Category Archives: Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things

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: Summer 2015 Events

Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Can you believe it? While you may have picnics and family gatherings in the plans for the weekend—which many consider as a kickoff to summer—we’ve gathered a list of local outdoor activities to keep you busy all season.

Festivals:

  • The Three Rivers Arts Festival remains a great celebration of the arts throughout the city, featuring performing and visual arts exhibits from June 5-14.
  • The Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is back again this year, July 3-5, with the addition of Formula One Power Boat races and the Wheel of Lights, a nine-story tall Ferris Wheel that is sure to give a fantastic view of the city. The event will of course include a fireworks display for the Fourth of July.
  • New to the city in 2015 is Picklesburgh – a free festival surrounding all foods pickled taking place July 17-18 on the Rachel Carson Bridge. The giant flying Heinz pickle balloon is sure to be an extra highlight, though.

Concerts:

  • Heinz Field plays hosts to some major concerts this summer, including Kenny Chesney (May 30), Taylor Swift (June 6), The Rolling Stones (June 20), Luke Bryan (July 31), and One Direction (August 2).
  • Other outdoor venues like Stage AE and First Niagara Pavilion continue to host a variety of old and new acts.
  • Don’t forget the free concerts taking place throughout the Three Rivers Arts Festival, too.

Movies in the Park:

  • Free movies are offered in the city’s parks throughout June, July and August.

Summer Food:

  • Farmers’ Markets are already in full swing and typically last throughout the fall months. Check out the local neighborhood markets for anything from produce to flowers, all at great prices.
  • During Oakland Restaurant Week, June 22-27, participating restaurants feature $6 lunches.
  • Pittsburgh Restaurant Week comes up on August 10-16, highlighting deals on summer menus of local city and suburban restaurants.

What are some of your favorite summer activities and traditions throughout the city? We hope you have a summer full of fun in the sun!

Our Favorite Pittsburgh Things: Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend

The 2015 Dick’s Sporting Good Pittsburgh Marathon weekend is here!

Runners and walkers will be celebrating as they cross the race’s finish line, just two blocks from the Yearick-Millea office.

About 30,000 people are participating in the weekend’s different events—5K, kid races, and a pet walk on Saturday, May 2, and the marathon, half marathon, and marathon relay on Sunday, May 3. Race participants get to experience Pittsburgh in an amazing way—running across the city’s numerous bridges and diverse neighborhoods.

Runners take the opportunity to give it all they have and achieve their goals after months of training, while the streets will come alive with thousands of spectators and volunteers cheering on their loved ones and strangers alike. The family-friendly Eat’n Park Finish Line Festival at Point State Park also is a great way to unwind after the races.

The GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo, held Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, is another event that everyone can enjoy. Focusing on all aspects of health and wellness for people of all ages, the expo offers Pittsburgh-themed gear and apparel for those who want to show off their Pittsburgh pride.

Are you participating in any of the marathon weekend events? Tell us in the comments!

2014 Pittsburgh Marathon

2014 Pittsburgh Marathon

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: Pittsburgh Summer Restaurant Week

Pittsburgh is always referred to as a melting pot of cultures, which is certainly reflected by the different types of restaurants participating in Pittsburgh Restaurant Week. Through Sunday, August 17, participating local restaurants are offering special menus to diners, including multi-course meals and specialty items priced from $20.14 to $35.14.

The purpose of Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is to celebrate Pittsburgh food and restaurants throughout the city. This summer’s Restaurant Week highlights fine dining, fresh harvest and outdoor seating. A list of participating restaurants and their specific deals can be found online at pittsburghrestaurantweek.com, and we encourage you to check out the options!

As you browse the menus of participating restaurants, you’ll discover that there is a variety of diverse cuisine selections from nationally recognized chefs – and from restaurants old and new to the city.

A few of the restaurants that have been serving Pittsburgh for years include the Grand Concourse and Morton’s, but restaurants such as Grit & Grace and Altius have been gaining positive reviews over recent months. NOLA on the Square in Market and Meat & Potatoes — both in downtown — are a couple of our lunch time favorites.

So take this opportunity to spend some time downtown. Make a reservation and enjoy! Let us know if you’ve found any new favorites.

Credit: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

Credit: Pittsburgh Restaurant Week

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