After cruising around theLos Angles, Long Beach and Santa Barbara areas of Southern California for nearly two weeks, I’m ready to move out there! The nearly endless sunshine, coastal driving, beautiful outdoor settings, and delicious dining venues and bars will do that to you.
I traveled with my friend and fellow blogger, Ian Michael Crumm, and we made so many new friends along the way (and notes of where to check out that we didn’t get to do while there), we are sure to return soon.
Check out the moments below and mini guides on each destination we visited:
In anticipation of Bonobos’ new Guideshop opening in Los Angeles on La Brea next month, the menswear brand is hosting a contest for a trip for two to the Golden Coast. Along with the two round-trip airfare tickets to Los Angeles, the winner will get a two-night stay at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and a $1,000 Bonobos wardrobe—you can get a lot of their well known no-diaper-butt pants for that. Enter once now through June 8th.
In case you’re not familiar with the Guideshops, these are stores across eight cities at the moment—which include Boston, Chicago and New York (pictured above)—where you can try on all the styles they have to offer while a Guide (a sales person/stylist in a way) helps you pick out what you want to see. Then you order your items to be delivered right to your home. These Guideshops are great if you’re not familiar with the brand, if you’re traveling or just don’t like to carry shopping bags. More about them here.
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:
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
Model Colby Melvin is best known for his popular work with Andrew Christian, which included video segments such as the Road Trip series and a photo session that had him drenched in paint in a collaboration with The Underwear Expert. A self proclaimed goofball, his fandom grew quickly on the web, and he’s been working on developing his own entertainment group, Colbra, with his fiancée and fellow Andrew Christian model, Brandon Brown (below). As an LGBT activist, Colby is also always sharing news and entertainment reads on his social media accounts and website, and partaking in events to raise money for gay causes.
He’s originally from the Deep South, but has made Los Angeles his new home the past year. If you find yourself in Colby’s neighborhood, the gay mecca of West Hollywood, he’s provides us some of his favorite spots and musts dos throughout LA:
As an alternative to driving or cab-ing it to the bars and restaurants in West Hollywood, take advantage of the new WeHo PickUp trolley service—and don’t worry about “cuddling and breakfast” for the ride.
Starting August 16th, the free trolley bus (decked out in a bright yellow paint job and pop-art) will operate each Friday and Saturday night from 8:00 p.m. to 3 a.m.; circling WeHo on Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax and Robertson for 20 stops along the four mile route: Read the rest of this entry