Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Packages for the Fall!

We've got some great new packages for the Fall which promise to get travelers to Pittsburgh (or Pittsburghers who want to explore their own city!) off the beaten path.  I'll explain the new packages in a series of blog posts - so keep checking in on us or visit packages page at our website,

First up is the Sacred Pittsburgh tour, which offers an afternoon touring two of Pittsburgh's most famous religious properties, St. Anthony's Chapel on Troy Hill and St. Nicholas Croatiia Church in Millvale.  Both are very close to our Priory Hotel, and both chapels draw visitors from around the world.  Our shuttle provides transportation to and from the chapels, as well as to dinner at the world famous Church Brew Works Brew Pub.

St. Anthony's is a small church located in the heart of an historic German residential neighborhood.  Its claim to fame is that it holds the most religious relics of any church site outside of the Vatican.  They line the apse of the chapel from floor to ceiling! The bottom two photos show the interior and exterior of St. Anthony's.

St. Nicholas was built by Croatian immigrants in the nearby town of Millvale.  St. Nicholas features the 1930's era murals of famed Croatian painter Maxo Vanka.  The murals are truly striking, and stand out among churches throughout the entire United States.  The top three photos show St. Nicholas from the outside and inside, as well as a sample of Vanka's work.

Find out more about our Sacred Pittsburgh tour here!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Cystic Fibrosis Wine Opener Fundraiser

We're pleased and honored to be hosting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Wine Opener Fundraiser for the third straight year.  It's a fun event that raises money for a great cause, the fight against the degenerative lung disease cystic fibrosis.

As in prior years, the Wine Opener will feature live entertainment, food stations with some of the city's hottest restaurants (including Union Pig + Chicken and the Porch at Schenley), as well as wine stations with offerings from some the region's great wineries (including Christian Klay Winery and the Strip District's Pittsburgh Winery).

Date:  Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time:  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  
Tickets:  Are $75 apiece.  To purchase tickets, click here.  

For some great shots from last year's event, taken by NBC affiliate, WPXI, click here.  

Priory Hotel Special Overnight Package:  Our Priory Hotel is offering a special package for that night only, which includes event tickets, an overnight in a Priory Deluxe King room, and a bottle of your choice of red or white wine in your guest room.  For more information, click here, or call our Front Desk at (412) 231-3338.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Restaurant Week is Here!

Pittsburgh's bi-annual restaurant week runs from August 11 to 17, and some of Pittsburgh's finest restaurants are offering special price fixe meals for the week.  If you're here in town, by all means take advantage of this great chance to check in on Pittsburgh's burgeoning restaurant scene.  And for Priory Hotel guests, if you're destination is downtown, North Shore or Strip District, our complimentary shuttle will drop you up and pick you up from your dining venue.

Here's a story from the Pittsburgh Business Times on restaurant week.

Here's a link to the Carlton Restaurant's special Restaurant Week menu.

Here's a link to the Restaurant Week website.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Brides and Families As Far As the Eye Can See . . .

It was our pleasure to host our bi-annual bridal open house at our Grand Hall at the Priory recently.  Twice a year we invite our booked bridal couples to our Grand Hall to taste our chefs Pete Phillipy and Mike Henney's various offerings, and to explore different linens and decorative themes.  We also invite some of our favorite service providers, such as Entertainment Unlimited and our own Priory Fine Pastries, to meet our clients.  It's a lot of fun and it's a great chance for me to meet and catch up with all of our brides and grooms and their families and friends.  Fourth from the top is our Priory Fine Pastries team led by our Assistant Store Manager Tiana Anderson.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Old Pittsburgh

Here's a couple of interesting shots of Pittsburgh from (a) around the turn of the (20th) century, and (b) in the 1930s.  The one shot is of downtown Pittsburgh from Mt. Washington, a much different view today.  The second shot is from our neighborhood, Deutschtown, looking west.  The church with the onion dome (characteristic of Bavarian churches -- our onion domes were removed not long after this shot was taken) in the background is our St. Mary's -- now our Grand Hall at the Priory.  The place from where the shot is taken is now buried by a highway, Interstate 279.

U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band Coming This Thursday, June 5

We are honored to host the United States Air Force Heritage of America Brass Quintet on Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at our Grand Hall. Please join us for a night of music from these gifted Airman-musicians. Click here to learn more about each of these extremely talented men.

Admission is FREE. Donations will be accepted to support The Veterans' Education Project and the SFC Raymond Richard Buchan Memorial Scholarship Award throughout the evening. Click here for more info.

Technical Sergeant Mark Nixon

Technical Sergeant Jonathan J. Rattay
Senior Airman Daniel Omer
French Horn
Staff Sergeant Michael Mannella
Airman 1st Class Colby Fahrenbacher

Staff Sergeant Michael Henrie

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Recap: Leo Moran and Anto Thistlewaite in Concert

We were honored to have hosted a special concert by Leo Moran and Anthony ("Anto") Thistlewaite, former members of the famed Irish bands the Saw Doctors (Leo and Anto) and Waterboys (Anto).  They played a fabulous show, and we were delighted to have them.  Also, more than giving a fabulous performance of song and storytelling, they were incredibly gracious with their time after the show.  They are true pros and true gentlemen, and I look forward to hosting them again here in Pittsburgh.

For a link to Leo & Anto's website, click here.

For an interesting interview with Leo, click here.

For a Saw Doctors performance featuring Leo, click here.

For a performance of the Waterboy's hit "The Whole of the Moon," click here.