How to Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort: Your Questions Answered

A larger than life Minion in the Universal Holiday Parade Featuring Macy's. Photo Credit: Universal Orlando Resort.

Headed to Universal Orlando Resort for Christmas this year? Looking for the best things to do at Universal Orlando Resort (UOR) when you visit? From Harry Potter to The Grinch, here’s how to Christmas at Universal Orlando Resort and answers to your top questions. While many families enjoying staying at home for Christmas, there are probably just as many that love to travel over the holiday. Personally, if I’m traveling, I couldn’t think of a more fun time than visiting an Orlando theme park during Christmastime, and Universal Orlando is…

The Best Things to Do in Butler County, Ohio

Alexander Hamilton statue in Hamilton, Ohio. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

Exploring the state of Ohio gives you a well-rounded look at what the Midwest has to offer. And, when it comes to places in Ohio that have plenty to offer, Butler County, Ohio has recently made my short list. From an art park complete with golf carts to go carts, here are six of the best things to do in Butler County, Ohio! Butler County Donut Trail Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park The WEB Extreme Entertainment Miami University Art Museum Jungle Jim’s International Butler County Historical Society I know I’ve written…

The 6 Best Photo Spots in Niagara Falls State Park

The walking path beside the Maid of the Mist entrance is perfect for rainbow photos on a sunny day. Photo Credit: Karyn Locke

Niagara Falls, NY, is undoubtedly photogenic. I mean, if the sun is shining, you’re bound to get a photo with a rainbow in it. But where are the hot spots? Where are there best locations to score the pretty photos? Here are the six best photo spots in Niagara Falls State Park! I’ve been visiting Niagara Falls USA for a few years and each visit has always been a fun one. If I’m being honest, I really don’t know why I waited so long to check it out. But a…

4 Things to Know about iLuminate in Pittsburgh Before You See it This Week

America's Got Talent's iLuminate is coming to Pittsburgh!

To me, the basic concept of iLuminate is very simple. It’s a mix of several styles of dance and pretty lights. And while that’s the tell-it-to-me-like-I’m-five explanation, iLuminate is so much more than that. The show has been traveling all over the U.S. and this week it’s all about Pennsylvania. This Thursday, September 20th, it’s hitting the stage at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh– for one night only. With tickets still available and very affordable, here’s what you need to know before you see iLuminate in Pittsburgh. There’s a Performer…

8 Must-Try Restaurants in Butler County, Ohio

Best restaurants in Butler County, Ohio

So, you’re in Butler County, Ohio and are looking for some amazingly-delicious restaurants, right? Where do you go? What do you eat? I mean, where are the spots the locals go for really great food? From ice cream to donuts and everything in between, here are our eight must-try restaurants in Butler County, Ohio! Sometimes having the pleasure of exploring my own state is the business. Ohio is filled with that cool, Midwest feel, fun cities and, of course, amazing restaurants. With gastro-travel being huge right now, it was an…

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…

7 Hauntingly-Beautiful Stops on the Haunted History Trail of New York State

Haunted History Trail of New York State: All the natural light at Rolling Hills Asylum.

Did you know that New York State has a fun Haunted History Trail? Filled with all-things spooky, kooky, and even downright creepy at times, the trail covers plenty of locations that have been deemed haunted. So, where do you start? I mean, where are the must-see spots on the trail? A recent visit to New York State put me right in the middle of the HHToNYS and there are some that are definitely worth a stop. From a store where time stands still to a Scottish Inn to the most…

6 Reasons to Visit Pittsburgh Zoo Dinosaurs at the Zoo this Summer

Pittsburgh Zoo Dinosaurs at the Zoo 2018

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium has a fun addition this summer, Dinosaurs at the Zoo. We had the pleasure of checking them out recently to give you the story on what to expect when you visit with your kiddos. From must-sees to educational opportunities, here are six fun reasons to visit the Pittsburgh Zoo Dinosaurs at the Zoo exhibit this year! This might be a bit TMI about me, but I’m writing it anyway. When I was a tween, I’d devour any Choose Your Own Adventure books I could get…

The Best Free Things to Do in Clearwater, FL

Heading to Pier 60 is a fun (and free!) thing to do in Clearwater Beach, FL!

Headed to Clearwater or Clearwater Beach, FL, and want the scoop on the best freebies when you visit? From shelling to gorgeous nightly views, here are the best free things to do in Clearwater and vicinity! Clearwater Beach is one of those places that blew me away when I visited this year. I mean, I knew about the pristine, sugar sand beach that folks flock to year round. But, what I didn’t know about were all of the freebies to take advantage of! Here are my favorite ways to save…

Pittsburgh Zoo Sea Lion Wild Encounter: Tips to Know Before You Go

What a sweet face! We had a great time on our Pittsburgh Zoo Sea Lion Wild Encounter.

If you’re an animal lover, visiting Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is a must. But, what if you really want a personalized experience when you visit? Are there options that allow you to upgrade your experience? You betcha! Here’s what you need to know about the¬†Pittsburgh Zoo Sea Lion Wild Encounter including tips to make the most of your visit! (Sea) Lions, & tigers, & bears – oh, my! Sorry, couldn’t help myself. If you’ve read the blog before, you know that I adore animals. Get me anywhere near a…