Where to Travel Spring 2014:
Waterfront Getaways in the U.S.A.

In search of… Southern Charm?

Sea Island, GA

A quiet island along our Southeastern coast
is an under-the-radar retreat.

The Spanish Mediterranean buildings that make up the Cloister resort in Georgia

The Spanish Mediterranean buildings that make up the Cloister resort in Georgia

Vibe: How Southerners do the shore—beaching on miles of mild-waved coastline dotted with wispy palmetto trees, biking through marshy paths, kayaking at sunset. This quiet Georgia island is basically one huge resort, but don’t let that turn you off—from the well-appointed buildings to the easy-access to activities, Sea Island feels like a secret beach town built just for your family.
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A Weekend Inn

Inn at Bowman's Hill Bucks County

The main house at the Inn at Bowman’s Hill, an award-winning Bucks County hideaway.

The Inn at Bowman’s Hill // New Hope

The cooked-to-order multi-course complimentary breakfast served in the inn's Euro-vibed dining room

The cooked-to-order multi-course complimentary breakfast served in the inn’s Euro-vibed dining room

Englishman Michael Amery wasn’t planning on turning his stone farmhouse into an inn, but his regular guests are glad he did. A driveway winds through five grassy acres and ends at a picturesque stone house (bonus if it’s dusted in snow) where 13 fireplaces roar, an orchid-filled conservatory is drenched in light, and tasteful rooms pair soaking tubs with pond views. The full English breakfast is a multi-course affair with eggs from the inn’s chickens. If you must leave, stroll down the hill to Bowman’s Tavern, which features live music every evening. $295 to $895 per night. go here for: The two brand-new suites, which boast fireplaces, steam showers, and plenty of space for an in-room massage. // 518 Lurgan Road, New Hope, PA. Read more »

South Philly’s Block Party

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Garage

Shield your eyes from the fluorescent glare and touristy mobs of Pat’s and Geno’s and beeline to this dark, spacious drinkery. The owners (who are also behind Bar on Sansom Street) have rehabbed an old auto-body shop, kept the huge garage door (which is rolled up on temperate days), installed a long wooden bar (at which you can order from a list of 100-plus canned craft beers), added five TVs for game-day action, and brought in classics like Skee-ball and billiards. Hot dogs are currently the only edible offerings, but come February, a permanent on-site food cart will feature bites from a rotating slate of food-truck owners and chefs. go here for: A place to enjoy your Whiz wit’—Garage encourages patrons to bring their cheesesteaks inside. // 1231 east passyunk avenue.

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Philly’s 5 Hottest Import Shops

Photo by Jauhien Sasnou.

Photo by Jauhien Sasnou.

Morihata

Center City | 428 North 13th Street
The first thing you see in this high-design Japanese import store is a grand wall of unbelievably soft raw cotton towels in delicate stripes, color blocks and chambray polka dots. But continue looking; the shop’s museum-like setup  at Morihata was built for browsing. Tables are strewn with sculptural brass bottle openers, notebooks made of sheets of paper shaved individually from wood, and tea canisters so elegant, you won’t dream of banishing them to cabinets.
Go here for: A shopping experience that will make you feel like you’re in the chicest shop in the coolest neighborhood in Tokyo.

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The New Family Vacation

The resort at Paws Up in Montana is a great new family vacation.

Booking five hotel rooms and making sure everyone knows what time to meet at the breakfast buffet—these are the things that suck the fun out of family vacations. Unlocking your three-bedroom cottage with ocean views? Lounging in the private pool off your mini-manse? Firing up a movie on your flat-screen? Telling the chefs what time you want dinner? Now we’re talking. Maximize bonding time by taking advantage of all the first-rate multi-room vacation accommodations that resorts are offering these days. It’s just like your easy, relaxing summers at the Jersey Shore, but with way more amenities (and much bluer water). Here, some places worth exploring … together.

Take your family to:

>>A Ranch in Montana: Paws Up
>>A Manse on Mustique: The Mustique Company
>>A Villa in California: Pelican Hill
>>A Cottage in Upstate New York: Mohonk Mountain House
>>A Village in Tuscany: Monteverdi
>>A Manor in Jamaica: Moon Dance Cliffs

The Best Bike Shops in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Bicycle Stable Bike Shop in the July 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine

Breakaway Bikes

Rittenhouse | 1923 Chestnut Street
Breakaway co-owner Joe Wentzell has a background in exercise science, so he’ll not only sell you a bike (Fuji, Trek, Giant); he’ll make sure you’re getting the most out of it. The second floor is a clever fitness facility with daily classes—you bring your bike, clip into a computerized system, and race your classmates. Despite some fancy racing models, commuter bikes remain the top sellers, confirmation that novices are more than welcome.
Go here for: The unbeatable service plan: Every bike purchase comes with 10 years of free maintenance.

Bicycle Stable

Fishtown | 1420 Frankford Avenue
This former police department horse stable is now a hip bike shop providing urban, road and commuter bikes to the car-eschewing masses of Fishtown and beyond. Owner Chaz Vlasits spent 25 years as an auto mechanic, so maintaining bikes—from basic repairs and specific build-outs to complete overhauls—is the shop’s backbone. The rides here are as cool as the clientele; you’ll find brands like the Venice Beach-based Linus and the built-for-speed Bianchi, plus expertly retrofitted used models.
Go here: If the only way you get around is on two wheels.

Firehouse Bikes & Wolf Cycles

West Philly and Ardmore | 701 South 50th Street and 4311 Lancaster Avenue.
Here, you’ll find mostly refurbished (read: wallet-friendly) rides; owners Monica Pasquinelli and Sam Davis scoop up cycles at bike swaps all over the country, then turn them over to their expert repair crew. Two years ago they purchased Main Line mainstay Wolf Cycles, which means more room for new lines from Linus, Soul and KHS. You can scope out their impressive selection of used bikes on their website; they’ll deliver your pick to their store location closest to you.
Go here for: The ideal upcycled ride.

Keswick Cycle

Glenside, Cherry Hill, Philadelphia | Various Locations
There’s a reason Keswick is a perennial go-to: Its trio of locations allows for a vast back-stock. They carry every Specialized and Cannondale under the sun, along with rarer niche bikes, like the c hainless, designer-y $1,700 Roll 8 Rare. But don’t be intimidated: The unpretentious salespeople (many of them former customers) just want to get you on the road.
Go here for: A notable kids’ selection, with mini-versions of adult favorites. Staff members ensure that helmets fit and review the rules of the road—which are probably more likely to stick coming from a cool bike dude.

Hale Bicycle

Cape May Court House | 5 West Mechanic Street
For 38 years, Hale has been getting shoobies out of their cars and onto the Shore’s flat, rider-friendly roads and boardwalks. The shop is open year-round and jam-packed with wide-saddled beach cruisers from Sun and retro leisure options from Globe. But a quick Q&A with the staff might steer you toward a bike you can use all year, like a road, mountain or hybrid. After a few weeks of riding, bring your purchase back for a free, thorough tune-up.
Go here for: Engine-powered bikes from Currie Izip that cruise along with all the flash—and none of the effort—of standard pedal-pushers.


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Fishtown’s Favorite Shops

The selection of jewelry and clothing at Adorn boutique in Fishtown, Philadelphia.

Kraftwork

Fishtown | 541 East Girard Avenue
The just-comforting-enough fare at this corner resto-bar is a prime example of how the food scene is truly the backbone of Fishtown’s resurgence. Bearded servers happily shuttle chef Stephen DeLorean’s elevated pub fare about the coolly industrial space (envisioned by local sculptor Andrew Jevremovic); the great beer selection is a bonus.
Go here for: Brunch: potato pancakes stuffed with caramelized onions and smoked salmon, and from-scratch biscuits.

Mid-Century Furniture Warehouse

Fishtown | 1701 North 2nd Street
It’s the kind of shopping experience scenesters clamor for, evidenced by the line of people waiting to get into the bi-monthly three-hour flash sales. (This place is normally only open to the trade and by appointment; movie-set decorators are regulars.) Once inside, shoppers can find impeccable furniture, art and home goods from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, like Lane side tables, Danish Modern credenzas and chrome arc lamps.
Go here for: The thrill of the hunt, and an amazing array of well-priced finds.

Adorn

Fishtown | 1314 Frankford Avenue
Sarah Lewis is a prolific jewelry maker with an earthy style; her triangular turquoise rings, dangling crystal pendants and tribal earrings are sold at places like Urban Outfitters. She’s also a globetrotter who sleuths out fair-trade goods like vibrant macramé friendship bracelets from Ecuador and leather journals from Bangkok. She owns this shop, so those tethered closer to home can still scoop up all her far-flung treasures, plus soft graphic tees and weekend dresses.
Go here for: Clever, inspiring vignettes, like necklaces hanging from floating antlers.

Bottle Bar East

Fishtown | 1308 Frankford Avenue
Here’s the beauty of a true bottle bar: instant gratification. After carefully selecting from the impressive 600-plus craft beer collection, grab a table and pop open your new purchase. Servers will provide the right glassware, along with a menu of snacks and sandwiches. Or simply grab a draft pint from the back bar and catch the Phils.
Go here for: Laid-back imbibing with the locals. On Tuesday nights, if you beat owner “Uncle” Mike at foosball, you win a bottle on the house.

Karlie

Fishtown | 1309 Frankford Avenue
Where does a neighborhood of modern lofts and rehabbed rowhomes find the oversized vintage signs, antique globes and tarnished metal stools to decorate them? Enter Karlie, an emporium of ephemera and up-cycled home stuffs. Denis Boyce has actually owned this shop for 27 years, but recently decided to shift his collection from recession-unfriendly art to in-demand architectural salvage; buyers from Urban and restaurant designers have been scooping the stuff up in droves.
Go here for: ­Double-duty perusal. Boyce’s daughter, Heather Karlie Vieira, owns 20th Century by HKFA, another great vintage shop right next door.

Philadelphia’s Best Community Gardens and Arboretums

longwood-gardens-conservatory

Chanticleer

Wayne | 786 Church Road
The garden path may only be a mile long, but it’s a looping tour around the world. The Teacup G­arden is a verdant mess of tropical vines; the neatly planted cut flower and vegetable garden evokes Colonial days; and the clever Ruin Garden boasts partial stone walls, reflecting pools, sculptures and trees that, combined, nod to the 1925 home that once stood there. Flora is unlabeled on purpose; Chanticleer’s seven full-time gardeners are eager to engage.
Go to this Philadelphia public garden for: Whimsical metal gates, carved benches, tree ornaments and stone sofas, all crafted by the gardeners in the off-season.

Morris Arboretum

Chestnut Hill | 100 East Northwestern Avenue
This Penn-owned sanctuary is as historic as it is lush. The glassed-in fernery was built in 1899; the immaculate Rose Garden was created in 1888; and the serene Japanese Hill, rich with Far East specimens, dates back to 1905.
Go to this Philadelphia public garden for: Unplugging with the kids. There’s a soaring treehouse playground, and the Garden Railway, a not-so-small train that whizzes around a quarter-mile track, past mini versions of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Great Wall of China and Independence Hall.

Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square | 1001 Longwood Road
It’s one of the most lauded gardens in the country. (Yeah, we said country.) A du Pont envisioned this space, which gets more theatrical with every turn. There are water-fountain displays fit for Versailles, a ringing Chimes Tower, forests, meadows, and a mindboggling array of flowers. (Bring a real, non-phone camera.) Leave
time for the Gatsby-esque Conservatory, where rooms of gargantuan hanging planters, orchids, fruit trees and more will make you rethink your lame houseplants.
Go to this Philadelphia public garden for: Bragging rights. This is truly one of Philly’s greatest treasures.

Magic Gardens

Center City | 1020 South Street
There’s no grass, no fl­owers, no tweeting birds, but this garden is as mood-lifting as greener pastures. Artist Isaiah Zagar began excavating this South Street property in 1994; 14 years later, he finally finished. The result is a subterranean funhouse enveloped in mosaics crafted from tiles, mirrors, mini figurines and wheels. Plan your visit around one of the tours, artist talks (Zagar spins tales in his upstairs studio), classes or concerts.
Go to this Philadelphia public garden for: It’s a garden. It’s art. It’s pop culture. It’s activism. It’s downright fascinating.

Winterthur

Delaware | 5105 Kennett Pike
Less showy than Longwood (but equally spectacular), this garden, museum and library is another gift from the du Pont dynasty. Hard- and soft-scaped areas are expertly planned yet still natural-looking, and blooms arrive in waves of color. A tram provides an orienting tour; paths are meandering; the Enchanted Woods children’s garden even delights adults; the Americana objects housed in the museum are fabulously quirky. (The Campbell’s Soup tureens will inspire you to dust off your good china.)
Go to this Philadelphia public garden for: Well-run events, like this month’s Point-to-Point horse race, mommy stroller walks, and flower-arranging workshops.


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Spring Travel: The New American South

Madison Square in Savannah, Georgia.

There’s always been a certain romance to the American South. But today, there’s a lot more as well: great food, amazing music, even Hollywood luster. Here, four charming spots on a whirlwind tour below the Mason-Dixon line—perfect for that much-needed long weekend.

>> Click here for more great southern travel: Savannah
>> Click here for more great southern travel: Charleston
>> Click here for more great southern travel: Nashville
>> Click here for more great southern travel: New Orleans

Philadelphia’s Best Local Designer Jewelry Stores

Craiger Drake Designs

Rittenhouse | 1701 Walnut Street, fifth floor
Forget snooty shops meant to intimidate—the new showroom of prolific gem whisperer Craiger Drake feels like the comfortable, but luxe, living room of a pal’s Rittenhouse condo. Drake’s diversity is impressive; you’ll find pieces like show-stopping geometric emerald and diamond dangle earrings, a pastel pink quartz stone set in delicate rose gold, fierce cuffs adorned with sculptural animals, and simple standards like gold hoops or chains dotted with amethyst and citrine. There’s plenty to browse, but appointments are welcome.
Go here for: High-quality handcrafted designs.

Mina Danielle

Gladwyne | 355 Righters Mill Road
Self-taught jeweler Marissa Small has a design mantra: Each piece needs to be casual enough to wear with jeans, but worthy of being dressed up. Now you can find her co­llection in the polished Gladwyne shop she opened in December. Pieces nudge toward edginess, like stunning emerald teardrop earrings set in o­xidized silver with 14-karat gold, tassel necklaces of lab­radorite and diamond, and a stretchy sapphire rondelle bracelet connected with a diamond bar. Prices range from $55 to $6,000.
Go here for: Upscale—but wearable—finds.

Concrete Polish

Northern Liberties | 716 North
3rd Street

There’s a wonderfully moody, curiosity-shop-like vibe at this NoLibs showroom and studio, where owner Angela Monaco turns out her own pieces and sells creations by other locals. Each item is original, and the perfect balance of thoroughly feminine and totally badass. Monaco’s raw-crystal-cast ne­cklaces and rings, often in rose gold and dotted with stones, are wearable art, while Philly designer Carly He­rman’s Bombita line includes shapely hand-textured rings.
Go here for: Fashion-forward items from designers on the rise.

Park Place

Lambertville | 6 Bridge Street
Park Place’s stellar reputation for estate and vintage jewelry (and discretion) means its cases are filled with some of the most Liz Taylor-worthy pieces in the area. While inventory moves quickly, you could find a signed 1960s diamond and sapphire brooch from Tiffany, or a circa-1925 Art Deco emerald and diamond ring—you know, the kind that’s being reproduced (without the terrific backstory) today.
Go here for: Fabulous baubles with a pedigree.

Egan Day

Rittenhouse | 260 South 16th Street
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: The jewelry here is unlike anything in the area. Owner Kate Egan has a discriminating eye—which leans towards the delicate, simple and earthy—and carries lines from artists who show in only a handful of stores in the country. Nicole Landaw sets a monocle-sized rutilated quartz in a cuff bracelet; Ted Muehling turns gold into lacy diamond-flecked earrings; and local Jessica Berwind uses found objects—like shells—for her 18- and 22-karat gold designs.
Go here for: Understated modern classics by cult-favorite designers.

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