Climb ev’ry mountain

Posted on 25 Oct 2013 at 9:40am

Chile’s slender profile supports a range of outdoor outings, from lakes to volcanoes   JAKE CIGAINERO  | Contributing Writer jacobstapp@gmail.com When Chile’s fit and fabulous really want to get away and play without trekking to rugged Patagonia, they head south for Pucón in the Lakes District. Sitting under the watchful eye of active Villarrica Volcano [...]

Tranquility base

Posted on 11 Oct 2013 at 9:20am

Delaware’s historic Rehoboth is a gay haven, from shopping to sunbathing   The unofficial gay and lesbian summer beach resort of the Mid-Atlantic states, charming Rehoboth Beach is situated along a sweeping, sandy stretch of the Delaware shore that’s within three-hour drives of Washington, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Over the past decade, many of the town’s [...]

Mass appeal

Posted on 27 Sep 2013 at 9:45am

Gay-friendly Boston boasts popular summers, but shines brightly in autumn   Summer may signal the end of high season at New England’s beach resorts, but early autumn is the perfect time for visiting the region’s largest metropolis, Boston, along with its smaller neighbors, Cambridge and Somerville. In October, the city comes alive with students back [...]

Islands of adventure

Posted on 13 Sep 2013 at 10:45am

A trio of isles in the Pacific Northwest make charming vacation spots for the outdoorsy or those simply seeking peaceful, rustic life (and great food)   ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer outoftown@qsyndicate.com It’s amazing how easily you can feel completely removed from crowds, urbanity and the busy pace of modern life, even when you’re within 50 [...]

Applause 2013: City of art

Posted on 23 Aug 2013 at 9:45am

Nasher Sculpture Center launches ambitious project to turn all of North Texas into an outdoor museum ANNA WAUGH  | Contributing Writer As the Nasher Sculptor Center nears its 10th anniversary in October, the landscape of Dallas’ art scene will change dramatically … and literally. The center’s dynamic art exhibit, Nasher XChange, will feature 10 different public, [...]

Not just a hole in the ground

Posted on 23 Aug 2013 at 8:15am

Touring the monumental Grand Canyon is an excellent trip for the outdoorsy ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer outoftown@qsyndicate.com The Grand Canyon has been showered with accolades as much as any of America’s many spectacular national parks, yet few who visit this 300-mile-long gorge leave disappointed — it’s one natural attraction that truly lives up to its [...]

Desert hearts

Posted on 09 Aug 2013 at 9:30am

Gay-friendly Flagstaff is a refreshing ‘contemporary cowboy’ Western locale   ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer outoftown@qsyndicate.com The laid-back, cultured and pine-studded college town of Flagstaff has plenty going for it and makes a terrific base for exploring northern Arizona. The largest city on Interstate 40 between L.A. and Albuquerque, Flagstaff is known for its seemingly endless supply [...]

By the sea

Posted on 26 Jul 2013 at 9:45am

Our rundown of oceanfront getaways (part 2) There’s still time this summer to enjoy the surf and sand, as these East Coast towns can attest. Tybee Island, Ga. Every bit as quirky, laid-back and personable as nearby historic Savannah, just a 20-minute drive inland, Tybee Island (VisitTybee.com) is one of Georgia’s famed barrier islands, an [...]

Life’s a beach

Posted on 12 Jul 2013 at 9:30am

With summer here, off-beat seaside resorts offer fun in the sun (part 1) ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer outoftown@qsyndicate.com Beach vacations come in many forms, especially in the context of gay travel. In prior years, gay travelers seeking summer fun focused on some tried-and-true destinations: Provincetown, Ogunquit, Rehoboth, Fire Island, Laguna Beach, Key West and [...]

The mysteries of Pittsburgh

Posted on 28 Jun 2013 at 8:00am

It gets better for the ‘Queer as Folk’ city with a vibrant cultural and gay life   ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer outoftown@qsyndicate.com Once one of the country’s pre-eminent industrial powerhouses, with a population of nearly 700,000, Pittsburgh (visitpittsburgh.com) has, like many similar American cities, changed considerably over the past few decades. Although now less [...]