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Getaway Guide to One-Nighters

September 12, 2018 - 12:13 pm

By Jay Lloyd

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- I'm not a big fan of drawing the short straw for "designated driver" and the last thing I want to do after a night on the town or at a country hideaway is get in the car and drive an hour or more to go home. The alternative? Plan to stay overnight. It gives us a fun day and an evening of wining and dining, theater or music. Then a great lunch stop on the way back. So, where to go? You can draw one and two-hour circles on a map with home as the center. Then throw darts. Or consider this pair of favorites.

PHILADELPHIA

For suburbanites a "night on the town" means Philly. A day and night is crammed with options from street food to white table cloths, Pop to Puccini with a stop at dive bars or rooftop lounges. And you get there and back to the burbs without touching the wheel. 

Our most recent Center City one-nighter launched with a train ride to town and a stroll across 11th Street for an early check-in at the Hilton Garden Inn

Then a walk down Arch Street to 10th Street for a traditional Chinese-American and Dim Sum lunch at the Imperial Inn, a Chinatown mainstay. 

Chinatown
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Now take your pick: Old City and the Museum of the American Revolution, the African American Museum or a stroll through the Reading Terminal Market. Dinner was fin and shell food at the familiar Oyster House. 

Oyster House
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Finally an early nightcap and dessert at the Palm. 

The next day, on the way home, Hershel's for pastrami on rye at the Reading Terminal Market. Enough for a 25 hour getaway.

BUCKS COUNTY ON THE DELAWARE

Post Labor Day visits to the Bucks County River Country unveil diminished traffic and lower stay-over pricing. Eateries and boutique shopping complement theater and walks along the river with a scenic ride on the New Hope-Ivyland Railroad. 

Combine Peddlers Village and New Hope in a day and night of meandering, sipping and supping. A check-in at Peddler's period Golden Plough Inn around lunch time puts you a short stroll from a windowside table at the Cock n' Bull restaurant, a Bloody Mary and craving inducing chicken pot pie. 

Peddler's Village
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Then stroll the grounds, stop at the carousel and shop the specialty stores. Take a nap or take in the country roads. 

Plan ahead for an evening at New Hope. Check the Playbill at "Broadway on the Delaware" - the Bucks County Playhouse. This month, "Million Dollar Quartet," a time trip to the Presley era. 

Bucks County Playhouse
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But first, splurge a little. Book a table at Marsha Brown. Steaks, seafood and a raw bar with elegance and a taste of the bayou. Marsha's is just a couple of blocks from the theater. Enjoy the show and set a course back to Peddlers Village and Earl's for a nightcap and dessert at the bar. You'll be right across the street from your tuck-in.  

Marsha Brown
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On your way home, steer for the 18th century Pineville Tavern. A pre-revolution bar/lounge and a 21st century outdoor restaurant patio serves up lunch with an Italian flare. I'm a sucker for the half-portion of clams and pasta. 

Now, go home.

It doesn't hurt to turn the one-night getaway into a lifetime habit.