Philly, the name is short for Philadelphia, the sixth largest U.S. city. It could well be called so for being the most feel-good place there is. An alloy of new and old cultures, with art on every nook and corner, the world truly works differently here. Somewhere between this confluence of art, music, culture, and sports are a few luxury experiences that make your trip to Philly a penultimate one for life. In addition to enjoying the best cheesesteaks, taking selfies with the Liberty Bell, and witnessing some smashing places, there are some not-to-be-missed experiences you will find in the City that loves you back:
6. Enjoy a $100 Raw Bar Platter in Butcher and Singer-
If Philadelphia were spelled with an ‘F,’ it would be called ‘Food-adelphia.’ When in Philly, you can go beyond cheesesteaks at Butcher & Singer, in the fantastic historic location of 1500 Walnut Street. The old-school, intimate dining experience in a relaxed clubhouse setting will teleport you into a bygone era of low lights, and dark woods as jazz and blues fill the room. This eatery brings the true classics to your table, from perfect Manhattans and Sidecars to hand-cut steaks, chops, and freshly caught fish. The $100 raw bar platter is highly recommended, as are their lobster Newberg and Steak Diane. Don’t forget to sip on the best American cocktails, ranging from a perfect Manhattan or Gimlet to a bubbly Pink Lady and old-fashioned Sidecar.
5. Enjoy a drink with a stellar view
Like a favorite song you remember forever, the Assembly rooftop lounge atop The Logan, overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, stays etched in memory forever. The upscale joint will let you in for a cover charge and offer an unforgettable time nestled in a cozy seat on the outdoor terrace by the fire pit. Try some frozen Philly-Vice or a stay-cation cocktail with tropical spice-infused dark rum. Safe to say, it is one of the best views and ambiance of ‘The City of Brotherly Love.’
4. Private Tour of Brandywine Valley-
Sometimes the best way to explore a whimsical city is not with the hustle and bustle but in quaint conditions and at your own pace. The Brandywine Valley private driving tour to Chester County takes you through the rolling hills of this Philadelphia suburb and all its beautiful attractions. Get charmed by the Longwood Gardens, enthralled in the Winterthur Museum, Brandywine River Museum, or the opulence of the Nemours Mansion and Gardens. Guests not only visit wineries but also savor a delicious lunch at a recommended restaurant. Your driver will pick you up and drop you off at the hotel at the end of a fun-filled day.
3. Pamper yourself at the best spa in the world –
Did you know there are less than 100 luxury spas worldwide, and Philadelphia is home to the very best? With its inclusion in the Forbes’ Travel Guide Five-Star ranking, the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia spa joins an ultra-elite club of spas worldwide.
No ordinary place, the spa at the prestigious Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is perched on the 57th floor, with an infinity-edge pool and 700 pounds of healing crystals concealed in its walls. The spa includes a lifestyle boutique, a fitness center, a relaxation lounge with zero gravity chairs, a hair and nail salon, various treatments, and facials. Guests choose from seven treatment rooms named after specific crystals like citrine and amethyst and also take the crystal home as a keepsake of the therapeutic experience.
2. Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music –
The Opera Philadelphia presents classics like Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s La Bohème. The City’s only grand-scale opera producer unleashes its talent on Philadelphia’s most revered performing space- The Academy of Music. Pay homage to the City’s musical spirit by attending a production by the industry’s well-known and up-and-coming singers, composers, and directors at the oldest known opera house continuously in use in the U.S.
1. Airbnb a century old castle
With The Deacon- a circa 1906 Watson & Huckel-designed church, you get to live in a dated limestone castle, albeit one that’s equipped with modern amenities. The Deacon is a stunning Gothic Revival church with eight bedrooms outfitted with luxury bedding, Sonos, Wifi, a record player, the most pristine setting, and a super host.
It is ideally located, a stone’s throw from the famous Italian Market and Rittenhouse square to the ever-growing Passyunk corridor of great restaurants and shops. As a review rightly said, “The Deacon is not a boutique hotel carved out of a church; it is an experience.’ One that you will find only in Philly.