Pittsburgh: Health, Wellness, Tech, and Food!
When we used to think about Pittsburgh, PA we would imagine a city that was a center for heavy industry, steel mills, but those days are long gone. These days the city is clean, green, focused on sustainability, filled with warm people, a vibrant food scene, artist community and of- course lots of professional sports teams.
Recently voted America’s “Most Livable City, Pittsburgh has many affordable housing options, premium healthcare facilities and top notch universities including Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh. As a matter of fact, the city is so tech savvy, second only to Silicone Valley, that is has been dubbed Silicone Valley of the East. On occasion, one can witness a self driving car whiz by, being tested as commissioned by Uber and Lyft, etc.
Health and Wellness is at the forefront of life in Pittsburgh. Planned green spaces designed for outdoor recreation and exercise are everywhere. Food choices are many and it seems that vegetarian and vegan restaurants are popping up in many of the 90 neighborhoods.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a 15 acre mecca of gardens, seasonal flower shows and exhibits. The focus and research is on sustainability and the effects of plant life on our environment. Exotic plants abound including orchids and bonsai trees. Summer camps and year round learning possibilities available for children.
The Fairmont Pittsburgh opened in 2010 and has led the way to offer luxurious and certified “Green” accommodations for business and leisure travelers. Located in the heart of downtown, the “LEED” certified gold level property serves delicious American fare at FL.2, cocktails & jazz at Andy’s wine bar, a spa and health club, plus lots of meeting space and weddings. The gorgeous grand ballroom can hold a wedding of up to 450 guests and the hotel staff can help orchestrate the perfect wedding of any size.
Where to EAT in Pittsburgh:
The Vandal, a trendy locally owned restaurant in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Locally sourced, farm to table seasonal cuisine and is BYOB.
Gluten Free Goat, A neighborhood cafe in Garfield. Gluten Free fare, fresh bread, pastries, breakfast & lunch options plus new dinner menu.
Legume Bistro, Located in the Oakland neighborhood. Ingredient focused restaurant with the freshest seafood and meats sourced locally from Western, PA.
The Porch, Located on the University of Pittsburgh campus, lively atmosphere, seasonal menu, casual cafeteria style eatery.
Apteka, Contemporary restaurant known for its vegan Eastern European Fare. Favorite dishes include vegan pierogis and potato pancakes!
FL.2, On the second floor of the Fairmont Pittsburgh. Modern American cuisine with a huge breakfast menu. Elegant space, carefully created dishes using the finest ingredients.
Primanti Bros, Iconic Pittsburgh Sandwich shop, huge portions. A must try for any visitor to Pittsburgh.
Things To Do in Pittsburgh:
Ride The Duquesne Incline From Mount Washington ride the century old cable car opened in 1877. Visit the museum, check out the gift shop and the views are amazing.
Visit The Love Pittsburgh Shop : Located on Mount Washington the store showcases local makers, artists, and craftsmen. Walk out with unique one of kind gifts. Owned and run by women entrepreneurs.
Peace, Love and Zen Spa: Visit this popular spa in the East Liberty neighborhood offering a variety of services. Our favorite was the ultra relaxing and healing Himalayan Salt Cave.
Walk The Burgh Tours: Walk through Pittsburgh with knowledgable, friendly and experienced tour guides. See the sights and learn the history.
Other sites to visit: Market Square, Point State Park, The Andy Warhol Museum, Mattress Factory Museum, National Aviary, Heinz History Center