Family Man

Douglas Wright, a single, gay dad living in Durham, North Carolina, discusses the importance of family during the holidays.

As told to Shydel James

Growing up, my mother was the primary caregiver to five rambunctious kids. Although she made it look easy, there were many times she struggled to make ends meet. Even as a kid, I remember saying, “I don’t know how she does it.”

Now, as an adult and single father of two sons of my own, I think the key to her success as a parent was her all-hands-on-deck approach to child rearing. She was a single mother, yes, but she understood that it […]

By |December 5th, 2014|Blog

How Snacks, Songs, and Dogs Made Me Love Holiday Travel

Some people blanche with horror when I tell them that my Christmas and New Year’s plans always take me to four different cities in roughly two weeks. “But all the people!” they say. “The chaos. The lines! The country remake of ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ blasted at top volume as you jostle for the last fruit salad at the snack bar in Terminal B!” 

And yes, holiday travel can be intense. But this period of go-go-go celebration is one of my most cherished times of the year. It’s a whirlwind reminder of why I’m grateful. 

The journey begins and ends in New York […]

By |December 3rd, 2014|Blog

Last Minute Family Travel

Riding the Sunset Limited to New Orleans on a cool autumn Friday with my girlfriend and our three children felt like a miracle. Just a few weeks prior, we had lamented that the beach, city and camping outings of the summer were long behind us, and we didn’t know how to make time for travel.

Those summer trips had been such a sweet escape — time to focus on the blended family we were beginning to craft as two single moms in the early stage of a relationship. As lovely as our summer trips were, the hectic pace of the school year had made it […]

By |November 13th, 2014|Blog

Out and About

Seeking Shelter

Check out three great retreats you won’t mind calling home for a few days.

il Lugano

There’s no shortage of things to do and places to stay in Ft. Lauderdale, which neighbors Wilton Manors, rated the second gayest city in America. But it’s il Lugano’s unfussy, chic Euro vibe that separates it from the pack — not to mention the stunning, unobstructed views of the Atlantic Ocean and lively Intercoastal Waterway. For more info: www.illugano.com 

XV Beacon

Opulence and comfort go hand in hand at this lavish boutique hotel in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood. Lodgings awash in the finest luxuries — gas fireplaces, Frette linens, antique […]

By |November 5th, 2014|Blog

The Underground Hot Spot of Three Oaks, Michigan

Three Oaks, Michigan, lies five miles from the shore of Lake Michigan, almost an hour and a half outside Chicago. A tourist destination and celebrity getaway for Michiganders and Chicagoans alike, Three Oaks has been home to a thriving artistic community, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg, film director John Hancock and actress Joan Cusack.

One of the main attractions is the Acorn Theater, a featherbone corset factory turned performance space. The owners happen to be my cousin, David Fink, and his partner, Kim Clark. They have made it their passion to provide comedy, music and theater performances to the community for over ten years.

Before […]

By |October 29th, 2014|Blog