Whether you’ve got a family member or friend with Irish roots or just Irish wanderlust, an Irish gift is a wonderful way to indulge someone you care about. From clothing items made in Ireland by craftsman using centuries of technique to works of literature and music created by Irish creativity, the Emerald Isle is full of many wonderful gifts. I’ve put together a list of nine wonderful Irish gifts that will bring a smile to anyone’s face!
Bid 2018 a fond farewell and welcome 2019 with open arms! After celebrating the holidays with one of the many events around the region, the fun isn’t over. If you are looking for a fun, unique New Year’s Eve celebration in Philadelphia or nearby, I’ve got just the list for you. Whether you’re looking to party hard early and then head to bed or looking to kiss your sweetheart at midnight under a sky lit up with fireworks, there’s somewhere in Philly you can celebrate New Year’s Eve. Take the day, or longer!, off and enjoy your last day trip from Philadelphia for the year. It’s hard to believe that we’ll soon be in the last year of the teens! And no matter where you go or what you do, have a good time and here’s to a happy, healthy and safe 2019!
Philly is always festive but each year from November through December, the city puts on its best for the holidays. And that’s true for the surrounding area, too. Each year there are Christmas and holiday events in Philadelphia that are traditions for visitors of all generations. But there are also some fun new and unique Christmas and holiday events in and around Philadelphia for 2018. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway or just for an afternoon, there are lots of fantastic day trips from Philadelphia. No matter what festival or festivals you celebrate, enjoy a little holiday cheer with these 45 Christmas and holiday events and things to do in Philly in 2018! Then ring in 2019 and say goodbye to 2018 with events across the region.
Although it has a bit of a reputation for being expensive, there are plenty of fun free things to do in Dublin without being a budget traveler. The capital of the Republic of Ireland has excellent museums, beautiful architecture and lots of history that visitors can enjoy without spending a single Euro. Spend a weekend (or longer) getting to know Dublin without breaking the bank or feeling like you’re missing out!
With its relatively compact size and flat terrain, Dublin, Ireland is a fantastic quick trip. The Irish capital city is full of history, a lovely landscape, Irish charm and, yes, pubs! With great museums (some of which are free!) and a bonafide castle in the of town, it’s not difficult to fill up a long weekend (plus maybe a few extra days) in Dublin. In fact, the difficult part might be limiting yourself to only a weekend in the Emerald Isle!
I’ve put together a travel guide for how to spend a long weekend in Dublin with some of my favorite spots from my recent trip!
With hipster havens in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh bookending Pennsylvania, you probably don’t think of Harrisburg as the first spot for a cool, urban location to spend a day. But you should. Don’t underestimate Harrisburg. The capital city’s Midtown neighborhood will make you rethink what you think you already know. The neighborhood is rich with a farmer’s market with an internal food court, art galleries, street art and an independent bookshop that puts the rest to shame. And all of those things are set in and around a backdrop of historic buildings with the kind of architecture they just don’t make anymore. Midtown Harrisburg is laidback and easy going in a way that “the big city” just isn’t.
To say that a Pennsylvania State Capitol tour in Harrisburg is a pleasant surprise is a massive understatement. For a state that was founded on Quaker values eschewing materialism, there sure is a whole lot of 23K gold, Italian marble, and two dozen stained glass windows created by a student of Tiffany. And all of this in that awkward middleground between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, surrounded by farms, many from Amish families, and industry. What could pass in part as, perhaps, the mansion of a turn of the century American magnate or an elaborate cathedral, or even just a museum, is actually the capitol building. And with free tours of the capitol building, you’d be silly not to visit and take it all in. Just don’t blame me if you get a sore neck from gazing upwards at the ceiling and walls.