NEARLY EVERYONE LOVES a good toast. And when it comes to finding a welcoming place to savor the best wine, LGBTQ+ travelers are finding more options than ever.
Multiple tour operators focused on the LGBTQ+ market create vacation itineraries that include wine tastings. HE Travel, for example, offers a Colors of Burgundy Gay Biking Tour in France that incorporates tastings of the region’s legendary varietals and cycling through the vineyards of the wine village of Pommard. At Detours Travel, meanwhile, a South Africa itinerary features stops in the famed wineries near Cape Town, with a ride on a winery train.
In the United States, Northern California proves a hot spot for LGBTQ+ wine enthusiasts. Napa Sonoma Pride, taking place every year in June, is an especially festive time to visit. This year’s celebration, for example, included LGBT Night at JaM Cellars Tasting Room, a “Drag Queens of the Valley” show, brunch at the JaM Cellars ballroom and a pride fundraiser at Tannery Bend Brewery.
An annual summer event in Sonoma, Gay Wine Weekend, is a three-day celebration hosted by an organization called Out in the Vineyard. This year it included a comedy night at Deerfield Ranch Winery, a dance party at Chateau St. Jean Winery and plenty of opportunities for tasting.
Travelers looking to explore Washington state’s wine country will do well if they check into Meritage Meadows Inn, a gay-owned property in Redmond, outside of Seattle, that can provide insider tips and recommendations about the best wineries.
LGBTQ+ wine enthusiasts may be surprised by the number of welcoming wine destinations. Oliver Winery, for example, is located in Bloomington, Indiana, ranked the fourth-gayest city in the country by The Advocate, the LGBTQ+ news magazine. The vineyard recently formed a partnership with Cardinal Spirits, which donates 10 percent of the proceeds from its Pride Vodka to LGBTQ+ organizations in various regions of the country.
In New York state, wine lovers head to the Finger Lakes region for tastings and events at venues like Ravines Wine Cellars, which reports an impressive number of LGBTQ+ members in its Wine Club. Ravines also supports FLX Pride, the annual Finger Lakes LGBTQ+ pride festival.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences Anguilla is opening its acclaimed doors Oct. 22 to celebrate its fifth and most exciting season. The resort will introduce new programming including culinary, fitness and music.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
Seabourn recently announced the name of its second new ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship: Seabourn Pursuit. The name reflects the passion of expedition travelers to seek out and explore natural wonders and destinations through activities around the globe.
Though the Chicago area has been my home for decades, the view from the Water Tower Suite on the 26th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago made me gasp. I had admired Chicago’s dramatic skyline many times, but never from this angle. Through expansive windows, the skyscrapers of 900 N. Michigan Ave. and the John Hancock Center, now named 875 North Michigan Avenue, rose to my right. Far below, the landmark Chicago Water Tower nestled in a ring of trees. One of the few survivors of the Great Chicago Fire, a turning point in the city’s history being remembered on its 150th anniversary in 2021, the Gothic Revival relic resembled a fairy-tale castle in a children’s playset.
This holiday season, escape to the Caribbean with Celebrity Cruises and reconnect with family and friends in luxurious accommodations that make you feel right at home. Savor globally inspired cuisine designed by our Michelin-starred chef, paired with the most awarded wine collection at sea. Elevate “me time” with a soothing spa treatment sure to renew. With both long and short cruises to celebrate in December, and even three special Ultimate Holiday Cruises that sail over Christmas and into the New Year, the time to gift an experience and create unforgettable memories is now. Celebrity Cruises’ Always IncludedSM pricing — drinks, WiFi and tips — ensures a seamless, carefree vacation with the ones you love.
President Biden signed H.R. 2278, bipartisan legislation to designate a September 11th National Memorial Trail. The trail route will link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York; the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia; and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
In April 2021, I was skimming Facebook when an ad for a blind-folded dining experience popped up on my newsfeed. The event was hosted through a company called Fever that offers fun, interactive events in major cities and virtually for people to enjoy. Intrigued, I clicked the link to learn more. The description made the event sound exciting and mysterious. When I give someone a present for their birthday, the holidays or a wedding, I like to give the gift of an experience that the recipient can learn something from. My boyfriend’s 30th birthday was in June, when the event was to be hosted, so I thought this would be a great surprise for him.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
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