The Cambria Hotel is next door to the reception venue and is in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia with beautiful views of the famous Philadelphia City Hall. This hotel will be the most convenient for our wedding weekend and offers rooms starting at $195 a night through our room block. We have blocked rooms for both Friday and Saturday evening. Check-in will be at 4 PM and checkout will be at 11 AM. The hotel may not be able to accommodate early check in requests. You can book your stay at this hotel one of two ways:
1. To book online, follow this link to the unique webpage for the Vaganos-Hayden room block - Book The Cambria Hotel Now
2. To book over the phone, call Nina at 215-651-0268 or Randy at 215-419-7882 and mention the Vaganos-Hayden wedding.
The Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a 0.4 mile walk from the reception venue and offers rooms starting at $159 a night through our room block. We have blocked rooms for both Friday and Saturday evening. Check-in will be at 4 PM and checkout will be at 11 AM. The hotel may not be able to accommodate early check in requests. You can book your stay at this hotel one of three ways:
1. To book online, follow this link to book directly through our unique room block page - Book at the Loews
2. To book by phone, call and mention the Vaganos-Hayden wedding
3. To book online through the general website, follow this link www.loewsPhiladelphiaHotel.com and put Group Code VHW511 in the advanced options to secure our special rate
If you are traveling from the East Coast, traveling by Amtrak train is an easy option. Take the train to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. The hotels are about a 10 minute ride away from the train station. You can take a cab, Uber or Lyft from the train station or rent a car at the station as well.
Be sure to book trains early - the prices will increase!
Philadelphia International Airport has flights from all major cities and is located about 20 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. Uber, Lyft, and Cabs are all available from the airport as well as rental car services.
If you're coming from the East Coast, buses are an inexpensive mode of transportation to Philadelphia. Both the Bolt Buses and Mega Buses operate from numerous major cities and both companies drop their riders off right outside of Philadelphia's 30th Street station. The hotels are about a 10 minute ride away from the train station. You can take a cab, Uber or Lyft from the train station or rent a car at the station as well.
We will be providing bus transportation for out-of-town guests from Center City, Philadelphia to St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church and back to Center City after the ceremony. Please note that transportation is for out-of-town guests only and the church is about 45 minutes away from Center City. More information will be available closer to the date.
There is ample parking at the church for anyone with a car.
If you are driving directly to the venue for the reception, there will be valet parking.
Take a trip back in time to old city Philadelphia to visit the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence. The bells were rung on July 1776 to mark the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The Liberty Bell Center is open year-round, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended hours in the summer. No tickets are required for admission to the Liberty Bell Center, however, visitors must go through a security screening to gain entrance. You can also see the bell fairly well through the glass on the side by Independence Hall.
If you've never been to Philly, this address will have you caught in the crossfire between two historic South Philly Cheesesteak institutions. Rumored to be the creator of the archetypal cheesesteak, Pat's, serves chopped rib-eye meat on a soft Amoroso club roll, while Geno's takes a more avant-garde approach by forming their steak into slices similar to deli meat. Attempt to try both while you're in the neighborhood, but be sure to order Cheez Wiz (it gets in the folds and ensures maximum cheese product saturation) on your sandwiches 'wit' onions. These two cheesesteak options are the easiest to get to while in Center City, but Craig and Christina's favorite cheesesteak in Philly is at Tony Luke's.
The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets is our nation's oldest continuously operating farmers' market. While there, you can experience the roast pork sandwich offered by Dinic's, an alternative to the Philly cheesesteak. If your sweet tooth is out of control, stop by Kauffman's Country Produce and say hi to Amos Kauffman and his father Benuel. While there, you can pick up an assortment of Amish goods that were baked fresh and delivered the morning of from Lancaster County, PA. If you're looking for a sweet treat for breakfast then definitely stop by Beiler's Doughnuts.
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a full sensory mosaicked art experience that preserves, interprets and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique art environment and public murals. The Magic Gardens site includes a fully tiled indoor space and large outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia's famous South Street.
Craig and Christina walk from their home to the Italian Market for fresh produce, meats, and seafood, as well as delicious cheeses and sweets.
Isgro Pastries has been dispensing the finest traditional Italian-American desserts to the local community for over 100 years. We always have the itch to stop by anytime we're near the city. While there, try their pastry varietals, especially their mascarpone cannoli and lemon ricotta cookie.
If you are more daring, walk a few blocks east towards the Italian Market to retrace segments of the inspiring Rocky Balboa run and taste samples of specialty cheeses and Italian cured meats from Di Bruno Bros.
Debating who makes the best cheesesteak in Philly is always a topic of discussion, but the originally Tony Luke's location is Christina and Craig's favorite. It is located in South Philly just minutes from the Philadelphia sports stadiums and about 10 minutes from the airport. Christina's favorite is a cheesesteak with fried onions, mushrooms and provolone cheese. Craig's favorite is a plain cheesesteak with provolone or a roast pork sandwich.