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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to experience the best our city has to offer. Spending time with the person you love shouldn’t be limited to one day, but trying a new experience with them can elevate your relationship!
Maybe you’ve tried some of these places; maybe you haven’t. Maybe you aren’t feeling a five-star cuisine this year and would rather spend time at a museum or other landmark. Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities certainly have a number of options that will appeal to anyone looking for something to do this Valentine’s Day.
Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington area has long been a favorite of both locals and visitors when it comes to dining and sightseeing. The Grandview Overlook is not only a wonderful spot to see our beautiful city; it’s also incredibly romantic.
Once arrived on Mt. Washington, the dining options are vast, most boasting four- and five-star ratings. One of the most well-known and romantic restaurants is Monterey Bay Fish Grotto. Offering white tablecloth service, diners can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Pittsburgh while enjoying delicious seafood. The restaurant has added a sushi bar as well, for more casual dining.
Another romantic restaurant on Mt. Washington is the LeMont Restaurant, an upscale-dining location that has been a trusted favorite for decades. Like Monterey Bay, the LeMont also offers city views and has a live music lounge.
PHIPPS CONSERVATORY AND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in the Schenley Park area of Pittsburgh is a registered historical landmark and botanical garden. Constantly hosting special events in the beautifully decorated space, Phipps offers a special dinner for Valentine’s Day. Flowers are a large part of this holiday, and they are found in abundance at Phipps. On February 14 only, the botanical garden is serving an elegant buffet in their Special Events Hall, concluding the evening with a stroll through the conservatory, which includes their Orchid and Bonsai Tropical Show and Tropical Forest Cuba exhibit.
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
If you are in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh, stop by the Carnegie Museum of Art. A pillar in the Pittsburgh area, the museum contains a large collection of contemporary film and video art. The 57th Carnegie International is open until March 25, with weekly jazz performances, coffee service and paintings available for purchase. The event displays works of art by 32 international artists and artist collectives.
NORTH SHORE RIVERFRONT PARK & TRAIL
If it is a view you’re searching for on Valentine’s Day, consider the North Shore Riverfront Park & Trail. Walkways, memorials and public art are on display in the 11.25 acres of space that trails the northern banks of the Allegheny in Ohio Rivers. One can not only view downtown Pittsburgh; they can also see the most beautiful ballpark in America – PNC Park, and enjoy cuisine from the number of restaurants that line the area. Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is one of those restaurants, offering fine cuts of meat and gluten-free options. The North Shore restaurant has two fireplaces, valet parking and 30 wines by the glass – all ensuring a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day.
THE SEWICKLEY CHOCOLATE WALK
This is absolutely as delicious as it sounds. On Saturday, February 9thSewickley will host its Annual Chocolate Walk from noon to 3PM. The event is already sold-out, but if you were lucky enough to grab your tickets early, prepare to enjoy (and indulge) in delicious chocolate provided by local restaurants and businesses in the Sewickley area. For several wistful hours, Beaver Street (which is home to the Sewickley Business District) will close as you and your sweetheart stroll from location to location, sampling chocolate and chocolate treats. A map, wristband and bottle of water are provided at check-in, and prizes are awarded. At the walk’s conclusion, a winner of Best Chocolate is crowned, along with full bragging rights until next year’s event.