Gay Events

Carnival Week Provincetown – Viva Las Vegas!

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Over the next few days Provincetown will be filling to capacity as the start of  Carnival approaches. Running from August 18-24 this year’s theme is ‘Viva Las Vegas’, providing plenty of scope for some wild costumes for the parade on the 22nd! The entire week will be filled with carnival-themed activities. For more information check out the Provincetown Business Guild883789_10151339889701932_1488437438_o.

Gay Skiathos

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The gods must have been smiling when they created Skiathos, gifting it with a dazzling number of beaches vastly out of proportion with its modest size. The island’s sheltered turquoise waters and abundant stretches of golden sand attract a large number of tourists each year, taking advantage of the hot, dry summer weather and opportunities for sunbathing, watersports, socialising and all-round relaxation.

Skiathos Island is one of the most gay friendly Greek islands, and this is obvious to anyone who visits. Last year the association of hotels and businesses arranged the 1st International Gay Culture Festival in order to officially open its ”doors” to the gay community and break with taboos. Next year the event is taking place  from 19-21 July as the Skiathos Seduction Festival.

When you visit Skiathos  you will find that a great part of the islands’s tourism is foreign with a large number coming from the U.K., Scandinavia, Cyprus, Italy and Germany. When arrive on the island of Skiathos come with an open mind, for this spectacular green island surpasses all descriptions.

Skiathos is the most cosmopolitan island in the Sporades. It has its own airport with international and local flights. With constant arrivals of domestic and international celebrities Skiathos Island has become one of the most loved destinations in Greece. The sense of hospitality (as well as in most Greek islands) is characteristic. The island is well- organized, clean and with all amenities and accommodations at very reasonable prices.

The main center of the island, also called Skiathos, is located on the eastern side of the island. The city is surrounded by the port which is the center of tourism throughout the summer. Here you will find many taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes and the shops which are open till late. The main street of Papadiamantis is famous for its strolling shoppers, and is a hub for tourists from all over the world.  The city center has many pictuersque narrow streets with photo opportunities round every corner! Coffee and ouzo can be enjoyed at one of of the many cafes or taverns, along with incredible harbor views. This island will certainly make you feel at home.

Skiathos is well served with roads but some transportation will be necessary if you want to enjoy the best of the island. Cars and bikes can be rented everywhere.  For  lovers of local cuisine, there are many picturesque taverns & restaurants even for the most demanding palates … In the Old or new port of the town, you will find the so-called ‘Bar Street’ where you will spend unforgettable moments  - guaranteed! Skiathos has some of the best clubs and bars in Europe, and many are British owned.  Whatever  your taste, you are likely to find it here. The island boasts some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the Aegean and in fact, seven of them have been awarded Blue Flags.  The “Little Banana” is a famous nudist and gay beach, and was recongnised as being one of the most  popular beaches in Greece by travelers in 2012.

If you visit Skiathos, be sure to post a review of your experience after your trip.

Gay Iceland

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Think gay vacations and you might not think of Iceland as a destinaton, but just take a look at what the country has to offer gay and lesbian travelers. With the first openly lesbian prime minister, Icelanders have endorsed the LGBT community, and welcome diverse visitors.

Iceland celebrates a number of LGBT events throughout the year including Reykjavik Gay Pride in August, Bears on Ice in September, Pinkmas in December/January and Rainbow Reykjavick in January/February. Details of these events can be found at Pink Iceland.

Pink Choice would welcome reviews of gay and gay-friendly hotels in Iceland, so if you head there, please tell us about your experience.

Carnival Time in Provincetown

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

August is here and so is Carnival time in Provincetown. The events kick off on Sunday August 12 and run through August 17, with the eagerly anticipated parade taking to Commercial Street on Thursday 16th. With this year’s carnival theme being ‘A Space Odyssey’ there will be plenty of scope for many elaborate floats!

Provincetown will be packed for the events, so if you’re heading to the Cape, you would be advised to make sure you have secured your accommodation, as rooms will be hard to find. Remember, we want to hear about your lodging experience, so please don’t forget to post your hotel reviews.

A full schedule of Carnival events can be found at the Provincetown Business Guild’s website.

Heading to London for the Olympics?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

The London Olympic Games begin on Friday July 27 and run until Sunday August 12. After weeks of rain and questions over sufficient security being in place, the Games will kick off in just over a week. Olympic competitors are starting to arrive at Heathrow along with the thousands of spectators who have secured tickets for one or more of the events.

Hotels in and around London are booked to capacity, so if you happen to be a guest at one of them, please send your reviews to Pink Choice. With London offering so many choices in gay and gay-friendly hotels we would love to see loads of reviews. Oh, and while you’re there, enjoy the Games!

Frog Meadow Farm Hosts Garden Party AIDS Fundraiser

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Frog Meadow Farm B&B and Massage Oasis for Men will once again host the annual barbecue and garden party fundraiser on Saturday, July 21, 2012 from 3 to 8pm. All proceeds benefit the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont’s Men’s Program which provides prevention services as well as direct services to those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS.

An important part of the local community for many years, The Men’s program has recently suffered a major setback following the elimination of its funding due to policy changes at the federal level. Grass roots efforts and private donations are being implemented to sustain the program that is vital to the lives of so many. As a result this year’sfundraiser is more important than ever.

This much anticipated event of the summer season is expected to draw close to two hundred men from the region and the neighboring cities. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the lovely and secluded natural environment of Frog Meadow Farm’s 63 private acres, including the beautiful gardens, hiking trails and swimming pond (pack a towel!).

There will be croquet, bocci, and other lawn games to enjoy. In addition, raffle tickets will be available the day of the event for all kinds of goodies. A suggested $35 donation includes a valuable door prize drawing and provides access to the grounds and a full barbecue meal (vegetarian option available).

For those unable to attend, donations are very much appreciated. As Frog Meadow Farm does not have a liquor license, no alcohol will be provided, however, you are welcome to bring your own beverage of choice.

Note that the rain date for the event is Sunday July 22

Helpful Links:

More information about the Frogmeadow Fundraiser BBQ www.frogmeadow.com/events2.html#bbq

Directions to Frog Meadow from all points www.frogmeadow.com/directions.html

Check out Frog Meadow’s reviews on Pink Choice.

New York’s First Gay Hotel Opens for Business

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The eagerly anticipated Out NYC Urban Resort opened its doors to guests on March 1, 2012.

This straight-friendly urban resort is poised to become a travel and entertainment destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. The complex, situated on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues,  encompasses a 105-room boutique hotel, the 14,000 square foot XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge by John Blair, Beto Sutter, and FV Events, a late-night restaurant called Kitchin, three courtyards, a business/conference center, function space, and a wellness center.

 

The first phase of the project was completed on January 26, 2012 with the opening of XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge. XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge is the newest project by noted gay nightlife impresarios John Blair and Beto Sutter, and the wunderkind party promoters Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio of FV Events. Blair and Sutter, famous for the legendary Saturday night party at The Roxy, helped create this new venue from the ground up. Open seven nights a week, XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge is the first nightly gay dance club to open in New York City in 15 years. The space features an LED wall, two dance floors, and a full stage.

 

The boutique hotel features 105 rooms with an upscale, chic décor and a starting rate of approximately $250. The hotel’s restaurant, Kitchin is operated by the team behind the already-successful Hell’s Kitchen favorite, Eatery Restaurant. It offers the same style of upscale comfort food for which Eatery Restaurant is known. THE OUT NYC will host various types of function space to accommodate everything from intimate private dinners to large events and weddings. The building is centered on three courtyards and a 5,000 square foot wellness center, creating an oasis from the city just outside its doors.

 

“This is an idea whose time has come.  What makes THE OUT NYC a desirable hotel is the comfort level and tailored amenities for both the gay and straight communities,” said Ian Reisner, Managing Partner, Parkview Developers. “THE OUT NYC will become a ‘can’t-miss’ for gay tourists as well as the epicenter of gay life for LGBT New Yorkers. With New York’s recent legislation, we look forward not only to hosting countless gay couples, but marrying them as well.”

Pink Choice would like to congratulate the Out NYC on its recent opening, and looks forward to receiving reviews from its guests.

Recovering from Sydney’s Mardi Gras!

Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Mardi Gras in Sydney is now on the horizon with a kick off date of February 12, and partying continuing until until March 4. Now that’s a lot of partying! So, what options are available for recovery from all the excitement? Absolute Beachfront Turtle Cove Beach Resort in Port Douglas has one answer – a Mardi Gras Recovery Package. The 3 night package includes:

• 3 nights accommodation at Turtle Cove Beach Resort

* Bottle of champagne on arrival.

• Tropical Continental Breakfast Daily

• Return Coach Transfers from Cairns Airport or City

• 2 Dinners in our Sandbar Restaurant.

• $25.00 drink voucher to use during your stay per room

• Nightly entertainment,

 And of course, more partying!

Turtle Cove Beach Resort's Mardi Gras Recovery Party

For more information visit Turtle Cove’s website. If you join the party, be sure to tell Pink Choice about it!

 

Villa Venice Men’s Resort New Year’s Eve Party

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

 

Villa Venice Men’s Resort in Fort Lauderdale wishes all its friends a very Happy New Year! It looks as though everyone enjoyed the party! The resort is one of several in Fort Lauderdale that is highly rated on Pink Choice. Its guest reviews tell the whole story.

Count down to the London Olympics and the Queen’s big bash

Monday, September 26th, 2011


Could there be more reason to visit London in 2012? How many more international events do you need to get on that plane to visit us? Yes we have the Olympics but we also have World Pride in June and July and the Queens’ Diamond jubilee celebrations. We can promise you parties, thrones, tiaras, jewels and the world’s most famous real life Queen. What more do you want?

To further convince you to make that trip to London next year I will be writing a bi –monthly blog on Pink Choice to whet your appetite. And while I’m at it I will be making it clear that it would just be plain rude of you not to visit Scotland, France while you are here.  No point coming all this way without doing Europe properly.

But lets start with London. In Britain all roads still lead to the capital.  I arrived in London as a 23 year old lawyer in 1987 from the northern English city of Manchester.  Bewildered, awestruck and innocent were my key features back then but London soon felt like home. 27 years later, London, is looking a lot better than me. It has come of age while also reinventing itself with amazing new contemporary projects like the Tate Modern and the London Eye. And all the time London’s public buildings like the British Museum, have been rebooting themselves with world class design.

 

Possibly the aspect of London that I am most proud of is its diversity. There are more languages in London spoken than in any other city in the world and remarkably everyone rubs along very peacefully. There are different quarters and districts which have been flavoured by different ethnic groups but it is all very integrated and open to all.

London’s gay scene is now huge. London has the biggest gay and lesbian community in Europe with an estimated population of 400,000 with numerous gay bars and clubs. London’s gay village – Soho – is still the epi centre of gay life. A strole down Old Compton street is a legal requirement for any self-respecting gay and lesbian visitor but today the gay community, and its influence has stretched into all corners of the city.

I recently asked some American friends who have settled in London why they have made London their home. They say that unlike any city in the world, with the possible exception of New York, that its people don’t judge and passionately celebrate diversity and eccentricity like no where else.  So there you are… come and be as queer as you like and we will love you!

So if you are thinking ‘umm maybe’ then look out for my next blog here on Pink Choice in two month time or my blog or my website for some of the best places gay friendly places to stay in London and Europe.

Simon Forrester -www.furtherafield.com