Pittsburgh Holiday Guide | 2017

Pittsburgh Holiday Guide

  Families all bundled up whirling their way around a giant Christmas tree surrounded by the clippity-clop of horse hooves. Kids staring at the sky, mouths gaped open in awe of the tens of thousands of Christmas lights. A German Market and fireworks lighting up the night. Can you picture it? Every holiday season, Pittsburgh goes all out and sets this picturesque scene for its visitors and residents. Beginning November 17th and spanning from Point State Park to Kennywood Park, Pittsburgh holiday events are not to be missed! Check out our…

10,000 Reasons Why you Need to Visit this Ohio Leaf Peeping Spot this Fall

Rose Lake in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Photo Credit: Amy Weirick

If you’re looking for reasons to visit Ohio this autumn, leaf peeping should be at the top of your list. And, when it comes to Ohio leaf peeping, it’s an hour south of Columbus to an outdoor-lover’s dream location. From cavernous hikes to inspiring views, Hocking Hills is the place to be for autumn leaf peeping. 10,000 Reasons to Visit Hocking Hills in Fall When it comes to unbroken forest, Hocking Hills, Ohio has 10,000 acres of it! There’s cool lodging options including sleeping in a restored caboose near Ash…

10 Classic Rides at Kennywood Park You Must Ride at Least Once

Kennywood Park Entrance Arch

If you live near Pittsburgh, there’s a good chance you’ve probably visited Kennywood Park a time or two – or 12. The theme park in West Mifflin is filled with old-school rides that true park enthusiasts adore and kids love compliments of the fun factor. But, if you really want a classic experience, these ones are must-dos. Here’s 10 classic rides at Kennywood Park that you must ride at least once – and a bonus! 1. Turtle Even if you ride Turtle for the view alone, it’s absolutely worth it.…

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival: Traditional Beauty & Culture in Columbus

Ohio Chinese Lantern Festival

If  there’s one thing I know is true regarding Chinese lanterns it’s this: I’ve always been fascinated with the mystery and beauty of them. As a child, I remember watching lantern festivals on the tele and thinking that I’d love to be apart of a festival one day. What started out as practicality (using paper lanterns to keep flames from going out) turned into tradition. That tradition evolved into both paper and silk forms in homes and on the streets for lighting and eventually made its way over to North…

Columbus Holiday Guide | 2016

Easton Town Centre holiday

There’s a reason that Ohio’s capitol sits almost perfectly in the center of the state: so all of its residents have easy access! If you’ve never visited Columbus, Ohio, you really need to start planning a trip. If you’ve never visited during the holidays? You’re really missing out on the merriment!  Beginning on November 18, 2016 Columbus holiday events are not to be missed! Check out our 9 favorite reasons to head into the city for the holiday fun this year for this year’s Columbus Holiday Guide. Franklin Park Conservatory From November 19 through…

This is not Cedar Falls

...it is Cedar Falls's neighbor

If you have ever talked to anyone who has been to the great big national parks in the western U.S., they will have undoubtedly told you that the pictures that you are now looking at, that they were somehow unnaturally compelled to show you, though dumbfoundingly beautiful, no, downright stunning, are not a fair representation of the the subject at hand. No, as glorious as the images are they simple have no sense of justice. To be perfectly truthful, the sheer cheek, the irrefutable sense of impropriety of these pictures…

A Bridge Like No Other (Except the Other 2 That Are Just Like It)

It’s a double header. Unusual in this space perhaps, but there is a reason. The picture above is the foot of the Roberto Clemente bridge, one of Three Sisters bridges that span the Allegheny River from Downtown (Dahntahn, in Pittsburgh-ese) to The North Side in Pittsburgh, PA (note: the bright lights in the background are from PNC Park).  This was taken during Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night, a city-wide celebration to kickoff the the seasonal festivities, replete with food, concerts, parties, holiday village in Market Square, and fireworks.  One of the concert…

Just around the corner

In all of the photos of Cinderella Castle that you have ever looked at, how often have you ever actually seen any of them from any other angle than straight on, coming up Main Street, USA? That is not to say that that is a bad thing. I am fairly confident that if anything could be a perfect, 100% guaranteed certainty, it is that being at Walt Disney World and coming up Main Street, USA to see Cinderella Castle is never a bad thing. While we were wandering about the…

Big Brother is Hopping?

Do you know Oswald the Lucky Rabbit? Oswald is by all rights, Mickey Mouse’s older brother, appearing a full year before Mickey officially debuted as Steamboat Willie. The Kid absolutely adores Oswald.  When we recently visited Walt Disney World in Florida (again), she took her plushy Oswald (and Mickey and Jack and Sally and a smaller Oswald and a smaller Mickey and a Minnie Mouse and my own stuffed Mickey Mouse from the late 70s) with her.  She felt compelled to show Oswald the statue of his creator and his brother,…