New York State Road Trip – Go Girlfriend

Author: , November 19th, 2018

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My mom recently moved to New York, but she hasn’t had a chance to explore much of her new state. So when I started planning a New York state road trip upstate, she was really excited not only to travel but to travel with me, her youngest daughter. Mom has not had the opportunity to explore New York State much so I found her excitement about the trip quite rewarding and I hoped that the experience would not let her down.

I highly recommend road trips as a form of travel with your aging parent. It’s a great way to bond – the travel time is great for story-telling, singing and making memories. I also recommend a road trip through Upstate New York for a dose of the outdoors and relaxation, stopping in the towns of Watkins Glen and 1000 Islands. Each destination is an easy road trip from NYC and both are not terribly far apart from each other, making it easy to do hit both in one weekend. For us, beginning in New York’s famous Finger Lakes area, made for a great stomping ground for people of all ages, with a diverse palette of food, activities, and most importantly, a sense of tranquility. Plus, there’s a beautiful scenic drive between them along part of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, one of the first roads in America to be designated as a National Scenic Byway. You’re very likely to return home refreshed and with new memories to share with your loved one.

If there is time for an extra excursion, Chautauqua is a wonderful choice for a final stop on this trip. It’s located near Jamestown, which is past Buffalo, and has a number of special attractions you can’t see anywhere else including the National Comedy Center and the Lucy-Desi Museum. You won’t laugh nearly as hard anywhere else on this trip, or for days after you arrive back home – totally worth the additional driving.

By Holly Rosen Fink – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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1840 Inn on the Main – Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

Author: , August 17th, 2017

1840 Inn on the Main - Finger Lakes Gay Friendly Inn

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Coming to New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region? Welcome to 1840 Inn on the Main. Also known as the Alfred Morris Gifford House, the Inn has been gingerly renovated and is decorated in many period furnishings, reminiscent of the era and boasts bold, carved fireplaces and doorways in the dining room and parlors. The large foyer features a majestic oak split staircase leading to four guest rooms. An additional guest room is located on the level, which may be suitable for guests with mobility issues.

Upstairs, there is also a guest area, which has filtered water, coffee/tea, as well as sodas in the guest refrigerator.

The spacious side porch is filled with comfy wicker furniture to relax with a good book or chat with friends old and new or just unwind and enjoy the sound of the fountain in the nearby flower garden while sipping a glass of wine.

Just one mile down the road from Canandaigua Lake, the 1840 Inn on the Main is a short walk to shops, restaurants, historical sites, and a hiking/biking trail.

Other amenities Include:

  • Central A/C
  • Wireless Internet
  • Private Baths
  • Bath Products
  • Robes Available Upon Request
  • Hair dryers
  • Private Parking
  • Continental Breakfast Available for Business Travelers

There are many great things to do in the Finger Lakes, including:

  • NYS Wine and Culinary Center
  • Canandaigua Lady Paddlewheel Steamboat
  • Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum – A federal style mansion and impressive antique carriage and sleigh museum.
  • Sonnenberg Gardens – A beautiful Victorian mansion estate with over 40 acres of unique gardens
  • CMAC – an open performing arts center
  • Ontario Mall Antiques: the state’s largest antique mall.
  • Canandaigua Country Club
  • Bristol Harbour Resort
  • Bristol Mountain
  • Roseland Water Park
  • Ganondagan – a Native American community that was a flourishing, vibrant center for the Seneca people.

Come stay with us at 1840 Inn on the Main to explore the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. Winery tours are available upon request.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Waterfall House, Palenville, New York

Author: , April 21st, 2012

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Waterfall House, Palenville, New YorkWelcome to the Waterfall House – the legendary Niobe Waterfalls is the setting for our charming two-bedroom, two-bathroom Victorian vacation rental home at the end of a quiet country lane.

Our private den can sleep two with clever and comfortable twin bed “sleeper chairs.” Most of the rooms in our Catskills vacation rental home offer spectacular waterfall views.

There’s also a romantic, wrap-around veranda that runs along the river – the ideal place for your morning coffee or tea (included along with a variety of wholesome breakfast items).

Our Catskills home is pet friendly – your well-mannered dog is always welcome, and we provide bowls and even a comfortable bed for your canine companion.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Herbal Bear Cabin in Grand Gorge, New York

Author: , April 21st, 2012

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Herbal Bear Cabin, Grand Gorge, New YorkWelcome to Herbal Bear, a cozy two-bedroom Catskills vacation rental cabin on thirty wooded acres, in New York’s Northern Catskill Mountains.

We’re just three hours from New York City by car, and about an hour from Albany, New York.

Our Catskills cabin offers a six-person outdoor hot tub, above-ground pool, secluded pond, and lots of wonderful mountain views. You’ll also find satellite dish TV, satellite internet access, and free phone calls to any of the lower forty-eight states.

Our Catskills vacation rental can handle up to four people.

During stay, there are no other activities or people on the property – you’ll have all thirty woodland acres to yourself.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Inn the Woods, Hyde Park, New York

Author: , April 4th, 2012

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Inn the Woods, Hyde Park, New YorkWelcome to “Inn the Woods” Bed & Breakfast in Hyde Park, New York. Located central to Antiques, Culinary Institute of America, Franklin D. Roosevelt Home & Library, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Valkill and Vanderbilt Mansion and the Hudson Valley Great Estates Region.

Discover our wineries, trails, pick-your-own orchards, Drive-In movies and the Dutchess County Fair. Convenient when visiting area colleges: Bard, C.I.A. Marist and Vassar. Sitting on the balcony amongst the tree tops you hear a creek rushing over rocks, birds chirping and squirrels running through the leaves.

Breathing deeply you smell the smoke of hardwood burning in the fireplace. The smoke rises through the tree tops and you follow it into the darkening evening sky. The moon and stars are brighter than you can remember. You take another deep breath, you realize you’ve forgotten the rigors of the day and let yourself relax.

In the morning you will rise to the rich aroma of fresh brewed “Inn the Woods” special blend coffee. Then making your way to our sunlit dining room, you find your full breakfast elegantly served.

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SC: Upstate Pride Draws 2,000

Author: , June 6th, 2011

South Carolina Gay PrideExuberance, a statue of a woman at the entrance of Barnet Park, stands with her head thrown back in joy. On Saturday, she held two bunches of rainbow-colored balloons as Upstate Pride SC, a local nonprofit promoting equality and respect for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, held its third annual festival there.

Brandi Dice held a rainbow banner as she prepared to join two other marchers holding state and American flags for the walk downtown. Police estimated about 2,000 people attended the event.

“I think everyone should have equal rights,” said Dice, whose partner, Kristi Ward, is president of PFLAG Spartanburg. “We’re all in this world as one, and we might as well get along.”

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