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Celebrate Halloween with Hocus Pocus Film Night

Posted On: Monday, October 24th, 2016

Halloween witchIf you are searching for an entertaining and nostalgic way to celebrate Halloween without dressing up and passing out candy, then plan on joining the Branford/ East Haven community Thursday, October 27 at Hagaman Memorial Library for a screening of Hocus Pocus.

Hocus Pocus is a 1993 film that features Bette Milder, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as three 17th century witches who are summoned into present-day Salem. This hilarious film filled with wacky witches, magic spells and a talking cat is part of everyone’s favorite Halloween tradition. (more…)

Tips for Juggling College Life

Posted On: Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

College life balanceAn inevitable part of the college lifestyle is learning to juggle numerous activities in just a short amount of time. You want to have the energetic college experience you have always dreamed of, but suddenly you have five papers due next week and you’re in need of money. Then you realize you haven’t been spending time with your friends, and on top of all that, your diet consists of take-out. Where and how does the balance begin? Here are a few tips to keep in mind when trying to juggle college with the rest of your life:

  1. Prioritize and Plan: The first thing you should do when you begin college is know what you want to do and what you have to do. You know you have to go to class, you can gather which classes will have heavy homework, and you can select which time slots are best for your classes. Once you have the information about classes, prioritize your time for a job, social activities and healthier living.  At CTBest Apartments, we make it easy for you to prioritize rent with our online rent payment application. (more…)

Get Spooked This Halloween at Local Events

Posted On: Monday, October 17th, 2016

Creeperum Haunted House

Fall is in the air, and Halloween is getting closer with every passing day. There are a variety of reasons why we love this time of year, including festivals, events we go to dressed up as our favorite characters for, giving ourselves an excuse to get scared by people, and facing some of our worst fears. To help you find the best places to celebrate and enjoy the season, here are a few fun things to do near our apartment communities:

Haunted Isle

If you dare, come along to the Haunted Isle in East Haven for a night of screams and fun. Legend says the things that nightmares are made of lurk somewhere in the woods at the end of the trolley tracks. Take the path down by the tracks to the gate at the start of the trail. Be sure to wear good walking shoes as the Isle is a wooded path with many twists, turns and mysterious happenings. Regular admission is $12 per person, and express admission is $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door. Tours will take place every Friday and Saturday in the month of October between 7 and 10 p.m. For more information, visit the Shore Line Trolley Museum’s website(more…)

CTBest Apartments Offers Special Incentives

Posted On: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

From its rich history and beautiful sights to its amazing restaurants and education opportunities, there's so much to love about Branford!Your budget is always an important factor when making the decision on where to live and which apartment to rent. One way to help with costs and to get better deals is to look for special incentives that apartment communities are offering. At CTBest Apartments, we want to help you get into one of our apartments, so we are almost always offering special incentives that can make moving even easier!

At our Branford apartments, residents enjoy living in a seaside town, where they have several parks and trails for their recreation needs and plenty of delicious dining spots. Our apartments here offer one or two bedrooms, resident controlled heat and central air conditioning, contemporary kitchens and spacious bathrooms. To learn more about special incentives here at the Montoya community in Branford, click here. (more…)

New England Chowdafest

Posted On: Monday, September 26th, 2016

ChowdafestAs the weather is beginning to become a little colder, it is the perfect time to begin eating more chowders and soups. If you want to try some of the best chowders and soups in the New England area, then mark your calendars for Sunday, October 2, the date of this year’s New England Chowdafest. New England’s best chowder and soup competition will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport, Connecticut. This is a food festival you don’t want to miss!

At the New England Chowdafest, there will be 40 award-winning chefs and restaurants from every New England state that will be competing for the title of best chowder, soup and bisque in New England. The judges for this competition are you and your friends in attendance! Everyone who attends will get a spoon, ballot and pencil. As you are enjoying unlimited samples of soups and chowders, you will rate everything you try, and the best average rating will win in each category. The four categories to be judged include: Classic New England Clam Chowder, Traditional Chowders, Creative Chowder and Soup/Bisque. (more…)

Tips for Tailgating This Football Season

Posted On: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

TailgatingPerhaps one of the most time-honored traditions surrounding the football season, tailgating is something everyone must experience at least once in their life. Tailgating is the time before a game that allows fans to come together with friends and family to hang out, have fun and eat some great food. While there are many great tailgates hosted around the country, the local UCONN Husky fans can tailgate with the best of them. In order to help you be prepared, here are a few tips to keep in mind for great tailgating this football season:

  • Wear your team’s colors with pride. For UCONN fans, that means sporting plenty of white and blue. UCONN jerseys, t-shirts, caps and hoodies are traditionally what can be seen around Rentschler Stadium.
  • Have great food. Food and tailgating go synonymously together. Nowadays, the food must be great. Traditionally, flavorful hamburgers and hotdogs are prepared with all the toppings you can think of, including chili, cheese, pickles and every type of condiment. Some would say the food is more important than the game when it comes to tailgating. And of course, you need plenty of snacks to munch on throughout the day, especially if it’s a night game. So don’t forget the chips and salsa, chicken wings, and whatever other handheld foods you enjoy. (more…)

Apartment Style 101: Decorating Your Apartment for Fall

Posted On: Monday, September 19th, 2016

fall decorIt’s not an unusual thing to see home decorations and colors change as the seasons change. It’s only natural to want to change your home to match the weather, time of year or holiday. As fall approaches, it’s time to begin incorporating warm, seasonal touches that will help your home feel cozy and relaxing as temperatures start to drop and schedules get even more packed. Here are a few tips to help you transition your apartment from sunny summer décor to warm and cozy:

  • Incorporate warm colors in your apartment. One of the most important things you can change to help your apartment feel more like fall is using warm, earth-tone colors inside your apartment. Colors such as burnt oranges, dark reds, olive greens and rich golds will bring warmth and a fall feel inside your apartment. (more…)

Arts & Crafts on Bedford in Stamford Downtown

Posted On: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Arts and Crafts on BedfordIf you are looking for something fun to do with your family and friends, then plan on joining Stamford Downtown this weekend on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 for the annual Arts & Crafts on Bedford event. Arts & Crafts on Bedford is an annual arts and crafts show that is held here in downtown Stamford on tree-lined Bedford Street, which is surrounded by beautiful café patios. All who attend will have the chance to shop at the craft and artisan boutiques on Bedford Street and dine along the extended sidewalk café.

In addition to the shops and dining, you don’t want to miss out on the Imagination Station presented by the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Bartlett Arboretum. There will be hands-on activities for kids including seeing and petting farm animals, crafts and more! (more…)

Intro to Rental Vocabulary: What You Need to Know

Posted On: Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Things to Do in Hamden and New Haven, ConnecticutRenting for the first time is a major step in your life. You are starting on an adventure where you will begin to learn to take care of yourself and be an adult. If it is your first time ever renting an apartment, then you might be unaware of some words you will encounter and not know the meaning to them. For this reason, we have come up with a list of words you may see or hear and their definitions to help you through the renting process:

  • Application: a written or online request for an apartment
  • Credit Report: a complete history of a person’s paying habits
  • Landlord: the person or owner who runs an apartment building or property (more…)

Apartment Style 101: White Out

Posted On: Monday, August 29th, 2016

white apartment decorWhen we invite people over to where we live, we want to be able to show our creativity in how we decorate our homes while also making it feel as welcoming as possible. The trend right now that looks crisp and clean is using white throughout your home. Even though you may live in an apartment and can’t change cabinet or wall colors, there are still plenty of different ways to incorporate clean, white décor into your apartment.

With there being many different shades of white, the opportunities are endless, and you will love the results. One of the key things to remember when decorating with all white is to use different kinds of textures throughout your rooms and apartment. The textures can give the room more depth and help it to not look too bland. You can use silk pillows on the couch and add a fleece throw. You can also use other décor such as white wood furniture, off-white plants, white mirrors and more to incorporate a variety of whites and textures in your apartment.  (more…)