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Downtown Durango Colorado - Durango Historic Downtown - Durango Ski Area - Gay-Friendly Durango - Mesa Verde National Park - Lake Mancos Dude Ranch
Main Avenue, facing south in this photo from about East 10th Street, is Durango's busiest commercial strip. The city was developed as a railroad hub for mining throughout the surrounding San Juan Mountains in the 1880s, and the architecture throughout the compact downtown reflects the period. Many of these Victorian and early-20th-century storefronts house restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and pubs, with the vibe ranging from vintage Western to surprisingly contemporary and urbane.

Strater Hotel Durango Colorado - Durango Historic Hotels - Strater Historic Hotel Photos - Diamond Belle Saloon - Durango Melodrama - Mahogany Grille
The imposing and ornate grand dame of Durango, the Strater Hotel dates to the late 1880s and comprises more than 376,000 red bricks, plus cornices, lintels, windowsills elaborately carved from sandstone. The four-story hotel has hosted plenty of notable personalities, with Western novelist Louis L'Amour a regular. The 93 rooms are decorated in period style, following a major refurbishment in the 1980s. The hotel's Diamond Belle Saloon is a famously kitschy and fun for drinks and ragtime piano. Page 2.

Durango Colorado Gay Guide - Durango Photo Gallery
One of the larger community's in the West's dramatic Four Corners region, rugged and outdoorsy Durango is the quintessentially laid-back and friendly Colorado mountain town. The small city of about 15,000 lies beneath the magnificent San Juan Mountains, in the valley of the roaring Animas River. Far from any big cities, Durango is a good base for exploring nearby Mesa Verde national park, the red rocks of Moab and Monument Valley, and the ski towns of Telluride, Taos, and Pagosa Springs.

Durango Colorado Gay Guide - Durango Photo Gallery
One of the larger community's in the West's dramatic Four Corners region, rugged and outdoorsy Durango is the quintessentially laid-back and friendly Colorado mountain town. The small city of about 15,000 lies beneath the magnificent San Juan Mountains, in the valley of the roaring Animas River. Far from any big cities, Durango is a good base for exploring nearby Mesa Verde national park, the red rocks of Moab and Monument Valley, and the ski towns of Telluride, Taos, and Pagosa Springs.

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The historic rail depot in downtown Durango, at the south end of Main Avenue and within a short walk of many restaurants and shops as well as a few hotels. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad excursions leave from behind the station, which inside contains a museum about the railroad and the region's history. Page 4.

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Yes, you've seen the familiar brown-on-tan logo of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on storefronts and awnings from Miami to Toronto to Hawaii. But the very first branch of this now ubiquitous sweet shop is right on Main Avenue in downtown Durango, where it was founded in 1981. There are now more than 300 locations, and fans of this brand known for caramel-dipped apples, fudge made in copper kettles, and boxed chocolates flock to this original location, just down from the Durango train depot. Page 6.

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Seasons Rotisserie & Grill earns a spot on any list of the best - and most sophisticated - restaurants in the Four Corners region. This lively bistro with a smart but casual look and a helpful, welcoming staff maintains a superb list of well-chosen wines and serves consistently excellent regionally inspired American fare. Pictured here is the Foxfire Farm-lamb burger with sweet onion relish, house-cured bacon, marinated olives, aioli, and perfect house-cut fries (ask for a little truffle oil). Page 5.

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There are two excellent coffeehouses along Main Avenue in Durango - I like them equally, but slightly favor the beans at Durango Coffee Company (while being more a fan of the personality and ambience of my other local favorite, the Steaming Bean). This well-established cafe that's quite popular with the town's LGBT community carries an extensive list of coffees and blends from all over the world. They also carry kitchen utensils and goodies and a wide variety of gifts. Page 7.

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Known for its eclectic, globally influenced cuisine (Thai shrimp with coconut-curry, pistachio-crusted grouper with vanilla-rum butter, maple-glazed New York strip), Ken & Sue's is one of the better

Main Avenue Durango - Lost Dog Durango - Durango Gay Bars - Durango Lesbian Bars - 4CGLAD Durango - Durango GLBT Groups - Four Corners Gay Scene
Main Avenue is Durango's main commercial strip - it's lined with diverting cafes, restaurants, saloons, and boutiques. Pictured here is the west side of the 1000 block, facing north - it reveals some of the late-19th- and early-20th-century buildings that define downtown Durango's charming aesthetic. Although it's not pictured here (it was too dark for me to grab a photo when I was here), if you venture just another block north and look to the east side of Main Avenue, you'll find the Lost Dog. Page 9.

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A highly successful bookstore with a very loyal following, Maria's has a good-size LGBT selection and also carries a nice range of titles covering local interest and history (throughout the Four Corners), feminism, politics, literature, and the outdoors. The spacious shop occupies a sunny storefront on Main Avenue, in the heart of downtown Durango. Page 11.

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Although Durango has no gay bars, there are a number of cool little hangouts in this city. Mo's Starlight Lounge is one of the better places in town to drop by for a cocktail (the martinis are a specialty), a glass of wine, or a beer. It's right in the heart of historic downtown. Page 12.

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Handsomely renovated, the historic Rochester Hotel and its sister property, the Leland House, have contain a total of 25 rooms (15 in the Rochester, and 10 in the Leland House). These funky properties are very gay-welcoming and are right in the center of Durango, a short walk from all the great dining and shopping along Main Avenue. The Rochester is a tribute to the many old Western movies that have been filmed in the area - the hallways are lined with vintage movies posters. Page 13.

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A funky, cheerful little coffeehouse in the heart of downtown Durango, the Steaming Bean is both a great spot to sip espresso and lattes and a useful hub for checking the Web - the cafe has high-speed Internet as well as computers and printers. You can also buy very good chocolate here, as well as offbeat greeting cards, world-beat music, and quite tasty light food - bagels, soups, sandwiches, pastries, and so on. Smoothies are another option, if you're not in a caffeine mood. Page 8.

Tupelo Honey Cafe Asheville - Tupelo Honey Southern Food - Asheville Best Breakfasts - Contemporary Southern Cuisine - Tupelo Honey Store 12 College
Cheerful and sunny Tupelo Honey Cafe, in the heart of downtown Asheville, has become almost as legendary for its loooong lines, especially at breakfast, as its delectable organic-driven Southern fare, but hey, that's not their fault. They simply turn out impeccably delicious, mod-meets-homestyle cooking that locals and visitors can't get enough of. The gay-friendly restaurant has a simple, narrow inside dining room plus a few tables on the sidewalk out front (they're sheltered in winter). Page 21.

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On a charmingly quiet corner in Biltmore Village, near the grand Biltmore Estate, the aptly named Corner Kitchen occupies a cozy stucco-and-beam house fronted by a redbrick sidewalk and a small green lawn. A number of chain restaurants and shops have popped up in Biltmore Village in recent years, but Corner Kitchen retains a one-of-a-kind, homey air and serves some of the best food in Asheville - maybe the best in this neighborhood. Page 10.

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Smokey's After Dark gay tavern. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 28.

Scandals Gay Bar Asheville - Scandals Nightclub Asheville
Scandals, the largest gay nightclub in western North Carolina. Page 13.

Eleven on Grove Asheville - Eleven on Grove at Scandals
Upstairs at the Grove House, at Scandals nightclub. Page 30.

Scandals Gay Boutique Asheville
Scandals Gay Boutique, part of Scandals Nightclub. Page 15.

Asheville Art Deco - Art Deco Architecture Asheville - Photos of Asheville Art Deco - Pearlman's Super Furniture Store Building - Kimmel & Associates
Asheville has one of the best collections of noteworthy art deco buildings in the country, many of them having been beautifully preserved and re-adapted to new uses (perhaps most famous is the Grove Arcade). Pictured here is the Pearlman's Furniture Building (now home to Kimmel & Associates, an executive search firm). The three-story, Art Moderne building at 78 Patton Street dates to 1940 and is one of many Deco stunners you'll see around town. Page 16.

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The old-fashioned, restored soda fountain at Woolworth Walk co-op art gallery is a fine place to grab a light lunch, flavored latte, or dish of ice cream. Page 29.

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Opened by Grove Park Inn founder and pharmaceutical magnate E.W. Grove, the Grove Arcade stands out among downtown Asheville's many striking buildings as arguably the most visually dramatic - the Art Deco beauty was built in 1929 takes up a prime city block. Following a complete restoration in 2002, the three-story market building contains a number of offices, boutiques, restaurants, and residential units. It's also a focal point of such popular downtown events as First Friday. Page 20.

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Panels of skylights, ornate wrought-iron balconies, and pilasters with ornamentation and gargoyles rise above the Grove Arcade's two main corridors. Page 31.

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The inside of Grove Arcade comprises two long, open corridors lined with shops and eateries. Page 27.

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Sante Wine Bar, inside the Grove Arcade, is not just a bar and restaurant but also a full-service retail wine shop with a superb selection of both old- and new-world vintages. Page 33.

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An elegant but informal spot with both indoor and outside (sidewalk) seating at Asheville's famed Grove Arcade, Carmel's Restaurant and Bar is the domain of noted local chef Carole Bowers, whose sophisticated American fare places an emphasis on fresh farm-to-table ingredients and sustainable seafood. The bar here is notable, too, for its impressive selection of beer, wine, and fine cocktails. In warm weather, you can often listen to live jazz as you dine at one of Carmel's outside tables. Page 23.

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Kamm's Custard Shop in the Grove Arcade has closed. Page 34.

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A local legend for their fantastic selection of books and a cool, gay-friendly cafe serving healthful and affordable victuals and designer coffees and teas, Malaprops might just be the most famous shopping destination in downtown Asheville. The expansive store has one of the best sections for gay, lesbian, bi, and otherwise queer literature, plus lots on cooking, Southern lit, gardening, architecture, art, children's titles, and antiques/crafts/furniture. Page 5.

Early Girl Eatery - Early Girl Asheville - Gay-Friendly Asheville Restaurants - Funky Asheville Dining - Gay Southern Food - Fried Chicken Restaurants
Who says you gotta eat fatty, heavy fare when dining at authentic Southern restaurants. The funky and hip Early Girl Eatery, smack-dab in the middle of downtown Asheville, pretty much always has a line out the door, because its farm-to-table super-fresh cuisine and quirky ambience combine for one of the most enjoyable dining experiences in the city. Lesbians and gays flock to this vintage building whose dining room radiates with natural sunlight from breakfast through dinner. Page 2.

Club Hairspray has closed
Club Hairspray in Asheville has closed. Page 35.

Tupelo Honey Cafe Breakfast - Tupelo Honey Eggs Betty - Southern Biscuits Photos - Best Biscuits Asheville - Best Eggs Asheville - Eggs Over Crabcakes
A delicious breakfast at Tupelo Honey Cafe: (clockwise starting at upper-left-hand corner): fresh-baked biscuits with jam and whipped butter, Eggs Crawley (plate of poached eggs, asparagus, and crabcakes topped with homemade hollandaise sauce), sides of local hormone-free sausage and bacon, and Eggs Betty (two poached eggs on a biscuit with ham, homemade hollandaise, and creamy cheese grits). There's superb coffee in that mug barely visible to the right. Page 3.

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Early Girl Eatery always offers plenty of intriguing specials - a particular favorite that comes up rather often is the fried-chicken salad over fresh greens, served with the restaurant's famed

Chocolate Fetish Asheville - Asheville Chocolate Shops - Gay-Friendly Asheville Shopping - Best Chocolate Shops Asheville - Best Candy Shops Asheville
Downtown Asheville's favorite source of sweet inspiration, Chocolate Fetish may be housed inside a diminutive little storefront, but this places packs plenty of flavor. I'm partial to the milk- and dark-chocolate-covered salted caramels, which I ate a bag of while strolling around town one afternoon with a friend. But there are all sorts of tempting sweets at this groovy little chocolate boutique on arguably Asheville's coolest little lane, Haywood Street. Page 7.

Grove Park Inn Asheville - Grove Park Resort and Spa Asheville - Arts and Crafts Hotels - Grove Park Photos - Asheville Gay-Friendly Hotels
If the Arts and Crafts movement is something of a religion in Asheville and western North Carolina, the stately Grove Park Inn is its high temple. The magnificent 1913 hotel was designed by Fred Loring Seely and his famed father-in-law Edwin Wiley Grove, a pharmaceutical magnate initially drawn to Asheville because of its cool, health-inspiring climate. The hotel has seen a dramatic expansion and restoration in recent years, and also has one of the South's most impressive spas. Page 8.

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From the terrace outside the Grove Park Inn's famed Great Hall, guests are treated to panoramic views of the Donald Ross-designed golf course, downtown Asheville's modest but attractive skyline, and the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains that surrounded this beautifully situated, gay-friendly city. Page 26.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Blue Ridge Parkway Asheville - Directions from Asheville to Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Gay Asheville
Asheville is an excellent base for exploring the dramatic, mountainous coountryside of western North Carolina, including the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, which cuts through the east side of Asheville, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, whose North Carolina (Cherokee) entrance lies about an hour west of Asheville via I-40, U.S. 19, and U.S. 441. Page 4.

Smokey's After Dark Asheville
Smokey's After Dark gay bar, Asheville. Page 6.

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The neoclassical Kress Building, which now contains condos and a crafts gallery, dates to 1928 and is one of Asheville's most celebrated architectural landmarks. The building is just off Pack Square, at 19 Patton Avenue. Page 17.

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Erected in 1929, just before the Stock Market Crash, and executed with a beautifully ornate terra-cotta exterior, the Public Service Building is a fine example of neo-Spanish Romanesque design. It's one of the most notable structures in downtown Asheville, which is known for its considerable trove of early 20th-century architecture, making it one of the nation's better small cities for strolling around and gazing at buildings. Page 19.

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One of Asheville's more intriguing readaptions of vintage buildings is Woolworth Walk, a circa-1938 art deco stunner on Haywood Street that was beautifully restored in 2001 and now contains a co-op gallery featuring the work of more than 150 artists living in western North Carolina. Apart from being a cool building to wander through, the art sold inside - photos, jewelry, paintings, crafts, and so on - is of an exceptionally high quality.

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Gay-friendly Asia Spa-Inn, which is set on a quiet residential street roughly a 15-minute walk north of downtown Asheville, represents a bit of a departure from the usual B&Bs in the area, which tend toward Arts and Crafts or Victorian. The aesthetic here balances minimalist Far East Asian with Western (suites have names - and related decorative themes - like Java Journey, Paris Flea Market, Silk Route). The adults-only retreat is by definition a B&B, but the sense of serenity, privacy. Page 11.

Zambras Asheville - Zambras Spanish Tapas and Wine
Zambras, a Spanish tapas bar in Asheville. Page 12.

O'Henry's Gay Bar - Underground Gay Club Asheville
A review of O'Henry's and the Underground gay bars in Asheville, North Carolina. Page 18.

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At the Battle Square end of Grove Arcade's northern corridor, the Big Cheese is a terrific source of gourmet goodies - not just artisan cheese but charcuterie, locals honey and jam, ethnic foods, and pretty much anything you could want to pack a picnic for a trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, or perhaps a lawn near the Biltmore Estate. Page 24.

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At the south (Battery Park) end of Grove Arcade, overlooking the daily, covered Portico Market, Fresh Quarter Produce is downtown Asheville's best little one-stop for fresh fruit and vegetables and other goodies. Page 22.

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At the northeast (corner of Battle Square and Page Avenue) end of the iconic Grove Arcade, you'll the stellar Sante Wine Bar, which is actually much more than a place to sip wine - it's an exceptional wine shop, carrying dozens of hard-to-find vintages at extremely fair prices (you can buy a bottle at the retail price and open it up and drink it here - there's just a tiny $5 corkage fee). The kitchen also turns out a fantastic array of cheese and charcuterie platters, and very good salads. Page 9.

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A cousin to the iconic building of the same name and style in New York City, Asheville's Flatiron Building - at 10 Battery Park Avenue - is shorter (eight stories, or about 130 feet, vs NYC's 285-foot Flatiron) and also newer (constructed in 1925, about 23 years after the NYC building). It's nonetheless a prominent landmark in Asheville, and one of downtown's tallest historic structures. Across the street, there's a sculpture of...surprise...a flat iron. Page 14.

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Appropriately across Wall Street from the eight-story Flatiron Building, you'll find this enormous sculpture of a black flat iron. Page 25.

Asheville Club Hairspray - Club Hairspray Photos - Hairspray Gay Club
An exterior view of Club Hairspray gay bar, with its signature beehive-hairdo logo. Page 24.

Club Hairspray has closed
Club Hairspray has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 35.

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Charlottesville's cultural, culinary, and retail heart and soul is the Historic Downtown Mall, a leafy, redbrick pedestrian promenade that runs for about eight blocks in the city center (it runs along Old Main Street). Created in 1974 and completely renovated in 2009, the Downtown Mall is lined with some 120 shops and 30 restaurants, most with outdoor seating. It's also home of such gay-friendly businesses as Escafe restaurant and bar, and Mudhouse coffee bar. Page 10.

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Another view of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, which lies just outside the leafy university town of Charlottesville, in which Jefferson established (and designed) the University of Virginia. Page 4.

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Touring Monticello, the famed home of President Thomas Jefferson. Page 3.

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Situated along Charlottesville's picturesque and always bustling Downtown Mall, and just steps from the gay bar and restaurant Escafe, dapper Mudhouse serves stellar, artfully rendered lattes and espresso drinks. You can also nosh on fresh-baked pastries and muffins, and sip herbal teas, fresh-squeezed OJ, and fruit smoothies. In warm weather, grab a seat on the patio and watch the world go by. Page 8.

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One of the more iconic buildings along Charlottesville's charming Downtown Mall pedestrian way, the historic Paramount Theater (215 E. Main St., 434-979-1333) opened in 1931 but eventually was shuttered for about three decades before undergoing a full restoration and reopening in 2004. The elegant space now presents concerts, plays, and speakers (openly gay comic and actress Lily Tomlin had been book when I snapped this photo). Page 2.

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Famed for its blackberry cobbler and blackberry ice cream, the Pollock Dining Room at Shenandoah National Park's Skyland Resort is also a fine place to feast on such traditional and contmeporary Southern fare as sweet corn fritters, corn-dusted catfish, Brunswick stew, and

Shenandoah National Park - Parks Near Charlottesville - Gay-Friendly Hotels Charlottesville - Charlottesville Day Trips - Charlottesville Scenic Drive
About 25 miles west of Charlottesville (to reach the southern entrance), central Virginia's scenic Shenandoah National Park was established in 1935 and offers some of the most spectacular views in the southeast, plus wonderful opportunities for hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding. The park is accessed along 105-mile Skyline Drive, a winding park road with numerous turnouts for taking pictures and short hikes. The park also has camping and hotel accommodations and restaurants. Page 5.

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If you make it out from Charlottesville to beautiful Shenandoah National Park, consider spending the night at one of the park hotels. The rooms at Skyland Resort are fairly rustic and basic (no phones, but some rooms do have TVs with satellite reception), but the views are mesmerizing - all have decks or patios with views comparable to the one shown here. The hotel is open from early April to late November, and rates begin around $100 nightly. Page 6.

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If your preferred method of strolling along Charlottesville's tree-shaded Downtown Mall pedestrian promenade is with snack-in-hand, stop by Splendora's Gelato Cafe. Purveyors of the dense, intensely flavored version of ice cream popularized in Italy and becoming increasingly commonplace around the world, Splendora's crafts some particularly tasty gelato and also sells espresso drinks and other sweets. Flavors change regularly but often include stracciatella, coconut, blood orange, pistachio. Page 9.

X Lounge Charlottesville - closed
X Lounge is closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 11.

Inman Park and Little Five Points Gay Guide
A profile on Atlanta's historic and diverse Inman Park and Little Five Points, one of Atlanta's most popular dining and retail neighborhoods, plus 2015 Inman Park events

OlaGirls Lesbian Mediterranean Getaway 2015 - Calpe Spain Lesbian Weekend 2015
A preview of the new OlaGirls Lesbian Mediterranean Getaway, held in the Calpe, Spain, near Alicante on the beautiful Costa Blanca, in early June 2015

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The hip and sexy Mansion on Forsyth Park is a thoroughly contemporary take on a classic a Southern grande dame hotel. The landmark redbrick boutique resort overlooking the moss-draped greenery of enchanting Forsyth Park has stunning rooms, a swank full-service spa called Poseidon, and an exceptional restaurant, 700 Drayton. Even if you don't stay here, it's worth stopping in for cocktails at the bar, or browsing works at the on-site Grand Bohemian Art Gallery. Page 3.

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A review of Club One, Savannah's largest gay club, which features performances by Lady Chablis.

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It's just a 20- to 25-minute drive to Tybee Island, Savannah's beach community, which generally feels distinctly more family-oriented and less gay-popular than the city itself. With that in mind, it's worth coming out here, especially on a warm day, to walk or lie on the beach, tour Fort Pulaski National Monument, or grab a bite to eat. There are several fine dining options here, including Sundae Cafe and the famously dive-y and fun Crab Shack. Page 2.

Blaine's Savannah - Blaine's Back Door Bar Closed 2011
Blaine's gay bar closed in 2011. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 5.

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Named for 4th U.S. President James Madison, Madison Square is among the most popular of Savannah's 22 (out of the original 24) city squares, thanks to the several notable buildings around it (especially the ornate Green-Meldrim House), the impressive statue of William Jasper (fallen hero of the Revolutionary War's Seige of Savannah), and the cannon (pictured on right side of this photo) that appears pointed at the Savannah Armory building (from which it came). Page 7.

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It's a telling sign of Savannah's increasing emergence into a design and shopping hub that its bustling shopping strip, West Broughton Street, is home to a Marc Jacobs store - most of the edgy designer and gay-rights supporter's swank boutiques are in much larger cities. Here at this airy, two-room shop, you'll find the boldly designed women's and men's clothing bags, shoes, and accessories (plus those colorful pro-gay equality T-shirts) for which Jacobs is known. Page 8.

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An offbeat, hip little wine bar that's popular with straights, gays, and everyone in between, Venus de Milo is along one of the main thoroughfares into downtown Savannah, close to City Market and a number of hotels and restaurants. With a well-chosen selection of wines by the glass, cordials, cognacs, and high-quality spirits, this is a prime spot for drinks before or after dinner, or to hang out with an eclectic bunch. There are two floors, and the upstairs area leads to an air porch. Page 6.

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The jewel of Georgia's lazily enchanting coast, Savannah was founded in 1733 and laid out with a perfect grid of streets and grassy tree-shaded squares. This has long been a place where eccentrics, artists, and traditional Southerners mingle with ease, but John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil especially heightened the city's popularity with gay travelers, who appreciate its stunning inns, fine restaurants, beautiful house-museums, handful of gay bars, and rich arts scene.

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Led by engaging resident and author Jonathan Stalcup, Architectural Tours of Savannah are an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the city's fascinating historic district, which is pretty much a direct window through more than three centuries of residential and commercial American architecture. Stalcup is well-informed and fun to wander around Savannah with, peppering his walks with anecdotes and unexpected facts about the many notable landmarks on his tours, from the Owens-Thomas House. Page 4.

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In some ways, Savannah is the perfect gay nightlife destination - there are only a handful of gay bars, but each has a very different personality and scene, and together they make a great bar-hopping adventures. Of the bunch, Chuck's is what you might affectionately call Savannah's gay dive bar - it's a smoky, dark place with a great juke box, and it's set down along the waterfront, on a somewhat quiet stretch of otherwise touristy River Street. The crowd is mixed, more gay later in the evening. Page 11.

Gallery Espresso Savannah - Gallery Coffeehouse Chippewa Square - Savannah Gay Coffeehouses - Savannah Espresso Bars - Gay-Friendly Savannah Dining
A fixture on Savannah's charming Chippewa Square for years, Gallery Espresso is the perfect cafe for lazing away sunny afternoons, people-watching, working on a laptop (the WiFi is free), and snacking on light cafe fare and first-rate coffees and teas. The baristas here use high-quality beans, and bagels, muffins, scones and other baked goods are available. There's comfy seating beneath the wooden rafters of this gay-popular hangout. Page 12.

Historic River Street Savannah - River Street Restaurants Savannah - Shopping Savannah River Street - Savannah's Waterfront Pictures - Riverwalk
Savannah's historic downtown sits on a bluff high above the Savannah River. Down below this bluff, which is lined with old warehouses some of which contain hotels, is cobblestoned historic River Street. All along this bustling if touristy street you'll find restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops - mostly the kinds of places popular with visitors and excelling in fried seafood, colorful cocktails, and somewhat schlocky but fun gifts and mementos (think commemorative spoons and fridge magnets). Page 10.

Jepson Center for the Arts - Jepson Center Savannah - Savannah Telfair Museums - Jepson Museum Savannah - Moshe Safdie Buildings - Cafe Zeum at Jepson
A striking, contemporary building designed in 2006 by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the Jepson Center for the Arts is part of and adjacent to the South's oldest public art museum, the Regency-style Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences. Together with Owens-Thomas House (several blocks away), these venues make up the Telfair Museums, which contain an immense and esteemed collection of artwork and furnishings. The Jepson Center also Cafe Zeum on the second floor, a terrific spot for lunch. Page 9.

Sapphire Grill Savannah - Sapphire Restaurant Savannah - Chef Chris Nason - Best Restaurants Savannah - Romantic Dining Savannah - Hip Savannah Dining
Among the chefs that have come to define sophisticated, creative dining in Savannah, it's a guy from the Philadelphia area named Christopher Nason who's become a culinary legend in these parts, helming the kitchen of the romantic, urbane Sapphire Grill. This swish two-story space near City Market serves a seasonally changing menu that mixes regional (often organic) ingredients both American and French influences. There's a stellar wine list to match the artful, beautifully presented cuisine. Page 13.

Savannah Gay Travel - Gay Savannah Travel - Savannah Historic District Photos - Gay Savannah Photo Gallery - Gay Tybee Island Georgia - Savannah B&Bs
The jewel of Georgia's lazily enchanting coast, Savannah was founded in 1733 and laid out with a perfect grid of streets and grassy tree-shaded squares. This has long been a place where eccentrics, artists, and traditional Southerners mingle with ease, but John Berendt's Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil especially heightened the city's popularity with gay travelers, who appreciate its stunning inns, fine restaurants, beautiful house-museums, handful of gay bars, and rich arts scene.

Hotel Palomar Dallas closed
Hotel Palomar Dallas has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 11.

Coast Vancouver Seafood Eatery - New England Clam Chowder Photos - Calamari and Garlic Aioli - Fish-and-Chips Hand Rolls - Coast Seafood Pictures
A few of the smaller-plate items served as Vancouver's stellar Coast seafood restaurant on Alberni Street: that's traditional New England-style clam chowder with Manila clams and double-smoked bacon in the foreground. To the left, there's tangy buttermilk-battered calamari with smoked garlic aioli, and on the right are Coast's unusual fish-and-chips

Boneta West Cordova Street Closed
Boneta in Vancouver has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 29.

Acre Restaurant Chicago - Acre Andersonville - Andersonville Restaurants - Gay-Friendly Chicago Taverns - Charlie's Ale House Andersonville
In the space formerly occupied by Charlie's Ale House, the trendy Acre Restaurant is run by the same folks as nearby Anteprima and serves stellar regional American cuisine, including crispy lake smelt fish fry, open-faced duroc ham sandwich with fried duck egg, house-made grilled chorizo. Because of its location, it draws plenty of gay and lesbian patrons, but it's definitely less of a

Cornelia's Bistro Chicago - Cornelia's closed
Cornelia's Bistro, closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 50.

Jack's on Halsted - closed
Jack's on Halsted has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 52.

Gaymart Chicago - closed
GayMart in Chicago is no more. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 51.

Kafka Wine Shop - closed
Kafka Wine Shop has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 53.

Pie Hole Chicago has closed
The former Pie Hole Pizza in Chicago has closed. Page 55.

Ragin' RaeJean's closed
Ragin' Raejeans has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 56.

Rubin's Chicago Room Art Gallery closed
Rubin's gallery on Halsted Street has closed. Page 58.

Palm Beach Gay Hotels Guide - Palm Beach Gay B&Bs Guide
A guide to the best gay resorts and gay-friendly hotels in Palm Beach County, Florida, including West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, and Lake Worth

Czech Republic Gay Travel - Gay Travel in the Czech Republic
Stories about gay travel in the Czech Republic, including Prague, Brno, and elsewhere

France Gay Travel - Gay Travel in France
Stories about gay travel in France, including Paris, the French Riviera, Lyon, Bordeaux, Alsace, and elsewhere.

Netherlands Gay Travel - Gay Travel in the Netherlands
Stories about gay travel in the Netherlands, including Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Leiden, Haarlem, and other cities and towns.

Manitoba Gay Travel - Gay Travel in Manitoba
Stories about gay travel in Manitoba

New Brunswick Gay Travel - Gay Travel in New Brunswick
Stories about gay travel in New Brunswick

Yukon Gay Travel - Northwest Territories Gay Travel - Nunavit Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Canada's northern provinces and territories, including The Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavit.

Newfoundland Gay Travel - Labrador Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Newfoundland and Labrador

Gay Travel Resources - Gay Vacation Advice
Profiles about gay-friendly travel companies, stories GLBT tour operators and travel agents, reader question-and-answers, and links to helpful gay travel resources.

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World's Best Gay Beach Towns and Small Cities
A list of the world's 20 gayest beach towns and small cities with populations under 150,000, and with locations on the water (oceans or large lakes).

Albuquerque Gay Bars & Restaurants Guide
A nightlife guide to Gay Albuquerque. The lowdown on the gay Albuquerque bar scene, including clubs, lounges, coffeehouses, and bars.

San Antonio Gay Bars and Nightlife Guide - San Antonio Gay-Friendly Restaurants
A sampling of great gay bars and clubs in the charming and historic Texas city of San Antonio, plus several gay-friendly restaurants and cafes.

- By Category
An index of categories in the

Magazine Street Best Shopping - Magazine Street New Orleans - Gay Antiques Shops - Gay New Orleans Art Galleries - Gay Fashion New Orleans -
A look at the best shopping along Magazine Street in New Orleans

New Orleans Best Shopping - Magazine Street Antiques - Gay French Quarter - Gay New Orleans Antiques - Gay Faubourg Marigny - Gay Louisiana
An overview of the best and most GLBT-popular neighborhoods for shopping in New Orleans

Travel Diary Cody Wyoming - Travel Journal Yellowstone National Park - Gay-Friendly Wyoming - Cody Wyoming Gay Travel Guide
A short diary of my late summer trip to Cody, Wyoming and nearby Yellowstone National Park.

Finger Lakes Weekend - Travel Diary Finger Lakes - Travel Journal Finger Lakes Wine Country - Gay-Friendly Finger Lakes - Finger Lakes Gay Weddings
A brief diary of my mid-November three-day trip through western New York's Finger Lakes Wine Country, including winery visits and meals on the area's most prominent lake for winemaking, Seneca Lake, as well as stops around Cayuga and Keuka lakes, and in the towns of Ithaca and Corning. The Finger Lakes region lies just south of Rochester and Syracuse, a four- to five-hour drive northwest of New York City.

Wilmington Gay Travel - Cape Fear Gay Travel
Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in Wilmington and Cape Fear

Berkshires Gay Travel
Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in the Berkshires, including Lenox, Pittsfield, Lee, North Adams, Williamstown, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Great Barrington

Oklahoma Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Oklahoma

Illinois Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Illinois

Nevada Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Nevada

Nebraska Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Nebraska

Vietnam Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Vietnam, including Saigon and elsewhere.

Gay Hotel Guides - Gay B&Bs - Gay Resorts
Guides to the best gay accommodations, from gay B&Bs to clothing-optional resorts to GLBT-popular mainstream hotels in all price ranges.

Bloomington Gay Travel
Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in Bloomington and the surrounding metro area

Alabama Gay Travel - Gay Montgomery - Gay Birmingham - Gay Mobile
Stories about gay travel in Alabama

Delaware Gay Travel - Gay Travel in Delaware - Gay Rehoboth
Stories about gay travel in Delaware

Mississippi Gay Travel - Travel in Gay Mississippi - Gay Natchez - Gay Jackson
Stories about gay travel in Mississippi

How to Reach Sunset Gay Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida
It takes a little effort to find it, but the gay beach on Treasure Island in greater St. Petersburg is one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the region. Years ago a gay nightclub along the beach, called Bedrocks, drew revelers to this narrow spot backed by dunes. The club closed eons ago, but this area now generally known as Sunset Beach remains popular with gay guys and lesbians, especially on weekend afternoons. Here's how to reach this beautiful spot.

St. Petersburg Gay Beach - Sunset Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Directions Treasure Island Gay Beach - Bedrocks Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Gay Beaches
It takes a little effort to find it, but the gay beach on Treasure Island in greater St. Petersburg is one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the region. Years ago a gay nightclub along the beach, called Bedrocks, drew revelers to this narrow spot backed by dunes. The club closed eons ago, but this area now generally known as Sunset Beach remains popular with gay guys and lesbians, especially on weekend afternoons. Here's how to reach this beautiful spot.

St. Petersburg Gay Beach - Sunset Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Directions Treasure Island Gay Beach - Bedrocks Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Gay Beaches
It takes a little effort to find it, but the gay beach on Treasure Island in greater St. Petersburg is one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the region. Years ago a gay nightclub along the beach, called Bedrocks, drew revelers to this narrow spot backed by dunes. The club closed eons ago, but this area now generally known as Sunset Beach remains popular with gay guys and lesbians, especially on weekend afternoons. Here's how to reach this beautiful spot.

St. Petersburg Gay Beach - Sunset Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Directions Treasure Island Gay Beach - Bedrocks Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Gay Beaches
It takes a little effort to find it, but the gay beach on Treasure Island in greater St. Petersburg is one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the region. Years ago a gay nightclub along the beach, called Bedrocks, drew revelers to this narrow spot backed by dunes. The club closed eons ago, but this area now generally known as Sunset Beach remains popular with gay guys and lesbians, especially on weekend afternoons. Here's how to reach this beautiful spot.

St. Petersburg Gay Beach - Sunset Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Directions Treasure Island Gay Beach - Bedrocks Gay Beach St. Petersburg - Gay Beaches
It takes a little effort to find it, but the gay beach on Treasure Island in greater St. Petersburg is one of the loveliest stretches of sand in the region. Years ago a gay nightclub along the beach, called Bedrocks, drew revelers to this narrow spot backed by dunes. The club closed eons ago, but this area now generally known as Sunset Beach remains popular with gay guys and lesbians, especially on weekend afternoons. Here's how to reach this beautiful spot.

Sentinel Hotel, Portland, OR - Gay-Friendly Portland Hotels
Reviewing the Hotel Sentinel, Portland, Oregon, as well as Jake's Grill and Jackknife bar

Albuquerque Gay Hotels Guide - Gay B&Bs Albuquerque - Albuquerque Gay Resorts
A guide to the best gay-friendly hotels, resorts, casinos, and GLBT B&Bs in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the surrounding region

Whistler Gay Nightlife Guide - Best Gay Bars Whistler BC - Whistler Gay-friendly Restaurants
The best gay-friendly bars and apres-ski hangouts in beautiful Whistler, BC, along with some great restaurants and cafes.

Tucson Gay Bars - Tucson Gay Nightlife - Best Tucson Gay Bars - Tucson Coffeehouses
A guide to the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in Tucson, plus a few gay-popular restaurants and cafes.

Tucson Gay Bars - Tucson Gay Nightlife - Best Tucson Gay Bars - Tucson Coffeehouses
A guide to the best gay bars, clubs, and nightlife options in Tucson, plus a few gay-popular restaurants and cafes.

Kalamazoo Gay Travel
Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in Kalamazoo

Laguna Beach Gay Travel
Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in Laguna Beach

Marin County Gay Travel
Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in Marin County, including Sausalito, Point Reyes National Seashore, Stinson Beach, Tiburon, San Rafael, Corte Madera, San Anselmo, and Larkspur

San Jose, Silicon Valley, and South Bay Gay Travel
Articles to help you plan a gay vacation in the South Bay, including San Jose, the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Half Moon Bay, Redwood City, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara.

Yakima Wineries - Yakima Valley Vacations - Yakima Gay Guide
A guide to the Yakima Valley Wine Country, in south-central Washington, an up-and-coming region for wine-touring and relaxing getaways within a few hours' drive of Portland and Seattle.

A Guide to Yakima Valley Wineries
A guide to some of the top wineries and tasting rooms in south-central Washington's scenic Yakima Valley, just 2.5 hours from Seattle and 3.5 hours from Portland.

A Guide to Restaurants, Cafes, and Nightlife in the Yakima Valley
A guide to great restaurants, cafes, and bars in Washington's Yakima Valley Wine Country

A guide to gay-friendly hotels and inns in the Yakima Valley Wine Country
A guide to the best hotels, inns, and B&Bs in Washington's Yakima Valley Wine Country

'Gay Travels in the Muslim World' - Book Review
A look at the book Gay Travels in the Muslim World, a compilation of 18 wide-ranging essays edited by Michael T. Luongo

Park City Gay Resorts - Gay-Friendly Hotels Guide Park City - Park City Gay Inns
A guide to the best gay-friendly resorts, hotels, and inns in the stylish Utah ski town of Park City

Baltimore Gay Hotels Guide - Baltimore Gay-Friendly B&Bs - Baltimore Best Hotels Gay Travel - Where To Stay Baltimore
A guide to the best gay-friendly hotels and B&Bs in Baltimore, Maryland

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong - Hong Kong Hyatt Hotels Plateau Spa - Gay-Friendly Hong Kong Hotels
An article about the gay-friendly Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hong Kong, China

Casa Cupula Puerto Vallarta - Puerto Vallarta Gay Resorts
A review of Casa Cupula, a gay resort in the historic Zona Romantica neighborhood of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Market Pavilion Hotel - Gay Charleston - gay-friendly charleston - charleston hotels - charleston gay-friendly hotels
A review of the Market Pavilion Hotel, a gay-friendly boutique hotel in historic Charleston, South Carolina.

Las Vegas Gay Gallery - Las Vegas Gay Guide
A gay travel gallery of Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Gay Gallery - Las Vegas Gay Guide
A gay travel gallery of Las Vegas, Nevada

Ice Pics Video Bar - Ice Pics Gay Bar Phoenix - Phoenix Gay Video Bars - Popular Gay Bars Phoenix - Gay Strippers Phoenix - Go-Go Dancers Gay Bars
A convivial video bar that's somewhere between a mellow neighborhood bar and a lively gay happy hour haunt, Ice Pics is a reliable bet for chatting and hanging out with friends, or for meeting locals. The crowd is generally low-keyed and friendly, and the two-for-one happy hours (daily, from 4 pm until 8 pm) are a hit. Bigger crowds pile in for certain thematic events, like weekly show-tunes parties and comedy nights. Page 10.

Club Forbidden Scottsdale - Closed
Club Forbidden - closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 11.

Incognito Lounge Phoenix - closed
Incognito Lounge has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 13.

BS West Scottsdale - BS West Gay Bar - Scottsdale Gay Nightlife - Old Town Scottsdale Nightlife - Phoenix Gay Video Bars - Scottsdale Gay Nightlife
Your best bet if you're staying out at one of the glam resorts of Scottsdale, BS West is a long-running video bar with a small patio, tucked behind a row of galleries and boutique in downtown Old Scottsdale. The recently remodeled, warmly lighted bar pulls in an eclectic crowd, from students who attend relatively nearby ASU to visiting tourists. Page 4.

Bar on Central - Phoenix
Bar on Central, formerly Amsterdam, the premier gay nightclub in downtown Phoenix

Chute Men's Club Phoenix - Chute Sex Clubs - Gay Bears Bathhouse Phoenix - Leather Bathhouses - Flex Bathhouse Phoenix - Fetish Gay Sex Clubs Phoenix
The Chute gay sex club. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 2.

Karamba Nightclub - Karamba Gay Bar Phoenix - Karamba Latin Gay Disco - Gay Nightclubs Phoenix - Gay Latin Bars - Hispanic Gay Nightclubs - Karamba
One of the city's best gay dance clubs and as fun a Latin gay bar as you'll ever find, Karamba has an edgy, post-industrial look and a thunderous sound system. There are three large indoor areas plus a decent-size patio, and a small pizza restaurant inside serves food on Fridays and Saturdays. The music and the crowd are heavily Latin-influenced, but you'll see all kinds of revelers here, from shirtless and buff gym kids to veteran circuit-party addicts to straight-but-progressive types. Page 6.

Kobalt at Park Central - Kobalt Gay Bar Phoenix - Cobalt Gay Club Phoenix - Phoenix Gay Lounges - Gay Bars with Patios - Phoenix Gay Scene
A friendly, slightly trendy, gay bar a short drive north of downtown at Park Central Mall, Kobalt is popular for its variety of theme nights, including karaoke on Sunday and Tuesday, piano cabaret on Friday and Saturday, and Broadway tunes on Thursdays. An upscale, attractive layout with dim lighting and glass-top bar tables lend a warm and welcoming ambience and there's a patio, too. Tends to get some of the overflow from Amsterdam, which isn't too far away from here. Page 7.

Cherry Bar Phoenix - Closed
Cherry Bar has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 8.

Bunkhouse Saloon Phoenix - Bunkhouse Gay Bar Phoenix - Bunkhouse Saloon Gay Leather Bar - Phoenix Men's Leather Bars - Phoenix Bear Bars - Bunkhouse
Bears, leather daddies, and blue-collar guys have long patronized this super-friendly, no-bullshit cruise bar near several other zero-attitude gay hangouts on North 7th Avenue. The Bunkhouse has a racially diverse crowd, is quite friendly toward women for a pretty cruisy guys' bar, and has some fun events, like monthly

Cash Inn Country Phoenix - Cash Inn Country Lesbian Bar - Cash Inn Country Latin Music - Phoenix Women's Bars - Phoenix Gay Country Bars - Cash Inn
Drawing a predominantly lesbian crowd, this is one of the country's top country-western-themed women's bars and an extremely popular hangout in Phoenix. Line-dancing and two-stepping are a big part of the fun, but there's also darts and pool, free Wi-Fi, and an expansive patio out back. If you're not so big on cocktails, just drop in and hang out in the coffee bar. It's a very friendly place, with an especially nice bunch of folks working behind the bar. Page 3.

Clarendon Hotel Bar Phoenix - Gallo Blanco - Skydeck Phoenix
Set right in the heart of the city's Central Avenue corridor, which is convenient to nightlife and attractions (as well as the super-cool new Light Rail), the Clarendon Hotel is a favorite, mid-priced lodging option for GLBT travelers (and other hipsters, artists, and the like). But whether you stay here or not, be sure to check out the fabulous Skydeck rooftop bar, with its nifty skyline views and stylish patio furniture. Page 5.

Roscoe's Phoenix - Roscoe's Gay Bar - Roscoe's Gay Sports Bar Phoenix - Phoenix Sports Bars - Best Gay Sports Bars - Roscoe's Sports Bar and Grill
Roscoe's on 7th is a convivial little sports bar with an extremely popular happy hour. The big draw are the 13 video monitors, which show every kind of sporting event imaginable. But Roscoe's is also known for its cheap drink specials and for hosting area gay sports leagues and teams. The bar's All-Star Grills serves lunch and dinner, too. Page 12.

Phoenix Gay Travel - Gay Phoenix Travel - Gay Scottsdale - Gay Phoenix Gallery - Exploring Scottsdale Gay Bars - Gay Tempe Photos - Gay ASU - Phoenix
The Southwest's largest city, Phoenix is also - unsurprisingly - one of the country's leading GLBT destinations. The city's central neighborhoods, which contain many of the area's gay-oriented nightlife and other businesses, has seen a marked renaissance in recent years. Other cities in metro Phoenix, such as Scottsdale - with its swank resorts - and Tempe - a lively collegiate city - also have a sizable gay following. Here's a visual guide to things to see and do in Metro Phoenix.

Phoenix Gay Travel - Gay Phoenix Travel - Gay Scottsdale - Gay Phoenix Gallery - Exploring Scottsdale Gay Bars - Gay Tempe Photos - Gay ASU - Phoenix
The Southwest's largest city, Phoenix is also - unsurprisingly - one of the country's leading GLBT destinations. The city's central neighborhoods, which contain many of the area's gay-oriented nightlife and other businesses, has seen a marked renaissance in recent years. Other cities in metro Phoenix, such as Scottsdale - with its swank resorts - and Tempe - a lively collegiate city - also have a sizable gay following. Here's a visual guide to things to see and do in Metro Phoenix.

Manana gay club - closed
Club Manana has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 17.

Kit Kat Puerto Vallarta - closed
Kit Kat Puerto Vallarta has closed. Page 19.

Mama Dolores' Diner Puerto Vallarta closed
Mama Dolores Diner has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 18.

Laguna Beach Gay Guide - Orange County Gay Guide - Laguna Beach Photo Gallery - Gay-Friendly Orange County Hotels - Laguna Beach Best Restaurants
Among beach towns on the U.S. West Coast, Laguna Beach has arguably the strongest gay following of any community. This hilly, picturesque town midway between Los Angeles and San Diego lies within one of California's more conservative regions, Orange County, but this is an area with a sizable GLBT population and an increasingly tolerant attitude toward gay and lesbian issues. Specifically, Laguna Beach is gay-friendly and also home to several posh seaside hotels and a number of great restaurants.

Washington DC Gay Guide - Gay Washington DC Travel - Washington DC Gay Photos Gallery - Best Gay Clubs DC - Washington Best Gay Bars - Dupont Circle
The nation's capital city, Washington, DC, also has a sizable gay and lesbian community, much of it centered around the Dupont Circle neighborhood, but there are also plenty of gay-frienldy hangouts and businesses in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, along the U Street Corridor, and in fast-growing Logan Circle. Here's a look at some of gay Washington's top hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, and neighborhoods.

Washington DC Gay Guide - Gay Washington DC Travel - Washington DC Gay Photos Gallery - Best Gay Clubs DC - Washington Best Gay Bars - Dupont Circle
The nation's capital city, Washington, DC, also has a sizable gay and lesbian community, much of it centered around the Dupont Circle neighborhood, but there are also plenty of gay-frienldy hangouts and businesses in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Adams Morgan, along the U Street Corridor, and in fast-growing Logan Circle. Here's a look at some of gay Washington's top hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, and neighborhoods.

Out & About Travel - Out and About Gay and Lesbian Travel Agency - Gay Travel Agencies - GLBT Full-Service Travel Agencies - Out & About Rhode Island
An article about the full-service GLBT travel agency, Out & About Travel, based in Providence, Rhode Island.

Boulder Gay Bars - PropGay Boulder
Boulder's PropGay is no longer in operation. Page 3.

Trapp Door Salt Lake City - Trapp Door Gay Bar - Trapp Door Closed 2009
NOTE: The Trapp Door closed in 2009. Salt Lake City only has a handful of gay bars, but what it lacks in sheer number it makes up for in energy and friendliness. Arguably the hottest hangout among the bunch is the Trapp Door (615 West 100 South, 801-533-0173), a decent-size disco with an also sizable side patio in the city's Warehouse District, just west of downtown. Page 17.

Mobel-Olfe Berlin - Mobel Olfe Gay Bar - Best Gay Bars Berlin - Kreuzberg Gay Nightlife - Mobel-Olfe Pub - Trendy Gay Bars Berlin -
You won't find many bars out there with quirkier locations than Mobel-Olfe, which occupies the ground floor of a defunct mid-rise furniture store that's surrounded by Turkish-immigrant apartment blocks - the bar is just outside the northwest side of the Kottbusser Tor (U) subway station, and it's a tiny bit challenging to find. Best just to ask around, or bumble around until you spy a crowd of hipsters, slackers, artists, and bohemians mingling outside the bar's front door. Page 3.

Carole Peck's Good News Cafe Woodbury - Gay Litchfield County - Gay-Friendly Connecticut Restaurants - Woodbury Dining - French Provence Culinary Tour
A look at one of Litchfield County's best and gay-friendliest restaurants, Carole Peck's Good News Cafe, in Woodbury, Connecticut

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown - Gay Atlanta hotels - gay-friendly Hotel Indigo - Atlanta gay-friendly accommodations - gay Atlanta lodging Midtown
A review of Atlanta's hip, moderately priced, and gay-popular Hotel Indigo Midtown, across the street from the historic Fox Theatre and a short drive or cab ride from gay nightlife.

Plan Your Trip
Tips and suggestions to help you plan a successful gay vacation, with gay-travel resources, gay-friendly tour operators and travel agencies, profiles of travel companies (and how gay-friendly they are), articles on special-interest gay travel (such as budget, senior, student, family, and adventure travel), questions from readers, and information on safety and crime (how gay-friendly a destination is).

Flying Star Nob Hill - ABQ Original Flying Star - Nob Hill Coffeehouses - Gay Cafes Albuquerque - Flying Star Route 66 - Nob Hill Brunch Restaurants
The original - and most gay-popular - of the several branches of groovy Flying Star Cafe set all around metro Albuquerque (there's also one in Santa Fe's lively Railyard District), the Nob Hill Flying Star tends to draw an eclectic and artsy bunch, including plenty of students from nearby University of New Mexico. This locale is smaller and often more crowded than some of the newer branches, but it's also a favorite for people-watching and weekend brunch. Page 7.

Fame Gay Club Winnipeg - Fame Bar Winnipeg - Sonar Nightclub Now Fame - Winnipeg Fame Dance Club - Gay Nightclubs Winnipeg - Manitoba Gay Nightlife
Opened in December 2010, Winnipeg's Fame nightclub is located inside the former Sonar space at 279 Garry Street, adding a third GLBT nightlife option to this city of more than 630,000. Indeed, considering this is Canada's seventh-largest city, Winnipeg has long been a little lacking in variety and number of gay bars, so this new, handsomely designed space is a welcome addition. It's downtown, within an easy walk of Gio and Club 200, the city's other two gay establishments. Page 14.

Agua Azul Bar Quepos - Gay-Friendly Nightlife Quepos - Manuel Antonio Gay Bars - Cafe Agua Azul Manuel Antonio National Park - Gay Nightlife Quepos
The view of the Pacific from the open-air bar and dining area at gay-popular Cafe Agua Azul, on a bluff between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park. Page 3.

Cafe Manhattan Cape Town - Manhattan Bar Cape Town - Cafe Manhattan Gay Bar - Manhattan Gay Bar De Waterkrant - Cafe Manhattan Cocktail Bar
A long-beloved restaurant in the heart of Cape Town's gay district, De Waterkant, Cafe Manhattan is a restaurant first and foremost, but there's also a bar inside that draws quite a crowd for early evening cocktails - the drinks menu features Mai Tais, Cosmopolitans, Hurricane's, and a particular house favorite, the African Queen (with creme de banane, triple sec, and orange juice). This lively spot also has a branch in the Seapoint section of Cape Town. Page 2.

Boom Boom Room Laguna Beach - Coast Inn Laguna Beach - Coast Inn Closed - Laguna Beach Gay Resorts - Boom Boom Room Reopening - Coast Inn Photos
The Coast Inn and Boom Boom Room gay resort and nightclub were synonymous with the Laguna Beach gay scene for decades before the complex closed down in fall 2007 after years of hosting everybody from Rock Hudson to assorted gay porn stars to thousands of GLBT revelers and vacationers. The 1930s-era structure still sits empty along Pacific Coast Highway at Mountain Road - behind it you'll find the most gay-popular stretch of beach in Laguna, along a gorgeous stretch of the Pacific Ocean. Page 5.

Laguna Beach Gay Beach - Gay Beaches Orange County - Gay Beach Laguna - West Street Beach - Boom Boom Room Gay Beach - Gay Sunbathing Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach contains one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Southern California, most of it easily accessed down side streets or stairwells at various points along South Coast Highway. Although gays and lesbian have long frequented just about any part of the beach in Laguna, including the centrally located Main Beach section opposite the village's commercial center, two sections have had the strongest gay following, West Street and Mountain Road Beach (pictured here). Page 6.

Koffee Klatch Laguna Beach - Laguna Beach Gay Coffeehouses - Orange County Gay Nightlife - Gay-Friendly Cafes - Best Coffee Desserts Laguna Beach -
Open until 11 on weekdays and midnight on weekends, the cheerfully decorated Koffee Klatch might as well be considered as one of Laguna Beach's best gay nightlife options - it draws a very mixed GLBT/straight crowd, the staff is fun and helpful, and there's usually a cool crowd in this place. It's also next to the town's gay bar, Bounce, and along a stretch of gay-popular businesses. With all this going for it, it's a great spot to meet and chat with locals, and there are decadent desserts here. Page 7.

Main Beach Park Laguna Beach - Orange County Best Beaches - Laguna Beach Downtown Park - Main Park Laguna Beach - Gay-Friendly Orange County Beaches
It doesn't have an especially gay following, but Main Beach Park is the central-most outdoor hangout in Laguna Beach. The broad crescent of sugary sand lies just opposite Laguna's bustling village center, a short walk from dozens of fine restaurants, shops, and markets - you might want to grab picnic supplies from Zinc Cafe and Market and bring them over for an ocean-front meal. Main Beach is fringed by boardwalk and a grassy park and has a volleyball court, lifeguards, restrooms, and showers. Page 8.

Shorebreak Hotel Huntington Beach - Joie de Vivre Gay-Friendly Hotels - Shorebreak Hotel Orange County - Gay Travel Huntington Beach - Zimzala Cafe
With its progressive embrace of gay and lesbian travelers and high number of GLBT employees, the San Francisco-based Joie de Vivre boutique hotel group is well-known among gay visitors to California, where the company has an impressive portfolio of mid-priced and upscale lodging options. Most of these are in and around San Francisco, but increasingly, Joie de Vivre has begun branching out - in 2009, they opened the sleek Shorebreak Hotel in the laid-back surf town of Huntington Beach. Page 2.

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Perched overlooking a stunning stretch of beachfront and Pacific Ocean, Laguna's elegant Splashes Restaurant is part of the swanky, gay-friendly Surf and Sun Hotel - it's accessed by taking the elevator to the lower level, and the dining room of tall windows, polished-wood floors, and casually stylish rattan chairs is adjacent to the hotel's breezy pool area. Splashes also has some outdoor dining, sheltered by glass partitions from the crashing surf - this is quite the dramatic setting for lunch. Page 9.

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Set enviably along a 500-foot stretch of white-sand beach, the Surf and Sand has been one of Laguna Beach's favorite places to stay since it opened more than six decades ago, but thanks to some major refurbishments in recent years, it's also become one of the most luxurious hotels in town. Although coastal Orange County has a number of chic beach resorts, the Surf and Sand has rooms located closer to the surf than most competitors. It's also home to the exceptional Splashes Restaurant and a spa. Page 10.

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A casual fish-taco shack that's been a fixture in Laguna for many years, Taco Loco is cheap and simple (you order at the counter and take your meal with you or dine at one of the several sidewalk tables outside). The big draw here is the wide variety of super-fresh fish tacos, as well as a good many vegetarian dishes, from blackened-mushroom-tofu burgers to healthy-size salads. Blackened lobster, shrimp, calamari, swordfish, and mahimahi are among the plentiful seafood offerings. Page 4.

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The trendy restaurant at the gay-friendly Shorebreak Hotel, Mediterranean-inspired Zimzala has quickly earned acclaim as one of coastal Orange County's most intriguing and successful dining options. It's just 15 miles from Laguna Beach and well worth a trip for foodies, or for a post-shopping nibble after shopping in nearby Newport Beach. Talented chef Vince Muraco oversees the kitchen and draws on recipes from nearly two dozen countries in and around the Mediterranean region. Page 3.

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Downtown Charlotte has grown dramatically over the past few decades with the city's rise into one of America's top banking centers (and among the nation's 20 largest cities). Here at the intersection of Trade and Tryon streets, which is also the marks the point that divides

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Gargantuan Southpark Mall is one of the state's largest, and a very popular shopping destination among Charlotte's fashion-forward. It's anchored by Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom, and there are large branches of Crate & Barrel, Louis Vuitton, American Apparel, Michael Kors, PUMA, Skechers, Sur La Table, Urban Outfitters, Tiffany, Design Within Reach, and countless other mid- and upscale chains. McCormick & Schmick's and M5 are among the more popular restaurants. Page 3.

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South-Central Washington's Yakima Valley extends like a curving finger, west-northwest from where the Columbia River cuts north through the Tri-Cities. It's the state's oldest wine-producing area, and it's become renowned for a terroir that's capable of supporting countless high-quality varietals. Wineries here tend toward the small, low-keyed side, yet they produce some of the state's most celebrated wines. There's also a growing crop of restaurants, inns, and wine bars in the area. Page 6.

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Situated atop a stunning cliff overlooking the Columbia Gorge in central Washington, Sagecliffe is essentially a sustainability-driven campus of viticulture, culinary excellence, luxurious lodging, spa relaxation, and arts appreciation. The 700-acre working vineyard, farm, and resort - whose owners eventually plan to add theaters, golfing, equestrian facilities, galleries, and additional dining and lodging - has become one of the West's most prominent Wine Country destinations. Page 3.

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Part of the Cabare Tito drag-club group that comprises four bars in Zona Rosa (the others are Evolucion, VIP, and Neon), Cabare Tito Fusion is along busy Calle Londres, just a couple of blocks east of the main club area (just beyond Insurgentes Centro). Drag shows are a big part of the fun at this relatively smaller space that also has DJ dancing certain nights. Page 2.

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Drawing a fashionable, see-and-be-seen GLBT set, Liverpool 100 is a few blocks south and east of the Amberes gay club strip in Zona Rosa, but still pretty close to all the action. The attractive gay dance club and has several different bars on and packs in substantial crowds on weekends (as well as Wednesday nights). For the young, trendy set, spending time here is de rigueur. Drinks are a bit pricier than some of the other gay bars in Zona Rosa. Page 3.

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A less over-the-top, more neighborhood-y bar and cafe along Oranienstrasse, Bierhimmel is a cheap and casual spot to start off an evening (or even an afternoon) of carousing. Drop by this cozy storefront cafe for a glass of wine, a light snack, or a cup of coffee before venturing out to some of the saucier spots around the SO 36 section of Kreuzberg, such as Roses and Mobel-Olfe. Page 4.

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In the S0 61 section of Berlin, just a few blocks east of bar-studded Mehringdamm along gentrified Bergmannstrasse, the sprawling and handsomely laid-out Marheineke Markthalle is one of the city's favorite spots for foodies - not to mention being a fine spot for cruising among fellow food-lovers among the aisles of specialty cheese, produce, chocolate, baked goods, wine, and prepared-foods stalls. Page 5.

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Kreuzberg is most easily reached via U-Bahn, Berlin's rapid transit system, which runs mostly underground but with lines that do run above ground as well (such as the U1 line, pictured here as it passes through Nollendorfplatz U-Bahn station en route east to Kreuzberg). If you're headed to the SO 36 section of Kreuzberg (around Oranienstrasse), take the U1 line to Kottbusser Tor station. To reach the S0 61 section, take the U6 line to either Mehringdamm or Platz der Luftbrucke station. Page 6.

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One of the most distinct stretches of cafes and shops in Berlin, Oranienstrasse is also one of the main drags in Kreuzberg. Just north of the Kottbusser Tor (U) subway stop, from Erkelenzdamm for two blocks east to Mariannenstrasse, you'll find dozens of unusual businesses, from camp gay bars like Roses to punk-indie music clubs like SO 36, not to mention a slew of bookstores, music shops, clothiers, coffeehouses, and restaurants. Page 2.

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The open-air Cafe Agua Azul, which is along the main road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park, across from Lattitude 9, has one of the best settings of any restaurant or bar in the region. At this laid-back second-story space with amazing views of the Pacific as well as the beach and rain forest below, you can dine on fresh seafood, sip beer and cocktails, and watch the world go by. The restaurant is very popular with the many gay and lesbian visitors to Quepos and Manuel Antonio. Page 2.

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One of about a dozen gay bars in Hong Kong's Central and adjacent Lan Kwai Fong district, 2M Bar is an intimate neighborhood spot down a small alley off of Wellington Street. As the sign suggests, this is an apt spot to tie one on - if it's all you can drink from 10 pm until 2 am, you have to wonder exactly how 2M celebrates its so-called

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Club Deep, which is down a rather discreet path on the eastern edge of Jingan Park, near the fabulous Citic shopping center (home to Jean Paul Gaultier, darling) and within walking distance of several hotels and shopping malls, including the gay-friendly (and super-cushy Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai). On weekend evenings, this is one of the best gay spots in China for dancing, pulling in the same voguing vamps and shirtless party monsters you might expect to see in any international city.. Page 3.