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.
Vail Resorts opted to close all 37 resorts early in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but the mountain resort operator also wanted to give back to the community in the face of this adversity. The excess perishable food from the various properties was donated to 30 local food banks, schools and community organizations in the communities where Vail Resorts employees live, work and play. Fruit, vegetables, cheese, juice, granola bars and more went to mountain communities from Colorado and Vermont to British Columbia.
Finding a beachfront Punta Cana all-inclusive resort for all ages can be daunting when you want to take home great memories with loved ones but also experience a sophisticated escape. Now, you can have both thanks to a new resort: Finest Punta Cana.
The airline industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations, route capacity reductions and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
IN A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND PARTNERSHIP, Singapore Airlines and AeroFarms, the leader in indoor vertical farming, launched a Farm-to-Plane initiative to bring the world’s freshest inflight produce to Singapore flights from Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
While we may be physically restricted as to where we travel, that doesn’t stop the wandering spirit from feeling the need to explore. With the rise of virtual tourism, we can do just that — explore, but from home.
As a result of travel restrictions and drastic reductions in flights worldwide, Munich Airport is suffering from decreases in nearly every area of its operations. Take-offs and landings reached a low last week, with traffic plummeting to less than 10 percent of the number year over year. Passenger traffic is at 5 percent of last year’s level.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
For the next several weeks, we are compiling the thoughts and experiences of our staff, writers and readers about the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. As a travel publication, we’ve all been affected during these difficult times, as have many of our clients, friends, partners and more.