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Fall In Philadelphia From Jack O’ Lanterns To Wine Tastings – Things To Do

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The City of Brotherly Love Makes Fall Fun

Looking for a weekend escape but don’t want to deal with crowds and over tourism? An hour and a half by plane from Toronto and you are in Philadelphia the city of brotherly love. Great food scene, shopping to rival it’s bigger city neighbours, landmarks and museums too numerous to count and best of all? The crowds are at a minimum. It may be the best-kept secret of the northeastern United States. All of that plus there is so much to do in the Fall/Autumn season.

View from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art towards downtown Philly

View from the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art towards downtown Philly

I just came back from a weekend in Philly and I could barely fit in all the adventures and sights I wanted to see. I’ve got three things for you to check out that may be off the beaten path for most visitors. One is a special Jack O’ Lantern festival that runs until Oct 28, 2018. The others require a car (you could Uber or Lyft) and will take you to a unique museum featuring a family of artists plus a whole lot more and a winery. You heard me right Pennsylvania has a wine region and it is really quite good.



The Glow a Jack O’ Lantern Experience – running from Oct 4 – 28, 2018 The Glow is located within Fairmont Park and showcases over 5000 carved pumpkins on display. This isn’t your five-year-olds pumpkin carving. These are pumpkin works of art.

Welcome to The Glow Philadelphia

Welcome to The Glow Philadelphia

Tickets are best purchased online and you will pick a time slot. This is to allow everyone to enjoy the carvings without overcrowding the route. There is plenty of things to do before and after including food trucks and a beer garden. If you’re a local you can even pick up a pumpkin here to take home.

Perhaps one of these carvings may inspire you to up your Jack O’ Lantern game in time for Halloween.

Dinosaurs all lit up at The Glow Philly

Dinosaurs all lit up at The Glow Philly

Brandywine River Museum of Art – Do you remember the book Treasure Island from when you were a kid? Of course, you do. N. C. Wyeth (1882-1945) is the scion of a famous family of illustrators and artists. In 1911, the publisher Charles Scribner’s Sons commissioned Wyeth to illustrate a new edition of Treasure Island and he never looked back.

NC Wyeth painting for Treasure Island Illustration 1911

NC Wyeth painting for Treasure Island Illustration 1911

The Brandywine River Museum of Art is more than a museum it is also a conservancy that has protected over 60,000 acres in the Brandywine River Valley. This is where Wyeth and generations of his family called home. If you want to see the inspiration behind many of the Wyeth family works this is the place.

Gallery view overlooking the Brandywine River

Gallery view overlooking the Brandywine River

The Museum also has rotating exhibits. Just in time for the holidays Holidays & Snowdays: Illustrations for Three Children’s Books will open on November 3 till January 6, 2019. The below piece was part of the Natural Wonders: The Sublime in Contemporary Art on display until Oct 21st.

Travelling Landscape by Katherine Vance on display at the Brandywine Museum of Art

Travelling Landscape by Katherine Vance on display at the Brandywine Museum of Art

Wander the three floors of galleries at your leisure and take your time to soak it all in. It seems that every member of the Wyeth family can paint and many of their works are on display throughout.

Study of Andy Warhol by Jamie Wyeth

Study of Andy Warhol by Jamie Wyeth

Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery – A short drive from The Brandywine River Museum and also very close to Longwood Gardens, is a small estate winery that will immediately make you a fan of Pennsylvania wines.

Tasting the wine in the vineyard at Galer Estate Winery

Tasting the wine in the vineyard at Galer Estate Winery

I love sampling locally produced wines and was thrilled to meet Lele Galer (owner) and Virginia Mitchel (winemaker & winery manager) during my tasting. Pennsylvania is a cool climate region so whites and light reds are what you can expect when you arrive for a tasting.

Tasting the Galer Estate 2017 Albarino

Tasting the Galer Estate 2017 Albarino

In the summer months, the tasting room is packed so an autumn wine tasting is the perfect time if you want to avoid the crowds. You’ll still be able to choose from drinking on a patio overlooking the vineyards or in the production area next to where the wine is made. Or if that is not for you saddle up to the wine bar.

Patio with a view of the vineyard at Galer Estate Winery

Patio with a view of the vineyard at Galer Estate Winery

Enjoy your wine tasting in the actual winery production room at Galer Estate Winery

Enjoy your wine tasting in the actual winery production room at Galer Estate Winery

This is just a sampling of what you can get up to when you visit Philly in the Fall. For a complete list check out the Visit Philly Fall Events page for a complete list. If you are looking for a great hotel deal then look no further. Good until November 30, 2018, there are perks included when you book a Philly hotel that includes:

  • FREE hotel parking
  • Free tickets to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • $25 gift card to the must-visit Reading Terminal Market
  • Free Philly-themed mini-golf at Franklin Square
  • $10 Lyft credit

Sounds like a great reason to visit Philly to me.

 

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Thanks to Visit Philly for inviting and hosting me on this adventure. All views and opinions are 100% my own.


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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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