Have time for a weekend trip to Philadelphia this summer? We just visited, as part of our progressive road trip – and since we were able to spend five days, I finally feel that I’m starting to know the city.
Philly is full of things to do. Of course, you might need the photo op at the Rocky statue or next to Rodin’s Thinker (we did the latter) – but when it’s sweltering and humid outside, you won’t want to start running up the museum stairs with Eye of the Tiger blaring in your brain.
Trust me on this one.
But there are some stylish,”don’t miss” moments you should experience as you get to know Philadelphia. Here are three.
1. Get Artsy – Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Barnes House and the Rodin Museum
Each of these museums is impressive on it’s own, but your two-day ticket gets you into all three. You’ll be “arted’ out after you finish, but you’ll have seen and experienced some of the best art pieces in the world. There are small cafes in the museums where you can stop and take a break to regain your strength, and your intellectual stamina.
2. Eat at an Outdoor Cafe in Rittenhouse Square
Rittenhouse Square is a vibrant local hub, filled with elegant ladies walking their dogs, mohawked college students and napping businessmen, as well as classic statuary and small gardens. On each side are bars, book stores and lots of great cafes. We particularly enjoyed Rouge and Parc Bistro (which has an authentic Parisian flair). We had great meals, and awesome people watching, whether at lunch or dinner.
3. Splurge on Brunch at Lacroix
The brunch buffet at The Rittenhouse Hotel’s restaurant, Lacroix, is entertainment and sustenance all in one.
The number of small, eclectic, gourmet tasting plates available on the buffet is staggering.
The brunch buffet takes over the restaurant’s lobby AND the kitchen. Yes, that’s right. They have to add table all the way through the commercial kitchen, just to have enough space for these delicacies.
We sampled Mango and Black Truffle Terrine with Black Radish (a bite-sized amuse buche version that was heavenly), Oatmeal-Crusted Eggs with Black Garlic Sauce, Bell Pepper Citrus Soda, Ramp Custard with Escargot and so, so much more. Perfect little blinis with caviar, smoked salmon and trout, sautéd vegetables, prime rib, giant shrimp, a waffle bar and 20 or more dessert choices are just a few of the items available to get you through the morning.
You can seriously be there for hours – so allow time to relax and enjoy. The staff is pleasant and helpful, the drinks are good and the energy and atmosphere is fun. If you can spare the splurge – don’t miss it!