Tag Archives: Travel

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.

2015 Provincetown live entertainment and shows

I love ProvincetownProvincetown has amassed an amazing collection of nightly live performances for the summer of 2015.  Tried and true talents like Varla Jean Merman and Well Strung are back with new shows at the Art House on Commercial Street, while Ryan Landry and The Gold Dust Orphans are back with one of their funniest productions ever and of course Ms. Richfield 1981 is at The Crown & Anchor.

In addition to Ptown regulars, big names are coming to perform so if you have plans to visit, try to order tickets ahead of time to see a show while you are there. Tickets to most shows sell quickly since venues are tiny. Here is a partial list of just some of the special performances and 2015 summer shows you can expect to find when you arrive in Provincetown this year.

Limited Engagements and Special Performances
July 5-7 – Jennifer Holiday at Paramount
July 11-12 – Leah Delaria at Art House
July 19 – Bernadette Peters at Town Hall
July 20 – Adam Pascal at Provincetown Theater
July 20-21 Pam Ann at Paramount
July 27-28 – Jeremy Jordan at Paramount

August 3-4 – Linda Lavin at Paramount 
August 3-8 – Sex Tips For Straight Women from Gay Men
August 10 – Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
August 16-18 Billy Porter at Paramount
August 17 – Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick
August 19 – Kathy Najimy
August 20-22 – Bruce Vilanch at Provincetown Theater
August 23 – Kathy Griffin

August 31 – Sept 7 – Miss Coco Peru at Paramount
September 6 – Vanessa Williams at Town Hall

2015 Summer Performances (Check for Dates)
Bianca del Rio at Art House
Courtney Act at Art House
Designing Women meets Golden Gals at Art House
Dina Martina at Crown and Anchor
Gold Dust Orphans (Sundays only) at Provincetown Theater
Illusions Drag Revue at Crown and Anchor
Jinkx Monsoon at Art House
Kate Clinton at Crown and Anchor
Miss Richfield 1981 at Crown and Anchor
Return to Grey Gardens at Art House
Varla Jean Merman Big Black Hole at Art House
Well Strung “Summer Lovin'” at Art House

Weekend in Albany, NY

Albany DuckThis weekend Sergio and I are visiting friends in Albany, NY.  This is a photo of me visiting last summer and provided the weather cooperates this is how I plan to spend today as well so pardon me if I’m slow to respond to emails, questions and comments.  We are busy contemplating our next cocktail, getting ready to grill outside and get caught up with our friends in Albany, NY.

Below is the home that I jokingly refer to as “Tara” which our friends purchased, gut and restored with painstaking care and effort.  The end result is a beautiful home with a gorgeous yard.  We try to come out and visit once in the summer and again in the early autumn. Marco and Michael are the perfect hosts.

TaraMarco and Michael's home

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.