Each day ends a little sooner than the last this time of year. At a certain point, the dwindling sunlight causes the regional flora to suspend the process of photosynthesis. The result is a cornucopia of brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.
Geographically speaking, Presque Isle is 3,200 acres of sandy reef that stretches out into the waters of Lake Erie. The state park, while relatively small, is the unofficial title for a much larger area. Pretty much everything in the general area of the park is regarded as Presques Isle. Complete with sand, surf and seaside fun, the only thing Presque Isle is missing over any of the Atlantic shore beach destinations, is salt water. For the best of the beach without the coast, this is your getaway guide to Presque Isle.
In the mid-18th century, during the French and Indian War, Pittsburgh was little more than a military fort named Fort Duquesne. At the same time, 50 miles to the east, a similar situation was playing out in current-day Ligonier. In more recent history, Ligonier has become well known and especially loved for its kid-friendly amusement parks. With its close proximity to Pittsburgh, its family friendly environment and dually educational and inspirational surroundings, it’s time you made a trip to Ligonier part of your family history.
For many Pittsburgh residents, a road trip to Cleveland is an annual event. After all, the two cities are only 130 miles apart and the Steelers and Browns square off twice a season. The rivalry is one of the oldest in professional football, and for visiting fans, an expeditious post-game exit is standard procedure. What is often lost during trips to Cleveland is the fact that “the mistake by the lake” actually has a lot going for it. In fact, when you take away the sports rivalry aspect, Pittsburgh and Cleveland are a lot alike. Make it a point to set differences aside and check out some of the great shopping, culture and dining available in Cleveland. Just don’t do it on game day.
For as long as mankind has felt the need to celebrate, there has been wine. It has been romanticized by nearly every great poet, author and philosopher throughout the ages. When it is crafted well you don’t have to be a connoisseur to realize it, and truly great wines come from every corner of the world, including right here in Western Pennsylvania. Here’s a salute to some of the best local winemakers in the area.
As the dog days of August build toward September and a new school year, parents around the country are beginning to breathe a collective sigh of relief. While the kids wonder where the summer went, it is time for mom and dad to begin making plans for a little alone time. Arrange for the kids to spend the weekend with family or friends, then head out to any of the destinations on this list for an unforgettably romantic, weekend escape.
For football fans across the U.S. and around the world, a trip to Canton is on the bucket list as a must-visit destination. Canton is the home of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, and as Pittsburghers, this is no great revelation. After all, there are 26 members of the Pittsburgh Steelers enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but Canton offers so much more than just drool-worthy fan love for football junkies. Don’t miss out on great golf and the Canton Classic Car Museum on a one-tank trip made for sports lovers of any kind.
Erie is situated near the southeast shore of the great lake with which it shares a name, making it perfect for a weekend getaway this summer. Getting there from Pittsburgh is easy; the hard part is deciding what to do once you arrive.
Priding itself on being wild and wonderful, West Virginia is an adventure seeker’s paradise. Just about 220 miles south of Pittsburgh you’ll find the perfect summertime getaway in West Virginia’s picturesque New River Gorge area. Famous for its whitewater rafting, trophy fishing waters and perhaps most of all for its annual Bridge Day base jumping each October, visitors come from all corners of the U.S. just to catch a glimpse of the magnificent vistas provided from the New River Gorge Bridge.
From the slopes of Mount Washington to the waterways of the city’s three rivers, Pittsburgh is the embodiment of geographical diversity. It was built out of steel, evidenced by the more than 446 bridges that cross its waterways. Once known for its pollution, today it is considered one of the most livable cities, not only in America but around the world. Much of its scenic beauty is attributable to the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Celebrate this amazing city with a cruise or two down its three rivers with the best boating trips the city has to offer.
Commemorating its 35th anniversary, the Three Rivers Regatta will once again bring its high-octane entertainment to the Pittsburgh area this 4th of July weekend.
Few summertime endeavors are as simple and enjoyable as a picnic, and Pittsburgh’s picnics are limited only by the imagination. Whether your style is PB&J sandwiches with your favorite pooch, or smoked salmon and chardonnay packed carefully into a wicker basket, the spots on this list provide the perfect backdrop for those sun-soaked summer get togethers.
Many of the programs and organizations that took center stage on World Environment Day here two years ago will once again be celebrating the goals of cleaner air, cleaner water, and a cleaner planet. As a proud former host city and a community of environmentally conscious Pittsburghers here are the best ways to celebrating World Environment Day on June 5, 2012.
June 5 marks the 40th anniversary of the United Nation’s World Environment Day, and this year’s theme questions whether you’re part of the green economy. This year, D.C.’s hosting the big celebration, but if you can’t make it to the city for the hoopla, Pittsburgh offers plenty of green party options. Many of the programs and organizations that took center stage on World Environment Day here two years ago will once again celebrate the goals of cleaner air, cleaner water and a cleaner planet. As a proud member of this former host city, celebrate the day with these fun, green options.
Not for the faint of heart, the VIP sections of the nightclubs and lounges on this list offer the truly decadent experience that is, bottle service.
Venture Outdoors, a Pittsburgh based non-profit organization, boasts one simple goal: Get more people involved in outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing and cross-country skiing are only a partial list of the activities included in the more than 500 programs Venture Outdoors oversees annually. Its shining star, however, is the annual Venture Outdoors Festival at Point State Park. In its 12th year, the festival is the perfect springboard for families, couples and individuals interested in outdoor recreation lovers. From weekend warriors to families with young children, the event promises entertainment for every member of the family.