Weekend Vacation Getaway
For the longest time, Philadelphia was a city you passed on your way to New York or Washington. Today, Philly is "hot". National Geographic Traveler Magazine called it "The Next Great City".
The city of "brotherly love" (the actual meaning of the word Philadelphia) began with a grant from the British crown to William Penn's father for a debt owed to him by the crown. The Declaration of Independence was written and signed here, the Constitution was adopted here and Betsy Ross made the first U.S flag in Philadelphia. The city was the first "planned city" in the New World, the first multi-year capital (after 1 year in New York) and had the first public library, volunteer fire department, hospital, university, zoo and computer.
Where New York can be overwhelming and Washington a somewhat transient town, Philadelphia is a city of great neighborhoods. There is a wonderful ethnic diversity here and the people are friendly, welcoming and passionate. Don't start a conversation about the town's sports teams unless you have a few hours to spare.
I love walking through different areas of town, each with its own character and eccentricities; funky South Street, the narrow streets, cobblestones and gas lamps of Society Hill, the art galleries of Old City, the smells of the Italian Market and the beauty of Rittenhouse Square just to name a few. Like Boston, this is a city that I could easily call home.
How can you not love a city that brought us Rocky, Tastykakes, hoagies, cheesesteaks, hot pretzels and even Scrapple? Fortunately, they have some great hospitals too!
Making Your Travel Plans
When To Go
There’s no longer any need to roll the dice on where you stay or to settle and stay at a “safe” national chain. BestWeekends Travel Advance Team takes the worry out of where to stay when you go away.
The BestWeekends Travel Advance Team does all the work for you. We research each destination by scouring the guidebooks, articles, blogs, reviews and rating systems. Then we visit the destination and stay in the properties. Finally, we talk to the locals to be sure we didn’t miss anything. The result: we post on our site only the best of what we experienced. You can book with confidence knowing that “we’ve been there” and that no one pays us for a review.One of the great things about traveling to Philadelphia is that you have access to wonderful hotels and inns without paying the exorbitant rates of places like New York and Washington. For example, the weekend rate at the Four Seasons in New York in January is $725, in Philadelphia, it's $320. We've even found a wonderful small hotel with weekend rates generally under $300 and sometimes under $200. Those kind of rates alone make a trek to Philly worthwhile. Inside see our Featured Properties.
When you are away on vacation, there’s few things worse than a bad dining experience. We agree, so we follow the same process for identifying restaurants as we do for accommodations, but with an extra step. We believe that the best dining experience has the strongest combination of food, ambiance and service. Good food is a given in our recommendations, but the best food in the world just doesn’t taste as good in a poor setting and the best setting with poor service just doesn’t cut it for us. The BestWeekends Travel Advance Team only presents those restaurants that meet our strict criteria. Mangia….enjoy!For years Philadelphia was never mentioned in the same breath as New York, Washington or even Boston when foodies discussed their favorite restaurants, save for the venerable Lec Bec Fin. But that has changed for two reasons. First, hotel dining here has taken that genre to a new level with some spectacular restaurants. Second, Stephen Starr's string of successful restaurants has transformed the restaurant landscape to the degree that he is now transporting concepts to New York and Atlantic City. Pubs, bistros, tapas, old world Italian and fine dining are as good here as any city and sometimes better. Inside see our Featured Restaurants.
Things To Do
BestWeekend' s Exclusives
Special Things identifies unique, fun and romantic things for couples to do together in a particular destination. Good to Know is our list of the “best” of everything from breakfast to burgers, cocktails to after dinner fun and much, much more. Why stumble around trying to find the “best”….we’ve already done it for you!
- Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
- Boathouse Row
- Fairmont Park
- Philadelphia Museum of Art
- A stroll through Society Hill
- Elfreth's Alley
- The Italian Market
- A Philly Cheesesteak