Gaslight Inn – Seattle Gay Inn

Author: , April 19th, 2018

Gaslight Inn - Seattle Gay Inn

In restoring Gaslight Inn, we have brought out the home’s original turn-of-the-century ambiance and warmth, while keeping in mind the additional conveniences and contemporary style needed by today’s travelers. The interior is appointed in exacting detail, with strikingly rich, dark colors, oak paneling, and an enormous entryway and staircase.

Gaslight Inn’s comfortable and unique rooms and suites are furnished with quality double or queen-sized beds, refrigerator and television. Many rooms feature private baths and some also have decks with fabulous views or fireplaces. The living room, with its large oak fireplace, is always an inviting room, as is the library.

Through the late spring and summer, we encourage you to relax and unwind at poolside with a glass of wine after a long, busy day. This private, in-ground, heated pool with several decks and interesting plant arrangements, is found at the back of the inn.

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Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast, Seattle – Featured Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , March 24th, 2016

Bacon Mansion B&B

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

Stay in Seattle’s leading Bed and Breakfast and enjoy the charm and comfort of yesterday, with all the convenience of today. We are now offering online availability and reservations. We still prefer to personally speak with all of our guests when reserving rooms to insure that you are reserving the room that best fits your desires and needs and you understand our cancellation and check in policies.

Shields of red and white can be seen on the round stained glass windows as one passes through the gates of the Bacon Mansion Bed and Breakfast. Built in 1909 by Cecil Bacon on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, this classical Edwardian Style Tudor shows not only the trademark family crest but a fine preservation of original woods, 3000 crystal chandelier, marble fireplaces and a treasured library.

Located in the Historical Harvard-Belmont Landmark District, most of the original floor plan and exterior has been retained. In 1984 a great fire burned 60% of the interior and necessitated major renovation. Bacon Mansion’s massive walls, however, spared the glass and wood pocket doors found in the “day rooms.” Opening as The Broadway Guest House in 1985, this unique bed and breakfast is now a stately residence to all who enter.

The main Guest House, consisting of 9,000 square feet of living space is divided between four levels. A spacious outside patio leads to the historical Carriage House. The Mansion’s guest rooms are available nightly, as well as the “day rooms” which are available for social and business events. Besides a delicious breakfast including a potpourri of cereals, muffins and delicacies, catered lunches, dinners and receptions are also available.

History fills the mansion walls, and while you explore the house, perhaps you will catch a fellow guest playing the grand piano. Just a short distance from the Capitol Hill and downtown Seattle commercial districts, you will be sure to enjoy shopping and access to Seattle’s many attractions.

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Vancouver, The Little Portland in Washington State

Author: , October 22nd, 2010
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Vancouver, Washington

Just got back from a short trip to Vancouver, Washington – not the big one up in Canada, but the cute little town across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon, in southwestern Washington State. You get here from Portland via the 5 Freeway, or from the Portland Airport via the 205 to the 14.

Vancouver, Washington

The easiest way to describe Vancouver is sort of a small Portland – same climate, similar architecture – but a lot smaller. Although Vancouver proper extends quite a ways east, Downtown Vancouver consists of just a few small districts – Uptown, where you’ll find Main Street and shorter, historic buildings, and Esther Park, centered on a cute one block park with a beautiful brick tower, water features, mature trees, and a much newer vibe.
Esther Park, Vancouver, Washington

Vancouver, unlike Portland, has no skyscrapers – the tallest building is maybe 15 stories.

Musicians in Esther Park - Vancouver, WashingtonWe stayed close to Esther Park (at left), and were surrounded by the sounds of the city, from the train tracks that run along the riverside to the bells from the tower in the park. When we got down to ground level, we were delighted to hear other sounds, these from the street musicians inthe park on a lovely Saturday morning.

Farmer's Market, Vancouver, WashingtonMost of the buildings in this area are newer, and run from 3-10 stories.

In Esther Park, you’ll also find a weekly farmer’s market on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sping into Fall. This one’s about twice the size of ours back home, fillade with fresh produce and flowers, and with a great prepared food section. The smells wafting from the food carts are enticing, and there was live music to enhance the mood.

Vancouver, WashingtonThere’s a Starbucks on the north side of Esther Park, great for a quick coffee and danish with park views. On the south side of the park, you’ll find Grey’s on the Park at the Hilton Hotel, which offers a good, hot breakfast, also with park views.

On the first Friday of the month there’s also an evening art walk throughout the downtown area.

North Bank Gay Bar - Vancouver, WashingtonOn Sixth Street, about two blocks east of the park, you’ll find North Bank (pictured at left),  a gay bar complete with Drag Shows.

Vancouver, WashingtonWalking north a few blocks on Main Street to Mill Plain Rd, you’ll find the Uptown District, Vancouver’s historic downtown. This is an up-and-coming District, with a lot of historic flair – and a lot of consignment and antique shops.

Vancouver, Washington MuralThe Vancouver city government has recently taken a crash course in urban revitilization, and has a number of small projects planned for the urban core of the city, including a beautiful new main library branch, conversion of a vacant lot to a city park, and restoration of some of Main Street’s historic storefronts.

Downtown seems to have a dearth of fine dining options, but of course, you’re just ten minutes by car from Downtown Portland and all the great restaurante there.

Vancouver is also home to the area’s alternative newspaper, the Vancouver Voice.

For a city of its small stature, Vancouver has a surprisingly quaint downtown and lots to offer the gay and lesbian traveler.

Seattle Lesbian/Gay Film Festival Starts October 15th

Author: , October 10th, 2010

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Gay Seattle, WashingtonIf you lived in Seattle in the 1980s or early 1990s, you had to travel out of town (to Olympia) to catch the kind of gay film festival that could call itself an annual event. That all changed 15 years ago, when Seattle got its own full-scale celebration at the Harvard Exit. Returning to Capitol Hill, the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, starts up again Friday at the Egyptian and Northwest Film Forum.

Pacific Place, Central Cinema and West Seattle’s Admiral will join in the following week with “The Adonis Factor,” “Violet Tendencies” and Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor’s long-delayed, now-out-of-the-closet “I Love You Philip Morris.”

The opening-night special “Bear City” (7:30 p.m. Friday at the Egyptian), sets out to deal with gay men who would rather fantasize about John Goodman than Brad Pitt. In the words of one character: “Throw some hair on that belly.”

Full Story from the Seattle Times