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A Romantic Weekend in Philly

A Romantic Weekend in Philly

A few years ago, I had a chance to visit Philadelphia twice in one year once for work and another time for fun; unfortunately, both times my hubby wasn’t able to join me on these trips.

Now that we live in the east coast, visiting Philly together is now going to become a reality. We are planning a romantic getaway the last weekend of February to celebrate my birthday and our love, thanks to my friends at megabus who will provide us with two tickets to ride in a safe, convenient, low cost bus service round trip from DC to Philly.

Since the trip is for a short weekend, we will head up on Friday afternoon and come back Sunday afternoon – giving us enough time to sample the city together by visiting a few spots I loved during my past trips to Philly and explore new ones with the hubby. Thanks to megabus’ schedule, we have plenty of opportunities throughout the weekend to head to and from Philly.

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The ideal itinerary for our trip to Philly would include the arts, food, tons of walking and of course a little cocktail here and there!

Friday:

Check out the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

I love to ice skate and we have yet to go on the ice this winter, so what better time to do it while we are in Philly and explore a seasonal installation. Now in its 23rd year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fourth season as Winterfest, Blue Cross RiverRink is the only outdoor regulation-sized rink in Philadelphia. The experience of Winterfest is an annual favorite among those of every age, offering plenty of special events throughout the season as well as daily entertainment, food and drinks.

Catch a bite at Wm. Mulherin's Sons

Since I love food, we must visit one of Philly’s hottest restaurants during our trip and Wm. Mulherin’s Sons is the spot to be. This restaurant was recently named America’s Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit. According to the magazine’s review: the menu covers a lot of ground—a few crudo, high-brow bar-snacky stuff like veal tartare toast, big-ticket 24-ounce dry-aged porterhouses. But you’re here for the pizzas and pastas, like the irresistible casareccia (short, twisty noodles) with vinegar-braised duck.

That is exactly the kind of dining experience that we both love! Just reading this description is already making me super hungry!

Saturday:

Visit the LOVE Statue/AMOR Statue

You can’t come to Philadelphia and not take a picture in front of the LOVE statue or AMOR statue (two different pieces). One of the City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmarks is LOVE itself, which can be found northwest of City Hall. The second one in Spanish, can be found at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the east terrace overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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Explore your inner Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Most people when they hear that you are visiting Philly they immediately ask if you are going to run the steps like Rocky. Well, I’ve already done it once and I am willing to do it again to please my fitness addict husband. The infamous steps are located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, at the top of the steps you will actually find a pair of footprints in the ceramic tile were Sylvester Stallone stood at the top of the steps and did his famous pose.

After we run up the steps and catch our breath, we will step inside and enjoy some of the new pieces of art the museum recently acquired such as Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902–6) by Paul Cézanne; Basket of Fruit (1864) by Édouard Manet; Railroad to Dieppe (1886) and Avenue de l’Opéra: Morning Sunshine (1898), both by Camille Pissarro; and Young Girl with Basket (1892) by Berthe Morisot.

Admire the masterpiece of Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Isaiah Zagar is the genius behind the Philadelphia Magic Gardens and during one of my trips to Philly I had the privilege to briefly meet him while I was admiring his artwork. The Magic Garden is an indoor and outdoor space that showcases a variety of mosaics that includes tiled passages while you admire the different colors, features and materials used to create this beautiful space. Located along the South Street corridor, is a place that everyone should visit during their trip to the city of Brotherly Love.

Afternoon break at Philadelphia Distilling

After a full day of exploring the city, tasting some of Philly’s own Gin distillery, Philadelphia Distilling. By the time we take this trip, they will have opened their new distillery which allows them to display their process and as a consumer watch them make the spirit and of course sample their masterpiece. On Saturdays, they offer three tours starting at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm. To learn more about their tours and times visit click here.

Close out the evening at Amada

Amada is Chef Jose Garces first restaurant in Philadelphia, which serves traditional Spanish tapas and an extensive wine offerings, all of which are available by the glass. Although I haven’t been to Amada, I had the opportunity to visit his restaurant Distrito and loved his spin on Mexican dishes and cocktails. Since Distrito didn’t disappoint, I bet Amada will be as fantastic!

Plus, I have to show some love to an Ecuadorian born in Chicago! Chicago represent.

This romantic getaway was inspired by megabus’ latest contest “Marry Me on a megabus” to win a free wedding. megabus.com, the company that offers express bus service to more than 100 cities across North America, is providing a free wedding on a megabus complete with music, flowers and an officiant, as well as two round trip megabus.com tickets for honeymoon transportation via megabus and $2,500 in cash. To enter, share the story of how you and your loved one met and why you want to get married on a megabus via Facebook. And if you do win, feel free to ping me for ideas on where you should go on your honeymoon!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of megabus.com. The opinions and text are all mine.

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