Category Archives: Activities

5 Ways to Stay Cool in Philly This Summer

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There’s nothing better than Philly summers. But sometimes, the heat can feel tropical and unrelenting. On days like that, when your hair’s decided it’s curly and even your elbows are sweating, it’s important to have a game plan for keeping the heat down.

As amazing as your brand new apartment in Center City is, it’s great to get out and enjoy everything Philly has to offer. Here are our top 5 ways to stay cool in Philly this summer:

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The Best Cooking Classes in Philadelphia

The Best Cooking Classes in Philadelphia

Get ready to  fill up your Granary Apartment with the aroma of delicious homemade dishes.  There are so many wonderful cooking classes in Philadelphia and near the Granary, that there is no excuse to be getting takeout every night! Impress a date by learning to cook some gourmet cuisine. Here are some of the best cooking classes around you.

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Eraserhood Jammin’: Music Scene in Callowhill

Eraserhood Jammin': Music Scene in Callowhill

If watching live performances is your passion, you will love exploring the music scene around your Granary Apartment. The music scene in Callowhill offers a wide variety of musical venues for fans of many different musical tastes.

Here are some of the best venues that you can easily get to from your Philly apartment:

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A Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

There are few apartments in Philly that are surrounded by as much art and culture as The Granary. Logan Square is a dream neighborhood to be close to – it’s chock full of gorgeous architecture, beautiful museums, and is the home of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which was designed in the 1900s and still has the breathtaking historical statues to prove it.

Speaking of Rocky, remember that scene where he runs up the steps of the Philly Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway? There’s a reason Rocky liked to hang out there so much. Now, here are the keys (extra points if you pictured Ben Franklin with the kite experiment) to a perfect day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

 A Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Take Fitness Routines Outside

Take Fitness Routines Outside

Now that the weather is in the 60s and 70s, it’s the perfect time to take fitness routines outside in Philly. Whether you’re a full-on athlete, a relaxed yoga lover, or a focused runner, there’s a fitness routine that will challenge, excite, and invigorate you before or after work.

Oh – and if clouds happen to loom on the horizon, no need to skip your workout. The Granary’s state-of-the-art onsite gym will be waiting! Here are the best fitness outdoor fitness routines to start in Philly this spring:

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Philly Magic Gardens

Philly Magic Gardens

Philly’s South Street neighborhood wasn’t always as vibrant as it is now – in fact, it would have ceased to exist as we know it in the 60s if it wasn’t for Julia and Isaiah Zagar. In the late 1960s, this duo took it upon themselves to shake things up for good by buying and revitalizing the broken-down buildings in the area. Isaiah and Julia Zagar had a huge impact, and much of what you see today is due to their efforts.

In particular, Isaiah’s creative and wonderfully intricate mosaics cover many walls in the area – the Philly Magic Gardens (1020 South Street) are brimming with glittering mirrors, gleaming green bottles, and handmade tiles. Zagar’s art is so impactful that his son recently made a film about it – but the best part is that the art keeps growing, and mosaics are continually being added. A trip to South Street to spend a day in the Magic Gardens should be at the top of your weekend list.

Why? The Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) self-proclaimed mission is to “[Inspire] creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.” That’s definitely something they succeed in – and you reap the benefits. There are myriad ways to get involved here, from community events to workshops, including:

Twilight in the Gardens

Once a month, PMG stays open past usual hours. The result? A magical evening best spent with friends (and making new ones). It’s the most original way to unwind from work. Whether you’re creating calming crafts or participating in a scavenger hunt, all of the week’s worries will melt away. It’s BYOBBS, which means you’ll need to bring your own booze, blanket, and snacks – but if you forget your booze, they have wine available for purchase. Buy your ticket in advance, as they sell out fast!

Art/Gage

Art/Gage is all about filling the community with art and artistic projects. Get involved with events like their Spring Festival, and watch neighbors and friends come together for some amazing projects (ever wanted to make your own comic book or create art with spaghetti?) that will increase goodwill and artistic powers.

Mosaic Workshops

Zagar himself hosts these monthly workshops, where you get to pretend you’re a genius artist. In the span of a workshop, “participants work on a mosaic mural from conception to completion and learn the art of breaking tile, cutting mirror, gluing tile and grouting.” If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, sign up as soon as you can. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

There’s nothing like being a 15-minute drive to the PMG – and when you live at The Granary, it’s entirely possible! Check out PMG’s Instagram today, and see more details below.

Special Guided Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at NOON and 4:00 PM

Adults $10

*Tour prices include general admission to PMG

  • Date Night Tours

 

Self-Guided Tours

$7 for adults

$5 for Students with ID, Military & Seniors

 

Location/Hours

1020 South Street

Spring/Summer Hours (April – October)*

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Image: Flickr

Summer School: Unique DIY Classes Around Center City

hands holding grapesYou might be out of school, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. There are plenty of unique classes around Center City to explore your interests and invest time in learning new skills – and they don’t require tons of money or time. Take time to explore the following options for unique classes around Center City today:

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Meritage: Fine Dining in Rittenhouse Square

Meritage serves contemporary American fare just a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square. The dining room, which seats 55 people, boasts golden yellow walls and gleaming hardwood floors, proving the space to be equal parts cozy and chic.

Meritage promises to be one of the more wallet-friendly fine dining destinations in the tony Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. A full bar offers an impressive variety of wines under $50, while elegantly plated dishes don't exceed $30. The gourmet fare here includes vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. For those without dietary restrictions, the free-range chicken breast with whipped potatoes, and sauteed spinach is a local favorite. Finish your meal with the decadent goat cheese cake with pistachio, poppy seeds, and lemon curd.

Meritage serves dinner 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Meritage
500 S. 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
(215) 985-1922
www.meritagephiladelphia.com/index.html
www.yelp.com/biz/meritage-philadelphia

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Where to Find Philly’s Most Iconic Foods

Most people automatically think of cheesesteaks when they think of Philadelphia’s most famous foods, but there are a few other iconic food landmarks in the City of Brotherly Love. Here are just a few of Philly’s most memorable bites, and none of them come in traditional restaurant form.

Reading Terminal Market
This historic public market is located conveniently in Philadelphia’s Center City, and it is home to a wide variety of restaurant stands and grocery vendors. The market’s stands sell local produce, Amish specialties, meats and seafood, and even fresh cut flowers. Visitors fill up on Thai food, salads, pizzas and pasta as they shop, and the market even offers quality wines and baked goods.

Pat’s and Geno’s Cheesesteaks
Though the two are always in friendly competition, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks are arguably Philadelphia’s most famous cheesesteak vendors. Pat’s has been around since 1930 and Geno’s first opened in 1966, but today both are known for that signature thin-sliced steak, melted cheese, and freshly baked bread that tastes distinctly like Philly.

9th Street Italian Market
Philadelphia has a very large Italian-American population, and this has translated into South 9th Street’s unique mix of sights, smells and tastes. The 9th Street Italian Market is located in the area of the city’s first Italian restaurants and grocers, and it still sells the same high quality herbs, spices, fresh seafood, pastas ,and other traditional Italian fare.