City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia

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Once a budding colonial town in the Delaware Valley, Philadelphia is now home to over 6 million residents; the 5th most populous city in the United States. Home to the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Flyers, and an ever growing enthusiasm for the culinary scene.

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There is always a new “it” scene popping up around the city, alongside the pop-up parks and eateries. Summer 2015 is welcoming a second season of colorful hammocks in Spruce Street Harbor Park. It is the perfect location to rest your feet after walking the city streets seeing the sites. Best of all, it is free!

Relaxing in a hammock not your thing? Quench your thirst at the Visit Philly Beer Series also in Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Either way, take a break and toast to city and friends while you’re there.


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High Street on Market

High Street on Market is THE place to be for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Munch on a delicious assortment of pastries pre-site-seeing or go big and try the Pastrami Hash. Our favorite pastries on the current menu are the Red Eye Danish, coffee gravy, Benton’s smoked ham and gruyere; the Cream Puff with a milk chocolate mousse filling; and Market Street Buttercake.

Freshly made pastry assortment
Freshly made pastry assortment

 

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The atmosphere, reminiscent of Anthropologie, is warm and welcoming. You can watch the action in the kitchen throughout breakfast and lunch. During the evening, they bring the glass between the kitchen and dining room down to create an even more open atmosphere. You won’t find a bartender here! Each staff member prepares your cocktail to order at a bar in the dining room.

Thankfully, Chef Eli Kulp and partner Ellen Yin are expanding their hospitality to New York City later 2015!


The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is home to many exhibits including a Franklin Memorial.

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There is something for the whole family to explore here. The “Your Brain” and “Giant Heart” exhibits will keep the kids busy for hours while Nathan Sawaya’s, The Art of the Brick will have even the toughest critic in awe.

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The power of art can transform. Hug someone

today, and embrace your own creative sense of self.

– Nathan Sawaya

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Reading Terminal Market

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Head over to the enclosed Reading Terminal Market to grab a light lunch from one of over 80 stalls. Bakeries, Delis, Seafood, Amish and more! Get there before the lunch rush, as seating is limited, or take your food and head across town on one of the new Indego bikes to laze out in a pop-up hammock and eat.

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Loews Philadelphia Hotel

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Bank & Bourbon

Round out your afternoon at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Spa for some full-service pampering or get in a few refreshing laps at their indoor lap pool.

Bank & Bourbon, located in the Loews Hotel Lobby, is the perfect end to an evening. Crispy Pork Belly and Chef Thomas Harkins’ modern American menu sets the standard high that other restaurants have to follow. His extensive bourbon program is perfect for the connoisseur or the beginner to venture into new territory.

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Whether enjoying a full meal at Bank & Bourbon, or a few cocktails, be sure to order the house-made doughnut dessert served with vanilla ice cream and bourbon sauce. You will never be the same again.

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Loews Philadelphia Hotel offers 581 renovated rooms and suites in the historic PSFS building. Philadelphia Savings Fund Society first opened in 1932 as the city’s first modern skyscraper and has remained a local treasure. When Loews purchased the historic landmark in 2006, they undertook a $25M renovation which stayed true to the original décor.

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Original marble flooring and Cartier clocks are just subtle reminders of the grandeur found in what was once merely a colonial town. Before ending your evening in the City of Brotherly Love, visit the 33rd floor terrace to soak in the view of the city.

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You will never be the same.


Resources

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

Discover Philadelphia

High Street on Market

The Franklin Institute

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