We all have our favorite stores, restaurants, trails, parks, public restrooms, parking stalls, etc. But once and a while we're faced with a conundrum: hosting a visitor, impressing a client, babysitting a nephew -- and suddenly your beloved Tri-Cities is as foreign as Timbuktu. If you need a few suggestions, we've tried to help. Maybe you're wondering if there are great places you haven't tried yet. These are our favorites. Nobody paid us or won a contest to make this list, these are just our hot spots we wanted to share with you.

  • Best Places in Tri-Cities for a Bachelorette Party

    Whether you’re looking for a wild night on the town or just a relaxing time with the ladies, here are our top picks.

  • Best Places to Take Mom on Mother's Day in Tri-Cities

    Mother’s Day is this weekend and whether you’re looking to take mom out to eat with the entire family or just for a couple people, try out these suggestions of local restaurants.

  • Best Places to Meet Singles in Tri-Cities

    Single and ready to mingle? Lame cliche phrase, I know, but when you are ready to go out and find someone to have a good time with, take a shot at some of these spots.

  • Best Cheap Restaurants in Tri-Cities

    The Tri-Cities has a good selection of restaurants spanning all kinds of tastes. The word cheap can sometimes take on a negative connotation, but I’m talking bang for your buck. When I’ve only got a few dollars to spend, these are my favorite places to satisfy my stomach.

  • Best Playgrounds in Tri-Cities

    I love taking the kids to the park. It's great family time and some of my best childhood memories involve playgrounds. Here are our favorite places.

  • Best Coffee in Tri-Cities

    Not everyone can make the best coffee, but it really comes down to preference. What someone says is the best cup of joe says something about their personality. Here are our fave five places to get your java fix in the Tri-Cities.

  • Best Places to Get Dieting Help in Tri-Cities

    Using a professional to guide weight loss is healthier and more effective. Here are 20 local businesses that specialize in weight control.

    Flickr, Keith Ramsey
  • Best Places For a Cheap Oil Change

    I hate paying $50 for an oil change. Plenty of places will do it for less; here are our favorite garages.

    Flickr, Robert Couse Baker
  • Best Places To Go Sledding

    Probably the best hill for sledding in all of the Tri-Cities is Carmichael Middle School in Richland just off Wellsian Way. Unfortunately, many people know that and the hill is chaos after a good snow. If you’re looking for somewhere to take the kids or grandkids tonight or this weekend, here are our favorite spots.

    Flickr, Skpy
  • Best Places to Take Your Dog in Tri-Cities

    There are some great places your dog would like you to take them..they’d go by themselves, but driving is a bit of an issue. One of the most stress relieving and fun activities is taking your dog out to a fun and exciting location. Not just for you, but the dog will love it too!Here are some great places to bond with your pooch, places you might not always think of.

    Flickr, Georgio