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Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

By: Janice Lane Palko There is something embedded into the human psyche that makes us long to be one with nature. It’s why we built tree houses when we were kids, why we go camping, and why we drive hundreds of miles to spend time next to the ocean.  Frank Lloyd Wright tapped into that longing when he designed Fallingwater. Fallingwater is regarded as one […]

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Is the Biltmore on Your Bucket List?

Is the Biltmore on Your Bucket List?

If you’ve never been to the Biltmore Estate, you should consider adding it to your bucket list. Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the Biltmore is the nation’s largest home. Grandson of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt and heir to the family’s vast fortune, George Vanderbilt built the estate as his summer retreat in the late 19th Century. The French Renaissance chateau-styled house has 250 rooms,  including thirty-five […]

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Pittsburgh’s Botanical Garden is Growing

Pittsburgh's Botanical Garden is Growing

In 2014, Popular Pittsburgh visited the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in advance of its public debut. (See Paradise Found article) At that time, work was under way in numerous areas of the garden. Earth movers were grading hillsides, construction workers were renovating the barn, and volunteers were planting. Our tour guide outlined the vision for the garden—how it aimed to inspire people to value plants, garden […]

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Touring Pittsburgh’s Sports Venues

Touring Pittsburgh's Sports Venues

  To those who love sports, the venues where the games are played are akin to temples.  Pittsburgh is home to some of the best facilities for cheering on a hockey team, watching a football game, or taking in a baseball game.  But even if you have been to The Consol Energy Center for every puck that has ever been dropped, seen every kickoff since […]

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The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh’s Treasure

The Duquesne Incline- Pittsburgh's Treasure

The term “national treasure” is often bandied about when talking about monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, or the Washington Monument. Is there such a thing as a city treasure, and if so, does Pittsburgh have one? The Duquesne Incline a Pittsburgh Treasure Certainly, there are special buildings and places that are undeniably Pittsburgh like the Block House, (http://popularpittsburgh.com/fort-pitt-blockhouse/) the Cathedral of […]

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Ten “Must Do” Autumn Family Activities

Ten "Must Do" Autumn Family Activities

Nature Walks – It is said that angels whisper to you when you go for a walk. Nature walks are a divine way to bring the family together. Geocaching – When you combine hidden treasure with technology, exercise, and a sense of adventure, you know you’ve got a winning family activity. Pumpkin Carving or Painting – Everyone loves a hands-on experience, and pumpkin carving or […]

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Loving the Laurel Highlands

Loving the Laurel Highlands

Loving the Laurel Highlands There’s something invigorating about heading to Steelers training camp in Latrobe and watching the players work out in the shadow of the majestic Laurel Highlands. But if your experience of this area, which neighbors Pittsburgh, is only what you’ve seen at camp, then you are missing out on some spectacular beauty, awesome historic sites, and amazing attractions. The Laurel Highlands, the […]

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Ten “Must Do” Spring Family Activities

Ten "Must Do" Spring Family Activities

Taste Real Maple Syrup – After enjoying real maple syrup, you may not be willing to go back to the store-bought stuff. Better yet, attend a maple sugaring event and learn that maple syrup doesn’t come from a glass bottle, but a tree. Plant an Indoor Herb Garden – A little investment in the spring could pay off well into the fall. Your cooking will […]

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Ten “Must Do” Winter Family Activities

Ten "Must Do" Winter Family Activities

Museums – Everything old is new again when you visit a museum, especially for the youngsters in your family. OK, so you’ve been to the Carnegie a gazillion times, but this time, see it through the eyes of a child. Play Board Games – Have a good old-fashioned Family Game Night!  Board games are a great way to create interaction. Set up a game table […]

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Seasonal Family Activities

Seasonal Family Activities

How can you be sure that the activity you’ve carefully planned for your family will be a winner? You can’t really be sure until after the event. However, you’ll know you’ve picked a winner when, a week or a month later, someone in your family comes up to you and says: “Let’s do that again.” The following lists of fun family activities for you to […]

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