If we're talking about Antiques Destinations, we have to mention Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Antiques TV was there for the Antiques shows a while back. We visited the main Philadelphia Antiques Show and also the shows at the 23rd Street Armory and the 33rd street Armory. The first thing I have to say is that, without exception, everybody we met in Philadelphia was helpful and informative. The weather throughout our week there was terrible - rain and high wind, but it didn't seem to dampen anyone's good humor and determination to do some business and have a good time at the shows. It was a real eye opener to see what was for sale. As we expected, American antiques are really popular. But, also, what struck me, was that artefacts with a connection to American AND European social history seem to strike a cord with buyers.
We stayed at The Antiques Row Bed and Breakfast where the proprietor, Barbara, looked after us well. Actually, her helpfulness began long before we arrived, answering all our questions about the city and giving valuable advice.
When there are no shows on, Pine street is the place to head for, for antiques. There's a real mix so I think everyone would find something they like - from collectibles and Kitchenalia to fine drawing room furniture.
Aside from antiques the city has plenty more to offer, when we were there, there was a film festival on. Also, the museum, especially the Rodin Museum, are inspiring.
So, to sum up I would say Philadelphia is less than 100 miles from its noisier neighbor New York and definitely worth a visit.