IF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST enjoys a unique reputation as a progressive and naturally beautiful paradise in the United States, then Portland, Oregon, stars as one of the hubs featuring what people love best about the region. The city’s liberal, accepting vibe as well as its eco-friendly approach to life also explain why Portland is so popular with LGBTQ+ travelers.
Oregon’s largest metropolis is touting one of its latest developments. The Q Center, an LGBTQ+ community center, recently debuted the Q Makers Market, billed as the nation’s only Queer-focused artisan market. Taking place the second Saturday of every month, the event brings together vendors, food pop-ups and even live musical performances.
Travel Portland, the city’s destination promotion organization, makes it easy for LGBTQ+ visitors to plan their visits, with a robust array of listings and recommendations. Top nightlife options include CC Slaughters, a dance club that hosts a Sunday-night drag show; Hobo’s, a restaurant and lounge frequented by gay men and their friends; and Escape Bar & Grill, which draws a loyal clientele of lesbians and their allies, too.
Anyone interested in pride festivities should mark their calendar for June, when Portland Pride kicks off with a two-day festival at Waterfront Park every year. And in September, the Portland Queer Film Festival brings noteworthy works to the screen in a variety of genres. It’s actually easy to find noteworthy and welcoming events throughout the year in Portland. Among the reasons to dress up are the Red Dress Party, an annual soirée that raises funds for local LGBTQ+ organizations in May, and the Portland Queer Music Festival, showcasing the talents of local and visiting musicians in August, hosted by southeast Portland’s popular Crush Bar.
Portland is also heaven for travelers looking for stylish accommodations. New names on the scene include The Hotel Zags Portland, opened this year following a major redesign of the former Hotel Modera downtown; and the Moxy Portland, slated to debut in 2020. Top-of-the-line choices include The Nines, a Luxury Collection Hotel set in the historic Meier & Frank building; and the Hi-Lo, an Autograph Collection property set in the equally historic Oregon Pioneer Building.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
ForwardKeys.com found an increase of 4.5 percent in 2019 was significantly slower than the 6 percent growth in 2018 and the average over the last decade of 6.8 percent per year. The increase last year was less than expected, but projections for quarter one of 2020 is more optimistic. Bookings are expected to grow 8.3 percent when compared to the same period in 2019.
Château Élan Winery & Resort reopened in Braselton, Georgia, following a $25 million comprehensive renovation. The first major refurbishment since the resort’s inception in the mid-1980s pays homage to the estate's 16th-century charm, while taking the property into the future. Now, the resort offers 251 brand-new guestrooms and 24 suites, four new food and beverage venues, an immersive spa, pool terrace and new lobby. The winery likewise received a facelift.
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JetBlue kicked off service to Guadeloupe (PTP) this month. Flights began Feb. 1 from New York City (JFK). JetBlue is the only airline to offer flights between the Northeast and the Caribbean island. Flights are around four and a half hours.
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