This weekend was well spent in Philadelphia with my boyfriend. We had planned to do something last minute all summer, and after booking a last minute vacation (accidentally) three weeks in advanced, our accidental weekend trip had some structure to it. Both of us had visited Philly before, on separate occasions. We were familiar with the area, more so him than I, but had a few things that we wanted to experience together!
We stayed in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and let me tell you, this hotel was fantastic. Their was complimentary lemonade in the lobby. Not water, you heard me, lemonade– and it was great. Upon arriving we got into our room and dropped off our bags. We laid down for a bit, but then decided to take full advantage of the nice weather, and everything the city has to offer.
Our first stop was Reading Terminal Market, the place I was dying to go to. It was like Chelsea Markets in New York City, except on steroids. Rather than walking inside and smelling fish, there was an abundance of smells! From fresh baked bread and donuts to jerky to jams and peanut butter; to cheese and crackers and olive oil, fish and meats and of course, cheese steak– every smell seemed to be a little bit more mouth watering than the last. With the market being so crowded, we maneuvered our way into Molly Malloy’s, a restaurant in the middle of the market. We split guacamole and a cheese steak, which was delicious as expected.
Our second stop was Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell. With all the history in the city, it was almost impossible to not just stop and stare. It sounds lame, but thinking about all of the founding fathers, and other important men roaming around the same grounds Rory and I were roaming on seemed very overwhelming, and an honor at the same time. Rory, of course, thought The Liberty Bell was fake, but seeing it was still awesome.
After seeing the bell, we headed down to Spruce Street Harbor park to walk by the water, see the hammock garden, grab a fresh lemonade and of course sit in the big red chair! We people watched for a bit in some lawn chairs overlooking the boardwalk, and then walked around the rest of the area.
After a long hot day of walking everywhere, we headed back to the room for a bit to freshen up before dinner. Rory and I enjoy eating out together, especially at new places, so dinner time was an exciting time for the both of us. However, instead of following the traditional standards of going out to eat at one restaurant, we didn’t want to settle– so why not two? We headed out during happy hour, to get, as Rory would say; “The Lit Deals.”
We headed to Cuba Libre on South 2nd Street for some $4 appetizers and $4 sangrias, since Rory never had one! Well, he ended up enjoying it so much, he had two! After conversations full of politics, laughter, nonsense, and more guacamole, we headed over to JJ Bootleggers for some wings and a beer. I chose Strawberry Blonde because of the name, and boy was it amazing, and I’m not an avid beer drinker. Thank goodness we had a few drinks, because our double fried garlic wings were way too spicy to handle, even with the dipping sauce. We still ate them all anyways.
After a day full of too much walking, a little too much drinking, and not too much food, we decide to get back to the hotel. When we checked the clock, it was only 8:45 PM, and we never felt like such losers in our entire life.
After a long sleep, we woke up at 8 AM, bright and early with no alarm. I showered and got ready for the day, and then we got some coffee and tea before heading out. After going to the Reading Terminal Market again to pick up some crackers, cheese, and of course, none other than DONUTS– we wanted to check out LOVE Park… Of course, our luck, it was under construction. As well as the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Both were bummers, but we still got good photos.
After a not so long drive home, we made it into my house just in time before the rain began to come down. The next day we found ourselves in Montclair, New Jersey picking up some donuts and bubble tea, two out of the three things we are notorious for eating together (the other is dumplings.)
And after another successful weekend full of food and adventure, the countdown is on until school! Three more weeks!