Category Archives: Travel

Travel tip when visiting Paris

J'aime ParisParis is one of my favorite cities in the world so when I read a recent article on Huffington Post Travel, I knew I wanted to share it.

While I love the view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, I think when Sergio and I next visit, we’ll likely skip the inevitable long line and head out to Tour Montparnesse; a massive skyscraper less than two miles from the Eiffel Tower that has an open air terrace on the 56th floor – some 650 feet above the city’s skyline. Follow my link to check out the amazing view you may appreciate (and photograph) when you visit Paris – wicked awesome view.

Cruise with the Maverick Men Cole and Hunter

Maverick Men Mayan Adventure: Nov 30 – Dec 7, 2014

Boston’s most notorious gay couple, The Maverick Men, are hosting 3,600 gay men on a private charter cruise that leaves from Miami, Florida with ports of call in Key West, Mexico and Honduras  and you can join them.

Cole and Hunter make for great travel buddies.  We enjoyed our time together last December in Brazil, but we will have to miss the cruise since we’ll be in South America. Perhaps you’d like to join the cruise and tell me all about it? More info about the cruise is here.

The Maverick Men

BosGuy, Hunter and Cole – Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro

Weekend in Ogunquit

Welcome to Ogunquit MaineThis past weekend Sergio and I packed our bags and joined friends for a fun weekend in Ogunquit, Maine.  As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Ogunquit is another popular beach town for the LGBT community.  It is a much smaller, less busy option to the craziness that defines Provincetown during the summer months.

I really love going to the beach in Ogunquit but if that isn’t your thing, the nearly 1.5 mile Marginal Way walk is a great alternative, as is spending time in the tiny village shopping, eating or walking down to the more quiet and picturesque – Perkins Cove. Below are some photos from this past weekend’s fun in Ogunquit.

If you have any questions about planning a day trip or longer stay in Ogunquit, Maine – feel free to reach out to me with your questions.

Ogunquit Beach Dunes

View of the dunes as you walk to the beach

Ogunquit Beach Maine

A different kind of view – equally as engaging

Front Porch Piano Bar

Front Porch piano bar afternoon sing-along

Maine Street Bar

Love the second floor deck at Maine Street Bar

Ogunquit Beach Dunes

Ogunquit is picture perfect no matter where you turn

Ogunquit bound

Gay Ogunquit BeachIf you are not from the northeast you may not be familiar with Ogunquit, Maine.  However, this southern Maine, coastal town is a popular alternative to Provincetown for the LGBT community.

This weekend Sergio and I will be in Ogunquit with friends who have a beautiful home just outside the center of town and near the beach. For those unfamiliar with Ogunquit but interested in learning more, feel free to contact me or you can also check out online, gayogunquit.com.

Three (gay) days in Boston

Back Bay RainbowI’ve often commented on how much I love Boston and am happy to act as any newcomer’s or visitor’s concierge, answering questions or providing suggestions. While I realize my preferences may not be yours, I thought I’d share ideas on what to see over three days in Boston. I’ve taken care to avoid suggesting places only a trust fund baby can afford. You can read my suggestions from Day 1 Here and Day 2 Here.

Day 3:  Three (Gay) Days in Boston

3 gay days in BostonWhat would a visit to Boston be without checking the Freedom Trail? This 2.5 mile walk chronicle’s America’s history in the years leading up to and during the American Revolution. Although the walk technically starts on Boston Common, I’d suggest starting your morning by splurging at The Omni Parker House dining room for breakfast just a few blocks from the start of the trail. This restaurant has been serving Boston and Boston travelers since 1855 and is the birthplace of the Boston Cream Pie. It also has the distinction of having employed Mao tse-Tung Ho Chi Minh and Malcolm X.

3 gay days in BostonAfter walking the Freedom Trail you are going to be tired so spend the afternoon taking a 90-minute Duck Tour.  Before or after your tour (you decide) grab lunch on Boylston Street in the Back Bay. I’m partial to the patio of Atlantic Fish Co. if you’re not a fan of seafood or want a cheap eats alternative check out Cafe Jaffa a few blocks away.

3 gay days in BostonStart your final evening by visiting another iconic Boston restaurant, The Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, in the Fairmont Copley Hotel in Copley Square. For dinner on the cheap head over to a South End neighborhood mainstay, Anchovies, for basic, affordable homestyle Italian-American that is just a few blocks away. For something a little more interesting, try Myers + Chang – a Pan-Asian Tapas restaurant on Washington & Berkeley Street.  Take a taxi rather than walk – it should be about $6 from Copley; again make reservations. After dinner walk just two blocks down Washington Street to Boston’s newest gay bar – more of a Bear / Sports Bar – Cathedral Station.

Three (gay) days in Boston

3 gay days in BostonI’ve often commented on how much I love Boston and am happy to act as any newcomer’s or visitor’s concierge, answering questions or providing suggestions. While I realize my preferences may not be yours, I thought I’d share ideas on what to see over three days in Boston. I’ve taken care to avoid suggesting places only a trust fund baby can afford.  You can read my suggestions from Day 1 Here.

Day 2:  Three (Gay) Days in Boston

3 gay days in BostonLeave all the walking for the afternoon today and start your morning at the original The South End Buttery on the corner of Shawmut Ave and Union Park St. Relax and enjoy the morning hub bub, use the free wifi and people watch at this busy corner coffee shop that serves some of the best coffee in town.

3 gay days in BostonIn the afternoon head over to Ernesto’s Pizza on Salem Street. It isn’t as famous as some of its neighbors but it is damn good, has no lines and the slices are HUGE. Then go to The Modern Pastry to get something decadently sweet you can enjoy while you stroll down The Rose Kennedy Greenway, which offers views of Boston’s skyline, harbor and public art. When you end your walk near Chinatown, take a left and head over to Boston’s only remaining Gay Bookstore, Calamus Bookstore (at 92b South Street; open 11am – 7pm Tues – Sat and 12-6pm Sun). Peruse the shelves and support this great LGBT bookstore with a purchase or two.

3 gay days in BostonIn the evening go to Sister Sorel on Tremont Street (or next door if it is nice weather – Tremont 647) in the South End to carouse with locals. Skip the food here; it is the n’hood vibe that makes the place fun. While it isn’t technically a gay pub, there is always a quorum present. When you get hungry head over to Stella on Washington Street; it may seem like a tough area but it is safer than you’d ever imagine so walk like a local down W. Brookline Street until you arrive at Stella. If it is the weekend, ask for directions to the back bar where it is easier to snag a seat.   After dinner head to the front bar for drinks and people watching.

Three (gay) days in Boston

3 gay days in BostonI’ve often commented on how much I love Boston and am happy to act as any newcomer’s or visitor’s concierge, answering questions or providing suggestions. While I realize my preferences may not be yours, I thought I’d share ideas on what to see over three days in Boston. I’ve taken care to avoid suggesting places only a trust fund baby can afford.

I’m happy to provide suggestions on places to stay but for the purpose of this series of posts I am going to assume you have reserved a hotel, B&B or apartment in downtown Boston and will provide suggestions with dining options for morning, afternoon and evening.

Day 1:  Three (Gay) Days in Boston

3 Gay Days in BostonStart your morning at Panificio Bakery on Charles Street in Beacon Hill. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or juice and a decadent, warm carb recently pulled from the oven that you can enjoy while walking along the Charles River. This public park offers great views of Back Bay, Cambridge (and men walking, running and biking).

3 Gay Days in BostonIn the afternoon, enjoy a relaxing picnic in Boston’s Public Garden (the nation’s first botanical garden). Call The Upper Crust in Beacon Hill  (617) 723-9600 and ask them to walk or bike over your pizza order. All you need to have is a cell phone and a credit card. They will bring the pizza, drinks, plates and napkins. You can enjoy the park, the views and of course the pizza.  After lunch take a stroll through Back Bay: enjoy the Commonwealth Mall with sculptures on each block with some of the neighborhoods most beautiful homes or walk along Newbury Street (Boston’s version of 5th Avenue) which includes both national luxury chains as well as one of a kind boutiques.

3 Gay Days in BostonIn the evening head over to The Trophy Room on the corner of Berkeley and Chandler Street in the South End. Grab a cocktail (or two) at this gay friendly neighborhood bar and when your appetite reminds you it is time to eat, walk the four blocks to Aquitaine on Tremont Street (reservations are strongly suggested). I won’t presume to know your preferences and am confident that everything on the menu would be to your liking. After dinner if you are in the mood for a 20 or 30-something crowd head to Club Cafe on Columbus Ave and Berkeley Street where there is always a crowd and dancing in the backroom. If you would like something more relaxing walk two blocks down Union Park to Boston Chops and enjoy a cocktail and the guys who congregate here after dinner by the bar.