Gay Portland, Oregon – The Gay UK

Author: , February 22nd, 2019

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For years, my former boss at South Florida Gay News would rave about Portland, Oregon. He loved the free-spirited nature of the community as well as the abundance of outdoor activities available outside the city. After years of seeing Norm and other friends post breathtaking photos on social media, I thought it was time to give Portland a try.

When I first arrived, I got the feeling that I was in a smaller version of Seattle, but as I spent time in Portland, I quickly discovered that it had a life of its own. I did however speak to some locals and they told me the city has been going through a bit of an identity crisis as of late as they try to compete with Seattle’s economic boom, mostly driven by Amazon and other tech firms. But, why try to be Seattle? Just be Portland.

The entire downtown area is pretty much walkable, with many of the city’s main attractions located within a few miles of each other. What was obvious from the start were the abundance of rainbow flags scattered throughout the city. I think it’s safe to say that Portland may have the highest concentration of rainbow flags per capita than any city I have visited thus far.

My first stop in Portland was The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education. Being of Jewish decent, I found it fascinating that this particular attraction would be located in Portland. I wasn’t aware of the city’s extensive Jewish community. The museum explores the legacy of the Jewish experience in Oregon and teaches the universal lessons of the Holocaust. The museum features rotating exhibitions that showcase Jewish contributions to world culture, issues of Jewish identity, and the forces of prejudice. They also offer an extensive program of films, lectures, and concerts throughout the year, which cover a wide range of topics relating to Jewish art, culture, and heritage.

By Joey Amato – Full Story at The Gay UK

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Chadwick B&B – Portland, Maine Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , August 26th, 2017

Chadwick B&B - Portland, Maine Gay Bed & Breakfast

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

Welcome to Chadwick B&B – whether you’re coming to Maine for a long weekend, vacation, rest and relaxation, honeymoon, anniversary, or for business, our Maine bed & breakfast provides a high level of personal service, for a vacation you’ll always remember.

Your innkeeper, E Scot Fuller, his assistant innkeeper Laura McDowell, and the rest of The Chadwick B&B’s Staff take great pride in providing tastefully appointed guest rooms (each with private bath), beautiful grounds, and a five-star gourmet breakfast every morning. We can’t wait to have you experience it for yourself!

Within a short walk you’ll find Portland’s finest galleries, museums, theaters, shops, and restaurants. The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast is the perfect base for traveling to other Maine locations, including the Lakes Region of Western Maine, the rugged Acadia National Park coast, the sandy beaches of Ogunquit and Southern Maine, and even the breath-taking White Mountains of neighboring New Hampshire.

Each of our guest rooms at The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast has its own special charm – we don’t have a favorite because they all have things we love. Although the home was originally built in 1891, you’ll enjoy modern amenities from our guest room renovations in 2009.

Each room has new memory-foam beds, crisp bed linens, flatscreen cable TV with DVD player, iron/ironing boards, hairdryers, plush towels, and fresh terry cloth robes. Two of our guest rooms feature fireplaces and in the summer, each room is air-conditioned. As a special treat, guests staying in The Baxter room can enjoy spring, summer, and fall nights on their own private patio that overlooks our backyard garden.

The outdoor garden has a cast iron fire pit, and a hammock for two, as well as comfortable Adirondack chairs, and a bubbling fountain.

We serve breakfast in our charming dining room at private tables for two, or outside on the patio on warm sunny mornings. Our living room is perfect for hosting local friends and family, reading the morning paper, or borrowing a DVD from the movie library. Our business nook is available for print boarding passes or driving directions, and our rocking chairs on the front deck are perfect for reading a good book.

With just eight guests staying at The Chadwick Bed & Breakfast at a time, our common areas are great for meeting new friends, sneaking away for a little relaxation, a glass of wine, or a little romance with your partner.

  • Gourmet Breakfast 8-9:30am
  • Concierge Services
  • High-Speed Wireless Internet
  • Private Off-Street Parking (1 Vehicle Per Room)
  • Chilled Bottled Water & Other Beverages
  • Carrabassette Coffee & Fine Tea Bar
  • Portland Press Herald (Daily) / New York Times (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • DVD & Reading Libraries
  • Completely Non-Smoking Property
  • Baggage Hold
  • Late Check-In (By Advance Request)
  • 10 Minute walk to the Arts District (Art Galleries, Museums & Theaters)
  • 20 Minute walk to the Old Port (Downtown Portland, Shopping, City Tours)

Coming to Maine for the weekend or a week? Come stay with us at The Chadwick!

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Lesbian Travel: Portland, Maine

Author: , July 27th, 2016

Portland Maine

A little over an hour by air from New York City is Portland, Maine, a charming and picturesque port city with a concentrated population of over 60,000 residents. Flying in you might be dazzled—if it’s summer—by the sapphire blue water and emerald green vegetation. Once you land and make your way to the historic center you will marvel at the lovely examples of architecture that survived four terrible fires and a couple of terrible battles, which earned the city its seal of a phoenix rising from the ashes, and its motto “Resurgam” or “Rise again.”

Indeed, Portland is a survivor and has reinvented itself numerous times. Located on a peninsula in Casco Bay on the Gulf of Maine and the Atlantic Ocean, it was originally inhabited by Indians, and then settled by white men as a site of trading and fishing. It grew into a bustling port and commercial center, reached by both rail and by sea, once icebreakers were invented for Canadian exports. Today, the prettiest—and certainly the most touristy—part of town is arguably the Old Port, which is still a commercial center, selling everything from nautical mementos to souvenirs to fresh local fish; and the vibrant and pleasant Arts District, which follows Congress Street through the city center. Only a couple of laneways and cobblestone streets down near the piers speak of the city’s rough-and-tumble past, and even they do so delightfully. Finance, petroleum, and tourism form the backbone of the city’s economy now, and the tourism is especially welcoming of LGBT travelers and hipsters.

I visited for Pride, on June 10-19, and was thoroughly charmed by the city and its people, as well as this great event, which had plenty on for lesbians, including spoken word poet Andrea Gibson and DJ Mary Mac. I mingled with the local lesbians, two of whom have transplanted themselves here because they were charmed by the place too! Kim Chesterfield, who works with the local Pride organization, came to Maine in 1992 to work at a summer camp. “I fell in love with my first partner and with Portland… I just never left,” she says.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at Curve Magazine

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Bellaterra B&B, Portland, Oregon

Author: , November 12th, 2015

Bellaterra B&B

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

Bellaterra bed and breakfast invites you to take a trip in time as well as place at our lovingly restored 1893 Victorian inn. Each room has a unique theme and mood. Perhaps you’d like to be transported to the sultry romance of Scheherazade’s Arabian palace, or maybe the tranquil forest of the Woodland room is what you need to restore body and soul. The blue and white Aegean room evokes the classic columns and sunny seas of Greece. For the traveler who wants to relax while enjoying views of Mount Hood and the Willamette River, the Sunrise Room offers a California king bed and lots of morning light. Our smallest room, the Borealis, features a claw foot tub surrounded by colored glass tile, and the shades of blue are meant to bring to mind mountain peaks and snowy northern climes. It has a twin bed with a trundle, so it’s great for those traveling with a friend or child as well as solo travelers. All rooms have attached bathrooms and amenities including mini-fridge and microwave.

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Our Ten Favorite Things In Portland, Oregon

Author: , October 7th, 2015

We just got back from another great trip to one of our favorite places in the world – Portland. So we thought we’d share our favorite things – the must-sees if you visit downtown Portland.

Downtown Portland

10. Take the Free Downtown Tour

Secrets of Portlandia Tour

There’s a great free tour of Downtown Portland that meets every day, rain or shine, in front of the Portland Courthouse at 11 AM. Run by Erik Kennon and called The Secrets of Portlandia, it’s a two hour and fifteen minute tour (easy walking) that gives you so much information about the city, including many things we didn’t know. And we’ve taken a lot of tours here. Learn why the city is called Stumptown, where to see the famous penny, the history of the smallest park in the world, and what famous world plazas inspired Pioneer Square. it’s a great tour, and if you like it, you can tip Erik at the end. He does work awfully hard.

9. Dinner at Serratto or 23Hoyt


We always try to make time for a meal at Serratto up on 21st, but this year we also found a new place just around the corner on 23rd. Both of these are excellent restaurants with meals second only to Andina in Portland. 23Hoyt has more of an American Lodge feel and cuisine, while Serratto has a more Mediterranean-inspired menu. Visit both if you have the time.

8. Wander the Stacks at Powells

Powells Books

Portland has, hands down, our favorite bookstore anywhere. Powells fills up a whole city block, having taken over several buildings and merged them into one gigantic store. They sell new and used books – and you can literally wander around in there for hours and hours.

It’s the place true booklovers go to die.

7. Grab Breakfast at Tasty and Alder

Tasty and Alder

T&A is a great restaurant on the edge of downtown, close to Goose Hollow. It’s great for any meal, but breakfast is our particular favorite. They start seating at nine, but there is always a line – we recommend getting there and putting your name in at least a half an hour early. We were there for dinner this trip, and as they seat everyone at once, as soon as the tables were full, the wait time jumped to an hour and a half. But the food is worth the wait, if you have to.

6. Tea Ceremony at Lan Su Chinese Garden

Lan Su Chinese Garden

Hidden away in Chinatown, you’ll find the wonderful Lan Su garden – a full city block that’s been sculpted and planted as a formal Chinese Garden. The place is a delight to walk through – adults are about $10 for entry, while a year pass for two is just $60. But what’s really special here is the Tao of Tea House – where you can sit down and take in the surroundings with a formal tea ceremony. Check their schedule in advance and try to come when there’s music. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and at peace.

5. Grab a Gelato at Allotto Gelato

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One of our favorite gelato places anywhere. It’s up on 23rd between Kearny and Johnson – grab a cone and explore this great little neighborhood, often called the Alphabet District. It runs up 21st and 23rd from about Couch to Lovejoy, and has a bit of a Berkeley flair.

4. Hang Out at Jamison Square

Jamison Square

This is our favorite people watching place in Portland. It’s in the heart of the Pearl, and has this really cool fountain – a half bowl that ebbs and flows every 15 minutes or so. Camp out here for a bit on summer day and watch the kids delight in the fountain when the water comes flooding back.

3. Pizza at Hot Lips

Hot Lips Pizza

There’s only one pizza place in downtown Portland.

Okaym so we’re lying. But there’s only one worth visiting. Hot Lips Pizza is in the pearl – grab a slice or two of their innovative pies (I had apple, walnut and gorgonzola this trip) and one of their patented Hot Lips fruit sodas and head over to Jamison Square to people watch at the fountain.

2. See a Play at The Artists’ Repertory Theatre


There’s a great community theatre here called the ART – the last time we were here, they had a fascinating play featuring Scott Lowell – the actor who played Teddy on the American version of Queer as Folk.

This time the theatre had a play called The Understudy – the work was great, and the actors were simply amazing. If there’s something playing here while you;re in town, go see it.

1. Eat at Andina


OK, so we’ve made it all the way down to number one. Andina is a Peruvian restaurant on the edge of the Pearl that serves some of the most fantastic food we’ve ever had. And it’s all in the sauces. We ordered our meal family style – potatoes, chicken skewers, scallops, and empanadas. Each of these dishes came with one or more sauces, and we were lucky enough to have the owner stop by and spend about ten minutes with us, discussing the food and how it is made.

The ingredients are authentic, brought in from Peru, and the flavors were simply amazing. The Salsa de Rocoto was featured on several dishes – a hearty red chile pepper sauce. The Aji de Maracuya combined a gorgeous color with a wonderful sweet flavor. And the Salsa Ocopa was something completely new to me – a flavor I thoroughly enjoyed and still can’t entirely describe.

The restaurant itself is beautiful as well – warm and welcoming. There are 6 booths along the front window – the best seats – but only available for parties of 3 or more.

This is our must-stop for every trip to Portland – but call ahead as soon as you can because it books out early. Simply amazing food.

Featured Gay Accommodations: Portland’s White House B&B, Portland, Oregon

Author: , March 15th, 2015

Portland's White House

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

Situated in Portland’s North East Historic Irvington District, Portland’s White House was built as a summer home in 1911 by Robert Lytle, a wealthy lumber baron. The house was billed as the most expensive home built in the district for the period. This Greek Revival Mansion boasts a lifestyle of past years with 14 massive columns, circular drive and fountain to greet you.

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The Cuisine of the Pacific Northwest

Author: , November 1st, 2014

Portland SignIt’s a good thing the Pacific Northwest’s cities are so bike-friendly–what better way to work off all the calories from the endless array of amazing restaurants, cafes, bakeries, and food trucks that await? One of North America’s most abundant regions, you can easily spend entire days here grazing on everything from quintessential Pacific Northwest fare and coastal seafood to far-flung international flavors and fusion. To get a diverse taste, we ate our way up from Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington to Vancouver, B.C. Here are some of the places you definitely need to try.


The mothership of the artisanal locavore hipster movement, Portland is inexpensive to boot, with no sales tax and some dining spots offering slashed-price early or late-night happy hour menus. While the city’s East Side percolates with neighborhoods undergoing all sorts of exciting developments and brand-new restaurant concepts, the West Side, where downtown’s hotels and much tourist infrastructure are based, has seen a number of incredible, innovative additions over the past year or two.

One of the West Side’s most original, upscale newcomers is Racion (1205 SW Washington St. Tel: 971-276-8008., which opened in spring 2013. This is Portland’s El Bulli, and one for avant-garde cuisine enthusiaists must lists.

Chef Anthony Cafiero brings a fine arts background to cookery, and conceives incredible, scientific ways to temper flavors and ingredients. The menu includes a mere dozen or so items per service, and a five-course tasting is just $55. He’s particularly fond of adding dashes of flavored meringues for texture, and utilizes sous-vide cooking, which involves vacuum sealing ingredients in pouches and heating them in water baths. He also uses this method in cocktails, helping to mellow the alcoholic bite, resulting in more harmonious flavors.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Portland Gay Travel Resources | Seattle Gay Travel Resources

Portland Queer Film Festival

Author: , August 22nd, 2014

Portland Queer Film Festival

One of our favorite LGBT film festivals is coming again in October:

Film is a dynamic medium with the power to educate, inspire, intrigue and bring people together. Now in its 18th year, Portland Lesbian and Gay Film Festival brings thought-provoking and entertaining queer cinema to Portland during the week of 3-9 October.

We’re going!

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Visiting Portland, Oregon on a Budget

Author: , July 20th, 2014

Portland, Oregon Skyline

Looking to plan your next vacation but don’t want to spend a fortune? For an enriching getaway that doesn’t break the bank, Portland’s utopia of sustainability, cycling, good eats, and natural beauty has you covered.

Getting Around

Renting a car or taking taxis is unnecessary in Portland, thanks to the excellent public transportation system and bike infrastructure. As far as public transit goes, widely used is the TriMet light rail, which encompasses four lines and 84 stations — connecting commuters to attractions like Washington Park, Lloyd Center, Oregon Convention Center, and the Portland Expo Center. Tickets are $2.50 for a 2-hour ticket, $5 for a day pass, or $25 for 10 tickets. Other options include TriMet bus service, street cars, and commuter rail.

Cycling is also a great option for getting around Portland, considering the city’s 319 miles of bikeways, 15 intersections with bicycle-specific traffic signals, and 5,000 bike racks. If you’re not bringing your own wheels, Cycle Portland Bike Tours offers rentals starting at $5 per day, $20 per day, or $80 per week.

By Jessica Festa – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Portland, Oregon Gay Travel Resources

Gay Portland: The Portland Art Museum

Author: , July 20th, 2014

On our last trip to Portland, Oregon, we visited the Portland Art Museum for the first time.

While we’ve been by there before – there are some great pieces you can see for free in the courtyard outside the building – this was the first time we’ve gone inside.

On the five or six floors of the building, there are several ongoing exhibits, and also some rotating ones – one of these was an exhibit of sculptures and art from a French palace – amazing.

And check out the lifelike naked statue below – the artist rejected the perfected cold sculpture techniques so common with statues of people – opting instead to make something so lifelike it fools the eye.

The museum is well worth a stop the next time you’re in Portland.

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Portland Art Museum


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