The Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West treats out-of-towners and Liberty Bell–weary locals alike to a relaxingly upscale overnight appointment with a spacious guest room, meticulous customer service, and complimentary amenities. In addition to the requisite cable channels and skin-softening soaps, Groupon holders will be treated to a bed-and-breakfast package fit for modern-day aristocrats and overthrown beauty queens with its complimentary buffet (with an omelette bar) or room-service breakfast for two. Philadelphia is most famous for inventing the concept of freedom during one of Jefferson's rye ragers, and the Crowne pays tribute to the cherished idea with complimentary parking, free high-speed WiFi, and an indoor pool and whirlpool. Additionally, the hotel's proximity to major attractions such as Independence Hall and the Philadelphia Museum of Art lets you absorb culture and history faster than the Phillie Phanatic strikes jealousy into the hearts of baseball fans whose mascots are an easily identifiable species. After a long day of museum-going or brotherly love fist-bumps, lay your head onto two of the city's most fluffily fluffed pillows and dream of the next morning's breakfast.
The Coopermarket whips up homemade, internationally influenced fare from seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, and is equipped with an array of menus designed to meet the demands of all culinary contexts. Furnish the tables of any home or adults-only treehouse with the market's on-the-go take-out or catering fare (pricing and menu items for catered orders varies case-by-case). The grilled and marinated flank steak quells protein cravings ($17.50/lb.), and the quiche with roasted tomato-basil-leek makes for a colorful, piquant fork decoration ($19.75). Meanwhile, incumbent fan-club presidents can regale the town's most well-to-do hobbyists with sumptuous hors d’oeuvres such as the spinach-and-artichoke dip ($7.95/pt.) and grilled tuna ($18.75/lb.), sprinkled with soy ginger and slathered in a lime marinade.
The Pierogie Kitchen’s chefs whip up a smorgasbord of cooked and frozen gourmet cuisine—including stuffed pierogies, sandwiches, and soups—for customers to enjoy in the comfort of their own home. Blow on hot menu options, cooling fork fulls of pierogies brimming with spinach and jack cheese or with an herb, garlic, and potato mixture. Three potato pancakes sport an attractive golden-brown exterior that covertly hides a delicious pearl of sour cream within ($3.99). Otherwise, hold or juggle one of their sizzling sammies, such as the patty stacker roast beef that’s topped with swiss cheese, mild horseradish, and a mushroom pierogi ($6.25). Dessert dumplings, such as blueberry and chocolate ganache, contain a center that’s sweeter than a Peep’s stomach after a pie-eating contest ($5.20 for six; $9.40 for 12).
People can throw parties without decorations, but those shindigs never feel nearly as festive. Fortunately, that's where Peach Blossom comes in. The party-accessory company stocks a wide collection of decor and favors for weddings, birthday parties, and baby showers. Items such as beachcomber flip flop placecard holders and high heel luggage tag favors help to set the tone of the event, and gift baskets express appreciation with bundles of treats and trinkets.
After transitioning out of a career in the entertainment and record industries, owner Jan Marc Dorfman jokes that he began looking for a new way to “sell round things with holes in the middle.” He fully embraced this new opportunity when he founded Delancey Street Bagels in November of 1989, originally stocking his shelves with 18 bagel varieties and a coffee machine that could only brew two pots at a time. Since then, he has expanded the selection to feature 22 different bagels—including cinnamon raisin, sourdough, and asiago cheese—as well as a full espresso bar with roasted arabica beans from organic and international producers as far away as Guatemala and Kenya. The staff fills the rest of the menu with hot deli sandwiches and an array of baked goods that can include muffins, cinnamon rolls, and scones alongside seasonal items.
Based on Delancey Street in New York City’s lower east side, a bustling corridor for local sidewalk vendors and pushcarts, the shop emanates nostalgia for an old-school marketplace with exposed brickwork and sepia-tone exit signs above the doors.
As America’s first zoo and current home to more than 1,300 creatures, the Philadelphia Zoo hosts a cavalcade of winged avians, furry friends, aquatic characters, and slithering showboats on 42 sprawling acres. Gauge the ferocity of your roar at the Big Cat Falls, or visit the snow-strewn habitats of polar bears, snow leopards, penguins, and the Cheetos-dusted Amur tigers. Exercise your bipedality over to the primate reserve and speak firsthand with the trainers and conservationists working to save and protect endangered primates worldwide from the violence of video games and reckless taxis. The Philadelphia Zoo also features rides and attractions (at additional costs), allowing revelers to twirl about the Amazon rainforest carousel, paddle the swan boats, or take a ride in the iconic Zooballoon, where, from the comfort of the skies, the bearded pig's questionable facial hair is only turning children’s tears into raindrops.