Festive Fall Events Happening Near Shadyside

Summer is winding down and Fall is making itself known. It’s the time for bouts of perfect weather between sporadic showers, and all the lovely things the season brings. Fall evokes images of pumpkin patches, apple picking, changing foliage, and even a few ghosts and ghouls later in the season.

It’s no wonder many festivals and events take full advantage of this time of year. Although options are more limited than in years past, here are some fall-themed events you can look forward to.

Phipps’ Fall Flower Show.

If you haven’t made it over to Phipps Conservatory yet, do yourself a favor and reserve a time you can wander around the displays. They host all sorts of themes and events throughout the year, and this year’s Fall Flower Show: The Poetry of Nature begins on October 10.

Photo Credit: Phipps Conservatory

You’ll see chrysanthemums aplenty here as they’ve been training all year for the event. Grab a few friends, bring a camera, and capture the beauty for your autumn photo collections. On the other hand, take a relaxing stroll by getting lost in the colors and scents of the many eloquent displays comprising Phipps. The event is going for only three weeks, so be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

The Frick

Henry Clay Frick is one of the prominent steel magnates who shaped Pittsburgh into the city it is today. Museum displays are once again open, but timed tickets are necessary. Visit his elaborate home and stroll the vast grounds.

The grounds sit on the edge of what is now Frick Park, so you’ll surely see beautiful fall colors as you make your way around the premises.

Photo Credit: the Frick Pittsburgh via Instagram

Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

The Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium are open year-round, but if you’re planning a visit before it gets too chilly, now is the time. The Zoo always hosts fun events the entire family will enjoy, and fortunately, these events are continuing with social distancing measures in place.

Spot the Dots Scavenger Hunt

This amusing challenge is brought to you by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh and is inspired by the 5 new cheetah cubs at the zoo. Make your way through the zoo’s many exhibits and solve 6 riddles for prizes including Chick-fil-A meals and a mini plush cow. The six riddles will culminate in one winning word you can enter into this site when you’ve completed the hunt. The hunt ends on September 30, so get out there.

photo credit: Pittsburgh Zoo via Instagram

Pumpkin Palooza

Also at the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, this year is the Pumpkin Palooza. It’s a true fall kickoff with pumpkin decorating, sweet treats, and a visit with the zoo’s education animal ambassadors. This event takes place on Sunday, October 4 from 10 to 11 AM. Bring your camera and watch the animals enjoy some fall treats too.

Make your way out and see the seasons change. When things really cool down, go ahead and grab a hot drink from one of your favorite Shadyside cafes before heading to your fall events.

Bike Shops & Rentals Around Shadyside

Over the last few years, Pittsburgh’s cycling scene has blossomed. In fact, the city drafted a plan in which 120 miles of new bike paths will be added in the next decade!

There has never been a better time for cycling around town. Whether you’re interested in leisurely exploring your neighborhood, using your bike to get you to work, or trying out cycling as a new exercise routine.

Get started and join the cycling community by visiting these bike shops in and around Shadyside. Then once you’re all geared up, check out some of Pittsburgh’s best bike trails.

Bike Shops around the Shadyside Community

Trek Bicycle Pittsburgh Shadyside

If you’re partial to Trek bikes, then this is where you should shop. Be it a road bike, mountain bike, electric bike, or kid’s bike – Trek in Shadyside has it all.

They have rentals available if you’re just looking for a one-off ride or if you’re with a friend without a bike. Already have a bike, but looking for an upgrade? Trade-in a bike for store credit and just pay the difference. Are kids growing too fast? Trek has a program for trading up bike sizes according to your kids’ needs. How cool and convenient is that!

Free Ride Pittsburgh

This Point Breeze spot is another DIY oriented bike shop so you can learn your way around your bike. The Free Ride Pittsburgh shop is community-run, so hours will depend on volunteer schedules. Check their website and Facebook page for hours.

Hours may be especially limited due to COVID-19, but keep an eye out for donation drives and used bike sale events. These donation drives result in tons of donated bikes and parts people can buy when the used bike sales come around. Check it out and find some great deals.

Photo Credit: Free Ride Pittsburgh Instagram

BikeTek

This Squirrel Hill shop carries bikes from a few different brands. You’ll find bikes here in addition to your standard mountain, road, and hybrid bikes. Speaking of hybrids, BikeTek has a great selection you can find online or in-store during their hours. See their website for up-to-date info on hours of operation.

Kraynick’s Bike Shop

This shop is a Pittsburgh staple. It’s not your traditional bike shop where you find what you want, pay, and be on your way. Kraynick’s Bike Shop is a one-stop-shop for learning all about the mechanics, maintenance, and repairs of your bike.

You’ll find die-hard bike mechanics volunteering and sharing knowledge with patrons looking for new assemblies and repairs. There are 10 work stations with all the tools you need for getting your bike up and running. It’s free of charge, but patrons are encouraged to buy replacement parts from the shop.

Photo Credit: Kraynick’s Bike Shop Instagram

Healthy Ride PGH

Healthy Ride has bike-share locations all over town where you can pick up bikes and drop them off at any of the 113 designated stations. Head over to their website or download the app and register, then you can grab a bike whenever and virtually wherever you please. You can pay as you go for $2 for every 30 minutes, pay $12 per month for unlimited 30-minute rides, or pay $20 per month for unlimited 60-minute rides.

Now you know where you can get your wheels, so hit one of these excellent bike routes.

Bikeable Areas Near Shadyside and More

Frick Park Trails

If you like immersing yourself in nature, then don’t miss Frick Park’s trails. You’ll find miles of bike trails suited for different experience levels and biking styles. Try Roller Coaster Trail for thrilling downhill mountain biking or head down to the Monongahela River on Nine Mile Run Trail for a longer ride. Frick Park info and maps here.

Great Allegheny Passage

Want an even longer ride? The Great Allegheny Passage is a 150-mile path stretching from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland. From there you can connect to the C & O Canal Towpath which stretches another 184.5 miles until you find yourself in our nation’s capitol. Much of the Great Allegheny Passage follows what were once railroad routes, so you can count on mostly flat riding. This picturesque trail takes you through many of Pennsylvania’s scenic gems. For a nice day-ride, park on the Waterfront and take the trail down to Boston, PA. Explore to your heart’s content before heading back. Great Allegheny Passage info and maps here.

Three Rivers Heritage Trail

For Pittsburgh city-centric cycling, check out this series of trails lining the three rivers. You’ll see superb views of the point from various angles as well as spectacular sunsets if you time it right. Ride for leisure or as part of your work commute on the 24 miles this trail offers. Three Rivers Heritage Trail info and maps here.

Our Shadyside Community

We can’t forget to mention our very own neighborhood. This scenic, tree-lined community is one of the most bikeable areas in Pittsburgh!

Plus, with hundreds of local shops and eateries, there’s always a unique place to stop for rest or to grab a bite to eat. Here at Franklin West, many of our apartments have bike storage available for our residents, too.

Whether you’re looking for bikes used or new, road or mountain, for rent or for sale, you’ll surely find a nearby shop or trail that fits your needs. Visit BikePGH’s website for a comprehensive map of biking trails throughout Pittsburgh.

5 Creative Hobbies To Try When You’re Bored

By now you have probably exhausted a lot of your regular hobbies, so why not tap into some new ideas! With the weather warming up, get fresh air with a short walk (and practice social distancing, of course), try your hand at painting, or start your own herb garden to pass the time.

We put together a few ideas to help you inject some creativity next time you are feeling a bit bored.

Painting

Watercolors or acrylics? Painting can be the perfect hobby to pick up right now. If you are a beginner look up some instructional videos on YouTube. Don’t have paint around the house? Places like Michael’s and Target are doing curbside pickup, plus you can also check out Amazon.

Not interested in the mess of painting. There are several great paint by number apps to try like Happy Color.

Reading

We always talk about how we never have time to read. Well, with this newfound free time, we can all pick up a good book.

Learn a new skill or get lost in another land instead of staring at Netflix for hours. Can’t decide? Do a quick google search for some best sellers or even check to see if your favorite celebrity has a go-to list out there.

Needlepoint

While needlepoint might seem a bit old fashioned, it is the perfect craft to keep your mind moving and leave you with a fun little home accessory.

From Amazon to Target, and even little local shops, you can buy needlepoint kits with everything you need. After you finish, put it into a picture frame for a great accent to a gallery wall.

Gardening

While you probably don’t have tons of land to garden on, there are a variety of ways you can grow fresh produce or herbs right in your own place.

If you don’t have access to an outdoor space, try an indoor herb garden kit, or even tomatoes if you get enough sun. Those with a small patio space but no grass, go for a raised garden bed in your outdoor area.

Still not confident of where or how to begin, visit the Shadyside Nursery new online store. If you’re new to plant life, this team can get you started the right way.

Tie Dying

Remember tie-dying as a kid? Find some white clothes and order a kit because this trend is back! Like the other crafts we discussed, you can look at places like Michael’s and Target who are offering fast delivery or curbside pick. Also, check Amazon (who seems to sell everything) for a non-toxic tie-dye kit!

Try something new this week! You never know what you, and even your family, might enjoy and pick up as your new go-to during this extra time at home.

9 Local Spa’s to Freshen-Up and Relax

The holidays have come to a close. Valentine’s Day is in the rearview mirror and now we wait for spring, which we all know how long that can take in Pittsburgh. Give yourself something to look forward to. Treat yourself to a salon or spa appointment right in your Franklin West neighborhood.

Invite a friend, a parent or even enjoy some alone time. Shadyside offers an array of salons and spas with services like hair styling, manicures and pedicures, massages, facials, and so much more. Here are ten establishments you can explore next time you need some self-care.

Evolve Wellness Spa Shadyside

Evolve has a passion for making people look and feel their best. Whether you desire freedom from skin concerns, relief from pain or just an increase in your level of happiness, Evolve can help. Some of their treatments include acupuncture, facials, massage therapy, self-improvement counseling, and even yoga!

Where to find them: 228 S Highland Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Centre Ave Massage & Spa

The team at Center Ave Massage & Spa is highly trained to address muscular imbalances and postural problems, chronic pain, stress management, inflexibility, and the enhancement of athletic performance. Their specialists can help with providing a little relaxation or even specialized treatment to help with pain and discomfort. Don’t forget to check their website for current specials!

Where to find them: 5701 Centre Ave / Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Anna Skin Care

No matter what your skin type is, Anna Skin Care can meet your facial needs. Begin with a deep cleansing facial followed by a customized skincare treatment. Looking for extractions or a hot stone massage? Look no further than this lovely salon right on Walnut Street.

Where to find them: 5541 Walnut Street Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Pittsburgh Float

Find balance and release tension with this trend-setting treatment located right in Shadyside. Sensory deprivation tanks contain a warm, shallow pool of highly dense saltwater. The tank is light and sound-proof, and the water is maintained at a constant skin temperature. Experience the benefits of this treatment that has been around since 1970.

Where to find them: 5850 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Capristo Salon & Wellness Spa

Experience a day of pampering at this family-owned salon located in the East End of Shadyside. As the official salon of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, your stylist certainly won’t disappoint you. They also offer services like laser hair removal, massages and facials. Book a day dedicated just to you!

Where to find them: 5850 Ellsworth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Whitehouse Salon

For a fashion-forward, boutique salon, look no further than this hidden gem. This bright, sun-filled salon (at least on those sunny Pittsburgh days) is the perfect place to unwind after a long day or slip away on a Saturday for that haircut you have been dying to have.

Where to find them: 731 Filbert Street, Pittsburgh,15232

Brush Nail Studio

Looking for a fresh manicure and pedicure? Stop by Brush Nail Studio and enjoy a little bit of luxury in your day. We recommend making an appointment, but feel free to pop in and see if they have time to fit you in. Yelp users give this great little spot 4 stars, which should definitely seal the deal on your decision to try it out.

Where to find them: 731 Filbert Street Pittsburgh, PA 15232

AEY Nail Bar

AEY sets a standard for nail salons in the area. Owner, AEY, has been a consultant across the country but finally decided to settle down and open her own salon to make clients feel relaxed and pampered. They also offer pedicures in reclining chairs for an elevated level of comfort.

Where to find them: Address: 5501 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

GLAM-Nail Salon

The next day you need a little time for yourself head over to Glam-Nail Salon on S. Aiken Ave. Looking for the perfect pedicure or a manicure that can make your day? Schedule both at this adorable Shadyside salon. They also offer haircuts, extensions, makeup, and skincare. Afterward, head over to Walnut Street for some shopping.

Where to find them: 816 S Aiken Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232

 

Feeling good doesn’t come just from pampering yourself, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle too. Check out these healthy eateries and fitness studios too!

Up Your Valentine’s Day Game at these Local Shops & Eateries

It is hard to believe February is right around the corner. Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet? Today, Valentine’s Day is more than just spending it with one special person. You can spend it with friends, family or even your favorite neighbors from our Franklin West community. 

Here are a few places to help organize the perfect plans for your Valentine’s Day, no matter who you spend it with. 

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s on Penn Ave is a great place to pick up your weekly produce, but they also have an affordable selection of flowers and cards for anyone you might want to make feel extra special this year. Not interested in dining out? Pick up items for the perfect meal and enjoy a night in. 

BRGR

This burger joint on Centre Ave is great for date night or a group outing. Enjoy the variety of apps they have to offer or try customizing your own burger. Who doesn’t love a sweet treat on Valentine’s day? Finish off your meal with one of their deliciously crafted milkshakes. 

Prantl’s Bakery

Cupcakes, cookies, pies – oh my! Prantl’s Bakery over on Walnut Street has nothing short of every sweet you would desire. Treat someone else (or yourself) to a delicious dessert like their famous Burnt Almond Torte or a decorated cupcake. 

Casbah

Nothing says love like sharing a few plates of pasta. With sunset hues and tables gathered close together, Casbah’s interior exudes warmth and coziness perfect to share with close friends or a special someone. Plus, it’s a short walk over to S Highland Ave.

Phipps Conservatory

This Valentine’s Day enjoy hundreds of orchids, plus their cosmic collection of tropical bonsai at the Orchid and Tropical Bonsai Show: Out of This World! Finish the visit with something special from the gift shop or a visit to Phipps Cafe. 

Noodlehead

This neighborhood hotspot on S. Highland Ave always seems to have a line out the door but it is worth the wait. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy a dish of Pad Thai or one of their other specialties. In addition to a menu with a ton of delicious options, it is also extremely affordable and a BYOB establishment. 

Millies Homemade Icecream

Tempted to splurge on some dessert after dinner or maybe even second dessert? Stop by Millies on S Highland Ave. Whether you grab a bite at Noodlehead, Casbah, or BRGR, make sure to save room for the most delicious ice cream!

Enjoy these delicious places with someone (or a few people) you love.

4 Family-Friendly Things To-Do during Thanksgiving Weekend

Go ahead. Dream of that roasted Turkey and sweet pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is a short week away and that traditional dinner is the only thing getting us through the day. 

This gratitude inspired holiday also means spending time with family and friends. Plan a wonderful weekend with the fun activities and events happening in our community from holiday shopping to enjoying museum festivities. 

We gathered local events happening that you can enjoy with your favorite people during the rest of November. 

Phipps Magical Holiday Show

Here in Pittsburgh, the holidays don’t truly begin until Phipps opens its doors to their Holiday Magic Winter Flower and Light show! This indoor and outdoor exhibit opens the day after Thanksgiving but tickets are on sale now. 

As a family event, Phipps pulls out all the stops! Your eyes will gaze among millions of twinkle lights and gorgeous flowers. Phipps will also have Santa visits, family fun evenings, and musical entertainment on select dates. 

Photo Credit: Phipps Conservatory via Instagram

Sloane Street Truck Show

You won’t have to wait very long to enjoy the shopping season. Henne Jewelers on Walnut Street is introducing a new collection, Sloane Street Trunk Show, on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. 

If you’re looking to get something incredibly special as a gift, visit one of Pittsburgh’s oldest and best jewelers. You can’t go wrong with their selection. 

Pittsburgh Pickers Vintage Market

Get your shopping on! After all, it is the shopping season for big deals and discounts. Instead of taking the fun out of the holidays and using Amazon, Ace Hotel is hosting one awesome holiday event called Pittsburgh Pickers Vintage Market.

Pittsburgh Pickers is an event series that highlights the local vintage community. The event is totally free with over 20 different vendors. Visit the Facebook Event page to see specific vendors and other details. 

Clayton Tour at Your Own Pace

The Frick Pittsburgh is another locals tradition during the holiday season. See a grand Victorian home decorated for the season as almost all items and furniture are original.

You’ll also discover local history and hear stories about one of Pittsburgh’s wealthiest families. Holidays at the Frick begins on November 21st. Visit the official site to learn more about ticket details. 

Photo credit: The Frick Pittsburgh via Instagram

Of course, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th this year, and many of our favorite local shops on Walnut Street are set to participate in all the fun! Shop local, give thanks, and enjoy the best time of the year. 

50th Annual A Fair in the Park Celebration at Mellon Park

Rain or shine, A Fair in the Park never disappoints! Thousands of visitors flock to this free, fine arts and crafts festival every year to enjoy the natural splendor of Mellon Park, the creative talent, musical entertainment, and some tasty bites.

Hosted by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh, A Fair in the Park will take place during the first weekend of September.  Times vary based on the day, see below. 

Friday, Sept. 6th: 1 – 7 pm

Saturday, Sept. 7th: 10 am – 7 pm

Sunday, Sept 8th: 10 am – 5 pm 

Come hang out with more than 100 regional and national artists and crafters that specialize in unique work like clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. The talent at this Mellon Park event is an absolute must-attend weekend.

Photo credit to local artist, Stevo Sadvary, featured by A Fair in the Park Instagram

Arts and crafts aren’t the only media taking charge at this festival. You’ll be excited to hear all the talented bands and musicians scheduled to play during the weekend-long event. See the 2019 music schedule here.

Not to worry about getting your grub on. There will be plenty of food options at A Fair in the Park with diverse menus and some local favorites like Mac & Gold Truck, PitaLand, Randita’s, South Side BBQ Company, Wood Fired Flatbreads, Zeke’s Coffee Pittsburgh and in the lower section, grilled cheese with the Fermented Chef and Rita’s Italian Ice. Get the details on each of these fabulous vendors here.

One of our favorite parts about A Fair in the Park is its family-friendly activities for the kiddos. The event sponsors are happy to encourage teaching young kids the power of art and music by presenting several hands-on activities. Check out the Blick Art booth, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Media booth, Calliope and many more!

This event is absolutely one you won’t want to miss! A Fair in the Park is a celebration of culture, talent, and one the whole family will enjoy.

Photo credit to local artist, Katie Koenig, featured by A Fair in the Park Instagram

 

 

*Header photo credit to A Fair in the Park homepage.

Shadyside’s Biggest Art Festival is this Weekend!

Once a simple street fair has now evolved into one of Pennsylvania’s most beloved and impressive art shows. The Shadyside Art Festival on Walnut will return for its 23rd year! 

Walking through this annual festival, you’ll experience around 150 beautifully skilled artists showcasing a variety of mediums from painters to jewelry makers, and sculpturists to wood-workers. 

An absolute must-see event, this year the Art Festival on Walnut falls on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of August. It is a day time event. Both days will open at 10 am while Saturday will close at 7 pm and Sunday will wrap up a bit earlier at 5 pm. 

It’s an opportunity to meet the people behind all the wonderful art and maybe add a few pieces to your home. If you’re interested in checking out some of the exhibitors beforehand, visit the official website for the Shadyside Art Festival here

photo credit: Howard Alan Events Instagram

Here are a few unique artists you’ll see at the festival this weekend!

🎨Tony Landolina is a Pittsburgh artist that specializes in an ancient technique of encaustic painting. What does this really mean? Landolina’s paintings are created with beeswax, a propane torch, and razor blades. Talk about unique! Check out his work on Instagram and make sure to stop by his tent this weekend. 

🎨Another PA native, Julie Hill is a furniture maker that will have a booth at the Art Show. Hill mainly focuses on rustic-style, wood pieces where she offers custom pieces and refinishing work. She has said, “All of my work is made from scratch and finished to perfection – although the occasional imperfection is exactly what makes each of these pieces special.” She has debuted some artwork on Instagram that she plans to showcase at the Shadyside art show, check it out here

🎨Brining whimsey back, acrylic artist Alexandra Hall plays with tons of color bringing wonderful life to mundane things. She says, “It is my hope that I force my audience to exercise their imagination, that my works inspire conversation and that they evoke joy.” Hall has public and private collection for sale across the US and is a must-visit during this weekend’s event.

🎨Last but not least, Justin Noelke specializes in bronze and wood abstract sculptures. Noelke best selling piece of work is custom, hand-carved coolers made from local KY materials called Copperbox Cooler. Yes, this artist makes coolers out of antique crates, insulated, and lined with hand-bent copper. Check out his site for more details!

There will be over a hundred more unique vendors at this weekend’s art show. If any of the ones we mentioned interest you then head over to Shadyside, you won’t be disappointed by what you see.

How To Spend Summer Days At 4 Breathtaking Pittsburgh Parks!

The City of Pittsburgh goes by many names. Some call it the Steel City, the City of Three Rivers, or even the City of Champions. All these names have been appropriately given by the people who call Pittsburgh home.

One other name that we think should be added to that list is “Park City.” A lesser-known facet of Pittsburgh is its many historic, forested parks. Once rooted in the steel industry, our city has strived to restore its other roots, its many gorgeous natural estates, and vast woodlands.

Whether you want to enjoy a Friday night at an outdoor concert, meet up with friends for a pick-up frisbee match, or a morning walk with your pup, there’s always a park close by. Mellon Park, Frick Park, Highland Park, and Schenley Park are all wonderful opportunities to be outdoors this summer and they’re all around 10-minutes from Franklin West apartments. Let’s take a sneak peek into Pittsburgh’s best-kept secret.

Mellon Park

When you need a little green and gorgeous gardens, Mellon Park has you covered. This park is rich in history. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy reports the original estate belonged to Richard Beatty Mellon and was once known as the largest house in Pittsburgh with 60-rooms. 

Unfortunately, that home is gone now, but the biggest park attraction, the Walled Garden, is still standing. It’s been the center of countless photo opportunities and a perfect place to watch the stars like Ann Katharine Seamans, who now has a famous memorial at the Walled Garden. 

Read more about Ann’s Memorial and more Mellon Park experience here

Mellon Park has plenty of features like vast fields, playgrounds for the kiddos, a spray park, tennis, and basketball courts as well as a pavilion with several picnic tables perfect for a family outing. It’s also known to hold several events during the summer months like Bach, Beethoven, and Brunch.

Photo credit to Jeremy Marshall from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Mellon Park page

Frick Park

Much like Mellon Park, the Frick Park is an estate that once belonged to wealthy Pittsburgh native, Henry Clay Frick. Stretching from northern parts of Point Breeze all the way down to the Monongahela River, the Frick Park has around 106 acres of land. The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy reports the Frick Park opening as a park in 1927 after it required more land. 

The Frick has a wonderful spread of outdoor and indoor activities, truly having something for everyone. If you want to go on a long hike, this park is the perfect getaway with extensive woodland trails. The park also features the famous Blue Slide Playground, red clay tennis courts, baseball fields, and much more. 

We can’t forget to mention the Clayton Mansion and Museum. Take a tour through the very home the Clayton family once lived in and become mesmerized by the architectural and designs from the 20th century. You can also visit the art museum! 

Today, the art museum is hosting a fabulous exhibition called A Sporting Vision. Click here for The Frick’s $5 off A Sporting Vision special offer ticket 

Photo from The Frick Pittsburgh Facebook page

Schenley Park & Plaza

Schenley Park is one of Pittsburgh’s most extensive and beautiful parks. The park’s 456 acres was donated land from Mary Schenley and now contain trails, woods, and many attractions. 

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and Eat’n Park Hospitality Group teamed up in 2001 to restore the Schenley Park Cafe and Visitor Center and in 2005 the City of Pittsburgh rehabilitated Phipps Run Stream. If you love a good hike, Phipps Run Stream doesn’t disappoint.

You could spend a few hours every day at Schenley Park experiencing something new. There’s the Bob O’Conner Golf course for any golf enthusiast. The Schenley Oval Sportsplex where you will find ice skating in the winter, summer sports during warm months, and take a dip in the pool when the summer sun gets too hot. 

Plus, Schenley Park hosts big annual events like the famous Vintage Grand Prix and the Pittsburgh Race for the Cure! The amazing Phipps Conservatory is also near Schenley Park, which we don’t believe we have to sell you on. The gorgeous garden at Phipps is one all Pittsburghers know about!

Photo credit to Joe Serkoch from Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Schenley Park page

Highland Park

A sanctuary reminiscent of the Victorian era, Highland Park is the quintessential an urban oasis. This reservoir has provided drinking water to Pittsburgh since 1879 according to Pittsburgh Park Conservancy. It’s open space and beauty makes it a popular location for picnics and joggers for the iconic Reservoir Loop or Entry Garden. 

Highland Park features Victorian-style gardens with fountains and benches, a bike track, swimming pool, and sand volleyball courts. If you are looking for a fun-filled Saturday with the kids, consider fishing in Carnegie Lake and exploring The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, one of only six zoo and aquarium combinations in the country as reported by Next Pittsburgh

If you’re up for an awesome Friday night out after a long work week, don’t miss out on the Pittsburgh Zoo’s “Summer Safari” special fundraising party. Learn more about the event here.

Photo credit to Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Highland Park page

Whatever your plans are this summer, be sure to get out to one of these spectacular woodland areas! Go out on an impromptu hike with nature or visit the park’s website if you’re looking to plan out your visit! Summer is almost over, don’t spend it indoors.

Get the Details for This Year’s Shadyside SideWalk Sale

Strolling through the streets of Shadyside next week will be far from ordinary. Once a year, local businesses throw up signs and take their products to the streets to offer their best sales! Business owners get the chance to meet and engage with the community, while visitors get to enjoy a day full of discount shopping.

When, Where, and Everything in Between.

You get five days to explore Shadyside’s finest treasures from 10 am on Wednesday, July 24th to 7 pm on Sunday, July 28th. The Shadyside Chamber of Commerce will open up the streets for discount shopping during this year’s Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale! 

You’ll be able to spend a day or two walking along Walnut street, many of the side streets, and the Shadyside shopping district during regular business hours in search for deals. 

If you’re driving into Shadyside to join in on the shopping spree, look for the free 2-hour parking on residential streets off of Walnut, Ellsworth, and South Highland. If you’re still unsure, green permit signs will give you the information you need when parking. 

Keep an Eye Out for These Local Shops

The Annual Shadyside Sidewalk Sale is known for local shops to put up their best deals. We’re talking up to 80% off! 

It’s not a bad time to do some early holiday shopping if you ask us since over 40 local businesses are participating this year. You’ll find deals on the latest fashion, a pair of shoes, gorgeous jewelry, and everything in between. You’re bound to find a few gifts for the people you care about. Maybe even one or two for yourself too.

Here are a few local shops on Walnut Street that you should keep an eye out for. 

Dina Ellen

Awesome women’s clothing boutique! Kicking off the party, last year, Dina Ellen started the sales a day early with up to 70%, deal baskets, and more surprises. Fingers crossed she does it again this year.

Image credit: Dina Ellen via Instagram

Glassworks and Cheeks

This gift shop specializes in amazing tabletop items and sleepwear. Last year, Glassworks made sure new items were out and about every day during the Sidewalk Sale and boasted plenty of once-a-year deals!

Image Credit: Glassworks Pgh via Instagram

Picket Fence

Last year, this wonderful women and children’s clothing boutique went with 50% off clothing, and up to 75% off on past season items. Not too bad if you ask us. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those same deals this year.

Image credit: Picket Fence via Instagram

ToadFlax

What can we say about this gorgeous flower shop? You’ll absolutely find summer treasures in here! Rain or shine, ToadFlax was very active in offering the best for Sidewalk Sale shoppers.

Image Credit: ToadFlax via Instagram

FourWinds Gallery

This local gallery features stunning Native American jewelry and art. FourWinds took “bargain” to a new level. Your eyes will be drawn toward the gorgeous items here.

Image Credit: ToadFlax via Instagram

Happy Shopping!🛍️