Just a half-hour drive southwest of Pittsburgh, Washington County is a picturesque retreat with historic small towns, scenic nature trails, and exciting nightlife, from baseball games to live music. Make the most of your weekend getaway at this easy-to-reach destination.
After traveling, recharge with hearty eats and a pint of craft beer at one of the local breweries. At The Washington Brewing Co. in downtown Washington, take your pick from gourmet pizzas and specialty burgers, while enjoying a craft beer brewed onsite. Rusty Gold Brewing in Canonsburg offers a gourmet menu of pub grub—from burgers and wings to a charcuterie board and hummus—alongside an ever-rotating tap list of beers. And at Whitehorse Brewing on Racetrack Road in Washington, order something from Primanti Bros. located next door while settling in with a pint of something refreshing.
At night, The Meadows Casino ∙ Racetrack ∙ Hotel in Washington comes to life. Take part in some gaming action in the casino, catch a concert, go bowling with friends, or just unwind with a cocktail in one of the bars and lounges.
Get outside and enjoy some fresh air and gorgeous scenery when you bike, jog, or hike along the numerous trails in the area. The Montour Trail is a recreational rail-trail stretching 46 miles from Coraopolis to Clairton, with branch trails reaching into Bethel Park and Westland. Along the way, you will pass by idyllic rolling countryside, through old train tunnels, and across bridges offering sweeping views. In McDonald, the Montour Trail connects to the Panhandle Trail, which stretches 29 miles all the way into West Virginia. Along this route, enjoy numerous water crossings along scenic bridges, and take in views of wide-open meadows and shaded creeks.
After working up an appetite, refuel with a casual lunch in Washington with made from scratch dishes, baked goods and farm-fresh milk at The Spring House or specialty pasta and pizzas at The Union Grill.
Then, spend the afternoon getting a taste of local libations. Sip a handcrafted cocktail at Liberty Pole Spirits in Washington, and take a distillery tour to learn about the whiskey-making process and the history of the local “Whiskey Rebellion.” For a glass of vino, the tasting room of The Washington Winery in historic downtown Washington offers 11 wines on tap, while J&D Cellars Winery & Vineyard in Eighty Four serves up an array of wines—from dry to sweet—at its rustic log cabin tasting room on 16 scenic acres of vineyard lands. Click here to find even more wineries, distilleries, and breweries to explore.
During warm weather seasons, find outdoor fun even after the sun goes down. Cheer on the Washington Wild Things, a Frontier League baseball team at Wild Things Park. For live music, watch big name musicians perform under the stars at the outdoor KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, or jam out to talented tribute artists during the summer concert series at the riverfront Monongahela Aquatorium.
Before heading home, spend a few hours strolling through Tanger Outlets in Washington to stock up on brand-name fashions, all at discounted prices. You will find nearly 80 stores, from fine jewelry at Zales The Diamond Store Outlet to sportswear at Nike Factory Store to chic fashions at Kate Spade New York and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH.
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