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.
1234 Locust St.
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.
1200 Market St.
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.
1137 Spruce St.
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.
127 S. 18th Street
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.
Grilled cheese bar. Basic sandwich, $8. Add-ons include avocado, peanut butter, bacon, sauerkraut, marmite and tapenade. BYOB.
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St.
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.
This South Philly bakery opens for business at midnight Monday through Friday. Three pretzels for $1.
Rosenbach Museum and Library
2008-2010 Delancey Pl.
New exhibit on Maurice Sendak’s work, including some pieces from “Where the Wild Things Are.” $10 includes a tour of the historic house.
Melanie D.G. Kaplan