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May 3 2017

Philadelphia's Historic District Gears Up For A Revolutionary Summer

New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States’ war for independence into today’s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation’s founding. But the new museum isn’t the only reason to visit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

The District’s summer lineup of must-do events

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May 1 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Region: Fast Facts

Population:

There are 2.5 million people residing in the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and 1.6 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast.

Philadelphia is currently the fifth largest in the country, but Phoenix is anticipated to surpass Philadelphia in 2017 to become the fifth largest and bump Philadelphia to the sixth largest city. Center City ranks second in downtown populations in the U.S., behind New York City’s Manhattan.

Location:

Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with

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Apr 19 2017

In Philly, Spring Kicks Off With Pride

Philadelphia’s Current Season Of LGBT Events Includes Festivals, Theater, Bingo, Marches & More

In Philadelphia, warmer temperatures bring more than outdoor life: They also bring new life to the LGBT scene. The year’s LGBT festival season kicks off with Philadelphia Black Pride in April and continues with New Hope Celebrates Pride in one of Bucks County’s gay-friendliest boroughs. Much-anticipated LGBT-centric theater performances include Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Forrest Theatre, and the poignant The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey at Philadelphia Theatre Company. Lovers of visual art and travel can whet both appetites at The Journeys of John Laub: Fire Island and Beyond, an exhibition of works by the late, out

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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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Apr 29 2016

Philly Eats (& Drinks) With A View

The Region’s Rooftop Decks, Sky-High Restaurants & Waterfront Bars Guarantee Scenic Fun

With the opening of the brand-new Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel and the expected opening of SkyGarten atop one of Center City’s tallest buildings, Philadelphia’s skyward hospitality has reached new heights. While sleek Assembly offers soaring, stunning views eight stories across the Ben Franklin Parkway, SkyGarten promises German and craft beer 51 stories up. Assembly and SkyGarten join a growing roster of the region’s restaurants and bars that deliver up-in-the-atmospheric drama along with delicious eats and drinks. Here are some of Philly’s best places to scope the view:

All-Weather Views:

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Feb 2 2016

New On Philly's Hotel Restaurant Scene

Openings Include Urban Farmer, Richard Sandoval’s Aquimero, Ruth’s Chris & Bud & Marilyn’s

In the decades since acclaimed classical French Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix opened his eponymous restaurant in a four-star hotel across the street from Center City’s Swann Fountain, the Philadelphia hotel dining scene has emerged a foodie force. Today, Lacroix, now flourishing in The Rittenhouse hotel, remains a destination dining spot. But so do newcomers to the scene: locally focused Urban Farmer Steakhouse at The Logan and culinary-kitschy Bud & Marilyn’s at boutique operation The Independent Hotel, along with springtime productions by eminent steakhouse Ruth’s Chris, destined for the Sonesta Philadelphia, and acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

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Dec 4 2014

Calling All Francophiles: Just Say "Oui" To Philadelphia

Visitors Can Celebrate The Philadelphia Museum Of Art’s Discovering the Impressionists Exhibit By Exploring The City’s Many French Connections

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

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Nov 3 2014

Make A Date For Romance In The Towns Of The Philadelphia Countryside

Couples Find Lots To Fancy At The Region’s Restaurants, Galleries, Parks & Museums

Romance reigns in the Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside, where lovers can reenergize their relationships at charming B&Bs, cozy restaurants, sophisticated galleries and picturesque parks on or near quaint main streets, all within a short drive of Center City.

Here are some suggestions for those eager to embrace the region’s lovely side:

Bucks County:

  1. New Hope’s unbeatable combination of history, art and country charm are enough to jump start any love connection. While gallery hopping along Main Street, it’s easy to find a token of one’s affection at A Mano Gallery, Exquisite Earth and The Jonathan Rice Collection. Come
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Jul 30 2014

Philly's Hotel Bars: Check Out The Scene & The Happy Hours

The Sonesta’s Art Bar Joins Philadelphia’s Collection Of Stylish Hotel Bars

The Sonesta Philadelphia’s Art Bar opened in July 2014, joining the ranks of cool hotel bars in a city that knows its cool bars. With a stylish interior and an art program courtesy of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Art Bar welcomes guests with craft cocktails, beers and wines that complement its modern décor.

The Sonesta isn’t the only property raising the bar. It seems Philadelphia’s hotels are vying for the top bar scene, which means locals and out-of-towners win. On the menu: craft beers, fantastic wines, inventive drinks and delicious bites, plus distinguishing features (skyline views, outdoor dining,

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Feb 27 2014

Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package: Perfect For A Gay-friendly Spring Escape

Best Part? Your Car Stays Free

Warmer, drier weather is near, a perfect excuse for winter-weary travelers to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package. The offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels)—a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels—based upon availability—all year long. Booking information is available at visitphilly.com/overnight.

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Dec 16 2013

Fall In Love In Philadelphia: The City That Invites You "With Love"

There’s Lots To Adore, Including Hotel Packages, Spa Treatments & Restaurants

Philadelphia, aptly dubbed the City of Brotherly Love, caters to lovers looking to reenergize their relationships at cultural sites, romantic eateries, outdoor attractions and other swoon-worthy spots. Couples can make it a weekend—or longer—by booking special hotel packages, some of which are romantically themed, on visitphilly.com/hotels. One popular deal, the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package™ comes with two nights and free hotel parking.

Here are a few suggestions for embracing the region’s romantic side:

A View To Remember:

  • The culinary delights served at Lacroix are rivaled only by the picturesque view of Rittenhouse Square outside the glass windows
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Jun 25 2013

New Bar Enters The Hotel Happy Hour Scene In Philly

Under $10: Bargain-Priced Beers, Award-Winning Wines & Budget-Friendly Bites

When it opens in July, a.bar in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood will join Philadelphia’s lively hotel happy hour scene. Stylish and relaxing vibes and wallet-friendly deals entice residents and visitors to kick back and take in the scene at Center City hotels. Craft beers, award-winning wines and delicious bites are among the feel-good specials. Here’s a look at some hotels making people happy:

  • Opening on July 9, 2013, a.bar at the swanky AKA Rittenhouse Square will shuck up an oyster happy hour seven days a week from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Every oyster on the menu will go for just $1.50 each
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Apr 7 2011

Backgrounder: Gay-friendly Philly

LGBT Visitors To Philadelphia Get Their History Straight, Their Nightlife Gay, Their Dining Delicious & Their Shopping Tax-Free

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

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Mar 14 2011

14 Philadelphia Accolades To Start 2011

City Wins National Praise For Its Food, Beer, Hotels, Events & More

Only three months into the new year, Greater Philadelphia’s restaurants, hotels, events, beer and more are racking up all kinds of accolades from major national publications, websites and blogs. Calling the city “romantic” and “underrated,” Philadelphia has won praise for its top-notch children’s museum (Please Touch Museum®), its must-see annual events (Philadelphia International Flower Show), its mouth-watering sandwiches (Koja and Paesano’s) and much more. Here’s a look at 14 accolades making headlines so far this year:

The City Itself:

  1. In its March issue, Travel + Leisure listed Philadelphia in its “World’s Most Underrated
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Oct 29 2010

Raising The Hotel Bar In Philadelphia

New Lounges & Philly-Inspired Cocktails Make Hotel Bars Hip Hangouts

Increasingly popular spots for visitors and locals, Philadelphia hotel bars are amping up the cool factor this season thanks to new additions and an exclusive Philly-inspired drink. Earlier this month, the luxurious yet comfortable Sofitel Philadelphia debuted its new Liberté, while the recently redone Circ lounge at the Marriott Philadelphia Downtown impresses after-work and late-night crowds. To show their guests some love, Le Méridien Philadelphia’s Amuse and Nineteen (XIX) at the Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia are mixing With Love Cocktails, inspired by the popular Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) tourism campaign, With Love, Philadelphia XOXO®.

New Hotel Bars

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Nov 13 2009

A Bucks County Sampler

Things To Do, Delicious Eats, Shops To Browse And Places To Stay In New Hope, Doylestown And Bristol, Pennsylvania

NEW HOPE
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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Nov 13 2009

A Chester County Sampler

Things To Do, Delicious Eats, Shops To Browse And Places To Stay In West Chester, Phoenixville And Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

WEST CHESTER
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
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Nov 13 2009

A Delaware County Sampler

Things To Do, Delicious Eats, Shops To Browse And Places To Stay In Media, Wayne And Radnor, Pennsylvania

MEDIA
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
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Nov 13 2009

A Montgomery County Sampler

Things To Do, Delicious Eats, Shops To Browse And Places To Stay In Ambler, Ardmore And Narberth, Pennsylvania

AMBLER
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
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Sep 24 2008

Five National Magazines And One Web Site Say Philly Is "Great," "Best" And "Tops"

City Shines In September/October 2008

Journalists are taking notice of Philadelphia as a hot urban destination, as evidenced by the many accolades bestowed on the city in September and October 2008. Here’s a look at what some national magazines and a Web site had to say:

  • Business Facilities chose Philadelphia as one of seven destinations for its “Editors’ Location Picks 2008” list featured in the September issue of the publication. Editors were particularly impressed that the region “has a ‘CEO Council for Growth’ that was so determined to create a high-powered entity to market the region it raised $16 million four years ago to establish
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