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Local Stamford Restaurants for a Perfect Valentine’s Date Night

Posted On: Friday, February 12th, 2016

Local Stamford Restaurants for a Perfect Valentine’s Date NightValentine’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to treat your loved one than by indulging in Stamford’s finest restaurants? Stamford, Connecticut is a city that offers a wide range of enjoyable sites and attractions, including a number of delicious dining options.

Here are our top Stamford restaurants that you can take your significant other to for a picture-perfect Valentine’s Day celebration:

  1. Café Silvium: With only a few decimal points short of a perfect 5-star rating on Trip Advisor, this restaurant offers authentic and affordable Italian food right in the heart of Stamford. Reservations for all parties are taken Monday through Thursday and reservations for parties of five or more are taken Friday and Saturday.
  1. Olio: This Spanish-inspired restaurant offers a casual atmosphere and delectable cuisine options for brunch, lunch and dinner options. (more…)

Wow Your Valentine with a Romantic At-Home Date

Posted On: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

At Home Date Ideas for Valentines DayValentine’s Day is quickly approaching and securing restaurant reservations far in advance of this holiday saves the stress of waiting in endless lines at your favorite eateries, but conjuring up unique date ideas can sometimes get tricky. What if there was a way to avoid leaving your house and still keep the spark of love and creativity alive in your relationship? Treating yourself and your significant other to a fancy dinner and a movie is a classic rite of passage, but the culture of simplicity is transforming the coveted night out into a night in.

Here are our top five stay-at-home date ideas for this Valentine’s Day that will allow you to maintain the comfort and familiarity of your home, save money and create priceless memories with your loved one:

  1. Recreate a restaurant atmosphere. Bring out the candles, your favorite drinks, a full-course menu, flowers and everything else you desire from a five-star restaurant, but in your own home! For bonus points, make this a black-tie event and create an intimate, picture perfect moment. (more…)

Temporary Valentine’s Day Decorations for Your Apartment

Posted On: Monday, February 8th, 2016

Temporary Valentine’s Day Decorations for Your Apartment

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! You can set the mood for your special someone by lighting candles and wearing your best outfit, but you can’t have the total package without decking out your home to match the atmosphere. Decorating apartments is often a difficult task because of restrictions put in place about how you may or may not be able to customize the area, but you can still bring the joy of the season of love into your apartment without compromising your lease.

Here are some temporary do-it-yourself décor ideas:

Valentine’s Mirror

This one is simple and anyone is sure to love it, both young and old. It’s a different take on the traditional picture exchange gift, but rather than printing out a picture and placing it in a frame, use a framed mirror to create this piece and watch the faces of your loved ones light up as they look at themselves and appreciate the unique keepsake. You can even include a positive message on the mirror as a loving gesture.

Valentine’s Wreath

You don’t typically see wreaths until November and December, but that’s no reason to neglect commemorating this holiday of love. You can make this a rustic piece or stick to more traditional Valentine’s Day colors complete with bows and arrows. When you’re done, hang it outside of your door and spread the love to neighbors, family, friends and significant others. (more…)

Downtown Living at Morgan Manor

Posted On: Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Downtown Stamford apartments of Morgan ManorStamford Downtown is the type of place where there is always something fun to do. From its thriving restaurant scene and signature events, to its variety of shopping and nightlife, there’s plenty of things for anyone and everyone to do year round. So, if you don’t already live here, why not begin a new year here and experience all this exciting area has to offer?

Just minutes from Stamford Downtown are the apartments of Morgan Manor. Set in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood, these high-rise apartments offer residents a serene setting with proximity to all the action of downtown. Here, you can appreciate living solo in the studio or one bedroom options, or you can enjoy the company of roommates in Morgan Manor’s two and three bedroom options. (more…)

How To Host a Stress-Free Holiday Party

Posted On: Monday, December 21st, 2015

How to host a stress-free holiday partyIt doesn’t matter what you’re celebrating, everyone loves going to holiday parties. But if you’re the one hosting the celebration, things can often go from zero to stressful very quickly. But, there’s no need to worry; here’s how to host a sophisticated holiday party without maxing out your stress levels.

-          Have a plan, and don’t be afraid to delegate if you’ve just got too much on your plate. Do as much as you can ahead of time to eliminate any last-minute disasters. Definitely clean a few days ahead and cook dishes that freeze well so all you have to do the day of is thaw and reheat everything. You can also consult this handy timeline if you’re not sure when you should be getting things done.

-          When serving food for a large party, a buffet is key. Create visual appeal with dishes served at various heights. (more…)

Easy and Inexpensive Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted On: Saturday, December 19th, 2015

Easy and Inexpensive Holiday Gift IdeasWith the holidays fast approaching, we know how stressful it can be to make sure everyone on your list gets the perfect gift. We know it’s even more stressful when you have a budget to stick to. That’s why CTBest is here to help; we’ve got some great gift ideas that will help you stay stress free this holiday season and make everyone on your gift list happy.

For families

-       A homemade fort kit. Help create memories when you give this awesome gift to the adventurous family in your life. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to put in your kit.

-       S’mores kits. The perfect activity for those chilly winter nights. Go the extra step and include metal roasting sticks. If they don’t have a fireplace or outdoor fire pit, you can use the same concept and give a gingerbread house making kit or a pancake mix kit. (more…)

Holiday Happenings in Connecticut

Posted On: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Holiday happenings in ConnecticutThe holidays are just around the corner, but there’s still plenty of time to have some holiday fun. From magical light displays to the ballet, we’ve compiled a list of exciting events in Connecticut just for you. There are plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy, and you don’t need Rudolph to get you there; just let the list below be your guide!

 Fantasy of Lights
What:
A drive-thru of more than 60 attractions including animated and LED light displays to benefit the Goodwill of Easter Seals. And, enhance the already spectacular experience with a pair of 3D glasses and special radio broadcast as you ride through the winter wonderland!
When:
Now until Jan. 6, 2016. Sunday through Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5 until 10 p.m.
Where:
Lighthouse Point Park at 2 Lighthouse Road in New Haven
Cost:
Vehicles are $10, mini-busses are $25 and busses are $50
Know before you go: Use the hashtag #fantasyoflights to share your experience on social media and bring awareness to a great cause. Click here for more information. (more…)

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

Posted On: Friday, December 11th, 2015

Healthy Holiday Eating TipsThe holidays are a time for being with friends and family, reliving treasured memories, making new traditions and of course, eating tons of delicious food. It’s no surprise that sometimes we might indulge just a little too much in our favorite foods, but we’ve gathered some tips to help you combat the inevitable holiday weight gain and perhaps get you started on that New Year’s resolution.

-Offer to bring food. By volunteering to bring a dish or two of your own to a gathering, you can ensure that there are at least a couple healthy options for you to indulge in.

-Don’t hang by the snacks. When you’re standing around, especially when you’re within arm’s length of the snack table, it can be easy to mindlessly munch pre-dinner. Instead, catch up with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while or help the host with anything he or she might need. The busier you are the better! (more…)

Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Apartment

Posted On: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Holiday Decorating IdeasIt’s that time of year again; time to deck the halls, the walls and every space in between with the most festive of decorations that will bring holiday cheer to everyone that steps foot inside your apartment. This is the perfect opportunity to let your personality shine, so be sure to follow these decorating tips to ring in the holiday season with undeniable style no matter what you’re celebrating.

Let’s Talk Trees:

- Our apartments are spacious, but if you don’t think you’ll have enough room (or energy) to put up and deal with a huge tree, you can always buy a half or quarter tree. These are perfect for placing up against a wall or tucking into corners to save even more space.

- Of course, if you think you’ll be missing out on a real tree too much, pick up some tree trimmings and place into large vases. You can then place ornaments and lights on them to bring the whole look together.

- If you’ve got the wall space and don’t want a traditional Christmas tree, hang lights or branches in the shape of a tree. Bonus points if you can get your shopping done early this year and place wrapped presents under it. You can also use this same idea to create a Star of David or any other symbol that reminds you of this time of year. (more…)

See the Heights & Lights in Stamford Downtown this Weekend

Posted On: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Stamford Downtown's Heights & LightsWhat better way to start the holiday season than with watching Santa rappel down one of Stamford’s tallest buildings? This weekend, you can do just that at Heights & Lights in Stamford Downtown.

Starting at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6, look up 22 stories high on the Landmark Square building and see Santa Claus and his Celebrity Rappelling Elf, Yankees GM Brian Cashman, make their way down the side of this massive structure. Once you’re done cheering on these December daredevils, follow them up Bedford Street over to Latham Park where you and the rest of Santa’s friends will enjoy a fireworks display after the annual lighting of Stamford’s Holiday Tree. The Cast of Lion King Jr. from Saxe Middle School will also be there to get you in the holiday spirit with their music as you sip on free hot cocoa from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation.

This might be the only time you get to see Santa in real life, so you definitely don’t want to miss this high flying adventure in Stamford Downtown. After Heights & Lights, you can easily walk back to any of our apartments in Stamford, where there is plenty of space to put your own holiday tree and large windows to show off your decorations. Our Hoyt Bedford apartments have spacious living areas and even options for terrace studio apartments so you can bring your decorations outside. If you could see yourself in one of these luxury Connecticut apartments near Heights & Lights and all the events offered year round in Stamford Downtown, stop by the leasing office at 112 Hoyt Street or call 203-325-3848. For more information, you can also call or text leasing agents Desiree at 203-223-2665 or visit www.ctbestapts.com.