Field Guide: 5 Insanely Posh Dog Hotels

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The cheery check-in area at What A Good Dog on the Main Line. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou.

What A Good Dog // Frazer
Owner Mary Remer, who’s spent more than 30 years training dogs, believes socialization makes most canines happiest, so she designed her state-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot facility around that concept. There are 20 play yards and five fields for small-group romping, a misting system for refreshing dogs, and an indoor agility course. Come sleepy-time, staffers match dogs to their neighbors by breed, age, sex and temperament to reduce anxiety. Overnight stays come with lots of time in the sun; you can also add one-on-one leash walks, games of catch, swimming lessons and straight-up cuddle time. go here for: Extra love and attention for your senior dog. // 295 Three Tun Road.

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Join M. Night Shyamalan, Christina Weiss Lurie, William Hite, and More at ThinkFest 2014

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To state the obvious: Philadelphia is not a city that has a reputation for innovation. (See: bus tokens.) But while we might not have the collective cash of Silicon Valley or the in-your-face flash of New York, this town is filled brilliant people who dedicate their lives to inching things forward, to discovering better ways, to thinking without limits.

That is what ThinkFest is all about.

For the third year in a row, we have asked some of the most interesting people in town to share their big ideas, to challenge our perspectives, and to inspire us. There isn’t a particular theme of ThinkFest, rather everyone who is presenting has done something that keeps our city moving in the right direction. (Perhaps even closer to Metrocards!)

ThinkFest is on November 14th at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. Among the highlights:

  • Superintendent William Hite reflects on what he’s learned and shares what he wants to do next
  • Emma Fried-Cassorla, who founded Philly Love Notes, will tell an inspiring story about the power of positivity and how it changed her life
  • Penn prez Amy Gutmann sits down with 6ABC anchor Jim Gardner to talk about what it’s like to be the city’s largest employer
  • M. Night Shyamalan — Philly’s coolest celeb — and his equally impressive wife, Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, discuss their unique take on creating leaders through philanthropy
  • Flash performances curated by cutting-edge institution FringeArts

See the whole lineup and purchase tickets at phillymag.com/thinkfest. (Psst: Early bird ticket sales end on Friday!)

Field Guide: 5 Best Shops and Sights in Princeton

The house-made goods at Brick Farm Market in Hopewell.

The house-made goods at Brick Farm Market in Hopewell.

Come summer, Princeton’s collegiate crowd clears out, making this the perfect time to enjoy the area’s quaint, brainy charm. Here’s where to go first.

Brick Farm Market
With a juice bar, a cheese­monger, house-dried sausages and polished-concrete floors, this lofty market feels more Brooklyn than Jersey. But in fact, Brick Farm Market has rather bucolic roots: It was founded last year by Robin and Jon McConaughy, owners of the nearby Double Brook Farm, as a place to sell the many sustainable products that come from their acres. The pair are somewhat new to the agro biz — they had one of those life-changing Michael Pollan moments a decade ago — and their fresh perspective is what makes this place so memorable. Just 15 minutes from downtown Princeton, it’s worthy of a stop for a snack, a meal, or ingredient-gathering on your way back to Philly.
Go here for: A hip twist on a country farm stand. 65 East Broad Street, Hopewell.

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Field Guide: 5 Best Flea Markets to Shop This Summer

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Vintage furniture and salvaged signage at Clover Market. | Photo by Jauhien Sasnou.

The 21st-century flea market has nothing to do  with junk. Need proof? These five local emporiums  offer some of the best finds in the region.

Clover Market
Calling Clover a flea market is like confusing the Rittenhouse Hotel with a Holiday Inn. The popularity of this upscale marketplace — in different locations all year long — has skyrocketed since it began five years ago. That’s all due to founder Janet Long’s discerning eye and strict standards. (Each of the 100-plus vendors is vetted by Long before securing a coveted market spot.) She aims for a nice mix, too, which means you’ll find groovy ’60s artwork and sideboards made from old farmhouse wood alongside vintage-y glass cloches and jewelry crafted from antique china.
Go Here For: Quality home goods all in one place. // Locations in Ardmore, Chestnut Hill and Center City.

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Field Guide to Philadelphia Playgrounds

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Photograph by Jauhien Sasnou

Kids Castle, Doylestown
Soaring eight stories high, with turrets and parapets and twirling 30-foot-tall slides, this Bucks County playground feels like it belongs in a sculpture garden. The community raised the money, chose the fairy-tale theme (in homage to the castle of the nearby Mercer Museum), and hammered it together in the late ’90s. This past fall, Kids Castle added elements like swinging bridges, climbing rocks, and other ways to wear the kids out. Go Here For: A day trip — make sure to stroll through Doylestown’s adorable downtown. Central Park, 425 Wells Road.

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10 Lessons from a Broad Street Run Newbie

Ashley's view from the starting line.

Ashley’s view from the starting line.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been called a virgin, but there I was, in my corral at yesterday’s Broad Street Run, doing something for the first time ever: this race—and any race, for that matter. Now that I’ve popped my Broad Street cherry (with the help of 40,000 others), I’ve learned a few things.

Here, my 10 biggest Broad Street lessons.

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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

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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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