Rittenhouse Square
You'd rather be in Philadelphia

From the April 22, 2002 Issue of New York

Oprah, Samuel L. Jackson, and Baryshnikov have all tucked into Philly's newly renovated Rittenhouse Square Bed and Breakfast. A circa-1911 mansion, the joint is a bit over-the-top in its froufrou plushness (think taffeta, flowers, and repro Louis XVI furniture), but that's part of the fun. Rittenhouse Square itself is in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district, so take in a concert at the new glass-topped Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts -- home of Philly's orchestra and chamber society -- then indulge in the Versailles-like gastronomic excess at Le Bec-Fin, the city's best French restaurant. Or take advantage of your bed-and-breakfast's alliance with some of downtown's other top restaurants (Opus 251, Rouge, Devon, and Striped Bass), which will deliver meals right to your room.

Rittenhouse Square Bed and Breakfast (doubles from $209; 877-791-6500 or rittenhousebb.com); Le Bec-Fin (215-567-1000); the Kimmel Center (215-790-5800 or kimmelcenter.org); Amtrak (800-872-7245 or amtrak.com).