When planning a romantic getaway, Pittsburgh may seem to be an unlikely destination. Known for coal mining and steel mills, Pittsburgh is often associated with images of a city covered by a cloud of smog. While this may have been the case years ago, the steel city has evolved into a thriving metropolis. The new Pittsburgh boasts stunning architecture, upscale dining, diverse culture, and luxury accommodations, all while retaining its old-world charm. Those looking to rekindle an old flame or create memories with a new love will be sure to find romance and more in the city of bridges.
Once home to industrial tycoons such as Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick, Pittsburgh is home to dozens of lavish mansions and opulent estates. While the millionaires are no longer around, their homes are---restored and open to the public. Take a step back in time with a weekend stay in one of the Buhl Mansion's 10 luxurious guest rooms. Complete the weekend with a tour of Clayton (Henry Clay Frick's fully-restored mansion-turned-museum), dinner at the historic Boggs Mansion, a carriage ride in Station Square and an evening with the Pittsburgh Symphony at the Benedum Center.
Pittsburgh is also home to a plethora of fine dining establishments, five-star hotels, upscale nightclub and edgy theaters. If you are looking for a more modern approach to romance, consider spending a weekend in beautiful downtown Pittsburgh. Book a room in the Courtyard Marriott Hotel, located in the heart of the cultural district, which offers guests amenities such as free WiFi and concierge service. Treat your partner to a magical evening of dancing on one of the Gateway Clipper Fleet's cruise boats, a candlelight dinner, and in the summer, a stroll along Grandview Avenue atop Mount Washington to take in breathtaking views of the city.
If you are looking for a more adventurous, fun-filled weekend, consider staying at one of several resorts near the city. Seven Springs Resort, located near Pittsburgh in Champion, Pennsylvania, offers activities from skiing to hiking to indoor sports like bowling. For those who would rather watch the action than be a part of it, Pittsburgh is also home to the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates sports teams and three new sport venues. Some say laughter is the key to happiness, so plan a dinner date at one of several comedy clubs, such as the Funny Bone in Station Square, for a night of hilarious fun. Or take a walk on the wild side and bar-crawl on Carson Street in Pittsburgh's South Side. Every day can be an adventure in Pittsburgh. Romance can be found everywhere, you just have to look hard enough.
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