Rediscover Pittsburgh with Sarah

One thing I’ve missed in 2020 is the ability to travel!

Lucky for me, having just moved to Pittsburgh in March (literally the day everything shut down), there is still so much I am discovering about this amazing city! In a lot of ways, these last few months have felt like a never-ending staycation as I’ve worked at making Pittsburgh home (from home).

I am excited to be doing a guest blog post with VisitPITTSBURGH as part of their #RediscoverPittsburgh series! I started my blog to encourage others to travel even with a 9-5 job, as well as to encourage others to let go of the mindset that you need to travel across the country in order to have fun. Traveling can be as simple as exploring the cities near you – or, if you’re fortunate enough like me, the city you live in!

Before I moved here, I knew very little about Pittsburgh, and I will continue to stand by the fact that this city is so underrated – it feels like I learn something new every single day! I’m so excited to share with you all a mix of places I have tried/places that are on my bucket list!

Where to Stay

I have not been to either of these lodging options, but these two spots are definitely on my bucket list for a fun staycation. They have reviews!

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh might be vibrant, whimsical and trendy, but the building itself and the city go way back to the year 1903, when Pittsburgh’s iconic Beaux Arts-style James H. Reed building was erected. The building has had many uses since - housing an electric company and, most recently, a law firm. Pittsburgh is home to several art museums, like the famous The Andy Warhol Museum, so this hotel just encapsulates both the history and the art culture Pittsburgh has to offer. 

TRYP Pittsburgh

Tryp is home to Pittsburgh’s #1 rooftop restaurant, Over Eden , and overlooks Lawrenceville. I LOVE Lawrenceville. If I could describe Lawrenceville in a few words it would be trendy, full of culture, and fun! There is so much to do in Lawrenceville – from their cute shops along Butler Street, the abundance of restaurant options, to bowling at Arsenal Lanes or catching a movie at Row House Cinema – there is just so much packed into this neighborhood with plenty to do for even just a weekend trip.

What to Do

Duquesne Incline

If you are looking for an amazing view of the city, you have to stop by the Duquesne Incline. Founded in 1877, the Duquesne Incline is one of the few funiculars left in the U.S.

Point State Park

Point State Park is located at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s three rivers and features a gorgeous fountain.

Museums

There are SO many museums in Pittsburgh, but I am most excited to visit The Andy Warhol Museum and The Mattress Factory.

Phipps Conservatory Botanical Garden

If you’re anything like me, and you also loves plants and gardening, this place is a DREAM! The best garden you’ll ever see! Phipps encompasses 15 acres and includes a 14-room glasshouse and three distinct gardens.

Where to Eat

The local food scene in Pittsburgh is FANTASTIC. Pittsburgh has everything from casual family spots, upscale and fine dining, late-night bites, take-out options and multi-cultural options.

Some of my personal favorites are:

There are so many different options to choose from, and so many places I have yet to try! If you are looking for some Pittsburgh staples, I would recommend checking out Primanti Bros and Pamela's Diner or Deluca's Diner; I say ‘or’ because from what Pittsburghers tell me, you either love one or the other!

All in all, Pittsburgh is full of hidden gems that I am so excited to discover! If there is one thing I have learned from 2020, it’s that the things that so often become ordinary and mundane to us should never again be taken for granted. So if it has been a while since you’ve explored Pittsburgh, or maybe you’ve lived in Pittsburgh your whole life and it just doesn’t feel exciting to you anymore - I would encourage you to get out and #RediscoverPittsburgh and see why we all can be so proud to call Pittsburgh “home”!