Oaks Victorian Inn – Christiansburg Gay Friendly Inn

Author: , September 6th, 2017

Oaks Victorian Inn

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

Welcome to the Oaks Victorian Inn, the only Select Registry Bed & Breakfast in the Mid Atlantic Region with the prestigious AAA Four Diamond Award – seventeen consecutive years!

Our award-winning historic Queen Anne Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn is in the cute historic town of Christiansburg, Virginia, close to Roanoke, and only two miles from I-81 in the heart of the New River Valley. We’re also just minutes away from Blacksburg, the home of Virginia Tech’s “hokies”, and Radford University.

Our Christiansburg bed and breakfast was originally built in 1889, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Oaks Victorian Inn combines a gracious warmth with Victorian elegance and all the modern comforts.

The Inn offers lovely surroundings, luxurious guestrooms, and memorable breakfasts every morning. Enter the Oaks, and you’ll return to a bygone era of luxury and elegance.

Our parlor/library offers a perfect place for relaxing conversation with old and new friends.

There’s even a large wrap-around porch, complete with rocking chairs, where you can relax outside, enjoying the perennial gardens and the tall,ancient oaks for which our Christianburg bed and breakfast is named. The Inn sits on Christiansburg’s highest hill in Southwestern Virginia’s beautiful mountain highlands.

Our air-conditioned Virginia Inn is open all year, with 6 guestrooms furnished with antiques, oriental rugs and lots of amenities – a rich, warm atmosphere, stylish and comfortable.

Our beautiful gardens provide an ever-changing backdrop for the five historic oaks on the property, one of which is one of the largest white oak trees in Virginia. The Inn faces Main Street, which at one time was a part of the Wilderness Trail originally made by Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. Our gardens and fish pond surround a large brick terrace, with wrought-iron tables and chairs, a great place for breakfast or tea service in summer. There’s even a cottage and gazebo to complete the picture.

Each of our five large guest rooms offers a small refrigerator with complimentary drinks, private bathrooms, and some rooms also have body showers, jetted Jacuzzi tubs, claw foot tubs and romantic fireplaces.

Our Garden Cottage comes with a refrigerator with complimentary beverages, microwave, coffee maker, a large private hot tub, and a bathroom with shower and sauna.

You’ll find every amenity provided, including:

  • Luxurious linens, down comforters, and comfortable mattresses
  • Fireplaces
  • Claw-foot tubs
  • Jacuzzis
  • Eclectic library
  • Great breakfasts every morning
  • Refrigerators with complimentary beverages
  • Cable television
  • DVD players
  • WiFi internet access
  • Private phones
  • Full breakfast every morning
  • King/Queen Beds
  • Plush Robes
  • Hair dryers
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Chocolates
  • Air conditioning and ceiling fans
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Imported Soaps/Lotions
  • Overnight valet

Our full candlelight breakfast, included with your stay, includes original recipes, mixed with other favorite regional dishes, and is changed daily. Special breakfasts are also available, including low fat, restricted, and vegetarian options – just let us know in advance.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay in SW Virginia, call us at the Oaks Victorian B&B Inn.

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IGLTA Travel Honors Announced

Author: , February 11th, 2015

IGLTA LogoThe 32nd Annual Global Convention of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association in Los Angeles (April 8-11) is the LGBT tourism industry’s premier networking and educational event, and also an opportunity to acknowledge the work of individuals and businesses that have improved the landscape of gay and lesbian travel.

The IGLTA board of directors selects the award recipients from the association’s member businesses in 80 countries and its allies. “It’s our way to celebrate the incredible work being done to make the world more welcoming for LGBT people,” says IGLTA Chair Dan Melesurgo. “This year’s diverse recipients are located in Curacao, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Columbia, but their outreach extends far beyond the borders of their home countries, reflecting the truly global scope of our association.”

Hanns Ebensten Hall of Fame Award: Since 1990, Olivia, the travel company for lesbians, has taken over 200,000 women on cruise, resort, adventure and riverboat vacations all over the world, including Antarctica. Olivia always charters entire ships or buys out whole resorts to provide a safe space for women to be out.

Full Story at Travel Pulse

IGLTA Meets With Uganda Tourism Leaders

Author: , September 11th, 2014

Uganda - Google MapsAt the invitation of the Africa Travel Association, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association President/CEO John Tanzella and Past Board Chair Tanya Churchmuch met staff from Uganda Tourism and tourism businesses from Uganda’s private sector to discuss the issues surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender tourism to Uganda.

While many African nations are known for their homophobic policies, Uganda has been on the frontlines since its Parliament passed a particularly virulent anti-gay bill last December, and several Western nations began withdrawing aid amidst the global outcry. The 8 September meeting with IGLTA took place at ATA’s headquarters as part of a U.S. road show for Destination Uganda, just over one month after a Ugandan court struck down the law.

“ATA is pleased to facilitate a meeting between the Uganda Tourism Board and the Uganda private sector and IGLTA to discuss timely issues relating to the promotion and marketing of tourism,” said ATA Executive Director Edward Bergman.

Full Story at Edge Boston

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IGLTA’s Annual Conference Comes to Madrid in May

Author: , January 19th, 2014

IGLTA LogoRegistration is live for the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s 31st Annual Global Convention, set for May 8-10 in Madrid. It is the association’s first time to hold its premier educational and networking event in Spain.

This year, IGLTA debuts an appointment-driven buyer-supplier marketplace to better facilitate meetings between tourism professionals interested in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender market. Buyers may apply to receive free registration to the convention and a table for the five-hour marketplace on opening day where they will have pre-booked meetings with suppliers.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring our convention to Spain – a country known for its progressive LGBT rights – and to the beautiful region of Madrid,” IGLTA President/CEO John Tanzella says. “And, it’s an important step forward for the association to launch an appointment-driven buyer-supplier marketplace this year. Our attendees have requested this as a way to improve upon the quality networking opportunities we already offer.”

See the Full Story at ETurboNews

Click here for gay travel resources in Madrid.

IGLTA Plans 33rd Annual Convention in Cape Town

Author: , October 27th, 2013

IGLTA LogoFort Lauderdale, Fla. ( 8 October, 2013 )–The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association will host its 33rd Annual Global Convention in Cape Town, South Africa in 2016. This marks the first time IGLTA will hold its premier educational and networking conference in an African country in its 30-year history.

Convention bids were evaluated during the association’s 4-5 October board meeting in Madrid, host city of IGLTA’s 2014 convention next May. “Cape Town is a world-class city — incredibly scenic and with a vibrant LGBT community. It has all the right ingredients to ensure a successful convention,” says Dan Melesurgo, IGLTA Board Chair. “Bringing the convention to Africa for the first time is an opportunity to grow our membership there and create greater understanding and awareness of the LGBT travel market on the continent.”

South Africa, which became the world’s first country to enact a constitutional ban against discrimination based on sexual orientation in 1996, is considered the most progressive country on the continent for LGBT issues. In July, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights chose South Africa for the launch of its “Free & Equal” global campaign to promote LGBT equality.

See the Full Story at Windy City

Click here for gay travel resources in South Africa.

International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Marks 30th Anniversary

Author: , April 17th, 2013

IGLTA LogoHard to believe that the IGLTA will be thirty next month. It started up when I was just 15 (and please don’t do the math on that one!). Windy City Times reports:

The 30th anniversary of the annual global convention of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) will take place in Chicago May 2-4. Among the events slated are breakout sessions, an opening party (at the Field Museum), networking luncheons and an awards ceremony. Breakouts will include “Gay Travel/Gay Rights: A 30 Year History/A Bright Future” and “Marking your territory in the LGBT Travel Industry,” among many others. The honors presentation will take place May 4.

Happy Birthday, IGLTA!

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IGLTA Celebrates 30 Years at Annual Conference in May

Author: , April 6th, 2013

IGLTA LogoThe International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association will celebrate 30 years in May in Chicago at their annual convention. GayWebSource has the details:

The International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association’s Annual Global Convention is the world’s premier educational and networking event for the LGBT tourism industry. Please register now to join us in Chicago 2-4 May 2013 for our 30th anniversary conference, where we’ll celebrate the history of LGBT travel and pave the way for its continued growth.

Click here for gay travel resources in Illinois.

IGLTA Gay Travel Awards Announced

Author: , February 27th, 2013

IGLTA LogoThe International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association recently announced their award winners for their 30th anniversary meeting in Chicago in May, eTravelBlackboard reports:

The annual awards are selected by the IGLTA board of directors from the association’s membership of tourism businesses in more than 80 countries. “These distinguished professionals have raised the bar in our industry in so many ways, from travel marketing and media to supporting Chicago’s gay community to placing LGBT visibility at the forefront of Montreal’s tourism outreach,” said IGLTA Chair Tanya Churchmuch. “As we celebrate a milestone anniversary as an association, it’s especially fitting to recognize these individuals, who each have dedicated more than 20 years to making the world more welcoming for LGBT people.”

See the full article for the winners.

New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City

Author: , June 4th, 2012

New Rooftop Restaurant in New York City  |  New York, United States  |  Las week I discovered a little spring/summer/autumn GEM in the heart of Manhattan, at the new NoMad Hotel. An spectacular intimate rooftop with incredible views of true NYC icons such us the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings. Scheduled to open June 15th, this Rooftop Restaurant will cater three course dining experiences for reduced groups. (post by CarlosMeliaBlog.com) Read more…

NoMad Hotel just opened in New York City

Author: , June 3rd, 2012

NoMad Hotel just opened in New York City  |  New York, United States  |  A new hotel option is around the block and last week I came to have a look at it. NOMAD Hotel (aka, NOrth of MADison Square Park, but also playing with the words of being a traveller and moving around).  I must be fully honest, and say that while being an interesting option, I was not quite blown away by it. Located on Broadway and 28th Street, ideally situated between the East and West sides of the City, the hotel is convenient to most areas, including SoHo, Greenwich Village, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. (post by CarlosMeliaBlog.comRead more…