There’s something about the fall weather that begs you to pack up the car, bundle up in a cozy sweater and hit the road in search of someplace just a bit outside your normal vantage point. Even if you can’t make the pilgrimage up to see the famous New England foliage, there are a ton of ways to get the same autumn experience right here in Pittsburgh (or just a bit outside).
We’ve rounded up our favorite staycation ideas for all types of weekenders, from the outdoorsy mountain voyage to chic ways to hunker down in a new corner of the city. If you want to get out of town without really getting out of town, here are a few suggestions — just don’t forget to set the OOO response on your work email.
The Retro Voyage: Cocktails and a hike at the Billy Motel. If you’re the outdoorsy type, head out of the city to nearby Davis, West Virginia for a weekend of hiking and a stay at the hidden gem Billy Motel. This mid-century modern inspired motel describes itself as “hillbilly fabulous,” and even if that doesn’t exactly sound like your cup of tea, you’ll be totally on board after experiencing the lounge-style cocktail bar, the kitschy rooms and the fun pop-up dinners.
The Luxury Option: A stay at Hotel Monaco. If you’re looking for classic hotel-and-room-service staycation, it’s best to stick with what works. Book a room at the boutique Hotel Monaco downtown and plan on staying in your robe while enjoying the bold pops of color and luxe finishes throughout. Order room service, pop a bottle of champagne and queue up a few movies to watch from bed — or just admire the city views right outside your window. While we love Ace’s clawfoot tubs (see below), the soaking tubs here give them a run for their money.
The Architectural Trek: An overnighter at a Frank Lloyd Wright house. Once you’ve already toured the famous Fallingwater and the lesser-known but equally stunning Kentuck Knob, your final lesson in your Southwestern Pennsylvania education in Frank Lloyd Wright is a stay at Polymath Park. This off-the-beaten-path collection of four FLW homes offers overnight stays perfect for groups of friends or a couple’s getaway, and once you arrive, your only task will be choosing between admiring the sweeping views of the Laurel Highlands or the immaculately preserved architectural details inside.
The Woodsy Retreat: A cabin with Getaway House. Getaway House is a cabin retreat for the tech age, and when those last minute road trip urges kick in, it makes finding a remote hideaway a whole lot easier. Book your stay online and disconnect (seriously, no wifi & cellphone lock boxes) in a design-forward cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows, modern wooden accent walls and plush beds that are a world away from your typical cabin bunk. And don’t forget the smores supplies for the fire.
The Cool Factor: Dinner and a bath at Ace Hotel. Even if you’ve already stayed at the Ace Hotel, you haven’t really stayed at the Ace Hotel until you’ve taken a bath in one of the clawfoot tubs. There’s no better time than the present to book a room, make an early dinner reservation downstairs at Whitfield, and skip the nightcap in favor of a bubble bath and an early bedtime.