RISMedia's ACE
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in comments
Search in excerpt
Filter by Custom Post Type
{ "homeurl": "http://rismedia.com/", "resultstype": "vertical", "resultsposition": "hover", "itemscount": 4, "imagewidth": 70, "imageheight": 70, "resultitemheight": "auto", "showauthor": 0, "showdate": 0, "showdescription": 1, "charcount": 3, "noresultstext": "No results!", "didyoumeantext": "Did you mean:", "defaultImage": "http://rismedia.com/wp-content/plugins/ajax-search-pro/img/default.jpg", "highlight": 0, "highlightwholewords": 1, "openToBlank": 0, "scrollToResults": 0, "resultareaclickable": 1, "autocomplete": { "enabled": 1, "googleOnly": 1, "lang": "en", "mobile": 1 }, "triggerontype": 1, "triggeronclick": 1, "triggeronreturn": 1, "triggerOnFacetChange": 1, "trigger": { "delay": 300, "autocomplete_delay": 310 }, "overridewpdefault": 0, "override_method": "post", "redirectonclick": 0, "redirectClickTo": "results_page", "redirect_on_enter": 0, "redirectEnterTo": "results_page", "redirect_url": "?s={phrase}", "settingsimagepos": "left", "settingsVisible": 0, "hresulthidedesc": "0", "prescontainerheight": "400px", "pshowsubtitle": "0", "pshowdesc": "1", "closeOnDocClick": 1, "iifNoImage": "description", "iiRows": 2, "iiGutter": 5, "iitemsWidth": 200, "iitemsHeight": 200, "iishowOverlay": 1, "iiblurOverlay": 1, "iihideContent": 1, "loaderLocation": "auto", "analytics": 0, "analyticsString": "", "show_more": { "url": "?s={phrase}", "action": "ajax" }, "mobile": { "trigger_on_type": 1, "trigger_on_click": 1, "hide_keyboard": 0 }, "compact": { "enabled": 1, "width": "200px", "closeOnMagnifier": 1, "closeOnDocument": 0, "position": "fixed", "overlay": 0 }, "animations": { "pc": { "settings": { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "results" : { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "items" : "fadeInDown" }, "mob": { "settings": { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "results" : { "anim" : "fadedrop", "dur" : 300 }, "items" : "voidanim" } }, "autop": { "state": "disabled", "phrase": "", "count": 10 } }
Select Page

(MCT)—W.C. Fields’ gravestone doesn’t really read, “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.” But the comic actor loved to poke fun at his native city. When I was a student in Philly way back when, I did too. There wasn’t much to do. It seemed like every corner in Center City had a travel agency or a bridal shop or a restaurant: People wanted to escape. Sure, there were some good restaurants, a couple of museums, the Liberty Bell, some beautiful houses, and Bassett’s Ice Cream at the Reading Terminal Market, but not much else.

Fast forward to 2012 and it’s a different city. A recent visit found Philly in fine form. Here’s some of what I liked.

The museums
Philly is a museum town. The Rodin Museum, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Franklin Institute, the Rosenbach Museum (housing the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses among other treasures), to name a few. And a short drive away, there’s the Brandywine River Museum with its trove of Andrew Wyeths,

But the big news, of course, is the opening of the new Barnes. If you love French Impressionist painting, this is reason enough to visit PHL. The old Barnes on the Main Line was famously inaccessible; the new one in Center City is much more visitor-friendly. Just be sure to make advance reservations.

Food and drink
Philly is still a restaurant town. In fact, I’ve made several trips by car from my home in Manhattan for the sole purpose of eating at Zahav (http://zahavrestaurant.com/) in Society Hill. This Middle Eastern hot spot was justifiably named as the best restaurant in the city by Philadelphia magazine. The baked-to-order pita bread alone is worth the drive (why can’t you get freshly baked pita bread any longer?), but everything else is authentically magical. Grilled octopus and drinks at the bar at Water Works Restaurant at dusk is another reason to get in the car (on the plane). Better yet, get an outside table on this historic site overlooking the Schuylkill River, followed with a walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. If you’re into beer, check out Monk’s or the beer garden at Silk City.

The Eastern State Penitentiary
This massive, shabby-chic Gothic-style prison takes up an entire city block in Fairmount. Fascinating to tour with standouts such as Al Capone’s cell, the chapels and the art installations; but the most powerful thing is the site’s history and decaying grandeur. Opened in 1829, and known for “pampering” inmates, it had central heat, running water and flush toilets even before the White House did.

The ice cream
Everyone loves ice cream, right? Bassett’s in the famous Reading Terminal Market is still spectacular and hasn’t sold out to franchising or a conglomerate like so many have. Also not to miss: Capogiro Gelato Artisans, voted best ice cream in America by National Geographic Traveler.

The murals
Philadelphia is often called the “Mural Capital of the World” thanks to its collection of over 3000 outdoor murals painted on building walls throughout the city. The Mural Arts Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary and gives fascinating tours.

Walking in Society Hill
If you like just strolling around a city looking at beautiful houses, you can’t do better than exploring the streets of this fascinating neighborhood. Named after the Free Society of Traders, an organization sponsored by William Penn, the area stretches from Walnut to Lombard Streets and from Front to 8th Streets and is home to some of most beautiful 18th and early 19th century homes in America. Hard to believe that the area became derelict before the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority sold these Federal-style houses to citizens for a song with the proviso that they restore them. The Society Hill Civic Association offers an open house and garden tour every May.

A great hotel
On a recent visit I stayed at the centrally located and budget-friendly Hotel Palomar, a Kimpton Hotel fashioned out of a repurposed office building, and discovered why it’s No. 1 rated on TripAdvisor.com (one of the very few hotels on TripAdvisor that has no “terrible” ratings; check some other reviews out if you don’t believe me).

Of course, this is just some of what the “new” Philadelphia has to offer. For more reasons to go, check out visitphilly.com.

George Hobica is founder of the low-airfare listing site Airfarewatchdog.com.

Distributed by MCT Information Services

Buying/Selling Consumer Luxury National Spotlights
Different houses on stacks of golden coins, bunch of keys and calculator isolated on white background
Market Conditions Improve Chances of Rate Hike, Says Yellen

In a recent speech at Jackson Hole, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet...

Past Due Rubber Stamped onto a mortgage document
FHA Streamlines Process to Help Delinquent Homeowners Stay in Homes

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) recently announced new procedures to strengthen...

Milwaukee - city panorama seen from the north side.
2016 Home Sales Increasing Twice as Fast in Counties with Low Hazard Risk

The recently released ATTOM Data Solutions 2016 U.S. Natural Hazard Housing...

Agent Broker Coaching Lead Gen Teams
Looking Back on the Path to Success

When Morgan Carey launched Real Estate Webmasters (REW) in April 2004...

Holding house keys on house shaped keychain in front of a new home
Stepping into the Residential Arena

In the following interview, Paul Kenny and Matt Bogue of Engel...

Handshake of a two businesswomen after closed deal
Recruiting and Retaining in Today’s World

“Times are changing” is a phrase that’s been uttered by countless...

Agent Best Practices Branding Broker Niche
Brand Branding Copyright Trademark Marketing Concept
Enhancing Your Online Brand in 4 Simple Steps

Increasing online visibility through strengthening your brand is something that many...

Digital composite of businesswoman touching interface with profile pictures
Four Tips to Fuel Your Online Presence

Social media is a prime way to both connect with potential...

Hispanic family with laptop at home smiling
Back-to-School Marketing Ideas

As families gear up to send the kids back to school,...

Agent Apps/Gadgets Best Practices Broker Innovation
financial stock price
5 Ways Big Data Is Changing Real Estate

Every facet of the business world has been radically changed by...

Computer keyboard with loupe concept
Maximizing Exposure with Unique, Interactive Domains

When it comes to finding your target audience, proper listing exposure...

Silhouette of business people moving and joining pieces of jigsaw puzzle on a business and stock market  blue background, with charts, diagrams, world maps and data arranged on grid and tables. World maps showing continents and countries with economy data and growth diagrams. Light glowing from the center. Copy space on bottom.
PNC Offers Online Business Insights, Webinars and Tools for Agents

Looking for the latest real estate industry information, education and networking...

Business Insights Content Generation Marketing Trends
The Best Pinterest Group Boards for Real Estate Agents

If you are a real estate agent who has a blog...

Nizhnevartovsk, Russia - June 12, 2013: Man hand holding iPhone 5 with Instagram App. iPhone is product Apple Inc. Instagram is an online photo-sharing and social networking service.
Visual Storytelling: Tips for Mastering the Art of Instagram

Creating and implementing a consistent social media strategy is vital for...

"Paris, France - May 27, 2012: Instagram logo on Apple iPhone display"
Instagram Is Open for Business—Find Out What This Means for Real Estate

Last week, Instagram released some major updates that could create a...

Buying/Selling For Your Clients Home Improvement How-To Lifestyle
A carefree young girl annoying the passenger infront by pushing his seat.
How to Deal with Someone Invading Your Space on a Plane

(TNS)—Q: You’re seated on a plane next to a person who...

US Marine Female Soldier at Home with Real Estate Paperwork.
Home Loans for Veterans: Everything You Need to Know

(TNS)—If you or your spouse has served in the military or...

Cheerful teenager girl with earphones doing homework on sofa at home
Pros and Cons: Buying a Property for a College Student

There’s no way around it, supporting a college student can be...

RISMedia’s CEO Exchange

RISMedia’s 2016 Real Estate CEO Exchange September 13 & 14, 2016...

Capital Building, Washington
RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at the NAR REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo...

RISMedia’s Power Broker Forum, Reception & Dinner – Annual

RISMedia Power Broker Events 2016 Orlando, Fla. Friday, November 4, 2016...