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Michael Edwards, president and CEO, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
Make a chic coffee stop …
Edwards enjoys meeting with colleagues over coffee at the luxurious and exquisitely restored Omni William Penn Hotel, a place that once hosted John F. Kennedy and serves traditional afternoon tea. “It’s a grand historic hotel with a fantastic lobby and an attached Starbucks,” he says. “I always order a tall coffee, extra bold, no room, with a cinnamon scone. I could do without the scone, but why?”

Marlene Parrish, coleader, Slow Food Pittsburgh
Shop for gourmet groceries …
Parrish frequently visits Parma Sausage Products, a fifth-generation Italian producer that cures its own sausages, prosciutto, and pancetta. For Saturday-night dinner fixings, she shops at Farmers@Firehouse Market, where you’ll find locally grown and produced (and mostly organic) herbs, fruit, artisan bread, honey, vegetables, and grain- and grass-fed meats, cheeses, and pasteurized chickens.

Dan Onorato, executive, Allegheny County
Get the best view of nature …
The Watts Memorial Overlook in Allegheny County’s 500-acre Harrison Hills Park provides a breathtaking view of the region. “Whether visitors go to see the fall foliage, the ice-packed river, or spring and summer blooms, it never disappoints,” Onorato says.

Rebecca Rickard, group sales and audience development manager, Pittsburgh Public Theater
Go wine shopping …
Rickard likes to go to Dreadnought Wines on the first and third Fridays of every month for a $12 wine tasting. “They sell wines that you can’t get at the state liquor stores,” she points out. “The owners are total wine nerds in the best sense!”

Kristen Sabol, communications specialist, Guru.com
Have an urban cycling adventure (with a conscience) …
Instead of spending half the day in a car to get there, head to the 561-acre Frick Park (Pittsburgh’s largest) on a bicycle. “Rugged backcountry trails make you feel like you are far from the city. And it’s close to Free Ride, where folks recycle unwanted bike parts to create new ones for cheap.”