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The Perfect Weekend

Once the nation’s capital and an integral part of the American Revolution, visitors spending a single weekend in Philadelphia should surely make time to explore the city’s rich history. But even a short stay should include a wander through museums that are as striking as the art hung on their walls, a stroll along quaint streets and markets, and a few memorable meals at restaurants that have helped make Philadelphia a world-class dining destination. From its central position overlooking city hall, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia lets guests soak in this exciting locale, while allowing space for a little relaxation, too. 

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Day

1

Morning
  • Breakfast in the Art District.

    Stop into Sabrina’s Café for a hearty breakfast before making your way to the nearby museums. Arrive early to beat the crowds of locals eager for egg scrambles and the famous stuffed French toast drizzled with vanilla bean syrup.

MIDDAY
  • Parisian Sculptures.

    Channel your inner Francophile during a visit to the Rodin Museum, which houses the largest collection of the artist’s work outside of Paris. The garden is particularly lovely, featuring a total of eight works, including “The Thinker.”

  • Intimate Art.

    Across the street from the Rodin Museum find Barnes Foundation, a staggering, world-class collection of works from artists like Matisse, Degas, Picasso and more. Stay for lunch at the café, overlooking the museum’s garden.  

AFTERNOON
  • The Champs-Élysée of Philadelphia.

    Walk down Benjamin Franklin Parkway — conceived in 1917 by French designers who were inspired by the Champs-Élysée — to reach the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you’re not suffering from art exhaustion, stroll through a few of the institution’s some 200 galleries, or just jog up the stairs, a la Rocky Balboa, to get a stunning skyline view of the city.

  • Riverside Views.

    Continue walking up the bike path next to Kelly Drive for picturesque views of Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row.  

EVENING
  • Philadelphia Fine Dining.

    Philadelphia is among the best food cities in the country, and restaurants like Vernick prove it. Helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef Greg Vernick, the seasonally focused menu, bar program and warm ambience — set in a former townhouse — are close to perfect.

  • Cocktails Under the Dome.

    Return to The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia and unwind with a cocktail or glass of wine in the opulent lobby bar.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Coffee and History.

    Before seeing the historic sites, stop into the Philadelphia-based La Colombe for a latte to go. As you make your way to the Museum of the American Revolution, pause while passing Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

MIDDAY
  • Revolutionary Museum.

    Spend the morning exploring the city’s newest historic spot, the Museum of the American Revolution. Visitors can experience several interactive elements, peruse the collection of manuscripts and objects of the era, and examine General Washington’s war tent.

  • Market Lunch.

    Walk the aisles of Reading Terminal Market, one of the oldest indoor markets in the country, and try to narrow down your lunch options from among the array of new and old vendors. DiNic’s makes a stellar roast pork sandwich (ask for it with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone) and treat yourself to a scoop of Bassetts Ice Cream afterward.

AFTERNOON
  • Old City Shops.

    Stroll the independent boutiques populating the quaint Second and Third streets in Old City for small-label clothing brands, design-centric home goods and unique jewelry and souvenirs.

  • Spa Break.

    Relax and recharge with an aromatherapy or couple’s massage at the Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon.

EVENING
  • Fancy Food.

    Acclaimed chef Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero is another example of outstanding Philadelphia dining. The Latin American flavors are fused in a modern, sustainable way, and the wood-fired oven creates delectable steaks and seafood. Don’t miss the restaurant’s sushi and ceviche bar, raw bar and extensive mezcal collection.