Elaine Labalme

Essential Pittsburgh
4:31 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Travel Contributor Elaine Labalme Offers Food Destinations for the Holiday Travel Season

The Big Poppa from Melt Bar and Grilled in Cleveland, OH.
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Congratulations, you just made it through the biggest eating holiday of the year!

With the fridge full of leftovers, the last thing you probably want to talk about is food, right? Well, travel contributor Elaine Labalme, is here to talk about some food destinations in the region worth visiting.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:05 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Savannah: A Belle of Southern Charm

Pictured is Savannah Square, one of the many squares to visit when traveling to the charming southern city in Georgia.
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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 Elaine Labalme.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:27 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A Summer Staple: 5 Outdoor Concert Venues to Visit

Outdoor concerts are considered a rite of summertime.
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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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggests some famous performance spaces where you can enjoy an outdoor concert.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:24 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Best Regional Beaches... Where to Get Away

A view of Virginia Beach, one of the most easily accessible beaches to travel to from the Pittsburgh area.
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Grab the sunscreen, your favorite book and anything else you might need for fun in the sun.

This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests regional beaches to visit from the Jersey Shore to Virginia.

Here’s her fabulous list of beaches to visit this summer.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:41 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Three State Parks You Need to Visit this Summer

A view of the stargazing atmosphere at Cherry Springs State Park.
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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 Labalme.

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.  

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:35 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Three Out of State Amusement Parks You Need to Visit

The Maverick roller coaster at Cedar Point
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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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme, suggested three out of state coasters to visit in the next few months.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:56 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Take A Trip: Four Things To Do In Nashville, Tenn.

Paradise Park Trailer Resort is one of the many places to visit in the Music City.
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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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:57 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Spring Break With The New Girl

Although manatees are endangered, many can be seen in the Everglades.
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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 Labalme joined us this week with suggestions for Spring Break excursions.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:28 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

After Checking out Pop Up Canada, Pop on Up to Niagara Falls

The Maid of the Mist tours leave every 15 minutes for tours of Niagara Falls. Make sure to wear clothes that can get wet!
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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. 

Long regarded as a honeymoon destination, Niagara Falls is close enough for a long weekend getaway. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme offered suggestions for a trip to the falls.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:25 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

4 Spring Festivals Worth Traveling To

During the Cherry Blossom Festival visitors can take paddle boats across the Potomac River to the Jefferson Memorial.
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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.

This week travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggested spring festivals you might enjoy.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:07 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Five Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed Buildings Within Driving Distance of Pittsburgh

Graycliff Estate
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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.

This week, travel contributor Elaine Labalme 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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:14 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Reasons to Travel for MLB Spring Training Part 2: The Cactus League

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West is one of the many attractions Elaine Labalme recommends visiting if you travel to Arizona for spring training
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Last week we ventured to Florida 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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme  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:

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:19 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Blue Star Art & Cowboy Dance Halls in San Antonio

Patrons enjoy each other's company at Cowboy's Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.
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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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares her favorites about the southern city and insists that visitors to the Lone Star State must visit San Antonio. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:24 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Part 2 of the New Girl's Presidential Homes Tour

The Hermitage in Nashville, Tenn.
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Last week travel contributor Elaine Labalme recommended some presidential homes worth visiting. However, with forty-four U.S. presidents to choose from, there are more residences worth visiting.

Here are a few more presidential homes to add to your list of trips to take!

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:28 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Take a Road Trip and Tour of Presidential Homes

Mount Vernon
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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. 

With President’s Day a little over a week away, travel contributor Elaine Labalme gives some suggestions of presidential residences you might like to visit.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:16 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Escape the Cold and Visit These Florida Beaches

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Cole Porter’s lyric said it best when he advised listeners to, “Get out of Town.”

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?

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme offers up some of her favorite low-key escapes.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:20 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Regional Museums: From Toothpick Ships to Grace Kelley Exhibits

The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore features works by self-taught artists.
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Combat the polar vortex and set your sights toward some fantastic regional museums.

Spend a day or a weekend and catch Elaine Labalme's fab five traveling and permanent exhibits, just a short drive away. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:15 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Quebec City Embodies the Picturesque Winter

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Our intrepid travel contributor Elaine Labalme continues her trek through the great white north.

This week she talks about Quebec City, capital of the province, where the old buildings reflect classic architecture and vibrant culture.  “It’s very welcoming and it’s a great respite for a few days,” says Labalme.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:59 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Terrifically Cosmopolitan Montreal

Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal was established in 1860, making it Canada's oldest art institution.
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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.”

She suggests her favorite spots for food, arts and rest in this northern city.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:13 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Vermont B & B's Offer Charming Stays

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From historic Bennington, to Burlington on the shores of Lake Champlain there’s a lot to see and do in Vermont.

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.

“If anyone has mastered the art of B & B, it’s Vermonters,” says Labalme.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:35 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Cross Country Skiing in the Region

Cross country skiing destinations can be found from Virginia to Quebec.
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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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests the best spots for cross country skiing around the region.

“If you can walk, if you can run, you can cross country ski,” she said. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:32 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Museums in Washington D.C. Have More to See This Fall

From free museums to unique restaurants, travel contributor Elaine Labalme talks about why now is one of the best times to visit Washington D.C.
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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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares some of her favorite spots in Washington D.C. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:29 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Getting Away With That Special Someone Before the Holidays

Find some relaxing and scenic places to visit before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. El Tovar Hotel is one of the premiere lodges in the Grand Canyon region.
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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.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares her top four favorite pre-holiday destinations.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Autumn Coastal Destinations with the New Girl

This is an ideal time of year to see the famous light houses of the Outer Banks.
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Coastal Destinations make for the best fall travel, according to travel contributor Elaine Labalme.

With better prices on off-season and cozy spots for cuddling, Labalme outlines her top five waterfront excursions. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:41 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

New Girl Talks Resort Visits for the Holidays

Xel Ha Lagoon in Riviera Maya
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Get out of the cold weather, curl up by your computer, and book your holiday destination tickets today!

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:36 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Coast-to-Coast Wineries From the New Girl

Vineyards offer a variety of ways to enjoy their wines be it through private tastings, spectacular views or a tour through the wine-making process
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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. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
1:55 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

State Parks Remain Open & Ready for Visitors

Ohiopyle State Park on an autumn day
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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!

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:09 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Fall Festivals Lineup Includes Fire Truck Pull & Apple Pancakes

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares five of her favorite upcoming fall festivals.
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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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
6:34 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The "Keys to the City" in Alexandria, Virginia

For a weekend trip to Alexandria, Virginia, take some advice from the New Girl!
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Visitors to vibrant Alexandria, Virginia will find a city painted with history and proud to show it off.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme finds the waterfront town both scenic and accessible, especially to visitors with dogs.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:24 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Traveling to Oktoberfest Celebrations With the New Girl

Contrary to popular belief, Oktoberfest starts in the month of September, not October.
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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.

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