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By @ 03/11/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel
Typo?

Typo?

Winter Party 20, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force‘s celebration of 20 years of partying with a purpose, climaxed with Winter Party Beach Party on Sunday, March 10. And what an explosion of male (and female) pulchritude. What’s arguably the hottest collection of gay men on the planet at that time, Muscle Beach coaxes hot fellows from the entire world but mostly North and South America with the promise of the company of other hot fellows. Though it mostly skews to younger age range (20s-40s), there’s pretty much someone for every taste.

Though the party is over, for those in the Northeast this is a great time to go to Miami with reliably warm and sunny days and pleasantly cooler evenings. ManAboutWorld recently visited Miami. Check out our January/February issue for our reportage. We also checked out the fantastic hidden-in-plain-sight the Betsy – South Beach and the Grand Beach Hotel. Stay tuned for write ups about these two properties and other discoveries.

 

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By @ 03/07/13 in Gay dads, Gay family travel, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, Gay-Friendly, Haven Caylor, Las Vegas, ManAboutWorld
These dads are about to smooch.

These dads are about to smooch.

¡Viva el Romance, Viva la familia, y Viva Las Vegas!

“It’s good luck for sweethearts, lovers, or spouses to kiss under this bridge. Go ahead and Happy Anniversary!” our lovely, Greek gondolier at Las Vegas’ Venetian Hotel encouraged. Sean and I were seated across from each other and we blushed, smiled and leaned across for a husband-husband smooch.  When we kissed, Carter and Ammon didn’t blink an eye, and the gondolier sighed. “How lovely, and what lovely children you two have!”

It was Labor Day week of 2012, and it was my 8th Wedding Anniversary Vacation.  Sean, Carter, Ammon, and I were all together, and it has been my favorite anniversary to date. In Las Vegas (just like any city), we lived, loved, and enjoyed ourselves as family.


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By @ 03/03/13 in Event, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Party, Travel
This is just a fraction of the crowd

This is just a fraction of the crowd

For those needing a reason beyond weather for visiting Miami, our favorite event is Winter Party Festival, celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2013 from March 6-11, when those sad saps stuck in winter climates are at their wits’ end and ready to party under the hot Florida sun.

This year, the Shelborne Hotel will serve as the pool party host, though all of South Beach is convenient to the large roster of parties and events. All Winter Party proceeds benefit the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and local Miami nonprofit organizations serving the LGBT community. Our favorites: the “Under One Sun Pool Party” on Saturday and the actual Winter Party on the beach on Sunday, both outdoor daytime events so you get to drink and dance in the daylight, surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful men, wearing the least amount of clothing.

(Excerpted from ManAboutWorld’s January/February issue, including Miami. To download the entire issue for free, click here.)

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By @ 02/18/13 in Gay travel, Key West, Travel
A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection.
Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

As temps drop into the single digits in the Northeast, thoughts remain focused on warm-weather getaways. Many of our readers were inspired by our recent Key West coverage to plan trips to the gay ol’ Conch Republic and wonder what the best way is to get there.

One of our friends there, Phil Sheldon who owns HE Travel (Hanns Ebensten Travel & Alyson Adventures), Key West’s only storefront travel agency, offered this overview of the airport which has gone from a sleepy air strip serving tiny planes to today’s modern facility which welcomes small jets. He also provides handy pros and cons for the major airlines serving EYW.

Over the past decade, Key West International Airport has seen an amazing transformation of its aircraft, and of the destinations to which one can fly from here. Many of us will remember that in the late 90s the biggest plane coming to Key West was American Eagle’s 30-seat Saab 340 prop plane from Miami. Now that same aircraft is flown by United’s partner Silver, and is one of the smallest aircraft that flies into KWIA.

Here’s a summary of the commercial airlines currently operating flights at Key West International Airport, based on observations over a period of time.

  • Delta: they have the largest operation here today, with three or four flights a day between Key West and Atlanta. Most flights are on Boeing 737 aircraft, the ideal full-sized aircraft for short-runway operations. All flights now offer both First Class and upgraded Economy Comfort seats.
    • Pro: Through their Atlanta hub, Delta offers the most single-change-of-plane connections throughout the US and around the world
    • Con: When strong cold fronts bring northerly winds to the island, these larger aircraft are at higher risk of being diverted or having flights canceled altogether due to our short and narrow runway
    • Useful to know: Because KWIA has the shortest runway in the entire Delta system, fliers are limited to one checked bag per person, even if you’re willing to pay for a second checked bag. For carry-on bags, it’s the same policy as other airlines – one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a purse or lap-top.
    • Coming soon: Delta has announced a handful of Saturday round-trips non-stop between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Key West this winter; if these sell well, we may get ongoing non-stop flights to New York!



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By @ 01/31/13 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, United States

Well, we didn’t exactly find any convents, but the editorial team at ManAboutWorld did find resorts that were pretty close to bathhouses … and almost everything in between. Not to mention all sorts of things that might make you squeal in delight. Or horror. Or both.

In choosing a gay resort, the “Sexual Temperature” is as important as the quality of accommodations — maybe even more important. So we spent two days in December inspecting all 19 of Ft. Lauderdale’s gay resorts (nineteen!) The results are plotted here, with our Palm Ratings of quality charted against our Flame Ratings of sexual temperature. (Click on the chart to enlarge it.)

The full report, along with our insider guide to Ft. Lauderdale’s restaurants, clubs, gyms, stores, bars, museums, sex clubs and gardens is in the January/February issue of ManAboutWorld Magazine. If you’re not a subscriber, you can download the issue as part of a free trial subscription on the AppStore, or you can become a ManAboutWorld member for free and download an old-school pdf of the full guesthouse reviews and ratings.

Have you been to a gay resort? What’s your ideal Sexual Temperature/Resort Quality combination?

 

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By @ 01/10/13 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

Have budget and PTO but don’t know where to spend them? Looking for the right gay-friendly getaway? Your wife wants a spa weekend but you want a camping trip?

Help is on the way!

Please come by the New York Times Travel Show’s annual LGBT travel panel on Saturday, January 19 3pm-3:50pm and hear from a knowledgeable group of avid, savvy travelers: Merryn Johns, Michael Luongo, Jerry PortwoodJoseph Pedro and myself. Free tickets to the consumer days are available, first-come, first-serve, with the code IGLTA13! http://ow.ly/gGcZT.
Before or after the show be sure to visit the IGLTA booth 342 to pick up the latest magazines by these and other media partners as well as information about gay-friendly hotels, destinations, attractions and events around the world.
Also be sure to come with your gay/lesbian travel questions. The panel can help you spend those dollars, discover the gay (and lesbian-)-friendlest destinations around the globe, and hopefully maintain vacation and same-sex marriage bliss with a perfect luxury/wilderness combo at what promises to be a lively session.

 

Subscribe to ManAboutWorld here (first issue free!).

 



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By @ 12/15/12 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Orlando, Travel

 

We recently visited Orlando and met Mikael Audebert, the indefatigable head of Converge Orlando and OrlandoGayTravel.com, a terrific local resource for planning a gay ol’ time in this city of world-famous theme parks and off-the-radar local treasures.

Here he and his boyfriend Mats pose with Trua, one of several killer whales taking part in daily spectacular shows at SeaWorld Orlando.

According to Mikael:

SeaWorld Orlando is one of the several theme parks where being gay and holding hands is A-OK! We visited six parks in four days, kissing, holding hand, and we never heard a single insult once. I loved it! Orlando is a fabulous destination for LGBT individuals all year round. The holidays really have tons to offer. The Christmas show at the magic kingdom was absolutely amazing.

To start your planning, download our latest issue and check 0ut all the great insider tips to make your visit to Orlando the best.



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By @ 12/08/12 in Gay travel, Hotels, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

The second annual Hotel Week NYC™ takes place January 4 – 20, 2013, with room rates of $100, $200 and $250 available at a variety of hotels — some of which typically charge upwards of $500 a night.

Guests can check in for a fraction of the cost of a regular stay over this 17-day period in January, which is typically one of the slowest months in New York City for tourism.

Click to read the hotels and prices below. Be sure to download our brand new NYC-guide available for the iPad as a stand-alone guide to NYC for $2.99 in the ManAboutWorld App.


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By @ 11/19/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Park City, Travel, UT

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But what if you don’t like to ski, snowboard or slalom? Is Park City for someone who hopes the urge to exercise passes? Yes.

Even if you never venture outdoors, Park City offers a slate of attractions to pack a no carb burn itinerary. Spend time on Day 1 at the Park City Museum, a must visit for all visitors. Here splendidly detailed exhibits trace the city’s history to its origins as a tough mining town whose jail had the occupancy rate of a  swank Park City Hotel during Sundance.

Books on local history, as well on every other subject, fill the cozy, compact spaces ofDolly’s Bookshop, an independent store thriving since the 1970s. (For local color, try a thriller by Utah crime writer Michael Norman.) Color also splashes across canvases exhibited in Park City’s many galleries, its mountains and valleys a perennial attraction to painters and photographers. Rotating exhibits appear at the Kimball Arts Center, where you can also take one-day classes from resident painters, print makers and sculptors. The other arts thrive as well in several other city venues.



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By @ 11/06/12 in Asia, Australia, Canada, Gay travel, Hong Kong, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Travel, Vancouver

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The City by the Bay like you’ve never seen it: Download our November issue and read a neighborhood-by-neighborhood update on what’s hot and happening in one of the most proudly out cities on the planet.

Also in this issue: Discover Costa Rica and our six Now/Next destinations — Hong Kong, Santa Fe, San Diego, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Phoenix.

Read all about it!



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By @ 11/03/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

 

Gee, thanks, Sandy

Global Correspondent Ivan Quintanillais an actor, traveler and blogger extraordinaire. Once a week he provides a re-cap of noteworthy travel stories. We pilfer his round-up (with his permission) so you don’t have to. Follow his travels at TravelingIQ.

*It has been a rough week for the eastern coast of the United States.  Much of the region devastated by Hurricane/ Superstorm Sandy is still without power and is reaching an economic damage pricetag of $50 Billion.  (via USA Today)

*For those still trying to coordinate travel during the aftermath, every major U.S. airline is waving changing fees (via USA Today), and though the hotel situation in New York is grim, one website guides you through the options.  (via Hotel Chatter)



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By @ 10/29/12 in Gay travel, New York, Travel

Check out the live camera feed from the 51st floor of the NY Times Building in Midtown for shots of Hurricane Sandy.

Click here.

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By @ 10/26/12 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Suddenly feel the urge to go surfing?

This is groundbreaking but it’s also just plain hot. Check it out here.
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With this TV ad, Ft. Lauderdale becomes among the first mainstream tourism board  to integrate gay messaging in an otherwise mainstream promotion.

DiscoverAmerica released this ad earlier this year that featured two gay men on a cable car.

But this is a great trend that we strongly encourage. It’s more and more about “traveling while gay” versus “gay travel.”

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By @ 10/25/12 in Art, Gay travel, New York, Travel

Christopher Columbus is in the house. Photo courtesy Dan Allen

Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in the 1492. Now it’s your turn to discover him back.

A 13-food tall statue of Signore Columbus has been sitting atop a 75-foot granite column in the center of Columbus Circle since 1892 and though it’s in one of the most prominent spots in the city the statue itself is not well known, barely glimpsed as cars, cyclists and tourists hurry by.

Cue artist Tatzu Nishi:

Nishi’s project re-imagines the colossal 13-foot-tall statue of Columbus standing in a fully furnished, modern living room. Featuring tables, chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the décor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. He even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture, having watched Hollywood movies and television as a child in Japan. Discovering Columbus offers both a unique perspective on a historical monument and a surreal experience of the sculpture in a new context. Allowing us to take a journey up six flights of stairs to a fictional living room, Tatzu Nishi invites us to discover for ourselves where the imagination may lead.

For more information or to reserve your free pass, visit the website of Public Art Fund.

Thank you to Dan Allen for providing his insights and this great photograph.

 

 

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By @ 09/25/12 in ManAboutWorld, New York

With only one Michelin-starred restaurant (Del Posto), Chelsea comes up a little short for fine dining. But it makes up for it with an abundance of solid restaurants, serving a broad range of cuisines to an eclectic neighborhood crowd. There’s no shortage of places to eat and drink on 8th Ave., while enjoying the scenic pedestrian flow of Chelsea muscle boys and club kids.

Here are five of the nearly 30 gay-popular restaurants we recommend in Chelsea. For a complete listing, check out ManAboutWorld’s ultimate guide to Gay New York  — available for free in the August/September issue of ManAboutWorld Magazine with a trial subscription on the App Store.

Gascogne
This little hole in the wall on 8th Ave at 18th St. in Chelsea is one of the most overlooked secret gems in the neighborhood that has hidden in plain site for over two decades. The menu changes little over the years and offers primarily specialties of Southwestern France. The courtyard dining area is tiny but magical: eight tables in a little garden that could be in Toulouse. Polish your French; the waiters seem fresh off le bateau.

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By @ 09/23/12 in Dining/food/wine, Europe, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

We think some the most delicious and affordable tacos we have had in New York City are at La Esquina. Here’s our write up from this past summer’s inaugural issue of ManAboutWorld, which included a definitive guide to the best of gay New York. Here’s what we wrote about it:

This secretive and chic Mexican brasserie is hidden beneath an ordinary deli on the corner of Kenmare. With your reservation (book three weeks out!) verified by the Men In Black standing guard at a door marked “Employees Only,” you’ll walk down a candle-lit stairway, through the kitchen and into a sexy, brick-walled dungeon. Worth it for the ambience alone, the tacos are affordable and delicious—a rare combination even above ground in NYC.

Now what to do when in London and you have the taco urge?  Our reader and contributor Tanya Scholl steers us to the best place to satisfy the urge for great Mexican cuisine across the pond.

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By @ 09/21/12 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

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One of our readers asked us for our recommendations for the city’s top vegetarian restaurants. He must have missed the ones we included in our recent issue! So we’re surfacing them here.

There’s nothing inherently gay about any of our choices for best vegetarian restaurants in New York, except they’re in neighborhoods our readers are most likely to explore when they visit.

It’s hard to find great vegan cuisine anywhere, but the “animal-caring” Blossom has three outposts serving great vegan, including gluten free, fare all organic and sourced as locally as possible. Blossom is in several locations though we like the one in Chelsea best (natch).

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By @ 09/18/12 in Gay travel, Hotels, New York

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With gay travelers welcomed at virtually every hostelry in the city, it can be hard for visitors to choose. Indeed, the paradox of choice leaves travelers spending hours poring over maps, reading reviews, comparing rates, and dissecting user-generated comments before making a reservation.

ManAboutWorld Magazine makes it easier, with opinionated recommendations that cut through information overload. There are 431 New York Hotels listed on TripAdvisor, yet fewer than 1 in 8 make our list. (Our list could be called the 50 Shades of Gay Hotels, since there’s only one truly gay hotel in New York.)

You’ll save lots of travel planning agita by reducing your consideration set to the 51 hotels (and 3 B&B’s) chosen by ManAboutWorld’s in-the-know Global Correspondent team, and grouped by neighborhood with advice for choosing among the neighborhoods as well.



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