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 penitentiary? So 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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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?
Danielle is a travel finance strategist, writer, speaker and podcaster. She paid off $63,000 of student loan debt in 4 years, bought a house at 27 and has traveled to 25 countries. She refuses to let her financial responsibilities hold her back from living life on her own terms.