It’s On: Holiday Running Tour of Fairmount Park’s Decked-Out Historic Houses

Mount Pleasant Mansion | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Mount Pleasant Mansion | Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a really hard time even thinking about the holidays right now, considering it’s 65 degrees and rainy outside. But considering Christmas is just five weeks away (!!!), it’s time to start making the mental shift to all things Yule log and Christmas trees and fireplaces and eggnog.  Read more »

Sorry, You Can’t Camp Out in Fairmount Park for the Papal Visit After All

Francis Fields Campground - canceled

Turns out you won’t be able to camp out for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia after all.

On Wednesday, the World Meeting of Families announced the creation of the Francis Fields Campgrounds, a segment of Fairmount Park where campers would be able to sleep for the Papal visit on September 26th and 27th.

(Philadelphia magazine’s Victor Fiorillo wrote about the camping proposal in July.)

For $199, people could get access to a fenced-in, secure area in Fairmount Park. Then it was another $99 to $109 if you wanted to keep your car nearby. For $999, you could get a pass for an RV plus four camping wristbands.

Sounds a little expensive, right? All the bad parts of a concert festival and none of the good for pretty much the same price! This seems like a logistical nightmare, so the high cost is understandable — but that’s still a lot of money to go camping.

It turns out a lot of people thought it was indeed a lot of money to go camping. Today Endless Summer Productions, the company running the Francis Fields Campgrounds, canceled the idea. After about two days! Read more »

Run With Olympians at the First Annual Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic

Runners at the Belmont Plateau | Photo via Philadelphia Runner

Runners at the Belmont Plateau | Photo via Philadelphia Runner

I’m sure plenty of you reading this have run a bazillion races in your lifetime, but how many of you have ever gotten to run alongside Olympic runners? Well, come August 30th, you’ll have the chance to do just that at the inaugural Belmont Plateau Hall of Fame Classic.

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Post Brothers’ Presidential City Renovation Party


In 2013, the Post Brothers bought the prestigious Presidential City and are underway with a $100 million renovation of the highly visible complex on the edge of Fairmount Park and the drives. Last week they held a party to celebrate the first of the four buildings renovated, which already has tenants moved in. The Presidential was built in the 1950s, and maintained that style of living all the way down to the window air conditioning units that dotted the building’s exterior.  Since the renovation, the Post Brothers installed central air in the units, expanded some of the windows to create a floor-to-ceiling effect, replaced the wiring, upgraded the piping and completely gutted each unit, installing top-of-the-line appliances. The Presidential offers studios to two-bedroom penthouses with wrap-around views of Fairmount Park, soaking tubs and showers. There are plenty of amenities that make the Presidential apartments very attractive as a new home, including the Sora Pool Club with its pool, saunas, massage rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

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Hooray! Guided Trail Runs in West Fairmount Park Return This Spring

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

We’re trying our hardest to forget all about this long, cold, dreary winter. (Yes, yes, despite all the snow predicted for tomorrow.) So we’re thrilled when we get to post things that get us amped for springtime, sunshine and warmer weather.

Today, it’s this bit of news: The Fairmount Park Conservancy is bringing back its popular guided trail-running series this spring — the series has been on a winter hiatus since late fall — with six upcoming runs now on the roster beginning March 14th. Read more »

Ice Queen Sculptor Creates a Poseidon in Logan Square

The snow may be on its way out, but Don Harrison, the man responsible for that stunning Shiva the Ice Queen sculpture in Fairmount Park last week, has found enough ice to complete another gorgeous sculpture at the Swann Fountain in Logan Square. This time he’s carved out Greek god Poseidon, riding on a wave and carrying his three-prong spear—the whole nine yards. Here are some snapshots he shared on his Facebook page:

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10 Holiday Attractions You Must See In Philly

Do This: First-Ever Jingle Jog Around the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

And the holiday runs just keep on comin’, folks: December 6th, Fairmount Park Conservancy is hosting the first-ever jingle jog, an 8.2-mile run through Fairmount park, with pit stops at a slew of the park’s historic houses, including Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion and more. Pretty neat, huh?

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Philly Historic Homes Get the Gingerbread Treatment at Shops at Liberty Place

For the fourth year in a row, the Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display is ringing in the holiday season with gingerbread abodes. Local chefs have handcrafted 11 beautiful gingerbread mansions representing historic locations from all over the area. James Rodebaugh of Brûlée Catering, Chef Peter Scarola of R2L, and Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality all contributed works. The display is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m., until November 21st at the Shops at Liberty Place.

The display (shown in the slideshow above) is a preview of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours. Visit six mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries all decked out for the holidays in grand style starting Wednesday, December 3rd. Admission to each house is $5 per person. Guided trolley tours and group tours are also available. For more information, click here.

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