When the Morris family built their family home in 1790, they geared up to live in the middle of significant political change. According to the Morris House website, they could wave out the windows and greet such visionaries as then-President George Washington or even Thomas Jefferson, who lived a few blocks over. The Morrises themselves were influential figures in the early days of America and can trace their lineage back to Anthony Morris, one of the first mayors of Philadelphia.
Having all that history around you is a good enough reason to visit by itself, but luckily it's not the only one. Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967, the Morris House has barely changed since the 18th century; except in the important ways, like modern conveniences (electricity! indoor plumbing! WiFi!), a verdant garden, and an onsite restaurant, M. Take a look inside in this video from Finest Hotels in the World.
Philadelphia boasts one of the most exciting food scenes in the country. From Vedge to Zahav to South Philly Barbacoa, there's an embarrassment of culinary riches here. But with live music, an outdoor patio, and vegetable-forward modern fare, M can compete with the best of them. The Morris House might be historical, but it sure isn't stuck in the past.
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