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Philadelphia, the host city for the 2012 Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. Conference & Exhibition, offers a variety of interesting things to do and see—and eat. To give visitors the local perspective on the best sights, activities and dining spots in and around town, Business Insurance polled several risk and insurance professionals from the area. Each was asked about favorite restaurants, local attractions and quick getaways to nearby destinations.
Principal-compensation, Buck Consultants L.L.C.
DINING: Talula's Garden; The Farm and Fisherman
ATTRACTIONS: National Constitution Center; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Rittenhouse Square; Philadelphia Museum of Art: “So if people are both into art and exercise, they can run up the steps.”
GETAWAY: New Hope, Pa., in Bucks County
Director, Delaware Valley Chapter of RIMS; Vp of enterprise risk management, Radian Group Inc.
DINING: Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant
ATTRACTIONS: USS Olympia on Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, or USS New Jersey in Camden, N.J.
GETAWAY: Surf fishing at Avalon, N.J., and Stone Harbor, N.J.
President, Delaware Valley Chapter of RIMS; Manager of corporate insurance, The Vanguard Group Inc.
DINING: White Dog Café
ATTRACTIONS: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; Peter Nero and the Philly Pops.
GETAWAY: University of Pennsylvania: “I'm a little bit biased, because I went to school there.”
Managing director, PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P.
DINING: Osteria; any restaurant by Jose Garces. As for a Philly cheese steak? “It's almost a touristy thing.”
ATTRACTIONS: Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; Avenue of the Arts.
GETAWAY: Lancaster County, Pa.: “You can literally drive on one road, and you're in Atlantic City.”
Executive vp and health care practice leader, Lockton Cos. L.L.C.
DINING: Reading Terminal Market. “Nothing fancy here, just plenty of places for great food—from coffee or breakfast, to local haunts for lunch, to a cookie or cannoli for dessert. Skip the chain restaurants and eat lunch here.”
ATTRACTIONS: Philadelphia City Hall: “It has both wonderful architecture and history.” Fireman's Hall Museum: “It captures the history and artifacts of the nation's oldest fire department, started by Ben Franklin in 1736.”
GETAWAY: “I am a history buff, so I like Valley Forge National Park, the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army.”
Director, Delaware Valley Chapter of RIMS; Assistant risk manager, Lincoln Financial Group
ATTRACTIONS: Philadelphia Phillies baseball game
GETAWAY: Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Director, RIMS; Loss prevention manager, Bridgestone Retail Operations L.L.C.
DINING: Fogo de Chão; The Continental Mid-town: It's “a different kind of place.”
ATTRACTIONS: Market Street; Ben Franklin Parkway; South Street; Mütter Museum: “It's not for the faint of heart.” Old City: “Everything is there—you've got all the history.”
GETAWAY: Longwood Gardens
Mid-Atlantic regional vp, The Navigators Group Inc.
DINING: Public House for a casual lunch; Marathon Grill: “It's a step up from fast food.” Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse for gluten-free pasta: “You always get a good meal there.”
ATTRACTIONS: Chestnut and Walnut streets. “Me? I like to shop.”
GETAWAY: Jersey Shore
Director, Delaware Valley Chapter of RIMS; Corporate director of insurance and risk management, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network
DINING: Vetri Ristorante
ATTRACTIONS: The Philadelphia Orchestra
GETAWAY: Winterthur (Del.) Museum, Garden and Library in Brandywine Valley; Chadds Ford, Pa.
President and chief operating officer, The Graham Co.
DINING: Capital Grille: “The Wagyu beef carpaccio is a must-have.” Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse.
ATTRACTIONS: Dream Garden: “It is hailed as one of the major artistic collaborations in early 20th-century America.”
GETAWAY: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad; Tyler Arboretum.
Managing director, Arch Reinsurance Co.
DINING: Devon Seafood Grill; Four Seasons Hotel: “Fantastic blue-collar cheesesteak in a wonderful white-collar setting.”
ATTRACTIONS: Boathouse Row: “Just down the street from the Rocky statue.”
GETAWAYS: Princeton, N.J.: “I like to walk around universities and colleges. There is usually great architecture to see.”