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Romantic Philadelphia

January 28, 2021

Look no further than Philadelphia for an abundance of romantic experiences, including strolls and selfies in iconic LOVE Park and love-themed excursions to see dreamy murals in West Philadelphia. Journey into the clouds to sip well-crafted cocktails followed by a late-night couples massage, or treat your significant other to intimate dining experiences throughout the city.

A selfie and stroll around LOVE Park

No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a stop at the famous LOVE Park, located in the heart of the city and just steps away from City Hall. Formally known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, the half-acre park is now affectionately referred to as LOVE Park thanks to Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue. The quintessential public art piece, which was placed in the park as part of the nation’s Bicentennial celebration in 1976, is one of the most photographed spots in the city. After snapping a selfie with your loved one at the LOVE statue, take a stroll along the scenic Benjamin Franklin Parkway — passing yet another of Indiana’s romantic sculptures along the way — to eventually arrive at the green beginnings of Fairmount Park.

Love Letters photo by S. Weinik for Mural Arts Philadelphia.

Admire love letters painted on buildings throughout West Philadelphia

Originally launched as an anti-graffiti program in 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia has transformed some of Philadelphia’s most unassuming locations and now boasts over 4,000 works of community-based public art. The nation’s largest public art program, Mural Arts Philadelphia offers the opportunity to see some of these murals on guided and self-guided tours, including the two-hour Love Letter Train Tour, which takes visitors through A Love Letter for You by renowned street artist Steve ESPO Powers. In 2010, Powers collaborated with the West Philadelphia community to create a series of 50 murals that collectively form an open-ended love letter, perceived either as messages from a lover to their partner, or as odes to the city itself.

In February of 2021, Mural Arts Philadelphia is offering several unique Love Letter experiences, including a Valentine’s Day virtual tour of the murals hosted by the artist himself. Participants of that virtual experience will also receive a limited edition gift designed by Powers, as well as a chance to win a framed print of the newest West Philadelphia love letter. A standard virtual tour of the murals is also available on February 12.

Photo courtesy of Shane Confectionery.

Treat your sweetheart to chocolate from a historic candy store

Found along Market Street in Old City, Shane Confectionery is the nation’s oldest continuously operating candy store, specializing in sweet treats made using traditional recipes and equipment. Owned by the same brothers behind neighboring Franklin Fountain and Franklin Ice Cream Bar, Shane Confectionery follows in the footsteps of its sister shops by presenting its storefront and products in an authentic, turn-of-the-century fashion, with vintage cash registers, display cases, signage, and other antique elements throughout the space. The treats themselves also call back to the early days of Philadelphia and include options such as clear toy candies (a Pennsylvania Dutch hard candy made by pouring molten sugar into playful molds), bean-to-bar chocolates, and seasonal confections available for Valentine’s Day, Easter, and Christmas. The shop is currently offering its products via their online store, available to be picked up in-person at their 110 Market Street location, or to be shipped anywhere nationwide. They also host virtual chocolate tasting events each Friday.

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center.

Enjoy cocktails and a couples massage in the clouds

Located on the 60th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center — Philadelphia’s first-and-only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel — JG SkyHigh specializes in cocktail-hour experiences with unmatchable city views. Created by French-American chef Jean-Georges, the premier cocktail bar offers a range of wines, beers and cocktails by the glass, including Rittenhouse Rye Manhattans, Ginger Margaritas and Spiced Pear Daiquiris. The sleek and minimalist-designed hotel occupies the top floors of the impressive new 60-story Comcast Technology Center, Philadelphia’s tallest tower offering unobstructed 360° views of the city. For more signature hotel bars in Philadelphia, click here.

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center.

After cocktails, head to the Four Seasons’ 57th floor Spa — which also achieved the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star rating — and settle in for a luxurious couples massage on the deck of the hotel’s infinity pool as part of the premier property’s new Night Spa experience. Beginning at 10:30 p.m., the infinity pool space becomes all yours for an hour-long massage followed by champagne and private pool access until 1 a.m., To learn more about Night Spa, and for more Four Seasons couples experiences, click here.

The Lovebird seasonal buttermilk fried chicken at The Love. Photo by K. Smith for Starr Restaurants.

Dine at one of Philadelphia’s intimate restaurants

Just steps away from charming Rittenhouse Square, The Love — rated one of the most romantic restaurants in America by Forbes — is an intimate restaurant that serves enticing cuisine across a main dining and bar area, plus outdoor seating along 18th Street and a cozy upper-level loft. Created by Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr, the restaurant offers modern American cuisine with indulgent meals including the “Lovebird” seasonal buttermilk fried chicken, a “Labor of Love” American artisan cheese board and a “Rapture Blondie Sundae.” For couples looking to rekindle their romance over a drink, The Love’s one-of-a-kind beverage program is inspired by personal travels to vineyards and breweries in the region.

Other romantic dining destinations include Starr Restaurant concepts such as Barclay Prime, Butcher & Singer, Parc, and Talula’s Garden. Not to be missed are the cozy settings found at Schulson Collective’s Harp & Crown and Double Knot restaurants, with the latter serving a full range of Japanese cuisine including sushi, robatayaki meats, mochi and more in an underground, candlelit izakaya (or outdoors along the boutique-lined 13th Street).

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