Wainwright Inn B&B – Gay Friendly Bed & Breakfast in Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Author: , May 11th, 2016

Wainwright Inn B&B

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

We Welcome You to the Wainwright Inn B&B … the Berkshires Bed and Breakfast originated in 1766, offering personalized service and fine home cooking by the owners; Chris and Barb . Nestled in the heart of the Southern Berkshire region in the town of Great Barrington. Walking distance to the town’s best restaurants, shops, theatres and other attractions.

The Inn is a four season getaway easily accessible from Boston and New York. We invite you to relax in our gracious setting and enjoy the hospitality of a true New England Country Our house was originally built by Captain Peter Ingersoll in 1766 on the site of an older house built in 1720s by his father Moses Ingersoll, and was known as the Troy Tavern and Inn. The colonists undoubtedly met right in our living room, planning their participation in the siege of the British troops in Boston. During the American Revolution, our house served as a fort and colonial armory.

In 1790 the house was bought by David Wainwright, a statesman and state representative. The house became known as Wainwright Hall, and later became home to his daughter Electra and son-in-law Ebenezer Pope. One of their sons, Franklin Pope, remodeled and added our porches.

Franklin Pope was an engineer, inventor, and patent attorney who did extensive work on the telegraph and electrical systems in Great Barrington, assisted by his brothers Ralph and Henry Pope. Franklin Pope with Thomas Edison was co-inventors of the ticker tape. Wainwright Hall, as it was known at the turn of the century, was a tourist destination featuring the best amenities of its day.

Successive owners have added to the charm and the diversity of the Wainwright Inn B&B, keeping it a well maintained Great Barrington Landmark. Come see the Wainwright Inn as it once again serves the traveling public.

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Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Berkshires

Wainwright Inn – Gay Friendly Great Barrington, Massachusetts B&B

Author: , May 7th, 2016

Wainwright Inn

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

Wainwright Inn is a Berkshire Bed and Breakfast nestled in the heart of the southern Berkshire region. Our historic home was originally opened as an Inn and Tavern in 1766.

The Inn is easily accessible from Boston and New York. We invite you to relax in our gracious setting and enjoy the hospitality of a real New England country Inn!

See the Wainwright Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the Berkshires

Blossoms in the Hood River Valley, Oregon

Author: , April 6th, 2014

09may23-2-300x225We get this question a lot in the spring.  Because who wouldn’t want to celebrate spring in one of the largest fruit growing regions in our Nation?  Over 15,000 acres of fruit trees, that’s over 2 million trees, putting on a show over a three or four week span with Mt Hood dressed in its spring best as a backdrop.

You see, the Hood River Valley is about 20 miles long, spanning from majestic Mt Hood and the Upper Hood River Valley where Parkdale and the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast is located, north to the town of Hood River and the Columbia River Gorge. The three tiered Hood River Valley rises from 90 feet above sea level in Hood River to over 2500′ in the Upper Hood River valley, so we can have upwards of a three, sometimes 4 week span of bloom, Hood River Blooming first and those in the Upper Valley later.

So to answer your question:  When planning your spring visit to the Old Parkdale Inn I advise our guests to visit around the first of May when the Inn, which sits at an elevation of 1750′, is surrounded by acres and acres of awesomeness.   You’ll find answers to your questions on our AskOPI FAQ page on Facebook.

Our Sensual Spring Mid Week Special runs through May and we still have rooms available for Blossom Fest, a three week celebration in the Hood River Valley.  Family fruit stands reopen.  Wineries feature new wines.  First annual Hard Pressed Cider Fest and of course the main event: Blossoms

Purple Roofs Guest Blogger:  Mary Pellegrini, owner/innkeeper at the Old Parkdale Inn Bed and Breakfast in the Upper Hood River Valley, Oregon.  We are about an hour and a half east of Portland, Oregon, a scenic drive through the Columbia River Gorge and the Hood River Valley to our B&B at the base of Oregon’s tallest mountain, majestic Mt Hood.

A World of Gay Travel Options for the Spring and Summer

Author: , March 15th, 2014

BeachIn 1983, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) began with just a handful of LGBT travel agents and hotel owners. Their goal then was to provide community members with information about friendly and affirming travel destinations and options. A testament to their work is the dramatic increase they’ve seen in LGBT-friendly travel across the globe. Today, they have partners and connections in more than 75 countries.

“The growth has really been tremendous,” says LoAnn Halden, IGLTA’s media relations director. “Certainly, there’s been more focus on LGBT travel in the last 10 years and in the last five years it has increased dramatically. We are finding many more LGBT-friendly destinations. We’ve been having conversations with more than 100 tourism boards, either at the country level or city level.”

Concerns about safe and friendly travel are particularly important for LGBT people. And, that’s as much true for international travel as it is domestically. “For LGBT travelers, the most important thing is you want to be traveling in a way that makes you feel safe and welcome, whether choice of travel that might be,” says Halden.

Authored By Matt Comer – See the Full Story at QNotes

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Five Things to Do This Spring in San Francisco

Author: , March 12th, 2014

Coit Tower, San FranciscoSpring is just around the corner in San Francisco, so break out your muscle shirts, short shorts and shades–because this fair city boasts sunnier, warmer weather than most of the east coast with less humidity–the perfect climate for gallivanting outdoors.

So whether you’re looking for a dizzying, aromatic spread of rainbow-colored blooms, a festoon of floral prints for your wardrobe, or simply want to show off those new short shorts at an open-air street fair, we’ve got you covered with our top 5 to-dos for March:

1. Sniff It: (The flowers, we mean.) We promised flowers–and you got ’em. Check out these flower-themed celebrations, exhibits and events happening across the city: An annual favorite in San Francisco, Macy’s Flower Show (Macy’s Union Square – Sunday, Mar. 23 – Sunday, Apr. 6) showcases “the rejuvenating power of the season,” featuring special events, music, cooking and more. Check out their website for a full list of events.

Authored By Gabe Cooper – See the Full Story at Gay Cities

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Five Warm Weather Getaways for April

Author: , March 1st, 2014

Hawaii BeachWe’ve got something to lift your spirits today: As we move into spring break season, resorts throughout the Caribbean and eastern Mexico are likely to be either booked solid, or selling at a premium. Come April and early May, however, we’ll start to see those prices go down. For an early spring getaway, plan on kicking back on a remote island in South Carolina, St. Croix, or enjoying a stay at one of New Orleans’ most historic hotels.

Edisto Island, SC

With round-trip flights to Charleston at a seasonal low of $315 (from NYC and Chicago) in mid-April, this sunny southern port town is perfect for a visit right now. Located an hour west of the city is peaceful Edisto Island, characterized by wild marshes, pristine beaches, and, the 4000-acre Botany Bay Plantation, a favorite among nature lovers.

April and especially May are the perfect months to get a feel for this unspoiled coastal town, which has a series of local events taking place, ranging from the Lowcoutry Classic High School Golf Tournament (April 4-6), an Arts and Crafts Show (April 19), and, later on in May, the Edisto Day Bazzar (May 3).

Authored By Alex Schechter – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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Eleven Hot Gay Travel Events in Europe This Spring

Author: , March 21st, 2013

Looking for some hot gay events in Europe in the next three months? Check out Queerty’s list:

Spring is just around the corner, and it can’t come soon enough for a Europe that’s been socked in under one of the gloomiest and snowiest winters on record. So when the temperatures start rising, expect an especially strong surge of pent-up Eurogay energy to be unleashed at these springtime events happening across the continent. From the rough and tumbly BLF Easter Leather and Fetish Weekend in Berlin to the refined and fancy Life Ball in Vienna, there’s a little something on tap for every queer taste.

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Springtime for Traveling

Author: , March 17th, 2013
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Every season is a great time for traveling but one of our favorite seasons is Spring, when most families children are busy with school and having to work their daily jobs. Most of them have to take off traveling in the summer. However we can take off anytime we want.

springtime parisJet off April in Paris, or that is too far, then April in the Rockies (as Colorado), or anywhere between the coasts of the country. Many accommodations have reduced prices right now as well as auto rentals. Even cruise ships are having special prices going on now, it is indeed the time to travel.

Whether traveling a few miles or out of the country, now is the time to travel. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to travel during each season and take advantage of the sights and sounds and the TEMPERTURES of different regions in the country.

springtime nycWe usually drive down to Florida for Winter, travel in the Midwest for Spring and the upper states during the hot Summer time. Autumn is always a great time to visit the upper northeast or northwest of the country. Always check out purpleroofs.com for some of your favorite places to stay as many are having specials right now.

Being a gay couple we of course always travel together, but we have dozens of single friends enjoy traveling by themselves. The only problem with that is cruises where a single person has to pay more unless you are lucky enough to find a traveling partner to go with you.

Some cruise ships offer that service in that they will try to find someone for you to share your cabin with. But of course one never knows about that as it could be very good or very bad depending on whom they find for you.

springtime rockiesHowever we have never heard any of our friends or readers tell us that they had a bad experience with sharing a cabin on a cruise ship. If they really didn’t get along that well, as you know you are not in the cabin that much anyway on a cruise ship and it did save them a lot of money.

Don’t forget to check out Amtrak as they have a lot of Springtime specials and the scenic routes thru the country can really be amazing. Another great thing about Amtrak is that you can plan your itinerary in advance and make several stops as you travel. One of these days we want to take Amtrak from coast to coast and get off and spend a few nights at different places.

So NOW is the time to travel and enjoy life to the fullest,

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

Donald and RayTRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

New York: Fire Island Pines Pavilion to Re-Open This Spring

Author: , February 23rd, 2013

Gay Cities reports that the Fire Island Pines Pavilion, destroyed in a 2011 fire, will be re-opened this spring:

The new two-story showplace will be a stark improvement from the previous building, both aesthetically and functionally. The famous—and infamous—Pavilion Nightclub and High Tea Deck terrace will occupy the second floor, while the gym, retail spaces, and the new Welcome Bar, will be on the first floor. Significant progress has been made throughout the winter, with framing of the second floor nearing completion.

See the Full Story at GayCities.com

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Great Gay End-0f-Spring Events

Author: , May 9th, 2012

Summer is almost here but there’s still a slew of great spring events to check out. Here are 10 (in order by date) that cannot be missed.

Boston LGBT Film Festival, Boston

May 3-13- Founded in 1984, The Boston LGBT Film Festival is the longest running Gay media event in New England. This year, more than 100 films from around the world will be screened. The festival will be opening at the Institute of Contemporary Art on the Boston Waterfront.

BeachBear Weekend, Fort Lauderdale

May 10-16- Bears get their bronze on at the beach, then head to the clubs to find cubs at night. Events include a Tea Dance, Under-Bear party and the Bear-BQ Fest. Don’t miss out on the fun, get wet and wild in Fort Lauderdale with the hottest bears from all around the world.

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