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Fun Amenities at the Warwick Hotel

The Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel is in walking distance to two of Philadelphia’s finest locations, Avenue of the Arts and Rittenhouse Square. This stately beauty was built in 1926, Picture 18but was recently modernized in style and in amenities, perfect for those who can’t sleep at night without their 32” plasma HD televisions and granite baths.  And not only is there complimentary breakfast in the morning, but hors d’oeuvres in the evening as well.

If you haven’t caught on yet, Philadelphia loves dogs and they love them so much that the fancy Warwick Hotel hosts Yappy Hours for the furry friends. Nope, no typo there – Yappy Hours are happy hours for fuzzy pups and pup-parents. In the warm months, the Warwick welcomes guests of [literally] all shapes and sizes to enjoy some quality time together outside the restaurant, over cocktails and gourmet munchies for dogs and people.

For those looking for a great location and a ritzy hotel with a lot of personality, the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel is an ideal accommodation.

Tour Washington By Bike With Capital City Bike Tours!


Capital City Bike Tours is delighted to welcome you to Washington, DC and everything the U.S. Capital has to offer! We offer you the best orientation, an informative and entertaining guide and simply a great time. After over a decade of guiding hundreds of thousands of travelers throughout the world, we have become the city bike tour benchmark. Now, we are bringing our world-class tours to the nation’s capital. On our tour, you’ll get the company of a licensed guide, the use of a super-comfortable bike, great tips and advice about what to do in town, an educational and informative experience, a chance to meet other travelers, and simply the best day of your stay. We are also experts. We have the know-how. After guiding thousands of bike tourists through European cities since 1999 with our sister, Fat Tire Bike Tours, not to mention the thousands we have ushered through the Capital City via City Segway Tours, we’ve become the experts and we’re excited to show you DC soon! Click here for more information.

Visit Historic Fenway Park And Cheer On The Red Sox!


“America’s Most Beloved Ballpark” is uniquely nestled in the city of Boston. Fenway Park is a place where dreams are made, traditions are celebrated and baseball is forever. See the home of Red Sox Legends, Williams, Yaz, Fisk and Rice. Visit Pesky’s Pole and sit atop the world famous Green Monster which stands 37 feet 2 inches high overlooking leftfield. Our experienced tour guides will provide a thrilling, one hour, walking tour of Fenway Park. We welcome all fans to Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox and the pulse of Red Sox Nation.

Starting April 1, 2013: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. or three hours prior to game time (last tour departing at 5 p.m. or three hours prior to game time)
Tours are available year-round and depart at the top of the hour. Click here for more information.

Heart of History at Penn’s View Hotel

The Penn’s View Hotel, named after William Penn, is a boutique hotel nestled among the history of Old City. The intimate getaway is also home of the authentic trattoria Ristorante Panorama and Il Bar, which serves over 800 different wines a year and boasts an extensive Proprietor’s Reserve List of impressive wines by the bottle.Picture 9

The staff is well known for its generosity and kindness, and the continental breakfast is overflowing with pastries, Belgian waffles and fresh-squeezed juices. The hotel is historic, but certainly not archaic – amenities like free WiFi throughout the hotel, convenient gas fireplaces and enormous jacuzzi tubs are available in all of the rooms. You can also enjoy a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware waterfront.

The Penn’s View Hotel provides all the amenities you could want, but if you do decide to venture out you are blocks from Independence Mall, The Liberty Bell, and an extensive amount of art galleries and boutiques.

Franklin Square Boasts Beauty and History

Picture 41William Penn laid out 7.5 acres of land in the heart of Philadelphia back in 1682, and he would probably be very proud of what it has become by 2010! Located in Historic Philadelphia, Franklin Square has been completely renovated, and is now open as an amazing spot for families or anyone who wants to see a little more green in their busy day.

There’s a mini golf course and a carousel for kids (or the kid in you), with a Stephen Starr snack shack, Squareburger, selling hot dogs, fries, burgers, and milkshakes made with one of Pennsylvania’s claim-to-fame items, Tasty Kakes! Besides these activities, the Square is fit for strolling, with interspersed benches and walking paths leading straight to the piece de resistance, the water fountain. Built in 1838, the fountain is a huge marble masterpiece, placed right smack in the center of the park for your viewing pleasure.

The Georgian Terrace is the Grand Dame of Atlanta’s Hotels

Built in 1910, The Georgian Terrace holds a special place in Atlanta’s history, with its rich heritage and elegant charm. Once dubbed Atlanta’s “Paris hotel,” the building’s nineteen-story design features stunning architectural details, floor-to-ceiling Palladian-styled windows, white marble columns along with crystal chandeliers, making it the grand dame of hotels in the city’s glamorous midtown district.

Saunter the Italian tiled floors to your spacious, luxurious suite with classic furnishings and modern amenities including full kitchens, pillow-top mattresses with Picture 16300-thread count cotton bedding, 37-inch flat screen HD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Feed your soul inside the hotel’s Livingston Restaurant and Bar, where guests can dress up for a four-course evening at the restaurant or dress down for cocktails and a light supper at the bar, while surrounded by classic architecture and early 20-century glamour.

Whether you’re a local in need of a “staycation” or visiting from out-of-town on real vacation, there’s an exclusive package catered to your specific needs, such as the Pampered Girlfriends or Romance Special.

While The Georgian Terrace first opened its doors a century ago, it still remains a notable Atlanta landmark located on the corner of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue across from the world-renowned Fox Theatre. It also accommodated the likes of American Idol winner Fantasia during her time in the city as the star of The Color Purple Broadway musical.

The Grand, Palatial Warner Theatre

Picture 22The Warner Theatre is one of Washington’s most beautiful historic venues with its crystal chandeliers and intricate, decadent interior facade. Originally built as a movie palace in the 1920’s, walking in the doors makes one nostalgic for the glory of the entertainment of last century. But once inside, the Warner Theatre is incredibly up-to-date with performances from comedians like Jimmy Fallon, musicians such as Norah Jones, Broadway shows and much more.

If you want to take the experience of Warner Theatre on another level, opt for the Grand Suite seating and view the performance in true style. Check the Warner Theatre’s website for a complete list of all the upcoming performances.

The Warner Theatre makes the experience of any entertainment performance that much more grand and special.

In for a Swanky Night at Bimbo’s 365 Club

Picture 36With nightclubs, jazz venues, bars, and its own Vegas-style light show, North Beach is where San Franciscans have always gone to party.  And in the heart of this “Little Italy” lies Bimbo’s 365 Club, as much a favorite today as it was when Rita Hayworth was a high-kicking chorus line girl. Everyone who is anyone has since walked through these doors, including Chris Isaak, Robin Williams and Jill Scott.

When you walk into Bimbo’s, expect an evening of classic lounge acts, supper club entertainment and a dramatic art deco theme that is entirely reminiscent of the swankiest big band era nightspots. One of Bimbo’s famously plush events is its corporate and private parties for swanky Silicon Valley guests like Cellular One, Oracle, and Yahoo!.  The venue offers tiered seating, dramatic lighting, fine dine table settings and a dance floor next to the concert stage.

Whether you’ve been a regular for years or it’s your first time here, Bimbo’s is the classic nightspot for the upscale traveler.

Independent Hotel’s Home to Philly’s Finest Mural

independent2The Independent Hotel is a 24-room boutique hotel in Philadelphia’s chic and gay-friendly Midtown Village neighborhood. Like in the best boutique hotels, no two rooms are alike, minus the similarity of the sweet 32” flat panel TV that hangs in every guest room. And like all great things in Philly, the Independent is chock-full of history and belongs to the National Register of Historic Places.

The staff is accommodating and the rooms are like a fine European hotel – chic and comfortable without an overabundance of amenities. The attention to detail was spent on finer things, like the luxurious mattresses and sumptuous toiletries.

Philadelphia is very proud of its Mural Arts program and the over 2,700 murals that are sprinkled throughout the city – the home of one mural by Kim Senior residing at 30-feet tall is in The Independent’s expansive and stunning lobby. It sets the tone for this stylish hotel as soon as you enter the lobby.

The Walnut: America’s Oldest & Most Popular Theatre

The Walnut Street Theatre is the oldest theater in America, having just celebrated its 200th birthday last year, and is one of the most subscribed to and most successful theater companies in the nation.

With performances ranging from the classics like Oliver and Fiddler on the Roof, to the intimate shows put on in the 80-seat Independence Studio, Walnut Street serves up an eclectic and exciting mix of productions throughout the year.

Soup to nuts (or nuts to nuts since we’re talking about the Walnut) the Theatre has its hand in all aspects of the performance. The Walnut’s fabrication and wardrobe department is located above the main stage, and creates all of the looks for actors on stage, including hair and make-up. They also have auditions in New York and Philadelphia for the main stage performances that have launched the careers of Kathryn Hepburn, Jane Fonda, and Marlon Brando, to name a few.

Oyster House: A Philly Tradition for Aphrodisiacs

The Sansom Picture 13Street Oyster House, now known as just the Oyster House, is a classic staple of the food scene and has been serving Philadelphians fresh seafood at reasonable prices since 1947. Oyster Hour is the House’s version of happy hour, serving “Buck-A-Shuck” $1 Oysters of the Day and drink specials during weekday happy hour and late-night on Saturdays.

These mouth-watering little aphrodisiacs are a wonderful start to a night out on the town, chased down with the House’s quality cocktails. The Oyster House is also home to Philadelphia’s odd, but delicious pairing, fried oysters and chicken salad – an old 19th century tradition that started at The Union League and stayed in the city’s heart.

After being renovated a little over a year ago, the Oyster House now boasts high ceilings and industrial-chic flair; with the family’s dynamic collection of ceramic oyster plates speckling the walls, you’ll find just the right hint of personality that will make you want to come back for more.

The Bass Museum: Art Inside and Out

The Bass Museum of Art has an expansive and impressive collection of art – and the building the works are housed in isn’t too shabby either. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the one time Miami Beach Public Library isPicture 13 now the centerpiece for today’s historic district.

Expanded a few years back, the original building and the new wing are home to a massively impressive 500 piece permanent collection that includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper, decorative objects and textiles by greats like Rubens and Boticcelli to modern art.

The Bass also has cool, fun events like Hot Nights & Cool Jazz at the Bass, complete with buckets of beer, to scavenger hunts on Family Fun Days. The traveling exhibitions feature modern art, video and photography and are definitely worth a special visit as well.

Silver Lake Sets a New Standard for LA Cool

This is definitely not the Hollywood Hills that you’re used to seeing. Known as “The Williamsburg of the West,” Silver Lake has been home to many famous musicians, artists and hipster elite a la Katy Perry, Beck and Tom Waits, much like its BrooklynPicture 18 counterpart. As upscale as it is quaint, Silver Lake is the place to go for off-the-beaten-path boutique vintage shops and amazing multi-ethnic cuisine. With a thriving indie music scene, and many up and coming artists, Silver Lake puts the hip into hipster.

Silver Lake is also home to some of California’s most impressive modern homes (like Kiefer Sutherland’s bachelor pad) and sprawling picturesque landscapes and city views that only the Hills and the Silver Lake Reservoir can provide. Silver Lake is an awesome locale for someone who is eager to experience the “real” LA, the LA most people didn’t even know existed. Hey, if it’s good enough for Agent Jack Bauer, then it’s good enough for everyone.

Get Some Rhythm at Georgetown’s Blues Alley

For a little rhythm and blues, take a trip back in time to the naBluesAlleytion’s oldest jazz supper club, Blues Alley, hidden between the quaint streets of historic Georgetown in an 18th century, brick carriage house.  With saxophones and bass guitars echoing off the intimate, exposed brick interior, you can’t help but tap your foot as talented artists from around the country liven up the nearly 45 year-old nightclub.

Enjoy a leisurely, Creole-style meal (the menu has hardly changed since 1965) and a glass of wine while you are blown away by old school tunes that will have you scrambling for a CD on your way out.  Over the years, Blues Alley has hosted jazz movers and shakers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Byrd and Eva Cassidy, so you’ll get a little taste of history along with your dinner.

Insider Tip: Blues Alley is open 7 days a week, but fills to the brim right before shows.  Be sure to make a reservation and get there a little early – pre-show tickets are available online.

Skyscraper Museum

The Big Apple is known for rich culture, plays and its high-rise buildings. The Skyscraper Museum explores the ever changing skyline’s history, investment in real estate and design. The museum has many different exhibits including a commemoration of the original World Trade Center. The museum has also created the panels that are shown at Ground Zero. Showing the past, present, and future of New York is the museum’s goal, and they have succeeded.

Ellis Island

When you are touring around Manhattan, there are a few things that have to be on your checklist of must-sees. Ellis Island is definitely one of them. This historic landmark will bring you right back to where it all started. Check out some of the recognizable names that have passed through this incredible port. You can even look up your own family’s genealogy. At Ellis Island, you’ll learn all about some of the unbelievable journeys people took to be a part of our country through film, photographs, and museum displays. The Wall of Honor is a sight to see as well. Overlooking the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline, The Wall of Honor contains over 700,000 names of immigrants. And it’s all free so how can you say no? Ferries leave from Battery Park and Liberty State Park daily.
For tickets and schedule information, call 1-877-LADY TIX or 1-877-523-9849 or visit www.statuecruises.com.