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"Point of View", the statue depicting George Washington, right, and Seneca leader Guyasuta, is silhouetted against Downtown Pittsburgh on Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington Pittsburgh on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. (Michael Henninger/Post-Gazette)

Pittsburgh has many charms, but she doesn’t give them all up easily.

Residents and visitors alike have to negotiate 90-plus neighborhoods in the city alone, and 130 municipalities in just Allegheny County, all separated and linked by our valleys and wooded ridges, our rivers and bridges.

Scattered over and tucked into the nooks and crannies of that physical landscape are myriad institutions and attractions and shops, restaurants and breweries and distilleries, parks and trails and stairways, sports venues and recreation leagues, and other organizations and businesses that all year ’round generate dense calendars of events and listings of things to do and see.

It’d be nice to have a guide.

In that spirit, we present this Pittsburgh Insiders Guide. It’s our experts’ guide to finding and enjoying the best that Pittsburgh and this region have to offer, in everything from our exploding dining and drinks scene to our hottest and warmest real estate markets.

Most of us work at the region’s biggest news-gathering organization, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which is what makes us insiders. It’s always been a perk at work to be able to ask the dining critic where’s the best place for fresh fish, or to ask the outdoors editor that same question.

In the following pages, our insiders generously share their expertise so you can be insiders, too.

We welcome your insider tips and other feedback, and would like to keep the curation and the conversations going in the print newspaper and online — at post-gazette.com and on social media.

Contact me at InsidersGuide@post-gazette.com