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

An Everyday Choice

Coming out is more than making that one big announcement. It’s an everyday choice. Every time we meet a new person or find ourselves in a new situation, there’s a choice. This is a part of LGBT lives that straight people likely don’t even know exists. Sure, straight people reveal personal information every time they talk about themselves, but they probably don’t pause as often to weigh the cost of doing so. The speed bump at that interview when we consider if using the correct pronoun might cost us a job. A catch in the throat as we wonder if telling the truth might […]

By |October 3rd, 2014|Blog

Gold Coast Getaway

The endless expanse of the California coastline beckons travelers annually to come and escape the dog-day heat. Grab an Amtrak California Rail Pass as Amtrak Ride with Pride visits five distinctly different beaches from San Francisco to San Diego — where LGBTs flock to relax in the summer sun.

Baker Beach — San Francisco Ferry Building Station

Late summer is the best time of year to visit Northern California. Arrive on Amtrak at the San Francisco Ferry Building and bus it to Baker Beach. This famous beach — the city’s only clothing-optional beach — is surrounded by rocky cliffs, making it a somewhat secluded stretch […]

By |October 1st, 2014|Blog