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MTV's The Real World has called more than 20 cities homeincluding New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, and Las Vegasover the past 26 seasons and now it looks like they may be adding Pittsburgh to that list.
Though there is no official confirmation from MTV about the show's 27th location, and the Pittsburgh Film Office has remained mum about the possibility, many local websites, Twitter reports, and even Wikipedia, seem to agree that The Real World: Pittsburgh is finally happening in 2012.
Unfortunately Santa doesn’t open up the North Pole in the offseason for a behind-the-scenes look at what takes place in his workshop, but we might have found the next best thing. If the holiday stress and shopping is taking a toll on you this season, just consider taking a holiday timeout to visit the National Christmas Center. There’s no official museum all about Christmas, but this is pretty darn close.
Located in Paradise, Pennsylvania—right in the heart of Amish country—the place is dedicated to preserving and sharing memories of Christmas present and past. We don’t think there's exhibits dedicated to embarrassing holiday sweaters or home movies, but there are 15 different galleries and exhibits—along with a handful of smaller displays. In total there’s like 20,000 square feet of stuff to see and displays to wander through.
HallelujahPunxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow early this morning, when the little famous groundhog was removed from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob, near Punxsutawney, PA. This means an early spring, which is lovely to hear since it's already like Mother Nature took six extra weeks of winter and just layered them on top of the last six weeks.
In order to allow people to show their love for the cute critter and gain a special Foursquare badge at the same time, Pennsylania's Tourism Board has added a fourth badge to their current collection. Unlike the previous three badges, you don't have to be in Pennsylvania to score the Groundhog Day one, but there are still some requirements:
On the outside, the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, looks like a gothic castle. But in the inside, the eclectic six-floor museum looks like hoarder heaven. We don't mean like those scary homes on A&E's Hoarders that you can't walk through and have dead animals under the clutter.
The museum's founder, Henry C. Mercer, collected pre-1850s junk, everything from a stagecoach to ornate tortoiseshell hair combs. As Mercer saw tools and handmade objects get replaced with machine-made goods, he had the foresight to know that those obsolete items would be of interest to archaeologists and historians.
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Sure the majority of the holidays have come and gone, but that just means we need something new to entertain us until the summer warmth returns. There's still plenty of special winter beers and brews to sample, so here’s our picks for three festivals from which to take a sip or two this January.
· Denver’s Winter Brew Fest 2011:
Citizens of Denver know their beer, and they’re ready to celebrate their love of the sudsy stuff at the end of January. On Friday, January 28 the annual Winter Brew Fest is ready to welcome both craft brewers and mega breweries to Mile High Station to celebrate ales, lagers, and stouts. Expect at least 35 breweries from around the state, country, and world to bring over 90 different varieties of beverages to share. Best of all, some of the proceeds of your admission go to benefit the Swallow Hill Music Association.
Tickets are still available, but we’d act quickly, as we’re sure a beer festival in Colorado is guaranteed to sell out. Tickets are $30 in advance and include unlimited tastings of the festival’s best brews. You’ll even get a souvenir tasting glass that you’re free to stumble out the door with once you’ve had your fill. Of course there will be plenty of live music, great food, and other stuff for sale to help balance all the delicious beer samples.
Stuff dropping from the sky to ring in 2011 isn’t for everyone, so that’s why we’re suggesting a sports travel alternative in chilly Pittsburgh. The NHL is bringing together two of its best teams—the Penguins and Capitals—in this year’s outdoor game during the 2011 Winter Classic.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are borrowing Heinz Field from the NFL’s Steelers for the weekend, as the football stadium is being transformed into a hockey rink as you read this. The only issue with this year’s game is that it might be a little too warm—and rainy—so there is a chance that things might get postponed until January 2. So just keep an eye on the weather if you plan on making the road trip to the left side of Pennsylvania.
Your local mall gets decked out for the holidays, but to get a different feel for the festivities, pay a visit to Peddler's Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The shopping spot turns into a winter wonderland when December rolls around.
It's an especially good time to travel to Peddler's Village because it will hold its Christmas Festival December 4 and 5. The fest will feature a Christmas Parade, Santa and more. But more importantly, it signals the time of the year that the village gets illuminated in colored bulbs and Victorian-style holiday decor.
Yes yes YES! As quick as we've been to add Foursquare into our travel lives, it's been a bit of job nudging the rest of the travel community along. When the city of Chicago became the first city to introduce a Foursquare campaign, we hoped that soon, our check-ins around the world would yield special badges and continue giving us firsthand, indispensable trips from fellow travelers.
And we're happy to report that it is catching on; Pennsylvania has just become the first state to join Foursquare. And yes, badges are involved, as you'll no doubt be happy to hear. The only issue is that, to earn them, you've go to get out into the backroads of Pennsylvania on agasproad trip.
If you've ever wanted to tour Pennsylvania's historic Civil War sites but can't imagine navigating the perennially-unfinished death trap that is the Turnpike, we've got good news! A new project spearheaded by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office aims to deliver the state's Civil War Trails right to your desktop, blending Google Earth technology, historical information, and incredible high-def GigaPan panoramic photos. The images are so detailed that you can literally zoom in on gravestone inscriptions, to say nothing of the centuries-old houses and towns that users are able to navigate.
The projecta collaborative effort mixing the talents of the Pennsylvania Commonwealth, Google, Carnegie Mellon, NASA, and the National Civil War Museumaims both to educate the public and to promote Pennsylvania's many historical tourist destinations. It's part of the state's broader Civil War Trails site, which catalogs everything Civil War-esque that has to do with Pennsylvania.
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Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Parade
The United State's biggest and oldest St. Patrick's Day celebration takes place on the streets of New York, but there are tons of other cities that throw similarly huge parades, complete with floats, bagpipes and tons of revelers decked out in green. It just goes to show that you don't always have to jump the Atlantic Ocean to celebrate St. Patrick's Day properly in Ireland; in fact, some US cities make a bigger deal out of the holiday than the homeland does, and we've found the Top 3.
Crack open a Guinness and see the Top 3 Cities for St. Patrick's Day (that aren't New York or Boston), after the jump!
If you have any business meetings with Michael Scott scheduled this spring, you’ll be pleased to see some of the renovations done to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, which desperately needs a name update itself. Officials have given the green light to open up the wallet to fund a couple rehab projects, and they’re looking to get things ready for a new restaurant. They already have ensured that there’s free WiFi for all throughout the Joseph M. McDade Terminal Building, so the new upgrades are just icing on the cake.
Midtown Sundries—they’ve got locations in North Carolina and Florida—is set to open at the airport this March. Despite their name they sell food and drinks, not stuff like toiletries and cosmetics. The restaurant looks like the typical steak, burger, and sandwich place, and they have big kid beverages, so it will definitely be a good option to drink away any flight delays.
Bill Murray is definitely showing his age since his appearance in the movie Groundhog Day, but the true hero of the holiday is Punxsutawney Phil; even without plastic surgery he’s looking great. Sure the holiday seems a little silly, but why not check it out in person to truly decide. We’re all for an early spring, so it might just be worth attending this year’s events on February 2.
If you want to rub elbows with Punxsutawney Phil it’s essential that you get to Gobbler’s Knob—that’s where his house is—as early as possible. Admission and parking are free, but the place opens up at 3:00am. There’s separate sections for both students and families, as we’re thinking the students probably had drink or two to help them make it through the night.