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Trip to Philadelphia

  • Jul 13, 2013 · 9:00 AM

Let's take a little trip to Philadelphia - who is in? The vegan eats are great in Philly - we will check out some of these awesome ALL-VEGAN spots: Blackbird, Hip City Veg, Grindcore Cafe, Mi Lah & Vedge.

I have booked a few hotel rooms at the Downtown Marriott Courtyard - I was able to get a good discount rate of $118 plus taxes/fees for a room with a King bed (total $136) and you can add a rollaway for $20 and $199 plus taxes for a suite with 1 king and 1 sofabed (total $230) and you can add a rollaway for $20.

I have booked a few rooms and will cancel what we don't need - for planning purposes I will need definite RSVPs well in advance, whether you want your own room and in what configuration (e.g., a couple wanting a room with just a king to themselves) or to share (and whether you have someone you can make sharing arrangements with or you want my help figuring it out), and I will need pre-payment before I consider you to have RSVP'd!

We will also carpool and everyone will share the gas and toll costs within their particular carpool group.

If there are people wanting to make other arrangements (stay with family, or get their own hotel room), that works fine for me.

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  • Leila V.

    Great group - I had a really nice time with you all!

    July 14, 2013

  • Melissa J.

    Had awesome, awesome time with everyone!!!!

    July 14, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    Hope you all have a great time; be sure to post how it goes for those of us who would've wanted to come.

    July 12, 2013

  • Leila V.

    Proposed schedule:

    Saturday

    12 noon – Lunch at Hip City Veg (maybe pick up food and eat picnic-style at the lovely nearby Rittenhouse Square)
    2 pm - Schuylkill Environmental/Wildlife Center
    4 pm – Hotel check-in (we can try to do this earlier if people want to)
    7:30 pm – Dinner at Blackbird (unless people want to splurge for Vedge, in which case I can try to get us a reservation, but would need to hear soon)

    Sunday
    10:30 a.m. – brunch at Mi Lah (currently have a reservation for 8 people)
    12 noon – Possible protest again horse drawn carriages

    July 2, 2013

    • Melissa J.

      As much as I like veggies...Vedge's menu does not impress me that much:(

      July 4, 2013

  • Leila V.

    Would anyone be interested in spending an hour or two at a protest against horse-drawn carriages? We don't have to, but some PAN people in Philly were talking about doing one this particular weekend.

    June 27, 2013

    • Melissa J.

      Vanessa and I will skip this part

      July 4, 2013

  • Ashleigh

    Sorry, I don't think I can make it; money's tight right now. Have fun, though, guys!

    June 21, 2013

  • Melissa J.

    Vanessa and I will share a room with a king bed. We are coming from the D.C./Maryland area!!

    1 · May 29, 2013

    • Ashleigh

      I (unfortunately) don't drive, but I live in Gaithersburg, and could Metro to Bethesda...

      June 20, 2013

    • Leila V.

      Ashleigh, in light of how awful Metro tends to be on weekends, David's offering to pick you up and bring you to his house for Melissa and Vanessa to pick up.

      June 20, 2013

  • Leila V.

    Was anyone interest in a visit to www.schuylkillcenter.org? Any other thoughts about what we'd like to do while we are there? :-)

    June 18, 2013

  • Ashleigh

    Sounds like fun!

    1 · June 17, 2013

    • Leila V.

      3 people - Ashleigh, Rita and Rianke could fit in a room with a King if 2 are willing to share king and 1 on extra cot in room.

      June 18, 2013

  • Leila V.

    I have tentatively the following:
    Leila & Nick in a room with a king
    Melissa and Vanessa in a room with a king ($136)
    David in a room with a king ($136)
    Rianke and Anna in a room with a king and a sofabed ($230) (does this work for you two?)
    tentatively maybe we add a 3rd person to a room with a cot if we recruit some more people for this.

    That's all the rooms I booked at this point - there aren't any more of the standard rooms at $136 left. Now the lowest rate avail is $179. We can look into other nearby hotels if we end up needing to.

    For rides, I'm hoping David can ride with Melissa and Vanessa and Rianke can ride with me & Nick. Anna, I'm not sure where you are coming from, so please let me know. Thanks!

    May 31, 2013

  • Allison

    Oh man! A friend of mine is flying in from CA for a wedding celebration that saturday. While Philly and good vegan food is very tempting - she would never forgive me! Enjoy!

    May 22, 2013

    • Leila V.

      Understandable! Summer is hard to schedule, but maybe we can do another trip. :-)

      May 23, 2013

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