Sunday-morning visits to the grocery store are vastly improved by samples of toothpicked sausage bites and tiny cups of squash soup. Humanity's mysterious love affair with trial-sized morsels is in full effect with today's deal: for $20, you get access to one walking food tour of the Strip District from 'Burgh Bits & Bites, a $38 value (including tax and service fees). Tours meet at the Old St. Patrick's Church courtyard and depart at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Call ahead and namedrop your Groupon to reserve your spot on a tour.
In the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest, amid the bald eagles, deer, herons, and small-mouth bass, lies Blackwater Outdoor Adventures, a family-owned business dedicated to equipping treks into the outdoors that surround it. From their river outpost and general store, staffers dispatch water vessels to traverse the clear waters of the Cheat River, a scenic passageway carved into the rolling hills with plenty of areas for swimming and fishing. Blackwater also operates a 7-acre campsite on the banks of the river, where groups can lessen the edge of the outdoors with hot showers and space to store boats, gear, and inflatable six-bedroom homes.
Located on the Montour Trail—a 46-mile stretch of flat, non-motorized trail paved with crushed limestone—The Tandem Connection stands as a convenient stopping point to outfit customers for two-wheeled excursions. Folks can stop in for daily or hourly rentals of 3-, 7-, or 21-speed bikes, such as retro-styled tandems from Sun Bicycles and pint-size rides from KHS Bicycles. The bikes feature hand or coaster brakes and may be attached with kid-friendly add-ons such as tagalongs and trailers. Once atop bikes, riders confront bridges and tunnels on their scenic adventure before heading back to Tandem for trail snacks, locally roasted coffee, and weekend barbecue.
In 1969, aficionados from six midwest states formed the Midwest UFO Network—MUFON for short—to improve and organize their growing reports of UFO sightings. Now known as the Mutual UFO Network, MUFON's more than 3,000 members have formed chapters throughout the United States and various countries around the globe.
More than 900 of those members are trained field investigators who interview UFO witnesses and compose written accounts of sightings. Some of those findings, as well as the latest research findings, are showcased at MUFON's annual International UFO Symposium, which rotates through the United States and is sometimes held on Earth's second moon. MUFON runs similar events throughout the year, and prints more info about sightings and UFO science in its monthly journal.
The fish will never see you coming. That’s the goal, anyhow, when fishing in a float tube—you glide slowly across the water in an inflatable, single-seat watercraft, using fins to propel yourself. Acme Dam Fishing’s expert instructors teach novices and veterans alike the art of angling in a float tube before heading out to one of three nearby lakes for an 4- to 8-hour fishing and mermaid-stalking excursion.
The Historic South Side Home Tour grants ramblers keyless entry to 11 of South Side’s most distinctive homes. After checking in at the UPMC Mercy South Side Outpatient Center, visitors embark on a self-guided jaunt through the wide-flung doors of renovated lofts and stately mansions. Rummage through well-appointed domiciles, drawing design inspiration from Victorian living rooms, spiral staircases, and portrait galleries of famous Nintendo protagonists. In addition to opening their homes to throngs of eager guests, many of the homes’ denizens will be on hand to answer questions about their abode and its accouterments.