Archive for August, 2010

Copenhagen launches site to attract gay travelers

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

Denmark, and Copenhagen in particular, has long been known for its tolerance, and fully diversified social life. The country was the first in the world to create a National Association for Gays and Lesbians way back in 1948. In 1989 Denmark had another first when it recognized marriage between two people of the same sex. Then in 1999 it became possible for married gays to adopt the children of their partners.

Photo courtesy of www.visitgaydenmark.com

So it’s not surprising that Copenhagen was named one of the world’s top 7 most gay-friendly destinations, by “Hotel & Resort Insider” in 2009. Now, for those gay and lesbian travelers who somehow missed out on realizing what Copenhagen had to offer, the city has launched a site providing in-depth information on everything it has to offer the LGBT community, and there’s lots! It even allows you to customize the information it provides based on the person’s particular interests.

Pink Choice currently lists several gay and gay friendly hotels in Copenhagen including the Square Hotel and Hotel Cabinn Metro, but we are always anxious to add more, so if you have recently stayed elsewhere, or know of other gay and lesbian lodging options in the city, please post a review.

Dallas Nightlife has lots to offer Gay and Lesbian Travelers

Monday, August 9th, 2010

Dallas at nightDallas has a thriving LGBT community and is one of the gay-friendliest cities in the United States. The city boasts two gay neighborhoods both close to the Downtown area. In the 1980′s gay activism in Dallas started in the Oak Lawn district on Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street, known as ‘the crossroads’. More recently the Bishop Arts District has become very popular with the gay and lesbian community, located just southwest of downtown, and bustles with art galleries, restaurants and shops.

Gay and lesbian nightlife options are plentiful with over 25 bars and clubs, many of which can be found in the Oak Lawn neighborhood.

BJ’s NXS is Uptown’s newest  male entertainment venue with Dallas’ hottest dancers and featuring a male revue on Friday and Saturday nights.

Dallas Eagle has been in existence since 1995 and is the city’s leading leather bar. It recently moved to a larger venue with a huge outdoor patio area. The Eagle is home to Leather Knights along with NLA:Dallas, Discipline Corps, Lone Star Cigar Men, Eagle Bears and the Dallas Bears.

The Hidden Door is a neighborhood gay bar that celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. It is home to a number of clubs including the Dallas Buddies, DMC, Firedancers, S.L.U.T.S., T Bears and TGRA.

Brick/Joe’s caters to a mixed crowd with adult entertainment and go-go dancers.

Kaliente offers fun and late night partying, Latin style, with great dancing.

Klub Hot is the first latino male and female dance club in Dallas.

Pekers is a friendly neighborhood bar that occasionally offers entertainment and karaoke from time to time.

Sisters Club at 4025 Maple is a neighborhood lesbian bar.

Party at the Block offers five amazing venues in the Oak Lawn district of Dallas. For 40 years they have been the center of gay Dallas, and are well known for the legendary Hallween street party, and the annual Pride Parade.

Sue Ellen’s is one of the venues in Party at the Block which offers two floors of fun for women. The Vixen Lounge offers live music, or you can chill in the Lipstick Lounge. Sue Ellen’s also has pool tables and several patios to hang out with friends.

Gay travelers soon to be charged to enter the States

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Travelers to the States using the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) will have to pay a $14 fee to enter from September 8, 2010.

Gay travel to New YorkESTA relates to the nationals from 36 countries who have previously had visa waiver status. Once approved by ESTA, travelers are granted unlimited travel to the States for 2 years, so anyone planning a trip to the US should apply for the form before September 8 to avoid paying the charge.

The fee that is being levied is reportedly going to be used to promote tourism to the US, but could it be that foreign travelers will simply decide to go elsewhere, as more rules and charges are applied to US travel requirements?

Ogunquit – Maine’s Gay Mecca

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Just 66 miles north of Boston on the coast of Maine, Oqunquit is a cute resort that has been welcoming gay and lesbian tourists for many years. With miles of sandy beaches, plenty of accommodation choices, world class restaurants and clubs, the town has plenty to offer the gay community, and is a popular destination for  LGBT travelers coming from Canada.

Two Village Square

Pink Choice lists many of the gay and lesbian guesthouses, inns and resorts in Ogunquit. Based on reviews that have been written by guests, Two Village Square has been a Pink Choice Award winner for the last two years. It recently sold,  so we will look forward to receiving some reviews under its new ownership. The Admiral’s Inn Resort is also ‘Highly Recommended’ by Pink Choice members.

When it comes to eating, Ogunquit offers no end of great choices. Favorites include Front Porch Restaurant, Angelina’s, Caffe Prego, and the Wild Blueberry Cafe and Bistro. A full list of dining options can be found on the gay Ogunquit website.

For night time entertainment,  the Ogunquit Playhouse offers professional productions through the summer months. The town is also home to the Booth Theater, located in the Betty Doon Motel. For clubbing, the Main Street Video Bar is the center for gay nightlife in Ogunquit. Other options are the Front Porch Piano Bar and the Oxygen Lounge.