Including Pennsylvania Dutch Country
By Karrie Gavin
Third Edition, June 2014
Journalist and Philadelphia native Karrie Gavin guides travelers around her hometown in Moon Philadelphia. She knows the best way to experience the City of Brotherly Love, whether it’s exploring the 9,200 acres of Fairmount Park or sampling the city’s renowned cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, and hoagies. With advice on the navigating Philly’s nightlife, wandering the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and enjoying recreational opportunities on the Schuylkill River, Moon Philadelphia gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.
What’s inside Moon Philadelphia
Enjoy the very best of Philadelphia with these itineraries:
- The Three-Day Best of Philadelphia
- Best Cheesesteaks
- Top 10 for Kids
- Fun and Free: Philly on a Budget
Discover the ins and outs of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.
Recommendations for the top restaurants, nightlife, shops, sights, and hotels in:
- Old City and Society Hill
- Center City East
- Center City West
- Museum District
- South Philadelphia
- University City
- Northern Liberties
- Chestnut Hill and Manayunk
- Fairmount Park
- Greater Philadelphia
Take a trip outside the city with these excursions:
- Brandywine Valley
- Bucks County
- Pennsylvania Dutch Country
Karrie Gavin comes from a long line of Philadelphians that began with her great-grandparents, who immigrated from County Mayo, Ireland, over a century ago. Born and raised in Germantown and Mt. Airy, Karrie now lives in Center City.
Karrie attended Central High School of Philadelphia and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English at Penn State University and a master’s degree in journalism at Temple University. Her interest in writing about Philadelphia was sparked during her time as editor of Campus Philly, a local nonprofit where she was responsible for creating online and print guides and a magazine about Philadelphia for local college students.
Karrie is the former Philadelphia/South Jersey Guide for the website About.com, and her writing has appeared in numerous regional and national magazines, including Philadelphia magazine, Philadelphia Wedding, Philadelphia Home, AAA World, and US Airways magazine, and in the anthology PS: What I Didn’t Say, published by Seal Press. Her deep Philly roots and knowledge also serve her (and her clients) well in her work as a real estate agent at Elfant Wissahickon Realtors.
In her spare time, Karrie assists adults with special needs on vacations and local outings through Special Vacations, an organization founded by her mother. She also enjoys hanging out with her husband, her two sons, their dog, and her large network of family and friends. Luckily for her, they are almost all in Philly! While Philadelphians may leave for a while, they almost always come back.
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