I’m sitting her thinking about all of the reasons that I love to travel. Believe me, when I tell you that the list is really long. But, what I appreciate more than anything, is when my perception of a place I’ve never visited before, is totally crushed. Thank you Visit Philly for introducing me to the “City of Brotherly Love.”
I’ve always been a fan of the east coast. I may be a sucker for the historic side of things, but I also appreciate a city that explores new and upcoming concepts—without losing it’s identity of course. The awesome people behind Visit Philly invited me, along with a few other influencers, to check out Philadelphia. I’m not going to lie…I didn’t want to leave. I think I might have a crush on you Philly.
From it’s history to it’s culture, Philly had me. It helps when you get to meet one of your favorite athletes—Charles Barkley. I saw him after landing at the airport. He was super nice and my teenage self had a moment. Just a FYI, you can keep track of all things Philly by visiting the #VisitPhilly hashtag on social media.
So you know, I have tons of photos to share, but only pulled a select few for this post. Of course, I had to include a view of my room at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, located in the Old City neighborhood. You can watch my personal room tour here. Not only is it crazy beautiful on the inside, but it’s located directly across from Independence Hall and the famed Liberty Bell. The service was amazing and it’s a pet-friendly hotel. Because this is a great location and you’ll probably do a lot of walking, bring your comfy shoes. Put your phones down as you’re strolling the neighborhoods, you don’t want to miss any of the amazing murals throughout the city.
Day one of our trip started with brunch at Noir Restaurant & Bar in the Passyunk neighborhood. They were very accommodating for this vegan, I ordered the Wild Mushroom Sandwich without the Provolone cheese and it was yummy! After we ate, we walked down the block to the Racso Fine Arts Gallery. Here you’ll find unique artwork by contemporary Latin American artists. We had a chance to meet sculptor Miguel Antonio Horn, whose work was amazing by the way.
And just when you thought the day couldn’t get any more visually stunning, the Visit Philly team took us over to explore Philadelphia’s Magic Garden. Photos do not do this place justice. It is a mosaic artist’s dream. The work of artist Isaiah Zagar, it is an impressive outdoor art installation. “Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors,” via the official web site. I was in awe. You can view a personal tour I recorded here.
The afternoon did not stop there. We were offered a segway tour courtesy of Philly Tour Hub, which was followed by drinks on the rooftop of the Kimpton Monaco at the Stratus Rooftop Lounge. Give me a rooftop lounge any day of the week. Just saying.
We finished day one with a delicious Japanese dinner at Double Knot. It’s one of the hottest new restaurants in Philly. I was impressed with every thing I ate and loved that they had a vegan menu. I apologize for not having any photos, but it was nice and dark in there and none of my photos came out. Or maybe I was too busy stuffing my face. Either or. It was the perfect way to end my first day in Philadelphia.
Disclosure: Travel and accommodations were provided for by VisitPhilly.com. Any and all opinions are true and my own.