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 on Friday with the official (free!) welcome party at Rain on 4th from 10 p.m.–3 a.m. The Saturday main event, Splash Dance (what a feeling!) will be at Highland Lounge with DJ Roland Belmares spinning. And of course, on Sunday turn up at Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis with a party boat docked for your enjoyment. And with all the great rains Texas received in the spring, the lake is practically full for the first time in years.

R Family Vacations and Olivia Travel have partnered up for a new, fully-chartered, all-inclusive resort vacation. Scheduled for July 9–16, 2016, attendees will take over the Hard Rock Vallerta Resort in Puerto Vallerta, Mexico. Open to men, women and their families (gay or straight), it’s an 8-day, 7-night extravaganza with meals, beverages and most activities included in the price, which begins at $1,499/adult, $399/child. Register at, or email or call 917-522-0985 for more information.

Looking for a staycation, a honeymoon spot or even a place in the gayborhood to put up friends and family for your wedding? The Warwick Melrose just launched its Autumn in the Air and the Fall in Love packages. Autumn saves you 20 percent off the best available rate, and even comes with access to Diesel Fitness. Fall in Love spices up a romantic getaway with plush room furnishings, dinner for two in the Landmark Restaurant and two signature cocktail in The Library Bar. Rates start at $259. Both packages run Sept. 8 through Nov. 20 or later.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 4, 2015.

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