The vast, historically significant and exciting city of Amsterdam has plenty to offer its LGBTQ visitors. Amsterdam openly promotes gay and lesbian rights, hosts events such as Amsterdam Gay Pride and is home to scores of gay-friendly bars, restaurants, clubs, shops and hotels.
Did you know the first gay bar in Amsterdam opened in 1927, during a time when homosexuality was still considered to be an illness? That bar is Cafe t’ Mandje, and to this day, it stands as a place where everyone is welcome to be themselves. Other LGBT venues include the unapologetically outlandish Club Church (recognized as Amsterdam’s premiere cruise club), as well as Cafe Saarein on the lesbian scene and The Queen’s Head.
Through the end of June, the Bijbels Museum is hosting a daring display entitled “I believe I am gay.” The exhibition consists of 37 photographic portraits of homosexuals living in the Netherlands who are also practicing Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. The Gay and Lesbian Summer Film Festival is a two-month city-wide celebration beginning in June. Check out iamsterdam.com for even more LGBT art exhibitions, celebrations and festivals.
If you’re thinking of heading to town, consider a stay at a gay-friendly hotel, like Amistad Hotel. They are noted for their proximity to many gay shops, bars and museums, and also offer couple’s penthouses and apartments within walking distance of the main hotel. Hotel Freeland and Hotel Amstelzicht are also friendly and open to the gay community.
Anyone who’s visited a destination known for its northern lights viewing during certain times of the year knows, just because you visit doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually see the northern lights. A lot has to come together for them to be visible, and if the weather doesn’t cooperate, you might be out of luck. However, a new cruise aims to help travelers avoid the disappointment of traveling across the world just to be left lightless.
Whether you are interested in music, art, history, food, sports or fashion, Music City has something for everyone to sing about. Nashville is accessible, friendly and authentic, with diverse neighborhoods, a storied musical heritage and a creative culture that energizes the city.
With the NFL season in full swing and games already booked for months, there’s more than one reason to look forward to cheering on your favorite team. What better way to celebrate (or mourn a loss) after a game than visiting some great bars within walking distance of these massive NFL stadiums?
From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.
More and more travelers want to feel good about the hotel they stay in and the trips they take. They want to know their vacation isn’t harming the environment and local community they are visiting. These hotels go above and beyond when it comes to giving back to local communities, employees, the environment and more.