52 Great Weekend Getaways

Whether you're a rock climber, arts lover or foodie, we've got a destination for you.



(page 1 of 5)

 

Zip the backpack. Grab the camera. Lock the door. It doesn’t require much planning to take a 48-hour break from the ’Burgh. In fact, we’ve done the legwork for you. Whether you’re a rock climber, arts lover or foodie, we’ve got you covered for every single weekend in 2012. So start your search engines and mark your calendar. You’re halfway there.



Cook Forest and Clarion, PA

The runner in the family can train for the Pittsburgh Marathon by signing up for the Cook Forest Half Marathon. The course is an out-and-back along the beautiful Clarion River, officially dubbed “wild and scenic” since 1996. Then, take a family walk on the easy trail in the Hearts Content Recreation Area in nearby Allegheny National Forest. Try to join hands around the massive trunks of 300-year-old beech, hemlock and white pine trees. Don’t miss: The funky Gateway Lodge, a rustic 1930s-style hotel with a vast stone fireplace.

Lancaster County, PA

Find great bargains, discover the divine dessert known as shoofly pie and meet Amish farmers and craftsmen during Lancaster County’s “mud sales” season (mainly late February through early April). Held in villages like Gratz, Bird-in-Hand and Strasburg (which has an authentic short-line railroad), these community auctions benefit local fire companies and allow a rare opportunity to meet the rural Amish. If quilts, crafts and flowers aren’t your thing, you can always buy a horse. And a buggy to go with it.

Toronto, ON

Your souvenir from our nearby Canadian neighbor could be a sari, not a toque. Cosmopolitan Toronto has been called “a cultural masala,” and Gerrard Street is the heart of one of the largest south-Asian communities in North America. With Bollywood music pouring out of shops and tempting aromas drifting out of halal (strictly Islamic) and Hindustani restaurants, you’ll be feeling the subcontinental vibe. Why pay thousands for a ticket to New Delhi? Don’t miss: The mango lassi at MotiMahal.

Cleveland, OH

We love and support the Three Rivers Film Fest, but the Cleveland International Film Festival is way more mature — not in the subjects of its 150-plus features and 130-plus short-subject films, but in the depth, breadth and celebrity draw of this 37-year-old springtime event. Many filmmakers appear in person, with categories and programs that appeal to every taste. There’s even a FilmSlam for high-school cineastes. The biggest klieg lights shine at downtown theaters — and from there, you can head over to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or do some late-night clubbing. Don’t miss: Nighttown Jazz Club.



Columbia, PA

Two great collections make this village situated on the Susquehanna worth the visit. The National Watch & Clock Museum has a gallery commemorating the famous Hamilton Watch Co., housed in Lancaster County until 1984, with an overview of the ways humans tell time. Nearby Wright’s Ferry Mansion is the former abode of one of Pennsylvania’s most accomplished early residents, Quaker settler Susanna Wright. Her 1738 home is furnished with exquisite 18th-century American furniture and crafts. Book your room at Sheppard Mansion in Hanover. Don’t miss: Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen. Seriously.

Washington, VA

How far would you go for a good meal? True foodies know that trekking to Virginia for dinner makes perfect sense, especially when the destination is The Inn at Little Washington, a big-buzz, five-star eatery. Chef Patrick O’Connell has an international reputation for his refined American cuisine. Part of the fun is identifying fellow guests as politicians and pundits on the lam from D.C., just 60 miles away. That’s probably why the exclusive Inn warns in advance of its lousy cellphone reception — but if you’re looking to unplug for the weekend, so much the better.



Philadelphia’s Main Line, PA

The real Philadelphia story is the city’s Main Line. Named for the Pennsylvania Railroad’s path through the western suburbs, the home of colleges Haverford and Bryn Mawr is truly old-school: Socks are optional, penny loafers mandatory — and if you’re invited to Merion Golf Club, which will host the U.S. Open next year, so are spikes. Don a hat for the Devon Horse Show (May 24 through June 3 this year). Wave your platinum card at Lancaster Avenue boutiques like Skirt for couture and Via Bellissima for Italian ceramics. Don’t miss: Chanticleer, the fanciful horticultural creation open to the public since 1990, in Wayne.

Bethlehem, PA

Don’t just zoom by on your way to NYC. Exit I-78 an hour west of the Lincoln Tunnel and stop in this surprising little city, dating back to 1741, with its well-preserved Moravian history. Definitely take the walking tour; linger at the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest in the world. May brings the famous Bach Festival, with performances by a magnificent all-volunteer choir. Several events are held on the Lehigh University campus, just across the river from the historic town center.

Don’t miss: Dinner at the Apollo Grill, the very best of a crop of sophisticated historic district bistros.



Wyoming, DE

Giddy up, partner! Even us Yankees long to be cowboys from time to time. To instill a little bit of the Old West in your life, head to the Wicked R Ranch in May, when it offers two-day bull-riding clinics taught by champion rider Randy Ridgely. After you’ve practiced on (mechanical bull) Mighty Bucky and received style critiques, hit the bunkhouse. Saturday-night entertainment includes a Western-style barbecue and bonfire. Blazing saddles, indeed.

Chicago, IL

We’re throwing one flying destination on the list since Chicago is so good at celebrating one of Pittsburgh’s favorite holidays. The city of big shoulders celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with not one, not two but three parades: the traditional downtown extravaganza, the Southside parade and the newest addition, the Norwood Park celebration. Afterward, join the Navy Pier festivities or grab a ticket to the Irish Film Festival.  With super-cheap direct flights from Pittsburgh to Chicago’s Midway Airport, a March trip is a sure cure for cabin fever.

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Restaurants 2016

Best Restaurants 2016

Which 33 Pittsburgh-area establishments did our independent Restaurant Review Panel include among its top picks this year? Find them here.
Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

In addition to awarding Best Restaurant honors this year, our Independent Restaurant Review Panel also voted to recognize six chefs for their contributions to Pittsburgh’s culinary community in 2015.
Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

German blends a collage of community activism and soul-searching artistry.
PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

It only takes one person, one jagoff, one childish, attention-seeking, discourteous jerk to send a woo through PNC Park.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Artist David Bernabo creates a series of films that track various aspects of Pittsburgh's food culture.
Crosby's Breakaway Goal, Yeah You Want to Watch it Again

Crosby's Breakaway Goal, Yeah You Want to Watch it Again

Sidney Crosby's unassisted goal was his third game-winning score in the series against Tampa Bay.
Cyclists Say PennDOT's Bike Map a Start, but Could Be Better

Cyclists Say PennDOT's Bike Map a Start, but Could Be Better

The state's new interactive bike map displays the speed limit and traffic flow of state route bike paths.
In the Future: No Driver May Be No Problem for Uber

In the Future: No Driver May Be No Problem for Uber

Pittsburgh is the test track for the ride sharing company's self-driving vehicles.

Sign Up for the 412 e-Newsletter

 

Our new, daily e-newsletter is curated by the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine and is designed to give you the very best Pittsburgh has to offer -- delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign me up!
* Email
 First Name
 Last Name
  * = Required Field
 
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

Best Restaurants 2016

Best Restaurants 2016

Which 33 Pittsburgh-area establishments did our independent Restaurant Review Panel include among its top picks this year? Find them here.
Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

Six Pittsburgh Chefs Who Are Outstanding in Their Field

In addition to awarding Best Restaurant honors this year, our Independent Restaurant Review Panel also voted to recognize six chefs for their contributions to Pittsburgh’s culinary community in 2015.
Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

Citizen Artist: Vanessa German

German blends a collage of community activism and soul-searching artistry.
PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

PittGirl to Wooers: ‘Not Today Satan, Not Today’

It only takes one person, one jagoff, one childish, attention-seeking, discourteous jerk to send a woo through PNC Park.
Daytripping: Canonsburg is a City of Antiques

Daytripping: Canonsburg is a City of Antiques

Nearby Canonsburg is a rare find for antiques collectors.
U.S. Open at Oakmont: Will The Town Finally Be a Player?

U.S. Open at Oakmont: Will The Town Finally Be a Player?

The U.S. Open is returning to Oakmont — and unlike previous tournaments, this one could make the community a vital part of the action.
Edit Module

Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Local Filmmaker Celebrates Pittsburgh Food

Artist David Bernabo creates a series of films that track various aspects of Pittsburgh's food culture.

Comments


Pittsburgh, only cooler
PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

PittGirl: How You Should Grade A Squishy Tongue

Kennywood Park opens soon and new this season is the return of the famed whale at the entrance of Noah’s Ark. In the name of science, PittGirl paid an early visit to test the squishiness quotient of the whale's all-important tongue.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Richard DeShantz Plans Two New Restaurants at Salt of the Earth Building

Richard DeShantz Plans Two New Restaurants at Salt of the Earth Building

DeShantz owns three other Pittsburgh restaurants and is about to open a fourth.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The quiet rise of Pittsburgh's tea scene gives us a few favorite gems.

Comments


Highmark Stadium Pub Wants Your Attention

Highmark Stadium Pub Wants Your Attention

The in-house tavern at the Riverhounds' home stadium is now welcoming guests during weekdays. But is it worth a dedicated stop?

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Crosby’s Long-Awaited Signature has Pens Pondering The Possibilities

Crosby’s Long-Awaited Signature has Pens Pondering The Possibilities

For Sidney Crosby and for the Penguins, happy days are here again. But the emotion of the moment won’t mean much if Crosby and the Penguins aren’t able to build upon it as the series progresses.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Recycled Paper Never Looked So Good

Recycled Paper Never Looked So Good

Whether you’re looking for an original illustration, a cute note card to send a friend or a unique notebook to keep track of your thoughts, Little Alexander’s paper goods offer beautiful locally made options.

Comments


Sean Collier's Popcorn for Dinner

The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The Angry Birds Movie Is Just a Total Mess

The Angry Birds Movie Is Just a Total Mess

Plus reviews of "The Nice Guys" and "Neighbors 2," as well as local movie news and notes.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Get with the (Wedding) Program

Get with the (Wedding) Program

Have you ever considered making programs for your wedding guests? If not, think again and get creative.

Comments


The latest tips and trends to refresh your home.
A Tiny House that's Big on Energy Savings

A Tiny House that's Big on Energy Savings

Spread out across the city for these upcoming events, including a “Tiny House” exhibit at the Carnegie Science Center displayed by the FIY Network.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Pitt Adds New Major

Pitt Adds New Major

The environmental engineering major will be available in the 2016-17 academic year and aims to help students prepare for a changing job market.

Comments