Volume 5:  

A Weekend Getaway on the Riverside

So, my wife and I navigate our 21 foot Chris Craft from Philly to the docking area at the Deck at Harbour Pointe in Essington, the view of the Commodore Barry Bridge and the majesty of aircraft landing and taking off at PHL in plain
Marinas at Harbour Pointe
view. As we leave the boat we marvel at the broad expanse of the river and the pristine marina and docks hardly believing we’re in Delaware County.

We book ourselves into a comfortable suite at the Holiday Inn Express 100 feet away and head to the Deck for a 5 O’clock cocktail while we wait for our friends to meet us and head on out for an evening of fun at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack. The Casino is technically in Delco, as is the Airport and PPL Park, but Philly wants to own everything in its view. 

Harness Racing is scheduled for tomorrow, but tonight after drinks at on the Deck, some video poker and slots at Harrah’s, and dinner at  “The Cove at Riverside,”  we’ll be off for some serious gaming. Fortunately the poker and slots brings us a few hundred to the good, so dinner’s a gift from the house.

The Cove
The Cove provides a great view of the Delaware River
The Cove has a rich tradition of seafood and steaks and stunning views of the Delaware River. Though it’s supposed to be “business casual,” and we’re dressed like “boat bums,” the hospitality is great as is the food. We select the 32 oz. Prime Rib, Chicken Française and Flounder Française and a dessert (guess who got the rib!), and we’re ready to hit the poker and blackjack tables. We don’t do as well at the tables as we did on the floor (!@#$%&), and we set off for a nightcap on the Deck where our view is as nice  as any view in the country.

Next Morning...

After a good night’s rest, we’re out for breakfast and Harrah’s by noon forHarness Racing. The live harness season goes from March through
December, and the 5/8 mile track is one of the fastest in North America. The
Harness Racing at Harrah's
Casino also provides computerized indoor wagering with plenty of seating and simulcast video options. We bet on long shots, and for 2 bucks a race, it’s a bargain. We bet 10 races and take our meager winnings and cash out. 

We arrive just in time for the start of the soccer game at PPL Park which is a

PPL Park
hop, skip and a jump from Harrah’s. The Philadelphia Union is playing the New York Red Bulls at this riverfront stadium sitting within arms-length of the Commodore Barry Bridge. What a view. 18,000 strong cheer on the Union, none louder thanthe fan club, “The Sons of Ben”. These maniacs stand the whole game. Every seat is a great seat and the view from the Stadium Club, where we nosh a little, is fantastic. 

Up Route 420, right on Route 13, we arrive at the Trieste Restaurant, a classic Italian restaurant that’s been around since Brooklyn was a prairie. Trieste has been the recipient of the Delaware County Daily Times "Best of Delco" Award for five years, winning for Best Italian, Best Family and Best Overall Restaurant. Two Italian Surf and Turf dinners and two Veal Marseilles plus salad and unlimited bread make for a full and tasty evening. 

The Deck at Harbour Pointe

Back to the Deck at Harbour Pointe for drinks and dancing on the deck, and we say goodbye to our friends and thank them for chauffeuring us around the last two days.

We stay the night and in the morning head up river to the city, a bit poorer than we started, and a pound or two heavier, but a whole lot happier than we were when we started.