My husband and I went to Philly this past week-end for our 20th wedding anniversary and had such a great time. Here is what we did...
We arrived Friday afternoon. Checked into the Omni Hotel. When we made the reservation, they asked if we were celebrating any special occasion. I told them we were. They not only gave us this great corner room (it was huge), but champagne with crackers, fruit and cheese. Lovely welcome to the city!
At 3:30, we had signed up for Segway Tours -- what a great way to get around the city. It wasn't really a tour, because the guide didn't inform us about too much history, but it was a fun thing to do. The adventure lasted about 90 minutes.
I had read about a Clay class at the Clay Studio online, and we headed over there for their 6:00 class. They served wine, and charcuterie plates and clay! The potters made it look so easy -- I could not get anything that even looked remotely familiar. Maybe it was the wine, or maybe I am just not artistic! The class lasted 2 hours.
We had a last minute reservation at Amada for 6:30. Even though we missed the reservation because of the class, we headed over there. They were able to accomodate us and gave us a round of drinks and dessert on the house for our 20th anniversary! The food was outstanding!
Saturday morning we ate breakfast at the Reading Market. Afterwards, we headed to Philly's Magic Garden, which was really enchanting. We ate lunch at Fire & Ice -- unbelievably delicous and reasonable. My husband got the Special -- soup of his choice (he chose coconut soup) and Pad Thai -- $10 ! I had a curry dish -- delicous and also $10
At 2:30 we took a sail boat ride in the Delaware. It was called the "Tropical Cruise:. It was very relaxing and beautiful. I did expect more "umph" from it, given the name, Tropical Cruise. But there was no island music or pina coladas (unfortunately). The sailing time was about 2 hours. Afterwards, we walked around a bit and relaxed in our hotel. At 7:30 we had a reservation at Marrakash. What a fun experiece. Marrakash is a Moroccan restaurant. They serve you 7 course meal on pillows and tapestry lined walls-- all for $25. There's a belly dancer -- which is loads of fun. It's a great way to spend an evening.
Sunday, we had a reservation for a cooking demonstration at a place called Cook. Again, it was 4 courses and the Chef, Stacey who is the chef at a Philadelphia restaurant that only serves brunch (sorry, I can not remember the name of the establishment), made us wonderful creations and answered all our cooking questions. She was very lively and had a winning personality. After this 2 hour food fest, my husband and I headed to the casino in Buck's County and then back home.
We had such a fun time in Philladelphia -- I can not wait to go back!