Who's Got Cabin Fever? 5 Ideas for a Staycation in the South Hills

You don't have to travel far from Pittsburgh to enjoy a great getaway with your family

By Emily Papa, Macaroni Kid South Hills of Pittsburgh Publisher February 28, 2021

Feel the need to get away but want to stay close to home because of the pandemic? We get it! So we've rounded up five great staycation ideas for those living in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Whether you want to get away overnight or just for a day trip close to the South Hills, here are five ways to enjoy a family staycation within a short drive of Pittsburgh, PA that won't interfere with travel restrictions.

1. Romantic Weekend for Two

If you're willing to take a two-hour drive east and can get a sitter for the weekend, I have to suggest a romantic getaway to Omni Bedford Springs. My husband and I recently enjoyed the most relaxing 3 day stay there where we experienced the Bedford Bath's and Spa, swam in the luxurious indoor pool and devoured delicious meals. As parents, we need to treat ourselves to some self-care, and it was nice to slow down, disconnect and spend time with my husband (especially after this loooooooong year of quarantine). When I make that time for me, allowing myself to recharge and get centered, I'm always a better version of myself for my kiddos and my whole family. Only a short drive from Pittsburgh and following CDC recommendations, Bedford Springs is sure to provide a top-notch getaway that will help you forget that we are in the middle of a pandemic. 

2. Day trip to Erie

Do you know I've lived in the South Hills my entire life and I think I was in my 30s before I realized we had a BEACH in PA that was worth driving to? While you're not going to be swimming in the lake in March, you can still enjoy a nice stroll along the sand, watching the waves crash. If you're feeling ambitious and insisting on taking a dip, Splash Lagoon is open and offering some sweet deals right now! In addition to their pools and slides, they have a ropes course for those in your family that prefer dry land. Book a room right at Splash Lagoon or spend the night at the Sheraton (I always sleep so well there). Should you make a weekend out of it, be sure to check Macaroni Kid Erie for the inside scoop on more family fun!

3. Head to Ohiopyle

Not wanting to be around people but need a change of scenery from your neighborhood? Ohiopyle is a great option for a day trip and overnight stays. It's not Niagra, but Ohiopyle Falls sure feels like a close second and is beautiful anytime of the year. Have an adventure hiking any of the many trails and grab dinner at The Historic Stone House. Want to make a few days out of it?  Ohiopyle Vacation Rentals has some unique rentals available that will help you get that breath of fresh air you are looking for. It's not every day you can stay in a Treehouse with a hot tub!

4. TeePee Travel

Pitch A Fête is just the cutest company that is sure to bring a smile to your face. This TeePee Rental and Party supply company was inspired by a mother who wanted to bring more magic to her daughters life. What started as travels to Paris and beyond from a TeePee in their own living room, quickly turned into Pitch A Fête; a boutique party supply rental company. Pitch A Fête has come at a perfect time during the pandemic as we are itching for a change of scenery or transforming our homes, even if it's just for a night! Head to Pitch A Fête's website to browse their teepee themes then pick a date where they will be shipped right to your doorstep. Choose your destination right from your own living room and enjoy your fantasy trip without even leaving your house! Psstt..... Macaroni Kid Subscribers get 10% off all items!!!

5. Hotel Pool Party!

Another COVID trend we've seen a lot of right now is the hotel pool party. With plenty of options in Pittsburgh, kids and adults alike are loving the single overnight stay for family game night and time blocks for swimming (to allow for social distancing). Some local mama approved stays with pools consist of The Hilton Garden Inn at South Pointe, The Drury at Settlers Ridge and Embassy Suites in Pittsburgh.

Please note: There may be travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic. Please check with local and state governments before traveling. Also, while we are doing our best to update closures and cancellations, please make sure to double-check with the attraction before heading out! Be sure to tag Macaroni Kid South Hills in any staycation photos for a chance to be featured on our social media!

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