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Long Winter Weekends in Philly: Great offer? Your car stays free

Photo of horticultural displays captivate visitors at the Philadelphia Flower Show
Photo of horticultural displays captivate visitors at the Philadelphia Flower Show
Visit Philadelphia

Why not spend a couple of nights in Philadelphia this winter? It’s the perfect time for couples, families and friends to take advantage of the newly renamed and always affordable Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package.

Coming up are two memorable events in one long weekend. Yep, Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend is February 14-17, 2014 which gives travelers three full days to explore Philadelphia. Are you celebrating the life of U.S. presidents? Why not enjoy historic Philadelphia? Visit such famed sites and museums: Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, President’s House, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center, among many others.

Of course, the city offers plenty of options for romantics as well: restaurants galore (R2L, XIX and Le Virtu, to name a few), outdoor pursuits (Blue Cross RiverRink, Magic Gardens, the Mural Arts Program’s Love Letter tour) and an abundance of art (Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts).

Special Accommodations: Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package offer includes a two-night stay for any two consecutive nights of the week at 20 hotels, a welcome gift and free hotel parking (up to a $100 value at Center City hotels) a hard-to-resist perk for those traveling from Maryland, the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, New York, Washington, DC and other nearby destinations. The package will be offered by hotels based upon availability all year long. Booking information is available here.

Special Events: Two major events that heat Philadelphia every winter are the Philadelphia Auto Show, featuring 700 pre-production, hot-production, classic and green vehicles from a range of manufacturers; and the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, showcasing top-of-the-line floral and landscape design, entertainment and more than 180 vendors. The Auto Show takes place from February 8-16, and the Flower Show runs from March 1-9. Both take place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Examining Philadelphia’s Opportunity Gap with Erika M. Kitzmiller at Stenton in Germantown hosts an informative look at the history, and current standing, of the School District of Philadelphia on February 15 at 1 p.m. At the discussion, learn how the School District has affected the African American community over the years.

Special Exhibits: Life and Death in Pompeii, through April 27 at The Franklin Institute; and the 2014 Flamenco Festival, March 3-16 at various locations throughout the city.