5 Places to Visit While Staying in Portland

Portland, Oregon is known as The City of Roses, due to its climate – marked by both warm, dry summers and wet, cool-to-chilly winter days. If you’re relocating to this environmentally conscious city, you’ll have many opportunities to spend time in the great outdoors, or peruse its many eclectic museums. Portland is also known for its funky, quirky personality. Read on for our 5 favorite places to visit in this colorful city.

Columbia River GorgeColumbia River Gorge
Just shy of 300,000 acres, the Columbia River Gorge is a year-round recreational area offering countless outdoor activities. Bring your camera to capture the spectacular geology and numerous tumbling waterfalls. Indoor activities for those “uncooperative” weather days include wine tasting, art galleries an interpretive center, beer sampling, and museums. Visit the Gorge website and view the calendar of events at http://www.crgva.org/

9.InternationalRoseTestGardenInternational Rose Test Garden
Located in Washington Park, the International Rose Test Garden houses over 7,000 rose plants. Serving primarily as a testing ground for new varieties, the roses represent many parts of the world and are tested for color, fragrance, disease resistance and other attributes. It is the oldest continuously operating public rose test garden in the United States and exemplifies Portland’s nickname. Open daily, free admission. For hours and specifics, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/finder/index.cfm &propertyid=1113&action=viewpark

Hollywood_TheatreHollywood Theatre
The Hollywood Theatre opened its doors on July 17, 1926, as both a theater featuring silent films, and a vaudeville house. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this “Palace of Luxury” maintains the glamour of the 20’s with modern technology. Sip a glass of wine while catching one of the latest movies, or attend a one-day theater workshop. Find out more
at http://hollywoodtheatre.org/.

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Vibrant Alberta Street boasts popular restaurants, shops, and galleries. Known for its funky feel, Alberta Street supports local businesses and offers visitors a variety of local offerings and festivals. Read about this unique community: http://albertamainst.org/.


puppetPing Pong’s Pint Sized Puppet Museum
Visit the original Howdy Doody in this small but enjoyable museum! Located in the historic Sellwood District, Ping Pong’s is the place to learn all things puppet. Take in a ventriloquist performance, or learn how to build your own puppet. They have a beautiful outdoor seating area for shows and the building is an old railway station. Check it out at www.puppetmuseum.com.


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5 UNIQUE Places to Visit in San Francisco


San Francisco has a multitude of well-known attractions. From strolling through Golden Gate Park to cruising across the bay to Alcatraz, you’ll have plenty to do to keep you busy.  However, escaping the crowds and seeing these lesser-known gems can make you feel uniquely connected to this great city. Here are five UNIQUE places to visit in San Francisco:

San Francisco Castro TheaterCastro Theatre
Watch a classic film in this lavish and intimate theatre. Built in 1922, Castro Theatre features a 1400-seat auditorium with walls covered in rare, decorative, wet plaster murals. Art Deco chandeliers hang from the ceiling, and the mezzanine and balcony are highlighted with mirrors framed in gold. Rare film posters hang in the lobby. Check out their special events or sing along with the Sound of Music. More information can be found at www.castrotheatre.com

Balmy Alley Murals
If you want to see a lot of public art but don’t have a ton of time, head to the Mission District’s Balmy Alley. Since the 1980s, the alley has been home to a rotating collection of murals, and today it’s the most concentrated collection of murals in San Francisco. Read more about this unique art project, or get tour information here: http://www.balmyalley.com/Welcome.html

Mount Sutro “Forest in the Clouds”
Located in San Francisco’s Forest Knolls area, the 900-foot slopes of Mount Sutro immerse visitors in thousands of eucalyptus trees, some of which reach 200 feet in height. Hiking here is unique from anywhere else in San Francisco. It’s heavily shaded, due to the tall trees. Walk through the misty trails of fresh, wet forest in its self-contained rain. On weekdays, there are usually few people around, so there’s a sense of isolation amid towering misty trees. Detailed information can be found at mntsutro.com


Musee Mecanique
Accessible by F-Market Street Car, Musee Mecanique consists of one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of mechanically operated musical instruments and antique arcade machines. Here you’ll find the world’s only steam-powered motorcycle, antique picture machines, and mechanical fortune-telling figures. Play the coin-operated games, including some that are still only a penny! Free admission. Learn more at http://www.museemecaniquesf.com/visit.php


Seward Street Slides
Located in the Castro, Two long, steep concrete slides are the main attraction at this Seward Stree Slidehidden gem. They’re not for tiny tots, nor for the faint of heart! If you decide to slide, please remember that the park closes at sunset. Bring a piece of cardboard and wear sturdy pants!



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Stress Free Holidays During Your Move

10_fabolous_and_inexpensive_last_minute_chirstmas_gift_ideas-620x387The holidays are primarily a time of warmth and comfort, and the feeling of familiarity. Moving can really put a damper on your holiday spirit, but you don’t have to let it. In fact, careful planning can allow for continuation of holiday traditions, even during relocation.

1. If you plan to decorate at your new home- as you pack, make sure holiday decorations will be easy to find. When you arrive in your new home, make putting them up one of your first unpacking tasks to make the rest of the moving process cheerier. Sprucing up your new home with cherished holiday ornaments or décor will make it feel like home in no time.

2. If you plan to decorate at your present location- try using nature in place of your typical decorations. Use a live Christmas tree and decorated it traditionally with popcorn and cranberries strings. Have the kids make paper ornaments for the tree. This will keep them busy while you pack, and the whole tree (ornaments and all!) can be recycled after Christmas. Use leaves, fruit, berries and fresh flowers as a center piece on your table.

3. Buy holiday presents before you leave- and pack them with the rest of your things, or order gifts online to be delivered to your new house. Online entities like amazon.com or toysRus.com frequently offer a gift wrapping option, which will save you a lot of time and hassle during your housing transition.

4. Over the holidays, some local shops and restaurants may close earlier than usual- when you arrive at your new home you won’t have any food in stock and your nearest store may not be open. Scout the area beforehand, or call and get the hours for the closest grocery store, or restaurants. This will save you from eating your holiday meal at the closest fast food outlet.

5. In lieu of the holiday greeting cards- send personalized new address cards to your friends and family members to wish them happy holidays and let them know that you are moving. You can spread holiday cheer and information about your new location simultaneously.

6. Explore your new community- spending the holiday season in a new location can be a great opportunity to learn more about your new home town and to meet people you wouldn’t encounter other times of the year. Most cities host special events, concerts and light displays during the Christmas season that make great family activities. Check your local area for holiday events and holiday happenings

7. Last but not least, remember that the holidays are all about family- moving can be stressful, but relocating as a family can also be a fun new adventure. And if you’re all working to pack, travel and unpack during the holiday season, at least you’ll be spending lots of quality time together.

To help reduce some of the stress of moving during the holidays, consider corporate housing during your transition. Temporary housing allows you more time to explore your new city, while giving you extended time to find a permanent home. Enjoy your holidays without having to worry about unpacking, juggling too many priorities, or trying to keep traditions alive among cardboard boxes. View corporate housing and temporary furnished apartments here.

5 Places to Visit While Staying in Seattle

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Part 3 of our top 5 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica - our next pit stop is Seattle!

If you are planning a trip or relocation to Seattle, you’re probably already aware of its reputation for gloomy weather. Seattle, and the Pacific Northwest in general, has a wetter than average climate. But don’t let the rain clouds keep you from enjoying some of the unique attractions that Seattle has to offer. Add these Seattle favorites to your “to do” list:

Pike’s Place Market
Infamous for its fish-throwing presentations, Pike’s Place Market features more than just flying fins. The Market boasts over 200 unique owner-operated shops and services, including butcher shops, bakeries, produce stands and specialty food stores.  Foodies can choose from over 80 restaurants within the market. Take time to explore the local artisans

and unique crafts in the Main and North Arcade.

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A trip to Seattle would not be complete without a visit to the iconic Space Needle. From the Needle’s incredible 520 ft. Observation Deck, visitors can view both Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. The Space Needle is open 365 days a year, but you’ll want to purchase your tickets in advance and reserve your launch time!    http://www.spaceneedle.com/home/

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Relocating? How to Avoid Loneliness in a New City

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Relocating to a new city can be an exciting experience. With new places to explore and people to meet, a new city can be a unique adventure full of opportunities to learn and grow. However, it’s not uncommon to feel a sense of longing for what was left behind. Here are some tips on how to cope with feeling homesick.

Stay Connected

Set up a routine for talking to friends and family. If your environment allows it, make time for a weekly phone call or Skype dates with loved ones. If time changes make phone calls a challenge, use email, or Facebook or other social media sites to stay in touch. Even a virtual game of Scrabble with a friend can keep you from feeling world’s away.

Make a List/Discover Something New

Before your move, make a list of all of the places you’d like to visit in your new city. Include things like restaurants, museums, parks and walking trails. Research online to find ideas on what your new city has to offer, and add items of interest to your list. Utilize Google Maps to help you locate interesting landmarks. Resolve to visit a new place at least once a week.

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Continuing with activities that you enjoy will give you the opportunity to meet new people with like interests. If you love to exercise, join a health club or walking group. If you’re crafty, look for knitting groups or scrapbooking clubs in your area. You can also check meetup.com for meetings and get-togethers that focus on a wide variety of interests from book clubs to paddle boarding, and are listed by location.

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Respecting your Roommate & Common Area

Staying with SuiteAmerica in an upcoming intern program? Sharing a 2 or 3 bedroom apartment with a roommate or roommates? SuiteAmerica has put together some great tips to help assist you while living with a roommate.

cleaning upRespect Personal Space

Evading boundaries and privacy is probably one of the fastest way to drive a wedge between you and your new roommate. Remember the rule of thumb, don’t touch what doesn’t belong to you. You can avoid confrontation by asking before borrowing or moving something and keeping things in your own area.

Be Courteous with shared space

Be prepared to compromise, not everyone has the same idea of living as you may. Respect common spaces such as the living room, bathroom and dining areas. Be courteous of sleeping habits, as to not disturb anyone, by keeping the noise levels down after certain times of night. Communicate problems right away and be clear from the beginning on your expectations.

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You don’t have to be a clean freak to do your part; simply cleaning up after yourself, especially within common areas can eliminate potential disagreements. Things such as taking care of dirty dishes after eating or cooking, keeping up on laundry and rotating household chores are all great ways to contribute.

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5 Places to visit while staying in Utah


Part 2 of our top 5 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica - our next pit stop is Utah!

Relocating to Utah? Or do you already live there and are looking for some sites to see? We’ve put together a list of 5 places that are must see attractions for current or future residents of Utah.

1. Utah Museum of Natural History

Museum-of-Natural-HistoryAn architectural marvel and a case study in “green” design created by community generosity; we welcome you to the Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center.

For more information call 801.581.4203 or check out their website at nhmu.utah.edu

2. Temple Square & Genealogy

Temple-SquareTemple Square, located in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City, has all the services needed for a wonderful visit. Amazing restaurants, exquisite gardens and interesting historical sites are found on the thirty-five acre site.

For More information call 801.240.1706 or check out their website at visittemplesquare.com

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5 Places to visit while staying in New Jersey


Relocating to New Jersey? Or do you already live there and are looking for some sites to see? We’ve put together a list of 5 places that are must see attractions for current or future residents of New Jersey.

5 Places to visit while staying in New Jersey:


1.  New Jersey State Museum

A series of exhibitions, special events, and programs showcasing four distinct collection areas-Archaeology/Ethnology, Cultural History, Fine Art, and Natural History

For More information call 609.292.6464 or check out their website at njstatemuseum.org

Jersey-Shore2. The Jersey Shore
130 miles of coastline known as “The Jersey Shore”, spans from Sandy Hook to Cape May. The white-sand beach is the perfect place for you and your family to enjoy a fun filled day of swimming, surfing and sun bathing!

For More information check out the website below visitnj.org

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Symbolizing universal freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. From Liberty State park, catch a ferry to the visit Lady Liberty.

For More information call 212.668.2251 or check out their website at nps.gov/stli

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Out with the old, in with the new –  Clean up with SuiteAmerica

It’s that time again! Time to vacuum, dust, and organize! It may not be fun, but a clean, fresh start to the New Year will help create a balanced, stress free life for you and your family.housekeeping

Don’t get overwhelmed before you start

  • Make a list of each room in the house that needs to be cleaned and a sub-list of tasks that need to be addressed.
  • Stock up on trash bags, boxes, sponges, and multi-purpose cleaner so you have everything you need on hand. Don’t forget organizational tools such as boxes, bins, and shelves.
  • Open the windows to get some fresh air and the smell of cleaning products out
  • Turn up the volume on your favorite upbeat music playlist!

Divide and Conquer

  • The best way to tackle your spring cleaning is to start with the room that is your least favorite to clean or the room that has been neglected the longest.
  • Enlist the help of your family members by delegating small tasks and inform them of the time and days that will be dedicated to cleaning.
  • In each room, determine what you are going to throw away, and what you can donate. Separate the items and at the end of the day drop off your donations and throw away the trash so you can start fresh the following day with the next room in your home.
  • Gather your cleaning supplies in a bucket and carry from room to room.

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SuiteAmerica Participates in Race for the Cure 2014

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SuiteAmerica is anxiously anticipating this years “Round up for the Cure”!  SuiteAmerica has been Silver Sponsors in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure for over 18 years and supports an employee team annually. In addition to sponsoring a Race for the Cure employee team, SuiteAmerica hosts a variety of fundraisers to support the team’s efforts to achieve their support goal. SuiteAmerica employees have also personally offered financial contributions along with volunteering many hours to the Susan G Komen organization.

This year SuiteAmerica will be launching a few new fundraising initiatives logoincluding an office bake sale, lunch fundraiser and name fundraiser. The name fundraiser will encourage SuiteAmerica employees to donate a minimum donation of $10 per name to the Race for the Cure in honor of someone they know who has passed away or survived breast cancer.

SuiteAmerica is honored to contribute financially to Susan G Komen’s many events and programs throughout the year. In October 2012, we donated $10 for every new rental of a SuiteAmerica apartment nationwide. SuiteAmerica’s corporate office, located in El Dorado Hills, California, donated office space to the Susan G Komen Sacramento Valley Affiliate for 14 years. The annual estimated donation value of the office space is $25,000.

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