Reminiscent in historic ambience, manageable size, mountainous elevation, and dynamic arts scene to Santa Fe, New Mexico, the small city of San Miguel de Allende was established in the mid-16th century and has becoming increasingly popular in recent years as sophisticated, friendly and a distinctive vacation getaway. Although San Miguel has little in the way of gay nightlife, this city of about 60,000 has a strong GLBT following dating back to its popularity with counter-cultural types in the 1960s. Today visitors will find several gay-owned inns, shops and restaurants.

Out in Montreal

Even though I have had the luxury to visit Canada on multiple occasions, neither my partner nor I ever had the opportunity to visit Montreal, a city known for its French influence, historic buildings and delectable cuisine, until last week.

In the past few issues, SFGN has featured “Summer Staycations” and “Weekend Getaways.” For this issue, to celebrate Independence Day, we decided to travel elsewhere; to places we either love or desire to visit. All of these cities are gay friendly and contain many cultural, dining and entertainment options for the LGBT community.

New Gay Resort Rising in NYC

According to a New York Times report, the Out NYC Urban Resort, a gay hospitality mecca proposed by developer Ian Simpson Reisner is scheduled for completion early next year.  Reisner has teamed up with Axel Hotels for the venture, which currently operates gay resorts in Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Berlin.

Maine's classically quaint seaside towns and breezy beaches seem tailor-made for a relaxing vacation and sure enough, the state's coastal sections are invaded by pleasure seekers all summer. Prestigious, blue-blood retreats like Kennebunkport and Camden overflow with magnificent estates, while the pristine scenery of Acadia National Park and Camden Hills State Park draw scads of hikers and bikers. Artsy and gay-popular Ogunquit makes a wonderfully low-keyed alternative to Provincetown, while hip Portland and up-and-coming Rockland offer sophisticated arts and dining.

The state's shoreline twists and turns for an astonishing 3,478 miles - counting every inlet, cove, and bay; only the states of Alaska, Florida and Louisiana can claim more miles of waterfront. You could spend all summer exploring the dozens of inviting hamlets up and down the coast.

Summer is the perfect time to get away, but sometimes it is difficult to travel out of state, especially if you or your partner have a busy work schedule.SFGN has decided to highlight three local destinations, all unique and ideal for a weekend getaway. From gay guest houses to Five-Diamond resorts, South Florida offers something for every taste and budget.

 

New Gay Ad Campaign For Denmark

VisitDenmark highlights diversity and openness

Today, VisitDenmark proudly announces the launch of its new LGBT campaign - “cOPENhagen - Open For Everyone” - which highlights and celebrates the welcoming and diverse atmosphere of Copenhagen, Denmark‘s capital city. To mark the occasion, VisitDenmark is debuting a new Gay Copenhagen Microsite, Facebook and Twitter page, as well as an LGBT Copenhagen Blog Feed. All four media outlets have been designed to serve as up-to-date resources that will assist LGBT travelers in uncovering the very best of gay life in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Gay and On a Budget in Music City

Nashville may not come to mind as a place to visit if you are looking for an LGBT-friendly getaway, but let me assure you that Music City is not only gay friendly, but has many community organizations, retail outlets and entertainment venues to make for a very memorable vacation.

Expedia.com is the world’s leading online travel agency. recently, they announced that they have added a travel site catering to the LGBT community. They have partnered with Fort Lauderdale-based International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), which is the leading global organization dedicated to our travel needs.

“At expedia.com, this is in keeping with our mission to be the best place to book travel,” said Tim MacDonald, senior vice president and general manager, of expedia. com. “This    page    will    simplify    and    improve the shopping and booking experience for LGBT customers. It was based on research illustrating the difficulty in finding LGBT- welcoming hotels, and our solution was vetted by a group of LGBT professionals at expedia® and a roundtable of gay travel community members. IGLTA helped us determine the hotels that populate the store.”

If you have ever gone through the experience of looking for a hotel, especially in a foreign country whose language you do not speak, you know the difficulty in finding a gay friendly hotel, inn, or guest- house. Would-be travelers often consult with friends, look for things like gay pride flags or smiling gay couples on website photo galleries.

The expedia & IGLTA initiative will certainly streamline the search.

“Our goal is to be the best place to book your travel. expedia chose to partner with IGLTA because of their strong reputation and international scope,” said Janice Lichtenwaldt, of expedia. “They have been great partners and have provided us with solid advice and guidance.We look forward to growing our partnership.”

Currently, there are 10 domestic destinations – including Canada – and five international. Of course, our beloved South Florida is on the list! The website also lists LGBT events and festivals. The June calendar is currently posted and lists gay pride celebrations from Oslo to LA.

Although, one has to wonder – given that since most gay individuals and couples have more disposable income than their straight peers, why has it taken so long for this development?

For more information please visit Expedia.com/daily/gaytravel