Elaine Labalme http://wesa.fm en Savannah: A Belle of Southern Charm http://wesa.fm/post/savannah-belle-southern-charm <p>It’s the oldest city in Georgia and was once the state capital: Savannah. The city draws a number of tourists who come to look at its architecture and historic sites. One recent visitor to the city was travel contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/NewGirlInTown">Elaine Labalme</a>.</p><p>The charms and southern comfort found in Savannah make it a great place to visit for a summer trip. Labalme gives us her fabulous five lists of things to see, do and most importantly, where to eat in the city of Savannah. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:05:59 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 32398 at http://wesa.fm Savannah: A Belle of Southern Charm A Summer Staple: 5 Outdoor Concert Venues to Visit http://wesa.fm/post/summer-staple-5-outdoor-concert-venues-visit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the many joys of summer is listening to music at an outdoor venue. Whether you enjoy opera, jazz, rock or classical it somehow seems more enjoyable outdoors. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, suggests some famous performance spaces where you can enjoy an outdoor concert. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:27:06 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31625 at http://wesa.fm A Summer Staple: 5 Outdoor Concert Venues to Visit The Best Regional Beaches... Where to Get Away http://wesa.fm/post/best-regional-beaches-where-get-away <p>Grab the sunscreen, your favorite book and anything else you might need for fun in the sun.</p><p>This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests regional beaches to visit from the Jersey Shore to Virginia.</p><p>Here’s her fabulous list of beaches to visit this summer.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:24:52 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30790 at http://wesa.fm The Best Regional Beaches... Where to Get Away Three State Parks You Need to Visit this Summer http://wesa.fm/post/three-state-parks-you-need-visit-summer <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors this summer, you can’t go wrong visiting one of the Commonwealth’s many state parks. From Erie to Scranton and all points in between, our guide to some of Pennsylvania’s state parks is travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>State parks can be found in 61 of Pennsylvania's 66 counties. Cherry Springs, Ricketts Glen, and Pine Grove Furnace are among Labalme's favorites. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:41:34 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 30443 at http://wesa.fm Three State Parks You Need to Visit this Summer Three Out of State Amusement Parks You Need to Visit http://wesa.fm/post/three-out-state-amusement-parks-you-need-visit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">People chase their endless summer in different ways. Some visit ballparks, others beaches. A dedicated group of fun seekers visit amusement parks in search of the perfect roller coaster thrill ride.</span></p><p>Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggested three out of state coasters to visit in the next few months.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 20:35:08 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28887 at http://wesa.fm Three Out of State Amusement Parks You Need to Visit Take A Trip: Four Things To Do In Nashville, Tenn. http://wesa.fm/post/take-trip-four-things-do-nashville-tenn <p>Nine hours away from the Steel City is the Music City — Nashville, Tennessee. But there’s more to the city than country music. This week, contributor Elaine Labalme told us how to the get the most out of a visit to Nashville. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:56:46 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28136 at http://wesa.fm Take A Trip: Four Things To Do In Nashville, Tenn. Spring Break With The New Girl http://wesa.fm/post/spring-break-new-girl <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">A little madness in the spring is wholesome …even for the King, wrote Emily Dickinson. What better way to quell the madness caused by Spring fever than with a getaway? Travel contributor Elaine </span>Labalme<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;"> joined us this week with suggestions for Spring Break excursions.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:57:29 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 27730 at http://wesa.fm Spring Break With The New Girl 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