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Gay Pride Celebrations

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Marriage Equality Headlines at Gay Pride Celebrations

Celebrate Gay PrideWill you be heading back East for business or perhaps a family reunion? By “Back East” I mean any place east of Arizona.  If so, think about making plans to extend your stay and join in on the festivities at one of the country’s remaining Gay Pride Celebrations.

The LGBT community has plenty of milestones to be proud about this year with the favorable Supreme Court DOMA and the California Prop 8  decisions.  There is also great news for same-sex couples who wish to marry with gay/lesbian marriage victories at the polls and in various state legislatures around the country.

This festivals and parades listed below will test your party mettle.  So party hardy and be proud.

Gay Pride Celebrates Gay Marriage

 

Sept 15th

Dallas Pride

Dallas holds its “Deep in the Heart of Pride” celebration in Lee Park. The 30th annual Texas Freedom Parade and Festival features live entertainment and the requisite dance parties.

 

Oct 12th- 13th

Atlanta Pride

Having moved to the cooler month of Oct. has not diminished the prospects for a hot time at one of the largest pride events in the American Southeast. Atlanta’s two-day festival coincides with National Coming Out Day, so count of a huge turnout for partying in Piedmont Park.

Men at Gay Pride

Nov. 2nd – 3rd

Palm Springs Pride

Of course, this time of year party center on the west coast heads to the desert. The Greater Palm Springs area hosts its Gay Pride Celebration in early November as the temperature falls back into comfortable double digits..

The festival will be held in Sunrise Park, where more than 150 vendors will set up exhibits.  The Block Party is Saturday while the parade will be Sunday.

 

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Kauai, The Perfect Honeymoon

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Kauai, The Perfect Honeymoon for Rejuvenation & Relaxation

Glass of ChampagneKnown as “The Garden Isle”, Kauai is the Perfect Honeymoon Escape. Kauai will give you so many unforgettable memories that you’ll want to relive them on subsequent anniversary trips. The Garden Isle offers outdoor enthusiasts unparalleled access to nature with secluded beaches, soaring sea cliffs and winding, mountainous trails. Talk about romance. Kauai offers honeymooning couples ample opportunities to rejuvenate, relax and reconnect with each other in an idyllic paradise. It will help you unwind, relieving all that built-up stress from the hectic wedding planning, dealing with relatives and of course, the whirlwind of the Big Day.

Unbelievable Beauty

 In Kauai, you can experience the most amazing thrill adventure of your life on a helicopter tour through the dramatic Waimea Canyon. You’ll be mesmerized by hundreds of waterfalls, spilling down the massive canyon walls.   As you float in mid air, you’ll become engulfed with majestic, up-close-and-personal water-works display as you glide through the Grand Canyon of the West.

For the active traveler, a Na Pali kayak and snorkel excursion can provide extraordinary access to isolated beaches and remote hiking trails.  But if you have a more subdued itinerary in mind, a catamaran sail or sunset dinner cruise will not leave you disappointed.

 

Romantic Oasis

Kauai has tasteful, well-appointed accommodations ranging from upscale, boutique hotels to cosmopolitan resorts to top-notch condos to contemporary villas.   Villa in KauaiWe can set you up in an oceanfront resort located just steps from Poipu Beach, known for having world-class snorkeling beaches and year-round sunshine. Does enjoying a sunset on your private lanai with the love of your life sound like the perfect honeymoon?  Then snuggle up in a Waimea Beach bungalow or cottage with breathtaking vistas.

Maybe you’d like to settle into a peaceful escape in a luxurious, Princeville condo/hotel.  This option will allow you to enjoy the convenience of a home but with the amenities and services of a hotel.  You’ll appreciate the convenience of having your own gourmet kitchen to prepare home cooked meals or light snacks.  But if cooking isn’t your idea of a perfect honeymoon, then sample the cuisine at one of the on-site restaurants or walk to a variety of nearby dining options.

Gay Couple MarryingAlthough gay / lesbian marriages are not currently legal in the state of Hawaii, the islands are LGBT friendly.  However, the Governor of Hawaii is urging legislators to vote in favor of gay marriage.  In the meantime, same-sex couples may still celebrate their love by taking their gay/lesbian honeymoons in a tropical paradise.  No island whispers romance like The Garden Isle.

In addition to being steps from white, sand beaches, all of the resorts we offer have exquisite grounds including a host of amenities such as:

  • adult-only pools
  • snorkeling coves
  • luxurious day spas
  • meandering lagoons
  • waterfalls
  • tennis courts
  • putting greens
  • bike rentals
  • yoga classes
  • kayaking
  • privileges at world-class golf courses

Kayaking in Hawaii

Maintain your Independence

Our car/hotel packages give you the freedom to get around the island at your own pace.  Driving on Kauai is carefree; although you will have a bit of traffic in the more populated areas of Lihu’e and Kapa’a.  However, you will not be able to drive around the entire island due to the topography.  But don’t worry; you will be able to navigate a little more than three-quarters of the island, ranging from Waimea Canyon in the west to the Na Pali Coast in the north.

You have the ability to book any of our vacations yourself. But if you have any questions, just send us an email or give us a quick call; and we’ll be happy to provide that human element that can be missing in today’s electronic age. The most important thing is for you and your spouse to have a dream honeymoon.  And if your travels become the envy of your family and friends, then all the better.

If you want to learn more about the numerous vacation options on the pristine island of Kauai, then just go to our dedicated All About Hawaii site, to plan the perfect honeymoon of your dreams.  Feel free to give us a call if you have questions.  After all, we are Hawaii Specialists. Mahalo!

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Girlfriend Getaway

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Luxurious Girlfriend Getaway in South Africa

From $5,399 including fuel surcharges and taxes

Begin your luxurious vacation extravaganza at the posh Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in glorious Cape Town where earth, sea and sky meet.  Poised above the Atlantic waves and flanked by majestic Table Mountain and her Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, the intimate 5-star hotel captures you with its deluxe guest rooms and spacious suites, as well as breathtaking gardens and two ocean-view pools.

Continue with shopping at Access Park, famous for its 50-plus factory shops and Canal Walk.  It’s hailed as one of the biggest shopping centers in the Southern Hemisphere.  Enjoy “Streetwires” a South African tradition of beading and wire art.  In this interactive workshop,  you will produce and keep three items, and then finish the afternoon with high-tea at the famed Mount Nelson Hotel.

Stroll through the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens with over 3,500 species of Flora and Fauna on a half-day tour.  Then escape to the Auberge du Quartier Francais a small, privately owned inn situated in the French Huguenot Valley of Franschhoek.  This charming inn provides high-end luxury with serene gardens surrounded by the stunning Cape Winelands.

Get pampered! During your two-night stay at Quartier Francais, you’ll spend an afternoon being spoiled at the Zevenwacht Farm near Stellenbosch where the therapists of the Mangwanani Spa have a host of relaxing massage choices for you including their African Revitalization Package.

As though this exquisite vacation getaway wasn’t enough, conclude your well-deserved retreat at the Jackalberry Lodge in Thornybush Private Game Reserve.  Adjoining the Greater Kruger National Park, Thornybush has one of the world’s premier “Big Five” game viewing areas. Experience game drives in open-safari vehicles with highly trained rangers and trackers.   Enjoy the exciting opportunity to see Africa’s “Big Five” up close and personal.

This vacation escape includes:

·  International Airfare from Washington or New York to Cape Town via Johannesburg

·  Domestic flights as indicated in itinerary

·  All services as specified

·  8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

·  High tea

·  4 Game drives

·  5-star accommodation in standard rooms

·  Transportation in luxury air-conditioned vehicles with qualified drivers

·  Sightseeing as per itinerary led by experienced, English-speaking guides

·  African Revitalization Package at Mangwanani Spa

·  Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated

Call us today and we’ll help you plan the girlfriend getaway you’re always dreamed of.


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Cape Town Gay Pride 2012

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Join the party in Cape Town, South Africa starting Feb. 24th to March 4th.

This cosmopolitan city has plenty of  gay-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and bars.

Gay Pride in Cape Town

Cape Town is the epicenter of Gay living for all of Africa. South Africa became the first  African nation to legalize gay marriage in 2006.  Let yourself be free! Enjoy the film screenings, workshops, pool parties, a Mr. and Mrs. Pride Cape Town Pride pageant, and beach scene during this year’s festivities. Closing day culminates with main event at Cape Town Pride Parade. This experience can also include a trip out to wine country or  game drive safari.

Don’t miss out on this amazing package.  Book your Gay Pride vacation to South Africa with us now!

Packages start at $2,999 including international air from New York or Washington DC.

Call or email us for details.  Limited availability.

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Golf & Safari in South Africa

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Live the dream with this golf and safari vacation adventure

Legends Golf Safari Resort

Explore
Begin your epic journey at the luxurious Table Bay Hotel, situated in Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its array of wonderful shops, restaurants and bars. You’ll marvel at the panoramic views across the Atlantic Ocean to Robben Island (Apartheid-era “home” of political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela), with the imposing Table Mountain range soaring behind.

Golf
Play the course at Arabella Golf and Country Club, a 6-star hotel with a championship course and spa. Ranked by Compleat Golfer magazine as the number one golf course in the Western Cape of South Africa, you’ll enjoy the challenges of rolling fairways, deceptive bunkers and tricky water traps. A truly unique golf course set on the banks of the Bot River Lagoon with its indigenous wild flowers.

Golf & Safari
Entabeni Private Game Reserve, “The Place of the Mountain”, is situated in the World Heritage “Waterberg Biosphere” of the Waterberg region. Less than a three-hour drive north of Johannesburg. This malaria-free reserve boasts five eco-systems. The upper escarpment offers majestic craggy rock formations and wide-open grass plains.

The Legend Golf and Safari Resort
The Legend Golf & Safari Resort presents a world first, namely a championship golf course designed by 18 of the world’s top golfers.  This exceptional golf course situated on a luxury estate includes wildlife and spectacular landscapes.  The resort reflects the rich cultural legacy of this ancient part of Africa. The “Big Five” roam free on this 22,000 hectare safari conservancy.

Heli-golf Anyone?
Experience golf like you’ve never before from a tee box that is 1400 feet above the green.  This is a “one-of-kind” experience for all avid golfers.

Standing at the top of the Extreme 19th hole at the Legendary Golf Course

OPTIONAL EXTREME 19TH HOLE
The uniqueness of Legend Golf and Safari Resort is reflected in the spectacular Extreme 19th Hole, which is the longest and most dramatic Par 3 in the world.
Set high up on the impressive Hanglip Mountain and accessible only by helicopter, this par 3 hole is played from a vertical height of 1410 feet. After your short, breathtaking helicopter flight, you will the experience of a lifetime teeing off from one of three tee boxes, high up on the escarpment. With advanced technology in the form of four separate cameras and the latest tracking equipment, you’ll be able to follow and capture the tee shot and the flight of the ball.

The Extreme 19th Hole includes:

  • Helicopter flights to tee box
  • 6 balls – (you may need them)
  • Use of clubs
  • Assistance from the Resident Pro
  • Cap and glove
  • Certificate of Completion

Extraordinary value-added prices from $4,399 including:

  • Round trip international economy airfare from Washington, DC to Cape Town and back via Johannesburg
  • Domestic flights as indicated in itinerary
  • Most meals (12) as listed in the itinerary
  • Dinner for two at the Table Bay Atlantic Restaurant
  • Game drives as specified in itinerary
  • Green fees at Arabella Golf and Country Club
  • Complimentary use of the driving range at Legends Golf and Safari Resort
  • 1 round of golf includes cart and halfway house lunch at Legends
  • Five-star accommodations in standard rooms
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary led by qualified English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated

Call us for a complete itinerary and travel dates.

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Women and Wine

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Women drinking wine

Join us for a fun-filled day of wine, women, nibbles and laughter. Our professional driver will escort us on a comfortable motor coach to some of Temecula Valley’s better wineries.  Instead of fighting traffic up the I-15, you’ll be able to sit back, relax and talk with old friends or meet new wine enthusiasts as we head out for a fun, wine-filled afternoon.

The 6-hour trip includes:

  • Round-trip transportation from San Diego to Temecula by bus with forward-facing seats
  • Visit three (3) wineries, tasting fees included
  • Gourmet Cheese and Meat Platter
  • Winery tour
  • Souvenir wine glass
  • Bottled water

Date:                  Sunday, March 11, 2012

Time:                   10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Meet at the Bud Kearns Municipal Swimming Pool in Balboa Park at 9:45 am for departure at 10:00 am sharp (Upas St in North Park)

If there is enough interest, we can have a second pick-up location in North County!

Return to Balboa Park at 4:00 pm

Costs:                   $85.00

They’ll be leisure time allotted for you to enjoy tapas or a salad lunch (on your own account)

Sorry fellas. This is a “Women Only” event.

Please RSVP by March 2, 2012 to: 619-944-5202 or contactus@www.finelivingenthusiast.com

Sponsored by: Stephanie Terry & Gay Johnson of Fine Living Enthusiast

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