Christopher’s by the Bay – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Provincetown, Massachusetts

Christopher's by the Bay - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Provincetown, Massachusetts

On northern edge of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod, between sea and sand, you’ll find Provincetown – a vibrant, gay friendly New England village. Provincetown is a unique, lovely place, with the warm sands of Race Point and the shimmering reflection of autumn sunsets over Provincetown Bay.

Christopher’s by the Bay, a Provincetown bed and breakfast, is in the heart of this historic Atlantic harbor town, in a beautiful mid-nineteenth century home on a quiet street.

We’re close to everything – get out and explore the east end art galleries, or take the short bike ride to Herring Cove beach. Or stay in and relax with a good book in our quiet, beautiful garden.

Our house has a long history. It has been home to school teachers, artists, fishermen and sea captains. Many of Provincetown’s records were destroyed in a fire in the 1920’s, but more recent records show that it has been an inn since the ’70’s. It was originally called the Swanberry Inn, then Carpe Diem. The Inn has had the current name, Christopher’s by the Bay, since 1999.

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Casa Alebrijes Hotel – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Casa Alebrijes Hotel - Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

CENTRAL NEAR GUADALAJARA GAY NIGHTLIFE

Welcome to Casa Alebrijes – the best hotel in Guadalajara, Mexico for gay men and lesbians and their friends.

Guadalajara is often called the San Francisco of Mexico, and our boutique Guadalajara hotel is just two blocks from gay nightlife in town – twenty-five gay bars and discotheques, all within an easy walk from our front door.

Our Guadalajara hotel has two floors with two suites for 1-4 persons, and seven guest rooms that can each accommodate 1 or 2. The first floor also has a beautiful garden patio with a lovely fountain. The second floor has a wide balcony that overlooks the garden.

Casa Alebrijes is in a late 19th century home that has been carefully and lovingly restored in a traditional style. We’ve added all the modern conveniences, while respecting the beauty of the original architecture.

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Loralei B&B – Gay Owned Bed & Breakfast in Brooklyn, New York

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AN INN OF DISTINCTION IN NEW YORK CITY

Loralei Bed & Breakfast is a three story Victorian home in Brooklyn, New York, originally constructed in 1904, an amazing era when the New York subway was new, and electric lights lit up Brooklyn’s Luna Park in Coney Island.

The Loralei B&B is surrounded by hundreds of beautiful, historic homes along wide, tree-lined avenues in Ditmas Park, a historic district with one of the biggest groups of Victorian homes in the United States.

When guests arrive at our charming, historic B&B, they are always surprised at this Victorian enclave in the heart of New York City. Lance & Rob have owned the home for many years, and they have carefully restored the interior.

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Venice Gay Bars – The Globetrotter Guys

Venice Gay Bars - The Globetrotter Guys

When we first visited in 2019, we were very excited to find a gay bar in Venice and spent a lot of time researching and googling ‘gay bars Venice, Italy’.

For such a popular and trendy destination, we were surprised to find a serious lack of gay bars or gay clubs in Venice at all.

In fact, we found that the nightlife scene here is very relaxed, easy going and involves having many Aperols (which we love). With that in mind, it’s not so surprising that there isn’t really any gay nightlife in Venice…..or is there..

So where are all the Venice Gay Bars?

Venice is an incredible destination and it felt very gay friendly. That might be one of the reasons for there being no Venice gay bars on the islands – everyone is welcome everywhere.

This was definitely the case for us and we felt very much at ease to have a romantic weekend exploring Venice hand in hand.

However, if you are still looking for a gay bar or gay club in Venice, the nearest options can be found on the mainland.

By Sion & Ben – Full Story at the Globtrotter Guys

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Barcelona Gay Shopping – The Nomadic Boys

If you go to a city like Barcelona and don’t overdo it with shopping, did you even really go on holiday? We sometimes bring an extra suitcase with us just so we can fill it up with all the new clothes, art pieces and *cough* toys we find along the way!

The Barcelona gay shopping scene is fantastic for gay shops, with loads of different options. Whether you want to buy new speedos, harnesses, a few tank tops, or just something for a quick jerk-off(!), there’s always plenty to discover.

Sure, sex shops can seem quite intimidating from the outside, but hey, we’re all human. We all have desires, and these places are committed to helping you fulfil them. So shop til you drop using our guide to the best gay shops in Barcelona.

Gaixample, Heart of the Barcelona Gay Shopping Scene

The gay village of Barcelona is located in the large residential Eixample neighbourhood, bordered by the following streets: Carrer de Balmes, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Carrer del Comte d’Urgell and Carrer d’Aragó. This section of Eixample is nicknamed, “Gaixample” (pronounced “gai-sham-ple”). Read more about the gay scene in our comprehensive gay guide to Barcelona.

To get our bearings, we always look for the main Axel Hotel which is right in the heart of Gaixample, then work things out from there. Most of the shops in this guide are located in and around Gaixample. You could also orientate yourself on one of these gay tours of Barcelona!

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Barcelona Gay Restaurants – The Nomadic Boys

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and exciting city, with a vibrant gay scene. We love coming here to party, celebrate Barcelona Pride, relax and stuff our faces! With such a great mix of people and culture, it makes sense that Barcelona also has a thriving foodie scene.

The unique blend of Spanish, Catalan and Meditteranean cuisine, along with Barcelona’s seaside location, make this a wonderful spot for a gastronomic holiday. You will get to try the freshest seafood, the most delicious tapas and many other types of food from all over the world.

The main gay area of Barcelona can be found in Eixample (often nicknamed ‘Gaixample’), with many fabulous gay hangouts to check out. A word of warning, most restaurants in Barcelona are closed on Sunday, but we’ve included the best ones that still serve food on the day of the Lord (a day when we’re usually nursing a heavy hangover and craving a bit fat greasy burger…!)

During our visits to Barcelona, we’ve managed to experience lots of excellent gay owned restaurants, as well as those with a mostly gay clientele, which serve up the most delicious dishes. These are our favourite gay or gay friendly restaurants which we tried and loved in Barcelona.

Restaurante D’Divine

Restaurante D’Divine has been going strong for around 13 years and is the best place to come to watch a drag show with your meal. Whilst the menu is a bit limited, the cocktails are delicious and the shows, hilarious!

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Gay Barcelona – The Nomadic Boys

Barcelona is one of the most open and diverse cities we’ve ever been to. Not only is it tolerant towards gay travellers, they practically roll out the red carpet for us! With a booming gay village, loads of excellent hangouts and fantastic festivals, Gay Barcelona is a pumping city begging to be consumed.

We’ve begun to consider the city as a second home – its frivolous nightlife scene, the large LGBTQ community and stunning weather make it impossible to stay away for too long. Here is our detailed guide to Barcelona for gay travellers following our many visits to this fabulous Spanish coastal paradise.

How friendly is gay Barcelona?

In short – very gay friendly!

In our opinion, we think Barcelona is one of the most gay friendly cities in Europe and in the world. Historically, it is the birthplace of the LGBTQ Pride movement of Spain, where activists in the 1970s took to the streets to demand their rights. This ignited a pink wave throughout the rest of the nation and began to increase visibility for the Spanish LGBTQ community. Today, Barcelona continues to be a pioneer across the world for gay rights – a textbook example for other places to follow on its treatment towards queer travellers and citizens. This is one of many reasons why we rate it as one of our top gay destinations in Europe.

With an exquisite gay scene, filled with clubs, bars, eateries, hotels, and bathhouses, the city is a thriving mecca for LGBTQ culture. On every corner, there is some nod to queer identity. Whether this is a statue honouring one of the country’s most beloved queer writers or a rainbow flag flying outside a bakery, Barcelona is a city which appreciates its gay community.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Medellin Gay Hotels – The Nomadic Boys

Medellin is Colombia’s second city. What used to be the capital of a billion-dollar cocaine industry has now transformed into an exciting, super modern and buzzing gay friendly metropolis.

The Paisas (the nickname of people from Medellin) often compete with the Rolos (the nickname given to the people from Bogota) as to who is better. A common joke is that Medellin has the best weather (the “City of Eternal Spring”) and unlike Bogota, has managed to build a successful public transport system – honestly, mention that to them and it will spark a whoooole long conversation about it!

In terms of the gay scene, however, Bogota wins for us hands down simply because of the incredible super club, Theatron! The gay scene of Medellin is just as vibrant to explore, of course, particularly around El Poblado, where the majority of the city’s best nightlife can be found.

We spent almost a year living in Medellin and during that period we were fortunate enough to try out various different places to stay. We’ve put together our 6 best gay friendly hotels in Medellin for gay travellers, where you can feel confident you’ll be welcomed as a queer traveller and won’t have any problems getting a double bed.

Where to base yourself in Medellin

The majority of the best gay bars and clubs of Medellin can be found in and around El Poblado. This was definitely one of our favourite parts of Medellin as you’re close to the main gay bars as well as to the city’s best restaurants. The majority of the best luxury hotel brands are in Poblado, but the downside is that it is not cheap: this is one of the most expensive parts of the city!

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Sri Lanka Gay Life – The Nomadic Boys

“Funny Boy” is a Sri Lankan book by Shyam Selvadurai, which we recommend every LGBTQ traveller visiting Sri Lanka reads. It tells the story of a young Tamil gay boy called Arjy, growing up in 1980s Sri Lanka during the civil war era, struggling to come to grips with his homosexuality in a very religious and traditional family and society.

Fast forward 30 years when we visited Sri Lanka, at a time when the country is thriving; the Civil War long ended and tourism flourishing more than ever, we wondered if much has changed for the country’s LGBTQ community. Be sure to check out our comprehensive gay Sri Lanka travel guide for our perspective as foreigners visiting. But what’s it like for local gay guys?

We met a Sinhalese author in Colombo who has published various books and poetry, some with an LGBTQ theme. He has asked to remain anonymous in this interview for fear of reprisal from family and his work, so we will instead refer to him by his nickname, “Kaluu”:

Hi Kaluu, please introduce yourself:

Good afternoon Stefan and Seby. I am Sri Lankan born, 39 years old, living in Colombo. I’m also a son, a friend, a gay, a Buddhist, a writer, and a poet. Above all, I am a human!

My friends call me “Kaluu”. It means “black” in Sinhalese and has become my nickname because I have darker skin compared to the average Sri Lankan.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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SPOTLIGHT: Taylor House – Boston, Massachusetts

Welcome to Boston’s Taylor House, a gracious sixteen room Victorian home in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

Our historic home was built around 1855. It lies in an area known as Pondside near Jamaica Pond, which contains some of the area’s finest suburban architecture.

We offer spacious rooms with private baths wonderfully decorated and uniquely furnished with original art in every room.

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