To  our valued community,

Let’s get right to the point: today, we’re asking for your help. Please join our team of investors by participating in our Wefunder crowdfunding campaign (minimum investment: $100, approximately €85). The funds raised ( $140K+ to date, a heartfelt thank you to the 300+ participants!) will help misterb&b pass  this very difficult period, and vigorously bounce back as soon as travel resumes.

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis hit us right when our growth was exceeding 20% per month, thanks to the addition of a large catalogue of LGBTQ-friendly hotels on our platform last December. Travel restrictions abruptly halted this growth, preventing us from reaching the break-even point and becoming profitable for the first time. For seven months now, misterb&b has been in hibernation mode with dramatic cost reductions, a hiring freeze, temporary unemployment, pay cuts, and the aid  of governmental and private relief funds.

Despite these efforts, and the partial return of our activity between June and September, we must admit that the months ahead are going to be extremely difficult. In our hearts, we do not believe that travel will resume for real before the summer of 2021. That’s nine  more months to go!

We hate to interrupt your day with this message, as we can imagine you have other things to read or do. But there you have it. If every person who opened this email, and could  afford it, joined our team of investors on WeFunder (minimum investment is $100, around €85), misterb&b could continue to thrive for years to come, and offer the entire LGBTQ travel community the opportunity to experience  a more welcoming world.

When we created misterb&b, many told us that it would never work, claiming  the “market” was too small. Yet, six years on misterb&b has grown to become the world’s largest LGBTQ-friendly accommodation booking site. Our teams (around twenty people currently) work tirelessly on a daily basis to offer you the best possible experience. By becoming an investor, you will show them how much their work means to you.

We imagine that most recipients will ignore this message. We just hope you take a minute to  think about the importance of a platform like ours in your life as an LGBTQ traveler. Imagine the next time you search for a LGBTQ-friendly stay, you realize that misterb&b no longer exists? This is not what we want, and we can imagine it’s not what you want either. We thank you all for your time and attention.

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Top gay apartments in Canada for a toasty winter gaycation
Nov. 06 2018
by Lachlan

Top gay apartments in Canada for a toasty winter gaycation
gay apartments in Canada

When it comes to romantic getaways in Canada, the options are endless. While people may complain about the country’s bitter winter, the cold season is the perfect time to venture on a dreamy gaycation with bae. Just picture yourself snuggling up beside an open fire with a glass of red wine in hand, watching the snow gently fall outside. To inspire you to finally go on that winter vacay, we’ve bundled up the toastiest-looking misterb&b apartments in Canada to help you thaw out those frosty blues. Which one will you be staying at this season?   

 

Toronto 

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Toronto can best be described as a melting pot. The largest of Canada’s cities, this thriving metropolis is home to many different communities, which add a unique and diverse aspect to the city. The majority of gay life can be found in Toronto’s downtown gayborhood, The Village, where a host of LGBTQ bars and clubs will keep you entertained for the evening. When things are getting just that little too cold outside, head home to Nick’s place, and forget that winter in Canada ever came. This place will make you feel as though you’ve entered a sanctuary thanks to its comfy furnishings, warm color palette, and one super-inviting hammock! Could things get any more romantic? We think not!

 

 
  Book your stay at Nick's now!  
 

 

Montreal

In terms of top Canada getaways, Montreal is a favorite. While the city sure knows how to turn the cold on, its lively LGBTQ community keeps things more than hot throughout the year. You can get your dose of queer in Montreal’s gayborhood, The Village, with the majority of bars and clubs peppered along Rue Sainte-Catherine. After you’ve had one too many cocktails on the town, retreat to Xavier’s place. His light and airy apartment comes with all the essentials for a cozy winter stay. Think plush furnishings, a large tub, and a fully-equipped kitchen which simply beckons a night of cooking at home with your loved one.

 

 
  Book your stay at Xavier's now!  
 

 

Quebec City 

 

When you visit Quebec City, you could easily be forgiven for thinking you had arrived in a quaint city of France. The capital of Canada’s French speaking Province, Quebec City may sometimes fall in the shadows of its larger, livelier Quebeçois sister, Montreal. But that doesn’t mean this charming city can’t show you a good time. While it doesn’t have a designated gayborhood per se, you can find various gay venues lining Rue St. Jean. Once you’ve had your dose of fun on the town, unwind back at Gilbert’s toasty apartment. If you’re looking to fight the winter blues with some warmth, this is THE place to be. Think plenty of cushions and blankets, two luxurious Queen beds, and even a basket of slippers to choose from - bliss!

 

 
  Book your stay at Gilbert's now!  
 

 

 

We were so sold by the dreamy apartments in Quebec City, that we couldn’t just choose one. Daniel’s place is also ideal for a romantic getaway in Canada thanks to its decadent furnishings and decor that will never make you want to leave. We’re talking wooden floors, comfy lounges, and one fully-equipped kitchen that’s ideal for a feast at home. What’s even better is that Daniel’s apartment is just a ten-minute walk from Quebec City’s Old Town. Although let’s be honest, you’ll probably never want to venture outside once you’ve seen Daniel’s place!

 

 
  Book your stay at Daniel's now!  
 

 

 

Vancouver 

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While most of Canada’s action tends to be on the East Coast, Vancouver certainly proves that the West Coast also means business. The scenic city is very open in terms of its LGBTQ scene, and you can find all the action in Davie Village, the city’s gayborhood. Grab a tasty cocktail at 1181, the settle in for the night at Dave’s. Dave refers to his place as an artist’s apartment, and from the impressive collection of artwork and antiques scattered throughout, we can understand why. Just minutes from Stanley Park and Davie Village, this apartment puts convenience at the heart of the guest experience.

 

 
  Book your stay at Dave's now!  
 

 

Ottawa 

 

Ottawa is one of those cities which is great for a winter getaway with bae. While not as vibrant as Toronto or Montreal in terms of LGBTQ life, Canada’s capital offers a laid-back lifestyle along with a friendly local community. On top of this, the city is making leaps and bounds as far as developing a gayborhood, with plenty of gay establishments opening up along downtown Bank Street. But remember that this vacay is all about a cozy winter experience, and you can have just that with a stay at Jesse’s. This boutique-style apartment offers scenic canal views along with a Queen bed, an open fireplace, and soft furnishings that are sure to keep you feeling snug.  

 

 
  Book your stay at Jesse's now!  
 

 

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