Getaway -- Beaver Creek, OH

Well, it's been a year. I'm sure everyone is feeling that in one way or another and while in some ways we've been very fortunate this year in others we've had some struggles. A few months ago after seeing endless ads on social media for Getaway I decided to see if there was an outpost near us. It turned out that the Cleveland-Pittsburgh location was a little over an hour from us so I booked a Saturday-Sunday weekend trip for a weekend in November. When I booked this in August I had no idea that we would really luck out with the weather but the 70-degree temperatures were much appreciated. I should stress here that we are not camping people...we're not really even outdoorsy people. We took a trip once that involved roughing it with an outdoor shower and a compost toilet and it really was not for me. Getaway really blends the outdoors with modern amenities which was much appreciated by the two of us. About a week before our trip I received an email from Getaway with

{Road Trip} to Lumaze -- Pittsburgh, PA

This past Sunday we took a two-hour road trip to Pittsburgh to visit our friend Sarah and to check out Lumaze. Lumaze is a 100% indoor holiday light display made up of 1,000,000 lights which also includes a market of local businesses that gives you a chance to enjoy the lights and then complete some holiday shopping. The event is hosted in a large warehouse on 32nd Street in Pittsburgh and this is the first year Lumaze has been in Pittsburgh although it's been hosted in several Canadian cities and in Sweden. The Pittsburgh event runs through January 4, 2020 and tickets are still on sale for several dates. Pros: The ticketing process was incredibly easy. We ubered to the venue from Lawrenceville and walked right into the venue without issue. We also appreciated that you were required to choose a timeslot for your tickets. Since we visited in the first time slot on a Sunday afternoon Lumaze wasn't too crowded but there were certainly crowds. Parking around the venue is l

Wine Your Way Thru -- Brunswick, OH

Wine Your Way Thru is an event that I see on Facebook year after year so I'm glad that our group of friends was able to select a date and grab tickets this year. The event is held by Mapleside Farms in Brunswick Ohio and requires tickets purchased in advance (and yes, dates do sell out). This year your tickets got you five wine or craft beer samples in a corn maze exclusive to Wine Your Way Thru participants (also known as there were no kids in this adult-only corn maze). The event starts with a scenic hayride to the maze (this is also your first sample stop) and once you're in the maze there are four stations to find throughout. We ended our time in the maze around dusk and headed into Pumpkin Village to split a bottle of wine. Our Wine Your Way Thru tickets were for 5:15 PM on October 19th so the sun set pretty early on our adventure. I would probably pick an earlier time next year so that we could enjoy a little more of Mapleside Farms. Although there were some hiccups