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Friday, October 22, 2010

Travel for All!

For a few years I had the wonderful opportunity to work in the hotel industry with Disney and I guess that was when I was first made aware of the gay community really trying to carve out a market for places to vacation and go. I guess it was with Gay Day at the park...not promoted by Disney at all, but originated by the gay community to go in numbers to vacation spots. Nothing wrong with that. Prior to that I had never thought of that and this was about 10 years ago. Since then there are all sorts of travel spots, cruises, places that cater to all and that includes the gay community.

Take the San Diego Hillcrest Area for example. Most of the gay bars and restaurants are in Hillcrest. Some of the lively places to hit are Urban Mo's, Fiesta Cantina and the Brass Rail. These establishments have large bar areas, lively and diverse activities and great food! After dinner you can even dance the night away at Number's or Rich's. (I digress now but I remember in the 80's when disco was King, the gay bars in my town were the best places to go. They had the best music and the actual "fun" there could not compare to any other local place in town. Disco was a fun era!)

If you ever travel to the Las Vegas Area, the situation there is kind of dicey! Las Vegas is apparently not that gay friendly but you know Las Vegas. Glamor and glitz is everywhere of course and things stay open around the clock. There are bars there that stay over 24 hours a day. And I guess the saying "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" is true for the gay community as well. There is only one gay hotel there called the Blue Moon Resort and it is clothing optional! Wowee!

If you are ever in the San Francisco, Casto Area, the you have indeed come to the mecca of the gay world. Nicknamed the "gay hotspot of the world," it has excellent shopping, clubs, restaurants and bars. There is quite a long list of eating establishments but be sure to check out Trigger, Twin Peaks or Harveys. Everything you could possible want can be found there. The only thing to be wary of is the parking. Correct parking and meter times are strickly enforced and those tickets will not go away. So park correctly and be very careful! If you choose not to drive you are in luck because San Francisco has great public transportation.

Travel to the Big Apple will not be a disappointment! New York City has alot to offer. Chelsea has a lot to offer with bars and restaurants like XES, G Lounge, Grumpy Coffee and Splash NYC. The option for rooms is to stay in Time's Square since most of the hotels are concentrated there. There is where you will also find the shows on and off broadway.

There is a market for businesses that cater to the gay community. I know there is lots of money that is spent on establishements that cater to that community as well. It is good to know that the travel world is becoming more diverse and encompassing of all people.

What I do is kick them in the pants with a diamond buckled shoe! ~~Aileen Mehle~~

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