I’m hitting the road today for a holiday spree and a few hours in the car is always an adventure. My best tips for rest stops along the way are truck stops and hotels. They are both ALWAYS open. If you are staying in town but want a reprieve from the holiday aftermath, check out the Terrace Room at the Omni William Penn Hotel. I will always remember it as the Westin William Penn but that just shows how long I’ve been in Pittsburgh. The atmosphere is elegant, the seafood is sustainable and the menu is diverse enough to please anyone in your party. They also do an awesome tea that would make a great gift for a special person in your life. Afterward you can stroll around the city and marvel at the magic of the Macy window displays.
If you have guests visiting from out of town you may want to show off our award winning Fairmont Hotel. The breath taking view of PNC park is worth the trip alone. It was named one of the worlds top 20 travel destinations by National Geographic Traveler and won a prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED™) Gold Award from the United States Green Building Council. Their bar is a posh yet private place for cocktails and the lobby offers historical artifacts of the city that are fascinating to read about.
Rivers Casino is open from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and has no end of restaurants and bars. Their happy hour from 5:00 – 7:00 offers $2.00 drinks and lots of interesting interaction. The perfect choice for over zealous holiday spenders. It may not be for everyone but it is an eclectic outing to recover from too much shopping.
But if you want to feel the true spirit of the holidays you should head down to PPG Place Wintergarden to absorb the international flavor of Christmas. You can marvel at the 32 foot Christmas tree surrounded by a snow-capped village with a train winding through it. It almost equals the grand display at the Carnegie Science Center but this one is actually open Christmas Day! If the kids are bouncing off the walls this is the perfect place to take them after your cocktail at the casino. While you’re there you can also stroll through the life sized Santas that make up the Spirits of Giving From Around the World display. It is quite educational and a peaceful way to escape the excitement.
Ease into the day and celebrate to the hilt. The pressure is off and the deadline is done. Have a peaceful end to this chaotic season.