I'm not usually a fan of movie-themed hotel packages. But in the midst of such a divisive political climate, what could be better than a weekend focused on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" and the PBS star's legacy of empathy and inclusion?
The Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel is inviting guests to explore Mister Rogers' hometown with a "Won't You Be Our Neighbor?" package that includes a red Mister Rogers-style cardigan that guests can wear while touring Pittsburgh's favorite Fred Rogers landmarks.
The package, which starts at $219 per night for a minimum of two nights, includes two tickets to the Heinz History Center, home to the "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" exhibition featuring the world's largest collection of artifacts from the children's show that ran for three decades starting in 1968, including the living room set, King Friday XIII's Castle and the Great Oak Tree.
Guests will also receive a copy of the book "Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers," a daily breakfast credit and navigation instruction for a self-guided tour of the Fred Rogers sites.
With each package sold, the hotel says it will make a $10 donation to the Heinz History Center for the preservation of the "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" exhibit "so that future generations will be able to learn his important legacy of empathy, love and peace."
The just-released movie called "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," stars Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers. It's been creating quite a buzz, with stories reminding people of Rogers' message of acceptance of all people for who they are.
The Renaissance hotel is also a Pittsburgh landmark in and of itself, housed in the historic Fulton Building in the heart of the city's cultural district and overlooking the Allegheny River the Pittsburgh skyline and PNC Park.
A room at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel.
Built in 1906, the property has 300 rooms and two on-site restaurants, Braddock's Rebellion and Braddock's Street Side, which serve contemporary American dishes.