Category Archives: Pittsburgh

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

 

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is one of Pittsburgh’s most beautiful locations. Located in Oakland’s Schenley Park, Phipps offers many environments for visitors to explore—alone or with a tour guide.

Here are some things you can enjoy:

  • Visit one of the facility’s many gardens and plant exhibits, including an orchid collection, palms and desert plants. Statues, glass art, paintings and a variety of other artwork are also displayed throughout the gardens.
  • Attend one of the many events and shows hosted at Phipps throughout the year. The Summer Flower Show exhibit runs through Monday, Oct. 5. This year’s Fall Flower Show, which will showcase chrysanthemums and their importance in Japanese culture, will begin Oct. 17 and run through Nov. 8.
  • Take a class! Phipps offers a variety of programs on gardening, arts and crafts, healthy living, and sustainability for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Grab a bite to eat at the café, which offers organic, local food.

 

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Have you ever been to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens? What is your favorite thing to do there?

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: Lawrenceville

Less than three miles away from downtown, Lawrenceville has quickly become one of the most popular areas of Pittsburgh. With its always-changing atmosphere and its vibrant energy, it is no wonder people have begun to flock its streets.

There is something to do for everyone, with a wide variety of shops and restaurants, like Mid-Atlantic Mercantile or Industry Public House.

You can feel the creative atmosphere of Lawrenceville with art galleries lining the streets and view local artists’ work. There is an event in April called Art All Night where local artists create works all night long while you watch. If you don’t want to just watch the action and want to try your hand at creating something, stop into Paint Monkey or Pinot’s Pallete and make your own masterpiece!

If you are interested in music, the Thunderbird Café always has local or touring musicians stopping in to play a set.  There is also an annual outdoor/indoor walking concert event called R.A.N.T. (Rock All Night Tour) where bands play at different venues in Lawrenceville for 14 hours.

Or, maybe you just want to relax and take in a great cinematic classic at the Row House Cinema where they show a different selection of classic movies every week, chosen around a singular theme.

What are your favorite things to do in Lawrenceville? Let us know in the comments below!

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Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: Downtown

The City of Pittsburgh is no stranger to receiving accolades—whether it’s being named the most livable city, one of the most affordable cities or one of the best cities for recreation.

This week, Livability’s 2015 list of the top 10 best downtowns in America revealed what we at Yearick-Millea already know—Pittsburgh is No. 1. Livability applauds Pittsburgh’s low vacancy rates, its walkable neighborhoods and its high concentration of cultural amenities, including many that have made our own favorites list:

We’re proud to work in this city! As always, continue to check back for more posts highlighting our favorite Pittsburgh things.

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Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: The Peoples Gas Holiday Market

If you still have to buy some holiday gifts for your loved ones, there’s time to head over to the Peoples Gas Holiday Market in downtownone of our favorite Pittsburgh things!

Located in Market Square, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market was inspired by the original German Christkindlmarkts. Vendors are housed in Alpine-style wooden chalets, offering ethnic and local gifts such as jewelry, ornaments, artwork, winter accessories and many more handcrafted items.

After shopping, take a break and visit Santa Claus, catch some live performances and entertainment, or grab a bite to eat from the Yule Hause presented by NOLA on the Square—featuring bratwurst, crepes, strudel, haluski and more treats. If you want to experience holiday lights, stick around for the BNY Mellon Season of Lights, a choreographed light show in Market Square that occurs every half hour after dark.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market is open through December 23. For more information and a complete list of vendors and performances, click here.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Pittsburgh.

The Peoples Gas Holiday Market in Pittsburgh.

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: Fall Foliage

Autumn is officially here, which means temperatures are dropping, pumpkin-spiced flavors are back, and our favorite—the leaves in the Pittsburgh area are starting to turn red, yellow and orange!

Fall foliage seen from a North Park walking trail

Fall foliage seen from a North Park walking trail

According to Visit PA’s Oct. 7 fall foliage report, Pittsburgh’s leaves are showing about 30 to 35 percent of full color, so there’s still time to head out and take in some of the season’s most beautiful sights. The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources also offers an interactive fall foliage map for anyone interested in seeing how the colors are coming along throughout the state.

If you want to catch the foliage during its peak, here are a few ways to do so:

  • The Gateway Clipper hosts a Fall Foliage Tour in October. Visitors can experience the area’s bright colors while enjoying a meal and entertainment on one of the fleet’s riverboats.
  • If boats aren’t your thing, consider taking in autumn’s vibrant colors on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Pittsburgh’s urban trail system gives visitors the opportunity to see the colorful leaves among the city’s skyline.
  • Allegheny County parks, such as Boyce Park, South Park, Hartwood Acres and North Park have wooded areas and trails, ensuring that anyone in the area can see the leaves during their peak no matter where they live.
  • If you don’t mind taking a short drive, the Laurel Highlands region, which is a little more than an hour from the City of Pittsburgh, offers some pretty spectacular views in the fall. The area is home to Mount Davis, Pennsylvania’s highest mountain elevation; Ohiopyle State Park; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

Where do you like to go to see Pittsburgh’s fall foliage? Tell us in the comments!

 

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things—Point State Park

As we welcome September, it’s hard to believe that fall is almost here. But there’s still time to enjoy one of our favorite things in Pittsburgh—Point State Park (or, simply, the Point).

The Point, which is a short walk from the Yearick-Millea office, is located at the tip of Pittsburgh’s “Golden Triangle,” where the city’s three rivers come together.

Opened in the 1970s and recently renovated, the Point provides a recreational space within downtown and hosts multiple city events, including the Three Rivers Arts Festival, the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race and the Three Rivers Regatta.

Visitors can learn about the area’s role during the French and Indian War at the Fort Pitt Museum and Fort Pitt Blockhouse, picnic at the Great Lawn and City Side Lawn, grab a bite to eat at the Café at the Point, or sunbathe by the fountain. The area is also a favorite among walkers, joggers and bikers.

The fountain at Point State Park shuts off some time in the fall, so you still have time to head down there and check it out!

What’s your favorite thing to do at the Point? Tell us in the comments!

The fountain at Point State Park.

The fountain at Point State Park.

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things—The Gateway Clipper

The Yearick-Millea office has a great view of one of the best things to experience in Pittsburgh—the Gateway Clipper Fleet.

The Gateway Clipper

The Gateway Clipper

Docked at Station Square, the Gateway Clipper Fleet offers a variety of cruises—sightseeing, social, dining, entertainment, seasonal and holiday events. Whether you’ve lived in Pittsburgh your whole life or you’re a newbie to the city, there’s a cruise for you.

Tourists and residents alike can enjoy the sightseeing cruises to take in the beauty of the city. The one-hour cruise offers a different view of the beautiful landscapes and buildings Pittsburgh has to offer, as well as some fun facts about the three rivers. Themed sightseeing cruises—think superheroes, princesses and pirates—are fun for the whole family, while dining cruises like the Captain’s Dinner Dance, are perfect for a date night.

But don’t think you have to set aside an afternoon/evening to enjoy a ride on the Gateway Clipper. If you’re heading to a sporting event or a concert on the North Shore, you can take a riverboat ride from the Station Square dock.

If you’re ever aboard one of the ships during the week, wave at the First & Market building!

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: Summer

If the intense heat wasn’t a dead giveaway, let it be known that summer is well underway. While we are able to enjoy all four seasons—some more than others—summer offers nice weather and a variety of activities: some that you may have been doing since you were a kid and some that you may not even know about. That’s why it’s one of our favorite Pittsburgh things.

Catch a ballgame

The Pittsburgh Pirates are normally hitting their stride and climbing in the rankings this time of the year. Even if you’re not a fan, enjoying a day at PNC Park and the surrounding area offers a variety of activities, whether you’re into food, music, or a casual stroll along the Allegheny River.

Seek some thrill

Kennywood’s open! Whether you are looking for some thrills, roller coasters, driving recklessly in a bumper car, or feasting on Potato Patch fries, Kennywood offers a chance to relive your youth and make new memories.

Fun in the sun

If you’re not lucky enough to have your own backyard pool, it seems like there is one available in every community. But, if you’re feeling more adventurous, spend a day riding the slides or floating around at Sandcastle.

The great outdoors

While there’s plenty to do in Pittsburgh, sometimes it’s nice to get away from city life. There are countless camp sites, rafting locations, and off-roading sites that are within an hour or two.

Beach bum

Ok, maybe you can’t be a beach bum in Pittsburgh, but Lake Erie is roughly two hours away. Pack up the family or gather some friends and spend a day at the lake and work on your tan. There’s nothing more relaxing than having your toes in the water; bum in the sand.

Those are some of our favorite things about summer in Pittsburgh. What are yours?

PNC Park

PNC Park

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things—Summertime at PPG Plaza

One our favorite places in the City of Pittsburgh is a short walk from the Yearick-Millea office. Now that the weather agrees that it’s spring (and almost summer!), PPG Place Plaza is open!

The plaza is located at the center of PPG Place and has a seating area with tables, plants and a “Water Feature,” where water pulses from the ground. When I was a freshman at Point Park University 10 years ago, the plaza was my first “find” in the city.

The plaza is a great place to visit during a weekend trip to the city, and it’s an awesome way to break up your work/school day Monday through Friday. You can eat your lunch (packed or takeout from one of the many delicious downtown restaurants), read a book, people watch, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city. At the plaza, you can find friends catching up, first-time Pittsburgh visitors marveling the city’s beauty and local children enjoying the Water Feature.

Have you ever visited the PPG Plaza? What’s your favorite thing about the spot?

PPG Place Plaza

PPG Place Plaza

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things—Kennywood Park

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things will be a regular series devoted to the places, things, and people in and around the city of Pittsburgh that all of us here at Yearick-Millea love.

Kennywood is open! Well, almost. On Saturday, May 3, one of my favorite places in Pittsburgh opens for the season.

Credit: Kennywood Park

Credit: Kennywood Park

Kennywood is one of the oldest amusement parks in America, and for me, it represents a feeling of nostalgia. Though I didn’t grow up in Pittsburgh, I’m lucky enough to have made memories at the park throughout my life. Growing up, my siblings and I would spend our summers in Pittsburgh with our grandparents, and going to Kennywood was a highlight during those trips.

I remember being small enough to enjoy the rides in Kiddieland, the Jack Rabbit was the first rollercoaster I ever rode, I’ve attended school/work/community picnics, and I even wrote about new attractions at the park when I worked as a newspaper reporter.

The amusement park features several wooden and steel coasters, thrill rides, classic fair rides and water rides. No matter how old I get or how many times the makeup of the park changes, the Kangaroo ride will always be my favorite because it was the first attraction we’d visit when my grandma would take us to the park.

Finally, a trip to Kennywood trip isn’t complete without delicious amusement park food! While the Potato Patch fries are very popular with the Kennywood crowd, I’m partial to the corn dogs and funnel cakes.

Do you have a favorite ride/food item from the park? Share your Kennywood memories with us in the comments section.