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Dec 21 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Washington Square West

Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood named for a 17th-century park and including the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square originally served as a grazing pasture, potter’s field and gathering spot for early African-Americans—who dubbed the park “Congo Square”—on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, now home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the 150 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row.

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Dec 20 2017

The Truth About The "Boo"

Philadelphia Clears The Record On The Nearly 50-Year-Old Santa & Snowball Incident Of 1968

As the Christmas evening home game between the (12-2) Philadelphia Eagles and the (6-8) Oakland Raiders approaches, Philly braces itself for more references to the city’s infamous, 49-year-old, snowballs-at-Santa incident. VISIT PHILADELPHIA® would like to clear the record: The unfortunate debacle misrepresents Philadelphia’s place in history and present outlook. Here’s what really happened—and what Eagles fans are focusing on as 2017 turns to 2018. It’s time the rest of the country let this snowballed story melt.

  • On December 15, 1968, the Eagles met the Vikings at home at Franklin Field. It had been a tough season—the Birds were 2-11, nearly
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Dec 20 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Avenue Of The Arts

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

The Avenue of the Arts is 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

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Dec 20 2017

Annual Events In Philadelphia In 2018

Philly’s Yearly Lineup of Festivals, Shows, Holidays And More Shine In 2018

Year after year, Philadelphia’s roster of annual events provides irresistible reasons for visitors to come to—and to fall in love with—Philadelphia. That a city so rich in history continues to both celebrate and improve on its legacy is a testament to Philly pride and invention. The 2018 calendar starts with the 121st Mummers Parade and continues with the world’s largest indoor Flower Show, the jam- (and food-) packed South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, the idiosyncratic Kensington Sculpture Derby, the epic Philly Beer Week, a 10-day Fourth of July celebration (Wawa Welcome America) and the nation’s oldest Thanksgiving

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Dec 20 2017

A Year Of Culinary Festivals And Events Offer Mouthwatering Reasons To Visit Philadelphia

2018 Promises Amazing Food And Drink Events In And Beyond Philadelphia

Dining out is one of the best ways to get to know a region, and Philadelphia delivers its culinary education in a delicious buffet. Foodies who hit the road (or railroad) to Philly are rewarded with farmers markets, insider food tours and tasting experiences such as food truck festivals, neighborhood food fests, cooking classes and all sorts of wine and beer celebrations.

Here’s a look at some of the region’s 2018 culinary happenings:

January:

  • Each January and September, the ten-day Center City District Restaurant Week gives diners nearly endless opportunities to sample three courses at dozens of the city’s
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Dec 19 2017

The Rittenhouse Hotel General Manager Joins VISIT PHILADELPHIA Team

Reginald Archambault Is The Most Recent Addition To The Company’s Board Of Directors

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announced today that it has welcomed Reginald Archambault, general manager of The Rittenhouse Hotel, to its board of directors.

“We are pleased to have Reg join our board,” said Manuel Stamatakis, VISIT PHILADELPHIA board chairman. “He has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality sector, and we look forward to taking advantage of his knowledge and expertise as we develop marketing plans and strategies for VISIT PHILADELPHIA moving forward.”

Archambault started his career in the hospitality industry in 1991—serving as restaurant manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island in Florida. He quickly moved up the ranks

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Dec 14 2017

Philadelphia’s Historic District Brings Outlander To Life

Storied Philly Blocks Reveal Historic Locations Used In Diana Gabaldon’s Popular Novels

What’s Philadelphia’s Historic District got to do with Outlander, author Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling eight-book (and-counting) series—now also a hit TV series on Starz—about a World War II British army nurse who travels through time to meet an 18th-century Scottish Highlander? Plenty. Protagonists Claire and Jamie Fraser are at the heart of Outlander’s heady romance and historic fantasy. In the book series’ last two editions—which are not yet televised—the Frasers bring that romance and fantasy to the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District.

Revolutionary War-era Philadelphia sets the scene for Gabaldon’s most recent novels, An Echo in the Bone and

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Dec 14 2017

Philadelphia: Amazing For Vegan, Gluten-Free And More Healthy Dining

The Region Brims With Delicious Choices For Vegan, Gluten-Free & Other Eaters With Dietary Restrictions

In a city whose best-known culinary contribution has long been the cheesesteak, Philadelphia’s vast number of health-conscious restaurants can surprise visitors. Center City is home to both one of the world’s most renowned vegan destinations (Vedge) and lauded chefs (Michael Solomonov, Zahav; Marc Vetri, Vetri) who gladly adapt menus to diners whose diets prohibit gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, meat and more. More recently, the region has welcomed a host of quick-serve spots (P.S. & Co., Vegan Commissary) and gluten-free bakeries (Sweet Freedom, Taffet’s) that redefine the concept of fast food for a healthier

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Dec 11 2017

Fuel Up This Winter With Philly's New Restaurants

New Openings Include French Bakeries, Neighborhood Bistros, Greek Fast Food & More

There’s no hibernating this winter—not when Philadelphia’s restaurant scene offers so many fresh ways to stay warm and energized. Among the worth-bundling-up-for culinary newcomers: a second location for a beloved Korean fried chicken spot (Andy’s Chicken), a destination-worthy American-style brasserie for Old City from Laurel’s Nick Elmi (Royal Boucherie) and a pair of new gyro kitchens (Moustaki and Yeeroh). The following are just some of the latest reasons to bundle up, with more on the way in the New Year:

Center City:

  • Alice – The folks behind Rittenhouse coffee shop Gran Caffe L’Aquila
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Dec 6 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Rittenhouse Square

Long considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. It’s a lifestyle. Home to a number of hotels along with dozens of restaurants and shops, Rittenhouse serves as a point of pride for locals and a favorite among out-of-towners.

Along Rittenhouse’s busy sidewalks—many with seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; bargain stores; theaters and entertainment; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds, from petite BYOBs to crowd-pleasing chains. The neighborhood buzzes with activity all

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Dec 5 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Fairmount & Spring Garden

Because of their proximity to the renowned arts and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often referred to as the “Art Museum area.” But the personalities of these historic, laid-back, diverse communities are distinct in their own right.

Fairmount stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. The residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to friendly residents and atmosphere. What’s a visitor to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-museum, Eastern State Penitentiary.

Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and better-known Fairmount, Spring

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Dec 4 2017

17 Enormes Razones Para Visitar Filadelfia En 2018

Con sus rascacielos y barcos, parques y muelles, Filadelfia se lucirá el próximo año

Como uno de los "50 mejores lugares para viajar" de Travel + Leisure y los "25 mejores lugares para visitar en Estados Unidos" de US News & World Report, Filadelfia se ha convertido en un destino por mérito propio. Quienes no han visitado la ciudad recientemente se sorprenderán al descubrir Filadelfia en 2018. Un horizonte en expansión, una increíble escena gastronómica, espacios públicos revigorizados, una escena artística vibrante y una población diversa y dinámica han transformado el centro de la ciudad y otras áreas. En el próximo año, habrá mayores y mejores cambios.

En 2018, Filadelfia presentará el espectacular

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Dec 4 2017

2018 LGBT Events In Philadelphia

Bearded Ladies, Bigger qFLIX And A Philly-centric Rufus Wainwright Concert Mark The Year Ahead

Since holding the nation’s first major LGBT rights protest some 50 years ago, Philadelphia has continued to prove that it’s still one of the best destinations for LGBT travelers to get their history straight and their nightlife gay.

The city offers a full calendar of events in 2018, including an expanded fifth-annual qFLIX Philadelphia film festival, a Fringe Festival rounded out by a special Bearded Ladies Cabaret performance, as well as concert featuring both Rufus Wainwright and the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. These are the icing atop the city and region’s annual pride celebrations, weekly bashes in bars across the

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Nov 30 2017

Winter: A Season Of Cheer & Queer In Philadelphia

JUNK Sizzles With Holiday Sex Appeal & Martha Rings In Winter Solstice

The temperatures may be dropping, but LGBT entertainment in Philly this winter is anything but chilly. Highlights of the season’s rock-star arts lineup includes standup from Queer As Folk alum Hal Sparks and The Killers’ sure-to-be-electric concert. If an edgier take on the season is the craving, Philly drag darling Martha Graham Cracker ushers in the winter solstice with a Choral Spectacular at FringeArts, choreographer Brian Sanders’ Adult Swim spins holiday traditions by marrying sex appeal and dumpster diving, and, now in its 20th year, the venerable, 20-year-old tradition of GayBINGO! puts on its beloved Christmas edition.

To maximize

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Nov 30 2017

The BYOB Restaurant: A Philly Phenomenon

Region Boasts 300-Plus Bring-Your-Own-Bottle Restaurants

Despite decades of popularity and expansion, one quintessential Philadelphia dining phenomenon continues to fly deliciously under the radar. It’s the BYOB, the bring-your-own-bottle restaurant—BYO, for short. Typically independently owned and operated, Philly’s BYOBs number into the three hundreds. Diners find them on dozens of corners in Center City, along avenues of renewed urban neighborhoods and tucked down rural roads. It’s a curious trend with an interesting backstory—and an even more interesting present.

Here’s a short explanation of how the BYOB scene came to be—and advice on navigating the landscape.

What Is A BYOB?:
A BYOB restaurant allows patrons to

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Nov 20 2017

Winter Brings Seasonal Perks To The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package

Visitors Now Receive Dining Discounts & Museum Admission In Addition To Free Parking

The popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package returns for the winter with dining discounts and museum admission, plus its ever-popular and convenient free hotel parking. Bookable now at visitphilly.com/overnight, the winter edition runs from December 1 through March 4, 2018.

Package Perks In Detail:
The Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, responsible for more than 16,000 room nights in 2016, is available for one or more nights at more than 40 hotels in Center City and beyond. The winter hotel deal includes parking and tickets to the following with a combined value of up to $235:

  • Free parking:
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Nov 13 2017

Philadelphia's Shopping Scene Is Proudly Independent

A Guide To Owner-Operated Retailers Throughout The City Of Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, owner-operated shops are a way of life—and have been since the 17th century. Independent storefronts fit naturally into the city’s fabric; their size and spirit thrive amid similarly independent restaurants, bars and cafes in close-knit neighborhoods.

It’s perhaps no surprise that college-filled, athletics-obsessed Philadelphia is the birthplace of iconoclastic retailer Urban Outfitters (and stylish spawn Anthropologie, Free People and Terrain) and throwback pro sports apparel phenom Mitchell & Ness. Also not too surprising: The city’s recent surge of upscale boutiques and haberdasheries that have followed Philly’s surge of stylish residents and visitors. Certainly pleasantly surprising

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Nov 7 2017

Experience Luxury At These 17 Boutique Hotels, Penthouses & Presidential Suites In Philadelphia

Paradise Awaits At Some of Philly’s Most Luxurious Accommodations

Posh penthouses with personal dining rooms, on-trend lofts that feel like home (only better), exclusive elevators, spectacular skyline views, marble baths, invisible concierges and plush bathrobes are part and parcel of Philadelphia’s most splurge-worthy overnight experiences. And with the variety and caliber of hotels here increasing—look for the opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia high atop the Comcast Technology Center in 2018—so have the offerings and amenities available at the city’s chicest accommodations. For access to many of these luxe spaces—along with more conventional options—book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which comes with free parking and

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Nov 6 2017

Classic Holiday Eating, One Philadelphia Mom-And-Pop Shop At A Time

Lines Out The Door Are Part Of The Fun Among These Philly Holiday Food Makers

Philadelphia does festive food and drink right. The proof: Wintertime lines out the doors of the city’s beloved mom-and-pop purveyors. For decades, Philadelphia’s proudly diverse population has represented a variety of home-cooked holiday food traditions holidays: classic latkes, old-world confections, Italian pastry, Polish kielbasa and handmade tamales. Here’s a field guide to eating through the holiday season the authentic way:

Thanksgiving Turkey & Pies:

  • Cacia’s Bakery – Since the 1950s, this venerable deep South Philly bread maker has played a special role in local holiday dinners. Each Thanksgiving, the Cacia family offers their services—their massive, brick-lined bread oven, really—to
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Nov 6 2017

Philadelphia’s Historic District Celebrates The Holiday Season

The Original City Gets Into The Spirit With HoliDays & Nights

This December, Philadelphia’s Historic District transforms into holiday central. The original city neighborhoods of Old City, Society Hill and the Delaware River Waterfront join forces for Philadelphia’s Historic District HoliDays & Nights, a celebration of the season. From November 30 through December 31, the merrymaking spans museums, restaurants and shops between the Delaware River and 7th Street and Vine and Lombard Streets. As part of the festivities, the Snowflake Shuttle powered by PHLASH will offer free rides throughout the District Thursday through Saturday evenings, 6-9 p.m. The best way to experience Historic District’s wintertime fun is with the

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