Last week The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Corp shared their second commercial targeting the LGBT community to celebrate their 10th anniversary of their award-winning campaign, “Philadelphia Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay”
The humorous video features the ever so popular, Miss Richfield 1981 taking selfie’s in places of interest in Philadelphia. I’d love to see Boston create something like this to welcome LGBT travelers.
I’m in New York City this evening for a day of meetings that start tomorrow. I love visiting NYC in the middle of the week during the summer.
The city that never sleeps seems to slow down a bit in the summer months, provided you stay away from the tourist traps. I won’t have much free time on this trip but hope to get over to Hell’s Kitchen tonight for a bite to eat. Anyone want to suggest where I should go? I was thinking of checking out Boxers on 9th Ave.
It is official, last week Sergio and I booked our tickets to Brazil and we will be returning to Rio de Janeiro in late November / early December for some rest and relaxation – and I can’t wait.
I have not been in Rio since 2008 and that is far too long to wait. Rio is one of the most amazing cities I’ve ever visited. This aerial photo over the shoulders of the Corcovado overlooking the city pretty much says it all doesn’t it?
A bit more than a 1 hour drive north of Boston, Ogunquit is located along the southern coast of Maine near the New Hampshire border. Sergio and I are lucky enough to have two friends who have a home just a few minutes walk from Ogunquit’s center who each summer generously invite us and a few friends to spend a relaxing weekend in Maine.
Later this week, Sergio and I will be Ogunquit-bound, and I couldn’t be happier to join Ralph & Joao to spend a couple days in Maine. Not familiar with Ogunquit or miss this cute seaside resort? Check out these recent posts from friends and fellow bloggers:
Alan Ilagan: The Marginal Way at Dusk and his cheeky nude in the dunes from his post Naked at Ogunquit.
Blobby: 12 of 12 is a collection of photos of Ogunquit but if you’d prefer video check out his post, Safe Upon the Shore.
Although I’ve not been abroad for nearly 10 months, travel remains a passion so I was happy to read about Boston Logan airport in Forbes article, Boston Logan: A Major International Airport Cannot Just Serve Europe (thank you for sharing Arnie).
Although Boston is not a major hub for legacy carriers like United, Delta, US Air, etc…, it seems like each month Logan Airport announces new carriers and destinations. Forbes article addresses how our Governor has worked with the business community to court new airlines (JAL, Copa and Turkish Airlines), filling space vacated by traditional carriers like United, Delta and American. All the while, Boston’s decision to court Jet Blue back in 2004 seems to be paying dividends too; Jet Blue now services 30% of all passengers at Logan Airport.
Have you any travel plans coming up? Do tell.
The Welcoming Committee (TWC) has organized a 3-day, 2-night take over of The Forks Outdoor Fun Resort at the Kennebec River in Maine. This latest adventure includes white water rafting, beer, bonfires, live music, lawn games and karaoke.
TWC Rafting Weekend August 23rd to August 25th
Curious and want to learn more? You may check out the full itinerary and purchase tickets here.
This was the article in The Boston Globe after epic traffic had many in their car for hours. Without traffic, Boston to Ptown takes approximately 2 hours. However, several friends spent more than 5 hours driving back home last weekend. My advice, take the ferry if you live in Boston.
Need details about the ferry companies and schedules? Give me a shout and I’m happy to offer my advice.
July 4th is the day that Americans celebrate our Independence. I’m celebrating the holiday in Provincetown. Should you be in Ptown, please say hello if you see me out.
Let’s face it, in the past air travel may have been glamorous but whatever mystique it once had is gone, despite Richard Branson’s best efforts. The indignities that accompany air travel are only exacerbated by delays that can result from mechanical, weather or to too much air traffic.
If you happen to find yourself stuck in an airport needing to rebook or talk to someone for help, chances are the customer service desk and phone lines will be overtaxed and frustratingly slow. It never ceases to amaze me how veteran travelers shout into their phones or wait in endless lines but never once consider Tweeting the airlines for assistance.
Last week I arrived at LaGuardia airport only to find out my 4PM shuttle had been cancelled. The befuddled agent smiled as she gave me a new ticket for the 9PM shuttle. I didn’t bother to say anything as I could hear to my left and right agents sharing the same unwelcome news. Instead I hopped on Twitter and contacted the airline. Within 10 minutes (from the comfort of my seat at the bar) I was placed on standby for the 5PM and guaranteed a seat on the 6PM shuttle. Not ideal, but I leaped a line of angry fliers begging for special treatment that was never going to happen.
My travel tip to everyone is to know your airline Twitter handle. Some airlines are better at this than others; two that I’ve used that are very responsive are JetBlue (@JetBlue) and Delta Airlines (@Delta Assist).
Have you used Twitter to help you avert any travel nightmares? Do share.
Last summer I wrote a hotel review for The Setai Fifth Avenue. This posh independent hotel just steps from the Empire State Building was recently purchased by Langham Hotels. On my recent visit to New York City I happened to stay in the newly branded property that officially changed names approximately two weeks ago.
For those familiar with The Setai, you will be pleased to note on your return visit to the property now called Langham Place, Fifth Avenue, service remains impeccable. The rooms are laid out to maximize the space and the quality of the materials used add a touch of luxury.
Sleek, elegant design is how I would characterize the rooms.
The TV, work space and closet are comfortable and practical in their design.
And the over sized shower and bath tub make you feel like you are at a spa.
While travelers will like the convenient location of the hotel, the perks like the free shoe shine service and even the comfortable slippers that are laid out for you as part of the hotel’s nightly turn down service, I especially appreciated the deliciously brewed coffee in the morning from my room’s Nespresso machine.
With the Memorial Day weekend now within sight, the summer travel season will begin in earnest.
Cape Cod, the islands and all of the New England coastline will be open for business as tens of thousands of Gay and Lesbian travelers come to get married and or visit places like Provincetown and Ogunquit.
If you have questions about organizing a trip to a location here in New England or if you will be spending a night or two in Boston and have questions about logistics, places to stay, eat, stuff to do, etc… feel free to reach out and I’ll do my best to provide you with a local’s perspective.
The adorable gay model, Max Emerson, has created a very cute 2 minute video about life in NYC with a quick visit to the Chelsea Piers, dancing in Hell’s Kitchen at The Ritz, The West Village, Harlem and much more… Enjoy.
Recently I wrote about Merchant’s Row at the historic Concord Colonial Inn, which is situated in Concord, MA quaint town center. Concord is approximately 30 minutes northwest of Boston by car and is also easily accessible by commuter rail. After spending a night at the Colonial Inn, I started to think about how this New England town makes for a romantic overnight or day trip.
Earlier this year I wrote about how more gay and lesbian couples are opting for different travel destinations. While most of my travels showcase larger cities and more traditional gay destinations, for those looking for an easier and more affordable get away, Concord, MA may appeal. Steeped in history, The Concord Colonial Inn will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary in just three years.
If an overnight isn’t feasible, try the Inn for lunch or dinner, although there are several other dining options in the town center too. In addition to food and shops, historic Walden Pond is just a short distance away and easy to get to by bicycle. I’m still a city kid at heart, and I’ll be obsessing about getting to Ptown once summer hits but Concord was more fun than I would’ve ever expected. If you are new to New England or curious to explore the area, consider heading up for a night or an afternoon. The town is very progressive and LGBT-friendly.
With the month of June just weeks away, I cannot help but think about summer and that got me to thinking about –where else?– but Provincetown.
Last summer a number of readers emailed me with questions about Ptown so I thought I’d write a post to include some of the information I was most often asked. Email at BosGuymail@gmail.com if you have any other questions.
When to go to provincetown
I think Provincetown is a great destination nearly year round, but most travelers visit during the most popular theme weeks in the summer months. For a more complete listing of events and theme weeks this summer link here.
International Film Festival presents an array of narrative features, documentaries and short films. This year’s festival runs from June 19-23rd.
Independence Week possibly the busiest week of the year in Provincetown so make your reservations ASAP - July 1-7th.
Bear Week one of the most popular weeks to visit, this year the week has been pushed back and runs from July 13-21st.
Carnival is a week long celebration from August 18-24th with the parade scheduled for Thursday, August 22nd. This year’s theme is “Viva Las Vegas”.
how to get to provincetown
Driving is a popular but stressful way to get to Provincetown. Without traffic, travel time from Boston is approximately 2+ hours, but traffic remains a constant in the summer and can sometimes take 3+ hours.
One may also fly from Boston’s Logan Airport to Provincetown on Cape Air in less than 30 minutes. However, my preferred mode of travel between Boston and Provincetown is the ferry service provided by BHC and Bay State. Note that both companies have different arrival / departure times.
Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) $85 Round Trip - more information here.
Bay State Cruise Company $85 Round Trip - more information here.
Provincetown has an incredibly diverse number of lodging options for such a tiny town. Many people will rent houses and apartments which typically run from Saturday to Saturday. However, there is a long list of Bed & Breakfasts, small inns and camp grounds that cater to all price ranges. Ptown’s Chamber of Commerce has a listing of many (but not all) options here.
Feel free to shoot me an email at BosGuymail@gmail.com if you are planning a trip to Provincetown and have questions. I’ll be happy to do my best to answer any questions as you plan your trip to one of my favorite destinations.
The Welcoming Committee fresh off its successful Foxwoods Casino Takeover recently announced another trip that will take place June 22-23rd (Saturday and Sunday) in Montreal. Thanks to a lot of planning on their part, the cost of the trip can be as affordable as you like, allowing you to reserve a room for yourself (perhaps you anticipate late night entertaining) or you may share a room with one other or for those truly on a budget pile four friends into a room with two beds.
June 22 – 23 Montreal Take Over – TWC Style
Who wouldn’t want to travel with such an attractive, fun crowd
Prices for this #DestinationTakeover as TWC refers to it are downright affordable starting at $199.99, but because those kooky kids at TWC love me and my blog so much they’ve offered to give any of my readers who register a $75 discount. Don’t procrastinate if your interest is piqued because this wicked awesome bargain (please pronounce as baaahgen) ends Thursday, May 9th.
Discount Code: BosGuyTakeover
Good for a $75.00 discount through Thursday, May 9th
More details about the trip and where to buy your tickets found here.