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Mar 12 2015

Itinerary Highlights Philly Spots That National Media Love

22 Philly Locations Impressed The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, GQ & Condé Nast

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is helping travelers plan their Philadelphia trips with a new itinerary that’s based on the spectacular press coverage the city has enjoyed in early 2015. On visitphilly.com, 22 Philadelphia Attractions Making Headlines in 2015 includes a customizable Google map and descriptions of each buzz-worthy spot.

“Word-of-mouth and third-party endorsements are incredibly important to travelers,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “We know that travelers trust the recommendations from these national publications, so we’re promoting these suggestions—we agree with them, after all.”

Highlights of the itinerary: outdoor spaces such as Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Feb 18 2015

Meatballs Roll Into Philly In A Big Way

Philadelphia Restaurants Are Having A Ball With This Comfort Food Trend

On top of spaghetti, covered with cheese, tucked into a roll, grilled on a skewer—meatballs in all forms abound in Philadelphia, and not just in South Philly, the city’s largely Italian enclave. There are traditional Italian versions with gravy (Villa di Roma, for starters), Vietnamese pork balls in noodle soup (Vietnam), vegetarian tofu-ball sandwiches (Magic Carpet) and luxuriant rounds of short-rib hand-rolled by celebrity chefs (Barbuzzo). Here’s a look at some of the most memorable meatballs in the region:

Old-School Meatballs:

  • Repeat winner of the Golden Meatball Challenge between South Philadelphia and
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Feb 5 2015

Willkommen To Philly: Four New Exhibitions Highlight German Culture

Traditional German Culture Thrives In Philly’s Food, Historic Sites, Crafts & New Exhibitions

Multiple waves of immigration have left an indelible German influence on the Philly area. The multi-venue Celebration of Pennsylvania German Art, beginning in early 2015, will explore this legacy through traditional Pennsylvania German (a.k.a. Pennsylvania Dutch) art forms such as fraktur, letters and documents embellished with motifs such as birds and flowers.

These exhibitions are just the beginning of the Pennsylvania German experience. Visitors can find a rich store of German culture in the Philadelphia region: the customs of the Amish, the historic grounds in Germantown and top restaurants serving bratwurst.

Here are just a few suggestions for a German-themed

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Feb 3 2015

Good Food And Doing Good Are Both On The Menu In Philly Restaurants

Local Restaurateurs Cook Up Innovative Ways To Pay It Forward

Having already given the city their brilliant talents, several of Philadelphia’s restaurateurs and food purveyors also give back for the greater good of the community. And while Jose Garces and Marc Vetri have both established foundations that make an impact, Philadelphia diners have a chance to show their generosity as well. At Rosa’s Pizza, for example, patrons can pay an extra dollar for a slice of pizza for someone less fortunate. This pay-it-forward approach even caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, who recently featured the shop on her show.

Here’s the scoop on those in the Philly food scene paying

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Feb 3 2015

Just Say "Si" To Latin Dancing In Philadelphia

Dancers Can Master Their Moves At Clubs & Classes All Around Town

There’s a non-stop fiesta happening in Philadelphia, where Latin dance is hot, hot, hot. Throughout the city, dancers are heating up the floor with their sultry and steamy dance moves as live bands and DJs pump out the evening’s sound track. And with classes led by talented instructors, even newbies can salsa, samba, tango, cha-cha and more before the last note fades.

Here’s a look at spots where everyone from bachata beginners to merengue masters can get their Latin groove on:

Nightclubs & Restaurants:

  • Almost every night is dance night at Brasil’s Nightclub and Restaurant in Old City. Every
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Jan 29 2015

Philly On Film

The City Of Brotherly Love Provides An Iconic Backdrop For Some Of Hollywood’s Best-Loved Movies

Philadelphia is no stranger to cinema. While the city may be most well known as the site of the formidable Rocky franchise—the first movie won the Oscar for Best Picture in 1976, and the seventh installment, Creed, is set to debut in late 2015—more than 100 films have showcased the Philadelphia region on the silver screen since the 1970s. From screwball comedies to tearjerkers, inspiring true stories to action-packed adventures, these movies show off the region’s iconic and lesser-known streets and sights. Here’s where to relive some of Hollywood’s most memorable Philadelphia moments:

Sports Flicks For A Sports Town

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Jan 26 2015

Where To Buy Latino Art In Philadelphia

From Traditional To Modern, Latino Art Is On Sale Around Town

Latino art thrives in Philadelphia, and it’s available for sale at galleries and museums around town. Want a Frida Kahlo print for the living room? Find it at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the market for an original oil painting in the magical realism style of Orlando Quevedo? The Cuban artist’s NoLibs gallery delivers. Maybe only a Day of the Dead doll will do? Eyes Gallery offers just the thing. Here’s a look at where to buy Latino art in Philadelphia:

  • A visit to the community-based arts and cultural organization Taller Puertorriqueño means a visit to its The Julia
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Jan 26 2015

Backgrounder: Garden Story Angles

Philadelphia Gardens Find Roots In Quaker & Colonial Practices; A New Trail Highlights The Local Landscape

The Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia
Visitors can use The Gardens and Galleries Trail of Greater Philadelphia on visitphilly.com to plan their trips to the beautiful gardens of the Philadelphia region. In addition to Mother Nature’s artwork, the trail highlights historic galleries and museums that feature artistic interpretations of the local landscape.

Arboretums For Pleasure, Education & Inspiration
In part because the Quakers who settled in Pennsylvania were meticulous about identifying and cataloguing the forms of natural life they discovered here, the Philadelphia region is internationally recognized for its wealth of arboretums. Chestnut Hill’s Morris Arboretum of the

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Jan 8 2015

Cozy Up To Winter Dining In Philadelphia

The Latest Local Trends Include Top Chef Restaurants, Single-Item Eateries, Global Bars, Retro Diners & More

The coldest cold front can’t quell the fires burning in Philadelphia’s newest kitchens, churning out exciting and inventive new flavors this winter. Some of the latest additions include an ’80s-themed bistro from a Top Chef (Juniper Commons); a vegan bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot (Flora); a French rotisserie (Petit Rôti); and a spate of quirky restaurant mash-ups. Here are just a few great reasons to check out Philly dining this winter:

Notable New Entrées:

  • After making a name for himself on the Jersey Shore, Chef Luke Palladino presents his first Philly venture with the eponymous Palladino’s
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Jan 8 2015

2015 Is A Big Year For African-American Art In Philly

Six Special Exhibitions Join The City’s Permanent African & African-American Art Collections

In 2015, Philadelphia museums will mount six major exhibitions featuring some of the most celebrated African-American artists, further adding to the city’s reputation as one of the world’s great art centers. In addition to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s special exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, featuring dozens of works from its collections, art lovers can take in the Brandywine Museum of Art’s landmark exhibition Horace Pippin: The Way I See It. Adding to the trove of artistic treasures is As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection, coming to The African American Museum

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Dec 23 2014

2014: A Record Year For Leisure Visitation In Philadelphia

Philadelphia On Track For Busiest Year For Hotels Since 1949 & Highest-Ever Weekend Occupancy

Center City Philadelphia is on track to close 2014 with record hotel occupancy and the best Friday and Saturday occupancies to date. The leisure travel segment—those who come to Philadelphia for fun vacations and getaways—is a major contributor to these milestones.

Record Hotel Occupancy: 76%:
Center City Philadelphia’s hotel occupancy is projected to hit 76%—the city’s highest since 1949. Travelers from all segments (leisure, group, business) will have filled a projected 3.1 million rooms. (Source: PKF Consulting)

Leisure: The Segment That Loves Philadelphia Back:
Leisure is on track to close out a record year in 2014. In Center

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Dec 22 2014

The Philly Cheesesteak: Two New Videos Give The Mouthwatering Scoop On This Iconic Sandwich

Learn How To Order & What Makes Them So Great

Here in Philly, the cheesesteak is a civic icon, tourist draw and cultural obsession, and now two short new videos created by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® show how to order this iconic sandwich and what makes it so great. The videos are on view at visitphilly.com/cheesesteaks, where visitors can read about the history of the often-imitated sandwich and find a list of the top 10 spots to get authentic Philly cheesesteaks.

“Every successful destination needs a few strong brands, and the cheesesteak is undeniably one of ours,” said Meryl Levitz, president & CEO, VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “We want to do everything we

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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 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

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 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 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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