Out In The Vineyard’s Gay Wine Weekend set for June 19-21

SONOMA, California – Gay Wine Weekend 2015, hosted by Out In The Vineyard in California’s famous wine country, will feature the annual Twilight T-Dance and three days of fun.

Three days of LGBT events will unfold June 19-21 in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma and Napa valleys -- home to some of the world’s most prestigious wineries and wines.

Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, a champagne brunch, a gay wine auction and the Twilight T-Dance with DJ Jamie Sanchez at California’s historic Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma.

Two passengers fall ill on gay cruise, hospitalized after emergency stop in Miami

MIAMI, Florida – Two passengers aboard the Regal Princess were hospitalized in Miami on Tuesday after the cruise ship made an emergency stop that interrupted RSVP Vacations’ 30th Anniversary Caribbean Cruise.

First U.S. city where tourism recognizes the T in LGBT

There has been a massive and much-needed wave of news regarding anything having to do with that often neglected sub-group within the LGBT acronym. Transgender awareness is finally stepping forward in this country and much of us are learning exactly what it means to be transgender. Transgender actors, like the extraordinarily talented Laverne Cox, who has garnered so much attention not only for her superb acting, but also for her activism, are becoming a household name.

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Fall in love with Key West again and again

(Editor's note: While a judge in Monroe County (which includes Key West and Largo) has ruled that Florida's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the ruling has been stayed pending appeal. So it is not known when gay weddings will be legal in Key West and Monroe County. But that hasn't stopped tourism officials from marketing Key West as a wedding destination and the reason that SDGLN was invited to visit the "Conch Nation" recently to write a travel blog.)

Virginia wants big piece of $100b LGBT travel market

RICHMOND, Virginia -- Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe has launched an effort for the Commonwealth of Virginia to get its lion's share of the LGBT travel market.

Speaking Monday at the 2014 Virginia-1 (VA-1) Tourism Summit in Richmond, McAuliffe said the new LGBT Tourism Task Force will spotlight Virginia as a gay-friendly destination as a way to tap into the LGBT travel industry he said was spending $100 billion per year.

The gay travel capitals of the world

There is not one travel agent or destination-marketing company that has not acknowledged -- even if ruefully -- the financial punch wielded by the LGBTQ travel industry. When it comes down to brass tacks, they love us -- so much so that they use the term "gay capital" as a lure. Sometimes they are spot-on. Other times it's a little dubious. So here is the question: What makes a "gay capital" just that?

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RSVP Vacations to mark 30 years of gay cruises with the largest one yet

In 2015, RSVP Vacations will mark 30 years of gay and lesbian cruises with a yearlong celebration highlighted by their largest cruise yet on the new Regal Princess.

As the first company to charter the Caribbean's newest and most innovative mega-ship, RSVP once again sets a new standard with a memorable vacation for a record-breaking 3,600 guests cruising from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Grand Cayman, Cozumel and the private island of Princess Cays.

Blue Moon Gay Men's Resort closing in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Tonight marks the final night of business for the Blue Moon Gay Men's Resort in Las Vegas.

The clothing-optional resort's affable owner, John Hessling, made the announcement Tuesday night on the hotel's Facebook page:

It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that as of Wednesday October 15th, Blue Moon Resort will close it's doors for good.

Las Vegas scoring blackjack with pink tourism

LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Sin City is going all out to lure the LGBT traveler.

A new YouTube video posted by Visit Las Vegas purports to show how gay-friendly the hotels are.

It's called "Las Vegas Commercial -- The Check Out."

And the message is:

"Las Vegas means: no assumptions, no judgment, come as you are, be who you want and do what you like. When you visit Las Vegas, we encourage you to embrace who you are at your very core. A Las Vegas vacation will push your comfort zone and create unforgettable moments."

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Rancho La Puerto cooking up culinary and cultural experience

TECATE, Baja California, Mexico -- Guest chefs, delicious food, fun activities and plenty of learning are the hallmarks of a special culinary week planned this fall at Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa.

The unique event, scheduled from Oct. 25 to Nov. 1, is tailored for every home cook who loves food … and wants to learn new skills and recipes, and experience the rich culture and cuisine of Mexico.