Why Philadelphia Should Be On Your Bucket List

You don’t need to travel internationally to get an international experience.  Almost everything you can hope for can be found in one of the many ethnic and culturally diverse areas of Philadelphia which has been getting a lot of good press recently as a must visit city by travel editors.  Conde Nast Traveler, Frommer’s. Travel + Leisure, and Fodor’s Travel all have paid tribute to Philadelphia as a special place well worth visiting.  

Conde Nast specifically raves about Fairmount Park where you will find the Philadelphia Art Museum and a pathway that goes for miles around it.  If you aren’t familiar with the Philadelphia Art Museum beyond it being the steps that Rocky Balboa ran up, you are missing out.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art will take you around the world with their many exhibits.  View works of art by Renoir, Monet, Manet, Degas and Cezanne.  There is also an Asian exhibit of art as well as an American Art Collection with artists such as Thomas Eakins.  Take a trip to far off lands by visiting their Japanese Tea House, French Medieval Cloister, and a Gilded Age drawing room.  Can’t get to the Tower of London?  Well, the art museum even has an Arms and Armor exhibit.  Check out their web site to see what is happening now. 

Photo of the steps at the Philadelphia Museum made famous by Rocky.

Philadelphia Museum

Less than a mile away is the Barnes Foundation which has one of the largest European Art collections in the world.  Check their website for time and other information.  If you have more days, head over to Independence Hall which is less than 3 miles from the museum for more spectacular exhibits.

If you are a foodie, you shouldn’t miss the Italian Market and the Reading Terminal.  At the Reading Terminal you will find food from almost every culture that you can eat there or take out.  Did you know Philadelphia has its own Chinatown?  Now you do.

Arthur and Pauline Frommer named Independence Hall as their chosen destination for 2021  In addition to the more well known attractions in Philadelphia, Travel + Leisure touts the diversity and creativity of the many neighborhoods that make up Philadelphia.  This leads to a multitude of wonderful little neighborhood restaurants, privately owned bookstores, and shops with creative works from local artists.  According to Fodor’s, “Philly often plays second fiddle to NYC, but is equally enriched with a dynamic food scene, history, and its own rich culture.”

So, now you may be wondering why a bed and breakfast located in the Brandywine Valley is telling you to visit Philadelphia.  We are located less than 30 minutes away.  The train station is less than a 10 minute drive if you prefer to take the train into the city.  Our taxes are lower, we offer free parking, wonderful breakfasts, and a clean safe environment.  Check out our rooms and plan your visit to Philadelphia now.


Living Room at Hamanassett Bed and Breakfast.