Hiking views in Ligonier

This past weekend I enjoyed an amazing trip to Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

The cutest little town this side of Western Pennsylvania with endless shops! We started off in a cute breakfast (Breaky) joint called The Kitchen on Main. Nestled in the newly renovated historic Diamond, the Kitchen on Main has become a staple of the town as well as a destination point for diners near and far. The open kitchen design allows for guests to watch the cooks prepare meals that is inspired by new and old classical cooking techniques. Reservations accepted for dinner only, BYOB and outdoor seating available when weather is permitting.

TheKitchenOnMain.com | The Kitchen’s Facebook
136 East Main Street
Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: 724-238-4199
info@thekitchenonmain.com

 

Linn Run State Park has some fantastic short hikes in their tiny park. The trail we hiked

on was the Flat Rock Trail. This half-mile trail follows Linn Run through the northern reaches of the park and offers a perfect hike for two out-of-shape girls. This flat trail begins at the lower parking area for the Adams Falls Trail. As you travel alongside the creek, you’ll see several privately-owned cabins on the opposite of the trail which seem to have the peaceful setting Linn Run offers. I’d love to own one of these cabins one day. I would be the boujee neighbor at 7am cuddled up next to a fire with my coffee and a book. Sounds like a good time, right?

Along the way we stopped to hammock and have lunch! We parked (hung) ourselves in a beautiful spot right next to the creek (crick) behind ruins of what I assume is an old cabin or small hunting lodge. All that remains is the stone walls and the fireplace. This remaining ruble is neat to explore and offers great rustic photo shoots or if you are me, adventurous 🙂 

Style tip: Make sure you have sunglasses and a comfy head band! They are very convenient for hiking!

Lastly, we spent our remining hours in a place fifteen- twenty minutes up the road called Laurel Mountain State Park. We went hiking, took some Instagram worthy photos, and peacefully listened to the sounds of nature. After those twenty minutes, we drove our wonderlust butts to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. This is a must-see in the Laurel Highlands. You have to check it off of your bucket list. I have been in Pittsburgh for most of my life and I never saw this beauty till now! THANK the LORDT I did! Breathe taking! I’m planning on going back soon! Probably during the fall to get a picture of the leaves changing colors!

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Style tip: Wear leggings with pockets because they are a good investment (almost dropped my phone off a cliff) GOD BLESS!

Lets just say it was a day of adventure, but it was so worth it!!!! 🙂

 

 

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Oh Carrie, you make me blush!

The Carrie Deer

Carrie Blast Furnaces National Historical Landmark in Swissvale, Pennsylvania is filled with rich iron and art! This place is the key stop on any tour on any international arts conference.

For over a century, the Homestead Steel Works dominated the steel making industry. Heralded as the largest as the largest steel mill in the world, it employed more than 200,000 steel workers and produced more than 200 million tons of steel that were used to build and protect the land of the free.

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On the adventure in exploring Carrie, you will surely notice the towering, stacks and long warehouses. Be prepared for an exciting tour that includes climbing a series of walkways around these intimidating interior of the furnace. You will learn about the harsh conditions a steelworker encountered daily. As you make your way through the site, be sure to pay attention to the little things that may seem out of place, like the many art installations. These artistic additions started with the sudden appearance of the Carrie Deer and include works made creatively out of scrap metal and loose parts collected from the site.

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The art, oh boy, THE ART was honestly breath taking.

The Carrie Deer is Pittsburgh’s most well known example of industrial salvage artwork, this collaboration between seven guerilla artist– George Davis, Liz Hammond, Tim Kaulen, John Latell, Joe Small, Tim Yohman, and Bob Ziller. The artists snuck on to the site most Sundays for an entire year to complete the large scale of the deer bust, beginning in October, 1997. 

As the number of installations has increased, they have become not only a major highlight of the site, but also one of the focal points for the future of the Furnace and for restoration and preservation endeavors of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area as they find ways to reuse and re-energize the site.

Style tip: Bad shoes can turn an amazing trip into an uncomfortable disaster. Make sure you are wearing comfortable cute shoes! It’s a lot of walking!

Address: Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Rankin, PA 15104

Phone: (412) 464-4020

Website: https://www.riversofsteel.com/

Tour Information: Carrie Blast Furnace tours are offered:

May through October
Saturdays at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM
Sundays at 1:00 PM

June through August
Fridays at 10:00 AM

The site is closed at all other times.

Allow 2 hours for tour.  Recommended for ages 8+

Admission:                            Advance*     Door*

Child (17 and under)              $14.00         $17.00

Student (18+ with college ID) $17.00        $20.00

Senior (62 and above)            $17.00        $20.00

General Admission                 $21.00        $25.00

Westmoreland Views

Have you ever found yourself looking for a change in scenery? If so, come check out what Westmoreland, PA has to offer.

Lose yourself in the rich historical community. Make a day trip out of it!

Start in Downtown Greensburg: If you need a new selfie for the Gram, you need to visit Westmoreland Cultural Trust Art in the Alley. Students from the surrounding universities have worked together to create a beautiful alley with walls that feature truly unique works of art, personal and political expressions about community and global issues. In the beginning artists hung largely canvas artworks on the walls, and over time, evolved to painting directly on the walls.The alley is constantly changing, sometimes, many times a day. It has become a sacred place for many – artists, locals and tourists. It is a place where you can get lost in the art and also found. Art Alley is located in Courthouse Square, Greensburg, PA 15601, right next to the Palace Theater.

 

 

Located just a hop, skip, jump away from Art Alley is Westmoreland Art Museum. This is an art museum in Greensburg devoted to American art, with a particular concentration on the art of southwestern Pennsylvania. Not a particularly large museum, but it filled with priceless artifacts that are worth seeing. When I walked through the museum they had a entire section of stitched quilts covering the walls. Beautiful, hand-crafted pieces that are must see! 

Westmoreland Musuem Free Admission & Parking
The Museum and gardens are ADA accessible.

Hours
Tuesday-Sunday: 11am-5pm
Wednesday: 11am-7pm
Closed Mondays, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day

 

TIPS: The entire trip will take 30-minutes to walk through, but make sure you stop at the White Rabbit to get some coffee beforehand.  The White Rabbit is a cute little coffee shop located down the road. By the name, you know you are walking into a wonderland of carbs and caffine. Here is the White Rabbit’s website: https://www.thewhiterabbitcafe.com/

Style Tip: Make sure you wear a cute outfit to be artsy fartsy and take new pics for the gram! I wore comfortable booties with a stylish outfit! Look beautiful, feel beautiful.

 

 

 

 

“All I wanna do is Bicycle”

Are you looking for a weird, eccentric museum with random artifacts that you would only see at antique shop? If so, the Bicycle Heaven in the Casey Industrial Park in the Northside of Pittsburgh is your ideal place. Bicycle heaven is filled to the brim with 3,500 bikes and counting. It isn’t until you go upstairs to the main showroom that Bicycle Heaven goes from your normal bike shop to something completely out of this world.

This picture is taken inside the groovy room to see the Day-glo sprockets. Craig Morrow, owner of Bicycle Heaven on Pittsburgh’s North Side, says it’s not about the ride—it’s about the chase. Morrow started his collection many years ago with a discarded bike that he found in the trash—now some bikes in his collection are worth more than $40,000.

Bicycle Heaven is located at 1800 Preble & Columbus Avenue in the North Side.  Bicycle Heaven is free although donations are encouraged.

Hidden Gems of da Burgh

Image may contain: 19 people, people smiling, people standing and indoorIf you are into Jesus or old paintings this is the place for you. I’m not you’re cross-wearing kind of gal, but being able to experience some type of religion was semi educational for me. Growing up in a single-parent home made me secular, considering my mother worked on Sundays. Maxwells pub would’ve been my church and the sermon would been given by Myron Cope. The congregation would be covered in their Sunday’s best black and gold attire with the holy Iron City in their hands.

 

 

 

These are the Maxo Vanka murals of St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church in Millvale, Pennsylvania. This church is filled with 25 unique, evocative murals depicting the hard working immigrant experiences in America. Maxo Vanka arrived in Pittsburgh from Croatia numerous decades ago to paint the murals . The church has been preserving the murals for a good 75 years. On Saturdays, you are able to take a tour of these painting for a $10 donation fee. I’m not really into religious mumbo-jumbo, but I appreciated the history side of the murals depicting the immigrant experience. Considering that everyone who escaped their countries to make it to the “Land of the Free” back then struggled. I enjoy hearing about history. I enjoy hearing about struggles. I am a struggle.

This is an amazing view of history depicted through art. If you find yourself in Millvale, PA looking for something unique, stop in and view some one-of-a-kind art!

The Art of purpose

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Adam, my significant other, took me to the Carnegie Museum for our anniversary. When it comes to his legacy at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, notably the Museum of Art, you notice this as soon as you arrive.  This art museum is known to be one of the country’s best. The main feeling I had when walking through the Carnegie Museum of Art was wonderment and excitement. The idea of looking into a piece of art and portraying it to your own life, connects you to the artwork.

Carnegie Museum of Art is arguably the first museum of contemporary art in America, collecting the “Old Masters of tomorrow” since the inception of the Carnegie International in 1896. Today, the museum is one of the most dynamic major art institutions in America. The collection of more than 35,000 objects features a broad spectrum of visual arts, including painting and sculpture; prints and drawings; photographs; architectural casts, renderings, and models; decorative arts and design; and film, video, and digital imagery.

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In a recent New York Times article, The Art of Slowing Down in a Museum, suggests slowing down while visiting a museum could help you see a little more:

“When you go to the library,” said James O. Pawelski, the director of education for the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, “you don’t walk along the shelves looking at the spines of the books and on your way out tweet to your friends, ‘I read 100 books today!’” Yet that’s essentially how many people experience a museum…Professor Pawelski…asks [his students] to spend at least 20 minutes in front of a single painting that speaks to them in some way.

Twenty minutes these days is what three hours used to be, he noted. “But what happens, of course, is you actually begin to be able to see what you’re looking at,” he said…For instance, if you have an hour he suggests wandering for 30 minutes, and then spending the next half-hour with a single compelling painting…Professor Pawelski said it’s still a mystery why viewing art in this deliberately contemplative manner can increase well-being or what he calls flourishing…He theorized, however, that there is a connection to research on meditation and its beneficial biological effects. In a museum, though, you’re not just focusing on your breath, he said.

“You’re focusing on the work of art.”

 

My tips of walking through the Carnegie Museum is either eat before you go or bring some snacks. Its a time consuming trip that makes your FUNGRY side come alive. I like strolling around museums and absorbing the art with a coffee in my hand. Caffeine just makes the art work pop a little more.

#Styletip Wear a cute outfit and take lots of pictures because you are a piece of art! XOXO

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Strip Distraction

“Pittsburgh vs. all yinz”- Yinzer

img_0236Yesterday, we took a trip to Pittsburgh’s Strip District on a Saturday morning– A neighborhood full of ethnic grocery stores, restaurants, and historical shops. A melting pot of diverse people and interesting stories

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Our adventures led us to a beautiful shop called Mahla & Co Antiques in the strip. This family run business with a warm home feeling as soon as you stepped foot in the door. The shop first opened in 1995 on 17th & Smallman, the beautiful transformed warehouse space that was once the Society for Improvement of the Poor. The 17 carefully chosen dealers from around western Pennsylvania offer knowledge of fine contemporary art and antiques for buyers interest. In the picture above, Maura Barron is ‘tastefully’ poising in a section of the antique shop.

 

 

 

We stumbled out way to the widely known Robert Wholey Co. market where you can find just about any type of meat, seafood, dessert, drink, and feeling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was my first time stepping foot in this hectic, entertaining place. I feel like I lived in Pittsburgh for twenty years and never truly experienced it till now. It’s a must see place in Pittsburgh!

While patrons purchased their select things, there are hidden interactive surprises throughout the store.

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Tips from my experience of the Strip District on Saturday’s, parking is literal hell. Condense to one car when traveling with multiples. Take a decent sized purse to carry all the little random purchases you make along the way (shopping is Inevitable). #StyleTip Dad sneakers are the perfect traveling shoe. They’re comfortable, trendy, & great for making your way up and down the strip.

“It’s like he’s taking my soul” – Rachel Cottrill

 

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We then took a walk down Penn Ave to see the select vendors that set up shop on the sidewalks. Even Pittsburgh natives joined in on the fun! It’s a unique, must-see activity on a Saturday morning!