|Subject: Re: Philadelphia hotel help|
Hi Rose & Paul and Ziners,
Thank you for the kind words and always glad to help. I can only wish the Travelzine and with it the commercial internet existed in the early 80's when I commuted to Long Beach, CA form Houston, TX. A good amount of hit and miss,relying on the yellow pages and AAA
Since you will touring the Dupont Mansion, allow me to reccomend properties that were part of the DuPont empire at one time
Longwood Gardens, a beautiful and large garden and greenhouses. Much walking but worth it. http://www.longwoodgardens.org/
Winterthur http://www.winterthur.org/ an enchantingling preserved country mansion.
If the Doublewood Hotel is on Broad St(Avenue of the Arts) accross the street is The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, site of the first Legionaires Disease Outbreak. Now it is a upscale hotel with a Palm Restaurant and Zanzibar Blue Jazz Club.
More uptown is the Phila Museum of Art http://www.philamuseum.org/main.asp and nearby is the Eastern State Penitentiary http://www.easternstate.org/ an 1800's prison now a museum. In this area are some wonderful eateries, including The London Grille and Jack's Firehouse(Jack MacDavid from Food TV' Grillin & Chillin).
In the Old City Area is the Lights of Liberty AV walking tour. http://www.lightsofliberty.org/main.htm National Constitution Center. http://www.constitutioncenter.org/ a brand new interactive center on the American Constitution.
Independence Hall where America had it's inception. http://www.nps.gov/inde/ These above two areas also include the Liberty Bell
The Philadelphia Cheesesteak, not for the calorie or fat conscious are available on must any corner in Philadelphia. Those worth a cab ride include
http://www.phillyitalianmarket.com/ The 9th street market also offers varieties of spices, cheeses, fruits etc.
During your visit the Walnut Street Theater will be into it's 195th year of public theater http://www.wstonline.org/index.shtml Getting around Philly is fairly easy using Septa www.septa.org the offer an online trip planner
The Philly Phlash is a wonderful service to see the big attraction in the city. http://www.gophila.com/phlash/
North of the city where we live and above is Washington Crossing's State Park, Historic and a beautiful ride for fall foliage. http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bhsm/toh/washington/washingtoncrossing.asp
This just touches the surface of the Pa, Delaware area. There is New Jersey with the casinos and beaches.
Keep in mind for planning purposes there will be a big rock concert in Philly and in Wilkes Barre PA both on Friday October 1.
If you are interested we can try to arrange a GTG in Phila during your visit. If you have more questions, please ask!
Vince & Gerry in Philadelphia