I turn 30 today. And in honor of all of the love Philadelphia has brought me during my adult years, I wanted to share a few things I love about Philly, too. I kept this list in the same order as I jotted them down, and I am not kidding, I did a quick count once as I was about midway through, and then landed exactly on 30 before I numbered them. Here’s hoping that is a sign that my 30th year will line up just as perfectly. 🙂
Happy October (I say as I am currently sweating in my bedroom)! Even if the weather is not allowing us to dress to our full fall potential just yet, the fall-themed activities sure are here in full force. I’ve rounded up some of my absolute favorite fall events happening all October long in (and around) Philadelphia for you today. So whether you’re looking for a place to ~rage~ (as the kids say) with your friends, need a step up from the most basic fall date idea, or are entertaining your family this month, I’ve got you covered with the best 15 events you’re gonna wanna know about.
In dating in Philly over the years, I’ve run into my fair share of things that have shut down my prospective relationships. From an unhealthy obsession with cats, to a very severe lack of common interests, to, of course, the occasional UDP (if you know, you know), sometimes matches just aren’t meant to be. But lately, the issue that seems to be plaguing my budding romances most stems directly from be me being confident about what I’m looking for, and that, for the most part, making the guy run the other way. And this all manifests itself in the planning. of. freaking. dates.
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The Birds are baaaack, baby! Even if you’re not a huge football fan, I’m sure that pretty much every Philadelphia human can appreciate the real and utter joy this city has experienced over the last year. It’s been so. much. fun.
One of the best parts of Eagles season for me is all of the gatherings to watch the games. Whether it’s a few friends watching on the couch, making a v risky stop at a Center City sports bar (this is quite rare for me ever since a waitress at Fox & Hound spilled piping hot cheese sauce on my new Jason Kelce jersey a few years back), at home in South Jersey with my Pops, or, of course, tailgating down at the Linc, just being together and sharing in the love of our Birds is the reason for the szn.
I’ve been thinking about starting a new series on the blog. I get questions from my readers & city visitors all the time asking for my advice about a certain Philly thing. Whether it’s ideas for where to take your parents, what you must see on a trip, or actual physical help with finding a job, apartment, or realtor, I love that people read my blog and trust my opinion enough to help shape something they plan to do!
I thought by answering these questions on my site (with permission from the asker, of course), it could serve as a resource for other women who may have the same inquiry. But, since I have not experienced everything there is to do in this city of ours (shocker), if you’ve been somewhere I haven’t, share what you know in the comments! I’d love these posts to become the ultimate guides with opinions from a lot of experienced Philly ladies.
Let’s jump in to our first reader question!
Philly Beer Week is almost here! PBW is always a fun time in the city – a time to try your favorite brews with other people who love them just as much, expand your craft beer knowledge through sites like beerandwine.guide, so you’ll be able to have in-depth conversations with beer enthusiasts, and perhaps even check out some bearded brewers in the process, but that’s optional. There are hundreds of events happening from June 1st (this Friday!) to June 10th, but tbh, the Philly Loves Beer website is not the easiest to dig through. Lucky for you (seriously – this is more work than you’d think), I’ve scoured the site, read the event descriptions, and I’m here to share my top picks – whether you’re hanging with your buds, going on a date, or are looking for more of a family/pup appropriate event – I’ve got the best.
The way I see it, there are two types of people in the world: people who will absolutely love what I’m about to talk about, and people who will absolutely hate it. You can probably guess which camp this candid-loving, Instagram-obsessed gal falls into (#absolutelylove).
I think we can all agree – the ultimate date is one where you just don’t want it to end. Where you find yourself going from place to place, with drinks and convo flowing, and lots of laughter in between. For me, exploring an area I don’t always get to is also key, so making special plans to run around in a new neighborhood totally makes these special date nights a dream.
If you’re anything like me, the Love Letters Tour is one of those Philly things you’ve heard about over and over, but maaaay have never gotten your act together for. So, after many years of that for me (I’ve even put it on lists in the past!), I finally crawled out of bed on a beautiful fall Philly morning to finally check out what all the talk was about.
I really try to be positive about the dating world. For me, my time trying to find love in Philadelphia has been filled with some peaks and valleys. There were times I could meet 3-4 different guys for dates in one week and be loving life. And then, there have also been times when, after rushing out of a second date I really shouldn’t have gone on in the first place, I’ve spilled out onto 13th Street, called my dad laughing/yelling/crying, and questioned, why am I even doing this?! Why does the quest for love seem so “easy” for some, and so, so difficult for the rest of us?
Today, you’ll hear from 5 Philly women, Melissa, Leah, Sarah, Tracy, and Tiffany, who are all out there in this city of ours, trying to make it work with a special someone. And while some of their answers are optimistic (You mean you actually meet men in person? You’ve never had to pay on a date? No dating horror stories…ever?), the last question really just says it all.
But before we begin, let me just say this: (and I’m speaking for you here ladies, so please chime in if I got it wrong) while our attitudes towards our dating lives might not be optimistic all of the time time, we’re still out there. Dating takes work and time and money and creativity and humility and honesty, and here we all are, soldiering on. We’ve seen our friends get married and we’ve heard the online dating success stories, so we keep going. All with the hopes that one day, we’ll find a guy who will laugh at the same TV shows as us, know exactly how we take our cocktails and our coffee, and surprise us with flowers, just because.