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Most travelers to Philly know that they can experience lots of the city’s history and the arts for free or on the cheap, but what else is there to do in the City of Brotherly Love without burning up your budget? On a recent visit, we came across a wide-variety of inexpensive activities that will help you spice up your next trip: Read more
When was the last time you were inspired to visit a destination based on a commercial you saw on TV, or a poster ad in the subway? Savvy tourism marketing offices are on a never-ending crusade to bring new visitors to their country; and with a well-placed, visually striking, simply-worded ad, they often manage to achieve their goal. But what is the key to a successful tourism campaign? Well, if you follow the lead of these five winning campaigns, the answer is: cute animals, drag queens, and a great sense of humor. Read more
Well, it’s officially September. While some cities are still seeing warm temperatures, we’re already skipping ahead in our minds to fall…and worse, winter. But, rather than let the changing seasons get us down, we’ve decided to just plan our next vacation. From Boston to Washington, D.C., and West Palm Beach, JetBlue’s Book Smart Sale (one-way fares; book by tomorrow at midnight; travel dates September 17 to December 18) is offering some great fares on key destinations: Read more
Philadelphia’s most iconic thoroughfare, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is populated by important art and cultural centers like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Foundation. Directly east of there is the Liberty Bell viewing site, and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence took form. But what if you’re looking for slightly more obscure cultural references? It turns out Philadelphia has plenty of that, too, as long as you’re willing to seek it out. From mosaic-tiled houses to the world’s first pizza museum, here are a few places to spice up the usual Philly itinerary: Read more
We know it’s hard to think about autumn travel as the summer winds down. But booking now will definitely pay off when you see the fare sale that JetBlue is advertising for their Leave-With-the-Changing-Leaves Sale. Travel is valid on one-way flights September 3 – December 18, and you must book by August 21 at midnight (blackout dates apply). Check out a selection of our favorite fares below. Read more
Escape on an end-of-summer getaway, or start planning your fall and winter travel early, with this sale from Virgin America. Fly one-way, nonstop to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and more. While travel for these low rates is valid for a while (August 24–December 3, 2013), booking ends on August 8, at 11:59 CT. Certain day-of-week restrictions and blackout dates from November 21–December 3, 2013 also apply. Check out some of these great fares below! Read more
Maybe you haven’t had a chance to plan your summer getaway yet, or perhaps you’re just holding out for the best deals. Either way, you’re in luck. JetBlue’s two-day summer and early fall sale has amazing one-way flight deals from New York to Bermuda and beyond. Check out some of the amazing rates (starting at just $46) on these popular routes below! Read more
For a quick summer getaway, we’re loving this new hotel sale from Sonesta. This offer, which just began yesterday, includes dozens of properties across the country and saves 30 percent on seasonal rates. Stay two nights or longer through August 31 to get this deal. Rates start at $52 per night, with deals in major cities from Orlando to Boston to New Orleans. Read more
Director Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” – starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire – brings to life the lavish, decadent Jazz Age. Although those days are long gone, you can still step into Jay Gatsby’s world with these seven destinations and experiences. Read more
I’m single this Valentine’s Day. This doesn’t bother me much, as I’ve only had a significant other coincide with the Happy Heart Day twice (in 7th grade, and last year). To me, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to wear a bunch of pink and gorge myself on candy, so it’s a holiday I can get behind regardless of relationship status. Plus, this year I’ve got a date to get tacos with my mom, so things are going pretty well, I would say.
Other singles don’t share my enthusiasm – or, rather, lack thereof. To many, Valentine’s Day is an annual reminder of his or her failure to land a partner, doomed to a lifetime of unanswered OkCupid messages and plucking errant cat hairs off ratty pajama pants. But, much like the 14 pounds of chocolate I will consume Thursday, there is no need to be bitter. There are plenty of events intended for the singles out there that are guaranteed to make your Valentine’s Day memorable.
Somewhere between the liver shared by history’s most famous set of conjoined twins and the wall of eye abnormalities, I learned that not all museums are created equal. I was in my late teens when I first visited the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and had already developed a pretty opinion of museums as being stuffy and dull. The museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, however, showed me how wrong I was. Ever since that visit, it has remained one of my favorite venues for science, history, and, well, weirdness. I revisited the museum last fall and marveled once again at the collection that amazes, flabbergasts, and often disgusts many visitors. Part science museum, part history museum, with a dash of carnival slideshow thrown in, the Mütter Museum is far from your average place of learning. That’s part of it’s charm, though. Beyond that, it’s also a tribute to how much doctors and scientists have learned about the human body over the centuries. Read more
Heading to Philadelphia requires thick skin and an even thicker coat (this time of year), but as 2013 hits its stride and the holiday hangover subsides, we’re here to prepare you for any upcoming conventions and business trips to this historic and energetic city. In an effort to get you outside of the boardroom and into the warm embrace of The City of Brotherly Love, we’re offering up two restaurants, two attractions, and one bar that you can hit with just a few extra hours between meetings.
For a fine, fine night out on the town, Butcher and Singer is a must-do. It’s a fabulous place to eat your cares away, but we’ll confess that the atmosphere steals the show. It’s a high-class steakhouse at heart, but it’s dressed up in low-light Hollywood garb in order to make those dining feel as if they’ve shifted back a few decades. Fair warning: a mobster may very well join your table.
According to the thermometer, it’s pretty cold out there in most the country right now. As in single digit cold. Which wouldn’t be such a big deal except for the fact that you’re the kind of person who likes to burn calories outdoors. Hiking boots, bike shorts, a life vest, climbing shoes—these are your preferred gym clothes. So what are you supposed to do when winter temperatures dip low enough to make a snowman shiver?
The answer is simple, and fortunately for the fair-weather adventurer, heated: find an indoor climbing wall. As the sport of climbing has grown in popularity, rock gyms have sprung up everywhere, especially in eastern cities where busy professionals don’t necessarily have easy access to cliffs, crags, towers, and other large rock formations. And just about every spot offers day passes, equipment rental, lessons, and the occasional discount, so you can show up for a test climb without committing to membership. Plus, they’re good places to meet other outdoor enthusiasts and a fun alternative to yet another predictable workout on the elliptical. Read more
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to spend less money? We hear you. Studies show that it’s one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all of your free time staying home and twiddling your thumbs. With these hotels under $200 per night (and 4-star hotels, at that), you can afford to enjoy yourself while keeping one of those oft-broken resolutions.
With its surprisingly spring-like weather in the winter months, San Francisco makes for a great destination this season. The San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf starts from just $129 per night from January 10-15, and $142 per night throughout the month of February, which saves over 45 percent on rates in the spring. Enjoy local California cuisine and weekly wine and cheese receptions at this culinary-centric hotel, which is just two blocks from both famous Fisherman’s Wharf and the shopping and restaurants in Ghiradelli Square. Read more
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