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/