City Sundays: Sacramento

sacramento gay men's chorus Hey all, Welcome to our weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well. Today I thought I’d throw my own current hometown out there. To anyone who’s not from here, Sacramento seems like a bit of a snoozer. It’s been called a cow town, and is known mostly for being the Capital of California. Up until a few years ago, the city mostly shut down on weekends and when the legislature was out of session. We moved here in 2003, and since that time we’ve seen a sea change in the city. Midtown has grown into a hotbed of great restaurants, art, and culture. The new Kings Arena is spurring a ton of new construction projects aimed at bringing more multifamily housing projects to town. The city has a thriving theatre scene, and the farm to fork movement is particularly robust here, with more than a few world class restaurants. And the LGBTIQ scene is hopping too. We just got our rainbow crosswalks late last year in lavender heights, the gay district. And there’s a great gay men’s chorus (above) I love the city so much, I’m even writing a story about it. Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there? Do you wanna go? Let’s chat! Join the conversation here: Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club Check out our Sacramento page here: https://www.purpleroofs.com/usa/california/cacvalley.html And our Sacramento articles on the blog here: https://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Sacramento ]]>

The Tallest Building in the World – Keep Calm and Wander

Burj-Khalifa-Facade-10 Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world’s tallest building. Or tower. From a distance, it looks like a futuristic spire that goes or points nowhere but up. It is Dubai’s most-famous structure, eclipsing Burj Al-Arab, the world’s first 7-star hotel. It is Dubai’s centre of attraction or the city’s “apple of the eye.” It is the most dominant sight wherever you are in the city. Visiting this wondrous structure, I’ve learned that it holds and breaks numerous records worldwide. Here’s some of them: Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest freestanding tower (2,722 feet), a record previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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What's New in Palm Beach

Palm Beach In Palm Beach, Florida, there is a relatively new adage that’s defined the destination for more than a decade: “Palm Beach is like the gay 90s: all the women are 90 and all the men are gay.” It’s not entirely untrue considering more than half the residents are over 65 years old, many businesses are gay owned, gossip among locals is better than a season of Real Housewives, and a typical night out is a fabulous dinner party in a million-dollar home. Sprawling a short 17 miles, Palm Beach (about an hour north of Miami) has always served as a rather exclusive stomping ground for old-money tycoons and wealthy entrepreneurs who only dabble with the finer things in life. The skyscraper-free town is chockablock with fancy restaurants where dinner jackets are still often required, luxury name-brand retailers like Gucci and Neiman Marcus are ubiquitous, and members-only country clubs are decades strong. It’s not unusual to see locals dressed to the nines for a trip to the bank or parking lots packed with only Bentleys and Porsches. There’s an air of sophistication, and a touch of harmless elitism, you’re hard-pressed to find in other parts of Florida–the local Publix even has valet parking. The names of residents and former residents read like a guest list at a Forbes event. The Kennedys once owned a home here, as did John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Howard Stern and Tony Robbins recently bought homes near Rod Stewart’s on Billionaire Row–a long road with real estate for the one percent–while CEOs (like Mary Barra of General Motors) have been living here for years. According to local gay real estate agent Burt Minkoff, the average price ($5.46 million) of a residential home sold in Palm Beach is 20 percent higher than it was at the end of 2013.

By Jimmy Im
Full Story at Passport

Palm Beach Gay Travel Resources

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Purple Roofs LGBT Travel Round-Up – January 21st

GENERAL:
R Family Vacations teams with Olivia (Dallas Voice)
For the first time, R Family is teaming with the premiere lesbian-specific travel company, Olivia.
full story INTERNATIONAL:
5 Blockbuster Gay Hot Spots For 2016 (That Aren’T London, Sydney Or Nyc) (Gay Star News)
We’re spotlighting five mega-gay world cities that are sometimes overlooked in favor of their bigger gay brothers.
full story DENMARK:
An Art Weekend Trip to Copenhagen & Malmö (Travels of Adam)
Recently, I met more than a few travelers who enjoy going to places but purposefully skip museums and art galleries. I respect them; but for me, art has always been a reason to visit a place, a city, a country.
full story Travels of Adam - Denmark ICELAND:
Why the Hottest Honeymoons This Year Are in Iceland (Take Part)
Gay and lesbian couples looking for a honeymoon or destination wedding spot have a slew of options these days—and the stakes are high when it comes to getting a share of the $140 billion global gay and lesbian tourism market.
full story SAUDI ARABIA:
How To Transport Camels in Saudi Arabia (Keep Calm and Wander)
Last weekend, while on our way for our weekend shopping, we saw these camels being transported in a Toyota pick-up. As you can see, there are three of them and they seem to be well-behaved camels.
full story Camel-on-Toyota-4 UAE:
The Robot at Yas Mall (Keep Calm and Wander)
This robot at Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi didn’t fail to amaze me. I don’t usually blog stuff like this but this one is an exemption. Not because it’s a Transformer robot but because…
full story Yas-Mall-8 USVI:
St. Croix: What to Do While in Port (Shermans Travel)
Cruise ships often bypass St. Croix in favor of St. Thomas, but if you’re lucky enough to set sail for the largest of the U.S. Virgin Islands, you’re in for a treat. The quiet island offers authentic culture and some of the best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Here’s where to go when you’re in port.
full story UK:
Smirnoff Winter Pride Music Festival In London: Details Revealed (Gay Star News)
The Smirnoff Winter Pride Music Festival, in partnership with Pride in London, will take place on Saturday 30 January, it has been confirmed.
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Switzerland – Food On the Go

E;vetino Switzerland’s always-on-time transportation system can get you across the country on a fast train, up to the top of a mountain via ski lift, cable car, or cog railway, or around a lake for a leisurely cruise, and in many cases even provide you with a great meal in the process. Most of the country’s trains are part of the SBB (Schweizerische Bundesbahn, Swiss Federal Railway system, www.sbb.ch) and connect with local buses, local railways, municipal light rail (tram) systems, and lake and riverboats, making door-to-door travel as easy as consulting an uncomplicated schedule online or at the station. If grabbing a quick meal on the way to catch your train or even at the station isn’t an option, remember that many Swiss trains offer onboard food service, either from an “elvetino” cart that makes the rounds several times during longer trips on inter-city (IC) and inter-regional (IR) trains. Elvetino, an international company based in Zuerich, is a subsidiary of the SBB and provides 15 point-of-sale counters in train stations in Switzerland, about 100 mini-bar-style food carts, and 88 dining cars on Swiss trains as well as on some international routes that originate in or pass through Switzerland. Elvetino carts come equipped with mineral water, Coke products and Swiss soft drinks, bottled fruit juices, wine and beer, and freshly made coffee, decaf, and tea. A variety of sandwiches and snack foods, both salty and sweet, are also available.

By Nick Malgieri – Full Story at Passport

Switzerland Gay Travel Resources

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Gay Life in Indonesia – Nomadic Boys

Nomadic Boys “OMG careful you don’t get caned for being gay over there you two!” We did of course point out to our concerned friends and family back home that Sharia Law is only in place in one small part of Indonesia in the Northern Aceh province. If the rainbow flag gets out of control in Aceh, you risk being convicted by the Sharia police to 10-150 lashes in public for being gay. And yes, this now applies to foreigners too! But we don’t go around waving rainbow flags. Nor do we have any interest in getting publicly canned in Aceh (our caning adventures at the Komodo National Park were more then enough)…

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Indonesia Gay Travel Resources

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What's New in Gay Chicago

Chicago Boystown The stools at Dove’s Luncheonette in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness. On a bustling weekday afternoon each one will be flattened by Midwestern butts–which are arguably more voluminous during the winter months. Dee Dee Warwick’s “A Fool for Love” is playing on a record player, not on the vintage Select-O-Matic 100 jukebox hiding in the corner, which works only about half of the time. Meanwhile, gratuitous wood paneled walls give the whole place a kind of 70s dive bar vibe and provides the requisite cue that we are deep in the heart of hipster country. But the real draw at this newly opened throwback diner from superstar chef Paul Kahan (Big Star, the Publican) is the menu whose Tex-Mex inspired standouts include smoked brisket with avocado, pico de gallo, chicarones and green chile vinaigrette rolled into a large flour tortilla, or chicken fried chicken drenched in chorizo verde gravy and topped with sweat peas and pearl onions. It is joints like this that remind the world why gay Chicago is everyone’s kind of town. There is much to be excited about in gay Chicago these days. Yes, it’s still cold December through March (and sometimes November and April), yes the crime rate is higher than residents would like it to be (although way down overall when measured against previous decades), and yes the Cubs still suck (but does anybody really honestly care?). On the other hand, a spate of enchanting new public parks are slated for 2015 arrival (two of which are profiled below), neighborhoods like the West Loop, Fulton Market, Pilsen, and Logan Square that were quiet a mere decade ago are now chockablock with bars, restaurants, shops, and art galleries, and the city’s queer scene has gotten so big that Boystown on weekend summer nights rivals places like the French Quarter and Ybor City in terms of exuberant revelry. Be on the lookout for many new buildings, public projects, and exciting cultural offerings from Chicago in the coming months, and come prepared for amazing food and libations

Full Story at Passport Magazine

Illinois Gay Travel Resources

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Spring Valley Guest Ranch – Gay Accommodations in Ravenscrag, Saskatchewan

Spring Valley Guest Ranch Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Accommodations in 1913 Eatons House or log cabin plus areas for camping for tents, R.V.’s. Heritage breeds of dairy cattle and poultry await your visit.

See the Spring Valley Guest Ranch Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Saskatchewan

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Caribe Fun Tours, Gay Costa Rica Travel Agency

Caribe Fun Tours Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Ernesto and his team of Caribe Fun Tours have been planning and booking Costa Rica Vacations for LGBT Traveling Community for 6 years. Caribe Fun Tours is a full service in-country travel assistance provider based in lobby of Hotel Banana Azul in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, on Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica. It also has a satellite provider in the capital San Jose with plans to open in other exciting destinations in key locations in Costa Rica! We specialize in assisting with hotels, transportation, tours or full multi-destination trip planning – Our mission is to give you the absolute best vacation in Costa Rica for your money!

See the Caribe Fun Tours Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Costa Rica

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City Sundays: Rio de Janeiro

City Sundays - Rio de Janeiro Hey all, Welcome to our weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well. Today, Rio – a sprawling city at the edge of the Baia de Guanabara where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city is one of the most popular gay travel destinations in the world, and the annual Mardi Gras is a huge draw. With miles of beaches and a huge LGBT scene, Rio’s a fantastic LGBT travel destination. Have you ever been? What did you do while you were there? Do you wanna go? Let’s chat! Join the conversation here: Gay (Men) Travelers: Gay Travel Club Lesbian Travelers: Lesbian Travel Club Transgender Travelers: Transgender Travel Club Bisexual Travelers: Bi Travel Club LGBT Families: LGBT Families Travel Club Check out our Brazil/Rio page here: https://www.purpleroofs.com/southamerica/brazil.html And our Rio de Janeiro articles on the blog here: https://www.purpleroofs.com/gay-travel-blog/?s=Rio+de+Janeiro]]>