Travel http://wesa.fm en Summer in the City of Brotherly Love http://wesa.fm/post/summer-city-brotherly-love <p>Philadelphia is the largest and most populous city in the commonwealth. There’s a wealth of things to do as well as great things to eat. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, who tweets about food and travel under the twitter handle New Girl in Town, takes us across the state to talk about enjoying summer in the city of brotherly love.</p><p>Philadelphia has many charms and certainly where the arts are concerned. Check out Elaine's list of places to stay, eat, drink and explore: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:33:20 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33190 at http://wesa.fm Summer in the City of Brotherly Love 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 As Gas Prices Rise, So Do Numbers of Americans Traveling for Fourth of July http://wesa.fm/post/gas-prices-rise-so-do-numbers-americans-traveling-fourth-july <div>&nbsp;</div><div></div><p>Fourth of July weekend travel is expected to reach pre-recession levels for the first time, even though gas prices are the highest they’ve been since 2008.</p><p>AAA is predicting that 41 million Americans will travel at least fifty miles this weekend, a 1.9 percent increase over last year, with 80 percent traveling by car.</p><p>In the Mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, the number of people traveling to celebrate the holiday is expected increase by 1.3 percent.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:10:53 +0000 Liz Reid 31913 at http://wesa.fm As Gas Prices Rise, So Do Numbers of Americans Traveling for Fourth of July 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 Despite Price Increases, Expect More Memorial Day Travelers This Weekend http://wesa.fm/post/despite-price-increases-expect-more-memorial-day-travelers-weekend <p>With barbeques and picnics scheduled all throughout the Memorial Day weekend, the number of people traveling for the holiday is expected to increase, as are prices.</p><p>According to AAA, this year 36.1 million people are predicted to go at least 50 miles from their homes to celebrate the weekend. That is up 1.5 percent despite some travel costs rising: Average hotel prices have increased $3, rental car prices have risen 1 percent to $44, gas prices are expected to rise and airfare is up 6 percent.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 16:32:30 +0000 Jess Lasky 29483 at http://wesa.fm Mapping Pennsylvania's Historic Roller Coasters http://wesa.fm/post/mapping-pennsylvanias-historic-roller-coasters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dorney Park, Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland, </span>Lakemont<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Park, </span>Idlewild<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, </span>Kennywood<span style="line-height: 1.5;">... Pennsylvania has some of the most historic amusement parks, and roller coasters in the country. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As amusement parks start coming to life for the season, David </span>Witoslawski,<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> a </span>McKeesport<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> substitute school teacher and author of the book, </span><em><a href="http://greatpennsylvaniaparks.blogspot.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Great Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Road Trip</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, gave us a guide to the state’s classic coasters and parks. The book is available in black and white as a paperback and in full color as an </span><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Great-Pennsylvania-Amusement-Parks-Road-ebook/dp/B00IUNS2IQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1398964395&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=Great+Pennsylvania+Amusement+Parks+Road+Trip" style="line-height: 1.5;">e-book</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"I love the matter of community spirit when it comes to going to amusement parks,"&nbsp;Witoslawski&nbsp;said, "You go there and people just forget about all their problems in the world."</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 20:34:49 +0000 Marnie Schleicher 28524 at http://wesa.fm Mapping Pennsylvania's Historic Roller Coasters 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 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 5 Reasons Why People Should Go to MLB Spring Training http://wesa.fm/post/5-reasons-why-people-should-go-mlb-spring-training <p>This month the call of “play ball” will be heard in ballparks around the country.</p><p>Fans of the game who want an early look at the boys of summer may want to venture to Florida to participate in the annual spring training games for Major League Baseball.</p><p>Correspondent Elaine Labalme discussed the five benefits of traveling to these games. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 19:13:45 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 25423 at http://wesa.fm 5 Reasons Why People Should Go to MLB Spring Training 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 Getting Over the Winter Doldrums http://wesa.fm/post/getting-over-winter-doldrums <p>To say it’s been a tough winter would be an understatement.</p><p>Despite the cold many people have been able to combat cabin fever, including travel contributor Elaine Labalme. She offers suggestions to help you overcome the winter blahs. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:52:35 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24745 at http://wesa.fm Getting Over the Winter Doldrums 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 Over the River and Through the Woods: Holiday Travel Season Expected to be Busiest on Record http://wesa.fm/post/over-river-and-through-woods-holiday-travel-season-expected-be-busiest-record <p>Approximately 94.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home this week for the Christmas and New Year holidays, according to AAA East Central. That’s a half a million more travelers than the Christmas travel season last year and the highest number ever recorded for the season.</p><p>“The Mid-Atlantic region there’s expected to 10.5 million travelers and most of those will be driving,” said AAA East Central’s Bevi Powell. “There will be about 9.49 million drivers on the road. The Mid-Atlantic region includes New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 21651 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh International Airport Ready to Battle Snow http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-international-airport-ready-battle-snow <p>With a winter storm warning in effect until 1 p.m. Wednesday and one of the year's busiest travel days ahead, Pittsburgh International is getting ready to do battle with the ice and snow.</p><p>“They start planning for this back in September,” said Pittsburgh Airport Authority spokesman Jeff Martinelli. “When they snow storm started getting reported that it was a possibility they started going over some plans, our operations staff was moving to 12-hour shifts, our snow removal crew is out their doing the best they can and pre-treating runways.”</p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 20:47:43 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 20432 at http://wesa.fm How Far Will You Go for Turkey this Thanksgiving? http://wesa.fm/post/how-far-will-you-go-turkey-thanksgiving <p>Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest when it comes to travel, and this year will be no exception. AAA forecasts that nationally 43.4 million people will travel during the holiday week. In the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, 5.01 million people are expected to travel, a 2.4 percent decrease over last year.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 20193 at http://wesa.fm 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 Haunted Travel with the New Girl http://wesa.fm/post/haunted-travel-new-girl <p>For year-round chills and thrills, travel contributor Elaine Labalme offers her top five list for best spooky vacation spots. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 22:34:17 +0000 Katie Blackley 19083 at http://wesa.fm Haunted Travel with the New Girl Geeks on a Mission: CMU Grads Engage in Technological Humanitarian Work http://wesa.fm/post/geeks-mission-cmu-grads-engage-technological-humanitarian-work <p>At the Carnegie Mellon University <a href="http://www.cmu.edu/global/education/tcingc/overview.html">Technology Consulting in the Global Community</a> program, students are matched with worldwide non-governmental organizations to assist these humanitarian groups with technological support.</p><p><a href="http://www.ece.cmu.edu/directory/department/faculty/H/Alex_Hills_201.html">Dr. Alexander Hills</a>, senior adviser for the program, has compiled a book of five essays by these young professionals. The book <a href="http://www.ini.cmu.edu/events/2013/09/geeks-mission.html"><em>Geeks on a Mission: In Their Own Words</em></a>, reflects the students amazing experiences and the impact on the global communities they aid.</p><p>&ldquo;Yes, we help people and that&rsquo;s a good thing, but what it does for the student is really, really impressive,&rdquo; he says. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 18:42:17 +0000 Katie Blackley 17203 at http://wesa.fm Geeks on a Mission: CMU Grads Engage in Technological Humanitarian Work