.

The three day festival has a number of of “warm up” events, but the festival culminates with a production of L’arbre Enchante (“The Magic Tree”) to be staged in the newly rebuilt Pavilion nightclub on August 24 and 25. The festival is the brainchild of theater and Opera director, Edwin Cahill, and music director, Bradley Moore.

Authored By Joseph Pedro – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Fire Island Reignited

Author: , August 15th, 2013

Fire Island PavilionThe Pavilion, a nightclub that burned to the ground in a November 2011 fire that destroyed a quarter of Fire Island Pines’ commercial district, reopened in June.

Karen Boss, a year-round resident of Fire Island Pines, told the Washington Blade earlier this month during an interview in her office that overlooks the hamlet’s harbor that the Pavilion’s reopening has had “a major psychological” impact because it is “the first thing you see when you get off the ferry.” Her husband, Walter Boss, who is a member of the all-volunteer Fire Island Pines Fire Department, agrees.

“It’s a connection to our community,” Walter Boss says. “It’s an attraction that brings people to Fire Island.” Former Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, who frequently visits Fire Island, also concurs. “The reopened Pavilion restores a much-needed spark,” he told the Blade.

Authored By Michael K. Lavers – See the Full Story at The Washington Blade

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New Now Next Names Their Favorite US Gay Beaches

Author: , July 17th, 2013

Big Island BeachLooking for a great gay beach getaway this summer? New Now Next has you covered:

A trip to the beach is usually about chilling, soaking up the sun and avoiding work, but almost all of the time it is about checking out sexy bodies. Shallow? Maybe, but go for a swim if you want depth! We kid, you can bring a book too. Even if you’re not actually reading, it’ll especially help you people watch if you’re at any of these beaches on the list below, where you’ll find some of the world’s sexiest men.

Fire Island Pines: If the isle of Lesbos had a younger brother, it would be the Fire Island Pines. New York’s hottest gays may not admit to it, but many of them spend the majority of the year in a gym so that they may show off their hard bodies in a Speedo along the shores of this dreamlike summer camp for grown boys.

The Others include beaches in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, San Diego, Maui, Rehoboth Beach, Laguna Beach, and Ogunquit – hit the link above for more details.

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Gay Pride Season in Review

Author: , July 5th, 2013

Gay Pride FlagAs Pride Season reaches a fever pitch, we have more recaps from gay pride celebrations around the world.

Chicago Pride 2013

At the Advocate, they have some photos from Chicago Pride:

A special thanks to Stephanie Vaughn and Patric Butler of Flickr for contributing photos.

Fire Island Invasion of the Pines 2013

Over at Joe.My.God, Joe has some photos from the Fire Island Drag Invasion:

Yesterday my pal Jerry accompanied me to the Invasion Of The Pines, the 37th annual marking of the day in 1976 when a drag queen was denied service at a restaurant in Fire Island Pines. Every Fourth of July since then, hundreds of drag queens board a chartered ferry in Cherry Grove and “invade” the Pines for a day exploding with glitter, feathers, and lots and lots of drinking.

San Francisco Pride 2013

And Queerty brings you “The Celebrities, Characters And Shirtless Men Of San Francisco Pride”:

With an estimated 1.6 million queers and their fans overwhelming two square miles of the already pint-sized city to celebrate Pride and marriage equality, San Francisco was more fabulous than ever. We caught Dustin Lance Black (above, center) on camera while out with friends, musicians Kimberly Caldwell hanging out with Peaches & Herb, and the usual plentiful supply of shirtless people to boot.

Video – Getting to Fire Island

Author: , June 7th, 2013

Fire Island Pines videoJust got wind of this sexy new video on getting to Fire Island Pines for Pride – or whenever this summertime. Passport reports:

You’ve smelled that Fire Island seduction all the way from SoHo and you’re ready to make your gay pilgrimage, but where to start? Our boys are here to whisk you away to hedonist’s heaven in 11 easy steps. What are you waiting for? Pack your weekender and get out of town!

Sounds like fun… can we catch a ride with these guys?

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Weekend on Fire Island

Author: , May 27th, 2013

Fire Island - Carlos MeliaIt’s almost every year for the last 6 years, that we come to Fire Island to spend long Holidays Weekends and others. It’s the opening the Summer 2013 season.

Although some of the public areas remain closed, like the iconic Pavillion, Fire Island is always a great getaway from the Big Apple. This year, we are at a new beautiful house on the bay side, only minutes away from the harbor, with fantastic views of the water beyond the outdoor pool.

Despite the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Fire Island looks beautiful as always, including the beach line. Hope you like my morning walk photo album after my coffee at the Canteen.

Authored By Carlos Melia – See the Full Story at The Carlos Melia Blog

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