New York Times Travel Show: New Bucket List Destinations for 2017

New York Times Travel Show: New Bucket List Destinations for 2017

Our first visit to the New York Times Travel Show was a fun and exhausting one! Three days of chatting with visiting destinations, culinary demonstrations, and live performances gave us a new fervor for the city and new travel destinations that weren’t previously on our radar. Norway We love the Norway Pavilion at Epcot, don’t get us wrong, but having the chance to chat with representatives from the country is making Mr.  Locke chomp at the bit to visit. While the spring and summer months are preferable for both temperature and…

Off the Beaten Path: 14 Ohio Hidden Gems

Off the Beaten Path: 14 Ohio Hidden Gems

Living in Ohio has its advantages. One, the state is only about six hours wide via road trip so you can allow plenty of time for pit stops. Two, being a Midwestern state has its benefits (no extreme weather conditions!). And three? There’s plenty of hidden gems. Once you stray way from the major cities, there’s plenty of off the beaten path attractions to discover. Here’s 14 Ohio hidden gems you need to check out when visiting the Buckeye State. 1. and 2. So Creepy It’s Downright Cool If you’re…

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort: Your Questions Answered

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort: Your Questions Answered

Headed to Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Orlando Resort and not sure where to begin? Or maybe you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed because there’s so much to cover including dining, tickets, and attractions? I feel ya. For our first trip, we were complete Muggles and had no clue what to do when. Happily, we’ve accumulated sound advice and tips to help you with planning and in both park areas. Here’s exactly what you need to plan a visit and help you with your trip. What Should We Do…

The Allegheny Inn in Pittsburgh: Historically Chic

The Allegheny Inn in Pittsburgh: Historically Chic

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…

2018 Traverse High Country: North American International Auto Show Stunner

2018 Traverse High Country: North American International Auto Show Stunner

When the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse had its reveal at 7:45am on Monday the North American International Auto Show went bananas. Its smooth, clean lines, comfort level, and all around beauty made it to my short list for stunners of the Detroit Auto Show. Officially released this summer, I had the chance to check it out before it hits the showroom floors. Here’s the scoop on the 2018 Traverse High Country. First Look Chevrolet is pegging the 2018 Traverse as a “command center” for families, couples, singles – you name it….

Pittsburgh Bucket List: 10 Things to Do Before You Kick It

Pittsburgh Bucket List: 10 Things to Do Before You Kick It

Lately, we’ve been driving into the city at least once a week for local events, dining, and simply enjoying the view. It got me thinking: what are the must do/see/try things at least once in Pittsburgh and why haven’t I written them down? So, this one’s for both you and me: the official Pittsburgh bucket list! From sandwiches filled with fries to views that will make your eyes well up with happy tears, here’s the best of The ‘Burgh in no particular order and why you need to add them…

Top Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

Top Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

Romance is alive and well this Valentine’s Day, I’m happy to announce! Mr. Locke and I love celebrating the holiday together and adore the love-filled day just as much when The Kid is involved. There are occasions, however,  when the two of us celebrate together or The Kid spends the night at a family member’s house leaving us to our romantic revelry. Yes, I used the word revelry. Don’t judge. If you’re anywhere in the Pittsburgh area on the top romantic holiday of the year, here’s our recommendations for top…

Top Indoor Columbus, Ohio Activities to Beat the Cold

Top Indoor Columbus, Ohio Activities to Beat the Cold

In our Midwest winters, we do get a handful of days that make me want to throw my boots and a jacket on and head outdoors. Then there are the rest of them: cold, blustery, and mainly downright willful to keep me and The Kid inside all day. Once we’ve tired of watching Netflix and playing video games (yes, I’m terrible at them but they’re still fun!), we want to get out of the house and enjoy fun, indoor activities. Activities that keep both our health up and minds sharp….

2017 North America Travel Bucket Wish List

2017 North America Travel Bucket Wish List

I’m so blessed that I get to call my #1 passion a career – travel! And, while most days there’s at least one moment when I have to stop and pinch myself, there are still so many places that I’d love to travel! So, while I’m dreaming about where to go and what to see, I thought, “Who better than to share my 2017 travel bucket wish list with than you?” There’s a few that are super close to my home in Eastern Ohio/Western Pennsylvania and a few more far from…

Quirky (But Cool!) Ohio New Year’s Eve Ball-Dropping Ceremonies

Quirky (But Cool!) Ohio New Year’s Eve Ball-Dropping Ceremonies

A few years ago, my go-to New Year’s Eve celebration of choice was to hop into my jammies, grab a few snacks, and try to stay awake until the ball dropped in Times Square. Lately, I’ve found a reason to stay out and party with my family (yes, there are plenty of family-friendly New Year’s parties in my area!). One of my favorite ways is to hunt down unusual ball-dropping ceremonies and, it turns, out Ohio has some quirky and cool ones. Looking for a reason to stay out of…