How to Throw a Barbecue Like a Boss

Summer is unfortunately coming to an end, so soak up as much summer sun as you can throughout the next month and throw an amazing barbecue! Invite all of your friends, family, and neighbors for a fun get-together and enjoy the outdoors before the weather starts to change. Here are some tips to help you throw a barbecue party like a boss!

Invite Your Guests
You can’t have an awesome barbecue without friends, family, and neighbors! If you’re planning on throwing a barbecue get-together, make sure to contact anyone you are inviting right away and let them know about the upcoming festivities so they don’t make other plans!

Go for a Potluck Style BBQ
Potlucks are the easiest way to throw a fantastic barbecue. When you invite your guests, ask them to bring a side dish or drinks to share with the group. There is no shame in asking for help, and most people usually ask what they can contribute to the get-together, even if it’s as simple as bringing a bag of chips and dip!

Pick Easy and Classic Recipes
You don’t always have to go all out when you throw a barbecue. Keep it simple and easy and stick to classic recipes that you know everyone loves. However, if you really want to experiment with the menu feel free! Just know you don’t have to go all out to impress everyone. Also, when you are planning your menu and grocery list, think about if your guests have any food allergies or specifications. Are there any vegetarians? Is one of your guests gluten-free? Ask when you invite your guests, so you can plan accordingly and have alternative options!

Pick the Perfect Drinks
Just like picking easy and classic recipes, you’ll want to stick with drinks you know everyone enjoys. Make sure to have an array of options for people to choose from. Some people might prefer a non-alcoholic drink. So have alternative options on hand so everyone can have a refreshing drink. Also, feel free to make your own beverages. It could be as simple as lemonade! Do some research and find a beverage you would like to try and add it to the mix!

Make the Best Playlist
Music always enhances any party or get-together. Make a playlist before your barbecue that screams summer to set the perfect mood all afternoon and evening long. Stick to music selections that are popular among everyone and will keep your guests smiling and wanting to dance!

Bust Out Yard Games
Nothing screams barbecue like a bunch of backyard games. Bust out all the popular yard games that you have and have them ready for your guests to enjoy. From classic yard games like croquet, horseshoes, corn hole, bocce ball, and badminton to new yard games like KanJam, make sure there are games to entertain your guests all day and night! Check out some of these DIY outdoor party games, perfect for any barbecue!

Keep It Simple
There is no need to overdo your barbecue with an excessive amount of decorations. In fact, you don’t even have to decorate at all for your barbecue if you don’t want to. Just put out enough tables and chairs for your guests and hang some lights or candles for when it gets dark and enjoy the fun-filled day with your friends, neighbors, and families!

Don’t Forget about Dessert
Everyone is so focused on the actual barbecue that everyone forgets about the most important part of the get-together – dessert! Again, you dessert option doesn’t have to be fancy or over the top, go for something simple that everyone enjoys. Set up a sundae station and serve ice cream sundaes or get a fire going with an outdoor fire pit and let everyone make s’mores. Whatever you decided to do for your dessert, make sure it easy to make, serve, and clean up, so you can enjoy the festivities as well!

Looking for a great neighborhood to host barbecues in? Check out all of Judd Builders wonderful planned communities! And if you have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you and answer all of your questions!

Popsicle Recipes to Die For

With summer in full swing, you’ll most likely want a nice cool sweet treat to enjoy during these sweltering days! Look no further! All of these popsicle recipes are to die for and any of them are bound to be a hit with the whole family! Check out these tasty popsicle recipes and stay cool throughout the summer.

Raspberry Peach Popsicles
This popsicle recipe is creamy, dreamy, and absolutely delicious! You’ll love the mixture of the sweet vanilla and tangy raspberry as well as mango. Raspberry Peach popsicles are a swirl recipe, so they are a little harder to make, but you get to mix two flavors together and they are a delectable treat!

Blueberry Vanilla Popsicles
Not only is this treat tasty, but it’s healthy as well! Blueberry Vanilla popsicles are a quick and easy popsicle recipe that everyone will love. The best thing about this recipe is that you can eat these whenever you want! They’re perfect for a dessert, snack, even breakfast!

Peach Fro-Yo Popsicles
With only three ingredients, Peach Fro-Yo popsicles are easy to make and absolutely delectable. These popsicles serve as a fantastic snack that will help anyone cool off during the hot summer days and nights. Get the recipe here!

Vanilla Infused Orange Juice Popsicles
Nothing tastes better than vanilla mixed with oranges. This wonderful recipe combines both to create one amazing popsicle recipe! Make sure to gather all the healthy ingredients and have a fun time making this snack! You’ll be lucky if they last through the day! Click here to get the recipe.

Lemonade Popsicles
This recipe is the perfect summer treat! Made with fresh ingredients, this is a fun dessert or snack that kids and adults alike will absolutely love! The best part about Lemonade Popsicles is that they’re easy to make!

Chia Coconut Pudding Popsicles
This super health popsicle is refreshingly delicious and easy to make. Grab the few simple ingredients to make this recipe and enjoy the sweet treat that Chia Coconut Pudding popsicles are! Oh, and don’t forget the best part about this recipe! You can easily replace what kind of fruit you put in them to switch up the flavor!

Yogurt Parfait Popsicles
Get your yogurt parfait on and try out this wonderful popsicle recipe. Fairly easy to make, gather all the ingredients and add them in the popsicle mold. Once they are done freezing, wallah! You have an instant yogurt parfait in popsicle form!

Watermelon Popsicles
Nothing says “hello summer” more than a Watermelon Popsicle! These popsicles are adorably cute and absolutely delicious! The layered popsicles are fun to make and everyone is sure to fall in love with this recipe. Want to try this recipe out? Get the recipe here!

Neapolitan Popsicles
Enjoy the ultimate ice cold treat – the Neapolitan Popsicle! Made with only the best ingredients, everyone will be fighting over these popsicles once they’re made.

Raspberry Cheesecake Yogurt Popsicles
Indulge in the amazingness that is Raspberry Cheesecake Yogurt Popsicles. These delectable treats are creamy, fruity, and all things wonderful! You’ll be making these all summer long once you try them. Click here to get the recipe!

Coconut Mango Popsicles
These sweet tropical-tasting popsicle are sure to be a hit with any coconut and mango loving person! With only a few ingredients, Coconut Mango popsicles are easy to make. Not only is the recipe delicious, but they are beautiful to look at as well! However, don’t stare at them for too long! Make sure to devour this tasty treat before they are all gone!

Want more delicious popsicle recipes to try out this summer? Go to our Pinterest page and find our recipe board or you could even do a general search on Pinterest too! We’re always updating our board with wonderful recipes that we absolutely love! Who knows! Maybe you’ll find another recipe on our board that will go amazingly with the popsicles you’ll be making!

4th of July Recipes to Try Out This Holiday

Whether you’re hosting an amazing 4th of July party or attending a party you’ll want to try out some of these fantastic recipes this holiday! From classic macaroni salad to a fun and exiting twists on burgers, you and your guests are bound to find a new favorite recipe in this list!

Raspberry Lemonade
With any 4th of July celebration, you need refreshing drinks! Take a twist on classic lemonade and try out this thirst quenching Raspberry Lemonade recipe. This delicious drink is quick and easy to make and is bound to be a hit at your 4th of July celebration.

Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad
Bored of classic potato salad recipes? Spice things up with this crowd-pleasing potato salad recipe. Bacon Sriracha Potato Salad is sure to be a favorite among your guests. The combination of bacon and sriracha chili sauce gives this recipe the perfect kick!

Mini Cheesy Pretzel Dogs
Take hotdogs to the next level and serve Mini Cheesy Pretzel Dogs instead! These would make the perfect appetizers for your 4th of July party and they’re totally easy to make! You’ll be lucky if you have any pretzel dog leftovers by the end of the day!

Classic Macaroni Salad
You can never go wrong with macaroni salad at any summer party or get-together! Classic Macaroni Salad is easy to and quick to make and is always a favorite among guests! Want to try out this tasty dish? Get the recipe here!

Alyson’s Broccoli Salad
Alyson’s Broccoli Salad is known to make broccoli haters fall in love with the vegetable! Including prep and cook time, this recipe only takes 30 minutes to make. All the ingredients mixed together make one amazing dish, that’ll be eaten up by the end of the day!

Deviled Burger
Burgers are always a classic 4th of July staple for any barbeque or get together. Take a twist on the classic burger and serve the flavorful Deviled Burger! The savory patty paired with a slightly sweet pretzel bun is absolute perfection. Get the recipe here!

BBQ Pork Sandwiches
This easy to make recipe will undoubtedly become a favorite. Not only are BBQ Pork Sandwiches easy to make, but they are easy to serve and clean up! You’ll be lucky if you have any leftovers at the end of the day.

Triple Dipped Fried Chicken
Change things up on your typical 4th of July menu and serve some Triple Dipped Fried Chicken to give your guest different options. If any of your guests don’t like burgers or hot dogs, you could always make fried chicken instead! This recipe produces the crispiest and spiciest fried chicken that is to die for.

Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers
Add some spice into your 4th of July menu with these Spicy Chipotle Turkey Burgers. A healthier take on the classic burger, this turkey burger mixes the amazing ingredients together to make a savory meal! Want to try out this tasty dish? Get the recipe here!

4th of July Tie Dyed Fudge
Get creative with your dessert options and make Fourth of July Tie Dyed Fudge. This tasty vanilla fudge recipe is super festive and easy to make! It’ll be a favorite among adults and kids alike, due to its fun appearance.

4th of July Fruit and Jell-O Cups
Another easy to make recipe, 4th of July Fruit and Jell-O Cups combines Jell-O, fresh fruit, and whipped cream for a wonderfully delicious dessert. Get the recipe here!

Almond Cheesecake Tart
This recipe might be tricky to make, but it’s well worth it! Almond Cheesecake Tart only takes 30 minutes to prepare, 30 minutes to cook, and yields one delicious tart. The best part about this recipe is you’re able to decorate the tart with fruit and get creative with your display!

Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Nothing is better than mixing the sweetness of strawberries, cream cheese, and Jell-O with the saltiness of a pretzel crust. Judy’s Strawberry Pretzel Salad mixes salty and sweet together for the ultimate 4th of July dessert everyone will love!

Whether you stick to your classic recipes or try out some of these suggestions, you’re sure to have a stellar 4th of July and if you’re looking to move into a wonderful new community with new construction homes check out Judd Builders! We have multiple planned communities that meet the needs of the modern family! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We’d love to hear from you!

Fantastic Flourtown Events for July 2018

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the popular Ambler Restaurant Week to the wonderful Pastorius Park Concert in Chestnut Hill, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this July near Flourtown!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday in July
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the every Saturday in July. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Wawa Welcome America promises it will be the biggest show in more than a decade so you don’t want to miss out on this stunning event! The fireworks also follow the amazing concert that features Pitbull and is free to the public. You won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

Ambler Restaurant Week
July 9th – July 16th
Back and better than ever, Ambler area restaurants will offer amazing specials you don’t want to miss out on. All participating restaurants will have their prix-fix menus listed and available for families and friends to enjoy. From high-end restaurants to casual BYOB restaurants, there is bound to be something to please everyone. To stay up to date on this event, click here!

First Wednesday in July
July 11th
Enjoy the First Wednesday in July at Chestnut Hill with plenty of shopping and dining. With extended store hours, browse through the many boutique shops open for this lovely event. Also, enjoy food and drink specials, art gallery exhibitions, and live music on Germantown Avenue. For more information, click here.

Pastorius Park Concert
July 11th, 18th, and 25th
Head on over to Pastorius Park, located on Millman Street, and enjoy the longest running outdoor concert series. Starting at 7:30 PM, this free event will showcase amazing talent all night long. If rained out, the concert will take place at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Cherokee Campus.

Weavers Way Farm Volunteer Day: Get Dirty, Be Happy, Get Hours!
July 14th
Located on 7095 Henry Avenue, head on over to Weavers Way Farm to help farmers with various morning projects. From weeding the carrots to harvesting crops, you’ll be able to help the farmers with their farming from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Not only will you be able to enjoy the wonderful weather, but there will also be snacks to enjoy too! For more information, click here!

Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
July 14th – 15th
Stop by Morris Arboretum and see Thomas & Friends take over the track. Have your family look for their favorite train characters on the quarter mile track. This event will take place over the whole weekend and is included with garden admission. The best part is that once you are done viewing the trains, you can explore the rest of the arboretum as well!

The Oval+
July 20th – August 19th
Through July and August, The Oval pop up park will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for it’s fifth season. Not only will there be a new art installation, but you can also enjoy mini-golf, a giant sandbox, and themed programming that everyone in the family will enjoy!

Don’t miss out on the fun this July and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Summer Fun in the Philadelphia Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the popular Wawa Welcome America Festival to historic Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this July in the Philadelphia area!

Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party
July 3rd
Get ready for live music, street performers, food trucks and more entertainment at Independence Mall as everyone celebrates Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party. For the forth year in a row, this festive celebration is back and better than ever. It also marks the reopening of the historic and newly-renovated Bourse building as well. So make your way to 5th and Market Streets to have some fun and great eats!

Wawa Welcome America 4th of July Fireworks
July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July with an amazing fireworks show on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Wawa Welcome America promises it will be the biggest show in more than a decade so you don’t want to miss out on this stunning event! The fireworks also follow the amazing concert that features Pitbull and is free to the public. You won’t want to miss this day of fun! 

University City Dining Days
July 12th – 22nd
For ten days, Dining Days returns to University City with amazing prix-fixe meal deals at eateries all around the neighborhood. Make your way to the delicious and diverse dining scene and score three-course meals for $15, $25, or $35 dollars! For more information, click here.

Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary
July 14th
Get ready and don’t miss Eastern State Penitentiary’s Bastille Day! Consisting of re-enactors recreating the storming of the Bastille, Philly’s version consists of cabaret performances, dancing baguettes, and Marie Antoinette tossing 3,000 Tastykakes into the crowd! For more information, click here.

The Oval+
July 20th – August 19th
Through July and August, The Oval pop up park will return to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for it’s fifth season. Not only will there be a new art installation, but you can also enjoy mini-golf, a giant sandbox, and themed programming that everyone in the family will enjoy! 

Shakespeare in Clark Park
July 25th – 29th
If you love classic literature, especially Shakespearean literature, get ready for Shakespeare in Clark Park. With five free performances of Twelfth Night, you don’t want to miss this entertaining alfresco production. So grab a blanket and head to West Philly’s nine-acre public park for a wonderful show! For more information, click here. 

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival
July 29th
The annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival is back and better than ever. Make your way to South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue to view the showing of classic vintage cars and hot rods. Also, don’t forget to stop by and browse through a bunch of the food trucks and craft vendors that will also be at the festival!

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this July and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Splendid May Events in the Philadelphia Area

Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long with these fun, upcoming events! From the beautiful Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square to the exciting South Street Spring Festival and Maifest, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May in the Philadelphia area!

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square
May 1st – June 30th
Returning for a third year at Franklin Square, the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival will light up Franklin Square with grand artistic creations. These 28 whimsical displays will come alive with 15,000 LED lights and feature the popular Chinese dragon and panda constructions from previous years with other brand new creations as well.

South Street Spring Festival and Maifest
May 12th
There is so much to do at the amazing South Street Spring Festival and Maifest! From concerts and eating contests to kids zones and 100-plus vendors to explore, you won’t be bored at this event.

Broad Street Run
May 5th
Put on your running shoes and get ready for the Broad Street Run. This event is gaining popularity every year, rightfully so! Participants will run along a flat 10-mile stretch of Philly’s main streets, while spectators can watch on the sidewalks to cheer on the runners. This is the perfect event for anyone looking to get out and get active!

Sail Philadelphia
Thursday May 24th – 28th
Celebrate Memorial Day weekend along the historic Delaware River Waterfront with Sail Philadelphia. This four-day festival will feature 12 Tall Ships that will be docked on the Waterfront. There will be public tours, day sails, and loads of riverside fun!

Spruce Street Harbor Park
May 11th
Known as one of the best warm-weather spots in Philly, Spruce Street Harbor Park is opening back up for it’s fifth season! Lounge in the colorful hammocks, feast on delicious food and drink, or play fun outdoor games. No matter what, you’ll find that Spruce Street Harbor Park has a lot to offer to its visitors.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
May 11th
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest is back and ready to kick off the season right! Enjoy boardwalk-style games and rides while admiring the waterfront view. Or grab some food and drinks and throw on some rollerblades and skate on the outdoor roller rink!

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May 19th
Witness the Rittenhouse neighborhood transform for the ever-popular Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. This come-one, come-all street fest invites residents and visitors to enjoy a day full of music, shopping, entertainment, and food. Make plans with your friends, family, and neighbors, because this event is a must-do!

The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival
May 19th – 20th
Enjoy live entertainment, activities, and a bounty of different Italian foods at The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival. From homemade sausages to fresh pasta and cannolis, this popular event is always entertaining. Don’t forget to stick around for two must-see events: the Procession of Saints and the greased pole-climbing contest.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May and make sure you enjoy the events that Philadelphia has to offer! Or, if you’re looking for a beautiful home in South Philadelphia/Packer Park, look no further than Siena Place! This beautiful townhome community is perfect for families! If you’re interested or have any questions, feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Marvelous May Events around the Flourtown Area

April showers bring May flowers as well as plenty of fun events! Get ready to set aside time and make plans with your friends and family all month long. From the always-lovely Ambler Farmers Market to the exciting Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival, there is bound to be something that you and your family will enjoy! Check out these exciting events going on this May near Flourtown!

First Friday at Downtown Ambler
May 4th
From 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy the beginning of the Frist Friday celebrations in Downtown Ambler. This free event is always a blast and features a free “Kid’s Zone”, where your kids can enjoy crafts, games, inflatables, shows, and more! Also, don’t forget to enjoy the live music and delicious food as well. Stay up-to-date with information with Ambler’s First Friday Facebook Page!

Ambler Farmers Market
Every Saturday starting May 5th
Located on West Butler Pike & South Maple Street in Ambler, the Ambler Farmers Market will take place the first Saturday in May. From 9:00AM to 1:00PM, walk around the market and visit each tent for amazing finds! Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to this event and enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment!

Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018
May 6th
The Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival is back for 2018 and with over 150 home & garden vendors lining Germantown Avenue, there is a lot to explore and enjoy. This free event takes place from 11AM to 5PM and offers live music, delicious food and drinks, and entertainment for your kids. Don’t forget to stop at every vendor’s tent to see what they have on display! You’ll never know what you’ll find at the Chestnut Hill Home & Garden Festival 2018. For more information, click here. 

Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz
May 11th
Make your way to the Woodmere Art Museum located on 9201 Germantown Avenue for an amazing night full of Jazz music. Jazz Mamas: Nurturing Jazz will feature current vocalists, paying tribute to jazz artists like Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Carmen McCrae, and Peggy Lee. This night of music is sure to remind attendees of the spirit of the nurturing jazz songs and artists of the past.

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13th
Celebrate Mother’s Day by attending a delicious brunch at Morris Arboretum. Afterwards, walk around the Arboretum and enjoy the spring flowers and displays. Tickets will be available for purchase starting April 1st, so if you want to attend this lovely event, make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time. For more information on the Mother’s Day Bruch and the Brunch Menu, click here! 

22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show at Butler Avenue
May 19th
Known as “The Best Little Car Show Around,” is back and better than ever for the 22nd Annual Ambler Auto Show on Butler Avenue. From 1:00PM to 6:00PM, Butler Avenue will be closed for this awesome event. More than 200 classic cars and their owner’s will be on display. The Auto Show welcomes families to stroll the street and view the cars on display while enjoying local food trucks, restaurants, and shops!

Restoration Volunteer Workday
May 19th
Do you want a fun outdoor activity that you and your kids can enjoy? The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education is holding a Restoration Volunteer Workday, located on 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, where you and your family can improve the health of the forest and help you connect with nature. If you plan on going to this event, it is recommended that you wear long pants, sturdy boots, and bring a fun and positive attitude! All tools and gloves will be provided.

Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration
May 20th
Take your family to Springfield Mills Opening Day Celebration at Morris Arboretum and explore the revolutionary technology and beautiful setting along the Wissahickon Creek. The Opening Day Celebration will begin at 1:00PM and go to 4:00PM so don’t miss your chance to learn and explore the local history. Also, feel free to pack a little picnic and relax on the lawn while live music plays! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this May and be sure to participate in the events that the Flourtown area has to offer! And if you’re looking for a beautiful home in a luxurious clubhouse community where you can enjoy the sparkling pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, check out The Reserve at Creekside! If you’re interested or have any questions feel free to contact us! We’d love to hear from you!

Why Living in Philly is the Best

Location can be a deciding factor for many individuals when buying a home. Most families overlook cities while they are searching for their future forever home. However, Philadelphia is a city that has a lot to offer families looking to move. Over the last couple of years Philadelphia’s economy has been steadily improving, specifically in the education and healthcare sectors. There has also been revitalization in many different neighborhoods that makes Philly a great place to live. However, these aren’t the only reasons why living in Philly is the best. There are a multitude of attractions that make Philly amazing!

The History
When it comes to history, Philadelphia has a lot to brag about. Several firsts have taken place in Philly and its citizens take great pride in the history of the city. From being the birthplace of the nation to having the first American University to offer undergrad and graduate degrees, there is much more to Philly than cheesesteaks. The city shines a light on the historical importance that it played throughout American history. You can step back in time by visiting a multitude of historical buildings or landmarks found within the city. The Betsy Ross house, the Liberty Bell, and the Botanical Gardens are only a few of the attractions Philly has to offer.

Foodie Paradise
Yes, Philadelphians love their share of cheesesteaks, pretzels, and hoagies, but Philly is a foodie paradise that offers a vast array of good eats. From the Italian Market to top-notch 5-star restaurants, there is always a place to eat in Philly. If you are an exotic eater, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the array of flavors that the city has to offer.

Invested in the Arts
Rocky didn’t have to run up the steps to put the Philadelphia Art Museum on the map. Known for being one of the biggest museums in the country, it houses a wide range of paintings and artifacts that draw in thousands. The Art Museum plays a huge part in Philly culture as well as the smaller, but super unique Barnes Foundation. However, the city goes above and beyond when it comes to celebrating the arts. Many artists flock to the city and create a unique atmosphere that can’t be rivaled. In fact there are six top art schools in the area, making Philly perfect for any artsy type or those who appreciate the arts.

Families Embracing the City
Recently a lot of families have been embracing the city due to the numerous family-friendly activities it offers. The city offers great park systems, the perfect outdoor space for kids to run around and play. There is also a long list of museums including the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute to explore with the whole family, making it the ideal for young families to explore and have fun.

Philly Loves Their Sports Teams
Everyone knows that Philadelphia absolutely LOVES their sports teams. Philadelphians are always cheering on our home teams throughout the year! From the Philadelphia Flyers to the Phillies, Sixers, and the NFL Super Bowl 52 champs Philadelphia Eagles (Fly Eagles Fly!), the city is always buzzing with Philly Sports Pride, which is always an electrifying feeling!

Considered the Best Place to Visit in U.S.
Recently, Philadelphia has been considered one of the best places to visit in the U.S. It’s no wonder! Philly has a long list of activities to participate in and places to tour. From historical landmarks to fantastic shopping and food you will never be bored in Philly. Whether you’re just visiting or if you’re considering moving to Philly, you won’t be disappointed.

Spectacular Philly Events Happening this March

Celebrate March and welcome Spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s amazing events. With a robust lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the always popular Philadelphia Flower Show to home openers and performing arts, check out these must-do events this March!

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
March 3rd – 11th
This annual celebration is back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, showcasing the largest indoor show of its kind. The theme of the show this year is Wonders of Water, which features and amazing entryway with a rope bridge, 25-foot waterfall and great entertainment. Don’t miss this year’s Flower Show and view the vibrant and colorful landscapes that have been created!

Philly Wine Week
March 22nd – 29th
Get ready for vino-filled opportunities this March by attending the ever-expanding Philly Wine Week. Enjoy tastings, dinner parties, and educational sessions. Philly’s Wine Week features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city over eight days!

The Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
March 9th – 11th
This March, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will host three unforgettable nights of performances you don’t want to miss! Showcasing popular tunes from Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more, you’ll want to reserve your tickets now. Performances from Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Seiber, who have performed a total of two dozen Broadway shows collectively, will light up the stage this month.

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11th
Grab your green clothes and spend the day celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches down Broad Street all the way to Penn’s Landing. There will be marching bands, decorated floats, music, and dance groups to get the festivities going!

Philadelphia Union Home Opener
March 3rd
If you’re a big soccer fan, get ready to cheer on our home team, The Philadelphia Union, at their home opener game this March! Facing off against the New England Revolutions at Talen Energy Stadium, this opener will be an exciting and challenging game! For more information, click here.

Winter Blues Festival at Longwood Gardens
March 2nd – 29th (select dates)
The always beautiful Longwood Gardens is hosting a Winter Blues Festival this March. Enjoy a beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas and poppies, while talented blues artists play soulful music. Click here for more information!

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music
March 8th – 18th
Get your tickets and watch the legendary ballet, Swan Lake, at the Academy of Music. This timeless ballet features the traditional Tchaikovsky score and is a must-see for anyone who is a performing arts lover! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this March. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders luxury new home communities!

Great Restaurants in Your Area to Try Out for Valentines Day

Nothing is more romantic than spending the night with your valentine over dinner. Dining out has become one of the most popular things to do on the special day. Don’t miss your chance to make your partner swoon. Check out some of these amazing restaurants located near Judd Builders communities and get your reservations before it’s too late!

Siena Place:

Urban Farmer: Located at 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the historic Logan Square Philadelphia, Urban Farmer is a hip steakhouse that is sure to turn up the romance this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy delicious food made from locally sourced ingredients, while spending time with your significant other. However, make sure to make reservations ahead of time!

Twenty Manning Grill: Located at 261 S 20th St. Philadelphia in the Rittenhouse Square area, Twenty Manning Grill has a great reputation that keeps their guests coming back regularly. Enjoy the amazing food served in a relaxed setting and make this restaurant your “go to spot” for date night.

 

The Reserve at Creekside:

Trattoria Moma: Located at 7131 Germantown Ave in Flourtown, Trattoria Moma is the perfect place for you and your sweetheart to have dinner. This traditional Italian restaurant uses the best local ingredients to capture the flavors of northern and southern Italian food. The quality and hospitality at this restaurant will keep you coming back!

Paris Bistro Jazz Café: Located at 8229 Germantown Ave in Flourtown, Paris Bistro Jazz Café is a low-key restaurant to take your partner. Inspired by the 1930’s, this bistro reminds many of their guests of the prohibition era speakeasies. Enjoy a wide range of menu items in an intimate setting while jazz music plays.

 

Renaissance at Morgan Creek/Poet’s Walk:

Spinnerstown Hotel: Located 2195 Spinnerstown Rd in Quakertown, Spinnerstown Hotel is truly one-of-a-kind. With two different dining areas to choose from, you and your loved one can enjoy the rustic, yet formal dining areas while you enjoy the local cuisine. The best part about Spinnerstown Hotel is that their menu is constantly under development to consistently make new dishes for their guests!

Zoubi: Located 5-7 West Mechanic Street in New Hope, PA, Zoubi is New Hope’s best-kept secret. This restaurant might be a further drive, but it’s totally worth it! The inventive and extremely delicious American Cuisine will satisfy your taste buds and the fresco setting will definitely set a romantic mood.

 

Whispering Pines/Brookshire:

Bolete Restaurant: Located at 1740 Seidersville Rd in Bethlehem, Bolete Restaurant handcrafts all of their dishes and believes that the integrity of their ingredients is what defines the food. This romantic setting will definitely impress your significant other while you savor the night dining out. Also, the chef changes the menus daily, making this the perfect place to come back to!

The Vineyard Restaurant: Located at 605 Fiot Street in Bethlehem, PA, savor the dishes that The Vineyard Restaurant has to offer. With meals made with the freshest and highest quality ingredients, you won’t be disappointed by this choice! Also, if you have any special dietary needs, The Vineyard Restaurant is able to accommodate.

 

Meadow View Farms:

Judy’s On Cherry: Located at 30 South 4th St. in Reading, PA, Judy’s On Cherry offers an intimate setting for you and your partner to enjoy your night out. This Mediterranean-inspired fine dining restaurant was once a farmer’s market, but now it offers some of the best cuisine in the Reading area. Also, if you have any dietary needs, Judy’s On Cherry has you covered! And if your looking for another place to eat, check out the sister restaurant, The Speckled Hen.

Stokesay Castle: Located at 141 Stokesay Castle Lane Reading, PA, Stokesay Castle is the ultimate romantic setting for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoy the contemporary American cuisine made with organic, fresh, and locally-sourced ingredients. The Stokesay Castle is always reinventing their menu so there is something new for you to try. However, if you decide to dine here make sure to follow the business casual dress code!