Where can I park my car in Philadelphia for the weekend while I'm at a conference downtown? [more inside]posted by msbrauer around Philadelphia, PA at 9:52 AM - 6 answers
We live in Philadelphia and just bought a car. Help us think of things to do and places to go outside of the city! [more inside]posted by The Michael The around Philadelphia, PA at 7:29 AM - 20 answers
On Thanksgiving Wednesday, we'll arrive at the Philadelphia airport, probably at terminal F (US Airways) at 8:15 in the morning. We leave 80 minutes later, probably from terminal B (US Airways, again). No checked luggage, pre-cleared for customs, just pick up bags and run. Given Thanksgiving craziness and picking up the shuttle to C-16 so we stay inside security, is this still doable? When does it become Thanksgiving hectic? [more inside]posted by flibbertigibbet around Tinicum Township, PA at 3:54 PM - 8 answers
I've heard (or read) that SEPTA is actively planning to extend service to several towns/regions, but there's nothing about it on the SEPTA website nor on county government sites. [more inside]posted by NYC-BB around Pennsylvania at 6:48 AM - 4 answers
My 2 friends and I (in our 20s & 30s, 1 gay, 1 lesbian and 1 straight guy) are staying in Absecon, NJ this weekend. We are looking for something more than a secluded beach but less than Atlantic City boardwalk. We plan on relaxing on the beach during the day and finding some nightlife if possible. Can you recommend places nearby with a laid back feel and some activity. Perhaps places like a beach bar, outdoor band, mini golf, good cheap eats, must sees and local delights. We have a car and are open to traveling a half hour in any direction. Thanks! posted by PeaPod around Jersey Shore, PA at 9:48 AM - 3 answers
I need to go to the Philadelphia Passport Agency on Friday morning. The state dept website assures me there are several pay parking lots in the vicinity. But I'd prefer more concrete directions, as I'm driving in from 3 hrs away for an 8am appointment. Can anyone give me recommendations and addresses of lots or garages that are very likely to be open that are nearby? Where I can park all day? The address is 200 Chestnut St. [more inside]posted by bluefly around Philadelphia, PA at 6:01 AM - 5 answers
My wife and I will be visiting the Warhol Museum and the Mattress Factory during a two-day trip to Pittsburgh, and we're trying to avoid the CBD markup on hotels, parking, and restaurants. [more inside]posted by Rykey around Pittsburgh, PA at 7:12 AM - 13 answers
What things should I be sure not to miss when visiting Philly July 6-11th? Difficulty: Attending a conference but free in the evenings, solo traveler, nervous driving in cities. [more inside]posted by shortyJBot around Philadelphia, PA at 7:08 PM - 9 answers
Looking for more options than just dealership financing [more inside]posted by Ryogen around Pennsylvania at 6:51 PM - 8 answers
We are taking our toddler (almost 2) to Sesame Place
this weekend. Have you been there? Do you have any tips for us to make our trip great? [more inside]posted by ThePinkSuperhero around Langhorne, PA at 10:22 AM - 5 answers
Going to be in Pittsburgh/Millvale for an evening and looking for recommendations. [more inside]posted by melgy around Pittsburgh, PA at 3:24 PM - 13 answers
I'm going to be working in State College for two months this summer. Tell me about where to live and where to hang out! [more inside]posted by vakker around State College, PA at 7:56 AM - 4 answers
We are spending spring break in and around Lancaster, PA. We have some plans in mind (Gettysburg, buggy tours, pretzels and chocolate and markets and a candlelight walking tour) but what would really make our kid happy is a farm stay...a muck-out-the-stalls, frolic with baby goats, pitch some hay kind of place. All we can find is the gather eggs for breakfast/petting zoo kind and while there's nothing wrong with that, we were hoping for a bit more. We've been to East Hill Farm in NH, which is more like what we're looking for--and which lets me know that these types of places do exist.
Any ideas? They would be much appreciated! posted by aimeedee around Lancaster, PA at 5:42 PM - 10 answers
Flight out of Philadelphia tomorrow evening. Looks like it will be canceled. Help me get my boyfriend out of the city and not waste a visit we both really, really need and have been planning for months. [more inside]posted by obviousresistance around Philadelphia, PA at 12:30 PM - 10 answers
I need to attend a wedding in the Reading, PA area this June. I would like to travel there from Boston, MA, without renting a car. Is this reasonably possible? [more inside]posted by maryr around Reading, PA at 3:32 PM - 15 answers
Our go-to cheap Philly hotel just closed. Help us find an alternate for our wedding guests. [more inside]posted by Diskeater around Philadelphia, PA at 5:21 PM - 7 answers
November 15, 2013
What's fun around a Pittsburgh Light Rail stop for a 2.5-year-old? I'm taking my toddler-daughter for a ride on the train tomorrow. Last week we went to Dormont Park. What should we do this week? I haven't spent much time in the South Hills. (I'm looking to go South, not North - we know the North Side in-and-out) Meal suggestions also welcome! posted by chickencoop around Pittsburgh, PA at 2:59 PM - 3 answers
October 11, 2013
My partner and I are very excited about our trip to Pittsburgh next month! But I have a question about walkability. We'll be staying downtown on Penn Avenue and it looks like we can walk to a lot of places quite easily, but should we? We are big walkers and our city is very residential downtown, but it seems Pittsburgh's downtown gets pretty empty at night...is that a concern re: safety or for any other reason? [more inside]posted by Lescha around Pittsburgh, PA at 12:09 PM - 15 answers
September 6, 2013
I'm planning a road trip from Philadelphia to Toronto in October. I'm thinking of breaking up the trip by staying a night somewhere in between. Somewhere with a cute hotel, a nice breakfast and somewhere to wander around before taking off the next day. Just by google mapping it, I'm thinking Ithica, but id be welcome to other suggestions.
Secondary question: are there any great hidden food spots to catch on the way?
Thanks! posted by cacofonie around Philadelphia, PA at 11:55 AM - 7 answers
August 28, 2013
I was thinking of taking my daughter to Gettysburg this coming (Labor Day Weekend) Saturday. How are the crowds at Gettysburg, or other National Historic Battlefields, during the LDW? Are they hyper-crowded because this is the big weekend, or are the crowds all getting drunk and the lake and the beach, leaving the historic parks to the (relatively) serious?
Bonus points if you know of other fun things to do with a 12 year old girl this specific weekend in the MD-DC area. You can assume we're pretty well-informed about the general lay of the land (smithsonian, zoos, aquaria, capitol, etc). posted by ubiquity around Pennsylvania at 7:50 AM - 7 answers