A Killer Time at The White Oak Inn : A Select Registry Property

There were murderers out in plain sight this weekend at The White Oak Inn and, before we discovered who they were, we sat around the dining table and had jovial conversations with them. If you’re thinking this all sounds a little odd, it’s a common occurrence on the property to learn all about the killers and their families. Curious as to what made us hang around to find out whodunnit? You’ll first have to learn about The White Oak Inn and its murderous past. To understand the history of The White Oak…

5 Minnie Mouse Disneybound Dresses that We’re Loving Right Now

Disney Bounding Minnie Mouse dresses

Sand and Snow…and everywhere in between! uses affiliate links. By clicking on the link and making a purchase, we’ll get a small commission – and it goes towards making more fun posts and blog support. Thank you! With a recent decision to attend Dapper Day at Walt Disney World this April, I went on the hunt to find cute (and affordable!) dresses to wear for the three day event at both Magic Kingdom and Epcot. What I happened upon was Amazon and so many fun, red and white polka dot…

The Allegheny Inn in Pittsburgh: Historically Chic

Allegheny Inn Common Room

For months, The Allegheny Inn has been on my radar as a B&B I really wanted to check out. Nestled in Deutschtown on the North Shore, the historic Pittsburgh lodging option is close to several popular attractions and its perks are plenty. Curious about the historically chic hang? So was I. Accommodations The Allegheny Inn has four guest rooms/suites with plenty of space to move about. Mr. Locke and I had the pleasure of staying in The Darwin Room on the second floor. Our room had a gorgeous electric fireplace…

Don’t Miss These Seven Stops on the Adams County Pour Tour in PA

Red grapes at Halbrendt Winery.

When you visit Gettysburg & Adams County, PA, do you think about its craft beer, cider, wine, and spirits? Maybe it’s time you did. A newly-created Adams County Pour Tour offers the best and brightest in all four liquor styles and it’s definitely worthy of a trip. From breweries to distilleries, and a little bit of everything in between, here are seven must-visit stops on the Adams County Pour Tour. Sure, I used to think about Gettysburg, PA, as a place to get my Civil War history on. But a…

Leave your passport at home and visit Dublin, Ohio instead!

One of the beautiful walls in Dublin, Ohio

Cities named after Irish towns are all over the United States. There’s Erin, New York, Belfast, Pennsylvania, and even Killarney, Florida. But, when I think of THE most popular city in Ireland, I have to think of Dublin. It turns out there’s a Dublin, Ohio- only a few minutes northwest of Columbus and the city has a fervor for all things Irish. You don’t need to pull your passport out of storage to experience Irish fun any time of year- but when celebrating St. Patrick’s Day it’s the time of…

Unplugging and Reconnecting at Whispering Pines B&B

How many times have you had a discussion with your significant other about the amount of time you spend on your smartphone or computer? For me and Mr. Locke, I have to admit we spend a ton of time wishing we had an excuse to break away from all of the tech and simply enjoy each other’s company. There are times when I have to tell myself to put down the iPad or log off my computer. They are definite time sucks and, although a main part of our lives at this…

Bigelow Grille in Pittsburgh: A Delicious Review in Photos

 Celebrating a wedding anniversary in Pittsburgh last week was a blast- especially when it involved a restaurant with really good food. Bigelow Grille in Pittsburgh (located inside of the DoubleTree Downtown Pittsburgh hotel) was the perfect spot to celebrate for Mr. Locke and me. Great food, great drinks, and even a visit from the big man himself, Chef Zallo. Chef does such an amazing job of keeping the menu filled with regionally sourced ingredients and seasonal fare is always available. Ready for some food porn? You got it! Bigelow Grille…

You’ll Never Go Thirsty in Bloomington, Indiana

Bloomington, Indiana, is a town that’s so easy to fall in love with. Right around 75 minutes south of Indianapolis, the close-knit community is rich with arts, culture, and culinary offerings- including locally made wine, craft beer, and spirits. It’s quintessential essence of the Midwest makes it a fun day trip away from Indiana’s capitol city or a leisurely way to spend a few days. My visit to Bloomington this summer found me on a giant bus with other travel writers that love the taste and smell of the liquor…