We enjoy watching Anthony Bourdain’s travel shows and generally adore his sarcastic wit and definitely love seeing the places he goes and the food he eats. While The Layover isn’t our favorite of his shows, we’ve blown through the seasons on Netflix quickly. The Layover is a set amount of time to see the city and we even took his advice on Philly and didn’t try any cheesesteaks. (ok, that’s really because we were full during times we were around some joints that served them up!)
When Keith got the word he needed to go on a client site in NJ, I was inspired to see what a whirlwind weekend would be like, layover style!
Even last minute, DFW has some great options for flights and I am already digging that so many of them are non stop. I devised a travel plan that had us flying in on Friday, spending Friday night and Saturday morning in Philadelphia, then heading up to NYC for an overnight and a show before heading to Princeton, NJ where Keith had to be for work. Have I mentioned lately I love that I can work from wherever? Another thing I love about my current company? That we are all remote and therefore located all over the world. I got some great tips on Philly from a few coworkers that live in the area.
Our first stop in Philadelphia was the hotel I booked right in downtown and then to get some food. We stopped at Good Dog Bar and snagged some pretty decent sandwiches. We went back to the hotel for a few hours as we both had to catch up on a little bit of work before once again heading out to explore. We took off on foot to wander the city on a glorious not-too-hot Friday night. We first wandered west and walked around Rittenhouse Square. I really dig old squares in a city and this square looks well utilized by the crowds enjoying it.
Taking a quick look at the map, we then turned south until we hit South Street. We walked the entire length and noticed it got much funkier the closer we got to the river. We LOVED the art murals and installations as we walked. Eagle eye Keith spotted a Atomic City comic book store and they had the comic I’ve been trying to find so I can read the series – also a good score!
We then arrived at Penn Landing and walked along the waterfront, admiring the boats and listening to some great jazz. Finally, we getting quite hungry after walking for hours so we started headed back in the direction of our hotel. We ended up stopping at Red Owl Tavern –which was a tad expensive and in tourist central, but overall rather decent eats– before we dragged our tired selves back to the hotel. We probably should have planned a little better for our food stops, but we will learn!
The next day we again headed out on foot and stopped at the Reading Terminal Market for breakfast. We made an ok choice in food but probably could have done better as we kept wandering the market. I love downtown food markets & its nice to see this one hopping.
We really enjoyed our abbreviated stay in Philly and hope to make it back again soon. We learned that if we are going to have more weekend layovers, we need to plan our food stops better. Otherwise, it was a short but fun visit.
Time for NYC!!