JAMES TURRELL : QUAKER MEETING HOUSE

If you’ve never been to the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia YOU. ARE. MISSING. OUT! Take a quintessential main street, add historic cobblestones, great restaurants and adorable shops and you have perfection.

The Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting House is located on Mermaid Lane, walkable from the main drag of town. It is a space for those of the Quaker faith community to meet and reflect in a peaceful setting and also provides a home to a piece by the artist James Turrell.

The Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Quaker Meeting House
20 E. Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118-3507
chestnuthillskyspace.org

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TRAVEL // FEATURE

KIMPTON PALOMAR DC

Kimpton Hotel Palomar DC is located in the Dupont area of Washington, DC. It’s the area that I have stayed in the most whenever visiting DC because it’s super accessible to really great restaurants and the majority of the museums.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar
2121 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 448-1800
hotelpalomar-dc.com

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FOOD // FEATURE

BOLETE

Do you ever have one of those moments where you’ve thought about something for so long and built it up in your mind to find that you end up disappointed? Well, I had been trying to get to Bolete for years — 10 years to be exact — and couldn’t have been further from disappointed. I was elated.

Bolete is a rustic-chic restaurant located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that serves seasonal farm-to-table American cuisine run by Chef Lee Chizmar and Erin Shea. Lee grew up in Boston, and studied at the Culinary Institute of America. It’s been 10 years since they opened Bolete and it’s been named one of the top restaurants in the US and he was a semifinalist in the category of Best Chefs in America through the James Beard Foundation in 2015. Needless to say, Chizmar is making his mark. You can read more about their story here.

Bolete
1740 Seidersville Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 868-6505
boleterestaurant.com

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ART // FEATURE

IRVING PENN: CENTENNIAL

Imagine sitting across from some of the most influential names in history including actresses in Hollywood, famous artists, composers and fashion design icons. Photographer Irving Penn was celebrated as one of Vogue magazine’s top photographers for more than sixty years. Now on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Irving Penn: Centennial is a comprehensive exhibition of his work celebrating the centennial of his birth.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
metmuseum.org
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THE DABNEY

I’ll be honest. I’d never heard of The Dabney or Jeremiah Langhorne before my most recent visit to DC. I normally spend a lot of time scoping out the food scene, but knew that I was meeting up with a friend of mine in DC that is also a food blogger,  The Capital Gourmand. I’m so glad that he introduced me to the cuisine of Chef Jeremiah Langhorne who earned a Michelin star in 2016 for the work he has done at The Dabney.

When you walk into the restaurant you feel like you’re walking into the quintessential southern home with welcoming interiors; upscale classic southern decor including an open kitchen that allows you to see everyone at work.  I am completely charmed by southern style and hospitality, so I knew I would love this spot. The Dabney specializes in mid-atlantic cuisine that is sourced from local farms. Some of the ingredients are so local that they are picked from a garden on their very own roof!

The Dabney
122 Blagden Alley NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-450-1015
thedabney.com

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ITV PHILLY

ITV Philly opened in July 2016 and is Chef Nicholas Elmi’s second restaurant concept featuring bistro-style small plates, snacks and a wine bar. I have been dying to try ITV Philly for a few months, but wasn’t able to get a reservation that worked into my schedule. Well, it finally happened and I am so excited that I’ve decided to do my very first Instagram giveaway because I want you to try ITV Philly too. Check out the rules below!

ITV Philly
1615 East Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(267) 858-0669
itvphilly.com

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YAYOI KUSAMA: INFINITY MIRRORS

Even if you’re not completely in the art world it’s probably rare that you haven’t heard of artist Yayoi Kusama who is known for her eye-catching art installations that employ the use of mirrors, dots, and light. You’d be hard pressed not to have been caught up in the news particularly around the hype of Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn and the conversations around a broken pumpkin. I got lucky enough to enjoy the exhibition last weekend and swooned over the use of light, space, reflection and color.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Independence Avenue at 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20560

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HGU NEW YORK

Founded in 1905, the Hotel Grand Union is now known as HGU NEW YORK; a boutique hotel located off of Madison Ave that is the perfect blend of old New York meets new New York. A few years ago the property underwent $18 million worth of renovations to become the hip and fun hotel today. It provides the comfort and familiarity of coming home and the opportunity for fun with a lounge and contemporary art collection.

HGU NEW YORK
34 E. 32nd Street
New York, NY
212-779-3432
hgunyc.com

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RES IPSA

Res Ipsa is a small cafe located at 22nd and Walnut, just past the coveted area of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. I had heard rumblings of a new cafe open in that area and found myself needing lunch on a Saturday after work. I took a walk on a brisk Philly afternoon to find respite at the neon red triangle.

Res Ipsa
2218 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 519-0329
resipsaphilly.com

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A PEN OF ALL WORK :: RAYMOND PETTIBON :: NEW MUSEUM

The New Museum is an contemporary art museum located in lower Manhattan, New York City. The building is modern architecture at it’s best; comprised of a steel exterior that contrasts against the brick facade of the neighborhood. The interior is a concrete and white canvas perfectly suited for the contemporary conversations provided by it’s exhibiting artists. Currently on view is “A Pen of All Work” by artist Raymond Pettibon.

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
newmuseum.org

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