For my 40th birthday, I tossed the reins to my team and took my husband on a 3 weeks trip across Japan. While we made many stops to extraordinary landmarks all over the country, for this Girl on the Go I’ll focus on islands and animals.
We’ve added the Masonic Temple to our “must see” list, and you should too! Even if you’ve never heard of the Masonic Temple, you’ve most likely walked right past it or seen its medieval tower in the Philadelphia skyline right next to City Hall.
Celebrate True Hand’s new home, a 150-yr-old church, at their Grand Re-Opening April 26 and 27. While people often romanticize about buying a church and converting it to fit their needs, Mike and Josie actually did it! And the project is also a 2019 Grand Jury Winner, awarded by the Preservation Alliance.
If you want beautiful green space for recreation and relaxation, Fairmount is known for its historical richness, cultural attractions, proximity to Center City, and… green space! Home to the famous Museum Row, a whole multitude of world-class institutions is mere footsteps away.
Nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River and the canal and tow path, Manayunk is an urban experience with small town charm. Named a National Historic District in 1983, Manayunk is located just minutes west of Center City Philadelphia, a short scenic drive out Kelly Drive or a quick train ride away.
One of the most picturesque neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill is located in the northwest section of Philadelphia, just a half hour away from Center City. Originally part of the German Township laid out by Francis Daniel Pastorius, Chestnut Hill served as a vacation spot during the 18th century, due to its higher elevation and cool temperatures.
Kensington is a constantly growing neighborhood, with a thriving amount of buildings, businesses, and events to match. Located in the Riverwards section of Philadelphia, Kensington was initially known for its shipping and manufacturing industry, and later grew into one of Philly’s largest textile hubs. In recent years, Kensington has grown into a major hub for entrepreneurs and artists which has revitalized many of the neighborhood’s historic buildings. Kensington also boasts a number of exciting events including the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival, a mix of food, art, and celebrating community pride.
Mt. Airy is a bustling Philadelphia neighborhood with all the charms of a small town. It's nestled between Chestnut Hill and Germantown, and borders on the scenic Wissahickon Valley, in Fairmount Park. Mt. Airy has a rich history. It's home to the site of a Revolutionary War battle and The Johnson House, a famous Quaker safe house for runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad. It is known for being a racially diverse neighborhood. Oprah Winfrey's O Magazine has written on it's great diversity and neighborhood appeal.
Rustic, artsy, and full of greenery: Queen Village has a comfy feel that has only been highlighted by its growing status as a cultural hub and a popular spot for young professionals. Dating all the way back to the 1600s, Queen Village (originally named Wicaco and then changed to Southwark) was settled by Swedes primarily lining on Christian St.
Have you ever raised your eyes at the statement, ‘living history’? Well, not to spoil it for you - but if you’re living in Philadelphia, every day you’re in a place with longstanding historical roots. Philly’s history factors into almost every part of city life. One property that blends the history of Philadelphia with modern flair is the 2601 Parkway, also known as 2601 Pennsylvania Ave.