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Exploring Louisville, Kentucky... Bourbon Tasting, Hot Browns, Drag Brunch and More!!!

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Summer LGBTQ travel adventures in the Midwest!
Exploring LGBTQ Louisville

Richard and I arrived in Louisville after a nice, leisurely road trip from Indianapolis down through Bloomington and then the Hoosier National Forest.  Gorgeous drive!


We arrived in Louisville, where we checked in to the gorgeous 21c Louisville hotel, a melding of art museum and hotel.


What an art display at the @21cHotels@21cLouisville | @gotolouisville@Downtown_Lou#GayArt#GayLouisville@ILoveGayArt@ILoveGayResortspic.twitter.com/25LMLrGxS8 — ILoveGay Kentucky πŸ‡ (@ILoveGayKY) July 22, 2018
After dinner, we headed to the Highlands area of Louisville, where we checked out two gay/gay-friendly bars, @NowhereLville and Chill Bar #GayBars#GayBar @ILoveGayBar #GayLouisville@gotolouisville@Downtown_Loupic.twitter.com/STCsEXotMB — ILoveGay Kentucky πŸ‡ (@ILoveGayKY) July 22, 2018
From there, we headed to the Highlands area of Louisville, known for their eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and Louisville nightlife.  We did …

Our Trip to Daylesford to Check Out the ChillOut Festival 2018

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On the tail end of our trip to Australia, we decided to drive up from Melbourne to Daylesford to check out the ChillOut Festival, a rural LGBTQ pride event we hadn't heard of until this week.


Chillin' at the Chillout Festival in Daylesford today @chilloutfest#ChilloutFest#ChilloutFest12#Pride2018#GayAustralia@ILoveGayOzzies@ILoveLGBTPridepic.twitter.com/6NRCjRqn1h — Matt Skallerud πŸ”† (@MattSkal) March 11, 2018

After a little over an hour's drive through gorgeous wooded forest and rolling hills, we found ourselves with hundreds of other LGBTQ folks in the small town of Daylesford. We perched ourselves onto a good viewing area from the sidewalk and watched the parade go by.  Great fun!

Chillin' at the Chillout Festival in Daylesford today @ChillOut_Fest#ChilloutFestival#Pride2018#GayAustralia@ILoveGayOzzies@ILoveLGBTPridepic.twitter.com/KbdA6sVfvg — ILoveGay Ozzies πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί (@ILoveGayOzzies) March 11, 2018 Chillin' at the Chillout Festival in Daylesford today @ChillOut_…

Touring the Great Ocean Road in Australia

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After Sydney Mardi Gras, we decided to do what appears to be a rarity in Australia... we rented a car and drove from Sydney to Melbourne.  Locals universally thought we were crazy (turns out most seem to simply fly back and forth between the two cities), but it really was a beautiful 9-hour drive reminiscent of the rolling coastal hills of California.

Day 1 of our adventure on the Great Ocean Road, starting out in @GreaterGeelong@greatoceanroad@GreatOceanRd@richardbrower@ILoveLGBTTravel@ILoveGayOzzies#gaytravel#gayaustraliapic.twitter.com/a9JAhMBLIm — Matt Skallerud πŸ”† (@MattSkal) March 7, 2018
We started out our trip first thing the next morning and drove out of Melbourne and onto the Great Ocean Road.  The first leg had us cruising along gorgeous inland and coastal routes, where we stopped a few times along the way.

We ended up renting a farm house for the night, which was by far one of the top highlights of this trip.  It was a 5 bedroom farm house out in the middle of nowhere, ye…

Whistler Pride 2018 Was Over The Top With LGBTQ Influencers In The Mix

This year, we had the opportunity to be a part of Whistler Pride 2018 (#WhistlerPride2018), produced by Dean Nelson and the folks at Tourism Whistler, with a wide variety of incredible partners along the way.

Whistler Blackcomb welcomes back the 26th Annual Whistler Pride and Ski Festival with 60CM of fresh POW! Get... https://t.co/A64ZelyTMU — Dean Nelson 🏳️‍πŸŒˆπŸ›« (@GAYWhistler) January 21, 2018
Before the event even started, we put together a mini-LGBTQ Influencer and New Media Conference... Matt Skallerud of Pink Banana Media presented on some of the latest in LGBTQ Digital Marketing in 2018, including some updates on the #ILoveGay network.  We then launched into a panel with some of the LGBTQ influencers Tourism Whistler was hosting for this event, including the Nomadic Boys, Kit Williamson and John Halbach of Eastsiders TV, the Couple of Men,  and Vancouver new media socialites Josh Rimer and Barb Snelgrove.

Loving the #socialMedia influencers panel and learning what channels th…

Matt & Richard Explore Southeast Arizona

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Since our last trip took us from Phoenix north through Sedona and the Grand Canyon, we decided on this trip we would head south, using Tucson as our base!



After fueling up at the Taco Guild Gastropub in Phoenix, where the taco varieties are INSANE, we headed south, road tripping towards Tucson.  Richard is amazing with both finding great travel deals, and maximizing the world of status and points, so we chose the JW Marriott Starr Pass resort, based upon a combination of utilizing his points and status at one of the nicest properties in this part of Arizona! After checking in and getting settled, we headed down to the patio outside to enjoy a sunset cocktail, as well as the resort's tradition of welcoming the sunset with a special tequila toast.


Not a bad way to end a Friday. #Tucson #Arizona #USA #Travel #DesertBeauty #DirtyMartini #Sunset #Wanderlust #JWMarriottTucson #Romantic #Husband πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ A post shared by Richard Brower (@rb4136) on Jan 12, 2018 at 4:25pm PST

Richard is also…