5 Best Places Not in Allegheny County
As Pittsburgh Magazine’s resident Beaver Countian, I’m a strong advocate of the fact that while the city is great, other places in the region have so much to offer, too. Here are a few of my favorite hangs outside of Allegheny County.
PHOTO BY CHUCK BEARD
Moraine State Park/McConnells Mill State Park
These aren’t part of the same state park, but if you’re going to one you need to visit the other while you’re there. I have great memories at both spots of camping, spending time on the water, biking the (paved) bike trail — no off-roading for this girl — and hiking among huge boulders. Pack as much as you can into one day, but you still might need two, as both of these state parks have so much to offer.
Moraine: 225 Pleasant Valley Road, Portersville
McConnells Mill: 1761 McConnells Mill Road, Portersville
This is my favorite local hangout right now, but you’d drive right past it if you didn’t know it was there — which is a perk, because there’s always an open seat. The eclectic basement vibe, complete with a pool table, shuffleboard and chalk-art covered walls, is only matched by the awesome muddled drinks — my favorite is the Ghouly Host.
ROCHESTER: 169 Brighton Ave.
Beaver Falls Coffee & Tea Company
Located across the street from the Geneva College campus, this cozy space is a great spot to grab a bite to eat and sit for a while with a cup of locally roasted coffee or thoughtfully sourced tea. The business is all about community, and hosts events such as conversations, book signings and live music for residents in the area.
BEAVER FALLS: 3219 4th Ave.
Jeppie is one of my favorite local shops. This happens to be very dangerous for my bank account, because it’s just a short walk from my house. The lifestyle boutique, owned by local Jesse Arrington, and his mother, Lisa Jordan, is a great place to find gifts, accessories, decorations for your home and plenty of other odds and ends you didn’t know you needed.
BEAVER: 637 3rd St.
Hank’s Frozen Custard
If you’re ever in the mood for custard and a taco — an odd combination, but hey, stranger things have happened — Hank’s is the place you need. I’d choose soft serve ice cream over hard any day, but the custard at Hank’s is a must-get even if you’re more of a “two scoops in a waffle cone” kind of person.
NEW BRIGHTON: 2210 3rd Ave.