Phly Philadelphia Phrolic

I grew up just outside of Philadelphia–a city rich with culture, food, and life. Although we didn’t travel much here as kids, we did have some great meals and even field trips to the city. When the opportunity came along for my husband and I to go on a getaway trip while he was on business in Philadelphia, I jumped at the chance. It was wonderful to reconnect with old friends, family, and see the city as an adult. I am thankful to those who hosted us and gave us great suggestions on what to do and where to go (mostly Gillian Devoy and Alex Coppotelli). Here is our fabulous trip in a nutshell. 

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{At the Pier in front of the Ben Franklin Bridge}

We stayed at a seriously stunning AirBnB. It was in a restored building with a modern feel. The view was amazing and Jason Segel was filming just outside of our window upon our arrival. If you ever are looking for an awesome place to stay please check this place out. The hosts are awesome and it’s in a fantastic part of the city. 

(To check out this AirBnB and more pictures here)

Night One: The first night we knew that we would be tired from a long day of travel. However, we were both excited about our getaway and decided to make the best of it. The first night, we ate at Continental at Midtown. It was so delicious. The french onion soup dumplings are a must! I also loved the fun cocktails we had as well. The restaurant boasts a great quirky ambience and we enjoyed the dining while sitting in swings. After we finished our amazing meal, we then decided to get a nightcap on the pier at La Peg. It was a fantastic evening and we went home with happy, warm and full bellies. 

{Pictures taken by Drew Carlisle at Continental at Midtown}

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{Picture taken by Drew Carlisle at La Peg}

Day 2: Today my husband and I had the whole day to ourselves. We started with the best brunch at Cafe Lift. We had their famous cannoli-stuffed French toast, lemon ricotta pancakes and their Polish Eggs Benedict. It was delicious. We were so stuffed from breakfast that we never ate any lunch. We then visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the cemetery of Ben Franklin’s grave. It was so fun to walk around and see the old American Revolutionary sites. That evening we went to the Phillies game which is always a blast!

{Our breakfast at Cafe Lift}

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{Independence Hall and Liberty Bell building picture}

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{Nothing like city scape view of Philadelphia}

Day 3: My brother is a history buff just like I am and we went to the American Revolution History Museum and totally nerded out. It was so fun to visit a modern museum with all the interactive exhibits while also learning about a more inclusive history of the American Revolution. They do an amazing job of telling the history from many different cultural angles. We then headed over to City Tavern to eat lunch. This is one of the oldest bars in the U.S. The restaurant is American Revolution-themed down to the decor, dress, and food style. The food was scrumptious and they even had beer that’s brewed with our founding father’s recipes. Speaking of these beers – they were brewed by Yards Brewing Company and that was our next stop. Yards was a great brewery with lots of open space, great tours, and entertainment for all. They also had some fun snack options and not to mention adult beer floats (yum). For dinner, I met up with Drew at a small Italian restaurant called La Locanda Del Ghiottone. The meals were cooked to order and fabulous. We had some after dinner drinks and dessert at Farmacia and it was the perfect ending to a great trip.

 

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{American Revolution History Museum}

{City Tavern with my brother}

{Food at La Locanda Del Ghiottone}

Day 4: My husband had to fly out early this morning to get to Chicago. So today I got to spend catching up with a childhood friend and meet her newborn son (who is a dream by the way). It was really fun to catch up, get some baby snuggles, and have some good food to boot. We went to a really chic Mexican restaurant that had fantastic watermelon and coconut margaritas. The food was quite delicious as well. Later in the evening, we went to the Chinese Lantern Festival in downtown Philadelphia. The lanterns were beautiful, the weather was perfect and the company was even better. I also had my first bao experience and it was delicious. I can’t wait to eat it again! 

I really had a wonderful time reminiscing, reconnecting, and relaxing. I had never really had an opportunity to explore the city this much and it was a blast. I look forward to hopefully making this an annual trip so I can go see the many many other locations on by bucket list. So if you are thinking about going to Philadelphia, book it today – the food, entertainment, and environment are hard to beat! 

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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