Things to do in Philadelphia A Fun Winter Afternoon!

Things to do in Philadelphia

I prefer great experiences over gifts any day, and Patrick decided to treat me to a fun afternoon in Philadelphia. I wanted to make sure it was wonderful since this most likely would be one of our last “date days” before baby Mason arrives. Since I am 9 months pregnant now, I get tired pretty easily, so we didn’t spend the entire day up in Philly, but a nice afternoon. Here are all of the wonderful places we went.

 

  1. Brunch at High Street on Market–  Besides the awesome atmosphere, the food is amazing. I had the Beet Cured Salmon, and it was delicious. Be sure to take home some of their fresh made bread to enjoy.
  2. 2. We walked down to the Riverfront to see the Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest– I personally can’t go ice-skating right now, but if I could, I would go here, this looked like a whole lot of fun for the entire family.
  3. Buffalo Exchange– This is one of my favorite consignment shops, and the one in Philadelphia has a great variety of items at awesome prices. I purchased an adorable pair of polka dot Croft and Barrow pants for $13.00!
  4. Di Bruno Brothers Market– I have their book, Di Bruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings, so it was wonderful to check out their world famous market! I have to admit I’m pretty envious of the city-folk that have the best of both worlds-amazing fresh food, and entertainment at their fingertips.
  5. One Shot CafeOne Shot Coffee was one of the first coffee shops to opens its doors on Philadelphia’s Liberties Walk in 2005. In 2011, One Shot expanded to a new, larger location on the corner of George & American Streets, where wife-and-wife owners Melissa and Rebecca Baruno offer New American cafe fare, delicious brunch, and artfully crafted coffee drinks. One Shot proudly serves Stumptown Coffee, and regularly features pour-overs from locally roasted coffee purveyors such as ReAnimator and Rival Bros Coffee. The cafe menu features New American dishes that a showcase some decidedly international twists, as well as everyone’s classic brunch favorites.

I enjoyed the “butter beer” mocha inspired by Harry Potter and a delectable homemade donut. I will certainly be back.

6.  Jinxed Antique Shop– just a very short walk from One Shot Cafe, this little antique shop is packed full of unique treasures at very reasonable prices.

All in all, this entire trip was only 4-5 hours long, but it was packed full of fun. I hope this helps you on your future travels to Philadelphia. There is so many wonderful places to discover! What is your favorite place to go in Philadelphia?

 

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Why Taking a 24 Hour Vacation to Ocean City, Maryland Was One of the Best Things I’ve Ever Done

We all get bogged down and we all have an overwhelming amount of things to do each day. Sometimes I wonder if our lives are really easier with all of this technology or just more complicated.

I was feeling in need of a vacation but knew I didn’t have too much time to take off with everything going on. We decided to take a 24 hour vacation in the middle of the week.

I told Patrick to pick a spot and not tell me where we were going so it would be a surprise! He ended up choosing Ocean City, Maryland and it was one of the best trips I have ever been on even though it was so short!

Here is why a 24 hour trip during the middle of the week is a good idea:

1. Everything is much, much less expensive. You can get some crazy hotel deals on sites like livingsocial.com, groupon.com and a great app called Hotel Tonight.

2. Places are way less crowded. You won’t have to wait in line in touristy places and the overall crowd will be a lot smaller.

3. The work week will go twice as fast. With a day off during the middle of the week the days you spend in the office will speed by!

If you are planning on heading to Ocean City Maryland and are looking for some fun things to do, here is how we decided to spend the precious 24 hours:

  • We stayed at the Hilton Ocean City. We had a penthouse suite hotel room on the 12th floor with a private balcony overlooking the ocean. Patrick was able to get the room for a Tuesday night before the main beach season for around $100! It had a stunning view, kitchen, sitting room and hot tub. The suite was wonderful and so was the service, we would go again.

Ocean City Maryland 24 hour trip

Ocean City Maryland 24 hour trip

  • For dinner, we chose Hooked Restaurant. The restaurant has a condensed menu, but that is because everything is locally sourced. The ambiance was lovely and our dinner was delicious. Patrick had the steak and I had the scallops. They are famous for their calamari appetizer so be sure to try it.
  • I wanted to check out the local nightlife even though I knew it would not be busy on a Tuesday night. We checked out Seacrets, voted one of the best clubs in America. With their sandy floors,  neverending Caribbean tree house feel and lots of club options overlooking the ocean I could see why. I hear they even have a swim up bar!
  • For breakfast the next morning I really wanted to hit up Fractured Prune Donuts, voted a tourist favorite. All of the locations were not yet open for the season so we asked the concierge where to go. She recommend Laytons. Right when we walked in we knew it would be good since it was full of locals. We grabbed some of the homemade donuts a cup of milk and headed to the boardwalk to enjoy them. They were still warm, and soooo good!
  • It was time to walk off those calories so we decided to walk down the boardwalk. It it really long, and a lot less touristy then most beaches’ boardwalks. By the time we got near the end we were a little hungry again. We grabbed some of the famous Thrashers French Fries and Dolles Taffy to take home.

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Dolles Taffy Ocean City Maryland 24 hour trip

  • Ocean City, Maryland is only 24 minutes from the world famous Assateague Island State and National Park, where you can experience the wild horses that make the island home. There is camping, kayaking, canoeing and bike riding available on the island. Just make sure you don’t get too close to the horses, they are wild creatures and it is important to keep a distance.

Assateague Island State and National Park

Assateague Island State and National Park

Assateague Island State and National Park

  • On our way home, we made a stop at Dogfish Head Brewery for a tour. A must see, this Brewery is as fun and charming as their corporate culture. The story of the company’s humble beginnings is inspirational, Sam, an English Major working in a New York City restaurant was inspired by cooking and decided it would be a great idea to incorporate different flavors like pumpkin and coffee in beer, then, unheard of. The big breweries told him not to even bother, they even told him he was disgracing the industry. But Sam decided to follow his dream despite the nay-sayers. Hence the company’s slogan, “Off-centered beers for off-centered people.” It is a good thing he followed his heart! The company is now doing over 50 million in sales annually. I won’t ruin the rest of the story, you need to checkout the brewery yourself! After you do, head to his restaurant in Rehoboth. The food is just as good as the beer. Patrick had a cheeseburger and I had the famous fish tacos. The tacos were one of the best dishes I’ve ever had.

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dogfish head brewery tour

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Well, as you can see we had a very exciting 24 hours! Even if your trip isn’t as full of things to do as ours was, I just encourage you to take a break and disconnect! 🙂

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Inspiration and Favorite Spots in the Big Apple- A New York City Guide

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Oh New York how I love you! Last weekend we had an incredible time exploring the city! Here were some of our favorite spots for reference for your next trip (In no particular order!)

1. Chelsea Market- For the best food you have ever had in your entire life, and I am not exaggerating! Specific restaurants we checked out below:

2. The Highline– A park in the sky with all of the perks of NYC.

3. The Brooklyn Flea– If heaven was a flea market, this is exactly what it would look like.

4. Canal Street Shops- No words…just incredible shopping.

5. Bergn– Good food, good beer, hipster-cafeteria style and adjacent to the heavenly flea market mentioned above. What more can you ask for?

6. Brooklyn Botanical Garden– Complimentary on Saturday mornings and even stunning in the Winter. A perfect break from the chaos.

7. Two Hands– Smooth coffee and delicious food in a lovely atmosphere.

8. Kobrick Coffee Co.– Best coffee ever! Yelp did not dissapoint with this one.

9. Kida NYC– The adorable logo on the window is just the beginning, these folks are Talented with a capital “T.”

10.  Warm– Eclectic boutique with wonderful one-of-a-kind gifts.

11. Epistrophy– Just check out their website, and trust me, you’ll want to go.

12. Little Cup Cake Bake Shop– Just yum..

13. Macbar– If you are a Mac & Cheese fanatic..this is your happy place.

14. Dean & DeLuca– The crown jewel of grocery stores in my opinion, why can’t they all be this amazing!

15. Warby Parker– Need some new spectacles, or if you just like to try them on… stop here.

 

Have some favorite spaces of choice in NYC? Comment below, I would love to check them out!
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Weekend Getaway to the Poconos

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Way back in November we had a wonderful weekend away with friends in the Poconos. I have been wanting to share some of the details of the trip since we had such a great time! If you are looking for a short getaway, the Poconos are a perfect spot, especially in the Winter. There are plenty of activities including skiing, snow tubing, snowshoeing and hiking. Here were some of the highlights of our trip:

The Cabin- We stayed in a cozy cabin located in a gated community with a full kitchen, flowing stream in the backyard and a hot tub. The owner was a pleasure to work with. Click here for the exact cabin.

poconos cabin

 

Nearby Attractions– I just adore antique shops and flea markets, especially in tucked away towns in the mountains. In Stroudsburg, PA just a short 25 minute drive from the cabin, there are several antique shops to explore including The Olde English Works and The Browsery. I picked up a unique set of kitchen canisters that were perfect for the open shelving in our kitchen.

 

Poconos Antique Shop

Antique kitchen canisters

While in Stroudsburg, you have to stop for lunch or dessert at Sweet Creams Cafe. This soda fountain cafe has an expansive dessert menu and our group enjoyed every last bit of their treats. The service is outstanding as well. I enjoyed a yummy Cajun Hot Cocoa. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

Sweet Creams Cafe Cajun hot Cocoa

 

Another highlight of our trip was Bushkill Falls. The expansive park features eight breathtaking waterfalls and unique bridges that reminded me of the movie Swiss Family Robinson. The park offers different trails for a variety of experience levels. The pictures do not do it justice, but the park was absolutely gorgeous.

 


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Bushkill falls pa

We ended our trip with a visit to Victory Brewing Company on the way home. The food (and beer) of course is out of this world!

Victory Brewing Company Flight

That about sums it up for our Poconos Weekend Getaway! Do you have some favorite spots in the Poconos? If so, comment below!

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Our Holiday Trip to New York City

It has been a “Bucket List” item of mine to visit New York City in December and do all of the holiday activities ever since I saw the original movie Home Alone. The trip exceeded my expectations, which is difficult to do when you have been looking forward to something since you were around 6 years old!

This was a great way to hit some of the top attractions in one day. Be sure to bring a backpack with you so you don’t have to be uncomfortable while carrying your belongings and bring some snacks and water. To save on travel costs, we stayed in New Jersey and took the train into the city.

Below were the highlights of our trip so hopefully in 2015 you can enjoy New York City as well!

1. Macy’s from Miracle on 34th Street and Santa Land– Since I am a giant kid at heart, this was a lot of fun. This HUGE Macy’s has tons of floors to explore and is decorated from top to bottom for the holidays. Be sure to check out the window displays while you are there.

Santa Land will be a hit with the kiddos! While you wait to see the famous man himself, the line will take you through a magical winter wonderland!

New York 2014

 

Santa Land

 

2. The Empire State Building– Yes, this is super touristy, but it is a must-see if you haven’t done it before. The earlier you arrive the less of a line you will have to wait through. Beware of the salesmen as you walk to the building trying to sell you tickets, it is a scam. Be sure to bring your camera and really warm clothes as you never know what the weather will be like at the top!

The Empire State Building

 

3. St. Patrick’s Cathedral– The church was currently undergoing renovations when we arrived but it was still a spectacular sight. There is a reason over 5 million people visit this church every year, whether you are religious or not, this is a monumental piece of history, art and architecture.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

 

4. Lunch Sushi Shop– I loooooove sushi! This place was inexpensive, delicious and had great ambiance. The service was excellent too! I highly recommend!

5. Rockefeller Center-Of course it was packed, but it was great to lay my eyes on that famous tree and ice-skating rink. There is also a HUGE Anthropologie across the street, which in my book is also a must see!

Rockefeller Center Christmas Time

 

6. Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular– “If you are going to New York City for a trip, you have to see a show.” This is what everyone told me so I passed on the message to my husband. To my surprise the night before we were to leave I came home to two tickets to the Radio Music Christmas Spectacular! When I saw the cost of the tickets my jaw dropped, but honestly the cost was worth it! The show was amazing, the location, musicians, audio visual effects, The Rockettes… the whole thing was magical! I recommend getting here early as well as there is a huge congested crowd waiting to get inside.

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular

 

7. Dinner Melt Shop– Did I mention I love cheese? This is a cheese lovers paradise with a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches and their famous tator-tot concoction.

8. Bryant Park– To be honest, I found this even much more endearing compared to Rockefeller Center. There is an ice-skating rink that is much larger, cute food carts, a restaurant, and lots of little kiosks with small businesses occupying them and selling crafts that make excellent holiday gifts!

9. Times Square– A NYC visit-must, it was also extremely crowded here, so bring lots of patience along with you! The stores are amazing though,  the Toys-R-Us features a Ferris wheel and an incredible Lego display!

Times Square Toys R Us NYC

 

 

Phew, are you tired yet? That was a lot of activities for one day, but we had a wonderful time and hope you do too!

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My Top 11 Favorite Places in Portland, Oregon

Portland Oregon Cafe

Hello All! I haven’t fallen off the face of the planet, I just have been a bit overwhelmed with my day job duties! Fortunately, that also included a trip to Portland, Oregon. If you haven’t been, you need to go! This is an incredibly diverse city with so much to do and experience. Everyone we encountered was very friendly, all the food was amazing, public transportation was a breeze and there is an activity for everyone! Not convinced yet? Well, I’ll keep trying. Below is a list of my favorite places!

1. Heart Coffee– Hands down best coffee on the planet. This is the locals favorite, and if the people of Portland who treasure their cup of Joe approve, then so do I! They sell their beans online  and they make wonderful gifts for all those coffee lovers in your life.

2. Blue Star Donuts– The tourists go to VooDoo Donuts, but this is where the locals go. Their donuts are made from a classic brioche recipe that originated in the south of France. The dough is made from scratch every day…do I need to say more? I didn’t think so. 

Hotel Juputer Portland Oregon

4. Hotel Jupiter-“When in Rome” If you are visiting Portland, you fully need to embrace it. This converted, mid-20th century motor inn boutique hotel is the real Portland deal. There is a fabulous restaurant and lounge next door and you won’t need to go far for excellent musical entertainment, it is right next door as well. 

5. Wanderlust– If I could wave a magic wand and image Positively Glamorous as a storefront store, this is what it would look like. This charming vintage boutique has loads of clothing and oddities that make wonderful gifts.

6. Red Light Clothing Exchange-If you are looking for a specific vintage clothing item, or are putting together the ultimate Halloween costume this is the flagship of vintage stores in Portland. It is well organized and the staff are always willing to offer a helping hand.

7. Salt & Straw– As Andrew Zimmern from Bizzare Foods said, “They have some brilliant, brilliant ice cream …every flavor reeks of Portland. Everything is homemade and deliciously unique.

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8. Multnomah Falls– Just a short 30 minute drive outside of Portland, this stunning piece of nature’s glory is easy to get to and well worth the trip. You don’t need to be a hiker either to enjoy it. 

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9. Kennedy Elementary School– The only word I can use to describe this place is WOW. This is a converted elementary school transformed into an amazing hotel that still has all of its original charm.  You have to experience this, even if you are not staying there overnight, there is a bar, restaurant and cigar lounge.

Farm Cafe Portland Oregon

10.  The Farm Cafe– Simply delicious farm to table food in an atmosphere that makes you feel like you are not in the United States but a small town in a foreign country.

11. Rerun-The best word I can use to describe this vintage shop is FUN! It was a joy to go through the racks and racks of vintage clothes and all of the awesome accessories. It was basically like a very organized yard sale and the prices were amazing!

That about sums it up for now. I cannot wait to go back to Portland!

 

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Home Sweet Home Cleveland, Ohio

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I am originally from outside of Cleveland, Ohio and I got to go home this past weekend (yay!) I had the opportunity to go on some super fun adventures with my best friends, Lindsay and Jeff!

Here is where I went:

Tomo Sushi Restaurant– I had the “Cleveland Roll” of course! It was delicious!

The Treehouse Bar-This adorable bar has an amazing patio and the tree house theme is carried throughout. It is perfect for a casual night out with friends.

Edison’s Pub-With a large selection of craft beers and free popcorn, you cannot go wrong with this joint. They were even offering free samples if we let them snap a pic of us wearing fake mustaches. Of course we were game!

Anthropologie at Eton-Ahh, Anthropologie… one of my favorite stores in the world. I just love this location because it brings back lots of great memories. Patrick and I had our first apartment right down the street!

Bike Riding in Peninsula at Cuyahoga Valley National Park– This is a little slice of heaven, old canals, a scenic railroad and  the beautiful Cuyahoga  River make this place perfect for a bike ride or picnic.

 

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The Franklin Flea Market & The Franklin Fountain

Franklin Flea Market, Philadelphia PA

We went to the Franklin Flea Market in Philadelphia this past weekend and found lots of beautiful things not only at the event, but around Philadelphia as well. There was lots of “Positively Glamorous” yellow inspiration all around.

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A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without some delicious food. While at the Franklin Flea Market we enjoyed some food from several food trucks. Patrick had a Shoyu hot dog from Poi dog and I enjoyed a spicy veggie hot dog that hit the spot! We picked up some Saint Lucifer spice that we cannot wait to try on some grilled corn.

 

After that, it was time for dessert, so we walked up to Philadelphia’s famous ice cream spot, The Franklin Fountain. There was a long line so we had plenty of time to sort through their large menu and select the perfect treat. The Mt. Vesuvius had an excellent reputation among locals so we chose that and their homemade root beer. Boy was it yummy! The old fashioned soda fountain decor really added to the experience. They still use all of the old-school machines to make the treats as well, they aren’t just for decoration!

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Speaking of delicious food, when you live near Philadelphia you automatically slowly but surely convert into a foodie…here is an excellent and simple recipe I made last night for dinner. It was time to put some of the Heirloom Tomatoes from our garden to good use! I added a little twist to it with smoked Cheddar instead of mozzarella.  Follow me on Pinterest to see some more yummy yet simple recipes!

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Our Trip to Ireland

I have been wanting to share some Ireland photos from our trip on here but things got carried away with our kitchen renovations.  To back track a little bit, we visited Ireland in March and had the best trip of our lives thus far.

The people are incredibly friendly, the food is amazing and the landscape…well it is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. If you have the opportunity, I strongly suggest you head out that way. I think the best thing we did was rent a car and had a plan to only stay in one spot for only a day or two. It gave us the freedom to see everything we wanted to at our own pace and each day was full of new surprises.

Below I will share some of my favorite photos from the entire experience as well as the itinerary from our trip.

High resolution images are available for sale. Some are located in the shop, but if you see one you are interested in that is not, please email me at positivelyglamorous@gmail.com

Stunning castle ruins  seen on the way to our first hotel.
Stunning castle ruins seen on the way to our first hotel.
Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery Bar
Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery Bar
Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery Tour
Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery Tour
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The Coolest Vacation (Tree House) I Have Ever Seen

After one does quite a bit of traveling they can begin to have high expectations. Finding a place “new and exciting” can be difficult especially if you are on a budget. Well friends, look no further because I have discovered the neatest website for discovering your next destination. Check out Airbnb, a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.

Remember the movie The Holiday..yup it’s just like that! Maybe you’ll even meet Jude Law and start a whirlwind romance…just kidding!

When my husband suggested staying in the US for our next vacation I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant-our last vacation was in Ireland of all places and it was amazing!

Tree House

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