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…

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:…

6 Must Know Things about Phantom Fright Nights 2017

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Sure, I’ve started celebrating Halloween since the beginning of September (I need at least two full months of the holiday fun!) and last weekend was no exception. A visit to Kennywood Park’s Phantom Fright Nights was just what I needed to really ramp up the Halloween fun! From the haunts to the scare zones, here’s what you need to know about Phantom Fright Nights 2017 – and how to save $10 on tickets. Phantom Fright Nights 2017 You know I’m one to never resist a good Halloween scare, so a…

8 Reasons Why You Need to Plan a Visit to Pittsburgh NOW!

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If you live anywhere near Pittsburgh, PA, and have had the pleasure of visiting, you know what an amazing city it is. It’s actually got something for everyone: a booming foodie scene, ambitious outdoor activities, and its love for visiting families is not covert. If you’ve visited recently and are thinking about visiting before the end of 2017 (or if you’ve never visited before and are planning a visit!), good news! There’s plenty of new things to discover in Pittsburgh. Here’s eight reasons why you need to plan a visit to…

Pittsburgh Staycation Ideas: Three Awesome Themes

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While many folks hit the beach or head hundreds of miles away for Spring Break, my family is the opposite. Personally, I’d rather stay local and, for my family, Pittsburgh is local. There’s so many fun activities for families this time of year, making it a great city for visiting. Here’s three Pittsburgh staycation ideas that will give you themed options for a fun vacation at home. Pittsburgh Staycation: Culture For families that want to take in local Pittsburgh sights and iconic spots, a culture staycation is ideal. Ride an…

Terra Nova House B&B: Grove City’s Shining Lodging Star

Terra Nova House

There’s a few reasons why folks love to visit Grove city, Pennsylvania: the Grove City Premium Outlet Mall, the proximity to Grove City College, and the quaint city vibe Olde Town Grove City provides. The Kid and I had a completely different reason: Terra Nova House B&B.  The family-like atmosphere coupled with an amazingly delicious visit makes this lodging option a shining star on the top of its location in Mercer County. Terra Nova House: A Brief History Here’s what’s very prevalent on the official website: “The Terra Nova House…

Five New Fall Favorites at Quaker Steak & Lube

Quaker Steak & Lube Fall menu

My first visit to Quaker Steak & Lube® was at the original location in Sharon, PA, and I’ve been hooked on the wings, fries, and all-over fun ambiance the restaurant provides it guests. And, while most first timers like I was head there for the wings and fries, one look at the menu had me trying different items like its ribs and burgers. This fall, Quaker Steak & Lube has listened to its fans and created a limited-time menu based on what they loved, wanted more of, and wished for. The Kid…

WaterFire Sharon: A Blazing Good Time

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Have you ever heard of a city setting its river on fire three times a year on purpose, participants having to dress in all black and carry torches, and the community rallying around the events? If you have, you know all about WaterFire Sharon! If not and you live close enough, you need to check it out. Mr. Locke and I were asked to partake in the gorgeous art display that engulfs the city’s entire Downtown area and, with a huge, resounding yes, we drove to Sharon, PA, for its…

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…