10 Stops on the #ChoicePeoplePerson #VisitPhilly Tour
Thank you so much to Choice Hotels for hosting me for the #ChoicePeoplePerson #VisitPhilly tour!
Last weekend I had the chance to enjoy exploring Philadelphia, PA with Choice Hotels’ new “Ultimate People Person”, Andrea Fasano.
Choice Hotels created the Ultimate People Person role to celebrate the relaunch of their brand and to embody the company’s mission of bringing people together through travel and establishing in-person connections. Through her role as the Choice Hotels Ultimate People Person, Andrea will be spend July and August traveling the United States to attend Choice Hotels’ events, local festivals and attractions in an effort to connect with the local communities in Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Kissimmee, FL, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
I met Andrea and Virginia of Mom In Love Forever on Friday morning at the Sleep Inn on Cherry Street in Philadelphia. Shortly after our arrival, we were out for the day with the Choice Hotels PR team for a day of sight seeing and eating. After living about 45 minutes away from Philadelphia for the last 11 years, I couldn’t believe I had never explored this great city. Visit Philly put together an amazing iternary for us!
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The PMG site, Zagar’s largest public artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar’s hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagar’s artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences.
After walking up Philadelphia’s famous South Street, we found ourselves very hungry! So it was off to lunch! We chose to enjoy our country’s oldest Italian Restaurant – Ralph’s. If there is one thing about me you should know, it is that I LIVE for GOOD Italian food. There is nothing better than a small, intimate restaurant like Ralph’s in my opinion. We enjoyed some delicious Chianti, an Antipasti platter and Mozzarella & Tomatoes as appetizers, Andrea, Virginia and myself had Chicken Parmigiana, the Choice Hotels PR Team had Eggplant Parmigiana and Sausage and Peppers. We ate about 3 loaves of bread, which was perfect and warm – soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside.
After Ralph’s we went next door and sampled some cannolis and biscotti fresh from the oldest bakery in the US – Sarcone’s.
We did a lot of Uber-ing throughout the weekend and I have to note that the Uber drivers in Philadelphia and tremendously friendlier than those in New York City.
Our next stop was to get some history into our visit! My family has been talking about visiting the historic sites of Philadelphia for a long time, so it was nice to be able to get a sneak peek of them without my normal entourage.
After a quick refresh, if you could believe it, it was time for dinner! We enjoyed some delicious Mexican tapas-style fare at Distrito Philadelphia. Distrito’s menu is based off of Mexico City style street food. Don’t let the small plates fool you though, we each ordered 2 small plates each for everyone to sample and boy was it a lot of food! With over 100 Tequilas to choose from, we had to enjoy some Margarita’s!
After our breakfast at the Sleep Inn, we called an Uber and headed straight to the famous Rocky statue and steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. A quick little trivia to note: Sarcone’s Bakery was featured in the movie Rocky and the owner Luigi the 4th has regular conversations with Sly Stallone himself!
Next, it was time to make a visit to Philadelphia’s famous LOVE Park.
Now, any visit to Philadelphia would not be complete with a Philly Cheesesteak from Geno’s or Pat’s! Which one is your favorite?
Be sure to follow Andrea’s journey as she shares the stories of thousands of people through Choice Hotels’ hashtag #ChoicePeoplePerson all summer long. Andrea will be experiencing various Choice Hotel brands such as the iconic Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality, Cambria Hotels & Suites, Clarion and the Ascend Hotel Collection membership program.
Read about my stay at the Sleep Inn Center City here.
Be sure to follow Andrea on Instagram, Periscope & Twitter at @AndiFasano. And look out for her in your city! If you have the chance to connect with her, DO IT! Choice Hotels chose the right person to represent them for sure. In less than 24 hours of being with Andrea, it was like we had been friends forever. I couldn’t imagine a kinder, funnier, more talented person for the job!