Details: spur-of-the-moment trip to Manayunk in Philadelphia

If You Go

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Manayunk in Philadelphia? Here’s what you need to know for the weekend of June 17-19:

Getting There

The neighborhood of Manayunk is in northwest Philadelphia; from Washington, the drive is about three hours by car on Interstate 95 north. Amtrak offers one-way fares from $48, or you can take MegaBus from $13 one way.

Where to Stay

The Independent

1234 Locust St., 215-772-1440

A 24-room boutique hotel offering spacious modern rooms, evening wine and cheese, and breakfast. Near the convention center. From $169 a night.

Where to Eat

Winnie’s Le Bus Manayunk

4266 Main St., 215-487-2663

Popular hangout for weekend cyclists, with sidewalk seating. Sandwiches and salads from $7.50.

Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant

4120 Main St., 215-482-8220

The social hub pairs home brews with sandwiches, wood-fired pizzas and salads. The best seat in the house: the deck overlooking the Schuylkill River. Plates from $5.50.

Whirled Peace

4321 Main St., 215-487-0489

Unusual frozen yogurt flavors — lychee, taro, birthday cake — and toppings for 50 cents an ounce.

What to Do


4323 Main St., 8PRO-CADENCE

Rent a bike ($30-$35 an hour), then head to the Wall on Levering Street.

Manayunk Dragon Boat Racing Team

Dock behind Manayunk Brewery

Watch the award-winning team practice on the river Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.


4050 Main St., 215-487-7400

Two floors of contemporary furnishings you can sit on.


All lodging and travel information valid as of press time Thursday, June 9, 2011.

Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.



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