Sarah Maiellano

Freelance Writer

Writing about travel, food, booze, and lifestyle from Philadelphia.

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12 must-see museum exhibits in the U.S. this summer

It's prime summer travel season, and with the "heat dome" in effect, many travelers will be looking for indoor options. Enter America's museums, with a great lineup of...

Travel + Leisure

The Seven Best Dive Bars in Philadelphia

With its working class roots and growing hipster crowds, Philadelphia teems with unique dive bars. Here are our favorites. A shot and a beer. This perfect (and perfectly...


Spring forward in Philly: The season's best art, music and events

Chinese dragons, Picasso and King Midas descend on Philadelphia this spring. The city's top museums and attractions shed winter blues with an array of special exhibits,...


11 can't-miss European museum exhibits this spring

La Cité du Vin, Bordeaux, France June 1, 2016 - permanent The new La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux is not an exhibit, but an entire museum dedicated to wine culture worldwide. Twenty...

Travel + Leisure

Philadelphia is a Hub for Quirky Events and Festivals

This weekend, the normally quiet town of Kennett Square, outside of Philadelphia, transforms into a fungus soiree. Its annual Mushroom Festival (September 12 and 13) hosts more...


Philadelphia Flower Show recreates national park landscapes

It's been 100 years since America entrusted the National Park Service with our 408 treasured national parks. Armed with the theme "Explore America," this year's Pennsylvania...

Travel + Leisure

Nine Totally Free Things to do in Philly for New Year's

The City of Brotherly Love abounds with free fun for everyone around this holiday. In Philadelphia, it's easy to celebrate New Year's without breaking the bank. The city's...

Philadelphia Inquirer

Family opens circle to make room for one more

By Sarah Maiellano: With a master's degree in economics from Temple and almost enough coursework for a Ph.D., my grandmother's cousin Bill should have had a successful career...

Travel + Leisure

Five Souvenirs That Perfectly Capture Philadelphia

The temperature is dropping and the garlands soon to be strung. Even streetlights seem to twinkle a little more this time of year. The holiday season is upon us and we're on the...

Travel + Leisure

Museum Hack: Your Best Afternoon at Philly's Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has just opened an exhibit that explores the roots of Impressionist painting. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New...

USA Today

America's strangest food museums

We Americans love road trips to offbeat roadside attractions. We also love to eat. Towns across the U.S. celebrate these fancies by dedicating museums to humble foods like...

Travel + Leisure

Philadelphia Has Become a Beer Garden Haven

The expansive Independence Beer Garden is steps from the Liberty Bell. With 20,000 square feet, 40 beer taps, and room for 300, it's decked out in distressed metal and wood,...

USA Today

America's strangest food festivals

Beer and wine tasting events, barbecue competitions and chili cookoffs are always solid choices for a tasty excursion. But some food festivals are more likely to make you...

Travel + Leisure

The Best Things to do in Philadelphia for Halloween

Rich in history and full of irreverence, Philly does Halloween right. The scary scene is set with nighttime tours in a former prison, and ghost story-telling in a local...

Washington Post

Street Smart: Chick & Ruth's Delly, Annapolis

When Ted Levitt's parents, Chick and Ruth, opened their restaurant on Main Street in Annapolis in 1965, the menu was two pages. Then Ted Levitt went to culinary school. "Next...

Travel + Leisure

Make the Most of Philadelphia's Restaurant Week

Reservations are now open for Philadelphia's first-ever summer Restaurant Week-a chance to make a dent in your bucket list for touring the city's strong dining scene. Happening...

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Philadelphia's 5 Best Walking Tours

Consistently ranked as one of the country's most walkable cities, Philadelphia is ripe with colorful neighborhoods, great buildings, and cultural sites to explore. No better way...

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America's Best Vacations for Sports Fans

When he's not doing 200 mph around the racetrack, NASCAR champion driver Kurt Busch is feeding a need besides speed: his love of sports.

Travel + Leisure

Make the Most of Summer at These 10 Al Fresco Workout Spots in Philly

Now that summer-the season of street festivals, blooming flowers, and beach trips-is in top form, you can embrace the sunny season by breaking a sweat at some of Philly's best...


The NFL's ban on purses is sexist

I recently tweeted this photo of my football tickets not fitting into my tiny handbag since new NFL rules prohibit purses larger than a clutch in stadiums on game day. My...