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Dec 16 2014

Four Reasons To Spend New Year's Eve & Day In Philly

Two Fireworks Shows, One Day-Long Parade & One Great Hotel Deal

Those who want to start 2015 in a big way can do that easily and affordably in Philadelphia thanks to two fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve, the day-long Mummers Parade on New Year’s Day and a hotel package that includes free hotel parking.

New Year’s Eve:
Philadelphia hosts plenty of parties for New Year’s Eve, but Penn’s Landing is the place to be for those who want a prime view of the SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront. The shows light up the sky over the Delaware River two times—at 6:00 p.m. and again at

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Dec 12 2014

New City Council Representative Joins VISIT PHILADELPHIA Board Of Directors

Darwin Beauvais Joins 18-Member Board

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announced today that Darwin Beauvais has joined its board of directors as the Philadelphia City Council representative, which is appointed by Darrell Clarke, the president of City Council. Beauvais is a shareholder at Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy, P.C. and concentrates on zoning, land use and local government affairs.

“Darwin’s commitment to building Philadelphia and his extensive knowledge about city interests will help shape VISIT PHILADELPHIA strategies,” said Manuel Stamatakis, VISIT PHILADELPHIA board chairman. “I look forward to incorporating his ideas.”

Beauvais is on the executive committee of the board of the Free Library of Philadelphia and

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Dec 4 2014

Calling All Francophiles: Just Say "Oui" To Philadelphia

Visitors Can Celebrate The Philadelphia Museum Of Art’s Discovering the Impressionists Exhibit By Exploring The City’s Many French Connections

When the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibition opens on June 24, 2015 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia will continue its ongoing love affair with all things French. The exhibit, which runs through September 13, 2015, showcases approximately 80 works by impressionist masters the influential Parisian art dealer championed, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet. From there, visitors in town for the show can explore the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic, architectural and fashion influences, starting with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, planned and designed by two Frenchmen to look like Paris’s Champs-Élysées.

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Dec 3 2014

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Wins Three Industry Awards

Work Stood Out Among 1,200 Submissions To Win Two Gold & A Silver

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announced today that it has won three Adrian Awards from Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). The winners: Gold Adrian Award for “Instagram Press Trip to Philadelphia,” Gold Adrian Award for “Ben Franklin’s Facebook Page” on Time.com and Silver Adrian Award for “Visit Philly Beer Garden Series.”

“These are three prestigious awards,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “The staff at VISIT PHILADELPHIA consistently produces fantastic work, and they’re dedicated to promoting Philadelphia in creative and innovative ways. I’m happy to see this recognition.”

HSMAI received 1,200 entries from travel companies including big-brand hotel

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Dec 1 2014

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region December 2014 Through November 2015

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015

DECEMBER 2014

December 6-31, 2014
THE NUTCRACKER.
Pennsylvania Ballet’s 51st anniversary season features its annual performance of George Balanchine’s holiday classic at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999, paballet.org

December 26-30, 2014
STOMP.
Stomp brings explosive energy to the Merriam Theater. The eight-member troupe has become an international sensation by using everything—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—but conventional percussion instruments to create innovative sound

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Dec 1 2014

In Philadelphia, Cooking Classes, Demo Kitchens On The Rise

Hands-on Classes, Demos & Tastings Satisfy The Kitchen Curious

Sure, it’s satisfying to enjoy an incredible meal in one of Philadelphia’s restaurant gems, but learning how to recreate said incredible meal at home is equally appealing for many. With demo kitchens on the rise in Philadelphia, there are countless options for culinary education—often served up with dinner and drinks. From the butchering classes at Kensington Quarters and Wyebrook Farm to the celebrity chefs demonstrating their skills at COOK to vegan and gluten-free baking workshops at P.S. & Co., there’s a lesson for eaters of all tastes. Here are some of the region’s best ways to satisfy hunger and curiosity:

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Nov 19 2014

What's In The Fairmount and Spring Garden Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops In The Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhoods

Just near the renowned institutions that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often lumped together and dubbed the “Art Museum area,” but the personalities of these laid-back districts separate them from nearby Center City.

Fairmount easily stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. Despite its proximity to downtown, the residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to the friendly residents and atmosphere. What to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-attraction. Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and the better-known Fairmount, Spring Garden distinguishes itself

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Nov 16 2014

What's In The Market East Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops, Art & Culture In Philadelphia's Market East Neighborhood

Steps away from the most historic square mile in America, the Market East neighborhood serves as a gateway to the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district. Originally known as High Street, what is now called Market Street is a busy boulevard, particularly during the daytime as shoppers, workers and visitors fill the streets.

Bordered by Old City to the east, Chinatown to the north and Washington Square West to the south and dominated by Philadelphia’s elaborately embellished City Hall, the Market East neighborhood is largely commercial with boundaries that stretch roughly from 7th to 15th Streets and Chestnut

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Nov 16 2014

What's In The Washington Square West Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Galleries & Theaters In Washington Square West, Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad streets and Chestnut to South streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.

Midtown Village maintains its own personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated on the 13th Street corridor, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with dozens of rainbow street signs, along with many restaurants

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Nov 14 2014

Philadelphia's New Americans Tour Launches

Candidates For Citizenship Can Boost Their Knowledge In The Places Where It All Happened

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant & Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA) today announced the launch of Philadelphia’s New Americans Tour, a self-guided excursion for new citizens and those studying to be citizens through the sites and attractions that tell the story of the nation’s founding. The tour is available in English at visitphilly.com/newamericans and in several other languages, including Spanish, French and Mandarin at phila.gov/ima. To promote the tour, VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the region’s tourism promotion agency, will host journalists and social media influencers, give a popular Instagrammer the reins of its account to show off the

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Nov 14 2014

Philadelphia’s New Americans Tour Resource Guide

Fast Facts About The Citizenship Process:

  • The study guide for the U.S. citizenship test includes 100 questions. More than half of the questions are related to events that happened in Philadelphia. For a complete list of the questions, contact Adriana Arvizo or Cara Schneider (see above).
  • The U.S. citizenship test is an oral exam given to the applicant by an immigration officer. It consists of 10 random questions from the study guide.
  • The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services hosts an average of 20 naturalization ceremonies each month (sometimes even more) in the Philadelphia area. They also conduct special ceremonies
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In English

Nov 14 2014

Se Estrena El Recorrido De Los Nuevos Estadounidenses En Filadelfia

Los Candidatos A La Ciudadanía Podrán Poner A Prueba Sus Conocimientos En Los Lugares En Donde Todo Sucedió

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® en colaboración con la Oficina del Alcalde para Asuntos de Inmigrantes y Multiculturales (MOIMA por su sigla en inglés) anunció hoy el lanzamiento de El Recorrido para Nuevos Estadounidenses de Filadelfia, una excursión auto-guiada para nuevos ciudadanos y aquellos que estudian para ser ciudadanos a través de los sitios que cuentan la historia de la fundación de Estados Unidos. El tour está disponible en inglés en visitphilly.com/newamericans y en varios otros idiomas, incluyendo español, francés y mandarín, en phila.gov/ima. Para promover el recorrido, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, invitará a periodistas y personas influyentes en las redes sociales a Filadelfia,

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Nov 3 2014

Make A Date For Romance In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside

Couples Find Lots To Fancy At The Region’s Restaurants, Galleries, Parks & Museums

Romance reigns in the Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside, where lovers can reenergize their relationships at charming B&Bs, cozy restaurants, sophisticated galleries and picturesque parks on or near quaint main streets, all within a short drive of Center City.

Here are some suggestions for those eager to embrace the region’s lovely side:

Bucks County:

  1. New Hope’s unbeatable combination of history, art and country charm are enough to jump start any love connection. While gallery hopping along Main Street, it’s easy to find a token of one’s affection at A Mano Gallery, Exquisite Earth and The Jonathan Rice Collection. Come
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Nov 3 2014

Philly's Signature Sandwiches: Cheesesteaks & Hoagies

Here in Philly, cheesesteaks and hoagies are civic icons, tourist draws and cultural obsessions. Often imitated around the world, the sandwiches are rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. Get the lowdown on the cheesesteak and the hoagie at visitphilly.com/cheesesteaks and visitphilly.com/hoagies.

What Is A Cheesesteak?:
A cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed ribeye beef and melted cheese. Generally, the cheese of choice is Cheez Whiz®, but American and provolone are common substitutions. The art of cheesesteak preparation lies in the balance of flavors, textures and what is often referred to as

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Oct 31 2014

Craft Distilleries Revive Pennsylvania's Pre-Prohibition Tradition

After A Nearly 100-Year Absence, Small-Batch Distilling Has Returned To The Philadelphia Area

In just over two years, craft distilling has boomed in the Philadelphia region, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation. Until Prohibition wiped out the state’s distilling industry, Pennsylvania housed the country’s densest cluster of homespun and commercial whiskey producers, beginning with some of the country’s earliest settlers.

In 2011, Pennsylvania’s government passed reforms that allowed distillers to offer tours, samples and sales on-site. These new laws opened up the craft to would-be distillers who now proudly produce and sell small-batch spirits from Philadelphia. Here’s a look at the region’s distilling pioneers:

Distilleries Open

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Oct 31 2014

How To Celebrate The Holidays In Philadelphia

New Attractions, A Festive Phlash Route & Tax-Free Shopping, For Starters

There’s plenty to do in Philadelphia from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day—both traditional favorites such as the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and fun new additions like the skating rink at City Hall’s Dilworth Park. Add in great new shops and tax-free shopping, a new nighttime shuttle service to popular holiday attractions and the in-demand Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package (car stays free) for a holiday experience that’s sure to leave lasting memories.

Here’s how to do the holidays in Philadelphia and The Countryside®:

What To Do: New & Classic Musts:
Philadelphia is adding plenty of sparkle to this year’s

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Oct 29 2014

Backgrounder: Spas & Salons

An Abundance Of Day Spas & Salons Make Philadelphia A Relaxing Refuge

A vacation isn’t a vacation without at least an hour or two of pampering built in. Philadelphia day spas and salons are equipped to answer the call, offering clients a variety of luxurious customized services to refresh both body and spirit. They feature the latest in body treatments, relaxation therapy and beauty services—from the most basic of mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.

Spas/Salons:

  • Sleek and serene, Adolf Biecker Spa/Salon offers a full menu of hair, nail, facial and body-care services and packages like “The Energizer,” including a Swedish massage, customized facial and lunch. The
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Oct 27 2014

Mummers 101: The Scoop On Philly's New Year's Day Tradition

New Route, New Direction, New Judging, Same Awesome Time

New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a 115-year-old tradition in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. This year, the Mummers are making some changes to the nation’s oldest folk parade. That means a shorter route, marching in a different direction (north to south), judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances that run the length of the route and not just in certain locations. Parade

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Oct 22 2014

Philadelphia's Chocolate Exhibit Unwraps The Treat's Origins

Patisseries, Chocolate Shops & More Round Out Philly’s Sweet Side

One of the most delicious exhibitions ever to hit Philadelphia is tempting taste buds all around town. Chocolate: The Exhibition, on view at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University through January 24, 2015, uses interactive displays, special programs and tasting events to trace chocolate beginning with its rainforest origins. After learning the backstory on chocolate, visitors can sample the many ways that Philadelphia chocolatiers, mixologists, pâtissiers and others have transformed the cocoa bean into a delight for the senses.

Chocolate Shops:

  • Those who share chocolatier Gail Warren’s philosophy that chocolate is a “necessary luxury” frequent Bridge Street
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Oct 22 2014

New Beer Trail Highlights The Craft Brewing Tradition In Philadelphia, America’s Best Beer-Drinking City

Roundup Of Greater Philadelphia Breweries

One hundred years ago, Philadelphia was known as the greatest brewing city in the Western Hemisphere, or the “Cradle of American Libation,” according to food critic Craig LaBan of The Philadelphia Inquirer. In fact, it was in Philadelphia taverns that the American Revolution took hold.

In the mid-19th through the early 20th centuries, more than 90 breweries operated in Philadelphia proper, and another 100 operated in the city’s environs. One area northwest of Philly, located on the banks of the Schuylkill River near the Girard Avenue Bridge, became known as Brewerytown. As Brewerytown grew, area producers of German-style

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