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Jeremy and Angie Jones from Discover the Burgh
Jeremy and Angie Jones have lived in Pittsburgh from time to time but are not Pittsburgh natives. They both grew up near Dayton, Ohio and fell in love with Steel City when Angie went to Carnegie Mellon University to graduate.
They didn’t really venture out when the couple moved here, so they decided to use their experience as a travel writer to create Discover the Burgh, an online blog about new ways to get around town.
Jeremy had a previous blog called Living the Dream where he wrote similar things and shared lifestyle and travel advice, and believed that his and Angie’s background could help make newcomers better acquainted with the city.
“It was kind of an untapped field,” says Jeremy.
When they started blogging in 2015, they didn’t know how it was going to go, but they hoped it would get big. Her goal was to push herself out of her comfort zone and explore everything, making the blog a discovery tool for locals and visitors alike in Pittsburgh.
To date, the couple claim to have enjoyed over 1,000 unique experiences and track each of their adventures on an interactive Pittsburgh map available at the bottom of each blog post.
Voted this year’s best blog in this year’s Pittsburgh City Paper Best of Pittsburgh Readers Survey, Discover the Burgh has many different categories to search, including Pittsburgh Museums, Parks & Nature, Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Events, Pittsburgh Day Trips, and Weekend Getaways .
There are also food and drink sections where users can find reviews for cafes, famous Pittsburgh restaurants, distilleries, and more. All of the couple’s favorite spots are marked as such on one page, including places like Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Butterwood Bake Consortium, and Commonplace Coffee.
While the blog primarily focuses on Pittsburgh, it also covers southwest Pennsylvania as a whole. They also see it as an ongoing effort.
“We thought it would be a fun two or three year project,” says Angie. “But we are six years old and we are far from finished.”