Fun Ideas For Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia

If you’re planning to go to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during February for a getaway with your Valentine, here are some great things to see and do while you’re there! 

A Great Deal On Hotels! 

This is one of the best reasons to think about going to Philadelphia! If you book an overnight stay at one of the 38 participating Philadelphia hotels, you’ll get a bunch of free perks! Things like free parking; tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition; skate rentals at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, and a whole lot more

Book an overnight stay at one of 38 participating Philadelphia hotels and get free perks like parking, tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute, skate rentals at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, a Garces Restaurants gift card and much more. This great offer is valid on stays now through March 19, 2017. Click here to book your stay!

(M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Jurassic World: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute

This exhibit at  The Franklin Institute will transport you to Isla Nublar from the 2015 blockbuster film Jurassic World. This animatronic exhibit, in it’s debut in North America, brings dozens of massive prehistoric beasts to life, immersing guests of all ages in an exciting, multi-sensory experience. Now through April 23, 2017.

Rothman Ice Rink

What could be more fun and romantic than going ice skating, then snuggling up with a cup of hot cocoa? The Rothman Ice Rink  is in downtown Philadelphia, near the Capital. 

LOVE in Philadelphia!

Be sure to have your photo taken with your sweetie by the LOVE sculpture. What could say “I love you” more than that? 

(visitPhiladelpia.com)

Stargazing In Reading

Show your sweetie that love is in the stars for you at the Neag Planetarium. just an hour drive from Philadelphia, the planetarium has star shows every Wednesday and Sunday. See their website for more information. While you’re in Reading, stop in to test drive a new car at Bob Fisher Chevrolet

Spend Valentine’s Day In Pittsburg

Are you planning a road trip with your sweetheart during the month of February? Here are some ideas of things to do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Be sure to have your car serviced at your local dealer before you go. 

Hot Hotel Deals!

Now is the time to save big bucks with the Cozy Up in Pittsburgh Hotel Deals available now through March. Book now and save big – up to 25% – at many of the finest hotel properties in the best locations in and around the ‘Burgh. You won’t want to miss this special deal to Cozy Up in Pittsburgh. Discover why Harper’s Bazaar named Pittsburgh one of the best places to visit in the world in 2017 – and save while you’re doing it!

 Chase Away the Winter Blues

Escape to a tropical showcase of nature’s finest specimens at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show. Delight in two of nature’s finest botanical wonders – now through March 5. Walk through colorful orchids gardens displayed in all of their glory throughout the glasshouse and admire the meticulously trained tropical bonsai in its permanent collection. Sport a tropical shirt on Sundays in February and receive 50 percent off admission!

 Cheers to Beerfest!

Gather with beer enthusiasts from across the region at the Fourth Annual Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest slated for February 24-25 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Enjoy unlimited sampling of over 400 craft beers from 125 breweries. Check out local food and music, and know that while you’re tasting away, Pittsburgh Winter Beerfest will be raising money for Animal Rescue Partners – it’s the best of both worlds! Visit the event page, see what hotel to stay in, and buy your tickets in advance to save $10! Take note: This year marks the first Saturday Day Session.

It’s A Hockey Night (Under the Stars)

It’s intrastate rivalry at its best when the Pittsburgh Penguins play host to the Philadelphia Flyers outdoors at Heinz Field as part of the 2017 Coors Light NHL Stadium SeriesTM. This regular-season open-air matchup on Saturday, Feb. 25, celebrates the 50th anniversary of both the Penguins and the Flyers, who were introduced to the NHL as part of the six-team NHL Expansion in 1967. As cross-state foes, the rivalry between these two clubs was natural and immediate. This marks the first outdoor meeting of these teams with Pennsylvania bragging rights on the (red) line. Let’s go, Pens!

The Best in Basketball

Calling all college basketball fans and Atlantic 10 alumni! For the first time, Pittsburgh will host the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championships at PPG Paints Arena, March 8-12. See some of the best competition that college basketball has to offer, while the 14 Atlantic 10 institutions duke it out until one team stands alone as champion. Tickets are on sale now at www.atlantic10.com.

Edward Eberle Retrospective

See the intriguing work of a true master Pittsburgh ceramic artist by visiting the Edward Eberle Retrospective exhibit at Contemporary Craft throughMarch 11. Comprised of over 40 works, the show highlights the evolution of Eberle’s exquisite forms and fragmented, dreamlike imagery by featuring both his trademark porcelain work, as well as a series of works on paper.

#Pixburgh: A Photographic Experience

Experience the city through the lens of Pittsburghers with #Pixburgh, a Heinz History Center exhibit that connects the city’s passion for photography from the early 1850s through today. Each image featured in #Pixburgh reflects a wide variety of subjects and time periods, from turn-of-the-century mugshots to the 1960 World Series, from the 1936 St. Patrick’s Day Flood to the Westinghouse Skybus, and from early “selfies” to Polaroids, all while exploring Pittsburgh’s cycle of change and renewal. The exhibit runs throughJune 4, 2017.

Five Great Day Trips From Baltimore, Maryland

Located in Chesapeake Bay Region of Maryland, Baltimore is just a short drive from many places to go and things to do. From fishing for and eating the freshest seafood to discovering the places where history happened, there is always something to do. Here are five great day trips you can take from Baltimore for a day or a weekend.

Urbana, Virginia

Drive the Tidewater Trail on a 200 mile drive to Urbana, Virginia. Depending on the time of year, you might find an asparagus farm, where you can buy the freshest asparagus at below supermarket prices, or get pick your own raspberries or blueberries. Look for a pick your own farm on Local Harvest.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument

George Washington Birthplace National Monument (Photo courtesy of GEWA)

Take a step back in time to see where the first president of the United States was born. Located in the Northern Neck of Virginia off of Hwy 204, the home and grounds have been meticulously kept to look like it was when George was born here. Get directions and more information at the National Park Service website.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

land of little horses

Petting a miniature horse at the Land of Little Horses

Gettysburg is only about 60 miles away. There is so much history here, from the Civil War Battlefields to the train station where President Lincoln arrived to give his famous Gettysburg Address. History is not all there is to Gettysburg, though. See a show that features miniature horses, dogs, and other animals doing things like dancing and playing basketball, and tour the petting zoo at The Land Of Little Horses. Take a ghost tour and see if you can feel the presences of the spirits. Visit the Round Barn, and see one of the last of these amazing unique architectural designs still standing. There is a farm stand and a shop inside.

Hershey, Pensylvania

Take the 90 mile drive to Hershey, the sweetest place on earth. Hershey is famous for chocolate, and you can find so much about chocolate here. At Chocolate World, you can make your own candy bar, or participate in a chocolate tasting experience. Other things to see and do include Hershey Gardens and Butterfly Atrium; and ZooAmerica. If you’re looking for concerts, shows, and night life, you’ll find that too, with such diverse shows and The Harlem Globe Trotters, Brad Paisley, and Guns N’ Roses.

Chincoteague Island, Virginia

A 175 miles trip to the coast of Maryland gets you to Chincoteague Island. Relax on the beach, see the wild ponies, or take a charted boat fishing trip. There are plenty of things to do if you want to stay busy. Rent a cottage, a house, or stay in a bed and breakfast. A weekend in Chincoteague Island will be memorable no matter what do or where you stay.

Five Fun Things To Do In Farmington Hills, Michigan

Every city has a story, even Farmington Hills. If you’ve only got one day to see Farmington Hills, Michigan here are some things to do to keep you  occupied and interested.

Michigan Weaver’s Guild Winter Market.

From their brochure:

The artists from the Michigan Weaver’s Guild will be bringing their incredibly beautiful hand crafted items to the Costick Center for a special “Trunk Sale”! Come see their gorgeous selection of scarves, jewelry, and pieces for the home, all hand-woven and hand-made by talented area artists. All sales from this event help support our Cultural Arts programs. Plus, you will see more of their exquisite one-of-a-kind items on exhibit in the City Gallery. Give a gift of usable art this holiday season!

If you love unique handcrafted pieces, you will love this show. Saturday, December 10, 10 am – 5 pm
Costick Center Lobby in Farmingtong Hills, Michigan.

Holocaust Memorial Center

The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills has been teaching about the Holocaust and its legacy for more than 25 years, and its building, exhibits and programs have been receiving international accolades and heartfelt thanks from our millions of visitors. The visitor will have experienced a brief exposure to the most researched era in human history – revealing a flourishing culture and its brutal suppression, a chronicle of admirable and heroic rescuers and abject executioners. Through our exhibits the past casts its light and shadows into the present.

Exhibits include a Core Exhibit, a Virtual Tour, Anne Frank Tree Exhibit and Garden, and more. Located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334. Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (Last admission 3:30 pm), Friday 9:30 am – 3:00 pm (Last admission 1:30 pm), Public Tour Daily at 1:00 pm  Closed on Saturday, Jewish holidays and most legal holidays. 248.553.2400

Sport-N-Fun

Sport-N-Fun

Sport-N-Fun

Sport-N-Fun has plenty to do for all ages. Go Karts, Mini Golf, Bungee Trampoline, Arcade Game room, and Batting Cages will keep kids and adults occupied for hours! GiGi’s Pizza is available on site. They are a CASH ONLY business, but there is an ATM on the property. Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday 10am – 10pm; Friday & Saturday 10am – 11pm. Located at 30749 Grand River Avenue, Farmington Hills, MI. (248) 471-5100 ‎

Tree Top Lodge

Are you a crafter? Love to quilt, scrapbook, knit, crochet, doll making, origami, and more? Then Tree Top Lodge is the place for you. This is what their website says:

This is why we began. We wanted to make Treetop Lodge a crafter’s paradise.

So for those who come to create….

You bring the craft, we have the relaxing, friendly place to enjoy your favorite hobby.

While you are crafting, Treetop Lodge will see to your every need,

with gourmet meals, tasty snacks, bottomless beverages,

and a tranquil, welcoming atmosphere.

They don’t give their address on the internet. You have to call and make an appointment to visit the grounds, or make a reservation. But once there, you can relax with your project and they will wait on you hand and foot! My kind of place! For more information or to book your event contact: Connie (248) 933-4579

Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve

Take a drive out to Carpenter Lake Nature Preserve is 42 acres of woodlands, forested wetlands and native meadows overlooking the beautiful five-acre Carpenter Lake. Hike the one mile trail to the lake, where there are easily accessible viewing and fishing platforms. Catch various species of largemouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, and sunfish. Located at 10 Mile Road East of Inkster Southfield, MI 48076.

 

5 Places You Must Eat In Ann Arbor

Everyone loves to eat, and travelers are no exception. If you happen to be traveling to or through Ann Arbor, you’ll want to look for a one of the best places to eat. Here are five I would recommend.

Zingerman’s Deli

Zingerman’s Deli is open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Located at 422 Detroit St, at the corner of Detroit St. and Kingsley in Ann Arbor, it has been in business since 1982 in an historic building near the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. They serve hundreds of sandwiches a day, with ingredients from pastrami to fresh mozzarella, free range chicken to a great selection of vegetarian sandwiches. They also have gluten free choices, Jewish foods, desserts, beverages, and a children’s menu. Cost is about $20 per person. Call ahead at +1 734-663-3354.

Frita Batidos

I just love Cuban food, and Frita Batidos is one of the best! Their slogan, Cuban inspired street food, says it all. You’ll find an inspired Cuban sandwich, made with savory roast pork loin, thick-cut bacon, tasso ham, Comté, cornichons & chipotle mayo on Cuban bread. Sides include choices of Crisped Plantains, Shoestring Potatoes, Coconut Rice, or Light Bright Salad. Then of course, there are the Batidos, or tropical milkshakes. Made with crushed ice, fresh fruit, and Guernsey Dairy vanilla bean ice cream. There are several flavors available such as Fresh Lime, Hibiscus, and Passion Fruit. There’s more on the menu, so check it out for yourself.  They are open Sunday – Wednesday 11am – 11pm and Thursday – Saturday 11am – Midnight. Located at 117 W. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Phone: 734.761.2882

Fleetwood Diner

The Fleetwood Diner is open 24 hours a day, and they serve breakfast food all day long. People say you go to Fleetwood Diner after the concert or show, but you don’t remember going. The menu has omelettes, Hippie Hash, and fried and scrambled eggs, egg sandwiches, French toast, and corned beef hash. I had never heard of Hippie Hash before. Here is what it says on the menu:

 

Aventura

Aventura is a modern Spanish restaurant in Ann Arbor, offering from small plates to s suckling pig on the menu. If trying new foods and sharing dishes is your thing, then come here for the small plates. With things like crispy fried potatoes, bacon wrapped dates, and roasted chicken croquettes, your taste buds will get a super working out! The Cochinillo, or roasted suckling pig, requires a 48 hour notice and can be eaten at the restaurant or taken home to share with friends and family. 216 E. Washington, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. 734-369-315

Real Seafood Company

Fresh seafood fron the New England Coast, the Great Lakes, and Florida. Fresh catch available fried, broiled or grilled. Raw bar featuring meaty, shucked to order oysters served on the halfshell. Soups, salads, steaks and desserts round out the menu. Specialities of the house include Jambalya, Cornmeal Encrusted Indian Creek Rainbow Trout, and Sauteed Lake Superiour Whitefish. Call 888-456-3463 for reservations. Open Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm,
Friday & Saturday 11:30am-11pm, Sunday 1pm-9pm. Located at 341 South Main St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 769-5960

 

Make Your Plans Now To Attend The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

Do you like to poke around thrift shops and antique stores? Does visiting a botanical garden sound like a fun way to spend the afternoon? If so, then you need to start making plans to attend the 27th Annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville. Here is information about the show:

American interior designer, author and television personality, Nate Berkus, will headline the Keynote Program at the 27th annual Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, February 3 – 5.

Each year, the Antiques and Garden Show presents more than 150 fine antiques and horticultural dealers, making it the largest show of its kind in the country. Proceeds from the show will benefit Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the charities of the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON).

Berkus, a renowned interior designer, who has transformed countless homes around the world through his design work, home collections, books, and television shows will present his take on the show’s theme this year – Cultivated Style – on Friday, February 3 at 11 a.m.

“Your home should tell the story of who you are. What you love most, collected and assembled in one place,” Berkus says. “Whether it’s a family heirloom, or a piece you found on your travels. Everywhere your eye goes in your home, it should land on something that resonates.”

Berkus will sign copies of his book, The Things That Matter, following his presentation.

Other notable participants at the show include:

  • Brooke and Steve Gannett, California-based design duo and authors of Patina Style and Patina Farm

  • Mary McDonald, an LA-based award-winning interior designer and star of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators” and “Property Envy”

  • Robert Leleux, author and founder of the Southern Style Now Festival

  • Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller, interior design power couple behind Carrier and Company Interiors in New York City and authors of Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors

  • Nathan Turner, California-based interior designer and special projects editor at Architectural Digest

  • Tara Guérard, Charleston-based award winning wedding and event planner

General Chairmen Linda Graham and Mary Smith said the line-up of speakers was chosen because of the diversity of their design backgrounds.

“From traditional architecture, landscape and interior design to wedding and event planning, the speakers this year have such unique design styles.” Graham said. ” We want attendees to be entertained and take home a few tips from some of the top designers in the country.”

This year, the show will be larger than ever and celebrate Gil Schafer of G. P. Schafer Architect, PLLC as Honorary Chairman.

“Gil has served on our national advisory board for years and has always been a loyal patron of the show,” said Smith. “We are thrilled to honor him to say thank you for all of his contributions to the show.”

Tickets are now available at www.antiquesandgardenshow.com. For the latest show updates and speaker schedule, follow the Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville on Facebook, Twitter (@antiquesgarden) and Instagram (@antiquesandgardenshow).

About the Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville

The Antiques & Garden Show of Nashville is an annual charity event whose purpose is to raise funds for Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art and the Economic Club of Nashville (ECON) charities, by exhibiting the highest quality antiques, landscaped gardens, and horticultural items and by offering a related educational outreach program. Learn more at antiquesandgardenshow.com.