Category Archives: Philadelphia

By @ 12/28/17 in Boston, Gay travel, Hotels, Marriott, Philadelphia, Travel, Washington
This year, our northeast corridor tour from DC to Boston landed us in three of the best convention Marriott Hotels

Marriott Hotels in Washington DC, Boston + Philadelphia

Now that Marriott International encompasses 30 brands, many travelers are realizing for the first time that Marriott Hotels are no longer the big beige box next to the convention center. Indeed, some of the most exciting innovation in hospitality was already coming from Marriott before the Starwood merger. Moxy and Edition are as hip as hotels get – even the newest generation Courtyard properties are nothing like your old Regional Sales Manager’s Courtyard (check out Abu Dhabi or Tokyo Station).

And then there are still the big beige boxes next to the convention center. Sometimes they’re unavoidable. When we’re working or presenting at a conference, convenience is the greatest luxury, and that often lands us at a convention hotel. This year, our northeast corridor tour from DC to Boston landed us in three of those. Guess what? They’re not so beige anymore.

Marriott Marquis Washington DC

This year, our northeast corridor tour from DC to Boston landed us in three of the best convention Marriott HotelsNot just next to the convention center, this Marriott is actually connected to it via an underground passageway – super convenient when you’re dragging your display to the convention floor. But the moment you enter the lobby, it’s clear this is a modern, cool space. There’s a lively energy about the place with its soaring atrium and sculpture. The rooms are spacious, bright and contemporary in natural colors, and the fitness center is large and well-equipped. Best of all, the M Club Lounge is open 24/7, with free access for Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum members. Most Marriott lounges close on the weekends; but this one stays open, with breakfast every morning, and a candy bar during the day, where you can fill little Chinese takeout containers with snacks to keep you going.

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

This year, our northeast corridor tour from DC to Boston landed us in three of the best convention Marriott HotelsAlthough Courtyard has roots in suburban, office park locations, this was the first urban Courtyard, housed in an historic building just three blocks from the convention center (and the Reading Terminal Market). The ground floor is landmark protected, but head up to your room and a design surprise awaits. Decked out in masculine colors (dark blue, dark grey), and filled with design flourishes typical of a boutique hotel, the rooms are comfortable and whimsical — a modern interpretation of Colonial elegance. Combined with excellent service and an ideal downtown location, it’s a great choice even without the convention center proximity.

Boston Marriott Copley Place

This year, our northeast corridor tour from DC to Boston landed us in three of the best convention Marriott HotelsCopley Place isn’t the convention center, but it is the heart of Boston, and this hotel is a behemoth in the center of it all, with 1,097 rooms and 47 suites. Remember that classic Marriott décor from the 90’s? Stepping into our room at the Marriott Copley Place brought it back in all its glory. On closer inspection, it’s been updated, with some mid-century modern touches, and… it looks brand new – the hotel is impeccably maintained. Even more gratifying, you’ll find some really smart innovation under that harvest gold veneer. Smart elevators request your floor number before you get in, maximizing transit speed for everyone. Our stay here was our first encounter with Marriott’s “Fresh Bites” room service menu. Gone are the fancy roll-in tray and exorbitant service charges. Fresh, local and packaged to go, Fresh Bites are priced more like the corner deli, and delivered to your room for $5, or picked up at the bar for free. Finally, in-room dining that’s affordable for travelers without expense accounts. And after indulging in a lobster roll, there’s a big indoor pool, jacuzzi and large fitness center to work it off.

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By @ 03/17/17 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miles Mitchinson, Philadelphia, Travel, Travel Show

ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine at the Philadelphia Travel & Adventure ShowMeet the ManAboutWorld team at the Philadelphia Travel & Adventure Show March 25-26 at the Philadelphia Convention Center in the heart of downtown Philly.

ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Saturday, March 25 3:00 to 3:45pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information (and free guides) for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

  • Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
  • Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
  • Travel opportunities for LGBT families
  • Cruises, tours and how best to work with a travel agent or tour operator

Travel experts include:

  • Jody Cole, owner Wild Rainbow African Safaris
  • Kelsy Chauvin, freelance travel writer
  • Miles Mitchinson, owner Detours Travel

Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, Philadelphia, March 25-26

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By @ 06/01/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad, NY Daily News, July 6, 1969

From “Speaking Out for Equality”: Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad, NY Daily News, July 6, 1969

The National Constitution Center in partnership with the William Way LGBT Community Center announced the opening of “Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court“: which chronicles the gay rights movement and the ongoing debate over how much the Constitution protects gay rights on June 5. The organizers encourage visitors to hear the story, see articles and photos, and tell them what you think about the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision about whether the Constitution protects the right to same-sex marriage.

The exhibition coincides with the 50th anniversary of the July 4, 1965 Annual Reminder demonstration, which took place in front ofFrank Kameny

Frank Kameny

Independence Hall in Philadelphia and was the first in a series of gay rights marches to specifically demand equal rights.

Speaking Out for Equality was created in partnership with the William Way LGBT Community Center.

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By @ 09/09/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel

philadelphiaFor three days in late September, the nation’s first showcase of LGBT jazz composers, performers and arrangers will delight the crowds at Philadelphia’s OutBeat Jazz Festival, featuring performances, panel discussions, and master classes. More than a dozen concerts take place at venues throughout Philadelphia, and the festival concludes with an all-day jam at Union Transfer. The event runs from September 19 until the 21st.

We covered Philadelphia in our inaugural issue and you can read all of our insider tips by subscribing here!

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By @ 02/10/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, Our Gay Agenda, Philadelphia, Travel

PhillyThatsSoGay Philadelphia’s Library Company  opens a gay history exhibit today: That’s So Gay: Outing Early America, that looks at the questions of how we can know whether a person who lived in the past would be called lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender today.

While there’s no way to definitively answer these questions, the exhibit looks at the evidence of individuals who took part in same-sex relationships, wrote poems and novels celebrating such relationships, deviated from gender norms, and suffered for transgressive behavior in ways that are well-documented in the historical record. No surprise it’s happening in Philadelphia, the city that tapped Miss Richfield to demonstrate its dual appeal of history and gay nightlife.


The exhibit is open weekdays through October 17th, but ManAboutWorld suggests visiting in early March, so you can also attend the LGBT party at the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 2.  For more information on where to stay, eat and play in Philadelphia, check out the most recent coverage in this month’s ManAboutWorld Magazine.

If you’re visiting it may be tempting to hop back on a train to New York, Baltimore or DC if you’re from one of these nearby metropolises but the city really is more fun when you stay over. The thoughtful team at VisitPhilly  has made it easier with the enticing VisitPhilly Overnight Hotel package, including (among other events and benefits) the incredibly fun PHS. Philadelphia Flower Show.

Photos courtesy: Library Company.

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By @ 11/09/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel

We love the new Miss Richfield commercial for gay-friendly Philadelphia but I think we love the outtakes even more!

If you want to check out what Miss Richfield 1981 is up to on her blog.


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By @ 06/12/13 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
Philly's Gayborhood; J Smith for GPTMC

Philly’s Gayborhood; J Smith for GPTMC

Celebrating a decade of getting its history straight and nightlife gay (riffing off their groundbreaking LGBT advertising campaign), the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection is promoting a very gay summer (and early fall). Here’s a look at some of the most popular events to plan a weekend visit around. (Before you go, download our September 2012 issue.)

  • Summer Pink Pub Crawl guides participants to some of the Gayborhood’s favorite watering holes beginning at Tavern on Camac then onto the Venture Inn, Tabu Sports Bar and finally Voyeur Nightclub. Those wearing pink can join the sipping for $25 while non-pink wearers can join the fun for $5 more at $30. July 13
  • QFest welcomes independent LGBT filmmakers to town to screen dozens of movie premieres and attend other celebrity-studded events. July 11-22.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies welcome thousands of gay and lesbian fans to Citizens Bank Park each August for Gay Day. August 7. 1 Citizens Bank Way, (215) 463-6000,
  • Gender Reel takes a look at transgender life during a special art and film festival featuring live music and special events. September 19-21. (215) 732-2220,
  • Philadelphia celebrates National Coming Out Day with OutFest, a block party in the heart of the Gayborhood that’s made up of drag shows, games, bar crawls and shopping. Philadelphia’s celebration is the largest Coming Out Day street festival in the world. October 13.
    (215) 875-9288,


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By @ 04/22/13 in Baltimore, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Jeff Guaracino, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel
He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

He tried (and loved) the 4 Seasons spa but this is not our writer.

By ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Jeff Guaracino

Do you need to getaway quick? Does room service and a maid sound just fabulous?  Travel doesn’t always have to be far away from home (just far enough!). Could it be as easy as checking into a local luxury hotel that is part treat and part escape. When you travel as much as I do, sometimes a hotel can be just another hotel. There are two close-by hotels that surprised me both by their incredible views, luxurious but affordable prices, and staff who make everyone feel VIP. And guess what? They are both in two cities that are worth spending more time in — Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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