Industrial Revolution

the priory hotel!
Photos: Courtesy of The Priory Hotel

Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright saw something in Pittsburgh that other artists (or, um, you) wouldn’t see for decades. Take a trip to this up-and-coming creative hub. Seriously. It’s the “other” Philadelphia.

The Priory, a turn-of-the-century, European-style boutique hotel housed in a former Benedictine monastery, is anything but ascetic. Freebie extras include parking, Wi-Fi, a fitness center, breakfast, and complimentary wine 5-7 p.m. Located in the historic nabe of East Allegheny, it’s walking distance from The Andy Warhol Museum.

serendipity bistro!EAT
Hit the North Side, a historic section that’s undergoing a youthful revitalization, for a game at the nearby stadiums or the eclectic mix of shops along East Ohio Street. Then nosh at recently opened Serendipity Bistro, drink classic cocktails in the Strip District at the chichi Eleven, and brunch on comfort food at the casual Bistro To-Go.

In Lawrenceville, a blue collar hood that’s becoming a major artistic hangout, catch a live show, performance art, or dance party at Brillobox. Order craft and microbrews from the likes of East End Brewery and Church Brew Works (based just down the street) at this tavern-style bar and restaurant that also screens ’70s commercials, Wonder Woman episodes, Kenneth Anger films, and more.

sugar boutique!SHOP
Head to the hip Lower Lawrenceville and drop in on Katie Bulger at Sugar Boutique. She stocks local and indie clothing designers like Preloved, AngelRox, and HappyArt. Zerrer’s Antiques, a storeroom chockablock with furniture, decorative objects, and art, is frequently tapped by prop houses to decorate movie sets.

the duquesne incline!SOAR
After such afternoon delights, take flight on The Duquesne Incline, a cable car that’s been running since 1877. It travels up the side of Mount Washington, overlooking the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny Rivers and is a prime spot to take your sweetie, pending no height fright.

See? It was time to steel away.

Keep on truckin’. For more road trip ideas, go to dailycandy.com/guides.

Photos: Courtesy of The Priory Hotel; Courtesy of Serendipity Bistro; Courtesy of Brillobox; Courtesy of Sugar Boutique; Courtesy of The Duquesne Incline

117 Sandusky St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
The Duquesne Incline
1220 Grandview Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Zerrer's Antiques
2703 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Sugar Boutique
3703 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
The Priory
614 Pressley St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Serendipity Bistro
422 Foreland St
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
4104 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224