Aug 16

Where to Find the Best Burgers in Texas

As a resident at the luxury apartments in Midland Odessa, Texas, you have an appreciation for the finer things in life. These apartment homes offer gourmet kitchens, splash pools and Texas-style large balconies and patios. But as a busy resident of either a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom apartment in Midland Odessa, you also appreciate the convenience of quality restaurant food.

One of the great things about the great state of Texas is its access to some of the finest quality beef available in the U.S. As a top beef provider for the nation, Texas is home to some of the best burger spots, and you won’t find them any tastier than in Midland Odessa. Here’s a rundown of where to find the best burgers near you.

Watt’s Burger

Watt’s Burger is serving them up big and juicy, just the way you like. It’s not a fancy spot, but you’ll certainly find something great about the way they serve burgers on Texas toast. This walk-up diner style burger joint has a reputation for serving giant onion rings to go with the giant burgers on the menu. Every one of their burgers is a whopping half a pound of genuine Texas beef.

Texas Burger

With a name like Texas Burger, this place had better live up to it, and it does. You’ll find Texas Burger on Andrews Highway in Odessa. Drop in any time. There’s no dress code at this casual burger establishment that has a long history for serving good old American food with sides like steak fries and cherry peppers. Get a Frito pie to go and enjoy later in your apartment home at Midland Odessa. You’ll be glad you did!

Keith’s Hamburger Station

Next time you’re on Andrew’s highway in Odessa, why not shake things up a bit with a stop at Keith’s Hamurger Station. Along with their hearty burgers, they offer interesting and filling Texas fare like fried okra and hand breaded steak fries. Hopefully, you don’t have any cattle ranching to do later on, because you’ll be too stuffed to move after you leave!

There’s no shortage of fine burger joints near the beautiful luxury apartment homes in Midland Odessa. For more ideas on where to live and eat in Texas, contact the representatives at Midland Odessa apartment homes today.

Aug 16

5 Tips for Maintaining a Spotless Oklahoma Home

People sometimes see cleaning as a mindless activity, but it actually requires a careful eye, a lot of determination and it can even mean a lot of thinking. When you get new stuff into your apartment, be it yours or potentially a roommate’s or spouse’s stuff, it can be difficult to figure out where to put it. It can be hard to divide the daily chores or get yourself to keep to a schedule. We’ll give you a few tips about how you can keep a more spotless home.

1. Throw It Away, Donate It, Recycle It

For apartments in Tulsa to truly be spotless, there will likely need to be some major purging. Be brutal, and remember that guilt can’t factor into this equation.

2. Start With the Closet

Sometimes starting in the deepest, darkest corners can be your best way to tackle the rest of the apartment. You’re cleaning from the inside out, and you know you’re not skipping the hardest parts!

3. Get Into the Zone

Put on shoes, put on workout clothes and put on some peppy music. Especially if you’re used to working out, this might be the best way to convince yourself to power through it all.

4. Divide and Conquer

If you have more than one person living in your house, then a schedule has to be utilized. And it has to be stuck with no matter what is going, otherwise the apartment will be a mess more often than you want it to be.

5. Remember the Feeling

When you have a clean house, you have a clean mind too. There’s a whole philosophy behind how organization can make us feel much better about our lives. Yes, being in a pigsty won’t kill you, but that doesn’t mean that it’s making you a better person either though.

No matter what you use your apartment for, keeping it spotless will not be an easy task. Grit your teeth, work through it all and you won’t regret it. Weidner has the Oklahoma apartments you need, coupled with the space and amenities you want. Give us a call to talk to us about our available floor plans or if you have pricing questions.

Aug 16

5 Dog Friendly Parks in Minneapolis

Not everyone understands your puppy like you do. To outsiders, they see drool and shed fur everywhere they turn, but in your mind you’ve found the most perfect animal that ever could have been created. Not only does your dog love you unconditionally, they also seem to make far fewer demands than people do. However, sometimes they could use an extra special treat just for being so good. Take your pup to one of these 5 dog friendly parks if you live in the many apartments in Minneapolis.

1. Minnehaha Dog Park

There’s a certain etiquette to be followed when you go to a dog park, and the people here just seem to know it already. In this spacious park, your best friend can run around and meet other friendly pooches. There’s even a little water that they can splash around in (if both of you are up to it.)

2. Franklin Terrace Off-Leash Dog Park

Though not quite as beloved as our first choice, this park is definitely a good spot to consider if you want to give your dog’s neck a break when they’re outside. Let them get to know other people’s pets, and you might make a friend yourself too.

3. Loring Park

Definitely not just for dogs, this is a great place to take the whole family. There are special events, tennis courts and beautifully landscaped grounds to make your summer that much more memorable.

4. Lake of the Isles Park

This is the place to go if you’re dying to get some exercise. With long walking paths and beautiful scenery, you can tucker out your dog and yourself as you enjoy the best that Minneapolis has to offer. For the few summer months you get, this park is definitely worth a trip.

5. Basset Creek Park

This park has a dog park within the larger grounds that also feature a disc golf area and plenty of other sports areas to get a little sweaty.

Minneapolis apartments can be the perfect place for a dog to live, and if you’re having trouble finding your own perfect spot there’s Weidner Apartment Homes to make it easier. Give us a call today if you have questions about our available units today!

Aug 16

3 Top Pizza Spots When You’re Hungry in Abilene

It seems that no matter where you go, some pizzerias seem to do pizza right and some just can’t quite seem to get the hang of it. Sure, NYC may be slightly more famous than most places, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find well-made pizza in our neck of the woods. The next time you’re hanging out in Abilene apartments, and unsure of where to find your new favorite, try these 3 picks before you try anything else.

1. Joe’s Pizza

Highly rated with glowing reviews, this place is a little slice of the East Coast in Texas. These guys truly understand what it means to make a delicious pizza with all the fixings. With fresh ingredients and an impressively sturdy thin crust, you can get a full meal complete with a pie, salad and garlic knots at this casual (and fun) joint.

2. Toby’s Westside Pizza

Another favorite in the area, people enjoy this pizzeria’s simple dishes done well. When you can take something like cheesy bread (a fairly simple appetizer that some people might consider boring) and make it great, then you know you have a winner. Try this place out on a Friday when the thought of cooking makes you want to curl up in a ball on the couch, and just bask in the smell and the warmth of fresh baked pizza.

3. Black Box Pizza

Presumably the name of this pizza establishment does not refer to the fact that the pizza would survive above natural disasters. Far from being preservative-laden, people love this spot for their fresh and generously given toppings. Delivery makes it easy for movie nights to be put on with practically no effort at all.  Enjoy the crust, inventive specials and friendly staff when you try Black Box.

So there you have it. Sometimes the resident of an apartment in Abilene just needs to take a night off and enjoy some of the best pizza around. The diet can wait until tomorrow, and so can the oven. If you’re looking for a new spot to live, whether you need more space of simply want more amenities, then give Weidner a call to see what kind of floor plans we have today!

Aug 16

5 Indoor Plants that Clean the Air in Your Midland Apartment

One of the best ways to clean the air inside your apartment in Midland or Odessa, TX, is to bring in plenty of plants. They naturally cycle air and generate oxygen, and they look beautiful as well. Some are also good at removing specific chemicals from the air. Here are five great candidates for indoors:

Rubber Plants

These big-leaved plants can tolerate low light and the occasional missed watering, and this makes them perfect for indoor growing by busy people. They’re especially good at removing formaldehyde from the air. This chemical gets inside via particle board, carpeting and similar materials.

English Ivy

This can be invasive outdoors, but it makes a great indoor plant when trained on a topiary. It requires a mix of sun and shade, so put it right near a window. Give it an occasional misting to keep humidity levels up. It’s another plant that’s good at formaldehyde removal.

Peace Lily

Many people know this is a plant that’s easy to grow indoors. It will even bloom inside, and do so during the winter! What is less well-known is how great it is at cleaning the air. It’ll handle VOCs from cleansers, benzene and formaldehyde. It humidifies the air, too. The only downside to the peace lily is that its leaves are toxic, so it must be kept away from children and pets.

Golden Pothos

This one doesn’t specialize in removing a particular chemical from the air, but it makes up for that by being extremely easy to grow. It will improve air quality in the way that all living plants do – by using up carbon dioxide and putting out oxygen in its place.

Spider Plants

These get their name from the shoots they put out when they’re in good shape, which have spidery plantlets attached to them. Spider plants are tolerant to a wide variety of conditions, though they need the light of a window to grow.

These are some of the easiest plants to grow indoors, and they will all add oxygen to your environment at the very least. Stop by our office to hear about other kinds of plants our community members like to keep in their homes!

Aug 16

The Most Iconic Hikes In California

Southern California apartments are well known for their convenient location when it comes to hiking sprawling trails. Since summer is in full swing, it creates even more opportunities to discover some of the excellent hiking trails that deserve your attention. With this being said, here’s a look at some of the many trails that California has to offer.

Best Hiking Trails In California

Between the weather and its sprawling landscape, California offers some of the best hiking trails in the United States. Such notable hikes in California include:

  • Solstice Canyon – Solstice Canyon is a 3.2 mile path that goes around a shaded (almost completely) creek bed. In addition to this, the trail is dog and family friendly.
  • Doane Valley Nature Trail – The Doane Valley Nature Trail is one of the many trails that cannot be missed in California. Located in Palomar Mountain State Park, the trail offers a campground, the pleasant noises coming from the Pauma Creek, and an incredible sylvan scenery.
  • Mount Hawkins and Throop Peak – These moderate trails located in the San Gabriels are a must see. Throop Peak takes you through thick forests and Mount Hawkins is geared towards hikers looking to break a sweat.
  • Mount Baldy – Mount Baldy is officially the highest peak at San Gabriel Mountains and the highest point in LA County. Being one of the most challenging hikes in Southern California, it’s important that you come physically prepared beforehand. This trail will definitely make you sweat, but the mountain breezes and cooler air will keep you feeling fine. If you don’t feel as if you can tackle the entire trail (whether going up or down), there’s a ski lift operating on Sunday, Saturday and Friday that’s more than willing to help you scale (or descend) the mountain top. In addition to this, there’s a Mount Baldy Lodge that offers food and/or drink to replenish your energy.

Considering the information above, it proves that Southern California apartments have so much more to offer than an excellent living arrangement. If you’re interested in knowing more regarding what we have to offer, feel free to contact us here for more information.

Aug 16

Best Nature Trails in Tulsa

Residents of Tulsa, OK have plenty of options for great nature trails throughout the city. Whether you want to take a peaceful stroll by yourself, feel like taking your dog for a walk or jog or would like to break out your bicycle, Tulsa has you covered with great trails.

The Best Nature Trails in Tulsa

Choose from the following trails based on whether you’ll be walking, jogging, biking or plan to bring your furry friend:

  1. Turkey Mountain Trail system – A trail system providing access to numerous different trails including the yellow trail, a 3.8 mile loop with river access, and the pink trail which covers six miles of ground on the western side of the park. Both are open to hiking, biking, dogs and horses. The trails are rated as moderately difficult.
  2. Mohawk Park – The country’s third largest municipal park offers some of the gentlest and prettiest nature trails in the city. Visitors regularly report sightings of wildlife such as deer and raccoons; occasionally, flying squirrels, bobcats, beavers and more are spotted.
  3. LaFortune Park – Surrounding this park’s golf course, playground, baseball fields, tennis courts and more is a 5K running and walking trail. Enjoy the views of the pond and the golf course, listen to children play and get some exercise on this lovely trail.
  4. Creek Turnpike Trails – This trail links local homes to shopping districts and city parks via its 4.1 miles of asphalt surface. Perfect for an afternoon bike ride, stroll or jog, this easy-to-access trail is popular with many locals and provides access to the lovely Hunter Park.
  5. Tulsa River Parks – A 10.9 mile trail runs along the east bank of the Arkansas River in the downtown Tulsa area. Open every day of the year to hikers, runners, cyclists, skaters and dogs alike, this trail offers plenty of scenery to hold your attention while you get your exercise.

An Urban Home With Access to Nature

Residents of Weidner Apartments in Tulsa, OK live in a luxurious, pet-friendly setting where all modern conveniences as well as lovely nature trails are right around the corner. Give our office a call to see which floor plans are currently available.

Aug 16

Five Fabulous Secrets About Washington’s Pike Place Market

Seattle offers world-class living with many amenities that are only found in the Pacific Northwest. Residents of Seattle apartments experience the best of both worlds — a sophisticated urban environment combined with access to an abundance of natural beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts exist side by side with culture lovers here, and the Emerald City truly has something for everyone. No matter what their lifestyle is or preferences may be, however, Seattle residents all agree on one thing — that the Pike Place Market is fabulous.

Following are five little-known facts about the market that make it even more so.

There Are Ghosts

Spirits roam the Seattle streets after the sun dips into the Pacific. Paranormal enthusiasts and others who just like a spooky good time can visit Ghost Alley Espresso, where they’ll see  memorabilia of the city’s ghosts and peruse a copy of owner Mercedes Yaeger’s Seattle’s Market Ghost Stories.

It’s Got Designated Busking Spots

You’re probably asking yourself what on Earth buskers are — they’re those delightful street performers who provide Pike Place and similar urban markets with much of their charm. However, random busking doesn’t happen in Pike Place — busking spots are designated by large musical notes painted on the sidewalk. Go see if you can find them all!

It’s Got Alaska Seafood

Although market vendors certainly carry a great deal of locally caught seafood, Pike Place Market is one of the best places on the West Coast to purchase fresh seafood from the great state of Alaska. Seattle is relatively close to Southeastern Alaska’s fishing grounds, so you can expect to find salmon, halibut, cod and shellfish when in season.

It Has A Cookbook

Pike Place Market’s Recipes provides inspiration and instructions for you to get the most out of Pacific Northwest cuisine. You’ll learn to create a crust for free-range fried chicken using ground hazelnuts, for instance, or how to season Alaskan salmon with baby dill.

It’s Got Clam Chowder Hidden in Post Alley

One of the world’s best clam chowder joints is hidden away in a nondescript brick-lined alley. It’s a good thing, because if Pike Place Chowder were on the beaten path, you might not be able to get in the door!

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about how to enjoy life in the beautiful Emerald City!

Aug 16

The Two Keys to a Clutter-Free Abilene Apartment

One of the most common problems that people face is that of clutter. It seems to sprout out of nowhere only to end up taking over entire living spaces. Attempts to control it often provide only temporary results. What can you do to truly control clutter in your Abilene apartment?

Here are two key tips:

Add More Storage Solutions

This is so basic that many people don’t give it the credit it deserves. Yet, it is the single most important key to clutter control. Don’t try to stick with your kitchen and bathroom cabinets and drawers. These are great for certain types of items, but they won’t help with things you need to have handy in other rooms.

Add shelving units for everything that doesn’t easily fit into a cabinet or that you need to have immediately handy. Bring in a few baskets – either racked or standalone – to provide yourself with holders for smaller items. Either of these can be open to the room or come in units with doors. If you don’t want to have to keep the shelves and baskets looking neat, get a doored unit. Then, the room will look clean just by closing those doors.

Improve Existing Cabinets and Drawers

One of the biggest reasons people don’t like to use their cabinets and drawers is because things can get pushed to the back or buried under other items. When that happens, it’s a pain to try to retrieve an item, and it becomes easier to just leave it out.

Avoid these problems by fitting your cabinets and drawers with upgraded organizational shelving, baskets and separator units. Unlike regular shelving, the organizer variety pulls out and tilts down so that it’s easy to get things out of the cupboard. A basket-like grille at the front of the shelf will keep things from sliding off onto your head. Similar items are made for drawers, but these pull out upwards to allow you to bring the items from the back right to you.

For more tips on clutter control or to check out one of our floor plans, just stop by our office. We’ll be glad to help you keep your new apartment beautiful.

Aug 16

How To Host A Stress-Free Dinner Party

If the idea of throwing a dinner party puts your nerves on edge, it doesn’t have to be that way. Getting together with friends for good food and drinks in your Seattle apartment is supposed to be fun, not stressful. With a little bit of planning and the right attitude, you can enjoy your party just as much as your guests do.

Pick the Right Group

Choosing the right bunch of people is the most important trick for having a great dinner party. Make sure they all have at least one thing in common, get along well, and are easy-going people. You can add one or two new people into the mix, but make sure they’ve got some similar interests with most of the other guests.

Ask About Allergies

In today’s world of gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, vegan eaters, it’s tough to come up with a great menu. It’s even tougher if you find out about your vegetarian guest just as you pull the chicken out of the oven. Get the word on everyone’s food preferences and allergies at least a week in advance, to give you time to plan the menu.

Plan the Menu Strategically

Now is not the time to experiment with that tricky recipe you saw on your favorite cooking show. Pick favorite dishes you’ve made successfully a few times. Choose ones that fit into your existing pans, that don’t need extensive prepping, and that aren’t too picky when it comes to a little more or less cooking time.

Cut Your Self Some Slack

Unless your name is Martha Stewart, your party isn’t going to be perfect. (And we’re pretty sure she doesn’t do all that stuff by herself either.) Skip the vegetables carved into exotic flowers and the raspberries stuffed with individual chocolate chips. Pinterest is not your friend here. Supermarket shortcuts like pre-cut veggies and cheese and cracker platters aren’t a bad thing, especially if they allow you to spend more time enjoying the party with your guests.

The whole idea of throwing a dinner party is to spend time enjoying your friends, not stressing out over trying to impress anyone with your skills. Give yourself some extra time to breathe and ask for help if you need it. You’ll thank yourself later when you’re laughing along with your friends.

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