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5 Day Staycation in Philly

5 Day Staycation in Philly

That recent Philly Airbnb tax that passed has got us thinking. People are flocking to Philly, and no wonder. It’s an incredible place, and was recently ranked as the top 2015 travel destination in America by the New York Times.

Ironically enough, it’s tough to take advantage of all Philly has to offer when you live here – how often do you go to work, head straight to spin class, and  drive straight home?

Let’s skip the insane airfare prices, traffic, and long waits that usually accompany summer vacations. Here’s a sample of what you could experience on a 5 day staycation in Philly.

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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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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 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



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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Learn Forever Near The Granary – Nearby Educational Institutions For All Ages

Yellow and white jellyfish at Philadelphia's Adventure Aquarium

Living in Philadelphia means that like it or not, you’re surrounded by some of the most historic locations in the entire country. Even if you’re done with school, there’s no end to the educational opportunities in and around the City of Brotherly Love – and you don’t have to look very far to find them!

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The Rodin Museum: More Proof That Philly’s Museum District is the Place to See in the City

Granary Apartments residents should feel proud to be a part of the thriving local museum district. There are so many worlds of wonder to explore and most of them are walking distance from your strategically located abode. The Rodin Museum, just moments from your home, boasts a wide array of exciting exhibits featuring floral masterpieces, architectural marvels and so much more. A trip to the Rodin Museum is a great adventure to add to the summer calendar and with the Rodin Museum standing firmly between the Philadelphia Free Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one adventure could easily turn into three or more.

The Rodin MuseumImage: Flickr

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Philly’s Best Entertainment

Philadelphia is a hub for the arts and entertainment lovers of the world. No matter where you come from, since you’ve decided to stay with us at the Granary Apartments, we’d love to give you the grand entertainment tour. Whether you’re seeking intellectual stimulation, live art, theatre or a dance party, there are so many local options to choose from that pointing you in the direction of your dream show is a breeze.

Forrest Theater

Image: Wikipedia

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The Barnes Foundation: A Place to Explore at The Granary

The Barnes Foundation’s spring collection of art and culture is just one more reason to look forward to the upcoming season. All of the action at this historically renowned institution is scheduled to take place just minutes from your Granary Apartments home. With The Barnes Foundation as your neighbor, Philadelphians are invited to explore artistic compilations including Native American ceramic finds, African sculptures and Mediterranean antiques.

The Barnes Foundation

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The Barnes Foundation Presents the CSA Gallery on Callowhill Street

Art is often used as a tool to convey a deeper message. Often times, interpretation of artistic pieces is in the eye of the beholder. The CSA Gallery, mere blocks away from the Granary Apartments, had something simpler in mind. Their message is loud and clear for Philadelphians. Their building is more than a place to hang pictures on the wall. The CS in CSA stands for community support, something the artists of Philadelphia can now enjoy.

Hand-painted Print by Anda Dubinski | CSA Gallery

Image: CSA Gallery

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Underground Arts and Underground Artists

Just in time for the holiday season, Philadelphia’s loft district has been awarded a gift of underground entertainment in the form of an entirely new venue. Underground Arts intends to fill 12,000 square feet of open space with some of the best underground talent in the city. They specialize in all things underground, from performance art to interpretive dance. Ticket prices start at around $10 per person and do not get much more expensive.

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