Romance is alive and well this Valentine’s Day, I’m happy to announce! Mr. Locke and I love celebrating the holiday together and adore the love-filled day just as much when The Kid is involved. There are occasions, however, when the two of us celebrate together or The Kid spends the night at a family member’s house leaving us to our romantic revelry. Yes, I used the word revelry. Don’t judge. If you’re anywhere in the Pittsburgh area on the top romantic holiday of the year, here’s our recommendations for top spots for a romantic Valentine’s Day in Pittsburgh that are guaranteed to bring out the love.
Looking for the perfect selfie spots with a romantic backdrop? Mount Washington is the obvious choice! Take the Duquesne Incline from Station Square and head to the overlook to grab photos like this one. There’s plenty of additional places that bring on the romantic photos as well: Point State Park, along the Allegheny River on the North Shore or The Cathedral of Learning and Phipps Conservatory in Oakland. If you want to enjoy the fresh, February air, take a stroll across the Smithfield Street Bridge and stop halfway for a shot of the rivers, the city proper, and Station Square.
Valentine’s Day Dining in Pittsburgh
From romantic castle settings to a dinner with a touch of culture, Pittsburgh has dining options for every style and budget.
Named one of 21 legendary Restaurants in the United States by gourmet Magazine in 2008, Hyeholde is the pinnacle restaurant for couples that want romance melded with a fairy tale feel. From the gorgeous exterior to the six- course fixed-priced menus, the restaurant uses local farms’ produce for the basis of its American-based dining options. Four acres of pristine gardens and winding paths provide for a perfect pre-dinner walk through the grounds and cozy fireplaces are lit to arm you up afterwards.
Braddock’s Pittsburgh Brasserie
Mr. Locke and I had the pleasure of visiting Braddock’s on New Year’s Eve and were floored by the classy, creative menu. The restaurant, located in the lobby of Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel in the Cultural District, has amazing staff and plenty of intimate tables.
Who says you can’t buy love in a yummy, tasty pizza box? Probably no one to be honest, but it definitely sounds cute! Pizza Italia gets in on the Valentine’s Day festivities with heart-shaped pizzas. The restaurant has been a Pittsburgh-native favorite since 1980 when owner Dominic Ricci opened its doors and fans have been flocking ever since. Can’t make it for V-Day? No worries. Pizza Italia is happy to make you one year round. Prices start at $8.50!
Valentine’s Day Accommodations
There’s no denying the luxurious hotels in Pittsburgh, but there’s one in particular that’s always on our radar for romance.
Omni William Penn Hotel
Classic beauty with stunning architecture is the norm for Omni William Penn Hotel. This year, the hotel is offering Sweetheart Valentine’s Packages that includes sparkling wine, complimentary room upgrades, a breakfast buffet in The Terrace Room, and a complimentary welcome amenity. This offer is for the nights of February 10-11 & 14, 2017.
If you’re a tried and true Pittsburgher, maybe you’d like to get away from the city for Valentine’s Day this year? No worries, there’s plenty of romantic day trips and weekend adventures that are an hour or less away!
Omni Bedford Springs
What was once the spot to visit for its healing properties is now a gorgeous resort with modern amenities and top-notch dining. Omni Bedford Springs Resort is offering Valentine’s Day packages including dinner making the hour drive out of the city so worth it. If you’re the outdoorsy type, a hike through the woods on one of several paths will lead you to the on-property springs, or you can stay inside and take a dip in the salt water pool.
Listed as one of America’s Top 10 Romantic Inns, Buhl Mansion is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway. Just over an hour away from Pittsburgh in Sharon, PA, the picturesque property offers an onsite spa, breakfast packages, and if you’re really into indulgence, a Castle Escape package that will make you feel like royalty.
Tara- A Country Inn
Seven Springs Mountain Resort
If you and your sweetie love the outdoors, a trip to Seven Springs is a no-brainer. The popular ski resort is offering several lodging packages including a Winter Spa Experience (hello, relaxation!). There’s dining options to fit every budget as well. For the ultimate in dining, make a reservation at Helens and savor top notch entrees with a beautiful, rustic ambiance.
Do you have a favorite romantic spot in and around Pittsburgh to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Please leave me a comment in the section below!