Summer 2011



Our preview of sizzling LGBT destinations.



Fire Island Frolics: End of an Era

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Sep 7, 2011
This season’s last issue of the Fire Island News marks the end of an era of sorts for this humble reporter.

Fire Island Frolics: All About Ascension!

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Aug 24, 2011
Mother Nature largely proved she loves the gays during Ascension weekend in Fire Island Pines.

Discover Gay Florida :: Daytona Beach

By Sheri Elfman | Saturday Aug 20, 2011
The famous (or infamous, depends on your experiences) Daytona Beach isn’t just a place for bikers (although if you are into that, you will be very pleased).

Fire Island Frolics: Cherry Grove Welcomes FIBO

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Aug 16, 2011
Thousands of LGBT people of color descended upon Cherry Grove this weekend for the ninth annual Fire Island Black Out, but a long-time Grove resident’s tragic death cast a somber shadow upon the beach.

Stockholm Pride 2011 "Openness" Photo Album

By | Tuesday Aug 16, 2011
The biggest Pride festival in Scandinavia, Stockholm Pride 2011 celebrated "Openness" with an exuberant parade and a three-night party marked by a surfeit of extraordinary specimens from a city long heralded for its stunning beauty.

More Sand, More Surf, More Fun At California’s Beaches

By Joel Martens | Saturday Aug 13, 2011
SoCal is truly perfection when it comes to the outdoor lifestyle; you can surf, dive, boogey-board, swim, snorkel, body surf, play volleyball or just chill on your lounge chair, sip a drink with friends and watch the boys walk by-so de rigueur.

Fire Island Frolics: From Gillibrand to the Concerned Women of the Grove

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Aug 9, 2011
It was a busy Saturday on Fire Island for this reporter-even if a fight at High Tea capped off what was otherwise a good day.

Sexy Sin City Sizzles in Summer

By ED Walsh | Tuesday Aug 9, 2011
There’s something about the warm summer nights in Las Vegas that make Las Vegas just a little sexier. And the latest sexiest trend in Sin City is very much optimized in the summer.

We’ll Always Have Paris

By Mark Thompson | Tuesday Aug 2, 2011
Even with a weakened dollar, it’s still possible to vacation in Paris. Picnic on the banks of the Seine. Wander the Tuileries. Stroll through the Marais. A thousand quotidian pleasures will remind you why you’ll always love Paris best.

Summer in Paris

By | Tuesday Aug 2, 2011
As a phrase, "summer in Paris" has a kind of hypnotizing appeal - and to find oneself in the City of Light during the brightest season is to fall in love with the city’s charms all over again.

Kathie Lee and Hoda Take One for the Team

By Troy Petenbrink | Wednesday Jul 27, 2011
Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb made an appearance at a drag queen volleyball game in Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Friday, July 22. The "Today" show is scheduled to air footage from the match on Thursday, July 28.

Fire Island Frolics: Eye Candy Amid a Calamity of Errors

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Jul 27, 2011
Some particularly sweet eye candy proved a bright spot during what can best be described as a calamitous weekend on Fire Island.

Top Seven Summer Places in the Six-Million Acre Adirondack Park

By | Saturday Jul 23, 2011
The Adirondack Region is a six-million-acre park offering limitless recreation amid 2,000 miles of hiking trails. Explore historic, scenic and quirky sites throughout the Adirondack Region and experience this six-million acre park from a new perspective.

Summer Houseguest Rules 101

By Grace Corradino | Friday Jul 22, 2011
I love my friends. I love the idea of having my friends come to Fire Island and stay with us. Too often, at the end of the visit I am exhausted and cranky. Why is that?

Vermont’s Seductive Summer Swimming Holes

By JOHN CURRAN | Wednesday Jul 20, 2011
Vermont has no shortage of places to cool off: When summer’s heat settles in, people head to the countryside to cool off in old-fashioned swimming holes that dot the state’s rivers and streams.

Summer Fun - To Tent Or Not To Tent

By Joel Martens | Wednesday Jul 20, 2011
There are quite a few great options for gay-exclusive or gay-friendly camping within a minimal drive in California, and most can accommodate RV, trailer or tent stations and have numerous amenities-some even offer catering so you don’t even have to cook!

Fire Island Frolics: All About the Dance

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Jul 19, 2011
This Fire Island Dance Festival weekend on the beach certainly kept this reporter busy, but at the end of the day it was all about the dance.

Biking to Versailles - to Beat the Crowds

By DAVID K. RANDALL | Monday Jul 18, 2011
I was riding along trails laid out for French monarchs, a bottle of wine and a day’s lunch on my back. But where Louis XIV rode a horse, I had a humble beach cruiser.

Pink and Blue Summer in the South of France

By Mark Thompson | Thursday Jul 14, 2011
With at least fifteen gay bars, three gay beaches, two major LGBT festivals, and as many rainbow flags as wave in le Marais in Paris, Nice has become the de facto gay resort of France.

Summer in the South of France: Nice and Toulouse

By | Thursday Jul 14, 2011
Ever since F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald landed in the south of France during the Twenties, the Cote d’Azur has been a haven for the beautiful and the gifted who are drawn to the azure waters of the Mediterranean and the pink villages of France.

The Palms Brings Boutique Feel to Fire Island

By Nicole Pressly Wolf | Wednesday Jul 13, 2011
Boutique hotels are all the rage in travel offering an alternative to the burnout on mega resorts, chains, Hiltons and Hyatts.

Gay Nights® Lights Up Sin City August 4-7

By | Wednesday Jul 13, 2011
The LGBT community will own Las Vegas once again as Gay Nights Las Vegas, presented by MGM Resorts International, raises the neon rainbow flag for an indulgent four-day party weekend August 4-7.

Fire Island Frolics: Disaster Averted!

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Jul 12, 2011
A potential disaster in Cherry Grove was averted on Friday, July 8, when firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that had broken out in Xanadu’s guesthouse.

Berkshires Summer: Finding the ’All’ Feeling

By Robert Israel | Monday Jul 11, 2011
There is much to discover in Berkshire County, Massachusetts -- 1,000 square miles bordering on Vermont, New York and Connecticut -- especially in the summer, when outdoor and cultural activities abound.

Summer in San Francisco Features LGBT-Focused Theater, Fundraising and Street Fairs

By | Sunday Jul 10, 2011
As a true Gay Mecca, San Francisco can sometimes overwhelm visitors with its vast number of activities which appeal to the LGBT community - from entertainment to fundraisers, from small events to major galas, and from the Castro to the entire City.

Pink Lake: International Gay Festival, on Lake Woerthersee, Austria

By | Saturday Jul 9, 2011
Come and end your summer with a huge splash - at the fourth annual PINK LAKE international Gay Festival on the gorgeous Lake Woerthersee in Austria from August 25-28, 2011.

Rehomo Ramblings: What Doesn’t Kill You Only Makes You Stronger

By Troy Petenbrink | Thursday Jul 7, 2011
Love (and a few other things) were certainly in the air over the long July 4 weekend in Rehoboth Beach.

Rail Europe and IGLTA Offer ’Fab Four’ LGBT Campaign

By | Thursday Jul 7, 2011
This summer, Rail Europe has partnered with the IGLTA to offer its "Fab Four" LGBT campaign now through July 19. With this exclusive offer, travelers receive a 10 percent savings on any rail pass servicing Europe’s most notable countries for LGBT people.

Fire Island Frolics: Oh Mary!

By Michael K. Lavers | Wednesday Jul 6, 2011
Independence Day on Fire Island would not be complete without hundreds of drag queens invading Fire Island Pines in the annual Invasion.

Ptown 4th of July Parade And Fireworks :: July 4, 2011

By | Wednesday Jul 6, 2011
What’s a 4th of July without a parade and fireworks? EDGE was in Ptown to see and capture both. Check out the pics.

SummerFest: Miami Beach’s LGBT Summer Weekend Returns

By | Wednesday Jul 6, 2011
For decades almost every major destination city in the country has hosted some sort of gay weekend celebration during the summer --with the notable exception of Miami Beach. Luckily that all changed four years ago with the arrival of SummerFest.

The Gastronomic Allure of Zurich, Switzerland

By Mark Thompson | Tuesday Jul 5, 2011
The wealthiest city in Europe, Zurich has been designated the city with the best quality of life in the world - for seven years in a row. A world leader in climate control, Zurich is also a city where a plurality of citizens profess no faith or religion.

’Northern Decadence’ Celebrates Vermont’s LGBT Diversity

By | Saturday Jul 2, 2011
The first annual "Northern Decadence Vermont" is scheduled for the weekend of September 9th and 10th.

Dream South Beach Opens for Summer

By | Friday Jul 1, 2011
Miami’s newest hotel, Dream South Beach, is the latest addition to South Beach’s iconic Collins Avenue, located in the heart of the city’s thriving nightlife and Art Deco Historic District.

Fire Island Frolics: Fire Islanders Celebrate Marriage Equality

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Jun 28, 2011
Fire Islanders’ joy over passage of the marriage equality bill in Albany late on Friday, June 24, was palpable on the beach over this Pride weekend.

Atlantic City Celebrates Gay Pride All Year

By | Monday Jun 27, 2011
Known as one of America’s most visited resort and entertainment destinations, Atlantic City continues to grow as a favored location for gay and lesbian travelers, offering a variety of new nightlife, musical theatre debuts, and chart-topping performances.

Gay Travel in Summer 2011 Shows Uptick in Intentions

By | Friday Jun 24, 2011
A new national survey conducted online by Harris Interactive and Witeck Combs Communications shows an increase in travel intentions among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.

Second Annual Augusta Pride Expected to Draw 8,000

By Casey Hamilton | Thursday Jun 23, 2011
The second annual Augusta [Ga.] Pride festival is expected to draw 8,000 people on Saturday, June 25.

What’s New in Gay Paree!

By Pascal Fonquernie | Thursday Jun 23, 2011
In a procession of color, gaiety, and fun along the streets of the capital, the now legendary "Marche des fiertés lesbiennes, gaies, bi & trans" proclaims its protest message against all forms of discrimination.

Fire Island Frolics: Discount Shopping and Yet More Drag Queens

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday Jun 21, 2011
This past weekend’s ambitious agenda included deeply discounted shopping, purchasing a third-hand Invasion dress and interviewing drag queens.

In Toronto’s Pride Embrace

By Robert Israel | Saturday Jun 18, 2011
Pride Week in Toronto, set for June 24-July 3, 2011, promises once again to be brash, bold and boisterous. With humble origins that began with Gay Day picnics in the city’s parks 31 years ago, Pride Toronto has since blossomed into a city-wide event that promotes tolerance, civility and dialog with the city and its burgeoning LBGT population.

World Cup Rugby Champion Ben Cohen Takes Anti-Bullying Message Aboard Gay Rome to Venice Cruise

By | Thursday Jun 16, 2011
Due to recent high-profile attacks on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, Cohen has chosen to focus much of the Foundation’s attention on homophobia.

Thousands Turn Out for Key West Pride

By Troy Petenbrink | Tuesday Jun 14, 2011
Conchs (those from Key West) mingled among tourists from the mainland and beyond at the island’s annual Pride festivities from June 8-12.

Short-Stay Getaways for Summer Vacations

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN | Tuesday Jun 7, 2011
Americans got used to staycations during the recession, but as the economy begins to recover many are now ready to graduate to the short-stay getaway for relaxation and adventure without the financial drain of a longer vacation.

Rehomo Ramblings: (A Lot) of Fun in the Sun

By Troy Petenbrink | Wednesday Jun 1, 2011
It was definitely fun in the sun for the gay boys and girls who flocked to Rehoboth Beach for the unofficial start to summer.

Fire Island Frolics: Fog with a Side of Drag Queens

By Michael K. Lavers | Tuesday May 31, 2011
The weather largely cooperated and the drag queens were abundant on Fire Island over the Memorial Day weekend.

Russian River Gets Hotter For Summer Season

By Ed Walsh | Monday May 30, 2011
Just a 90-minute drive from San Francisco, the Russian River has a long history of being one of the Bay Area’s favorite getaways. "It’s gays meet hippies meet rednecks - and we all get along," says one Guerneville resident.

Facebook App Allows Fire Island Renters to Share Information

By Steve Weinstein | Saturday May 28, 2011
A new Facebook app allows renters in Fire Island Pines & Cherry Grove to share information about their weekends & owners to post available shares.

50,000 Gays Convene for Pink Monday at Düsseldorf’s Fun Fair on the Rhine

By | Friday May 27, 2011
Pink Monday is when 50,000 gays party at Düsseldorf’s "Biggest Fun Fair on the Rhine," turning the city’s 21-year-old, nine-day outdoor spectacle into the color of cotton candy.

Provincetown Beckons Gay Travelers to Cape Cod

By Dan Meyer | Thursday May 26, 2011
Provincetown, Mass., is one the world’s most popular LGBT destinations, and once you sample this charming seaport village on the edge of Cape Cod, you’ll understand why. EDGE’s guide tells you how to get there; where to stay, eat, shop; what to do.

Temptation Sundays, Las Vegas’ Premier LGBT Pool Party Returns May 22

By | Sunday May 22, 2011
Temptation Sundays, Las Vegas’ premier LGBT pool party returns May 22, 2011 with deluxe poolside amenities and VIP seating.

Rehomo Prepped for "Fabulous" Summer

By Troy Petenbrink | Saturday May 21, 2011
With civil unions about to become law in Delaware, Rehoboth Beach is even more eager to welcome gays from across the Mid-Atlantic this summer.

Fire Island’s Siren Call to the Gays

By Steve Weinstein | Friday May 13, 2011
Fire Island extends for 32 miles a few miles off the coast of Long Island, east of New York City. Only two of its towns - Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove - are predominantly gay. But their reputation for fun, glamor, and music make Fire Island hot.

Russian River: San Francisco’s Rustic Getaway

By Jim Hauck | Thursday May 5, 2011
The Russian River may have calmed down, with few nightclub options, but it’s still the gayest resort in Northern California, and plenty of bears are still roaming around among the redwoods.

Gays Win All Summer at Wynn/Encore in Vegas

By Jim Halterman | Thursday May 5, 2011
When thinking about that big gay vacation, it’s often gay cruises, Provincetown, or Miami that come to mind before Las Vegas. But one pair of hotels - the Wynn/Encore properties - are making a difference with the gay concierge and gay travel packages!

Royal Palms Resort & Spa In Florida

By A. Sebastian Fortino | Thursday Apr 28, 2011
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa recently underwent an expansive renovation, now boasting 62 guest rooms it is the largest gay resort in the United States.