As we approach our second weekend of Fall here in the city of brotherly love, we are reminded of the intense beauty that comes along with autumn in the Northeast. Although the weather has been unseasonably warm for the past week, we are headed into a more fall fitting forecast for the weekend. What better way to embrace all that Fall has to offer than drinking cider while musing through historic landmarks? This Saturday, September 30th, the Ciderfest at the Historic Houses of Fairmount will take place all day but visitors are recommended to arrive by 11:45am to ensure time to take in the sites. Each of the six historic homes will have a correlating local cidery offering cider samples (listed below). The festivities continue with live music and food trucks throughout the area- you can catch The Carryons, Alison Polans, Joey Sweeney, Allen Krantz and more performing throughout the day. Access to the historic homes, cider sampling with a souvenir tasting cup and house-to-house transportation via Phlash’s CiderFest Loop are all included in the ticket price of $40 ($50 day of). A Saturday afternoon full of cider, history, food trucks and autumn sunshine…I can’t think of anything better!
Participating Cideries & Historic Houses:
Lemon Hill: Stone & Key Cellars with Haymaker Meadery
Mount Pleasant: Hardball Cider
Historic Strawberry Mansion: Wyndridge Farm
Laurel Hill: Ploughman Cider
Woodford Mansion: Kurant Cider
Cedar Grove: Frecon’s Cidery
This event is 21+ older and will be held rain or shine
“High demand and low supply”. You may have heard that term describing a lesson in your college economics class, but now people are using that term to describe Philadelphia’s housing market. The appreciated value of houses in Philadelphia is up to 6.2 percent. That is almost 5 time the national average of 1.3 percent.
The report from Drexel University‘s Lindy Institute shows the upward trend of home prices in Philadelphia over the last 30 years. The average days on market currently is 53, which is comparable to the trends seen in during our last housing boom in 2006.
Ever since the housing market crash 10 years ago, homebuyers have been told that it is a great time to buy a home.
But for the first time in 10 years, it looks like a “helluva” time to sell one.
Philadelphia is undertaking tremendous efforts to host Pope Francis as he visits the City of Brotherly Love this September for the 2015 World Meeting of Families (WMOF). The Pope has confirmed he will be making his first visit to the United States during this event, which is held every three years in various cities throughout the world. Past WMOF host destinations include Rome, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Milan. Pope Francis is expected to visit Philadelphia from September 22nd to September 27th.
Just one month after the Pope’s expected visit, Philadelphia will welcome His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. The National Constitution Center will honor the Dalai Lama with the prestigious 2015 Liberty Medal, which recognizes men and women who continually promote peace and liberty to those around them.The awards ceremony is scheduled for October 26, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale in September.
With these two world-wide recognized events being held in Philadelphia this fall, it is best to plan transportation, schedules, and accommodations accordingly. Mayor Michael Nutter advises all Philadelphians to plan transportation “way ahead- and have a backup.” These are not events where you can expect to get in your car, park, and go. SEPTA expects to serve 650,000 to 700,000 people a day, especially for the Papal Visit, and Amtrak trains will require reservations ahead of time.
It is a tremendous honor for Philadelphia to host these two spectacular, world-wide events. However, the commuters of Philadelphia must be aware of the impact these events will have on the city, transportation, dining, and hotels during these events. Philadelphia advises all to be aware, and plan ahead.
Speculation has been in the air for about a year now regarding rumors that Carlo’s Bakery was coming to Philadelphia. However, in January of this year, the owner himself, Buddy Valastro confirmed those rumors to be true.
Drum roll please….. Carlos Bakery is now open in Philadelphia! The bakery replaced the former Hollywood Tans parlor at 2101 Walnut Street. This is Carlo’s Bakery’s 10th location, and the 4th shop out of New Jersey.
The bakery is known best for being on one of TLC’s hit shows Cake Boss. The brand name is known for their large, unique menu. The company is known for satisfying large, creative, and sometimes ludicrous requests from their customers to provide for a variety of events. Carlo’s Bakery now being opened in Philadelphia will satisfy its special events industry, and high-end customers here in the city. The store itself will be very popular for any Philadelphia resident looking to satisfy their sweet tooth.
In the meantime, the family is managing its new location, while being in the midst of taping a new season of Cake Boss on TLC.
Because Philadelphia is known for its food, it is almost impossible to name only 50 best restaurants in the city. However, PhillyMag has done it, and below you will find the link to Philadelphia’s 50 Best Restaurants of 2015 in ranked order:
Laurel was the restaurant that was ranked #1, and won Philadelphia resident’s hearts in 2015. The restaurant owned by Top Chef winner, Nick Elmi, and is located Passyunk Avenue. Diners of this restaurant claim that the chilled tuna is the most fabulous dish.
Fork follows a close second to Laurel and is known for its country’s best breadbasket. Vernick Food & Drink, which is a neighborhood favorite, was named #3, and is known for its high-end New American cuisine.
Let’s face it, in Philadelphia we thrive on our source of top notch, fabulous restaurants. Make sure to check out not only these well-deserved restaurants, but also all dining that Philadelphia has to offer.
It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you come from, if you hear anything involving food, your eyes will light up. Phillymag has provided a list of this summer’s not to be missed Food and Drink Events.
University Dining Days will be celebrating its 11th year returning to Philadelphia, offering the celebrated promotion, “3 courses, 3 prices.” The event is being held from July 16-26. All participating restaurants will offer selected menu entrees at three fixed prices, making it affordable, and satisfying for everyone.
Just a friendly reminder that Center City District Restaurant Week will be held this August as opposed to September on account of the Pope’s anticipated visit to Philadelphia. All participating restaurants will offer three-course dinner options for only $35 a person. Please check to see if your favorite restaurants will be participating!
The Tall Ships Festival Waterfront Beer Garden is Philadelphia’s next scheduled event in June, which will feature some of the largest and renowned ships from around the world. Another fabulous feature of this great event is that Drink Philly and Independence Seaport Museum have partnered together so you can experience some of the best local brews, while enjoying spectacular views of the ships.
Please make sure to mark your calendars with these great foods and drink events that you do not want to miss out on!
A new walking map of Philadelphia is the perfect guide for any one exploring the city! Whether it serves for planning a day trip to visit the city, or a local resident looking for new hot spots to see, this map has the route you want to follow. The 25 attractions are expected to take 4 hours to see, making it perfect for a day trip to the city on a beautiful day. The list of attractions will give you a perfect taste of every aspect the city has to offer. It is has been said that Americans are becoming more interested in urban cities, than ever before. Recently, Philadelphia has become not only a hot attraction to visit, but also an even more desirable city to reside. With that, walking maps of Philadelphia can be of great use to any tourist or any new homeowner exploring this great city.
According to the article here are the list of attractions, in order:
The list of attractions in full, and in order:
· Fairmount Park
· Please Touch Museum
· Philadelphia Zoo
· Philadelphia Museum of Art
· Rocky Steps
· Eastern State Penitentiary
· Rodin Museum
· Barnes Foundation
· The Franklin Institute
· Mutter Museum
· Penn Museum
· University of Pennsylvania
· Rittenhouse Square
· Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
· Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts
· Masonic Temple
· Philadelphia City Hall
· Reading Terminal Market
· National Constitution Center
· Fireman’s Hall Museum
· Elfreth’s Alley
· Christ Church
· National Museum of American Jewish History
· Independence National Historical Park
· Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
With this map, you are promised to experience a taste of every aspect the city has to offer.
It is common knowledge that Center City Philadelphia is known for its world class shopping, exquisite dining, and unbelievable entertainment. In most recent years, the city was named #3 in the 52 Places to Visit in 2015 by the New York Times.
However, today Center City Philadelphia has been named the second largest population in America’s downtown. Philadelphia just surpassed Chicago, for the number two spot, behind Manhattan, NY.
The city is continuing to plan on expanding the surrounding area of City Hall, adding more focus on entertainment, the arts, retail, employment, and transportation. With this, the city’s main focus is to reestablish stability for residents living in downtown Philadelphia.
Bella Vista, which means “beautiful sight” in Italian is a neighborhood in the South Philadelphia section of Philadelphia and is bounded by 6th Street, 11th Street, South Street, and Washington Avenue. The neighborhood is considered the brunch capital of Philadelphia, has a bocce league that plays at Bardascino Park (10th & Carpenter Streets), and features a permanent community garden at 10th & Kimball. Bella Vista also features the Italian Market, the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States.
The School District of Philadelphia operates public school in Bella Vista; portions of the area are served by Andrew Jackson Elementary School, William M. Meredith School, and George W. Nebinger School, while all residents are zoned to Furness High School.
Restaurant highlights include: Bibou (1009 S. Eighth St.), Royal Tavern (937 E. Passyunk Ave.), and Cucina Forte (768 S. Eighth St.).
Fitler Square was named for late 19th century Philadelphia mayor Edwin Henry Fitler. The name “Fitler Square” describes the neighborhood surrounding the square, bounded roughly by 21st Street on the east, the Schuylkill River on the west, Locust Street on the north, and South Street on the south. To the east of this neighborhood is the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood; to the west is the neighborhood of University City, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University; to the south is Southwest Center City. Rich in art and culture, Fitler Square is home to the world famous Philadelphia Museum of Art and hosts concerts and festivals throughout the year. Additionally, Kelly Drive offers running and biking trails along the Schuylkill River.
The Philadelphia School, a private institution, is located at 2501 Lombard Street and offers preschool through 8th grade classes.
Popular culinary destinations in Fitler Square include: Dimitri’s (2227 Pine Street), Mama Palma (2229 Spruce Street) & Friday, Saturday, Sunday (261 S 21st)
Graduate Hospital was a hospital founded in 1916 southwest of the City Center of Philadelphia. This neighborhood came to be as the streets surrounding the medical center came to be thought of as a district itself. It is a coveted neighborhood because of its renovation as well as location to the downtown area of Philadelphia.
The Neighborhood of Graduate Hospital is a vibrant mixture of commerce and residential units and its boundaries: North/South: South St./Washington Ave. East/West: Broad St./Schuylkill River
School information: Residents are zoned to either Edwin M. Stanton Elementary School or Chester A. Arthur School for grades K-8 and either South Philadelphia High School or Charles Audenreid High School.
Popular restaurants in Graduate Hospital include: Pico De Gallo (15th and South), Ants pants café ( 2212 South), Miles Table(1620 South Street) and Sidecar Bar & Grille( 2201 Christian Street)
Northern Liberties is located north of Old City and is bordered by Girard Avenue to the north, Callowhill Street to the south, North 6th Street to the west, and the Delaware River to the east. In recent years, Northern Liberties has become a major enclave of young professionals, students, artists, and design professionals. Large improvement and revitalization projects have also been undertaken recently, causing a large jump in property values. The neighborhood’s proximity to Center City has made it one of the city’s most desirable development districts, both for commercial and residential real estate.
Residents south of Poplar Street are zoned to the General Philip Kearny School for grades Kindergarten through 8and Benjamin Franklin High Schoolfor high school, while residents north of Poplar Street are zoned to James R. Ludlow School for grades Kindergarten through 8and Kensington High School for grades 9 through 12. Additionally, Northern Liberties includes the Laboratory Charter School, Walter D. Palmer Leadership Academy, and Bodine High School of International Affairs.
Drinking and dining highlights in Northern Liberties include: Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat (800 N. Fourth St.), Green Eggs Café (719 N. Second St.), Dmitri’s (944 N. Second St.) & Bar Ferdinand (1030 N. Second St.)
Old City Philadelphia is the oldest and most historic area of Philadelphia and was founded by William Penn in 1681. The Constitution of the United States was written here, and it is where the Declaration of Independence was first read. Old City is one of the most easily accessed areas of the City of Philadelphia. Old City is served by all SEPTA Regional Train Lines via the Market Street East Station located just blocks away.
Old City is known for its historic sites and museums, including Independence National Historical Park, Betsy Ross House, Liberty Bell Center, Christ Church, Merchants Exchange, Franklin Square, National Museum of American Jewish History, The National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint.
The principle schools within Old City are: General George L. McCall Elementary School, Independence Charter School, Master Charter School, and St. Mary Interparochial School & Furness High School.
Popular dining and drinking destinations in Old City include: Buddakan (325 Chestnut St.), Amada (217 Chestnut St.), Cuba Libre (10 S. 2nd St.) and The Plough and the Stars (123 Chestnut St.)