Maybe you have been settled in and cozy for quite a while. The glimpses of spring we've been having are likely to give you the itch of cabin fever. Here we are sharing some ways to break out of your winter hibernation.
"Climb" out of your cave and start off spring with some healthy active movement. A great way to do that is exploring the climbing walls and fitness classes at Ascend. I've recently started taking their Acro Yoga classes which are fun and accessible for those who have zero acro experience like me! Ascend is celebrating their 5th ASCENDiversary this month, check out their website for specials and sales they are offering to members new and old.
We are also looking forward to meeting our new neighbors and trying some of their many yoga classes at Pittsburgh's newest climbing gym, FA Climbing, who have just opened in Station Square. Plus, get free or discounted validated parking!
I jump at the chance to take advantage of some unseasonably warm and sunny days whenever they pop up. I recently explored a new-to-me trail, the Seldom Seen Greenway, accessible on Route 51 by Wabash St. There was much to look at and the jade colored waters of the creek were mesmerizing.
I've also had my eye on 3 Rivers Outdoor Co's headlamp walks in Frick Park. They are free and give you a chance to explore the park under the light of a full moon. Check the 3ROC events page for the next walk.
Tell your crew that game night is moving out of the dining room to one of these fun venues. Coop DeVille, our neighbors in the Strip, are now open 7 days a week. I just went duck pin bowling there on a Tuesday for a friendly game without a long wait for a lane.
I'm also excited to check out the Burgh's newest place to play, Shorty's on the North Shore. Out of their many retro-tainment options, I have my eye on Shuffle Board, one of my favorite bar sports.
Celebrate St. Patty's
If you're ready to jump into social life head first, St. Patrick's day weekend is ready for you! Start off the day watching one of the countries largest St. Patrick's Day parades through downtown Pittsburgh. Green beer is NOT my thing, so my next stop would be our downtown neighbors, The Warren, with their extensive whiskey selection. Why not sample a few Irish one's for your St. Patty's day toast?
When you're hopping between bars make time to look for shamrocks with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's Shamrock Search. Look for the golden shamrock hidden at 10 small businesses in downtown for your chance to win gift cards to downtown restaurants and retailers ranging in value from $125 up to $325.
Just opened earlier this year, the new Lawrenceville Market House is a collection of small local businesses under one roof. Of it's nine local vendors, we are proud to carry two of them, Emily McGaughey, creator of adorable art and sticker designs like our exclusive love, Pittsburgh Cats Sticker Sheet, and Fat Cat Chocolates, our new favorite sweet treats. My favorites are Chocolate, Caramel, Corn and Matcha Crisp.
Coming later this spring is the second year of the Car Bazaar. Located just across the street from our Downtown store in the Smithfield Liberty parking garage, you can shop an eclectic mix of vendors selling vintage, handcrafted wares, and upcycled items.
What other ways are you coming out of winter hibernation?