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selecttraveler.com 25 M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 7 first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence. Following a museum tour, groups can circle the block to City Tavern, a reconstructed Colonial tavern that serves au- thentic 1800s cuisine. Owned by world-renowned chef Walter Staib, the restaurant was built during the 1970s over the origi- nal site of the tavern, where historic figures like Washington and John Adams once met to discuss the future of the Colo- nies over a glass of porter or Madeira. "It's not just about the loca- tion," said Staib. "e food con- nects people with the Founding Fathers and their everyday lives." Visitors can gather around a candlelit table and savor a bite of tavern lobster pie, mallard duck sausage or Martha Wash- ington's chocolate mousse cake, with harpsichord music playing in the background. In contrast to the city's historic offerings, the Barnes Foundation contains one of the finest private collections of im- pressionist and early modern art in the world. "ere are very few un- touched private collections left," said Deborah Glass, one of the docents at the museum. "It's all the vision of one man." Founded by Albert C. Barnes during the 1920s, the museum displays the work of masters like Renoir, Picasso, C├ęzanne, Matisse and Rousseau, each painting carefully placed accord- ing to wall theme, known as an "ensemble." Around sunset, there is no better place to survey the city than from One Liberty Obser- vation Deck. After a 75-second elevator trip to the top, groups can view up to three states and 30 miles of cityscape. While selections from more than 600 Philadelphia-themed songs play overhead, guests can explore the city through touchscreen maps that allow them to zoom in on attractions and read about their history. LEHIGH VALLEY: HERITAGE AND INNOVATION With 184 years of expertise as an American guitar manufac- All photos by Savannah Osbourn City Tavern B E T H L E H E M W E S T C H E S T E R P H I L A D E L P H I A L A N C A S T E R

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