Rass Mandal – Santa Fe Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Author: , January 31st, 2018

Rass Mandal - Santa Fe Gay Friendly Vacation Rental

Rass Mandal is a unique adobe vacation residence situated on a mountain range of pine forests with spectacular views. Entering brings you to another time and presents a serene and inspiring atmosphere for all. The house and grounds of more than 10 acres offer abundant locations for quiet time. There are numerous hiking & mountain bike trails immediately accessible, some of which take you directly to the center of Santa Fe.

Rass Mandal was built by a direct descendant of the daughter of King Akbar of India, sister to Shah Jahan who built the Taj Mahal.

It was also featured on HGTV’s House Hunter’s on Vacation with initial airing on June 22nd 2012.

Upon entering the home you encounter a large domed circular living room complete with a fireplace, eastern antique furniture and beautiful views looking out to a pool. This space is ideal for group sessions, gatherings and entertainment. Off to the left of the living room is the dining room and kitchen area. The dining table has room to accommodate 12 and is a great area for entertaining and formal meals. The kitchen is open plan and has a Moroccan style fireplace and a very comfortable breakfast nook ideal for bird watching. Behind the kitchen is a queen size bedroom and a bathroom, secluded from the rest of the house with its own private entrance.

To the right of the living room are guest quarters, each room offers views overlooking the grounds and the entire Santa Fe valley. The master bedroom is complete with a fireplace, a large meditation/work area, beautiful bathroom and sunken Jacuzzi with views. Additionally, there is a 2nd story observation deck that provides expansive views over all of Santa Fe, the Jemez Mountains and beyond. The house is not air conditioned but given the cool evenings it is not actually necessary. Fans are provided should they be desired.

Heading outside, there is a large private pool with waterfall, hot tub and sauna. The pool is heated during the summer months (June 1st – September 30th) – however it is 35,000 gallons and heating is not feasible during the other times. Generally the pool water temperature will be maintained at 78 F in July and August but ranges about 74F – 76F for June and September. The hot tub is kept at 104 F. All this is surrounded by a deck and patio ideal for outdoor dining and relaxation. There is also a gas-fired Fire Pit for enjoyment during the cool evenings.

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Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles – Gay Friendly Cape Charles Bed & Breakfast

Author: , January 27th, 2018

Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles - Gay Friendly Cape Charles Bed & Breakfast

Looking for a bed and breakfast to completely relax and unwind? The Eastern Shore of Virginia is a narrow peninsula surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. On the southwest corner of the peninsula lays the bayside historic town of Cape Charles, with it’s small town charm, sandy beaches and friendly faces not to mention it’s secret weapon, the western exposure that provides the backdrop for the most spectacular sunsets. Relax with your toes in the sand, cool beverage in hand and the soothing sounds of the waves as they wash the worries of the world away.

The Inn is a beautifully restored home with great history and located in the center of town making it a perfect location. Blocks from the beach, shopping restaurants, spa and harbor/marina, with no stop light in site visitors walk, bike or golf cart around town, parking their cars for the duration of their stay. Often referred to, as the land of gentle-living the quaint laid-back town of Cape Charles is a step back in time when life was a bit simpler, our bed and breakfast is your “haven”, an escape from the urgency everyday life distractions. One of our guests said it best; “when life gets in the way of taking a minute to breathe, escape to the Bay Haven Inn of Cape Charles”.

The charming curb appeal of the inn and surrounding gardens, which are impeccable maintained, are just one of the views guests will enjoy from either their room window or one of the many places to enjoy the many private nooks around the property. Select a spot on the wrap-around porch with a swing, love seat or couch just calling you for a nap or perhaps enjoy a pre-sunset beverage in the adirondack chairs under “Piper” the infamous palm tree. (You have to ask innkeepers about the story behind “Piper”!).

Once inside guests will find the furnishings and elegance of the inn classic and very inviting, leaving you feeling at home as you enter the front door. The architecture of the house is intriguing with comfortable furnishings and pleasing to the eye. Meticulous detail has gone into the design and decor of each room.

There is no doubt your appetite will be fulfilled with the inn’s farm to fork approach for breakfasts, utilizing fresh produce from our gardens or utilizing bounty from the local farmers. Noted for our sweet potato ham biscuits and “Jim Bread”, innkeeper Jim’s baking is always something guests leave talking about and craving.

As innkeepers we strive to be attentive and helpful yet give you the perfect amount of privacy desired. Your satisfaction in your visit to Cape Charles and the Bay Haven Inn is our number one priority. Gracious and genuine southern hospitality is served up daily with pleasure.

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Prana Rainforest Retreat – Gay Manuel Antonio Retreat

Author: , December 1st, 2017

Prana Rainforest Retreat

Welcome to Costa Rica’s Prana Rainforest Retreat, a luxurious bali-style villa in Manuel Antonio, made just for you and your partner. Come stay with us and experience expert massage therapy, yoga and exotic gourmet meals.

You can spend your whole day here, if you want, lounging together on your romantic day bed, suspended over a private tropical pool. Practice yoga on the deck by our peaceful waterfall, surrounded by a tropical forest filled with monkeys and toucans.

Our Costa Rica retreat sits on the border of Manuel Antonio National Park, just minutes away from world-famous white sand beaches.

Your hosts Mark and Jon, built the Prana Rainforest Retreat as an extension of their business, Prana Spa, in Key West. We offer our retreat as a bed and breakfast – a full breakfast is served each morning, including items such as:

  • Omelets filled with fresh homemade goat cheese and herbs from our greenhouse, made with eggs from our own chickens
  • Fresh homemade granola and yogurt served with organic fruit from our own trees
  • Almond pancakes topped with maple syrup infused with homegrown ginger and cardamom
  • Fruit smoothies, fresh squeezed juices, and organic Costa Rican coffee.

The retreat’s Guest Villa offers 1,400 square feet of living space, and includes a king-sized bed, large living room, and a step-through “rain shower” room opening up onto the pool deck. You can look up from your shower and see a flock of toucans in the trees above!

Our Manuel Antonio villa is furnished with museum-quality furnishings collected from India, Indonesia and Thailand, and the open air design allows cool jungle breezes to pass through, or if you prefer, you can fully air condition the rooms.

Prana Rainforest Retreat was made for relaxation – lay in a hammock on your private covered deck by the waterfall, read a book on the cushioned Bali Bed suspended over your private pool, have a glass of wine in your living room, or take a nap on your comfortable antique king-sized bed.

Each of these spaces has a wonderful view into the surrounding rainforest, and there are also have trails traversing the property which you can explore while you are here.

The Prana Rainforest Retreat is a wonderful, private getaway which you’ll have all to yourself. It’s also a great base for exploring the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica – head off after breakfast each day to experience the beautiful beaches and adventure excursions that make Manuel Antonio a world-class resort destination.

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Lake Pointe Inn – McHenry, Maryland

Author: , April 24th, 2017

Lake Pointe Inn

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Lake Pointe Inn is a luxury inn perched on the water’s edge of Deep Creek Lake’s pristine 65-mile shoreline in the Lake Pointe Community of lakefront homes in Garrett County Maryland.

With an outdoor fire pit and wrap-around porch you are sure to relax and enjoy the lake views of this Western Maryland bed and breakfast retreat.

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Join Scruffy Gios for a Gay Yoga Retreat in Puglia

Author: , April 24th, 2017

Scruffy Gios - Yoga Retreat

In need of a holiday with meditation, relaxation and fun? Book your place now in the Italian sunshine at the beginning of October (8-15 October 2017). We will spend a full week in a typical Apulian Masseria (farmstead) set within acres of olive groves and close to stunning beaches which are within cycling distance. This setting makes it the perfect spot to relax and tune out from the noise of our fast paced lives!

We will stay near Otranto, a gem within this area, known for its mix of East meets West architecture. Our exclusive Gay Yoga Retreat also allows you to experience more than just Yoga. You can hop on a bicycle and visit the amazing beaches nearby, explore the quaint towns and villages, trek through the natural landscape and dine in beautiful Salento cities.

Of course you are here for yoga! No matter what your level, you will be in safe hands. Our Vinyasa and Yen based yoga sessions will keep you feeling invigorated and transformed. Over the 7 days we will work on the chakra system (in ascending order) and incorporate a different chakra for each day of the retreat. Since there are only men in the class, we focus on a yoga that not only strengthens the body but also the mind. Plus, our top notch teacher, Caleb, a student of yoga masters Krishna Puthabi Joyce and Mr. Iyengar will guide you through the week ensuring you leave the retreat a different person! For more information about the style of yoga we will focus on and the yoga teacher please check the official page of the tour.

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Conch Inn – Dennis Port, Massachusetts

Author: , April 5th, 2017

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The Conch Inn is centrally located in the mid Cape area making access to both the upper and lower Cape easy and convenient. The town of Dennis where the Inn is located has some of the most beautiful beaches on Cape Cod, in fact one is in easy walking distance from the Inn on Nantucket sound.

The Inn features three guest rooms, two on the first level and the third on the second level. All rooms, feature private entrances, air conditioning, private baths, tv, mini frig, armoires, wifi, queen beds, and outdoor seating areas with awnings.

Each morning a three course breakfast is served in the dining area.

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Camp Earth Connection – Freeville, New York

Author: , March 22nd, 2017

Camp Earth Connection

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Description: Camp Earth Connection is a Natural Campground and Retreat Center located in Freeville, 12 miles east of Ithaca, NY (home of the Gorges, Cornell University and Ithaca College.) The campground offers a relaxing stay with a variety of camping options including Log Cabins, Rustic Cabins, Adirondack Lean-To’s and Tent-Sites. Each site has privacy, picnic tables and grills or fire pits.

Setting: Camp Earth Connection is an alcohol & drug free facility, offering guests the opportunity to connect with nature and each other in a serene and beautiful natural setting. The Camp is adjacent to the Hammond Hill State Forest with 20 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing trails. The trails connect to the 950 mile Finger Lakes Trail system. Wildlife is abundant in the area. It’s common to hear the Coyotes and Owls throughout the day. In addition, Mink, Fishers, Bald Eagles, Turkey Buzzards, Porcupines, Racoons, Skunks, Wild Turkeys, Ravens, Grouse, Red and Grey Fox and an occasional Black Bear are some of the inhabitants of the local forest.

Values: Camp Earth Connection values Diversity, Acceptance and Community. It is more than just a campground, it is an experience that can be life-changing. Guests enjoy making meaningful connections with hosts, guests, family & friends. In addition they experience the beauty and healing that is provided by this sacred natural environment. Camp Earth Connection is open to everyone and provides an accepting and safe space for folks who can’t always count on that, including the LGBTQ community, People of Color and other culturally diverse individuals, families and groups.

Facilities: Facilities includes hot showers, compost toilets, a small camp store selling local products such as Pastured Chicken Eggs, Home Grown Veggies and Natural Root Beer & Ginger Beer from the Ithaca Soda company. In addition there is the Red Eft Cafe, a community outdoor kitchen with two cooking fire pits and grills. The Main Pavilion is a gathering space for community fires when it rains, as well as weekend activities & workshops including nature crafts, primitive skills, etc. Sports equipment is available for guests to use. The Helianthus Room is a small greenhouse where guests are welcome to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea or conversation. Mountain Bikes and a Paddle boat are available to rent.

Camp Activities & Workshops: Guests are welcomed to join the Director on weekend mornings for a complimentary cup of coffee or tea and oatmeal or pancakes cooked over the fire. Weekend programming may include a production of The Lorax by our local staff and volunteers, a Tree Walk to meet some of the ancient and sacred trees in the forest, an Animal Tracking Expedition or an Introduction to Zen Archery. Guided trail walks are available including: A short camp hike that leads to a small pond, and through a beautiful forest; A 2-mile round-trip hike to the Roy Park Preserve wetlands, a wonderful place to Bird Watch and observe wildlife; Or a hike on the Hammond Hill State Forest trails.

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Volcano Men’s Retreat – Gay Big Island Bed & Breakfast

Author: , November 20th, 2016

Volcano Men's Retreat

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Volcano Men’s Retreat is unique among the offerings on the Hawaiian Islands. Our property is nestled among eight acres of our private Ohia forest. This peaceful and intimate retreat is a Polynesian inspired design, but with all the amenities you have come to expect in a high end resort. Enjoy the tranquility of our property and the privacy afforded by having your own personal bungalow. Mingle with other quests in our common lounge and dining areas or in our 6-man spa, or choose to remain secluded on your own private porch while enjoying the sights and sounds of our tropical island.

Our 4 identical octagonal bungalows feature 16-foot high exposed bamboo ceilings and beams, a king-sized pillow-top bed with crisp 1800 thread-count Egyptian linens, flat-screen TV and fireplace, a mini-frig, robes and slippers, a modern private bathroom with walk-in shower, and a wrap-around lanai with private seating and dining areas.

Unlike other inns, retreats, and B&Bs in the area, we do not require a minimum stay of any kind. Everything is inclusive with your private bungalow, including complimentary wifi, beach chairs and umbrellas, morning coffee service on your private lanai, and the most amazing fresh and hot breakfast. There are NO HIDDEN FEES, such as resort fees, parking fees, cleaning fees, towel fees, internet/wifi fees, or destination fees. If you need to check-in early or check-out late, no problem and NO EXTRA FEES.

Volcano Men’s Retreat was built by your hosts, Robert and Scott. Planning and construction took over 2 years with the retreat being completed in October 2016. The mission of the retreat was to build a place that we could never find in our travels to the Islands over many years. We wanted to create a beautiful clothing-optional bed & breakfast for men. We wanted the structures to be beautiful and high quality and the property to be peaceful and secluded. So after two years working with the best materials and craftsmen on the island, Volcano Men’s Retreat was born. Robert and Scott pooled their many years of experience in management and engineering to provide for our guests what we ourselves could never find. Our dream and hope is: Build it and they will come.

Volcano Men’s Retreat is located in the “Goldilocks Zone” or the perfect temperature. The retreat is located at an elevation of 1,500 ft above sea level, up the side of Kilauea Volcano. Year-long day or night our temperatures stay between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. You will never be too hot or too cold. The retreat is located in an Ohia rain-forest, which means you will be surrounded by the most beautiful trees, foliage, and birds. It is a rare natural environment, which guests find very soothing and relaxing. The retreat’s location is perfect. Use us as a base camp for exploration of this unique island. Experience all the beauty the island has to offer, and then return to your quiet oasis for a cocktail and soak in the spa.

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Serengale Retreat – Gay Friendly Retreat in Victoria, Australia

Author: , September 28th, 2016

Serengale Retreat

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Beautifully placed, stylish luxury is the promise of this self-contained accommodation nestled within 14 private acres adjoining Serengale Vineyard. Perfect for couples, getaways, groups and families for up to 10 people, this is an invitation to turn off the fast pace of life and slow down for a while.

Serengale Retreat has been meticulously renovated with two spacious living areas, five generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, contemporary furnishings, original artworks and a gourmet kitchen that would gratify the discerning chef. With every room framing a captivating view of rolling pasture, native garden or the Australian bush it is the ultimate in space and privacy.

You can stay at home and relax by the log fire, share meals and wine under the veranda or in the large dining room, stroll through the native garden, explore the forest walk, arrange a pamper package or enjoy a private wine tasting at Serengale Vineyard. For those wanting to explore further, cycle the rail and mountain bike trails, explore the National Parks, historic Beechworth and the Milawa Gourmet Region all only a short drive away.

Whether you are looking for a weekend retreat, time with friends or family or a holiday experience to remember, Serengale Retreat is the ideal destination.

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Homestead at 3218 – Gay Retreat in Crawford, Texas

Author: , August 26th, 2016

Homestead at 3218

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The Homestead at 3218 is a clothing-optional members-only retreat exclusively for gay & bi men located on a private cattle ranch in rural Crawford, Texas, near Waco. Mark Mattlage and Rob Snowden, a gay couple for 36 years and married since February 2014, opened this venue on May 20, 2016.

The first phase of the retreat covers about two acres and features a two-story Pool House containing five fully-furnished rooms with private baths and full kitchens; an 18′ x 36′ heated swimming pool; free onsite parking; and a Rec Center. The latter is where all new and returning members check-in at the Reception Desk each time they visit. The building provides members with a video and game lounge; drink vending machine; clothes lockers; personal items lockers; a steam room; large, open shower room and restroom facilities; a bunk room with six roll away beds and lockers; seven hostel-style sleeping cubicles; and an outdoor patio surrounded by a high-fence. Other retreat amenities include free WiFi and select DIRECTV channels in the suites. The first floor Pool House suites are wheelchair-accessible and accept small dogs 25 lbs. and under.

The retreat’s second phase, scheduled for completion later this year, will encompass an additional three acres accommodating about fifteen RV/travel trailer pad sites with utility connections and a central waste dump station and approximately ten primitive camp sites. It also includes transforming an existing farm tool shed into a bar & grill serving three meals daily.

Mattlage and Snowden started planning their retreat after studying gay get-away venues – both clothing-optional and not – across North America. They decided since nothing quite like their envisioned venue existed in Texas that they’d create it on a portion of the 187-acre ranch they own in the Central Texas area near Waco. This married couple plans to add more member amenities beyond those offered in the first two phases of The Homestead at 3218’s development.

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