Category Archives: Travel

Weekend in San Francisco

Rob and SergioThis past weekend Sergio and I went to San Francisco to see a friend I’ve known since childhood get married. It had been about ten years since Sergio had last visited so we played the role of tourist, walking all over and visiting places like Noe Valley, The Castro, North Beach, SoMa, The Embarcadero and more.

We stayed at The Adagio Hotel on Geary Street just a few blocks from Union Square. The boutique-style hotel fit our needs perfectly, but it was upsetting to see how many homeless have settled in downtown. There are still many beautiful parts of the city but it was still unsettling and made me wonder what the city can do to reverse this trend and help these people get back on their feet.

It was great being a tourist with Sergio (I took my first trolley ride) and to connect with friends in San Francisco but it was Jeff and Ritch’s wedding that brought us to San Francisco. The weather on Saturday could not have been better for their ceremony, which took place on a ship called “The Merlot”. Jeff and Ritch exchanged vows under the Bay Bridge with the skyline as a backdrop and after photos were taken as the sun set behind the Golden Gate Bridge.

The sky was incredibly clear and unseasonably warm, making it incredibly picturesque and providing Sergio and I with some amazing views. I’ve shared a few of my favorite photos from the evening below. Despite the city’s ongoing issues with providing affordable homes and caring for those who seem unable to care for themselves, San Francisco remains one of my favorite cities to visit.

Bay Bridge, San Francisco

American Airlines adds nonstop service Boston to London

flightright.com, flightrightEarlier this week American Airlines announced they will begin a nonstop service from Logan Airport to London Heathrow Airport. starting on March 29, 2020. The new daily flight will depart from Boston at 7:15 p.m. and arrive in London at 7:30 a.m. the following day on Boeing 777-200 airplanes.

Tickets for the route are available for purchase beginning starting on Monday, Oct. 7.  American Airlines joins an already crowded field of carriers who provide nonstop service between the two cities but with additional flights comes (hopefully) more affordable fares and better options for travelers.

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American Airlines will add nonstop service from Boston to London in 2020

Delta announces Boston newest hub

travel, handsome, hunkEarlier this summer Delta Airlines announced Boston would become the airline’s newest hub, putting Jet Blue – Logan Airport’s largest carrier – on notice. Delta plans to ramp up the number of non-stop flights out of the Boston airport and use it as a transatlantic gateway to Europe for flights leaving from the United States. Recently, Delta added nonstop flights to Portugal adding to a growing list of European destinations one can fly non-stop from Boston on Delta.

Currently JetBlue carries nearly double the number of passengers as Delta from Boston with the New York-based airline taking 28% share of Logan’s 39.3 million passengers, while Delta serves slightly less than half with a 17.3% share.

This is great news for travelers coming into and out of Logan Airport. Hopefully Delta’s commitment to the area will result in cheaper fares due to more competition and new non-stop destinations.  You can read more about the announcement made earlier this summer, here.

JetBlue announces nonstop service between Boston and London

In case you missed it, earlier this month JetBlue Airlines announced that it would start flying nonstop flights from both Boston and New York City to London starting in 2021. An airline representative said that JetBlue would convert an existing order with Airbus to acquire 13 A321LR jets. These planes will be outfitted much like the Airbus planes that JetBlue flies on transcon routes but with more flat seats in their premium cabin called Mint.

Below is the image JetBlue tweeted out on April 10th to announce the new service from Boston and New York City to London.

jetblueJetBlue’s announcement comes just weeks after Delta Airlines announced their new relationship with Virgin Atlantic will add nonstop service to London’s Gatwick Airport from New York and Boston sometime in 2020.

You can read more about this in Boston.com, here.

Puerto Vallarta state of mind

mexico, gay travelSergio and I recently visited Puerto Vallarta and had a great time. If we had more time we would have also explored the area because there is no shortage of activities one can do, but we had limited time so sitting on a beach all day and sipping cocktails in the afternoon followed by dinner was the perfect way to decompress.

It’s hard to do any destination as beautiful as Puerto Vallarta justice with just one post but we had so much fun, I wanted to share our experience and encourage anyone who has also visited to feel free to add their comments below.

Getting to P.V. The main drawback is the travel. There is no direct service from Boston so flying takes a full day.  If anyone from Jet Blue is reading this, here is your opportunity to make a play – this would be a busy route for you.

mexico, gay travelWhere to stay in P.V. I would strongly encourage gay travelers to stay in the Zona Romantica. There are a number of properties at every price point to accommodate whatever your budget. While the largest property we found, Pinnacle Resort, came highly recommended by many friends, we wanted to be on the beach so we opted to visit Pinnacle in the evenings to have a cocktail and watch the sunsets.

We stayed at Sapphire Ocean Club. I’ll admit that making a reservation wasn’t easy and the fact that you cannot easily reach staff made me uncomfortable but friends assured us the property was clean and we’d enjoy it – and we did. Sapphire is located on the beach and has four suites (we stayed in Suite 4 which has the most privacy). There is a small deck and tiny pool and chairs overlooking a beautiful beach. The staff was exceptionally attentive and really did impress.

Nightlife There is plenty to do if you like to go out.  A more relaxing option is strolling along PV’s boardwalk called the Melecon, although it is a bit of a tourist trap. There are also several gay clubs and bars all conveniently near each other. Each afternoon we grabbed a drink upstairs at Blondies. Much like everywhere else you go, you’ll be surprised at how affordable it is.  I’d encourage you to venture out and find what you like because there is something for everyone.

mexico, gay travel, la palapaDining What really surprised Sergio and me was how many really great dining options Puerto Vallarta has to offer. We ate at a few places for breakfast but our favorite was La Palapa. The restaurant is also a great option if you want to have dinner watching the sunset. The restaurant next door, El Dorado, was also quite good but we preferred the staff and food at La Palapa. These restaurants were more money than most places (dinners including tip for the two of us was approximately $40-50 per person for breakfast we spent about $10 per person).

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Source: Cafe Des Artistes

Easily our best meal (and a place I would recommend everyone make a reservation) was at Cafe Des Artistes. My only tip would be to make sure to request a table in their garden – shown above. Everything about this restaurant is deserving of praise from the beautiful set up to the superb service to the interesting menu. While this restaurant is more on par with Boston pricing, it is worth the splurge. My only tip if you go is to be sure you pack a polo shirt and linen pants because my only regret was realizing how under dressed we were as the host escorted Sergio and me to a rather prominent table in the garden.

I’d love to go back to Puerto Vallarta and encourage everyone to check out this really picturesque destination, but because of the distance and lack of direct flights, you really do need a week or more to make this worthwhile. Hopefully JetBlue or another airline will soon offer nonstop service from Boston.

Jet Blue announces nonstop service between Boston and Steamboat Springs

Hey snow bunnies. Looking for an extravagant holiday gift for your boyfriend but no clue what to do? This week Jet Blue announced that they would start flying nonstop from Boston to Steamboat Springs with weekly nonstop service on Wednesday and Saturday.

I took a look on Jet Blue’s website and was able to find round trip, nonstop fares starting starting at $469 in January, $324 in February and $410 in March. As a one-time skier but someone who hasn’t skied in a looooong time, I’m happy to see more opportunities to fly out West for ski trips from Boston. I’ve never skied in Colorado and have no idea what Steamboat Springs is like but Jet Blue’s flights make it the only airline from New England that flies nonstop here. If anyone books a trip, let me know.

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Take CMI’s annual LGBT travel survey

travel tipsCommunity Marketing Insights 23rd Annual LGBT Travel survey is live and they are looking for members of the LGBT community to share with them your travel preferences. The survey will remain open through Saturday, December 15th.

Your responses are all kept anonymous and aggregated to better understand LGBT traveler trends and preferences.  It took me a little more than 5 minutes to fill out the survey

www.LGBTQsurvey.com 

About CMI: In 1992, Thomas Roth and David Paisley conceived of the idea of forming a marketing research company to help companies and brands better understand the emerging LGBTQ community and include it as a viable market segment.  More than 25 years later, CMI is no the world’s leading and most-respected LGBTQ research firm.