Escapes: Details, Philadelphia

August 17, 2012
if you go
GETTING THERE

Philadelphia is about 135 miles from Washington up Interstate 95. Amtrak offers service from Washington, with fares starting at $35 each way. Megabus fares start at $5 each way.

STAYING THERE

The Independent

1234 Locust St.

215-772-1440

www.theindependenthotel.com

A 24-room boutique hotel, a short walk from Old City, with complimentary breakfast delivered to rooms and evening wine/cheese Monday through Thursday. Rates start at $149.

Loews Philadelphia

1200 Market St.

215-627-1200

www.loewshotels.com

The city’s first skyscraper is now one of the city’s best places to see Art Deco. Full spa, salon and lap pool. Rates start at $199. 

EATING THERE

Tria Cafe

1137 Spruce St.

215-629-9200

www.triacafe.com

Monday-Thursday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. features “5 for 5” — five items (white wine, red wine, cheese plate and two beers), each for $5.

HipCityVeg

127 S. 18th Street

215-278-7605

hipcityveg.com

New vegan cafe near Rittenhouse Square with locally sourced produce and compostable packaging. Arugula taco salad, Philly steak, Ziggy (tempeh) burger, all $8.50.

Wedge + Fig

160 N Third St.

267-603-3090

www.wedgeandfig.com

Grilled cheese bar. Basic sandwich, $8. Add-ons include avocado, peanut butter, bacon, sauerkraut, marmite and tapenade. BYOB.

PLAYING THERE

Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine St.

215-686-5322

www.freelibrary.org

Upcoming weekday author readings include Tony Danza and Andrew McCarthy. Free rare book department tour 11 a.m. daily.

Center City Pretzel

816 Washington Ave.

215-463-5664

www.centercitypretzel.com

This South Philly bakery opens for business at midnight Monday through Friday. Three pretzels for $1.

Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008-2010 Delancey Pl.

215-732-1600

www.rosenbach.org

New exhibit on Maurice Sendak’s work, including some pieces from “Where the Wild Things Are.” $10 includes a tour of the historic house.

INFORMATION

www.visitphilly.com

Melanie D.G. Kaplan

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