Black Diamond Transportation's impeccably professional chauffeurs ferry passengers safely to their destinations in luxury and comfort. Lustrous black sedans carry travelers to the airport, haul revelers safely from bar to bar during nights on the town, or carry newly made prom kings to their lavish coronations. For some larger groups, such as those heading to corporate events, weddings, and bachelor/bachelorette parties, the staff arranges special package prices with advance notice.
Super Trans's spacious shuttles depart from Philadelphia up to five times a day as they escort travelers to either Newark or JFK airports. Customers in Philadelphia and some nearby suburbs can arrange for door-to-door pickup, and others can choose their boarding locations from a list of pickup points, such as the Hampton Inn Newtown, the Philadelphia Airport, and the landing strip atop City Hall. The 2.5- to 3-hour ride departs at regular intervals throughout the day, giving travelers the stress-free freedom to arrive to the airport with enough time to check in, browse the gift shops, or get lost in the hypnotic swirl of the baggage claim upon return. Every shuttle makes an average of two to four stops. Customers can see the shuttle schedule here.
The second annual Philly F/M Festival culls hordes of independent films and live music, emphasizing the interplay of the two media. Thursday night hosts the event's kick-off party as Philadelphia Slick douses the crowd with waves of toe-tapping beats and games of Simon Says. The neighborhood's lights dim on Friday as the film screenings begin at 7 p.m. with Sound It Out, a phonetically precise documentary that chronicles the last vinyl record shop in Teesside, England. Meet Me on South Street, The Story of JC Dobbs (September 24 at 6:30 p.m.) delves into Philadelphia's artistic subculture and underground crocheting scene from the 1970s to 1996 through the lens of one of its signature and now defunct musical establishments.
The showroom at Vespa of Philadelphia is a scooter enthusiast's dream. Classic and modern Vespa models sit alongside Piaggio scooters and motorbikes. Some are for rent. Some are for sale. Some just rolled in to visit their friends. The friendly staffers help guests select the right model, though not before they pour some complimentary espresso. As further evidence of their scooter knowledge, Vespa of Philadelphia's team also runs a Vespa- and Piaggo- certified service center. Here, techs change oil, make repairs, and prep scooters for winter.
Led by friendly and professional guides, Independence Helicopters' skyline tours let regional natives and newbies alike see the historical city from a fresh perspective. After you crawl into the cabin of your luxurious aircraft, you'll fly down the Delaware River and over the Battleship New Jersey before getting up close and personal with the Philadelphia skyline, with a brief stop to rescue Morpheus from the Agents. Tours take place in Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, each of which is fully equipped with air conditioning, heating, bubbled windows, and the world's biggest beanie cap. Treat two of your oldest buddies to a new view of the city's brotherly love, or avoid the awkward complications of booking two dates on the same night by inviting both of your love interests to a romantic meet-and-greet in the sky.
Today's side deal gets you and a frightened friend a pair of tickets to the Spirits of '76 Ghost Tour for $17. Tickets are normally $17.50 for adults, so today's two-for-less-than-one deal is the perfect chance to scare your straight-laced sister or give your fearless insurance agent a fright. As you slither through the streets, trembling at stories of the dead who won't stay dead, wave your free glow-stick souvenir to ward off the bushes, branches, and wrought-iron fences that seem to become claws and faces in the shadowy night.