Ranking #5 on the Weidner Best Cities list and #9 on the US News Best Places to Live List, Saint Paul/Minneapolis, MN also referred to as the “Twin Cities,” attracts more than 18 million visitors per year. Separated by the Mississippi River, the area boasts an exciting blend of museums, dining, shopping and outdoor excursions. At the halfway point of these two distinct cities is Minnehaha Falls Park, one of the area’s oldest and most popular parks, featuring a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and stunning river views.
As Minnesota’s capital, Saint Paul offers a historic backdrop with landmarks such as the James J. Hill Mansion and the Landmark Center, which once operated as the former Federal Court House in the early 1900’s. Above the southern entrance of the Minnesota state capitol building is a gilded quadriga called “The Progress of the State,” sculpted and painted by Daniel Chester French and Edward Clark Potter. The four golden horses represent the power of nature: earth, wind, fire, and water.
Geographically, the Twin Cities is part of The Land of 10,000 Lakes and boasts 4 distinct seasons. In the winter, hockey, ice fishing, and cross-country skiing dominate the season and in summer, music festivals, fishing, camping, and boating become residents’ favorite pastimes.
Things to Do, See, and Taste in St. Paul/Minneapolis
Ranking high on the visitor’s list of places to visit is Cathedral of Saint Paul. Described as a “classical Renaissance-style Cathedral dating back to 1915”, the Cathedral features six chapels, imported marble columns, statues and rose windows. The Minnesota State Fair is also held in St. Paul. Dating back to 1859, the annual fair attracts more than 2 million visitors per year and runs from the last week of August through Labor Day. Other must-sees include the Science Museum of Minnesota, Fort Snelling State Park, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. For a dose of something unusual, seek out a tour of the Wabasha Street Caves, an underground cave system covering 12,000 square feet featuring a 60-foot bar, dining room, and events room.
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the diversity of Twin Cities’ parks and recreation, including Rice Park, Indian Mounds Regional Park, and Mears Park. A favorite among residents and tourists is Pike Island in Fort Snelling State Park, which offers a flat, three-mile trail along the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.
Sports enthusiasm runs high in the Twin Cities area. Minnesota has five major professional sports teams – a virtual paradise for sports fans. Target Center, Target Field, the Xcel Energy Center, CHS Field, Mariucci and Williams Arenas, TCF Bank Stadium and now U.S. Bank Stadium gives fans plenty of opportunities to cheer on their favorite sports teams, including the T-Wolves at Target Center, now in the playoffs!
Aspiring chefs and professional chefs alike will dine with glee in Saint Paul/Minneapolis. Eat Street is a 17-block area featuring more than 50 dining venues. Other favorites include Brunson’s Pub, Spoon and Stable, and Corner Table.
Employment and Education in St. Paul
St. Paul and nearby Minneapolis is home to top employers including the State of Minnesota, U.S. Federal Government, and Target Co. The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Macalester College, and Hamline University make up a portion of the city’s campuses, along with Minnesota State College and Concordia University.
Weidner Communities in St. Paul, MN
Weidner is pleased to offer 4 apartment communities residents can call home in St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN. Our apartment communities feature amenities designed with the utmost comfort and style in mind. From stunning interiors to beautifully landscaped grounds, Weidner Apartment Homes offers chic, comfortable apartment living. Whether you’re relocating from across town, or across the country, Weidner Apartment Homes has the ideal apartment for you in Twin Cities, MN.
Now in its 144th year, The Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 5th in Louisville, Kentucky with 20 Thoroughbred horses and a purse of US $2 million. Since its inception in 1875, The Kentucky Derby has been run at Churchill Downs racetrack and currently attracts some 150,000 visitors.
Kentucky Derby Traditions
Part of the fun of the Kentucky Derby – whether you attend the live event or participate in various events held in cities across the world, is joining in on the festive traditions, including:
Garland of Roses – The rose garland made its first appearance in 1896 when the winner, Ben Brush received a garland of pink and white roses. Now, more than 400 roses are sewn together “with the seal of the Commonwealth on one end and the Twin Spires and number of the race’s current renewal on the other. Each garland is also adorned with a “crown” of roses, green fern and ribbon. The “crown,” a single rose pointing upward in the center of the garland, symbolizes the struggle and heart necessary to reach the Derby Winner’s Circle.”
The Mint Julep – The Mint Julep is the official Kentucky Derby cocktail. It’s estimated that 120,000 Mint Juleps will be served during The Kentucky Derby weekend, with a staggering 1,000 pounds of fresh mint going in every glass.
The Twin Spires – The Twin Spires were added to the Churchill Downs grandstand blueprints in 1895 and now tourists from all over the world pose for a picture in front of the iconic landmark.
Hats – Perhaps the most prominent tradition of The Kentucky Derby are the hats! One of the fashion world’s favorite photo-ops, the hats worn by fans take a solid second place only to the Thoroughbred horses. Wearing a hat to The Kentucky Derby is also considered to be good luck!
Sing Along to “My Old Kentucky Home” with more than 150,000 people singing along – that’s a song that will stay in your head for days to come. As the horses step onto the track after the Kentucky Derby Parade and the band strikes the first note, it’s been said to be one of the most moving moments in world sports.
Celebrity Sightings – The Kentucky Derby is an event that attracts a host of celebrities and royalty dating back to 1877 when Polish actress Helena Modjeska attended. Today, a special VIP red carpet entrance is set up for celebrities and their guests.
The Kentucky Oaks – The Kentucky Oaks race was founded by Meriwehter Lewis Clark Jr. in 1875 and has become a “celebration of the ladies, featuring the Pink Out, the Survivors Parade Presented by Kroger, and the Longines Kentucky Oaks Fashion Contest.”
Trophy and Winner’s Circle – The traditional Trophy and Winner’s Circle tradition began in The Kentucky Derby’s 50th year in 1924 and continues today with the winner being presented with a gold trophy for the “Run for the Roses®.”
Kentucky Derby Watch Party
If you want to be a part of the action without having to go anywhere, then throw a Kentucky Derby watch party! Invite some friends and watch the event from the comfort of your own home. For some great Kentucky Derby food/drinks, countryliving.com has all the inspiration you need. For a layer of extra fun, include a fun dress code filled with fancy hats!
Kentucky Derby Events
The Kentucky Derby is celebrated worldwide. Whether you want to gather friends at your own apartment home and watch on TV or attend a live event near you, you’ll be joined by fans across the globe. Here’s a sampling of events in some Weidner Apartment Homes cities! Enjoy!
Here we go again! Apartment Living 101 is back with a new stain and a new remedy! We’ve been removing stains for weeks now leaving our carpets looking like new. Here’s a quick recap of all the stains we’ve tackled thus far:
Nail Polish, Kool-aid, Old stains, Coffee stains, Wine stains and we provided you the recipe for DIY Spot Cleaner. If you missed any of these, you can find them all on the Weidner Apartment Homes Blog.
Don’t forget we also brought you Spring Cleaning Tips to jump start your cleaning as the weather becomes nicer and the sun starts to shine!
Let’s keep adding to the list! Today we bring you the solution to getting ink stains out of your carpet with our newest video:
How to Remove Ball Point Ink Stains
Great…my pen just exploded. Granted mine was on purpose.
Here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need to clean it up:
Cheap hair spray lacquer, or just a really strong hold hair spray
White cloth towel
Alright, let’s get to it!
Spray the hair lacquer over the stain. Then, blot the ink stain with the white towel. Be sure to always use a clean side of the towel to prevent it from staining the clean parts of your carpet. Keep repeating until the stain is removed.
Once the stain has disappeared, dry, then vacuum the area. Voila!
And YOU thought you’d have a permanent ink blot test on your carpet.
Want more tips for apartment living? Visit the Weidner Apartment Homes YouTube channel for more tips on everything you need from basic do-it-yourself maintenance to soundproofing your apartment and of course – removing tough carpet stains.
April 22nd is Earth Day and if you’re looking to learn how to make a positive environmental impact starting with Seattle, we’ve got you covered.
At EarthDay.org, their mission is to “diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.”
Earth Day is nearing its 50th anniversary in 2020. Since its inception on April 22, 1970, the environmental movement has become a key issue in America and the world at large, “mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage.”
There are tons of Earth Day events in Seattle that are not only fun, you get to meet new people that have one common goal – improving the health of our planet! Here are a few events you can attend for Earth Day:
Roo’s World of Discovery. On Friday, April 20th, Kiddo Local and FridaRoo’s World of Discovery are offering nature-themed storytelling with interactive art projects to follow. The event starts from 10:30am to 12:30pm and Preschoolers and toddlers welcome!
The Student Conservation Association is hosting 60 projects on Earth Day at Washington Park Arboretum from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, April 21. “Volunteers will restore the Washington Park Arboretum through planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails throughout the arboretum.” Make sure to register in advance and learn what you need to bring. Light refreshments and an after-party are included.
Zero Waste Washington will host an Earth Day Forum from 12pm to 1pm on Friday, April 20th at the UW Tower. If you’re curious about how to reduce your carbon footprint, this is the event for you. Learn useful tips on how to reuse and recycle; small changes go a long way.
Environmental Works Earth Day Celebration is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the community through socially responsible building designs. On April 20th, 3pm to 6pm, they will be hosting a Full Tilt Ice Cream bar for the first 75 attendees. While enjoying some ice cream, you can learn more about what they are all about and help contribute to their cause.
The Tacoma Nature Center is hosting the Earth Day Migration Celebration. This free family event includes a walk, stories, migration games, and learning to build a birdhouse. Saturday, April 21, from Noon to 4pm.
Magnuson Park Earth Day Run provides a fun atmosphere where you get to enjoy mother nature and you get to support the planting of trees. Even better yet, by participating in the run/ walk you get a tree planted in your honor! Saturday, April 21, 10am.
Seaward Park Earth Day Restoration will put you to work helping to re-forest a section of the park over Earth Day weekend. They provide the tools and gloves, and you provide the sweat and effort, weeding and mulching. Make sure to RSVP! Starts Saturday, April 21, 10am to 12pm.
What are your plans for Earth Day? Share them with us at #LifeatWeidner.
Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to welcome Escape Luxury Apartments to the family, where residents can truly escape the mundane and embrace the new in Phoenix, AZ.
Escape Luxury Apartments is the epitome of urban chic, featuring amenities that rival top resorts including an upscale fitness center and a clubhouse with spectacular views of Camelback Mountain. Lush landscaping and picturesque courtyards lead to a spectacular pool and spa where residents can enjoy every moment of their downtime. This is apartment living at its finest in Phoenix, Arizona.
Each of the one and two bedroom floor plans boast amenities that enable residents to enjoy all the comforts of modern day living, surrounded in luxury every day. Meticulously designed interiors include:
Chef-inspired kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances
Quartz countertops with waterfall edge
Custom cabinetry and pantry
Generous living space, accentuated by 9-foot ceilings
Two-tone designer paint
Full-size washer and dryer
Best of all, Escape Luxury Apartments is a pet-friendly community. Pet owners will adore the “Canine Commons” on-site dog park where they can chat with neighbors while watching their dogs play. Now residents can enjoy upscale, urban living with their four-legged friend right by their side.
Escape Luxury Apartments is located south of Camelback Road near the Biltmore and Esplanade area in Phoenix, AZ, offering upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment. Residents can indulge in the excitement of the city, while also enjoying the tranquil, mesmerizing views of Camelback Mountain.
Phoenix is a sprawling metropolitan city with a seamless balance of nature, art, and culture. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy hiking nearby Camelback Mountain, as well as visiting the Desert Botanical Gardens. The Orpheum Theatre, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and the Phoenix Symphony offer fun for the whole family. Those who enjoy shopping as their favorite sport will enjoy the close proximity to Biltmore Fashion Park, Desert Ridge Marketplace, and Paradise Valley Mall. Phoenix has long been considered a golfer’s paradise and according to PhoenixGolfSource.com, “boasts 185 public, private, resort, municipal, and executive golf course destinations.”
Whether you are new to the area, or a native resident looking for luxury apartments in Phoenix, Escape Luxury Apartments is the ideal place to escape the ordinary and level up to luxury. To learn more about how you can join this exquisite community, give us a call!
Spring has sprung and the beautiful blooms it brings makes it the perfect time for riding your bicycle. From Texas to Washington, the United States is full of cycling cities and one of the top biking cities is none other than the city of Seattle, WA. Going green is no longer a fad; Living in a bike-friendly city in a bike-friendly apartment community is considered one of the top amenities for renters.
In cities like Seattle, WA, bike riders are part of the everyday scenery, making their way through traffic, parked in front of cafes, shops, and workplaces. Here, riding your bike to work is not viewed as green living, it’s a way of life! Considered the norm, biking for recreation is one of Seattle’s favorite pastimes.
Seattle boasts some exciting excursions for bikers including the picturesque Green Lake trail, featuring a 2.8-mile paved loop which is perfect for bikers of all skill levels and is a smooth ride full of gorgeous views.
For those that prefer a more “off-road” biking experience, the East Lake Sammamish Trail will definitely take you for a ride. the Trail is roughly 11 miles long and is popular among hybrid and mountain biking cyclists. Trust us, for biking, Seattle is the place to be. For an extensive list, Seattle Department of Transportation offers a downloadable map free of charge.
Cities with a high density of bike riders also experience increased economic growth. According to SeattleBikeFriendliness.com, “Studies in cities across the US and Canada show that customers who arrive to your business by foot or by bike visit more frequently and spend more money than those who arrive by car. Cities have proven that cycling supports a thriving business network on a neighborhood scale. After the completion of the 9th Ave protected bike lane in NYC, local businesses saw a 49% increase in retail sales.”
With statistics like that, it’s no wonder bike-friendly cities are popping up all over the nation. The League of American Bicyclists believes that “Bicycling brings people together, communities are safer, stronger and better connected, and our nation is healthier, economically stronger, environmentally cleaner and more energy independent.”
The benefits of bike riding are numerous including increased physical and mental health, an increase in brain power, and natural weight loss. It’s also a great way to connect with your community and a sport the whole family can enjoy together. Cyclists of Greater Seattle has a host of community rides, tours and events ranging from week-long adventures to bike camping excursions and everything in between.
At Weidner, we’re pleased to offer our residents bike-friendly apartment communities for the ultimate in life-work balance and healthy fun. For a tour of bike-friendly communities near you, give us a call! We’re pleased to welcome you home at Weidner Apartment Homes, on and off the trail!
Where we choose to call home is about as personal as it gets. Home is where we start and end each day, where we plan out our life goals, where we rest up, and where we entertain our friends and family. Home is where we express ourselves. So with all that at play, it’s no wonder apartment hunting can feel like a daunting task.
Here are 5 tips to consider when finding your ideal apartment home:
Make a wish list! Make a list of everything you’ve ever wanted in an apartment and don’t be shy. Dreams are free, after all. It’s not dreaming that can get expensive, especially if you settle for an apartment that doesn’t really speak to your needs. Once you’ve made your list, then go through the list and put asterisks next to the deal-breakers. If you must have a built-in microwave, great. Or if an on-site fitness center is your thing, make sure you get it. That way, in the heat of the excitement (and stress) of apartment hunting, you can keep yourself grounded, focused, and on track with your ideal vision.
Determine your budget. Don’t be afraid to talk about money – with yourself, or with your partner or roommate, whichever is applicable. If you’re relocating from another part of the city or from another state, do some research on the area, review your rent-to-income ratio and see what you can reasonably afford. Financial professionals advise that rent or mortgages should not exceed 30% of your take-home pay. In larger, densely populated cities, that might be more of a challenge, but just know what you can afford and be honest with yourself. It’s great to live in the apartment of your dreams, but not if it means Netflix is your only affordable luxury and you can’t afford to leave your couch. Also, take into account that if you were previously paying $50 per month for your gym, and the new apartment community has a stellar fitness center, that amenity might just offset higher rent costs. Or, perhaps your commute is shorter, saving on gas, tolls, and car repairs.
Decide what neighborhoods you prefer, and start there. This is especially important in larger cities where it can take hours to get from one neighborhood to the next, just to view one apartment. Try to narrow down your search to the neighborhoods you like best, that best fit your personality, the things you like to do on the weekends, how you shop, how you dine. Again, where we live is personal. Make sure the neighborhood has the basics to meet your needs. If you’re a gourmet chef and there isn’t a grocery store with fresh herbs for 30 miles, well, that might get annoying after the initial “honeymoon” period is over at your brand new apartment home. If you love to hang out at parks on the weekends with the kids and the nearest park is two bus rides away, that’s not going to work in the long run. Neighborhoods are our community, so make sure you are ready to embrace yours.
Measure your furniture. Nothing says a doomed apartment relationship like having to give up your favorite furniture piece because it simply won’t fit. Measure your furniture and carry a tape measure with you. Sometimes when the excitement is high, it’s easy to eyeball a wall and think your heirloom dining table will fit just fine. Carry the measurement tape. Carry your wish list!
Visualize yourself living there. There you are getting up for work. That’s you lounging around on the weekends, throwing a dinner party, hanging out at the pool, or doing laundry. How’s it feel to live there? Does it feel like home? Is this place as close to your wish list as it can get? Does it fit into your budget? Do the neighbors look happy? If you have pets, are they a pet-friendly community? (Never try sneaking in a pet- it never works, and the stress isn’t worth your peace of mind.) Is it within a reasonable commute to work? Are they close to public transportation? Does it have all the interior and community amenities you want? If all these factors align, this might be your home sweet apartment home! If there are too many deal-breakers, keep looking. Your ideal apartment home is out there.
Whether you’re relocating from across the country, across town, or this is your first-ever apartment, we’re pleased to help you find the apartment home that best fits your needs.
Weidner Apartment Homes offers convenient and attractive homes for rent in both the US and Canada. Come home to a Weidner community in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Washington, or across Canada in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. We offer a variety of apartment and townhome styles to suit any taste. Whether you are looking for a traditional apartment or a luxury suite, smoke-free or pet-friendly, we would love to welcome you home.
It’s that time again! Time for our newest Apartment Living 101 post! Over the past few weeks we have been helping you clean your apartment and remove all kinds of carpet stains. Those hard to get out wine and coffee stains are no problem for our DIY stain removers. These are so simple and can really help the carpet in your apartment look like new!
We will start with how to remove every kid’s favorite drink (okay and some adults) with just a few items.
Kool-Aid Stain Clean-up
Oh yea? More like oh no!
If you’re watching this video, you probably just spilled your Kool-Aid like I just did.
Here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need:
Warm and cold water
Alright, let’s get to it!
Blot as much of the Kool-Aid as possible with a towel. Be sure to blot and not scrub. Also, be sure to use a clean side of the towel so you don’t spread the stain.
Next, grab a cup of warm water, and mix in ½ teaspoon of dish soap.
Starting from the outside and working your way in, apply the mixture to the stain. Continue to blot dry with the towel. Repeat until the stain is gone.
Once the stain is gone, rinse with cold water and blot the area dry.
Next up – Remove That Nail Polish Stain Easy
You probably just spilled some nail polish like I just did, right?
Okay, maybe not exactly like I did.
Here’s a quick list of the things you’ll need to get that removed:
Hair spray (and this can be the cheap kind)
Let’s get to it!
Spray about 15-20 pumps of hair spray over the stain. Then, about 3-5 splashes of rubbing alcohol.
Grab your toothbrush and scrub the stain for about a minute. While scrubbing, keep pouring some cold water onto the stain.
Keep repeating until the stain is removed.
If you’re having the nail polish be a bit stubborn, pour a bit of non-acetone nail polish remover and continue to scrub with the toothbrush.
Once the stain is all gone, dab the are with clean, white towel, then vacuum to remove the excess dirt.
Want more tips for apartment living? Visit the Weidner Apartment Homes YouTube channel for more tips on everything you need from basic do-it-yourself maintenance to soundproofing your apartment and of course – removing tough carpet stains.
Ranking #6 on the Weidner Best Cities list and #36 on the US News Best Places to Live List, Oklahoma City, OK is known for its scenic charm, Western cowboy culture and is fondly referred to as the “Horse Show Capital of the World.”
Longtime residents of Oklahoma City describe its early days as a slow-moving city that was “early to rise, early to bed,” but that’s not the case anymore as single professionals and young families have settled in the area. Now it’s considered more of a metropolitan city offering an impressive array of arts, culture, dining, and shopping. Yet, as metropolitan as it has become, Oklahoma City still boasts the world’s largest stocker-feeder cattle market. So if you’re looking for leather goods, horse buckles, saddles, ropes and cowboy hats, you’re sure to find them in Oklahoma’s historic Stockyards City district.
Things to Do, See, and Taste in Oklahoma City
Art and culture enthusiasts will enjoy the city’s wide variety of museums including Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Contemporary, and the Paseo Arts District which is home to 22 galleries featuring more than 80 artists. The Oklahoma City Ballet and the Oklahoma Philharmonic are also a favorite among residents and tourists alike. Live theatre is also alive and well at Lyric Theatre and City Rep Theatre, which also partners with the Oklahoma City University.
For some local family fun that’s steeped in Oklahoma City heritage, check out one of the many horse shows. Enjoy renowned national and world championship horse shows that attract professional riders and cowboys from across the states. Then take the kids over to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for the complete cowboy culture experience.
There’s plenty of variety on the menu; particularly in the vibrant metropolitan areas filled with fantastic restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for something casual or a 5-course meal, you can find it in this eclectic, vibrant city. Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, The Ranch Steakhouse, and Paseo Grill are all top favorites, as well as The Mule, Hideaway’s Pizza and Tucker’s Onion Burgers.
When it’s time to shop for the latest fashions, that special gift, or back-to-school clothes, There are plenty of retailers to choose from. Outlet Shops at Oklahoma City, Penn Square Mall, and for vintage finds, head over to the 23rd street antique mall.
Employment and Education in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City is home to top employers including Chesapeake Energy, BancFirst, Paycom, Devon Energy, and Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores. Universities and colleges include University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University- Stillwater, Northeast State University, and Oklahoma City Community College.
Weidner Communities in Oklahoma City
Weidner offers apartment homes for rent in Oklahoma City, OK that cater to residents’ need for comfort, convenience and sense of style, featuring upscale interior and community amenities. Whether you are new to the Oklahoma metropolitan area and seeking a one bedroom apartment near work, or a family looking for a little extra space near schools and parks, Weidner Apartment Homes has something for everyone. Contact us to find the apartment that best fits your needs, and let us welcome you home to Oklahoma City!