June 27, 2017

..Exploring Philly in One Weekend

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My husband and I decided to spend some time exploring Philly over Memorial Day Weekend. We also had a cute new baby cousin to see on the way so we actually only spent one night in the city but I feel like we somehow magically got it ALL done in the 30 hours that we were there. Here is a quick and dirty list of recommendations that we researched (and I recruited a fabulous traveler friend to help with the itinerary) before going. I am so glad we did because it was heaps of good stuff.

Stay: Rittenhouse 1715 Boutique Hotel - THE CUTEST little place to stay. They do wine service every evening from 5-7 and the delicious home-cooked breakfast is served in the adorable kitchen with real antique tea cups. I can't say enough good things about this place.

Breakfast: Federal Doughnuts, duh (also walk-able from the hotel).

See: Independence Hall (get your tickets for a timed tour ahead of time!), Liberty Bell (there is a wait for this one), Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, Ben Franklin's Grave, Eastern State Penitentiary (don't do the guided tour it was way too long - just explore the grounds yourself).

Food Tour: Flavors of Philly (serves as lunch & you get a lot of history on the city)

Bars: McGillan's Ale House (oldest bar in Philly), Graffiti Bar (you have to walk through a narrow alley to get there but very cool inside)

Speakeasy: Ranstead Room, Franklin Mortgage (if you only have time for one do Ranstead)

Brewery: Yards Brewery (the tour was actually great)

Eat: Parc Brasserie, Plenty Cafe, Reading Terminal Market (crazy busy try to go off peak times)

Late night snack: Insomnia Cookie - who doesn't want a fresh baked cookie ice cream sandwich at the end of the night?

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