Man-cation – Pittsburgh

FallingwaterLast day in town? Time for a field trip. Just about a hour out of Pittsburgh is Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Fallingwater House. The tour is short, but worth the trip. The house contains lots of great little quirks. For starters it’s canti- levered. That means it’s basically a few huge blocks of stone held in place by one another. The living room features a hatch that leads down a stair case and right into the river. It’s like nature’s air conditioning. You can walk the terraces and enjoy the great views. There’s even a pool up on the top level. Spend your day marveling at the architectural feats of daring do, then head in to Ohiopyle for lunch. You can pick up some grub at the Firefly Grill, and picnic down by the river where the air is nice and cool.

Man-cation – Pittsburgh

I promised you some meat on your trip and today I’m bringing it. The food in Pittsburgh is a total carb fest. High cal, huge portions, a real man’s man type of dining experience. To start your day I’d recommend breakfast at De Luca’s (2015 Penn Avenue). It’s an old school greasy spoon diner. The waitresses are fast, hard-working and they don’t take any crap. Be prepared to wait as there is often a line out the door. Tank up on eggs, home fries, bacon and much more. There is no health food on this menu, so don’t even ask. Order up a huge orange juice and be prepared to commit to the plate of pancakes, you may not eat for the rest of the day.

If you do, lunch at Six Penn would be my choice.  Not because of the food which is billed as “American Bistro”, but tends to be a bit precious for my taste.  Go for the rooftop bar.  Hang out with the guys order a bunch of appetizers (loved the cornbread), and some sandwiches.  You can linger all afternoon swapping stories and soaking up some rays.  Just don’t expect quick or solicitous service.  This place is about seeing and being seen, not the service.  Still, if you drink a bit too much your hotel is just a short walk up the street.  No designated driver necessary.  Can’t beat that.

For dinner it’s got to be Church Brew Works & Restaurant. Yes, this really used to be a Catholic Church, and now it’s a shrine to the art of brewing. Again the food is huge and there’s a lot of meat on the menu. I had the pierogies and the buffalo & wild mushroom meatloaf and they were both delicious and filling. There’s plenty of desserts on the menu, but I doubt you’ll have space left for it. Be sure to try a sampler of the local brews. With names like “celestial gold”, “pipe organ pale ale” and “pious monk dunkel” they’re heavenly.

Man-cation – Pittsburgh

No vacation is complete without a visit to a museum. I know you’re all thinking, “Art, seriously lady you’re out of your mind”. Hold on there guys, Pittsburgh knew you were coming and they put together a museum guaranteed to interest you. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is part of the Sen. John Heinz historical complex which is located right in the heart of downtown. It’s got all the baseball, football and hockey history you could ever wish for. It also has over 70 interactive exhibits so you can putt, throw or drive your way to victory. Be sure to check out the video theater as well. At two stories high and with five screens showing great moments in sports, it will put your mancave to shame!

Man-cation – Pittsburgh

First order of business for your man’s man vacation?  Why a baseball game of course. If you’ve taken my advice, PNC Park is right outside your hotel. Home the to Pittsburgh Pirates, it’s frequently praised as one of the best ballparks in Major League baseball.  PNC Park is a classic ballpark design based on Fenway Park.  It has a great location on the Allegheny River with a view overlooking downtown.  At game time the City closes the Clemente bridge to traffic, and pedestrians stream over the bridge with coolers in tow.

Not a game day? You can still take a stadium tour, just click here for details.

Man-cation – Pittsburgh

We’ve heard a lot about “Girlfriend Getaways” recently. Well I thought, with July nearing it’s close, it’s time to design a vacation just for you guys out there. I’m talking a real man’s outing full of all the things that make being a dude great. Key ingredients: sports, beer, and of course meat. Pittsburgh was the perfect choice. A former steel town, it still gives off a rugged vibe. The downtown area is compact and walkable. The City had the genius idea of building their sports stadiums (yes, there are 2!) right across the river from downtown, so you can literally walk from your hotel to the game. I’d suggest booking the Renaissance Pittsburgh. It’s right at the edge of the river and if your room is high enough, allows you to see the fireworks shot off after the games.

Make mine a Bradshaw…

The Sex and the City movie finally hits theaters today. If you’re in Manhattan, be sure to stop by Bemelmans Bar in the Carlyle Hotel. Their master mixologist, Brian Van Flandern has created a cocktail called the Bradshaw. It’s pink, sweet and has a bit of kick just like our heroine.

Not actually in Manhattan? You can still live vicariously through the film. If you’re lucky enough to be in the Big Apple, why not raise a glass in toast to the vibrant city?

Where do we eat?

As Samantha would say, “Eat honey? Who eats?!” New York has a plethora of fine dining. But being host to so many great chefs makes their restaurants into moving targets. Things open and close in the blink of an eye. One way to deal? Choose one of the classics. Anything starting with a Le will have established itself. Le Bernadin, a staple since 1986. Or Le Cirque, reborn for a third time in a space on 58th Street. Also try Elaine’s an institution for the literary set, and once the haunt of Sex and the City creator Candace Bushnell.

When do we shop?

No Sex and the City tour would be complete without a day of shopping. But with so many choices, how do you get to the stores you’ll really love? Why not hire a guide? Carrie at has all of the great neighborhoods covered. From the Meatpacking District (read: Sam’s ‘hood) to Uptown (Charlotte’s shopping mecca), she’s planned it all. Whether you’re looking for Versace or vintage, Carrie can help. She is a former magazine editor and local fashionista. Hire her, and you’ll have your own personal New York stylist.

Where shall I go?

This week the highly anticipated movie, Sex and the City is being released. What better way to celebrate than with a trip to Manhattan itself. This exciting, cosmopolitan city was always referred to as a “fifth character in the show”. Why not celebrate the city with a spa package at the gorgeous Empire Hotel?

To quote Carrie’s iconic words, “Hello lover!” New York lover, that is.