Category Archives: Baltimore

By @ 09/30/15 in Baltimore, Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Heney, Travel
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Gay families in Baltimore

ManAboutWorld correspondent Paul J. Heney, his partner and their two growing boys brought back this report from Baltimore after a recent visit. No kids? No worries! You don’t need progeny to enjoy this article or learn practical and important trip-planning information about Baltimore, like the use of Old Bay. You don’t know what that is? Read on!

Where

Baltimore has always seemed to me to be a bit misplaced — it has that “big city with a small town feel” that so many Midwestern cities tout. But this metropolitan area of 2.7 million people is strategically placed on the East Coast, about 45 minutes north of our nation’s capital. It’s easily accessible from New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. And its modern airport has always gotten our family through efficiently. It’s not much more than an hours flight from places like Chicago or Atlanta, so it’s a nice option for a long family weekend.

Why go to Baltimore

Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor is the center of its attractions, and the density of things to do in such a small area makes it Gay family fun in Baltimore, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazinean ideal vacation spot for families of all shapes and sizes. The collection of museums, variety of restaurants, and waterfront activities can quickly fill up a weekend, making you wish you’d planned a few more days in this aptly named “Charm City.”

Weather is generally pleasant from spring through fall, although humidity can occasionally be overbearing in the middle of summer, so be forewarned. Baltimore has a great variety of festivals (including gay celebrations) throughout the year, so you may wish to check out the calendar at VisitBaltimore.com before planning your visit.

Gay factor

While neighboring Washington, D.C. may get more media attention for its gay life, Baltimore holds its own with its queer vibe. The “gayborhood,” if you will, is the lovely Mount Vernon neighborhood, just north of the city center, and its environs are quite LGBT popular and friendly. There are numerous theaters, art museums and gay establishments dotting this area. And who can forget that Baltimore is the beloved home of iconic director John Walters? Fellow Hollywood writers Barry Levinson and David Simon also grew up in the city. Annual LGBT-oriented events in the city include:

Planning resources

According to Tom Noonan, President and CEO of Visit Baltimore, his organization has an LGBT Tourism Advisory Committee that includes many of the city’s family-focused attractions, including the National Aquarium, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the American Visionary Art Museum. Noonan noted that there is a Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide http://issuu.com/baltimoregaylife/docs/baltimorelgbtguide2014?e=1223151/7404635 that is produced by GayLife, the local gay monthly. The Visitors Guide offers a wealth of knowledge, with sections on accommodations, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, congregations, neighborhoods, and even a wedding guide.

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By @ 07/16/15 in Baltimore, Gay pride, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Gay Baltimore in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineOur friends in Gay Baltimore sent this update on the gay goings on coming to Charm City later this month. If you feel like you still need a little bump of Pride, Baltimore’s is really fun, homey and, like a lot of events here, queer in a good way.

Kicking off this July, Baltimore (July 25-26) will celebrate Pride for its 40th year.  This momentous anniversary will feature the best of Baltimore Pride including a garden dinner partyhigh heel racethe annual pride paradeblock party, and festival.  Baltimore will welcome travelers with LGBT events through September including performances at the renowned Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

July 24-26 is packed with perks for travelers looking to experience a destination well-versed in LGBTQ

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entertainment.  Saturday’s Block Party performances will include the iconic voice from hit song “It’s Raining Men,” Martha Wash, Cazwell from the hilarious hip hop song sensation “No Selfie Control,” and youtube star TS Madison.  The celebration continues on Sunday in Druid Hill Park with a full day festival featuring country-crooner Steve Grand, regional and local performers, vendors, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, and a Family Zone.

For more information on Baltimore’s LGBT events click here or visit http://baltimorepride.org/.

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By @ 02/27/14 in Aaron Drake, Baltimore, Correspondent, Film festival, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

birthdayBy ManAboutWorld correspondent Aaron Drake.

This Sunday night, the Baltimore Queer Film and Media Festival gets audiences warmed up with a screening of Chad Darnell’s mockumentary Birthday Cake. The B’More QFest, which takes place June 12-15, 2014, will feature LGBT films from around the world — with a hat tip to Maryland, of course — special performances by the loveable Leslie Jordan (Will & Grace) of his one-man show Fruit Fly: Do Gay Men Become Their Mothers?, and queer-themed art exhibits.

Birthday Cake’s Darnell recently made the rounds on the gay film circuit with his prequel short, Groom’s Cake, which swept up many festival awards. The next preview event for this year’s B’More QFest will be the Del Shore Southern Tragic Humor Double Bill on April 6, featuring the gay cult classic Sordid Lives with Leslie Jordan and Olivia Newton John.

For more about B’More QFest, this year’s film lineup and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.Bmorequeer.org.

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By @ 04/22/13 in Baltimore, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino

Do you need to getaway quick? Does room service and a maid sound just fabulous?  Travel doesn’t always have to be far away from home (just far enough!). Could it be as easy as checking into a local luxury hotel that is part treat and part escape. When you travel as much as I do, sometimes a hotel can be just another hotel. There are two close-by hotels that surprised me both by their incredible views, luxurious but affordable prices, and staff who make everyone feel VIP. And guess what? They are both in two cities that are worth spending more time in — Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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