Phipps at 125: Celebrating the Past with a Retro Bash

Phipps at 125: The celebration of the century! Photo Credit: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Next month, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is turning 125 years old and it’s celebrating! Melding the past with the present, it’s having the party of the century and I can’t wait to check it out. Here’s the scoop on Phipps at 125 details, how to buy tickets, and what you can expect. I love showcasing Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on this site. It’s a must-see place to visit for first-time visitors to Pittsburgh, in my opinion. It’s also the place we really look forward to visiting around Christmas…

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11 Limited-Time and New Experiences Coming to Walt Disney World in 2019

Donald Duck Statue at Magic Kingdom things not to pack for Walt Disney World

Hearing the great news that Walt Disney World is ramping up the fun game for 2019 is making me do the happy dance. Sure, I love visiting WDW anytime, but it’s always fun to plan a visit around new shows, attractions, and parades. So, just what’s going on in the Disney Parks that you need to know? Here’s 11 limited-time and new experiences coming to Walt Disney World in 2019! Here’s the scoop: starting Jan. 18 and continuing into autumn 2019, Walt Disney World will unveil a collection of shows,…

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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…

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5 Details I’m Living for in the Mary Poppins Returns Full Trailer

Mary Poppins Returns full trailer and photos.

Mary Poppins has been a movie staple in my home for as long as I can remember. Not only has the film always been on my favorite Disney movie shortlist, a tribute to Mary has been my Halloween costume at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for several years. Of course, Mr. Locke is always a great accompaniment as Burt, too. But this year, Walt Disney Pictures has up’d the practically perfect ante and just released the Mary Poppins Returns official trailer! I’ve watched it several times now, and there are five things…

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Is a 2019 Disney World Annual Pass Worth It? 8 Substantial Discounts to Consider

Living near Pittsburgh, PA, my family and I still have Walt Disney World Annual Passes. Does it make financial sense why we’d invest in the passes for twice a year visits? For my family, we find that the discounts definitely outweigh the costs. Is a 2019 Disney World Annual Pass worth it? Here’s this year’s discounts and perks to help you narrow down your decision. For this post, I’ll be using the Disney Platinum Pass as an example. First, it’s the one I purchased. Second, there are no visit blackout…

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Norway Cruises: A Guarantee to See The Northern Lights with Hurtigruten Cruise

Gorgeous Aurora Borealis in Norway.

Disclosure: I’m partnering with Blog Meets Brand and Hurtigruten Cruises to give you the scoop on how to see The Northern Lights in Norway – guaranteed. All opinions are my own! #Hurtigruten #VisitNorway Have you been wanting to check out the Northern Lights in Norway but were concerned your visit would leave you coming up short? There’s a guaranteed way to see the Northern Lights on a Hurtigruten cruise. Read on for the scoop on how you’ll be guaranteed to see them – and how you can save $250 per…

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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…

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Lancaster BrewFest: A Central Ohio BrewCation

What's Lancaster BrewFest? Here's the scoop

A couple of months ago, we hit five of Central Ohio’s craft breweries and fell in love with their locations and brews. Happily, there’s even more to enjoy, craft beer-wise, when it comes to the area: Lancaster BrewFest. Celebrating its fifth anniversary this month, we hit the road again to check out what makes it so cool. From craft breweries to entertainment, here’s why you need to check it out next year and enjoy a BrewCation, too. Given the opportunity to check out craft brews, Mr. Locke is the first…

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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…

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Must Visit Stops on The Fred Rogers Trail: Latrobe, PA

Trolleys everywhere! Checking out The Fred Rogers Trail in Latrobe, PA.

Fred Rogers, television icon and friend to children, grew up in Latrobe, PA. And while he did move around a couple of times before settling in Pittsburgh, PA, his memory is alive and well in his hometown. To honor the childhood hero of many, The Fred Rogers Trail was created to give folks an easy way to walk in his steps. Created with driving and proximity in mind, the suggested stops on the Trail take you from his childhood to where he’s laid to rest. Here are the stops on…

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