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The heart of southwest Pennsylvania is Pittsburgh, a true Renaissance city. Theater, opera, symphony, museums, and fine restaurants all flourish within city limits. As with all cities where the arts are held on high, lovers can expect a scene particularly suited for romance. In fact, on your romantic getaway you can enjoy yourselves at several Pittsburgh local scenes. Moreover outside the city, in the entire southwest Pennsylvania region, there are a number of special places perfect for two lovers on vacation. Be it for honeymooning, an anniversary, or any excuse for a romantic getaway, southwest Pennsylvania is an attractive destination.
Romantic Accommodations in Southwest Pennsylvania
Both within Pittsburgh and without you'll find charming lodgings to serve as home bases from which to go out and enjoy yourselves, or just to hole up in to get away from it all with your one and only. Either way, these bed and breakfasts offer Victorian accommodation, amenities meant to help you relax and forget about the outside world, and breakfasts stocked with soul food.
One bed and breakfast that's both charming and humble - and it's a pleasure for these two to go together describing a bed and breakfast - is the Inn on Negley. The rooms and suites have been designed to perfection and fitted with period furniture of the highest quality: Of the beds, for instance, some are canopy-style, some are high-rises, and most are of dark wood and exquisitely carved. The sitting areas are homey and rugs are laid out, while Jacuzzis grace the bathrooms.
Breakfasts downstairs are prepared by two master chefs; you wake up to pastries, breads, sausages and juices. Afternoons greet you with tea and cookies, and in the evenings wine and cheese are offered to the tired lovers. Sometime during your stay a pleasant outing is to Highland Park, featuring sculptures, bridges, two reservoirs, a zoo, and plenty of picnic areas.
Outside Pittsburgh, consider staying at the Inne at Watson's Choice and Harvest House Bed and Breakfast. The two of these together are located on lush farmland west of Uniontown, and the Inne is actually a converted farmhouse from the early 19th century. Rooms are themed, and many of them, especially those in Harvest House, are intricately decorated with antiques and odds and ends and furnished with the best period furniture. Bathrooms are all positively modern, but they don't stray from the period look.
A trip south of Pittsburgh, and the Inne at Watson's Choice is perfectly located to facilitate this, warrants a daytime excursion to the two Frank Lloyd Wright landmarks in southwest Pennsylvania. These are Fallingwater and the House on Kentucky Knob, both icons and highpoints in the career of one of the U.S.'s most admired architects. Don't miss the grounds' tours, and both areas radiate a serene air.
Romantic Dining in Southwest Pennsylvania
There are several areas within Pittsburgh where you'll find the best restaurants, set in romantic locations and creating the perfect mood. One such area is Mt. Washington, on a cliff immediately overlooking the Monongahela River and the Allegheny River. Past the river you catch the most fantastic urban views outside of San Francisco, as the Golden Triangle downtown area looms with its modern buildings and fantastic skyscrapers. Dozens of bridges connect the downtown area to the neighborhoods separated by the rivers. At night, the buildings, skyscrapers, and bridges all light up for a unique enchanting display.
There's a row of fashionable restaurants on Mt. Washington, all taking advantage of the views with specially-arranged terraced seating. Some favorites include Georgetowne Inn serving American-style cuisine, and Cliffside Restaurant serving seafood and steak; for a more formal meal try Le' Mont Restaurant.
The Tin Angel is an excellent choice for a romantic candlelit dinner on Mt. Washington, and it has one of the best views. The combinations and presentation are most important to the chef and staff; witness the tasty dish of filet mignon and lobster tails or the vegetable boat filled with meats and cheeses, stuffed grape leaves, and artichoke hearts.
Another great spot for restaurants is downtown, the Cultural District. You can be assured this area is filled with Pittsburgh's greatest cultural meccas, half a dozen theaters, and a number of boutiques. A wonderful evening can be had at the Benedum Center, formerly the Stanley, where the Pittsburgh Opera performs.
As regards to the restaurants in the Cultural District, from among the wide variety here's one that's sure to attract those with love on their minds: F. Tambellini, which serves some of Pittsburgh's best Italian food, in a nice setting, close to the Benedum. The restaurant serves all varieties of food, from cheeses to seafood to meats.
Romantic Excursions in Southwest Pennsylvania
What provided good views from land will certainly provide good views from above. A good way to cap off a romantic getaway to southwest Pennsylvania is with a champagne bottle, a balloon, and a captain. Witness the Golden Triangle from thousands of feet in the air, drift over the rivers and the mountains. It's a wonderful region for such an activity. But before you lift off, hand in hand, with the expectation to review the good times you had, the good food and the charming lodgings, the beautiful architecture and the scenic rivers - don't forget a corkscrew.
Romantic Vacation Ideas in Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania