See How You Can Get Your Pampered Pup A Luxury Pet Stay For Free
By Si Si Penaloza
Philadelphia’s most iconic hotel is ringing in National Dog Day with a grand gesture – treats, treats and more treats! The Rittenhouse will be offering a luxury pet stay completely free of charge to all canine guests this Friday – National Dog Day – as well as the next two Fridays. The hotel is waiving the regular $150 fee so each furry guest and their owner can enjoy upscale amenities, experiencing first hand why they are known as Philadelphia’s most dog-friendly luxury hotel.
Doggy guests have room to roam in the biggest rooms in the city, with Philly’s famous Rittenhouse Square Park steps from the hotel. Addison Street is arguably the most Instagram worthy street in the entire Northeast. Located in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, this charming, tree-lined street boasts the kind of picturesque brick townhouses you imagine the Founding Fathers once lived in. A personalized bowl awaits with in-room bottled water service, and there’s also a plush Rittenhouse pet bed. The best part of Fido’s stay? Homemade dog treats made especially for them by the resident in-house pastry chef. Dog sitting and walking services are available upon request.
The Rittenhouse is arguably the most pet-friendly hotel in Philadelphia’s Center City. The hotel is stocked with everything you could possibly need in a home away from home, whether you’ve got two legs or four. Upon arrival, VIPs (Very Important Pooches) receive complimentary dog goodies to refresh them after their journey. The Rittenhouse was voted #2 Hotel to Travel with Dogs by Delta Sky Magazine, placing us among the best hotels for pets in Center City, Philadelphia.
Whether you’re into street food or fine dining, bike riding or marathon running, hip hop or Impressionist art, Philly keeps visitors engaged with a cornucopia of cultural offerings. An impressive number of the world’s most buzzed restaurateurs have set up shop in Philadelphia. Stephen Starr was named “Restaurateur of the Year.” Jose Garces is one of only eight chefs in the country to hold the title of Iron Chef. Through his restaurants and Luna Farm, The Garces Foundation helps Philadelphia’s immigrants, primarily by funding much-needed healthcare and providing nutritional programming for youth. Between these big names, Philly’s restaurant scene is led ingenuity and gravitas. Moreover, the city has over 200 bring-your-own-bottle restaurants — and almost none of them have corkage fees. An unusually high proportion of Philly’s restaurants are BYOB, due in part to the state’s expensive liquor licenses.
Reading Terminal Market is a must visit, showcasing any kind of cuisine you can think of. Since its founding in the late 1800s, the indoor market has been stocked with food from hundreds of farmers. Re-established close to its original location, the market has gone beyond Amish food and now serves up cheesesteaks, hoagies, crepes, cajun cuisine and an eatery featuring true Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. The city’s notable food distinctions don’t end there; the Phillies stadium was rated #1 ballpark for vegetarians. Southwestern veggie burgers, vegan chicken sandwiches, roasted veggie wraps, crab-free crab cake salad — you can savour all these veggie delights while taking in a baseball game.
Another reason to visit this fall is the opening of the Taller Puertorriqueño’s El Corazόn Cultural Center. Ten years in the making, the 25,000-square-foot centerpiece of El Centro de Oro neighborhood will house a multipurpose theater, exhibition and gallery spaces, an enclosed playground, gift shop and cafe. Visitors will discover the largest Latino-based arts and cultural facility in the state of Pennsylvania.