Curio Collection Local Guide, Philadelphia
We sent Philadelphia local and photographer extraordinaire, Darren Burton to The Logan Philadelphia Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton to experience the beautiful hotel, shoot some photos, and create a Curio Local Guide for Philadelphia full of tips and local secrets just for you.
Name: Darren Burton
Occupation: Photographer, Creative Director
Preoccupation: Listening to music, cycling, and cooking
How long have you lived in Philadelphia? 27 years
What is the best thing about Philadelphia? Hands down, the food and the art. Last year Philadelphia was ranked #6 for the best food cities in America by the Washington Post. Most tourists only know of us for our cheesesteaks, which ironically we don’t eat often. There are MANY amazing restaurants that will leave your stomach satisfied to say the least. In addition to tons of restaurants, you can also find many murals, museums and art galleries throughout the city.
Can you sum up Philadelphia? Philadelphia is a melting pot of ideas. As of late, we have been undergoing a huge renaissance in our local arts scene. No matter where you go, you will find diversity and a vibrant culture.
What is a perfect day in Philadelphia? It would start with a morning jog down Kelly Drive. Next stop would be breakfast at Green Eggs Cafe followed by a paddleboat ride at Spruce Street Harbor. Then meet a lunch date in Old City and after a good nap head to The Fillmore to catch a concert.
What are the people like in Philadelphia? We’re the “City of Brotherly Love,” of course.
If Philadelphia was a person who would it be? I’d say Robert “Bob” Ross haha. Philadelphia is drenched in art such as murals, museums and street performers. Bob Ross was a cool guy and he had his soothing vibe to him. That’s what Philly gives me as I walk out my door and see all of the amazing art.
What was your first impression of The Logan Philadelphia Hotel? The Logan Philadelphia was refreshing. I wasn’t expecting to see as much Philadelphia-themed art as I did, so when I saw all of the abstract pieces it piqued my interest to want to know, see and learn more. Upon entering the hotel, you also immediately get a sense of the hotel’s enticing mix of culture, commerce and history. Additionally, the hotel is laid out in a way that gives guests a great sense of space and design – including the rooms and public areas.
What were your favorite experiences of The Logan Philadelphia Hotel? As a photographer, you tend to go places and enjoy the visuals just as much as everything else. As soon as you walk into the door of The Logan Philadelphia there’s this modern yet comforting feel. The design isn’t too classic, neither is it too modern/minimal. Everything was in balance aesthetically and really quite remarkable. One of the major things that stood out to me was the Urban Farmer Restaurant located on the 1st floor. In all of my visits to hotels, I have NEVER had such quality and delicious food. The fact that there is a restaurant that’s phenomenal is one of many reasons why you may never even need to step out of the hotel during your stay. Everything you need is literally right there, including a spacious spa and fitness center.
Describe a perfect day in Philadelphia for someone staying at the hotel: If my friend was at the hotel for 24 hours, for starters, I would have them get breakfast at the Urban Farmer Restaurant on the 1st floor. (I’d suggest the Honey Biscuit with Country Sausage and Chicken.) After they eat I’d urge them to spend their afternoon on the parkway checking out the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Academy of Natural Sciences, and The Franklin Institute. Of course, after all the walking they’d be hungry, so, I’d suggest going to Tela’s Market on 19th and Fairmount and eating their Softshell Crab Sandwich followed by a Strawberry Banana Gelato from Philly Flavors which is only one block away. By this time, I’m sure they’d be tired so I’d suggest to go to The Logan Spa back at the hotel for a nice massage and then a nap. When they awake during the evening I’d urge them to put on a casual outfit and head over to Silk City in the Northern Liberties neighborhood and grab a bite to eat. (I’d suggest getting the Shrimp & Grits.) After dinner, the grand finale would be to head on over to The Fillmore for a dope concert. When the concert is over, if they still wanted to party, I’d suggest dancing their little hearts out at The Barbary right down the street.