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Jan 13 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Debuts Custom Emoji Keyboard

Philly Fans Can Share Some Brotherly Love In Messaging & Texting With New Emojis

Fans of Philadelphia now have a fun, free way to share their Philly love and pride with the people they message thanks to a new keyboard launched today by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the city’s official destination marketing organization. The Philadelphia Keyboard debuts more than 60 emojis, GIFs and videos that come in the form of a winking Liberty Bell (emoji), a flashing Yo! graphic (GIF) and a bird’s eye view of the William Penn Statue atop City Hall (video), to name just a few examples.

With one million fans and followers across 18 social media accounts, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s social

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Jan 13 2016

New Design For Uwishunu.com Makes Loving Philly Even Easier

Features: Dynamic Mapping, Enhanced Site Navigation & Compelling Design

At today’s VISIT PHILADELPHIA® New Year’s Breakfast, the destination marketing organization announced a brand-new design for uwishunu.com, the what’s-happening blog of visitphilly.com. The popular site received 6.2 million visits in 2015.

“In short, the new uwishunu.com is designed to help people find more things to do, and then go do them,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA.

Features:

  • Mobile, mobile, mobile. In 2015, 58% of VISIT PHILADELPHIA web traffic came from mobile devices. VISIT PHILADELPHIA designed the new site to be extremely mobile-friendly.
  • Big images, a scannable layout and enhanced navigation give the
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Jan 11 2016

Philly's Hottest Sips

Exotic Cocoas, Creative Cocktails & Sweet Sips Top The List Of The Region’s Winter Libations

Huddling around a steamy cup is one of winter’s greatest pleasures, and Philadelphia’s restaurants, bars, cafes and tearooms offer plenty of delicious options. Be it a cocoa infused with habanero and orange, a julep with bourbon and mint tea or an old-timey hot fountain soda, this season’s drinks call for leisurely enjoyment. Here are a few of the most tempting hot beverages in town:

Coziest Cocoa:

  • A creative cannoli bakery in the Italian Market, Café Crema pays equal attention to its drinks. The hot chocolate bar is stocked with all manner of meltables—including red velvet, peppermint, peanut butter and
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Dec 22 2015

Record Hotel Occupancy And Leisure Room Bookings In Center City Philadelphia In 2015

3.1 Million Hotel Room Nights Account For 77% Occupancy

Center City Philadelphia is on track to close 2015 with record hotel occupancy. The leisure travel segment—those who come to Philadelphia for fun trips and getaways—is a major contributor to these milestones.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 77.4%:
Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is projected to hit a record 77.4% in 2015, up from 75.5% in 2014. Travelers from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms, another record.

“People are coming for Philadelphia—the destination itself is the reason to visit, and travelers are doing it more and more every year,” said Meryl Levitz, president and

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Dec 21 2015

10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About The 2016 DNC Host City, Philadelphia

And Key Resources For Convention And Destination Stories

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, the birthplace of America and the country’s first World Heritage City, July 25-28, 2016. The city has enough history, art, culture, food, vibrant neighborhoods, parks and political landmarks to fill web, newspaper and magazine pages from now until the convention.

Here are 10 things people might not know about the host city, plus key resources for convention and destination coverage.

10 Philly Facts You (Probably) Don’t Know:

  1. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Philadelphia.
  2. The fast-growing Indego bike-share program launched in spring 2015 and
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Dec 21 2015

What's On The Avenue Of The Arts?

Restaurants, Bars, Theaters, Performing Arts Venues, Art Galleries, Shops & Spas Along Philadelphia's Avenue Of The Arts

Although technically named South Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts community—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the nickname Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. The energy is contagious as theatergoers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados and artists spill onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied thoroughfare.

Home to the striking Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other cultural landmarks, the Avenue of the Arts has earned its

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Dec 17 2015

What's In The Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Cafes, Markets & Shops In The Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods

Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill was once a vacation spot for those who wanted to escape the summer heat of the lower-lying parts of the city. Today, the neighborhood’s eclectic shops and renowned eateries, most along cobblestoned Germantown Avenue, continue to make it a cool place to visit.

Restaurants/Cafes/Markets:

  • Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor – Open since 1889, this charming shop scores big with locals who adore its cakes, cupcakes, pies and, of course, ice cream. Throughout the
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Dec 11 2015

Philadelphia Does Grilled Cheese Great

Cheesemongers & Specialists Lead Philly’s Craze For The Childhood Fave

The grilled cheese sandwich, once considered so plain it was relegated to kids’ menus, has now gained grown-up favor and flavor among specialty food vendors, lunch spots and esteemed eateries in and around Philadelphia. Sure, a couple slices of American slapped on buttered white bread will do at home, but those eating out can discover the joys of melted manchego, sharp provolone, brie and enhancements such as fried jalapenos and homemade brisket. Here’s where to find downright upscale versions of a formerly simple sandwich:

The Classic, Only Better:

  • Old City’s Farmicia takes the first part of its name seriously
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Dec 8 2015

Grandes Eventos Hacen De Un Grande 2016 En Filadelfia

La Convención Nacional Demócrata, la Celebración del Bicentenario de la Iglesia AME, Verano Creativo de África en el Museo de Arte & Muchas Otras Cosas que Hacer para Llenar su Calendario

Recientemente nombrada como la primera Ciudad en los Estados Unidos Sitio del Patrimonio Mundial, Filadelfia pronostica un año lleno de acción en el 2016, con aperturas de atracciones y expansiones, eventos únicos de Filadelfia y exhibiciones que no se deben perder – todos eventos que complementarán las inmensas maravillas de esta increíble ciudad para el caminante con su ambiente de cocina fina, ofertas de arte, muchos parques y espacios públicos y muchísima historia.

El 2016 será el año en el cual se verá a Broad Street transformado en un festival callejero para la vuelta de PIFA (Festival Internacional de las

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Dec 3 2015

Philly's All Buttered Up With Biscuits

The Southern Staple Finds Its Way Into The Region’s Restaurants, Pubs and Cafes

Once a relatively rare item on area menus, biscuits suddenly seem to take the (savory) cake in Philadelphia. Mitch Prensky’s Scratch Biscuits, a fast-casual concept devoted entirely to the flaky rounds, gives diners endless possibilities, while just about every major bruncherie now serves up a sausage gravy plate or egg sandwich starring the buttery treat. Whether topped with bacon onion jam, baked with golden cheddar or slathered with honey butter, Philly biscuits tenderly hold their own against the competition.

Here are just a few favorites:

Gravy Train:

  • Before he sold his Vetri Family restaurant group to Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters,
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Nov 15 2015

What's In The Fairmount And Spring Garden Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops & Things To Do 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 12 2015

Rocky's Legendary Philly Weekend

Inspired By Seven Rocky Films

After captivating the hearts of millions of film fans, the fictional character Rocky Balboa makes his return to the big screen once again, this time with Creed, premiering just before Thanksgiving Day 2015. It’s easy for Rocky fans to explore the boxer’s beloved city of Philadelphia, which plays a key role in all of the films, thanks to this two-day, two-night itinerary—available on visitphilly.com/rocky and featuring highlights of the Academy-Award winning film and its six sequels: 

NIGHT ONE:
Having fun and living like a legend—that’s what this weekend is all about, right? Don’t waste any time getting the festivities started.

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Nov 12 2015

Best Neighborhoods For Shopping In Philadelphia

Neighborhood By Neighborhood, Philly Shops Offer An Array Of Retail Riches

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 and where:

Center City Shopping Districts:

  • Old City: Ben
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Oct 23 2015

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 such as “The Energizer,” including a Swedish massage, customized facial and lunch.
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Oct 22 2015

Philadelphia's Museum Shops Offer Artsy, Inspired Gifts

Beyond The Collections & Special Exhibitions, Museums Have Much More In Store

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. Here’s

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Oct 22 2015

New Restaurants & Inventive Menus In Philadelphia's Gayborhood & Beyond

Spots Pop Up & Out In The Gayborhood, Rittenhouse Square, Queen Village & Other Neighborhoods

Philadelphia’s dining scene continues to draw national accolades for its quality and variety, from innovative gastropubs to inviting wine bars to new twists on Italian and other ethnic cuisines. Everyone is welcome at the table, whether the restaurants are located in the heart of the Gayborhood in Center City or one of its adjacent up-and-coming neighborhoods. Here are some of the city’s newest spots that are popular with the LGBT community:

Gayborhood:

  • Bud & Marilyn’s, a retro-inspired restaurant-bar, is the latest hotspot from business and life partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Inspired by Turney’s restaurateur grandparents, the restaurant
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Oct 18 2015

Philly's Retail Boom Rolls On This Fall

Upmarket Boutiques & Bargain Stores Expand Reach Throughout Philadelphia Region

Philadelphia’s shopping scene continues to grow this autumn with the expansion of both independently owned and operated spots and larger nationwide stores. In the past year, Center City in particular has experienced growth in high-low retail. On Rittenhouse Square, Barney’s Co-op turned into a Barney’s. Nearby, new outposts of Uniqlo and Nordstrom Rack drew in discount shoppers, not too far from a just-opened mega Five Below and Bloomingdale’s, The Outlet Store, planned for December. The coming season saw the urban locations for Shop Sixty Five and Skirt, two well-known shops from the suburbs, while Canadian technical cashmere designer Kit and

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Oct 14 2015

Three New Board Members Join The VISIT PHILADELPHIA Team

Additions To 19-Member Board Include A Governor Representative, Chair-Elect Of The Philadelphia Foundation & Comcast VP

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announced today that it has welcomed three new board members: Obra S. Kernodle, IV, deputy chief of staff and director, Office of Public Liaison for Governor Tom Wolf; Bret Perkins, vice president of external and government affairs for Comcast Corporation; and Anthony J. Conti, who led a distinguished career at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 37 years, 29 as partner.

“Their extensive knowledge about business and government will help shape VISIT PHILADELPHIA strategies as we look forward to our 20th anniversary year,” said Manuel Stamatakis, VISIT PHILADELPHIA board chairman. “I welcome their ideas and insights.”

Before joining the Wolf

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Oct 9 2015

150 Years Since The 13th Amendment Passed: Historic Philadelphia's African-American Experience Is More Moving Than Ever

America’s Most Historic Square Mile Tells A Rich Story About Free Blacks, Enslaved Africans And African-Americans

Philadelphia reveals undertold chapters in the nation’s history, including the challenges, injustices, accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans during the United States’ early years. This year, the National Constitution Center commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery (the original document is on display) and the beginning of the Reconstruction Era.

Visitors to America’s “Most Historic Square Mile” can discover the more complete story of African-Americans at these moving sites:

Museums & Attractions:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve,
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Oct 7 2015

Vegan Paradise: Philly Leads The Way For Meatless Eating And Sustainable Living

Fine Dining, Bar Eats, Fast Food And Clothing Are Going Vegan

Ever since Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s nationally lauded restaurant Vedge opened in 2011, Philadelphia has been a true destination for vegans with standards. Many of the region’s most popular vegan eateries are direct descendants of Landau and Jacoby’s kitchens. The scene continues to bubble over with great ideas, interesting concepts, excellent locally made products and an ongoing mission to make the lifestyle actually livable.

Here are just a few of Philadelphia’s vegan treasures:

Fine Plant-Based Dining:

  • A forerunner to today’s hip vegan joints, Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille cooks up plant-forward fare in Bucks County. While many dishes have
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