We get it—traveling can be not only expensive, but stressful! Why put yourself through all that hassle when our great city has plenty of options to make for the perfect Pittsburgh staycation. This time of year is the best for exploring our great city. Sit back, relax and let us be your travel agents. You can also find other choices for your hotel in Pittsburgh here.
Friday — Check in, grab drinks and dinner
Check in to the Priory Hotel, dubbed the “best hotel for a staycation” in Pittsburgh. The Priory was once a Benedictine Monastery and has been restored to make it a historic boutique hotel. The Priory is located in the North Shore amidst all of the attractions, yet it feels like you’re miles away from the hustle and bustle of town. New amenities include a gorgeous new hotel bar and updated courtyard garden.
Once you’re all checked in, grab an Uber (Fun fact: Pittsburgh is a city where the company is trying out driverless cars!) to Tako, the sister restaurant of Butcher and the Rye. Harken back to warmer weather with their delicious margaritas and cocktails. We have our eye on the Oaxaca Old-Fashioned, made with Corralejo Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Agave and Angostura bitters.
Later, walk less than half a mile to Nine on Nine Restaurant on Penn Ave. It’s Pittsburgh in the fall, so it’s bound to be chilly and you’re in luck—Nine on Nine has some of the most delicious soup in tahn! Their roasted tomato soup with parmesan cheese and croutons is decadent yet simple, perfect for a crisp autumn evening.
Saturday — Yinz Wanna Do Something?
There are countless things to do in Pittsburgh this fall. If you feel like you’ve visited every museum or art show every year, here are some more unique activities happening this November in the Steel City.
Hundreds of celebrities and professionals in the industry are set to be at this celebration of all things wizard-like. Think anime, horror, graphic novels, you name it.
This festival of independent films takes place in mid-November. There are films from all sorts of genres, so there is something sure to please everyone in your party this fall.
If you’ve decided to staycation during Light-Up Night weekend, you’ll want to attend the People’s Gas Holiday Market. With crafts and other beautiful gifts, you’ll be able to start your holiday shopping (or perhaps finish it!) with ease.
Sunday — Let’s Brunch!
Before you head back home, you’ll want to fuel up. Here are some can’t miss places to try.
If you’ve always wanted to try brunch at the famed Pamela’s, this is your excuse to do it! If you had a wild staycation Saturday night, you’ll want to give the “Morning After Breakfast Special” a try—it includes your choice of eggs and ham, bacon or sausage and pancakes. We’re also salivating over the croissant french toast.
Sometimes you just want to eat unlimited omelets and prime rib in an old train station. If you want a delicious brunch with something for everyone (literally), you’ll want to stop by and give the Grand Concourse’s brunch a try. We promise we won’t try and tear you away from the doughnut machine (it pops out hot doughnuts—what could be better?!).
The Cafe at the Frick puts most museum eateries to shame. It is open for Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. For those who are into sustainable food and healthy ingredients, many of the ingredients for their brunch dishes are sourced right from their on-site greenhouse. Best of all, you can walk off your meal throughout the Frick’s grounds afterwards.
Enjoy your staycation and let us know if you do any of the activities we suggested!