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Book a Waterton Hotel for Your Summer Getaway!

Hotel RoomNestled in the heart of the city, our apartments in West Miami offer a superior lifestyle in our one-, two-, three-bedroom and live/work apartments. We offer luxury living and a variety of amenities such as a resort-style pool, fully-equipped fitness center, private cabanas, resident lounge, and more. Another benefit of choosing our community is our resident discount for summer weekend getaways at several Waterton hotels.

Waterton manages residential communities, such as District West Gables, as well as hotels. As a resident of District West Gables during the summer months, you have exclusive access to some of the lowest rates at Waterton managed hotels!

For your reference, our hotels and rates are below. Keep in mind that special pricing is only good now until August 31, 2017 and is based on availability. In addition, prices are subject to change. To book your stay, simply call the special number associated with the hotel of your choice and request the Waterton corporate rate.

Waterton Hotel Specials

California

If you “know your way to San Jose” take 20% off the best available rate at the Hyatt Place San Jose. If you prefer the “streets of San Francisco,” a stay at the Westin San Francisco Airport or Aloft San Francisco Airport in Millbrae offers rates starting from $159 on weekdays and $99 on weekends for both hotels. Plan an outing to the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose or Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco.

Massachusetts

Enjoy the summer in Westborough, Needham, Framingham, or Marlborough with rooms starting at $99 at the Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough. The Sheraton Framingham offers rates starting from $159 on weekdays and $99 on weekends and Courtyard Boston Marlborough offers rates starting from $139 on weekdays and $99 on weekends.

Illinois

The DoubleTree Skokie is just outside of Chicago and is minutes away from parks, museums, nature centers, and performing arts venues. With rooms starting at $99, this is a summertime treat.

Ohio

For a super deal, Comfort Inn Piqua has rooms starting at $49. Use the extra savings to enjoy attractions such as the Greenville Falls State Scenic River Area or Garbry Big Woods Reserve.

Aloft Beachwood has its own special deal with rates starting from $89 plus the convenience of shopping at Beachwood Place, along with parks and landmarks.

The Westin Columbus offers rates starting from $159 on weekdays and $99 on weekends. There are plenty of things to do in the area such as at the COSI Columbus, Franklin Park Conservatory, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Pennsylvania

At DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport, expect comfort, convenience, and exceptional service with rates starting from $89. Spend the day at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Andy Warhol Museum, or hiking at Point State Park.

Wisconsin

With rates starting from $99, plan your itinerary while staying at the Sheraton Madison. Tour the Wisconsin State Capitol, stroll 16 scenic acres at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, or visit the wildlife at Henry Vilas Zoo.

If you’re looking for a vibrant and sociable environment and extra perks, contact us to schedule a tour of our resort-style community.

Woman Working From Home

How to Stay on Track When Working From Home

Woman Working From HomeWhen you tell people you work from home, you likely see a little jealousy creep into their eyes. What your friends and family would give to have that type of freedom and flexibility! And no matter how much you may tell them that working from home isn’t always the fairy wonderland they picture, they may never quite believe you. If you’ve been struggling to keep your focus, here are a few tips you may not have considered.

A Routine Does Not Guarantee Productivity

Advice about your routine is likely all you hear about when you work from home. There is value in setting up a schedule for yourself that you stick to, and for many, it’s the only way they can function and maintain their discipline. But a routine can also limit your productivity, especially if you feel so beholden to it that you can’t get out of your chair to take a break until exactly 10:30 a.m. You have to find a process that works for you, even if you go about accomplishing the work slightly differently every day. Your schedule may be as simple as three major goals for the day.

Get Some Human Interaction

If you don’t spend a lot of time on the phone or in video calls, you should try to get out of the house every once in a while. If you can’t work in a coffee shop because your equipment isn’t portable, then try to at least get out for some lunch. While these excursions can be expensive, you need to have some type of human interaction to vary your days—even if it’s just with the cashier at your favorite restaurant. The more positive encounters you have throughout the day, the more likely it is you’ll stay focused on your goals.

Our West Miami apartments have ample space and lighting for those who work from home. Our community even offers a variety of live/work floor plans! At District West Gables, we thrive to make it easy for our residents to do what they want to do and be who they want to be. Give us a call if you’d like to schedule a tour of our community!

Millennial Pink

5 Ways to Incorporate Millennial Pink Into Your Decor

Millennial PinkEven though Pantone may have picked green for 2017, everyone in the design world is talking about Millennial Pink. Unlike the neon pink shades of the ’80s or even the shiny bubblegum pink of the ’90s, the Millennial Pink is hard to pin down. But this poignantly pretty pink is so much fun that finding cool ways to incorporate it into your decor is a great way to brighten your apartment this summer.

5 Fun Ways to Use Millennial Pink in Your Apartment Decor

1. Dining Room Elegance

Looking for a great way to step up the overall look and feel of your dining table? Try using a Millennial Pink table cloth with gold or rose gold accents to give the room a luxurious boost.

2. Cool Coasters

No one wants to clean up after a get-together and find that a friend left water rings on their reclaimed wood side table! With chic Millennial Pink coasters available for your most important surfaces, your room will look hip and stay free from unsightly water rings.

3. All About the Throw

Throw pillows are an inexpensive and fun way to up the style factor in any room. Toss in a few Millennial Pink numbers for good measure and wait for the compliments from friends to start rolling in.

4. Get Crafty With Your Decor

Nothing says home decor god(dess) quite like a crafty DIY or two to round out the overall atmosphere in your apartment. Use Millennial Pink paints to create a gorgeous painting for your entryway or try your hand at making candles that feature the hue and dot them around guest spaces.

5. Beautiful Bedding

Not sure if you want to commit to a more permanent showing of 2017’s favorite color? Try incorporating Millennial Pink into your bedding or the bedding in your guest bedroom. This way, if you think you might tire of the pop of color, you can simply change your sheets and say goodbye.

Enjoy Decorating Your New Apartment

Interested in these decorating ideas to make your new apartment feel like home? Visit District West Gables today and be sure to take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in West Miami!

A Mix of Vegetables

4 Fun Summer Dinner Recipes to Try This Season

A Mix of VegetablesSummer calls for lighter dishes with lots of flavor, but sometimes it’s hard to get the motivation up to turn on the oven when the temperatures climb. Use these 4 summer dinner recipes as a way to simplify your time in the kitchen without going hungry.

Charred and Raw Corn With Chili and Cheese

Get your grill pan heated up for this yummy food! This fun corn salad recipe is the perfect dish to enjoy on a warm summer day. If you love Mexican corn on the cob, then you’re definitely going to want to give this dish a try. It’s a little more nuanced with the addition of shallots and red chili so you can satisfy your cravings without endangering your waistline.

Garlic Parsley Shrimp

When you want something a little lighter, nothing beats seafood when it comes to getting all the flavor without the heaviness. It only takes 5 minutes to prep and 15 minutes to cook. We recommend this particular dish because you won’t have any trouble finding high-quality seafood in Miami. Round out the shrimp with a side salad or some steamed vegetables.

Balsamic Grilled Chicken and Zucchini

This dish may take a little more effort, but it will definitely hit the spot when you want something that packs a lot of layers without having to rely on fat. The fresh zucchini tastes incredible next to the grilled chicken, and the color combination is festive enough for a dinner party. This is truly a meal that is meant to be enjoyed on a nice Miami day.

Pasta Primavera

This version of pasta primavera will instantly have you thinking of picnics, even if it takes normal pasta salad to new levels. It’s the tomatoes, snap peas, and pepper that makes this dish light and bright, while the goat cheese and parmesan add just the right amount of richness. The mint and carrots bring even more fresh flavors and crunch to the dish.

Whether you’re eating in or grilling out this summer, make sure you flex your cooking skills this summer. If you’re looking at apartments in West Miami this season, it’s time you find a place that gives you all the amenities you need to make the dishes you crave. Call us today to find out more about our kitchens and floor plans!

Beach and Surroundings

3 Short Summer Getaway Ideas

Beach and SurroundingsMiami apartments are excellent for exploring the vast metropolis of the big and beautiful city, but sometimes you probably still need a little change of scenery. When you want to get away but don’t want to call off work on Monday, try these short getaway ideas.

Delray Beach

Less than an hour away, you’ll find beautiful Delray Beach — a city that isn’t just for the retired set anymore. Delray has gotten a bit of a makeover in recent years as more young people flock here to spice things up. Specifically, you should be centering your mini-vacation around its art and food culture. Memorial Day weekend will see the return of this town’s craft festival, where you’ll be able to find some unique gifts for the summer birthdays you no doubt have coming up.

Everglades National Park

There’s nothing like a state park to make you forget that you live anywhere close to a city. Located about an hour away from Miami, you really have no excuse to stop by. Come spend a full day with nature, and get your exercise quotient filled for the day (or week). With hiking, biking, and canoeing, you’ll have plenty of activities to keep you busy as you tour the swampy goodness that is Florida. With such a unique ecological environment, you’ll learn something new no matter how many times you venture off to the Everglades.

Key West

Key West is definitely slightly farther away, but you can technically still make it there and back in one day. Or splurge for a hotel and round out your getaway experience. With the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean all around you, it’ll be easy to spend the day boogie boarding or paddle boarding. There are some amazing places to get a lobster lunch or seafood dinner too, so get ready for some good eats.

Our apartments in West Miami give you a place to call your own when you’re done with traveling, so make sure you find the perfect space for you. District West Gables can help you choose a home that’s just right for you, so give us a call today to find out more about our floor plans and unique living experience!

Colorful Wall and Woman

Explore Miami Museum Month

Colorful Wall and WomanRegardless of whether or not you liked museums as a child, it’s probably a good idea to give them another chance. Luckily, May is Miami Museum Month, and the city is doing everything possible to get more people to check out the art, exhibits, and artifacts around town by offering some good deals. Find out more about what you can see, and how you can save.

The Deals

There are several specials being offered right now, including Buy One, Get One Free and  Join One Museum, See Them All. The Buy One deal applies to a single museum, meaning you can’t get a ticket at one museum and take the extra ticket to a different museum. (You’re meant to take a friend for a better deal for the two of you). For the Join One deal, simply join one of the participating museums in May, and receive free admission for all other participating museums on the list.

Who’s Participating?

You’ll find 25 different museums that are a part of this special month, including Lowe Art, Art Deco, and Haitian Heritage. Tour the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum for a better understanding of the city’s past. If you have any younger people in your life, take them to the Miami Children’s Museum where the exhibits are built specifically to hold kid’s short attention spans. Those interested in more traditional transportation methods can see the memorabilia (including railroad cars) at Gold Coast Railroad Museum. See a full list of the different museums here.

The Fun of Learning

Much of what makes a museum fun is the thrill of challenging your brain to absorb something new. Don’t look at this as just a few rooms to tour, but as a way to understand how different people live and what exactly they’re trying to say through their art. It’s best to take someone along on these trips who will want to do the same.

Living in apartments in West Miami puts you close to dozens of museums that can teach you everything you’d want to know about diversity. District West Gables celebrates learning through cultural experiences whenever possible. If you’re looking for a new place to call home, give us a call today!

Table Setting With Plant

How to Decorate a Spring Tablescape for Your Next Gathering

Table Setting With Plant Tablescapes may seem unnecessary, but the right ambiance can add a touch of elegance to any meal that really shouldn’t be overlooked. Plus, now that the weather is nicer, you have a lot more excuses to throw a few more tea parties. If you want to celebrate spring in a unique way, dress up a table to the nines with these fun ideas. And even better, these are fun ideas that can be used both inside and out.

Choose Your Style

Decorating a table starts with determining your particular type of style. If you like sparse and simple, then now is not the time to clutter up your space so there’s no room for the food! Instead, choose a few of your favorite spring colors and start experimenting with different schemes. A good place to start is to pick your centerpiece and let the look of the focal point guide the rest of your choices. Typically you want some type of floral bouquet or you could even do something a little unconventional like fruit branches. Whatever you choose, use those colors to pull together the rest of your look.

Don’t Forget the Extras

Plates of different colors and sizes can be stacked together to create a visually appealing place setting. Use different artificial flowers on the napkins as a way to personalize everyone’s spot at the table. Choose a colorful runner in a solid color that complements the rest of your settings. Accessories like bunnies, butterflies, or shells can be used to offset all the flowers while still staying on theme. If you use branches like manzanita, you can achieve a very dramatic look to your table without crowding everyone’s way. You can even use some of your winter accessories, and dress them up with a few pink, blue, green or yellow pastels.

No matter how you greet the new season, take the time to feel grateful for the hope and renewal that comes with all the life to be found outside of our West Miami apartments. Call District West Gables if you’re looking for a change this spring season and want to learn more about our floorplans, amenities and current availability.

Blue Chairs on Beach

What to Pack for a Beach Picnic

Blue Chairs on BeachA beach picnic normally starts off seeming incredibly romantic until the sand starts to find its way to the food or the bugs overtake your spread. Before you get your picnic basket ready this year, try these tricks if you live in our West Miami apartments and want to have a better day at the beach.

Mint Breath Spray

This isn’t a judgment on your breath, only a handy reminder that bugs don’t love the fresh scent of mint. By spraying the odor around you, you can repel all those pests that are just itching to get to your skin and leftovers. You can also use it after the meal should it happen to contain a lot of garlic or onions.

A Small Table or Cake Plate

You’re going to want to raise the food off the sand however you can. To keep the gravel away, you just need something to raise up the dishes at least a few inches. If you’re limited when it comes to space, then get creative with anything around you, like your backpacks or picnic basket.

Fruit Rinds

Fresh fruit will only attract bugs, so try to avoid it. However, if you really want it at your picnic, bring rinds to place a few yards away so the bugs attack the scraps and not the real thing.

Traveling Food

Some foods just travel better than others. Sandwiches tend to hold up on a trip down to the shore, but they can also get soggy if they’re made with inexpensive ingredients. Invest in quality foods that will transform the picnic from a forgettable bite to a memorable meal.

Amenities

Along with good food, bring beautiful blankets, wine glasses, and real silverware to add another layer of elegance to your day out. Your insulated bag should also contain bottle openers, disposable washcloths, and partially frozen bottles of water too.

The apartments in West Miami make getting to the beach a breeze, but it’s up to you to plan the perfect picnic. District West Gables invites you to find out how our location puts you close to the action on the coast, and about how our amenities are perfect for those who love to get outdoors. Call us today to learn more about our available floor plans!

Jazz Musician

Don’t Miss Out on the Miami International Jazz Festival!

Jazz MusicianFor three whole days, residents of our apartments in West Miami can take part in a fully immersive jazz music experience by attending the Miami International Jazz Festival. Festival attendees will get to sit back, relax, and enjoy performances from some of the best local and national jazz musicians and bands.

Something for Everyone at the International Jazz Festival

Multiple performances are held over a three day period during the International Jazz Festival. Different artists will be performing on each day. By having different performers throughout the entire festival, there will certainly be something for everyone regardless of your musical preference.

Some of the performers that will be in attendance at the 2017 International Jazz Festival include:

  • Wendy Pedersen
  • Conjunto Impacto
  • Medeiros
  • Yorgis Goiricelaya & Elegance Project
  • The Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble
  • Omar Sosa, Paolo Fresu, Trilok Gurtu Trio

Get a Glimpse of the Future of Jazz Music at the International Jazz Festival

The International Jazz Festival isn’t just about seeing current performances from some of the most notable and talented individuals in the jazz and soul music industry. It is also an opportunity to see the future of jazz music as up-and-coming performers are invited to take part in some of the festival showcases.

Basic Event Information for the 2017 Miami International Jazz Festival

The Miami International Jazz Festival is held over a three-day period. The 2017 event will be held April 27, 28, and 29.

Performances and event activities will take place at the following venues:

  • April 27 – A kick off party held at the LILT Lounge at the Epic Hotel
  • April 28 – Musical showcase at Manuel Artime Theater
  • April 29 – Musical performances at the Florida International University – Wertheim Performing Arts Center

Ticket prices vary depending on the event and range from free for the kick off party to $25.00 for lower level seats.

When you choose to call our West Miami, Florida apartments home, you will find amazing local events like the International Jazz Festival are held on a regular basis and all of them are just a short drive away.  Call us today to schedule an appointment to tour our apartment community.

Luggage

Spring Break Travel Ideas: Staying in the Area

LuggageWhat are your plans for spring break this year? Are you hoping to stay close to home and still have fun? When you live in our apartments in Coral Cables, you are really only a few minutes from a wide range of things to do on spring break. It’s time to take a break and these fun things are happening all around you. At District West Gables, we encourage you to enjoy the fresh spring weather.

There’s Plenty to Do

When you consider these things to do in Coral Cables for spring break, you’ll have to decide which one is best for you (or try to pack them into an extended week!)

  • Get in some culture with a trip to the Lowe Art Museum. With 17,000 objects available to view, you can spend a full day here enjoying a beautiful art museum.
  • Head outdoors to spend the day on the Old Cutler Trail. It’s a historic green space, but it is also an easy connection to the Biscayne Trail. Bike the area and stay for the sunset.
  • Head to Miracle Mile. When you are here, you can have a traditional spring break experience. Along the Miracle Mile are various restaurants and bars. Enjoy everything from Caribbean fusion to the best pizza in the area while also enjoying a few cocktails while you are here.
  • Check out the Biltmore. While this is one of the most popular of all Coral Gables historic landmarks, it is also a very fun place to see because of all of the glamour. Have brunch when you visit.
  • Spend a day with your best friend at the Shops at Merrick Par. There are some fantastic shops here including your favorite designers such as Gucci and Tiffany & Co. You can enjoy some fantastic trendy foods and, if you feel like getting fit, there’s a luxury workout spot here, too.

Live Close to All of the Action

If you’ve longed to spend time enjoying the sunshine of the area, contact our team to learn more about the currently available Coral Gable apartments at District West Gables. You’ll love living this close to everything there is to do in this area all year.

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