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Learn About Our Available Summer Rates at Waterton Hotels

Hotel RoomWhen you live in our apartments in Mountlake Terrace, there’s no doubt you’ll have direct access to the amenities and outdoor attractions you love. Yet, for many people, there comes a time when traveling to a new area is simply a must. If you live in Taluswood Apartments, a Waterton community, you’ll be able to take advantage of our special discounted rates at Waterton hotels across the country.

You Have Access to Discounts

Waterton residents receive an extra perk for living within our communities – you get a discounted rate when you stay at Waterton managed hotels throughout the country. The only question is, where will you head this summer? For your reference, our hotels and rates are listed below. Keep in mind that special pricing is only valid now until August 31, 2017. To book your stay, call the special phone number associated with the hotel of your choice and request the Waterton corporate rate! Here are some outstanding opportunities for you to consider.

  • Travel to California and stay at the Westin San Francisco Airport or Aloft San Francisco Airport in Millbrae (near San Francisco) with rates starting from $159 on weekdays and $99 on the weekends at both hotels. You can also check out the Hyatt Place San Jose for 20% off the best rates available.
  • Spend some time in Massachusetts at the Courtyard Boston Marlborough with rates starting from $139 on weekdays and $99 on weekends. You’re minutes from all of the city’s fantastic amenities including the waterfront and the urban community. In addition, you can also stay at Sheraton Framingham with rates starting from $159 on weekdays and $99 on weekends or the Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough with rates starting from $99 at both hotels.
  • Stay in Skokie (near Chicago) at DoubleTree Skokie with rates starting from $99.
  • Travel to Ohio and stay at the Aloft Beachwood with rates starting at $89 a night. That’s a significant saving. Why not stay in Cleveland’s Beachwood area for some luxury shopping? If Beachwood isn’t your speed, you can also stay at Westin Columbus in the state’s capital with rates starting from $159 on weekdays and $99 on weekends. Or, you can stay at Comfort Inn Piqua in Piqua with rates starting at $49.
  • Explore Pennsylvania in Moon Township (near Pittsburgh) at DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport with rates starting from $89.
  • Have you been wanting to go to Wisconsin? Enjoy a stay in Madison at Sheraton Madison with rates starting from $99.

Traveling to an unknown location is always an adventure. Perhaps you hope to check out some of the major attractions in San Francisco or the head to Lake Erie in Ohio for the weekend. No matter what your ideal adventure is, there’s no reason not to take full advantage of it today. These discounted rates and special offers make that easy to take advantage of. Visit family. Explore a new city. Take in the historical sites or museums – it’s all easy to do.

Living With Us Makes it Easy to Explore the World

When you live in our Mountlake Terrace apartments, you get to take advantage of some of the most ideal community amenities available. Yet, you also get access to these special offers and unique opportunities. What’s not to love about that? To learn more about our available apartments, give our office a call today.

Dinner Party

Follow These Tips for a Stress-Free Dinner Party

Dinner PartySummertime isn’t always about barbecues. It’s also a great time to host an elegant dinner party indoors with some friends and loved ones. Use the following tips to take the stress out of planning and hosting a dinner party.

Keep the Menu Simple

You don’t have to fill your dinner menu with complicated dishes that involve several different ingredients or dishes that have to be prepared individually. Instead, consider having simple one-pot dishes for your dinner party, such as a casserole or Crock-Pot entrée. Just make sure you check with your guests ahead of time about any food allergies or sensitivities they have.

Clean While You Cook

Cleaning up while you’re making dinner cuts down on the amount of time you’ll have to spend doing so afterward. Wipe off the counters, rinse off cooking utensils and wash your pots and pans as soon as you’re done using them. This gives you more time to relax during and after dinner since you won’t have to worry about having a big stack of dishes to do.

Set the Table Early

Depending on how much you have to do the day of your party, you might want to set the table the night before. By doing this, you get the task out of the way so you can focus on cooking and doing other duties before the guests arrive. It also means you don’t have to take the time to set the table while juggling food preparation and greeting guests.

Go Light With Hors D’Oeuvres

If you plan on offering hors d’oeuvres before dinner, choose something that’s light and simple. Otherwise, your guests will fill up on these and not have much room for dinner. This also saves you some time when it comes to food prep. Consider having cheese and crackers or vegetables and dip.

Accept Offers of Help

If your guests offer to bring something or help you out with anything, such as cutting up vegetables or cleaning off the table after dinner, take them up on it. This makes your dinner party easier on you.

Our apartments in Mountlake Terrace, Washington have fully equipped kitchens that make it easy to prepare for a dinner party. Contact us for more information about our available floor plans.

Outdoor Park

Best Parks in Mountlake Terrace to Check Out This Summer

Outdoor ParkMountlake Terrace, WA is a great place for outdoor lovers to live due to the impressive number of well-maintained parks and recreational facilities. With close to 300 acres dedicated to sports complexes, natural spaces and beyond, you’ll never need to travel far from home to enjoy the great outdoors.

Five of the Best Parks in Mountlake Terrace

Off-Leash Dog Park

Those of you with a furry friend will love visiting the fully fenced off-leash dog park to spend quality time with your dog. Bring a ball or frisbee or just take the time to talk to other friendly dog lovers while your pet makes new friends.

Ballinger Park

Do you feel like trying your luck fishing or having a picnic? Ballinger Park is the perfect place to bring barbecue supplies, your fishing rod and/or a non-motorized boat for a day of fun and play.

Jack Long Park

This park may be small but its unique features make it a top spot for outdoor enthusiasts. With a climbing rock, walking path, picnic facilities and horseshoe pits, you’ll be able to entertain the whole family in a beautiful setting.

Forest Crest Play Field

If you’re looking for a spot to practice baseball, softball or soccer, Forest Crest is the place to head. Two separate baseball fields along with a tee-ball field that doubles as a soccer field are available for people of all ages to sharpen their skills or just have a little fun.

Terrace Creek or “Candy Cane” Park

This 60-acre park is known as the jewel of Mountlake Terrace. With walking trails, gazebos, a playground, play field and more, Terrace Creek is sure to offer the whole family plenty of entertainment.

A Comfortable Home With Recreational Amenities

Living at Taluswood Apartments in Mountlake Terrace, WA means you’ll have plenty of access to outdoor recreation activities. When you don’t feel like taking a short drive to one of the city’s park areas, you can enjoy the on-site heated pool, walking trail, playground, basketball court and more. Give our office a call today to find out which floor plan will best suit your lifestyle.

Taluswood Living Room

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Area Rug

Taluswood Living RoomTrying to determine the best area rug for your home can vary depending on the room and the space that you want it to go in. You want to make sure you take a few things into consideration before you make a purchase. Use these tips to choose the perfect area rug for your space.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Area Rug

Color

When you are looking for an area rug, you need to find one with a color scheme or design that goes with your existing furniture and decor. You do not want to find a rug that will clash with everything that you currently have in the space. It should fit right in and complete the look you are already forming.

Texture

Texture is one of the components of choosing an area rug that many people do not ever even consider. However, there are many different textures available when you are looking at area rugs. You want to make sure you choose a texture that you will not mind walking on but there are also some other things to consider. You should also look at how easy it is to clean the rug based on its texture. If you want something easy to clean, make sure you find a texture that will allow that to happen for you.

Size

When looking at an area rug, you want to also take into consideration the size. The size of the rug should fit the seating area in the room. Because of that, you do not want to find one that is too big or too small for the space you are working with. You also want to make sure that all of the furniture is on the rug but only the front legs of the furniture. You do not want it to take up the entire room.

Using all of these tips together can help you find the best area rug for your space. If you are looking for a new place to call home, stop by our office to take a look at our apartments in Mountlake Terrace. We have different floor plans and styles available so stop in to check them out and see what’s available.

Plate of Fruit

4 Great Pre-Workout Snacks

Plate of FruitIt’s almost summer and that means fun. It also means swimsuit season is upon us. If you’re thinking it might be a good time to start getting serious about getting in shape, you’re going to love living at Taluswood Apartments in Mountlake Terrace. Residents have all of the tools they need to get in tip-top shape at Taluswood Apartments with some great amenities to help, including a fully-equipped fitness center, heated pool, basketball court, and walking trail.

Get Fit for Summer at Taluswood Apartments

If you’re starting a new workout routine, a good place to begin is with the right pre-workout snack. Your body needs energy for the most efficient workout, so before heading over to the fitness center at Taluswood Apartments, a pre-workout snack is a must. It might sound strange, but eating a snack before a workout gives you the energy you need to go the extra mile and get it done! The best type of snack would contain a mix of carbs and bit of protein for your best workout.

4 Great Pre-Workout Snacks

Fruit 

Fruit is a great choice of carbs for a pre-workout boost and is great workout fuel. The fruit carbs break down quickly for instant energy.

Oats

Oats, like those found in granola bars, have plenty of fiber, meaning the release of carbs into the bloodstream is gradual, which helps keep your body’s energy levels strong and consistent during workouts. The B vitamins are a bonus and help change the carbohydrates into energy.

Yogurt

Yogurt is chock-full of high-quality protein and calcium, offering essential nutrients to take your workout to a whole new level. Go for the Greek, as it is double the protein, fewer carbs, and half the sodium.

Protein Shakes

Shakes are great for those who are in a hurry or always on the go. This quick snack should include a quick releasing protein and simple carbs for the best effect.

Taluswood Apartments in Mountlake Terrace strives to offer our community members services that meet their lifestyle needs. We welcome you to visit us today and check out our amenities and peaceful, wooded neighborhood. Call us today at (855) 450-2838 to set up a personal tour!

Whole Pizza

Where to Find the Best Pizza Near Mountlake Terrace

Whole PizzaFew people can resist the allure of quality toppings and gooey cheese on fresh-baked bread with a tangy sauce to hold the whole thing together. Yet, the mystery can remain of where to go to get the best pizza. Even if you think you’ve found your go-to spot close to your Mountlake Terrace apartments, keep these suggestions in mind when you want to branch out.

Sorelli’s Pizza

Enjoy a slice, a beer, and the big game right in Mountlake Terrace. This pizzeria is beloved for refusing to skimp on their cheese and toppings. The staff here is friendly, and you’ll certainly get to know them (as they get to know you, too) should you choose to make this place one of your regular haunts.

Brier Pizza Kitchen

This eatery is just a short drive away and even with its popularity and the ever-increasing demands on its staff, people still love this place for its service and its excellent pies. Brier’s also supports many of the community efforts by giving some of their profits to different initiatives. Come here after a tough day, and feel uplifted as you see people who truly care for one another.

Pagliacci Pizza

Located just minutes away in Shoreline, Pagliacci has pizza and lasagna plus salads to round out your meal. People appreciate this place for the taste and the quality. Just like our other options on the list, much of the place is comprised of loyal locals. Come here to make friends and try a few slices of your favorite pizzas.

Zeeks Pizza

This place in Lynnwood is just a short trip from our community, and it’s good for everything from a special date night to a regular Friday in front of the television. Visitors praise Zeeks for having excellent pizza and beer and plenty of places to enjoy it — both inside and out.

Whichever pizza turns out to be your favorite, don’t settle for one restaurant until you’ve done your homework. Thankfully, it will be a delicious assignment no matter how you slice it. If you’re doing your own research right now before deciding on a new place to live, try Taluswood Apartments for a location that doesn’t disappoint. Call us today to see if we have the floor plan for you!

Colorful Toothbrushes

Things in Your Apartment You’re Forgetting to Clean

Colorful ToothbrushesAt Taluswood Apartments in Mountlake Terrace, it’s easy to maintain a clean and organized lifestyle. But even the cleanest person can sometimes miss certain areas. It’s especially easy to forget to clean some things that are in plain sight every day! For a handy reminder, check out this list of things you’re forgetting to clean.

Your Toothbrush Holder

Cleaning your toothbrush holder isn’t the first thing you think of when you’re getting ready for work in the morning. And, chances are, your toothbrush holder isn’t see-through. You can’t see that at the bottom it’s getting dirtier every day. Even if you store your toothbrush with the bristles up, the handle gets dirty, and that’s where you put your own hands. An easy way to clean it is to just remove the lid with the holes and put everything in the dishwasher.

Under the Refrigerator

When is the last time you looked under your refrigerator? If you did, you’d likely see an accumulation of pet hair, crumbs and lots of things that are no longer identifiable. The simplest way to clean under the refrigerator without moving it is to use a long-handled dusting wand that’s been dampened with water. If your refrigerator is on wheels, you might even be able to roll it out and clean underneath.

Light Switches

Take a minute to walk around your apartment and really look at your light switches. These get touched multiple times a day and even the cleanest people leave prints and marks. There’s also the consideration that a lot of germs can build up on light switches. To get them clean fast, just spritz a cloth with a glass cleaner or other general household cleaner. Wipe down and be amazed at the difference!

Household Plants

Plant leaves get dusty just like anything else. But when dust accumulates on plant leaves, the plant can’t be as healthy as it should be because the dust interferes with photosynthesis. Even once in a while, dust your plants off with a clean cloth dampened with water.

There are many floor plans to choose from at Taluswood Apartments in Mountlake Terrace. Why not contact us today to see how your style of living can get even better?

Poached Egg on Food

How to Poach an Egg Like a Pro

Poached Egg on FoodVersatile, affordable, and healthy eggs are the perfect ingredient for launching a productive day in your Mountlake Terrace apartment. If you’re like many people, however, you are limited to one or two egg recipes. There are only so many times you can eat scrambled eggs.

Ready to switch it up? Poached eggs are a great alternative. You’ll find it easy to prepare a protein-packed breakfast when you follow these simple suggestions:

Tips for Preparing Poached Eggs

  • Fresh eggs are always best for poaching. The whites nearly always hold up better than if they are several days or weeks old.
  • Avoid stray egg whites by placing each cracked egg in a fine mesh sieve before poaching.
  • Use a saucepan with a few inches of water. Bring the water to a bare simmer.
  • Use your discretion with vinegar. Many people prefer to add a tablespoon or two of vinegar to the water so as to prevent runny eggs, but this may impact the taste.
  • Slowly slip a cracked egg into the simmering water. If necessary, push the egg whites closer to the yolk with a spoon.
  • Try the whirlpool method. Some people prefer to swirl the water in the saucepan around before adding the egg. This approach is believed to prevent the egg white from spreading across the pan.
  • Cover the pan and let the eggs heat for four minutes. Ideal timing will vary somewhat based on the size of the eggs. Typically, egg whites are cooked but yolks are runny after four minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to remove poached eggs from the saucepan. The eggs can be served immediately, chilled in an ice bath, or refrigerated for up to eight hours before they’re reheated and served.

If you’re really struggling to poach eggs, you can always use a specially-designed poaching pan. Although this technically coddles the eggs rather than poaches them, it still produces cooked egg whites and runny yolks.

No matter which preparation method you employ, poached eggs are easy to make and therefore the perfect breakfast to prepare in your apartment.

The Taluswood Apartments boast fully-equipped kitchens, perfect for preparing poached eggs and a variety of other breakfast favorites. Contact us today to learn more about our spacious floor plans.

Ingredients to Cook With

5 Hobbies to Try This Month

Ingredients to Cook WithTrying a new hobby is a great way to expand your horizons and potentially find a fun, new way to spend your time. With the warmer weather making more activities possible this time of year, now is a better time than ever to pick up a new hobby. Listed below are five great hobbies to try out this month:

Hiking

There is a ton of beautiful scenery near our Mountlake Terrace apartments in Washington, and hiking is a great way to get out and enjoy it. Best of all, the spring season is the perfect time to take up hiking. Just pick a scenic trail and start enjoying the peace and relaxation of nature.

Listen to Audiobooks

Audiobooks are a great option for many people since they allow you to engage in other activities, such as household chores, while still enjoying a great book. In addition to this, good voice actors can really bring a character to life, giving you an even more captivating experience when listening to a book versus reading it.

Learn an Instrument

Whether you choose to pay for private lessons or teach yourself through practice and YouTube tutorials, learning a new instrument is an enjoyable and useful hobby.

Cooking

Most everyone does some degree of cooking, but those who turn it into a hobby not only enjoy the task more but often grow to become quite good at it. Try new recipes, push the boundaries with more complicated dishes, and even experiment with recipes of your own. You may find putting dinner on the table can actually be a fun and enjoyable new hobby.

Biking

Biking around the neighborhood is not only a great way to get a little exercise and enjoy the outdoors, but it is also an excellent way to get to know your neighbors/neighborhood a little better.

At Taluswood Apartments, we love to see our residents getting out and enjoying new hobbies and activities. If you would like to learn more about making our Mountlake Terrace apartments your new home, feel free to contact us today and see which floor plans we currently have available.

Coffee Beans

Excellent Coffee Within Minutes of Your Mountlake Terrace Apartment!

Coffee BeansThe Pacific Northwest is known for its premier coffee, and the city of Mountlake Terrace is no exception. Located just north of Seattle, this neighborhood is the ideal location for apartments that can bring easy access to the booming metropolis.

Mountlake Terrace has plenty of beautiful forested areas and rural charm while still offering all of the amenities of city living. Avoid the bustle of the big city while living just 20 minutes from downtown – and try out these three superb coffee shops located just minutes from your Mountlake Terrace apartment:

Fulcrum Coffee (formerly Urban City Coffee)

Urban City Coffee offers a superior blend of java that will get you going in the morning and fuel you throughout the day. The prices at this fine establishment are fair, and both the java and the food are delicious. There’s outdoor seating as weather permits and an appealing atmosphere indoors. There’s also plenty of parking for both your car and your bicycle. Come meet the staff and relax with a great cup of joe!

Address: 4313 212th St SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043

Website: www.fulcrumcoffee.com

Jason’s Java

Jason’s Java joint in nearby Brier offers a range of ideal roasts and blends for every coffee lover’s palette. At Jason’s, they believe coffee is personal, so they combine their delicious java drinks and eats with excellent customer service. Enjoy this coffee lovers’ highlight near Mountlake Terrace.

Address: 24607 Brier Road, Brier, WA  98036

Perfetto Espresso

Another awesome Mountlake Terrace coffee shop find is Perfetto Espresso. Sip on super-fresh espresso and coffee, and enjoy relaxing in their outdoor seating area during warmer weather. Parking is within walking distance of Perfetto Espresso, and there is also plenty of bicycle parking. Prices are more than fair, and you’ll love the friendly service.

Address: 5601 244th Street SW, Mountlake Terrace, WA  98043

Taluswood Apartments in Mountlake Terrace are just steps away from a range of premier dining and shopping options, and these coffee shops among the best. Make the stylish Taluswood Apartments your new home, and partake in some of the very best coffee the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Best of all, these fine establishments will be just minutes from your Mountlake Terrace apartment!

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