COVER STORY: Maui and the aloha state of mind

Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 6:30am

There’s a reason for Hawaii’s gay-friendliness that has nothing to do with being Obama’s native state — paradise welcomes everyone ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor When the islands call, West Coasters typically visit Hawaii and East Coasters Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands, but where does that leave Texans? Well, Hawaii helped make that [...]


Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 6:30am

If you’ve never been to the islands, especially Maui, here are some tips for enjoying your stay. • Rent a car. The island is meant to be explored, and taxi service is spotty anyway. You’ll want to drive not only to your resort, but up to Haleakala and to the many great restaurants not within [...]


Posted on 24 Jan 2014 at 6:15am

With the state’s authorization of same-sex marriages — not commitment ceremonies, not civil unions — the already-booming Hawaii tourism economy ($14 billion last year) is poised to expand even more. Then again, it’s old-hat for Kevin Rebelo. The South African-born Maui transplant has been in the wedding biz for more than 20 years — in [...]

Maui pictorial slideshow

Posted on 23 Jan 2014 at 10:00pm


It’s all downhill from here

Posted on 13 Dec 2013 at 7:25am

Our 8th annual rundown of gay ski weeks across North America in 2014   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Gay ski weeks used to be edgy, new things. Starting with Aspen 36 years ago (and still the first of the season), they’ve added annually. This season, the newest event will turn 4, while most [...]

Trail of lights

Posted on 06 Dec 2013 at 6:00am

From ‘Steel Magnolias’ to ‘Duck Dynasty,’ small-town Louisiana celebrates the holidays with charm ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor Texas likes to brag about its size, but truth is, Louisiana has it beat in terms of history. It’s not unusual to find homes in the Sportsman’s Paradise that predate the siege of the Alamo; the [...]

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 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 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 [...]