Huggable Art: Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

Imagine a museum where you can hug the art, seesaw in a trailer, play “Mary Had A Little Lamb” with some neon cubes, and chill on a bench next to shark girl all the while learning more about art and humanity.  No matter where we travel to, I love cities with a strong museum culture, especially one where visitors can play. Even better: this museum isn’t a science center but instead all about the contemporary arts. While modern art tends to get some crap, this institution is more than fancy canvas splatters and abstract sculptures that all look like penises—which I equally love. The Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in Ohio is filled with interactive and engaging exhibits and is worth a visit if you are looking for fun educational opportunities within the city.  Did I mention that the museum is free? Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center Park In A Nearby Garage…

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Neons Signs Are Not Just For Adult Playtime: The American Sign Museum

I live near Tampa, Florida so when I think of neon signs, I know the strip clubs are near.   And just like the Red Light District in Amsterdam, that glowing red speaks of the forbidden and sensual. Do I even need to mention Vegas?     Like a bug to the light or The Uncorked Librarian to breweries, I can never keep my curious eyes away from the windows and street corners. While these almost blinding rainbow lights have grown to represent a different side of history and culture—lets call it adult playtime—those brightly lit tubes own a prominent spot on the American history timeline. In the ultimate visual ode to antiquity, these signs demonstrate a progression of sign making, materials available, innovation, and advertising. PR relations back in the day appear pretty badass to me. Who knew that so much history existed in sign making? The American Sign Museum…

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What’s Hot and Not: Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018

The Uncorked Librarian to Epcot Food and Wine is like Jessica Jones to her bottle of whiskey. Well, maybe that sounds wrong, but you get the idea. As an annual passholder and local, I look forward to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival every year, studying menus like my life depends on it and elbowing my way into the park to get a piece of that tender Australian lamb chop. What is on the menu this year? What is brand new—like say some bubbly OJ in a brand new Festival Center—and what shouldn’t you miss? Sadly, what is also missing? While there is so much to cover, here are 5 musts on your foodie agenda for the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2018. This is what The Uncorked Librarian found to be worth your precious park time. Epcot Food And Wine Festival General Information Epcot Food and Wine commences…

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Where To Eat In Ocala, Florida (And Drink!)

Horse country. Confederate flags (cringe). Glass bottom boats. These are the images that Ocala, Florida invokes to locals and tourists alike. However, there is so much more to the off-the-grid city, and Ocala’s downtown square is slowly growing in popularity. With newer breweries, a winery where you can create your own personal oaky libation collection, and a slew of contemporary but quaint restaurants lining the smaller historic downtown, Ocala should not be overlooked. Ocala is an upcoming go-to day trip destination from anywhere in Central Florida with less than an hour or hour and a half drive. As local Floridians, my husband and I had no idea that hidden gems existed in horse country as we drove through the Ocala National Forest. With family in the suburbs and having visited numerous times, these are my favorite suggestions for where to eat in Ocala, Florida as well as where to uncork…

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Ommm…Beeeeer…Ommm: Central Florida Beer Yoga

I wish that I could constantly sit on a plane en route to countries filled with sidewalk cafes.  I dream of getting lost down small alleyways and finding historic treasures.  Sometimes, though, I find a little local piece of heaven with these 4 words: Central Florida beer yoga. Yoga, Hops, & All The Feels: Central Florida Beer Yoga I have been a yogi since college.  P.S. Guys, I’m old so that means I’ve been doing yoga for 17 years.  Every Saturday is sheer yoga bliss. Seeking inner peace and a solid workout, I attend one of the most atmospheric breweries—dim white lights with a gorgeous twisting tree logo–for morning yoga. As I unroll my Manduka on the concrete floor, a gorgeous industrial-beamed ceiling greets me. Like a Lightroom filter, silver and muted tones of blues and oranges ensconce my mat and soothe my yoga soul.  My love of beer may…

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Five of Historic Saint Augustine, Florida’s Best Kept Secrets

In Saint Augustine, Florida antiquity allures visitors while the modern establishments entertain and nourish. We headed to St. Aug. with no set itinerary, but found ourselves seduced by its historic spell.  To newbies, the city may be overwhelming.  If you are just visiting for a short stay, below are my recommendations for the perfect St. Augustine, Florida weekend trip.   A Quick Introduction to St. Aug., Florida In a trance-like gait we wandered neighborhoods, lusting over old Victorians.  We stopped to admire parks with artistically and poignantly dedicated monuments and reached over to stroke local furry celebrities parading down the cobblestoned roads. St. Augustine, Florida boasts of the Fountain of Youth—home to some possessive peacocks—the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the United States, and B&Bs bursting with guests who have never left. An old fort greets you on one side adjacent to a cheesy yet swashbuckling fun pirate museum. I even…

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