Pittsburgh is not the coal-choked city it used to be. Since the 1970s, the city and its people have made major efforts to keep it clean, and it shows. There's plenty of shady parks all around the city, and many newer buildings must follow LEED requirements, which means they follow steps to make sure the building uses less energy and leaves less of a carbon footprint.
Although it was a short weekend, it left me wanting to explore more--there's definitely plenty to do in the city, but here's a short list to get you started:
- The Strip District
Rose, our host, assured us that the "Strip District" had nothing to do with nudity--just in case that's where your mind went to! It's a mix of touristy shops and interesting shops, such as local vendors and authentic Italian markets. It was also the location of the OG Primanti Brothers, where we obviously went for lunch.
- A Duck Tour
I absolutely love going on Duck tours--I get a little thrill like I'm on an amusement park ride or something whenever the vehicle makes its way into the water. The Duck Tour was a great way to see the city, without having to walk a million miles (which I definitely was not interested in doing during my first trimester).
- Sarri's Candies
Rose let us get a glimpse of this magical place by putting some Sarri's chocolate in our welcome bags, and we insisted we make a stop on the way back to the house. I believe this is technically outside of the city, in the suburbs, but the place has a chocolate castle--need I say more?
- Mount Washington
We didn't take the little trolley car up the mountain on this trip, but I would love to do that the next time I visit. Fun fact: when the trolley was first built, the workers who lived on the mount still took the stairs, because they recognized the value of good exercise and saving money. The trolley company was none too pleased people weren't eager to be lazy and/or get to work faster, so they came up with a solution. They hired actors (usually former steel workers who were injured) to "haunt" the stairs, and that was the end of that!
We attended mass on Sunday at St. Mary's on the Mount--a beautiful church, with equally beautiful views.
- The Grand Concourse
You all know how I feel about brunch. This place offered a brunch buffet WITH a donut machine that churned out fresh donuts, all in the setting of a former train station. As you can imagine, I was beside myself. And in a food coma.
As usual, the reunion was way too short, but we all had a wonderful time catching up and seeing the sights of Pittsburgh together.
Anyone else have any good Pittsburgh tips?