Get Away: Akwaaba Philadelphia

This historic manor home is now a music-themed B&B.

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Husband and wife innkeepers Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood transformed an 1880s manor home in Philadelphia’s tree-lined University City neighborhood into Akwaaba Philadelphia, a bed-and-breakfast inspired by the city’s rich musical heritage. Opened last summer—and within walking distance of universities, restaurants and the Philadelphia Museum of Art—the inn offers six guest rooms and suites.

The spacious Blue Note guest room is decorated in shades of indigo, a nod to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes band, and features a king bed and a kitchenette with a cozy dining area. The two-bedroom Roots Retreat (inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s house band The Roots) has a full kitchen and sleeps up to seven.

Eat, drink and soak in the sounds of soul and R&B singers—including Philadelphia natives Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass—in the sitting room or on the expansive porch that overlooks lush landscaping.

Akwaaba breakfast favorites include French toast served with spiced pears and turkey bacon, and shrimp and grits with cornbread. A complimentary happy hour features baked goods, afternoon tea, appetizers and wine. Rates begin at $205 per night, including breakfast and happy hour.

Akwaaba Philadelphia, 3709 Baring St., Philadelphia; 866-466-3855


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