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A Weekend Escape: Seaview, A Dolce Hotel near AC

I’ve passed the Seaview Dolce Hotel a million times over the years as I’ve traveled to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge just up the street, or gone shopping at my cousins nautical store down the street, the Seafarer. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to stay there and this past weekend I had a chance to experience it and the wonderful service they provide.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think my first time at this glorious resort would be during the middle of a pandemic, but here we are and it’s great to be able to get away to a place which takes it serious, and where you will feel safe, even normal again. This is the front desk, normally there’s people staffing it with masks on, but for the photo I wanted a clean shot. As you see there is socially distancing markers on the floor, and the desk is protected by safety glass. Check in was a breeze. We were in Room 258. We took the elevator with our bags, but used the stairs (see on right) for most of our trip to help burn off our Quarantine 15 lbs.

They had me masks and plexiglass, but I fell hard when I saw the TV remote wrapped in plastic. They take disinfecting to a new level of comfort.

The bedroom was beautifully decorated, and had chairs which you know I desire. I love to just sit in a chair all night reading, watching TV and enjoying time away from home. Mike does as well, and I caught him catching some zzzz’s within moments of arriving. The next day I took the center photo and tweeted about the lovely view and how I didn’t want to get out of bed, they’re so firm, yet comfortable. If we hadn’t just bought a Purple bed, I’d be label searching to see what Seaview used. I immediately sketched out the room in my head and said how can I create this at home.

Seaview’s has a beautiful and spacious outdoor pool area surrounded by lush landscaping. The chairs are socially distant, and only 40 people are allowed in the pool area at a time. Which isn’t a problem as the hotel is operating at half capacity during the pandemic. The four-story hotel will only use its first and second floors so guests not wishing to use the elevators
can stay on the first floor or ascend only one flight of stairs as well.

For more than a century, Seaview has reigned as the Jersey Shore’s most iconic resort. The pristine 670- acre retreat blends the architectural beauty and historic charm of a turn-of-the-century resort with the services, style and amenities today’s travelers and meeting planners desire, including state-of-the-art meeting and event space, award-winning dining, and two championship golf courses — The Bay Course, opened in 1914 and The Pines Course, opened in 1929. – from the website. The property is gorgeous, and there’s a mile long walking path along the golf course. There’s also a 9 hole family fun golf course near the hotel for the kids to practice on before the hit the big links. It’s called the Turtle Course as sometimes turtles can be found taking a short cut through it on the way to the sea.

Since I don’t play golf, but love watching golfers, I headed to the golf cafe both days to watch the action before it got too hot for me. July has you might have read has broken records for it’s 90f plus days this year, we’ll just call it the 2020 factor. Each table has an umbrella so if it gets to hot you can have your waiter open it.

The sunset over the bay was beautiful while dining, that’s Reed’s Bay in the distance there, you can see it from the patio and from the front facing hotel rooms. The cobb salad and steak was delicious. The following day I had the One Handed Burger at the recommendation of James Zeleniak of Punch Media pr.

Speaking of the front of the Seaview hotel. Theses comfortable adirondack chairs pepper the spacious property. I love sitting in these chairs. I can’t wait to go back and just sit in one of these chairs all day. I was in and out a lot over the weekend as you know my family is staying in Longport and my other sister is in Stone Harbor. Next time I go to the Seaview I’ll be staying put. I bet it’s great in the Fall. Mike and I loved everything about it. The ambiance, the classical architecture, the pool area, the dogs, did I mention it’s dog friendly.

Photo from Website

Adding to its copious outdoor space, Seaview made upgrades to its wisteria-clad pavilion, complete with a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen and new lighting, creating the perfect space for airy functions, clambakes and other activities. Both days I was staying there families were holding functions. It was so nice they could still get together, safely outside.

The Seaview hotel was a nice alternative to staying on a barrier island. It was lush, green, the building was beautiful as were the rooms. It was easy to navigate and find all the amenities, including tennis and basketball courts. Additionally, Seaview is adding a horseshoe pit and shuffleboard court, for additional outdoor fun to its al fresco activity offerings such as corn hole on the expansive front lawn.

“In light of everything that’s going on in the world, people want to be outside,” said Director of Sales and
Marketing, Mike Tidwell. “We wanted to enhance activities on our sprawling grounds for additional
outdoor fun this season and beyond.”

It was comforting to know that the Seaview took Covid19 serious:
• All employees received COVID-19 safety sanitation protocol training, and employees will follow Personal Protective Equipment recommendations from the CDC.
• Public spaces and communal areas will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day, with an
emphasis on hard non-porous surfaces.

It’s great that it’s not too far from the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge See the water tower, that’s Seaview. Plus it’s just minutes from Atlantic City and my sisters house in Longport (about 20 minutes from her.)


Celebrating the Holidays at The Shops at Liberty Place

Celebrating the Holidays at The Shops at Liberty Place

“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style”  The shop windows are decorated, snowflakes are hung from the lamp posts, sidewalks are dressed in holiday style as shoppers delight in sparkling Christmas Trees. One of my favorites is located at
the Shops at Liberty Place.
Last week they held an invite holiday cocktail party to celebrate the holidays. House of Claus: A holiday soirée brought together business leaders, guests in hospitality and influencers in Philadelphia.

Maeve Joyce and Jennifer Gross Kruger of Ocean Prime

The holiday party offered guests festive-inspired food from top area restaurants including Ocean Prime, Square 1682, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse and others, beverages from Grace Winery and Bluebird Distilling, live music from Exit 22 jazz quartet (Ampersand & Productions),

live modeling showcasing the season’s hottest looks, and additional seasonal merriment to celebrate the 2017 holiday season — all bathed in sparkling special-effect lighting.
JoAnn Bogart, Holiday Inn Midtown and Brende Mente, Where Philadelphia
Maggie Petrucci, The Union League of Philadelphia, Maggie Munthali, VIP concierge The Union League, Fran Nachman, concierge at the Sonesta Hotel and Mimoza Xhori, concierge at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company

Molly Albertson, Center City District and Anthony A (LR2)
Maribeth Roman Schmidt, President Of The Board Of Directors at Variety – The Children’s Charity and Angus Murray, Chief Executive Officer at Variety

Co-sponsored by the Center City District, proceeds from the event went to Variety — the Children’s Charity.

Variety also has a gift wrapping station, for a low fee they’ll wrap your gifts. The proceeds go to the Variety,
The Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley has continued its mission to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.Chris “DJ Swift” Anderson and Bill Zimmerman, both of Philly Bites Magazine

Jordan Parenti, and Laura Burkhardt both of Visit Philly, Joe, concierge Sheraton Hotel and James Zeleniak, Punch Media Pr

Cory Gunselman, Cushman & Wakefield, April McPhatter, Cushman & Wakefield, Leanna L and Lana Maximova
Mindy Myers, Daniel Davis, Jack Cotter all of En Route PR, Zach Santo and Brende Mendte, Where Magazine

For several days, The Shops at Liberty Place will present the Annual Holiday Choir & Orchestra Performances in the Rotunda. Stop in the Rotunda during your lunch hour to listen to amazing performances!

Performance Schedule:

December 18th at 12:00 PM – All Catholic Jazz Band (Archdiocese)

December 18th at 1:00 PM – St. Aloysius Academy

December 20th at 12:00 PM – Harriton High School Jazz Ensemble

James Zelniak, Jared Adkins, Bluebird Distilling and Emily Mormino, Bluebird Distilling
Bluebird Distilling has a tasting room at Shops at Liberty Place

The Shops at Liberty Place gave out swag bags to attendees chock full of offers from shops within the retail space that include holiday newcomers like Bella Turka (jewelry store), Never Too Spoiled (boho chic fashion and accessories), Old City’s Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe and Philly Socks.

Jacobs Music

Wednesday, December 13th & Thursday, December 14th
Jacobs Music will provide a self-playing piano in the Rotunda for two days of live entertainment with
beautiful sounds of Christmas music


The Bourse Marketplace Retains It’s Charm as it Renovates It’s Food Hall

The Bourse Marketplace Retains It’s Charm as it Renovates It’s Food Hall

As the City moves forward, a few of our historic business are heading in the director of new and prettier too while keeping it’s historic charm. One of those places is the popular tourist spot -The Bourse, overlooking Independence Hall.

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The Philadelphia Bourse was a commodities exchange founded in 1891 by George E. Bartol, a grain and commodities exporter, who modeled it after the Bourse in Hamburg, Germany. The steel-framed building – one of the first to be constructed – was built from 1893 to 1895, and was designed by G. W. & W. D. Hewitt in the Beaux-Arts style.[1] Carlisle redstone, Pompeian buff brick and terra cotta were all used in the facade. The Bourse stopped functioning as a commodities exchange in the 1960s. The structure continued to serve as an office building until 1979 when the trading space adaptively reused the space a food court.

Fast forward to 2017 and the Bourse is undergoing another transformation – to the tune of $40 million, one which will continue as a hub for tourists in the Historic Philly area, as well as office workers and locals, but as a serious food and beverage hall with 27 new vendors.

Earlier this month a press conference was held to showcase the changes as well as introduce a few of the new tenants

Anney Thomas, Chaat and Chai

Chaat and Chai closed their South Philly storefront over the summer but the restaurant will reopen at The Bourse;   Bluebird Distilling plans to open a full service bar at The Bourse, currently at the Shops of Liberty Place they have a tasting room; Chef Sylva Senat of Maison 208 is opening Baby Buns, named for what his daughter calls sliders. Pasta makers Vera Pasta plan to serve lunch option, they had samples at the press conference which were delicious.  Olive with a Twist, which sells olive oils, balsamic vinegars, jams, and other gourmet pantry items,

Whenever I’m down in Old City and just want to chill, the Bourse was always my go to spot. Plus I liked the various vendors and postcard shops. It was a great hideaway with minimum offers, and now it’s going to have a better selection of food and shops.

Philadelphia Marathon 11/17 – 11/19


Think Seattle Marketplace, wouldn’t it be great if someone tossed a few fish?Updates
MRP Realty, in conjunction with Cana Development, will bring an array of artisanal vendors, as
well as established Philadelphia businesses, to Old City’s The Bourse, one of the city’s most
iconic buildings. Upon opening, The Bourse Marketplace will offer visitors and locals 27 high-
quality businesses under one roof, in addition to four anchor tenants in the building’s four

Matt Holman, Chanan Delivuk, and Thomas Foley, Sedso Design

Jeffrey Yau, Annie Jiropatnakul, Marissa Taffer and Jim DePhillip


Job Itzkowitz, Executive Director of Old City District, Kate McGlinchey, Brett Mapp, Old City, and Gabriella Sacidor


Laura Burkhardt, Visit Philly

Chocodiem, a Belgian-style chocolate shop will be at the new The Bourse Marketplace

Punch Media PR team handing out gift bags featuring a few of the products soon to be sold at the Bourse, in Spring 2018