Huffington Post contributor Andrea Poe calls Pittsburgh a “breath of fresh air.”

Pittsburgh is willing to remain in touch its heritage, she says, and has an “authentic vibrancy you don’t see much in cities anymore. In this era of homogenized cities it embraces its industrial past while simultaneously wrapping its strong arms around progressive green developments, an enlightened foodie reputation, and its birthright as one of America’s quirkiest cities.”

Poe goes on to name her top spots to visit on a Pittsburgh vacation: The Andy Warhol, The Mattress Factory, The Duquesne Incline, The Frick, and The Fairmont.

Also making her list, however, are some new classics that might not even be familiar to natives.

The Bayernhof Museum is 19,000 square feet of wonder and antiquity that overlooks the Allegheny River and is complete with subterranean entrance. Inside Charles B. Brown’s converted mansion, you’ll find music boxes and all sorts of automatic musical contraptions. If you don’t get lost in one of the house’s trap doors or secret hallways, you’ll exit through a cave full of stalagmites and past a ten-foot waterfall, reports Poe.

Poe was also quite taken with ‘Burgh Bits and Bites’ tour of the Strip District, where she sampled pirogies, biscotti, authentic hummus, and homemade meatballs.

Poe also paid a visit to Randy Gilson at Randyland, where she helped him search for a lost doll head and affix a piece of glass to one of his murals-in-progress.

Now that’s authentic Pittsburgh.

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Rebekah Zook

Rebekah Zook is a Duquesne grad and all-around story-telling enthusiast. A former fellow at WESA, she worked as a production assistant for their daily talk show. Most recently, she taught in the Propel Charter School system as a visiting artist. When she isn’t writing, Rebekah is a trip leader for the local non-profit organization Venture Outdoors. You can usually find her in a bright yellow kayak.