A Wild Time at Pittsburgh Zoo Summer Safari 2016

Pittsburgh Zoo Summer Safari Merlin

Have you ever visited Pittsburgh Zoo without the kids? Mr. Locke and I got all gussied up and headed to the zoo after hours for its 18th Annual Summer Safari last weekend and, man, am I glad we braved the rush hour traffic to check it out. From special animal encounters to amazing food from popular Pittsburgh restaurants and even the Zoo itself, we had a roarin’ good time! Miss the event or simply want a recap of what we loved? This one’s for you! What’s Pittsburgh Zoo Summer Safari?…

Seven Places in Pittsburgh You Didn’t Know Existed- But Totally Do!

Randyland in Pittsburgh

Photo Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pasa/ There’s so much to be said about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The city, once a spark of itself compliments of the steel mills that went under in the early 80’s, has seen a revitalization in recent years in nearly all of its boroughs due to a booming economy, technological stability, and a foodie scene that would give NYC a run for its money. When you think of Pittsburgh, I bet the first things that come to your mind are bridges, rivers, and sports teams, right? After you’ve seen these,…

Eight Pittsburgh Educational Spots Worth the Admission

Pittsburgh is one of those cities that keeps drawing us back. Sure, it doesn’t hurt that we’re only an hour away from the city proper, but even if we didn’t live so close we’d make the trip to check out all of its cool museums and educational spots. Whether you’re going solo, a parent with kids that have a lust for learning, or even looking for great date options, Pittsburgh is all about improving your mind. Here’s our top educational spots in Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museums of Art and National History…

Victorian Elegance at The Inn on Negley

Shadyside is an area of Pittsburgh with “old money”. The mansions and Victorian-style homes that flank the quaint city streets in the historic part of town are only a glimpse of how the booming city used to look before the skyscrapers changed the skyline and it’s home to an eclectic group: college students, younger families, and folks looking for a touch of old-school elegance. It’s here where Mr. Locke and I spent a couple of days at The Inn on Negley, and the bed and breakfast’s homage to all things Victorian Pittsburgh…

How a Baby Sloth Captured My Heart at National Aviary

There are moments in my life as a travel writer that I have to pinch myself. And, although these moments are happily more frequent and you’d think I’d acclimate to such pinch-worthy moments, any chance to even see a sloth and I’m ready to jump up and down or cry depending on what second it is. Last week, National Aviary gave us the opportunity to get up close with Valentino, the zoo’s resident baby sloth, to feed, pet, and learn all about their new little heart breaker. The best part? Anyone…

Disney on Ice presents Frozen in Pittsburgh: What You Missed

If you’re a massive Disney fan like my family is, you keep your eye on what’s happening with Disney in your own neck of the woods. As a Midwest gal, Disney shows do come around my area (thank heavens or I’d go through Disney withdrawal!), and the most recent was Disney on Ice presents Frozen. Even with a husband that has heard “Let it Go” from the car stereo maybe one too many a time (and The Kid and I singing the song way entirely too loudly!), even he had a…

How Omni William Penn Celebrates its 100th Birthday in Style!

When I think of historical Pittsburgh hotels, Omni William Penn is certainly on my short list. The hotel is one of my family’s favorites when visiting the city, and its old-fashioned ambiance with modern touches is only one of the reasons we love the property. This week, my family and I had the honor of celebrating its 100th birthday- in style and with a 5-foot tall birthday cake! Celebrating in Style Thursday, March 10th was all about fashion- both classic and modern. Famous Pittsburgh women in media participated in the…

Move over Beer Flights, Crooked Tongue Brewing Offers Mead and Wine Flights!

Taking a shuttle tour around Pittsburgh and vicinity is always a great time for Mr. Locke and me. We’ve experienced the fun on the PA Brew Tour a few months ago and had such a great time, so it was easy to say yes to a little “field research”. So, with several Pittsburgh Tours and More tour guides, we hopped on the shuttle and checked out five breweries both in Pittsburgh proper and North of the city. We know that beer flights are common nowadays. Not only can you sample…

A Sprinkling of Pixie dust at Sola Salons Studios Pittsburgh

I cannot count how many years I’ve seen The Kid with the same hair style: a pony tail. Day after day and year after year, it’s the same old, same old. And it’s not for lack of trying, either. When we go to Disney World twice a year I bargain with her to change her hair, even just a little bit. Until earlier this week. We were headed up to Sola Salons Studios in East Liberty to check out the new digs and ten minutes before we headed out the…

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…