Girl’s Getaway: Philadelphia!

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Philadelphia, nestled between New York City and Washington DC, is often overlooked as a great place to visit for a domestic getaway. Its rich history, ample shopping and tasty gastronomic delights make it the perfect place to spend a long weekend with the girls. Explore these great girl-powered places during your next visit to the City of Sisterly Love.

Betsy Ross House

As the first capital of the United States, Philadelphia has its share of history. Located steps away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, this 18th Century residence has been restored to celebrate the life of this historic seamstress as she developed the country’s first flag. Find out more about the life in this historic area of the city through the eyes of this famous woman.   

239 Arch St. Open every day (closed Mondays Dec. through Feb.), 10am to 5pm.

Rittenhouse Row

This neighborhood, in the shadow of the business district’s skyscrapers, has some of the best shopping in town. With a mix of designer outlets, trendy eateries and bustling nightlife, the Rittenhouse Row district is the best place in the city to look for some retail therapy. There’s also a large park nearby where locals and tourists alike take some much needed time to relax in the outdoors.

Chestnut St. and Walnut St. between 16th St. and 20th St.  Most stores open every day.

Reading Terminal Market

The Reading Terminal Market is the best place to gather fresh, locally-grown ingredients as well as sample local culinary delights. Mennonite farmers and bakers from nearby Lancaster sell freshly-baked breads and pies, local restaurateurs offer tasty meals, and food stalls feature everything from local produce to fine cheeses and meats. Enjoy a Philly cheesesteak and grab something special to take back home at this famous indoor farmer’s market.

12th St. at Arch St.  Open Monday to Saturday, 8am to 6pm.  Limited vendors open Sunday, 9am to 5pm.

Cookie Confidential

For most of us, dessert is the best meal of the day. This woman-owned and operated sweet shop, located off of trendy South Street, is not known to disappoint. Whether you get a classic sugar cookie or something wacky, like a bacon chocolate chip concoction, you will be sure to savor every bite. Cupcakes and locally-made ice cream are also offered.

517 S. 5th St.  Open Thursday to Sunday, 12pm to 8pm.

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Stephanie Wobensmith is on the road to making her wandering lifestyle a profession. She is pursuing a M.A. in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute in southern Vermont and is currently working at Semester at Sea headquarters in central Virginia. She has also co-managed a backpacker's hostel, coordinated service learning efforts at a community college, and served in AmeriCorps during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She has lived in Sydney and Dublin, criss-crossed the country on a Greyhound bus, explored Baja California in a Land Cruiser, and roamed the island of Bali and the Indian Subcontinent. A vegetarian of ten years, she adores vegetarian cheesesteaks and green Thai curry.

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