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Romantic Retreats



Paris may very well be the city of love, but crossing the Atlantic for a passionate venture isn’t necessary. So keep your passport at home and pack light. Paul Henry, president of Travel Axess in Atlanta, picked his top five spots for a domestic romantic rendezvous.

Charleston, South Carolina:  HarbourView Inn

Charleston, South Carolina: HarbourView Inn

Charleston, South Carolina: HarbourView Inn
Snuggle up to your beau during a romantic stay in this luxurious waterfront hotel within the historic district of one of the South’s most charming cities. Select rooms offer private balconies, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and panoramic views for a particularly intimate weekend getaway.

New Orleans:  Hotel Monteleone

New Orleans: Hotel Monteleone

New Orleans: Hotel Monteleone
Upscale amenities and convenient access to the French Quarter’s non-stop nightlife await you and your sweetheart in this Big Easy location. Owned and operated by the Monteleone family for four generations, Hotel Monteleone has offered a home-away-from home for such literary greats as William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.

Palm Springs, California:  Colony Palms Hotel

Palm Springs, California: Colony Palms Hotel

Palm Springs, California: Colony Palms Hotel
Spice up your romance with a trip to this swanky retreat, which housed a legendary underground speakeasy and brothel after opening in 1936 as The Colonial House. A few of its luxuries include a Moroccan spa, mountain views and a heated outdoor pool. Select rooms feature fireplaces and four-claw bathtubs for those who love to splurge.

Phoenix, Arizona:  Sanctuary Camelback Mountain  Resort & Spa

Phoenix, Arizona: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Phoenix, Arizona: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
If you and your lover like it hot, head to this desert spot perched on Camelback Mountain. An Asian-inspired spa, meditation garden and watsu pool are just a few of the relaxing offerings here.

San Antonio, Texas:  Hotel Contessa

San Antonio, Texas: Hotel Contessa

San Antonio, Texas: Hotel Contessa
Spacious suites showcasing floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Downtown and the city’s famous Riverwalk provide a perfect opportunity to pamper your object of affection.

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Road Less Traveled



Every presidential election year someone threatens to leave the country if the “wrong” candidate wins. We suggest getting a head start, so go ahead and update your passport. We asked Paul Henry, president of Travel Axess in Atlanta, for his suggestions on five gay-friendly destinations far, far away from the United States.

Reykjavick, Iceland: Hot Parties, Hot Springs
Prepare to party while visiting the world’s most northerly capital because the locals love to party. After a late night of celebrating, you can soak in the geothermally-heated Blue Lagoon where the mineral-rich waters condition and tone your skin. Did we mention Reykjavick will host the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics May 29-June 2?

Chile: Active Adventures
Featuring varied and dramatic landscapes, Chile offers a variety of experiences for adventure seekers. Hike in the Atacama Desert or trek on the edge of the Patagonian ice field. If you find the city more appealing, visit the cosmopolitan capital of Santiago. Chile’s hedonistic heart offers hot restaurants and bustling bars. Many of the capital’s gay bars and discos are located in the Barrio Bellavista at the foot of Cerro San Cristobal.

Slovenia: New Old-World Charms
One of Europe’s best-kept secrets, this small country possesses both a modern and traditional culture and offers more diversity than countries many times its size. The Slovenes are welcoming, generous, multilingual and progressive. The country’s largest LGBT community is in Ljubljana, which boasts several gay-friendly clubs and cafes and serves as the site for the annual Pride Parade in June.

Cambodia, Vietnam and the Mekong River: Timeless Wonders
Expect gracious hospitality, fine cuisine, ancient monuments, French colonial capitals, floating markets, dynamic cities and tranquil villages while visiting these neighboring lands and the river that runs through them both. Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, offers a happening nightlife scene with several gay clubs, including The Blue Chili. In Vietnam, the cities of Saigon and Hanoi both have several mixed bars that attract gay clientele.

Yacht Charter: Island-Hopping Freedom
If you can’t decide which city or country to visit, simply wake up each morning in a different harbor. Sail the seas with your partner or cruise the locals with your friends. Explore a new island or coral reef. Deepen your tan on a secluded beach. As the sun sets, dine on scrumptious cuisine and delve into a local hotspot. After a peaceful night’s sleep to the sounds of the sea, you get to wake up and do it all over again in another location.

For more information about these exotic destinations, please contact Paul Henry through www.travelaxess.com.

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