We have always been enamored by the Pittsburgh Pirates Park, so we decided to take an empty nest (EN) road trip. We drove and were meeting up with another longtime, 30+ years EN friends of ours. We spent 3 full days in the city and all agreed that we covered everything there was to see.
We stayed in the Marriott city center which was right next door to Consol Energy Center (where the Penguins play).
The hotel itself was nice, say 3.5 stars. I would however rate the staff as 5 stars. The location of the hotel was walkable to the majority of the locations we planned to explore. The Marriott provides a convenient and free shuttle service to several locations throughout the city.
Our first day was spent visiting the Andy Warhol museum during the day and attending the ballgame at night. The museum was very interesting and a highly recommended to be seen.
The pregame festivities were quite fun. We arrived at the PNC Park about an hour before game time and there was a live band playing as well as beer and food vendors along the street. If you do attend, take time to enjoy a beverage or two on the closed down street and checkout the view of Pittsburgh’s skyline and the throng of fellow fans walking over the Roberto Clemente bridge. As for the ball park it did not disappoint. We sat in the left field bleachers, 4 seats for $125; being originally from Boston, those are bargain prices.
After the game we while walking back to the hotel and had a late night small plate’s dinner at ‘Butcher in the Rye’. Chef Richard DeShantz’s take of Rustic Americana cuisine is matched with a lively bar scene, which has earned Butcher, James Beard semifinalist award recognition for Outstanding Bar Program two years in a row. I would also put this on the high recommendation list, both food and atmosphere did not disappoint.
On our second day we enjoyed a decent buffet at the hotel (it was complimentary – gifted, not included in hotel price) I would not recommend paying for it. We spent the afternoon in a section called ‘the strip’ it is several blocks of shopping and dining. This would be the place you would want to buy any souvenirs, especially anything Pittsburgh sports related.
This is also the original location of Primanti Brothers. If you plan on eating there (I will cover it later) you will want to get there early as the line becomes quite long. We had lunch in an old firehouse (do not recall the name), it was good, would not go out of my way to eat there.
Later in the afternoon we walked from the strip to Church Brew works, approximately 1.5 miles. This is a church that was converted into craft brewery. If you enjoy beer I would recommend this stop. The appetizers were also quite good.
We took an Uber back to the hotel from here as it was almost 3 miles back. After a quick nap by some of our party we took the incline to the top of Mount Washington. Great views of the city from this point, however if you plan on eating up there make reservations in advance, the two nice places fill up fast.
After a quick nap by some of our party we took the incline to the top of Mount Washington.
Great views of the city from this point, however if you plan on eating up there make reservations in advance, the two nice places fill up fast.
After taking in the view we had dinner at Lidia’s Italy Pittsburgh back down by the strip. Very good Italian food and a nice atmosphere. This came recommended from our Uber driver and he was spot on. Lidia Bastianich’s nephew is Mario Batalli and they co-own Eatliy in NYC. We walked back to the hotel for a well-deserved good nights sleep.
On our final day we decided to have breakfast at the original Primanti Brothers, it is open 24 hours. This establishment serves all their sandwiches with French fries and Cole slaw ON the sandwich. It was decent and to be quite honest I only recommend since it is a Pittsburgh original.
Inside and outside of Primanti brother
After breakfast we headed to the Heinz museum.
It is a good take while visiting and overwhelming with the amount of displays they have there. We spent over 3 hours at the museum and still did not see everything.
After a leisurely walk back to the hotel, we gave hugs and kisses and departed to our home states.
Overall a fun place to visit, very manageable and all the people were very friendly.
Hope this small blog post will help you if you decide to visit.
Until the next trip