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N.C. Museum of History Exhibits

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The North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh offers an amazing glimpse into the past that teaches us so much about today’s culture. Fortunately for our Trestles residents, the facility is only about 7 miles away and has several important exhibits on display right now.

North Carolina and World War I

It’s been more than 100 years since the start of WWI and Tar Heel soldiers played a significant role in the “War to End All Wars.” The interactive exhibit helps visitors experience what trench warfare was like on the Western Front of France and Belgium. There are about 500 pieces of history on display including video battle re-enactments.

The Story of North Carolina

The United States has been around for less than 250 years. But this locally focused exhibit helps walk history buffs through 14,000 years of North Carolina history. The largest ever state exhibit showcases numerous artifacts, dioramas and a pair of full-sized houses. Although there are plenty of material items, the focus stays on the people who shaped the region.

Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If that’s true, then Hugh Morton’s breathtaking images tell the story of eight decades of North Carolinians. Some of the popular pictures include recording artist Johnny Cash holding up an American Flag, Dr. Lynn Rogers with a black bear and Cherokee dancers. The wide range of landscapes, people, nature and sports photographs provide a rare perspective about 20th Century North Carolina.

1903 Wright Flyer and 1911 Wright Glider

In a nod that North Carolina was First in Flight, the museum temporarily houses the 1903 Wright Flyer reproduction from the Wright Brothers National Memorial Visitor Center. The aircraft has been elevated to 12 feet, the actual height of their first step into flight. The reproduction is expected to remain prominently displayed until the visitor center completes renovation in 2018.

The North Carolina Museum of History has a variety of other exhibits that include themes such as Miss North Carolina, American Red Cross, 1920’s Drugstore, Tar Heel Junior Historian Association and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Admission is free and the museum is open every day except some major holidays. For more information, call (919) 807-7900.

We hope our Trestles community members take an opportunity to visit the nearby museum. If you or a friend would like more information about our Raleigh apartments, call us today.

Stop by Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Performer in TheaterIf you’re looking for things to do this May and June, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts has plenty to offer. The center’s calendar is filled with amazing shows, concerts and more. These are just some of the upcoming events that are taking place.

Russian Nights – North Carolina Symphony Classical Series

This concert features 2016 Grammy-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich playing Tchaikovsky’s “Violin Concerto” while Grant Llewellyn conducts. Other pieces by Rodion Shchedrin and Shostakovich will also be performed. Performances take place on May 19 and May 20 at 8:00 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall.

Matilda the Musical – Broadway Series South and North Carolina Theatre

This Tony Award-winning musical, which is based on Roald Dahl’s novel, has played to packed auditoriums on Broadway and the West End in London. Raleigh residents now have a chance to see this heartwarming show in person. The charming Matilda the Musical comes to Memorial Auditorium from May 23 through May 28 for evening and matinee performances.

The Music of Prince – North Carolina Symphony

Prince fans can head to Meymandi Concert Hall for an evening filled with the artist’s songs. The North Carolina Symphony will be paying tribute to Prince with a Music of Prince concert on June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Fans can expect to hear a number of Prince classics performed by this talented symphony orchestra.

Louie Anderson – Bob Nocek Presents

For a night of laughter, make plans to attend Louie Anderson’s show at Fletcher Opera Theater on June 15th at 8 p.m. The award-winning comedian and best-selling author will be entertaining the audience with his down-to-earth brand of comedy. Anderson has been a stand-up comedian for the past 30 years.

Our apartments in Raleigh, NC is close to everything the city has to offer, with convenient access to Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Contact us for more information about our community and available floor plans!

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!

3 Museums to Visit in Raleigh

When you live at The Trestles Apartments in northeastern Raleigh, you aren’t far from some of the top museums in the South. Whether you’re looking for science, art or history, we have the place for you.

These three museums are just a few of the cultural treasures Raleigh has to offer.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

The largest natural sciences museum in the Northeast, the North Carolina Museum of the Natural Sciences features an exploration center, eco-center and nature exploration center. General admission is free. There are always traveling and special exhibits going on, as well as presentations in the three-story, globe-like Daily Planet Theater. The permanent collection includes natural flora and fauna treasures of the state, North Carolina gems and minerals and a Discovery Room designed for kids. It contains a living collection of native fish, reptiles and arthropods, along with a conservatory.

North Carolina Museum of Art

North Carolina’s Museum of Art is notable for its indoor and outdoor art collection. Its 164 acre outdoor art park is the country’s largest. Stroll the trails and experience sculptures – including an impressive display of Rodins – or visit current exhibitions in the Edward Durrell Stone-designed building. The permanent collection includes Northern European and Italian Renaissance masterpieces along with African, Ancient American, Egyptian, classical and contemporary pieces.

North Carolina Museum of History

Learn about the Tarheel State’s history from its indigenous peoples to the present day at the North Carolina Museum of History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian. Learn about its military, sports and artistic legacies. The collection includes over 150,000 artifacts from six centuries.  Admission is free.

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Raleigh is North Carolina’s cultural hub. If you’re interested in the better things life has to offer, visit The Trestles Apartments today.  It offers the finest one and two-bedroom floor plans for apartments in Raleigh, with fireplaces and private patios.

Best Sites for Holiday Shopping in Raleigh, NC

Christmas couple with shopping bags

Are you looking for the best places to go holiday shopping this season? Malls and retail stores can be hectic and crowded during the holidays; it’s a good idea to be sure of the best places so that you’re not battling for a parking space just to find out that you’re in the wrong place.

Whether you’re new to the area or just looking for some tips, here are 5 of the best holiday shopping destinations in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Crabtree Valley Mall- If a saturated shopping mall is your preferred place to holiday shop, Crabtree Valley Mall is your place. Packed with popular department stores, brand name retailers, jewelry, book stores, restaurants, and tech devices, you are bound to find whatever it is you’re seeking in one of the nearly 200 stores.
  • North Hills- Giving Crabtree Valley Mall a run for its money, North Hills is another great one-stop-shop for holiday shopping. If you don’t like the idea of getting lost in a massive mall, North Hills offers an outdoor shopping experience alternative. Similarly, they are equipped with plenty of shopping, dining, events, and entertainment.
  • Logan’s Trading Company- Sometimes, gifting others with flowers and festive plant life is a great way to go. Logan’s Trading Company is a garden shop that has been open for 50 years and sells plants, flowers, holiday decor, landscaping products, and yummy edibles. It’s a great place to stop in for your home holiday decorations and distant relatives, coworkers, or in-laws.
  • Deco Raleigh- For those seeking a shopping experience that is diverse and unique, head over to Deco Raleigh. With a mission to support local talent, Deco Raleigh sells the handmade products of over 60 local artisans including pottery, art, jewelry, greeting cards, and t-shirts. Here, you are sure to find something that you will not find anywhere else.
  • Quail Ridge Books & Music- Your go-to bookstore is Quail Ridge Books & Music. There is a wide array of books, both new and used, to appease many different hobbies and interests. You can also find music, memberships, cards, and gift cards. Check it out and see what you can check off of your holiday shopping list.

Why Raleigh is One of the Best Places to Work

For companies that are trying to escape the Northeast corridor, which is crammed and expensive, Raleigh is the destination. More and more companies like Cisco, IBM and SAS are setting up in North Carolina, making Raleigh one of the best places to work in the country. Since the city is located in the “Research Triangle” region (which is the largest research park in the country), Raleigh has the advantage of a lot of universities feeding highly skilled workers to potential employers. With highly affordable real estate and distances that can be covered on foot, Raleigh is not the best place to work for no reason.

There has been a strong inflow of residents in Raleigh, boasting the sixth highest rate of net migration in the last five years. With low costs of starting a business, highly affordable office rents and nearly half the population having a bachelor’s degree at the least, the city is transforming into a diverse economy. Downtown Raleigh is growing stronger with excellent public transit.

Even small businesses have been flourishing in this North Carolina city because of very low hurdles when it comes to regulation. Raleigh encourages businesses to start from scratch. It is an environment that encourages entrepreneurship. When it comes to applying for construction permits, Raleigh is the fastest, with minimal wait times, very efficient procedures and very low cost of administration when it comes to regulatory compliance.

Raleigh also ranks the highest when it comes to hiring opportunities, which is determined by the ratio of job openings to the total population. It ranks very high in job satisfaction as well, making it one of the best places to work in the country. With companies adding new jobs by the dozen and a projected job growth of 3.7% through next year, the city is flourishing.

These Fun Apps will Motivate You to Get to The Tresles Fitness Center

A happier, healthier lifestyle can be enjoyed by everyone who leases our apartments in Raleigh with a fitness center. If you consider working out to be a chore, think about changing your mindset.

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Young lady running on a rural road during sunsetSource: istockphoto

Getting active is actually very enjoyable and could boost the mood, as well as help you reach your target weight and live a longer life. The following fun fitness apps will make working out a pleasant pastime:

  • Zombies, Run! – Are you a fan of zombie movies and video games? If so, you’ll get a thrill as you join a zombie survivor camp and complete tasks, such as gathering supplies, whilst listening to a pre-compiled playlist.
  • Nexercise – Your physical movements will be tracked by this app, which will motivate you to burn calories. When points are earned, they can be exchanged for gift cards at local stores!
  • Pact – Having a workout buddy will inspire you to get active, so use Pact to make an agreement  with other app users for achieving healthy eating and exercise goals.

If you want to have easy access to fitness amenities, our apartments in Raleigh with a fitness center would suit your needs. Contact us at The Trestles to apply for residency today.

Discover Downtown Raleigh on a Segway Tour

Have you heard about the latest mode of transport, the Segway? Unlike a car, a Segway doesn’t have a steering wheel, engine or brakes. The fact that it takes up just as much space on a sidewalk as a person means that it does not contribute to road congestion.

segway tour
People on a segway tourSource: Wikimedia Commons

What’s more, these battery-powered devices can travel at speeds of up to 12.5 mph, so why not experience the fun for yourself?

Hopping on Dean Kamen’s invention with Triangle Glides offers a great way to see Raleigh-Durham. Described as “the best way to see Raleigh,” this fully narrated Segway Tour starts in Historic City Market, and tour-goers are provided with a wireless audio pack, helmets and training.

For just $45, you can enjoy one hour of gliding. Both new and historic landmarks can be seen on the tour, such as the Legislative Building Complex, North Carolina State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, which was built in 1981.

Children aged 14-17 must be accompanied by an adult and reservations are required. Buy your tickets online now, or call (919) 828-1988 for more information.

The Trestles Apartments are located close to downtown Raleigh and all that it has to offer. Get in touch with us to apply today.

Tips for Creating a Better Grocery Budget in Raleigh

How much money do you spend on a typical grocery shop? The average U.S. household spends 13 percent of their income on edibles and household essentials every year. Based on research gathered by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, a family of four will spend $786 per month on groceries!

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Woman wearing a green shirt is checking a tray of frozen meat in a supermarket Source: istockphoto

Despite this, it is possible to slash your monthly expenditure with some simple budget advice. Here are some apartment living tips to help you create an affordable grocery budget:

  1. Plan Each Week – Decide what you will eat ahead of the weekly grocery shop. Not only will this help you stick to a monthly budget but also, it will prevent unnecessary purchases and food waste.
  2. Prioritize Purchases – Sure, that blender might be on sale or that outfit is really in this season, but what do you need the most? Name your priorities and stick to them.
  3. Don’t Eat Out – Instead of dining at expensive restaurants, recreate the menus in an affordable way from the comfort of your own apartment!

You can try out our apartment living tips in a one, two or three-bedroom property at The Trestles community. To check availability for our rental spaces, contact us today to tour our Raleigh apartments.