The Inn On The Mexican War Streets Bed And Breakfast
I Would Always Reserve A Special Place In My Heart For Pittsburgh.
Yummygal is taking you on a road trip to Pennsylvania’s second largest city, Pittsburgh, aka “The Pitty”, in which I aptly named. It is just a short five hour scenic drive from Philadelphia via Route 76 (it took us four hours.) Pittsburgh is outright romantic. Don’t worry, I will take you back to the Delaware Valley by next week and have more adventures for you! I am just trying to show you folks what is out there in our vicinity. Pittsburgh reminds me of romantic Paris, France. Oui Oui Oui, baby.
Who would’ve thought?
If you are a couple looking to get away for a romantic retreat, this city has it all.
It was my husband and I’s anniversary getaway. We go away a few days each year within driving distance of South Jersey to celebrate our life together. It is always a random city. Every year we take turns. Last year, it was mine and I chose Baltimore. This year it was my husband’s turn and he chose Pittsburgh. Honestly, I thought I was going to be bored out of my mind. That was far from the truth. It was one of the most beautiful cities in Pennsylvania I have ever seen. It says a lot since I lived 5 years in Pennsylvania.
It may get hot in here, due to the purpose of this vacation because its always like a honeymoon to us. Bow Chicka Wow Wow, right? Simmer down, it is not going to get too steamy. However, I can give you the PG version of our best anniversary yet.
Our first stop in the romantic city is of course, the #1 place to stay, The Inn On The Mexican War Streets. You’ll truly feel like the queen or king of Pittsburgh as it is your magical castle. This lovely mansion was built by a wealthy man named, Russell H. Boggs and his life will surely blow the brains out of your mind. It holds a lot of architectural history in the city.
Of course the Yummygal will fill you in with the details.
Russell H. Boggs was most likely born in Evans City due to the Boggs Mill in the vicinity. He and childhood friend Henry Buhl, Jr., left neighboring Zelienople (which was part of Evans City in the late 1800s and a population of around 600 at the time) and set off for the big city of Pittsburgh.
Buhl’s father loaned them $3,500 to open up a small store on the North side. It was only 18 feet by 18 feet. However, a great work ethic on both their parts grew their small store into a department store Mecca. Actually, both were know to work 7 day weeks. Hmm, reminds me of my husband. It was later deemed the Buhl & Boggs Department Store. The store carried superb quality products. It was also revered for its excellent customer service which made it very successful in the city of Pittsburgh for decades. Boggs was known to snap his fingers at his employees as customers would walk through the door.
Their business made them very wealthy. Boggs, with his wealth, financed the esteemed Pittsburgh, Harmony, and New Castle Railway. This allowed for cheap and efficient transportation from rural and suburban areas of Pittsburgh. These cars were known to go whipping by at over 60 mph. It was quite profitable and was sold in just a few short years to a Pittsburgh lawyer.
Boggs also was an investor/board member of the Allegheny Illuminating and Gas Company. As you can see, he quickly amounted to a lot of wealth. It was rumored that Boggs & Buhl were a gay couple. As you know, the way of the times that was a definite no-no in those days. They were so tight that Boggs married Buhl’s sister because they wanted it to be a family business. Eventually, he built this beautiful mansion in 1888. Later, he died in 1922 with Buhl creating his own legacy.
The mansion over the years became a declining mess. It was once a rectory and then later on a dilapidated apartment complex. However, two men known in their revitalization efforts and pure magic of elbow grease purchased the property in the late 1990s. Current owners Karl and Jeff, turned this almost trash into a shining gem treasure. It underwent a million dollar renovation to bring this baby back to its glory. These two men are just two former school teachers now creating their own legacy of Pittsburgh elegance. Outstanding hospitality in their boutique style bed and breakfast.
My husband and I stayed in Emma’s room. It is located on the back of the mansion overlooking a landscaped courtyard and the carriage house. Our room had two queen beds, a full bathroom, vanity set, TV. Everything you need. We chose this inn due to the location and its elegance. It is close to all the sights to see in Pittsburgh. Most within walking distance. Anyone in town going to a Steelers game this is the best place to stay. Location location location.
The grounds are immaculately landscaped with little nooks to explore. The breakfast is served in a classy old smoke room. Upholstered in velvety luxury. A full-scale continental yumminess is served daily with eggs, waffles and fresh fruit. Coffee, cereal, yogurt, juices, milk, assorted pastries and muffins. Lets just say I put on a few pounds. Hehe.
Oh did I mention the price? It is about $159 a night. This is a steal. Other hotels were charging at least $250 a night (Econolodge was the cheapest price!) There was a Steelers game that weekend so all the hotels were trying to make that Ca-Ching!
The Mexican War Streets Inn makes fresh chocolate chip cookies. Offers snacks and popcorn for your taking at anytime. Oh and never paper napkins or paper cups. Fresh linen napkins and crystal glasses. Classy right down to the cups. What hotel offers that? The owners make you feel at home. They swell your heart with their hospitality.
When my husband and I returned back to Jersey we had an ache in our heart. We desperately wanted to go back. We can’t wait to return. We felt as if we were “at home” our entire stay. We fell in love with Pittsburgh and its people. It will always hold a special place in our hearts. It was a great anniversary getaway!
If staying in Pittsburgh, this is THE place to stay. You can thank Yummygal, later!