What’s New in Key West by Dennis Hensley

8 11 2017

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld correspondent Dennis Hensley was recently in Key West, Florida. He had planned to post a collection of short interviews he did with the people he met. Then Hurricane Irma happened. He did manage to organize two interviews: One with an openly gay man who ran a small tour company. And another with a woman who’s been tirelessly working to promote Key West for years. Here’s Dennis’ report.

Cody White, Passionate Key West Resident

One of the people I met and interviewed while I was there was Cody White who until recently ran a small tour company with his husband RyanListen to the podcast here. In the wake of Irma, the pair decided to focus on other endeavors … but I spoke to Cody before the storm over blizzards at a Dairy Queen not far from the gay resort I was staying at, The Equator. We talked about how he ended up in Key West, what it’s like to have an Airstream trailer, Key West’s passion for costume parties, how tourists react when they learn he’s gay and why Key West is the place for him. Listen to the podcast here.

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineCarol Shaughnessy, Newman Public Relations, Key West

Met lots of awesome people on my trip to Key West, FL in August for Man About World magazine. One of them was local writer and publicist Carol Shaughnessy. Listen to the podcast here. Over breakfast with our small group of journalists, she regaled the table with the story of Mel Fisher, the legendary treasure hunter who spent 16 years combing the waters around Key West for treasure from a Spanish ship that sank in the 1600s.

It was such an amazing tale–complete with a $450 million ending–I asked Carol to tell it again on the podcast. We also talked about the giant rainbow flag that went from the Atlantic ocean to the Gulf of Mexico down Key West’s main boulevard and the spirit of Key West and how the community supports people in their dreams, no matter how out there they may be. I’ve heard from Carol since Irma and she said that Key West’s motto of “One Human Family” if in full display as everyone works together to get back to normal. Listen to the podcast here.

More from Dennis Hensley on ManAboutWorld here.


Gay Travel Today: ManAboutWorld in Yahoo Travel Story

30 06 2015
It's all about gay travel Love in Philly

It’s all about gay travel Love in Philly

We were included in a piece on gay travel in Yahoo Travel today. Here’s an excerpt. To read the entire piece, click here

These days, it seems just about everybody is after that rainbow dollar.

And the recent federal ruling by the Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states will only further the expansion of cities, both large and small, marketing toward the gay community, which represents an estimated $70 billion travel market, or around six to eight percent of the entire travel market.

“Within every jurisdiction, it sends a signal to the world that says gay people are on the same footing as everyone else,” says Ed Salvato, editor-in-chief of ManAboutWorld, a gay travel magazine.

It all started in 1973, when a gay travel agent named Hanns Ebensten, the “grandfather of gay travel,” led a group of gay men down the Colorado River. It was the first gay travel experience of its kind and sparked a movement that’s exponentially grown over the last 40 years into a multi-billion industry. To read more, click here.

Photo: The Love Park in Philadelphia. (Photo: Kathryn Yengel/Flickr)

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Our Associate Editor Touches Down in Key West

20 05 2014

keywestIt’s almost officially summer time and our associate editor Kenny Porpora landed in Key West to explore this beautiful gay mecca just 130 miles from the Miami coast. For the next few days, he’ll be exploring the island’s old town, famous for its charming Bohemian houses that line the main drag of Duval Street, and the off-the-beaten-path knick-knack shops, cafes, and gay bars that weave in and out, to report back some of the island’s best kept secrets.

ManAboutWorld covered Key West extensively in January 2013 and now we’re circling back to see what’s new and to find out who has the best Key Lime pie, which bar hosts the best cock contest, and who charters the best boat for a day of snorkeling in crystal blue water.

Two informative sites we like: Gay Key West and Keys Voices.

Key West: Ed Salvato on Toronto’s Proud FM

20 01 2012

That's not Mike, but it could've been

The fabulous folks at Proud FM Toronto with Mike Chalut invited me on to talk about Key West following Mike Chalut’s recent trip there where he frolicked and luxuriated at the Island House Key West for a long weekend.

Click here to listen to the short (just over 4-minute) recording from Proud FM’s most recent “Travel Tuesday.”


Deal of the Week: $13 Night at Island House

3 08 2011

Island House Key West*, one of my personal favorite gay guesthouses in the world, is running a very cool sweepstakes on Facebook called “35 & Fabulous” to celebrate the 35th-anniversary of the guesthouse.

To mark the occasion, the Island House is offering all 39 rooms on the night of June 25, 2012 at the price in effect in 1976: $13. So  retro! They should also require guests to sport thick ‘staches, too, during their stay and put up posters of Mark Spitz. (Look him up!)

You just have to click on the contest here and follow the easy instructions.

*Full disclosure: I’m the managing director of OutThink Partners, an LA-based, independent communications and marketing agency, and Island House is one of my clients, but I also wear an editor/writer hat and I think this story is fun and compelling. Plus I get to run that hot pic above.

Key West: Eat Out, Drink Up

2 05 2011

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On a recent swing through Key West, I checked out a few hip new spots. This is most definitely not your grandpa’s Key West (well, if grandpa happened to be a kinda cool gay guy who discovered the Conch Republic before the big straight cruise ships did!)

Eat up
It is incredibly difficult to narrow down the wide range of terrific Key West  dining options to one or two choices. That said, two stand out from my recent visit.

Nine One Five ) has been open since 2002 and gets justifiable praise for its Asian-flavored seafood and décor. But my new recent favorite is the more recently open Flaming Buoy Filet Co.. Open just over a year, the Flaming Buoy is owned and operated by (openly gay) partners Fred Isch and Scot Forste. The décor — 10 rustic wood tables and simple lighting — reflects the restaurant’s approach to dining: simple and fresh.Drink up
You can still guzzle gigantic watered-down rum- or tequila-based cocktails anywhere along Duval St. But what’s new and exciting is the island’s burgeoning, sophisticated cocktail and wine bar culture. Check out the diminutive Orchid Bar , where mixologists take their drinks very seriously. The crowd is low key, and the space overlooks an illuminated pool: perfect after a busy day doing, well, nothing. The Porchis a wine and artisinal beer bar that has been open since summer of 2010 in a gorgeous old Victorian mansion.By the way, I stayed at my favorite guest house on the island: the gay-men-only Island House Key West. (More info: http://www.gaykeywestfl.com/.)

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com.

Deal of the Week: Buy Four, Get Three at Island House

1 12 2010
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You'll come back to the Island House

This winter, take a vacation that will automatically earn you another (for free!). Well, the lodging will be free anyway.

Key West’s frisky and very popular Island House, which has won Best Gay Resort awards from parent site OutTraveler.com, is offering a “Buy Four Nights and Get Three Free” promotion. Visitors who buy four nights this winter earn a free three-night stay next summer. To qualify, stay four nights at Island House resort between now and June 30, 2011. The free stay is available on weeknights between July 13, 2011 and October 20, 2011 subject to availability.

Note: A weeknight is considered to be Monday through Thursday and blackout dates apply over Labor Day from September 1 to 6. Your free room will be the same type as booked during your paid stay. You may upgrade your room at additional cost during your free stay. For more information on gay Key West, including events, click on GayKeyWestFl.com.

If you stop off in Miami on your way, check out our Out City Guide: Miami.

Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com

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