Travel diary

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 at 3:52pm
By Rich Lopez Staff Writer

Gay Web site and Fort Lauderdale resort offer special discounts


TROPICAL PARADISE: The clothing-optional Pineapple Point guesthouse in Fort Lauderdale offers one night free for every two nights booked for a limited time.

It’s the middle of summer and you’re still figuring out your vacation plans? For shame, you procrastinator. Don’t give us the old excuse, "the heat is making me delirious," either. When it comes to getaway plans, the head will clear up if it means taking time off from that daily grind.

So, right now, while you’re thinking about it, get that calendar, check your bank account and start deciding where summer break takes you this year; it might just be found here.

To get started with your late planning, visit Staywithfamily.com. This new site caters to gay travelers with general travel information and forums but is also an exchange service. You can also find information on swapping out your home during vacation here as well. They provide details on room shares and youth hostels.

You’ll especially dig their services because they are offering Dallas Voice readers a 50 percent discount off their registration fees after the trial membership expires. (When you visit the site, enter promotion code DV09 and you’ll be on your way to vacation happiness.) How great is that?

Take some 40 bands and musicians, all female, over six days on 650 acres of plush green and you’ll find yourself at the Michigan Womyn’s Festival. This girlapalooza isn’t all music, though: A film festival, art shows, workshops, parties and dances also fill the week. Created and even built by women for women, the festival celebrates healthy food, nature, arts and music to recharge with. But really, the music is the highlight here with the likes of Girl in a Coma, Leslie and the Lys and God-des and She as part of the lineup. The festival runs Aug. 4-9 in Oceana County 20 miles east of Lake Michigan. For tickets and travel information, visit Michfest.com

The Pineapple Point Guesthouse and Resort has had a busy summer with their continuing special. If you stay two nights, the Fort Lauderdale clothing optional men’s resort will add an extra night for free. Soak up the Florida sun in this snazzy resort but don’t delay in your planning — you have to book your reservation by Aug. 1. Call their desk at 888-844-7295 or visit their site at Pineapplepoint.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 17, 2009.

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