I had the most amazing bachelorette party ever.
I had a great group of friends travel to Philadelphia for a jam packed weekend. Two traveled from the Bay Area, one from LA, two from NY and the rest from DC. The weekend was amazingly planned by my sister/Maid of honor as well as Kevin, the most amazing person ever. To sum up the weekend it was full of eating sandwiches, drinking, history and art. These are a few of my favorite things…
To get into detail…
We all arrived to the Union League Friday late afternoon. Kevin made a special trip to the best hoagie shop I know and we all chowed down in my suite on sandwiches and pasta salads. Then we headed out to Frankford Hall, a biergarten for huge steins of beer, pretzels and sausages. It was perfect weather for sitting outdoors. Afterwards we went to a 90’s dance party at Barbary. So ridiculously fun dancing to NSYNC, Britney, TLC, Hanson, Blink and all the 90’s greats. We tore ourselves away from the bar to head back to the hotel to get some rest because Saturday we were on a schedule!
- We woke up super early to have breakfast at Reading Terminal. This included the most delicious donut on earth (for 90 cents) and a breakfast sandwich that brought me back to life.
- Docent lead tour of the Barnes Foundation. My masters in art history and museum studies mind was on overdrive. Everyone should watch The Art of the Steal on play instant netflix immediately.
- Battle of the Cheese steaks at Pat’s and Geno’s. Some say Geno’s is better for the bread, some say they like the way Pat’s cuts their meats. It is a battle that may never end.
- Historic Philadelphia. We went from a tour of Christ Church cemetery, threw a penny on Franklin’s Grave, took a picture at the cat fountain outside of Betsy Ross’s house, walked down Elfreth’s Alley, sat for a Historic Bench reenactment, toured Christ Church inside, took a tour of Independence Hall, saw the Liberty Bell….all the history.
- We were allowed a break to go back to the hotel to rest, shower and change for dinner!
- Delicious cocktails at XIX-Nineteen and a view of the city and setting sun
Saturday night dinner gets it’s own paragraph. We went to The Farm and Fisherman. Set up by Kevin. It is BYOB – all wine perfectly picked by Kevin. We had the tasting menu and shared all the appetizers and first courses and ordered our own main course. Anthony was amazing and called ahead to have all the desserts delivered to us at the end of the meal. The most amazing part was each friend saying a few words or sharing a story about me. We cried, we laughed, we toasted our glasses together and had the best meal of my life.
Post dinner we continued the party in the hotel suite. I couldn’t ask for a better day.
We went to brunch at Sabrina’s Cafe. Another BYOB spot. Everyone’s food was giant and delicious. The stuffed french toast is worthy of an epic poem. From there we toured the Eastern State Penitentiary, which sounds weird but is the East Coast version of Alcatraz. It was actually very cool to see. Then we went to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a whirlwind tour of all their most famous paintings. They have so much it was hard to not stop in every room! We went back to the hotel to sadly part ways. The cars driving back to DC stopped off at Tony Luke’s for one last cheese steak….can you blame us?
We did everything we could do, and ate everything we could eat.
Best. Weekend. Ever.