Gay & Lesbian Travel Sitemap - Page 6 2016-09-26

2016 Sacramento Gay Pride Festival Details
A preview of Sacramento Gay Pride, held in early June 2016

Queens Gay Pride 2016
A preview of the Queens Gay Pride celebration, held in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City's Queens borough, in early June 2016

Kansas City 2016 Gay Pride Events - KC Pride 2016
A preview of the Kansas City Gay Pride celebration, typically held in early June 2016

El Paso Gay Pride 2016 - Juarez Mexico Gay Pride
A preview of El Paso Gay Pride Celebration, held in early June 2016

Cambridge ON Gay Pride 2016 - Kitchener Gay Pride 2016 - Waterloo Gay Pride 2016
A preview of Tri-Pride 2016, the Gay Pride festival of Kitchener, Cambridge, and Waterloo, Ontario, held in early June 2016

Edmonton Gay Pride Festival 2016
A preview of Edmonton Gay Pride, which takes place over 10 days in early to mid-June 2016

Milwaukee Gay PrideFest 2016
A preview of Milwaukee Gay Pride/Milwaukee PrideFest, held on the lake in early June 2016

Hudson Valley, New Paltz, Woodstock Gay Pride 2016
A preview of the Hudson Valley Gay Pride in New Paltz, New York, held in early June 2016 in Ulster County.

West Hollywood Los Angeles Gay Pride 2016
A preview of Los Angeles Gay Pride/West Hollywood Gay Pride/Christopher Street West, in early to mid-June 2016

Ohio Gay Travel
Stories about gay travel in Ohio

Motor City Pride 2016 Information
A preview of Motor City Pride, the metro Detroit Gay Pride festival, which is held in Downtown Detroit in early to mid-June 2016

Dayton Gay Pride Festival and Parade
A preview of Dayton Gay Pride, held in southwestern Ohio in early June 2016

Western New York Gay Pride 2016 in Buffalo
A preview of Buffalo Gay Pride, held in western New York in early June 2016

Birmingham, Alabama Gay Pride 2016
A preview of Birmingham Alabama Gay Pride, held in early June 2016

Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride 2016 Information
A preview of Puerto Vallarta Gay Pride Celebration, held in mid- to late May 2016

New Hope Gay Pride 2016 Information
A preview of New Hope Gay Pride Celebration, in mid-May 2016

Sand Blast Atlantic City 2016
A preview of Sand Blast Atlantic City, a gay circuit party weekend that's typically held in July

Asbury Park (New Jersey) Gay Pride 2016
A preview of the New Jersey Gay Pride celebration, held in Asbury Park in early June 2016

Long Beach Gay Pride 2016 Information
A preview of Long Beach's Gay Pride Celebration, in May 2016

Sarasota Gay Pride 2016 Information
A preview of the the Sarasota Gay Pride celebration, which takes places in mid- to late October 2016

Sonoma Gay Wine Weekend - Out in the Vineyard Sonoma
A preview of the Sonoma Gay Wine Weekend, the premier wine celebration among wine enthusiasts, set for mid-June (shortly after Sonoma County Gay Pride)

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With several different areas - all of them attractively decorated and lighted - a full-service restaurant, a lovely outdoor back patio, great music, and a friendly staff, the Church Street District's convivial Tribe (1517 Church St., 615-329-2912) nightclub is one of the most polished and appealing gay night spots in the South. It's right next to the popular dance club Play, a couple of blocks from Outloud bookstore and cafe, Vibe (formerly Blu), and Blue Genes. Page 4.

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Few buildings on the Nashville skyline stand out more dramatically than the Union Station Hotel (1001 Broadway, 615-726-1001), a glam vintage hostelry dating in the city's former rail station - it was converted into a hotel in 1998, and it completed an ambitious makeover in 2007 (now all rooms have deep tubs, marble bathrooms, plasma-screen TVs, and plenty of other cushy accoutrements). The Union Station, which is part of the gay-friendly Wyndham Hotel brand, is a short drive from Church Street. Page 15.

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If you have time for only one music attraction while in Nashville, make it the spectacular Country Music Hall of Fame (222 5th Ave. S at Demonbreun St., 615-416-2001), a sleek, contemporary building housing the world's most impressive collection of memorabilia related to this important music genre - and it's not just the current country pop music that's celebrated here but bluegrass, rockabilly, R&B, folk, rock, and the many sub-categories that make up country-western music.

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A mainstay of the snazzy shopping and restaurant neighborhood of Hillsboro Village, Fido Cafe (1812 21st Ave. S, 615-777-FIDO) is part of the quirky Bongo Java (famous for the

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In a city where the cultural scene is focused squarely on the performing and musical arts, it's worth noting that downtown Nashville has a superb visual arts venue, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts (919 Broadway, 615-244-3340), which opened in 2001 inside the city's stunning downtown post office building. This beautifully restored art deco building is itself a work of art. The Frist hosts more than a dozen major traveling art shows and exhibitions throughout the year. Page 24.

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It helps to be a fan of particularly schmaltzy country and bluegrass music, but even non-devotees of the genre should consider taking in one of the famous Grand Old Opry (615-871-OPRY) shows, which are held either at the Opryland Resort or (as pictured here) in downtown's historic Ryman Auditorium (116 5th Ave.), which is just a block of Broadway's honky-tonk action. The Opry consists of about three hours of variety-show-style entertainment, some of it hokey, some of it superb. Page 10.

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The Hermitage Hotel (231 6th Ave. N, 615-244-3121 or 888-888-9414) opened in 1908 and contains more history within its walls than perhaps any building in downtown Nashville. It's where anti- and pro-suffrogates gathered to debate the right of women to vote, leading to Tennessee ratifying the 19th Amendment. These days it's one of the most supremely elegant and inviting hotels in the South, and a favorite place for celebrities to roost. Page 9.

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Opened in fall 2007, the hip and swank Hotel Indigo Nashville West End (1719 West End Ave., 615-329-4200) has quickly become one of the city's favorite gay accommodations, in part because of its stylish rooms and in part because it's just a 10-minute walk to the several gay bars in the Church Street District (including Tribe, Blu, Play, and Blue Genes). Amenities at this friendly mid-rise boutique hotel include a well-equipped gym and a cafe serving Starbucks coffees and cocktails at night. Page 5.

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If you want to leave Nashville with a truly fabulous, fashionable keepsake, you owe it to yourself to stop inside Katy K Designs (2407 12th Ave. S, 615-297-4242), a boutique of offbeat, often campy, and always eye-catching Western wear, accoutrements, and knickknacks. Katy K is part of the hip 12th Avenue South district, near such gay-popular hangouts as Rumours Wine Bar, Las Paletas Gourmet Popsickles, and Mirror Restaurant. Page 11.

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On the main drag of the city's endearingly offbeat and historic East Nashville neighborhood, the homey Lipstick Lounge (1400 Woodland St., 615-226-6343) is not only the city's most popular lesbian bars but one of the most popular lesbian bars in the South. This very cool little spot draws a primarily Sapphic crowd, but that's not to say the friendly management doesn't welcome everyone. As the owners say on the bar's website,

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Stylish yet homey, the Euro-chic market, brunchery, breakfast cafe, coffeehouse, and all-around-food-lovers haven Marche (1000 Main St., 615-262-1111) is a big reason so many of the city's residents are flocking regularly to offbeat East Nashville. Marche serves some of the best coffee in a city already known for it (nearby Bongo Java, a sister of Fido cafe, is no slouch either). The same owners operate the gay-popular Margot Cafe & Bar, which is just around the corner. Page 18.

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The venerable Margot Cafe & Bar (1017 Woodland St., 615-227-4668), the sister restaurant of nearby Marche cafe and coffeehouse, draws fans of authentic French and Italian bistro fare to East Nashville. This domain of talented chef Margot McCormack and her partner, Heather Parsons, this charming little spot is known for such memorable dishes as coq au vin, duck rillettes, and pear tarte tatin. Page 16.

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With a glittery, over-the-top interior and distinctly cosmopolitan vibe, Mirror (2317 12th Ave. S, 615-383-8330) is perhaps the best of many great excuses to check out Nashville's up-and-coming 12th Avenue South neighborhood (neighbors include gay-friendly Rumours Wine Bar, Katy K Designs, and Las Paletas Gourmet Popsickles). In this chic space, you'll sample superbly rendered Spanish-style tapas, fine martinis, and decadent desserts. Page 29.

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Formerly in Nashville's offbeat and quite enchanting 12th Avenue South neighborhood, Nest Interiors (1200 Villa Place, Suite 112) is now a few blocks over in Edgehill Village. This cool shop carries a wide assortment of intriguing antiques, decorative arts, and vintage home furnishings. It's former location, an old gas station, now houses the trendy bespoke clothier Imogene + Willie, which is along a stretch that includes such inviting shops as Katy K Designs and Paletas ice cream shop. Page 14.

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No, Nashville's famously huge Opryland Hotel Resort (2800 Opryland Dr., 615-889-1000) isn't exactly a gay mecca - this massive hot house of traditional American values appeals largely to conservative families and other red-state types. But the management is perfectly gay-friendly, and you'll see plenty of LGBT sorts working here, if not necessarily staying here. Moreover, it's a beautiful place, surprisingly tasteful given its Vegas-esque grandeur. Page 13.

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Nashville's source for LGBT books, music, videos, and Pride gifts is OutLoud!, which comprises not only a retail store but also a popular cafe (pictured here). The cafe is open weekdays for lunch, and also on Sundays for brunch, and serves simple but well-prepared (and quite healthful) wraps and sandwiches, salads, and so on, plus an array of muffins, pastries, pies, and dessert treats. It's next to Blu Nightclub and near Blue Gene's gay bar. Page 28.

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It takes a little effort finding, but Trax (1501 2nd Ave. S, 615-742-8856) is a friendly and fun neighborhood bar in a rather desolate industrial area south of downtown (it's on the corner of 2nd Ave. and Carney St., with parking in a dirt lot in back along Carney). Trax pulls in a diverse bunch of regular joes, working stiffs, and no-nonsense types - some bears, some leather guys, a few lesbians. It's unpretentious, the drinks are cheap, and the bartenders are quite welcoming. Page 21.

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The weirdly wonderful Las Paletas (2905 12th Ave. S, 615-386-2101) has earned a devoted following in Nashville for its downright bizarre, Mexican-style popsicles, which come in a wide range of unexpected flavors, some fruity and sorbet-like, others creamy and more like frozen gelato in consistency. It's set inside an attractive new building in the hip and fun 12th Avenue South neighborhood. The icy treats, however, are magically delicious. Page 12.

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It welcomes everyone and, indeed, draws a mix of straights and gays, but Play (1519 Church St., 615-322-9627) is very much Nashville's - one of the South's - hottest gay discos. Along with Tribe, next door, it's the see-and-be-seen gay hangout in town, with a decidedly youthful, attractive, well-coiffed, and stylishly clad crowd. Expect a ripping sound system, great dancing, fun drag shows on Wednesdays and Fridays, and other cool theme nights. Page 8.

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A cool little boutique carrying such trendy, urban clothing and shoe lines as Ben Sherman, Ted Baker, Puma, Fred Perry, Ugg, United Nude, Ginger Goff, Carlos Santana, Csmper, Guess, and Sugar, Posh Hillsboro Village (1809 21st Ave. S, 615-383-9840) is a favorite shopping haunt of fashion-forward Nashville gays and lesbians. Wander across the street for coffee and snacks at Fido after you're done browsing. It's close to Vanderbilt University's leafy campus. Page 22.

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In Nashville's up-and-coming, semi-industrial Gulch District, sandwiched between the downtown railroad tracks and Interstate 40/65, the airy and contempoary Radius10 restaurant (1103 McGavock St., 615-259-5105) is perhaps a beacon of what we can expect of this neighborhood in the coming years. Right now hundreds of condo units are planned for the surrounding area, and one imagines more good restaurants will follow. Hip and gay-friendly Radius10 occupies a spacious building with a nice big patio. Page 27.

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Hipsters, gays and lesbians, artists, and oenophiles favor Rumours Wine and Art Bar (2304 12th Ave. S, 615-292-9400) a late-night venue for great wine, art exhibits, and tasty food. The original branch is along funky 12th Avenue South (near Las Paletas, Katy K Designs, Mirror, and several other gay-friendly businesses), but there's a newer branch in the equally fab East Nashville 'hood. Rumours presents a long list of wines by the bottle and by the glass, most in the $30 to $40 range. Page 7.

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Part of the emerging art-gallery district that's taking foot downtown, the Rymer Gallery (219 6th Ave. N, 615-752-6030) opened in September 2007 right beside the historic Hermitage Hotel, but the owners are planning a second, larger space to open in March 2008 on 5th Avenue North, which is where many of the city's other galleries are. The Rymer is already getting plenty of attention for its high-quality works, including some by artists of gay interest, such as John Woodrow kelley and Hunt Slonem. Page 25.

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One of the many ways to make the most of your visit to Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame is to take one of the guided tours of historic Studio B (1611 Roy Acuff Pl. at Music Square E). The Hall of Fame staff give these guided tours several times a day - you'll learn about the many country and vintage rock stars who recorded at this rather humble but iconic studio on Music Row, including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton (a portrait of her with Porter Wagoner, pictured above, hangs in the studio). Page 19.

Nashville Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
Although it's in the heart of the Bible Belt, the vibrant, culturally rich city of Nashville has increasingly become known as one of the South's most progressive and gay-friendly cities. Here you'll find not only a celebrated music heritage (and plenty of museums and live-music venues to learn about this history up-close) but also hip and gay-friendly neighborhoods, bars, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Check out this gallery of gay-popular Nashville attractions and businesses.

Nashville Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
Although it's in the heart of the Bible Belt, the vibrant, culturally rich city of Nashville has increasingly become known as one of the South's most progressive and gay-friendly cities. Here you'll find not only a celebrated music heritage (and plenty of museums and live-music venues to learn about this history up-close) but also hip and gay-friendly neighborhoods, bars, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Check out this gallery of gay-popular Nashville attractions and businesses.

Nashville Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
Although it's in the heart of the Bible Belt, the vibrant, culturally rich city of Nashville has increasingly become known as one of the South's most progressive and gay-friendly cities. Here you'll find not only a celebrated music heritage (and plenty of museums and live-music venues to learn about this history up-close) but also hip and gay-friendly neighborhoods, bars, hotels, restaurants, and shops. Check out this gallery of gay-popular Nashville attractions and businesses.

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Broadway is Nashville's honky-tonk row, especially around the intersection with 4th Avenue South, where you'll find a whole slew of rollicking live-music clubs, record shops, western-wear stores, barbecue joints, and more. Some highlights include Tootsie's, Second Fiddle, Robert's Western Wear, Jack's Bar-B-Que (some of the best in town), and the Stage (all pictured here, with the BellSouth 'Batman' Building in the background, rising high above the city). Page 3.

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Part of the bustling Church Street strip of Nashville gay bars and businesses, Vibe (formerly Blu Bar and Nightclub) is one of the city's top dance venues, known for its loud sound system, exceedingly friendly staff, and diverse crowd. It's one of the more popular gay African-American hangouts in town, and it draws an all-ages, low-attitude crowd. Next door are Blue Genes restaurant and Outloud Cafe and Bookstore. Page 17.

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Of the several gay bars along Church Street in Nashville's West End, Blue Gene's (1715 Church St., 615-329-3508) is the most laid-back - it's a true neighborhood bar, drawing a mix of guys and also quite a few women. The crowd is less collegiate and more age-varied here than at some of the louder, busier clubs in the area, and it tends to be most popular early in the evening. Neighbors include Vibe nightclub, and Play and Tribe nightclubs are a couple of blocks away. Page 23.

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Despite its somewhat prosaic locale at a generic suburban shopping center, the iconic Bluebird Cafe (4104 Hillsboro Rd., 615-383-1461) has become a Nashville live-music legend during its 25-year tenure. This is one of the most intimate venues in town to catch emerging country, folk, rockabilly, and other artists, as well as firmly established ones (Kathy Mattea got her start here). The restaurant serves decent if unmemorable pub fare - the draw here is the music. Page 2.

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Named for the neighborhood where you'll find the bulk of Nashville's gay bars, the Church Street Freedom Press covers arts, entertainment, and issues relevant to the city's gay community. This particular photo is of a poster on the side of the Lipstick Lounge in funky East Nashville. Page 26.

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An exterior view of the elegant Italian Renaissance Revival-style Raphael Hotel, overlooking Country Club Plaza, in Kansas City. Page 24.

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An elegant structure built in 1928 in the Italian Renaissance style, thereby complementing but not mimicking the colorful Seville-inspired architecture of historic Country Club Plaza shopping district across the street, the Raphael Hotel is one of the Midwest's most beloved boutique hotels. And it's looking especially dapper these days following a major renovation completed at the end of 2010, just before it became a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection of distinctive independent hotels. Page 3.

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A friendly, low-keyed neighborhood bar that's right next to the popular gay country-western club Sidekicks, Buddies used to be painted that same bright-red as its neighbor and has more recently been given a more sedate gray makeover. It's still a popular spot, either before or after venturing to Sidekicks (both places are open until 3 am), and it's a fun place to drink beer, mingle with locals, and relax. Expect no attitude at Buddies. Page 12.

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Located just south of Westport along Broadway, right next to the popular gay sports bar Out A Bounds, Danny's on Broadway is a fun and friendly gay dance club that draws a fairly eclectic bunch. There's live music on Saturday nights, and enticing drink specials throughout the week. Page 29.

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Renowned restaurateur Lidia Bastianich (her son Joseph is the celeb chef and wine guru who has partnered with Mario Batali to develop a number of outstanding restaurants) is the talent behind Kansas City's most acclaimed Italian restaurant, the eponymous Lidia's - it's in the Crossroads Arts District, just north of Union Station. The dazzling yet inviting space, designed by noted New York architect David Rockwell, is a fine spot to sample such specialties as pork shank osso buco. Page 11.

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Kansas City's gay sports bar, Out A Bounds Bar & Grill, is a fixture along Broadway - a bit south of the bustling Westport neighborhood. It's next to another friendly gay bar, Danny's on Broadway, and a good spot for stiff cocktails and well-priced beer. It's especially popular, as you might guess, when there's a game on, and also a good option before hitting some of the larger gay venues in town, like Missie B's. Page 20.

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As its name suggests, this cozy neighborhood bar is on a quiet side street - the Side Street Bar is in up-and-coming Union Hill, making it a favorite hangout with the many gay men who live in this part of town. It's laid-back and tends toward the bearish/leather set, but by no means exclusively so. Doesn't draw a ton of tourists, but it's a good stop if you're doing a gay KC pub crawl (it's just a short drive east from the bundle of gay bars in Midtown). Page 23.

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The bright-red brick-and-wood building in Midtown that has long housed Sidekicks Saloon is a fixture among fans of gays and lesbians who love country-western dancing and music - it's your top GLBT spot in the city for line-dancing and two-stepping. And with a great staff, friendly crowd, and good-size dance floor, this is a pretty fun hangout whether you're a big fan of the genre or not. Drag shows, Latin nights, and good drink specials are part of the fun, and Buddies - another fun gay bar. Page 2.

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Set in Kansas City's artsy and increasingly hip Union Hill neighborhood, just east of Midtown, The Drop is situated inside a vintage redbrick building with a wall of windows, a snazzy dining room, and an expansive deck that's a perfect place to nibble and sip on warm days and evenings. Drawing a diverse crowd, especially for its well-attended happy hours (note the half-price appetizers), the Drop has a long list of creative snack-y foods: shrimp-and-watermelon ceviche, sweet-chile pork sandwich. Page 8.

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An exceptional performance space that presents provocative, innovative, and highly original plays - often with gay and lesbian themes - the Unicorn Theatre is a fixture along Main Street in Midtown and myriad works throughout the year. Usually about six or seven plays are presented each season, between September and early May, with each show running about two weeks. The Unicorn is close to Sidekicks Saloon and Buddies gay bars. Page 26.

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With culinary chops and a loyal following that's unusual for a museum restaurant, Cafe Sebastienne is one of the city's most innovative and accomplished eateries. Helmed by talented chef Jennifer Maloney, the restaurant occupies an airy enclosed courtyard off the lobby of the outstanding (and free) Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. It's chiefly known as a lunch venue, but Cafe Sebastienne also presents first-rate dinners most Friday and Saturday nights. These tend to fill up, so reserve early. Page 30.

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It has free admission, a great main location near Country Club Plaza and the similar esteemed Nelson-Atkins and a satellite branch in the hip Crossroads Arts District, and a phenomenally good restaurant, Cafe Sebastienne. These are a few reasons the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art should be on your short list of things to see and do around Kansas City. Among its three distinct spaces (there's also the Kemper East, a couple of blocks from the main facility), the Kemper presents rotating exhibit. Page 9.

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The low-slung, long addition to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, pictured here on the left, is known as the Bloch Building. It was added to the museum's main structure, which dates to 1933, in 2007, and it displays a significant portion of the museum's highly respected contemporary art collection. Page 31.

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Kansas City's iconic Kauffman Center. Page 5.

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One of the country's premier art museums, the Nelson-Atkins lies just east of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza neighborhood (and just down the hill from the outstanding Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art) and contains an immense 33,500-item collection spanning the ages and the globe - African, Chinese, and American Indian artworks are well represented, as are European and American masterworks. The grounds are great fun to explore - note the beloved Claes Oldenburg

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One of the famed Shuttlecocks sculptures, by Swedish artist Claes Oldenburg, on the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Oldenburg, who born in Stockholm in 1929, is well-known for his large-scale sculptures, typically of prosaic household and everyday objects - other famous works include the giant binoculars in Venice, CA, the Clothespin by Philadelphia City Hall, and the Typewriter Eraser outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

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The beautifully restored lobby of Kansas City's classic Beaux-Arts Union Station, which is a hub for Amtrak service as well as home to numerous restaurants, shops, and cultural venues. Page 28.

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The nation's second-largest railroad depot, Union Station opened in 1914. The elegant Beaux-Arts structure fell into disuse in the 1980s but reopened following a spectacular renovation in 1999, and Amtrak service resumed here twice daily, about a decade ago (trains run to St. Louis and between Chicago and Los Angeles, on the Southwest Chief. But Union Station is far more today than a transportation hub: it's home to Science City museum, a planetarium, shops and restaurants, theaters, and IMAX. Page 13.

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Kansas City's No. 1 gay bars for leather dudes, bears, and hard-core cruisers, Daddy's Backdoor Bar occupies a vintage redbrick building in the city's Crossroads Arts District, just a short walk south of downtown. Daddy's is home to the city's Kansas City Cave Bear group, and also has an online fetish and leather gear shop. Daddies, leather guys, bears, cubs, and the like frequent this dark and invitingly butch bar that has beer busts on Fridays and Sundays, hanky nights on certain Saturdays. Page 33.

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A view of the downtown Kansas City skyline, facing north from around the intersection of Main Street and the Interstate 670 underpass. The city's downtown has seen plenty of positive changes in recent years, with the development of the bustling Kansas City Power Light District, which is a couple of blocks north of where this photo was taken. Walk south, are you're close to a number of fun bars and restaurants in the Crossroads Arts District, such as Daddy's and Tootsie's. Page 4.

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With a handy location in the center of Kansas City, the reasonably priced and attractive Fairfield Inn Downtown-Union Hill makes an excellent choice if you're looking to be convenient to downtown and the Crossroads Arts District in one direction, and Westport and Country Club Plaza in the other. You'll still likely want a car if you stay here, as it's a mile or two from downtown and the Plaza, but it's also in a safe location within walking distance of a few gay bars, including Sidekicks Salooon. Page 32.

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Of the few metro Kansas City gay bars that require a short excursion outside the city center, the Fox Bar near Overland Park, Kansas is the one to make the effort for. It's technically in the town of Mission, an easy 10-minute drive from the Westport section of Kansas City, and it draws a genuinely eclectic mix of gay men and lesbians of all ages, from suburbanites for whom this is the closest gay hangout to others who simply enjoy the friendly vibe, attractive interior, and stiff drinks. Page 6.

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There's no shortage restaurants around Kansas City claiming to serve the best barbecue in town, and while I can't personally vouch for more than a few of them, I do think the widespread chain Gates B-B-Q more than holds its own. The branch in the Union Hill section of the city is particularly convenient - a short drive from downtown, Westport, and Country Club Plaza. These low-frills, self-service eateries are quick and simple, but the staff takes plenty of care and time to produce barbecue. Page 7.

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Part of the reliable national chain of rather slick-looking brewpubs, Gordon Biersch Kansas City is one of the better spots in downtown's lively Power and Light District to grab a meal, suck down some tasty Eastern European-inspired microbrewed beer (the Czech Lager and Marzen varieties are both excellent), and watch the neighborhood's crowds. Page 22.

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Long before semi-industrial Midtown section of Kansas City morphed into the hip Crossroads Arts District, the Hereford House - which opened its doors in 1957 - began delightining old-school carnivores with its hefty prime rib and beef dinners. As the neighborhood became somewhat popular for its gay nightlife, the Hereford developed more and more of a gay fan base, and now as its surrounded by hip eateries like Michael Smith and 1924 Main, this ironically cool steak house enjoys a loyal following. Page 25.

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Rooms inside the hip and gay-friendly Holiday Inn Aladdin hotel in downtown Kansas City come with bold color schemes, bathrobes, dual-showerhead showers, coffeemakers, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, CD clock radios, iPods loaded with music, pillows of your choice (there's a menu), Wi-Fi and ethernet broadband, a nice-size desk, and a free newspapers in the morning. Page 21.

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Not your run-of-the-mill Holiday Inn, Kansas City's Aladdin Hotel is arty and fun, with a stylish decorating aesthetic, highly personalized service, a convenient downtown location, and a very cool vibe - it actually feels much more like a part of the Holiday Inn's sister brand, Indigo. The 16-story 1920s buildings, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, reopened as a hip 193-room hotel in 2007. Amenities include the funky Martini Loft bar, and the Zebra Room restaurant. Page 16.

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One of only a couple of lodging options in Kansas City's gay-popular and trendy Westport neighborhood, the mid-priced Holiday Inn Express is a reliable option, typical of others in this growing chain. If you can pardon the building's rather unattractive, boxy exterior, the property is bright and smartly decorated within. Rooms have coffeemakers, Wi-Fi, and two phones (and some have microwaves and mini-refrigerators), and there's a full gym and business services. Page 10.

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When it opened in 1931, the grand Hotel Phillips was the city's tallest and most extravagant - and it remains a swanky place to stay, right in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Dignitaries and celebs often stay at this Preferred Hotels property, or dine at the clubby Phillips Chophouse. Page 19.

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Kansas City's most popular gay and lesbian nightspot, Missie B's is on the edge of the trendy Westport neighborhood and close to West 39th Street's strip of excellent restaurants. The two-floor club has several notable features: a leather and sex boutique on the upper floor, which also has a small dance floor and a lounge called Bootleggers that's home to the leather-oriented Bootleggers Club of Kansas City; a back patio; and a stage on the ground floor that presents entertaining drag shows. Page 15.

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Osteria Il Centro has been one of the city's more romantic neighborhood trattorias since it opened in 1995 - back then, it was just up the street from Kansas City's most popular gay bar, Cabaret (which closed a few years ago), and it's had a bit of a gay following ever since. It's also just a few blocks south of the posh Country Club Plaza shopping district. Inside this warmly lighted space, you can dine on a nice mix of authentic, well-prepared Northern Italian dishes. Page 27.

Kansas City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept one another's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. Take a look at some of the city's many cool and gay-friendly eateries, shops, bars, and hotels.

Kansas City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept one another's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. Take a look at some of the city's many cool and gay-friendly eateries, shops, bars, and hotels.

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Located just across Brush Creek and accessible via a short bridge from the charmingly historic Country Club Plaza shopping and entertainment district, the InterContinental Kansas City is a curving, modern structure that's actually a bit less inspired looking from the outside than from within. But make no mistake, this is a plush, beautiful hotel on the inside, with a knowledgeable and polished staff, dining in the swanky Oak Room restaurant, fitness center, and gorgeous outdoor pool and deck. Page 14.

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An airy, contemporary restaurant and bar in the heart of Westport's festive dining and retail district, Bistro 303 is one of KC's gay hot spots for happy hour, martinis, and casual but sophisticated dining. The menu is big on shareable plates: hummus, calamari, pizzas, beef-and-artichoke roulades, plus a few more substantial dishes, like grilled KC strip steak and pork tenderloin with toasted polenta and mango compote. There's a nice wine list, and a good variety of creatively prepared martinis. Page 17.

Kansas City Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
Bustling if somewhat sprawling Kansas City is one of the country's more underrated destinations on a number of fronts: culture, dining, shopping, architecture, and - unquestionably - gay travel. It's laid-back and unassuming vibe, a place where locals respect and accept one another's differences. And it's where GLBT folks who've grown up in the more conservative surrounding region often gravitate. Take a look at some of the city's many cool and gay-friendly eateries, shops, bars, and hotels.

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Perfect for a light breakfast or a latte, espresso, or coffee to kick off your walk to the beach or ferry ride back to Sayville, Bay Gulls is part of the Cherry's Pit complex that includes Cherry's bar and Cherry Lane Cafe. The cafe serves not only tasty bagels but Starbucks coffees and specialty drinks. Page 40.

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The beautiful clothing-optional beach at Cherry Grove runs along the southern fringe of the Cherry Grove community and is separated from the beach at Fire Island Pines by a less-crowded swath of sand backed by the so-called

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With its fanciful turrets and over-the-top baronial furnishings, the Belvedere Castle stands out as arguably the most unusual architectural landmark on Fire Island and one of resort's most distinctive hotels. The clothing-optional, men-only hideaway is rife with ornate chandeliers, lushly landscaped decks and patios, artful fountains, and fine antiques. Rates vary greatly depending on the season and the room, but they start at a quite economical $125 on summer weekdays. Page 7.

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One of the fanciful turrets that rises from Cherry Grove's ornate Belvedere Castle hotel. Page 39.

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Boats docked in the harbor at Cherry Grove, near the village dock. Page 5.

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Throughout the summer, the marina at Fire Island Pines is packed with pleasure boats of all kinds. Page 33.

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Sure, the Cherry Grove Fire Department sounds like a quaint concept - on a little island with boardwalks and wagons instead of streets and cars, you might think so-called

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There are likely no communities in the world with a higher percentage of gay residents than Cherry Grove and Pines, the two neighboring summer resort communities on Fire Island, a barrier island about 50 miles east-southeast of New York City. From May through October, this narrow, shrub-shrouded island buzzes with activity, as thousands of gay and lesbian visitors descend for beach vacations lasting anywhere from a weekend to the entire summer. Here's a gallery of gay life on Fire Island. Page 26.

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Deer are a common sight along the boardwalks in both the Pines and - pictured here near the entrance to the

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Dune erosion is a prevelant problem on Fire Island. Here at the gay beach in Fire Island Pines, wooden fencing is set along the dunes between the residential area and the sand, in an effort to protect the dunes from erosion. Page 20.

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A fixture in Cherry Grove since 1968, the Dune Point is a popular compound of 19 studio, 1-bedroom, and 2-bedroom vacation rentals, many with private patios or decks, and some with direct ocean views. Even the units in buildings not directly facing the ocean are just a short walk from the gay beach at Cherry Grove, and the location is also very close to the community's tiny commercial center, with its several restaurants, shops, and gay bars. Yet, Dune Point is on a quiet stretch of boardwalk. Page 19.

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Although it's possible to walk between Fire Island's main GLBT communities, Cherry Grove and the Pines, a much faster and more convenient options is traveling by way of the reliable Fire Island Water Taxi - pictured here is the water taxi stop at the Cherry Grove ferry dock. The Fire Island Water Taxi actually transports passengers throughout the many communities of Fire Island, from Fire Island Lighthouse and Kismet to the west, clear to Watch Hill Visitor Center to the east. Page 29.

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At the end of the dock off Cherry Grove's tiny commercial center, on a cool rainy day in July, both the U.S. flag and the Rainbow Pride flag wave in the breeze as a couple of passengers await a water taxi. Page 42.

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Looking down from the deck outside Top of the Bay restaurant, you can see Cherry Grove's favorite little gourmet sandwich shop, Floyd's, which is along a row of businesses that include A Summer Place Realty and Cherry Lane Cafe. This is a great little stop to grab a quick bite for lunch, or grab a sandwich to take to the beach or on the ferry back to Sayville. Page 31.

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Opened in 2007 in the new Pavillion Building in Fire Island Pines' scenic harborside commercial center, A Fresh Market is the swankiest grocery and gourmet-foods retailer around (it carries fresh seafood and other delicacies from the legendary Citarella market, with stores in Manhattan and the Hamptons). Foodies find plenty of delicious items here, including Niman Ranch meats, beautiful produce, and quite a few organic items. Of course, A Fresh Market is on the spendy side, too. Page 21.

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As you approach Fire Island's older and larger gay community, Cherry Grove, the view from the Sayville ferry boat takes in the north side of the village, with its several restaurants and bars (Cherry's, Top of the Bay, Island Breeze) lining the water near the ferry dock. Page 16.

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One of the boardwalk

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There aren't a ton of short-term (i.e., fewer than one week) vacation rentals available in either of the gay communities on Fire Island. Most rentals are available for a week minimum, at least during July and August high season, or as a seasonal

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A Sayville Ferry Service boat chugs south from the Sayville ferry terminal out toward Fire Island's Cherry Grove community. The company offers regularly scheduled ferry service from Sayville to both of Fire Island's main gay communities, Cherry Grove and the Pines. This is the primary manner in which most visitors to Fire Island get here, and the service is economical, reliable, and actually pretty fun (there's always a festive vibe aboard these boats). Detailed schedules and fare info posted. Page 2.

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Most of the several restaurants in Cherry Grove are clustered along Bayview Walk, including Cherry Lane, Bay Gulls, Top of the Bay, and Island Breeze - and just around the corner, Cherry Grove Pizza. Page 38.

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A cheap (by Fire Island standards) and cheerful pizzeria adjacent to the Ice Palace Nigthclub and Grove Hotel, Cherry Grove Pizza is a great bet not only for tasty pizza and light Italian fare - the outdoor dining area is also a fun spot for people-watching, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. It's also handy for take-out, if you're staying nearby, and it's just across the boardwalk from Cherry Grove's grocery store, Joseph's. Page 12.

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With a breezy deck strung with hundreds of festive, little red lights, Cherry's Pit is one of The Grove's great little hangouts, its back deck overlooking the Great South Bay and the community's main dock. The bar attached to the complex that includes the Cherry Lane restaurant and Bay Gulls cafe. Cherry's receives a steady flow of traffic from morning well into the evening, and it's a bit more guy-oriented than the other nightlife options in Cherry Grove. Page 3.

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The only grocery store in the Cherry Grove community of Fire Island, Grove Market is adequate for food supplies, if rather pricey and unremarkable in terms of produce and other fresh items. It's the only game in town, and it does have a handy location beside the Grove Hotel (in this picture, the hotel, Cherry Grove Pizza, and Ice Palace on on the right of the boardwalk, and Grove Market is on the left). If you're trying to save money, buy groceries in Sayville and ferry them over. Page 35.

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A couple strolls along one of the many tree-shaded boardwalks in Cherry Grove. Page 41.

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Hotel Ciel gay resort, The Pines, Fire Island, New York. Page 17.

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One of the more elegant beach houses in Cherry Grove, this property is at the eastern end of Bayview Walk and overlooks Great South Bay and the coastal towns along Long Island's southern shore. Page 6.

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Cherry Grove's definitive gay and lesbian bar, the venerable, campy, and always-fabulous Ice Palace Nightclub is part of the Grove Hotel complex, its indoor dance floor and outdoor bar overlooking the property's expansion pool. The Ice Palace is always a fun bet for cocktails and dancing, but it also hosts numerous weekly parties and events and also hosts comedy and music acts, weekend pool parties, and plenty of other special theme nights and parties. Page 25.

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A laid-back hangout near the dock in Cherry Grove, Island Breeze serves reliable and inexpensive -if predictable - American food but has lovely views of Great South Bay and is a fun spot to meet for drinks, especially during the afternoon and early evening. Page 28.

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A relaxed, festive restaurant and bar with the best (well, only) ocean views of any hangout in Cherry Grove, Jumping Jacks Seafood Shack has both an indoor dining room (hung with a hodgepodge of local paintings) and an outdoor section overlooking the gay beach. The kitchen here turns out credible seafood and other American fare - it's reliable and fun, though more about the vibe and view than the food. Page 34.

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Sunbathers congregate on the sand in The Pines, on Fire Island. This stretch of surf leads west-southwest to Cherry Grove, which has a similarly popular beachfront - together, these are two of the leading gay beaches in the country. Page 15.

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You'll find the main cluster of shops, restaurants, and gay bars in Fire Island Pines set around the community's scenic harbor. Top picks for dining include the Blue Whale, Bay Bar Cafe, Pines Pizza, and Pines Bistro & Martini Bar. For gay nightlife, check out Sip N' Twirl and Pavillion, and grab grocery provisions at Pines Pantry and Peter's Marina Meat Market. You'll pretty much find everything you need within a 10-minute stroll. Page 36.

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The tiny commercial district in the Pines encompasses a small, protected harbor on the north side of the community, fronting Great South Bay across from Long Island proper. The ferry boats from Sayville dock along the harbor, which is lined with a handful of shops, restaurants, and gay bars, as well as the only full-size hotel in Fire Island Pines. This is very much the see-and-be-seen spot in the Pines, apart from the beach and the many private homes that host parties all summer long.

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The social hub of Cherry Grove and the largest accommodation on Fire Island, the Grove Hotel (aka the Cherry Grove Beach Hotel) has always been popular because of its central location, fabulous swimming pool (pictured here), and rollicking disco. It also has a pizza cafe, and it's steps from the ferry dock in Cherry Grove and several other restaurants and gay bars. These have always been the hotel's assets, but the actual size and decor of the guest rooms have never been much to write home about. Page 8.

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Right in the center of Cherry Grove's tiny business district, the Cherry Grove Post Office is a popular place for locals and visitors to mingle. The office is open weekdays 10 am until 2 pm. Page 37.

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On Sundays at 10:30 am, St. Ann'e Episcopal Church in Cherry Grove provides all-welcoming religious services to the Cherry Grove community. The church is right in the village center, close to the Ice Palace hotel. Page 22.

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An intimate, two-floor cabaret and cocktail bar in Cherry Grove, the Tides Cozy Bar is a great spot for early evening drinks on the deck (especially if there's a breeze), or late-night drinks or watching cabaret and piano in the small theater area. The Tides is at 177 Ocean Walk, a short stretch of boardwalk behind (south of) the Grove Hotel, and just north of Jumping Jacks Seafood Shack. Page 23.

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The most upscale of Cherry Grove's several restaurants, Top of the Bay occupies an airy second-floor perch with a patio overlooking the dock at the village marina. You can dine or sip wine from a well-chosen list at the long bar, and enjoy such contemporary American fare as rosemary-roasted half chicken or cioppino at tables spaced closely in the narrow, softly lit room. This is definitely the most romantic restaurant in Cherry Grove (and it's not cheap, either). Page 18.

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In Fire Island's narrow beach communities of Cherry Grove and the Pines, there are no conventional roads but rather wood-plank elevated boardwalks that form a grid through each village. You get from place to place by walking along the boardwalks, and those carrying groceries or supplies from nearby shops pull along Radio Flyer red wagons. Pictured here is a typical boardwalk in Cherry Grove. Page 13.

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Just a gratuitous picture of attractive gay guys playing volleyball on the beach in the Pines community on Fire Island. Page 11.

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Where do residents of Cherry Grove park all those gleaming red Radio Flyer wagons they use to transport goods and luggage around the island? In the Cherry Grove Wagon Park, of course. The diminutive wagon parking area is right in the community's small commercial center, near the post office. Page 27.

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The Fire Island Water Taxi stops at the landing at the Cherry Grove ferry dock to pick up passengers, before departing for the Pines. Page 10.

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As you disembark from the ferry boat that carries passengers between Sayville (on the Long Island

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There are likely no communities in the world with a higher percentage of gay residents than Cherry Grove and Pines, the two neighboring summer resort communities on Fire Island, a barrier island about 50 miles east-southeast of New York City. From May through October, this narrow, shrub-shrouded island buzzes with activity, as thousands of gay and lesbian visitors descend for beach vacations lasting anywhere from a weekend to the entire summer. Here's a gallery of gay life on Fire Island.

Fire Island Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
There are likely no communities in the world with a higher percentage of gay residents than Cherry Grove and Pines, the two neighboring summer resort communities on Fire Island, a barrier island about 50 miles east-southeast of New York City. From May through October, this narrow, shrub-shrouded island buzzes with activity, as thousands of gay and lesbian visitors descend for beach vacations lasting anywhere from a weekend to the entire summer. Here's a gallery of gay life on Fire Island.

Fire Island Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
There are likely no communities in the world with a higher percentage of gay residents than Cherry Grove and Pines, the two neighboring summer resort communities on Fire Island, a barrier island about 50 miles east-southeast of New York City. From May through October, this narrow, shrub-shrouded island buzzes with activity, as thousands of gay and lesbian visitors descend for beach vacations lasting anywhere from a weekend to the entire summer. Here's a gallery of gay life on Fire Island.

Fire Island Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
There are likely no communities in the world with a higher percentage of gay residents than Cherry Grove and Pines, the two neighboring summer resort communities on Fire Island, a barrier island about 50 miles east-southeast of New York City. From May through October, this narrow, shrub-shrouded island buzzes with activity, as thousands of gay and lesbian visitors descend for beach vacations lasting anywhere from a weekend to the entire summer. Here's a gallery of gay life on Fire Island.

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Set along a prominent street corner near opposite the southwest corner of the East Village's iconic Tompkins Square Park, and just a stone's throw from Eastern Bloc gay bar, 7A is the local equivalent of an all-night diner. It looks like any other arty, dark cocktail bar and restaurant in the neighborhood, but 7A is open 24/7 and doles out big and reasonably prices portions of above-average all-American fare - omelets, burgers, pastas, seafood and meat grills. There's also an extensive bar. Page 4.

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Patrons chatting at the bar area inside the Boiler Room gay bar, on East 4th Street. Page 18.

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Another of the many gay bars that enjoyed a nice run in the East Village but shuttered its doors after a while, the old Boysroom was located at 9 Avenue A, just off of Houston Street. Then it moved up to 211 Avenue A, and the former 9 Avenue A space became the rather dreadful and pretentious ultra-whatever lounge Ella (which happens to be a straight bar, but that's not why I'm suggesting it's awful - more the attitude and velvet ropes). Anyway, finally, in late 2008, Boysroom at 211 Ave A closed. Page 19.

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From 1958 until 1978, Club 82 was a beloved drag cabaret and glam-rock venue made famous by the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Harvey Fierstein, Blondie, and the New York Dolls. It then became an indie-film theater, and in the early 1990s, the dark, underground (figuratively and literally - it's in a basement) space became a quite popular gay adult theater and sex club. More recently, it's been closed at different times, but it was spruced up at one point and now continues to be a gay sex club. Page 6.

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Longtime drag cabaret and dinner theater Lucky Cheng's isn't a gay bar per se, but rather a flamboyant, campy Pan-Asian restaurant with a comical drag cabaret show and smashingly costumed drag queens serving the food. The restaurant-club is very popular with straight tourists (and bachlorette parties) seeking a quirky and outlandish night on the town, but most nights you'll see some GLBT patrons, too. Of course, Lucky Cheng's is friendly and fun toward everybody, and the food is reasonably good. Page 2.

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These are my friends Mickey and Paul modeling Nowhere bar's quirky little back-room lounge. Page 16.

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Although prominently located along busy East 14th Street, the northern border of the East Village, Nowhere has sort of steadily mozied along beneath the downtown gay-bar radar since it opened in 2006 or so. Some (tall) boys lament the low ceilings and find it cramped, and the crowd - by most reports - here varies a lot from night to night, from cute and sexy in that East Village ironic-hipster way to dour and stand-offish. Page 10.

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The pool table toward the back of Phoenix gay bar - this table probably sees as much action as any in a New York City gay bar. Page 21.

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The exterior of the popular gay bar, Phoenix, on East 13th Street, just west of Avenue A. Page 15.

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If the East Village has an all-around, much-loved, go-to gay bar, it's the Phoenix, which opened a few years back and takes its name from the long-ago Phoenix gay bar that used to be a few blocks away and was never anywhere near as popular. Part of the bar's lure is that it's relatively large as EV gay bars go, with a main bar area (pictured here), a pool table in back, decent-size bathrooms down a flight of stairs, and a small conversation nook around the corner from the main bar. Page 8.

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If the crowds are too much and the lines at the bar are too long across the street at Phoenix and down Avenue A at Eastern Bloc, you can always drop by the low-keyed Section 8, a gay neighborhood bar with the usual ingredients for East Village conviviality: decent beers on tap, a pool table, and a rockin' juke box. This is a good bet if you're hanging out with a group of friends and want a space suitable for conversation and gathering. Page 20.

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A newcomer to the East Village gay-bar scene in 2009, The Hose opened in the space formerly occupied by Uncle Mings (a hetero bar with something of a queer following). Like many gay spots in the neighborhood, The Hose has the anti-slick appearance of a dive bar, complete with loud (often rock) music. It's an upstairs space with a stage at the front (I shot this photo from the edge of the stage, looking back toward the bar). But for a few irreverent posters and bits of art, it's low on decor. Page 13.

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A couple of doors down from the ultra-pervy Cock gay bar, and right next door to Dtox, Urge carries out this raffish block along 2nd Avenue's reputation for no-nonsense gay cruising but has a more slightly more elegant decorative scheme than Cock - you'll find some nooks with low-slung lounge seating, and the lighting is considerably better. This makes it easier to ogle Urge's chief attraction, a stable of generally well-endowed go-go dancers. Page 12.

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The centerpiece of the city's ambitious Victory Park district, the American Airlines Center opened in 2001 and is the home of the Dallas Stars hockey team, Dallas Mavericks basketball team, Dallas Desperados Arena Football Leagues, and countless big-name concerts - performers who have graced this dazzling structure (nicknamed

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Oak Lawn may be the most famously gay-identified neighborhood in Dallas, but on the south side of the city, in the relatively modest but historic residential neighborhood of Oak Cliff, the Bishop Arts District has gained cachet in recent years as a dynamic little clutch of gay-popular galleries, boutiques, cafes, and restaurants. The neighborhood's epicenter is West Davis Street and North Bishop Avenue, and includes such gay faves as Hunky's, Artisan's Collective, Tillman's, and Alchemy Salon. Page 3.

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Black-Eyed Pea, Oak Lawn - original location. Page 9.

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Buddies II is closed. Gay & Lesbian Travel. Page 24.

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Open 24/7 and drawing sizable crowds of lesbian and gay revelers late on weekend nights, Cafe Brazil is the definitive queer coffeehouse for Oak Lawn, a hip and friendly spot right along the Cedar Springs Road

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With a building designed by openly gay architectural icon Philip Johnson, the Cathedral of Hope - which was accepted into the United Church of Christ in 2006, is considered the world's largest gay and lesbian church. This 22,000-square-foot building is the home of a congregation that's been serving Dallas GLBT residents and visitors since 1970. Page 6.

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A clean and efficient way to get around this city that's otherwise largely oriented toward automobiles, Dallas Rapid Area Transit (D.A.R.T.) is the city's

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A look at the downtown Dallas and its soaring skyscrapers, looking south. This is the downtown of the 9th-largest city in America. Page 16.

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The infamous grassy knoll, at Dealey Plaza, through which John F. Kennedy's motorcade passed when he was assassinated. It's often alleged that a second gunman fired from the grassy knoll. The link here takes you to the Dealey Plaza Cam, which broadcasts a live view of the plaza and grassy knoll from the exact perch at the Sixth Floor Museum from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired at the President Kennedy. Page 8.

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Serious pizza aficionados and ardent gay-nightlife goers both join the long lines throughout the day and late night at Artichoke Pizza, a simple-looking storefront at the north edge of the East Village that turns out simply outstanding pies. It's a simple concept, and just four types of slices are available: artichoke, regular (margarita), Sicilian, and crab. There's also beer, canned sodas, and bottles of Boylan soda. Page 9.

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One of the longest-running gay bars in the East Village, the Boiler Room has seen booms and busts over the years, its popularity waxing and waning for any number of reasons. Lately, this unfussy cruise bar drawing a mixed-age crowd seems to be doing quite well, drawing consistent crowds who appreciate its pool table, nice selection of beers and cocktails, and comfy sofas, and awesomely eclectic juke box. More guys than girls come here, but it's still definitely a mixed-gender spot overall.

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The Cock gay bar, from a different vantage point. This fun-loving, unabashedly sleazy spot has a variety of grown-up-minded theme nights, from Sperm Sundays, an incredibly popular underground-electronica dance party, to Fun-Fun Wednesdays (described by bar promoters as

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Along a tiny row of unsavory and thoroughly enjoyable gay bars on 2nd Avenue in the East Village, The Cock had actually been located on Avenue A for quite a few years, where it earned a reputation for embracing the fine art of cruising (and dark-room hand jobs among strangers). In its current locale, this late-night rooster-themed bar with voyeuristic bathrooms and a dark, sweaty, panting vibe continues to celebrate the virtues of good old-fashioned sleaze. Page 3.

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Sadly, the venerable neighborhood hangout Dick's Bar closed toward the end of 2007, after many years serving the East Village gay community. Few gay bars in this part of the city enjoyed a longer run than this cozy, offbeat establishment known for its kick-ass juke box. It stood at the corner of E. 12th Street and 2nd Avenue. Page 7.

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The bathrooms inside the cozy and endearingly kitschy Eastern Bloc gay bar function as an homage to campy men's magazines from the '50s and '60s. Page 17.

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The narrow door to the narrow Eastern Bloc gay bar, on East 6th Street (just east of Avenue A) in the East Village (yup, there's a lot of

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I'm not sure if Eastern Bloc is genuinely smaller than the other gay bars in the East Village, but it sure feels tiny, although not in a bad way (unless you're claustrophobic...). The super-dark, ultra-narrow space just off Avenue A is done up with decorative kitsch and happens to be the neighborhood bar of talented actor Alan Cumming - in fact, I had a brief but very nice chat with him here (he was clad in a leather kilt) not long ago. DJs here spin alt rock, there's reliably interesting beer. Page 5.

East Village (New York City) Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
New York City's East Village (the eastern reaches of Greenwich Village) has become Manhattan's go-to among artsy queers, hipster gays and lesbians, students from nearby NYU, and other urban adventurers seeking out affordable yet sophisticated dining and shopping, unpredictable and unabashedly sexy gay nightlife, and a contrast to Chelsea and the West Village. Here's a look at some favorite gay haunts in the East Village, which lies east of 1st Avenue between Houston and E. 14th streets.

East Village (New York City) Gay Travel Guide and Photo Gallery
New York City's East Village (the eastern reaches of Greenwich Village) has become Manhattan's go-to among artsy queers, hipster gays and lesbians, students from nearby NYU, and other urban adventurers seeking out affordable yet sophisticated dining and shopping, unpredictable and unabashedly sexy gay nightlife, and a contrast to Chelsea and the West Village. Here's a look at some favorite gay haunts in the East Village, which lies east of 1st Avenue between Houston and E. 14th streets.

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The Mile High City branch of the campy and gay-popular restaurant chain Hamburger Mary's is set along East 17th Avenue, nearly across the street from one of Denver's most popular gay bars, JR's. This popular spot whose floor-to-ceiling windows open fully in warm weather is noted for its cheery happy hours, great cocktail specials, festive Sunday brunch, dishy servers (and patrons, for that matter), and extensive menu of burgers, sandwiches, salads, and finger foods. Page 60.