Explore Westmoreland County with the Westmoreland Heritage Passport

Passports are becoming the next big thing in destination marketing, and in southwest Pennsylvania it seems like they're just about everywhere. From breweries to coffee shops, attractions and more, if there is an abundance of something with a common theme in a geographical area, there is likely a passport for it.

Westmoreland County (Allegheny County's neighbor to the east) is getting into the passport fun with a free booklet that contains 34 stops in the region. Some attractions in the guide are paid, while others are free, but those who complete the passport by the end of 2019 will not only have a great experience in the county but will also be entered to win a wonderful prize!

So, are you ready to get out and explore Westmoreland County? The Westmoreland Heritage Passport is calling for you.

This post is sponsored by Westmoreland Heritage.

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Celebrate Sustainability with Phipps at The Big Green Block Party on May 16th

No matter how you look at it, sustainability culture is here, and no place in Pittsburgh does it better than Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

The gardens are home to a LEED® Silver Welcome Center and the first LEED® certified production greenhouse, and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes is one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the entire world- and they sure do love to celebrate it!

As such, Phipps is putting on its latest event, The Big Green Block Party on May 16th from 7:30 to 10:30 pm, and they're inviting you to join the celebration! Today we're sharing a teaser for what you can expect when attending!

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10 of the Best Pittsburgh Instagram Spots

Pittsburgh is a stunning city, there is no doubt about that.

In being such a beautiful city, odds are good you'll want to get out and grab some photos for your personal use or social media sites like Instagram.

To help you find some of the city's most stunning spots, we teamed up with Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo in Cranberry (the only Alfa Romeo dealer in the area) to take out one of their Stelvio SUVs for a spin to visit some of our favorite Pittsburgh Instagram friendly destinations. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio starts around $41,000 and will be available soon in the Quadrifoglio version which is a race car quality line with over 500 horsepower and can hit 0-60mph in under four seconds.

In this one we share the destinations we visited on our tour around the city plus a few more that you absolutely must check out when shooting for the ‘gram!

This post is sponsored in part by Ron Lewis Alfa Romeo.

All opinions and recommendations below are our own.

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Phipps Winter Flower Show Returns with Holiday Magic: Let it Glow!

One of our favorite Pittsburgh Christmas traditions is the Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. This annual event, which runs from November 23 through January 6, is one of our go-to's for holiday cheer every year and is returning for the 2018 season with a show that promises to be better than ever!

(Please note, photos in this post are from the 2017 Winter Flower Show.)

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Primanti Brothers and Mrs. T’s Pierogies Team Up for ‘The Polish Hill’

Two things are true about Pittsburgh's food scene: we love to put fries on top of everything, and pierogies are a staple part of our diets.

The origin of the former tradition is, naturally, Primanti Brothers, whose popular sandwiches cultivated the fries-as-a-topping phenomenon we know today.

On the pierogy side of the spectrum no one has popularized the dish more in the regional diet than the Shenandoah, Pennsylvania-based Mrs. T's Pierogies, the largest producer of frozen pierogies in the country.

For the longest time these two grew in their own cuisines independently, but this year they have joined forces to create a sandwich that combines Pittsburgh's two love affairs into one: The Polish Hill sandwich.

We were invited to Primanti Brothers by the folks at Mrs. T's Pierogies to check this one out, and are really glad we did.

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Exploring Pittsburgh Without Your Own Car – Zipcar Edition

In our series, Exploring Pittsburgh Without Your Own Car, we want to put ourselves in the shoes of visitors and locals who navigate the city through means other than using their own car. The reason for this is because while many visitors and locals in Pittsburgh own their own vehicles, this is not the case for everyone as many choose to not have their own cars to cut costs or enjoy many other benefits of being car-free.

For those who fall into this category, you then have to look at alternative options that are available- be it public transportation, private transportation services, your own feet or bike, or others. Each of these has its own nuances and cases where it is the most practical, and it is our goal in this series to test the different methods ourselves to see how practical they are for people in the city.

In this edition, our friends at Zipcar asked us to take a car out for a spin when we mentioned we were planning an IKEA run for a big purchase. As Zipcar has over 80 cars scattered around the city, we knew it would be a good feature in this series, and this entry was born.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Zipcar. As always, all opinions are our own.

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