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By @ 07/15/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Provincetown, Travel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe love P-Town in the summer time, and with Bear Week having begun this past weekend, we wanted to give a shout out to our favorite gay New England beach town.



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By @ 07/14/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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QUESTION:

What is the  best adult-only hotel/resort in Mexico near a beach? If it’s also all inclusive, that’d be an added bonus but its not necessary. I just don’t want to be surrounded by children.

Richard G. via concierge@manaboutworld.com



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By @ 07/14/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Diego, Travel

San Diego_https-::www.flickr.com:photos:justininsd:8295334357:San Diego is the perfect beach city and is best during the summer when it’s alive with farmer’s markets, sunshine, and cute surfer boys. Hillcrest is the gay ‘hood, but grungy Pacific Beach, beach chic La Jolla, and urban downtown are all worth visiting (and don’t forget fabulous Balboa Park and all the hidden gems within!) Coming up at the end of July, Comic-Con will takeover the Gaslamp neighborhood which means swarms of gay boys hitting the streets for the events  and parties!

We covered San Diego in our most recent issue and you can read all about our insider tips by subscribing here!

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By @ 07/08/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

SONY DSCIt’s one of the busiest weeks of the summer in P-Town.

Beginning Saturday, July 12, thousands and thousands of bears from all over the world will descend upon Commercial Street for one of the country’s biggest bear parties, and while there are dozens of parties throughout the week but a few you can’t miss. Sunday early afternoon, the Provincetown Inn will be buzzing all day with one of the week’s best pool and beach parties, and that night, the Furball at the Boat Slip, one of the best parties of the year, every year; come Monday its the sunset cruise followed by the Fireman’s Ball the following Friday.

By the time the following Saturday’s underwear party comes along, the bears are tired and ready for hibernation (though this usually brings along a whole new crop of boys to meet and mingle!)

(pssst…we covered P-Town and gave away all of our insider tips in a recent issue!)

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By @ 07/03/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the largest LGBT massacre in history and we wanted to remember those who lost their lives that Sunday in New Orleans on June 24, 1973.

On June 24, 1973, a fire was set inside the UpStairs Lounge where 65 people, many of them members the nation’s first gay church, gathered for beers. It was 8pm when the doorbell of the bar rang and rang again, and when the boyfriend of the bartender Buddy Rasmussen answered the door he was hit with the smell of lighter fluid and then a fireball. 

The fire claimed the lives of 34 people and was met with lackluster coverage from police and the media. No one was ever charged with the crime though a man named Rodger Dale Nunez had claimed responsibility several times. He committed suicide in 1974.

We remember those who died in the horrific fire and pay our respects.

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By @ 07/03/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
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Fire Island’s Fourth of July is notable most for the Invasion of the Pines, a tradition stemming from an incident in the summer of 1976 when a man dressed in drag was denied service at a restaurant in The Pines. When his friends in nearby Cherry Grove heard what happened, they all dressed in drag on July 4 and sailed to the Pines in a water taxi in protest; the “invasion” has been replicated every year since.

The show on the pier starts at 1, but the boat doesn’t pull in until 2. (For a really funny experience, arrive on the 1:20 ferry from Sayville – hundreds of revelers will be waiting for the invasion, and though disappointed it’s only you, they’ll cheer your arrival none the less.)



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By @ 07/02/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Back in April 2013, we covered the remarkable mileage devaluation that is happening as the legacy airlines dramatically increase the number of points/miles required to redeem your miles. But now, most travelers are also getting screwed on the other end, with rapidly decreasing mileage earning for discounted tickets.

Airlines across the globe, from Delta to Qantas have announced fare-based accrual coming up. And some discount fares on partner carriers earn no mileage;  flying Lufthansa in T or L class within Europe, for example, you’ll earn no MileagePlus miles at all!

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By @ 07/01/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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One of the nation’s best (and perhaps most underrated) locales for fireworks on the Fourth is Door County, Wisconsin’s 70 mile long peninsula with fireworks at dusk in five separate locations around the county – we’re talking charming towns like Egg Harbor, Sturgeon Bay, Bailey’s Harbor, Fish Creek, and Sister Bay, where  the whole county turns out the red, white and blue and celebrates America’s independence.

Egg Harbor has been voted best fireworks – and is a personal favorite. We love it for its firework display, its walkable Main street, shopping, and dining.

We covered Door County in our July/August 2013 issue and loaded it full of insider tips on how to explore one of the country’s quaintest peninsula’s. Click here to subscribe for all of our past issues (including Door County!)

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By @ 06/30/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld

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We debut our new series today where we’ll ask our reader’s: What venue would you like to reincarnate?

We asked our peripatetic correspondents and here’s what they had to say:

Correspondent Scott Marquardt said Barbetta / Zone 9 in Hanoi, Vietnam: “The area of abandoned factories was converted into a super hip collection of bars, cafés, playhouses and theaters. Sadly the communist government shut the area down in December 2013 after a fire broke out that killed six people.



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By @ 06/30/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Switzerland, Travel

zermatt copyIf the recent heat and humidity are giving you the mid-summer blues, allow us to recommend the cooler climate of Zermatt, Switzerland, a charming, scenic, mesmerizing wonderland of storybook views, adorable knock-knack shops, and  perfect summertime temperatures.  It also might mean the sweltering sun has you ready to start planning your winter ski trip. So if you need a break from sweating it out this summer and you’ve absorbed all the sun you can take, head to the Swiss Alps where the mountain breeze and rolling green hills will allow you to cool off.

In Zermatt, we stay at the Cervo Mountain Boutique, a minimalist, chic resort that allows you to ski over the Swiss Alps and end up in Cervino, Italy. We covered Zermatt and a slew of other top gay skiing destinations in our December 2013 guide. Click here to subscribe to get all of our insider tips for the Swiss Alps and other fabulous winter getaways.

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By @ 06/29/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Rehoboth Beach, Travel

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The gay-popular Rehoboth Beach in Delaware is one of our favorite East Coast beach getaways, and never is it more buzzy than on the Fourth of July! Rehoboth has an adorable boardwalk full of salt water taffy shops and restaurants and colorful homes, and the gays come out in full force to support the town and celebrate the fourth. And then there’s the firework show at sunset!

Where will you be spending the 4th? Let us know if the comments or send answers and photos to kenny@manaboutworld.com.

(Psst…we covered Rehoboth in our June 2013 summer guide and you can get all of our insider tips by subscribing here!)

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By @ 06/28/14 in Daily Dose, Ed Salvato, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

toronto IMGP9770Our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato is on the ground in Toronto, celebrating the 28th annual World Pride (and some beautiful Toronto weather!) Toronto is one of our favorite cities (and one we covered in our Sept. 2012 issue) and this week of festivities is a big reason why. For World Pride, more than 34 bars have extended their last calls to 4a.m. so the celebrations can continue into the early morning dawn. There are also tons of parties and official events worth checking out if you’re in town.

For more of our insider tips and secrets about Toronto, click here to subscribe

 

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By @ 06/27/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Montreal, Travel

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Montreal’s great international jazz festival – perhaps the best of its kind in the entire world – kicked off last night and will continue to thrill audiences until July 6. B.B. King’s appearance on the 5th is a highlight but Maxwell and Gary Clarke Jr. are also headliners.

Montreal has long been a gay geographic icon and continues to be one of our favorite cities – the most European of all North American cities – and loaded with charm, history, and cute French Canadian boys. We covered Montreal in our April 2013 issue which you can check out by subscribing here to get all of our insider tips and secrets to explore this dynamic place.

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By @ 06/25/14 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Fusco, Travel, Wales

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The whitecaps rush over rocks and pebbled sand at Llanddulas Beach in North Wales, one of the UK’s most scenic and majestic regions. Our correspondent Paul Fusco took an in-depth look at Wales in our May issue, sharing his first-hand, insider knowledge of Cardiff, West Wales, and North Wales. Click here to subscribe for all of our tips and secrets for one of the world’s most gorgeous countries.

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By @ 06/25/14 in City Seen, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Provincetown, Travel

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Good news for fans of P-Town: Edwige is reopening this summer under the guidance of Steven Frappolli, one of the original owners and the man behind Frappo66, along with Nancy Anne, the current owner. According to Frappolli, “we’re starting an entirely new dinner menu and studding it with updated favorites from Edwige’s past, Frappo66, and a bunch of new ideas. Think of it as a retro-innovative merger.” The summer months are the best to visit P’town. You’ll beat the crowds; the weather can be cool but the air is clean and the light sublime.

Subscribe here to learn all our secrets ad insider tips about P-Town!

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By @ 06/24/14 in Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, St. Pete's, Travel

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St. Pete Pride is going nighty night!

No, it’s not going to sleep; quite the opposite, actually. Instead, the city is embracing its young, hip gay ways and will become only the fifth pride event in the country to take place at night. And for anyone who knows the intensity of the mid-summer Florida sun, that means one very important thing: no more melting drag makeup!

It also means a raucous, fun parade, tons of parties, and a new, sexy, fun vibe to the parade. St. Pete Pride is a three-day art, music, and performance event culminating in the LGBT parade with some of America’s biggest brands representing. The event draws more than 100,000 gays from around the country. This year will also include the opening of the city’s first LGBT Welcome Center.

In our May issue, we covered pride events from all over the world including New York, San Francisco, Madrid, Tel Aviv, and Taipei. Click here to subscribe and get access to all of our insider pride coverage!

Visit St. Pete’s official website offers information of interest to LGBT travelers.

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By @ 06/20/14 in City Seen, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Rich Martino

If you find yourself caught between Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen in the no gay man’s land ironically called “NoChe” (North Chelsea) looking for a culinary oasis among all the endless sports bars, then you’ll be delighted to discover OCabanon. With its chic but casual vibe, OCabnon strikes the perfect balance of wine bar and bistro. The menu features eclectic signature dishes like the foie gras bagel and a grilled eggplant “chiffonade,” as well as a selection of meats and cheeses to share. Dishes are paired with wine suggestions in case you can’t decide among the selection of 100 or so French wines. There’s also a mezzanine dining area with couches for you to sink into for a little extra comfort.

Click here to subscribe now to get all our CitySeen updates in all of our favorite gayborhoods around the world; OCabanon and many others are included in our May issue, along with our insider guides to Pride and Barcelona.

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By @ 06/17/14 in Andy Keown, City Seen, Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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The Sunset Marquis Hotel debuted its new restaurant this month, Cavatina by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schlow. One of the most recognized chefs on the East Coast, this is Schlow’s first West Coast venture. The menu is inspired by the Mediterranean Sea and divided into four categories: snacks, crudos, small plates and entrees. Diners will enjoy shareable plates like spicy caramel popcorn with walnuts and bacon, chilled yellowtail with caviar and crispy Brussels sprouts. To learn about all our CitySeen gayborhood updates, subscribe now!

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By @ 06/13/14 in Barcelona, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

barcelonaThe Plaza Cataluyna is the center of Barcelona, and during circuit, it becomes the meeting place for gays who’ve travelled in from countries all over th world to experience one of the great gay circuit parties of our time. The plaza is surrounded by gorgeous gothic buildings and alleyways to create a charming open space that’s come to define the city. We covered the gay party circuit of Barcelona in-depth in our May issue and you can get all of our exclusive, insider information by subscribing here!

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By @ 06/12/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

tbtBack in 2005, our Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato visited the Temple of Karnak in Egypt. Founded in 3200 BC (how’s that for a throwback?), Karnak is a vast complex of columns, temples and chapels in ruins but surprisingly well-preserved that had been built by more than 30 pharaohs. The great structure remains the second most visited site in Egypt (next to the Pyramids of Giza, of course.) According to Ed:

I’ll never forget seeing row upon perfect row of massive columns and thinking, how the heck did the build this in ancient times and how is it still standing today, millennia later. It sounds hokey but plan on watching the very cool light-and-sound show, which really does transport you back thousands of years where you can unleash your inner pharaoh (or Cleopatra!).

 

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