Make it a Philly Lilly Weekend

Posted on November 27, 2012 in Inspiration by | 1 comment

Last year we asked our friends here in Philly to put together an AH-MAZING list of 30 Lillyfied things to do in Philly this holiday.  You all loved the list so much that we asked them to update it and we wanted to share it with you again!  Obviously our Lilly Lovers know there is a VERY GOOD reason to make Philly one of your holiday stops – our Lilly Warehouse Sale!  Obviously you’re going to kick off your weekend list of to-dos with “SHOP LIKE A CRAZY PERSON” but number 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 and 6?  Well how about eat, drink, spa, sight see and brunch?? We’re pree-ty sure we know our Lilly Lovers and we think a Philly Lilly Warehouse Sale weekend sounds like a girlfriends getaway worth planning.  Here are some great ideas that will keep you buys all weekend long!

From Lilly Pulitzer’s King of Prussia location, Philadelphia is only a 30-minute drive away, meaning Warehouse Sale visitors can pack even more into their visits. Thanks to an easy-to-navigate grid layout, the city (like some boots) is made for walking—or cabbing. Check out the suggestions below for great trip ideas, and for even more, go to (official visitor site) and (insider blog).

Fabulous Food
1. Escape the chilly air and cozy up inside Bistrot La Minette, a charming and authentic French bistro with Chef Peter Woolsey, who studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and his wife Peggy, who hails from Dijon, at the helm. 6th & Bainbridge Streets
2. If your whole table agrees, order the reasonably priced and filling tasting menu at Old City’s Zahav, where James Beard Award-winner Mochael Solomonov serves up authentic and delicious Israeli food. 237 St. James Place
3. Throw a party for your taste buds with a visit to Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Chifa. The blend of Latin and Asian cuisines is both flavorful and memorable, as are the wine, beer and cocktail lists. 707 Chestnut Street
4. Do as Philadelphians do and BYOB—bring your own bottle. Pick up your favorite wine from a state store and bring your appetite to one of the city’s hundreds of BYOB restaurants: Lolita, a BYOT where guests pour tequila in their fruity margarita mixes; Kanella, a Greek spot that will have you planning a trip to the isles; Pumpkin, a small American restaurant that’s big on local ingredients; Mr. Martino’s Trattoria, perfect for that South Philly Italian you’ve heard so much about; or Koo Zee Doo, a family-style Portuguese eatery in the trendy Northern Liberties neighborhood. (Hint: BYOBs are known for their cash-only policies, so call before you dine.)

Stylish Sipping
5. Share global tapas and sip cocktails such as The Astronaut, the Real Deal Original Martini and the Dean Martini inside Stephen Starr’s diner-turned-hip hangout, Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar. 2nd & Market Streets
6. Walk down the steps to The Franklin Mortgage Investment Company, a dark-wood temple of liquid luxury that embraces the notion that drinking should be a sensory experience. Choose your expertly crafted cocktail from a multi-page menu with sections titled from “Required Reading” to “I Asked Her for Water, She Brought Me Gasoline.” 112 S. 18th Street
7. Savor the stunning views and the inspired American cuisine of Chef Daniel Stern at R2L, an Art Deco-style restaurant and lounge set atop the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. 50 S. 16th Street
8. Indulge in all things fermented (cheese, wine, beer) at Tria. Two Center City locations maintain a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for sipping and snacking. 18th & Samsom Streets, 12th & Spruce Streets

Cultural Class
9. See for yourself why Philadelphia is called the mural capital of the world during a Mural Arts Tour. Choose your method of transportation and theme, or join a special tour, such as the Ale & Arts or Murals & Meals. Most tours depart from the Independence Visitor Center. 6th & Market Streets
10. Feast your eyes on the fantastical as you walk through the half-block Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Using items such as recycled glass, mirrors and ceramics, mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar constructed one of the city’s most eye-catching displays of art. 1020 South Street
11. Just do it—run up the Rocky steps. Afterwards, step inside the massive Philadelphia Museum of Art, currently showing “Dancing Around the Bride.” The exhibit explores the interwoven lives and works of these influential Americans: artist Marcel Duchamp, composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham and visual artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Bonus: On Friday nights, the museum embraces the art of the party during Art After 5, complete with live music, food, drinks and art, of course. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway                   12. You’ve probably heard about the Barnes Foundation this year, and for a good reason.  In May, Philly took center stage in the art world when the treasure-packed collection moved from the suburbs to modern digs on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Tickets are timed, and they go fast, so be sure to reserve in advance.  2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Shopping Destinations (Remember, there’s no sales tax on clothing here!)
13. Sure, you picked up some Lilly goodies at the Warehouse Sale, but that shouldn’t stop you from treating yourself to a little Resort Lilly! Check out our store at the King of Prussia Plaza (minutes from the Expo Center) – enjoy their extended holiday hours to make the most of your weekend!  And if you’re headed downtown, be sure to stop in & see the girls in the Suburban Square store. (located in Ardmore, PA on Coulter Avenue)  Be sure to check out every nook & cranny of this newly renovated store to see all the hidden Lilly-like gems!
14. After you check out Historic Philadelphia, where both the Declaration of Independence and the city’s independent spirit were adopted, browse the indie and interesting boutiques of Old City. For starters, find your perfect fit at Charlie’s Jeans, get your hipster cool at Franklin Square, go girly at Smak Parlour, be the first to nab emerging designers’ threads at Reward Project, browse vintage and new at Sugarcube and nab oh-so-cool basics and pretty pieces at Third Street Habit. Between Front & 4th Streets and between Race & Chestnut Streets
15. Wander Walnut Street and its environs for high-end goods from luxury chains and independent retailers, including Apple, Barney’s CO-OP, Lagos, Ubiq, Kimberly Boutique, SA VA, Joan Shepp, Coach, Free People, Anthropologie, and others. Then review your finds over some delicious food at one of the restaurants perched on Rittenhouse Square’s 18th Street border. Chestnut to Walnut Streets from Broad to 19th Streets

A History of Independence
16. To find out where Philly got its indie spirit—evidenced in everything from its fashion to its love of the cheesesteak—head to Independence National Historical Park, also known as America’s most historic square mile. Here you’ll find some of the most iconic symbols of freedom, and they’re free. Stop at the Independence Visitor Center to get your free timed ticket to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were debated and signed. Then delve into the meaning of that famous cracked bell, located just across the street. Between 5th & 6th Streets and between Chestnut & Arch Streets
17. While you’re on Independence Mall, take in the striking glass-walled National Museum of American Jewish History. Opened just last year, the five-story museum marks the trials and triumphs of American Jews throughout every phase of the country’s history. 5th & Market Streets          18. How much do you know about the most famous four pages ever written? Step into the National Constitution Center to watch the permanent multimedia theater show “Freedom Rising,” known to have wet the eyes of many visitors, and view its current flapper-approved exhibit, “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.” 525 Arch Street
19. Bundle up and walk the corridors of the now-abandoned Eastern State Penitentiary, the world’s first true penitentiary—meant to evoke penitence—which held notable criminals such as Al Capone. Actor Steve Buscemi narrates the informative and entertaining audio tour. 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue

Seasonal Sights
20. Kick your seasonal spirit into high gear. Located about an hour outside of the city—less from Lilly Pulitzer—horticultural powerhouse Longwood Gardens transforms into a sparkling wonderland during A Longwood Christmas, with thousands of lights, carolers and concerts. Hint: Tickets are timed, so purchase in advance. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square
21. Interrupt your shopping for Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a Philadelphia tradition that takes place every hour on the hour. Julie Andrews narrates as 100,000 lights illuminate a large wall, and the story ends with sounds from the Wannamaker Organ. 1300 Market Street
22. Give your holiday celebrations a techie touch when you take in The Comcast Holiday Spectacular inside the Comcast Center lobby, where a 2,000-square-foot, 10 million-pixel LED wall displays a fun and festive 15-minute show at the top of the hour, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (not 5:00 p.m.). 17th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard
23. Catch a classic at the Academy of Music. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, complete with amazing costumes and that dash of childhood fantasy, debuts on December 8. Broad & Locust Streets

24. Unwind from your shopping, touring and dining at Rescue Rittenhouse Spa, an urban oasis offering signature facials, impeccable waxes and nail services and amazing massages, plus technology-oriented beauty treatments. 255 S. 17th Street
25. Forget the Northeast winter and immerse yourself in the charm of Tuscany and the Almafi coast—the inspiration for Toppers Spa/Salon, offering massage therapies, hair services, facials, waxing and nail treatments. 117 S. 19th Street
26. Mix shopping and spa-ing at Pileggi on the Square, full-service spa and salon with an upscale fashion boutique right next door. Top off your relaxation session with a walk through Washington Square, located just across the street. 717 Walnut Street
27. Want a little pool time with your treatment? Make an appointment at the nearly hidden Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, where you can follow your massage or facial with a dip in the adjacent indoor pool and whirlpool. 1 Logan Square

Hip and Haute Hotels
28. Philadelphia’s newest Kimpton hotel, the boutique Hotel Monaco sits right along Independence Mall- modern style, right in the historic district.  Nestled in the iconic Lafayette Building, an architectural landmark built in 1907, the Monaco booked its first rooms in October of this year.  So, guests here are trendsetters.  433 Chestnut Street
29. Stay just steps from Rittenhouse Square, one of city planner William Penn’s original five squares, when you check into the contemporary boutique hotel AKA Rittenhouse Square. The recently opened restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to discerning guests and locals. 135 S. 18th Street
30. Take in some iconic Philadelphia views—Love Park, William Penn-topped City Hall and the city’s distinct skyline—from your Le Méridien Philadelphia room. Housed in a Georgian Revival building, the modern yet elegant hotel houses 202 guestrooms, all decked out in black and white décor with red accents. 1421 Arch Street

Photos by J. Fusco, G. Widman, J. Smith, C. Gabello, G. Widman for GPTMC, M. Edlow for GPTMC

craft beer philadelphia

Posted on December 24th, 2013 at 11:33am

If you are looking for a great craft beer after visiting Chifa’s at 707 Chestnut go across the street to the Las Vegas Lounge 704 Chestnut- they have daily craft beer specials.