For Yianni Barakos, co-owner of Mason Dixon Distillery in Gettysburg, liquor-making runs in his blood. In fact, the enterprising Barakos, a self-proclaimed “tinkerer,” made his first still at the ripe age of 11 (from a cocktail napkin sketch his grandfather made of the equipment). Good thing his childlike passion for making liquor remains today, as he spent almost a year pouring his heart and soul into Mason Dixon Distillery, housed in a former furniture factory dating to the early 1900s.
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Hotel du Village captures the beauty and romance of the French countryside and places it squarely in the charming and creative hamlet of New Hope. It’s long been a New Hope landmark, beloved by visitors and residents, many of whom spent Thanksgiving dinner around a table at the hotel’s restaurant, so it was naturally met with curiosity when Hotel du Village was sold in 2013.
Looking to host an event with spectacular views? Consider Top of the Tower.
A 19th-century stone bank barn sets the stage for this intimate board of directors brunch.
The Lehigh Valley has gone through a transformation, and there is no better place to witness this renaissance than at SteelStacks. This 10-acre property was home to the Bethlehem Steel plant for nearly a century. The plant served as a prosperous economic facility within the area, employing tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians. Before closing its doors in 1995, the Bethlehem plant produced steel for countless structures across the country, including skyscrapers, bridges and arenas like the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Fairmont Pittsburgh is a gracious blend of old and new. Inside this towering space—the only Gold LEED-certified hotel in Pittsburgh—is the chic Andys Wine Bar. Just in case you think we made an editing error and omitted the apostrophe, it’s intentional, since this bar pays homage to the city’s two favorite sons—Andy Warhol and Andrew Carnegie. Andys draws hotel guests and locals alike for its convivial atmosphere, prime location, and creative cocktails.
Daniel Love thinks of every event as a stage production—it should always leave you wanting more. That’s the philosophy he brings to his Philadelphia-based full-service catering company, Catering By Design (CBD). “Every event, every catering job is a theatrical experience as well as a culinary experience; all engage your senses like theater,” says Love.
With the largest indoor waterpark in the United States and the third largest convention center in the state (Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are No. 1 and No. 2, respectively), it’s safe to say that Kalahari Resort has been eagerly anticipated. It was a massive undertaking and one that, according to owner Todd Nelson, was expected to take at least five years. Instead, they finished in three and created 1,000 jobs along the way.
Most farms in America have a rich history of providing food for the community, with many dating back hundreds of years and several generations of workers, but did you know these farms open their barns and scenic pastures to planners for unique events?
What is furry, green and beloved by fans the world over? The Phillie Phanatic, of course! You don’t need to be a baseball fan to know and love this playful mascot. In fact, Forbes magazine rated the Phanatic as one of the most recognized mascots ever. From his “whammy,” a finger-shaking hex, to his “whomp,” a hula hoop-style shake, the Phanatic knows how to woo a crowd. It’s what makes Tom Burgoyne, the man behind the mask, love the job so much.