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A dog’s love of a luxurious retreat in the desert

La Quinta’s Waldorf is waiting for you and your human

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We jumped in the car. I curled up on the floor in my bed behind the passenger seat and off we went to Palm Springs, heading to a place called La Quinta Resort & Club.

Just 120 miles from home, and a couple hours later and we arrived.

The car stopped and the heat stung my paws when I jumped out. But, a very nice man welcomed us over to a water bowl, where I got a sip of fresh, cold water, along with a crunchy treat while we waited in the cool lobby to be assigned our room.

Mocha (Selfie)

Nestled beneath the beautiful Santa Rosa Mountains, I overheard the woman at the desk say the resort offered championship golf courses, an award-winning 23,000 square foot spa, fitness center, 23 tennis courts, 41 pools and five outstanding restaurants. This was going to a real treat, where I was 100 percent welcome. There are even pet friendly services including in-room massages.

La Quinta Resort was established in the 1920s by San Francisco businessman Walter H. Morgan, who envisioned creating a relaxing retreat for his friends and family.

Once referred to by the Cahuilla Indians as the “Land of the Eternal Sun,” the area we now know of as La Quinta has a rich history dating back hundreds of years.

The hotel opened in January 1927 and represented a total investment of between $150,000 and $200,000, and included 20 casitas. Morgan’s idea was to create a retreat for Hollywood’s movers and shakers to have privacy and find respite from the hustle and bustle.

After a long day basking in the California sunshine – there was a pool directly outside of our casita (one of 617 guestrooms and 161 villas) – my fur-parents enjoyed a day in the water, while I slept in one of the comfy lounge chairs.

The Spanish-style casitas and suites offered views of the garden or mountains – gardens in our case — and was appointed with a huge bathroom with a double sink, king bed, oversized tub, walk-in shower, a Keurig coffee maker, refrigerator and ice maker.

After a great sleep in the big comfy bed, I got a long walk in the cool early morning dessert, along the acres of paths on the property. Then we got a tour in a golf cart — this is the way to travel.

We were told that La Quinta has been visited by several Hollywood legends – Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Frank Capra and Bette Davis. Frank Capra is said to have penned “It Happened One Night” in one of the casitas. Today, the less legendary, but still impressive visit the resort — Will Smith, Barbra Streisand, Andre Agassi, and Al Pacino, to name a few.

Today, the resort hosts all the Coachella kids, it’s sold out a year ahead for the festival, and the property is a hot spot for weddings where everyone is welcome.

There are plenty of hotels that claim to be dog friendly, butLa Quinta Resort & Club is a getaway furry friends can truly enjoy – it’s gone to the dogs, but not in a bad way.

You better hurry for New Year’s Eve.  There’s so much to do there!

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Provincetown welcomes LGBTQ+ travelers from across the globe

A year filled with theme weeks, events, & experiences for the LGBTQ+ community in the world’s premier destination for LGBTQ+ travelers

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PROVINCETOWN, MA. –  Provincetown welcomes travelers from across the globe to discover why Ptown is the world’s premier destination for LGBTQ+ travelers. Classic queer events and theme weeks like Independence Weekend, Bear Week, Girl Splash, Carnival, and Holly Folly are joined by art and theatre festivals, new wellness-focused getaways, and the return of music, food, and wine festivals that debuted in 2021. 

Photo by David Badash

Whether you want to experience a quintessential Provincetown Summer, a wellness-focused vacation, or a cozy winter escape, travelers will find all of these experiences and so much more in the magical town at the tip of Cape Cod.

Tickets are on sale now for select 2022 events, including the Let’s Get Kraken Carnival cruise and all-new Pride queer comedy showcase. Plan and book your Provincetown getaway now at ptown.org


Womxn of Color Weekend– June 2 – 5, 2022A celebration of pride and diversity for LGBTQ+ women, trans, nonbinary and genderfluid people of color, and their allies.
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Provincetown Pride– June 3 – 5, 2022Celebrate the full spectrum of the LGBTQ+ community with a rally, parties, and a special queer comedy showcase at Town Hall at the 5th Anniversary of Provincetown’s Official Pride. New this year: Feet Over Front Street 5K – Pride Edition. Front is the original name of Provincetown’s main street (now Commercial St.)

Pride Wellness Retreat– June 6 – 12, 2022A 6-night all-inclusive gay men’s retreat featuring yoga, meals, accommodations, excursions, bike rentals, and more.

Provincetown International Film Festival– June 15 – 19, 2022The 24th annual 5-day festival showcases independent narrative, documentary, animated features, shorts, panel discussions, and special events.

Frolic: Men of Color Weekend– June 16 – 20, 2022Men of Melanin Magic welcome you to Frolic State University for 2022’s Men of Color Weekend theme of homecoming.

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CabaretFest– June 21 – 26, 2022The theme of the 22nd Anniversary festival is “Hooray For Hollywood!” featuring movie-focused entertainment and masterclasses.

Independence Weekend– July 1 – 4, 2022Celebrate the 4th of July with dazzling fireworks and explosive parties all week long, hosted by the Crown & Anchor.

Bear Week– July 9 – 17, 2022Bears, cubs, wolves, otters, and their admirers venture to Provincetown during this annual event to enjoy cruises, pool parties, discos, shows, and more.

Girl Splash– July 20 – 23, 2022The annual summer getaway for women, produced by Provincetown for Women, features entertainment, pool parties, beach relaxation, and more.  

Family Week– July 23 – 30, 2022The largest annual gathering of LGBTQ+ parents and their children in the world. 2022 is the 28th anniversary of this week of workshops, family fun, and community-building.
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Carnival– August 13 – 20, 2022One of the largest outdoor celebrations in Massachusetts and Provincetown’s original summer celebration is back! Carnival-goers will enjoy and express themselves at costume parties, live entertainment, drag brunches, and the famous Carnival Parade (August 18) through the theme of Monsters, Myths & Legends. New this year: Feet Over Front Street 5K – Carnival Edition. Front is the original name of Provincetown’s main street (now Commercial St.)

Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla Weekend– September 9-11, 2022Join swimmers, volunteers, kayakers, and cheerleaders for the 35th annual event to raise money for AIDS, women’s health, and other services for the Cape community.

The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival– September 22 – 25, 2022Tutti Frutti Tennessee Williams — Cool, Tasty and Refreshing! The 17th season features a lineup of All-Tennessee plays, the first time since 2006. 

Mates Leather Weekend XXV– September 29 – October 3, 2022A weekend of parties, relaxation, and contests for people in leather, rubber, and uniforms.

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ArtProvincetown– October 8 – 10, 2022A 3-day festival of art exhibitions, special events, parties, and more.

Washashore Festival– October 8 – 10, 2022The union of live music, good beer, and the everlasting singularity of Provincetown. Performers and events embody free expression, individuality, beauty, acceptance, and joy.

Women’s Week– October 10 – 16, 2022A week of events for women, including music, comedy, dance parties, art exhibitions, film screenings, dune tours, sports events, and more.

Single Women’s Weekend– October 12 – 15, 2022Speed meeting, dance parties, scavenger hunts, great food, and so much more. Make new friends and maybe meet Ms. Right. 

Fantasia Fair, The Original Transgender Week– October 15 – 23, 2022 The longest-running transgender event in the world is part learning experience, part social gathering, and part reunion. This total immersion experience welcomes everyone. 

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Provincetown Food & Wine Festival– November 2 – 5, 2022Global wines and diverse menus will honor this year’s theme of Celebrate Portugal.


Mr. New England Leather– November 18 – 20, 2022The annual pageant to crown Mr. New England Leather 2023.
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Holly Folly– December 2 – 4, 2022One of the only LGBTQ+ holiday festivals in the world and celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2022, Holly Folly offers holiday shopping at local businesses, The Canteen’s holiday market, the Jingle Bell Run and Champagne Brunch, dance parties, sing-alongs, and drag bingo. New this year: Light the Night Holiday Stroll, where attendees are encouraged to wear illuminated costumes and accessories as they walk down Commercial St. and Hung with Care, a queer holiday burlesque spectacular at Town Hall. 
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First Light– December 30, 2022 – January 1, 2023Ring in the New Year on the tip of Cape Cod with this 3-day celebration of parties, performances, the New Year’s Eve Lite Bright Bike Ride, fireworks, and the annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day.


For more details on these theme weeks and events, visit the Provincetown Business Guild
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Provincetown Business Guild Signature Events- The Provincetown Business Guild is a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer business community in Provincetown, MA.

The Guild is committed to improving the Provincetown community by advocating for the acceptance of diversity and tolerance through projects, programs, and education.

The Guild welcomes residents and visitors to experience America’s first LGBTQ+ tourist destination. For more information about the Provincetown Business Guild, visit www.ptown.org and on Instagram @VisitPtown.

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Alaska Airlines announces flat fee-based subscription service

After 2 years of staying close to home, people are ready to travel again. Alaska has100 daily flights from 16 airports throughout California

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SEATAC, Wa. – Alaska Airlines announced that they will be launching a flat fee-based subscription service Wednesday. In a news release the airline said the subscription starts at $49 per month.

Alaska Airlines managing director of business development and products Alex Corey noted that this new service will let travelers head to a number of airports in the western U.S. – most are in California but Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada as well as Phoenix, Arizona are also included.

“After two years of staying close to home, guests are ready to travel again and with 100 daily flights from 16 airports throughout California and between California to Reno, Phoenix and Las Vegas, Flight Pass will take them there,” said Corey.

Corey also pointed out that with the new travel trend reports showing that Americans plan to take vacations domestically in 2022, especially to destinations with warm weather and beaches, the airline is hopeful that this service will be attractive enough to draw in customers.

The airline listed the benefits:

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Discounts. – The price of a monthly Flight Pass subscription is cheaper than the average price of a ticket on eligible flights. In exchange for your business for the next year, Alaska provides you with a great deal on a price that doesn’t change.

Peace of mind. – With Flight Pass, you lock in the price of your travel for the next year – your monthly membership fee will not change. This allows you to plan and budget your trips with ease knowing that prices won’t increase.

Freedom to explore. – With a wide range of great destinations to choose from, you are able to travel more frequently than ever before to amazing destinations. Visit family or friends, get away for a relaxing weekend, work remotely, or simply go on an adventure – with Flight Pass, frequent travel is at your fingertips.

There are two types of memberships, Flight Pass, which starts at $49 per month and requires booking at least 14 days in advance, and Flight Pass Pro, which starts at $199 per month and allows same-day booking up to two hours before flying.

According to Alaska Airlines, that there will be costs beyond the subscription fee, but the airline says most will amount to less than $15. Flyers still have to pay the government taxes and airport fees for each flight, as well as a nominal fare, which Alaska says is as low as $0.01 for “most flights.”

Other limitations are that the deal is only good for roundtrip flights, not one-way fares, and the credits expire if they aren’t used before the next set arrives.

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Mother of nonbinary adult accuses Delta of discriminatory ticketing policy

According to the Movement Advancement Project, 21 U.S. states allow individuals to identify as a gender option other than “male” or “female”

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TUCSON, Az. – The mother of a nonbinary adult is accusing Delta Air Lines of discriminating against gender-nonconforming individuals after she was unable to buy a ticket for her child without inaccurately marking their gender as “male” or “female.” 

“@Delta is discriminating against #nonbinary individuals and not allowing them to fly despite legal ID issued by states that allow X on birth certificates and state-issued IDs,” the mother, Aurora Dawn, tweeted. 

Dawn voiced her frustration with Delta for not having a gender-neutral option when booking in the now-viral Twitter thread. 

“I first discovered this problem when trying to make an online reservation to buy a ticket as a Christmas present for my #nonbinary adult child,” she said. “The only gender options in @Delta and @AlaskaAir online reservation systems is male or female.”

Dawn called Delta and connected with a representative who “was really trying to help,” but could not change the gender marker to “X.” 

After waiting over 30 minutes on hold, Dawn said she was told to use the gender marker on the birth certificate. But the birth certificate also had an “X” designation, she said.

Dawn was concerned because the marker on her child’s I.D. wouldn’t match the gender on their ticket. 

“I explained again that my adult child is #nonbinary and #LGBTQ and their ID is X and TSA requires them to match,” she said. 

After a heated exchange between Dawn and a Delta supervisor, she was “upset” and hung up the phone. 

“I still have no airline ticket for my #nonbinary adult child,” she said. 

In a statement to the Blade, a Delta spokesperson said the company is a “proud, long-time supporter of the LGBTQ+ community.”

In 2019 Delta, along with other major airlines, said it was planning to add a gender-neutral option for ticketing in what advocates hailed as a “significant step forward for nonbinary individuals.”

However, Delta said the COVID-19 pandemic sidetracked the plans. 

“While we quickly shifted focus due to COVID in early 2020 to help customers navigate the rapidly changing environment and government regulations, we are back on track to be able to offer a non-binary gender option in our booking systems in 2022,” the statement read.

The spokesperson added that Delta has made other LGBTQ-inclusive policy changes, including having flight attendants use gender-neutral greetings – swapping language like “ladies and gentleman” for “everyone.” 

According to the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), 21 U.S. states and the District of Columbia allow individuals to identify as a gender option other than “male” or “female.”

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