A Kiki with Preferred Pride's Rick Stiffler
The crowds. The heat. The sunburn. The exchange rate. (But, oh, the accents!) Summer travel to Europe can be a fraught business, so if anyone can alleviate the burden in one department, say securing a quality gay-friendly hotel, then they're tops in our book.
Enter Rick Stiffler, who has spent the last 12 years with the Preferred Hotel Group helping curate and promote some of the best independently-owned luxury properties around. The result, their Preferred Pride Collection, a large network of hotel that have taken the guesswork out of finding not only a gay-welcoming hotel but one that understands the unique needs of the LGBT traveler -- and gives us discounts and amenities to boot. (Employees benefit, too, as each must be either TAG or IGLTA-certified.)
We caught up with Stiffler after a rollicking 4th of July in Provincetown and got the one-time model and military brat and current VP of Leisure Sales to dish on his own road-warrioring secrets, what separates the classy from the exceptional, and how to survive Europe's hot summer season.