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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
Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions—and, according to the American Pet Products Association, they spend nearly $63 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accouterments to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him or her behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops and parks welcome visitors and their animals, so it’s easy to bring furry friends along for the ride.
- Delaware County’s Brandywine River Hotel welcomes dogs in pet-friendly rooms for a $25-per-dog-per-night fee for
Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions—they spend
$61 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accouterments to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, shops and parks welcome visitors and their animals, so it’s easy to bring furry friends along for the ride.
- Delaware County’s Brandywine River Hotel welcomes dogs in pet-friendly rooms for a $25-per-dog-per-night fee for those 25 pounds or lighter and a $45 fee for bigger
Calling All Francophiles: Just Say "Oui" To Philadelphia
When the Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting exhibition opens on June 24, 2015 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (the only American venue for the show), Philadelphia will continue its ongoing love affair with all things French. The summer blockbuster, which runs through September 13, 2015, showcases approximately 95 works by impressionist masters the influential Parisian art dealer championed, including Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas and Manet. From there, visitors in town for the show can explore the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic, architectural and fashion influences, starting with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, planned and designed...
Finding Luxury For Less In Philadelphia
Those interested in indulging in a few days of luxury and pampering should consider Philadelphia, where living the high life is easier to obtain and more affordable than ever. A host of bargains, from prix-fixe dinners at elegant restaurants to overnight stays in five-star hotels to shopping deals at designer consignment boutiques, means visitors can save and still see the city and surrounding countryside in style. Below are just a few suggestions for a first-class visit to Philly:
- At Rittenhouse Square’s Audrey Claire, guests experience an intimately set, open-air Mediterranean bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurant without breaking the bank.
Backgrounder: Gay-friendly Philly
Philadelphia, which recently marked the 40th anniversary of its vibrant Gayborhood, continues to come out as one of the nation’s top travel destinations for gay and lesbian visitors. As reflected in its award-winning Philadelphia – Get Your History Straight and Your Nightlife Gay® campaign, the region has become the place to learn about America’s past by day and to experience a little of the party life by night. Philadelphia is now tied for the #9 spot on the list of most-visited gay and lesbian destinations on Community Marketing, Inc.’s annual LGBT Tourism Study, and it’s tied for #2 among...
A Bucks County Sampler
New Hope, Pennsylvania, the popular riverside artist colony recently named as one of the “Top 25 Art Destinations in the Country” by American Style Magazine, offers eclectic charm comfortably offset by casual sophistication. Peppered with bed & breakfasts, galleries, historical attractions, restaurants and nightlife along Main Street and beyond, New Hope is as enchanting now to the diverse crowds that peruse its streets—from bikers to the GLBT crowd—as it was to so many eminent figures of yesterday. Here are some of the many ways to spend a day or a weekend in town:
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A Chester County Sampler
Chester County’s seat of government is a tree-lined and welcoming city where a stately historic courthouse dominates the skyline; West Chester University students populate the shops, bars and noodle houses; and the popularity of the skateboarding culture (plus the presence of hometown celebrity prankster Bam Margera) draws enthusiasts from all over the country. Here are a few suggestions for spending time in West Chester:
Things To Do:
- Chester County Historical Society – An award-winning History Center, workshops and walking tours tell the American story from a local perspective, and the Cultural Center houses a performing arts venue
A Delaware County Sampler
Self-designated as the first fair trade town in the country, Media is also the last suburban town in the nation to run a trolley through its downtown. Residents call Media “Everybody’s Hometown” because the town’s friendliness welcomes all visitors. Brick sidewalks and tree-shaded streets encourage walking to the centrally located shopping district. Here are some suggestions for a trip to the town:
Things To Do:
- The Media Theatre – Housed in an old vaudeville theater, The Media Theatre stages a full season of mainstream Broadway musicals, children’s programming and more. 104 E. State Street, (610) 891-0100, mediatheatre.org
A Montgomery County Sampler
Residents describe Ambler as a town where even visitors feel a sense of place. It’s a “real town” where locals and out-of-towners join together to enjoy professional theater and independent film, to admire art displayed in the storefront of a refurbished Art Deco building and to partake in a movie and progressive dinner through three restaurants the first Thursday of each month. A look at how to spend a day or a weekend in Ambler:
Things To Do:
- Act II Playhouse – For more than a decade, the Act II Playhouse has put on award-winning shows in its
Fact Sheet: Philly At-A-Glance
- The second largest city on the East Coast, Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States, with a population of 1.4 million in Philadelphia and 3.9 million people residing in the five-county region.
- Thanks to founder William Penn, Philadelphia’s Center City follows an easy-to-navigate grid street design. The best ways to get around Center City are by foot, taxi or public transportation. The city’s lush and historic countryside is home to many areas of interest, including Valley Forge National Historical Park, Longwood Gardens, the Brandywine River Museum, the King of Prussia Mall, Chaddsford Winery and more. The farthest
Philadelphia: Even Better The Second Time Around
While Philadelphia’s best-known visitor attractions are linked to the past, the region is a destination with an exciting present—one that offers an incredible number of reasons for travelers to return soon and often. Research shows that many visitors first come to Philadelphia for its history, then once here, discover many more reasons to come back. In fact, a survey conducted by the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) reveals that more than half of first-time visitors to Philadelphia visit the Liberty Bell Center and Independence Hall, while only one in five visitors who made three or more trips to...
Travel Like a Prince and a Duchess in Philadelphia
LOCATION: Center City, Philadelphia
TRANSPORTATION: By chauffeured limousine for royalty; by trolley, taxi or foot for others
TIME: Two days and two nights
SUMMARY: A luxurious weekend at Philadelphia’s upscale hotels, restaurants and attractions, as inspired by Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, who recently visited Philadelphia
HIGHLIGHTS: A tour of the Historic District, meals at the Fountain Restaurant and Nineteen and shopping on Walnut Street
This weekend is dedicated to living luxuriously. So why not follow in the footsteps of Prince Charles and his Duchess, who recently made
Ten Cool Hotel Deals Available In Philadelphia This Holiday Season & Beyond
Hotels throughout the Philadelphia region are offering packages to promote popular attractions and activities both indoors and out this winter season. Couples can get in on the New Year’s Eve action at various hotels, families can take advantage of an offer that includes tickets to the BlueCross RiverRink and girlfriends can get cozy with a package that nabs them a 20% discount at The Bellevue’s haute shops. Here’s a look at some of the offers available this holiday season and beyond:
Philadelphia Holiday Package
Hotel: Omni Hotel at Independence Park
Package Overview: Guests enjoy deluxe accommodations, valet
It's Easy Being "Green" In Philly With Eats, Drinks, Shops, Spas, Hotels And More
The nation’s tallest “green” building—located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Center City business district—is now welcoming its first commercial tenants and unofficially ushering in the next active phase of sustainable living, working and playing in Philadelphia. The 57-story Comcast Center, also the tallest building between New York and Chicago, is among the first in the United States to be 100% LEED registered, with features like high-performance, spectrally selective glazing glass walls and atriums to maximize daylight and an automated light-dimming system and occupancy sensors to reduce unnecessary electricity.
In another pioneering venture for the city, the Greater Philadelphia Film Office...