How to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the middle of a move…

Keeping Your Valentine’s Day Intact While Moving

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and, unfortunately, you’re in the middle of a move. Whether you’re moving down the street or across the country, we all know how stressful and time-consuming moving can be. When you’re in a rush, holidays like Valentine’s Day can feel like more of a nuisance than a reason to celebrate. But you don’t have to scrap your romantic plans all together just because you have some added responsibilities on your plate. Use these tips to have a lovely Valentine’s Day together as a couple, even if you’re driving across the country or held up in an empty house.

If you’re accustomed to holding your partner to high expectations when special holidays come around, be prepared to be disappointed. Get a head start by scaling back your expectations. Moving is often one of the most stressful chores in life. If your relationship can survive a move, you’re already in good shape. Try to relax and be spontaneous this Valentine’s Day. If you end up eating ramen on the floor, remember that life could be worse.

Regardless of where you end up on Valentine’s Day, it’s probably smart to let someone else do the cooking. Chances are that all of your cooking gear is already packed up. If you’ve just arrived at your new house, explore the neighborhood by finding a local restaurant. Getting take-out is also an easy way to celebrate if you’re trapped in an empty house. If you’re on the road, schedule some time to stop at a nice restaurant that’s close to the highway. Remember to call ahead to make sure that you can get a table on one of the busiest nights of the year.

If all of your stuff is packed up, try to find something that you can use to stay comfortable in your new house. Leave a few pillows, an air mattress, or a sleeping bag lying around to forge a place to sleep. You can use a folding table or a few boxes to string together a makeshift table and chairs. Living on the floor can actually be pretty cozy.

Moving can turn your life into a nonstop frenzy. You might think that you have to drive 18 hours straight or unpack everything right away, but sometimes we force ourselves to trudge forward when it’s not entirely necessary. Try to relax on Valentine’s Day, even if it’s just for a few hours. If you’re driving long distances, cut yourself a break and pull over for the night at a hotel. If you’re rushing to unpack, find some time to procrastinate. You’ll be glad you did. All of those boxes will still be there in the morning.

Celebrating the holidays during a move is all about perspective. If you’re expecting the worst, you probably won’t enjoy yourself this year. Try to focus on the positive. Enjoying Valentine’s Day is about being together. Love is really the only thing that matters.

Nightlife in Austin, TX…

TOP 5 NIGHTLIFE ACTIVITIES TO DO IN AUSTIN, TX


Spend a Night On the Town with the Best Late-Night Activities In Austin

When the sun sets in Austin, the party is just beginning. In addition to its vast natural beauty and rustic cowboy culture, Austin is a great city for staying up late. The streets are full of young professionals, students and friendly people looking for a good time. With dozens of high-end bars and hopping dance clubs, Austin has everything you need to party into the wee hours of the morning. Discover how it feels to strut through this posh city at night with our top five late-night activities.

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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.

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.

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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!

Relocating to D.C. in the Fall

Relocating to D.C.?  If so, congratulations!

D.C. is one of the most exciting and unique cities in the country. As the center of political power in the U.S., D.C. is filled with important—and well-dressed—people. It’s also home to awe-inspiring historical monuments, fantastic museums, and many distinct neighborhoods to explore.

Thousands of people move to D.C. every month—some permanently, some just for a short period of time—so you’re definitely not alone. And if you are moving in the fall, you’re lucky as his is one of the best seasons in the city.

Here is some information to make your transition to D.C. a little smoother.

Fall in D.C.

Fortunately, fall is beautiful in D.C. In early fall, the weather is warm during the day and cools off at night. In October the average high is 69°F and the low is 44°F. In November these temperatures drop about ten degrees.

By late October, the foliage of the city changes colors. The tree-lined streets and parks are gorgeous, and the view of the monuments against the backdrop of vibrant orange and yellow leaves is particularly spectacular.

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Cost of Living

Keep in mind that the cost of living in D.C. is quite high. It usually ranks around #6 on the list of most expensive cities to live in, with the cost of living about 40% higher than the national average. This high cost of living is balanced out somewhat by a higher median household income—around $90,000 in 2014—which, in fact, is the highest median household income in the country. D.C. also has a very high average per capita income of $74,733.

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Dress Code

Being one of the premier political stages in the world, D.C. is home to a lot of important people doing important things. As such, the dress code may be a bit more professional or formal than you’re used to. This is especially true around the Hill. If you’re unsure of how to dress for an interview or a work-related event, always err on the side of more professional. Some upscale restaurants and bars have dress codes; just be sure to find out what kind of attire is appropriate before you go.

 

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Getting Around

One of the best ways to get around the city is on the Metro. It’s clean and safe, and it’s how many people get to and from work each day. When you’re exiting the Metro, make sure to stand on the right side of the escalator so that people can move past you on the left. Check out the Metro’s website for routes and schedules.

If you plan to have a car in D.C., be aware that traffic can be very heavy and parking can be difficult and parking costs can be high. That said, there are great weekend trips you can take outside the city, including some awesome hiking, and a car makes those much easier.

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5 Places to Visit While Staying in Baltimore

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If you’re moving to Maryland for an extended stay or short-term assignment, you will find that there’s plenty to keep you occupied during your transition. Here are a few suggestions for places to visit while in Baltimore.

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With a multitude of offerings, the Inner Harbor is “the” place to spend the day or evening. Experience family-friendly museums to exciting nightlife, take a cruise on the Bay, or enjoy a brew at one of the many taverns and pubs located here. For a free guide and more information, go to http://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-inner-harbor.

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The animals and sea life at the Aquarium are nothing short of awe-inspiring. Not just for fish, the Aquarium is also home to many “land lubber” species such as the Golden Lion Tamarin and a baby Two-Toed Sloth. Enjoy the 225,000-gallon tank in shark alley, or take a veterinary tour and learn more about how wild animals are cared for. You can even have a sleepover with the Aquarium’s dolphins! Learn more about the Aquarium or check out the webcams at http://www.aqua.org/webcams.

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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/

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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

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5 UNIQUE Places to Visit in San Francisco

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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:

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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

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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!
http://sfrecpark.org/destination/seward-mini-park/

 

 

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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.
http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/

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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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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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