WILLIAM PENN, WHO FOUNDED and named Pennsylvania’s largest city, certainly didn’t realize one day people might consider its meaning — “brotherly love” — an indication of the destination’s appeal for LGBTQ travelers. But today this diverse metropolis is firmly established as one of the most welcoming large cities on the East Coast.
“Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection,” said Zach Wilcha, executive director, Independence Business Alliance, also known as the Greater Philadelphia LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “We have a thriving Gayborhood, an LGBT-friendly city hall and spirited community that would make any LGBT traveler feel right at home.”
Indeed, Philly offers plenty of reasons for LGBTQ travelers to stay a while, as highlighted in the LGBT travel section on the Visit Philadelphia tourism website. “It’s the perfect place to learn some gay history during the day — like how gay protests started here four years before Stonewall in New York — and then unwind and relax at night with friendly community members,” Wilcha said.
His top advice for first-time visitors: “Come hungry and rested! There’s so much to do here, so much to learn and so many neighborhoods to visit that you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of energy. Refueling will be part of the fun, as our restaurant scene is second to none.” Around the main gay neighborhood, Midtown Village, cuisine ranges from Japanese at the casually sleek Double Knot to classic Italian at Mercato — and, of course, legendary Philly cheesesteaks are easy to find.
Night owls will find myriad offerings for dancing and socializing — including Woody’s, one of the city’s longest-running gay dance clubs, and Voyeur, an after-hours hot spot that attracts DJs from around the country. Top LGBTQ events include qFLIX Philadelphia, showcasing the work of international filmmakers every March, and PrideDay, the lively pride parade and festival in June.
Unique boutique-style properties are among the city’s newest upscale hotel offerings. At the Lokal, for example, guests use automated check-in services and iPads to order services, while the Hotel at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons sits atop a fine-dining venue of the same name. Visitors craving large-scale luxury, meanwhile, can reserve a room at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia; The Rittenhouse (a member of the Leading Hotels of the World); or the Philadelphia Marriott, among others.
As harmful to the environment as air travel is, some airports are taking measures to become more environmentally conscious. One example is Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where an adjacent solar farm powers certain airport operations.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Ryanair will soon start its first round-trip Georgia flights. The flights, which start this November, will connect the capital Tbilisi (TBS) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) four times weekly and the western city of Kutaisi (KUT) to Bologna (BLQ) and Marseille (MRS), both twice weekly. Then, in April, Ryanair will add twice weekly flights between Tbilisi and Cologne (CGN).
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
Attend one of the most acclaimed fall events, Autumn at the Arboretum, in Dallas. In its 14th year, the annual event is known as one of the best pumpkin festivals in the country, with its creative displays featuring more than 90,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash. The event takes place at Dallas Arboretum, Sept. 21 –Oct. 31. Alongside thousands of pumpkins, guests glimpse 150,000 autumn flowers across the 66-acre space.
TAP Air Portugal is adding 15 new weekly flights from the United States and Canada by summer 2020, a new record for the carrier of 71 weekly flights between North America and Portugal.