Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Leading Luxury Gay Hotel, Concierge and Social Media Site of Puerto Vallarta Join to Expand High End Destination Services For LGBT Visitors and Friends of our Community


Casa Cupula, Puerto Vallarta's leading luxury boutique hotel for gay men, lesbians and friends of the community, is merging with My Own Concierge, the leading provider of concierge services to gay and lesbian travelers to North America's favorite winter beach destination. Both businesses will be represented online by Go Gay! Puerto Vallarta, the largest social media presence for LGBT travelers to Puerto Vallarta.

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Casa Cupula will offer its guests tours and activities provided by My Own Concierge. My Own Concierge, founded in 2010, will offer its concierge clients Food & Beverage and Catering services by Taste restaurant@casacupula, which was named the Best New Restaurant in Puerto Vallarta in 2011*. My Own Concierge will also sell memberships to Pump gym@casacupula and day passes for Casa Cupula's new luxury pool cabanas. Both businesses are collaborating to create new tour and activities for LGBT travelers.



"Working together, we can pool our resources to reach even more of the gay community in the US, Mexico and Canada and provide world-class services that will surprise and delight them" said Logan Miller, co-founder of My Own Concierge. "Many people only know Puerto Vallarta for the beach and great nightlife. But there's so much more to see and do, and we've only begun to scratch the surface of what we can offer."

Activities include the Go Gay! Jungle Zipline Adventure, where guests zip over the lush tropical foliage and mountains. A special guided tour of Puerto Vallarta's Botanical Gardens, with thousands of species of tropical plants on over 20 acres of pristine mountain territory, includes a three course lunch and luxury transportation (not to mention a beautiful floral souvenir). The luxury Ada Sailboat cruises Banderas Bay every Saturday providing gourmet delicacies with incredible views of Puerto Vallarta, the surrounding area and a collection of marine life including whales and dolphins. A special Chef's Table at Taste restaurant@casacupula is offered for gourmets, featuring a private Chef's menu. Horseback riding in the jungle and ecological tours of Vallarta are but a few more offerings.

Casa Cupula was named one of Mexico's Trendiest hotels in 2012 by Trip Advisor, where Casa Cupula consistently ranks among the ten best hotels in all of Puerto Vallarta. This year Casa Cupula received a major facelift of the main pool area, with new décor and a new pool bar, water feature, sound system and lighting. New luxury pool cabanas will be available to guests of the hotel and by day pass to visitors, including a three course lunch and canapés from Taste, with champagne, cold scented cloths, fluffy towels and ceiling fan. In the evening, Taste restaurant@casacupula will offer gourmet private dining poolside by torchlight.

Casa Cupula's new Online Concierge, is also being introduced this month so activities can be planned in advance before arrival from the comfort of home. Guests can create a private folio, adding activities by day, along with special items like a personalized cake and champagne with chocolate covered strawberries to celebrate a birthday, or a private dinner served under the stars for a romantic anniversary. Visitors can create a "Travel Blueprint" to architect their entire trip from touchdown to takeoff including noting personal preferences for their unique style of travel. All these services can also be reserved or booked online, by email at concierge@casacupula.com or by calling 1-866-352-2511 from the US or Canada.

No "new kid on the block", Puerto Vallarta has been Gay North America's favorite winter beach destination for decades. The city boasts a broad array of gay bars and nightclubs, gay-owned restaurants, hotels, stores, services, and entertainment that put any other destination to shame. Over the last decade, thousands of gay and lesbian visitors from the US and Canada have bought property in Puerto Vallarta, including Fractional Ownership in the Private Residences at Casa Cupula, creating a strong resident community as the core for gay and lesbian tourism.

"It's hard to believe ten years has gone by so quickly," stated Don Pickens, founder of Casa Cupula. "We started with just five rooms and breakfast service, and have grown to offer almost all the services of any mainstream resort. But the most gratifying thing is to see our many return guests, who enjoy the improvements we make every year. This partnership is the next logical step in expanding Casa Cupula's luxury platform with elevated products and services for all LGBT guests who frequent Puerto Vallarta. It's another reason PV is North America's premier LGBT travel destination."

As one of the world's finest boutique resort hotels for gay men, lesbians and friends, Casa Cupula has built a reputation since 2002 for services and luxury and is consistently ranked among the 10 best hotels in Puerto Vallarta. Taste restaurant@casacupula is open to the public.

My Own Concierge was established in 2010 as a full-service, luxury concierge brand, providing Puerto Vallarta's LGBT visitors with private, hands-on, "touchdown to takeoff" service. Through their social media portal, GoGay! Puerto Vallarta, MyOwnConcierge offers an array of private tours & activities, consistently ranking #1 on Trip Advisor
milagro properties . 129 callejon de la lgualdad . puerto vallarta . méxico . 322-223-2484.

LINKS:
http://www.casacupula.com/
http://www.myownconcierge.com.mx/

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gay Oklahoma City - Habana Inn

In our travels to both the East Coast and the West Coast everyone always asks the same question to us. Where to party in the Midwest? We always tell them the best two places to party in the Midwest is Chicago and Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City???? Yep, Oklahoma City is the major gay capital of the Midwest. Hard to believe? Well perhaps, however unless you have been there you certainly will not believe that in the bible belt of Oklahoma is this fabulous gay Mecca. We have been going to Oklahoma City to party for over 25 years. The HABANA INN Resort there has been a gay resort for over 25 years. It is the Midwest's largest all gay resort. It is a two story complex. The rooms are spacious and extremely inexpensive. Their rates begin at just $44.95 per room. It is a totally gay resort. Lush tropical plants and trees surround the pool areas. Gays from all over the Midwest have been going there for years. And it is busy 7 days a week, not just on weekends. Lounge around the pool area and you are sure to meet that "someone special."  No where in the Southwest will you find a place like the Habana Inn. With 170 hotel rooms, two swimming pools, two nightclubs, a restaurant, piano bar, and unique gift shop all conveniently located within the hotel complex, the Habana Inn is the place to be. Room rates are affordable and weekly and monthly rates are available for extended stays. Leave your car parked for your entire stay as the complex is located in the heart of Oklahoma City's gay district. Six more clubs and several restaurants are within walking distance. Robert Nichols has been the General Manager for many years and in all of our travels we have found him to be one of the best general managers in the hotel/motel/resort business. He has done a tremendous job over the years for the gay and lesbian community.

The Habana Inn offers two beautifully landscaped pools for your swimming and lounging pleasure. In fact, their pools have become the place to be during the summer. Both hotel guests and the locals can be found poolside enjoying the Oklahoma sun and the highly charged Habana Inn atmosphere. . Through out the summer their pools are the site of many sponsored events but the highlight of those is the Sunday afternoon Pool Party hosted by the Finishline. This weekly gathering includes a beer bust, cookout and of course tons of cute guys. The Habana Inn offers two beautifully landscaped pools for your swimming and lounging pleasure. In fact, their pools have become the place to be during the summer. Both hotel guests and the locals can be found poolside enjoying the Oklahoma sun and the highly charged Habana Inn atmosphere. If its Pool Parties you like they have got that too. Throughout the summer their pools are the site of many sponsored events but the highlight of those is the Sunday afternoon Pool Party hosted by the Finishline. This weekly gathering includes a beer bust, cookout and of course tons of cute guys.

    Within the resort complex they have a wonderful restaurant "Gushers" which has a great ambiance and serves delicious food. Prices are inexpensive. And all entrees comes with potato, salad and bread. The restaurant overlooks one of the pool areas so you can enjoy the boys frolicking in the pool as you are dining. They also offer sandwiches, soups, salads, pastas and appetizers. And a breakfast menu is available on weekends. There are three bars in the Habana Inn complex which are completely different. COPA's is a dance, disco and drag bar. Weekly they have strip shows, drag shows and comedy shows. FINISH LINE is a country/western bar with plenty of country dancing. This is the place to see the real cowboys in action. THE LEDO is a quiet piano bar. All of the bartenders are super friendly and they all know how to make out of towners feel right at home. The owner of the bars and restaurant is to be commended for his outstanding job of always having "theme" nights and specials. The nights we were there, Long neck bottle beer was two for one. When so many bar owners just sit back and wait for customers to come in, this owner attracts customers by having specials, etc. Why can't all bar owners do things like this. Also in the resort is JUNGLE RED, an adult gift shop with magazines, videos, cards, gifts, leather, pride items plus a lot of decorative items for the home.

   Within a block of the Habana Inn resort you will find about 6 more gay bars catering to different tastes. A major grocery store is just two blocks away as are several other restaurants. The HABANA INN resort is located one block west of the intersection of Penn and Interstate I-44 and is extremely easy to find. Plus, there are a lot of sights to see in Oklahoma City. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has artifacts from the early cowboy days thru the television shows with lots of oil paintings, watercolors and bronzes. And yep, Randolph Scott was honored there. The Oklahoma City Memorial where the bombing took place a few years ago is a MUST to see. Art galleries and museums are plentiful. About 80 miles to the west is the Route 66 Highway Museum which is extremely interesting. The Habana is located at 2200 NW 40th Street in Oklahoma City and their toll free reservation number is 1.888.988.2221
For further information on Gay Oklahoma City, go to: www.habanainn.com and http://www.visitokc.com/

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone! TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Book Review on Best Selling Author: Robert Hofmann

"ROBERT HOFMANN'S TRILOGY IN THREE BOOKS"
review by Donald Pile and Ray Williams

There are three books that you simply MUST purchase. SURROUNDED BY INSANITY, AN ORDINARY MADNESS and ONE BRAIN CELL AWAY FROM RETARDED. In our travels from coast to coast we get to meet so many wonderful and exciting people including authors and we had the opportunity to meet Robert Hofmann when we were staying at the Grand Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Robert's books are the types of books that once you start reading, you won't want to put them down until you have completely finished reading them. Each is absolutely hilarious! They are biographical stories of the author's experience thru his life with his early childhood and growing up with friends and family. Robert grew up in New Jersey and what a wild and crazy and interesting wild he has had. Between his family and friends, he guides the reader thru many exciting episodes of his life. It is wickedly, bitchy and hilarious! Everyone in Robert's life so far is a participant in this wonderfully funny and provocative story on his life. It begins with is birth and goes until the last book came out last year.

You will laugh at nearly every page! Robert knows exactly what his readers want to hear and he writes in such a great way. He writes openly what many of us only say behind other's backs. One of our favorite parts of the book is when he talks about "pre-speaking", as in "Dinner? That is where we should go" and "Glad for you! That is what I am. Day's after reading this, we were still catching ourselves, "pre" speaking.

We don't know if his family and friends are still speaking to him or not but they should be happy that he loves them so much that he can be so open and frank about them. He would indeed be a good friend to have, and he is! We first met him after reading his first book, SURROUNDED BY INSANITY and our friendship has developed as we have seen him and his life-partner Michael when we visit Ft. Lauderdale and even vacationed with them in Maine. In his last book, ONE BRAIN CELL AWAY FROM RETARDED he devoted one whole chapter on his experiences with us.

Robert's books are published by Publish American and may be purchased through all major bookstores. You can also order them from Amazon.com and publishamerica.com. Two years ago Robert and Michael moved from their palatial estate in New Jersey and purchased an estate in Wilton Manors, Florida, a suburb of Ft. Lauderdale where they continue to entertain with grand parties. Fortunately for us, we are always invited when we visit Ft. Lauderdale. This set of three books will make a great holiday present for your friends or for yourself.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!



TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 13, 2012

JASON TRUMAN - 'Artist - Extraordaire'

In our travels from coast to coast we often attend art shows whenever we can. Sometimes we do not have to travel far to attend them. We attended one in greater Kansas City this past weekend and found the great art work of a particular very talented artist, Jason Truman who lives in greater Kansas City. Jason has been a dedicated artist for several years. He specializes in portraits and fantasy illustrations and he works in “All Things Graphite”. People were lined up to view his artwork at the art show. Sales were rather brisk as art patrons knew they were purchasing something special by an artist that is on the rise.

Jason uses a graphite pencil utilizing his knowledge in the art world to create his masterpieces on paper. He also produces sketch cards, finished for the Comics, for Cures charity auction and for Blue Line Pro. He is extremely talented and his works with the male torso is unbelievable. He also has a Star Trek series in addition to regular portraits.
You can visit Jason’s website at jtrumanart.deviantart.com and you can email him at jtruman@gmail.com You can purchase his art work directly from him personally or from his website. We highly suggest that you purchase some of his art work now before the prices start soaring in the very near future. His assistant Donna is a real jewel.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!
TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/



 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Grand Resort and Spa - Fort Lauderdale, FL

We have stayed at dozens of gay owned resorts from coast to coast. Most are very professionally operated while a few are an embarrassment. We have been staying at the Grand Resort and Spa in Ft. Lauderdale for the past 10 years and without a doubt, it is THE most professionally operated gay resort in the country. The Grand Resort and Spa is Fort Lauderdale’s largest and finest gay men’s resort hotel, located just steps from the beach and convenient to all the attractions and nightlife in Ft. Lauderdale. As Ft. Lauderdale’s first gay resort with its’ own full-service day spa and hair studio, they can offer their guests an experience that is unique and wonderfully indulgent.

When you first call them every staff member is extremely professional, friendly and courteous. They follow up with emails. When checking in, the staff is extremely professional, friendly and courteous. They take nothing for granted and they do anything and everything to make each guest feel very special. We are there in January every year and we have seen other guests year after year after year who always return to the Grand Resort and Spa. Owner/proprietor Casey Koslowski, General Manager Herb Pianin, Guest Services Manager, Bill York and their entire staff are the best of the best.  J. D. Greene, Director of the Spa Services is the best in his field and Paul, the Director of Facilities knows everything and anything about plumbing, electricity and everything else that is need to make the Grand Resort run smoothly. Most all of the staff has been working at the Grand Resort and Spa for years.

Each morning begins with a complimentary expanded Continental Breakfast served in the Club Room or Poolside. They offer assorted juices, freshly brewed coffee, tea, hot chocolate, muffins, Danish, bagels with cream cheese, assorted cereals and fresh fruit. Make use of their fast access guest computers in the Club Room to surf the net, check your emails or anything else. They have Wi-Fi for you to use with your own laptop throughout the Resort. They have a library of books, current magazines, newspapers, videos and games for their guests. Relax in their clothing optional Tropical Courtyard with the sound of the 30 foot fountain splashing in the background and soak in their luxurious tiled 10 man Jacuzzi.  You will enjoy the magnificent variety of Palms and Magical Gardens or enjoy their oversized heated pool for lap swimming or soaking up the sun on a float mat.

The Spa is available for massages, body scrubs and wraps, facials, manicures and pedicures, waxing, micro-dermabrasion, and their newest addition: The Hair Studio for all your hair styling needs. Arrange just one service or a whole day of pampering with one of their Spa Day Packages. Keep your muscles toned with a workout in their Fitness Center equipped with Free Weights and Cardio equipment or arrange to use one of their bicycles for a ride along miles of scenic bike paths. Join the festivities poolside on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 6PM for their Sundown Happy Hour featuring wines and hors d’oeuvres. This is a perfect way to unwind with new friends before an evening of exploring Ft. Lauderdale’s exciting restaurant and nightlife scenes. We have met so many gentlemen at these cocktail parties from all over the country. One thing about the Grand Resort and Spa is that once you stay there, you will keep returning again and again. And you will meet people that you will see in your other travels around the country. All the amenities are great however it is the owner and staff that make the Grand Resort and Spa so wonderful. Without them, it would be just like staying at any other resort. Thanks to the owner and staff of the Grand Resort and Spa for being “so Grand!”. They are located at 539 North Birch Road. Their toll free number is: 800.818.1211 and their website is www.grandresort.net.


Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone! TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Saturday, July 28, 2012

LGBT Life in Lebanon

Lebanon is a melting pot of European, Mediterranean, East and West cultures. The St. Georges Beach and Marina is the best example of this and is the best place for those who wish to mix and mingle with the locals. Here the hottest guys the city has to offer lounge around in their swimwear. Sadly photography is not permitted but Zaitunay Bay is THE marina in Lebanon where the largest yachts and all that goes with them can be found. At the end of the yacht basin is the Hotel St. George, the “in” spot in the 1960s, now a derelict shell caught in disputes with local investors. This is also the neighbourhood of the former Holiday Inn hotel, partly destroyed by mortars decades ago and the place where a car bomb killed Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister, in 2005. A walk along the promenade is an absolute delight at night with the amazing lights!

Beirut is a safe and fun place. Arabs from the Golf States and Iranian tourists fear driving through Syria but still do so as this is by far the cheapest way to reach this pulsating city on the western Mediterranean shores. Saudis and Jordanians escape the summer heat at home and visit Beirut. For the gay scene this means a mixture of men from throughout the Middle East, difficult for us Europeans to determine their origins. It seems that in hard times the Lebanese enjoy spending money and enjoying life. The local tour specialists Lebtour (www.lebtour.com) will be happy to plan your trip to Lebanon. Bertho is an expert in his own country and ensures you will enjoy your time in Lebanon. He is also the local organizer of the Bear Arabia event and many other fascinating events and tours in the Arabian world.

The nightlife in Beirut is vibrant. The people here love life and show it. There are numerous outdoor restaurants where one can enjoy a water pipe and the warm evening breeze along with the delicious and varied Lebanese cuisine. One of the best addresses for this is the restaurant Republic located in Zalka. This is a haunt of extremely good looking, wealthy, young men and their stunning, high heeled girl friends, much to the distraction of the abundant, attractive and attentive waiters.

Bardo (Mexico Street, Clemenceau) is the new playground for the gay scene in Lebanon’s latest effort to recapture the era when Brigitte Bardot was a regular guest to the city and Beirut was a fashionable playground for the rich and famous.

A recommendation which will help pass the time until the clubs are busy is the Armenian Restaurant Mayrig (282 Pasteur Street, Gemayzeh). The numerous dishes ranging from cold followed by warm starters and the main course followed by dessert is an explosion of tastes and perfumes. Try the meatballs with a red cherry sauce or the “Rose Turkish Delight” ice cream – just to mention two highlights of the excellent menu. The attractive waiters are a further delight.

After dinner the club Milk (in Port of Beirut, Salifi) or Ghost (Saloumeh / Dekwaneh - behind Freeway Center) await to entertain you with oriental sounds and great looking guys. These clubs are frequented by locals and the exotic music animates spontaneous belly dancing. The entrance fee of around US$20 includes an open bar, so once you arrive you end up staying long after sunrise. There is something special about this emerging gay scene, which has been long lost in Europe and America. The genuine “Joie de vivre” electrifies. The clubs don’t get busy until midnight – even during the week, when they are notably emptier. Photography in these clubs is not allowed, due to the double lives lived out by many of those who flee the family and go clubbing for a few hours of fun!

For those looking for a traditional hamam, Shahrazad in the Al Massaken Street, Burj Hammoud is your best bet. Take a taxi because this place is difficult to find. A towel is needed in all areas. The sauna itself is on the lower floor with a dry and steam sauna and a Jacuzzi, with cubicles for massages and scrubbing.

A visit to the country’s most popular tourist site is a priority. The trip to the Jeitta Grotto is well worth the effort. Held for one of the world wonders, these caves are very impressive. Especially popular is the phallic shaped stalagmite which stands on the path on the main cave. A boat takes you through the lower cave on a 7km ride. Sadly no photography is allowed here. Apart from when the lower cave is flooded by the melted snow, the caves are open all year round to the public.
An insider tip for accommodation in Beirut is the Cosmopolitan Hotel Beirut (www.cosmopolitanbeirut.com) with affordable and very comfortable rooms, a great garden with pool and a fully equipped gym as well as free WiFi.

Outside Beirut gay life is sparse and more difficult to find. The insider tips outside the capital city are easy to visit with help from the only gay travel professionals in Lebanon - Lebtour (www.lebtour.com)

The ancient Mediterranean port city of Byblos (42 kilometers north of Beirut) was founded around 5000 BC and was conquered and inhabited by over 17 civilizations since then. It is said to be the oldest, continuously-inhabited city in the world.

The latest highlight to Byblos is the Eddésands Resort – the largest resort in the Middle East. This five star resort was built on the former gay beach Paradise in 2003. The gay scene moved to St. Georges Beach in Beirut, although a small, gay beach is now located on the far end of the bay. The latest attraction to this resort is water skiing and snow skiing, which are both possible on the same day! There are 4 ski resorts, including the Cedars Ski Resort, which is only 90 minutes drive away from the Eddésands Resort. The slopes are up to 3000 meters high with snow most of the year, offering the best skiing in the Middle East!

A visit to the self-help project Batrouniyat, located in Batroun is run by Philipp is especially recommended around lunch time. This restaurant with shop offering homemade local produce such as rose water or soap, oils and sweets was opened in 2007. Philipp recently returned to Lebanon after living abroad for many years. On Sunday an extremely popular brunch is served here with local specialties including their famous lemonade.

The Shouf Mountains, the greenest part of Lebanon is a must. A stop at the Beiteddine Palace which is 45 km from Beirut and at an altitude of 900m and experience how Emir Bechir El Chehab II lived. This is the best example of Lebanese architecture. Just above the palace was our hotel live like a king in the Mir Amin Palace hotel with 22 charming guestrooms, decorated with exquisite fabrics and antique furniture.

Baalbek, in the Beqaa Valley, is home to the annual Baalbeck International Festival (the oldest and best-known cultural event in the Middle East) in June to the end of July. Baalbek is 85 km northeast of Beirut and about 75 km north of Damascus and is one of the finest examples of Imperial Roman architecture and is a World Heritage Site.

A gay trip to Lebanon or many other exotic destinations can be booked via the unique gay travel company OUT Adventures. By choosing OUT Adventures, you’ll stay at locally owned hotels, travel with local guides, support local craftsmen and eat at local restaurants. In addition when travelling in small groups you can easily make friends and be sure to be yourself. No stress and maximum fun. Robert from OUT Adventures will be delighted to help you with your next gay trip. See www.out-adventures.com

Monday, July 23, 2012

Traveling In Our Fabulous Gay World: The Naomi Wilzig Collection - World Erotic Art Museum

We have just found one of the most unusual, interesting and exciting museums in the world. In our travels from coast to coast we have NEVER visited such a fabulous museum. Located in Miami Beach, Florida at 1205 Washington Avenue, owner Naomi Wilzig has created a world class museum featuring erotic art in all forms. We do need to state that this is NOT a "porno" collection but an "erotic art" collection. They are made out of wood, porcelain, glass, ivory, bronze, silver and every conceivable substance known to man.

There are over 4,000 artifacts in the museum which includes biblical, mythological, antiques, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, African, Ethnographic, South American, European/Victorian, Art Nouveau/Deco, Saloon/pin up, Gay and Lesbian, Surrealism , Folk Art, Fetish, as well as modern masters and contemporary art. Many of the Gay and Lesbian artifacts dates back centuries as well as modern items.
The museum is housed in a high tech designed museum with over 12,000 square feet of display space and 20 separate rooms. Most of the artifacts are one of a kind rare items and unbelievably fascinating.
There is also a large selection of paintings, watercolors and drawings from throughout the ages. Among the thousands of items on display are a one of a kind hand carved "Penis" four post bed from Germany, hand carved ivory figurines from China, dozens of sterling silver items, furniture, music boxes, posters, lamps, figurines and just hundreds of other unusual items. This truly is a very rare treat for anyone to visit.
After you get half way thru the museum you think that there could not possibly be anything else, but then you enter another room and you are amazed at what else you will see. They also have special rotating exhibits from time to time so if you are in the area, but sure and visit often.

However the real treat is to meet the owner Naomi Wilzig herself. She is originally from New Jersey and moved her collection to the museum a few years ago and since then, thousands of visitors from all over the world have toured her museum. She is one of the most fabulous people we have met in our travels. She loves what she is doing and it shows. You will usually find her at the museum on most days giving tours. She loves showing off her collection and why not? She has the only erotic art museum in the world ! She is simply fun, funny, fascinating and full of life. Just way too bad that more people cannot be as energetic as she is. When she walks into a room with her smile, everyone smiles. She is that type of a person.
The World Erotic Art Museum is located at 1205 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida. Their telephone number is 866.969.9336 and their website is www.weam.com. They are open daily Monday thru Thursday from 11 AM to 10 PM and Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to Midnight. For visitors from abroad, no trip to the United States would be complete without visiting this museum and for visitors from the continental United States, be sure and put it on your "bucket list".


On a side note, Naomi Wilzig just happens to be the Mother of Sir Ivan, the outstanding, exciting, world-famous singer who is also referred to as "Peaceman". He has done so much for the GLBT community. While we were in South Beach we went out to a restaurant and had dinner with both of them. VISIT her museum and BUY`` his CD's. His website is www.sirivan.com
Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married). Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Traveling In Our Fabulous Gay World - Santa Fe

Santa Fe is so interesting and exciting. The city was established in 1610 and is one of the oldest cities in the country. The elevation is 7,000 feet. Everyone is welcome in Santa Fe. You won’t see very many gay flags as they don’t need any. Actually it is the most gay-friendly cities in the country.

We always stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear which is owned by Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton. It is the estate of the former Witter Bynner, the famous poet and author who lived there for over 40 years. Actually the Inn is a “compound” with an adobe wall all around it. It is located just a few blocks of the downtown Plaza. You are really stepping back in time when staying there. Their guest list reads like a who’s who in the arts, entertainment and writers. We have met so many extremely interesting guests over the years staying there. This is just a very grand place to stay when visiting Santa Fe. Actually we think that is the ONLY place to stay in Santa Fe. Their website is www.turquoisebear.com

There are so many things to see and do when visiting Santa Fe. The “Plaza” which is the business square in downtown Santa Fe has been at the heart of Santa Fe which everything regarding the city. You will find all of kind of shops in the area selling Indian jewelry, bronze sculptors, an abundance of all kinds of art for sale. The shops on Canyon Road are extremely top of the line. There are many museums in the city including the Museum of Fine Arts, with regional art, oil paintings and watercolors and photographs. The Palace of the Governors built in 1610 as the original capitol of New Mexico is located right on the Plaza. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture with exhibits of pottery, basketry, clothing, carpets and jewelry is a must see.

The Museum of International Folk Art houses over 130,000 objects from around the world. The Girard Room is truly spectacular. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has the largest collection of her works in the world. There are several other museums that you would also want to visit. For those interested in architecture Santa Fe has some of the most wonderful old churches, many dating back several hundred years. The Santa Fe Opera was established in 1959 and is considered the 2nd finest Opera company in the country, second only to the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Check them out at www.santafeopera.org

One has to dine and we highly suggest the Cafe-Cafe Restaurant. Kirstn Griffin and Donalee Goodbrod have owned this fabulous restaurant for 3 years and since its opening day, throngs of diners have passed thru their doors. Their menu is exciting and everything is freshly made daily. Service is impeccable! We would dine there every day if possible. We used taste buds that we have not used in years! It is so great dining at a restaurant where the owners really care about the food that they are serving. Check them out at www.cafecafesantafe.com There are also many wonderful Mexican restaurants in the city from small cafes to large outside venues. They are all great. A new bar recently opened in downtown Santa Fe right across the street from City Hall. The Rouge Cat has a nice lounge upstairs and then down stairs is their dance scene. It has been open only a few months however it has become a favorite among the locals.


Speaking of City Hall, we met with Mayor David Coss who is one of the favorite mayors that we have met. He also has a great administrative assistant, Marge Sandoval. Also a must see is the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. You can visit their website at www.juansiddiflamenco.com

For shopping, the Canyon Road Arts District is THE place to go. There you will find more than 100 art galleries and studios, unique specialty shops, restaurants and the historic adobe architecture that gives Santa Fe its legendary southwestern charm. There are numerous day trips that one can take from Santa Fe including driving up the high road to Taos thru the very small Indian villages and then visit Taos itself. The Bandelier National Monument close to Los Alamos is a scenic beauty and just 15 miles to the south is El Rancho de las Golondrinas which is a 200 acre ranch dating back to 18th Century. Check out santafe.org/ before going. And for the most memorable time visiting Santa Fe, be sure and stay at the Inn of the Turquoise Bear Bed and Breakfast. A special THANK YOU to Steve Lewis, Public Relations at the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Always remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone! TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columns who write for gay publications from coast to coast. Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at: http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 19, 2012

PRAGUE PRIDE OVERCOMES POLITICAL CONTROVERSY TO BECOME THE BIGGEST LGBT FESTIVAL IN CENTRAL EASTERN EUROPE

Last year the first ever Prague Pride was organized amid political controversy, when Czech president Václav Klaus openly criticized having a Pride event in the capital of the Czech Republic. In spite of his statements the first Prague Pride was an overwhelming success, with more than 25.000 visitors. The event turned out to be a human rights manifestation as well as a celebration all over the city, which had a lasting impression on all those present.

Prague Pride 2012 will be held from 13 to 19 August 2012 on various attractive locations in the Czech capital. The ambition of the organizing team is to attract an even higher number of visitors than last year. With 7 days filled with entertainment, debates, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and more, Prague Pride 2012 will represent the Czech LGBT+ community in its full colour and diversity. With Prague Pride still being a relatively new event, it has a fresh atmosphere of activism combined with fun, which can no longer be found in many other, more commercial Prides.
The theme of this year’s festival is “Bringing our colours together” with the aim to introduce the general public to the LGBT communities that are usually hidden from the public eye, such as LGBT Roma, disabled or transgender persons.

The highlight of the festival will be the parade through the city centre and the consecutive concert at Střelecký Island on Saturday the 18th of August. The route of the Parade will take the participants from the famous Wenceslav square to the beautiful Střelekcy Island, where a concert will be held with many local and international stars.

“We want to show the Czech society as well as visitors from abroad that we will continue to put Prague on the map as Central and Eastern Europe’s capital of diversity and as one of Europe's main LGBT travel destinations.“  the director of the festival Czeslaw Walek says. By giving Prague Pride 2012 his auspices, the mayor of Prague acknowledges the significance of its LGBT community, with Prague Pride becoming a tradition in Europe’s LGBT summer season.
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Monday, June 18, 2012

Queertrip.com Announces Travel Sponsorship for San Diego Pride

LGBTQ Travel Site Offers Discounted Tickets and Packages for July Event 

Queertrip.com has partnered with San Diego Pride to offer discounted tickets and travel packages for San Diego pride, July 20 to July 22, 2012. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket and travel package will go to support San Diego Pride, this year known as “America’s Pride.” Recognized as one of the largest Pride events in the U.S., San Diego Pride attracts more than 100,000 people annually.

Queertrip.com’s San Diego Pride Packages are fully customizable and include airfare, hotel, car rental, festival tickets, Friday Night Block Party admission and a special Welcome to San Diego pride kit. Queertrip.com is gay-owned and based in Los Angeles, CA. The site focuses exclusively on LGBTQ travel, with an emphasis on honeymoons and customized vacations based on client interests.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with San Diego Pride as the travel sponsor,” said Queertrip.com founder and CEO Jeremy Bryant. “We hope that our travel packages and deals will allow for even more attendance at the event this year.”


San Diego Pride Weekend kicks off on July 20 with a Pride of Hillcrest Block Party Friday night. The party continues the next morning as thousands of people line the streets for the Pride Parade to start its journey down University Avenue at 11a.m. and continue down 6th Avenue until the parade ends in historic Balboa Park. When the parade ends, the festival begins! Headliners performing at this year’s festival are Kelly Rowland and Natasha Bedingfield.

San Diego Pride was formed in 1974 as a sponsored program of The Center for Social Services. San Diego Pride produced the first Lesbian and Gay Parade in San Diego to celebrate the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion on New York's Christopher Street. Today, the San Diego Pride Parade attracts over 100,000 people! San Diego Pride has given more than $1.3 million to a wide variety of LGBT organizations as it continues to foster pride and respect for all LGBT co locally and globally.

Come join the fun in sunny San Diego as we celebrate America’s Pride! For Pride Packages, visit: Queertrip.com

LINK: http://www.queertrip.com/sandiegopridepackages.php

About Queertrip
Queertrip.com is a boutique gay owned and operated LGBTQ Travel Agency based in Los Angeles, CA that specializes in cruises, honeymoons, pride packages, tours, flights, hotels, and more, while providing queer quality for all clients. Owned and operated by founder and CEO Jeremy Bryant, Queertrip.com focuses on customizable packages, value and exceptional customer experience. At Queertrip.com, it’s the way you travel!

Monday, May 14, 2012

5 Things You Need To Know About Matinée Vegas


Matinée Vegas is less than 2 weeks away! Here's what you need to know to get ready for the Biggest Gay Dance Festival of the Summer:


1) Weekend Passes are only $219 until the next price increase (save $80!). Buy now at www.MatineeVegas.com




2) Staying at the new Rumor Host Hotel puts you in the center of the action with all the boys. We have completely taken over Vegas' sexiest boutique hotel. Guests will enjoy FREE SHUTTLES to our Main Events and Afterhours.




***There are less than 20 rooms left! Plus, 2 rooms are left for Saturday Check-In on a first come basis. Call 702-369-5400 or go to www.MatineeVegas.com/RUMOR to book now!***


3) Don't forget in Vegas you can drink 24/7 so there is no last call and no better place to enjoy the ultimate Matinée VIP experience! For VIP tables, bottle service, and customized packages e-mail vip@matineevegas.com or call 323-977-8471.


4) We have added 2 Afterhours parties on Sunday and Monday morning at Share Nightclub. Expect a truly unique Matinee installation including massive LED screens, CO2 blasts, and the world's best sound system: FunktionOne. **Just Announced PEEPSHOW! with Brent Everett and Brent Corrigan.**


Afterhours Combo Passes are just $69 in advance (not included in weekend pass). Buy now to save: www.showclix.com/event/combo






5) Over 180,000 have watched our Pool Party Trailer. Check it out to save on your Weekend Pass: Vimeo.com/40899515. Meet all the boys in the video in the flesh at our HeAT Pool Parties at the RUMOR Host Hotel!


We are expecting more than double the crowd we had last year! Check out the video from last year:






See you in Sin City!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Duane Street Hotel - Home-like Atmosphere in the Middle of NYC Business


New York City is one of the most amazing places on the planet, but it can also be one of the more overwhelming. There are seemingly an unlimited number of options for everything, and choosing a hotel can be a daunting task, to say the least. Once in a while, you find yourself in a hotel that has it all and you realize that every time you come to the city you realize you have a New York home. The Duane Street Hotel is my New York home.

Situated downtown in Tribeca at 130 Duane Street, The Duane Street Hotel is a little gem that embraces its visitor from the moment you walk in. My recent stay there had me pleasantly surprised when I walked into a modern-looking hotel lobby and felt smiles and a friendly “Hello” from the front desk and the bar, which was situated nearby. The relatively small lobby area wasn’t stifling and I felt inclined to pop down with a cocktail or a coffee and chat with the other guests lounging around.

The homey atmosphere of the hotel still did not set in with me until I went to the room. I have been to so many hotels in the city with modern design that are stiff and cold, but definitely not The Duane Street Hotel. The room was inviting with a large, extremely comfortable king bed, an HD flat-screen TV and minimal décor that was tasteful and elegant. I immediately plopped on the bed, opened up the large floor-to-ceiling window and relaxed while the buzz of the city progressed below me.



The location of the hotel was perfect and there were some great restaurants, walks and sites in the area. I was blocks from the 9/11 memorial, walking distance to South Street Seaport and even passed quite a few #OWS protesters on Wall Street. If you want to head uptown to Times Square, the East Side or Central Park – all are incredibly easy as almost every subway line is within a few block radius. It really was the perfect location to access all that New York has to offer.

After a long day of New York experiences, The Duane Street hotel welcomed me back into its lobby with more friendly greetings and dinner at the amazing Mehtaphor restaurant located on the first floor. The menu has a variety of flavors and fusions and you really will taste some new things with a hint of old flavors. It really just adds to the home away from home feeling that is rare for a modern hotel.



I highly recommend The Duane Street Hotel, it was an experience of home among the many New York moments I had during my stay. If you want an accessible, competitive location and a feeling like you’re home in New York, stay here. It’s modern and chic while also being friendly and warm. In New York you’re bound to experience juxtaposition everywhere – this hotel is no different.

Duane Street Hotel: http://www.duanestreethotel.com/