Extended Stay America: Santa’s Reindeer Stay for Free!

Extended Stay America pets stay free properties are offering Santa and his reindeer no pets fees fro stays through 12/21/18

We’ve recently visited an Extended Stay America property in Orlando and, truthfully, I was surprised. I was surprised at its billion dollar upgrades to properties across the country. Surprised at the spacious rooms and comfy beds. And definitely surprised at the affordability of reserving a night or two. To sweeten the deal, ESA has a new deal for Santa and his reindeer. Here’s the scoop on the Extended Stay America pets stay free deal this holiday season. We know how well Santa’s reindeer are cared for, right? Their fed the…

National Aviary Armadillo Encounter: Cuteness Overload!

New at the Aviary: an Armadillo Encounter!

Finding an excuse to visit National Aviary is easy for me and my family. We look for excuses like, “it’s raining”, or “it’s a Tuesday”. Honestly, we don’t need an excuse to visit – the birds and other animals are all we need (did I mention they have TWO sloths?). But, when new animal encounter opportunities arise, it’s straight to Pittsburgh‘s North Shore we head! Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of hanging out with a nine-month old armadillo and it was cuteness overload. Here’s the scoop on the…

6 Ways to Celebrate a Traditional Christmas at Omni Bedford Springs Resort

During the Grand Illumination Ceremony at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, this "little" beauty is lit for the first time each holiday season.

I’ve written several times about how utterly amazing Omni Bedford Springs Resort is. I’ve talked about how it’s one of our fave places on this side of the country, how it’s perfect for both families and couples, and even how amazing the food is. But, we’ve never had a chance to celebrate our anniversary there – until now. It was an obvious choice for this time of year compliments of its traditional holiday decorations and decked out halls – literally. So, in honor of our 11th wedding anniversary, we hit…

9 Jolly-Good Reasons to Visit the Santa Claus, IN Christmas Celebration

Santa Claus Museum Historic Statue

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Santa Claus, Indiana, during the heat of summer and it was a blast. There’s something to be written about a city that prides itself by offering visitors a year-round Christmas experience. Then, of course, there’s Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari, its huge summer draw. But, what goes on when it’s time for the winter holidays? In one word: plenty. Here’s nine jolly good reasons why you need to check out the Santa Claus, IN Christmas Celebration this holiday season. There’s plenty of cities that…

2017 Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory: A Walk in Holiday Magic!

A walk through Phipps Flower Show and Light Garden.

When it comes to holidays in Pittsburgh, I’m just like you are – there’s so many things to see and do, where do I start first? This year, I made it a point to check out the 2017 Winter Flower Show and Light Garden at Phipps Conservatory and man, am I happy I did. I made it a girls night by taking my bonus mama with me to see the beauty of Phipps in winter both indoors and out. Here’s highlights from our visit. Phipps Winter Flower Show and Light Garden:…

How We Made an “Extended Stay” in Orlando, Florida

Extended Stay America Orlando - Lake Buena Vista Exterior

Here’s the rub: when I book on-property Disney World resorts, I really think that the time frame is sufficient. Then the time comes to leave Orlando and we always make our plea to stay an extra couple of nights. Happily, Mr. Locke loves the area and its parks as much as I do, so the answer is happily yes. So, what do we do? We look for affordable, off-property options. Earlier this month, we test drove Extended Stay America Orlando – Lake Buena Vista. Did it meet our expectations? Read…

Are Hotwire Five-Star $50 Las Vegas Hotel Deals to Good to Be True for Holiday Travel?

Las Vegas at night

Update: This amazing Hotwire deal is sold out! Thanks to the folks that took advantage of the $50 Las Vegas Deal! I’ve booked plenty of hotel rooms through Hotwire over the years. And I’ve definitely scored some really good deals, too. And while Hotwire likes to happily boast about how much money they save its customers, this holiday season the company is putting its money where its mouth is. How? With a Hotwire Five-star $50 Las Vegas hotel deal. Looking to score an amazing deal for Vegas travel? Here’s the…

Gifts for Him: A Creative 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Men

What do you get for the man in your life that has everything this holiday season? This is the question I’ve been faced with for Mr. Locke, the man who has basically everything. But no longer, my friends. I sat down with him and asked what his favorite products have been for 2017. You know, the products he’d happily purchase again? Once he started thinking, it was easy to steamroll his loves and favorites. Here’s our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide for men and what they want – no socks or…

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 11…

Farm to Table and Back: Agricultural Lessons in Cabarrus County, NC

Hickory Ridge High School Cafe 805 Cabarrus County, NC

While there’s plenty of reasons to visit Cabarrus County, NC (hello, Charlotte Motor Speedway!), the reason for my last visit was out of my comfort zone. A confessed indoor girl, I wanted to get down and dirty on the farm – literally. With a farm to table renaissance all over the country, I also was ready to find out more about the new-age farmers popping up and why they’re changing professions. So, curiosity got the best of me at Travel Media Showcase 2017. That curiosity turned into a deeper love…