2016 Media Trip to Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington with Duquesne Incline Station.
Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington with Duquesne Incline Station.


Welcomes IFWTWA

Food! Glorious Food! Libation!

Pittsburgh will surprise and delight you!  Experience the #1 foodie city in America according to Zagat, one of the best places in the world to visit according to Conde Nast Traveler and one of the best all-American vacations according to the Travel Channel. Pittsburgh has been transformed into a surprisingly mighty, beautiful, progressive American city. You’ll get the essence of a small town coupled with the vibrant energy of a world-class city. Pittsburgh has an exceptional concentration of accessible, affordable and diverse cultural and recreational amenities with an authentic, yet cosmopolitan flair. There’s a contemporary feel with unique but high quality restaurants and breweries that we’ll visit. As we explore, architecture from the 1800’s stands out among glass tower buildings. 

Food sampling at Parma Sausage-Burgh, Bits and Bites food tour
Food sampling at Parma Sausage-Burgh, Bits and Bites food tour

Who: up to 10 IFWTWA journalists (domestic and international applicants)
When: September *13-16, 2016.  *Journalists from the west coast or international locations are asked to arrive in Pittsburgh the evening of 9/12.  Transfers, hotel and Tuesday breakfast will be included.
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Our hosts will provide $500 travel allowance per person, ground transportation (airport & city), hotel, attraction visits, all tours, 3 meals/day and all tips.
Hotel Accommodations: Hotel Monaco – A Kimpton property: 620 William Penn Place, Pittsburgh, PA
Transportation: VisitPITTSBURGH will be providing airline transportation for IFWTWA journalists- up to $500/person. Our host will make the flight reservations and pay for them directly. Should costs exceed this limit, you will be contacted and billed by VisitPITTSBURGH.
FYI: checked baggage costs, parking fees, ticket change or cancellation fees are the responsibility of selected journalists and will not be not covered by VisitPITTSBURGH.

Apply by: July 15, 2016.  Acceptance: Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of July.

Sunday Morning On The River - Jim Whetstone2
Sunday Morning On The River – Jim Whetstone2

Proposed Itinerary: Subject to change by VisitPITTSBURGH.
Monday, September 12

NOTE: If writers will be flying in from west coast or internationally, the evening of September 12 is preferred arrival date.

Tuesday, September 13
All writers are to arrive in Pittsburgh around 12 p.m.

Lunch at Smallman Galley, a launch pad for the nation’s first restaurant incubator, which cultivates and accelerates undiscovered chefs.

Explore the city aboard 1920s trolley with Molly’s Trolley. Enclosed with panoramic windows and classic woodwork, the trolleys are reminiscent of the streetcars that once were a staple of transportation in Pittsburgh.

“Pittsburgh Style” Welcome Reception. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and mingle with some influential Pittsburgh foodie writers at the National Aviary. Get nose-to-beak at this one-of-a-kind bird-zoo.

Ride up the 400-foot slope to Mt. Washington in the historic Duquense Incline – a funicular railway that transports you to aptly named Grandview Avenue. See why USA Today Magazine calls the nighttime view one of the most beautiful views in the country.


Wednesday, September 14
Below are four activity options to choose from – three physical, one non-physical.

Breakfast at Habitat, inside the Fairmont Hotel.

Visit the Andy Warhol Museum, home to Pittsburgh native and prince of pop art and the largest single-artist museum in the U.S.

Get immersed in Pittsburgh’s pop art scene with a stop at the Mattress Factory, a world-renowned museum of contemporary, room-sized installation art.

Eat your way through Pittsburgh’s Strip District, one of the city’s most delicious neighborhoods with Burgh, Bits and Bites Food Tour. The gritty Strip is everyone’s favorite marketplace – several city blocks at the edge of downtown offering enticing food markets, coffee shops, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. This walking foodie tour links local history with the eateries, all while devouring our way around the world.

Please choose from the following four options:

  1. Kayak the beautiful three rivers with Downtown Pittsburgh as your backdrop with Kayak Pittsburgh.
  2. Pedal your way along some of the 24-miles of riverfront trails to see Pittsburgh by bike with Golden Triangle Bike Rentals.
  3. Segway in Paradise. Tour downtown Pittsburgh on a segway. You’ll stop along the route and learn about the city’s most interesting sights.
  4. Free time to explore Pittsburgh on your own. Suggestions include:
    1. Downtown Pittsburgh is very walkable and the hotel is located in the heart of downtown, a block from our 14-square-block Cultural District, which is home to 10 theaters –from Broadway productions, symphony, public and cabaret theaters, and comedy.
    2. While walking around, look up. The old architecture, mixed with new, is stunning.
    3. Walk to Point State Park, where the iconic fountain is located. This area is used for concerts and festivals.
    4. The August Wilson Center for African American Art offers multiple exhibition galleries, a 472-seat theater for performances in all genres, an education center for classes, lectures and hands-on learning, and dazzling spaces for community programs and events. August Wilson was a famous playwright from Pittsburgh.
    5. Art galleries along Penn and Liberty Avenues: SPACE, Wood Street Galleries, Future       Tenant.

Dinner at Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, one of the city’s best seafood restaurants with magnificent skyline views.

Repetitive Vision-Mattress Factory
Repetitive Vision-Mattress Factory

Thursday, September 15

Breakfast at Pamela’s Diner, known for their crepe-like pancakes and Lyonnaise Potatoes. President Obama is a regular!

Visit the Nationality Rooms, 30 functional classrooms located in the towering Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Each one-of-a-kind classroom is designed and decorated in a style that exemplifies the country it represents.

Choose from one of the following two options:

  1. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. This Victorian glasshouse combines nature with glass art, historic sculptures and waterfalls, displayed in 13 beautiful indoor gardens and six outdoor gardens, ranging from the Tropical Forest Congo to the fruits and spices of Asia. Experience one of the greenest buildings in the world, the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, with native landscapes, scenic views and biophilic art. Phipps Café is 3 Star Green Restaurant certified.
  2. Carnegie Museum of Art & Natural History. Two museums under one roof. At the Carnegie Museum of Art, you’ll find collections of contemporary and American art, French and Post-Impressionist paintings and European and American decorative arts. The Carnegie Museum of Natural History is home to Dinosaur Hall, the third-largest repository of dinosaur fossils. Here you’ll find more fossils than anywhere else in the world.  Be sure not to miss the Hall of Mineral and Gems, which displays thousands at one of the world’s finest collection.
Front of take out stand - credit Conflict Kitchen
Front of take out stand – credit Conflict Kitchen

Lunch at Conflict Kitchen. A take-out joint that serves food from countries with which the United States is in conflict.

Tour and tasting at Wigle Whiskey, the only whiskey distillery in the region and the first distillery in the city of Pittsburgh since Prohibition. We’ll learn about Pittsburgh’s role as the maker of American whiskey.

Choose from the following two dinner options:

  1. Hungarian Country-Styled dinner. Get ready for a very mysterious, Hungarian dinner, served family style.
  2. Italian Feast. In Italy, nothing says love and family like sharing a delicious meal.

Friday, September 16

Breakfast at The Vandal, a funky eatery taking their menu to a new level. One of the top restaurant openings in 2015, they’ve received great mentions, such as in the New York Times.

End of tour. Writers depart from Pittsburgh International Airport.

PGH Skyline, credit VisitPITTSBURGH
PGH Skyline, credit VisitPITTSBURGH
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