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The Slaw 07: Lillian Rafson, CEO of Pack Up + Go // NYE Parties

We talk with Lillian Rafson, founder of the surprise travel agency Pack Up + Go about starting a business and visiting Pittsburgh. We also spotlight burger night at Pear and the Pickle with Dancing Gnome Beer and all the New Year’s Eve parties in Pittsburgh.

In this episode of The Slaw: Staying on top of Pittsburgh, we talk to Lillian Rafson, who is the founder and CEO of Pack Up + Go, a surprise travel agency. We also share the details on the collaboration between Dancing Gnome Beer and Pear and the Pickle for burger night. Our events section takes a look at some of the New Years’ Eve options in Pittsburgh.

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Lillian Rafson, Founder & CEO of Pack Up + Go

We chat with Lillian Rafson about traveling, starting a business and how to be a tourist in Pittsburgh. Rafson is the founder and CEO of Pack Up + Go, a surprise travel agency. Pack Up + Go is located in Pittsburgh and books travel all over the United States. Pack Up + Go plans three-day trips where the destination is a surprise.

Lillian started Pack Up + Go after learning about a similar company while traveling in Europe. Pack Up + Go was founded in 2016 and now has 10 employees here in Pittsburgh.

A little over 6 months in, the company has already handled about 250 trips.

Posted by Forbes on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lillian was selected to participate in the 2019 Tory Burch fellowship program.

Learn more about Pack Up + Go

Other travel companies based in Pittsburgh

Packing tips

  • Less is more

The less you pack the more time you have to enjoy your vacation. – Lillian Rafson

Pittsburgh pick: Una Biologicals

Lillian uses skincare products from Una Biologicals in Lawrenceville

Lillian’s recommendations for a Pittsburgh day trip

Looking to take a food tour of Pittsburgh?

Check out ‘Burgh Bits and Bites, which offers food tours in different neighborhoods around Pittsburgh.

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I have to tell the story behind this picture. It’s so Pittsburgh. I was touring with a lovely group of Australian ladies in the Strip District. We had stopped into Sunseri’s for the pepperoni roll and to meet with Jimmy. While the group was there, one of Jimmy’s friends, Bib, stopped in to drop off his wife’s yearly Christmas gift for Jimmy-homemade nut roll. Bib inquired about the group, and was happy to hear that they were visiting from Australia. He left the shop and returned with ANOTHER nut roll for the entire group to share. Friends, do you know how long it takes to make a nut roll? Bib, a complete stranger shared this special treat with people he just met. The ladies were thrilled, and the nut roll was amazing. Only in Pittsburgh. Thank you, Bib. ❤️#stripdistrictpittsburgh #stripdistrict #pittsburgh #visitpittsburgh #foodtour #pghfood #pghfoodtour

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A very Pittsburgh Collaboration: Burger Night @ Pear and the Pickle with Dancing Gnome Brewery

If you have been to Pear and the Pickle, you know that it is famous for breakfast sandwiches. Pear and the Pickle occasionally stays open for a burger night dinner. The next burger night is on December 19 and Dancing Gnome will be bringing the beer.

🚨B U R G E R A L E R T🚨 That’s right—the highly anticipated return of Burger Night is upon us. // December 5 with…

Posted by Pear and the Pickle on Monday, December 2, 2019

Pear and the Pickle Burger Night with Dancing Gnome

  • Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
  • Time: 6-8 pm
  • Location: Pear and the Pickle, 1800 Rialto St. in Troy Hill

Follow Pear and the Pickle on Instagram @pearandpickle for updates.

Events: New Years’ Eve in Pittsburgh

Looking for a way to ring in the new year? We’ve put together a list of all the New Years’ Eve and noon-years’ eve parties around town.

Save the Date: Jan. 4 – New Year/New Galaxy with Starship Mantis

We are partnering with Dancing Gnome, Black Forge and Epicast to bring you an event that is out of this world. Join us at Black Forge II in McKees Rocks for music and a special beer release.


Tickets are $15 (be sure to listen to the episode for a discount code)

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