Family-Friendly Stays in Downtown Pittsburgh-Homewood Suites by Hilton

When traveling with children, it can be somewhat difficult to find one with amenities to serve all of your family needs. You want everyone to be comfortable and happy, including yourself. My recent stay at the Homewoods Suites proved that was definitely possible. I was nothing but pleased by everything this Pittsburgh hotel had to offer. Below are a few that makes this hotel highly recommended. Huge thanks to the entire staff of Homewood Suites in Downtown Pittsburgh.

SPACIOUS ROOMS

Homewood Suites is equipped with 120 suites that are compatible with almost any family size. My daughter and I stayed in beautiful suite with 2 queen size beds, with an additional pullout bed in the living room area. The living room area had a nice contemporary-style couch and chairs to relax in while watching the second flat screen tv in the suite. The bedroom had a desk and large screen TV, equipped with cable. Our room had floor to ceiling windows, showcasing a beautiful view of the city. The suite’s kitchen area was complete with a full-size refrigerator, microwave, stovetop and a small seating area to eat. There was so much space, I could definitely see larger families being just as comfortable as we were in the room.

DAILY COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST

Breakfast is one more thing you won’t have to worry about during your stay at Homewood Suites. Every morning gather your family up and take them to the dining area and enjoy a hot breakfast. During my stay, I was delighted with Waffles topped with fresh berries and whipped cream, potatoes, and sausage. Everything was delicious! A perfect start to a beautiful Pittsburgh day.

LOCATION

Homewood Suites is the perfect location for visitors arriving in the city without transportation. Walk a couple of blocks and you’ll find yourself one Pittsburgh’s most loved communities, The Strip District. Here be prepared to be submerged in the historically rich culture of this city. Lined with hundreds of small businesses and eateries that have been there for generations, the Strip District is a must do while in Pittsburgh. Homewood Suites is also walking to downtown Pittsburgh and many other places of interest in the area. The best way to explore a city is by foot! If walking is not your thing, there’s Uber! You just might request one of those Driverless Ubers!

SO MANY AMENITIES

So many more reasons to love Homewood Suites. The kids (and adults) will want to take a dip in the indoor heated swimming pool. Don’t forget your swimsuits! Across the hall from the swimming pool, you will find their 24 hour top-of-the line fitness room. You’ll also enjoy free WIFI in your room as well as the hotel’s public areas. Receive customer service anytime as the front desk is staffed 24/7 to assist you.

THE KIDS WILL LOVE IT

I can’t tell how much my daughter raved about our stay here. If your kids are happy, vacation will be a wee bit more awesome. Homewood Suites has a very inviting vibe for their littlest guests. I observed many great interactions with the awesome staff and my daughter. They really made her feel special.

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON

DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

1410 Smallman St

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

412-232-0200

For more information about Homewood Suites in Downtown Pittsburgh visit them online.

*I received this stay complimentary during my time in Pittsburgh. As always all opinions are my own!

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Last Minute Holiday Road Trip to Kidsburgh! Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

So this year has been pretty busy and you just didn’t have time to make any holiday plans but you really want to get out the city for a few days. The kids have had an awesome school year and could use a little adventure. Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh! Kids and parents alike will truly enjoy this city. There is so much to do! My daughter and was invited to Pittsburgh to see some of sights and had a awesome time. You’ll be surprised to see how incredibly family-friendly Pittsburgh really is. So go ahead and gas up the car, pack a bag, and hit the road. Pittsburgh is waiting for you!

Holiday Happenings

Holiday Lights at Kennywood

Imagine an amusement park decorated with nearly 2 million twinkling lights! It’s quite a sight! In this winter wonderland themed park, you will also find the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania. It’s huge! And of course you can’t go to amusement park and not get on a ride. Select rides are open, adorned in holiday lights to make Kennywood an even more magical time.

Holiday Lights at Kennywood is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from November 24 – December 23, plus December 26 – 30, from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Winter Flower Show and Light Garden: Holiday Magic! at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens brought to life with artful LED lights, detailed props, decorated fir and pine trees, amaryllis, orchids and more than 2,000 poinsettias. From majestic, illuminated trees to whimsically oversized ornaments, toys, books and more, the show will delight the senses and kindle the spirit of the season in guests of every age.

Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden run through Sun., Jan. 7. Daily hours for Winter Flower Show are 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and 5 – 11 p.m. for Winter Light Garden. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Tues., Dec. 26.

Miniature Railroad & Village® at the Carnegie Science Center

This amazing amazing display of craftsmanship features

• 105 animations

• 250,000+trees

• 14 aircraft

• 85 automobiles

• 1 Incline (Monongahela Incline)

• 60 trucks

• 22 horse-drawn vehicles

• 23,000 fans in Forbes Field

Other Pittsburgh Adventures of Interest

Duquesne Incline

1197 W Carson St

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

10 Children’s Way, Allegheny Sq, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

National Aviary

700 Arch St, Allegheny Commons West, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Where to Eat

Waffle Incaffeinated

2517 E Carson St

Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Burgatory

342 N Shore Dr

Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Primanti Bros

2 S Market Sq

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Where to Stay

Homewood Suites

1410 Smallman St

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Check out my daughter’s review of Pittsburgh HERE!!

*I was given this awesome Kidsburgh experience complimentary from the amazing people at Visit Pittsburgh. As always, all thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

#LovePGH Taste & Explore – A Travel Guide to Pittsburgh 

A few weeks ago I had the most amazing experience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It was my first trip to the Steel City and I was more than excited. Before my arrival I spoke to a few natives of the city and all were in unison in saying how great the people were. And they were right. The people were kind and very hospitable. They took pride in their city. What a beautiful thing to see. The unfortunate industry collapse in the 80s crippled the city, as it did many other cities. But the city of Pittsburgh picked itself up and was determined to come back stronger. And that they did. Visit Pittsburgh today and fall in love with this Rust Belt city as I did. 

WHERE TO STAY

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel


Located in downtown Pittsburgh, visitors are invited to experience the  amazing views of the city while relaxing in their luxurious guest rooms. From the first moment I stepped foot into the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel I was in love.  The lobby is just so majestic.  High ceilings, marble floors, very chic décor, a very accommodating staff is what you can expect. Guest rooms are equipped with the best features to make your stay exceptionally comfortable. Amenities include; luxurious bedding, flat screen TVs w/ cable, complementary WiFi, and beautiful waterfront views.

If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat at the “Best Restaurant in a Hotel in Pittsburgh”, Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasseire. Known for its European and American inspired cuisine, as well as their handcrafted cocktails, Braddock’s will make your unforgettable experience complete during your stay at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.

Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel

107 6th St

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15222

Phone: 412.562.1200

Instagram @renpgh

Twitter @renpgh

Facebook/RenaissancePittsburghHotel

WHERE TO EAT

Smallman Galley

2 BARS. 4 RESTAURANT CONCEPTS. 200 SEATS. BEST FOOD COURT EVER.  

Pittsburgh’s first food hall and the nation’s first restaurant incubator, is currently featuring 4 chefs that are absolutely amazing. These up-and-coming chefs will spend 18 months at Smallman Galley training while running their restaurants.  At the end of the 18 months, these chefs move on with valuable skills acquired in this intense program, and another set of four chefs replace them for another 18 months.  Smallman Galley is the perfect place to explore a variety of restaurants under one roof. Read about my experience at Smallman Galley HERE.



Smallman Galley

54 21st Street

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222

tel:+14122810949

Instagram @smallmangalleypgh 

Twitter @SmallmanGalley

Facebook/SmallmanGalley

 

Bar Marco


Bar Marco was named “Comeback Restaurant of the Year” by Pittsburgh Magazine. Located in the Strip District of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Bar Marco was founded in 2011 by Kevin Cox, Justin Steel, Michael Kreha, and Bobby Fry. While their menu is limited, you can definitely expect an amazing dining experience.  You can’t go wrong enjoying a beautifully plated dish and carefully crafted cocktail in this century old former firehouse. One other amazing fact about the restaurant is that tipping is not allowed. All employees are giving a salary. I love that!

Bar Marco

2216 Penn Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222

tel:412-471-1900

Instagram @BarMarcoPGH

Twitter @BarMarcoPGH

Facebook/BarMarcoPGH

Spoon

 

Spoon “helped write the first chapter of the city’s culinary rebirth and are hard at work on the next one. Lead by Exectutive Chef, Jamilka Borges, Spoon is consistently serving the highest quality of food resulting in a stellar dining experience for their guests. My dining experience was just that. Beautiful atmosphere, delicious food, and amazing cocktails. A very desirable dining situation to be in. 

Spoon

134 South Highland Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206

tel:412.362.6001

Instagram @Spoonpgh

Twitter @Spoonpgh

Facebook/spoonpgh

Square Cafe

If you’re the mood for a good ole homestyle breakfast, make your way to Square Cafe. Located in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood, Regent Square, this cafe is serving up seasonal menu items using locally sourced ingredients. Be sure to get something off their espresso menu, caffeinated beverages are served in a beautiful mug. 


Square Cafe

1137 South Braddock Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15218

tel:412.244.8002

Instagram @squarecafepgh

Twitter @TheSquareCafe

Facebook/SquareCafe


Ace Hotel


Yes! You read that right! Ace HOTEL! In the lobby of this beautiful hotel is their amazing restaurant and bar. Stop by with friends for craft cocktails and delicious appetizers to get your night out on the town started. Sip and nosh in the swankiest of surroundings at Ace Hotel. Formally a YMCA, Ace Hotel is blending vintage and contemporary vibes in the best way possible. 

Ace Hotel

120 S Whitfield St

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

tel: 412.361.3300

Instagram @acehotel

Twitter @acehotel

Facebook/AceHotelPittsburgh


THINGS TO DO


Duquesne Incline


Take the Duquesne Incline 400 feet up for the most amazing view of the city of Pittsburgh. Ride to the top on a 138 year old incline car, where you’ll also find a historical exhibit about this Pittsburgh gem.

Duquesne Incline

1197 West Carson St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Instagram @theinclinepgh

Twitter @duquesneincline

Facebook/DuquesneIncline


Gateway Clipper



Hop on the Gateway Clipper and enjoy the fantastic views of the city from the Three Rivers. While coasting down the river, you’ll also get a guided tour and history tidbits along the way. Another great way to take in the city of Pittsburgh. 


Gateway Clipper Fleet

350 W Station Sq Dr

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

tel: 412.355.7980

Instagram @gatewayclipper

Twitter @gatewayclipper

Facebook/GatewayClipperFleet

Burghs, Bits & Bites


This tour is a must do when you’re in the city of Pittsburgh. Enjoy the rich history and culture of Pittsburgh through its food. This guided tour of the city’s most beloved neighborhood is full of small businesses cherished for decades.
The Andy Warhol Museum



Did you know that the Andy Warhol Museum is the largest single artist museum in North America? Right in the heart of Pittsburgh, birthplace of Andy Warhol, you’ll find 7 floors of his amazing work. Also enjoy diy opportunities in the workshop and shopping in the gift shop. 

The Andy Warhol Museum

117 Sandusky Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890

Instagram @thewarholmuseum

Twitter @thewarholmuseum

Facebook/TheWarholMuseum

For more information on all things Pittsburgh, visit VISITPITTSBURGH.com. Thank you Visit Pittsburgh and the great city of Pittsburgh for a most awesome experience! 

*This post was sponsored as part of a press trip organized by Visit Pittsburgh. All opinions are that of my own.

Pittsburgh Eats:  Smallman Galley 

Last week this time, was my very first time in the great city of Pittsburgh. Now that I’ve experience it first hand, I can definitely say that Pittsburgh is indeed great. Fresh off the plane, after checking into my hotel, I headed to Smallman Galley for lunch with a few fellow writers. This place was the perfect introduction to the culinary scene in  Pittsburgh. It definitely set the mood to my entire stay there. 

Smallman Galley is a food hall style incubator for undiscovered local chefs. Every 18 month, 4 new aspiring restaurant owning chefs are housed in Smallman Galley to receive a one-of-a-kind training experience. Here they fine tune their business and culinary capabilities. 

View from inside of Smallman Galley
Smallman Galley – 54 21st St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
On this visit, we were delighted with  4 restaurant concepts that were truly amazing. Each chef telling their story through their food in a beautiful way.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Banhmilicious ~ Chef Hoa Le

Modern Vietnamese 

Inspired by the cuisine of her homeland, Chef Hoa Le brings a taste of Vietnam to Pittsburgh. Her menu is centered around healthy, organic, and locally sourced ingredients. This was beautifully reflected in her Chicken Noodle Soup. The broth was perfectly seasoned with an added spiciness to make it quite interesting. I really enjoyed it. 

Instagram @bmiliciouspgh

Facebook @Banhmilicious

Pork Pupusas ~ Pulled pork stuffed corn tortillas topped with fermented slaw, shaved jalapenos, and whey salsa

Colonia ~ Chef Jesse Barlass

Latin American Cuisine

Featuring the beautiful cuisines of Latin America, Chef Barlass introduced the us to his Pupusa. A Pupusa is a thick corn tortilla stuffed with a savory filling. It reminded me of a tamale,  but in a patty form. It was filled with pulled pork and topped with fermented slaw, shaved jalapenos, and whey salsa. I appreciated the uniqueness in this dish. 

Pizza topped with arugula.
White Pie – Garlic Cream, Caramelized Onions, Marinated Cherry Tomatoes, Arugula, Ricotta
 Iron Born ~ Chef Pete Tolman

Hand Forged Pizza

Chef Tolman presented his signature White Pizza to us and I was quite excited. The aroma coming off of it was to die for. I’ve had some amazing pizzas in my lifetime, but I can definitely say this one is definitely in my top 3. Cooked in cast iron pans, the crust is crisp, airy, and delicious. Nearly perfect. Described as Detroit Style Pizza, the toppings were fresh and the seasoned thoughtfully.

Instagram: @IronBornPizza

Facebook @IronbornPgh

Photo of deconstructed s'mores.
S’mores – flexible chocolate, smoked meringue, Millie’s Graham

Brunoise ~ Chef Ryan Peters

Progressive American Cuisine

Chef, you had me at s’mores! This version of the classic treat will have you plotting your next visit to the Smallman Galley for another taste.  It’s beautifully presented with a rich flexible chocolate beneath an adornment of smoked meringue. Beside it a mound of graham cracker crumbs topped with a bit of ice cream. This dessert is everything.

Instagram  @brunoisepgh

Facebook @brunoisepgh

From the Bar

Sandlot Themed Cocktails

Imagine how excited I was when we were told that Smallman Galley’s cocktail menu is inspired by the movie The Sandlot. AND the menu is presented in a Sandlot VHS clamshell. Very cool. These amazing craft cocktails are not only fun but unique. I had the opportunity to try two selections from the menu, the Wendy Peppercorn and The Great Spambino. Both well deserved of several thumbs up. 

Wendy Peppercorn – Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Espolon Blanco Tequila, Szechuan Pepper, Hibiscus, Orange, Grapefruit
 
The Great Spambino – Spam-washed Wigle Organic Rye Whiskey, pineapple, nori, Wigle Mole Bitters
https://instagram.com/p/BZwo2cclR9e/

#LovePGH #ShanaWasHere

*I receive this experience complimentary as part of a press trip with Visit Pittsburgh. All opinions are that of my own.