Philadelphia and the Countryside - Press Room

All Releases (Newest First)

Sep 15 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Chinatown

Beyond the historic Friendship Arch at 10th and Arch Streets lives Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Stretching from Vine to Arch Streets between 9th and 12th Streets, the neighborhood is packed end to end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and hipster thrown in for good measure. On any given day or night, Chinatown bustles with activity and authenticity, from the steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles to the seasonal street festivals

...
Sep 13 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

South Street

Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Also lining South are ethnically diverse and destination restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert, galleries and performance spaces.

Over the past decade, the development of South Street’s east side has spread west of Broad Street, but the traditional definition of the district (depending on who you ask) spans up to 14

...
Sep 12 2017

Fact Sheet:

VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s African-American Video Series

OVERVIEW:
Part of the With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s latest African-American marketing initiative centers on a documentary-style travel video series hosted by Philly native Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of Grammy-award-winning, hip-hop band The Roots. The five-episode series, dubbed We Got You: Philly by Tarik, taps into the power of a national celebrity, pairing Trotter with trend-setting influencers to show off Philadelphia.

The videos will be promoted across all of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s marketing channels to gain video views, visits and, of course, hotel stays.

The full series is viewable online at visitphilly.com/wegotyou.

RESEARCH & STRATEGY:
Philadelphia

...
Sep 12 2017

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts New African-American Travel Series

Five-Episode Series & New Ads Spotlight Philly To Reach African-American Travelers

Today, VISIT PHILADELPHIA® launched its latest African-American marketing initiative—the key component of which is a documentary-style travel video series hosted by Philly native Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots. The five-episode series, dubbed We Got You: Philly by Tarik, taps into the power of a national celebrity, pairing Trotter with trendsetting influencers to show off Philadelphia. The videos will be promoted across all of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s marketing channels to gain video views, visits and, of course, hotel stays.

Part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign, the series is viewable online at visitphilly.com/wegotyou. Digital advertisements

...
Sep 12 2017

Philadelphia's Literary Legacy Makes For A Novel Visit

Visitors Can Get Their Read On At Authors’ Homes & Independent Book Stores

Literary roots run deep in Philadelphia, a city that has inspired countless authors and continues to nurture their legacies. Throughout the region, lovers of literature can connect with such classic authors as Poe (Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site), Whitman (The Walt Whitman House) and Buck (Pearl S. Buck House Museum) in places where they lived, worked and created some of their most celebrated works. And with so many libraries, book collections and indie bookstores, literature lovers can delve deeper into the collected works of these and other favorite authors.

Here’s a look at

...
Sep 8 2017

Philadelphia's Food Corridors Offer Neighborhood Dining At Its Best

Philly’s Food Scene Extends From Center City’s Thriving Streets To Farther-Out Fare

Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods—and spot-on neighborhood dining. Thriving restaurant rows have emerged across Philly, offering eaters a place to dine and explore, and explore and dine. Within view of City Hall, Midtown Village’s chic 13th Street is home to Mexican, Spanish, Mediterranean, Japanese and all-American bistros. On the other side of the Schuylkill River, steps from the University of Pennsylvania’s historic campus, West Philly’s ever-international Baltimore Avenue is dotted with hyper-local coffee shops and markets, plus Thai, Laotian, Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Indian and West African eateries. Trendy Fishtown is home to artisan-fueled, night-on-the-town operations. And South Philadelphia’s

...
Sep 6 2017

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Releases Philadelphia Messaging Toolkit

Entrepreneur in Residence Creates Resource For Local Businesses To Help Tell Philly’s Story

Today, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, together with its Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR), launched the Philadelphia Messaging Toolkit to help local entrepreneurs and business leaders talk about Philly. The new resource is available to view and download online at visitphilly.com/messagingtoolkit.

“We’re enlisting entrepreneurs and business leaders to join us in spreading the good news of Philadelphia’s vibrancy as a place to visit, work and play,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “As the region’s official tourism-marketing agency, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s mission is to do this every day, but many others can help us tell Philadelphia’s story. The

...
Sep 5 2017

Philadelphia's Underground Railroad Sites Featured In New Brochure

From Mother Bethel A.M.E. To The Johnson House, New Guide Includes Vital Sites

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® has published a new guide for visitors and residents interested in exploring the Philadelphia region’s connections to the Underground Railroad. The six-panel brochure details historical attractions (the Liberty Bell Center, Mother Bethel A.M.E., Belmont Mansion, Johnson House, Fair Hill burial ground), historical markers (London Coffee House, Free African Society and homes of Cyrus Bustill, Frances E.W. Harper, Robert Purvis, William Still, William Whipper) and city and regional libraries, archives and tours. Visitor demand for this information inspired the piece’s creation.

“The Underground Railroad is an undeniably

...
Btn_espanol

En Español

Sep 5 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Centro de Oro

The hub of Latino culture and life in Philadelphia, El Centro de Oro (“The Golden Block”) is home to international non-profit organizations, third- and fourth-generation family-owned businesses and residents descending from almost every Latino country. Visitors to this lively enclave—just a short cab ride from Center City Philadelphia—can feast on authentic Latin/Caribbean dishes at Isla Verde, find inspiration in the work of Puerto Rican artists at Taller Puertorriqueño or feel their way through a flamenco dance lesson at Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.

Here are some ways to experience Latino culture and flavors in El Centro de Oro and beyond:

...
Sep 5 2017

Fall: A Great Time To Be Out In Philadelphia

OutFest, Plus A Trans-Inclusive Opera & Halloween Events Round Out The Season

Leaves may fall, but LGBT culture blooms this time of year in Philadelphia. Opera Philadelphia brings groundbreaking drama We Shall Not Be Moved, with a transgender main character and Bill T. Jones as choreographer, to the Wilma Theater in September. The annual OutFest unites the Gayborhood in October. Margaret Cho comes to The Fillmore Philadelphia in November. And, of course, “Gay Christmas”—also known as Halloween—is done right with Tabu Lounge & Bar’s Little Shop of Poppers zany take on Little Shop of Horrors, LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls and a special screening of Hocus Pocus at

...

In English

Sep 5 2017

¿Qué Hay En El Centro De Oro?

Cultura y Sabores Latinos

El centro de la cultura y vida latina en Filadelfia, El Centro de Oro (conocido en inglés como “The Golden Block”), aloja organizaciones internacionales sin fines de lucro, negocios familiares de tercera y cuarta generación y residentes provenientes de casi todos los países latinoamericanos. Quienes visitan este animado enclave, a poca distancia en taxi desde el Centro de Filadelfia, pueden darse un festín con auténticos platillos latinos/caribeños en Isla Verde, encontrar inspiración en las obras de artistas puertorriqueños en Taller Puertorriqueño o disfrutar de una lección de baile flamenco en Raíces Culturales Latinoamericanas.

Estas son algunas maneras de

...
Aug 31 2017

Cheers: Where To Drink Wine In Philly

From State Stores To Local Pours

Philadelphia has long enjoyed its reputation as a beer town. Today, however, the ever-adventurous, ever-culinary city also enjoys a serious—yet seriously fun—wine scene. Philly’s vino revolution began with restaurants such as Fork, Tria and Panorama that expanded their wine lists from offering conventional bottles to featuring fascinating new regions and varietals. It continued with the introduction of Philly Wine Week, which will celebrate its fifth year in March 2018 and features dozens of wine-centric tastings and events citywide.

More recently, Pennsylvania, once the nation’s largest alcoholic beverage control (or ABC) state, began to allow the sale of wine

...
Aug 30 2017

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region September 2017 Through July 2018

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
May 2018
June 2018
July 2018

SEPTEMBER 2017 

Through September 2, 2017
OTHER DESERT CITIES.
Brooke Wyeth’s award-winning play takes the Bucks County Playhouse stage to offer a new twist on the home-for-the-holidays theme. (215) 862-2121, bcptheater.org

Through September 3, 2017
SUBVERSION AND SURREALISM IN THE ART OF HONORÉ SHARRER.
At the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts
, the artist who came into her own in World War II and became a controversial figure in

...
Aug 29 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Graduate Hospital

Graduate Hospital goes by many names (Center City South, South of South, G-Ho), which is fitting for a neighborhood that draws its personality from the people inside it: young transplants, born-and-raised neighbors, hip urban professionals, craft beer crowds and more. In recent years, the area stretching from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue and from Broad Street to Gray’s Ferry Avenue has accumulated a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has picked this ’hood for its summertime PHS Pop Up Garden three years in a

...
Aug 28 2017

Philly Falls For New Restaurants

Autumn Openings Include Indulgent Vegan, Spanish Spice, French Pastry & More

Autumn approaches, and with it, the perfect weather for dining out—not to mention a whole new list of restaurants to try in the Philadelphia region. New openings include Korean food in Chinatown (Dae Bak), the satellite of Washington Square West’s Cheu Noodle Bar (Cheu Fishtown), Indonesian home cooking in South Philly (D’Jakarta Café) and a French bistro in Brewerytown (Chez Novak’s). There’s no shortage of great new flavors in town, and this list is just a starting place:

Center City:

  • Dae Bak – This second-floor eatery in the Chinatown Square food hall serves
...
Aug 11 2017

Wheelchair-Accessible Restaurants And Hotels Span Philadelphia

Philadelphia Offers Visitors Who Use Wheelchairs Choices In Accommodations & Dining

Philadelphia is home to many restaurants and hotels accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs, including top-notch dining establishments and accommodations spanning multiple neighborhoods and tastes. Visitors are always encouraged to contact a hotel or restaurant to review any specific needs or requests. The following list includes many local favorites—however, it is not comprehensive.

Wine & Dine:
Historic District:

  • High Street on Market – The casual and acclaimed next-door sibling of esteemed, elegant Fork is known for its artisan bread program, locally sourced menu of shared plates and house-made pastas, first-come, first-served breakfast and lunch (serving incredible ginger yogurt and justly
...
Aug 9 2017

Bucks County: New Hope

Backgrounder

The quaint yet vibrant Bucks County hamlet of New Hope is known for its blend of history, natural beauty and the arts. Galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, a famous theater and rainbow flags—lots of rainbow flags—line the town’s riverside Main Street and side streets. If the flags weren’t enough of a clue, one the borough’s many draws is its LGBT scene.

Recently in the borough, the historic Bucks County Playhouse (see below) has been revived as an off-Broadway powerhouse. The circa-1727 Logan Inn is similarly undergoing a breathtaking refresh, with a handsome American tavern and a plan for 22 new guestrooms

...
Aug 7 2017

One Hundredth Birthday For Benjamin Franklin Parkway Will Be Big

Centennial Brings 14 Months Of Exhibitions & Events Inside & Out

Philadelphia’s cultural powerhouse and preeminent boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway begins its 100th birthday celebration September 8, 2017. Parkway 100 is the city’s 14-month celebration taking place both inside the venerable institutions that line the thoroughfare and outside among its fountains, gardens and public art. It ends November 16, 2018.

The diagonal Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches one mile from near City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the edge of Fairmount Park. Planner Paul Philippe Cret and designer Jacques Gréber modeled the thoroughfare after the Champs-Élysées of their native country. After a long, drawn-out planning and construction

...

In English

Aug 7 2017

Muchos De Los Lugares Principales De Filadelfia Dicen "Hola" A Los Visitantes De Habla Hispana

Las atracciones culturales e históricas de la región ofrecen programación, recorridos y guías en español

Los visitantes de habla hispana en Filadelfia pueden sentirse realmente bienvenidos en muchas de las atracciones de la región, gracias a una variedad de docentes bilingües, guías de audio traducidas y materiales escritos en varios idiomas. Cada año, más de dos millones y medio de vacacionistas nacionales en el área metropolitana de Filadelfia son de origen hispano/latino (fuente: Longwoods International). Por consecuencia, los sitios históricos y culturales de la región atienden a visitantes de habla hispana.

Historia:

  • Eastern State Penitentiary (Penitenciaria Estatal) – Los visitantes de habla hispana escuchan todos los efectos de sonido o narración escalofriante mientras se
...
Btn_espanol

En Español

Aug 1 2017

Many Of Philly's Top Sites Say "Hola" To Spanish-Speaking Visitors

Region’s Cultural & Historical Attractions Offer Programming, Tours & Guides In Spanish

Spanish-speaking visitors to Philadelphia can feel truly welcomed at many of the region’s attractions, thanks to a wealth of bilingual docents, translated audio guides and multilingual written materials. Each year, more than two-and-a-half million domestic leisure visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic/Latino origin (source: Longwoods International). Accordingly, the region’s historical and cultural sites cater to Spanish-speaking guests.

History:

  • Eastern State Penitentiary – Spanish-speaking visitors catch every sound effect or eerie-sounding narration while creeping through the fortress-like former American prison. Both the main audio tour and a written translation of the tour—which guests read while listening to the original,
...