The Heart of Philly

4/2/2015 in General

By Charlie Taverna

As someone who has lived in the Philadelphia area for better than 25 years I can honestly say that I know this town inside and out and I truly love it!  

Philly is the second largest on the east coast and the fifth largest in the USA. It’s got great food, an active night life, an extraordinary amount of culture with a ton of history, seen at our many museums.

The food?  Philadelphia boasts over 150 restaurants that bring together Iron Chefs (Garces and Morimoto), Top Chefs (Sbraga and Elmi) and more (Solomonov) into a melting pot of global cuisines that suit every taste. Whether you want to treat yourself to a gourmet meal, chow down on the city’s trademark cheesesteak, or try something new, the Philadelphia dining scene is here for the making.

The best of the best - There’s no better place to taste test your way through the flavors of Philly than the hugely popular Reading Terminal. Located at 12th and Arch, the enclosed public market with more than 100 merchants sells everything from cheesesteaks and ice cream to fresh flowers and kitchenware. It’s truly a ‘foodies’ paradise. Be sure to try the pot roast beef sandwich at The Grill Smuckers, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, check out Beiler's Bakery for their amazing selection of fresh-baked donuts, fritters and more.

The city’s Italian heritage still runs strong at its’ outdoor market, otherwise known as the South 9th Street Curb Market, the oldest and largest in the country. The Italian Market is a string of produce stands, butcher shops, bakeries, and more.  A must to experience!

Since 1914, the Philadelphia-based Tasty Baking Company has been sweetening the city and the surrounding areas with the most delicious snack cakes imaginable. From the Butterscotch Krimpets to the Peanut Butter Kandy Kakes — if you’ve never experienced the pure, unadulterated joy of a Tasty kake, then you have yet to really live!

Art, music, theater? — Philadelphia has it all, and then some. The Philadelphia Museum is among the largest art museums in the country. Music lovers have their choice between the Academy of Music or the modern pop scene at the Wachovia Center, Electric Factory, or the North Star Bar. Theater geeks have the on and off Broadway selections that frequent Broad Street, otherwise known as the Avenue of the Arts.

For more than 25 years, the landscape of Philadelphia has benefited from the city’s successful Mural Arts Program, painting the town in more than 3,000 unique and brightly colored murals. Most recently, the city unveiled the Love Letter campaign, a public arts project that has created 50 rooftop love letter style murals along the Market Street corridor.

The signing of the Constitution, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross’ house, William Penn...Philadelphia is rich with a history that reminds you at every turn that everything red, white, and blue started right here.

Philadelphia boasts eight professional sports teams including the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and 76’ers and the fans are as proud as they come.

Philadelphia is literally one campus after another. The area is home to 80 colleges and universities and more than 300,000 students. Among the most popular colleges (that award over 55,000 degrees annually) are the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Drexel University.

That’s right. Despite what you’ve heard, Philadelphia really is the City Of Brotherly Love. And we’ll slip the jab to anyone who says otherwise. (Just kidding!) But seriously, stop by Love Park almost any time of the day to see someone getting engaged or holding hands at the fountain and see firsthand that the city really is full of love.

All of these reasons and more are why we chose to host our 5th Annual User Conference in the heart of Philly, at the beautiful Four Seasons. The countdown is officially on, and with less than a month to go we couldn’t be more excited for #ArchiveUC15 in Philadelphia!

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