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Moffett House Provincetown - Secret Garden Inn Provincetown - Affordable Hotels Provincetown - Cape Cod Gay-Friendly B&Bs - Commercial Street Hotels
Several narrow alleys lead off of Provincetown's Commercial Street. The one pictured here leads beneath mature shade trees to a pair of the town's more reasonably priced, gay-owned B&Bs, the nicely remodeled Moffett House B&B, and the warmly furnished Secret Garden Inn. These neighboring properties are hidden from busy street traffic yet practically in the shadows of Provincetown Monument, close to tons of shopping, dining, and nightlife. Page 27.

Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Provincetown Art Museum - Provincetown Art Photos - Cape Cod Art Museums - Provincetown Attractions - PAAM
Established in 1921 and partially responsible for Provincetown's rise as a gay destination, the Provincetown Art Association has been beautifully expanded and ranks among town's top attractions. Page 2.

Crown & Anchor Views - Crown and Anchor Gay Hotel - Provincetown Gay Clubs - Provincetown Bay Photos - Central House Restaurant - Paramount Gay Bar
Some rooms at the Crown & Anchor gay resort enjoy magnficent views of the bay. Page 3.

Provincetown Gay Gallery - Provincetown Pictures
The gay resort community of Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, ranks among the world's great seaside vacation destinations. Here's a photographic tour of this bustling, scenic community.

Provincetown Gay Gallery - Provincetown Pictures
The gay resort community of Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, ranks among the world's great seaside vacation destinations. Here's a photographic tour of this bustling, scenic community.

Provincetown Gay Gallery - Provincetown Pictures
The gay resort community of Provincetown, at the very tip of Cape Cod, ranks among the world's great seaside vacation destinations. Here's a photographic tour of this bustling, scenic community.

Whistler Village - Rendezvous Ski Lodge
A view of Whistler Village from Rendezvous Ski Lodge. Page 3.

Peak 2 Peak Gondola Whistler - Whistler-Blackcomb Peaks Gondola
Using Whistler's Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Rendezvous Gondola Terminal - Rendezvous Ski Lodge area
Here's a look at the shiny red Peak 2 Peak Gondola ascending from the terminal beside Rendezvous Lodge. Page 2.

Rendezvous Ski Lodge - Rendezvous Gondola Terminal
Rendezvous Ski Lodge and Gondola Terminal, on Blackcomb Mountain. Page 4.

7th Heaven Blackcomb - Upper Panorama Blackcomb
7th Heaven Express, on Whistler's Blackcomb Mountain. Page 5.

Roundhouse Lodge Whistler - Roundhouse Ski Lodge
Roundhouse Ski Lodge, on Whistler Mountain. Page 6.

Whistler Mountain Easy Runs - Lower Whiskey Jack Whistler
Lower Whiskey Jack, on of the easier runs on Whistler Mountain. Page 7.

Whistler Village Gondola - Buying Lift Tickets at Whistler
How to buy lift tickets at Whistler and Blackcomb. Page 8.

Whistler Gay Guide - Whistler Photo Gallery
A gay guide to Whistler, British Columbia

Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola - Blackcomb Gondola Station
Excalibur Gondola at Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler. Page 9.

Blackcomb Base Area - Blackcomb Lift Ticket Office
The base area at Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler. Page 10.

Whistler Creekside Base Camp - Creekside Gondola Whistler
Creekside Base Camp, at Whistler Ski Resort. Page 11.

Whistler Creekside Base Lodge - Creekside Lift Ticket Office
The Creekside Lift Ticket Office at Whistler Ski Resort. Page 12.

Dusty's Bar & BBQ - Dusty's Creekside Barbecue
Dusty's Bar & BBQ, at the Creekside area of Whistler Ski Resort. Page 13.

Whistler Gay Guide - Whistler Photo Gallery
A gay guide to Whistler, British Columbia

Bentley's Coffeehouse Tucson - Bentley's House of Coffee & Tea - Bentley's Cafe Tucson - Tucson Gay Coffeehouse - Best Coffeehouses Tucson - Free WiFi
Now a local institution with a huge following among Tucson's LGBT community, Bentley's got its start back when coffeehouses were still something of an innovation, at least outside of the West Coast. Opened in 1984, this attractive, art-filled cafe serving delicious coffee and tea drinks, healthful and well-prepared meals throughout the day, and free WiFi is practically adjacent to the University of Arizona campus. The chai and mocha milkshakes are decadent and not to be missed. Page 7.

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I'm not going to lie - I really wasn't in the mood for my dinner at Janos, the critically lauded restaurant at the posh Westin La Paloma Resort, the night I tried it. The dining room felt a bit too formal and stuffy on this particular crisp-aired evening, and at first glance, the menu seemed to favor rich, heavy fare - steaks, rack of lamb, surf-and-turf. In the end, however, I ended up devouring one of the best meals I've ever eaten in Arizona (and I've had many great ones in this state!). Page 3.

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One of the state's longest-running and most popular gay hangouts, IBT's - which is short for It's About Time - is a fixture on Tucson's bustling 4th Avenue, a strip of mostly independent, offbeat cafes, boutiques, and pubs relatively near the University of Arizona. Popular for dancing on weekends, IBT's also has some popular weekly parties, such as Karaoke on the Patio parties on Sundays, Wednesday drag shows, and occasional guest DJs. The crowd is a mix of women and men, with plenty of college. Page 2.

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With its enviable desert-mountain setting, Tucson has developed steadily into one of the Southwest's premiere resort destinations - a slightly more laid-back and friendly alternative to Scottsdale and Palm Springs. The Westin La Paloma, part of the very gay-welcoming Starwood hotel brand, is one of Tucson's most inviting and luxurious vacation retreats, with some of the best dining, spa-going, and golfing in the region. It occupies a prominent rise in the Catalina Foothills, with stunning views. Page 9.

Hotel Congress Tucson - Club Congress Music Club - Affordable Tucson Hotels - Tucson Gay-Friendly Hotels - Cup Cafe Tucson - Hip Tucson Lodgings
There aren't many hotels in America as historically intriguing yet oddly contemporary as downtown Tucson's vibrant, quirky, and quite affordable Hotel Congress. This funky hub of musicians, artists, students, backpackers, gays and lesbians, and colorful characters is more than a cheap lodging option - it's also home to a terrific live music club and bar, a laid-back coffeehouse and cafe, and even a banquet space (Copper Hall). The 1919 hotel has 40 basic, individually decorated rooms. Page 4.

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The cozy, unpretentious, and reasonably priced cafe inside the similarly quirky Hotel Congress, the Cup Cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as presenting a great happy hour from 4 to 7 each afternoon (plus a late-night nosh menu from 11 until midnight). One highlight here is the well-chosen wine list (many varietals are available by the glass), with bottles available in a broad range of prices. Early in the day, Cup Cafe is more of a coffeehouse and lunch room. Page 10.

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Perhaps no natural feature defines southern Arizona, and Tucson in particular, more famously than the towering, forklike, slow-growing saguaro cactus, for which Saguaro National Park is named. This 91,500-acre park is divided into two section, which bracket the city of Tucson on the east and west (they're about 30 miles, or a one-hour drive, apart from one another). Scenic loop roads and many miles of hiking trails wind through each section, although most of Saguaro National Park is wilderness.

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Cactus Forest Drive winds for 8.3 miles through the eastern Rincon Mountain District of Saguaro National Park, providing access to a number of scenic overlooks, the Javelina Picnic Area, the short and signed Desert Ecology Trail hike, and several longer hikes. This district is also the park's main headquarters and the home to the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center, which has several interpretative exhibits, a bookstore, and information about ranger programs. Page 12.

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A view of the western section of Saguaro National Park, known as the Tuscon Mountain District, which you can tour via the 9-mile Scenic Bajada Loop Drive (part of which is paved, and part unpaved but well-maintained for even low-clearance vehicles). In the section of the park you'll also find the Red Hills Visitor Center, Desert Discovery Nature Trail, Signal Hill Picnic Area, and several other trails and unpaved roads. Page 5.

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Set in a stately 1870s adobe mansion in the heart of downtown's historic area, the gay-owned Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast Inn is just across from the Tucson Children's Museum and around the corner from imposing St. Augustine Cathedral. From this charming six-room B&B, you can also walk to the convention center, countless restaurants, and the hip shopping, dining, and nightlife along North 4th Avenue. The house is filled with Oriental rugs, well-chosen antiques, and ornately detailed wood. Page 8.

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Antigone Books has been a fixture along funky North 4th Avenue in downtown Tucson for years, long cultivating a reputation for carrying an especially good selection of feminist, LGBT, and politically progressive titles. Popular with students from nearby University of Arizona, Antigone has book signings and events regularly and is always an excellent spot not only for literary browsing but great people-watching. Page 11.

New Moon Tavern Tucson closed
New Moon Tavern and Howl at the Moon gay bars in Tucson have closed. Page 13.

Franks Restaurant Tucson - Tucson Diners
Franks, an old-school diner in Tucson. Page 6.

Woody's Tucson closed
Woody's gay bar in Tucson has closed. Page 14.

Tucson Gay Guide - Tucson Gay Photo Gallery
A photo gallery about gay-friendly Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Gay Guide - Tucson Gay Photo Gallery
A photo gallery about gay-friendly Tucson, Arizona

The Danforth Greek Village - Danforth Greektown Toronto - Toronto Greek Village Restaurants - Messini Gyros Toronto - Toronto Best Greek Food - Mezes
The Danforth, also known as Greektown, is one of the most beloved ethnic food neighborhoods in Toronto. It's in northeast of the city center, about 3 miles due east of the Gay Village (an easy and affordable cab ride), and it's definitely worth venturing over here for arguably the best strip of Greek restaurants in North America (I'd put it right up there with Astoria in Queens, NYC). Pictured here is Messini Authentic Gyros, one of the cheaper spot with simple and quick service and huge portion. Page 6.

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As the once forlorn and dowdy Ossington Strip, just off funky Queen Street West, continues to develop plenty of cachet among hipsters, artists, gays and lesbians, design-minded types, and other trendy sorts, hangouts like the slick yet laid-back Reposado Tequila Bar continue to pop up. This bustling storefront space carries Toronto's biggest selection of fine tequilas and also turns out small plates for noshing (cheese, tequila-cured salmon, picante crab cakes, chorizo with feta, and so on). Page 7.

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A 15-minute walk down Church Street from the Gay Village, and a similarly short stroll east of Toronto's downtown business district, the cozy Wine Bar at 9 Church Street is one of the city's foremost venues to sample local, farm-to-table cuisine paired with both Ontario and international wines. The menu is made up of small to medium-size plates of regularly changing fare, most of it priced around $8 to $15 per plate - consider tempura soft-shell crab, crisp pork belly with white-bean ragout. Page 4.

Zipperz Toronto - Cellblock Gay Bar Toronto - Zippers Cellblock - Toronto Gay Piano Cabaret - Gay Discos Toronto - Zipperz Gay Club - Cellblock Disco
One of the definitive nightlife favorites in Toronto's Gay Village, Zipperz/Cellblock is just off the main drag, Church Street, and comprises two distinct spaces. This complex is both a piano cabaret and a disco, with dancing on weekends and extremely campy drag shows on weeknights. Drinks are reasonably priced, and there's plenty of comfy seating. The crowd tends toward 35 and older, but with plenty of exceptions, and both women and men are quite welcome (although it's mostly male). Page 21.

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Reaching Toronto's world-famous gay beach, at Hanlan's Point in the Toronto Islands, is quite simple - in fact, from the bustle of the city's downtown Financial District, you're a mere half-hour or so from this scenic beach overlooking Lake Ontario, where nudity is officially sanctioned. Just bear in mind that public sex is illegal, so don't confuse Hanlan's Point with an outdoor bathhouse. Also, while the beach here has a strong gay following, it welcomes all kinds and isn't specifically GLBT. Page 15.

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The busiest and most touristy of the Toronto Islands is Centre Island, to and from the largest of the archipelago's ferries operates from spring through fall (there's no winter service to Centre Island). Whereas adjacent Hanlan's Point has a discernible gay scene, thanks to that island's clothing-optional beach, Centre Island is decidedly mainstream, straight, and traditional, mostly the domain of families. You'll plenty of restaurants and amusements here, however. Page 17.

Toronto Gay Village - Church Street Village Toronto - Church and Wellesley Toronto - Church Wellesley Gay District - Church Gay Village Photos
It likes, at first glance, like plenty of other urban neighborhoods in North America, but this stretch of Church Street (looking south from near the intersection with Wellesley Street) constitutes one of the world's most recognizable gay districts. known variously as Church Wellesley Village, the Church Street Village, or just the Gay Village, this strip of Church Street between roughly Bloor Street to the north and Gerrard Street to the south is lined with gay bars, restaurants, and shops. Page 5.

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Toronto's undisputed grande dame hotel is the Royal York, which when it opened in 1929 was the tallest hotel in the British Commonwealth. This 1,048-room property rises 28 floors and is still an iconic structure, although plenty of buildings near it now soar far higher. The hotel is directly across the street from Toronto's rail station, in the heart of the Financial District and a short walk from the Theater District, Queen Street West, and - in the other direction - Old Town Toronto. Page 3.

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Toronto's gay beach, at Hanlan's Point in the scenic Toronto Islands, overlooks calm Lake Ontario and draws considerable crowds on warm days. This is one of the most popular - and famous - clothing-optional beaches in North America, and certainly one of the best gay beaches in Canada. Hanlan's Point is without significant amenities; however, a paved walking path leads to Centre Island, with its numerous amusements, restaurants and snack bars, and additional ferry service back to the city. Page 16.

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art - MOCCA Toronto - Contemporary Canadian Art Museum Toronto - MOCCA Queen Street West - David LaChapelle Murals
A highlight of Toronto's always engaging Queen Street West Art and Design District, the provocative Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) is set back from the street in a building to which it relocated in 2005. The museum contains a significant permanent collection and also presents rotating exhibits throughout the year. Pictured here is a David LaChapelle mural, set in the museum's courtyard and parking area, which was shown throughout May 2010 during the Toronto Photography Festival. Page 9.

Mengrai Thai Restaurant - Mengrai Toronto - Mengrai Thai Cooking School - Best Thai Restaurants Toronto - Toronto Gay Dining - Gay-Friendly Thai Cafes
It's in a slightly off-the-beaten-path neighborhood called Corktown, about a 10-minute walk southeast of the Church Street Gay Village and roughly five blocks east of downtown's Eaton Centre shopping mall, but for seriously amazing Thai food, it's worth venturing to Mengrai Gourmet Thai. The rambling restaurant occupies a vintage beer warehouse with wood floors and exposed-brick walls, and chef owners Allan ans Sasi run both a restaurant and a cooking school out of the space. Page 18.

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For a memorable, high-end dining experience near Toronto's Theater District, it's hard to beat Note Bene, a sleek and bustling restaurant just west of the Financial District, at the very beginning of the offbeat Queen Street West district. The modern, high-ceilinged space with clean lines and warm lighting opened in 2008 and is staffed by a knowledgeable, enthusiastic crew. Chef David Lee, renowned for his work at Splendido, is the culinary talent behind Nota Bene. Page 24.

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Set a few miles east of Toronto's downtown Financial District, and just east of the Don River Valley, the steadily gentrifying neighborhood of Leslieville has become increasingly in vogue for its offbeat shopping, affordable indie cafes, and friendly neighborhood bars - much of the action is along Queen Street East. In recent years, this area south of Greektown has also become fashionable with Toronto lesbians, hence the neighborhood's rather obvious nickname,

Swan Restaurant Toronto - Swan Diner Queen Street West - West Queen West Restaurants - Gay-Friendly Diners Toronto - Swan Toronto Brunch - Gay Toronto
Step into the old-school, art-deco confines of Swan Restaurant, a much-lauded retro-chic diner along the decidedly quirky and queer West Queen West retail and dining strip, and you'll feel as though you've stepped in 1957. Note the Formica counters, vintage Coca-Cola machine, and leatherette booths. The kitchen serves mod variations on diner classics, along with a nice selection of beer and wine. The Hangtown fry at brunch is delicious: smoked oysters and pancetta with scrambled eggs. Page 19.

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A view of downtown Toronto's gleaming skyline, from the ferry boat to Hanlan's Point, part of the Toronto Islands and site of the clothing-optional gay beach. The tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, the 1,815-foot-tall CN Tower, stands guard over the skyline, right beside the Rogers Centre (fka the SkyDome) baseball stadium.

Trinity Bellwoods Park - Trinity Bellwoods Queen Street West - Toronto Parks Photos - Trinity Bellwoods Pictures - Toronto West Queen West Parks
The regal and meticulously landscaped Trinity Bellwoods Park lies in the heart of Toronto's GLBT-popular West Queen West Art & Design District. Queen Street forms the park's southern boundary, with Dundas Street forming the northern edge. Trails, park benches, a dog run, and sports fields and tennis courts, and a recreation center are components of this popular green space - it's an excellent spot for a picnic on a warm day. Page 11.

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The eclectic and arty West Queen West Art & Design District is one part of Toronto where you're never more than a few steps from an edgy gallery, minimalist design shop, fair-trade coffeehouse, or hip lounge. This neighborhood set along West Queen Street in the city's West End is also sometimes nicknamed Queer West Village, especially out near the intersection with Gladstone Avenue, thanks to the pronounced LGBT presence. In this sense, West Queen West counters the Church Street Gay Village. Page 10.

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Ferries run from downtown Toronto at the foot of Bay Street (next to the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel) year-round to Hanlan's Point, the westernmost of the Toronto Islands and the home of the official clothing-optional beach (which, unofficially, is also Toronto's de facto gay beach). The boat ride takes about 15 minutes, and service is more frequent during the warmer months, but boats leave the city as early as 9 am and return as late as 11:15 pm in summer. Round-trip fare is $6.50. Page 14.

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Long one of Toronto's favorite men's cruise bars, the Barn Nightclub (historically known as the Barn & Stables) remains a reliably good spot to meet other guys on the make, especially in the third-floor Loft area and super cruise-y darkroom. This three-level club has a cabaret with drag shows, a pool lounge, and a bar on the ground floor. The second level is a spacious dance club. Weekends are popular, as are Wednesday

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Reopened in spring 2010 by new ownership following a lengthy closure, the adjoining Crews & Tango bars underwent an ambitious refurbishment and are looking better than ever. These friendly, eclectic hangouts have always been - and continue to be - popular for drag shows and known for drawing a diverse mix of lesbians, gay men of all ages. This attractively furnished bar occupies a vintage townhouse in the Gay Village and also has a restaurant serving light casual fare and a pretty back patio. Page 25.

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You may recognize Toronto's biggest and busiest gay nightclub, Fly, from scenes in the U.S. version of Queer As Folk - scenes intended to be Club Babylon in Pittsburgh were actually filmed at Fly (the entire series was filmed in Toronto). Fly is Toronto's true warehouse-style dance club - it hosts huge parties throughout the year and is always packed on weekends, with some of the world's top DJs frequently guest-spinning. The 12,000-square-foot club opened in 1999 and is open weekends. Page 13.

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Considered the oldest gay bookstore in North America, the venerable Glad Day Bookstore on Yonge Street in the Gay Village opened in 1969. It's a shopping highlight for all book lovers, but especially if you're trying to find lesser-known titles on queer literature and history - the store also does a strong mail-order business. Alas, sales have been sluggish at Glad Day in recent years, and there is talk that the store may close if numbers don't improve considerably. Page 20.

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Sailor, the other half of the iconic Toronto gay entertainment complex, Woody's. Page 23.

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The most popular - and elegant - lesbian hangout in the Church Street Village, Slack's (formerly Slack Alice) is both a swish bar with exposed-brick walls, mod lighting, angular furnishings, and soft wood accents, plus a kick-ass sound system that's made it a very live-music venue (for The Cliks, Hunter Valentine, and Melissa Ferrick, among others) as well as a terrific restaurant. For dining, in fact, it's easily one of the best in the neighborhood. Page 8.

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If there's a single bar in Toronto that's visited by more gay guys, tourists and locals alike, than any other, it's Woody's and its adjoining

Toronto Gay Guide - Toronto Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of gay-friendly Toronto

Toronto Gay Guide - Toronto Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of gay-friendly Toronto

Toronto Gay Guide - Toronto Photo Gallery
A photo gallery of gay-friendly Toronto

St. Paul Gay Guide - St. Paul Gay Scene
Gay-Friendly St. Paul, Minnesota in pictures

St. Paul Gay Guide - St. Paul Gay Scene
Gay-Friendly St. Paul, Minnesota in pictures

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The high-ceilinged, attractively furnished Camp gay bar is on the northern edge of downtown St. Paul, just a short walk from the Minnesota Capitol Building, and close to many hotels and restaurants. Of the city's few gay bars, this one draws the most diverse crowd, from older

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Across from a strip of shopping centers in western St. Paul, the Town House Bar is St. Paul's eldest GLBT nightspot and the most popular women's club in the Twin Cities. It's about a 10-minute drive west of downtown St. Paul, but that also puts it closer to Minneapolis, which is just 15 minutes away. Although the crowd is mostly lesbian most of the time, men often frequent this friendly neighborhood bar, especially on Monday evenings (when it's guys' night). Country line dancing, karaoke. Page 2.

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One of the most stunning homes built along Summit Avenue in St. Paul's prestigious Cathedral Hill neighborhood, the James J. Hill House is a towering stone structure that's now a house-museum with guided tours and an art gallery. Hill was the magnate who built the Great Northern Railway, and his home provides an intimate glimpse into the Gilded Age. Page 12.

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A lovely white 1890s house in St. Paul's charming and historic Summit Hill neighborhood, Cathedral Hill B&B is one of the city's most romantic places to overnight - and it's also very welcoming of GLBT guests. Original details - from tile fireplaces to stained-glass windows - lend plenty of charm to this warmly furnished inn with three spacious rooms and suites, and rates starting around $125 per night. Guests can opt for either a quick express breakfast, a standard one, or a more substantial. Page 7.

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One of the most striking of America's state capitol buildings, the Minnesota Capitol was designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert and built in the style of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. In fact, the massive dome is second only to St. Peter's among unsupported marble domes. The capitol building sits on a bluff just northwest of downtown and faces a series of gardens and lawns. Free guided tours of the capitol are given daily, and visitors may also tour the building on their own.

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The graceful, tree-lined median is one of the signature features of St. Paul's elegant Summit Avenue, a historic street lined with beautiful early-20th-century and late-19th-century mansions - highlights include the Minnesota Governor's Mansion (at 1006) and the boyhood home of F. Scott Fitzgerald (at 599). A block south, Grand Avenue is lined with attractive cafes, independent shops, and easygoing coffeehouses. This is a fine neighborhood for a stroll on a sunny afternoon. Page 8.

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One of the most esteemed and romantic restaurants in the city, gay-friendly W.A. Frost occupies a handsome turn-of-the-20th-century building along Selby Avenue's stretch of popular restaurants in the upscale, historic Summit Hill neighborhood. As elegant as W.A. Frost is inside, the lush and spacious back patio is the best place to enjoy a meal in summer - it's shaded by a canopy of leafy trees and lighted with candles. The kitchen here produces superb modern American food. Page 3.

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Just south of and parallel to elegant and historic Summit Avenue, Grand Avenue passes through a few lively St. Paul neighborhoods and is a great area for dining and shopping. The section just south of Summit Hill, from Dale St. west for about 10 blocks, is lined with coffeehouses, antiques stores, and other engaging shops. This spirited, slick, but unpretentious strip is the heart of Crocus Hill, a charming neighborhood of Victorian homes and streets lighted with old-fashioned street lamps. Page 4.

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Striking a perfect balance between a cozy and casual neighborhood tavern and a first-rate restaurant specializing in creative gastropub cuisine and serving an astounding list of craft beers on draft (plus about 400 in bottles) as well as some 300 varieties of whiskey, the cheerily named Happy Gnome occupies a grand, creeper-covered brick building with a distinctive turret - it fits in well with the many stately homes in the surrounding historic Cathedral Hill neighborhood. Page 9.

Rumours Innuendo St. Paul closed
Rumours & Innuendo gay bar in St. Paul has closed. Page 13.

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Across the street from the charming W.A. Frost restaurant in St. Paul's historic Cathedral Hill district, Common Good Books was opened by legendary bard and NPR personality Garrison Keillor in 2006. The cozy independent bookshop has a very good GLBT section, plus an excellent variety of books on the region. Common Good is below the inviting, gay-friendly coffeehouse, Nina's Cafe, a cheerful spot that's perfect for curling up with one of the books you've just purchased downstairs. Page 10.

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St. Paul’s workaday downtown is anchored by the intersection of North Roberts and 7th streets, which is also where you’ll find the visitor center run by the Minnesota Office of Tourism, which is a good place to pick up brochures and information on the region outside the Twin Cities. From here it’s about a 10-minute walk northwest to reach the Science Museum of Minnesota, which appeals largely to children but has some fine exhibits on paleontology, biology, anthropology, and the like. Page 5.

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A great place in the Summit Hill/Cathedral Hill area to break up a stroll through the neighborhood's tree-lined streets and historic homes, A Piece of Cake is a cheerful neighborhood bakery serving delicious coconut macaroons, frosted cut-out cookies, almond croissants, pumpkin bars, and a wide assortments of pies, tarts, and cakes. You can also grab lunch - they serve sub sandwiches, and pick up all sorts of great bread. The owners also operate Bon Vie Cafe, which serves lunch and breakfast. Page 11.

Amavi Restaurant Santa Fe closed
Amavi Santa Fe has closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 17.

Double Take at the Ranch - Double Take Santa Fe - Santa Fe Secondhand Clothes - Double Take Western Wear - Cowboy Boots Santa Fe - Vintage Clothing
For groovy embroidered Western shirts, bolo ties, classic cowboy boots, and other attire made famous by everyone from Patsy Cline to the characters in Brokeback Mountain, be sure to spend a little time browsing the numerous racks of vintage Western attire and retro jewelry at Double Take at the Ranch. This fantastic secondhand shop in the offbeat Guadalupe District has an incredible selection - it also adjoins a co-op gallery called Santa Fe Pottery, which carries some wonderful pieces. Page 11.

Jean Cocteau Cinema, Santa Fe - Santa Fe Art Cinemas
Jean Cocteau Cinema, in Santa Fe's hip Railyard District. Page 12.

Max's Santa Fe - Max's Closed
Max's, the former restaurant and gay-popular bar in Santa Fe, has closed. Page 15.

Santa Fe Playhouse - Santa Fe Little Theater - Santa Fe Theater DeVargas Street - Oldest Theater West of the Mississippi - Gay Theater Santa Fe
With the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating theater west of the Mississippi River (and with a location, appropriately, on Santa Fe's oldest street), the Santa Fe Playhouse has been going strong since writer Mary Austin founded it in 1922. The elegant adobe building stages roughly a half dozen dramatic works each season, from traditional works by Shaw, Ibsen, and the like, to contemporary releases, often by emerging artists. Page 13.

Tesuque Village Market - Tesuque Market Restaurant - Tesuque Flea Market - Restaurants Near Santa Fe Opera - Santa Fe Flea Market - Trader Jack's Flea
With a colorful history as both a small grocery market and a casual restaurant in an artsy, rural-chic community just north of Santa Fe (close to the opera and flea market), the Tesuque Village Market long been something of a regional institution. The days when you might have spotted celebs in cowboy boots driving old pick-up trucks have largely passed, and Tesuque Market's culinary reputation is uneven, which is not to stay this isn't a fun place to while away a Sunday afternoon. Page 14.

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The name of a street on Santa Fe's historic East Side and the body of water that runs alongside it, Acequia Madre translate literally to

Bataan Memorial Building - Old New Mexico Capitol Building - Bataan Building Photos - New Mexico Federal Buildings - Santa Fe Tallest Buildings
Many first-time visitors to Santa Fe assume that the Territorial-style building pictured here, with its six-story tower, is the New Mexico State Capitol. In fact, it's the Bataan Memorial Building, and it does contain the offices of a number of state agencies, and it did serve as the State Capitol Building from 1900 to 1966. Ironically, however, during its Capitol period, it looked nothing like it does now. The actual state capitol is diagonally just southeast of the Bataan building. Page 4.

Buffalo Thunder Resort - Buffalo Thunder Casino Santa Fe - Hilton Buffalo Thunder - Santa Fe Casinos Resorts - Gay-Friendly Resorts Santa Fe -
Some highly impressive, quite posh casino resorts have opened in New Mexico in the past decade, giving the Land of Enchantment new cachet as a high-end gaming destination. Santa Fe got into the act in summer 2008 with the opening of the striking Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, on the Pojoaque Indian Pueblo 15 miles north of downtown. The property comprises an upscale 395-room hotel operated by Hilton, a huge casino, and several other notable amenities, from restaurants to acclaimed golf courses. Page 9.

Canyon Road Santa Fe - Santa Fe Art Galleries Canyon Road - Santa Fe Gallery Association - Guide to Santa Fe's Canyon Road - Canyon Road Pictures
More than 50 of the art galleries that have made Santa Fe into one of the world's most famous art markets lie along a narrow street on the East Side of downtown, Canyon Road, which wends its way up a gradual incline. The once modest adobe casitas, along with a few Territorial-style homes, along this street shaded by leafy trees and lined with fragrant gardens now contain one gallery after another, including some quite prestigious ones. You'll also find a few restaurants along Canyon Road. Page 10.

Downtown Subscription Santa Fe - Downtown Subscription Coffeehouse - Santa Fe Gay Coffeehouses - Newsstands Santa Fe - Garcia Street Books -
An excellent coffeehouse close to the city's historic Plaza area and just a block off Canyon Road and its famed galleries, Downtown Subscription is both a cafe and newsstand, with a fine selection of coffees (and teas, pastries, and snacks) as well as plenty of periodicals on everything from news and politics to arts and literature. It's one of the city's more gay-popular hangouts, and it's notable not only for its high-ceilinged dining room but also for a lush patio and garden off to the side. Page 8.

SITE Santa Fe - Santa Fe Contemporary Art Museums - Site Santa Fe Contemporary Art Space - SITE Biennial Exhibit - Santa Fe Railyard District Museums
In a city rightly famous for its clutch of superb traditional art museums, it's important not to overlook one of the West's foremost contemporary art spaces, SITE Santa Fe, which opened in 1995 on the edge of the Railyard District, or Guadalupe neighborhood. SITE has become increasingly relevant and popular, especially when it stages its much anticipated International Biennial every two years (the next one will take place in 2010). At other times, SITE Santa Fe mounts rotating exhibits. Page 6.

Chocolate Maven Santa Fe - Santa Fe Best Brunch Restaurants - Santa Fe Best Bakeries - Chocolate Maven San Mateo Road - Chocolate Chile Pinon Brownies
The perfectly safe but bland, off-the-beaten-path industrial setting of the Chocolate Maven bakery and restaurant does nothing to deter the legions of fans who rank this among Santa Fe's best venues for breakfast, baked goods, and even lunch. The bakery that's been featured on the Food Network's Giada's Weekend Getaways has a sunny, casual dining room where delicious brunch fare is served. But plenty of foodies stop by simply to grab a slice of hazelnut cheesecake or an almond fudge brownie. Page 5.

Madrid New Mexico Gay Community - Madrid NM - Gay Towns in New Mexico - Gay-Friendly Madrid NM - Mineshaft Bar Madrid - Turquoise Trail Gay Travel
Madrid (pronounced

Mine Shaft Tavern Madrid New Mexico - Madrid NM Lesbian Bars - Gay-Friendly Turquoise Trail - Best Restaurants Turquoise Trail - Mineshaft Tavern
I received a very nice note (part of it reprinted below) not long ago from the owner of the Mine Shaft Tavern in the tiny village of Madrid, New Mexico, letting me know just how gay-friendly and supportive of the northern New Mexico GLBT community they are. In fact, this rambling, friendly, and totally cool tavern and restaurant is lesbian-owned and operated, and it's a cherished landmark along the historic and scenic Turquoise Trail, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Plaza Restaurant Santa Fe - Plaza Cafe on Santa Fe Plaza - Plaza Cafe Southside - Santa Fe Diners - Breakfast Santa Fe - Greek Restaurants Plaza Cafe
Since 1905, the humble yet inviting Plaza Cafe has been a place where local Santa Feans hobnob and trade gossip, and feast on no-nonsense, home-style cooking. The restaurant has been owned by the same family since the '40s, and the sleek interior of red booths and tin ceilings - along with a few vaguely art deco accents - are a big part of the fun of eating here. You can also dine on the American, New Mexican, and Greek cuisine while seated at a long counter - a great perch for people-watching. Page 16.

Rouge Cat Santa Fe - Rouge Cat Closed -
The Rouge Cat, in Santa Fe, has closed. Page 2.

Santa Fe Gay Travel - Gay Guide to Santa Fe - Santa Fe Best Hotels - Gay Santa Fe Gallery - Santa Fe Photos - Gay Turquoise Trail - Canyon Road Photos
Set in the shadows of the 12,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the high-desert city of Santa Fe has long cultivated a loyal following among creative spirits and open-minded souls, including writers and artists, New Agers, outdoors enthusiasts, and plenty of lesbians and gays. This capital city of New Mexico abounds with exceptional museums, noteworthy restaurants, and distinguished galleries. Here's a visual guide to exploring this stunning situated metropolis.

Santa Fe Gay Travel - Gay Guide to Santa Fe - Santa Fe Best Hotels - Gay Santa Fe Gallery - Santa Fe Photos - Gay Turquoise Trail - Canyon Road Photos
Set in the shadows of the 12,000-foot Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the high-desert city of Santa Fe has long cultivated a loyal following among creative spirits and open-minded souls, including writers and artists, New Agers, outdoors enthusiasts, and plenty of lesbians and gays. This capital city of New Mexico abounds with exceptional museums, noteworthy restaurants, and distinguished galleries. Here's a visual guide to exploring this stunning situated metropolis.

Atlanta Gay Sex Clubs and Bathhouses Guide
An overview of Atlanta's gay bathhouses and sex clubs, including Club Eros, Manifest, Flex Spa, and The Den

Chai's Island Bistro - Chai's Honolulu - Chai's Bistro Aloha Tower - Aloha Tower Restaurants - Hawaiian Regional Cuisine Photos - Chai's Bistro
One of the top destinations in the state for sampling creative Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, Chai's Island Bistro occupies an attractive indoor-outdoor space at the striking Aloha Tower Marketplace on the edge of downtown Honolulu. A popular dining spot in part because there's live music nightly, Chai's also has developed a reputation for outstanding creative cooking - the restaurant serves lunch Tuesday through Friday, and dinner every night. Chef Chai Chaowasaree has authored cookbooks. Page 17.

Kapiolani Park - Kapi'olani Park Honolulu - Waikiki Attractions - Kapiolani Park Photos - Diamondhead Pictures from Kapiolani Park Waikiki
A tranquil 300-acre preserve of verdant lawns, massive banyan trees, and pleasant picnic groves, Kapi'olani Park at the southern end of Waikiki, just beyond where the main drags of kalakaua Avenue, Monsarrat Avenue, and Kapahulu Avenue meet. It's famed for its knockout views of Diamond Head Crater, and a walk through this beautiful swath of nature offers a wonderful contrast from the busy beach scene (including gay-popular Queen's Surf Beach) that lies just to the west of it. Page 70.

Liliha Bakery Honolulu - Liliha Bakery and Coffee Shop - Honolulu 24-Hour Diners - Honolulu Breakfast Restaurants - Liliha Coco Puffs - Green Tea Puff
Hawaiians revere their bakeries, and in an unassuming neighborhood in northwestern Honolulu, Liliha Bakery and Coffeeshop has been attracting a loyal contingent of devotees since it opened in 1950. The big draw here are the coco puffs (no, not the treacly cereal but rather ethereal chocolate-cream puff pastries, also available filled with green-tea cream), but you'll also find astoundingly good turnovers, doughnuts, chantilly cakes, and more. Page 33.

Diamond Head State Park - Waialae-Kahala Neighborhood Honolulu - Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park Photos - Pictures of Diamond Head Crater
A view of the southeast side of Diamond Head volcanic crater, as well as Kuilei Cliffs Beach Park at the base of the crater, looking northwest from Doris Duke's former estate, Shangri-La, which is now a center for Islamic Art opened to the public. This is also the splendid view many residents of Honolulu's Waialae-Kahala neighborhood enjoy, as well as guests at the Kahala Resort. Page 38.

Bacchus Waikiki - Bacchus Gay Bar Honolulu - Bacchus Wine Bar Waikiki - Gay Wine Bars Hawaii
A review of Bacchus Waikiki, a casually elegant and friendly gay wine bar that opened in Honolulu in summer 2011. Page 8.

Pearl Harbor Memorial - USS Arizona Memorial - Visiting Pearl Harbor - Pearl Harbor New Visitor Center
The USS Arizona, which commemorates the devastating surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces in 1941, hardly needs an introduction. Many consider it the one attraction on Oahu that simply mustn't be missed, and indeed, a good case could be made for this. Visiting the Arizona is free and involves watching an excellent short movie about the attack and then boarding a boat for a trip out to the actual memorial site (built atop the sunken Arizona battleship). It's a poignant experience. Page 6.

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Kalakaua Avenue is the main drag through bustling Waikiki, threading its way southeast from central Honolulu, where it crosses Ala Wai Canal and initially forms a busy stretch (pictured here) of high end boutiques and shopping centers before joining with and running parallel to the beach, where it's lined with high-rise hotels. Traffic along much of the avenue runs one-way, in a southeasterly direction, until Kalakaua intersects with Monsarrat Avenue at Kapiolani Park and the Honolulu Zoo. Page 59.

Waikiki Sunset Photos - Honolulu Sunset Pictures - Embassy Suites Honolulu Sunset View
Sunset falling over Waikiki, viewed from an upper floor at the Embassy Suites Honolulu - Waikiki Beach Walk. Page 68.

Rainbow Drive-In Honolulu - Rainbow Drive-In Kapahulu Drive - Hawaiian Plate Lunches - Plate Lunch Restaurants Waikiki - Rainbow Plate Lunches Waikiki
For a chance to sample Hawaii's classic

Diamond Head Crater Views - Diamond Head Crater at Sunset - Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park View of Diamond Head - Gay Honolulu Sightseeing
Looking down at Diamond Head Crater at sunset from Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside park. Page 60.

Doris Duke's Shangri La Interior - Islamic Tile Work Photos - Pictures of Shangri La Waikiki
A look at one of the ornate ceilings inside a room at Doris Duke's legendary Shangri-La estate, in Honolulu. Page 49.

USS Arizona Memorial Interior Photos - Pictures Of Pearl Harbor Memorial
A view of the interior platform of the USS Arizona Memorial, which sits directly above the sunken battleship that it honors. Page 69.

USS Arizona Gun Towers - Parts of USS Arizona Still Visible Above Water - USS Arizona Pictures - Pearl Harbor Ship Pictures
Still visible from the platform of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor are a few parts of the sunken battleship, including the truncated and severely rusted gun towers pictured here. Page 58.

L&L Barbecue Waikiki - Waikiki Fast-Food Restaurants - Hawaiian Fast-Food Barbecue - L and L Hawaiian Barbecue
Of course Waikiki has a branch of the popular and rapidly expanding chain L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. This outpost of the cheap and simple plate-lunch and barbecue restaurant is at 2280 Kuhio Avenue, a couple of blocks from Angles and Fusion gay bars. Page 67.

Kahala Hotel & Resort Waikiki - Kahala Resort Honolulu - Dolphin Encounter Honolulu - Dolphin Quest Hawaii - Kahala Hotel Dolphin Photos -
A short drive around Diamond Head Crater from Waikiki in the beautiful and peaceful Waialae neighborhood, Kahala Hotel & Resort is an elegant, luxury property (formerly part of the Mandarin Oriental brand, and now independent). It's a good choice if you're seeking a posh Honolulu hotel experience but would rather not be set smack in the middle of bustling (and sometimes very crowded) Waikiki. Kahala is also home to Honolulu's Dolphin Quest Dolphin Encounter. Page 28.

Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab closed
Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch & Crab has closed. Page 71.

Velvet Video Arcade - Velvet Video Gay Adult Bookstore - Waikiki Gay Porn Shops - Honolulu Sex Shops - Honolulu Gay Video Arcades - Velvet Video Shops
Just above the cozy and cruisy In Between Waikiki gay bar, the Velvet Video (2155 Lau'ula St., 2nd floor, 808-924-0868) is one of Honolulu's most popular adult video arcades - a reliable spot to pick up gay porn (in the form of magazines and DVD/movies), plus various toys and trinkets. Page 63.

Max's Gym Honolulu - Max's Gay Bathhouse Waikiki - Honolulu Gay Bathhouses - Waikiki Sex Clubs - Hawaii Gay Cruising - Max's Sex Club - Honolulu Gyms
If you're looking for a sure-fire gay hookup in Honolulu, your best bet is Max's, a private club set on the upper level (4th floor) of an innocuous plaza of shops and offices in western Waikiki, near Ala Wai Canal and Ala Moana shopping mall. Max's has two distinct parts, a well-equipped gym that caters pretty much exclusively to gay men, and a separate bathhouse/sex club that has the usual array of video channels airing gay porn, private cabins, and steam room and sauna. Page 36.

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Following a massively ambitious renovation by the gay-friendly Starwood hotel group, Waikiki's vaunted (and uber-pink) Royal Hawaiian Resort reopened in January 2009 as part a Starwood Luxury Collection property. The 529-room property with an enviable setting on Waikiki Beach blends contemporary elements and style with the hotel's grand, old-world character, making it one of the most desirable accommodations on the island of Oahu, and a favorite among trendy GLBT visitors. Page 31.

Queen's Surf Volleyball Court - Volleyball Courts Waikiki Beach - Gay Volleyball Photos - Gay Honolulu Volleyball Games - Waikiki Volleyball Courts
Just a short walk west of Queen's Surf Beach's gay section, there's a volleyball court overlooking the Waikiki action. This court is also a very short stroll from Hula's gay bar. Page 66.

Azuki Bowl - Azuki Shave Ice Sundae - Waiola Shave Ice Sundaes - Photos of Hawaii Shave Ice - Honolulu Shave Ice Stands - Azuki Ice Cream
A close-up of an Azuki Bowl (a shave-ice sundae with topped with condensed milk, mochi, and red azuki beans), served at the delightful Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice restaurant in Waikiki. Page 30.

Waikiki Beach Walk - Waikiki Beachwalk Shopping Center - Waikiki Beach Walk Restaurants - Ruth's Chris Waikiki - Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Honolulu
After a dramatic renovation along the once dowdy Beachwalk and Lewer streets between Kalia Road and Kalakaua Avenue, the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping and dining district is looking spiffier than ever. The collection of mid-price to upscale galleries, boutiques, and restaurants - which includes outposts of popular chains like Roy's, Ruth's Chris Steak House, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf - adjoins the elegant and very gay-friendly Embassy Suites Honolulu is a block from the beach. Page 51.

Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Waikiki - Roy's Waikiki Beach Walk - Roy's Honolulu - Gay-Friendly Dining Waikiki - Roy's Embassy Suites Honolulu
Adjacent to the gay-friendly Embassy Suites Honolulu at the Waikiki Beach Walk shopping and dining district, there's a popular outpost of the famed chain of upscale Hawaiian eateries, Roy's Fusion Cuisine. Known for chef Roy Yamaguchi's assertively bold and creative European-meets-Pacific-Rim cooking, Roy's turns out a consistently inventive mix of favorites, and many feel the Hawaiian members of the chain are the best. Page 65.

Liliha Coffeeshop - Liliha Diner - Honolulu bakeries - Best Diners Hawaii - Best Coffeeshops Honolulu
The long counter at Liliha Bakery and Coffeeshop buzzes with activity 'round the clock - it's a fine place to mingle with longtime locals and enjoy no-nonsense breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare (plus tantalizing sweets from the bakery section of the establishment). Page 61.

Aqua Waikiki Wave Hotel - Waikiki Wave Boutique Hotel - Gay-Friendly Aqua Hotels - Honolulu Hotels Gay Packages - Gay Waikiki Wave Hotel and Spa
One of the more luxurious members of Honolulu's gay-friendly Aqua Hotels brand, the Waikiki Wave is just a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach and very close to the gay bars Angles and Fusion. Page 52.

Hotel Renew Bar - Hotel Renew Lounge - Gay Hotel Bars Honolulu
The trendy, sleek bar and cafe at the Waikiki's Hotel Renew is a pleasant spot to meet up with friends. Page 41.

Puka Dog Waikiki - Puka Dog Hawaiian-Style Hot Dogs - Puka Dog Honolulu - Honolulu Street Food - Waikiki Gourmet Hot Dogs
Ever since culinary raconteur Anthony Bourdain featured it on TV's No Reservations, Puka Dog has been a darling of quirky nibblers. This has led quite a few visitors to this somewhat glorified gourmet hot-dog stand to gush effusively about Puka's strange little frankfurters, and others to protest about excessive hype, high prices, and bland buns. So here's my take on Puka - for a bit more than you'd normally pay for a hot dog, you're treated to a memorable, reasonably tasty treat. Page 20.

Embassy Suites Honolulu - Embassy Suites Hawaii - Gay-Friendly Embassy Suites Hotels - Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk - Hotel Pool Photos
The twin-towered Embassy Suites Honolulu - Waikiki Beach Walk is an excellent, gay-welcoming lodging option that's a block from the beach and adjacent to the many shops and restaurants of the handsomely revitalized Waikiki Beach Walk. An attractive pool and sundeck, pictured here, separates the hotel's two towers. Page 64.

Downtown Honolulu Skyline - Aerial View of Honolulu - Puu Ualakaa State Park Views of Honolulu
View looking south over downtown Honolulu, from Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside. Page 18.

Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Park - Directions to Puu Ualakaa State Wayside - Finding Viewing Platform off Round Top Drive - Puu Ualaka State Park lookout
Majestic views aren't especially hard to come by in Honolulu, what with the soaring vistas enjoyed from the trail up to Diamond Head, and some fine vantage points had from different hotel high-rises throughout Waikiki. But few places in the city offer a more dazzling perspective on Honolulu, Waikiki, and Diamond Head than the viewing platform at Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside, which is just a 10-minute drive from downtown. This is the spot in Honolulu to watch both sunrise and sunset. Page 14.

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Just as the sun sets at Pu'u Ualaka'a State Wayside, you're treated to a lovely view southeast toward Diamond Head Crater and Waikiki. Page 2.

In Between Gay Bar - In Between Waikiki - In Between Lau'ula Street - Waikiki Gay Bars - Hawaii Neighborhood Bars - Men's Cruise Bars Honolulu
A review of In Between gay bar, in Waikiki. Page 23.

Queen's Surf Lawn - Gay Sunbathing Waikiki - Cruisy Parks Honolulu - Waikiki Gay Beaches - Hawaii Lesbian Beaches - Queens Surf Park
In addition to the golden sand sunning area at Waikiki's scenic Queen's Surf gay beach, there's a verdant, palm-shaded lawn behind the promenade and next to the snack bar and restrooms pavillion. This expansive stretch of lawn is also major draw for gay sunbathers, although typically not as crowded as the beach below the promenade. Page 47.

Memorial at USS Arizona Pearl Harbor - List of Those Who Died at USS Arizona - USS Arizona Casualties
At northwest end of the USS Arizona Memorial interior platform, a wall lists the names of all 1,177 crew who died when the hulking battleship was felled during the infamous Japanese air raid that paralyzed the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. More than 2,400 lives were lost in the attack, which saw the destruction of 188 aircraft, four battleships (plus damage to four more), and several other ships. Page 37.

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A view of the lush grounds and oceanfront, taken from a guest room's private lanai at the elegant JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa, about 25 miles west of Honolulu. Page 25.

Outrigger Reef on the Beach - Outrigger Reef Hotel Waikiki - Gay-Friendly Outrigger Hotels - Best Outrigger Hotels Hawaii - Best Gay Honolulu Hotels
Having completed a multi-million renovation in 2009 that took several years and including a top-to-bottom overhaul, the Reef on the Beach hotel now ranks among the gay-friendly Outrigger brand's most alluring and appealing accommodations - indeed, it's safe to call this the Outrigger's flagship hotel (although the nearby Outrigger Waikiki is also very impressive). The Reef has some notable features, including the beloved Shore Bird Restaurant and more modern and upscale Ocean House Restaurant). Page 21.

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One of the most interesting aspects of staying at Oahu's gay-friendly JW Marriott Ihilani Resort is the chance to interact with marine life, including the hammerhead sharks (as shown here) that swim around the resort's marine pools. Guests are always welcome to observe the sharks in this pool, and other marine life (sea urchins, stingrays, sea cucumbers, etc.) in a neighboring pool, and for a fee, guests can also participate in interactive feeding and marine programs at the resort. Page 10.

Shangri La View of Diamond Head - Photos of Diamond Head Crater - Gay Attractions Honolulu
Diamond Head State Monument, viewed from the grounds of Doris Duke's famed Shangri La estate. Page 56.

Queen's Surf Beach Snack Bar - Restrooms Waikiki Beach - Honolulu Beach Public Restrooms - Queen's Surf Gay Beach Facilities - Snack Bar Queen's Surf
Just behind the sand at Queen's Surf gay beach in Waikiki, adjacent to the tree-shaded green lawn that also draws plenty of GLBT sunworshipers, there's a pavilion containing a snack bar and public restrooms. There's also an outdoor shower (to the right, in this picture), which is helpful for cleaning sand off yourself before donning flip-flops or shoes. Page 34.

DFS Galleria Waikiki - DFS Galleria Waikiki Luxury Walk - Cartier - Chloe - Vera Wang Honolulu - Bulgari - Armani - Marc Jacobs Hawaii - Swarovski
Big spenders won't want to miss the ultra-luxe DFS Galleria Waikiki, along the relatively recently swank-tified Kalakaua Avenue (a block north of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel). This posh shopping mall with branches in such far-flung destinations as Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Sydney, Saipan, San Francisco, and New York contains plenty of gay-fave shopping brands, including Cartier, Chloe, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang, Bulgari, Armani, Marc Jacobs, Swarovski, Dunhill, Emilio Pucci, Fendi, Tumi, and Paul & Joe. Page 62.

USS Missouri Museum - Battleship USS Missouri at Pearl Harbor - USS Missouri Photos - Visiting the USS Missouri - Guide2Go Tours USS Missouri
The last battleship constructed by the United States, the USS Missouri fought in several prominent World War II campaigns (Iwo Jima, Okinawa) and following a modernization even took part in the 1991 Gulf War. Since 1998, it's been docked at Ford Island, just southwest of the sunken USS Arizona, in Pearl Harbor and open to the public as a museum. You can purchase tickets to visit the USS Missouri from the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, which is next to the USS Arizona Visitor Center. Page 32.

Naupaka Terrace Restaurant - Kama'aina Breakfast - Azul Ihilani Resort - Ushio-Tei Japanese Restaurant - JW Marriott Ihilani Restaurants - Kamaaina
Among the handful of excellent restaurants (including Azul for contemporary seafood, and Ushio-Tei for authentic Japanese fare) at southwestern Oahu's JW Marriott Ihilani Resort, the open-air Naupaka Terrace is well-regarded for its expansive breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet spreads as well as first-rate a la carte fare. Sunday's champagne brunch is another favorite meal, during which you might try such Hawaiian specialties as the Kama'aina breakfast (pictured here) and Loco Moco. Page 5.

JW Marriott Hawaii - Ihilani Hotel Oahu - Best Luxury Resorts Oahu - Gay-Friendly Oahu
The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, which is on the southwest coast of Oahu about 25 miles from Waikiki, is one of the most luxurious properties in Hawaii. If you're seeking seclusion but still wish to be within striking distance of the gay scene, luxe shops and restaurants, and fascinating cultural attractions of Honolulu, this is an excellent base. Page 53.

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A stylish and hip member of Honolulu's gay-friendly Aqua Hotels brand, the Bamboo and Spa is just a five-minute walk from Waikiki Beach and very close to the gay bars Angles and Fusion. Page 27.

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art - Honolulu Islamic Art Center - Honolulu Academy of Arts Tours
A view of Shangri La's pool and play room. Tours of Doris Duke's Shangri La are given by the Honolulu Academy of Arts. You may not visit the estate on your own, although it's located at 4055 Papu Circle. You can also get a nice overview of the property by taking an online tour at the Shangri La website. Page 42.

Queen's Surf Beach by Kapiolani Park - Gay Honolulu Beaches - Gay Beaches Waikiki Pictures - Photos of Waikiki Gay Scene
Another vantage point of the gay-popular Queen's Surf Beach, this one taken from a bit southeast of the main action, the grassy lawn, and the snack bar and restrooms pavilion, looking north toward the busiest stretch of hotel development along Waikiki Beach. Page 54.

Honolulu Skyline Night Photos - Ala Wai Yacht Harbor - Hilton Hawaiian Village Photos - Honolulu Waterfront Photos - Fort DeRussey Beach Park Hotels
Looking north from the groin (jetty) by the Outrigger Reef Hotel in Waikiki. The view takes in Fort DeRussey Beach Park and hotels to the right, the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the center, and the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and downtown Honolulu waterfront beyond that, to the left. Page 44.

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If you've just managed to afford a plane ticket to Hawaii and not much else, and finding a cheap, gay-friendly place to stay is an issue, consider staying at the rock-bottom-priced Hokondo Waikiki Beachside Hostel, which has a terrific location just two blocks from the beach (very close to the gay section at Queen's Surf), and not even a block from Hula's gay bar. Waikiki Beachside Hostel has private rooms (with shared baths) as well as small (two- to four-person) and large (eight-person) dorms. Page 57.

Honolulu International Airport Aerial View - Western Honolulu Views - Pearl City Views - Pu'u 'Ualaka'a Views
Looking southwest from Pu'u 'Ualaka'a State Wayside, you can see the western side of downtown Honolulu, the Lower Punchbowl area, Sand Island, and Honolulu International Airport. Page 50.

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It's easy to end up focusing your dining efforts on Waikiki and even downtown Honolulu, which do indeed contain a wealth of great restaurants. But some of the city's best dining venues are in less-trod residential neighborhoods. One that's definitely worth seeking out is Town, located in a breezy, casual space in the Kaimuki district, just a short drive or cab ride east-northeast of Waikiki. Utilizing fresh, often local ingredients, Town presents an ever-changing menu of contemporary treats. Page 46.

Shangri La Ocean View - Shangri La Islamic Center Beach - Hawaii's Public Beaches - Public Access of Beaches in Hawaii
No matter how important you are, or how secluded and private your estate is, Hawaii's beaches and shorelines are - by law - open to the public. You can clear evidence of this law if you tour Doris Duke's famed estate, Shangri La, where these Honolulu teenagers frolic on the rocks below the estate, with Diamond Head crater in the background. Page 29.

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On a relatively quiet street corner just a block from Waikiki's golden-sand beaches and also a very short walk from Hula's gay bar and Queen's Surf gay beach, the hip and trendy Hotel Renew doesn't look all that snazzy from the outside. But this 72-room midsize property has an artful, minimalist aesthetic and a smart, knowledgetable staff - it's one of the best hotels in Waikiki for design-minded visitors seeking a sleek, luxurious, but understated hotel. Page 24.

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You may not automatically associate Honolulu with Islamic art, or even necessarily with iconic heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke (1912-1993), but Shangri La - Duke's seaside mansion on the south side of Diamond Head - is one of Hawaii's genuine must-see attractions. It's a fascinating 14,000-square-foot repository furnished with priceless Islamic artwork, decorative items, and architectural pieces from throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Page 3.

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Not to be confused with the mainland fast-food chain Ono Hawaiian BBQ, the quirky, homespun restaurant on Kapahulu Avenue known as Ono Hawaiian Foods has been doling out fantastic, completely authentic, traditional Hawaiian favorites since it opened nearly 40 years ago. In this modest dining room that fits in well with the other low-keyed, no-frills eateries along Kapahulu you can sample such regional delicacies as Kalua pig, butterfish or squid luau, salt meat watercress, lomi salmon, poi. Page 48.

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Here's an up-close image of a genuine Puka Dog, topped with coconut relish and

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It's generally a given that restaurants overlooking the water deliver on the view but generally not as well on the food. A happy exception to this adage is the Ocean House Restaurant, on the ground floor of the gay-friendly Outrigger Reef resort in Waikiki. This open-air restaurant with dazzling views of the ocean turns out consistently good contemporary American and Hawaiian Regional cuisine - nothing overly adventuresome or necessarily haute gourmet, but reliably excellent and fresh. Page 55.

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Just a short walk from the beach and near such gay bars as the In Between, Angles, and Fusion, the upscale but reasonably priced Waikiki Joy Hotel (320 Lewers St., 808-923-2300) is one of a few properties in Hawaii's popular Aqua hotel brand that's well-regarded among gay and lesbian travelers. Page 43.

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The side-by-side Fusion Waikiki and LoJax (formerly Angles) gay clubs are the last GLBT hangouts along what was once Hawaii's most prominent strip of gay-oriented businesses, on Kuhio Avenue. Most of the other businesses closed in the late '90s to make way for new construction, and the venerable Hula's gay bar moved to a new spot, where it continues to thrive. Fusion is a long-popular spot for dancing, while LoJax replaced the old Angles hangout and now aims to be Waikiki's gay sports bar. Page 15.

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Irifune might just be the best of the several impressively good and foodie-favored hole-in-the-wall eateries along Kapahulu Avenue's de-facto Restaurant Row. This low-frills, relatively affordable Japanese-seafood place is justly famous for one particular dish, garlic ahi (available in a variety of ways, from tempura to stir-fried), but you'll all sorts of tasty bits here. Page 26.

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Crescent-shaped Waikiki Beach, with its inviting golden-sand beaches and turquoise waters, plus an iconic view of Diamond Head volcano in the background, is one of the world's great locales for swimming, surfing, and relaxing in the sun. This image is taken from outside the glitzy Royal Hawaiian Resort, which underwent an impressive makeover in 2008 - the view is southeast, with Diamond Head in the background. Page 19.

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When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

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When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

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When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

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When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

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When you think of gay-friendly, stunningly beautiful, tropical getaways, Hawaii leaps immediately to mind. And the capital city of Honolulu, with its vibrant though rather heavily developed Waikiki beachfront, contains the heart of the state's gay scene. This dramatically situated city on the island of Oahu has several gay bars, a great dining scene, and proximity to many notable attractions. Here's a gay guide to Honolulu through pictures.

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Although it's neither as popular nor as gay-identified as Queen's Surf Beach at the southeast end of Waikiki, the secluded Diamond Head Beach (just off 3300 Diamond Head Road, below the lighthouses, and requiring a bit of a hike down to the sand) does have a bit of a gay following. Some visitors sunbathe in the nude here (this is technically illegal but often overlooked - still, it's prudent to wrap up quickly if you spot authorities patrolling). Page 7.

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By far the most popular gay beach in Hawaii, and one of the most scenic and well-known in the world, Queen's Surf Beach is a relatively secluded stretch of sand in the heart of Waikiki, but along a section with no direct hotel frontage - this accounts for the fact there's more privacy and fewer families here than to the north or south. The beach here draws a mostly gay-male crowd, although certainly not exclusively so, as plenty of lesbians and straights seeking seclusion tan their hides here.

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Set in the spacious, open-air, second-floor level of the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula's is Honolulu's definitive gay and lesbian dance club. It's a short walk from Queen's Surf gay beach, and the cheerful terrace bar overlooks Kapiolani Park and, beyond that, iconic Diamond Head. It's a great place to enjoy cocktails after hanging out on the beach, and the kitchen turns out inventive, delicious small-plates fare and also serves brunch on weekends. Page 4.

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Many companies and hotels give surfing and paddle-surfing lessons (and also rent a variety of boats and water crafts) along Waikiki Beach. Here's a group of participants testing their look at both surfing and paddle-surfing out in the waves near the Royal Hawaiian Resort on Waikiki. Honolulu has its own gay surf club, whose contact information is listed with's resource page. Page 11.

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The new Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the USS Arizona Memorial. This impressive new state-of-the-art facility with fascinating exhibits on the attack as well as Hawaii's role in World War II opened in 2010. Page 39.

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A view of Waikiki beach and its string of high-rise hotels at night, from the groin (jetty) that extends from the Outrigger Reef on the Beach Hotel (it's the property pictured here on the very left, and it's one of the most luxurious of the several Waikiki hotels that make up the gay-friendly Outrigger chain). Page 9.

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Just a short drive or slightly longer walk northeast from Honolulu's little gay epicenter around Kapahulu and Kalakaua avenues, you'll find a slew of inexpensive, funky eateries that form something of an offbeat Restaurant Row along Kapahulu, with Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice one of this area's definitive must-tastes. The bare-bones bakery and ice-cream shop is most famous for doling out some of the city's best shave-ice treats. Page 12.