Annette is the city editor and writer for Red Tricycle and regularly. Her photography appears along with her articles in the following pieces.

Taste and Learn!: Creo Chocolate Factory Offers Sweets and Tours

By  on 2016/10/26

Much like Willy Wonka, there’s a chocolate factory in North Portland that offers tours your family won’t soon forget. Creo Chocolate makes irresistible candy and gives eager customers a behind-the-scenes peek at how all of their chocolatey magic happens. So for a real-life Charlie and the Chocolate Factory experience, book it over to Creo Chocolates to learn how chocolate is made. There’s even a surprise at the end of the tour…let’s just say: it’s sweet.

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photo: Annette Benedetti
The Shop
From brewed cacao and hot chocolate to small batches and bars, Creo offers something for every chocolate lover in the family. A bean-to-bar shop that boasts roasting, cracking, grinding, tempering, molding and packaging their own product, Creo gets its beans from a hand-picked family owned farm in the tropics that works directly with them to create unique flavors that bring back customers again and again. [Read more…]

Niagara to Buffalo: New York Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

By  on 2016/11/14

When most people think of taking the family to New York on vacation, the Big Apple is the first thing that comes to mind. But if your family isn’t keen on the hustle and bustle of the big city, the state has so much more to offer. From getting drenched in the waters of monstrous falls and battle reenactments to art-infused afternoons at the museums and creeping through dark caves, our guide takes your tribe from Niagara to Buffalo on the best New York family getaway you could imagine.

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 photo: Annette Benedetti

Niagara, NY
The city of Niagara is located at the international boundary between the United States and Canada and offers wide array of activities geared toward families throughout the year. Stunning parks with walking and biking trails that that wind throughout the Niagara Gorge provide hours of leisurely enjoyment and plenty of space for children of all ages to run and play. And if you are looking to plan some unforgettable activities for the family to enjoy, there’s plenty to consider including the Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, and Fort Niagara. [Read more…]