5 Places to visit while staying in Maryland…

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Part 7 of our top 10 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica – our next pit stop is !

Relocating to Maryland? 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.

B&O Railroad Museum
History was born in Baltimore when the first 12 miles of railroad track in the U.S. were laid. This National Historic Landmark brings to life what it was like to ride the rails with impressive displays of historic locomotives and rail cars.
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For more information call 410.752.2490 or check out their website at http://www.borail.org/

Clara Barton National Historic Site Museum
This National Historic Site in Glen Echo was home to the founder of the American Red Cross. Clara Barton selflessly dedicated her life to helping others in need. Her house served as the headquarters and warehouse for the American Red Cross for many years. To this day it continues to fly its familiar Red Cross flag.
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Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Francis Scott Key was inspired to write “The Star Spangled Banner” following a British bombardment on the fort. You can practically hear the words of our National Anthem as you stroll the grounds of this impressive star-shaped fort.
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For more information call 410.962.4290 or check out their website at http://www.nps.gov/fomc/index.htm

Fire Museum of Maryland
This fire museum is the third largest of its kind in the world. On exhibit are more than forty antique fire apparatus, memorabilia, fire-fighting equipment, models and photographs. You’ll be impressed with the dedication and courage of fire fighters throughout history.
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For more information call 410.321.7500 or check out their website at http://www.firemuseummd.org/

Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Home to the Baltimore Orioles major league baseball team, this ballpark, nestled in downtown Baltimore is known as “The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball”.  Its unique blending of early 20th century ballparks with the urban setting of downtown Baltimore inspired a generation of ballpark construction.
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For more information call 410.685.9800 or check out their website at http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/bal/ballpark/

Do you know of any other places to visit in Maryland that you think should be added to the list? We’d love to hear from you!

5 Places to visit while staying in Virginia

Waterfront property in Alexandria, Virginia, USA

Part 6 of our top 10 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica – our next pit stop is Virginia!

Relocating to Virginia? 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.

Colonial Williamsburg
Strike your own independence as you stroll the grounds of America’s largest living history museum. Become immersed in the revolutionary time period when you talk to local citizens and explore the magnificent museums and shops. Remember to stop by the historic tavern for an authentic 18th century-inspired meal.
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For more information call 888.965.7254 or check out their website at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com

Grand Caverns
Witness the power of nature at these breathtaking underground caverns in the Shenandoah Valley. The Grand Caverns are just one of eight throughout the state and features the famous sites known as Bridal Veil, Stonewall Jackson’s Horse, and even get a glimpse at Dante’s inferno.
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For more information call 540.249.5705 or check out their website at www.grandcaverns.com

Historic Jamestowne
Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English settlement in America, showcases what life was like for the settlers inside James Fort. Take a walk in the footsteps of Captain John Smith, Pocahontas and the colonists and then step inside the award-winning archaeology museum and marvel at the impressive exhibit of artifacts that are housed there.
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For more information call 757.229.4997 or check out their website at www.historicjamestowne.org

Busch Gardens Williamsburg
2015 is the 40th anniversary of this classic European theme park. Take a ride on world-class roller coasters, connect with nature at the many animal exhibits and explore the many wonders that await the entire family.
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For more information call 800.343.7946 or check out their website at www.buschgrardens.com

Yorktown
Site of the last major battle of the Revolutionary War, Yorktown is renowned as the place which secured independence for the United States. You’ll see the historic battlefield where General George Washington defeated British General Cornwallis and visit the museum displaying important artifacts from the decisive battle.
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For more information call 757.898.2410 or check out their website at www.nps.gov/colo

Do you know of any other places to visit in Virginia that you think should be added to the list? We’d love to hear from you!

 

Hungry in Austin, TX?

7 OF THE BEST PLACES TO EAT IN AUSTIN, TX DURING YOUR STAY IN CORPORATE HOUSING


Discover Delicious Food in Austin, TX while staying in Our Corporate Rentals

For those of you that have just landed the perfect internship or the job of your dreams, Austin is a great place to call home. It has all the makings of a world-class city including some of the best food in the country. The city gets its unique flavors from southern-style dishes and Mexican cuisine. You can find something for everyone including spicy barbecue, vegan hot spots, and authentic Cajun cooking. Take a look at all the must-try places to eat during your stay in corporate housing in Austin, TX.


franklin-bbqFranklin’s is easily the state’s best barbecue joint. They open at 11 AM for lunch and there’s usually a line around the block starting at 9. Locals and tourists alike will spend hours trying to get a taste of their famous brisket, ribs and pulled pork. They can turn all of their delicious barbeque creations into massive sandwiches. Don’t forget to grab a slice of homemade pie for dessert.


asian cuisineIt may not look like much from the outside, but Asiana is the place to go for authentic Indian food in Austin. They have all of your Indian essentials including samosas, chicken tikka masala, and freshly baked naan. Every dish is filled with powerful Indian flavors, herbs and locally sourced meats and vegetables. If you’re looking for a bite on the go, all of their dishes are available for take out.


bouldin creek cafeThis cozy neighborhood joint was designed for the vegetarians of Austin. They serve delicious meat-free sandwiches, humungous salads, and sweet teriyaki stir-fry. Try their Ruby Reuben. It’s made with their famous Kale Kraut, Gruyere cheese and marinated shredded beets. Their menu also features loads of gluten-free options for lunch and breakfast. As they proudly state on their website, everything is made from scratch and with love.


curras grillCurra’s has a monopoly on authentic Mexican cuisine in Austin, TX. Their Conchinita Pibil, a traditional dish from the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of their most popular creations. It features a slow roasted pork leg cooked in a banana leaf with black beans, plantains, and wild rice. They also have a full line of unique cocktails and specialty margaritas. Their avocado margarita is not to be missed.


cherrywood coffeehouseThis is not your average café. Their food spans a wide variety of Créole recipes, American staples and baked goods. Open since 2009, this place has become a neighborhood institution featuring a daily happy hour from 3 to 7, yoga classes, and a Comedy Open Mic Night. Their crawfish omelet is something to behold. It comes with sautéed crawfish tails and fresh veggies in an egg taco and served with a side of cheesy grits. Visit their website. 


vespaioA lavish upscale treat, Vespaio serves some of the most delicious Italian food outside of Italy. Your mouth will water for their wood-fired pizzas and crispy paninis. The interior features a dazzling atmosphere with a lush curved bar, a wall full of wine and low, romantic lighting. Their kitchen is stocked with locally sourced ingredients and their known for using every part of the animals they butcher. Start off with a zucchini fritter and end your meal with their famous Gianduja Frappetto Sundae made with caramel sauce, raspberry sorbet and pistachio-vanilla biscotti.


hideout pubA casual place to relax and enjoy a round with friends, The Hideout Pub is just what the name implies. You can spend hours lounging in their cozy booths and drinking cheap delicious beers. Their slogan, “We’re cheap so you don’t have to be,” makes it a great place for students and 30 something’s to lay low and recharge. They also have a kitchen that’s open until midnight, serving traditional bar food with lots of flavor.


There are so many reasons to spend some time in this great American city with its famous food and gorgeous sights. You can use our website to find great corporate rentals in Austin, TX to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Turn your temporary work relocation into a vacation with Suite America.

Thoughts for the New Year…

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Ring in the New Year with family and friends.

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Eat “lucky food” if that’s the tradition of your country and heritage.

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Start the year off with a positive attitude.

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Only pick 1 or 2 resolutions so you can see them through.

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Learn a new hobby, skill or sport.

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Update your 2016 calendar with all the important dates and events.

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The New Year is a great time to connect with friends from your past.

 

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Invite a crowd over to watch the Rose Bowl Parade and football game.

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Open a bottle of champagne and toast the year.

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Nighttime fireworks displays are a great way to celebrate.

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Sing “Auld Lang Syne” at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

Holiday thoughts…

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Home is a great place to gather for the holidays.

 

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Organize a cookie swap party with your friends and neighbors.

 

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Local productions of holiday classics are always enjoyable to see.

 

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Invite a group of friends to go caroling at senior centers.

 

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Donate goods or your time to a local food bank or soup kitchen.

 

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Always keep your little ones and pets away from the tree and decorations for safety.

 

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Yuletide songs are better when you sing-along.

 

 

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Whatever your faith, celebrate the season with your own traditions.

 

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Indulge your inner child and make a gingerbread house.

 

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Spread good cheer at local fire and police stations with home-baked holiday goodies.

 

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Help the Marines with their annual Toys for Tots program for less fortunate children.

 

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Experience the sights and sounds of the neighborhood holiday lights and decorations.

 

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SuiteAmerica wishes you all a safe and happy holiday season.

 

Chill out in sunny San Diego…

San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park
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When it comes to animals, San Diego is the place to go. The zoo, which turns 100 in 2016, houses over 3,700 animals from more than 650 species. The 1,800 acre park has over 2,600 wild and endangered animals from more than 300 species. They’re majestically showcased in their natural habitats from the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America and Australia.

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The USS Midway is one of America’s longest serving aircraft carriers. Up on deck you can see up close 25 restored aircraft that chronicle service from World War II through Operation Desert Storm. Tour through the decks below and see what life was like for the courageous sailors, crew and their determined leaders. Then take a turn at the flight simulator and experience the sensation of launching off the deck and flying your own combat mission.

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Relocating to San Diego in the Winter

If you’re lucky enough to be moving to San Diego in the winter, you’re going to love it! This gorgeous city isn’t known as “America’s Finest City” for nothing. With seventy miles of beautiful California coastline, an average high of 70°F, a diverse array of neighborhoods to explore, and some delicious food and craft beer, San Diego is one of the best places in the world to find oneself.

Here are some tips for your relocation to San Diego.

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Imagine yourself lounging on your balcony after work one night in January, dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, an ice-cold drink in your hand. This may very well be your reality if you move to San Diego in the winter. Weather-wise, San Diego comes very close to perfection.

A Mediterranean and semi-arid climate, San Diego boats an average high temperature of 70°F and an average low of 57.5°F. The city has mostly sunny days a whopping 267 days per year with only about 21 days with some rain. In the winter, expect a high temperature of about 65°F and a low of around 50°F.

As far as packing for winter in San Diego goes, bring a few sweaters and light jackets, some boots, a scarf or two if you’d like, and maybe a coat, although it doesn’t need to be thick. And don’t forget the swimwear: you’ll probably be able to use that too!

Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of San Diego

There is so much to see and do in San Diego and the fantastic weather means these activities can be done year-round.

Here are just a few of those:

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San Diego’s proximity to Mexico means that there is a large Mexican-American community in the city as well as some amazing Mexican food. Yelp lists almost 2,000 Mexican restaurants in San Diego, ranging in size, price, and menu options. Live like a local and find a good hole-in-the-wall taco shop that can be your go-to for take-out or late night munchies. Be sure to try some fish tacos too, which San Diego is also famous for.

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You’ll need something to drink with that delicious Mexican food, and friends, you’re in luck. San Diego has more than 100 craft breweries; among the best-known are Stone Brewing Co., Ballast Point, Alesmith, and Green Flash.

hotel del coronadoOutdoor Activities

The city’s warm weather and stunning natural surroundings make it a fantastic place to enjoy the outdoors (and stay in shape!). First, San Diego has dozens of world-class beaches. Check out La Jolla Shores, Coronado, Pacific Beach, Windansea, Tourmaline, and more. You can surf, paddleboard, go kayaking, or just lie around and take in the view.

San Diego is also a great place to hike. Torrey Pines State Beach has picturesque views, Cowles Mountain offers a bit more of a challenge plus some great views at the end, Mount Woodson is famous for its “Potato Chip Rock.” There are many more to choose from.

Looking for something different? You can also go sailing, hang gliding, skydiving, take a yoga class on the beach or in the park, go rollerblading on the boardwalk, play golf, go biking, and much more.

Lastly, have a uniquely San Diego experience and check out the Hotel Del Coronado’s Skating By the Sea, an ice rink the hotel sets up every year right near the beach. It usually opens in late November.

And luckily, all of these are things that can be done in the winter. Just be sure to bring along a sweater!

 

 

5 Places to visit while staying in Austin

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Part 5 of our top 10 places to visit while relocating with SuiteAmerica – our next pit stop is Texas!

Relocating to Texas? 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 Austin.

20141111-IMG_2517Austin Aquarium
This interactive wonder connects families to the planet with exhibits ranging from the rain forests and deserts to the exotic species of the ocean.

For more information call 512.222.5586 or check out their website at http://www.austinaquarium.com

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Explore the wildflowers and native plants of Texas in this beautiful garden setting. Bird watch on wildflower-rimmed trails, see how native plants are used to create sustainable landscapes and explore stunning Central Texas architecture.

For more information call 512.232.0100 or check out their website at http://www.wildflower.org/

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Learn about the efforts involved in rescuing, rehabilitating and educating animals in need at this non-profit rescue zoo. See over 350 animals from over 100 different species and discover the conservation efforts to save endangered species.

For more information call 512.288.1490 or check out their website at http://austinzoo.org/

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This 1888 State Capitol is listed as a National Historic Landmark for its significant contribution to American History. Discover the extraordinary grandeur and historical significance of the state encapsulated in this building and surrounding grounds.

For more information call 512.305.8400 or check out their website at http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/capitol/texcap.htm

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This museum is one place big enough to tell the “Story of Texas”. Explore engaging exhibits, historical artifacts, enjoy programs for the entire family and experience Austin’s premier IMAX theatre.

For more information call 512.936.4632 or check out their website at http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/visit

Do you know of any other places to visit in Austin, Texas that you think should be added to the list? We’d love to hear from you!

Thanksgiving thoughts…

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Take time to think of all the things you have to be thankful for.

 

 

 

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Uphold your family traditions as you prepare for this day of thanks.

 

 

 

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Remember to gather around the TV for the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

 

 

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Kick off the day with a friendly game of flag football with your family and friends.

 

 

 

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Ensure your turkey is done with an internal temperature of 180 degrees in the thigh.

 

 

 

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You know it’s only 29 days until Christmas so relax and enjoy the day.

 

 

 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!