September 20, 2017

Bachelorette Weekend in Pittsburgh- #WeddingWednesday

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It’s finally time to share about my bachelorette weekend! Since my MOH is from Pittsburgh and everyone was in driving distance, we decided to celebrate there. We had a blast! I apologize in advance for the imperfect pictures… I barely used my phone all weekend so these are compiled from Snaps, Instagram, etc. The pictures aren’t perfect but boy, the memories sure are!


Everyone arrived at the Air B&B on Friday afternoon. It was this cute apartment in Shadyside in walking distance from restaurants and shops. It fit the five of us comfortably and overall it was inexpensive which is so great. Weddings can be so expensive! Not only for the bride but for the bridal party as well. It was really important to me that my bridal party wasn’t paying boo-koos of money at events leading up to the wedding and for the wedding day itself. Jess did a really great job finding this place!

We stayed in Friday night and talked for hours while eating pizza, drinking wine, and opening gifts. I suppose it’s not the typical, “party hard” bachelorette mentality but not only am I just not like “that” but I hadn’t gotten the chance to just be with my friends in a while so I loved that we had the opportunity then. We laughed so dang hard opening up gifts with my mom on Facetime. I hope I never forget those memories.

Jess and I also got a cake to celebrate Caro’s birthday and McKenna’s graduation from Prantl’s Bakery. If you ever get a cake from them, get the Burnt Almond Torte “Travel”. It is amazing. I was so glad that we were all together to celebrate their milestones with them!


We started out the day at one of my favorite breakfast joints ever, Pamela’s. It was perfect because it was an easy walk from the Air B&B. McKenna and I split an order of blueberry hotcakes and an order of chorizo hash. My mouth is watering just thinking about it… If you’re in the Pittsburgh area you definitely need to find a Pamela’s Diner.

Originally, the plan was to go kayaking on the river in Pittsburgh. However, it had rained all week which made the river too high for us to go so we had to change our plans. Instead, we did a tour and tasting at Wigle Whiskey. The food scientist in me (and Caroline) was giddy. They have a really interesting and funny story. I must say, even though I don’t normally enjoy whiskey (despite the pictures), theirs really wasn’t bad. Their specialty drinks that day were also good!

After a quick cat nap for some and a little exploring for others, we went to an aerial silks class. You all… It was so. much. fun. We laughed our way through looking like fools and we ended up getting in a great workout! I will admit, however, that my legs were so bruised the next day from wrapping my legs. I might just be weird though…

Dinner was at the Steel Cactus. Caroline and I split Mexican corn and tacos that were so good. We were really sad when it was all gone (I’m not even kidding).

That night we went to Howl at the Moon where we danced and sang the night away. If you’ve never heard of it before, it’s a live music bar. The band that played that night was PHENOMENAL! Seriously, I think we talked about them for the rest of the night and the next day. The place is definitely bumpin’ with the bachelorette crowds! I think there were 4-5 other parties there celebrating their brides-to-be. They had me dancing my little heart out on stage which I normally wouldn’t do but you only have a bachelorette party once, right?

The ride back to the Air B&B was one for the books! McKenna had the most hilarious conversation with our Uber driver. Apparently he was friends with Bob Marley and still travels all around the world performing his music. They had all of us laughing so hard the entire car ride home.

We capped the night off with leftover pizza and cake, of course!


Sunday morning we walked to breakfast at The Yard. All of us made the mistake of getting this tater tot breakfast meal that they have on their brunch menu. The food was so great but I think we had enough at our table to feed over 20 people… Whoops. I definitely felt those the next day during the WOD!

Overall, it was one of the best weekends I’ve ever had. It made me so happy to have most of my sweet friends in one place. Sadly, it’s really rare and difficult nowadays to get everyone in the same state let alone for an entire weekend. I can’t thank them enough for going the extra mile to celebrate with me! Jess, thank you so much for working so hard to make it so special. You did such a great job! I loved every bit of it.

Highlight of the weekend: Opening up the gifts with my mom on Facetime. I don’t know if I’ve ever laughed so hard or been so embarrassed…

One thing I want to say before I close this sucker out… Bachelorette parties/weekends are about celebrating YOUR upcoming marriage! Celebrate by doing things that YOU love with your closest friends! You shouldn’t feel like you have to do what everyone else does to celebrate their own.

I’m not a big drinker but I am a big eater so Jess worked hard to find good food and adventurous/active things for us to do in the city. Unfortunately, the weather/time of year (May is unpredictable) wasn’t in our favor but like I said, the food scientist in me was happy to be soaking up knowledge at the distillery. Go camping, go to the beach, visit a museum, run a race or whatever you enjoy doing! Just do what makes you the happiest and soak up every bit of it. That weekend together with friends is so special. Before you know it, you’ll have to consider what your hubby wants to do too!

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