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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, Whitman and Michener in the 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.
Of special note, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary since Alice first fell down the rabbit hole. To mark the sesquicentennial of Lewis...
With autumn comes falling temperatures, changing leaves and, in Philadelphia, a harvest of new restaurants. In the coming months, diners can enjoy French fare at the FringeArts building, Vietnamese-Italian hoagies, Japanese barbecue and hummus like no other. Here are just some of the new flavors around town this fall:
- Israeli food takes the plate at Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook’s hummusiya Dizengoff. The Center City West quick stop focuses on rotating hummus variations (with ground lamb; with tomato pepper salad and Sephardic slow-cooked egg) served in platters of fresh-baked pita, salads and Israeli-style pickles. 1625 Sansom Street,
From Center City to Bucks County, the Philadelphia region’s shopping neighborhoods are absolutely distinctive. Buzzing Old City in Historic Philadelphia has become renowned for its chic boutiques and mod galleries. Industrial and hip Northern Liberties offers shelter shops and craft galleries galore. In upscale Rittenhouse, refined and sophisticated rules at brand-name stores and owner-operated hotspots. And in New Hope, art-driven stores drive major foot traffic. One thing that’s consistent in every neighborhood in Pennsylvania: tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes. Here’s a look at what visitors will want to buy in each enclave:
Center City Shopping Districts:
- Old City:
In summer 2015, after stints at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and the National Gallery in London, an even larger version of the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibition will make its way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for its only U.S. showing. On display from June through September 2015, this groundbreaking exhibit will showcase more than 80 impressionist works by some of the genre’s most significant artists: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Alfred Sisley, all supported by the Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel. While Discovering the Impressionists is...
Beyond the colorful 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...
VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ has teamed up with Zipcar to encourage quick and easy trips—Ziptrips—to the Philadelphia suburbs. Running now through spring 2015 as part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside campaign, the partnership includes advertising, web promotion, social media, events and giveaways—all touting the ease and excitement that comes with exploring the Philadelphia region.
“Our Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside campaign promotes 15 charming towns within an hour drive or train ride of Center City, so partnering with Zipcar makes perfect sense for us,” says Meryl Levitz, president & CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA™. “Our website features themed...
VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ announced today that Fritz Smith will take a new position as vice president of hotel initiatives, starting this fall. In this role, Smith will lead the direction and management of strategic hotel programs and packages; oversee visitor, hotel, economic impact and program research; manage VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s AAA/CAA marketing program; and serve as the company liaison for select regional, state and national relationships.
“We created this new role as a result of the environment we’re working in—heavy competition, limited funding, tough projections for the upcoming years and an evolving visitor base as a new generation drives shifts in...
When it comes to combining culture and retail, there’s no matching the selection at the museum shops of Philadelphia and The Countryside®. Just beyond the main galleries and halls of some of the most venerable institutions of Center City, Bucks County and the Brandywine Valley, in-house boutiques sell creations that could compete with the exhibitions. Artisan-made jewelry and ceramics, carefully crafted home and personal accessories, fairly traded goods and endlessly educational tomes are among the finds for shoppers. Keep in mind: Most museums promote seasonal deals on annual memberships that offer both free admission and discounts on merchandise....
Through September 1, 2014
BIRDS OF PARADISE. In a colorful display of extreme evolution, New Guinea’s birds of paradise show off their flamboyant feathers and designs during elaborate mating rituals. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University presents groundbreaking research exploring courtship dances, puffed-out plumage, wild calls and bizarre behaviors through video, photography, soundscapes, specimens and interactive activities for the whole family. (215)
Festivals, athletic events, art shows, parades and cultural events keeps art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs, music aficionados and sports fans keep coming back to Philadelphia year after year. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2015:
- Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching along Broad Street in the festive daylong Mummers Parade. One of the five Mummers divisions, the Fancy Brigades put on two elaborate Broadway-style performances for ticket holders at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1. phillymummers.com
- The region gets revved for the Philadelphia Auto Show. The Pennsylvania Convention
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—especially in Philly, where iconic traditions and new festivities add sparkle to the season. Highlights: Last year’s blockbuster attraction, Waterfront Winterfest, returns to Penn’s Landing for an extended run, and the famous Mummers Parade tries out a new, spectator-friendly route. Of course, the calendar is packed with favorites such as Macy’s Christmas Light Show and New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.
Lovely Lights, Jaw-Dropping Displays & High-Tech Shows:
- Set amid the evergreens, Morris Arboretum’s Holiday Garden Railway showcases a miniature winter wonderland complete with a quarter-mile of model-train track; seven loops
Philadelphia residents and fans have cast their votes and selected the winner of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s Phillyosophy® billboard contest. The winning photo by Wynnewood’s Vikki Sloviter features a dancer on the top of the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art steps. Sloviter’s photo will appear on I-95 billboard this fall.
“As a Philly native and lifelong supporter of the arts, especially ballet, I thought my photo of a dancer at the top of the Art Museum steps, with the iconic William Penn statue on City Hall in the background, would be a great way to welcome visitors to and help promote the...
While rumors persist year-round of real ghosts and goblins inhabiting some of Philadelphia’s most historic sites, it’s during Halloween season when other-worldly creatures emerge from all corners of the region to make it a happily haunted time of year. Families with wee ones get gentle thrills at the Philadelphia Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo and Morris Arboretum’s Scarecrow Walk. And for serious thrill-seekers, several of the area’s haunted houses (think Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary) have earned acclaim for their Hollywood-quality special effects, animatronics, pyrotechnics and teams of horrifically talented professional actors.
Here are some spots that...
The curtain will rise on the 2015 performing arts season in Philadelphia soon, and budget-conscious theater and music lovers have reason to rejoice thanks to the many low-cost tickets options available to them. The award-winning Wilma Theatre introduces its new WynTix program, which offers tickets to all productions for just $25 each. At the Curtis Institute of Music, up-and-coming classical music stars deliver free performances three nights a week. And each Thursday, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance continues to send out its popular FunSavers email, loaded with half-price tickets for the coming week’s shows and exhibitions.
Here are some money-saving...
So far this year, Philadelphia has appeared on many national best-of lists.
“This good press is a good example of the city’s momentum. It goes with the story that’s unfolding right now—the new restaurants, more outdoor dining, throngs of people on Independence Mall and all over the city, more people visiting and visiting for longer periods of time,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA™. “Philadelphia is a premier destination, and the place to be. VISIT PHILADELPHIA is happy to be the promotion agency for a city that over-delivers.”
Here’s just a sample of what people have been...
With geography, climate and growing conditions that mirror those of the Bordeaux Region in France, southeastern Pennsylvania continues to emerge as a major force in America’s wine industry. In fact, Pennsylvania wines as a whole are making steady gains in quality, quantity and recognition. The Commonwealth ranks seventh in the nation for number of wineries; more than 150 wineries operate within its borders, marking more than a 500% increase over 30 years ago. In 2013 alone, Pennsylvania vintners won awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, International Women’s Wine Competition, San Diego International Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition,...
The Sonesta Philadelphia’s Art Bar opened in July 2014, joining the ranks of cool hotel bars in a city that knows its cool bars. With a stylish interior and an art program courtesy of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Art Bar welcomes guests with craft cocktails, beers and wines that complement its modern décor.
The Sonesta isn’t the only property raising the bar. It seems Philadelphia’s hotels are vying for the top bar scene, which means locals and out-of-towners win. On the menu: craft beers, fantastic wines, inventive drinks and delicious bites, plus distinguishing features (skyline views, outdoor dining,...
Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org
- The first comprehensive survey of the painter in nearly half a century, William Glackens brings together 45 paintings and about 25 works on paper from public and private collections throughout the U.S. The exhibit concentrates on the most pivotal, adventurous and distinct works, including At Mouquin’s and The Soda Fountain. Fun fact: Albert Barnes and William Glackens attended Philadelphia’s Central High School together and were close friends. Glackens encouraged Barnes’ appreciation of modern French painting. November 8, 2014-February 2, 2015
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), 128 N. Broad Street,...
Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from an assortment of options to explore the region, including those of the air, automotive, audio, culinary, self-guided and water-based varieties. And the sightseeing fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Those who come out at night can join tours that feature behind-the-scenes action and even spirits from beyond. Here’s a selection of tours available throughout the region:
History Lessons By Day & Night:
- The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia – Visitors get an up-close look at history during this 75-minute walking tour to more than 20 sites. It runs daily from April
Have a great Philly photo, or think you can capture one? It could show up on a Phillyosophy® billboard on I-95 as part of a contest VISIT PHILADELPHIA™ is conducting to engage Philadelphia fans and give them a chance to show off the city they love.
From July 22 through August 3, shutterbugs can go to facebook.com/visitphilly or visitphilly.com/contest, choose one of six Phillyosophy lines and then upload a photo of their own that goes well with the line of their choice. To select the finalists, VISIT PHILADELPHIA will choose the most compelling photos that pair best with the...