Monday, August 16, 2010

Late Summer Deals in Philadelphia

As summer winds down, Philly gears up with end-of-season deals at two great Center City hotels and some fun must-dos, including weekly fireworks over the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing. The end of summer also marks visitors’ last chance to take in some big exhibitions and fun happenings, including Late Renoir at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era.

Hotel Specials:
  • To celebrate its Travel + Leisure rankings as the #52 hotel in the world and the #10 hotel in the U.S., The Rittenhouse Hotel invites their guests to stay over with the Remarkable Rittenhouse Relief Rate—just $249 per night. What’s more, visitors receive a $100 food and beverage voucher for use at Lacroix, Bar 210 or The Mary Cassatt Tearoom. Available through September 6. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 546-9000,
  • The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown offers a cool “Beat the Heat” rate on summer Saturdays for guests who book both Friday and Saturday nights. At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, the hotel applies the number of current temperature listed on to the rate for that night. The offer is valid every Saturday through September 18, including Labor Day weekend. 12th & Market Streets, (800) 320-5744,

Fireworks For All:
  • Families, couples and friends can get their fill of summer magic each Friday through Labor Day weekend. Friday Night Lights at Penn’s Landing is the perfect start, end or middle of a great night in Philadelphia. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street, (215) 928-8801,

Last Chance:
  • Time is running out for art lovers to see Late Renoir at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of only two U.S. stops. Through 100 works of art, the exhibition follows Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s later years as he considered his legacy and created masterpieces that draw comparisons to those of the old masters. Through September 6. 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,
  • Fashionistas and movie buffs still have a chance to see the James A. Michener Art Museum’s Icons of Costume: Hollywood’s Golden Era exhibition, where designs created for by Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean and other big names take center stage. More than 60 items, such as Kate Winslet’s “Heart of the Ocean” from Titanic, are sure to make any movie lover swoon. Through September 5. 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, (215) 340-9800,

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