Montreal’s Gay Village: The Hilights – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , August 31st, 2018

Montreal's Gay Village - The Nomadic Boys

Montreal is one of our favourite cities we’ve visited during our travels, especially during the summer months.

We came here during the Fierte Montreal gay pride and completely fell in love with the gay village. There are always many events going on Montreal not to mention many different foods to try.

One of our favourite gay travel bloggers, Barry from Toronto told us about his 5 favourite highlights from Montreal’s gay village following his recent visit during the gay pride:

Where to take the best selfies

I love La Graine Brûlée because it is super colourful and quirky. Check out the leopard printed seats, mini ferries wheel, graffiti covered cubby holes and small nooks that make it look like a play room with old Nintendo games. This unique cafe is located on the west side of the Montreal gay village right by the Berri-UQAM metro station. For me, this is THE place to take a selfie to kick off a great night out in the Montreal gay village.

I also love taking selfies by the rainbow crossings that mark the entrance of the gay village. Try to get the background ball installation in your picture, which is rainbow coloured during Pride.

Montreal also has some of the best street art murals, which are perfect backgrounds for your Instagram gallery.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Gay NYC – City Guide NY

Author: , September 21st, 2017
Stonewall - flickr

Image: NCPA Photos/Flickr

New York City has long been a supporter of the LGBT community, and if you’re gay and planning a visit to the city, then you’re in for a treat. Rounded up below are six “must-dos” if you’re in Manhattan/gay NYC and looking for a memorable time. From visiting the famed Stonewall Inn to catching a local drag show, check out our top six picks for gay travelers coming to New York.

Best of NYC Gay Visits: The Stonewall Inn (West Village)

Make a visit to the place “where pride began.” The Stonewall Inn is an important part of gay pride history, and it’s still a popular destination for modern New Yorkers today. Get your photo in front of the famed brick exterior before heading in to grab a drink and take in the game-changing establishment that surrounds you. 53 Christopher St., 212-488-2705, thestonewallinnnyc.com

By Chelsey Grasso – Full Story at City Guide NY

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Gay Providence, Rhode Island – Gay Star News

Author: , September 9th, 2017

PVDonuts - Gay Providence

When I told UK friends I was heading off to gay Providence, the reaction was the same.

‘Oh,’ followed by the look people inadvertently display when they search their mind for any knowledge of a destination and come up blank. ‘Er… nice.’

‘Is it for Bear Week?’ asked a couple of pals.

‘Um, no. That’s Provincetown. This is Providence, Rhode Island.’

In short, for many in the UK, Providence has a branding problem. Until now, visitors to this corner of New England were more likely to travel to Boston (an hour north-east by train), or Provincetown (a 90-minute ferry ride from Boston or 2.5 hour drive from Providence).

I say ‘until now’ because that is set to change. In June, Norwegian airlines began the first, direct services to Providence from the United Kingdom. It operates flights from Scotland and Ireland.

By David Hudson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Six Hidden London Gems – Gay Star News

Author: , August 24th, 2017

London gems

Few cities have so many globally famous icons as London. Tower Bridge is one of the world’s top 10 most recognizable landmarks. Big Ben (or St Stephen’s Clock Tower for pedants) is also on the list.

But London is also a city of hidden gems. The nooks and crannies tucked away down secret medieval alleyways, overlooked by the throngs of commuters who pass them every day.

It’s a city where even lifelong Londoners can find something new every day. And, for fear that this London should be entirely overlooked in the summer hype, here are the Gay Star News team’s favorites:

Ceremony of the Keys, Tower of London

Thousands of tourists visit Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress every day. But few know they can, if they apply in advance in writing, also return in the evening to witness the world’s oldest military ceremony – for free.

The locking of the Tower secures the castle, where the Crown Jewels are kept, for the night. But it also symbolizes how the military is responsible for the security of the whole country.

It’s been done in the same way every day for around 700 years. The warder guarded by a troop of soldiers is challenged by a sentry. When he explains he is carrying ‘Queen Elizabeth’s Keys’ he is allowed to pass. It’s all over in 10 minutes but it’s one of those experiences you never forget.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD: Cities That Want Our Gay Dollar

Author: , May 5th, 2017
Atlanta

Atlanta

From coast to coast in the USA, cities both large and small are trying to hard to woo the LGBT Dollars.  They KNOW how much the LGBT community spends and how much we travel and they are learning quickly how to get our money.

Here is a partial list of over 30 cities around the country who have a special LGBT link on their City’s Official Website.

Atlanta:  http://www.atlanta.net
/explore/lgbt/

Austin, TC:   https://www.austintexas.org
/visit/discover/lgbt/

Baltimore: http://baltimore.org
/guides-interests/lgbt

Boston:  https://www.bostonusa.com
/lgbt/

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Chicago:  http://www.choosechicago.com
/articles/view/lgbtq-chicago/949/

Cincinnati:  http://www.cincyusa.com/
media/press-releases/as-national-
recognition-for-cincinnatis-culture-
shift-continues-cvb-adds-inclusive-
programs-and-new-sales-manager-
for-lgbt-market

Cleveland:  http://www.thisiscleveland.com/
planning-tools/lgbt/

Columbus, OH: https://www.experiencecolumbus.com/
things-to-do/lgbt/

Denver:  https://www.denver.org/about-denver/
lgbt/

Denver

Denver

Ft. Lauderdale:  https://www.sunny.org/lgbt/

Houston:  http://www.mygayhouston.com/

Indianapolis:  https://www.visitindy.com/
indianapolis-lgbt-indy

Kansas City: http://www.visitseattle.org/
things-to-do/lgbtq/

Las Vegas: http://www.lasvegas.com/
planning-tools/lgbt-travel/
out-and-about/

Los Angeles: http://www.discoverlosangeles.com/
gayla

Miami:  http://www.miamiandbeaches.com
/things-to-do/travel-guides/gay-miami

Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Sacramento: https://www.visitsacramento.com/
visit/lgbt-site/lgbt-visitor-resources/

New Orleans: http://www.neworleanscvb.com/
articles/index.cfm?action=view&articleID
=10140&menuID=1603

New York City:  http://www.nycgo.com
/maps-guides/gay

Philadelphia: http://www.visitphilly.com
/lgbt/

Phoenix:  https://www.visitphoenix.com
/lgbt/

Pittsburgh, PA:  https://www.visitpittsburgh.com
/plan-your-trip/lgbtq-travel/

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Portland:    https://www.travelportland.com/
plan-your-trip/lgbt-portland/

Reno, NV: https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/
reno-tahoe/glbt

Salt Lake City: https://www.visitsaltlake.com/
visitors/about-salt-lake-diversity-glbt/

San Francisco:  http://www.sftravel.com/
lgbt

Seattle:  http://www.visitseattle.org/
things-to-do/Denverlgbtq/

St. Louis:  https://explorestlouis.com/
discover/st-louis-lgbt/

Tampa

Tampa

St. Petersburg,FL: http://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/
things-to-do/lgbt

Tampa:  https://www.visittampabay.com/
tampa-events/tampa-lgbt-pride/

Washington, DC: https://washington.org/
topics/lgbtq

Would this have happened 20 years ago or even 10 years ago? We think not, but we are sure glad that it is happening now. Go out and travel the USA in cities that WANT our GAY DOLLARS!

Don and RayAlways 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 gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Marlborough is All About the Wine, Right?

Author: , January 7th, 2016

Marlborough

Wrong, wrong, WRONG!!

MarlboroughMarlborough is certainly famous for its sauvignon blanc. Yes we are by far the largest wine producing region in NZ and Marlborough sauvignon blanc in all its wonderful forms is lauded throughout the world. At Na Clachan we think Marlborough sauvignon blanc is so good we wrote a song and video extolling its virtues. It’s a tongue in cheek celebration of Marlborough’s best known export. (https://youtu.be/wur8yctcQKs)

But despite the dominance of vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere valleys let’s put the winemaking into perspective. We have about 25,000 hectares (62,500 acres) of grapes which is 250km2. Marlborough comes in at a whopping 12,484 km2 so only about 2% of Marlborough’s total land area is used for grapes. So we have plenty of space to fit in a range of activities and attractions.

Take a few days in Marlborough and enjoy the wide variety of activities and attractions it has to offer.

Let’s start with walking. With a land area that large there has to be some great walks around. True. Perhaps the best known local walk is the world famous Queen Charlotte Track (http://www.qctrack.co.nz) which runs 70km from Ship Cove to Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds. There is a huge range of options from walking one-day sections of the track, to completing the full length with camping, backpacker accommodation or luxury lodges. Perhaps one of the great attractions of the track is the option of having your pack transported between accommodations to save you some weight on the day’s walk. Out of the high season you can also use this as a mountain bike track.

MarlboroughIf you fancy something a little more remote head out into the Richmond Ranges with its network of tracks and DOC huts (http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/marlborough/places/mount-richmond-forest-park/). I have spent several days in the Richmond ranges and on some occasions have not seen any other walkers. If you’re feeling energetic you can climb to the top of Richmond, Fishtail or Mt Riley where you will be rewarded with views of the Sounds, Wairau Valley and to the North Island.

Another personal favourite is the Saw Cut gorge walk with its spectacular narrow gorge cut into the limestone. It’s a surreal experience walking through here, but don’t attempt it after heavy rain.

If a gentle stroll is more your kind of walk there are plenty of 1 – 2 hour walks to chose from in both Picton and Blenheim to choose from.

MarlboroughOr perhaps messing about in boats is your thing. The Marlborough Sounds have one tenth of NZ’s total coastline with a maze of sounds, inlets and bays. You can book a fishing charter, take a Mail Boat cruise, go dolphin watching or visit Motuara Island bird sanctuary to see little blue penguins and saddlebacks.

Marlborough kayakMore the independent type? Why not hire a kayak for a few hours and explore the Queen Charlotte or Pelorus Sound? If you can’t decide between the boat and the walk, you can combine the two by taking the water taxi to a drop off on the Queen Charlotte Track, having a walk and being picked up from another bay.

Arts and crafts more your line? Marlborough is home to many artists, potters, wood workers and multi media artists. Many welcome you to their studio if you give them a call ahead of time. On Saturdays in the summer you can catch up with some of the local crafts at the Artisan’s market.

Take a stroll through Pollard Park and the botanic gardens, or visit the Marlborough Museum. The Wairau Bar on the coast east of Blenheim is the site of the earliest known Maori settlement in the South Island. There are several golf courses, a new swimming complex, squash courts, mountain bike trails, ten pin bowling, tennis courts, croquet lawns, multi-screen cinema and a theatre.

Marlborough Omaka Heritage MuseumThe Omaka Heritage Museum (http://www.omaka.org.nz/index.htm) is a treasure trove of WW1 planes and artifacts in stunning settings. You don’t need to be a plane enthusiast to enjoy the stories of pilots, designers and engineers. The museum houses Sir Peter Jackson’s private collection and the tableaux are created by Weta Workshops. While we are on the subject of museums, take a visit to the Edwin Fox in Picton. She is the world’s second oldest surviving merchant sailing ship and is also the only surviving ship that transported convicts to Australia. (http://www.edwinfoxsociety.com)

Marlborough spaBut perhaps all you want to do is pamper yourself at one of the spas around Blenheim and then maybe head out for an alfresco vineyard lunch. There is plenty of choice, many with stunning vineyard settings, a focus on local produce and great wine to accompany your meal.

Marlborough wine tourOf course, if you are a wine drinker, no trip to Marlborough is complete without a wine tour.

Marlborough Na Clachan CottagesNa Clachan (http://www.naclachan.co.nz/marlborough-wine-tour/) offers a range of half and full day tours with the option of a at a vineyard restaurant lunch. Your guide (Chris or Helen) will tailor the tour around the tastes and requests of the group. Its not just about tasting wine – your guide will fill you in on the history, the stories and the people who pioneered wine making in Marlborough. We may be newcomers to the wine world with a short history, but there are plenty of stories to share along with the wines. Although sauvignon blanc is the main varietal here you can expect to be tempted with chardonnay, riesling, sparkling wine, gewurztraminer, pinot gris, pinot noir and more. Pace yourself though, it can be an exhausting experience!

Article By Helen Redshaw
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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

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

alotto gelato

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

ART

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

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.

Globetrotter Girls – Five Hidden Gems in New York

Author: , June 12th, 2015

Dany - New York

Back in 2013, when I wrote the first part of this post, I had no idea that it would become one of the most popular articles on the site, but every day people look for unusual things to do in New York City and read my five suggestions for experiences off the beaten tourist trails. Since I am now spending my third summer in a row in New York City and have stumbled across a few more awesome things that aren’t necessarily in the guidebooks, I thought it was time to follow up with five more things that most tourists and locals never do – and they all don’t cost a thing!

Without further ado – five free cool New York experiences that I highly recommend, all far from the usual Manhattan tourist stuff:

Soak Up History in Sylvan Terrace

This is the only thing on my list that is located in Manhattan, but far north in Washington Heights. Sylvan Terrace is a small mews off St Nicholas Ave, (easy to miss – look out for the small set of stairs on your left if you’re heading south, the street is elevated), and part of the Jumel Terrace Historic District. The street is one of the few remaining cobblestone streets in New York and consists of 20 wooden rowhouses facing each other at the end of which you’ll find the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest building in Manhattan (built in 1765).

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | New York City Gay Travel Resources

Gay Los Angeles on a Budget

Author: , July 4th, 2014

They say the best things in life are free. And while we can think of a few exceptions, it’s undoubtedly true. It just takes a little creativity, and we’re here with some helpful tips to get you started. Tucked away amongst the luxury cars, world-class boutiques and high-end hotels, Los Angeles offers a range of deals and free fun for people of any income bracket.
We’ve rounded up some great ways to enjoy LA without breaking the bank…

Palisades Park

Benefit: Catch a sunset at Palisades Park, literally the best place to see the sun disappear behind the Earth (aside from the International Space Station). There’s a lovely winding path along the cliff over the beach, and plenty of people-watching with joggers, sunbathers, and dog-walkers all around. Keep an eye out for the rose garden and sculptures.
Cost: Zero

Farmer's MarketFarmer’s Markets

Benefit: There are Farmer’s Markets with the best produce around everywhere in Los Angeles. Lots take place on Sundays, but you can find one pretty much any day of the week. Our favorite is the Hollywood market at Ivar and Selma, and the West Hollywood market on Monday at Plummer Park. If you find yourself up in Eagle Rock, it is on Friday evenings. And the Sunset Strip Market has to be seen to be believed: amazing food trucks, craft beer and wine, and lots of live entertainment.
Cost: Reasonable prices on high-quality produce. Pack a healthy picnic lunch on your way to the beach.

By Matt Baume – Full Story at Queerty | Los Angeles Gay Travel Resources

Six San Francisco Experiences That Are Free (Or Nearly So)

Author: , April 4th, 2014

Fortune Cookie FactoryTuck your wallet back into your pocket, because these San Francisco experiences are either completely free, or are nearly so. If you’ve already seen the city’s tourist icons on your San Francisco vacation, check out these six offbeat budget attractions for a different take on the city:

The Wave Organ

826 ValenciaThis wave-activated acoustic sculpture was created in 1986 by Exploratorium artists in residence, Peter Richards and George Gonzalez. People forget that it’s here, so you can often find it entirely free of crowds. The 25 organ pipes made of PVC and concrete make sounds as the tide rises and falls — but the best time to be there is during high tide. The Wave Organ, on a jetty in the Marina’s boat harbor is free for anyone who walks there.

Musee Mechanique

Step into the past at Pier 45’s Musee Mechanique, and get a glimpse at a collection of more than 300 antique arcade machines and mechanical musical instruments, from automatons, to slot machines, to coin-operated pianos. Among the amusements is red-haired Laffing Sal from the Fun House at San Francisco’s amusement park, Playland-at-the-Beach, which closed in 1972. Admission is free, but bring quarters to play your favorite games.

Authored By Jill K. Robinson – See the Full Story at Sherman’s Travel

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