STAYCATION: WHY LAWRENCEVILLE’S TRYP HOTEL SHOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF SUMMER TRAVEL PLANS
Since its opening a few weeks back, the new Tryp Hotel has become sort of a touchstone in every conversation around Pittsburgh — “Have you seen the view?” or “Have you tried the food?” or, if you’re anything like us, “Have you seen those light fixtures?!”
If you haven’t yet visited the newest addition to Butler Street (and, shockingly, Lawrenceville’s first hotel), we have an idea. Instead of visiting the rooftop bar for the sweeping river and city views or the soon to open Brickshop, the resident hotel restaurant/coffee shop/wine bar, why not really do it right with a full-fledged staycation?
First things first — you’ll need a place to stay on your staycation. The Tryp is housed in a 100-year-old former vocational school, and there are historic details preserved in each of its rooms, so you really can’t go wrong no matter which one you choose. Expect moody accent walls, sleek, minimal furnishings and artwork by local Pittsburgh artists displayed on the walls, plus some seriously swank hotel bathroom digs perfect for a night (or a weekend) away.
Next up: your breakfast, dinner, and maybe even lunch in between. The Tryp’s rooftop bar and restaurant, Over Eden, boasts Eastern Mediterranean fare with one of the single most impressive views in town in the background, so to really enjoy the full staycation experience, you’ll want to make reservations in advance.
As for breakfast, walking to a tried-and-true mainstay like The Vandal or a coffee at Espresso a Mano both feel new and exciting when you’re waking up in a hotel instead of your own apartment.
Even the most relaxing vacation isn’t complete without at least a few activities, and your staycation should be no different. We’d recommend checking out the local art downstairs (and there is alot of it!) curated by Casey Droege Cultural Productions and Monmade. Once you explore the impressive collection, stroll up and down Butler St for some shopping (Franklin & Mercer, Make + Matter, Pavement, Wildcard) or a walk around the historic and lush Allegheny Cemetery. Or if you want to spread your wings, head across the 40th St bridge and into Milvale for a beer on Grist House’s newly expanded beer garden.
Before your day of local fun comes to a close, head up to the roof for one last look at the city with a specialty cocktail, craft beer or a glass of rosé in hand.