Saturday, November 30, 2013

A Different Washington

Recently, two of my good friends from Indiana decided we should meet half way between our houses for a short girls weekend.  It was a great idea, as we all needed a bit of a break from our respective situations.  We kind of randomly picked Washington, PA just south of Pittsburgh, as our location.  We didn’t know a lot about the area, but we asked the concierge at the hotel for some suggestions, and just went from there.  A couple of our good finds included:

Juniper Grill:  The first night, we enjoyed drinks and food at this local favorite.  It was a packed house, and the food was just delicious.  Very nice for a dinner out.

The Upper Crust:  For a lunch option, this was a good little place for wood fired brick oven pizza. 

Rachel Rose's Boutique & Coffee Shop:  We actually got to The Upper Crust too early for their noon opening, but a cook noticed us and suggested we go down to the coffee shop at the end of the street.  Apparently, several of the shops on this street have the same owner and were all very good for what we were looking for.  We grabbed some filled-to-order cannoli, hot drinks (I got a vanilla milk steamer which I loved!), and other goodies.  They also sell local hand-made goods there, so I picked up a pretty little necklace as well.

Artemis Botanicals:  I’m not normally too into bath stuff, but I love peppermint scents so the sign advertising these drew us in.  Located amongst several other unique shops, this one had some beautiful, scented soaps and bath items that were too good to pass up.  I especially liked their hand-blown glass soap holders that matched the colors of the soap.  The owner says she hand selects the colors of glass based on what soaps she plans to make.

I would recommend any of these places if you ever find yourself in Washington, PA.

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