Hotel Kilbourne Sandusky: A Boutique Hotel Review

Hotel Kilbourne Sandusky Luxury King Room.

Have you ever taken a trip for the sole purpose of staying at a hotel? A recent visit to Hotel Kilbourne Sandusky was the reason for a quick trip to Lake Erie. The hotel offered so much more than a place to rest our heads for the night. Here’s the scoop on what we loved and what you can expect when you visit. Road trips have become a way of life for my family. Whether it’s a two-week long jaunt down the East Coast or a quick, overnight stay, packing…

You Keg, I Keg, We All Keg for uKeg? A uKeg Review of the Craft Brew Kind

uKeg by Growlerwerks review: Worth the cash or a pass?

When it comes to craft brews, my husband is a connoisseur to put it mildly. On our road trips, he was always concerned about how to bring home craft brews on tap without them spilling or going flat. Enter the uKeg. It’s the first of its kind that keeps brew bubbles exactly how they need to be. And who better to explain his newfound love than Mr. Locke himself. Here’s the scoop and a uKeg review and how it’s making his craft brew drinking all for the better. – Karyn…

6 Reasons to Love the Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Slainte! Here's five reasons why we love the Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick's Day Celebration.

Have you heard of Dublin, Ohio? About 20 minutes northwest of Columbus, Ohio, the city revels in its Irish roots. For St. Patrick’s Day, the revelry is even more amped up. We headed to the city to check out what goes on and what’s new in town and it turns out here’s a whole lot. From food to a fun boozy trail, here are six reasons to love the Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Yes, we did visit Dublin, Ohio, a couple of years ago. Yes, it was a…

Pro Football Hall of Fame Insider’s Tour: Worth it or Not?

Pro Football Hall of Fame Insider's Tour Outside logo

If you’re a passionate football fan, a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a must. Honestly, with the changing displays it’s worth visiting more than once. But what if you really want to dig in to the Hall? Is a Pro Football Hall of Fame Insider’s Tour worth it or not? Here’s the scoop on Hall of Fame tours, cost, and what you can expect to help you decide. Last weekend, I drove my family to Canton, Ohio, to check out the Pro Football Hall of Fame.…

Why You’ll Want to Visit Phipps’ Tropical Forest Cuba with Kids

Phipps Tropical Forest Cuba: Why you need to take the kids

When you visit Pittsburgh, or are a native Pittsburgher, you know that Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens always make the short list for must-see hot spots. And, whether it’s in early winter for its Winter Flower Show and Light Garden or summer to walk through the outdoor gardens, there’s always something new. This winter, Phipps has unveiled a brand new exhibit, Tropical Forest Cuba and kids will love more than the tropical climate. Here’s why you’ll want to visit Phipps’ Tropical Forest Cuba with kids in tow. 1. Learning About Cuba…

Midwest Spring Break Daycation Ideas for Families

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio: Midwest daycation ideas

For my family, spring break is the perfect time to relax and take a break from the yearly school madness. Heck, Mr. Locke works for a public school so it goes for him as well. And, most spring breaks entail us simply hanging out around the house or taking day trips so we can get back home at the end of the day. So, I hit up my travel-writing friends for the scoop on their fave Midwestern day trips spots and got some amazing places to venture to. Whether you’re…

BroadwayCon 2018 Highlights: In the Heights Reunion to Opening Ceremony

BroadwayCon 2018 Souvenir book

I LOVE Broadway plays and musicals. As in, I still have my Barbra Streisand “The Broadway Album” – and it’s still well-played. Mr. Locke? He likes them. So, completely winning him over was my goal for BroadwayCon 2018. This year, we made the trek from Pittsburgh, PA, to Manhattan to check out what makes BroadwayCon such a fun event. I came back with tales of bliss and Mr. Locke came home with an true appreciation of the fandom that surrounds Broadway. From my favorite picture of Lin-Manuel Miranda to fan…

Is Castaway Bay Water Park Fun for Teens? 5 Reasons We Say Yes

Is Castaway Bay Water Park Fun for Teens? Here's five reasons why we say yes.

If you think your teenager may have outgrown visiting water parks, think again. A recent visit to Castaway Bay Water Park in Sandusky, Ohio this frigid January was not only a respite from the cold, it was time well spent with my teenage daughter. Is Castaway Bay Water Park Fun for Teens? From the food to the classic arcade, here’s five reasons why we say yes. Castaway Bay Water Park is one of those spots in Sandusky, Ohio, that is a really good four-season resort. A Cedar Point property, the…

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…