Destination: Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Antiques Show   Don’t feel like trekking to NYC every time you want to see quality art? For American art and antiques, it’s hard to beat the Philadelphia Antiques Show April 28-May 1, 2012. Make a weekend out of it — read on to see our travel ideas from fun places to stay and hot dining spots, to must see and must do’s.

Stay Here:

Artsy and fun town house

Luxury condo with panoramic views

Ritz Carlton (just 1/3 mile to the show)

Eat & Drink Here:

Talula’s Garden was named one of the top 10 new restaurants in America by Bon Appetit, August 2011

Audrey Claire  neighborhood dining — fresh, fun and fantastic

Village Whiskey for a great burger (as nominated for “Best New Burger Spot” Bon Appetit, July 2010)

The Franklin Bar for excellent artisanal cocktails in a speakeasy (and if you can believe, they won a James Beard award!)

Go Here:

Philadelphia Antiques Show EVENTS: Preview Party and the New Collectors Night are both very popular events at the Philadelphia Antiques Show. Also, be sure to look at the schedule of lectures.

Philadelphia Museum of Art — See the Van Gogh exhibit (closes May 6th) at its only US venue.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts — PAFA & Dr. Barnes

Tour Historic Houses including the Powell House an 18th century home featuring gardens and period furnishings. It’s also where George and Martha Washington celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with dinner and dancing.

Longwood Gardens in case you’d like to continue to see art, art in bloom that is.


  1. Annie Bennett

    There are so many great restaurants in Philadelphia it is hard to narrow them down. If you are by the Philadelphia Museum of Art you can take a stroll through the Azalea Gardens and have lunch at Waterworks, a cafe in the the world famous water works building. This Greek Revival building overlooking the Schuykill River was built in the early 1800’s and it boasted a water system that was very high tech for its time. If you want to do a little shopping head for Rittenhouse Square and stroll down Walnut Street. There are many outdoor lunch places on the square. Parc serves great Bistro food. Closer to the Convention Center, but a nice walk is Old City. I love the Amada on Chestnut. It is a fun night spot with delicious sangria and a great tapas menu. If you want to take a drive to the Main Line you can visit Chanticleer Gardens. They are a little closer than Longwood Gardens and are really beautiful. Philadelphia is beautiful in the spring so enjoy!

  2. Frank

    I had no idea there was so much to do in Philly. Looks like a great weekend getaway.

  3. Thanks for that awesome posting. Useful, and it saved MUCH time! :-)

  4. JD

    We just took our family to Philadelphia and used a couple of your suggestions. Talula’s Garden was outstanding. The food combined fresh ingredients with artistic preparation.

    And, the Van Gogh exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was really unique. It featured an amazing breadth of paintings from numerous phases of his life. I have a new appreciation for his work.

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