Phoenix rising

Posted on 17 Jun 2016 at 7:50am

Downtown Phoenix has enjoyed a recent renaissance, but across the Valley of the Sun foodies, hispters and adventure lovers can find something to revel in   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor “I came to Casablanca for the waters,” Rick asserts in a classic movie scene. “The waters? But Casablanca is a desert!” his friend […]

Travel diary: Kathy, Melissa set sail

Posted on 12 Feb 2016 at 6:00am

Comedy and music hit the high seas; Virgin to launch Hawaii service this summer Gay icons take to the seas in 2016! First up: Legendary ally Kathy Griffin helps expand the Carnival Cruise Line’s “live” performance series, expanding it from music to comedy. Griffin is the featured entertainer on two cruises leaving from South Florida […]

And then there were 4: Spot-checking the NYT’s historic Per Se review

Posted on 04 Feb 2016 at 7:26am

And then there were four: Spot-checking the NYT’s historic Per Se review

Road scholars

Posted on 15 Jan 2016 at 6:30am

How a former soldier and ex-school teacher took to the highways and byways of the world to spread the gospel of curious travel ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor When I first meet Isis Gaine and Shine True, it is 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday and they are buying eggnog-flavored donuts from Top Pot, the […]

R Family Vacations teams with Olivia

Posted on 15 Jan 2016 at 6:15am

Kelli Carpenter has been preaching the gospel of gay families for years, and in 2015, the Supreme Court finally caught up with her. Carpenter has been passionate about serving LGBT people (especially couples, their children and their often-straight extended families) since co-founding the travel company R Family Vacations 11 years ago. With her wife Anne […]

A chilling trend

Posted on 04 Dec 2015 at 6:00am

As gay ski weeks become less common, the big ones gain in importance ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor 2015 has been a year of change for the gay skiing community. OutBoard — which earlier this year marked its 20th event, specializing in snow-capped fun for gay snowboarders — has held its last party, […]


Posted on 23 Oct 2015 at 7:30am

Picking a fresh gay summer vacation spot Although they maintain a relatively low profile outside the region, the charming and artsy “twin towns” of Saugatuck and Douglas are the most significant gay resort destination in the Midwest. A little more than two hours from Chicago (three from Detroit), this laid-back area offers a bounty of […]

Pink, flaming… Oh!

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 8:00am

Rediscovering Key West’s queer appeal in three easy steps After all of these years and after so many destinations have “come out” as gay-friendly, Key West retains the title of the quintessential LGBT travel experience. Key West is simply fabulous — an island utopia that welcomes everyone and a destination where a bicycle and a […]

TRAVEL DIARY • 09-04-15

Posted on 04 Sep 2015 at 7:35am

Splash Days. Summer is almost over (though as we all know, in Texas it can stretch on past Halloween). But this could be your last three-day weekend to enjoy the joys of watersports (the non-NC-17 kind). So a quick day trip down to Austin for the annual Splash Days is an excellent idea. It starts […]

Unpaved paradise

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 at 6:00am

Part 2 of 2: Getting to the Marquesas Islands is half the fun of the trip KEVIN KALLEY & DAVID H. CURRIER  | Contributing Writers Last month, we wrote all about the wonders of gay-friendly Marquesas. But when you go to a remote part of the world, it’s often just as much about the […]