Seeing the world beyond New York has always been a dream of mine. Even though I have traveled a few places I wanted to see more. Travel is expensive and time consuming, but I always knew it was something I wanted to do. Tom felt the same way. That’s how our long weekend anniversary city trips began.
For our one year anniversary Tom gifted me with a trip to Philly. I had only ever been one other time with my family 7 years before. With a months notice i vigorously started planning. There’s so much to see and do in the city of brotherly love. I think we covered a lot in 2 days.
We arrived on a Friday afternoon; starving and ready for an adventure we set out looking for lunch. We settled on what looked like a pub who were known for their wrap sandwiches. It was called Wrap Shack. These wraps were overflowing with meat and we quickly ate our fill. The food here was ok, a little too one note, but definitely helped to give us the energy we needed for our adventure.
After lunch we settled in at our hotel Sofitel in the historic and beautiful Rittenhouse Square. The hotel was beautiful! I felt so fancy walking around there. Check out the link!
Our first night was spent walking around Old City exploring art galleries. The galleries are open for free on the first Friday of every month. We then headed back to Rittenhouse Square to enjoy a late dinner at Village Whiskey.
Dinner was really late. This place was hopping! And, rightfully so because the food and drinks are incredible. Oh and it’s owned by an iron chef!
We highly recommend pickled herb cherry tomatoes and the steamers (which no longer seem to be on the menu). Tom is a big whiskey drinker so he ordered a snifter and I had the Ginger Rogers (DRY GIN, GINGER SYRUP, LEMON, RHUBARB BITTERS, SPARKLING ROSÉ).
The next day we headed to Waterfront Square to Yards Brewing. This was a must do on our trip because we love craft beer. We began with a tour of the brewery and ended with two awesome flights of beer and some brisket cheese fries. The day was a success.
All of their beers are great, but some recommendations from our trips are Love Stout, Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce, and Washington’s Reserve (which you can only get on tap at the brewery). I also recommend PYNK which they did not have while we were there.
Once we finished sampling our fill of hoppy, malty goodness we went back into the heart of the city to check out a little American history.
Then, back to Old City we went for Italian that warmed our bodies and our souls. Unfortunately, I can’t remember where we ate, but I had amazing homemade pasta with crab and overcooked shrimp.
Tom and I finished our night with ice skating and the Christmas village. We enjoyed hot chocolate and strolling through all the lights.
On sunday morning after brunch we headed home exhausted from an incredible trip.