How to go on a blissful family Christmas getaway.
- Purchase 4 Steelers' Tickets from Ticketmaster.
- Book two rooms at the Wyndham Hotel in walking distance of Heinz Field. I booked my rooms on Expedia.
- Book 2 non-stop flights from Orlando to Pittsburgh.
- Book rental car (only needed if traveling outside of the downtown Pittsburgh area).
- Purchase Steelers scarfs, hats, and jackets from Steelers.com.
- Surprise your husband with the tickets & the trip for Christmas 12/21-12/24.
- Pack Terrible Towels, cold weather clothes, & appropriate walking shoes.
Day 1: Go to Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh
for Pretzels & beer cheese, Schnitzel, potato pancakes and bratwurst. Oh and Beer! After lunch, time for The Church Brew Works
on Liberty. Have a micro brew flight, a cup of warm apple cider & a glass of pomegranate champagne. Check into the hotel & check out the views. Rooms on the 21st floor, one overlooking Point Park and Heinz Field, the other city view and a portion of PNC park. Walk to Market Square
, have a drink & a sandwich at Primanti Bros Restaurant
, take a walk around the ice-skating rink
(or better yet, go for a skate) and Market Square Christmas Shopping Village
Day 2: Walk to Market Square to Bruegger's Bagels for breakfast. Drive to The Strip District
, park and walk through the crowds and shops picking up some Steelers' T/Shirts and pepperoni bread. Head back to the Hotel to pick up the car and head out of downtown towards Wintersville / Steubenville, OH. Check out the WWII Honor Roll Mural in Steubenville, eat at Naples Spaghetti House
and visit family for great conversation, dessert & coffee. On the way back to downtown Pittsburgh, stop in Wintersville for some Ray's Pizza. Then head to East Cason Street, Pittsburgh
walk a bit and stop at Fat Head's Saloon
Day 3: Gear up! It's game day! Walk down to The Market Square, eat breakfast at Cherrie's Diner
. Have a couple of mimosas back at the hotel then head to the game at Heinz Field. Take the Gateway T Station
to Heinz Field. Hang out in Steeler Country Stage AE Entertainment Complex for music & drinks before the game. (That is if you don't bring a car to tailgate.) Head over to the field, stand in security lines, throw away your metal flask, buy beer, find your seats and enjoy the game! Mid-game, buy nachos, more beer, pretzels and hot dogs! Cheer on those Steelers & wave those Terrible Towels. Walk back to the hotel. Have dinner at Diamond Market Bar & Grille
. Our day game experience ended with a loss, but we still had an awesome time!
Day 4: Pack up, have breakfast at Blue Bird Kitchen
, relax, read the paper, walk through the Cultural District
, then pick up the car and head to the airport. Do a little souvenir shopping and head home. It's been a great trip!
One thing I haven't mentioned, hotel parking is a bit expensive. We self parked at the parking garage across from the hotel for $21 a day. (& a little more for Game day). But being able to drive out to Wintersville & Steubenville, it was worth it.
We loved our location, we were able to walk most places (bundled up of course), there were Christmas trees and decorations everywhere, we had snow, experienced a Steeler's football game at Heinz Field and we were all together, the four of us! Rich & I and our two amazing children, we had an wonderful time.