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Sep 11 2015

Best Way To Experience Pope Francis' Visit To Philadelphia? Stay In A Hotel.

Fun & Inspiring Events, Variety Of Hotel Rates & Plenty Of Resources To Help Plan

With Pope Francis’ visit and the Francis Festival just two weeks away (September 26 and 27), Philadelphia is ready to welcome locals and visitors to enjoy this once-in-a-generation event. To experience it in the most comfortable and convenient way possible, city officials and hospitality leaders are encouraging everyone to book a long weekend stay in a Center City hotel. As an added benefit and to encourage return visitation, those checking into city hotels on Friday or Saturday will receive two free tickets to the One Liberty Observation Deck, opening in November. Hotels are bookable at visitphilly.com.

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Sep 1 2015

Look Toward Heaven: Pope Billboards Build Excitement For Papal Visit

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Uses With Love Campaign To Welcome World Meeting of Families And The Pope

Four area billboards featuring larger-than-life images of Pope Francis welcome the pope and pilgrims to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and the papal visit. The creative ads are part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign.

“This is an uplifting time for Philadelphia, and we want to celebrate that in our campaign,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “People will be telling their children about Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia for years to come; this is an historic event, and it deserves to be showcased.”

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My Phillyosophy: Great cities

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Aug 23 2015

Passion For The Pie: Philly's Pizza Secrets Revealed

Bon Appétit Calls The Pies At Pizzeria Beddia The Country’s Very Best

Philadelphia’s gained some serious pizza cred in recent years. The city is home to a pizza museum, artisan pizza trucks and, according to Bon Appétit, America’s very best pizza. And since it’s Philly, many of the pie purveyors embrace unusual techniques and quirky “rules” that make each pizza experience different.

These pizzerias are just a few of the names that have helped the Philadelphia region earn a rep for travel-worthy pizza.

Twist On Classic Pies And Pizzerias:

  • Neapolitan pizza is more than a hobby in Italy—it’s the law. Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtù earned the right to make
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Aug 19 2015

Montgomery County: Ardmore

As the largest and most diverse town on the ritzy Main Line stretch of suburbs, Ardmore has a distinctly double character: It’s residential yet urban, independent yet central, historic yet forward-facing. Even the community itself straddles two counties (Ardmore is seated in Montgomery County, while South Ardmore is in Delaware County). Add to that some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife, and visiting Ardmore is a multidimensional experience.

History:
Once known as Athensville, the town was rechristened “Ardmore” by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873. The railroad also lent the town its transportation hub, and gave the “Main

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Aug 18 2015

Philadelphia's Literary Legacy Makes For A Novel Visit

Visitors Can Get Their Read On At Authors’ Homes, Independent Book Stores & During The 150th Anniversary Celebration Of Alice In Wonderland

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 of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. To mark the sesquicentennial, The Rosenbach of the Free

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Aug 18 2015

El Mes de la Herencia Hispana Trae un Festín de Fiestas a Filadelfia Exposiciones, Festivales y Paradas Destacan el Mes en Acontecimientos Hispanos

Visitantes no tienen que mirar muy lejos para encontrar varias cosas que hacer durante las festividades del Mes de la Herencia Hispana (el 15 de septiembre-15 de octubre). Las festividades incluyen la ceremonia de inauguración del Centro Cultural Corazón, el tan esperado centro de arte de la comunidad de Taller Puertorriqueño. Es más, juerguistas pueden capturar el espíritu de partido en el Festival del Día de la Independencia Mexicana en Penn’s Landing y la Parada del Día Puertorriqueño en el Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Para recibir noticias actuales sobre eventos, sigue @PhillyTeAma en Twitter para todos los acontecimientos del Mes de

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Aug 14 2015

Montgomery County: Ambler

The definition of a small town, Ambler covers less than one square mile. Despite its diminutive size, it’s amazingly complete, with a host of shops, restaurants, bars and special events that keep the streets bustling. Unassuming and unpretentious, Ambler has retained an historic gentility and independent spirit that are the pride of this tightly knit community.

History:
Originally known as the Village of Wissahickon, Ambler was renamed in 1869 in honor of Mary Johnson Ambler, a Quaker resident who helped lead rescue efforts during the Great Train Wreck of 1856. The town served as a manufacturing hub in the

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Aug 10 2015

Pope And Pilgrims Find A Bit Of Home In Philadelphia

Familiar Foods, Dances, Games & Religious Shrines Celebrate South American & Italian Traditions

Being far from home can make even a pope yearn for a little bit of the old country. When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia this September, the pontiff can assuage homesick pangs with food, drinks and activities popular in his birth country (Argentina) and current home (Vatican City surrounded by Rome, Italy). The city’s tight-knit Italian-American community and growing Hispanic population has spurred an abundance of delectable treats, traditional family activities and familiar places of worship. And just for the month of September, Pizzeria Vetri will serve a special “Il Papa” pie just for the pope after hearing how much he

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Aug 7 2015

Halftime Report: Leisure Tourism Occupancy Having A Record Year In Philadelphia

Outlook: Center City Hotels On Track To Beat 2014 Record Occupancy

Center City Philadelphia hotels are enjoying a successful 2015 so far, with occupancy for the first six months beating last year—76.2% in 2015 vs. 75.2% in 2014 (January through June). All three major market segments (leisure, group, commercial) increased in the first half of the year. Leisure showed the most growth.

Leisure Occupancy:
Center City hotels reported record leisure bookings in the first half of 2015. From January through June, hotels sold 416,000 room nights to leisure travelers—up 3.8% from the first half of 2014.

“Leisure has been a consistent producer for Philadelphia over the past two decades,”

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Aug 4 2015

18 Reasons Philly's Dining Scene Rocks

For Starters: Chef-Owned BYOBs, Global Cuisine, Pennsylvania Dutch Traditions, Vegetarian Fare & The Country’s Best Pizza

A richly textured, wonderfully layered dining scene combines history and growth, innovation and tradition, local and global influences. Philadelphia has all of these attributes and more: homegrown bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spots redrafting the rules of elegant eating; a distinctly local sensibility informed by a fertile food shed; a wildly diverse array of ethnic eats; a nationally lauded vegetarian and vegan culture; and much more. Here are 17 reasons why Philly food scene rocks:

  1. Just Bring It: The BYOB Phenomenon

Though the bring-your-own-bottle restaurant first emerged in Philly more than a decade ago, a steady stream of brilliant chefs with a do-it-yourself

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Aug 4 2015

Rocky's Philadelphia: How The City Has Changed From 1976 To 2015 When Newest Rocky Film Debuts In Theaters

Striking Differences In The Skyline, Benjamin Franklin Parkway & More

Beloved boxer Rocky Balboa might be surprised if he ran up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps today and turned around, arms raised in triumph, to see the city’s gleaming skyline. It’s remarkably different from the modest skyline he looked out on in the original 1976 film, which welcomes its seventh installment, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema drama Creed, to theaters just before Thanksgiving. The fictional fighter could be forgiven for not recognizing the tall buildings on both sides of the river, beautiful parks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the addition of the Barnes

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Aug 3 2015

Philadelphia County: Mt. Airy

Sometimes a name so perfectly defines a neighborhood that it creates a pretty accurate mental image. That’s Mt. Airy. Gently rising from the banks of the Wissahickon Creek, Mt. Airy, which is only 20 minutes from Center City, combines dense leafy park land, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined streets and a historic cobblestoned business corridor that attracts aspiring entrepreneurs.

Mt. Airy’s varied architecture recounts its historic roots. Structures dating back to the 18th century sit alongside Victorian and 20th-century homes. The community’s Quaker roots might be one reason that Mt. Airy became a model of successful integration early

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Jul 28 2015

Chester County: West Chester

Home to West Chester University, this quaint town in the Brandywine Valley exudes an energetic, young vibe. In the bustling downtown area, casual eateries and food-centric events satiate hungry palates, and throngs of charming shops line the streets.

History:
As Chester County’s county seat, West Chester has a strong political history. The first biography of Abraham Lincoln, which was instrumental in his eventual election to the presidency, was published in The Lincoln Building on West Market Street in 1860. Downtown West Chester has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a Distinctive Destination

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Jul 28 2015

Philly's El Centro De Oro Neighborhood Radiates Latino Flavor & Culture

The Spirit Of “The Golden Block” Lives In Its Cultural Centers, Restaurants & People

The hub of Latino culture and life in Philadelphia, El Centro de Oro ("The Golden Block") is home to international non-profit organizations, many 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:

Neighborhood

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Jul 24 2015

What's on South Street?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops On 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 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 blocks: Front

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Jul 22 2015

Muchos De Los Mejores Lugares De Philly Saludan A Los Visitantes Hispanohablantes Con Un «Hola»

Las Atracciones Culturales e Históricas De La Región Ofrecen Programas, Excursiones Y Guías En Español

Los hispanohablantes que visitan a Filadelfia pueden sentirse realmente bienvenidos con muchas de las atracciones turísticas de la región, gracias a la abundancia de docentes bilingües, de guías de audio traducidas y de materiales multilingües escritos. Cada año, más de un millón de los visitantes nacionales a la Zona Metropolitana de Filadelfia son de origen hispano. Debido a esta afluencia, los sitios históricos y culturales de la región están haciendo planes para que sus huéspedes hispanohablantes no tengan que perder ninguna oportunidad.

Antes, durante e incluso después de sus visitas, los viajeros pueden mantenerse actualizados sobre la cultura latina de

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En Español

Jul 22 2015

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 tourist attractions, thanks to a wealth of bilingual docents, translated audio guides and multilingual written materials. Each year, more than one million domestic visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic origin. Because of this influx, the region’s historical and cultural sites are busy making accommodations so that their Spanish-speaking guests don’t have to miss out on a thing.

Before, during and even after their visits, travelers can stay updated on the region’s Latino culture by following @PhillyTeAma on Twitter.

Historical Interpretation:

  • The best place to start
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Jul 21 2015

What's In The Graduate Hospital Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops, Boutiques & Parks In The Graduate Hospital Neighborhood

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 two years in a

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Jul 14 2015

Chester County: Phoenixville

At the intersection of the Schuylkill River and French Creek, Phoenixville blends historic charm with a modern mindset. Originally known as Manavon, it adopted its current name in 1849; at the time, the town’s biggest employer was the Phoenix Iron Company, a major manufacturer of nails, rails, structural steel and weapons. Today, Phoenixville boasts an artsy, low-key vibe that attracts visitors craving a relaxing day with a creative twist.

History:
Occupying the former Phoenix Iron Company Foundry building, the Schuylkill River Heritage Center offers a multimedia glimpse in to the industrial history of the Chester County and the Schuylkill

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Jul 14 2015

Chester County: Kennett Square

Dubbed the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square sits in the heart of the lush Brandywine Valley. In the center of town, locals gather to shop and dine, while further out, the surrounding farms produce roughly 60% of the country’s mushrooms, earning the area its well-deserved nickname.

History:
Originally occupied by Lenape Native Americans, the area known as Kennett Square served an important role in the nation’s history. British soldiers camped here during the Revolutionary War, the town served as a military encampment during the War of 1812 and many prominent Kennett Square citizens helped slaves escape as

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