Just a few miles north of city-center Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill boasts a charming main street with dog-friendly patio dining, easy-access nature trails, and beautiful, pastoral parks for you and your best friend to enjoy. Known as the City's "Garden District," Chestnut Hill has long been the gateway between Philadelphia's urban heart and the nearby farmlands. Today you'll find a host of well loved and newly established eateries: Mica
(edamame = 100%), Thai Kuu
(try the vegetable green curry), Chestnut Hill Brewing Company
(flatbread pizzas 10/10), and Cake
(breakfast and their homemade jam are both worth the line out the door). These restaurants are interspersed between lovely, local shops: for example, Weaver's Way Co-op
(for its prepared vegan foods) and Greene Street
(for great designer clothing finds on consignment).
The hotel itself dates back to the turn of the last century, boasts an eclectic mix of Pennsylvanian farmhouse decor, and a kindhearted team of employees eager to please. We were hosted by the Hotel during a recent trip into the City for the wedding of dear friends at the Fitler Club
in downtown. Our stay in the Hotel's converted carriage house allowed us to bring Charlie and Eliot back to the town we all lived in together just a couple of years ago. The graciousness of the Hotel allowed the whole family, in turn, to experience the turn of the season from Philadelphia summer to fall, from dog parents to human parents, and from visitors into locals for the time of our stay.