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Fruits and Vegetables That are in Season for April

Avocado Cut in HalfAdding more fruits and veggies to your diet is always a good idea, and it’s definitely worth it to go for seasonal produce from time to time. Why? In-season fruit and veggies are usually less expensive, better-tasting and packed with a higher concentration of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Plus, buying local in-season produce is a great way to support your community farmers.

At The Trestles Apartments, our residents love living locally to establishments like the Raleigh Farmers Market, less than a 20-minute drive away. Hitting a farmers market is also a great family-friendly activity and the perfect way to spend a gorgeous spring day in North Carolina.

Five Fruits and Vegetables That are in Season This April

It’s April! Go ahead: Grab your tote bags and stock up on these in-season fruits and veggies:

1. Avocados

Can we say guacamole? Full of healthy fats, avocados are great for dips, soups, salads, or even as a spread on toast.

2. Asparagus

It doesn’t get more simple than asparagus roasted with olive oil, pepper, and salt, topped with a splash of fresh lemon juice.

3. Cauliflower

Try this white veggie roasted, steamed, mashed, or “riced” for a delicious side dish. Cauliflower’s cruciferous cousin, broccoli, is also in season this month—and is equally delicious roasted or steamed.

4. Oranges

Packed with Vitamin C and fiber, oranges are excellent on salads or even as a stand-alone snack.

5. Strawberries

This time of year, strawberries are definitely at their sweetest, juiciest and tastiest. Add to oatmeal or drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Want even more seasonal inspiration? Check out this list here. If you find yourself getting tired of plain produce, it’s easy to mix things up with some simple homemade recipes you can create right in your very own kitchen! To check out the kitchen floor plans we offer at our apartments in Raleigh, give us a call today. 

Ready to Step Out of Your Raleigh Apartments? 4 Affordable Travel Destinations for Spring

Myrtle Beach sunriseAs spring break season quickly approaches, you may be scrambling to find the perfect budget-friendly destination for your celebrations. Fortunately, with so many hidden gems nearby, you do not need to look far beyond your apartments in Raleigh to find your new favorite spring break spot. Here are four affordable travel destinations to consider while planning your trip.

Sanibel Island, Florida: Island Adventures Abound

If you are in the mood for a tropical oasis, Sanibel Island in Florida awaits your arrival. You can spend time on the beach, go snorkeling in the warm waters or take your plentiful hotel amenities on a test drive while visiting this amazing island.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina: Just a Hop Away from Your Apartments in Raleigh

Step away from your Raleigh apartments to enjoy the amazing dining, shopping and beachcombing venues across Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. This popular tourist destination will give you plenty of opportunities to try new activities, taste the best foods and meet awesome friends.

Nashville, Tennessee: An Exploration of Music and Culture

If music and culture sound more attractive than tropical beach adventures, Nashville, Tennessee is surely the place for you to be. You can visit museums, theaters and restaurants absolutely filled with music memorabilia, performances and much more.

New Orleans, Louisiana: Food and Nightlife at Its Best

New Orleans, Louisiana, offers the best in food and nightlife to propel your spring break celebrations to new heights. The festival season runs through spring, so you will always have an event to go to during your travels.

You really cannot go wrong in choosing one of the four spring break destinations listed above. If you are ready to renew your living space upon returning home from spring break, give the team at The Trestles Apartments a call at 984-221-0889 to inquire about the available floor plans.

5 Creative Valentine’s Day Ideas

Valentine's Day GiftsForget store-bought cards, boring chocolates and wilting flower– your Valentine deserves something as unique and special as they are. Make this Valentine’s Day memorable for your special someone with one of these five creative and unique ideas.

Five Unique and Memorable Valentine’s Day Ideas

Freeze flowers or pomegranate seeds in ice cubes. Making your significant other a special drink or cocktail is a perfect way to pamper them on Valentine’s Day. Ice cubes adorned with flower petals or red seeds will add the perfect romantic touch to your gesture.

Host a movie night featuring romantic movies from Hollywood’s Golden Age. Dim the lights, make some popcorn or hot cocoa and cuddle up with your favorite person under a cozy blanket to watch classic Hollywood love stories like Casablanca, Roman Holiday and An Affair to Remember.

Give your Valentine good luck in the form of a paper fortune cookie. Feeling a little crafty? This free printable template for colorful paper fortune cookies lets you give your special someone sweet Valentine’s Day wishes. All you need is a printer, some scissors and a little imagination.

Make flowers more thoughtful with a hand-crafted vase. If you’re feeling extra crafty, try popping your Valentine’s Day flower bouquet into a handmade thumbprint mason jar vase. This quick do-it-yourself project calls for nothing more than a mason jar and some paint. It makes a wonderful gift that will remain long after the flowers inside have wilted.

Bake a sweet dessert together. If you want to make your Valentine a dessert as sweet as they are, try baking an Oreo skillet cookie together. This yummy cookie cake has only two ingredients, minimizing clean-up and giving you and your sweetheart plenty of time to cuddle up and enjoy.

Residents of The Trestles looking to make this Valentine’s Day memorable for their special someone should be certain to try one of these five unique ideas.

If you’re looking for a new apartment in Raleigh to celebrate all your holidays in, give us a call today!

3 Ab Exercises You Can Do in Your Apartment Home

CrunchesLooking to stay fit and toned but just don’t have the time to head out to the gym? Not a problem at all. There are actually plenty of workouts you can do right in your own apartment. Abdominal exercises do not require heavy weights or any additional equipment, so you can pump out your sets before work, after school or even when watching the big game. Here are three of our favorite abdominal exercises you can do in your apartment home.

Bicycle Kick Exercise

Find yourself a nice place on the floor. If you have a yoga mat that’s great, but if not it’s alright as well. Start like you would a traditional sit up. Place your hands gently behind your head. Bring your left leg in towards your chest while keeping your shin parallel to the floor. As you bring the left leg in push your right leg down, just like you would on a bicycle. At the same time, crunch your abdominal muscles by taking your right elbow and pushing it towards the left knee. Repeat this with the right knee and the left elbow. You should move in a fluid motion so it is like riding a bicycle. Perform three sets of 15 reps.

Vertical Leg Crunch

Start again in a sit up position, only have your ankles crossed over one another. Squeeze your abs and push your legs up in the air so your lower back rises off the ground. This is one rep. Perform three sets of 15 reps.

Long Arm Crunch

Staying in the same position, place your feet flat on the ground and your knees bent. Stretch your arms out behind your head, overlapping one hand over the other. Crunch slowly in by just raising your upper back/shoulders off the floor. Hold for a second, then lower back down. This is one rep. Perform three sets of 15 reps.

You really can perform all sorts of great ab exercises while still in Raleigh apartments. Are you looking for a new apartment to call home? Give our office a call. Our staff can help answer any question you have, set you up with a viewing and take you through the entire rental process. We’d love to see you call us home today.

3 Ideas for Winter Centerpieces

CandleIf you enjoy beautiful housing in a scenic yet easily accessible area then the Trestles Apartments in Raleigh is sure to suit your tastes. Both one and two bedroom apartments are available and aesthetic amenities include fireplaces, balconies and vaulted ceilings.

At the same time, no place is really home until you’ve decorated it for the season. Here are three ideas for winter centerpieces that may suit your fancy.

Candles

Candles make excellent centerpieces and they can be used in a variety of ways. A candle in a metallic lantern is great if you want a centerpiece with a traditional feel. Other alternatives include having several tea candles floating in a bowl of water or placing a large candle in a glass tray and decorating the tray with pine sprigs, pine cones and/or holly.

Baubles

Baubles can convey a large variety of sentiments. Gold and silver are elegant and classy while orange and red have a warm, autumnal feeling. Hot pink and blue give a room a lively flair while green and red are traditional December colors. Place the baubles in a glass container and watch them transform your living or dining room area.

Flowers

Floral arrangements make lovely centerpieces. You can use either real or fake flowers; however, fake flowers are the best option if you suffer from allergies and/or want a long-lasting centerpiece. Choose flowers that match with room’s overall style of decor and the holiday sentiments you want to convey. At the same time, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and choose an original arrangement that reflects your unique personality.

The Trestles has much to offer anyone who is looking for a new home. The community is near local schools and shopping centers, has flexible lease terms and offers a playground, swimming pools, on-site clothing care centers and other amenities. Give us a call to find out more or take a tour of the grounds.

3 Healthy Side Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in your Raleigh apartment doesn’t have to mean putting on extra pounds or hitting the gym for extra hours. You can celebrate with your friends and family while still sticking to your healthy eating habits. These three recipes are a great beginning.

Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Skip the gluey marshmallows and give your sweet potatoes a harvest flavor. Peel sweet potatoes and cut them into pieces. Arrange them in a baking dish. Mix together 1/3 cup of real maple syrup, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons of butter. Pour it over the potatoes and put the pan in a 400 degree oven. Pull out the pan and stir every 15 minutes, cooking until the potatoes are done, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle chopped pecans on top right before serving for a delicious crunch.

Crunchy Pear and Celery Salad

Dice two ripe pears, four stalks of celery and one cup of white cheddar cheese and combine in a bowl. Whisk together two tablespoons each of fruit vinegar and honey, then add a small pinch of salt. Pour this dressing over the pear mixture, then add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans. Serve scoops of this salad on top of large butterhead or romaine salad leaves.

Orange-Glazed Carrots

Cut one pound of carrots into thin coins and put into a heavy pot. Add 1 cup of orange juice and enough water to cover the carrots. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the contents to a boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the carrots are cooked through and the liquid thickens into a glaze. Serve hot, garnish with dill if you like.

With two swimming pools and a 24-hour fitness center, our community is ideal for anyone wanting to stay fit while celebrating the season. Call our office for a tour to see how much you’d love it here.

4 Ways to Decorate Your Apartment for Fall

One of the best ways to freshen up apartments in Raleigh, NC is to change their decor on a seasonal basis. This can be done on any scale, so there’s no need to invest a large amount of money to get the right effect. Here are some ideas for fall that range from minor accents all the way to full-scale makeovers:

Add Table Accents

Give fall centerpieces a fresh take by exchanging typical orange pumpkins for white ones and using fresh fall flowers instead of dried summer varieties. If you would rather use dried flowers for their longevity, choose a less-common type like hydrangeas.

To bring the look to your entire apartment, use smaller versions of the same display on your accent tables. A votive candleholder surrounded by bits of fall flowers will spread the theme well.

Put a Fall Wreath on the Door

Colorful leaves and pinecones are the most common elements for these, but there’s no need for them to be so traditional. Try wood slices, dried flowers and other elements for a fresher look.

Buy a Rug with Fall Colors

If you want a bigger effect than accents can bring, try a large rug in subdued oranges and browns. This will certainly change the look of your apartment and make it far more seasonal. The only caveat is to make sure you have a place to store it once the season ends.

Change Every Room

A full fall makeover doesn’t stop with the living room floor. In the bedroom, change your blankets, comforters and decorative pillow covers for ones with fall colors and themes. Add some fall-colored leaves around the bathroom mirror. If you use throws on the living room furniture, change them to fall colors too.

To see our available apartments and envision how you can decorate them for fall, just stop by our office. We’ll be glad to give you a tour.

How to Decorate Your Private Patio or Balcony

Decorating doesn’t necessarily come naturally for some people, but thankfully we all have plenty of opportunities to get better at it. Even if it’s not your favorite activity, it can’t be denied that you feel better in your own skin when you surround yourself with the colors and objects you love. Patios sometimes get passed over, as you can see by looking at some of the apartments in Raleigh, so we’ll give you some tips to get yours back in shape.

Grab Some Crates

Wooden crates are a fun and inexpensive way to create seating on your balcony, and they provide spaces for plants or vases. You can use them as seating with throw pillows and blankets, or prop up your favorite weather-resistant items and use the crates as a table. To make the crates impervious to rain, just put a wood stain on them before you set them outside. You can use plastic crates as well, but you’ll miss out on the rustic feel if you use plastic over wood. You can also make your own cushions to keep yourself comfortable when you’re out there so you can save the blankets for your lap.

Make Use of Herbs

If you like to cook, this is probably the most fun and practical way to decorate your balcony. Keep your favorites in hanging plants out on the balcony, and you’ll come to associate your balcony with all of the yummy meals you’ll make in your apartment. For some extra fun, you can eat outside amidst all of the delicious smells. If you’re not a big cook, then you can use flowers instead of herbs.

The Trestles are the best Raleigh apartments has to offer, and each apartment comes with its own private patio or balcony. If you would like to learn more about our availability and many other amenities, we invite you to give us a call for more information today!

Three Breakfast Places in Raleigh That You Have to Try

Whether you’re searching for a quick place to grab a fast bite before work or school, or seeking a spot to languish over coffee after brunch during late morning on a weekend, you’ll be glad to know that Raleigh has an excellent supply of top-quality breakfast options. Following are just three of the fine breakfast places that every resident in apartments in Raleigh, North Carolina, should try at least once.

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant 

Big Ed’s is where you go for traditional southern cooking served in an eclectic atmosphere. Big Ed’s has been in business since 1958, so you know they’re doing a lot of things right with over a half century under their belt. Besides fresh, local foods prepared in the finest Southern culinary traditions, you can enjoy Big Ed’s museum of Southern culture along with your meal. Old school biscuits and gravy, grits and bacon are all standard staples at Big Ed’s.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

This aptly named eatery served quintessential Southern soul food at its finest. Defined as comfort food with a creative twist, Tupelo Honey’s serves brunch seven days per week, making it ideal for those who seek to enjoy a leisurely morning meal experience but don’t want to deal with the brunch crowds that popular establishments generally have on weekends. The food is seasonal, fresh and made from scratch.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe 

The Flying Biscuit Cafe is another fabulous Raleigh establishment that does breakfast right. Specializing in fresh and filling fare, this restaurant serves breakfast all day. Famous for its signature cranberry and apple butters, The Flying Biscuit Cafe also offers many vegetarian and vegan options.

If you would like more information on making the most of life in Raleigh, please don’t hesitate to contact us at your convenience. We’d be happy to share our knowledge of the city with you. We’ll be happy to share our knowledge of this gorgeous city with you!

Here’s Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July in Raleigh

Living in a really great apartment community like The Trestles in northeastern Raleigh certainly has some wonderful perks. The convenient location makes it effortless to enjoy all the local activities and events of the area, such as the exciting Fourth of July celebrations during the upcoming holiday weekend.

Where to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Grab some of your friends and fellow community members and check out one or both of the following celebrations:

  • The 25th Annual Historic Independence Day Open House – July 4th, 2016 (from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Joel Lane Museum House located at 160 S. Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC.) This is a celebration honoring the “The Birthplace of Raleigh” and Colonel Joel Lane, who was a founding father of the city and in office during the Revolutionary War. In addition to touring the museum, the grounds and the beautiful gardens, visitors can soak up the history and learn about the era through demonstrations of old time crafts. Guests of all ages are invited, and admission is free.
  • The ‘Works – July 4th, 2016 (from noon through 11 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, NC.) This is the official City of Raleigh Fourth of July fireworks celebration and it is slated to be even more spectacular than last year. The day begins with fun for all ages, including live music, delicious food, a beer and wine tent, street performers, contests  and exciting games and rides for the youngsters. The day’s finale will be a breathtaking display of fireworks guaranteed to light up the sky over the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Admission is free.

These are just a few of the exciting events available for residents of the Trestles Apartments in Raleigh, NC. If you are a new resident or need directions, contact us today and let us help!