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Philly Has Fallen in Love With its Beer Gardens (And You Will Too)

July 31, 2015 at 10:10 AM | by | ()

Just opened this year, Spruce Street Harbor Park includes a beer garden on the Delaware River

From big dogs like Victory and Yards to a handful of local craft brewers, Philadelphia's beer scene has long been on the national map. But what's quietly been brewing behind the scenes the past few years is the way the city serves its beloved beer to its people. Under the Ben Franklin Bridge. In front of the Art Museum. Adjacent to Independence Hall. Between Pat's and Gino's. On the banks of the Delaware River. These are just a few of the notorious locations you'll find one of the city's summer beer gardens.

Some of the beer gardens are privately run as an extension of a restaurant's catering service, but most of the pop-up variety are sponsored by the city and/or an organization. In total, over a dozen can be found occupying public spaces throughout Philly. A few are part of larger projects, like the one at the brand-new Spruce Street Harbor Park, a new public park at Penn's Landing. Others, like the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop Up Garden, transform vacant lots by putting a literal spin on the term "beer garden."

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5 Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks to Eat That AREN'T From Pat's or Geno's

February 18, 2015 at 7:49 PM | by | ()

As a kid, a close family friend played for the Philadelphia Phillies and I was fortunate to have spent a good chunk of my childhood a few rows behind home plate at Veteranís Stadium. But that's not all. Spring breaks will forever be associated with Spring Training in Florida and I even got pulled out of school so I could attend the 1980 World Series. This early baseball exposure sparked a lifetime love for the sport.

Beyond the game, I loved our awesome post-game ritual---going to Patís King of Steaks, getting mobbed for autographs and scarfing down cheesesteaks on the rear tailgate of our friendsí Jeep Cherokee. Although I moved from Philadelphia many years ago, baseball and cheesesteaks are permanently tangled together in my childhood memories.

A few years ago, Jaunted conducted an ultimate Philly cheesesteak taste test which broke down the offerings at Pat's, its longtime nemesis, Geno's and Jim's. But there are even more cheesesteaks that deserve to be eaten.

We asked several friends with deep ties to the City of Brotherly Love to weigh in on their go-to cheesesteak spots. Here are five places to chow down on meat and cheese (nom nom nom) that arenít Patís or Genoís. (Jim's does make an appearance though.)

Enjoy, and don't forget to grab a couple napkins to wipe the drool off yer face.

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Go High Above in the City of Brotherly Love with Philly's First Observation Deck

February 17, 2015 at 10:45 AM | by | ()

Aerial view of needle-topped Liberty One Place (center)

Philadelphia already has several vantage points that offer visitors a unique perspective of the city from above, but this summer, it will open its first "official" observation deck.

The new project will be aimed at giving visitors a new look at the City of Brotherly Love. It will be on the interior of the top floor of Liberty One Place, the second-tallest skyscraper in the city (Comcast Center is the tallest). And, perhaps more significantly, it will be managed and operated by the Paris-based Montparnasse 56 Group (M56), that seems to specialize in creating attractions. It already has observation projects in Chicago, Paris, and Berlin that attract a million visitors a year and include restaurants and private event space to boot.

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Why You Should Ditch Your New Years Plans for Philly's Mummers Parade

December 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM | by | ()

On January 1st, the city of Philadelphia will host the 115th Annual Mummers Parade. That's well over a century of tradition taking place on a pretty high-profile day. But drive outside the city limits of Philly, and you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who understands the history behind the event. Even many local residents can't answer the question with confidence, resulting in a murky past that has most people scratching their heads.

And that might be one of the main reasons why the parade is dying. The Philadelphia Inquirer put out a grim report on the dwindling participation, attendance, and finances that were the core of the parade for the last century. This year, things are so bad that the route has been reduced by two-miles, cutting out the South Philly neighborhoods where the parade was born.

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Travel Trivia: What are the USA's Largest and Smallest National Parks?

April 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

National Park Week is upon us, which, on a grand scale, is a time to reflect on what an incredible job our country does at preserving its natural landscape. We are the world leader in this effort, especially when you consider the size of our country and how many cooks we have in the kitchen as compared to other nations.

Although vast open space is the first thing that comes to mind when we think of a National Park, the sites actually come in all shapes and sizes, and include monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and even the White House (Presidentís Park). And as youíll see, some are even found in cities and take up less space than an apartment building. In total, the parks cover 84 million acres in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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New Spring and Summer Mural Tours Give Visitors Inside Look at Philly Neighborhoods

March 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM | by | ()

Last fall, we explained why there are so many murals in Philadelphia and recommended one of our favorite tours to help you explore them. This spring, the cityís Mural Arts Program will debut several new tours that will give visitors a fresh taste of its infamous wall art. All tours are led by guides who explain the mural-making process, the neighborhood history, how the murals are made, and the stories behind them.

You can see all the tours and prices here, and below, we list the newcomers set to debut this spring. Each takes you through a different part of the city and focuses on the unique art history of the respective neighborhood:

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Free Parking is One Way This Tiny Airport is Trying to Grow Up

February 27, 2014 at 10:40 AM | by | ()

We've talked about a few small airports in the past couple weeks and the ridiculously cheap ticket prices they offer, such as our cheap flight out of Trenton as a New York alternative. But budget airlines and their low prices aren't the only way these small airports are tempting travelers away from the big hubs. When we flew Frontier from Denver to ILG in Wilmington, Delaware (Philly alternative), we noticed that the airport claimed to have free parking. This couldn't be, right?

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Hmm...Blue Collar Philly Sure Looks Pretty Luxurious to Us

February 19, 2014 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Traditionally, Philadelphia has been regarded as a blue-collar city filled with blue-collar people who like to drink beer, eat cheesesteaks, and, most infamously, throw snowballs at Santa Claus. When you imagine Philly, you think history, and maybe the fact that you can show up to dinner with a bottle of tequila and be taken seriously, but fine dining? Luxury? Not so much.

But lo and behold, smack dab in the middle of our Nation's Capital and the Big Apple, Philly has quietly spent the last decade undoing that image, replacing parts of its rogue reputation with pockets of sophistication and luxury. For example, did you know that Philly was awarded the "Best Hotel Scene of 2013" by our sis HotelChatter? Center City and Rittenhouse Square have become neighborhoods that can compete with almost any city in terms of its upscale offerings, whether it's a stay at a luxury hotel with a killer view, a fine dining experience at one of Stephen Starr's restaurants, or some happy-hour oysters at the impressive new A Bar, shown below.

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Flight Review: A $49 Frontier Trip to Trenton Airport. Is It the 'New Newark?'

January 15, 2014 at 1:55 PM | by | ()

In case you haven't flown to New York City lately, the metropolis' "big three" airports of JFK, LaGuardia, and Newark are pretty hectic places, operating at capacity most hours of the day. Expansion isn't much of an option since, last time we checked, the Big Apple was pretty skint on available land. Thus, to find cheaper airfares and more flexibility, a traveler can look to airports further out, and perhaps even as far as the other side of New Jersey from Newark.

On Frontier's route map, Trenton-Mercer Airport (TTN) is touted as being an alternative to Newark Airport, and only "1 hour away." If it's an option for Newark, that means it could be yet another airport choice for travelers headed into or out of the NYC area as well.

Currently Frontier flies nonstop to 13 destinations from Trenton: Cleveland, Detroit, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Nashville, Chicago-Midway, Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Orlando, Tampa, Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood. That's quite a lot of activity for an airport which, up until very recently, didn't even offer restrooms after security. One flyer even joked, in a Foursquare tip, that the tiny airport is "easy to miss, with that bush in the way."

Undaunted, we booked a flight to see for ourselves if Trenton is the new Newark....

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British Airways Totally Thinks Philadelphia is Cool Enough for a 787 Dreamliner

December 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

As if the shiny British Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner isn't cool enough with their service between Newark and London, new and especially exciting routes to more North American cities were just announced this morning.

Currently, British Airways only flies their 787s from Heathrow to Newark and Toronto. Beginning next year, however, two more lucky destinations will join the list: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport from March 3, and Philadelphia International Airport from June 5.

To score a seat on the 787, you'll want to book flight numbers BA 191/190 for Austin, and BA 68/69 for Philadelphia on or after the start dates mentioned above.

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Do You Know Why Philly Has So Many Murals?

November 12, 2013 at 11:00 AM | by | ()

If you're like many visitors to Philadelphia, you're aware the city is known for its murals, but you haven't a clue why. Opening this week at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, a new exhibit called Beyond the Paint: Philadelphiaís Mural Arts is hoping to change that as the Mural Arts Program celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The story began in 1984 when then-mayor Wilson Goode started what was called the "Anti-Graffiti Network" in response to a growing spray-paint problem that was defacing buildings throughout the city. Goode figured that he would encourage the movement rather than fight it, creating community programs at rec centers and museums that allowed the youth to get involved in organized art projects. In December of 1984, Philly's first official mural was painted on the Spring Garden Bridge by a group of 100 kids that featured scenes of the city.

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Has the Chicken Cutlet Surpassed the Cheesesteak as the Best Sandwich in Philly?

November 8, 2013 at 1:07 PM | by | ()

We know what youíre thinking: Cheesesteaks are really good.

True. But havenít we been there, done that by now? We’ve gone on our fair share of self-guided cheesesteak tasting tours, and we must say we are indeed ready for a bit of fresh air. And thereís good news: We found two sandwiches in Philly this week that might be better anyhow, one featuring an Italian chicken cutlet and another filled with roast pork.

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