Overnight in Pittsburgh: Craft Beers, Great Views & the Pittsburgh Sheraton Airport
Some friends and I decided to mix it up a bit and drive rather than fly to Niagara Falls for the weekend. Unfortunately Avis ruined our rental car plans to travel a little more spaciously but we still had a great time.
To break up the drive from DC, and check out a new city, we overnighted in Pittsburgh which gave me a chance to check out the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport.
I would have loved to stay at the Sheraton Station Square which seemed to be in the heart of things, but after checking prices at both hotels for a few weeks I couldn’t resist the $93 AAA HotDeals rate out at the airport, significantly cheaper than the going rate at Station Square.
The Sheraton Pittsburgh hotel was great! Parking is free and if all the front spots are taken, drive back around the pool where there is plenty of spots and easy access to the elevator in the back.
As a Platinum my room was upgraded to the Club Floor. It was basic, but comfortable and clean. I loved the Pittsburgh travel-themed artwork.
My only complaint was the weak water pressure.
I was up early in the morning so I headed to the lounge for breakfast. The attendant was really friendly and helpful. The breakfast options were decent – eggs, pastries, bread, fruit and yogurt.
When I’d arrived last night it was late and the waters had been depleted, but they were great about replacing them throughout the morning as people popped in.
Didn’t have time to try the pool which actually looked really nice, or the gym, which was pretty standard. Instead we all headed out to get a quick glimpse of the city.
We headed first to the Duquense Incline and the Grandview Overlook to take in the gorgeous views of the Pittsburgh skyline. I really wanted to take the ride, which is only $2.50 in each direction, but we got a late start and wanted to get on the road soon.
We passed the Monongahela Incline on the way to an early lunch before heading out of town. It offered a more central view of downtown Pittsburgh and the stair step cars looked like more fun.
Southside was on our list of places to see, so we decided to eat at the highly rated Carson Street Deli & Craft Beer Bar. Southside with its eclectic stores, architecture, and art is worth driving through and Carson Street Deli & Brewery didn’t disappoint.
I’m slowly developing a taste for craft beer and they had a really great selection on draft to match their interesting sandwiches.
I wound up trying the Revelation Summer Lager, light and refreshing and a startling 8.2% which paired well with the Big Porker BBQ sandwich, tasty enough even to a BBQ snob. Their grape leaves were also really good — sourced from a local market.
The interior is fun and on nice days don’t miss the garden seating in the back.
If I’m ever back in Pittsburgh with more time I’ll definitely be coming back to Southside for the food and hopefully get a chance to check out the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie Museum of Natural History, which supposedly rivals the Smithsonian.
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