On The Road Again: Upcoming Explorations in Philly, DC and HotLanta

This is the beginning of a new series. I’m planning to travel to one US city per month to do an urban scouting trip – seeing firsthand what’s new, cool neighborhoods, what’s trending in hospitality (hotels, restaurants, bars).

Starting with three cities that I haven’t been to in years and I’m staying with friends so will definitely get an insider’s perspective.


Visiting with top brand strategist/trend analyst, Mindy Elgart of Bespoke Scout. On our agenda:

  • The Barnes Foundation – looking forward to checking out the newly reopened Barnes (from architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien).
  • Lots of great restaurants: Helm, Vernick (impossible to get reservation, rated best restaurant in Philly).
  • Fishtown – neighborhood with some of the best places to see art, drink and eat (Wm. Mulherin’s Sons). Also home of the flagship cafe of La Colombe Coffee Roasters (photo bottom left).

Read on below for DC and Atlanta.

Washington DC:

Weekend planned with the fabulous Jenny Rickard of Common Application (who I have known as a friend and a client since working with her during her Bryn Mawr days).

  • Yayoi Kusama at the Hirschhorn – v. difficult to get tickets but we will prevail. And yes, this is the show where a selfie-snapper smashed one of the artworks to the tune of $800K!!
  • The Museum of the American Indian – well, of course!
  • The Shaw Neighborhood, the most happening area in DC. Almost every single thing I am excited to do, is here including Espita Mezcalaria  which showcases mezcal flights and the best moles and ceviche. And the owners are from Philly!! Poetic that I am here the week after my trip to Philly.
  • Cherry Blossom Pop-Up Pub – also in Shaw. Looks fantastic but apparently an ordeal to get into (photos on lower left and right).
  • Archipeligo – a tiki bar that serves flaming drinks in hollowed out pineapples. What’s not to like?



Visiting two of my besties from NYC – Rodrigo and Elliott – who now live in in a totally swell house in Chastain Park. Don’t be surprised if we get an AT HOME post out of this trip as well.

Rodrigo is putting together the agenda but I know some of these spots will be on the list – and I’m excited!!

  • Old 4th ward – one of the oldest sections of the city, melds history with cool restaurants and the new Ponce City Market (especially want to check out the FOOD HALL). One of my favorite restaurants from back in the day is located here as well – TWO Urban Licks.
  • Krog St Market – another mixed use situation with food halls and retail
  • Gunshow Restaurant – MUST get to this restaurant, hear amazing things about it!!
  • Hambridge Creative Hive – 12 teams of artists have been selected to participate in an upcoming project at the Colony Square in Midtown, located near the High Museum of Art. Colony Square is set for a major renovation later this year but before that happens, the artists will occupy the building’s former retail spaces. Running from April until early June. This looks fantastic!!
  • Himitsu – cannot lie! This is the #1 reason why I am getting on the plane and flying to ATL. I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of visiting this secret, by reservation only, Japanese craft cocktail bar!!  As soon as Rodrigo told me about it, I was booking a flight!!  And of course, Rodrigo and Elliott discovered this gem within the first few months of landing in Hotlanta. Super intriguing! Cannot wait!!

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