Travel diary • Labor Day plan

Posted on 20 Aug 2009 at 9:56am
By Rich Lopez Staff Writer

As summer ends, start fall off right with these Labor Day plans


BUNNIES AND BEADS: Lady Bunny performs at this year’s Southern Decadence in New Orleans.

Even though the summer is starting to dwindle away, there’s no need to forgo vacation planning. As Labor Day nears, you can still fit in some time away from the daily to-do. A three-day weekend may not be enough to relax as much as you want but there are some heavy-duty party options that are sure to work out any kinks you might have. Dance the night away with these holiday parties and specials.

The White Party goes to Las Vegas this year and Orbitz is the official travel partner for the event. They are booking now with bargains to travel to Vegas during the holiday weekend, Sept. 4–7, and even beyond. For Orbitz’s Gay Pride Sale, you can save instantly on vacation packages by entering promotion code, pride2009, on the Orbitz.com Web site. This is just one of the specials they have for the weekend — scope out the site for additional savings.

You can instead opt for the Gulf Coast for the holiday. The annual Southern Decadence party will be underway in New Orleans. The "Gay Mardi Gras" sees people arriving the Wednesday before and sticking around until Tuesday. Special performing guests this year include comedian Shirley Q. Liquor and drag superstar Lady Bunny. Organizers expect more than 100,000 LGBT revelers to attend; visit Southerndecadence.net to track down your discount travel rates. And be sure to leave room in your luggage for all those beads you’ll earn.

If you really want to get away, how about a little Greece for you? You always hear about the Mykonos, but this might just be the time to see it in its magnificent splendor. The blue waters of the Mediterranean, the crisp nights by the sea and of course, all the beautiful Greek men (and women) all come with Steele Luxury Travel’s one-week only special. And it’s a good one.

Steele has reserved a private villa for 21 travelers from Aug. 31–Sept. 7 that includes a private chef, maid service and 24-hour concierge. But they aren’t going to just let you sit there to enjoy the sites and service. A dinner party and soiree at the villa come with the deal.

The partying continues with the first gay circuit party ever in Mykonos. "The XL SIOR Delice Party, is series of sexy pool parties, extravagant nightclub events, and social gatherings to cater exclusively to the gay community," the company says. Visit SteeleTravel.com for reservations.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 21, 2009.

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