Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA HOSPITALITY: BEHIND CLOSE DOORS

Last month I was invited by Where Magazine to cover a reception with co-hosts Philadelphia Hospitality at the penthouse home of famed Philadelphia jeweler to the stars Craig and Tania Drake who welcomed Philadelphia Hospitality Executive Director Bill Mifflin (left) and his wife Sally and guest.

What is Philadelphia Hospitality, it’s a private, non-profit organization that since 1982 has been providing unique and distinctive cultural programs for special groups visiting Philadelphia. Our clients include museum and horticultural groups, historical societies, professional associations and corporate groups from throughout the nation and the world. We also plan one or two programs per year for individuals.
Laura Burkhardt and Adam Travia, Director of Marketing at Philadelphia Hospitality
Philadelphia Hospitality opens the doors of private Philadelphia – providing visitors entrée to our city’s elegant private clubs, beautiful homes, exquisite gardens and antique and art collections. During their visits, our guests are warmly welcomed by dedicated volunteer hosts. The Drakes beautiful Hacienda built on top of a Center City Apartment building is one of the beautiful homes that visitors could enjoy. Although their house is on top of an apartment building, it is deeded and can be bought and sold. Fascinating!!
Laura Burkhardt, Where Magazine Publisher makes the welcoming remarks as Jeweler Craig Drake and Philadelphia Hospitality Executive Director Bill Mifflin look on. Philadelphia Hospitality Executive Director Bill Mifflin addresses the crowd.
I remember years ago reading an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the collections that the Drakes had and was so excited to see them for myself.
and the beautiful view of the skyline
Ryan Derfler, Tour Manager at City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, of Philadelphia Mural Arts. Now who wouldn’t want to take the Valentine Day Love Letters tour with him?
Sarah Finman, guest and Lee Payne
Highlights of your group’s personalized program could include the following:

  • Behind the scenes tours, special curatorial tours
  • Entrée to private homes for lunch or afternoon tea
  • Entrée to private gardens
  • Entrée to private clubs for receptions, lunch and dinner
  • Receptions in well respected art and antique galleries
  • All arrangements, reservations and admissions at chosen sites and cultural performances
  • Early-morning tours before the doors open to the public
  • Speakers
  • Special gifts related to the tour
  • Hotel and meal arrangements
  • Guide and coach services
  • All gratuities and taxes

At the Philadelphia Museum of Arts Craft Show in December, I met a group of women from San Francisco who were in the midst of their Philadelphia Hospitality tour. The cornerstone of the trip was the show, and the PH group filled in the blanks with other interesting things to see that would interest the art patrons ie Wheaton Village, PAFA etc
Zelinda O’Hara and James Zeleniak enjoy the expansive terrace at the Drakes.
And their eastern view. Thanks to Laura & Where magazine to introducing PhillyChitChat to some of the most unique attractions in Philadelphia. Who knew such an organization like this existed here in Philly. Now that we do we’re going on a little adventure to see what visitors to our City get to see thru Philadelphia Hospitality. Stay tuned…Have A Good Weekend. Hughe