Leavenworth, Washington – 2TravelDads

We get a lot of questions about the best things to do in Leavenworth, Washington, as it’s kind of a mystery to people who haven’t grown up here. Leavenworth is the perfect destination for enjoying the mild PNW summers in the mountains, the beautiful snowy season along the Wenatchee River, and for getting your Oktoberfest on in the fall. There are countless things to do in any season, but this is the ONLY guide you’ll ever need for planning an amazing trip

Leavenworth, WA is a top destination for Seattleites and people visiting the Pacific Northwest.  There are lots of reasons to love it and even more for why you should visit, so we’ll help you find one that suits yours or your family’s travel style. These are the best things to do in Leavenworth in every season.

LEAVENWORTH’S HISTORY (REAL QUICK!)

It’s cute.  It’s quaint.  It’s manufactured.  Huh?  Yep!  There’s a great story behind the small Bavarian village at the foot of the Cascade Mountains.  

Once upon a time, Leavenworth, WA was a logging town that was failing.  As the jobs left and economy fell, the town hired a PR firm to save it from turning into a ghost town.  They all worked together, refaced most of the buildings with stereotypical Bavarian façades, added lots of fun character touches, changed many business approaches and created a new destination:  Little Bavaria.  It’s amazing.  The town is adorable and had you not known the history, you might think that it was historically an actual Bavarian settlement.  

By Chris and Rob – Full Story at the 2TravelDads

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Canterbury Inn – Gay Friendly Hotel in Ocean Shores, Washington

BEST CONDO-STYLE BEACH HOTEL

The Canterbury Inn is a condominium style hotel located along Washington’s Pacific Coast.

Voted one of the best vacation getaways in Washington, Ocean Shores offers six miles of sandy beach, 23 miles of interconnecting fresh water canals and a quaint beach town to shop and explore.

The ocean is the big draw, no matter the season. Visitors enjoy beach combing, horseback riding, clamming, kite flying or just watching the sunset over the Pacific. Our fresh water canals provide the perfect spot to kayak, water ski, and fish, to bike around and they even come into play on the golf course.

Our units range in size from studios to two bedrooms and each are individually decorated. Each features living room areas, flat screen TVs, and kitchens — most have fireplaces too.

See the Canterbury Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Whidwood On Whidbey Island – Gay Owned Puget Sound Bed & Breakfast

Whidwood On Whidbey Island - Gay Owned Puget Sound Bed & Breakfast

Come visit us at Whidwood on Whidbey Island, a log house hideaway near historic Coupeville on the Puget Sound’s beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. Explore island shops, art galleries, beautiful parks, gardens and beaches, or spend the afternoon at the inn in our hot tub, reading a book in our library, or relaxing in our sunroom. Everyone is welcome here.

Central Whidbey Island is in the “Olympic Rainshadow”, behind the Olympic Mountains where we only get about half as much rain as Seattle. Whidwood is a great base for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, whale watching, kayaking, beach combing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and much more.

Whidbey Island is also a great place for people who enjoy gardens, with more than a dozen nurseries on the island, many with beautiful display gardens, including the renowned Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden.

See the Whidwood On Whidbey Island Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Bacon Mansion B&B – Gay Owned Seattle Bed & Breakfast

Bacon Mansion B&B

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.

See the Bacon Mansion B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Gaslight Inn – Seattle Gay Inn

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.

See the Gaslight Inn Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Whidwood On Whidbey Island – Whidbey Island Gay Bed & Breakfast

Whidwood On Whidbey Island - Whidbey Island Gay Bed & Breakfast

Come visit us at Whidwood on Whidbey Island, a log house hideaway near historic Coupeville on the Puget Sound’s beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. Explore island shops, art galleries, beautiful parks, gardens and beaches, or spend the afternoon at the inn in our hot tub, reading a book in our library, or relaxing in our sunroom. Everyone is welcome here.

Central Whidbey Island is in the “Olympic Rainshadow”, behind the Olympic Mountains where we only get about half as much rain as Seattle. Whidwood is a great base for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, whale watching, kayaking, beach combing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and much more.

Whidbey Island is also a great place for people who enjoy gardens, with more than a dozen nurseries on the island, many with beautiful display gardens, including the renowned Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden.

See the Whidwood On Whidbey Island Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Explore Queer Seattle – Passport Magazine

When you lived in a city for many years, it’s weird to return as a tourist. Seattle was my home for high school, college, and my swinging 20s, until I journied east to New York City. Since then, I’ve returned only a handful of times. Each visit has reminded me how dynamic a city can be—especially one like Seattle, where the economy has been an unstoppable force ever since Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and other mega-companies sprung up there decades ago.

So on my recent homecoming, it wasn’t shocking that Seattle had evolved with shiny new towers, an expanded bus system, and slick restaurants. I still recognized the Emerald City’s forward thinking citizens and ever-hip vibes as the familiar metropolis where I came of age, and I still loved it. I just had to adjust to all of its incredible newness.

My first stop is always Capitol Hill. It’s Seattle’s LGBT zone, and home to endless restaurants, bars, shops, and cafés, plus sprawling Cal Anderson Park, home to open lawns, public art, and all-gender restrooms. Most of the action happens on the “Pike/Pine corridor,” two parallel boulevards that cross Broadway, which is itself a great walking strip. At the corner of Broadway and Pine, a Jimi Hendrix statue rocks out for eternity in his hometown. His full-throttle stage posture embodies the spirit of Seattle’s musical history, where the 1990’s grunge era unleashed bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden.

Capitol Hill was my ’hood. I lived there and knew every corner. Thankfully, a lot of my favorite places are still around and kicking. Number one is the Wildrose (1021 E. Pike St. Tel: 206-324-9210. www.thewildrosebar.com), one of the oldest lesbian bars in the country, where Seattle dykes and their gay boyfriends have drank, played pool, and danced the night away since 1984.

By Kelsy Chauvin – Full Story at Passport Magazine

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Whidwood On Whidbey Island – Gay Bed & Breakfast

Whidwood On Whidbey Island

Come visit us at Whidwood on Whidbey Island, a log house hideaway near historic Coupeville on the Puget Sound’s beautiful Whidbey Island, Washington. Explore island shops, art galleries, beautiful parks, gardens and beaches, or spend the afternoon at the inn in our hot tub, reading a book in our library, or relaxing in our sunroom. Everyone is welcome here.

Central Whidbey Island is in the “Olympic Rainshadow”, behind the Olympic Mountains where we only get about half as much rain as Seattle. Whidwood is a great base for outdoor activities, including hiking, cycling, whale watching, kayaking, beach combing, horseback riding, birdwatching, and much more.

Whidbey Island is also a great place for people who enjoy gardens, with more than a dozen nurseries on the island, many with beautiful display gardens, including the renowned Meerkerk Rhododendron Garden.

Art lovers and antique collectors will also enjoy searching for hidden treasure on Whidbey Island. Coupeville and Langley are filled with interesting boutiques and art galleries. Coupeville is the second oldest town in Washington State, and its historic waterfront area has lots of interesting shops and great restaurants.

Like to go on wine tours? Just outside of Langley, the Whidbey Island Winery is a great spot for wine tasting, and there are six other wineries to visit, too.

Whidbey Island is full of things to do:

  • Five state parks
  • Great water/mountain views
  • Summer concerts
  • Five farmers markets
  • Art fairs
  • Flea markets
  • Fine dining

Back at Whidwood, you’ll find a large library of books and magazines – if it’s raining out, relax in bed, read a book by the fireplace, slip into our hot tub, doze off in the sunroom, or enjoy some wine and conversation with us and our other guests.

Your spacious studio cabin includes a queen bed and a garden view, with a fireplace, sofa, table and chairs, as well as a small refrigerator, radio/ipod dock and wifi internet access. There’s also a private bathroom just across the patio, twelve feet away. Bathrobes are provided, and the cabin includes use of the hot tub.

Looking for a relaxing, romantic place to stay on beautiful Whidbey Island? Come stay with us at the Whidwood on Whidbey.

See the Whidwood On Whidbey Island Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Green Cat Guest House B&B – Gay Friendly Olympic Peninsula Bed and Breakfast

Green Cat Guest House B&B

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

Welcome to the Green Cat Guest House, in Poulsbo, Washington just one hour west of Seattle via the Bainbridge and Kingston ferries, on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula.

Our Scandinavian-style chalet is surrounded by three acres of herb gardens and cedar groves, set in the midst of a peaceful rural valley of horse and llama farms, with the majestic backdrop of Olympic National Park and the untouched waterways of Puget Sound around us.

The Green Cat Guest House is ideal for weddings, reunions, or retreats – or even a romantic weekend getaway with your partner. You’ll enjoy a beautifully decorated guest room with private bath and full breakfast included.

At our Olympic Peninsula retreat, all of our guests have access to our fully equipped kitchen, large deck with jacuzzi, a large cedar steam/dry sauna, and three acres of lovely gardens, mystic cedar groves, and meandering trails.

The Green Cat Guest House is close to world class shopping, fine dining, marinas, golf courses, arts & crafts, art galleries, performing arts. If you’re looking for the perfect Olympic Peninsula getaway, come stay with us at the Green Cat – our area has it all!

See the Green Cat Guest House B&B Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Lesbian Tacoma – Globetrotter Girls

lesbian Tacoma

I knew that during my month in Seattle, I wanted to explore Washington beyond the ‘Emerald City’ and the first place on my list was lesbian Tacoma, which shares the international airport SEA-TAC with Seattle. The cities do not only share an airport, but a stunning location right on the shores of Puget Sound, one of the most beautiful bodies of water in the Pacific Northwest.

While I found that most Seattleites tend to look down on Tacoma, I found the city to be surprisingly charming with lots of things to offer visitors – so many that I returned several times. So if you are visiting Seattle or the surrounding region, or road tripping around the Pacific Northwest, I’d recommend stopping in Tacoma. And since Tacoma is less than one hour from downtown Seattle, you may even consider booking your accommodation here – hotels in Tacoma are much cheaper than a Seattle hotel.

Here are five reasons why Tacoma is well worth a visit:

1 THE BRIDGE OF GLASS AND GLASS ART

What Tacoma is best known for is its glass art, and if you are not a fan of glass art already, you will be after a visit to the Museum of Glass. The famous glass sculptor Dale Chihuly was born here, and his remarkable glass blown sculptures can be seen all over the world. If you are planning to visit the Chihuly Gardens in Seattle, you also have to add the Tacoma Museum of Glass to your itinerary. In addition to installations by Chihuly, glass blown pieces from other glass artists around the world are displayed here, and there is a glassblowing studio on site.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

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