5 Things You Can’t Miss In Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs’ heyday may have begun with the early movie and TV stars, but the town’s gay renaissance began in the ‘80s, when gay Angelenos started buying the mid-century modern homes in a then seedy downtown. Today, Palm Springs is a stylish and popular weekend getaway from September through May, and never more glorious than it isContinue reading “5 Things You Can’t Miss In Palm Springs, California”

Dennis Hensley: Harboring Secrets in Long Beach

Our correspondent Dennis Hensley is back with another hilarious story, this time chronicling his adventures getting lost inside a maze aboard a creepy old boat. As amusement park Halloween scare-fests go, Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, has something that its competitors don’t: one really old, seriously creepy boat.  Two ofContinue reading “Dennis Hensley: Harboring Secrets in Long Beach”

A Super Halloween Costume Carnaval in West Hollywood, CA

West Hollywood, CA boasts one of the best and biggest Halloween celebrations and parades. Although it’s become increasingly popular with spectators versus participants over the past few years, it really is still a fun largely gay party. It’s called the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval and it attracts about 500,000 people. Purists, the organizers alwaysContinue reading “A Super Halloween Costume Carnaval in West Hollywood, CA”

Suite Dream: Great Deal at INNDulge, Palm Springs, CA

If you can stand the heat (hey, it’s the dry heat!) of gay-popular Palm Springs, California in the summer, the friendly folks at INNDulge offer a great deal. Buy one night, get one free through September. There’s still availability in August and early September, so hurry. There are some exceptions (no holidays or Friday orContinue reading “Suite Dream: Great Deal at INNDulge, Palm Springs, CA”


By John O’ Ceallaigh You could well imagine that the Madonna Inn was named after that synonymous songstress, so outlandish, ostentatious and gay friendly is its design. It’s not though. It’s named after Mr and Mrs Madonna, who worked in construction and interior design respectively before developing the hotel round 50 years ago. The Madonna Inn isContinue reading “SUITE DREAM: MADONNA INN, SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIF.”


  By John O’Ceallaigh Conditions weren’t ideal for our trip to theOld Monterey Inn B&B. The rain that day was so heavy it threatened to splinter the windscreen of our rental car, and we arrived weary, waned and later than expected. The inn’s receptionist should consider a career in marketing though, because a few well-chosenContinue reading “SUITE DREAMS: OLD MONTEREY INN”

Suite Dream: Dream Inn, Santa Cruz, Calif.

By Louise Rafkin Attention surfer dudes and dudettes: want to check the waves from your private balcony?  Maybe even from the comfort of your luxury king bed? And be the first on Santa Cruz’s morning swell?  Get yourself beachside to Santa Cruz’s Dream Inn. Under the management of the Joie de Vivre hotels, all roomsContinue reading “Suite Dream: Dream Inn, Santa Cruz, Calif.”

Chaminade Resorts Celebrates Best of Coastal California

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com Story by Louise Rafkin Ask anyone in the know about Santa Cruz: a laid-back California beach town with cool Victorian houses, with a wild boardwalk and a fantastic roller coaster, populated by beaded hippies, sun-bleached surfers, and an earnest population of students majoring in Alternative Studies. This is all true. ButContinue reading “Chaminade Resorts Celebrates Best of Coastal California”