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.
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!
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!
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!
New Jersey is famous for many things. But tulips isn’t one of them. But the Holland Ridge Farms Tulip Festival is changing all that. Where a trip to the Netherlands to stroll through tulip fields crowded with other tulip fans may not be an option for some of us, a drive to the Garden State is a possibility. Here’s why you’ll want to head to central New Jersey for this beautiful and fun festival!
While the Washington, DC cherry blossoms are famous and remarkably beautiful, don’t overlook other regions for their flowering trees! The City of Brotherly Love celebrates the flowering cherry trees in bloom each spring with a Philadelphia cherry blossom festival that is a week long. Full of a variety of events, the festival culminates with Sakura Sunday. But you can see and enjoy the Philadelphia cherry blossoms across the city whenever Mother Nature lets them arrive. And boy are they worth seeing! I’m recommending a few cherry blossoms spots in Philadelphia, tips for viewing, and an overview of the Philly cherry blossom festival.
There’s no surer sign that spring is here than the cherry blossoms! In Japan, the practice of hanami, or the viewing of flowering trees (usually cherry), is a long-standing tradition with hundreds of years of history. And while the arrival of blossoms on flowering trees is always special, in recent years the Japanese enthusiasm for this natural phenomenon has been adopted in the West. The cherry trees that encircle the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC are famous for their fluffy pink blooms. The trees are so famous, in fact, that each year the National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates the blossoms’ arrival. Everyone should see these beautiful cherry blossoms at least once. It’s too spectacular to miss!
With the short window of opportunity for cherry blossom viewing, you can expect huge crowds. But I’ve got a few tips for seeing the Washington, DC cherry blossoms while still avoiding the crowds!
New Jersey’s southernmost point, Cape May, is a beach town that many know for its charming Victorian architecture, cozy B&Bs, and miles of beaches. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your pets at home. Bring your furry friend along for a Cape May dog-friendly vacation. There’s so much fun for you both to enjoy without sacrificing.
Do you ever wonder what your favorite beach towns do in the winter? While some become virtual ghost towns during the offseason, that’s simply not the case for Cape May, New Jersey. The Jersey Shore’s southernmost beach town is a charming and cozy winter getaway, especially during the Christmas and holiday season. And even with some shops closed up awaiting warmer days, there are a lot of great restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and shops where you can indulge without the crowds. Enjoy a Cape May winter getaway to break up those winter blues!
There is no surer sign that spring is just around the corner than the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Each year, visitors from near and far make the pilgrimage to the city’s Center City neighborhood to see the show and its dazzling floral displays that will delight, inspire, and excite. And the Philadelphia Flower Show 2019 simply doesn’t disappoint. With a theme of Flower Power, the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show is modern, fun, and not to be missed!
The mere words “Coney Island” are enough to bring to mind visions of a whimsical turn of the century amusement park along the crashing waves of the sea. Even if you’ve never been to Coney Island, you have an idea of what it’s like. But warm weather isn’t a requirement for visiting. There is a special ghostly charm to Coney Island in the winter during the off-season. And there’s no shortage of fun things to do in Coney Island in winter, from a stroll on the boardwalk to a lazy lunch for an enjoyable day out during those coldest months of the year.
Because there are so many Upper East Side museums, a section of the New York City neighborhood is dubbed Museum Mile. Visitors to NYC are spoilt for choice. New York City is full of so many great things to see and do. But if museums are more your speed, you’ll want to head uptown. The stretch of Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets, bordering Central Park, is home to some of the best museums in the city. In fact, they’re world-class museums. But the great museums on the Upper East Side aren’t limited to just Museum Mile! There are a few others outside of those hallowed blocks. Having a hard time deciding which museum to visit? Here are five great Upper East Side museums to prioritize the next time you’re in the Big Apple!