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Jan 31 2007

Tut Road Show Takes to the Streets of Philly

Special Trolley Offers Visitors an Easy, Affordable Ride to Tut Exhibitions

That 3,347-year-old boy king sure gets around! King Tut’s image, peering off the back of a passenger trolley, will be a new fixture on Philadelphia streets as the Tut Trolley launches on February 3, 2007, just in time for the opening of the Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibition, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation, at The Franklin Institute. Funded by the city’s hotels, the trolley will offer visitors a convenient ride between key tourist landmarks (Independence Visitor Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center and the Embassy Suites Hotel) and venues hosting Egypt-related exhibitions, including The

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Tagged: Events
Jan 23 2007

King Tut En Español

Duerma Como Un Rey En Filadelfia

¡Atención! Esta es la última oportunidad de deleitarse con la Exhibición Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs (Tutankamón y la Era Dorada de los Faraones) presentada por Mellon Financial Corporation. Filadelfia es la última parada del Faraón (y la única en la costa este) en su gira dentro de los Estados Unidos. Para la comodidad de los turistas hemos creado un Paquete de Hotel llamado King Tut (Rey Tutankamón) que incluye dos boletos VIP para visitar el museo cuando lo deseen durante el horario de la exhibición. The Franklin Institute (El Instituto Franklin) presentará este majestuoso evento desde

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Tagged: Events
Jan 23 2007

Sleep Like a King in Philadelphia

Hotel Package Offers Two Tickets To Tut Any Time

Last chance, last chance! That thought will run through a million minds as people from all 50 states make travel plans to Philadelphia to see Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation. And, ticketing for out-of-towners couldn’t be easier. Two un-timed, VIP tickets come with every booking of the King Tut Hotel Package. (That means visitors can see the show at anytime during exhibition hours.) Philly is the final (and only East Coast) stop of the pharaoh’s current North American tour. The Franklin Institute will host the blockbuster show, on view February 3

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Dec 20 2006

What's New in Philadelphia and The Countryside

Winter 2007 And Beyond

Winter 2007:
Philly Overnight® Hotel Package Returns For Fifth Year
Just in time for winter, the Philly’s More Fun When You Sleep Over® campaign returns, and with it comes the popular Philly Overnight® Hotel Package. Available until April 9, 2007, the package includes two-night accommodations, free parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and the Philly’s Sleepover Savings Coupon Book with discounts at area attractions, restaurants and shops. The package is now bookable at www.gophila.com.

Go Golden: Philadelphia Celebrates Tut
Philadelphia coronates the grandest King Tut exhibition to hit the United States in a quarter-century on February 3,

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Tagged: Winter
Dec 19 2006

Ring in the New Year at One of Philly's Famed BYOB Restaurants

BYOC (Bring Your Own Champagne) For New Year’s Eve Dinner At A BYOB

In-the-know Philadelphians (and frequent visitors) have a secret for ringing in the New Year in style without breaking the bank: Dine at a cozy BYOB restaurant. Short for “bring your own bottle,” BYOBs are an integral part of the region’s booming dining scene. Every other night of the year, patrons sip self-selected chardonnays and cabernets. On December 31, however, they’ll be toting chilled champagne to their favorite neighborhood BYOBs. Typically petite and run by chef-owners, these bar-free bistros range from classic French to tropical vegetarian, with a heavy concentration on Italian and contemporary American cuisines. Here’s a look at what’s

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Tagged: BYOBs, Holidays
Dec 12 2006

2007 Annual and Blockbuster Events in the Philadelphia Region

Events Not To Miss In 2007

Art lovers, garden enthusiasts, film connoisseurs and sports fans will find a year packed beginning to end with festivals, sporting events, art shows, parades and cultural events in Philadelphia. Here’s what’s going on in the region in 2007:

January 2007

  • Thousands of decorative strutters kick off the New Year by marching up Broad Street in the festive day-long Mummers Parade that ends with the Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. January 1, 2007. (215) 965-7676, www.phillymummers.com
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) and the James A. Michener Art Museum present Daniel Garber: Romantic Realist. Comprising nearly
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Tagged: Events
Dec 11 2006

Philly Goes Red, White, Blue and Green for 2007 Flower Show

Many Ways For Visitors To Catch The Erin Go Bragh Spirit In Philly

With its "Legends of Ireland"; theme, the Philadelphia Flower Show will be even greener than usual in 2007. Taking place March 4-11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the show will weave bits of Irish lore, legends, entertainment and arts and crafts throughout the many displays.

After passing through the ferns, flowers, mythical creatures and Irish mists of Ealain Woods, visitors will enter Tir-Na-Nog, the land of the young, and the Knot Garden, shimmering with crystals, flowers, waterfalls and Celtic banners. Set amid the turrets, towers and ancient stone work of the Castle of the Emerald Kingdom will be a stage

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Dec 5 2006

Philly's More Fun When You Sleep Over® – On New Year's Eve

Make It A Long Weekend And Ring In The New Year In Philadelphia

Nobody celebrates the New Year like Philadelphia. The long holiday weekend is loaded with options to help ring in 2007 the right way. As always, revelers can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks show at Penn’s Landing or catch the Mummers Parade along Broad Street on New Year’s Day. This year, they can also take in a performance of Phantom of the Opera or enjoy a top-notch dinner at one of the more than 200 bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurants in town. With so much to see and do, sleeping over is a must. The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation offers tips

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Tagged: Holidays
Nov 28 2006

Rosie O’Donnell's R Family Vacations Set Sail for Philly…Without the Ship!

Famous For Cruise Ship Charters, R Family Announces Gay-friendly Weekend In U.S. City

R Family Vacations and the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) are proud to announce the “R Family Philly Weekend,” March 10-11, 2007. This excursion marks the first time the acclaimed vacation company has offered a family-friendly, gay-friendly getaway in a city. Packages, which go on sale on Wednesday, November 29, 2006, include luxury hotel accommodations and day and evening activities.

“I am thrilled that R Family Vacations is offering its very first land-based vacation,” said Kelli O’Donnell, the company’s co-founder. “A trip to Philadelphia is a great way to inspire your family to affect the future by learning the

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Tagged: LGBT
Nov 17 2006

Five Years Later, Philly Overnight® Hotel Package is Still the Best Deal in Town

Package Includes Parking And Coupon Book To Help Visitors Dine And Play Better

Travelers just love it! The Philly Overnight® Hotel Package returns for the fifth straight year and just in time for the winter holiday season. Created to boost tourism in the wake of September 11, 2001, the package is now a resident and visitor favorite thanks to its affordability and irresistible amenities. The free parking alone can save hotel guests up to $36 per day.

Available at nearly 40 hotels throughout the region from November 17, 2006 through April 9, 2007, the package includes two-night accommodations, parking, a Philly’s More Fun teddy bear and the Philly’s Sleepover Savings Coupon Book with

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Nov 13 2006

Thanksgiving Weekend Marks 30th Anniversary of Rocky

Long Weekend Is Perfect Time To Get Re-Inspired By Philly’s Favorite Underdog

Thanksgiving weekend 2006 marks the 30th anniversary of Rocky, the 1976 Academy Award-winning film that led to a movie empire and more than $496 million dollars in U.S. box office sales alone. Each day, Philadelphia locals and visitors run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, pump their fists in the air and sing that memorable Rocky theme song, “Gonna Fly Now,” in tribute to the beloved movie hero. The long holiday weekend is the perfect time for fans of the film to get re-inspired by Philly’s favorite underdog by watching one or all five of

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Nov 9 2006

Philly Has “Golden” Opportunity as Tut’s Last Stop in U.S.

City Hotels, Restaurants and Shops Prepare for Record Number of Visitors

A celebration of all-things Egyptian is now underway in Philadelphia, and today the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) unveiled a $1 million marketing plan to promote the destination and its all-important sleep-over message. The centerpiece of the city’s king-sized celebration, Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation, will run from February 3 through September 30, 2007 at The Franklin Institute, the last stop on its current North American tour.

Philadelphia’s coup to become the official last stop and only Northeast city to host the popular exhibition will pay off as the show

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Nov 8 2006

Tickets On Sale For 'Tutankhamun And The Golden Age Of Pharaohs,’ Opening At The Franklin Institute Science Museum In February 2007

Tickets for the final venue on the current U.S. tour of “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” at The Franklin Institute will become available for public purchase beginning at 10 a.m. EST today, Wednesday, Nov. 8. The exhibition marks the first time artifacts from King Tut's tomb will visit Philadelphia.


Organized by National Geographic, AEG Exhibitions, and Arts and Exhibitions International, with cooperation from the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities, the exhibition will visit The Franklin Institute Feb. 3 through Sept. 30, 2007. Mellon Financial Corporation is the presenting sponsor and PECO is the associate sponsor in Philadelphia.

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Oct 25 2006

Holidays Are Happy Days In Philadelphia

Refreshing Recreation And Toasty Treats Make The Season Special

Whether it’s the bite of crisp winter air or the coziness of a warm drink shared with friends, Philadelphia is home to hundreds of places that help make the holidays special. Centuries-old traditions mingle with modern day delights, making Philly the place to learn, sample, admire and celebrate this season. There’s no better way to do that than during a long weekend stay in the region. Hotel packages are bookable at www.gophila.com.
 

All About Christmas:

  • Peddler’s Village always dresses up and throws a party during holidays throughout the year, and the winter season is no exception. November brings
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Tagged: Holidays
Sep 28 2006

Philly Gets Ready for a King-Sized Egyptian Celebration

Hotels, Restaurants and Attractions Make Royal Preparations to Welcome a Million Visitors

More than 3,000 years after his death, ancient Egyptian boy pharaoh King Tutankhamun is about to rule once again: this time his empire consists of Philadelphia and The Countryside™, and his reign will last not a decade, but seven months, from February 3 through September 30, 2007. The landmark exhibition, entitled Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, presented by Mellon Financial Corporation, is making Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute the last stop on its North American tour. To welcome Tut, his royal family and the record-setting number of visitors who will visit the exhibition, leaders from the cultural, educational

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Sep 28 2006

Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton to Receive 2006 Liberty Medal at National Constitution Center

First Liberty Medal to be administered by the National Constitution Center, and first award to be personally received by both Presidents

Presidents George H.W. Bush and William J. Clinton – who joined forces, transcending partisan and political differences to do what's best for the country and the world through their Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund and Bush-Clinton Tsunami partnership – will be presented with the 2006 Liberty Medal. The Presidents, who are credited with raising more than $1 billion to support disaster relief and recovery organizations, will accept the Medal and its accompanying $100,000 prize on Thursday, October 5, 2006 at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall in Independence National Historical Park, in what will be the first Liberty Medal award given

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Tagged: History
Sep 26 2006

Egypt Mania Means More than Mummers in Philly

10 Ways Visitors Can Immerse Themselves in Philadelphia’s Egyptian Side

With one million visitors expected to tour Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs – the landmark exhibition making its final North American stop at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute from February 3, 2006 until September 30, 2007 – Philadelphia’s attractions, restaurants and shops are ready to welcome patrons to the area’s many long-standing Egypt-related sites. While it’s true that dozens of establishments are designing Tut-specific specials to honor the exhibition, many others offer a taste of Egypt year-round. Whether visitors have 30 minutes to spare before the exhibition, a few hours to spare after the show or an entire weekend

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Tagged: Arts & Culture
Sep 15 2006

From Parades to Poetry Readings: Philly Gears Up for Hispanic Heritage Month

Ranging From Large To Small, All Activities Focus On Community

A major art exhibition, a Puerto Rican dance party and grassroots community events are all in the works for Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, taking place September 15 to October 15, 2006. Those wishing to experience the culture and charisma of the city’s lively Latino community will find plenty of activities to choose from throughout the month. Here’s what’s in store:

  • In honor of the growing Hispanic influence in the city, the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will host Tesoros/Treasures/Tesouros: The Arts of Latin America, 1492-1820, from September 20 to December 31. This national exhibition brings together more than
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Tagged: Arts & Culture
Aug 31 2006

"Philly Loves Rocky Week" Honors Sly Stallone

A Week of Rocky-Themed Events Mark Film’s 30th Anniversary

Thirty years after director/writer/actor Sylvester Stallone’s famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as Rocky Balboa in the 1976 Academy Award-winning film, the city is gearing up to celebrate the movie’s anniversary and the upcoming release of the series’ last installment with “Philly Loves Rocky Week,” running September 6-9, 2006. All events are free, except the Hero Thrill Show, which raises money for the education of survivors of police and fire personnel killed in the line of duty. Here’s a look at what’s going on:

All events are subject to change.

September 6, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m.

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Tagged: Events
Aug 24 2006

Haunted Philly: A Little Bit Scary And A Whole Lot Of Fun

Discovering Some Of The Philadelphia Region’s Spookiest Spots

Ghosts and goblins are nothing new to Philadelphia and The Countryside™, an area known for historic sites, colonial-era graveyards and centuries-old buildings, some dating back to pre-Revolutionary War times. What many people don’t know is that many of the original residents of historic Philadelphia never left town. The area is among America’s most fun haunted destinations, a region rich with colorful ghostly lore. Here’s a look at Philadelphia’s scariest spots:

Haunted Hotels :

  • The charming, antiques-filled Bucksville House Bed & Breakfast has several guests who never checked out. Presences have been confirmed in at least one of the inn’s guest
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Tagged: Fall