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PITTSBURGH City packages weekend getaways



Published: Sun, June 24, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



The theater or baseball? You have your choice.

By MILAN PAURICH

VINDICATOR CORRESPONDENT

The Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau has done it again.

It's running another can't-miss weekend getaway packages now through Aug. 11 that's sure to have theater buffs and baseball fans alike asking how and when they can sign up.

As part of the promotion, guests are entitled to a pair of orchestra seats to any performance at Pittsburgh's sumptuous theatrical showplace, The Benedum Center, as well as overnight lodging at the recently opened Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.

In addition, visitors have the option of purchasing, directly through the visitors bureau, tickets for a Pirates baseball game at the new PNC Park. The ballpark is easily accessible from the hotel by the Roberto Clemente Bridge.

Coming this season: Among the musical offerings at the Benedum this season are the world premiere of Broadway-bound "Casper the Musical," starring the incomparable Chita Rivera; "Brigadoon" (June 26-July 8); "Bells Are Ringing" (July 10-15); "A Chorus Line" (July 17-22); "South Pacific" (July 24-August 5); and "Company" (August 7-12). Each promises a dazzling evening of toe-tapping entertainment.

The exquisite Renaissance Hotel, in the heart of Pittsburgh's cultural district, is minutes away from the theater, and it offers 300 elegant rooms.

Located in the fabled Fulton Building, this downtown landmark was built in 1906 and has recently undergone an exciting renovation. Luxurious mosaic tiles and marble line the first three floors, and a stunning 30-foot glass and cast iron atrium dome casts a spell over the hotel's posh lobby. For fine dining or just a pick-me-up, try the Renaissance's Opus restaurant or Bridges bar, both on the lobby level.

And if you'd like to design your own weekend getaway package, all it takes is one credit card transaction. You can make hotel or restaurant reservations; order baseball, theater, or other event tickets; or do just about anything else your heart desires in the Greater Pittsburgh area.

Deals offered: As a bonus, all amenities are discounted or include deals (e.g., free dessert for making dinner reservations) to guests who book their packages online through the bureau's Web site.

Even if you prefer to book your getaway the old-fashioned way via the telephone, you really should check out the Web site anyway. Not only does it give visitors a plethora of travel destination ideas, but the streaming video, 360-degree photography and sound make it an exhilarating adventure all by itself.

No wonder The Zeitgeist Report selected it for its "Best on the Net" report. The site also earned a Good Housekeeping certification for e-travel sites because of its useful information, easy navigability and clearly defined security and privacy policies.

To book your weekend getaway, contact the visitors bureau by phone at (800) 359-0758 or (412) 281-7711; fax (412) 644-5512; or www.visitpittsburgh.com on the Web.




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