Style destination: Philadelphia
Where to stay and what to do
Le Méridien Philadelphia
Once a YMCA, the building that houses this conveniently located hotel is full of decorative and architectural charm, from its atrium to its classic woodwork and comfy lounge. 1421 Arch St., lemeridien.com/philadelphia.
Philadelphia flower show
Feel like springtime just can’t come fast enough? A stroll through the extravaganza of blooms and beauty at the Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 4 to 11) offers a tropical paradise. This year’s theme is Hawaii: Islands of Aloha, so watch for orchids, palm trees, a 25-foot-high waterfall and performances to stir the senses. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch sts, theflowershow.com.
Where to shop
Terrain at Styer’s
Quite possibly the most beautiful store in the world, Terrain offers more than amazing garden implements, beauty products, furniture and decorative accessories. It also boasts a nursery, a café, and on-site classes and events. Located in Brandywine Valley, about an hour outside of the city, it’s well worth the drive to be amazed and inspired. 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, shopterrain.com.
Portfolio at the Pennsylvania Academy
Tons of museums mean tons of gift shops, and Portfolio is one of the best. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the country’s first art museum, and its all-American collection is reflected in the shop’s unique wares. 128 N. Broad St., pafa.org/shop/31. Where to eat
If you’re in the mood for sky-high views along with your meal, check out this 37th floor lounge, part of chef Daniel Stern’s restaurant R2L in the Rittenhouse Square district. Enjoy your late-night cocktail with quick bites like shrimp tempura or burgers. 50 S. 16th St., r2lrestaurant.com.
Bistrot la minette
Authentic French fare is on the menu at this intimate bistro, the brainchild of native Philadelphian chef Peter Woolsey and his French wife, Peggy. The seasonal menu features delicacies like cassoulet and boeuf bourguignon, and delicious tartes and gateaux. 623 S. 6th St., bistrotlaminette.com.