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…

From Steel City to Culinary Cool: 5 Pittsburgh Foodie Finds

Butcher and the Rye Charcuterie

Our love for all-things Pittsburgh is definitely not covert – and that includes its booming foodie scene. On a recent press trip, we discovered hip, new restaurants and re-fell in love with a couple of Pittsburgh standards, too. Here’s five restaurants in Pittsburgh to let you wet your culinary whistle. Butcher and the Rye If you’re planning to catch a show in the Cultural District, Butcher and the Rye is a hot spot. With its creative menu offerings (think charcuterie with rabbit rillette and foie blonde pate), there’s plenty of…

10 Classic Rides at Kennywood Park You Must Ride at Least Once

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If you live near Pittsburgh, there’s a good chance you’ve probably visited Kennywood Park a time or two – or 12. The theme park in West Mifflin is filled with old-school rides that true park enthusiasts adore and kids love compliments of the fun factor. But, if you really want a classic experience, these ones are must-dos. Here’s 10 classic rides at Kennywood Park that you must ride at least once – and a bonus! 1. Turtle Even if you ride Turtle for the view alone, it’s absolutely worth it.…

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…

Four Easy Tablescape Ideas with PerLora

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As a gal that takes pride in creating beautiful her own tablescapes, when I heard that news that PerLora on Pittsburgh’s South Side had an entire event surrounding table decor I had to check it out! The cool furniture and home decor spot (think IKEA but much, much hipper!) made it easy for me check out beautifully-decorated tables and imagine them in my own home. They also allowed me to use my imagination and get my creative juices flowing, especially for this coming spring.  Here’s my favorite tablescape ideas from PerLora.…

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…

Pittsburgh Bucket List: 10 Things to Do Before You Kick It

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Lately, we’ve been driving into the city at least once a week for local events, dining, and simply enjoying the view. It got me thinking: what are the must do/see/try things at least once in Pittsburgh and why haven’t I written them down? So, this one’s for both you and me: the official Pittsburgh bucket list! From sandwiches filled with fries to views that will make your eyes well up with happy tears, here’s the best of The ‘Burgh in no particular order and why you need to add them…

Top Spots for a Romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh

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Romance is alive and well this Valentine’s Day, I’m happy to announce! Mr. Locke and I love celebrating the holiday together and adore the love-filled day just as much when The Kid is involved. There are occasions, however,  when the two of us celebrate together or The Kid spends the night at a family member’s house leaving us to our romantic revelry. Yes, I used the word revelry. Don’t judge. If you’re anywhere in the Pittsburgh area on the top romantic holiday of the year, here’s our recommendations for top…

A Taste of Pittsburgh: Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie

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Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie, located in the gorgeous Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel, has been on my radar as a worthy place to dine for some time. This New Year’s Eve, Mr. Locke and I had the pleasure of visiting and trying out its five course menu created especially for the holiday. Here’s the scoop in mouth-watering images. You know me and Pittsburgh restaurants: I LOVE checking out new and new-to-me spots that will pull me into the city for a repeat performance and meal. Not a word of a lie, the New Year’s…

Escape the Cold with These Best Pittsburgh Indoor Activities

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Visiting Pittsburgh, PA, any time of year is always fun. There’s the outdoor water sports and events from spring through fall, the gardens and parks to trek through when the weather is mild, and all of those amazing restaurants to dine at any time of year. But when the temps start falling, I know I begin thinking of fun, indoor activities in Pittsburgh to take my family. From hot spots to jump until you’re crazy to fun museums to give you and your family inspiration and let that creativity flow,…