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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 08:56 AM
Good Morning! I'm appealing to some Philly locals for some info on what there is to do on a Friday-Saturday. My wife & I are considering going next weekend to get away.

If anyone can recommend good hotels with a day spa, good restaurants, any good clubs, and entertaining parts of town (for gallery hops, museums, live music, good bar scene) I would be most appreciative!

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 09:18 AM
The World Cafe has Danielia Cotton ($15) next saturday night and is a very nice place to see a show and have dinner at a reasonable price. Some of us may be going to this show.

Steve Winwood plays the Tower Theatre next saturday too, although I can't say the theatre is in the finest section of town, but the immediate area is OK.

A cool place to go in Philly is South street. Philly's version of Greenwich Village but not as pretensious IMO.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 10:57 AM
there is an awsome exhibit at the Franklin Institute : http://sln.fi.edu/bodyworlds/index.html
the city has a nice chinatown area (race & arch streets between 9TH and 11Th)
and the reading terminal market (12th & arch) is a cool place to check out for lunch (closed sunday)
pick up a city paper or philadelphia weekly from the many free boxes on the street corners.
- good place for info !!
have fun !

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 11:11 AM
We stayed at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia which was very nice, in a good location.

A great way to get around the city (parking can be a pain and VERY expensive, like any city), and enjoy a fun tour is:
http://www.phillytour.com/

Here are some neat things to do with family:

You HAVE TO go see Ben Franklin....I swear within 2 minutes, you believe this man IS Ben Franklin, I don't know who got a bigger kick out of him, my kids or me!

http://www.ben1776.com/

We got a lot of info from this site as well:
http://www.gophila.com/family/

and definitely go to South Street...lots of fun!
(And if you're ever in NY, you'll find that the Village is NOT pretensious!)

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 12:16 PM
If you're looking for really good (expensive) food, Pod is good sushi on Penn's campus, The Palm is always good, and the Capital Grille is unbelievable (better than the palm). If you're looking for Chinese food, Sang Kee is amazing and affordable.

As for live music, Zanzibar Blue, Chris', Ortlieb's, and Warmdaddy's are the major jazz/blues clubs, I don't know who's playing this weekend though.

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 12:17 PM
The Kimmel Center is also worth checking out, it's nicer than Carnegie Hall.
 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 07:25 PM
i second warmdaddy's on front and 2md. usually an all black blues club with excellent southern cusine. i went to this place all the time in college and i always recommend it to people.

stay in center city as the outside of it is sketchy.

go for a walk on boat house row which is on keel drive.

the philadelphia museum of art is great and you can run up the stiars like rocky.

go for cheesesteaks at Pats or Ginos at 2 am. go south on broad street and turn left onto wharton. go down there any you'll find a cheesesteak oasis. but watch your back. not the best neighborhood. otherwise, eat a steak at Jims on South Street.

There is a grat irish bar/restaurant on south and front, ad the name escapes me. starts iwth a B.

have a great time!

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 07:33 PM
I appreciate everyone giving me some fine pointers about Philly. If we wind up going I'll let everyone know what we did in your fare city! Thanks!

 

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  posted on 10/6/2005 at 07:43 PM
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There is a grat irish bar/restaurant on south and front, ad the name escapes me. starts iwth a B.


Downeys?

Here's something I recommend: A tour of Eastern State Penitentiary. Take the wife to jail!

http://www.easternstate.org/

I took an out-of-towner there a few years ago and it was very cool. Don't bother with the Halloween tour, do the daytime one.

As for hotels, try to get something around Rittenhouse Square. Probably kinda pricey, but the park is beautiful and there are many restaurants and shops within walking distance.

As Ozzypie said, some of us might go check out Danielia Cotton at the World Cafe Live next Saturday, but we didn't get tickets yet.

If I think of anything else to add, I'll post it.

 

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