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Dec 16 2013

Fall In Love In Philadelphia: The City That Invites You "With Love"

There’s Lots To Adore, Including Hotel Packages, Spa Treatments & Restaurants

Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to reenergize their relationships at cultural sites, romantic eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots. Couples can make it a weekend—or longer—by booking special hotel packages, some of which are romantically themed, on One popular deal, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™ comes with two nights and free hotel parking.

Here are a few suggestions for embracing the region’s romantic side:

A View To Remember:

  • The culinary delights served at Lacroix are rivaled only by the picturesque view of Rittenhouse Square outside the glass windows of this fine-dining spot. The Rittenhouse Hotel’s signature restaurant serves French-influenced fusion cuisine with a generous portion of park-gazing as visual accompaniment. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 546-9000,
  • The mural of an Italian wedding scene next to the outdoor dining garden at Le Virtu might prompt the popping of a certain question. And even if it doesn’t, there’s still plenty to swoon over. The hand-made pasta and Old World-style techniques that go into the Abruzze-centric menu cast a magical spell on any evening. 1927 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 271-5626,
  • For daytime romance, brunch at The Lounge at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia is a must. From tables overlooking the iconic Swann Fountain, lovebirds could easily spend hours sipping champagne and indulging in the dozens of choices from the buffet—crepes, quiches, salads, seafood and desserts. 1 Logan Square, (215) 963-1500,
  • The sound of gentle waves, the starry skies overhead and the flickering lights of the Philadelphia skyline set the mood for a cozy evening of cocktails aboard the decks of the Moshulu. Inside, at a candle-lit table for two, couples can watch the river roll by and enjoy a luscious dinner or champagne brunch. 401 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 923-2500,
  • Breathtaking views that span more than 40 miles add a grand atmosphere to Daniel Stern’s R2L, where couples travel 500 feet above Center City to the 37th floor of Two Liberty Place. The menu features creative American cuisine, served in an ultra-modern dining room. The website lists the exact time for the sunset, so those hoping to capture the perfect moment can get there at the perfect time. 50 S. 16th Street, 37th floor, (215) 564-5337,
  • Fresh flowers, lush greenery and wrought iron fill Rose Tattoo Café. And at this American bistro, jambalaya and spicy Louisiana barbecue shrimp guarantee a steamy evening. 1847 Callowhill Street, (215) 569-8939,
  • Love can easily bloom in the garden setting at Talula’s Garden. During warmer months, the outdoor patio is awash in twinkling lights and lush greenery. Indoors, soft lighting and warm colors stir up warm feelings as couples dine on a menu that focuses on local ingredients. 210 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-7787,
  • Nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River adjacent to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Water Works Restaurant and Lounge serves as the perfect spot for a riverside cocktail on the veranda overlooking Boathouse Row or an upscale contemporary American meal inside. It opened in 2006 following a remodel of the city’s historic fresh-water delivery facility and now prides itself on being a first-class restaurant and special-event venue. 640 Water Works Drive, (215) 236-9000,
  • For a natural high, love-struck men and women can grab their honeys and take the elevator to the top floor of the Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia. The elegant atmosphere, delicious food and sparkling wine at XIX (Nineteen) perfectly complement the sweeping nighttime views of the city. Broad & Walnut Streets, 19th floor, (215) 790-1919,

An International Escape:

  • If the dozens of roses hanging from the ceiling don’t set a sultry mood, the first Friday night Flamenco performances at Bar Ferdinand will. The Spanish-centric menu features traditional and modern takes on tapas and other little dishes for brunch, dinner and late-night dining. 1030 N. 3rd Street, (215) 923-1313,
  • What was once an 18th-century granary is now a cozy Italian restaurant, with a sought-after secluded table nestled within its wine cellar. Bistro Romano’s private table for two is as intimate as it gets, and the candlelight and an after-dinner limoncello libation only add to the experience. 120 Lombard Street, (215) 925-8880,
  • French is the language of love, and French cuisine is sure to put diners in the mood for romance. The dining room of the charming French Bistrot la Minette bustles with activity amid genuine French furnishings and original artwork. Add a carefully curated French wine list, authentic boeuf bourguignon and sinfully delicious desserts, and c’est l’amour! 623 S. 6th Street, (215) 925-8000,
  • For 18 years, pianists, servers and friends of the “Singing Chef” Franco Borda have serenaded sweethearts, singing Italian classics accompanied by accordion, piano, saxophone and upright bass from Thursday through Sunday nights at High Note Café. These sumptuous sounds and passed-down Italian recipes are what make the South Philly mainstay so special. 1549 S. 13th Street, (215) 755-8903,
  • Tucked away on a small street near Rittenhouse Square, Il Pittore casts its spell with a setting reminiscent of an Italian countryside villa. Starry-eyed couples get cozy over executive chef Chris Painter’s house-made pastas, locally farm-sourced ingredients and decadent desserts, as well as a wine list that tops 200 selections. 2025 Sansom Street, (215) 391-4900,
  • • Between Jamonera’s lusty red and dark-wood interior and the Spanish-inspired menu, lovers could easily imagine themselves on an Iberian getaway. Shared orders of tapas, sinfully delicious desserts and after-dinner flight of sherries make the trip here even sweeter. 105 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-6061,
  • Ristorante Panorama’s Tuscan-inspired murals and stained-glass windows provide a sensual feast for the eyes, while the menu of homemade pastas and other Northern Italian-style dishes deliver a treat for the tastebuds. Guests often round out the meal with Panorama’s award-winning selection of more than 25 flights of wine and more than 150 wines by the glass—all on tap—from the Guiness World Record “World’s Largest Winekeeper.” 14 N. Front Street, (215) 922-7800,

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Romance:

  • For some hands-on action, the monthly Date Night at The Clay Studio is just the place to bring or meet a special someone. To make the clay creations, the staffers fire up the kilns and turn on the wheels, so that couples can get a little dirty. Drinks, snacks, instruction and materials are all included. 137-139 N. 2nd Street, (215) 925-3453,
  • Anna Maria Florio shares her Italian heritage during weekend and weeknight cooking classes, ranging from topics like handmade pasta and desserts to knife skills and seasonal wines. Held at her La Cucina at the Market inside the historic Reading Terminal Market, the classes combine the culinary know-how of Anna—or one of the many other talented instructors—with colorful discussions and lessons in cooking traditions. And after all their efforts in class, couples can enjoy the delicious results together. 11th & Arch Streets, (215) 922-1170,
  • People looking to improve their moves on the dance floor can do just that at the Society Hill Dance Academy, where $10 buys entry into a lively, drop-in dance class (mention Visit Philadelphia to receive a 50% discount). No experience or reservations are necessary to join a 45-minute group introduction to dances like the salsa, cha-cha, foxtrot and rumba. Classes are offered Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as Saturday afternoons, and an open-house dance party takes place every Friday night from 8:30-10:00 p.m. 409 S. 2nd Street, (215) 574-3574
  • Cheese, wine and beer make up the syllabus at Tria Fermentation School. During one-night classes, brewers, vintners, cheese makers, importers and authors share their knowledge with gastronomy- and oenology-loving students in a low-pressure environment. 1601 Walnut Street, Suite 620, (215) 972-7076,

Lovers Retreats:

  • The European-style Brandywine River Hotel provides the perfect excuse for an escape to the country. Tea is served every afternoon, and various packages satisfy all types of guests, with a wine-tasting tour, tickets to Longwood Gardens or the Brandywine River Museum, a meal at Brandywine Prime or chilled champagne or chocolates and roses upon arrival. 1609 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-1200,
  • The Hotel Monaco Philadelphia’s Night to Remember hotel package gets couples in the mood with a private dinner for two at Red Owl Tavern, complete with custom wine pairings and an open bar. After dinner, lovers move upstairs to a reserved table at Stratus Rooftop Lounge. 433 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-2111,
  • Marvin Gaye need not be crooning at the Hotel Palomar Philadelphia to get lovers in the mood. The Let’s Get It On hotel package comes with sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, a Kama Sutra getaway kit and an in-room movie. Also included: a Do Not Disturb sign. 117 S. 17th Street, (215) 563-5006,
  • The Suite & Eat Special at the historic Morris House Hotel comes with a one-night stay in a large suite and a five-course dinner for two at the hotel’s M Restaurant—complete with a bottle of red or white, of course. 225 S. 8th Street, (215) 922-2446,
  • Couples are sure to enjoy their time at the hotel where Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner spent a night on their honeymoon. The Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel Philadelphia’s Romance for Two package offers couples Urban King deluxe accommodations, bed-side votive candles, chilled sparkling wine, chocolate-dipped strawberries and an in-room breakfast for two with late checkout. 220 S. 17th Street, (215) 735-6000,
  • The Sofitel Philadelphia So In Love package allows visitors to enjoy a luxurious stay with breakfast in-room or at the hotel restaurant, a bottle of wine, a bouquet of flowers and a delicious chocolate treat. Plus, the hotel’s specially trained Romance Concierge can help plan a special rendezvous for two. 120 S. 17th Street, (215) 569-8300,
  • The beautifully renovated Wayne Hotel, nestled in the walkable Main Line town of the same name, offers special packages for lovers. The Luxury Romance package comes with a Superior King room equipped with a Carera-marble bathroom, champagne and breakfast for two, and the Premiere Romance sets the mood with roses, Godiva chocolates and other goodies in the exquisite Premiere Suite. 139 E. Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, (800) 962-5850,

Body Beautiful:

  • Among the packages at Jolie Salon and Day Spa in Montgomery County is the Romance Retreat, with a Swedish massage and facial for two; a shampoo, blow dry and make-up application for her; and a scalp treatment, haircut and style for him. It’s topped off by a meal at Normandy Farm’s Farmer’s Daughter restaurant, just up the street. Longing for more? The Romance Retreat Deluxe Package comes with overnight hotel accommodations at Historic Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center. The Shoppes at Village Square, 750 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell, (610) 277-2152,
  • Pierre & Carlo European Salon & Spa in Wyncote offers a Couple’s Day, including Swedish massages, manicures, spa pedicures, haircuts and styles and lunch. 8460 Limekiln Pike, Wyncote, (215) 572-6300,
  • The Friday night couples’ yoga at Manayunk’s Synergy by Jasmine is sure to strengthen any relationship. Pairs playfully connect while encouraging and supporting each other through positions, meditation and breathing exercises. 3901 Main Street, B Building, 2nd floor, (610) 352-1177,

Loving The Outdoors:

  • Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park attracts runners, bikers, Frisbee enthusiasts and softball players, but it’s the dramatic view of the Center City skyline and the breathtaking sunsets that make this a romantic hotspot. Montgomery Drive & Belmont Avenue,
  • In the winter, starry-eyed skaters glide hand-in-hand outside at the Blue Cross RiverRink on the Delaware River waterfront at Penn’s Landing. When couples need a break from the cold, they can huddle around a cup of cocoa in the warming pavilion. Columbus Boulevard at Market Street, (215) 925-RINK,
  • Perfect for a hike and a picnic lunch, Bucks County’s 134-acre Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve comprises nearly 1,000 species of native plants, a meadow, pond and creek. 1635 River Road (Route 32), New Hope, (215) 862-2924,
  • Twosomes take in the beauty and the beverages of the wineries along the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail and the Bucks County Wine Trail. With tastings, concerts, fairs, wine dinners and many other activities, there are plenty of reasons to spend an afternoon or evening sipping in the sunlight or under the stars.;
  • Duos leave the stress of daily life behind when they visit Delaware County’s Chanticleer. Filled with innovation and whimsical touches, it’s one of the most exquisite horticultural showplaces on the East Coast. 786 Church Road, Wayne, (610) 687-4163,
  • Partners can bike, blade or walk along the city’s Schuylkill River on Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Fairmount Park, all while taking in the views of Boathouse Row (illuminated at night) or waving at the early-morning scullers. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a complete loop via the Falls Bridge measures about 8.5 miles.
  • Couples can walk hand-in-hand through 1,077 acres of beauty at Longwood Gardens. If the weather’s uncooperative, more than four acres of glass-enclosed conservatories, with tropical gardens and 16 waterfalls, create the perfect indoor paradise. 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, (610) 388-1000,
  • On specific dates throughout the year, art-loving duos can feel the romance while sipping wine on a candlelit tour of the mosaic labyrinth that is the Magic Gardens. During the tour, they’ll hear about what brought founding artist Isaiah Zagar and his wife together. 1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390,
  • In the warmer months, adventurous pairs can tour the lower Schuylkill River during Moonlight Kayak Tours. The jaunt offers a neat perspective of the Fairmount Water Works and the city’s skyline. Tours launch from the Walnut Street dock. (215) 222-6030,
  • A lavish Victorian garden, Morris Arboretum occupies 92 acres in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia. Visitors stroll the garden and enjoy quiet moments in romantic settings such as the Springhouse, the Orange Balustrade or 50 feet up in the trees on Out on a Limb tree adventure, a canopy walk that requires no climbing. 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, (215) 247-5777,
  • Stargazing is a traditional lovers’ pastime. On the second Thursday of each month, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts guides visitors through Night Skies in the Observatory at The Franklin Institute, using one of the world’s only examples of a cutting-edge Zeiss refractor. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200,
  • For some peace and quiet, the outdoorsy types can take a hike—literally—on one of the many trails of the Wissahickon Valley Park, where rugged paths offer some seriously secluded space with picturesque views. 300 Northwestern Avenue, (215) 247-0417,
  • Couples can take their love to new heights with a ride on a hot air balloon over the scenic Philadelphia countryside. Couples-only flights via U.S. Hot Air Balloon include snacks, champagne and a keepsake certificate. 1149 Glasgow Street, Pottstown, (800) 76-FLYUS,

Fall For The Arts:

  • Visitors can start the weekend with style and sophistication at Art After 5 every Friday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This weekly evening series showcases an eclectic mix of world and jazz music. Plus, it gives patrons extra hours to explore the galleries. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,
  • Visitors fall head over heels for the Barnes Foundation, the newest art-filled addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Lovers of post-impressionism French art enjoy stunning works by Cézanne, Matisse, Renoir, Picasso and Modigliani. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000,
  • The James A. Michener Art Museum in Bucks County houses one of the finest public collections of Pennsylvania impressionist works, showcases regional artists and hosts internationally touring exhibitions. The outdoor Pfundt Sculpture Garden is a must-see for amorous couples in warm weather, with its welcoming reflecting pools, fountains and paths. 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, (215) 340-9800,
  • Those in search of lovely public art can steal a kiss in front of Philly’s swoon-worthy structures. Robert Indiana’s 1976 Love sculpture has become such an icon that its location, JFK Plaza, is now better known as Love Park. And while the 45-foot-tall steel Clothespin across from City Hall resembles a giant…well, clothespin…artist Claes Oldenburg compared the form to Constantin Brancusi’s The Kiss, which shows two separate bodies joined in an embrace. Love, 15th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard; Clothespin, 15th & Market Streets
  • Since 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) has counted impressionist Mary Cassatt, luminous painter/illustrator Maxfield Parrish, romantic realist Daniel Garber and other amazing talents as students. PAFA’s historic Victorian Gothic building, designed by Frank Furness, is ornamental and elegant, yet perfectly sized for a casual, hand-held stroll. Outside, art lovers can grab a seat at Lenfest Plaza, complete with Claes Oldenburg’s 51-foot Paint Torch. 118 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600,
  • Couples can proclaim their love at Fairmount Park’s Whispering Benches at Smith Memorial Arch. Sweethearts takes their seats on across-the-street stone benches, and when they whisper their sweet nothings into the monument, love carries their tender words. Avenue of the Republic near Memorial Hall

Tantalizing Tours:

  • For romance that steps back in time, lovebirds can relax to the sounds of the clip-clop echoing through the cobblestone streets of Society Hill during a 76 Carriage Company horse-drawn carriage ride. 5th & Chestnut Streets, (215) 923-8516,
  • Adoring foodies savor the moment during City Food Tours’ three-hour Decadent Gourmet Tour. The weekend gourmet tasting adventure features sweet and savory morsels from five of the city’s favorites, including Flying Monkey Bakery and Di Bruno Brothers. Tour starts at Reading Terminal Market, and advanced purchase is required. 12th & Arch Streets, (800) 979-3370,
  • Nothing says love like a ride on the El train—at least since the Mural Arts Program and renowned artist Stephen Powers teamed up to create the Love Letter tour, which shows off a series of 50 rooftop murals that read like love notes from a guy to a girl. Passengers on the El—the elevated train that runs along Market Street, called the Market-Frankford Line or the Blue Line—can follow the messages from 45th to 63rd Streets. Each Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m., a Mural Arts Program guide leads participants on a tour of the letters. Reservations required. Tour departs from and returns to the Mural Arts at The Gallery. 9th & Market Streets, level 2, (215) 925-3633,
  • Seven days a week, chocolate lovers satisfy their cravings by joining the Philadelphia Chocolate Tour, during which they indulge in some of the city’s most mouthwatering sweets while learning the history and health benefits of the treat. Stops include Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, Capogiro Gelato Artisans, Verde for Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates and Famous 4th Street Cookie Company. Center City and Reading Terminal Market tours start at Reading Terminal Market, and the Old City tour starts at The Bourse. Reading Terminal, 12th & Arch Streets; The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 833-0044,

Visit Philadelphia, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and make up the most-visited website network out of the 10 biggest U.S. cities. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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