Unplugging and Reconnecting at Whispering Pines B&B

How many times have you had a discussion with your significant other about the amount of time you spend on your smartphone or computer? For me and Mr. Locke, I have to admit we spend a ton of time wishing we had an excuse to break away from all of the tech and simply enjoy each other’s company. There are times when I have to tell myself to put down the iPad or log off my computer. They are definite time sucks and, although a main part of our lives at this…

Disney on Ice presents Frozen in Pittsburgh March 10-13, 2016 and Ticket Giveaway!

“Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.”- Director Patty Vincent How many times have I mentioned my family is passionate for all things Disney? I couldn’t even begin to count.  We make the trek to Walt Disney World twice a year and in between those times we’re planning more trips! And, on the occasion that we’re not planning a vacation around Disney we’re chatting about our favorite films, characters, and songs.  Next month, however,…

A Weekend at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, Ohio

There’s a touch of Italy in Central Ohio and its name is Gervasi Vineyard. Mr. Locke and I traveled there last weekend and I couldn’t believe my eyes. The attention to Italian details is everywhere, and from the Villa Suites to its restaurants, I truly felt like I was spending my days in the beauty of an Italian winery- without ever having to pull my passport out of storage.  Did I mention there was wine? Gervasi Vineyard Overview If you’re looking for a spot to relax and unwind in Central…

Have You Checked Out Red Roof PLUS+ Lately? Here’s 5 Reasons Why You Should

If you’re like I was, you’ve undoubtedly driven past a Red Roof Inn and kept on driving. Sure, there’s never been anything bad about Red Roof Inns, but there wasn’t anything spectacular, either. Hey, I’m just being honest.  Until recently… After a brief meeting with a few of the fine Red Roof reps at the AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO in Columbus last month, they invited me to check out a Red Roof PLUS+ property in my local area to discover what’s new. Always up for a hotel stay and…

Monster Jam in Pittsburgh: What You Missed

 Boy, were we in for a surprise last Friday night! Having never been to a Monster Jam® show, we knew we were in for a fun (and loud!) time, but I never realized just how much fun it was going to be.  Opening night was a ton of firsts for this family. We’d never seen a truck smash cars, never seen a  Monster Truck  fly through the air, and we’d truly never seen the competitive side of the event.  I gave away a 4-pack of tickets to Friday night’s show, so…

Where Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown Would Visit with Her Kids in Columbus, Ohio

I admit it: When I had the chance to chat with Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown at the AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO in Columbus, OH, last month I had a serious fan girl moment. I have been watching her shows including Great Weekends and Passport to Europe since her debut. And, if I was going to be inspired by a world traveler, she would be the one. On the expo’s last day in town, Samantha was the guest of honor- and I was elated! She talked about making traveling experiences…

Living the Suite Life at Hilton Columbus Downtown

Last weekend, The Kid and I lived the “Suite Life” in Columbus, Ohio. We lounged around, enjoyed a visit to Gallerie and took a modern art tour,  had a ball at a wedding reception, and I made some delicious executive decisions. While this may sound ambitious, it all happened under one roof- Hilton Columbus Downtown. The Suite Life Having a suite with a teenage daughter is fabulous in that there’s plenty of room for each of us to get out of the other’s way- not that we need to but…

Buhl Mansion and Tara – A Country Inn: Valentine’s Day Romance

Buhl Mansion and Guesthouse

When it comes to romantic destinations outside of Pittsburgh proper, there’s two locations that have always been on my radar: Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Spa and Tara- A Country Inn. Each property gives the ultimate romantic vibe and, whether it’s a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway or simply a place to relax and unwind, each property provides for your every need. Each is also a member of Select Registry (have you checked out its properties? So amazing!) and it’s very easy to see why- each offers the elegance of yesterday and…

2016 AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO in Columbus

AAA Travel Expo Columbus

When I visited Columbus, Ohio, last year for the AAA Great Vacations Travel EXPO, I had no idea the fun that was in store! I had a chat with Josh Ozersky, an absolute foodie like I am, received a ton much information on fun travel destinations in the United States, Canada, and even international destinations that inspired my to broaden my travel horizons and start planning more vacations, and had an absolute blast chatting with vendors and tasting delicious food samples from their local areas. For 2016, this year’s EXPO…

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel: Effortlessly Melding the Traditional and Modern

You know me all too well if you know that I’m a huge fan of  late 19th/early 20th Century architecture. I’m all about the ornate and gilded, yet I’m just as much a fan of modern conveniences. Last week my family stayed at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel in the heart of the Theater District for First Night Pittsburgh and I couldn’t imagine a more perfect place to ring in 2016. The hotel offers the beauty of a century ago and effortlessly melds it with modern touches and conveniences including free wifi, valet…