Pennsylvania is becoming the place to be for 2015. Just last week, The New York Times ranked Philadelphia No. 3 on their 52 Places to Go in 2015 list. Pittsburgh was also honored by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top three places worldwide to visit this year.

The article notes, “The furnaces are long gone, but this city’s on fire. The Carnegie Museum of Art, The Warhol, Mattress Factory and Wood Street Galleries have been on a curatorial tear in recent years. The restaurant scene is also alight, led by Cure and Bar Marco, but hit the old school Primanti Brothers for the best sandwich of your life.”

Likely factors that contributed to the honor include the area’s strategic investment in arts, culture and the environment. The hotel community has been growing at a fast rate with five hotel openings slated for this year, including Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco. Pittsburgh’s Cultural District features a walkable 14-block area with nine theaters, several art galleries and a number of restaurants and pubs. Numerous outdoor activities and a raved-about music scene round out the city’s offerings.

“To be among 15 destinations worldwide selected for this ‘Best Of’ list is incredibly exciting. Those of us who live here know that the city’s amazing amenities combine to create a tremendously desirable place to live and visit,” says Craig David, president and CEO, VisitPITTSBURGH. “For Pittsburgh to be included among the world’s most outstanding destinations speaks volumes about the city’s journey over the last 30 years.”

Houston was the only other U.S. city to be featured on the list. International destinations included Costa Rica, Rwanda, Helsinki, Berlin and New Zealand.

 

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:

 

This fall, chef Jorge Guzman will open a new restaurant, Petite León, in the former Blackbird Cafe space in South Minneapolis. The restaurant will serve dishes with Mexican, Spanish, French, and American influences, that aim to be approachable, creative and delicious.