Why You Should See The Philadelphia Cherry Blossoms

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Flowering cherry trees in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

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.

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Avoid the Crowds: Washington, DC Cherry Blossoms

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Looking across the Tidal Basin at the Jefferson Memorial during Washington, DC cherry blossoms season.

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!

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Post by . Originally published April 2, 2019. Last updated April 2, 2019.

Enjoy a Cape May Dog-Friendly Getaway

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White mini schnauzer walking on the beach in Cape May. The beaches are the best part of a Cape May dog-friendly vacation.

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.

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Things to Do in Cape May for a Winter Getaway

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The beach dunes are the best spot to enjoy during Cape May in the winter.

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!

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Post by . Originally published March 20, 2019. Last updated March 25, 2019.

Flower Power at the Philadelphia Flower Show 2019

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A psychedelic flower is part of the opening exhibit at the 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show.

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!

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Post by . Originally published March 6, 2019. Last updated March 5, 2019.

Fun Things to Do in Coney Island in Winter

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A walk along the boardwalk is one fun thing to do in Coney Island in winter.

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.

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Post by . Originally published February 25, 2019. Last updated March 17, 2019.

5 of the Best Upper East Side Museums

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The New York City skyline and the Central Park Reservoir seen from the Upper East Side.

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!

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18 Fun Free Things to Do in Philadelphia

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A visit to Independence Hall is one of the great free things to do in Philadelphia!

There are so many free things to see and do in Philadelphia that visiting the City of Brotherly Love doesn’t have to be expensive. From art to history to enjoying the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone! Experience all the great free things to do in Philly and save your money for something else. Might I suggest for experiencing Philly’s foodie scene? But one thing at a time. Here are 18 of the best free things to do in Philadelphia!

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Post by . Originally published January 28, 2019. Last updated January 28, 2019.

A Day In Hip, Cool Midtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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Historic buildings line the street in Midtown Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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.

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