Travel: Going where the girls are

Sept 7-12 Women Fest Key West, FL
Presented by Key West Business Guild of GLBT+Allied Chamber of Commerce

Includes performances by Emily Saliers, Suzanne Westenhoefer, a street fair, golf tournament and 13th annual Beach Blanket Butch and Beach Blanket Babe contest. Fly into Miami, rent a car and drive down the Keys. Or fly into Tampa and take Seacoast air to Key West. There are three gay B&Bs and many LGBT friendly hotels.

Oct 8-17 Women’s Week Provincetown, MA

Presented by Women Innkeepers of Provincetown and their Chamber of Commerce. This is one of the premiere women’s festivals with a long history of presenting some of the best performing artists in the LGBT community. Last year, in celebration of their 25th festival, they created the first ever gay flash mob dance led by Lori Michaels singing her “Meet me at the Party.” Kate Clinton hosts her annual star-studded touch football classic. Fly into Boston and take Cape Air’s nine-person air shuttle to P’town. Make reservations at one of the seven women-owned B&Bs soon. They fill up fast.

Olivia Travel opportunities

October is a good time to try an Olivia produced trip. They have a Caribbean cruise, Palm Springs Spa Escape and Columbus Isle week. The cruise is aboard the Norwegian Sun, leaving from Orlando-Oct 30th-Nov 6. There will be around 2,000 women of all ages, a full slate of singles activities and lots of opportunities to party hardy or just hang out. The ship offers a rock wall, casino, 11 dining venues and excursions around the islands.

Want something more laid back? Try one of the top ten spa resorts in North America – Miramonte for an upscale week of pampering, Oct 13-17. Palm Springs offers fine dining, shopping and beautiful people watching. Olivia presents Rosie Casals for tennis clinics and Rosie Jones for golf clinics. The resort offers every imaginable spa treatment for lots of relaxation.

Something in between the action packed cruise and laid back spa is Columbus Isle Resort in the Bahamas, Oct 16-23. The secluded resort on the beach offers 500 women lots of sun and water activities. The all-inclusive resort lets you eat, drink and play all you want and not worry about the cost. No one does entertainment quite like Olivia. They started the whole movement and are now forerunners of women’s music and comedy. Each of their trips feature entertainers that cross the spectrum from seasoned favorites to the newly discovered.


Top Photo: (Photo by Jo Giraudo)

Editor’s note: The Georgia Voice is thrilled to introduce Jo Giraudo as our Travel blogger. Jo is an Accredited Cruise Counselor and owner of Insider Traveler. Jo will offer frequent updates on news and events of interest to LGBT travelers, including both LGBT-specific destinations and general travel issues that affect all of us. Got a question for Jo? Email her at, or through