Category Archives: Gay Travel

Weekend Road Trip to Providence and Newport, Rhode Island

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Summer is the perfect time to take a road trip in the northeast for the warmer weather in the region and to escape muggy weather in areas like New York city and further south. I recently partnered with Toyota for a road trip in New England, and went up to Rhode Island since was already making plans to visit Providence for a food story I was working on and to check out different areas in the city. Since I would be driving now instead of using the train to visit (which would’ve been easy and comfortable to do leaving from the Tri-State area), decided to also stop by Newport for the beach, biking and mansion exploring.

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Find more road trip moments below – plus Providence highlights for neighborhoods to visit, a hotel to stay at and LGBT nightlife, and how to spend a day in Newport:
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Gay Travel Guide to Puerto Vallarta

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With Puerto Vallarta celebrating Pride this week, I thought I’d put together and share a guide for on Mexican town as a LGBT destination:

Where to Stay

If you want to stay in the heart of gay-friendly Puerto Vallarta, then the Zona Romantica (romantic zone, also known as the old town) is where you’ll want to look for a place to book. Most of the gay venues and hotels can be found here in the rather bohemian beach area of town with cobblestone streets. Everything is walkable here, with many stays along the beach or just a block away. Read the rest of this entry

New York Gay Pride Guide 2014

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If you’re visiting New York this Pride week, or thinking of making a last minute trip, here’s what you should check out:

Thursday (6/26)

The official kick-off for the weekend is the NYC Pride Rally, which is in its second year and will be at Pier 26 in Tribeca. Rupaul’s Drag Race alum Michelle Visage will host, with a performance with fellow Drag Race star, Sharon Needles, and Australian pop singer Betty Who. Free to the public, starts at 6:30 p.m.

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BoiParty’s Penthaus Pride Mega Kick-Off Party (above) will take place at the Copacabana Rooftop. The weekly party has become one of the largest gay Thursday night parties since it started up last year. Hosted by boys from CockyBoys, with DJs Ray Isaac (London), Johnny Dynell (New York), and Philippe Lemot (Germany). $10 cover at the door, no cover with table reservation (which is free to do, with bottles starting at $100). Read the rest of this entry

Where To Stay In Provincetown

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Everyone should visit Provincetown, Massachusetts at least once, especially if you’re looking for a gay getaway in the north east coast that is not New York City nor Fire Island. I first visited a year ago during Memorial Day weekend, which wasn’t as crowded as during Independence Day weekend or the annual Carnival events (both great times to visit). Once you pick out when you want to visit P’town, you need to figure how to get there (and I already have a guide for that here) and where to stay. Lodging options range from seasonal guest houses to year-round hotels and resorts. Keep in mind the following when booking a stay (based on my article for Passport):

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Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Located at the end of Commercial (the main street in town) on the quieter and artful east side of P’town, the Harbor Hotel offers 129 modern guest rooms and suites decked out in green and turquoise. Amenities of this pet-friendly hotel include free Wi-Fi throughout the structure, parking on-site, and  a fire-pit (above) out in the front overlooking the sea. The hotel also offers a seasonal outdoor pool with Cabana Bar where several different cocktails and grill options are available. Inside the hotel’s lobby, you’ll find a complimentary deluxe continental breakfast (seasonal), an all-day coffee bar and the popular Whaler Lounge for more eats. 698 Commercial St. Tel: 508-487-1711. www.harborhotelptown.com

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Grooming Essentials For Summer (And To Be Pride Ready)

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Recently down in Curacao for South Caribbean Pride, it felt like no better time for a grooming essentials post on what you’ll need to be ready for summer, and also for what to bring if you’re planning a trip around any pride events or day/pool parties:

  • Trim – Have a travel friendly trimmer with you for any rogue hairs. The Micro Touch Max Personal Hair Trimmer is an inexpensive trimmer that can take care of any unwanted facial, eyebrow, body or nose hairs, and has a built in light if needed. ($15)
  • Be FreshManCave Natural Grooming’s Deodorant is an eco-friendly, aluminum-free liquid deodorant that is easily applied and controlled by an on/off switch and will keep you fresh for a full day. ($13)
  • Treat Yo Self – Feel good and get some lovely skin to turn heads with GlamGlow’s ThirstyMud Hydrating Treatment. Use overnight or just 20 minutes during the day, the hydration mask mositurizes and replenishes your skin, and leaves you with a silky, reenergized feeling. ($69)
  • To Keep The Hair In Check Star Wax Premium Pomade in Clay uses a blend of jojoba, borage, primrose and Dead Sea mud for a strong hold with a matte finish that is easy to rinse off when your day/night is done. ($40)
  • For The Sun  – Epicuren’s Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen helps fight off sunburn and sun poisoning with it is SPF 27 level and zinc oxide property. It’s also fragrance free, leaving you to add a nice scent. ($50)
  • A Sexy Scent – Top it all off with a scent others will love. Giorgio Armani’s Armani Code brought me complements from all over with its combo of bergamot and lemon with hints of orange tree blossom, warmed wood and tonka bean. ($65)

 


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Curacao’s South Caribbean Pride 2014: Photo Diary

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The Dutch island of Curacao is one of the most gay-friendly escapes in all of the Caribbean, and that’s not just because of the colorful architecture that’s all over the island. Though there’s only one gay bar on the island, G-Lounge in the popular neighborhood of Punda in Willemstad, that doesn’t stop the community from having a good time, as they can be found through all the clubs and bars in Curacao. The island even now has two pride events, which the gay-friendly and gay managed Floris Sutie Hotel in the Otra Banda neighborhood recently hosted both. The former Get Wet weekend has transformed to Curacao Pride in September, while a new Pride week event just debuted.

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This past week, from April 30th to May 4th, the Floris, Pink House (a local LGBT organization) and other members of the community on the island held the first South Caribbean Pride, which brought visitors from all over the Caribbean, the Netherlands, South America, Canada and the U.S. I attend all the events as I was visiting to work on a story for Passport Magazine, and the first night featured a welcome party at the Floris, which got an extra rainbow makeover (though they do have one rainbow flag out everyday in their front gates).

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A drag cabaret dinner went down the next night, with local drag queens and others from New York and Florida performed favorite American and Latin hits (plus a French number thrown in). Other drag queens were walking around serving face and a delicious, artistically presented meal.

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Contest: Win One Of Four Trips To Britain During Pride

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In celebration of same-sex marriage becoming legal in England and Wales over the weekend, VisitBritain is hosting a contest to attend Britain Pride events across the country.

Enter here once until April 30th for a chance to win a trip to either Brighton, Cardiff, Manchester or Birmingham for pride events in 2014 or 2015, depending on which is won. Prizes include round trip flights with Virgin Atlantic (with connections with Delta if needed), pride tickets and three night stays in either at the Grove, Wales, from Further Afield, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester or the Staying Cool Apartments, Birmingham. Good luck!


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7 Gay Sports Bars To Visit

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With the Super Bowl this Sunday, I thought it would be great to share an article for NewNowNext I wrote on some of the best LGBT sport bars to visit across the country if anyone still needs to make plans to watch the game or for any last minute travels:

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Hi Tops (above) must be doing something right: Eater SF ranked this newcomer the second-best sports bar in the city, gay or otherwise. The casual Castro saloon wins over locals and visitors alike with an attitude-free aura and menu of bacon burgers, fried-chicken sandwiches, corn dogs and homemade warm pretzels. Swing by Thursdays for Gym Class and get free whisky shots from jockstrap-wearing bar babes. A double win!
2247 Market Street, San Francisco, CA

Crew Bar + Grill
A Chicago favorite for its array of American and Tex-Mex eats (make sure to stop by during $1 Taco Tuesdays), Crew Bar & Grill is a straight-friendly watering hole showcasing sports on more than 20 screens. Weekly parties include pop-music and karaoke nights, and every last Friday of the month there’s a popular jockstrap contest. If you ‘re new to the Windy City, join the Beer God club: Try all of Crew’s dozen-plus beers on tap and get your picture on the wall, a free “Beer God” t-shirt and discounts on imperial, 20oz, pints for a year.
4804 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL

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10 Of The Best International Gay Ski Weeks For 2014

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January kicks off gay ski-week season, when thousands of queer guys and gals hit the slopes—not to mention hot tubs—all over the world. For NewNowNext.com, I’ve put together a list of some of the best wintery retreats, offering miles of fresh trails, apres-ski cocktails, pampering, parties and memories to never forget. See five of the gay ski weeks selected below, with the full set on NewNowNext.com:

Aspen Gay Ski Week
January 12-19
Aspen, Colorado

The 37th edition of the first and most famous gay ski festival hosts a week of  skiing, snowboarding, parties, concerts, drag and more. Enjoy cocktail and dinner events, music with country-pop hottie Steve Grand, comedy with Mario Cantone, a downhill costume parade, theme parties and daily hot-tub gatherings starting at 3pmAnd while Colorado has yet to legalize marriage equality, Aspen Gay Ski Week is sponsoring a group civil-partnership ceremony in downtown Aspen on January 18.

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My City: Paris Musts From The Founders Of Misterbnb & MyGayTrip

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Travel like a local with Vee Travels’ My City features, which highlights the must-dos in a major city or neighborhood from men all over the world. In this edition, we explore the Paris with Matthieu Jost and Marc Dedonder, the founders of Misterbnb (the gay men’s Airbnb-like website) and MyGayTrip (popular gay lifestyle resource in Europe), who share their favorite places to dine, relax, shop and go out.

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France natives currently live in different neighborhoods in Paris,  Matthieu and Marc launched Misterbnb earlier this year, now with offerings from London to Tel Aviv and Valencia to New York.

The apartment rental website, for short stays to vacation or long-term, was created to help gay men find stays with other members of the community to make sure they’ll be staying with open minded people and city (plus gay scene) insiders who’ll know where to go. While we shouldn’t live in a bubble where we communicate or socialize with only members of the community, when traveling and opting to stay in a stranger’s apartment (or if you’re the one hosting), knowing that one another is gay can help build some confidence in a way. Also, in case you are wondering who the fellow above is, it’s French model Johan Akan (a Misterbnb brand ambassador).

Paris of course if one of the top cities on Misterbnb. See Matthieu and Marc’s selections to visit below:

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