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Nov 16 2016

What's In the Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mount Airy Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Cafes, Markets, Shops, Arts and Attractions

Diverse and historic, Chestnut Hill, Germantown and Mount Airy are urban neighborhoods in northwest Philadelphia. Each enclave has a distinctive style, feel and highlights that represent the communities’ past and present. All are worth day trips, and fortunately, getting there is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at septa.org before heading off to explore these vibrant 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, a National Register Historic District, was once a vacation

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Nov 15 2016

2017 Annual Events In Philadelphia

Philly Festivals & Events Celebrate All Sorts Of Interests

There’s a reason Philadelphia is on so many people’s list of must-see cities for 2017. A jam-packed schedule of fireworks, festivals, parades, shows and more keep folks coming back to Philadelphia year after year.

Here’s a look at what’s going on in the Philadelphia region in 2017:

January:

  • During the 120th edition of the Mummers Parade, 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets. The troupes in the String Band division entertain crowds with musical numbers and choreographed dances, and the Fancy Brigades stage two
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Nov 14 2016

Poke Makes A Splash In The Home Of The Soft Pretzel

A Guide To The Philadelphia Region's Trending Raw Seafood Craze

The Hawaiian poké craze has hit Philly in a major way, and no wonder: Raw fish over rice with vegetables, sauce and assorted fun toppings makes for a healthy and satisfying meal. While Japanese sashimi and Italian crudo continue to be widely popular, restaurant goers are also enthusiastically embracing fresh seafood in many new (to the region) ways, whether it’s a traditional dish of Philippino kinilaw or a completely unorthodox Mexican-Japanese mashup tuna taco.

Here are just some of the delicious ways to experience uncooked fish in Philly:

Poké:

  • Bubble tea meets sushi at the aptly named Bubblefish. The
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Nov 14 2016

'Tis The Season: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

The Region Celebrates With Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, Shows & More

Twinkling lights, the echo of carols and a nip in the air all bring a sprinkle of seasonal magic to Philadelphia. This year the festivities get an extra touch of sparkle with the launch of the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s colorful, seven-week holiday gift to locals and visitors, featuring a new spectacularly lit tree and America’s Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park, parades, light shows and two fireworks displays along the Delaware River. Beyond the festivals, revelers can enjoy all of their regional favorites, including the dazzling Longwood Gardens Christmas display and Washington’s annual Crossing of the Delaware River

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Nov 8 2016

Mummers 101: Celebrate New Year's Day Like A Local

A Primer To the Who, What, When, Where & Why of Philly's Mummer's Parade

New Year’s Day is about celebrating, and there’s no better place to fete than at Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade, a tradition dating back to 1901 in which 10,000 men, women and children dressed in colorfully lavish costumes twirl, sashay, pirouette and strut down one of the city’s main streets.

Over the past few years, tweaks to the traditional route now take the Mummers from north to south with judging at the start of the parade instead of at the end and performances along the length of the route rather than in specific locations.

While a carnival-like atmosphere welcomes anyone who decides

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Nov 8 2016

Philadelphia's Literary Legacy Makes For A Novel Visit

Visitors Can Get Their Read On At Authors’ Homes & Independent Book Stores

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 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.

Here’s a look at some of the region’s literary locales and independently owned booksellers:

Attention On The Author:

  • The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic
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Nov 8 2016

What's In The Fairmount & Spring Garden Neighborhoods

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Outdoors & Arts In Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood

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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Nov 3 2016

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway

This Season’s Package Is Bigger, Better & Perkier Than Ever

VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the region’s official tourism marketing agency, announced an unprecedented version of its Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package for winter. Redeemable from November 25, 2016 through March 19, 2017, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package Winter Getaway is bookable online now at visitphilly.com/overnight and starts at $99 per night. The package, offered at 38 Center City hotels, is valued at up to $228 and includes:

  • Free hotel parking
  • Two untimed tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition, making its North American debut at The Franklin Institute
  • Admission and ice skate rentals for two at Blue Cross RiverRink
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Oct 28 2016

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 all-natural mani-pedis to deeply transformative Thai yoga massages to rejuvenating facials.

Hotel Day Spas/Salons:

  • A bucolic, 31-acre estate once owned by famed playwright George Kaufman now sets the scene for The Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm’s lovely spa, where pros mix all-natural ingredients right
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Oct 27 2016

Shopping, Spas & Beauty In Rittenhouse Square

The blocks around Rittenhouse Square are Philadelphia’s preeminent go-to for style and beauty. High-end shops, locally owned boutiques, bargain stores and day spas are more numerous between Broad Street and the Schuylkill River and Market and Pine Streets than in any other Philadelphia neighborhood. (Ditto restaurants and bars, venues for showing off high style.)

Like all neighborhoods in and around Philadelphia, Rittenhouse Square offers tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes. It’s also the home of many national retailers. Busy Walnut Street, also called “Rittenhouse Row,” boasts a lineup that includes American Apparel, Athleta, Apple, Barbour, Barney’s New York, Dr. Martens,

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Oct 25 2016

What's in the Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Outdoors & Arts In Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood

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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Oct 20 2016

Rocky: Forty & Fabulous

Rocky’s 40th Anniversary Is The Perfect Time To Visit Iconic Philly Sites

Forty years ago next month, the world witnessed the set-in-Philly birth of the ultimate, all-American underdog flick. On November 21, 1976, Rocky brought to life the glorious grit of Philadelphia’s favorite fictional son. But Rocky Balboa won more than the hearts of filmgoers: Sylvester Stallone’s creation earned 10 Academy Award nominations—and ultimately won three, including Best Film and Best Director—led to six sequels, grossed more than $1 billion dollars and showed off a tough-love side of Philly whose legend has persisted to this day. Sure, the city’s skyline, cultural scene, restaurants and reputation have dramatically evolved since Rocky’s debut—but Philadelphia

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Oct 18 2016

SugarHouse General Manager Joins Visit Philadelphia Team

Philadelphia Native Wendy Hamilton Is The Most Recent Addition To The Board Of Directors

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® announced today that it has welcomed Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino, to its board.

“We’re pleased to have Wendy join our board,” said Manuel Stamatakis, VISIT PHILADELPHIA board chairman. “She has more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, and her enthusiasm for and dedication to Philadelphia will serve us all well as VISIT PHILADELPHIA plans and strategizes for the future.”

Hamilton has managed SugarHouse since it opened in 2010 and, in that time, has led partnerships with major Philadelphia events, such as the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront

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Oct 14 2016

Philadelphia's LGBT Nightlife Scene Buzzes Evening Through Late-Night At Center City Bars, Restaurants & Nightclubs

A Guide To Where To Eat, Drink & Party In Philadelphia’s Gayborhood & Beyond

LGBT revelers of every stripe meet their nightlife matches among the buzz-worthy bars, restaurants and nightclubs in and beyond Philadelphia’s Gayborhood. After dark, partying patrons enjoy laid-back vibes and stiff cocktails at watering holes Knock and U Bar, at the well-rounded club scenes of Woody’s and Voyeur and at bar-nightclub hybrids—venues with bars on the first floors and dancing on the second—Franky Bradley’s and Tavern on Camac. Then, there’s the late-night food scene, featuring stylish go-tos like Bud & Marilyn’s and Zavino along the restaurant row that is 13th Street, plus quick noshes in the wee hours.
 

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Oct 13 2016

When It Comes To Vegan Dining, The Home Of The Cheesesteak Proudly Vedges Out

Philadelphia Offers An Array Of Vegan Fine Dining, Bar Eats, Fast Food & Café Fare

It’s a curious thing that a city so renowned for its cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches could also foster one of the nation’s most robust vegan food scenes. Upscale diners can find delight in the shared plates at Vedge or the coursed and the home-style elegance of Miss Rachel’s Pantry, while those seeking a quick bite can swing by Blackbird Pizza for fare that is more traditionally Philadelphian. Factor in some coffee shops, bars and even a diner, and vegan eaters will see—and taste—that the city’s offerings have something for every palate, day or night.


Here’s a look at some

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Oct 11 2016

VISIT PHILADELPHIA Announces Director Of Social Media, Dana Schmidt

Schmidt To Further Mission To Grow Fan Base

Dana Schmidt is the director of social media at VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, the region’s official tourism marketing agency.

Schmidt is responsible for continuing to grow the brand’s social media fan base beyond 1.2 million followers (and counting). As the director of social media for VISIT PHILADELPHIA, she leads the organization’s award-winning social media program by curating compelling content and using innovative tactics to keep fans and followers engaged.

Schmidt, who joined VISIT PHILADELPHIA in March 2016, chartered a new way to engage mobile-savvy travelers and locals with an account on the latest image- and video-based storytelling social media platform,

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Oct 10 2016

Culinary Experiences Offer Mouthwatering Reasons To Visit Philadelphia

Food-Focused Tours, Festivals & Classes Tempt Taste Buds In Philadelphia And The Countryside®

When foodies hit the road, they take their passion for farmers markets, culinary tours and tasting experiences with them. Tasting its flavors is one of the best ways to get to know a region, and Philadelphia offers a cornucopia of edible adventures. Visitors can choose from food truck festivals, a weekend celebrating everyone’s favorite fungus, cooking classes and all sorts of wine and beer celebrations. Here’s a look at some of the region’s culinary happenings:

2017 Foodie Festivities:

  • Philadelphians dine at the best for less with Center City District Restaurant Week and University City Dining Days. During the former,
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Oct 6 2016

An Essential Guide To Philadelphia For LGBT Visitors

Must-Dos Include Historic Sites, Popular Neighborhoods, Top Restaurants & Buzzed-About Bars

Philadelphia, the United States’ birthplace, is proud of the roles it has played—and plays still—in the founding, furtherance and celebration of the LGBT civil rights movement. The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection hosted the country’s first major demonstration for LGBT rights, the Annual Reminders, in 1965. Today, visitors to Philly can easily explore sites where LGBT history was made and where queer life continues to thrive.

To see and do it all, visitors need to spend at least a couple of nights, and that’s made easy with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package®, offering free parking

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Oct 6 2016

Five Election Exhibits Across The U.S. Take Decision 2016 From Polarizing To Fascinating

Mock Speeches, Social Media Displays & Rock And Roll Artifacts Reveal The Experience Of Running For President

This year’s presidential race—particularly the heated, headline-grabbing contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—might seem unprecedentedly newsworthy. But in truth, U.S. presidential elections have been making history since President George Washington became the first world leader to peacefully pass power to a non-relative (John Adams) via democratic election. Across the United States, top-tier museums delve into the race to be POTUS via election-themed exhibitions. VISIT PHILADELPHIA® has gathered details on the largest such displays—in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York and Cleveland.

The following five exhibits delve into the decisions, rallies, marketing, music, handshakes and other fascinating details that are

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Oct 5 2016

Cheesesteak 101: A Primer On The Who, What, Where And Whiz Of South Philly Cheesesteaks

Backgrounder

Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. So what is an authentic cheesesteak and where did it come from? Here’s the lowdown on this region’s favorite sandwich.

What Is A Cheesesteak?:
A cheesesteak is a long, crusty roll filled with thinly sliced sautéed rib-eye 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

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