Escape Keys: Where to Stay, What to Do in Philadelphia

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Getting There

Philadelphia is about 140 miles north of Washington. To get to the Philadelphia Flower Show, take Interstate 95 to Exit 22, bear right and exit onto Callowhill Street. Follow signs to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. To get to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, take Exit 22 to I-676 west to the Art Museum/Benjamin Franklin Parkway exit. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto 22nd Street and proceed five blocks north.

Where to Stay

Two downtown hotels especially convenient to the flower show are the Hilton Garden Inn Center City (1100 Arch St., 877-782-9444,, which has doubles starting at $101.99, and the Loews Philadelphia (1200 Market St., 800-235-6397,, whose rooms start at $149, although we recently got one through Priceline for $70.

Where to Eat

There's buzz about Zahav (237 St. James Place, 215-625-8800,, offering modern Israeli cuisine (dishes from $6 to $10). Delilah's at the Terminal (215-574-0929, Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch streets) serves generous helpings of such Southern staples as collard greens, catfish and, when you can find it, fried chicken.

What to Do

The Philadelphia Flower Show continues through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (12th and Arch streets, 215-988-8899, Open weekdays 10 a.m-9:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-9:30; Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets at the box office are $24 weekdays; $26 Saturday and Sunday. Tickets on all days for children (ages 2 to 16) are $13; $17 for students (ages 17 to 24). "Cézanne and Beyond" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-763-8100, continues through May 17. Exhibit open Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-8:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets, which include admission to the museum's other galleries, are $24, $22 seniors, $20 ages 13 to 18, $14 ages 5 to 12, free for age 4 and younger; $2 off admission before April 1.

-- S.V.

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