Visit Philadelphia and Unique Finds


Whenever I need a change of scenery, I can visit Philadelphia and count on an amazing time. There is always something happening in Philly which makes it one of my favorite cities to visit on the East Coast. I especially love that history and art are woven into the city’s fabric.

Where else in the world can you run up the Rocky Steps or visit the first American penitentiarySo when I received an invitation to attend 2016 BlogHouse in Philadelphia, I was over the moon! Not only would I meet talented travel bloggers, but this event gave me another reason to visit Philadelphia. During my free time, I stumbled on unique finds that are exclusive to Philly including tasty donuts and scenic beer gardens.

 

5 Unique Finds in Philadelphia

 

The Porch at 30th Street

XOXO Letters in Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love, XOXO

Walking from the 30th Street Station to my beautiful art inspired hotel, Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, I noticed a colorful outdoor space that featured chairs, tables, and green grass. It looked like a great place to hang out and had nice views of the skyline. I made a mental note to come back the next morning.

The Porch at 30th Street Station

One of my favorite things about The Porch was the adult size swings. Individuals, couples, and even families could swing and lounge around. The swings came in all different sizes and made me feel youthful. The Porch helped me appreciate Philadelphia’s playful side.

The Porch at 30th Street Station

The good life, taking a nap on the swings at 7 a.m.

Sculptures at Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is one of the oldest parks in Philadelphia and it has some of the most dramatic art sculptures. Like the ferocious “Lion Crushing a Serpent” symbolizing the fight for good and evil or the sculpture of the girl carrying a duck under her arm.

Sculptor at Rittenhouse Square

She’s so fierce!

As if in motion, her dress trails behind her. She projects sassiness and she seems to have everything under control. She dominates the reflecting pool at Rittenhouse Square.

Federal Donuts

Federal Donuts

A yummy strawberry lavender donut that was worth ditching my diet.

Federal Donuts serves coffee, chicken, and donuts. But we’re not talking about just any chicken – we’re talking about Korean-style fried chicken with succulent glazes. And we’re not talking about just any donut – we’re talking about fancy, butter pecan, chocolate eclair and guava poppy donuts. Visit Philadelphia to get your hands on these delicious donuts that are exclusive to this city.

Thank you Context Travel for surprising BlogHouse with Federal Donuts! From now on, I can’t visit Philly without having them or thinking about your scholar led tours.

Independence Beer Garden

My kind of place! Good food, great beer, and a laid back atmosphere. 

Across the street from the Independence National Historical Park, the Independence Beer Garden creatively combines food, beer, and games in a unique way. The open-air space has lots of different sections including a shady rock garden and outdoor seating. Picnic tables accentuate the casual ambiance and the “picnic” menu is perfect for sharing.

The Pickle Chips and the “Everything” Pretzel Bites were my favorite snacks. There’s lots of regional and domestic craft beer to choose from. I enjoyed their pale ales. 

Thanks again Visit Philly for taking BlogHouse to Independence Beer Garden and showing us such a great time at Philadelphia’s Historic District!

 

Rooftop Vegetable and Herb Garden

Rooftop garden of Sofitel

Chef Luke Rogers and I at Sofitel’s rooftop garden.

Sofitel Philadelphia has a really cool rooftop garden that features all sorts of fruits, vegetables and herbs like strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, lemon thyme, mint, parsley, and sage. The herbs and vegetables infuse fresh flavors to Sofitel’s contemporary French inspired cuisine.

I had the pleasure of meeting Chef Luke Rogers, Sofitel’s Executive Chef. He guided me through the rooftop garden and explained its importance and uniqueness.

Lemon Thyme at the Sofitel Rooftop Garden

Smelled like lemons. I’m inspired to start a herb garden.

Sofitel’s rooftop garden also houses one of the largest collections of honey bees in Philadelphia. Sofitel has over 100,000 honey bees! Not only do they help pollinate the garden but their honey sweetens a variety of Sofitel’s food and drinks.

 

What are some of your favorite places to visit in Philadelphia?

56 replies
  1. Buena Montero says:

    aaaw… I want the xoxo , i seems to always end my writing with xoxo:) I love Philly too but i went during winter and it was coooollllddd:) I do wanna go back there during summer or fall:) Great post!!!

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  2. Joanna says:

    Oh, those donuts look amazing, and I wouldn’t mind having a drink at the beer garden. I like how green it is and how it was created with the idea of a proper garden in mind.

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  3. JustGoPlaces says:

    That Porch looks very cool. I’m going to be in Philly next month and we will definitely seek that out. I bet it’s great people watching as well. I’d love to see the Sofitel rooftop but my kids are afraid of bees – 10K of them would probably send them over the edge into complete hysteria.

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  4. Colby says:

    I’ve always wanted to go to Philly! Seeing so much charm and character in this post makes me want to go even more!

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  5. Paige Brown says:

    It’s been a few years since I’ve been to Philly, but it looks like I totally need to get back there! I LOVE those swings! In a way it sort-of reminds me of the High-Line in NYC in the photo of the man sleeping. Those donuts look UNREAL too! Thanks for new tips!

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  6. Live Learn Venture says:

    I have yet to see a lot of Philly! I was there years ago, but want to go back! Federal Donuts sounds like a delicious place!! 😀

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  7. Andrea Berkholtz says:

    I didn’t know Philly was that cool! Id post up in one of those swings with a good book and probably never leave….except to go to the beer garden 😉

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  8. Alexis Rae says:

    I would like to enjoy one of those strawberry lavendar donuts on those porch swings! You’re making me want a trip to Philly now 🙂

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  9. Kerri says:

    There is so much I love here. I’ll admit to not spending that much time in Philly when I was there. Love the porch, the herb garden the beer garden and of course those doughnuts !!! Thanks for the great list.

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  10. Joy Sheehan says:

    Wow! I visited Philly when I was a kid just to briefly go to the zoo with my family. I feel like I missed out on a lot by not spending more time there! After reading this post, I want to get myself back there and fast! Those donut flavors alone would be well worth the trip! 😀

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  11. Wee Gypsy Girl says:

    Oh my god, amazing donuts and Korean style fried chicken! And a beer garden! Philadelphia looks too good 🙂

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  12. Gina Panozzo says:

    I would like to see the sculptures at Rittenhouse Square and try out the Independence Beer Garden. I feel like Philly just screams the awesome of America.

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  13. Lauren Bishop says:

    It’s so cool that you got to visit a rooftop garden! I am a huge fan of urban agriculture, not to mention urban beekeeping (!!), but the sites are often hard to find & access if you aren’t from the neighbourhood. Is the rooftop open to the public?

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  14. Kachina Dimmock says:

    I’ve actually never been to Philly. But seeing your pics of donuts and beer is enough to sell me 😉

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  15. Patricia Steffy says:

    You are speaking to my heart (and stomach) with that picture of the donuts! But seriously, can you believe that despite working in New York City that I never took a side trip to Philadelphia? Crazy how that job kept me city bound. But now I’m really thinking I need to go back and explore places like Rittenhouse Square, relax on The Porch, or go visit the herb gardens. Really, I need to see it all!

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  16. Jennifer Morrow says:

    More cities need to add those swings! The fountain sculpture is stunning, I love art as part of daily life, outside of the museum.

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  17. Jennifer Morrow says:

    More cities need to add those swings! The fountain sculpture is stunning, I love art as part of daily life, outside of the museum.

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  18. Danielle Desir says:

    I’ve been to 30th Street Station many times and just only found out about The Porch. I loved it so much! Walk around the 30th Street Station and you’ll find it. I’m a fan of the beer garden’s food. I never liked pickles, but those fried pickles made me a believer =)

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  19. Danielle Desir says:

    I’ve been to 30th Street Station many times and just only found out about The Porch. I loved it so much! Walk around the 30th Street Station and you’ll find it. I’m a fan of the beer garden’s food. I never liked pickles, but those fried pickles made me a believer =)

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  20. Terri Huggins says:

    Just when I thought I’d seen all Philadelphia has to offer, I’m surprised again. My husband is from Philadelphia and I’m only an hour a way so trips to Philadelphia are common for us. I’m surprised I never saw those cute swings before. I must find them the next time I’m in town. And the beer garden looks like a lot of fun – even though I’m not really a drinker.

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  21. Vyjay Rao says:

    Lovely finds there, the one I liked best is the Porch. Would love to lounge in one of those swings and watch the world go by 🙂

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  22. Vyjay Rao says:

    Lovely finds there, the one I liked best is the Porch. Would love to lounge in one of those swings and watch the world go by 🙂

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  23. Luxury Travel Diva says:

    How wonderful to find such an eco friendly hotel as Sofitel. Their own bees! Truly setting an example for other hotels.

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  24. Kevin Wagar says:

    You snagged me at “nap on a swing” and won me over with the donuts! Looks like there is far more to Philly than cheesesteak!

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