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Nov. 18, 2020

Holiday Recipes

Creamy Gnocchi soup with rosemary bacon: 





  1. 1. Cook the bacon in a large dutch oven over medium heat until crisp, about 5 minutes. During the last minute of cooking, add the rosemary. Remove the bacon. If there's excess bacon grease, drain off all but 1 tablespoon. Add the onion and cook 5 minutes, until golden. Add the carrots, celery, garlic, thyme, basil, fennel, crushed red pepper, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes, until very fragrant.

    2. Stir in the butter and flour, cook 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add to the bowl of your crockpot. To the crockpot, add the broth. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-5.

    4. During the last 15 minutes of cooking, stir in the kale, cream/milk, parmesan, and gnocchi. If the soup is too thick, add additional broth.

    5. Serve the soup topped with the rosemary bacon and parmesan. Enjoy warm



    Ginger Apple Moscow Mule:


    • 2 ounces vodka
    • juice from 1/2 of a lime
    • 1/3 cup apple cider
    • 1 tablespoon apple butter
    • 1-2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
    • ginger beer, for topping
    • pomegranate arils and cinnamon sticks, for serving


    1. Fill a cocktail glass with ice.

    2. Combine the vodka, lime juice, apple cider, apple butter, and ginger in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake until combined, about 1 minute. Strain into your prepared glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with apple slices, pomegranate arils, and cinnamon sticks.




    Fabulous Recipes by: Half Baked Harvest 

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Nov. 18, 2020

Holidays in the Suburbs

Christmas at Longwood Gardens

Thousands of poinsettias, Christmas trees and flowers transform the heated four-acre Conservatory at Longwood Gardens into a winter wonderland during the popular A Longwood Christmas. Outdoors, 500,000 lights glitter in trees; a whimsical train races around its railway; a shimmering tunnel emits light; and spectacular fountains and fire pit flames dance to seasonal music. Timed tickets are required, so plan ahead!



Cut Your Own Trees at Linvilla Orchards

Linvilla Orchards’ 40,000 holiday trees are looking for a home! Venture out to the popular Delaware County attraction and hop on a wagon ride to cut-your-own Douglas or Canaan fir. The team at Linvilla provides the saw (phew!), and will even wrap and tie the tree to your car. Hint: Timed tickets are required for 2020.


Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm

This Bucks County farm kicks off its 3-million-light Holiday Light Show with Dashin’ Through the … Lights (Thursday and Friday), a family-friendly two-miler (timed tickets required this year) through the attraction. The main display opens to the public on Saturday, when visitors drive or, if weather permits, ride in wagons past after-dark displays: illuminated tunnels and just about every imaginable Christmas icon rendered in tiny bulbs. (Timed tickets required.) Guests can also do some holiday shopping in the market and purchase their Christmas tree.


Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo adds even more to the millions of LED lights that illuminate its 16 acres over the holidays during Wild Lights, lighting up on Friday. Visitors can take a stroll through the Oh Christmas Tree display, where they’ll be surrounded by a glistening forest, or visit the big cats in Trail of the Jumping Jaguar. Each night of the festival features live entertainment, animal encounters, holiday music and a chance to see Santa himself.



Holidays in the Village at Peddler’s Village

With more than 60 specialty shops perfect for holiday shopping, Peddler’s Village’s charm and beautiful, festive decorations help ring in the season — as do the attraction’s 1 million twinkling lights, set to cover the spot’s buildings and trees beginning on Thursday. Also at Peddler’s this year: The Gingerbread Competition & Display returns with more than 70 creative entries, and families can participate in Elf on the Stealth, an outdoor walking tour where visitors join Mrs. Clause in search of a missing elf.




Nov. 4, 2020

Holiday Happenings


That’s right: The holidays officially kick off with the return of the awesome annual attractions at Dilworth Park — the ice rink, the cabin and the Wintergarden — which are set to welcome guests looking for an early, easy and safe embrace of the season. Additional holiday goings-on start in Bucks County, where the New Hope Railroad begins its semi-frequent trips to the North Pole (Saturday and Sunday).

Good news for fans of brews with a view: Terrace on Tap, the Independence Visitor Center’s elevated outdoor beer garden, has been so popular that it’s been extended through late November. This week, the open-air experience continues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. (Pro tip: Make a reservation!)

And those looking for a dose of arts and culture can stroll past free outdoor exhibitions at The Navy Yard and Cherry Street Pier; settle in somewhere cozy for the all-virtual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival; or laugh out loud at a show at Punch Line Philly, which resumes indoor comedy shows beginning Wednesday.

While you’re out and about this week and weekend, remember your mask. Masks are required in the five-county region in all indoor public spaces, as well as any outdoor space where social distancing isn’t possible. (The Phillie Phanatic sets a good example.) Another tip: Plan ahead, as many events recommend or require advanced tickets. Read more on

Looking for help with planning your Philly excursion? Call the Independence Visitor Center to speak with a visitor experience expert at 800-537-7676. They’ll help you navigate all the great things you can do right now in Greater Philadelphia.

Lastly, it’s a great week to connect, disconnect, reconnect or just escape to a Philly hotel. Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and get free hotel parking to make exploring the city even easier.

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Oct. 21, 2020

This Week In Philadelphia

Here’s how make it another great autumnal week and weekend in Greater Philadelphia.

First, line up where to eat and drink. Seeing as its Pennsylvania Wine Month, the region’s wineries beckon (especially now that they’re replete with fall foliage). And in the city proper, Black-owned restaurants and Caribbean eateries shine during Black Restaurant Week and Taste the Islands Philly, respectively.

As for things to do, there are recently reopened Center City attractions (the Masonic Temple and The Rosenbach) and a baby sloth to say goodbye to (Survival of the Slowest , which closes on Sunday at The Academy of Natural Sciences).

Then, there’s the kickoff of the Philadelphia Film Festival, with drive-in screenings at The Navy Yard; the annual Chrysanthemum Festival, when the displays at Kennett Square’s Longwood Gardens go ka-bloom; and Halloween happenings at Treetop Quest Philly and on East Passyunk Avenue.

While you’re out and about this week and weekend, remember your mask. Masks are required in the five-county region in all indoor public spaces, as well as any outdoor space where social distancing isn’t possible. (The Phillie Phanatic sets a good example.) Another tip: Plan ahead, as many events recommend or require advanced tickets. Read more on

Looking for help with planning your Philly excursion? Call the Independence Visitor Center to speak with a visitor experience expert at 800-537-7676. They’ll help you navigate all the great things you can do right now in Greater Philadelphia.

Lastly, it’s a great week to connect, disconnect, reconnect or just escape to a Philly hotel. Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and get free hotel parking to make exploring the city even easier.


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Oct. 7, 2020


"Since 1981, ACHIEVEability has been breaking the cycle of poverty by helping low-income, single parent and homeless families to achieve self-sufficiency. We believe that housing is a necessary first step to ending poverty, and we develop our own program housing to help stabilize families. We know that in order to truly achieve permanent self-sufficiency and financial freedom, education is the key. Everything we do at ACHIEVEability is geared to helping our participants succeed and reach the goals they set for themselves and their families through our Family Self-Sufficiency Program." 

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Uplift offers peer support groups for children and teens in grades K-12th who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Peer support and a caring adult presence help to reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness that children often experience after death. 

Uplift has multiple locations around the city of Philadelphia. Creative activities and games allow children to express their thoughts and feelings about death. All groups are divided by age and developmental level to best tailor our support programs. Uplift also offers caregiver groups at the same time to provide support for adults raising a grieving child.

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Sept. 22, 2020

Fall in Philadelphia

Fall in love — for the first time or all over again — with Greater Philadelphia this autumn, which brings gorgeous temperatures, changing leaves and loads of exciting things to explore for 2020.

What would fall be without hayrides, pick-your-own opportunities and spooky adventures? Get into the spirit of the season at socially distanced goings-on like the two-month-long Pumpkinland celebration at Linvilla Orchards, the inventive scarecrow displays at both New Hope’s Peddler’s Village and Northwest Philly’s Morris Arboretum, and the new-for-2020 Night Tours at the eerie Eastern State Penitentiary.

The return of indoor dining to Philly (with proper safety precautions in place) coincides with a number of opportunities to enjoy one or more of the city’s acclaimed restaurants. This fall, save space on your calendar (and in your stomach) for a meal during the uber-popular Center City District Restaurant Week, West Philly’s University City Dining Days or Dine Latino Restaurant Week.

Fall also makes for a great time forge your own path. Looking to hit the road on a regional road trip? We’ve got a guide for that. How about embarking on a self-guided tour? We’ve got a guide for that, too.

Lastly, a couple things to keep in mind when exploring Greater Philadelphia this fall: Remember your mask. Maintain social distance. And plan ahead, as advance reservations or tickets are required at many of the region’s restaurants and museums. Best bet: Look online or call ahead before visiting to get a better sense of what to expect.

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Sept. 15, 2020

Restaurant Week

Center City Restaurant Week returns this fall with 13 days of dining deals

More than 60 restaurants are participating


Center City Sips was canceled this year because of COVID-19, but the super-popular Center City Restaurant Week returns this fall.

It will take place from Sunday, Sept. 13, through Friday, Sept. 25, with increased health and safety protocols.



"More than 60 participating restaurants are working together with the (Center City District) to create a safe experience so residents and visitors can support local businesses and keep local workers employed," Restaurant Week organizers said in press release.

Three-course dinners will be available for $35 per person, as well as $20 three-course lunches at participating locations.

And a first for Restaurant Week – prix fixe takeout menus from select restaurants will be offered as well.


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Sept. 10, 2020

Open House September 12-13

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409 Catharine 


1526 Dorrance 


1326 Spruce St #1106


2327 S Hicks 


1100 E Hewson



Contact for scheduled showings



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Sept. 2, 2020


1512 S 25th 

4 Bed - 3 Bath - New Construction - Parking - Roof Deck - $3200 

Be the first to live in this 4 Bedroom, 3 bath, luxury home with PARKING! Gray's Pointe is a 25 townhome (each home with parking) community featuring light-filled, extra wide (16 ft each) on the edge of burgeoning Point Breeze and up & coming Grays Ferry neighborhood. FIRST FLOOR:: After parking your car & walking 15 feet to your front door, enter the home featuring an open-concept floorplan with soaring ceilings featuring custom walnut-stained hardwood floors, crown molding and custom millwork. The custom Kitchen features soft gray base cabinets, white upper cabinets, an island, butler pantry, wine lattice, high-end Samsung Stainless Appliances, soft close Shaker style cabinetry and White Quartz stone counters. The entire first floor is flooded with light from two extra-large front Pella windows & sliding doors leading to back patio ideal for grilling & bistro set. LOWER LEVEL:: features a HUGE Bedroom with 2 large customizable closets & full bathroom featuring walk-in shower with Antracita flooring tile, stacked white tiles, glass shower enclosure & floating vanity. An ideal private reprieve, playroom or ideal bedroom for roommates. 2nd FLOOR:: features 2 large bedrooms with large customizable closets, laundry closet with stacked Samsung Washer/Dryer, full bathroom featuring tub with Antracita flooring tile, stacked gray tiles & floating vanity. 3rd FLOOR:: entire floor is dedicated as the Master suite! Huge Bedroom with bay window area ideal for desk, enough space for a king sized bed/dressers & chair, HUGE customizable walk-in closet, coffee bar with sink, HUGE 4-piece bath featuring Carrera marble porcelain shower & floor tiles, 5 inch hexagonal Carrera marble floors, rain head shower, free-standing bathtub with separate tub filler and cleansing wand & floating double vanity. ROOFDECK:: the stairs leading to the roof deck are oriented to the rear allowing for a large, Private fiberglass roof deck with skyline views, ideal for entertaining, play or simply relaxing or working. EXTRA & COOL TECH FEATURES:: Ring Doorbell (answer your door from anywhere in the world!), Nest Thermostats (schedule for efficiency & save money), Schlage Combo Deadbolts (give access to those needed or prevent lockouts) , High-Efficiency/sound-reducing Pella Windows, Bluetooth Surround ceiling speakers, USB capable outlets. Walk score is high at 85, near public transit and very bikeable (to Center City and Schuylkill River Park).

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2101 Chestnut Street Unit # 713

1 Bed - 1 Bath - Recently Renovated - $1,400

Recently renovated One Bedroom Condo for Rent in Rittenhouse Square!This one-bedroom unit at the RiverWest Condominium offers hardwood floors, granite counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, and large South facing windows for plenty of natural light. The building offers 24-hour concierge service, a state of the art fitness center, laundry facilities, conference rooms, as well as a restaurant and a beauty salon on the ground floor.Located in Rittenhouse Square, you're a short walk to excellent restaurants, one of a kind shopping, exciting nightlife, the Art Museum, Avenue of the Arts, and historical attractions. Public transportation is available in front and behind the building with the 30th Street train station just blocks away. Parking is available for an additional fee. One mile, five-minute drive, or 10 minutes by public transportation or bike, to the campuses of the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson. The condo has been home to a University of Pennsylvania physicians for five years. ALL utilities (gas, water, electric, AC, heat, cable TV) included. Available furnished or unfurnished.


2101 Market Street Unit #4205 

2 Bed - 2 Bath - Garage Parking - $4,000


ONE CAR GARAGE PARKING !Enjoy luxury living at the Murano condominiums Penthouse collection residences. This spacious corner unit is located on the 42nd floor with sweeping city views, two bedrooms, two full bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows, gleaming bamboo floors, covered private balcony, 60-foot indoor heated swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, a landscaped sun deck, 24-hour concierge service, on-site building management, and maintenance. The open kitchen has a large breakfast bar, imported cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. The bathrooms include tile floors, chrome fixtures, and large vanities with storage. The Murano is steps away from Rittenhouse Square, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, one-of-a-kind shopping, fine dining, 30th Street Station, the Schuylkill River walking & bike path, Museums, and more. Don't miss your chance to lease this fantastic unit!


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Aug. 19, 2020

Rediscover Philadelphia

Get excited: Another full week of fun happenings and goings-on awaits in Greater Philadelphia.

More than a dozen drive-in movies and concerts fill the calendar this week at spots like The Navy Yard, The Mann Center and outside Citizens Bank Park. Numerous other socially distant outdoor activities, including yoga on Cira GreenZumba outside The Bourse Food Hall and more, are also on deck.

At Philly’s attractions, guests can enjoy a final look at Marie Cuttoli’s impressive tapestries at the Barnes Foundation, rediscover the now-open Betsy Ross House and take in a new 19th Amendment-themed exhibit at The Clay Studio that opens on Tuesday.

And the BlackStar Film Festival  the world’s premier celebration of Black, Brown and Indigenous film and video artists — returns for 2020 with a week of virtual screenings.

While you’re out and about this week and weekend, don’t forget your maskMasks are required in the five-county region in all indoor public spaces, as well as any outdoor space where social distancing isn’t possible. (The Phillie Phanatic sets a good example.) Read more on staying safe from the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Lastly, it’s a great week to connect, disconnect, reconnect or just escape to a Philly hotel. Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and get free hotel parking, which makes exploring the city even easier.

Read our guide of things to do in Greater Philadelphia this week and weekend below.


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Don’t miss your last chance to see Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray at the Barnes Foundation

Marvel at the fascinating story behind the female entrepreneur who transformed iconic modern artists’ work into tapestry at the Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray exhibition, which closes on Sunday at the Barnes Foundation. Cuttoli, a modern-art pioneer, helped revive the French tapestry industry by commissioning famous artists like Man Ray, Joan Miró and Picasso to design pieces that were woven into tapestries. These works, alongside paintings and drawings, are on display in the museum’s Roberts Gallery.

When:Marie Cuttoli: Closes Sunday, August 23 
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
Cost:Advanced tickets highly recommended: $25, adults; $23, seniors; $5, college students and youth 13-18; free, children 12 and under


Celebrate female empowerment with 100 Years, 100 Women at The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio in Old City celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment — which granted a select group of American women the right to vote — with the opening of 100 Years, 100 Women. For the exhibition, The Clay Studio asked 50 artists to each choose two women who embody the spirit of female empowerment, and honor them by making a modern-day commemorative plate. Check out the exhibition, then shop for handmade ceramics and gifts.

When:Opens Tuesday, August 18 
Where:The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd StreetCost:Free


Binge on the all-virtual BlackStar Film Festival

The BlackStar Film Festival — known as “the Black Sundance” — goes all-virtual for 2020. The week-long fest gives viewers a chance to tune in to more than 80 films — from documentaries to short films — from Black, Brown and Indigenous film and video artists, as well as virtual live events, panels and parties. Standout films this year include Unapologetic, a documentary about the Movement for Black Lives in Chicago; Daughters Of, a feature film about the critical importance of self-care and healing for Black women, and Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom, a short documentary about Philly’s LGBTQ ballroom scene. Event highlights include an opening night party with DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as a daily morning show hosted by Maori Holmes (the fest’s artistic director), DJ Rich Medina and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. See the full schedule and buy a day pass for only $5!

When: August 20-26 
Where:All virtual for 2020 
Cost:$5, day pass; $100, festival pass


Catch up with America’s most famous flag maker at the now-open Betsy Ross House

Did she or didn’t she sew the first American flag? Find out more at The Betsy Ross House, now welcoming back guests at the historic seamstresses’ former Old City residence. Masked guests take a self-guided tour; explore her upholstery shop, parlor and bedroom; and talk to Betsy herself about her role in the American Revolution and her fascinating work and life.

When:Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street 
Cost:Advance tickets recommended: $5, adults; $4, children, seniors and students


Settle in for retro fun at a drive-in movie or concert

People on a car watch a drive-in moviePHOTO COURTESY CINEMA POP UPS

Retro drive-in experiences abound this week, with more than a dozen films and concerts on deck in Greater Philadelphia. Highlights include Night Catches Us (Monday) at The Navy Yard, part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s new (and free with RSVP) Force in Focus: the Black Experience on Film programming; three outdoor screenings (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) as part of the BlackStar Film Festival that help kick off The Philly Drive-In, a new six-week experience at The Mann Center; and live performances from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (Friday) and The Front Bottoms (Sunday) at Citizens Bank Park as part of Live-In Drive-In. Get the scoop on more drive-ins in our roundup on

Where:Various locations, including outside Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way 


Pull up a seat for outdoor dining and drinking at the region’s bars and restaurants

Catch some rays (or shade) at bars and restaurants throughout the region that are offering outdoor dining. Some spots to consider this week: The Italian Market’s Alma del Mar, made famous on season five of Queer Eye, offers outdoor seating on its patio; West Philly’s Dahlak dishes out delicious Ethiopian and Eritrean food in its outdoor space behind the restaurant; and Garden Restaurant at the Barnes Foundation, serving weekends-only open-to-the-public brunch outside the Benajmin Franklin Parkway attraction. Find more spots in our recently updated guides to beer gardensrooftop bars and restaurants and pop-up bars and restaurants in the region.

Where:Various locations, including Dahlak, 4708 Baltimore Avenue 

Take a socially distant exercise class or relax in one of Philly’s outdoor spaces

Make the most of the fine late-summer weather at a number of outdoor events this week. Consider sunset yoga with skyline views on West Philly’s Cira Green (Monday); paddling in a swan or dragon boat on the Delaware River with the Independence Seaport Museum (Wednesday) and Bootcamp at The Bourse, offering a high-intensity Zumba class for $10 (Saturday). Or just spend time in some of the city’s outdoor spaces: Relax on the large swings at The Rail Park, or contemplate and remember at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza, site of the nation’s first public Holocaust monument.

Where:Various locations, including Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard 

Discover (or rediscover) Greater Philadelphia on a curated road trip

A family gets in a car with the Philadelphia skyline in the backgroundPHOTO BY VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Hit the road this week with one of these great curated road-trip itineraries in hand. Depending on which route you choose, you might meet Elmo (Sesame Place), wave at an alpaca (Little Lost Creek Alpacas), play laser tag (Arnold’s Family Fun Center), go kayaking (Peace Valley Park) and more. Happy travels!

Where:Various locations, including Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope 
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