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Black Friday Tips and Tricks

Posted On: Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Black Friday Shopping Tips Thanksgiving is approaching soon which means Black Friday is near. This time of the year can be scary, especially for first-timers trying to navigate the heavy, deal hungry crowds. To help, we provided some tips and tricks to get you through the night safely and with the best deals.

1. Plan your shopping experience
Go in with a plan. Going in to stores without knowing what their sales are or without a plan can cause you stress. Most Black Friday ads can be found online or on a phone App. If you are old fashioned, you can always go out and get the paper Thursday morning and thumb through the deals. Whatever you do, plan where you want to go and have an idea of what you want

2. Electronic season!
If you are in need of electronics, this is the time to buy. (more…)

It’s The UBS Parade Spectacular!

Posted On: Friday, November 20th, 2015

Stamford Downtown's UBS Parade Spectacular on Nov. 22Are you looking for something fun to do to get you in the holiday spirit? Well, all you have to do is look to the sky as the UBS Parade Spectacular rolls into Stamford on Sunday, Nov. 22 at noon.

The UBS Parade Spectacular began 22 years ago and is now one of the largest helium balloon parades in the country! Last year, more than 100,000 people attended and you won’t want to miss it this year. The parade features everyone’s favorite giant inflatable characters, award-winning marching bands and fabulous floats for the entire family to enjoy.  Among the many balloons flying high that day, Daniel Tiger and Kung Fu Panda will make their parade debut. (more…)

Give Back This Holiday Season at Your Local Food Bank

Posted On: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Food donation opportunities at Connecticut food banksWe here at CTBest believe in giving back to the community. We give back to each community we build in, and now here is your chance! Here are some local food banks near each of our luxury Connecticut apartment locations:

  • Branford – The Community Dining Room The Community Dining Room is located less than one mile away from our Montoya apartments and condominiums in Branford. They serve more than 4,500 meals each month, and they host a special holiday dinner for families in need.  To give back, bring nonperishable foods to help a family in need. For more information, call the Community Dining Room at 203-488-9750 or visit www.communitydiningroom.org.   (more…)

Bring Your Family to New Haven’s Fantasy of Lights

Posted On: Monday, November 16th, 2015

New Haven's Fantasy of LightsThis holiday season, pack up a car of friends and family and experience New Haven’s annual Fantasy of Lights. The Fantasy of Lights is an annual drive-through holiday event, with more than 60 LED and animated attractions that are sure to bring excitement to everyone, no matter their age. The route is about a mile long, and the illuminated displays feature everything from snowmen and Santa Claus to firebreathing dragons.

The Fantasy of Lights is a New Haven tradition, with this year marking the 20th celebration of the event. Enjoy the wonder of more than 100,000 colorful lights for only $10 per car. If you’re interested in bringing a larger group, admission is $25 for mini-buses and $50 for buses.

Seeing these spectacular lights is more than just a fun holiday experience; it also supports a great cause. (more…)

How to Host a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted On: Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Tips for hosting a stress-free ThanksgivingHosting Thanksgiving dinner can mean a lot of stress and responsibility, whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth time. The pressure of entertaining a home full of guests while still rolling out a full traditional meal of turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing can be overwhelming sometimes, and often prevents hosts from enjoying the holiday. This year, don’t let the stress of entertaining keep you from having fun with family and friends. We’ve got three tips to help you celebrate a worry-free Thanksgiving with your loved ones. (more…)

Last-minute Halloween Costumes

Posted On: Monday, October 26th, 2015

Easy last-minute Halloween costume ideasWe’ve all been there; you decide you’re going to spend Halloween evening at home with the lights off, watching a marathon of your favorite scary movies with a big bowl of popcorn. All of a sudden, the phone rings! No, it’s not the Ghostface killer from “Scream” or the terrifying girl from “The Ring;” it’s your friend inviting you to her Halloween party that starts in just a few hours.

Of course it’s a costume party, and the only thing scarier than watching the “Friday the 13th” movies alone would be showing up to that party completely underdressed. Thankfully, we’ve gathered some of the best last-minute Halloween costumes that you can make with things you probably have around the house.

Since you might already be dressed for bed by the time you get your invite, just go as you are! Add slippers and an eye mask for that something extra for your pajama party. (more…)

Spooktacular Halloween Events at Seramonte

Posted On: Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

Halloween events in Hamden/New Haven with CTBestApartmentsTo celebrate one of our favorite holidays, the Seramonte apartments in New Haven will be hosting some exciting, spooky activities for our residents to enjoy.

Put on your best costume and stop by the Seramonte leasing center on Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. We will be passing out all of your favorite Halloween candy during this time, so don’t forget to dress to impress by showing off your scary or silly side. (more…)

Halloween Fun at Morgan Manor!

Posted On: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Costume contests and Halloween events in Stamford at Morgan ManorLooking for something fun to do in Stamford this weekend that will get you in the Halloween spirit? Then join us as we host two spooktacular events at our Morgan Manor community, where there will be plenty of chills and thrills as we ring in the Halloween season.

On Friday, Oct. 23, bring your family for a kid-friendly Halloween party and costume contest. This event will take place at 5 p.m., and kids should wear their favorite costumes for chances to win some fun prizes. In addition to the costume contest, children can enjoy games, treats and crafts that they can take home with them. (more…)

Celebrate New Haven Cuisine during Restaurant Week

Posted On: Friday, October 16th, 2015

New Haven's Restaurant Week in Nov. 1 through 6. Enjoy the best restaurants in New Haven.Explore your inner foodie this fall with New Haven’s Restaurant Week. From November 1 through 6, more than 30 restaurants downtown are offering multi-course, prix fixe menus for your enjoyment. For the fixed low price of $18 lunch menus and $32 dinner menus, food lovers can enjoy an appetizer, entrée and dessert at some of the best restaurants in New Haven.

Restaurant Week offers the opportunity to try all the award-winning, diverse restaurants in the area for a reduced price, and each restaurant offers a special Restaurant Week menu. The full menus will also be available for those not interested in the Restaurant Week menus. (more…)

Chills and Thrills at Haunted Houses this Halloween

Posted On: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Haunted houses in ConnecticutWith October upon us and Halloween very near, what better way to get in the mood than by going to a haunted house? Haunted houses range from trails to train rides, to haunted hay rides to buildings. No matter how you like to get your thrills, we found two haunted houses that are sure to make you scream and are less than 30 minutes away from our Branford and New Haven communities.

The Only Scream in Town offers two haunted houses, the Inferno and Total Armageddon, which are some of the scariest ones in Connecticut. Inferno brings you into the underworld where you will experience different levels of fear known only by its infernal inhabitants. It gets scarier every level you push forward to, but if it gets too scary they do allow you to escape. Total Armageddon brings you into the end of the world, where your only chance for survival is to escape through the ruins from the mutants. No one is safe. (more…)