We all know that Pittsburgh still evokes in some minds the images of a smoky, soot-filled town -- a reputation that hasn't applied for decades. Instead it is a small, friendly city, filled with people who love their traditions, from kielbasa to Kennywood. A city that boasts an arts scene that would make many larger cities jealous. A city with an amazing array of diverse neighborhoods where everyone can find a place that feels like home. A city with several state parks within an hour's drive. A city with the best sports fans in the nation. Here are just 10 Things to Love About Pittsburgh. What else do you love?
My family loves to spend time exploring the rich history of the Western Pennsylvania region, exploring such places as the Johnstown National Flood Memorial which tells the story of the tragic 1889 flood that became one of the worst natural disasters ever seen in the United States. While there, you can also take in the sites of Johnstown, visiting Johnstown's Grandview Cemetery, where 777 unidentified flood victims are interred, or take a side trip to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville.
From the Meadowcroft Rockshelter that provides the earliest evidence of people in all of North America to the first successful oil well in the United States (which was not drilled in Texas), Western Pennsylvania is a mecca for great hands on history. Have you seen them all?
If you're a fan of fresh, organic, or locally-grown produce, now's the time to consider a produce subscription through one of the area's CSA cooperatives. So what's a CSA you might ask? CSA, short for Community Supported Agriculture, offers you the chance to partner with a local farm. You pay a subscription fee up front, and they deliver weekly or monthly boxes (depending on the program) of yummy, fresh produce direct from the farm. A number also offer extras such as fresh eggs and milk, poultry and beef. Your advance payments help the farmers plan ahead for the season, and you enjoy the peace-of-mind of knowing where your food came from. Unsure if this is a good option for you? Check out 10 Reasons to Join a CSA.
Pittsburgh was a major brewing center prior to prohibition - home to established breweries such as Iron City Brewery and the Pittsburgh Brewing Company, the third largest brewing operation in the country. Following the repeal of prohibition in 1933, however, the city never really returned to its beer-making roots. Craft beers are making a comeback, however, and there are now quite a few local Pittsburgh brewpubs and microbreweries currently in operation where you can sit down and enjoy a good local brew.
Upcoming beer related events include Pittsburgh Beerfest this weekend at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, a Brews for Views craft beer tasting on April 3 at the Society for Contemporary Craft in the Strip District, and Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, scheduled for April 25 - May 4, 2014.
It's hard to imagine after the deep freeze of the past few weeks, but the Montour, Panhandle and other local trails will soon be filling up with walkers and runners. If you're looking for something to motivate your exercise program, why not start training now for one of the many annual charity walks, runs, and rides held around the Pittsburgh area each spring and summer -- supporting causes ranging from MS & cancer to asthma and animal charities. Join as an individual or form a group or team, and spend a few hours with your Pittsburgh neighbors in support of your favorite charity. It's a great feeling!
Italian culture and heritage has been a huge part of Pittsburgh since the first large wave of Italian immigrants arrived at the beginning of the 20th century. You can see it in neighborhoods like Bloomfield, and in the variety of Italian grocery stores, such as Groceria Italiana, Donatelli's Italian Food Center and Pennsylvania Macaroni Company. Best of all, however--especially for those of us who enjoy tasty, homemade Italian food--is the wealth of great Italian restaurants we have to choose from in the greater Pittsburgh area, featuring Northern Italian, Tuscan, and even Sicilian cuisines.
Valentine's Day doesn't have to be just roses, dinner and a movie. Whether you're looking for a fun date idea for your partner, or something different to do with the entire family, there are plenty of more unique ways to celebrate the day. How about going with the family or your special someone to see Shrek the Musical, with its quirky romance and irreverent fun? Or a quick trip to the East End Food Coop for a free sampling of romantic cheeses?
If you're the hands-on type, a date to make glass flowers or valentines at the Pittsburgh Glass Center might be a fun way to enjoy spending time with the ones you love. Or, if you prefer something a little closer to the traditional romantic dinner date, how about dinner at the Pittsburgh Aviary where all exhibits will be open and birds on glove to greet you as you arrive, or the Sweet Nice in Venice charity dinner which benefits family life programming at UPMC Children's?
If none of those strike your fancy, you'll find a few more ideas in this list of 14 Valentine's Day Date Ideas & Events to get you started.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, but just about any winter evening can lend itself to a romantic dinner. While the Pittsburgh area has a lot of great restaurants, a few stand out for their cozy, intimate setting, superb wait staff, or to-die-for food -- restaurants that just seem to cry out for a romantic date, anniversary celebration or other special occasion. Check out these Romantic Pittsburgh Restaurants and tell us what you think!
Looking for a high-quality, quick-service place to grab lunch in downtown Pittsburgh? The revitalization of Market Square seems to have spawned a great new crop of options, from gourmet burgers at Winghart's Burger & Whiskey Bar, to healthful salads and unique sandwiches at the recently opened Bluebird Kitchen. For pizza, many recommend Stone Neapolitan Pizzeria near Point State Park. And then there are the many ethnic staples, from Apollo Grill to Sree's Foods. Did we include your favorite downtown Pittsburgh lunch spot in our list of Best Places to Grab a Quick Lunch in Downtown Pittsburgh?
The Baierl Truck Depot 2014 Country Megaticket is back with 7 great concerts to keep your summer rockin'!
Live Nation, First Niagara Pavilion, Heinz Field and PNC Park proudly announce the Baierl Truck Depot Country Megaticket. Each Megaticket includes one concert ticket to seven of the hottest country artists performing in Pittsburgh this summer. The Country Megaticket** goes on sale to the public at 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 31 and is only available at www.megaticket.com for a limited time only. Citi Card Pre-Sale available from Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10:00 a.m. - Thursday, Jan. 30 at 10:00 p.m.
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