Gay Moab, Utah – Travel Pulse

Author: , February 2nd, 2018

Gay Moab - Paul Heney

Moab’s always sort of been stuck in my head.

Maybe it’s the funny sounding name, which doesn’t sound familiar or quite like anything else. Or maybe because it’s always seemed like a cool, young, progressive place—but buried in a red state that never sounded terribly welcoming to a gay man like me.

Over my years of traveling (including a couple of trips to or through Utah), I never quite got there. And the few friends I knew who did go all seemed to be focused on mountain biking, which was not something that I was into.
But on a recent trip to experience several of Utah’s impressive National Parks, we decided that Moab would make an excellent home base to visit both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. But we also wanted to do something memorable in the area beyond hiking. What could it be?

We ate dinner at Pasta Jay’s right in downtown Moab—good food and huge portions—and discussed our options. (We also giggled at the restaurant’s logo, as the big curvy J looked like a cursive G, making the menu appear to say, “Pasta Gay’s.” Obviously, we’d picked the right place.)

By Paul Heney – Full Story at Travel Pulse

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Red Brick Inn of Panguitch B&B – Panguitch, Utah

Author: , April 6th, 2017

Red Brick Inn of Panguitch B&B

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

Comfort, Service and Relaxation are the hallmarks of the Red Brick Inn of Panguitch B&B

Comfort is provided in our themed rooms with luxury linens, fridges and private baths.

Service is a homemade breakfast tailored to your tastes & needs and served at a time of your choosing, 24/7 beverages & snacks and laundry service, all included. Relaxation abounds in our big, shady backyard with a deck, fire pit, hammock & gas BBQ, and comfy public rooms.


  • Free WiFi
  • Bottled water & soda
  • Special diets accommodated
  • Keurig w/large assortment of pods Homemade cookies
  • TV/DVD combo in every room
  • DVD movie library
  • Luxury linens by Comphy Co.
  • Free laundry service
  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash Hair dryer
  • Ceiling fans
  • Some rooms with A/C
  • Lots of parking
  • Quiet residential location
  • Fire pit
  • Gas BBQ
  • Pets possible, please inquire first
  • Onsite innkeeper

We are an old-style bed & breakfast that still makes a complete, hot and homemade breakfast. You choose the time between 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast-to-go available. Organic and local products are used as much as possible and always the best ingredients available with an emphasis on delicious and healthy. We are located far from the big stores so if you have a very special diet please give us advance notice so supplies can be obtained before your arrival.

When the inn was built in 1919 it served as the first hospital in the area and the doctor’s family home, he had a big family with 8 kids. The next owner was a midwife, and many babies came into the world in the house. The next couple of (big) families rented out rooms. And now we have used the house as a B&B for the last 17 years. People sometimes tell me it feels like a happy house and well it should with so many babies coming into the world here and several large, happy families calling it home. The B&B years have certainly seen lots of happy travelers judging by our 5-star rating on Tripadvisor.

The property also includes 3 original barns including a chicken coop, complete with chickens for farm-fresh eggs. The house is surrounded by large, old elm trees that provide lots of shade. Although the house is not air conditioned it seldom needs it as our elevation is 6,660′ which provides cooler temps than the surrounding area and lovely, cool nights.

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Under the Lindens – Salt Lake City, Utah

Author: , January 4th, 2017

Under the Lindens

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

Under The Lindens Bed & Breakfast is a historic home (recently listed in the National Historic Register) and was originally built in 1903. The house was the home of Lewis Ramsey, a well-known Mormon painter.

We’ve renovated the property, keeping the original historic style, and Under the Lindens now offers four full suites.

Each suite has a private entrance, living room including a cozy fireplace, sleeping area with a queen bed, ceiling fan, private bathroom, full kitchen, Television, VCR & DVD Player, phone/fax line, parking, and a laundry room, deck and hot tub.

Our suites exemplify an attention to detail, with antique furnishings, marble, granite and tile counters, hardwood and tile flooring, and really comfortable beds. We don’t have any theme rooms, just refined, simple, clean decor that complements the historic nature of Under the Lindens Bed & Breakfast.

Our private room entrances allow our guests to come and go when they please, with complete privacy.

Every morning, an expanded continental breakfast is served at your doorstep. We also serve cocktails each afternoon in our sunroom – it’s a great place for guests to mingle and to get to know one another.

Under the Lindens B&B is perfect for guests who plan an extended stay in Salt Lake City, especially business travelers, but we also welcome short term visitors too.

Other services and amenities include:

  • Pick up from the airport (small fee)
  • “Concierge” service
  • List of local events
  • Local restaurant Menus
  • Local maps showing bars, restaurants, day-trips, etc.

Next time your business or vacation plans bring you to Salt Lake City, come stay with us at Under the Lindens B&B.

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Gay Ski Week Comes to Park City

Author: , February 19th, 2015

Gay Ski WeekA large group of gay skiers plans to arrive on Thursday for Park City Gay Ski Week, an annual event that organizers say grows each year even in one of the nation’s battlegrounds for gay rights.

Park City Gay Ski Week is scheduled from Thursday until Sunday with events on Main Street alongside days on the slopes. The event launches with a welcoming apres ski at a Main Street restaurant, according to an online schedule.

A Los Angeles firm known as Flip organizes the gay ski week as well as similar events at other mountain resorts. Tom Whitman, the senior vice president at Flip, said between 800 and 1,000 people are anticipated to attend. The number is expected to increase by between 200 and 250 people from 2014, he said. Whitman said attendance has increased annually.

By Jay Hamburger – Full Story at SDGLN | Utah Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Photos from Salt Lake City Pride

Author: , June 16th, 2014

Salt Lake City Pride

Photo by Pamela Ann Berry and Alex Gallivan (via Utah Pride Parade)

The Utah Pride Festival is a festival held in downtown Salt Lake City in June celebrating Utah’s diversity and LGBT community. The event is a program of the Utah Pride Center, and includes the state’s second-largest parade, after the Days of ’47 Parade.

This year the Kitchen v. Herbert plaintiffs participated as grand marshals. The words on the side of the float read, “Our Champions for Marriage Equality.

Full Story at The Advocate | in Utah Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Utah’s National Parks

Author: , April 22nd, 2014

Utah National ParkEver heard of the “Mighty 5?” You will this year, if Utah’s tourism office has anything to say about it. This quintet of famous national parks – Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyon Lands, and Arches – is the focus of a massive new ad campaign run by the state. Whether you’re newly convinced to head to the rugged West, or you’ve had Utah on your travel bucket list for years, here’s our guide to help you choose where to go first…

For big groups or families…

Your kids may be glued to their iPhones throughout the flight (or car ride) to Utah, but once they spend a few minutes hiking the rose-orange dirt roads that criss-cross Capitol Reef National Park, they’ll change their tune. Mammoth, jagged-edged rock formations shoot up into the sky. These wrinkles in the earth’s surface developed tens of millions of years ago, and Google Maps doesn’t do the dazzling scene a bit of justice. Plus, if you’re on a budget, the cost of admission can’t be beat. (Admission: $5 per vehicle.)

For honeymooners or romantic types…

Pretty much every inch of Bryce Canyon’s perfectly chiseled landscape is a Kodak moment (or maybe an Instagram moment?) waiting to happen. Even if you’re not snapping photos at every turn, the vast ridges and valleys make the perfect backdrop while you inspect the indigenous plants and wildlife, or descend along narrow paths on a mule (rides $60-$80 per person). (Admission: $25 per vehicle.)

By Alex Schechter – Sherman’s Travel | Utah Gay Travel Resources

Elevate Your Winter

Author: , January 27th, 2014

Elevation MammothWhen you look up the word elevation the definitions are: 1. The action or fact of elevating or being elevated or; 2. Height above a given level, especially sea level. Both fitting descriptions for the trio of mountain experiences Tom Whitman and his team have created, when you think about them.

It’s all about being high in the sky, whether literally, as on a mountain with a pair of skis or a snowboard, or the emotional high one gets when connecting with friends and having a euphoric blast.

The concept began with Elevation Mammoth 11 years ago. It was a “Why not try it” idea of Whitman’s after a stretch of super-popular LGBT events throughout Los Angeles. A long line of successful parties, of which I would wager most of us have attended at one time or another. You know the routine – dancing all night to great music, played by amazing DJs, with beautiful men and having a ball!

Authored By Joel Martens – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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Visiting Park City, Utah

Author: , December 11th, 2013

Utah mapIn 2002, the Winter Olympics took place in Salt Lake City, which put the destination in the public’s eye. The city grew, loosened its necktie (minimally, some will argue), and proved to be welcoming to all types of travelers. But it’s not Salt Lake City that won the gold medal for tourism, it was Park City just 30 minutes away that hosted a number of the Olympic Games. It was also Park City, not Salt Lake, that was home to unbeatable skiing, great mountain biking, and a community that welcomed people with open arms. Park City eventually grew to become one of the top destinations in the world for outdoor recreation, luxury hotels, and, of course, a small little film festival called Sundance.

While the Olympics helped facilitate growth, Park City had already served as an otherwise esoteric tourism destination, mostly for highbrow skiers. In the late 1800s, the city was founded as a silver mining town, but when that industry crashed it became a ghost town (both literally and figuratively, considering its “paranormal” history).

It wasn’t until 1963 when Park City Mountain Resort opened that wealthy skiers went beyond bunny slopes and began to bring out the whole family. In 1981, Deer Valley skiing started to develop. Not only were tourists coming, they were renting apartments and staying all season. It was more “word of mouth” then, like a best-kept secret, where they have miles and miles of great skiable terrain all to themselves. Now, millions of outdoor enthusiasts around the world not only witness some of the state’s best scenery on their cable TV, many also personally experience it.

Authored By Jimmy Im – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

Author: , July 20th, 2013


Bryce Canyon National Park is, for lack of a better word, stunning. Filled with towering rocks spires (which are called hoodoos by the way) created by water seeping into the limestone structures and then expanding as it freezes, Bryce Canyon is almost otherworldly. Trails crisscross the massive structures, attracting hikers and horseback riders from all over the world. The park winds around the edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau, with heavily forested areas on one side and the Paria Valley dropping down on the other.

Dozens of streams have eaten into the land over millions of years and formed horseshoe-shaped bowls. The largest of these bowls is Bryce Amphitheater, and it functions as the heart of the entire park. The rugged and alien landscape draws nearly 1,400,000 visitors annually, and you better believe that some of those hikers are gay.

In fact, in recent years Bryce Canyon has become something of a haven for the gay and lesbian community. This may come as a surprise to some people. After all Utah isn’t the most obvious vacation destination for same-gender couples, Bryce Canyon does in fact offer same-gender couples a chance to experience the magnificence of Mother Nature in all of her glory, and to be themselves while they’re doing it. Whether hiking through the deep orange stone of the rocky towers or avoiding flash floods in the various slot canyons (no joke, you’ve got to be careful because they do happen), you and your partner will enjoy the romance of being together in one of the most interesting and memorable environments imaginable. When you’re in Bryce Canyon National Park, just sit back and enjoy the world.

And as far as sleeping arrangements go, don’t sweat it! Bryce Canyon Lodge Reservations can be handled online, and many of the hotels in the area are gay-friendly, including some lovely little bed and breakfast joints such the Red Brick Inn of Panguitch and the Buffalo Sage Bed & Breakfast. Of course, some of the lodges are a fair distance from the entrance to the park itself, so do your research and plan accordingly.

So, for your next vacation, do something unexpected. You and your partner will absolutely love your time spent in Bryce Canyon National Park, and who knows, maybe you’ll want to come back next year as well.

Author Bio: Vincent Stokes is an outdoor enthusiast and an experienced world traveler. He also writes writes for the National Parks and works to promote pride in homegrown travel destinations. You can also connect with Vincent on G+ or twitter (@TravelingGlobal).

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Quail Park Lodge Kanab, Utah

Author: , July 14th, 2013

Quail Park Lodge - Kanab, UtahPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Retro on the Outside – Comfy on the inside!: Wonderful roadside lodge with convenient location to Zion, Bryce and Grand Canyon North Rim. Incredible views of red hills and Kanab canyon. Underwent a complete renovation in Spring of 2009 and returning to the classic ‘Route 66’ motor lodge with today’s updated amenities. Features: triple-sheeted beds, down-like comforters, iPod/mp3 players, free bike rentals, microwaves and refrigerators.

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