Elaine Labalme http://wesa.fm en After Checking out Pop Up Canada, Pop on Up to Niagara Falls http://wesa.fm/post/after-checking-out-pop-canada-pop-niagara-falls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the celebration of Canada taking place this week in the Steel City, Niagara Falls offers something for visitors on both the American and Canadian sides.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Long regarded as a honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls is close enough for a long weekend getaway.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> offered suggestions for a trip to the falls.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:28:20 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27355 at http://wesa.fm After Checking out Pop Up Canada, Pop on Up to Niagara Falls 4 Spring Festivals Worth Traveling To http://wesa.fm/post/4-spring-festivals-worth-traveling <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s officially spring, even if the weather may want to tell us otherwise. We’re going to remain optimistic and look forward to sunny and warm days spent outdoors. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week travel contributor&nbsp;Elaine Labalme&nbsp;suggested spring festivals you might enjoy.</span> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:25:08 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26588 at http://wesa.fm 4 Spring Festivals Worth Traveling To Five Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Buildings Within Driving Distance of Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/five-frank-lloyd-wright-designed-buildings-within-driving-distance-pittsburgh <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">If asked to identify a giant in American architecture, the name Frank Lloyd Wright may be the first person who comes to mind. This region has the good fortune to be within driving distance to one of his most famous buildings, the iconic Falling Water.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">This week, travel contributor Elaine Labalme</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;offered suggestions for Wright designed buildings, not far from Pittsburgh. Wright has more than 500 completed structures across the United States, and these are just a few of his designs.</span> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 18:07:30 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 26193 at http://wesa.fm Five Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Buildings Within Driving Distance of Pittsburgh Reasons to Travel for MLB Spring Training Part 2: The Cactus League http://wesa.fm/post/reasons-travel-mlb-spring-training-part-2-cactus-league <p>Last week <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/5-reasons-why-people-should-go-mlb-spring-training">we ventured to Florida</a> to get an early look at Major League Baseball spring training in the Grapefruit League. This week, we venture west to see the players in action in the Cactus League.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme&nbsp; says spring training is the time to see a lot of teams in the cactus league that you wouldn’t ordinarily see. Check out a list of her recommendations: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 22:14:59 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25833 at http://wesa.fm Reasons to Travel for MLB Spring Training Part 2: The Cactus League Blue Star Art & Cowboy Dance Halls in San Antonio http://wesa.fm/post/blue-star-art-cowboy-dance-halls-san-antonio <p></p><p>Home to the Alamo and the River Walk, San Antonio, Texas combines a rich history and distinct architecture to create a modern and exciting cultural experience.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme&nbsp;shares her favorites about the southern city and insists that visitors to the Lone Star State must visit San Antonio.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:19:12 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25106 at http://wesa.fm Blue Star Art & Cowboy Dance Halls in San Antonio Part 2 of the New Girl's Presidential Homes Tour http://wesa.fm/post/part-2-new-girls-presidential-homes-tour <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Last week travel contributor Elaine Labalme</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;recommended some presidential homes worth visiting. However, with forty-four U.S. presidents to choose from, there are more residences worth visiting.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Here are a few more presidential homes to add to your list of trips to take! Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:24:54 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24379 at http://wesa.fm Part 2 of the New Girl's Presidential Homes Tour Take a Road Trip and Tour of Presidential Homes http://wesa.fm/post/take-road-trip-and-tour-presidential-homes <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Ohio and Virginia are both nicknamed the home of presidents. From Mount Vernon to Monticello presidential homes are great places to visit and learn about history.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">With President’s Day a little over a week away, travel contributor Elaine Labalme&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">gives some suggestions of presidential residences you might like to visit. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:28:58 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24004 at http://wesa.fm Take a Road Trip and Tour of Presidential Homes Escape the Cold and Visit These Florida Beaches http://wesa.fm/post/escape-cold-and-visit-these-florida-beaches <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Cole Porter’s lyric said it best when he advised listeners to, “Get out of Town.” </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">It wouldn’t be surprising if people heeded that advice in light of the recent cold snap. Where better to escape than a nice warm beach? </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Travel contributor Elaine Labalme<b>&nbsp;</b></span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">offers up some of her favorite low-key escapes.</span> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:16:09 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23615 at http://wesa.fm Escape the Cold and Visit These Florida Beaches Regional Museums: From Toothpick Ships to Grace Kelley Exhibits http://wesa.fm/post/regional-museums-toothpick-ships-grace-kelley-exhibits <p>Combat the polar vortex and set your sights toward some fantastic regional museums.</p><p>Spend a day or a weekend and catch Elaine Labalme's fab five traveling and permanent exhibits, just a short drive away.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 19:20:41 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23238 at http://wesa.fm Regional Museums: From Toothpick Ships to Grace Kelley Exhibits Quebec City Embodies the Picturesque Winter http://wesa.fm/post/quebec-city-embodies-picturesque-winter <p>Our intrepid travel contributor Elaine Labalme continues her trek through the great white north.</p><p>This week she talks about Quebec City, capital of the province, where the old buildings reflect classic architecture and vibrant culture. &nbsp;“It’s very welcoming and it’s a great respite for a few days,” says Labalme.</p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:15:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22931 at http://wesa.fm Quebec City Embodies the Picturesque Winter Terrifically Cosmopolitan Montreal http://wesa.fm/post/terrifically-cosmopolitan-montreal <p>Combining the best of old-world charm and modern sophistication, travel contributor Elaine Labalme finds Canada’s second largest city, Montreal to be “terrifically cosmopolitan.”</p><p>She suggests her favorite spots for food, arts and rest in this northern city. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 19:59:54 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 22602 at http://wesa.fm Terrifically Cosmopolitan Montreal Vermont B & B's Offer Charming Stays http://wesa.fm/post/vermont-b-bs-offer-charming-stays <p>From historic Bennington, to Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain there’s a lot to see and do in Vermont.</p><p>One of the best ways to enjoy the Green Mountain State is a cozy stay at a bed and breakfast. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests some of her favorites.</p><p>“If anyone has mastered the art of B &amp; B, it’s Vermonters,” says Labalme.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:13:16 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21664 at http://wesa.fm Vermont B & B's Offer Charming Stays Cross Country Skiing in the Region http://wesa.fm/post/cross-country-skiing-region <p>While the song "Moonlight in Vermont" mentions ski trails down a mountainside, cross country skiing is an enjoyable and healthy way to enjoy the winter landscape.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests the best spots for cross country skiing around the region.</p><p>“If you can walk, if you can run, you can cross country ski,” she said.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:35:46 +0000 Katherine Blackley 21275 at http://wesa.fm Cross Country Skiing in the Region Museums in Washington D.C. Have More to See This Fall http://wesa.fm/post/museums-washington-dc-have-more-see-fall <p>With summer heat a distant memory, plenty of free museums and not a lot of travel time required – it’s a great time to visit our nation’s capital.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares some of her favorite spots in Washington D.C.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:32:19 +0000 Katherine Blackley 20870 at http://wesa.fm Museums in Washington D.C. Have More to See This Fall Getting Away With That Special Someone Before the Holidays http://wesa.fm/post/getting-away-special-someone-holidays <p>With winter on the way, there’s no better time to escape the early snows by flying south, taking in gorgeous views, or embracing the snowy winter, with high alpine excursions.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares her top four favorite pre-holiday destinations. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 20:29:06 +0000 Heather McClain & Zach Kuntz 19818 at http://wesa.fm Getting Away With That Special Someone Before the Holidays Autumn Coastal Destinations with the New Girl http://wesa.fm/post/autumn-coastal-destinations-new-girl <p>Coastal Destinations make for the best fall travel, according to travel contributor Elaine Labalme.</p><p>With better prices on off-season and cozy spots for cuddling, Labalme outlines her top five waterfront excursions.&nbsp; Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:41:05 +0000 Katie Blackley 19440 at http://wesa.fm Autumn Coastal Destinations with the New Girl New Girl Talks Resort Visits for the Holidays http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-talks-resort-visits-holidays <p>Get out of the cold weather, curl up by your computer, and book your holiday destination tickets today!</p><p>That’s the advice from travel contributor Elaine Labalme. She suggests booking early for warm-weather travels and offers five hot spots for the upcoming season.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:41:46 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18692 at http://wesa.fm New Girl Talks Resort Visits for the Holidays Coast-to-Coast Wineries From the New Girl http://wesa.fm/post/coast-coast-wineries-new-girl <p></p><p></p><p>Autumnal colors and chilly weather prompt the perfect palate for wine tastings around the region. Travel contributor Elaine Lablame suggests some of her favorite wineries from the Lehigh to Napa Valleys.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 18:36:36 +0000 Katherine Blackley 18306 at http://wesa.fm Coast-to-Coast Wineries From the New Girl State Parks Remain Open & Ready for Visitors http://wesa.fm/post/state-parks-remain-open-ready-visitors <p>While Washington remains at a standstill and many national parks have closed their gates, travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests an alternative trip to the many American state parks. She says autumn is the perfect season to see some beautiful nature only a short drive away!</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:55:22 +0000 Katherine Blackley 17952 at http://wesa.fm State Parks Remain Open & Ready for Visitors Fall Festivals Lineup Includes Fire Truck Pull & Apple Pancakes http://wesa.fm/post/fall-festivals-lineup-includes-fire-truck-pull-apple-pancakes <p>As autumn arrives and trees transform their tint, fall festivals appear throughout the region. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares some of her favorites of the season.</p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 18:09:18 +0000 Katherine Blackley 17583 at http://wesa.fm Fall Festivals Lineup Includes Fire Truck Pull & Apple Pancakes The "Keys to the City" in Alexandria, Virginia http://wesa.fm/post/keys-city-alexandria-virginia <p>Visitors to vibrant Alexandria, Virginia will find a city painted with history and proud to show it off.</p><p>Travel contributor <strong>Elaine Labalme</strong> finds the waterfront town both scenic and accessible, especially to visitors with dogs.</p><p> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:34:20 +0000 Katherine Blackley 16820 at http://wesa.fm The "Keys to the City" in Alexandria, Virginia Traveling to Oktoberfest Celebrations With the New Girl http://wesa.fm/post/traveling-oktoberfest-celebrations-new-girl <p>From the wurst to the brats, Oktoberfest celebrations are just around the corner. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme tours festivals from Ohio to Texas, recommending the best and most entertaining German heritage festivities. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 18:24:15 +0000 Katie Blackey 16425 at http://wesa.fm Traveling to Oktoberfest Celebrations With the New Girl End of Summer Getaways http://wesa.fm/post/end-summer-getaways <p>With the arrival of Labor Day weekend, summer will soon be coming to an end. Travel contributor <strong>Elaine Labalme</strong> says forecasts call for good weather over the next few days, and families should take full advantage.</p><p>Luckily for Pittsburghers, there are a variety of activities nearby for families to check out this holiday weekend. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:23:36 +0000 Katie Blackley 15681 at http://wesa.fm End of Summer Getaways Elaine Labalme's Midwest Adventure Continues http://wesa.fm/post/elaine-labalmes-midwest-adventure-continues <p>As great as the <a href="http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-explores-nations-midwest-ballparks">ballparks of the midwest</a> may be, Essential Pittsburgh travel contributor Elaine Labalme found that there was much more to the cities that housed them than just baseball.</p><p>From the amazing Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City to Milwaukee’s historic third ward, to the “photographer’s dream” that is the Gateway arch in St. Louis, Labalme quickly learned that the cultural happenings of the midwest were manifold.</p><p>As an added bonus, much of this art and culture is paired up with some of the tastiest eateries these cities have to offer. As Labalme puts it, “I would say food meets art is all over the midwest.” Thu, 22 Aug 2013 20:07:45 +0000 John Lavanga 15294 at http://wesa.fm Elaine Labalme's Midwest Adventure Continues The New Girl Explores the Nation's Midwest Ballparks http://wesa.fm/post/new-girl-explores-nations-midwest-ballparks <p>For many, the summer months usher in the long standing tradition of a baseball pilgrimage. Baseball lovers roam the nation soaking up the atmosphere of the nation’s many ballparks.</p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme undertook such a pilgrimage, exploring the midwest’s best ballyards. From singing the Beer Barrel Polka with Brewers fans, to enjoying Minneapolis’s artist designed mini-golf and St. Louis’s amazing barbecue which she describes as “an 11 on a scale of one to ten,” Labalme has plenty to say about her wonderful experiences in each town.</p><p>As for where the parks stack up, Labalme says Kansas City comes out on top, adding that “the fans had a lot to do with it.” Thu, 15 Aug 2013 18:44:22 +0000 John Lavanga 14931 at http://wesa.fm The New Girl Explores the Nation's Midwest Ballparks