Maple Hill Manor B&B – Gay Owned Springfield, Kentucky B&B

Author: , May 9th, 2019

Maple Hill Manor B&B

Voted Kentucky’s Best B&B, #1 in the U.S. as the B&B with the Most Historic Charm, Best Breakfast in the Southeast, AND “Best B&B in the South, USA TODAY Top 10 B&B Farmstay for a Haycation, Voted Top 10 Innkeepers in the U.S, Top B&B in Kentucky for Hospitality and Service, and Best Breakfast Recipe in the World Contest.

Just minutes from Bardstown – less than an hour’s drive from Lexington or Louisville AND Two hour’s drive from Cincinnati or Nashville.

Thomas Irvine McElroy built this beautiful Greek Revival Plantation Home on 949 acres and presented it as a Wedding Gift to his young bride, Sarah Jane Maxwell.

Lavished with numerous architectural features, it is accented with Italianate detail, spans over 7,000 sq. ft., with 14′ ceilings, 12′ doorways, 9′ windows, 13 original rooms – most are 20′ x 20′ with some even larger, and a grand cherry floating spiral staircase.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, Illinois

Author: , August 10th, 2015

Rippon-Kinsella House

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

The Rippon-Kinsella House is a brick Victorian located on a half acre in a quiet neighborhood on the north side of Springfield. We are within walking distance of Oak Ridge Cemetery and the Lincoln Tomb and are just five minutes from downtown and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House and the other Lincoln sites.

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Traveling with Pride in Illinois

Author: , October 9th, 2014

Gay Pride Boystown

Illinois Gay CoupleSo you missed summer in Chicago and all of the outdoor music fests and neighborhood block parties that come with it? Never fear! There is so much to do in Illinois in the fall and – as the 16th state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage – we are proud to offer plenty of options for LGBT couples looking for a fun and friendly getaway.

Whether you are looking for romantic hideaways to escape and unwind or exciting cities to explore vibrant LGBT neighborhoods, we have it here in Illinois. From Chicago’s bustling Boystown scene, to picturesque Galena on the western border of Illinois, to the state capital of Springfield to the sprawling Shawnee National Forest in the southern region, there is so much for couples to see and do in Illinois. At all of these destinations, you’ll find Travel Alternative Group (TAG) approved hotels, certified based on their diverse staff and commitment to the LGBT community.

Chicago – Boystown

Boystown, ChicagoOut Traveler recently named Chicago’s Boystown as the best gay neighborhood in the world based on reader votes. That’s right… in the world! Boystown was the nation’s first officially recognized LGBT village in the United States and continues to be a popular destination for locals and travelers today.

To celebrate its rich history and progress, the neighborhood plays host to Chicago’s Pride Parade & Pride Weekend every summer, one of the most legendary LGBT celebrations in the world. As someone who frequents the neighborhood’s restaurants, art galleries, shops and bars, I can vouch that it really is the best… and it is continuing to get even better!


GalenaAbout a three-hour drive from Chicago, Galena is home to charming bed and breakfasts, great shopping and celebrated wineries. The European-style town on the Mississippi River is a wonderful place for couples to escape on a romantic retreat. Stroll along Historic Main Street to see nineteenth-century storefronts and dine at nationally acclaimed eateries, such as the Log Cabin Steakhouse and One Eleven Main.

Don’t leave without paying a visit to Miss Kitty’s Grape Escape Lounge, a local favorite with great cocktails and, of course, the famous Miss Kitty!


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and MuseumHistory comes alive in Springfield, located in central Illinois. Home to more Abraham Lincoln sites than anywhere else in the nation, the capital city is a great place for couples to have an education experience together. Explore the Lincoln Home, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum & Library and Lincoln Tomb to discover the legacy of one of our nation’s greatest Presidents.

While at the Lincoln Tomb, rub the nose on Abe’s bronze statue for good luck. Springfield is also home to one of Illinois’ largest LGBT celebrations, Springfield PrideFest. Mark your calendars for May 16, 2015, which will be the city’s fifth annual celebration!

Shawnee National Forest

Shawnee National ForestActive couples who want to get out and explore nature should consider vacationing in the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. The region’s hiking trails, bike paths, and lakes for fishing and swimming offer endless activities, and nothing is more romantic than the expansive view from the Garden of the Gods lookout point! After exploring by day, relax at a cozy bed and breakfast, woodsy resort or even luxurious treehouse!

Happy travels!

This article was written for Purple Roofs by Jen Hoelzle, Illinois State Travel Director. For even more trip ideas in Illinois, visit and make sure to check out the “LGBT Travel” Trip Ideas section.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Maple Hill Manor B&B, Springfield, Kentucky

Author: , April 2nd, 2013

Maple Hill Manor - Springfield, KentuckyPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Award-Winning Kentucky Farmstay B&B: Maple Hill Manor is an award-winning B&B. Recognized nationally as voted #1 in the U.S. as the B&B with the “Most Historical Charm,” voted one of the “Best B&Bs in the South,” voted “Best Breakfast in the Southeast,” and voted as “Kentucky’s Best B&B” by readers of Kentucky Monthly Magazine.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, Illinois

Author: , March 11th, 2012

Rippon-Kinsella House - Springfield, IllinoisPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Welcome to the Rippon Kinsella House, a Victorian Bed & Breakfast Inn in a quiet, tree lined neighborhood on Springfield’s North Side. We’re just a short walk from both the Oak Ridge Cemetery and Lincoln’s Tomb, and just ten minutes from Springfield’s downtown and the other Lincoln sites, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas house.

Relax by the fireplace in our den with a glass of wine and a good book, or sit on our porch in the evening enjoying the charm of this historic mansion and our lovely gardens.

We offer several unique accommodations:

The Captain’s Quarters: the master bedroom and overlooks the grounds at the front of the house, decorated in a nautical theme with a queen-size antique brass bed, overstuffed art deco couch, and armchair with a reading lamp. There’s even a romantic fireplace with an antique brass gas burner. The suite features a large private ensuite bathroom with shower.

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Purple Roofs December 2011 Gay Travel Newsletter

Author: , December 5th, 2011

Welcome to the Purple Roofs Newsletter for December, 2011 – our last newsletter of the year!

We’ve got lots of great stuff for you this month – from featured articles on Springfield, Illinois; Wheeler, Oregon; Porto, Portugal; and San Francisco to other gay travel articles from around the world!

You’ll also find some great accommodation specials and discounts, tons of upcoming gay travel events, and much more.

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Our Featured Articles This Month:

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Springfield, Illinois, Home of President Abraham Lincoln
by Don and Ray, Gay Travelers

Springfield is the Capital of the State of Illinois and also the resting place of our 16th President. It is located 100 miles North of St. Louis on Interstate 55. The Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library opened in downtown Springfield 6 years ago to huge crowds everyday. On weekends, tourists come from all over to visit and on weekdays, school children are bussed in so it is busy all the time. The Museum is in one building and the Library is directly across the street. We have visited several Presidential Museums and this is the finest one. While downtown, visit Lincoln’s Springfield home as well as the old State House. Springfield is full of history and among the many things to see are the Vachel Lindsay Home which is the 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist.

Wheeler: The Gem of the North Oregon Coast
by Raine, Old Wheeler Hotel

Situated in the protective shelter of Nehalem Bay, with the stunning backdrop of Neahkahnie Mountain, Wheeler is the gem of the North Oregon Coast. It has been referred to as ‘the town with the million dollar view’, and many would agree. The Natives called it ‘hole in the sky’ because it tends to have better weather than surrounding areas A prime location for outdoor enthusiasts, this area offers world class bay and river kayaking. Wildlife abounds; be it a herd of elk, majestic eagles, or statuesque herons.

Porto for Americans
by Yvonne, Gaia Apartment

Porto is a city in Portugal. Portugal is a country in Europe. Europe is a continent across the Atlantic Ocean from the USA. The Atlantic Ocean is a big wet thing you fall into if you go to Atlantic City and keep walking East. America has never been in a war with Portugal. Portugal doesn’t have any oil.
Porto is not pronounced “poor-dough”, it is pronounced “port-oh”, with a T sound in the middle, like the sound a clock makes when it’s ticking.

San Francisco Shopping for the Holidays
by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs

San Francisco is always a great place to visit, but it’s especially magical during the Holiday Season. While there’s no snow, the Christmas decorations come out, it seems like there’s music on every corner, and holiday cheer abounds. We decided to take a short holiday ourselves the week after Thanksgiving, to head down to The City to see what this holiday season had to offer. The weather was fantastic – high 60s and even up into the low seventies – record high for the date – on our last day, and the fog, after making a brief appearance on our first full day, never returned.

The Harvey Milk Tour with Cruisin’ the Castro
by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs

One of our favorite things to do when we visit The City is to take a walking tour. San Francisco has to be one of the most walkable of the major cities in the United States – hills notwithstanding – so why not soak up a little history while you walk? Trevor Haley initiated the Crusin’ the Castro tour many years ago, and a couple years back, she handed the reins over to Kathy Amandola, who now offers a general Castro walking tour most days of the week and a special Harvey Milk tour from 10 am-1 pm on Wednesdays.

Caffe Baonecci: Our Favorite Gay Friendly Italian Restaurant in San Francisco
by Scott and Mark, Purple Roofs

We wanted to bring up one of our favorite SF eats again – Caffe Baonecci in the heart of North Beach. We’ve been here several times before, but it was the first time we had a regular meal here. More on that later. Caffe Baonecci is a cute little Italian ristorante on Green Street, just one block east of Columbus, on the bottom floor of a converted Victorian. Run by the Gambaccini family who bought the old Danilo Bakery about five years ago, this is a place where you can come to talk with real Italians and hear real Italian spoken – a rarity these days in North Beach.

More Gay Travel News

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Gay Travel Events The Next Two Months:

Check out our new events calendar, where we list gay events around the world – Here are the events for the next two months:

  • Australia, NSW, Byron Bay: 12/29/11-12/30/11, Queer Fruits Film Festival 2011.
  • Canada, QC, Montreat: 12/31/11-01/02/11, Le Bal des Boys 2011-12.
  • Italy, Campania, Naples: 12/15/11-12/19/11, OMOVIES – Festival Di Cinema Gay, Lesbica e Questioning Napoli 2011.
  • Italy, Emilia Romagna, Bologna: 12/03/11-12/05/11, Some Prefer Cake – Bologna Lesbian Film Festival 2011.
  • New Zealand, Golden Bay, Takaka: 12/21/11-01/03/12, Gay Summer Camp: Week-Long Event in New Zealand., Autumn Farm, 37 Central Takaka R.
  • Switzerland, Arosa: 01/08/12-01/15/12, Arosa Gay Ski Week 2012.
  • USA, AZ, Phoenix: 01/27/12-01/29/12, Desperado Gay and Lesbian Film Festival 2012.
  • USA, CA, Los Angeles: 12/31/11-01/01/12, Masterbeat New Years 2011-12, Mayan Theater.
  • USA, CO, Aspen: 01/15/12-01/22/12, Aspen Gay Ski Week 2012.
  • USA, IN, Bloomington: 01/11/12-01/29/12, Pride: Bloomington’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2012.
  • USA, MA, Provincetown: 12/02/11-12/04/11, Holly Folly Provincetown 2011.
  • USA, NY, New York: 12/08/11, Empire State Pride Agenda’s Holiday Party, Private Home, 7-9 PM.
  • USA, VT, Stowe: 01/18/12-01/22/12, Stowe Vermont Gay Ski Week 2012 – Winter Rendezvous 2012.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Springfield, Illinois, Home of President Abraham Lincoln

Author: , December 4th, 2011
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Springfield Old Capitol

Springfield is the Capital of the State of Illinois and also the resting place of our 16th President. It is located 100 miles North of St. Louis on Interstate 55.

Lincoln Museum, Springfield IllinoisThe Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library opened in downtown Springfield 6 years ago to huge crowds everyday. On weekends, tourists come from all over to visit and on weekdays, school children are bussed in so it is busy all the time. The Museum is in one building and the Library is directly across the street. We have visited several Presidential Museums and this is the finest one.

Lincoln Homre, Springfield, ILWhile downtown, visit Lincoln’s Springfield home as well as the old State House. Springfield is full of history and among the many things to see are the Vachel Lindsay Home which is the 1879 birthplace of the native Springfield poet/artist.

Also visit the Lincoln Depot where Lincoln departed his beloved city for the Presidency, the Executive Governor’s Mansion the Illinois State Capitol, the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office where Lincoln practiced law from 1842 to 1852 and the Dana-Thomas House which is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s finest prairie style homes.

Lincoln Statue, SpringfieldOne would think that it was built in the 1950’s or 60’s but it was actually built between 1902 and 1904. It has 15 rooms and is spread out over a half block area.

Other places to visit are the Illinois Fire Museum, Illinois State Museum, Illinois State Military Museum, Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum and Edwards Place which is a beautifully preserved Italianate Mansion which was built in 1833 and is now part of the Springfield Art Association.

Lincoln's Tomb, Springfield, IllonoisNot tired of walking yet? Then visit the Air Combat Museum, the Lawrence Memorial Library, the World War Illinois Veterans Memorial, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Museum, Grand Army of the Republic memorial Museum and of course no visit to Springfield would be complete without going to the Lincoln Tomb which is located in the Oak Ridge Cemetery just North of downtown.

It will take you several days just to visit everything in Springfield so if you have only a couple of days, be sure and check out everything online ahead of time to see which ones are on your major “must see” items.

Rippon-Kinsella B&B, Springfield, ILWhen staying in Springfield, we very highly suggest that you stay at the Rippon-Kinsella House Bed and Breakfast. Owners Roger Schlmitz and Dave Rinenour own this marvelous huge estate on the North side of the city and within walking distance to the Oak Ridge Cemetery where you can visit Lincoln’s tomb.

Their home is decorated with marvelous antiques and both Roger and Dave are excellent hosts. They serve a wonderful home cooked breakfast every morning for their guests. Their website is: This is one of the finest B & B’s in Illinois.

For fine dining, we highly suggest Maldaner’s Restaurant right downtown, We had their Beef Wellington which was the finest that we have ever had. We were fortunate in having a perfect server, Brett. At the table next to us while we were dining were Prince Matthew and Princess Maria and we had a wonderful time chatting with them.

There are two great Godfather’s Pizza restaurants in Springfield that make the best pizza in the entire city, Owners Mike and John own several Godfather’s restaurants in and around the Springfield area. We have eaten Godfather’s pizza from coast to coast and by far, this is THE Best!

Springfield is famous for their “horseshoe sandwiches” which is bread, topped with French fries, and your choice of beef, turkey or chicken and then a nice blended cheese sauce on top. Although it is called a sandwich you have to eat it with a fork. Our two favorite places to have one are Norb Andy’s right downtown and be sure and have Rick wait on you or stop by Darci’s Pint for one of their horseshoes.

By the way, there is a no smoking policy in bars and restaurants in the entire State of Illinois (the 19th State to have a no-smoking policy).

We found this fabulous card and gift shop called “The Cardologist” downtown at 226t South 6th St. and is owned by a great guy, Doug Mayo. Be sure and check it out.

Shopping? Sight-seeing, dining, nightlife? Springfield has it all and more! The historical things to see and do in Springfield are really mind boggling. Just the “Lincoln’ factor alone makes it all worthwhile.

We wish to give a THANK YOU to Jeff Berg at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for his professionalism and kindness to us during our stay in Springfield. And a VERY SPECIAL Thank You to one of the finest and most beloved ladies in the city, Estella Booth. She is a real precious jewel!

Before going to Springfield, be sure and check out and for the Lincoln Museum.

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

TRAVELING 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 and visit their website at

Springfield, Illinois – Lincoln’s Home Town

Author: , August 25th, 2011
by Roger Schmitz, The Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, Illinois
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Illinois State CapitalSpringfield, Illinois is Abraham Lincoln’s hometown. We are located on I-55, 200 miles from Chicago and 100 miles from St. Louis. The Illinois State Fair is held in Springfield every year in August.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (pictured above) opened in 2005. With it’s high-tech theatres and exhibits, it attracts visitors from all over the world. Lincoln’s stovepipe hat is on display, as well as one of five original copies of the Gettysburg Address. You will experience the life of Abraham Lincoln from the log cabin to the White House.

Lincoln's Home, SpringfieldThe Lincoln Home National Historic Site (at right) is administered by the National Park Service and tours are given by park rangers. Seventeen homes in the four square block area have been restored. The goal of the Park Service is to restore the historic neighborhood to it’s 1858 appearance.

When the Lincoln Home was restored in 1988, they remove the baseboards from one of the parlors and found two unopened Lincoln letters. The park historian’s theory was that the Lincoln boys were playing with the out-going mail, slipping the letters between the wall and the baseboard.

One story is that Lincoln was walking down 8th street one day near his home, carrying his sons Willie under one arm and Tad under the other. Both boys were screaming and crying. One of Lincoln’s neighbors was on her front porch and said, “Why, Mr. Lincoln, what on earth is the matter?” Lincoln replied, “It’s what’s wrong with the whole world…I have three walnuts, and each wants two.”

Abraham Lincoln lived here from 1847 to 1861 and it is the only home he ever owned. When he was elected President in 1860, he gave a very eloquent farewell speech at the Lincoln Depot: “Here I have grown from a young man to an old. To this town and it’s people, I owe everything. I leave now, not knowing if or whenever I shall return.”

Abraham Lincoln's Tomb, Springfield, IllinoisThe Lincoln Tomb (at left) and Oak Ridge Cemetery are just a few blocks from the Inn. Every Tuesday evening during the summer there is a flag-lowering ceremony at the Lincoln Tomb.

The 133rd Illinois Reinactment Regiment plays The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Taps and the flag is then given to one of the visitors. Lincoln’s Law Office, the Old State Capitol where Lincoln gave his famous speech “A house divided against itself cannot stand” and the new Illinois Capital with it’s beautiful stained glass dome in the rotunda are all part of the Springfield experience.

New SalemNearby New Salem (at right) offers a glimpse of life in the 1830’s with costumed interpreters and living history.

Lincoln lived there and ran the general store and worked as a surveyor and Postmaster before moving to Springfield in 1837.

The Route 66 Festival is held downtown every September, with hundreds of vintage cars and 60’s era bands.

Dana Thomas House, Springfield, IllinoisVisitors also come from all over the world to tour the Dana-Thomas House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1902.

He was only 33 and was given an open checkbook by his client, Susan Lawrence Dana.

It is the most intact of Wright’s prairie style homes, with most of the Wright designed furniture still present.

The Rippon-Kinsella House, Springfield, IllinoisCome and stay with us at the Rippon-Kinsella House. Your hosts Roger Schmitz and Dave Ridenour have been partners for 34 years. It is an 1871 Victorian with a wraparound porch, located on a half acre in a quiet neighborhood on the north side of Springfield within walking distance of Lincoln’s Tomb and Lincoln Park, and just five minutes from downtown and the other Lincoln sites.

The owners purchased the home in 2005. There are three guest rooms upstairs. Enjoy some conversation and soft music in the living room or sit in a rocker on the front porch listening to the crickets in the evening. Relax by the fireplace in the den with a glass of wine and a good book. You can hold your civil union ceremony underneath a parachute tent on our lawn or in the garden with up to 50 guests. We can also accomodate up to ten guests with a formal dinner in the dining room. Visit one of our many fine restaurants and try the local favorite, the “Horseshoe.” It is an open faced sandwich made with your choice of hamburger, chicken or turkey on toast, topped with cheese sauce and french fries. There is also a gay bar downtown called the “Station House.”

Springfield, Massachsetts Pride Week Launched June 8th-14th

Author: , June 4th, 2011

A grassroots group led by City Councilor Amaad I. Rivera has announced plans for a Springfield Pride Week, June 8-16, aimed at increasing the visibility and voice of the gay and bisexual community and its allies.

The event will include a film screening, Springfield Pride flag raising ceremony at City Hall, a Town Hall panel discussion, a youth pride celebration, and a Pride Week party for adults.

Approximately a dozen rainbow-colored flags were hung from light poles along a section of Main Street in downtown Springfield on Tuesday in advance of Pride Week. The flags were provided by Rivera and the grassroots group known as the Springfield Pride Committee, and were hung by laborers from the private Springfield Business Improvement District. Rivera is the Ward 6 councilor, and has stated that he is the first openly gay member of the council in Springfield.

Full Story from MassLive

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Springfield, Illinois’ First Gay Pride a Success

Author: , May 26th, 2011

Springfield Illinois Gay PrideKati Ayers says she never thought she’d witness a festival dedicated to the gay community in Springfield. On Sunday, Ayers, 39, of Springfield joined about 1,200 people who lined Capitol Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets for the first Pride Festival in Springfield.

Festivities officially kicked off at noon with a ribbon cutting and continued until 6 p.m. The festival featured a mix of music, food, dancing, entertainment and a children’s area.

For Ayers, the event symbolized social progress for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer community in central Illinois.

Full Story from the State Journal Register

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