planning a trip, philadelphia style.

We’ll be spending Memorial Day weekend 2012 in Philadelphia!

Can’t you just hear the Rocky theme? Adrian!

On top of the cheesesteaks we’ll be chowing and the patriotic sites we’ll be perusing (‘MERICA!), I’m most excited to see some of our besties who moved to Pennsylvania last year.

Yay for friends!

You may be thinking, you guys aren’t ballers, how will you pay for said trip?

You may also remember that in 2011, we traveled to Nigeria twice…and we now have enough miles to visit our friends for free! Woohoo! Budget-friendly fun is totes how we roll.

Since I’m slightly neurotic, I’ve started a Google doc with must-stop visits (Liberty Bell, Geno’s Steaks, museum steps a-la Rocky, etc). I’ve also checked out the design*sponge Philadelphia guide, (picture above is from the guide!) but it’s slightly dated and while super hipster, probably not super toddler-friendly.

Here’s my question: As Philly newbies, where should we visit? Any need-to-try eateries? Stores we must stop by? (I do know that the Anthropologie flagship store is in Philly bursting with three stories of goodness. Holla!)

We’ll have 2 days in the city and two days a little further west in Pennsylvania. We’re throwing around the idea visiting Hershey Park (COASTER CITY!), but that could be tough to navigate with the under-2 set. (And between us + our buddies, we’ll have two under two.) We’ve thought about Sesame Place, but I’m not sure Joseph is really old enough to get it, and it could be enough to make us want to ban Elmo for good.

We’re thinking about staying in a boutique hotel near Christ Church in the Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. It seems like a good mix of location, charm, and affordability.

Have you been to Philadelphia?

Help me plan our party in PA!

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