Philadelphia is an easy weekend jaunt from New York and DC, and a city getaway here caters to a variety of interests, from history buffs to foodies to art lovers. Don't miss the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its spectacular and extensive collection ranging from the Middle Ages to Modern times–of American art museums, it's arguably second only to the Met in New York. The Philadelphia Museum of Art also operates some lovely historic houses in the Fairmont Park area and the Rodin museum. For some outdoor fun, try viewing the city by bike from spring through autumn, or wander the lush Morris Arboretum. And when it comes to where to stay, we of course have some top picks ready:
The Four Seasons Philadelphia is our first choice for Philadelphia, exuding classic elegance. When we were there, a string quartet was playing in the lobby, a rarity these days even for luxury hotels. Service is top-notch and anticipates your requests. Superior Rooms are the largest in Philadelphia, at 500 square feet, and offer views of the courtyard or Academy of Science. If you can, try to book or upgrade to the Fountain View Room, with its lovely views of Swann Fountain and Logan Circle. Don't miss dining at the award winning The Fountain, either for the sumptuous Sunday brunch or a splurge lunch or dinner. The Four Seasons is also incredibly kid-friendly: our son got to choose a stuffed animal as his welcome amenity, there are child bath amenities and bathrobes, and sometimes even Four Seasons balloons at the restaurants. The hotel is also one of the few in central Philadelphia with a swimming pool.
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