Philadelphia Flower Show 2020 Is Best in Years

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Riviera backyard hangout inspiration at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2020.

There is no surer sign that spring is approaching than the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. For nearly two centuries, the world’s largest indoor flower show, and the country’s oldest, has acted as a bit of an oasis for those suffering from the winter doldrums. And this year is certainly no different. The 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates a Riviera Holiday theme that inspires with visions of luxurious Mediterranean vacations spent relaxing by the pool or along the waterfront while enjoying the sweet smell of nearby fresh plants and flowers.

In 2019, it was Flower Power. 2018 was Wonders of Water. 2017 was Holland: Flowering the World. The themes of the Flower Show are wide-ranging and exciting. But Riviera Holiday provides more ideas that you can take home and utilize to rejuvenate your backyard into a European getaway. (Not to mention that this is the first year in recent memory where there wasn’t snow on the ground for the show!)

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Fun Things to Do in Corolla, NC

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse peeks out above the trees. A visit to the lighthouse is one of many fun things to do in Corolla, NC.

Each summer, visitors flock to North Carolina’s Outer Banks for vacation. But many won’t make the trip to the northern part of the barrier island. In comparison to Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head, the village of Corolla, North Carolina, is a more quiet destination. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening and fun. There are plenty of activities and things to do in Corolla, from places to eat and shop. And there are special activities that you can not do just anywhere, like lighthouse climbing!

As a child, each year for our family vacation we loaded up in the minivan and traveled the nearly eight hours in order to spend a week in Corolla’s Whalehead area. It is a spot that is special and nostalgic for me. Even after all this time, the heart of the area remains.

When you compare Corolla to its other North Carolina’s Outer Banks counterparts, it is almost a world away. With somewhat less commercial development, Corolla maintains a feel that is closer to that of a Southern village. That isn’t to say it isn’t busy in the summer, but Corolla certainly embodies a more laid back feel.

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Things to Do in Philadelphia in Winter

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Snow lines the Benjamin Franklin Parkway ahead of the Art Museum in Philadelphia.

There is never any shortage of things to do in Philadelphia, and that includes during the colder times of the year. If you aren’t afraid of bundling up, crowds are less at historic sites within the City of Brotherly Love. Add to that some of the city’s biggest and most popular events and festivals. Needless to say, winter isn’t much of an “off-season” in Philadelphia. Here are what you can expect and the best things to do in Philadelphia in winter!

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Outer Banks in the Fall Off-Season

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Visitors walking on the sand dunes at Jockey's RIdge State Park.

If the thought of having the Outer Banks beaches all to yourself without waking up at dawn appeals to you, you may want to consider visiting in the off-season. Visiting the Outer Banks in the fall is about enjoying the last gaps of pleasant weather and less about peeping colorful leaves. While the North Carolina beach region continues to become more popular year-round, you can still find some serenity and fewer crowds at the Outer Banks in the fall. But there are some compromises you may need to make with seasonal closures and weather.

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24 Hours in Boston for Art & History Lovers

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Experience art and history in just 24 hours in Boston.

Even in a city that is unfamiliar, it is pretty amazing how much you can experience in only a day if you really try. But only 24 hours in Boston? The city may not be a big city like New York or London, but you can still get a real taste of the city in only a single day. Indeed, for lovers of art and history, Boston is rewarding and a lot of fun. You can indulge in remarkably fresh seafood, gaze at spectacular artwork, and experience firsthand a bit of the history that helped form the United States, here’s how to spend 24 hours in Boston!

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Outer Banks Dog-Friendly Vacation Guide

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The Outer Banks' Jockey's Ridge State Park is a dog-friendly attraction that's free to visit.

With miles of unspoiled beaches, historic sites, and parks, North Carolina’s Outer Banks is fun for the whole family — and that includes the ones with four legs! If your dog is anything like mine, he or she will love watching the sanderlings on the beach and getting a good sniff of those famously strong winds that lured the Wright Brothers a century ago. But there is more than just the beach as the Outer Banks is extremely dog-friendly! From the Outer Banks’ most dog-friendly restaurant to plenty of activities, here’s your guide for a vacation that is truly for the whole family!

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Post by . Originally published December 30, 2019. Last updated February 24, 2020.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow Style Comes to USA

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Posters at Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style exhibit at Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.

At the turn of the 20th century, Glasgow, Scotland was undergoing a change. The economic boom of the United Kingdom’s second most important city afforded them a chance to indulge in the arts. Designing the New: Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Style is a new exhibition touring the United States that explores this innovative time in the city’s history.

The exhibit puts a focus on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the movement’s most important contributor (and perhaps the city’s most well known). But there are also much deserved bright lights on Mackintosh’s colleagues. The exhibition is making the rounds and will be on display in the United States through 2021.

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Swept Away: Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Outer Banks

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Plants growing through the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

While not technically a desert, the more than 400 acres of sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in North Carolina’s Outer Banks inspire awe. Nestled a few blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and just next to the Roanoke Sound in Nags Head, these are the tallest living sand dunes on the eastern coast. But there is more to Jockey’s Ridge than just sand that makes it an important Outer Banks attraction. With multiple ecosystems, it is a fascinating exploration of nature that many don’t frequently experience that’s an Outer Banks adventure.

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Post by . Originally published December 12, 2019. Last updated December 31, 2019.

Yo! Philadelphia Gifts Guide

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Looking for a gift for a special someone? Spoil someone dear to you with one of these unique Philadelphia gifts from tasty treats to wearable items! #philadelphia #philly #visitphilly #gifts #giftguide

Do yous guys need a thoughtful gift for someone special? If your special someone hails from the City of Brotherly Love or you simply want to remember a special trip, then I have just the gift guide for you! Give your friend or family member a taste of Philly with one of these ten Philadelphia gifts.

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What to Expect Visiting Philadelphia in Fall

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Fall foliage in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia in autumn is delightful. Yes, the days are all shorter, cooler, wetter, and often cloudier. But crowds decline in the offseason and with locals home from summer vacations “down the Shore” (or elsewhere), festivals and events go into full swing. There are so many fun fall things to do in Philadelphia. A visit during autumn can be a great way to experience the City of Brotherly Love and get a feel for what the city (and the region) is all about!

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Christmas Events In Philadelphia Region (New Year’s, Too!)

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One of the most popular Christmas events in Philadelphia is the Christmas Village in Philadelphia, just in front of City Hall.

Ready to feel holly and jolly? You could spend the entire month of December celebrating the holiday season. From parades to markets and festive rides, there is really something for everyone and every age to enjoy. And then, as 2019 winds down and 2020 comes into focus, it’s time to really party! I’ve pulled together more than 65 of the best, most unique, and fun holiday and Christmas events in Philadelphia and across the region plus New Year’s Eve events, too!

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Historic Dover Day Trip Delivers Charm Without Crowds

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Historic buildings line The Dover Green.

While doubledecker sightseeing buses full of tourists clog the downtown city streets of Philadelphia and Boston, historic Dover, Delaware, is remarkably quiet. The capital of The First State is only an hour from Philly and features many of the same important highlights: historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and no shortage of stories that reveal just how important the petite state really is in the nation’s founding. I recently was invited for a day trip to Dover with my husband. And even for a Friday in June, we practically had the city to ourselves!

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Post by . Originally published July 10, 2019. Last updated July 14, 2019.