El Sol Villas, well known for its international travel service, now opens the door to El Sol’s own home town’s private gardens and private art collections. We are offering luxury tours of private art collections or private gardens of Philadelphia for groups of four persons or more. These private visits will be combined with some of the most famous public gardens and museums in the Philadelphia area. Tours will be arranged for three to four days crafted to the particular interest of the group, whether that is garden tours, art tours, or a combination of both. The touring persons will stay at a luxury private club. Some lunches and dinners may be held at private homes or clubs.
In Philadelphia there are large private art collections that are located both in the city and in the suburbs. El Sol will arrange private visits to gardens or art collections not available to the public, and many in private homes or estates. This is a special opportunity for visitors to see “inside Philadelphia.”
For example, there is a lovely home in Philadelphia’s historic district that has a large collection of paintings, all done by female artists. This home is owned by an architect and his wife who have been collecting art for over thirty years. Another example is a collection owned by an artist and her attorney husband of over 200 pieces of American outsider art. This collection was exhibited for several months at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and returned to the collector’s home. It is considered one of the finest collections of American outsider art.
For a garden tour, there is the home of an heiress to one of the largest family fortunes in Philadelphia. The owner has won more than 2,000 blue ribbons at the annual Philadelphia Flower show. Her prize-winning entrees are cultivated and cared for in her Main Line home where multiple greenhouses protect these elite specimens. Tour members will walk through gorgeous plantings of tulips, daffodils, and flowering trees, as well as around the statues, fountains, pools and gazebos that surround her Federal style home.
You will also visit public museums such as the Barnes and the gardens of Longwood, Winterthur and Nemours, all originating from the estate of the DuPont family of Delaware.
Philadelphia is getting a lot of well-deserved attention lately! It recently joined the ranks of many famous UNESCO World Heritage Cities. Read more about the gourmet restaurants, expansive art scene, and world-class shopping found in the city of brotherly love.
Global Philadelphia, 2016: Philadelphia is the First U.S. World Heritage City
Conde Nast Traveler, 2015: Philadelphia Named First World Heritage City in U.S.