I am very lucky that my family lives relatively close to Philly, making their trips frequent (and welcomed). Included in those trips are our aptly titled “Girls Weekends,” where my mom, sister, sister’s puppy Ellie, and I (sorry, dad!) romp around the city eating, shopping, and laughing. Thanks to one of my Christmas gifts to my mom & sis (gift cards – not my most creative year), we picked one of the the season’s first warm weather weekends and had a lovely time. So, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I wanted to share the deets of what I think was a pretty perfect Mother Daughter Day in Philadelphia.
After a Friday night of pizza, comedy, and drinks al fresco, we needed a good night’s sleep. We like to take Ellie out with us on a lot of our excursions, but obviously, the little nugget can not join us everywhere. As we got ready for brunch (and I sorted coupons, naturally), Ellie got a little rest in to prepare for a visit later in the day.
Our first stop of this Mother Daughter Day was obviously brunch. Brunch is a pretty perfect part of our city, and with the discovery of Little Spoon Cafe (1500 South Street), I feel like South Street West has some extremely solid options. I did a full review of my experience (and that delicious sandwich below) a few weeks ago, so check it out.
After some food, we headed back to my apartment to grab the pup. We love taking Ellie to the Schuylkill River Dog Park (2500 Spruce Street), but she does not necessarily love it back. The dog park has two caged off areas – one for big dogs, and one for smaller ones. With Ellie being from the burbs, she does get a little timid when she’s around all these city pups, but she still has fun with us (over in the corner).
On our walk home, we picked some pretty new streets to walk down. The city is so beautiful, and it’s fun to be able to share that with my fam!
Next stop is pretty obvious with us: shopping! We always have to check the detail of the stores we are looking to go to in order to see if Ellie can come with or not. If we’re not sure (like we weren’t this day), we make sure she’s happy at home and then go about without her. I think she secretly enjoys the peace and quiet! We started at our favorite, Anthropologie (1801 Walnut Street), followed by H&M (1725 Walnut Street), ULTA (1619 Walnut Street), Free People (1625 Walnut Street), and Shops at Liberty (1625 Chestnut Street). Anthro had some g e m s in store. Spring is usually our favorite time for shopping there, as my sister’s March, Mom’s April, and my May birthday cover us with 15% off all season long. We staked out some room in the back of the dressing rooms and had some serious trying on sessions. I ended up with this dress, but I have been dreaming about the jumpsuit below since I passed it up . . .
For dinner, we wanted something quick and close to the shopping, and Good Dog (224 South 15th Street) was a great solution. It was definitely pretty loud, its only fault for time with our mom, but the food was delicious as usual.
After all that walking around, we were exhausted and called it a day. My three amigas started their trip home, and I was in bed by approximately 9pm. It was a great day in the city, hanging with my momma, without having to make really any plans ahead of time. I’m curious – what are some of your favorite things to do with your mom in the city? xx
PS: If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out the South Street Spring Festival this Saturday from 11am-8pm, and the Rittenhouse Row Spring Fest from 12-5pm. Happy city festival season!