Philadelphia has been pivotal in US events since the 1700’s and there is something to see around every corner. Independence Hall where the US Constitution was signed in 1789 and holds claim to being the Nation’s birthplace is surrounded by the First and Second National Banks, historic homes, famous parks, markets and cemeteries. To take it all in requires more than a couple of days. We happened to visit on Flag Day, which was cause for celebration with music, parades, speeches and military skydivers.
Stopping by the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, a favorite place for evening cocktails, it’s easy to imagine a slower pace and more luxurious time that prevailed when this hotel was in Philadelphia’s center of cultural, social and business activity. Like the Palmer House in Chicago or the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans it has turn of the century beauty and charm it’s classical details amply convey.
Add to this vibrant neighborhoods and interesting dining scene and you have a great place to visit. It’s my second time in two years and I’m looking forward to visiting Philadelphia soon.