Field Guide: 5 Cozy, Luxe Log Cabins For a Winter Getaway

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The private cottages of Winvian resort—including Beaver Lodge (left) and Log Cabin (above)—offer earthy charm at its most posh. | Photos courtesy of Winvian.

Turn the chilling temps into something memorable by renting one of these postcard-perfect (totally luxe!) wooden cabins for a weekend this winter.

Winvian // Connecticut
Eighteen of the most charming cottages you’ve ever seen are scattered throughout this 113-acre, five-star Relais & Châteaux resort, located three and a half hours from Philly. Choose to stay in the Beaver Lodge or Log Cabin, both textbook examples of woodland charm: twig furniture, smooth pebble floors, log exteriors that feel like something the Swiss Family Robinson would have built. But it’s not all whimsy: Those pebble floors are radiant-heated, the bathroom features a Jacuzzi and a rainfall steam shower, and the property boasts serious amenities like a top-notch spa and an AAA Diamond restaurant. From $975 a night.
Go Here For: A getaway with your sweetie. // Morris, Connecticut; Winvian.com.

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LONG WEEKEND: Go Leaf-Peeping at Lake Naomi in the Poconos



Philadelphia offers much in the way of fall’s best offerings: seasonal street festivals, your pick of ripe autumn veggies at any number of local farmers markets, and there’s a pumpkin latte on just about every corner in town. But don’t short-change yourself with a stroll through Rittenhouse park to get your annual viewing of the changing leaves. We’ve got whole forests of trees right at our doorstep. Take off early one Friday from now through November to embark on a long weekend in the Poconos, where gorgeous scenery and a much-needed reprieve from the hustle-bustle of city life abound. 

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10 Gay Things to Do on a Long Weekend in Los Angeles

I took a trip to L.A. recently. Before jetting off, I was overwhelmed trying to figure out the best ways to spend my three days in one of our biggest gay meccas. With the help of some local tour guides I cobbled together this list of 10 must-dos so you’ll know exactly what to do on your next long weekend to the city of movie stars and beach bods. From gay beaches to daddy-hunting to yummy bites, this list should have you covered.

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WATCH: Drone Offers Stunning Overhead Look at P-Town 2014

Videographer David Cox stuck an HD camera on a drone and let it coast over and around P-Town. The footage is quite stunning, featuring the coast, and lots of parties, like a tea-dance, and last week’s Comic Book Carnival Parade.

The footage serves two purposes: For those like me who haven’t been to P-Town, it’s the ultimate kick in the pants to start making plans for next year. For regulars who missed it this year … well, you’re probably kicking yourself in the pants that you missed it. Check out the video above.

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LONG WEEKEND: What Happens in Gay Vegas, Stays in Gay Vegas

The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.

This was my fourth trip to Las Vegas, and for the first time, I saw something rather cool: Two guys were holding hands in walking down the Strip—in broad daylight.

I’ve always felt that Vegas was very gay, so to speak (I mean, where else in the world are there Louis Vuitton stores on every corner?)  However, during my recent vacations there, I found myself clearly surrounded by more and more LGBTQ folks in the open, playing slots, eating at some of the best restaurants around, shopping, splashing in pools.

Are there distinct gay bars in Vegas?  Yes.  But, they are all off the Strip, and, best put by a self-described “former circuit queen” who once cut my hair, they are “far too seedy.”  I mean, many things in Vegas are seedy, especially when you stray off the main drag of Las Vegas Boulevard; plus, there is no real reason to look outside the fabulous places to drink, party, and eat right at your doorstep.

It is totally doable to do a “quickie” (three days, two nights) Vegas trip from Philly—flights are relatively affordable, and if you catch a morning non-stop flight, you’ll end up having almost the entire first day to explore (Vegas is three hours behind us.) If you’re feeling lucky, here are some of my suggestions to enjoy a fun, fast, and furious Vegas weekend.

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10 Healthiest Road-Trip Snacks at Wawa

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A few weeks back, as my hubby and I were headed down the Shore, we made our ritual pitstop at a Wawa in the middle of New Jersey (That one at the end of 55? Where 47 and 347 split? Anyone?) for a few pick-me-up road trip snacks.

Chris scurried off to get his haul while I stood in the middle of the store looking around blankly. It occurred to me, not for the first time: What in the world can I eat here that won’t leave me with heaps of guilt afterwards? “I need to do a post on this,” I said, actually out loud, to no one in particular.

And so here we are, two weeks later, with the completed post in question. It came together thusly: I called my pal Jessica Procini, a Philly-based health coach whom you may have met at Be Well Philly Boot Camp. She was the one who wrote that awesome What to Get in Trader Joe’s Frozen Food Aisle post earlier this year, so I knew she’d be up for another food-shopping project. Last Friday, she and I trotted off to the 17th and Arch Street Wawa location to see what we could find.

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Day Tripper: Go Castle-Hopping in Doylestown

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I know what you’re thinking: A getaway? To Doylestown?

It sounds absurd, like I’m advising you take a Caribbean vacation to Haiti. But I promise there’s substance here—particularly in the Bucks County enclave’s collection of out-of-Philly museums you might actually care about, and some faux-medieval castles and forts.

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And the Germiest Thing You Touch on an Airplane Is …

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I caught the segment below on the TODAY show this morning and almost gagged on my cereal. The NBC morning show sent a team of researchers on flights across the country to test various surfaces people encounter during air travel—security bins, check-in kiosks, seat belts, arm rests—for harmful germs.

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