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The Good & The Bad, Blue Moon Resort
I stayed at the Blue Moon over the New Years holiday, 2005-2006. The plusses are as follows: the resort (fomerly a Trevelodge) is kept clean and my junior suite was nice, the bed comfortable and everything in working order. The staff is friendly and responds to requests in a helpful manner. While the cold winter weather precluded use of the pool, the pool area looked nice. The coffee shop was well run and provided decent, but pricey, sandwiches, though (except for an exceptional New Year's buffet), breakfast choices consisted of a reheated egg/bagel similar to an eggmcmuffin. The guy who runs the coffee shop, though, is very nice and does an excellent job with what's on hand. You will not lack for company in the "Media Room" or Steam Room" if that's what you are seeking, though you can access those venues with a day pass and locker. There is a computer for guest use to check email and make online show reservations.
The major downside is that the Resort is located far from the Strip and in a really bad (read: unsafe) neighborhood. You would be ill advised to try to walk to the Strip even if you wanted to do so, especially at night. In addition, the water in the spa was covered in white foam, to the xtent that I was dissuaded from using it; whether this is a simple maintenance issue or a reflection on cleanliness I do not know. Also, the Resort is very close to a major highway and, as others have noticed, the sound of traffic is pretty constant. Further, the Resort no longer has a driver on staff and without a car, taxis will average $12 - $15 each way on the meter (plus tip), which must be added to the cost of your vacation (when there was a driver he apparently charged $5 each way, but it appears that this service will not be replaced). Taxi drivers as well more often than not have never heard of the Resort and often have difficulty finding it, so be prepared to show them the small map on the back of the Resort's business card available at the front desk and have the phone number with you so they can if necessary call for directions.
Bottom line: one should only consider the Blue Moon if already planning a trip to Las Vegas, as there are nicer gay resorts if that in itself is the destination (see Palm Springs). However, if you are going to Las Vegas and really prefer to stay in a gay and somewhat frisky environment, you will not be disappointed. Otherwise, you might consider staying on the Strip, where prices can actually be less, and using a day pass, especially when the weather is warm and the pool usable.
Nicest Gay Hotel
First off the Staff is just all out friendly, and welcomes you as you walk through the door.
The rooms are nice, not exactly what is on the website, but still nice.
The pool, and the hot tub, just fun, and a great place to meet guests. The steam room, well it's truly steamy in every possible way.
The only negative thing here is the location, but they have a car service that is right there when you want them. Derek and Debbie know where everything is, and quick to get you to your destination, as well as pick you up from wherever you are.
Four floor night club complete with drag shows, dancers, and good times. Gigantic gay dance club, welcoming all to the consternation of the MN Queer Nation. The only all-male strip show in town is here, as are packed dance floors with folks of all stripes. Eight bars and many dance floors; karaoke some nights, drink specials most nights. They have nightly drag shows in the La Femme Lounge. It was way out in the open when even the progressive, gay Twin Cities were not. Lots of parking, lots of flirting, some glamour. My friends and I go here for a fun time...You definitely don't have to be gay to enjoy it.
Blue Moon Shines Out
Gay travelers to Las Vegas should definitely consider the Blue Moon Resort, located about a ten minute drive from the heart of town. The two owners, efficient and friendly, run a tight ship and offer knowledgeable info about all aspects of the area. The rooms, pool and steam room are clean and well maintained, and refurbishments are continuing. There is free parking or one can use the van service offered by Blue Moon day and night, at a better price than local cabs. It's a fun place.
1856 Gay Head Light 90 years later
The lighthouse in Dad's my picture looks like a dark tower built next to another building. Some of the old postcards and CG photographs show other buildings although current photographs do not. In any case, I'm pretty sure that although we climbed around on the Gay Head cliffs (no longer allowed because of erosion concerns) we never visited the lighthouse.
Gay Head has a gold rating for lighthouse visits. (The highest rating is platinum.)
In 1844, a brick concentrical tower replaced the original lighthouse at Gay Head, and eight years later this structure was designated the ninth most important lighthouse on the eastern seaboard of America. In 1854, after the formation of the new Lighthouse Board, a first order Fresnel lens was obtained from Paris. A new 51-foot brick lighthouse (the current one) was built to hold the enormous lens, which contained 1,008 prisms.
General David Hunter wrote in Harper's: "Of all the heavenly phenomena that I have had the good fortune to witness -- borealis lights, mock suns or meteoric showers -- I have never seen anything that, in mystic splendor, equalled the trick of the magic lantern of Gay Head."
In spite of the lighthouse, Gay Head was witness to one of the worse maritime accidents in New England history when in 1884 the passenger ferry City of Columbus ran aground on the Devil's Bridge ledge, killing more than 100 passengers.
Today, the beautiful lighthouse at Gay Head is still an active guide to navigation but is leased by the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society. In 1999 it was added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places.
Visit at sunset, when the direct horizontal light intensifies the colors of the cliffs. Sunset tours are offered on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from mid-June to mid-September. Tours are available from 1 1/2 hours prior to sunset to 1/2 hour after.
Fantastic amenities and staff that go the extra mile
The Blue Moon Resort is, at present time, the only gay men's resort in glitzy Las Vegas.
Having stayed there five times so far, from when they first opened to as recently as this past weekend, I must say I have seen vast improvements to what began as an extremely well-run operation.
The waterfall pool, the faux cove jacuzzi, and the sizzling steamroom make the resort a spa-like getaway while the spotless and well-situated rooms and helpful and friendly staff make the experience well worth returning to.
For the discriminating gay traveller, the Blue Moon is an oasis in the Nevada desert and a refreshing alternative to the mega hotels that line the Strip.
Needs some Improvement
Stayed one night, on a Thursday on my way out of town. I would suggest no mid-week stays unless you bring someone to play with. More on that later. First of all, the room I had was very nice. Clean and newly decorated. The free porn channels and free wireless internet were appreciated. The front desk dude was very friendly and helpful. The pool was very nice and relaxing. The waterfall really helps take away freeway noise and adds a nice touch. Location is not a problem if you have a car, which I did. It ain't the strip fellas, but what are you expecting for a gay hotel? The room rate was three times what I had paid on the strip, SO I was assuming the place was going to be busy. Wrong. After the day pass people left by 8pm the place was DEAD. I think there were less than ten people in the hotel. So, there was NO action. Much older crowd. The day pass is probably the way to go at this place unless you're there on a weekend night if you're looking for action. The cleanliness could be improved. Dirty pool towels were everywhere around the pool well into the night. The sauna was cold and it smelled. The video room off the sauna area smelled also. There was a sign that announced a ONE time cleaning in 24hours. I'm pretty sure you should disenfect the sauna and showers MORE often than that! Bottom line: Go with a friend, or on a weekend only. Otherwise, check it out on a day pass. Cheaper and less disappointing for what you're paying midweek.
Blue Moon...more ups than downs
The BLUE MOON was a refreshing change of pace from the grind of the strip. Since we had a car, my friend and I had no issues with transportation. It is ten minutes from the strip, five minutes from a variety of restaurants, and even less time from the interstate.
The surroundings were nice, including waterfall, pool, and hot tub. The pool was a little on the chilly side, but the hot tub was the perfect temperature, with an appropriate level of chlorine instead of the overwhelming levels often found in local gay clubs.
The rooms were clean and well-designed. The television channels offered a great deal of variety, and the showers were strong and warm. Free miniature soaps were also provided.
Although a "day pass" might be a nice alternative to fairly high prices (we paid $145 per night), the convenience of staying in one place as well as the friendliness of the staff made our stay worth the price. Both of the guys behind the desk were extremely helpful. Derrick, the masseuse, looked to be very capable. Unfortunately, time constraints prevented us from sampling his services.
In addition, they were filming a video there that weekend, which added to the excitement in the atmosphere. One of the stars of the video provided us with free DVD's, and a free show in the shower area. Life is good.
All things considered, after staying at The Mirage before we ventured to the Blue Moon, the contrast was enjoyable. We would definitely return to the Blue Moon. At the very least, split your stay between a strip hotel and the Blue Moon (best on weekends) to arrive at your own decision. Have a great time !!!
Above and Beyond the Call of Duty
I was in Las Vegas to compete in a rodeo the weekend of April 22. While the hotel was booked solid, the staff worked very hard to get me and my rodeo partner a room -- which they did -- and over the course of the weekend they were great about repeatedly helping us with directions, advice, and other things you'd expect from a 4 star, concierge-based hotel but not necessarily from a smaller, intimate resort hotel like this.
I rarely go out of my way to praise or compliment a staff, but this one fully deserved it.
Just wanted to thank you all for a most enjoyable stay at your resort.Special thanks to David and Anthony who were always most helpful and pleasant to deal with.I will most certainly be recommending your resort to friends travelling in the future ,and look forward to another stay with you sometime soon.
My dad's picture of Gay Head with lighthouse
My dad's picture of Gay Head with lighthouse
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Any suggestions we will be 4 girls travelling together and want to have a good time. what happens in Vegas stays in VEGAS!
Re: Gay Vegas
Is this a question or an advertisement?!
Re: Gay Vegas
Well...there's shows such as Chippendales and Thunder From Down Under, plenty of bars, and other shows as well. One of the best shows we saw was Anthony Cools known as the Uncensored Hypnotist (check out the reviews for him). My stomach hurt from laughing so much. One warning though, be careful if you volunteer to be hypnotised!! Have a great time in Vegas!
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Question ???? TOTALLY we are 2 couples
Re: Gay Vegas
Well then skip the Chippendales and Thunder. :-)) But still recommend Anthony Cools. Are you looking for shows, bars??
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I think shows also Crand Canyon Tours
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My partner and travelled to Vegast the last 2 years and we went to a great little gay club in the area called Fruit Loop not far from the Hard Rock. ( google search it).
We went on a Monday and it was karoeke night $5 cover chargea and beers were free.
Couple looking for ideas
We are a gay couple headed to Vegas in May for one's graduation from College and the others Birthday. It is both of ours first time on a plan and in Vegas and was wondering if there was anything that is a must see. We are into all kinds of things. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
RE: Couple looking for ideas
See a Cirque du Soleil show. They're great. I've seen Zumanity and Ka and would recommend them both.
Before I saw them, I thought since I wasn't into circuses, I wouldn't like them. But they're quite different from the normal (cirque du soleil) circus stuff.
RE: Couple looking for ideas
The Stratosphere Tower...go to the top at sunset...it is really one of the best views in Las Vegas. Stop for a nightcap at The Top of the World restaurant. I go everytime I am in LV. :)
San Fran and Around
a few of us are intending to travel San Fran and around late August. We were hoping to go to Las Vegas for a couple of days but despite being 30 we will have to budget ourselves to hostels. Could you please suggest an itenary for San Fran and Around? We will def. go to Grand Canyon but any advice on travel (not willing to drive on r.h.s of road) hostels and their safety and not-to-miss-sights would be apprecaited. We should be there for between 2- 3 wks
Thanks a mill
What would the weather be like in Aug?
Re: San Fran and Around
There are many reasonably-priced hotels on the Strip in Las Vegas. Check out Stratosphere for its "value for money" deals. I think that the price of hotel food and lodging is cheap in Las Vegas because it is subsidized by the hotel's gaming activities.
This is my favorite one-day itinerary for SF:
1. Buy a 1-day pass at the Hyde and Beach cable car terminal at Fisherman's Wharf.
2. Take the cable car.
3. Get off at Washington and Mason and visit the free Cable Car Museum there.
4. Walk along Washington until you reach Grant. You are now in Chinatown. Explore it a bit.
5. Walk south on Grant until you reach California. Take the east-bound cable car to Market Street.
6. On Market Street, take the "F" antique street car to the Castro district--a predominantly gay and lesbian community. Explore it a bit.
7. Take the "F" street car back to Market and Powell.
8. Take the Hyde and Beach (not Taylor and Bay) cable car back to Fisherman's Wharf.
9. Get off at Lombard Street. Walk down the "crookedest street in the world."
10. Walk to Fisherman's Wharf. You may want to explore Ghirardelli Square and The Cannery.
11. Walk to Pier 39. Watch the sea lions there. See the aquarium.
12. Cruise the San Francisco Bay.
This itinerary does not cover: Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Sausalito, Union Square, Cliff House, and many more. Two weeks should be enough to see most of them, however. BTW, you can also take the BART train to visit other Bay Area communities like Berkeley.
Re: Re: San Fran and Around
Re: Las Vegas - I stayed in the Station Palace which is a cople miles from the strip, however they have a shuttle bus running every half hour or so to the strip.
I paid about $30 for a room with two double beds ensuite. These prices were from Monday until Thursday, then the price shot up to about $90 a night for Fri, Sat, Sun.
Needless to say I stayed from Monday and left Friday evening! Great place, loved the Grand Canyon. Would happily have spent more time in Las Vegas if I could. Sorry no pages on that yet, however I've a cheap hostel link in my San Francisco pages. It was okay, but read my link!
If you're in the general SF area, look up fab people in the area - Geisha_girl leads the way!
Also Yosemite is amazing.
Best wishes, Martin