Sunday, April 17, 2016

Philly's Hidden Treasures/Part One



When travelers visit Philadelphia, their itinerary always includes the big stops like Independence Mall, The National Constitution Center, The Betsy Ross House, The Liberty Bell, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yes, these are the show stoppers and places to see.

But, Philadelphia has many tourists' gems that sometimes are not (and should be) on a sightseer's schedule. I thought I would use this week and next week's blog post to give these awesome sites a "shout-out!"


Reading Terminal Market





Located at 12th & Arch Street (across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center), Reading Terminal Market is the country's oldest farmer's market. A majority of the businesses are family own and range from eat-in and take-out restaurants to merchants selling flowers, bakery items, seafood, books, and produce. Reading Terminal Market conducts tours and hosts special events such as cooking classes, movie night, and book signings. For more information check out their website and calendar, http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/


East Passyunk Avenue



One of the longest standing business routes in the city, East Passyunk Avenue is affectionately referred to as Philly's new "restaurant row" thanks to the slew of new dining spots that have opened in recent years. An oldie -- and goodie -- is Marra's Italian Restaurant. The business, operated for eighty years, is now owned and managed by the founders' grandchildren. Marra's makes a great pizza and a delicious Mediterranean Salad. Also on East Passyunk Avenue is FUEL who serves the best pumpkin cheesecake ever!

Gee, I didn't intend to give food recommendations, but I just couldn't help myself. Along with the restaurants, there are lots of  shops along "the Avenue" from clothing to jewelry to gift boutiques. Check out East Passyunk Avenue's website, http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/


Head House Square 



Located on the 400 block of South Second Street in the city's Historic District. A college professor once told me that the dwelling was originally a fire house back in our founding fathers' time. The houses surrounding the square are from the 18th and 19th century and are a mixture of commercial businesses and private residences. Head House Square is popular during the Spring and Summer for holding a variety of Flea and Farmers Markets. FMI, http://www.visitphilly.com/find-a/tag/headhouse+square/


Next week, I'll give you the lowdown on museums. But, in the meantime, if I were to visit your city, is there a gem tourist attraction hidden away that you would recommend? Please share.

Have a good week, Everyone!



(xoxo photo c/o facebook.com/visitphilly; Reading Terminal photo c/o facebook.com/reading terminal; East Passyunk Avenue photo c/o facebook.com/EPassyunkAve; Head House Square photo c/o southstreet.com/about)

12 comments:

  1. A cooking class at the Nestle Inn would be one I'd recommend inside the historical B & B, which is situated in Indianapolis Arts district that brims with unique shops, bistros & bars.

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    1. As soon as I saw the word, "historical," I googled "Nestle Inn." The photos from Christmas 2015 are lovely, and I would have a hard time choosing between the "ice cream cooking class" and "cup cake boot camp." Thanks, Morgan, for stopping by today.

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  2. Yay for the trip down memory lane...thanks Angela!

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    1. Kim, you need to plan a trip to Philly (smile!). Thanks for visiting today.

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  3. A nice stroll along Penns Landing, drinks on the Moshulu and a delicious dinner at Radicchio Cafe ...

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    1. You and your honey, Cindy, could spend the entire day at Penn's Landing! Thanks for visiting!

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  4. Oh how I want to visit Philly!!!

    Hmm as far as spots around here...there's so many! I have a secluded area close to Yellowstone River where I walk my dog. This time of the year I have to watch for ticks, but other than that it's magical with tiny tadpoles along the riverbank and the sun sparkling off the water! Love it!

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    1. Red, you need to visit Philly! And bring those mystical muses with you!! Thanks for sharing today.

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  5. I love great architecture when I visit someplace. In my town, there is a long street filled with homes dating back to the 1900's. They fell into disrepair and then people slowly began restoring them. All are different. It's a two mile walk up and back or a slow ride. :) And very interesting to learn about your town!

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    1. I would bet those homes are lovely, and a great place to visit, during the Christmas holidays. Thanks, Vicki, for visiting today.

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  6. I'd love to visit Philadelphia again. I had such a wonderful time attending writing conferences there as well as taking the Girl Scouts to see the historical buildings and the Liberty Bell. Sometimes I really miss the east coast. But if you want to visit a place with loads of tourist approved places, come to Arizona.

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    1. Whenever I think to visit Arizona, it's always during a Philadelphia snow storm. Thanks, Marion, for stopping by today.

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