Whidwood On Whidbey Island – Whidbey Island Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , April 4th, 2018

Whidwood On Whidbey Island - Whidbey Island Gay Bed & Breakfast

Come visit us at Whidwood on Whidbey Island, a log house hideaway near historic Coupeville on the Puget Sound’s beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. Explore island shops, art galleries, beautiful parks, gardens and beaches, or spend the afternoon at the inn in our hot tub, reading a book in our library, or relaxing in our sunroom. Everyone is welcome here.

Central Whidbey Island is in the “Olympic Rainshadow”, behind the Olympic Mountains where we only get about half as much rain as Seattle. Whidwood is a great base for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, whale watching, kayaking, beach combing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and much more.

Whidbey Island is also a great place for people who enjoy gardens, with more than a dozen nurseries on the island, many with beautiful display gardens, including the renowned Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden.

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Explore Queer Seattle – Passport Magazine

Author: , December 23rd, 2017

When you lived in a city for many years, it’s weird to return as a tourist. Seattle was my home for high school, college, and my swinging 20s, until I journied east to New York City. Since then, I’ve returned only a handful of times. Each visit has reminded me how dynamic a city can be—especially one like Seattle, where the economy has been an unstoppable force ever since Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and other mega-companies sprung up there decades ago.

So on my recent homecoming, it wasn’t shocking that Seattle had evolved with shiny new towers, an expanded bus system, and slick restaurants. I still recognized the Emerald City’s forward thinking citizens and ever-hip vibes as the familiar metropolis where I came of age, and I still loved it. I just had to adjust to all of its incredible newness.

My first stop is always Capitol Hill. It’s Seattle’s LGBT zone, and home to endless restaurants, bars, shops, and cafés, plus sprawling Cal Anderson Park, home to open lawns, public art, and all-gender restrooms. Most of the action happens on the “Pike/Pine corridor,” two parallel boulevards that cross Broadway, which is itself a great walking strip. At the corner of Broadway and Pine, a Jimi Hendrix statue rocks out for eternity in his hometown. His full-throttle stage posture embodies the spirit of Seattle’s musical history, where the 1990’s grunge era unleashed bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

Capitol Hill was my ’hood. I lived there and knew every corner. Thankfully, a lot of my favorite places are still around and kicking. Number one is the Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St. Tel: 206-324-9210. www.thewildrosebar.com), one of the oldest lesbian bars in the country, where Seattle dykes and their gay boyfriends have drank, played pool, and danced the night away since 1984.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Whidwood On Whidbey Island – Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , November 27th, 2017

Whidwood On Whidbey Island

Come visit us at Whidwood on Whidbey Island, a log house hideaway near historic Coupeville on the Puget Sound’s beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. Explore island shops, art galleries, beautiful parks, gardens and beaches, or spend the afternoon at the inn in our hot tub, reading a book in our library, or relaxing in our sunroom. Everyone is welcome here.

Central Whidbey Island is in the “Olympic Rainshadow”, behind the Olympic Mountains where we only get about half as much rain as Seattle. Whidwood is a great base for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, whale watching, kayaking, beach combing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and much more.

Whidbey Island is also a great place for people who enjoy gardens, with more than a dozen nurseries on the island, many with beautiful display gardens, including the renowned Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden.

Art lovers and antique collectors will also enjoy searching for hidden treasure on Whidbey Island. Coupeville and Langley are filled with interesting boutiques and art galleries. Coupeville is the second oldest town in Washington State, and its historic waterfront area has lots of interesting shops and great restaurants.

Like to go on wine tours? Just outside of Langley, the Whidbey Island Winery is a great spot for wine tasting, and there are six other wineries to visit, too.

Whidbey Island is full of things to do:

  • Five state parks
  • Great water/mountain views
  • Summer concerts
  • Five farmers markets
  • Art fairs
  • Flea markets
  • Fine dining

Back at Whidwood, you’ll find a large library of books and magazines – if it’s raining out, relax in bed, read a book by the fireplace, slip into our hot tub, doze off in the sunroom, or enjoy some wine and conversation with us and our other guests.

Your spacious studio cabin includes a queen bed and a garden view, with a fireplace, sofa, table and chairs, as well as a small refrigerator, radio/ipod dock and wifi internet access. There’s also a private bathroom just across the patio, twelve feet away. Bathrobes are provided, and the cabin includes use of the hot tub.

Looking for a relaxing, romantic place to stay on beautiful Whidbey Island? Come stay with us at the Whidwood on Whidbey.

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On the Water in Puget Sound

Author: , September 18th, 2017

Puget Sound - Dolly Travels

Hello!

I have had a busy couple of weeks or more. First, Frank and I spent a week in Puerto Vallarta, where it was hot and humid. As soon as we returned, I came up her to the Seattle area, to visit some of my family who have the good fortune to live in such a beautiful area as the Pacific Northwest, and where the weather could not be more perfect. Sunshine, temperatures in the 70’s all week.

Puget Sound - Dolly TravelsI have actually had a quiet week here in Anacortes, one of my favorite places to visit, at any time. On the day of the eclipse, one of the residents of this Skyline area in Anacortes, arranged an eclipse viewing party in a local park. Patrick brought solar viewing glasses for everyone, and gave us a little talk on the eclipse: statistics from previous years, when to expect the next one, things like that. He and his wife had also brought champagne and orange juice, so that we could celebrate after the eclipse.

Up here, we got about an 85% eclipse. It was very strange; we did not get total darkness. In fact, I could not see that the sky got very dark at all, but one of the ladies present said that she watched how the eclipse was progressing by watching my eye glasses. I wear progressive lenses, that turn into sun glasses as the light increases. She said that the lenses of my glasses gradually became lighter and lighter, until the time that we had the maximum eclipse, then my lenses were clear. However, the air got cooler and cooler, with the temperature dropping ten degrees during that eclipse. I was glad that I got to experience that phenomenon, for I doubt that I will see another.

Puget Sound - Dolly TravelsToday, we had a special treat. My brother and his wife, Lee and Rosey, had owned the boat, the Helen Marie, for many years. Last year, the boat was sold to their next-door neighbors. I had met this couple a few days ago, and enjoyed their company very much. Today, Dave invited us to go on the Helen Marie for a day trip.

We made a picnic lunch and joined Dave down at the Flounder Harbor. Dave was very generous, and insisted that Lee pilot the boat, and Dave would be the Deck Hand.

On two different occasions, I had the opportunity to travel with Lee and Rosey on this boat; once, a three week trip in Alaska and another three-week trip in British Columbia. Lee told me I was to be the ship’s cook, so this area was my domain. I don’t know if you can see the clamps around the tea kettle, placed so that the cook can secure the pans to the stove, if the boat is rocking and rolling. It is a very efficient galley, not much different than cooking in my own kitchen at home.

The water was very calm today. This is an amazing area of the country; water, islands, trees all around as we cruised quietly along. The sky was a bit hazy to the north and to the east, as smoke from fires in British Columbia are still drifting down this way.

After we had cruised for about two hours, Lee stopped the boat and it sat still in the water while we consumed our picnic lunch. There were a quite a few other boats out today, but when we decided to stop for lunch, no one was around. We spent about a half hour just idle, watching the water, the sea birds and I saw one little seal poke his head out of the water, to see what we were doing.

After we started up again, it was Dave’s turn to be captain, and Lee had to be Deck Hand.

When we got to the side of Cypress Island, we saw a damaged fish farm.

Puget Sound - Dolly TravelsThe dust is from workers trying to repair damage to the farm. Apparently, somehow the enclosures for the fish broke, and over 300,000 farmed Atlantic salmon escaped into the waters of Puget Sound. This incident has certainly caused a great deal of distress among the citizens of this area, for now all those foreign fish are out in the Sound with the native fish. There are so many of them that the people of the area are concerned about pollution of the water, for most of these fish will die. Those fish do not know how to get their own food; they have been fed pellets for their entire life. Also, they do not reproduce as normal salmon do, so they are doomed. The Fish and Game Department has encouraged anyone who wants to fish to catch them and take as many as they want…no limit. However, most people up here will not eat farmed salmon, so this is another dilemma. To read on this further, check out the Spokesman-Review Outdoor Blog, of August 28, 2017, to get more information.

Finally, we made our way back to Flounder Harbor. By then, Lee was back at the wheel. He brought the Helen Marie back into her slip in the marina, just like a pro.

We had a delightful day, and I was so happy that Dave invited us for this excursion. It brought back a lot of good memories for me. Rosey and I spent some time sharing some of the good times we had enjoyed together on the boat.

Thank you, again, Dave, for a wonderful day on the water.

Green Cat Guest House B&B – Gay Friendly Olympic Peninsula Bed and Breakfast

Author: , September 2nd, 2017

Green Cat Guest House B&B

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 Green Cat Guest House, in Poulsbo, Washington just one hour west of Seattle via the Bainbridge and Kingston ferries, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Our Scandinavian-style chalet is surrounded by three acres of herb gardens and cedar groves, set in the midst of a peaceful rural valley of horse and llama farms, with the majestic backdrop of Olympic National Park and the untouched waterways of Puget Sound around us.

The Green Cat Guest House is ideal for weddings, reunions, or retreats – or even a romantic weekend getaway with your partner. You’ll enjoy a beautifully decorated guest room with private bath and full breakfast included.

At our Olympic Peninsula retreat, all of our guests have access to our fully equipped kitchen, large deck with jacuzzi, a large cedar steam/dry sauna, and three acres of lovely gardens, mystic cedar groves, and meandering trails.

The Green Cat Guest House is close to world class shopping, fine dining, marinas, golf courses, arts & crafts, art galleries, performing arts. If you’re looking for the perfect Olympic Peninsula getaway, come stay with us at the Green Cat – our area has it all!

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Lesbian Tacoma – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , July 31st, 2017

lesbian Tacoma

I knew that during my month in Seattle, I wanted to explore Washington beyond the ‘Emerald City’ and the first place on my list was lesbian Tacoma, which shares the international airport SEA-TAC with Seattle. The cities do not only share an airport, but a stunning location right on the shores of Puget Sound, one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest.

While I found that most Seattleites tend to look down on Tacoma, I found the city to be surprisingly charming with lots of things to offer visitors – so many that I returned several times. So if you are visiting Seattle or the surrounding region, or road tripping around the Pacific Northwest, I’d recommend stopping in Tacoma. And since Tacoma is less than one hour from downtown Seattle, you may even consider booking your accommodation here – hotels in Tacoma are much cheaper than a Seattle hotel.

Here are five reasons why Tacoma is well worth a visit:

1 THE BRIDGE OF GLASS AND GLASS ART

What Tacoma is best known for is its glass art, and if you are not a fan of glass art already, you will be after a visit to the Museum of Glass. The famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly was born here, and his remarkable glass blown sculptures can be seen all over the world. If you are planning to visit the Chihuly Gardens in Seattle, you also have to add the Tacoma Museum of Glass to your itinerary. In addition to installations by Chihuly, glass blown pieces from other glass artists around the world are displayed here, and there is a glassblowing studio on site.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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Featured Lesbian Tour Operator: Lil Classic Charters, Anacortes, Washington

Author: , June 13th, 2015

Lil Classic Charters

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

Imagine savoring fresh crab from the top deck of your private yacht as eagles soar across a majestic sunset sky. You are unplugged from your everyday busy life and in tuned with the serenity of the surrounding beautiful San Juan Islands. Join us for your customized island adventure aboard our lovingly restored classic yacht, Sunny 1.

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Visiting the San Juan Islands

Author: , September 14th, 2013

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from Apple Maps

It’s amazing how easily you can feel completely removed from crowds, urbanity and the busy pace of modern life, even when you’re within 50 miles of several major cities.

Case in point: The San Juan Islands, a blissfully tranquil and picturesque archipelago in northern Puget Sound that’s just 65 miles north of Seattle, 40 miles south of Vancouver and 10 miles east of British Columbia’s capital city, Victoria. These lovely isles with a friendly vibe, a strong following with LGBT visitors and easy access — by ferry or plane — from all of these nearby cities make for a restorative summer (or even autumn) getaway.

Although there are more than 170 islands in the archipelago, only four have regular ferry service. On three of these — Lopez Island, Orcas Island and San Juan Island — you’ll find hotels and B&Bs, vacation rentals (a good option for longer stays), restaurants and other visitor services, including outfitters and tour operators offering whale-watching excursions, kayak and bike rentals (and guided rides), fishing tackle and gear rentals and other items related to outdoorsy endeavors.

Lopez Island: Lopez is the smallest of the main islands, with a sparse population and few formal attractions. This pastoral island is less hilly and has far less car traffic than its sister islands, which has made it a magnet for biking enthusiasts (you can rent bikes at several shops). If you’re seeking a peaceful getaway and don’t have much want of social interaction, Lopez Island is your ideal choice.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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Visiting Seattle in the Summertime

Author: , May 23rd, 2013

Space Needle ViewThis city – sculpted by Puget Sound and Lake Washington, and crowned with leafy hills – abounds with lively diversions, both indoor and outside. A sunny and mild climate from June through well into October makes it one of the country’s most enchanting summer destinations.

It’s actually a cool getaway with year-round popularity – yes, even during the grayer, wetter winter months – with superb restaurants, offbeat shops and a mix of accommodations for all budgets. Downtown, with its dashing, postmodern skyline, contains a mix of enticing museums, historic blocks and trendy retail-entertainment strips.

The city’s many visitors are often drawn to Seattle’s LGBT hub, Capitol Hill. Students, dot-comers, latter-day hippies and young families of all persuasions live in this lofty neighborhood, a 20-minute walk or short cab ride east of Downtown.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at Gay San Diego

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: The Quintessa on Whidbey Island, Whidbey Island, Washington

Author: , January 19th, 2013

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

The Quintessa on Whidbey Island, Whidbey Island, WashingtonWelcome to The Quintessa on Whidbey Island, a Puget Sound vacation rental home that’s ideal for your family reunion, garden wedding, romantic island getaway or corporate retreat!

Our Whidbey Island vacation rental offers room for up to 32 guests, with nine 9 bedrooms and a separate garden cottage.

We’re just thirty five miles from the Seattle Space Needle and eight minutes from the Clinton ferry.

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