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Get Outta Town

Do One Perfect Day in Pittsburgh with Savannah Hayes

Get Outta Town BY liz 11/20/2015

Savannah Hayes has always preferred a city that’s a little rough around the edges, but even the geometric pattern-obsessed housewares designer balked a bit when her husband was assigned a medical residency in Pittsburgh. Three years later, when that job ended and the couple was free to leave, they doubled-down and bought a house instead. “It’s the prettiest place I’ve ever lived in the fall and spring. You’re never more than a few blocks from a park,” Savannah says of her PA epiphany. Here, she shares how to make the most of a day in a city that’s newly flush with great restaurants, contemporary art, and the cool-kid seal of approval: its very own Ace Hotel.

The new Ace Hotel, in a building that was once a YMCA. (via Ace Hotel Pittsburgh.)


8 a.m.: “Having lived in and traveled to many epic cities, I can say there's really no place quite like Pittsburgh. It has East Coast architecture mixed with Midwest kindness. There are incredible green spaces, great restaurants,​ galleries, museums, and theaters,​ and beautiful (affordable!) old homes to make your own. To start your day, wake up at the brand new, ultra-hip, Ace Hotel in East Liberty.”​ [Ed. note: The Ace Hotel officially opens Dec. 10th, but you can (and should!) start booking now].


9 a.m.: “Grab a Bike Share and pedal over to Lawrenceville to try a latte from Espresso a Mano and an almond croissant from La Gourmandine. While you're in the neighborhood, pop in next door to the No. 14 Boutique, an amazing clothing shop with killer interiors—even the dressing rooms are gorgeous. It’s where I pick up a lot of gifts.”

The ladylike No. 14 Boutique, housed in a former dive bar. (via No. 14 Boutique.)


11 a.m.: “​Head to the North Side and rent kayaks in front of PNC Park, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh has three rivers that meet right near here—paddle along them, and make sure to get a picture of the famous fountain on the point.”


12 p.m.: “Ditch the kayaks and make your way to The Andy Warhol ​M​useum, which has thousands of his works, including his own ‘time capsules,’ and​ the Mattress ​F​actory art space.”

Andy Warhol peeking out of his namesake museum. (via The Andy Warhol Museum.)


2 p.m.: “Head back across the river​ ​​and​ grab a late brunch at ​downtown's ​Meat & Potatoes​. Take advantage of their incredible Bloody Mary bar (there is an insane array of garnishes, including bacon) ​and their ​fried chicken and waffles.”


5 p.m.: “Make your way to Frick Park, which is only a few minutes from downtown but feels like you’re hours outside of the city. My husband and I both grew up in very classic suburbs, so one of the reasons we fell in love with Pittsburgh was the fact that we could buy a house in this super-residential place with amazing parks and a backyard, but it’s only ten minutes from downtown. There’s countless hiking trails, mountain-biking paths, and off-leash areas for dogs.”

A Frick Park picnic. (via Pittsburgh Park Conservancy.)


8 p.m.: “For dinner, grab a table at e2​, a cozy restaurant in Highland Park. It's BYOB, so don't forget the wine! We always get the grilled prosciutto to start and the wild mushroom ravioli. It’s unforgettable.”


10 p.m.: “In the mood for a nightcap? The Livermore serves up incredible craft cocktails and is just around the corner from the Ace. Their bartenders make the best classic margarita in town. And give me a call—I'll meet you at there.”



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