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Since Pack Up + Go tends to send travelers to more urban areas, we wanted to share some of the National Parks that exist in the cities of our country to continue commemorating National Keep America Beautiful Month.
Written by Amber Quinn
You don’t have to be a history junkie to love the city of Philly! Take a trip through time as you explore this wonderfully historic city and discover the modern place it has become!
By Dominique Vitale + Corinne Hogge
Happy Valentines Day! 😍
Traveling helps us to reconnect with the ones we love, grow together + sometimes even have a proposal like in these gorgeous photos from Larry + Sarah on their trip to Philadelphia! Congratulations!
Plan to getaway with your sweetheart: http://bit.ly/2018_ValentinesDay
Q: Why did you sign up for your trip? What were you looking to get out of it?
A: Anniversary trip. Looking for fun and different plus both getting a surprise. What could be better?
Q: Did you have hesitations about taking a surprise trip? Were you nervous?
A: Not at all. Excited!
Q: Where did you guess you were going to travel? Were you surprised by the destination?
A: We actually had a pretty good idea based on weather. We were surprised at how much we loved Philadelphia though. Amazing and would have never chosen it ourselves.
Q: Upon discovery of your destination, what were some perceptions about your city prior to the trip?
A: History, Rocky steps.
Q: What made the trip feel unique and tailored to you?
A: We like out of the way bars and restaurants. We were so excited that the team had located two speakeasies. The items on suggested itineraries were exactly what we wanted.
Q: What did you like most about your travel accommodations?
A: Beautiful hotel. We like nice hotels our needs were met. Staff was amazing sent champagne and roses to our upgraded suite.
Q: What was your favorite experience that we recommended for you?
A: Barns museum, speakeasy, quaint restaurants. It was a blast!
Q: If you could do the trip over again what would you do differently?
A: Definitely stay one more night + day. I felt like a long weekend should end on a Sunday.
Q: What did you discover on your own (not on your itinerary) in your destination that you feel is shareworthy?
A: Rodin Museum. I wish we had more time to visit. The outside gardens were beautiful.
Q: What was your favorite part of your trip?
A: Having so much information and ideas at our finger tips we did more in three days than we would have ever done on our own.
Q: How would you describe Pack Up + Go and your experience to Family + Friends?
A: Probably one of the best trips we have taken. The whole planning process + anticipation was wonderful. We had so many friends and family guessing our destination. Absolutely do it!
Q: What did you learn on your trip, or from your trip?
A: That we love this way to travel. Had we planned ourselves we probably would have been more budget minded. This way your budget is set + there was no guilt about staying in the great hotel!
Q: What would you say to someone who is hesitant to go on a surprise getaway?
A: There is no reason not to try it, it makes a three-day vacation an adventure. You may end up somewhere you never dreamed of vacationing in and have an amazing time.
Want to spend your anniversary in a new place? Let Pack Up + Go do the planning so you can enjoy the journey!
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We love sending our travelers to small businesses all around the country!
by Jen Lucas, Pack Up + Go Contributor
After a holiday whirlwind which included tons of gift buying and wrapping, family gatherings, too much food and wine, playing Santa, and cleaning up Christmas, I felt the urge to pack up the car and venture due east towards Philadelphia. The purpose of the trip was to visit college friends and a new baby, but, as with every adventure I embark on, I had to check out a local spot or two that I had’t been to before. I set out with one of our Pack Up + Go Philadelphia itineraries, which provides ample options for restaurants of all flavors, bars, museums, coffee shops, even how to explore like a local.
There were so many interesting places listed that I wanted to explore, but I only had a small window outside of the quality time with friends and cheesesteak indulgences to commit. Two spots, both located in Philly’s Fishtown neighborhood, stuck out. So before heading home, I made a detour to see the sites in the area, specifically Milkcrate Café and Pizza Brain.
Milkcrate Café is a coffee shop/record store in one so I figured I couldn’t go wrong especially since I collect vinyl. Walking in, I first noticed the walls lined in for sale vinyl and immediately recognized the variety of music genres, so I was looking forward to shopping around. The coffee shop, like many others, was a bit small with two floors, and the downstairs housed tables with boxes of records for purchase. First, I needed caffeine!
No longer a coffee drinker, I opted for tea and appreciated the wide variety of options, same for those who prefer coffee, latte, espresso drinks. I was also impressed and amused by the food menu with catchy, music inspired names, including the Smoke on the Water Bagel, Ike and Tina Tuna Sandwich, and A Tribe Called Quesadilla. Breakfast is served all day and lunch starts at 11am. I passed on the food because, although I appreciate a good coffee shop sandwich, I was saving my appetite for the next pit stop and instead ventured downstairs to do some shopping.
Validating my initial observation, the record store had an awesome, wide-spread selection of choices from Jazz to Funk to Rock to Hip Hop, some brand new, some in good/used condition and all very reasonably priced. Personally, I prefer shopping for vinyl this way: rummaging through boxes and finding gems to ordering online. And find gems I did!
After that successful endeavor I moved along to the next stop, Pizza Brain—part pizza shop, part pizza museum. Unable to pass up a good slice, let alone the home of the world’s largest collection of pizza-memorabilia (as certified by Guinness Records), I arrived at a modest looking pizza shop. Walking in changed that impression as all of my senses were heightened. The pizza smell, the visual stimulation from the pizza-themed toys (mostly from my childhood), an iPad with pictures of celebrities eating pizza, a collection of VHS tapes (all pizza-related of course), an outdoor mural with animated characters… it was anything but modest. Now came the tough decision of choosing a slice.
The whole pies are huge—22 inches is the only size—but they also serve by the slice. The “by the slice” options change daily and are noted on the menu board. They also have a variety of pies with different cheeses, veggies, meats and sauces. Red pies are in red letters on the board and white in white letters. I chose the Leonard Bookman, which is a white pie with mozzarella, fontina, ricotta, black pepper, garlic and, that day, included broccoli.
After a full, happy belly (once again) and two very successful stops on my city tour, it was time to hit the Pennsylvania Turnpike due west. I’m not sure I would’ve otherwise found these great places, but thanks to the Pack Up + Go itinerary I did, and I have even more to check off next time I venture to Philadelphia!