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Overnight in Pittsburgh: Craft Beers, Great Views & the Pittsburgh Sheraton Airport

a train going down a hill with Duquesne Incline in the background

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.

Check rates at this hotel:   SPG.com  |   Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline

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.

a door to a hotel

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.

a hotel room with a bed and a desk

a bed in a hotel room
My only complaint was the weak water pressure.

a bathroom with a sink and a mirror

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.

a kitchen with a black counter top

a room with a couch and a tv

a room with tables and chairs

a table with plates of food and a toaster

a table with food and juice dispenser
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.

Check rates at this hotel:   SPG.com  |   Booking.com   |   Orbitz   |   Expedia  |   Priceline
a train going down a hill with Duquesne Incline in the background
Pittsburgh skyline from Duquense Incline

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.

a building with a sign on the front

a city next to a body of water

a group of people on a platform overlooking a city
Grandview Overlook, Pittsburgh

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.

a man sitting at a bar

a display case of food in a restaurantI’m slowly developing a taste for craft beer and they had a really great selection on draft to match their interesting sandwiches.

a menu with a red cover

a woman holding a glass of beer

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.

a sandwich on a table

a bowl of food

The interior is fun and on nice days don’t miss the garden seating in the back.

a sign on a wall

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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  1. It’s nice to see my favorite travel bloggers come through the city where I live. Pittsburgh is an amazing town and I definitely recommend the Cathedral of Learning and Carnegie Museums, which are right by one of our famous take-out restaurants, Conflict Kitchen.

    Also, I didn’t know that the Carson Street Deli had Arsenal Cider on its draft list, so I’ll definitely be heading there myself.

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