Transportation

If you're from out of town, you do not need a car. Transportation from the airport is easily available by train and taxi. The SEPTA train from the airport to Suburban Station is $6.50. From there it's a 5 minute (3 block) walk to the Sofitel. A taxi from the airport to the hotel Sofitel (17th at Sansom) is $28. Once downtown, everything is within walking distance.

Parking

If you are driving to the wedding, the Colonial Dames validates parking at the Latimer Garage. The Latimer Garage is on a small street located between 15th and 16th streets and between Locust Street and Spruce Street at 1510 Latimer Street. When you arrive at the lot they will valet park your car. Be sure to take your ticket with you to Colonial Dames where you will get your ticket stamped. You can enjoy the wedding and return to the 24 hour lot with your stamped ticket for validation.

Accomodations

We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Sofitel Philadelphia. It's in a great location just blocks from the wedding venue and Rittenhouse Square. There are many restaurants and shops nearby, and Suburban Train station is a short walk away for those looking to roam a little further. 

We recommend booking a hotel room as soon as possible because of the holiday. The hotel is offering discounted rooms rates for guests until April 20th. Be sure to request the Bridges-Vasilescu Wedding Block when booking.

If you would like to stay at another hotel, there are several other options nearby such as The Palomar, The Latham Hotel, Radisson, Sonesta, Loews, Embassy Suites, and the Four Seasons. 

Things to do

If you have an extra day try out some Philadelphia classics.

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Check out the Franklin Institute. It's a fantastic science museum, about a 15 minute walk from the Sofitel.
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Go to a concert at World Cafe Live.
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Visit the Barnes Foundation, but get a reservation early. Tickets often sell out ahead of time.
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Take a walk around South Street, and check out the artwork of Isaiah Zagar.

...And great places to eat

Nom nom nom.

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Hoagies are a Philadelphia staple, and Primo's makes a good one in Rittenhouse Square. Load it up anyway you like. 
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Upscale Latin American and Carribean inspired food, Alma De Cuba is part of the Philadelphia Steven Starr empire, which serves good food in stylish atmospheres.
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If you get as far as Chinatown, there's good food at all times of day. For dim sum try the Imperial, or for dinner get hand-drawn  noodles at Nan Zhou. Zoe's favorite dish is served with peanut sauce.
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Looking for the classic Philly Cheese Steak? Geno's and Pat's have competed for 40+ years at 9th and Passyunk. Afterwards, get a fresh cannoli in the Italian Market.
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In-N-Out burger doesn't compare to Shake Shack. This was one of our favorite "fast food" burgers in NYC, and now they have a restaurant in Rittenhouse Square. 
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Another favorite from NYC with a store in Philly, Luke's Lobster serves shrimp, crab, and lobster rolls on buttered toasted buns - half or whole?
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The Reading Terminal Market has a variety of great prepared foods. Some of our favorites are pretzels from the Amish stand and cupcakes at the Flying Monkey Bakery.
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Craving something sweet? Capogiro (gelato) and Federal Donuts (unusally flavored  made-to-order donuts and fried chicken) are within blocks of the hotel. 
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