24 Hours on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square

Posted on Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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The Get Hip Tour: 24 Hours on Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square

…A super stay for the Super Bowl

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Since David’s birthday is just two days before Valentine’s Day, we started the tradition of taking a romantic 24 hour trip each year. This year was a little different because David will be spending his birthday and Valentine’s Day getting a new hip. Hence, The Get Hip Tour. It seems that over 40 years of drumming (30 years with The Hooters) has taken its toll on his hipness.

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We love the city and thought it would be fun to take the 30 minute drive into Center City Philadelphia. What I didn’t realize, was that I booked our trip for Super Bowl Sunday…Oops! Oh well! David was a sport about it and off we headed.

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We pulled into town about noon on Sunday. The streets were unusually quiet.

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I wasn’t sure if it was the really cold weather or if folks were getting ready for the Super Bowl.

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 We pulled onto Rittenhouse Square, unloaded the car and settled in for a very special celebration of food, fun, and well, football.

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It’s interesting that we native Philadelphians rarely get to experience the city’s hotels.

What a treat it was to stay at Philadelphia’s premiere hotel, The Rittenhouse.

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And we took every opportunity to document this very special stay.

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I heard that it was a good idea to ask if there was the possibility of an upgrade. So, I did.

And the nice man at the reception desk, upgraded us to a deluxe room with a view of Rittenhouse Square.

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While I was checking in, David was checking out…Lacroix’s menu.

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But before our eating frenzy begins, let’s see that room overlooking the square!  Very nice!

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Fit for a king (and a princess)!

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A room with a view!

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After settling in, we decided to take a little tour of The Rittenhouse Hotel. The gift shop was stocked with everything from lozenges to luggage.

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Lacroix at The Rittenhouse is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia!

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We peeked in and the entrance was spectacular!

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The dining room has a beautiful view of Rittenhouse Square.

We will definitely be back to experience Chef Jon Cichon’s menu and fine dining at its best.

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 But first, it was time for a walk around Rittenhouse Square.

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And time to do a little damage at Anthropologie.

  

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I asked some of my restaurant blogger friends where we should have lunch. Every one of them suggested Dandelion.

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 David went for the classic, Lamb Sheperd’s Pie with mashed potatoes, cheddar and winter vegetables.

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I chose the Burger with vermont sharp cheddar, brooklyn brine pickles, apple smoked bacon and churchill sauce.

I have never seen anything so beautiful!

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And so big…Oh my!!! That’s a scary shot!

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I mentioned that we were celebrating David’s birthday. It was a great excuse for this

salty and sweet chocolate pot of heaven with peanut butter ice cream.

Can I have some more, please?

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Incredibly full, fat and happy we took a walk along Walnut street and stumbled upon my favorite jewelry store…

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LAGOS! I was already sporting two LAGOS rings and the signature Key pendant. So, thought it was best to keep walking.

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David started hinting that it was Super Bowl Sunday and wanted to head back to The Rittenhouse for a little pre-game action (yawn).

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When we returned to the room, a cold bottle of champagne and a little blue Tiffany’s birthday cake awaited us!

David went for the TV. I went for the cake and champagne!

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Men and football…

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 The room sported a large screen TV, perfect for David’s Super Bowl viewing pleasure.

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But before he got too comfortable, it was time for an early dinner…

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 …And another walk across the square to Rouge.

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My old stomping grounds, a Philadelphia landmark…And arguably the best burger in town!

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We scored a great table by the window (notice the sports lingo) and watched the world go by.

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David got the New England Clam Chowder. I got the Garlic Shrimp to start.

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Happy birthday, David! Happy Valentine’s Day, too!

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The famous Rouge Burger did not disappoint! Gimme some of those French Fries!!!

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I decided on the Pork Chop Milanese, one of my all-time favorites.

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Rouge is still as lovely today as it was years ago. I spent many nights there when I worked on Rittenhouse Square. Our server, Bob was great. It turns out, he is a drummer, too!

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Another reason to celebrate David’s birthday…Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with vanilla gelato and caramel sauce!

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Thanks for a great night, Rouge! Time to watch some football!!!

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Another walk across the square…

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We got back just in time to watch the Half Time show at Smith & Wollensky. I’m not sure who loved Beyonce more, me or David!

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Then it was time for the game. I think something exciting just happened.

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Instant replay, incase I missed it the first time.

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Time for bed and one last look at beautiful Rittenhouse Square.

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Good morning! I like brushing my teeth and watching the news at the same time!

I loved the little green frog, too! I wonder if they sell them at the gift shop downstairs?

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A crisp morning walk on Walnut Street to yet another meal!

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For almost 35 years Little Pete’s has been serving up the best breakfast around. Looks like they lost their S on the sign!

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Love Little Pete’s retro look!

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 A cup of hot tea to warm up a very chilly me.

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Me looking and feeling extremely bloated while chowing down on scrambled eggs, cheese omelet, bacon, hash browns and toast.

It’s always great at Little Pete’s.

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Time to head back to The Rittenhouse, pack up and head back to the ‘burbs.

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What a wonderful way to celebrate David’s birthday, Valentine’s Day, and um, the Super Bowl.

Thanks Rittenhouse Hotel. Now it’s time for that Get Hip Tour! First stop, Pennsylvania Hospital!

Cheers!

Dallyn & David

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