What are the (best/any) options for accommodations? Guessing this has been discussed somewhere but I couldn't find it.
What are the (best/any) options for accommodations? Guessing this has been discussed somewhere but I couldn't find it.
i hear the people up there have couches or something
kind of looking for a place to sleep that wont be on fire after the game
There are some hotels in Morgantown near the stadium but they're generally booked well in advance. Might have better luck finding a hotel in Fairmont or Washington PA, and driving to/from the game is pretty reasonable from there.
There was a WVU thread with "Buckwild" in it.
If you stay/fly into Pittsburg you can make a slight detour and visit Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pa.
I'm seriously considering this for my only out of state road trip this year, got 4 vacation days left that I need to use before the end o the year...
WV was the site of one of my wildest adventures back in my early 20's...had a friend from Wheeling that invited us up one summer....ended up "borrowing" his dads Jag (yes there are people with money in WV) and attempting to find a new dog racing track that just opened up. Vaguely remember a super hot (but incredibly dumb and hillbilly) blonde chick at a burger joint, and somehow ending up in Ohio sleeping off our drunkeness in some parking lot. Never made it to the dog races. /csb
RE Pittsburgh: Don't stay in the South Side, it gets really ugly after 2. Station Square, anywhere downtown, or the north shore are all fine options.
1) Plan on camping/rafting after the game.
2) Have a real purty mouth.
3) Squeal like a pig.
I went to Pitt for the Texas Pitt game back in the day. It was fun (other than Curtis Martin running for 251 against _arnell's D), don't have the foggiest where we stayed. Just need to find the right neighborhood hotels/bars/etc.
Last edited by tbone; 09-28-2013 at 03:38 PM.
Does anybody have an educated guess on what time kickoff for the game in Morgantown might be? I'm going to be in DC for work the previous week and at the beginning of the following week. I'm considering staying the weekend and making the drive out to Morgantown (I believe it's about 3.5 hours), but I won't want to pay for another hotel when I'll already have one in DC. A night game probably makes the trip impossible, unless I want to drive back on unfamiliar highways at 1 in the morning....
I'm going up there in 3 weeks to see Tech play WVU....staying in Washington, PA Thursday - Saturday which is outside of Pittsburgh 30 minutes or so and is on the way to Morgantown, WV....staying at a Residence Inn across from PNC Park on Sunday night - Steelers play on Sunday at Heinz Field which is all of 4 blocks away....at any rate, Washington, PA gives you access to Pittsburgh to goof around on Friday but gets you a little closer to Morgantown on Saturday..
Pittsburgh, where I went about 8 times on business a couple of years ago, is extremely underrated as a city IMNSHO...had no idea it was so beautiful.
Travel Lodge is a pretty dodgy place, but you can see the stadium from the parking lot.
Why the $#@! would you support Mack, Deloss and the rest of those $#@!ets by going to this $#@! and watching us get our asses beat?
There are some hotels on the South Side. There are some at either end of Carson Street. If you want something not as nuts as fighting when you come out of the bars...try for something down by the Hofbrauhaus. That is across the river from Pitt, just up Bates Street. You can see Pitt's Cathedral of Learning from Hofbrau. The Hofbrau is licensed by Hofbrau in Munchen, so it's real. Food is so-so...but the Bier is very, very good. That area is called the South Side Works...it is up the Monongahela from town...
At Station Square there is a Sheraton. That's on the South Side, other end from Hofbrau. Closer to town.
If you fly into Pittsburgh there is a casino next to Heinz Field. There is also one down closer to Washington, Pa....The Meadows. It has harness racing too...and I believe there are a lot of hotels there.
There are some hotels closer to the airport too, over in Moon. There is also a nice Hilton attached to the airport. I can't tell you what kind of hotels they have between Washington and Morganhole. You could also check at Lakeview Golf Resort...I think that is the correct name, but I am not sure if they have hotels type stuff. . It is just over the border from Pa. in WV. It has some of those time-share things I believe. It is less than 10 miles to WVU.
Or, take a look at Nemacolin Woodlands. It is pricey...but it has some great golf, weather permitting. It is on Rt. 40...Very close to Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright's famous house...as well as his other, Kentuck Knob. They are very close to WVU. Also off of Rt. 40 is a lot of history from the French and Indian War.
Honestly, I'd just get on the GoogleEarth and look around. I reckon a lot depends on if you rent cars and how much you want to spend.
Edit... Ahhh $#@! forgot about Burgatory, find it! mmmmmmm
Last edited by RelaxedLonghorn; 09-29-2013 at 07:00 PM.
Well, there should be 2 rooms available at the Motel 6 as of 2 minutes after the Ole Miss game.
Rent an old-ass, 1970's RV. Park it anywhere. You'll blend right in.
I just cancelled a room at the Marriott SpringHill Suites in Morgantown. Group of friends all backed out. Buncha pussies. Hotel may have rooms available now as they also cancelled some rooms.
I'm RV'n it but none of you $#@!ers can sleep or $#@! in it.
If I was coming in from out of town my first choice would be to stay somewhere in the cultural district/downtown. It has the highest concentration of hotels. It has a good selection of restaurants & bars usually catering to the stadiums/symphony/theatres. It’s a good bit more civilized late night than the south side. Keep in mind that Notre Dame plays in Pittsburgh that weekend so hotels in the cultural district (right across the river from the stadium) might be limited.
A few recommendations:
First off: Don’t try to find barbecue. The only time you can get good barbecue in Pittsburgh is during Rib Fest.
Meat & Potatoes http://meatandpotatoespgh.com/menu.html
I’ve been there for dinner and loved it. Here is what one of my good friends just said to me when I asked him how the chicken and waffle brunch was before the pitt game last weekend:
He was drunk, so I don’t know if it was actually an entire chicken.Chicken and waffles were PHENOMINAL. It was literally and entire chicken served with jalapeño waffle and bacon syrup. My syrup had more bacon than syrup. Also, Bloody Mary bar. I basically drank a five pound vodka salad.
Heinz History Center http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org
An awesome museum, primarily focusing on western PA. There is a really good sports history museum. An awesome exhibit on the British, French & Indian War that spent time at the Smithsonian and the Canadian War Museum. It’s not the full exhibit anymore but still definitely worth seeing. The rotating exhibit for this year is about the civil war. I haven’t seen it yet but if it is as good as last year’s “1969”, should be worth the visit. Honestly if you are the slightest bit interested in history, this museum would be my top recommendation.
Speaking of history, a bit of a side note:
Point state park has the outlines of the original Fort Duquesne (French, 1754) and Fort Pitt (British, 1759) in the park.
Also there is the original blockhouse for fort Pitt, the oldest authenticated building west of the Alleghany Mountains.
There are a ton of places to eat in the strip district but a couple recommendations:
Primanti Bros. http://primantibros.com/home.html
The “traditional” Pittsburgh sandwich. They have a few locations around the city. This is the original one founded in 1933. From wiki: In the 1930s, the Strip was a very busy place. Truckers delivered their goods in the middle of the night and had to get back on the road quickly. So Primanti's designed their sandwich to be eaten with one hand, while the driver drove the truck with the other. By combining the sides with the sandwich, a Pittsburgh staple was born.
Another option for food in the strip district if you want traditional Polish food (one of the main ancestral ties of the city) is S&D Polish Deli http://sdpolishdeli.com
As has been stated up-thread, Carson Street is lined with restaurants and bars. When I’m in the south side I’m there to drink, so I don’t really have restaurant recommendations.
Church Brew Works http://www.churchbrew.com/ is one of my favorite places to eat in Pittsburgh. An old church converted into a brewery and brewpub, it won brewpub of the year and 3 medals for the beer in 2012 at the great American beer festival. About a 10 min drive/cab from downtown or the south side.
Used to be an important jazz neighborhood. Freed slaves came there to work in the factories steel mills. Started declining in the 60's. Now it would be best if you avoided it.
Pitt basketball has their season opener at home Friday night.
Notre Dame plays Pitt at Heinz field on Saturday.
Steelers host the Bills on Sunday.
I'm waiting on the start times for Pitt-ND and UT-WVU to decide if I want to try and to all 4 games.
Last edited by heso; 10-02-2013 at 01:04 PM.
Last edited by heso; 10-02-2013 at 01:40 PM.
Not a food truck. It's on Pitt's campus, near the Carnegie Museum. On the map in my post, its exactly on the right edge of the image.
Edit: Currently serving Cuban food, previous countries are Afghanistan, Iran & Venezuela.
Last edited by heso; 10-02-2013 at 01:55 PM.
Heso covered most everything about Pittsburgh well so I'll just add a few details around town. I'm a somewhat recent transplant so his opinion probably carries more weight than mine.
1. I've been to the Heinz History Center in the last few weeks and the trip is worth the ~$15 admission. The Civil war exhibit is both large and well done. My favorite pieces were some field surgical tools of that era and a living mask of Lincoln made a few weeks before his death. If you like guns from that era then you can spend some serious time here. We went with 4 adults and it took us about 3 hours to complete the whole museum. We skipped the pop art section as we had been to the Warhol recently. There is a parking lot right across the street and they charged us $2 but that was a baseball gameday. I think the regular rate is $5.
2. He is dead on about barbecue, I miss Texas. If you want Mexican I have had better luck with local joints as the chains have all been bland. We end up cooking our own mexican style meals most of the time.
3. South Side is loads of fun for drinking but I also go there for lunch sometimes. There is a pub that serves British food that isn't bad and they have a decent beer selection, Piper's Pub. http://piperspub.com/beer/. If you go to the pub chances are they will have soccer on so that may be a positive or a negative for your group. There is also a Primanti Bros. location and a cheesesteak place if you just need something while drinking. There is a steakhouse on the south side (Carson street with all the bars) but I wouldn't recommend going there. If you want a better steak go to the Grand Concourse at Station Square (http://www.muer.com/grand-concourse/) or if you don't mind a chain then go to Ruth's Chris downtown.
4. I don't use tobacco products anymore but PA is still (I think) the only state not to tax smokeless tobacco. I have had friends who came to visit load up for what they said were cheap prices. Lawmakers tried to get it taxed a while back but I'm not sure if it passed.
5. On the other hand alcohol laws are messed up around here. You can't buy booze in most grocery stores. You can pay a premium to get a to go six pack at some bars and a few grocery stores or go to a distributor and get a cheaper price. You do have to buy it by the case at a distributor.
Is Primanti Brothers worth the stop, or just overhyped?
When I'm there (a tradition that my buddies go to at least one Penguins playoff game at the Harmarvile location) I usually get capicola & cheese, no tomato, double meat, double cheese, add 2 fried eggs.
Last edited by heso; 10-03-2013 at 11:11 AM.
To contribute as well, I have family in Huntington, and my go-to breakfast place is Tudor's Biscuit World. Here's their biscuit menu:
I'm a Duke man, myself.
There's a couple in Morgantown, and I will be there on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Decent cup of coffee, too.
Too bad the game's against WV instead of Pitt.
i may drive to morgantown for the game if it sounds like a good idea in a month
Our kid has precluded us from trying many places lately.
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