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

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

Montreal Gay Travel Resources

Gay NYC – City Guide NY

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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

Gay NYC Travel Resources

Gay Providence, Rhode Island – Gay Star News

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

Gay Providence, Rhode Island Travel Resources

Six Hidden London Gems – Gay Star News

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

London Gay Travel Resources

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

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 [email protected] and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Marlborough is All About the Wine, Right?

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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Marlborough Gay Travel Resources

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