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Sep 5 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Centro de Oro

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

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Sep 5 2017

Fall: A Great Time To Be Out In Philadelphia

OutFest, Plus A Trans-Inclusive Opera & Halloween Events Round Out The Season

Leaves may fall, but LGBT culture blooms this time of year in Philadelphia. Opera Philadelphia brings groundbreaking drama We Shall Not Be Moved, with a transgender main character and Bill T. Jones as choreographer, to the Wilma Theater in September. The annual OutFest unites the Gayborhood in October. Margaret Cho comes to The Fillmore Philadelphia in November. And, of course, “Gay Christmas”—also known as Halloween—is done right with Tabu Lounge & Bar’s Little Shop of Poppers zany take on Little Shop of Horrors, LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls and a special screening of Hocus Pocus at

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Aug 31 2017

Cheers: Where To Drink Wine In Philly

From State Stores To Local Pours

Philadelphia has long enjoyed its reputation as a beer town. Today, however, the ever-adventurous, ever-culinary city also enjoys a serious—yet seriously fun—wine scene. Philly’s vino revolution began with restaurants such as Fork, Tria and Panorama that expanded their wine lists from offering conventional bottles to featuring fascinating new regions and varietals. It continued with the introduction of Philly Wine Week, which will celebrate its fifth year in March 2018 and features dozens of wine-centric tastings and events citywide.

More recently, Pennsylvania, once the nation’s largest alcoholic beverage control (or ABC) state, began to allow the sale of wine

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Aug 29 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Graduate Hospital

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 three years in a

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Aug 28 2017

Philly Falls For New Restaurants

Autumn Openings Include Indulgent Vegan, Spanish Spice, French Pastry & More

Autumn approaches, and with it, the perfect weather for dining out—not to mention a whole new list of restaurants to try in the Philadelphia region. New openings include Korean food in Chinatown (Dae Bak), the satellite of Washington Square West’s Cheu Noodle Bar (Cheu Fishtown), Indonesian home cooking in South Philly (D’Jakarta Café) and a French bistro in Brewerytown (Chez Novak’s). There’s no shortage of great new flavors in town, and this list is just a starting place:

Center City:

  • Dae Bak – This second-floor eatery in the Chinatown Square food hall serves
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Aug 11 2017

Wheelchair-Accessible Restaurants And Hotels Span Philadelphia

Philadelphia Offers Visitors Who Use Wheelchairs Choices In Accommodations & Dining

Philadelphia is home to many restaurants and hotels accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs, including top-notch dining establishments and accommodations spanning multiple neighborhoods and tastes. Visitors are always encouraged to contact a hotel or restaurant to review any specific needs or requests. The following list includes many local favorites—however, it is not comprehensive.

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Historic District:

  • High Street on Market – The casual and acclaimed next-door sibling of esteemed, elegant Fork is known for its artisan bread program, locally sourced menu of shared plates and house-made pastas, first-come, first-served breakfast and lunch (serving incredible ginger yogurt and justly
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Aug 9 2017

Bucks County: New Hope

Backgrounder

The quaint yet vibrant Bucks County hamlet of New Hope is known for its blend of history, natural beauty and the arts. Galleries, restaurants, bars, shops, a famous theater and rainbow flags—lots of rainbow flags—line the town’s riverside Main Street and side streets. If the flags weren’t enough of a clue, one the borough’s many draws is its LGBT scene.

Recently in the borough, the historic Bucks County Playhouse (see below) has been revived as an off-Broadway powerhouse. The circa-1727 Logan Inn is similarly undergoing a breathtaking refresh, with a handsome American tavern and a plan for 22 new guestrooms

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Aug 7 2017

One Hundredth Birthday For Benjamin Franklin Parkway Will Be Big

Centennial Brings 14 Months Of Exhibitions & Events Inside & Out

Philadelphia’s cultural powerhouse and preeminent boulevard, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway began its 100th birthday celebration September 8, 2017. Parkway 100 is the city’s 14-month celebration taking place both inside the venerable institutions that line the thoroughfare and outside among its fountains, gardens and public art. It ends November 16, 2018.

The diagonal Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches one mile from near City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the edge of Fairmount Park. Planner Paul Philippe Cret and designer Jacques Gréber modeled the thoroughfare after the Champs-Élysées of their native country. After a long, drawn-out planning and construction

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Aug 7 2017

Muchos De Los Lugares Principales De Filadelfia Dicen "Hola" A Los Visitantes De Habla Hispana

Las atracciones culturales e históricas de la región ofrecen programación, recorridos y guías en español

Los visitantes de habla hispana en Filadelfia pueden sentirse realmente bienvenidos en muchas de las atracciones de la región, gracias a una variedad de docentes bilingües, guías de audio traducidas y materiales escritos en varios idiomas. Cada año, más de dos millones y medio de vacacionistas nacionales en el área metropolitana de Filadelfia son de origen hispano/latino (fuente: Longwoods International). Por consecuencia, los sitios históricos y culturales de la región atienden a visitantes de habla hispana.

Historia:

  • Eastern State Penitentiary (Penitenciaria Estatal) – Los visitantes de habla hispana escuchan todos los efectos de sonido o narración escalofriante mientras se
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Aug 1 2017

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 attractions, thanks to a wealth of bilingual docents, translated audio guides and multilingual written materials. Each year, more than two-and-a-half million domestic leisure visitors to Greater Philadelphia are of Hispanic/Latino origin (source: Longwoods International). Accordingly, the region’s historical and cultural sites cater to Spanish-speaking guests.

History:

  • Eastern State Penitentiary – Spanish-speaking visitors catch every sound effect or eerie-sounding narration while creeping through the fortress-like former American prison. Both the main audio tour and a written translation of the tour—which guests read while listening to the original,
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Jul 27 2017

A Robust Selection Of Wineries Entice Visitors To Philadelphia’s Countryside

Backgrounder

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 Awards:
The Commonwealth ranks seventh in the nation for number of wineries—more than 260—and produces nearly two million gallons of wine per year. Pennsylvania vintners have won awards at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, International Women’s Wine Competition, New York International Wine Competition, International Eastern Wine Competition, World Wine Championships, Berlin International Wine

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Jul 26 2017

Craft Distilleries Revive Pennsylvania's Pre-Prohibition Tradition

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

Craft distilleries in the Philadelphia region are absolutely booming, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation. Until Prohibition wiped out the state’s 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 onsite sales. These new laws opened up the craft to would-be distillers who now proudly produce and sell small-batch spirits in Philadelphia. In a sign of the industry’s maturation, the Philadelphia Distillery Trail keeps a running tally

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Jul 26 2017

Cool Off At 14 Philadelphia Hotel Pools This August

Center City & University City Hotels Offer The Perfect Base For A Staycation

Philadelphia’s hot, hot, hot summer temperatures show no signs of declining in August, making it a great time for regional residents to consider a staycation at one of the many city hotels offering pool access. After touring the town, hotel guests can lounge among the skyscrapers on the 24th floor of the downtown Windsor Suites or take a lap or two at the posh pool of AKA University City—just two of many alluring pool options in the city’s sandbox.

Most of the hotels featured here offer the perks-packed Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which always comes with

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Jul 26 2017

What To Do On A Fall Getaway Weekend In Philadelphia

Fall In The City & Region Brings Epic Opera, Outdoor Performances & More

Fall in Philadelphia means news in live and fine arts, harvest festivals and a last crack at warm-weather fun. This fall’s promise? All that and more. Among autumn’s highlights are O17, Opera Philadelphia’s brand-new, multiday, unprecedented kickoff to the company’s season. The Barnes Foundation exhibition Kiefer Rodin combines the works of Auguste Rodin and contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer. Mushrooms (Kennett Square’s Mushroom Festival), chrysanthemums (Longwood Gardens’ Chrysanthemum Festival), scarecrows (Peddler’s Village’s Scarecrow Competition and Display), Victory Beer (Downingtown Fall Festival) and LGBT pride (OutFest) star in street fairs and festivals, as do

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Jul 26 2017

15 Major Philadelphia Art Exhibitions For Fall

Highlights: A Citywide Monument Showcase, A Rodin Centenary Exhibit & The 40-Foot “Big Bling”

Philadelphia’s art landscape becomes more vibrant and more relevant this fall when new exhibitions tap into political and social issues. Philadelphia Assembled asks viewers to consider the city’s future by visiting this collaborative exhibition created by organizers across the city, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Citywide Monument Lab encourages dialogue about how Philadelphia should be represented in the public space. A Time to Break Silence: Pictures of Social Change at the James A. Michener Art Museum honors Dr. King’s controversial speech that challenged the United States to redirect military spending to poverty relief. And the Penn Museum explores the

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Jul 25 2017

Philly Pizza Pleases Every Palate

The Region’s Pizzerias Have Never Been So Bountiful Or So Diverse

Philadelphia has earned some serious pizza cred in recent years. Not only is this city home to a combo pizza museum and restaurant (Pizza Brain), an artisan pizza truck (Pitruco) and, according to Bon Appétit’s 2015 “Ultimate Pizza Guide,” America’s very best pizza (Pizzeria Beddia), but it’s also a proving ground for the idea that this traditional food can be reinvented in infinite ways. Whether it’s a straightforward but studious Neapolitan round, a floppy tri-corner slice with cheese to spare or a newfangled pie laden with carefully sourced ingredients, there is a pizza for

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Jul 14 2017

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Marks World Emoji Day With New Philly Stickers

Philly Emojis Now Available For Apple's Messages App

In honor of World Emoji Day, VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the region’s official tourism marketing agency, today announced the launch of its sticker pack, featuring expressive Philly-themed illustrations and animations that locals and visitors can use in iMessage chats on iPhones and iPads.

The sticker pack features 33 shareable emojis that give Apple users a creative way to talk about the City of Brotherly Love in their private day-to-day messages. Graphics include an animated Liberty Bell with heart-eyes, a Philly cheesesteak, VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s own “XOXO” from the beloved With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign and, of course, an illustration of

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Jul 13 2017

Philadelphia's French Connections

Visitors To Philadelphia Discover America’s Century-Old Champs-Élysées & Much More

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway turns 100 this year, returning one of Philadelphia’s many French connections to the limelight. Paul Philippe Cret and Jacques Gréber planned the museum-lined boulevard to emulate Paris’ Champs-Élysées. A century later, a 14-month-long birthday fête Parkway 100 (September 8, 2017-November 16, 2018) includes major public art installations and cultural events. The Parkway itself is a rich repository of French art—from the Barnes Foundation to the Rodin Museum to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It’s also one of the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic and fashion influences.

Here’s a look at the many ways Philadelphia feels French:

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Jul 7 2017

Eventos Que No Se Puede Perder Este Verano En Filadelfia

Festivales, entretenimiento en vivo y exhibiciones celebran la cultura latina

Al ser una región diversa y vibrante que es hogar de muchas comunidades latinas, el área metropolitana de Filadelfia ofrece una gran variedad de eventos y festivales culturales latinos desde el verano hasta el otoño. Desde el Delaware River Waterfront hasta el Condado de Chester, las exhibiciones de arte (Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta), presentaciones musicales (NuevoFest, Julieta Venegas y más), festivales (Hispanic Fiesta, Feria del Barrio) y fútbol (Club América vs. Club Puebla) honran el legado y el futuro de los latinos.

Junio:

  • Nuestro Tema: Llamada y Respuesta – La exhibición
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Jul 5 2017

Philly 101: The How-Tos For Navigating Philadelphia

Primer On The City’s Layout, Accents & Very Particular Way To Drink At Dinner

Every year, 42 million travelers get to know Philadelphia’s layout, customs, food and dialect during their visits. First-timers may wonder: What’s the best way to get around (walk); why do so many restaurants refuse to serve alcohol (BYOBs); where are all the bagels (soft pretzels for breakfast); is that Ben Franklin on the top of that building (no); and is wooder ice really that big of a deal (yes)?

The reasons to visit the country’s first World Heritage City have been well-covered in U.S. News World Report, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Lonely Planet and Condé

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