Category Archives: Travel

New nonstop service announced: Boston to Copenhagen and Oslo starts May 2016

CopenhagenLast week Boston Magazine reported that a new low-cost air carrier from Europe will begin offering nonstop service in May 2016 to Oslo and Copenhagen with plans to add more destinations in the near future. The previously unknown carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, will bring more competition to these markets and greater access to Eurpoe with more nonstop flights.

For those of you who may be tempted, Copenhagen Pride is August 11 -15, 2016. There is more info about gay life in Denmark and in particular Copenhagen here.

Oslo Pride dates have yet to be confirmed but their celebration was held in late June this year.  For more travel information about gay life in Oslo link here.

 

Travel bug

TravelSomething I have in common with a lot of my friends is a love of travel. It is hard to explain this desire to visit places (sometimes far from home), but for those of you who have the travel bug you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Last week Sergio and I booked our travel to visit family later this year in Brazil. Are you planning any trips this fall?  Do tell.  I’m always interested in hearing about favorite travel destinations.

IndepenDance on Fire Island – July 4th, 2015

Independance on Fire IslandThe Pynes Tea Party returns with IndepenDance on Fire Island on Saturday, July 4th from 5-10 p.m. at 236 Bay Walk, Fire Island Pines, NY.  This long running dance benefit on Fire Island Pines will take over 236 Bay Walk.

IndepenDance on Fire Island
Saturday, July 4th
5:00 – 10:00 PM
Fire Island Pines

All proceeds from the event this weekend will benefit the Pines Care Center, and The Trevor Project.  Below is a video from Fire Island’s InderpenDance 2011 party with Tracy Young. If you happen to be out on Fire Island this weekend have fun.

Tipping etiquette: Tipping protocol in 50 countries

travel, tipping, handsome, hunk, shirtless, abs, beardEarlier this year Condé Nast Traveler updated and re-published their 2008 article on tipping etiquette.

As the article notes, tipping rules vary by country, by region, and by scenario but fear not as this article tells you all you need to know.

Etiquette 101: Your Guide to Tipping in 50 Countries

The guide offers suggested guidelines for tipping for a variety of services travelers are likely to use and offers some helpful information that is unique to some countries / regions.

Godfrey Hotel Boston to open in DTX this fall

Godfrey Hotel BostonThe Godfrey Hotel is set to open in Boston later this fall after a $23 million renovation of the dilapidated Blake and adjoining Amory Building (built in 1904 / 1908 respectively).  The new hotel at 505 Washington Street is sandwiched between the up and coming DTX neighborhood and the lively Theater District. The building’s ground floor will be home to a George Howell Coffee shop and the adjacent six-story Amory building will house a restaurant that is yet to be named.

Gay travelers will be happy to know that the hotel is steps from theaters, restaurants, and parks.  It is also a quick ride to the the BHC high speed Provincetown fast ferry and close to several gay / gay friendly bars.

The “lifestyle” hotel will be Boston’s newest independent property and will feature 242 guest rooms.  As the fall approaches look for more information about this new hotel property.  You can also visit their website at godfreyhotelboston.com.

Below are some photos of what the rooms will look like.

Guest Room

Guest Room

Bathroom

Bathroom

New England summer destinations

new england summer, gay travel, gay destinations in New England, Martha's Vineyard, Portsmouth, Portland, Newport, MeredithWith summer weather now upon us, I’m often asked for suggestions on day trips or places to visit for an overnight outside of the more obvious gay destinations like Provincetown and Ogunquit.  Below are five destinations that are all within a two hour drive of Boston that are not necessarily gay but are welcoming and beautiful destinations in their own right.

travelMeredith – Lake Winnipesaukee, NH (2 Hour Drive) I grew up spending my summer vacations in Alton Bay at Lake Winnipesaukee and while there are plenty of quaint towns around this lake in the Granite State, Meredith offers plenty to see and do ranging from lake activities, to golfing, hiking, shopping and dining.  Meredith Chamber of Commerce Website

Portland Maine gay travelPortland, ME (2 Hour Drive) Many guys never drive north of Ogunquit when they visit Maine but just another 45 minutes north is Portland, Maine.  Check out the historic waterfront district and do yourself a favor and bring your appetite.  Portland has a well-deserved reputation as a Foodie’s town.  Condé Nast Restaurant Guide to Portland

marthas vineyardMartha’s Vineyard, MA (2 Hours – Drive and Ferry) A year round destination, Martha’s Vineyard may be at its most beautiful in the summer when you can enjoy the island’s spectacular beaches and outdoor activities.   The quaint towns on the Vineyard offer great shopping and dining after spending a day at the beach.  Martha’s Vineyard Online

Newport Rhode Island Cliff WalkNewport, RI (1.5 Hour Drive) One of my favorite destinations in all of New England Newport Harbor offers beautiful views, lovely beaches and a slice of American history that is truly unique and on view when you traverse the 3.5 mile cliff walk.  Newport’s downtown has great dining and shopping as well as a lively night life. Discover Newport

Portsmouth NHPortsmouth, NH (1 Hour Drive) Sandwiched between Boston and Portland, Maine, this quaint seaside village is a quintessential New England town worth the visit.  The Market Square is where all the action in this postage-sized town takes place and is chalk full of restaurants, bars and shops.  Things to do in Portsmouth

If you have other suggestions on things to do at these destinations or other great places to visit, feel free to share in the comments section.

 

Hotel review: St. Regis Washington DC

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St Regis Hotel

My day job requires me to travel for a night or two each month.  Typically I end up staying in the same properties, but on a recent business trip to Washington, D.C. earlier this month the properties I usually book were not available so I made a reservation at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, D.C.

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St Regis hotel lobby

This 182 room property is just blocks from the White House and is centrally located if you are visiting for either business or to check out many of D.C.’s tourist sites.  For gay travelers, the hotel is less than a 5 minute taxi / Uber ride to many of the bars in Dupont Circle and in good weather it is a pleasant walk down 16th Street.

While the St. Regis Hotel chain is undeniably luxurious, it is a little too formal for my personal taste but for those who love old hotel properties like Boston’s Fairmont Copley, NYC’s Penninsula Hotel, The Palmer House in Chicago or The Palace in San Francisco – this is right up your alley.

The lobby provides a glimpse into the old world charm and luxury you can expect in the property’s guest rooms.

I was provided a room overlooking 16th Street which really is nothing much to look at so I kept my drapes closed while I was in the room, but otherwise the room was beautiful – even coming with a TV in the bathroom mirror so I could watch the morning news while I showered to get ready for work – how convenient. Hotel, travel, D.C.There was plenty of space to put away my clothes, a comfortable desk to spread out and work at as well as all the other amenities you would come to expect.  The hotel property doesn’t have adequate gym facilities so guests are able to use the Mint Club and Spa across the street, which is far superior to hotel gyms.

While I haven’t a bad word to say, I won’t likely book here again – preferring a less formal vibe.   For those who may be curious, my preferred hotel property in D.C. is the W Hotel (which is just down the street from the St. Regis).