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Whetting One’s Whistle at Wigle Tasting Room This page: Omni William Penn Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to 1916. the restaurant business.” With four fully outfitted kitchens and seats for nearly 200 guests, the Smallman Galley provides the infrastructure for chefs to bring their concepts to mar- ket at low risk. Cultural Tours There is much more to explore beyond the epicurean, though. Pittsburgh is all about choices, and finding a tour tailored to one’s interests is as easy as consulting a concierge. Kemp recommends the one-hour Gateway Clipper riverboat tour. It traverses the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers and treats visitors to a beautiful view of the city, while providing a unique glimpse into Pittsburgh’s past and future via onboard narrators. “It’s a 15-minute walk from the hotel and an interesting way to view the architecture of the city and our bridges,” Kemp says. Those who prefer a faster-paced option can learn about Pittsburgh aboard a vintage 1920s-style trolley for the “All about the Burgh, the Culture to Ketchup Tour.” The two-hour trip on Molly’s Trolley’s takes guests through five of the city’s 90 neighborhoods, where guests will learn more about the rich history of Pittsburgh and its residents. The tour culminates with a ride on the Duquesne Incline. For guests who exit the Incline, Jones suggests head- ing up the hill to discover the Point of View sculpture, which features George Washington and the Seneca leader Guyasuta. “It conveys what their face-to-face meeting may have been like in 1770 while Washington was in the area examining land for future settlement along the Ohio River,” he says. “The [short] walk from the Incline is worth it for the unobstructed view of the skyline alone.” Nature, History and Art Abound One can spend an entire day in Oakland soaking in the exhibits at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. All are conveniently located within walking distance of each other, making it easy to mix and match as time permits. Phipps dates back to 1893 and is frequently described as one of Pittsburgh’s “crown jewels.” Visitors are often in awe of the striking botanical displays, many of which change throughout the year. “Phipps Conservatory is one of those places you can visit multiple times each year for FA L L 2 0 1 7 OE3-48-eV5-e.indd 37 | 37 | Omni William Penn Hotel recently welcomed the Wigle Tasting Room to its repertoire of food and drink venues offer- ing an authentic taste of local flavor. Wigle Whiskey is named for Pennsylvania distiller Phillip Wigle who unwittingly helped spark the notorious Whiskey Rebellion. It prides itself on being the first dis- tillery to operate in the city of Pittsburgh since Prohibition. The family-owned business is known for its award-winning array of organic craft spirits. It operates a distillery and tast- ing room in the Strip District and a Barrelhouse and Whiskey Garden in the North Side area. The business most recently expanded into the Omni William Penn Hotel with the new bottle shop, bar and tasting space. The Wigle Tasting Room offers a “Build-Your-Own Old- Fashioned” concept, designed to cater to the spirit of the indi- vidual. Guests are presented with a card to mark their choice of whiskey, gin or rum. Add to that a preferred sugar type, choice of bitters, citrus or garnish and the end result is a notable potable. Customers who are hesitant about going “all in” on the pur- chase of a bottle can sample several varieties by ordering a flight. ESCAPES 9/20/17 2:34 PM