Highlights of My 30 Hour Visit to Philadelphia

Dancing in Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia is a fun city with an excellent restaurant scene.  This past weekend, my friend Vanessa and I drove up to Philly for a quick tour of the city.  It had been many years since I visited the City of Brotherly Love, so it was great to get reacquainted with this underrated city.  The weather was not fantastic but that didn’t matter as I was traveling with Vanessa!

Here are the highlight of my visit to Philly (March 31 – April 1, 2012):


  • Having a Cheesesteak – How can one not indulge in a cheesesteak while in Philly?  Vanessa and I enjoyed one of these at John’s Cheesesteaks in Cherry Hill, NJ (not Philadelphia but close enough).
  • Getting an Upgrade to a Suite – Upon check in at the Four Seasons Hotel, I asked if we could have a larger room  with a view on a higher floor.  The reception desk attendant replied: “we are going to upgrade you to a suite”.  Nice – especially since I got an incredibly low rate when I made the room reservation earlier in the week (the perks of being a travel counselor).
  • Drinks at the Four Season’s Bar – Vanessa and I both enjoyed a “Green Fairy” a cocktail created in honor of the current Vincent Van Gogh exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum (we didn’t go).  This cocktail was made with absinthe, sprite and house sour mix.  not bad!
  • Meeting Patty and Rick, Vanessa’s friends – One of the joys of traveling is meeting new friends.  I enjoyed meeting these guys while snacking on some delicious Cheesesteak Spring Rolls at the Four Seasons Hotel Bar.
  • Having dinner at Rouge – Upon Patty’s suggestion, the four of us had dinner at this cozy, popular restaurant in Rittenhouse Square.  Try the Tuna Tartare and the gnocchi with vegetables.  Highly recommended!
  • Meeting Jerry Blavat, a local celebrity, at the Four Season’s Hotel Bar – Thanks to Vanessa, I met this renowned DJ at the hotel while having post dinner drinks at our hotel.

Down Home Diner

  • Breakfast at the Down Home Diner – Patty, Vanessa and I had brunch at this popular diner inside Reading Terminal.  Try the poached eggs over biscuits with Canadian Bacon.  They also make excellent pancakes and scrapple.
  • Going for walk around center city – Vanessa and I strolled around center city (aka downtown) for a couple of hours despite the cold and cloudy weather.  We visited Rittenhouse Square and had an espresso at La Colombe cafe.

About Robert Kavalek

Robert Kavalek is a travel consultant who shares his love for traveling the world on theTRAVELER (www.RobertKavalek.com). While his specialties are Paris, Mexico and "digital overload escapes", he can advise clients on any type of vacation. In addition, he writes about travel destinations and travel tips on his blog and Facebook page. Robert has visited 31 countries and territories and hopes to check out at least one new country every year. He currently lives in Washington, DC.
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One Response to Highlights of My 30 Hour Visit to Philadelphia

  1. I grew up in Philadelphia and agree that it is a very underated city, while very different to New York or Boston, it is an enegetic place with lots to do.

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