A few weeks ago, I visited Pittsburgh Pennsylvania for the first time and had no idea what to expect. What I found out is that you need to come to Pittsburgh hungry and thirsty. Pittsburgh is making a huge comeback since the steel industry and at the heart of the city's revitalization are over 30 breweries, numerous unique coffee shops, and art communities.
We scouted the city for the top neighborhood craft breweries and coffee shops. Each spot offers authentic flavors, friendly hospitality, and local neighborhood vibes. These spaces are drawing locals and tourists and offer a place to socialize, work, eat and drink. The brew tour is the best way to discover Pittsburgh, one neighborhood at a time.
Pittsburgh Travel Vlog:
Top Craft Breweries:
1. Cinderlands: A tiny brewery in the Lawrenceville neighborhood.
2. Brew Gentlemen: An innovative brewery in a newly revitalized steel mill neighborhood of Braddock.
3. Voodoo Brewery: A converted vintage firehouse turned funky brewpub in Homestead. Check out the upstairs which has a jail-turned-restaurant booth.
4. Grist House: A dog-friendly neighborhood brewery that brews unique beers onsite and has a spacious outdoor Biergarten.
5. Penn Brewery - An established brewery with an awesome outdoor Biergarten and historic beer caves. You can also catch this brewery at the airport for a last-minute brew. â
Top Coffee Shops:
1. Steel Valley Roasters: Located in Homestead, this small-batch roaster is community-focused and passionate about coffee! The space also offers onsite yoga classes, the perfect accompaniment to a morning brew.
2. Pear and the Pickle: Neighborhood coffee shop and diner with a blend of vintage and hip touches, like freshly brewed Stumptown coffee. Be sure to check out the upstairs sundeck which has a garden and views of the neighborhood.
3. Commonplace Coffee: Located in the colorful neighborhood known as the Mexican War Streets, this coffee shop serves the locals and draws people from around Pittsburgh for their freshly roasted brews.
1. Warhol Museum: Museum dedicated to Pop Art icon and Pittsburgh native Andy Warhol. The museum has 7 stories of artwork including an interactive balloon room.
2. Mexican War Streets: A funky colorful neighborhood.
3. Randyland: One of America's most colorful public art landmarks.
What are your favorite breweries and local cafes in Pittsburgh? Comment below!
One of the most essential sights to visit in the Pittsburgh area is not found in the city itself, but in an unassuming location an hour and a half from the city.
We take a day trip from Pittsburgh and venture to rural Pennsylvania to visit Fallingwater, one of the greatest works of American architecture, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in the mid 1930s.
Fallingwater was built for Edgar Kaufmann, a successful businessman who owned the Kaufmann Department Store chain with its flagship store in downtown Pittsburgh. He commissioned famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright to build his family's weekend residence as a getaway from the bustling city.
The property is designed in modern style and includes multiple bedrooms, balconies, and terraces. It is now regarded as the "best all-time work of American architecture" by the American Institute of Architects and one of the most impressive designs.
We rented a car and drove an hour and a half from the city to reach Fallingwater. Be sure to bring $12 for the toll roads along the way. On the road to Fallingwater, we pass by corn fields, barns, and cows until we reach the Fallingwater estate, which appears like a mirage through a forest of trees.
Best Part of the Visit:
Walking up to the house, we were surrounded by the peaceful sounds of the waterfall. The pathway was lush and green, as if we were in a rainforest. The house was perched atop a waterfall with stunning modern architecture style, unusual for its day. Frank Lloyd Wright used a cantilever design that allows the home to integrate into its natural surroundings, with multi-layered terraces, glass windows and skylights around the exterior.
Even in today's standards it would be considered architecturally daring, but it was built in the 1930s.
We took a one hour tour of the house, which showcased the home's interior, exterior, and history.
Have you been to Fallingwater yet? What is your favorite part of Frank Lloyd Wright's design? Comment below!
Aside from the wine region of Tualatin Valley, Portland offers a world of nature and adventure activities outside of the city. Here, we discovered our top three places to visit outside of the Portland downtown.
1. Cascade Locks -
This region is a 45 minute drive from downtown Portland and is at the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. We visited for the Bridge of the Gods half marathon and 10K , which offers scenic views of the forests, gorge, and an epic cross-over the bridge.
Sign up for the race here: https://bridgeofthegodsrun.com/
The Cascade Locks region is known for its many waterfalls, including Multnomah - the second highest year-round waterfall in the USA. We visited at about noon, and the sun was just peaking over the top of the mountain ridge. The area also features a bridge hike to get a closer look at the waterfall.
2. Seaside Beach -
Known for its rugged beach landscapes, adventurous hikes, and plentiful beach volleyball activities, this beach is about a two hour drive from Portland.
3. Portland Japanese Garden
Perched like an oasis overlooking the Portland downtown, the Japanese garden features teahouses, sweeping views, forest trails, and delicious cuisine at Umami restuarant.
Japanese Garden Admission: https://japanesegarden.org/
Plan on spending at least an hour or two at this expansive Japanese garden.
What is your favorite city retreat in Portland? Comment below!
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