Desert hearts

Posted on 09 Aug 2013 at 9:30am

Gay-friendly Flagstaff is a refreshing ‘contemporary cowboy’ Western locale   ANDREW COLLINS  | Contributing Writer 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 ( 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 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 Once one of the country’s pre-eminent industrial powerhouses, with a population of nearly 700,000, Pittsburgh ( has, like many similar American cities, changed considerably over the past few decades. Although now less [...]

Beyond the candelabra

Posted on 21 Jun 2013 at 8:00am

Even post-Liberace, Vegas offers camp and sexy glamour for gay travelers ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor From the latest Hangover film to the recent, acclaimed Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, Las Vegas continues its campaign as the town where anything can happen. There’s a fair case to be made that’s true. Vegas is a [...]


Posted on 14 Jun 2013 at 8:00am

Charming Guatemalan village of Antigua offers history and gay appeal RICK VANDERSLICE  | Contributing Writer In a world economy, one of the biggest considerations in international travel is how strong your buying power is overseas. While Europe can be pricey, the world in the other Americas add great value to their long list of [...]

Gays of wine & roses

Posted on 31 May 2013 at 8:15am

Genteel Savannah is quaint, historic … and enthusiastically embraces its gay roots ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor We saved you a seat right next to the chicken,” Marcia Thompson says to me. When the granddaughter of Mrs. Wilkes — the boardinghouse owner whose home-cooking restaurant has customers lined up like flappers outside a speakeasy [...]

Consult the guru

Posted on 10 May 2013 at 9:45am guru Bryan Kosarek may live in Austin but admits he loves Dallas You know the old joke: “I just flew in from Miami; boy, are my arms tired.” Well, that’s sort of Bryan Kosarek’s actual life now. The transplanted Texan (a Chicago native) has been winging it for more than two months, and still [...]

Phoenix on fire

Posted on 12 Apr 2013 at 8:00am

A mix of tomorrow and yesterday, Phoenix offers gay travelers a host of options, outdoorsy and elegant RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer The old and the new are at peace together in Phoenix, which embraces its burgeoning modernity with new developments but never loses its identity of heritage. Gay travelers are not at a [...]

Bigger’n Texas

Posted on 15 Mar 2013 at 10:00am

How can you cover massive Alaska in one trip? Our travel expert has some ideas I spent 15 days touring Alaska with a friend last summer — my second extended trip in the past three years to our nation’s largest state. My previous trip included a cruise through the Inside Passage, followed by a four-day [...]