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How to Decorate Your Private Patio or Balcony for Summer

Planted HerbsSummer means eating more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, going camping and on road trips, dressing in cool cottons and linens, and generally spending more time outdoors. Residents of apartments in Atlanta are fortunate to enjoy private balconies and patios where you can enjoy an outdoor haven without having to leave your own home. Here’s how to decorate your balcony or patio for optimal enjoyment of the beautiful summer season.

Start With a Small Seating Area

The first thing you’ll need on your patio or balcony is a small, waterproof table designed for outdoor use and some chairs. Choose folding chairs so you can store the ones that you’re not using to save room. Outdoor furniture comes in a variety of colors and styles, so select something that complements your overall design scheme. For instance, if you’re striving for a tropical ambiance, opt for brightly colored tables and chairs with cushions featuring island-inspired patterns. Make sure the cushions are plush and comfortable so that you can spend long hours lazing in your outdoor living space.

Plant Some Plants

No patio or balcony is completely dressed without colorful flowering plants so include as many of these as possible. Hanging baskets brimming with vibrant annuals make a beautiful statement, but you can also fill the baskets with cherry tomato or strawberry plants if you want to get in on the edible landscaping craze. Thanks to Atlanta’s long growing season, you’ll enjoy the baskets well into autumn. Your plantings can also go vertical — your local home and garden retailer has vertical planters for sale, or, if you’re handy, you can make one using recycled pallets. You can use either of these options to create a gorgeous wall of flowers by planting trailing annuals. Petunias, lobelias, and nasturtiums are just a few of the many options available.

If flowers aren’t your thing, plant culinary herbs. Your patio or balcony will smell amazing, and you’ll be able to take your cooking to a whole new level with plenty of fresh herbs on hand

Please call or stop by our office to learn more about our amenities and available floor plans.

Salsa Ingredients

5 Dip Recipes to Make for Your Memorial Day Get-Together

Salsa IngredientsAt Savannah Midtown apartments in Atlanta, Memorial Day is a special day meant for remembering those you love. When your family or friends come to visit, why not treat them to a buffet that symbolizes how much they mean to you? It’s easy to throw an impromptu party with your gorgeous kitchen at Savannah Midtown. The only trouble you’ll have is trying to figure out which of these amazing five dips will run out first!

1. Tomato Hummus

Your friends and family can enjoy this with corn chips or a selection of crudités such as carrots and celery.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, cooked
  • 3 tbsp. tahini
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. to 1/2 tbsp. harissa
  • 8 ounces sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Directions: Put all the ingredients into a food processor until a thick, dip-like consistency is reached.

2. Guacamole

Serve this with corn chips or fresh cut vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 avocados, pitted and flesh scooped out
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp. diced tomatoes
  • Salt to taste

Directions: Mash the avocados, and add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to combine.

3. Salsa Verde

This dip pairs perfectly with crispy corn chips.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 fresh jalapeño peppers
  • 4 fresh tomatillos
  • 4 canned tomatillos
  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

Directions: Combine all in a bowl and serve chilled.

4. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serve this dip with crudités like carrots and celery.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups of roasted chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

Directions: Combine all in a bowl and serve chilled.

5. Lemon Curd Dip

This dip goes well with fresh fruit, such as strawberries.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup lemon curd
  • 1-2 tbsp. powdered sugar

Directions: Combine all in a bowl and serve chilled.

Memorial Day is a day when you should relax with those who mean the most to you. Let the food take care of itself with these five dip recipe ideas. For a close up look at our Atlanta apartments at Savannah Midtown, contact us today!

Golf Ball

4 Outdoor Activities to Do This Summer

Golf BallThere’s nothing quite as unique as Atlanta and the surrounding area. For those who are planning a summer road trip throughout Georgia or are looking for a few things to do, the area has plenty of outdoor options worth exploring. When you live in our apartments in Atlanta, you are only a short trip away from the best outdoor attractions. What will you do first?

The Best Outdoor Activities to Do This Summer

The good news is there are dozens of things to do within a short distance of our apartments and the city in general. Here are some key recommendations for the top four.

1. Visit the Beaches

Hands down, there is nothing quite like it anywhere else. The beaches in and around the Atlanta area provide a wealth of opportunities for sunbathing, enjoying the water, and having fun with friends.

2. Hit the Nature Trails

You could spend some time on Tybee Island but there are dozens of parks with bike trails and nature walks throughout the area. Most of the area is rather flat making it easy to get around even with the kids on their own bikes. Just spend some time walking with friends after dinner. You’ll love the atmosphere that only nature offers.

3. Riverboat Cruises

It may seem a bit touristy, but a riverboat cruise is a fantastic way to relax and unwind. They are the perfect way to spend an evening, too, with that special someone. Choose one of the smaller organizations for a bit more privacy and intimacy during your trip.

4. Hit the Golf Courses

Atlanta has a number of golf courses, each with something special to offer. Check out Bobby Jones Golf Course, Cross Creek Golf Club or Brown’s Mill Golf Course, just to name a few. These are simple, but fun suggestions for anyone looking to get outside this summer.

Choosing the Right Apartment Home Makes the Difference

With a stunning number of amenities and fantastic access to all of Atlanta and its surrounding area, Savannah Midtown has plenty to offer. If you are looking for an apartment in Atlanta, start with us. Give our team a call today to learn more about our available floor plans.

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What to Do on Earth Day in Atlanta

Image of EarthEarth Day was started in 1970 and has been celebrated annually on April 22 ever since. The first event started with a bang with an estimated 20 million people attending rallies and other events nationwide. It prompted the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of legislation that included the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Almost 50 years later, Earth Day events draw more than a billion people worldwide.

Atlanta Earth Day Events

Community members of Atlanta apartments can enjoy several Earth Day festivals and other events throughout the city. Some are free to the public, while others require a fee for admission, but all focus on various ways you can contribute to a healthier environment.

Georgia Tech’s 20th Annual Earth Day Festival is scheduled for Friday, April 21, 2017. This event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some of the fun things you’ll find at this event include free organic popcorn, free t-shirts, clothing swaps, office supply exchanges, a green market, electronics recycling and the chance to inspect alternative fuel vehicles that will be on display all day.

Join the Fernbank Museum of Natural History at 767 Clifton Road Northeast for its Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a family-friendly event that teaches attendees about conservation and sustainability, while also celebrating Earth Day with nature-themed demonstrations, crafts and other activities for the whole family. All activities are included with museum admission fees, which is based on age and ranges between $16 – $18.

The Nature Conservancy’s 23rd Annual Earth Day Celebration is scheduled on Friday, April 21, 2017 at The Promenade at Piedmont Park. This event features live music from the Bradley Cole Smith Band and gourmet cuisine by Dennis Dean. You’ll also meet environmental leaders of the community and learn how the Conservancy helps protect the planet. Individual tickets are $150 and proceeds help preserve nature for future generations.

Savannah Midtown’s location in the heart of midtown Atlanta can’t be beaten and neither can the stunning views. Our community offers new apartment finishes and amenities and a completely redesigned rooftop amenity area coming in spring 2017. Schedule your tour by calling 844-243-1988.

Live Music With Guitar

Did You Check Out the Atlanta Dogwood Festival?

Live Music With GuitarThe official start of spring may be in March, but it isn’t truly considered spring until the Atlanta area has held its annual Dogwood Festival. Residents of our Atlanta, GA apartments were invited to celebrate the start of spring by attending the Atlanta Dogwood Festival held April 7-9, 2017.

The History Behind the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

It may look like people are just gathered around celebrating and having a good time, but the Dogwood Festival actually has historical roots. Over 79 years ago, the community decided to create an annual festival celebrating the blooming of the dogwood trees. The community gathering started out small, but over the years it has grown into a huge annual event that attracts visitors from all over the country. In fact, in 2012 the Dogwood Festival earned a spot on the Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Best 200 fine arts festival held throughout the United States” list.

An Eclectic Collection of Activities, Food Vendors and Events

There is so much to see and do at the Dogwood Festival. Throughout the three days of the festival, there was everything from live musical performances to juried art shows and a competition amongst the best Frisbee dogs in the nation. In addition to these fun events, there was also an arts and crafts area for the kids, face painting, large inflatables, carnival rides and rock climbing.

Some of the various types of foods found on the festival’s avenue of foods include:

  • Kettle popcorn
  • Gyros
  • Pizza
  • Funnel cake

Basic Event Information for the Atlanta Dogwood Festival

The annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival was held April 7, 8 and 9. Admission to the festival was free. However, some things such as food vendors, carnival ride tickets and some activities were an additional cost. The festival was held at Piedmont Park. Piedmont Park is located at Piedmont Avenue and 10th Street.

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival is just one of the many fun activities that residents of our apartment community can enjoy. There will be plenty of spring, summer and fall events held a short distance away from our apartments in Atlanta. Call or email us to schedule an appointment for a private tour of our apartment community.

Red Mixed Cocktail

4 Best Happy Hour Spots in Atlanta

Red Mixed CocktailHappy hour in Atlanta tends to be a creative mix of daily specials, club promotions, and themed food and drink specials. From sleek lounges to sushi bars and old-fashioned neighborhood pubs, there are plenty of ways to unwind after a long day. Here are four of the best spots in Atlanta to sip and snack your way into the evening.

Polaris

Just sitting in Polaris, the downtown Atlanta landmark lounge, makes you happy regardless of the hour. Glass elevators shoot up 22 floors to the rotating lounge, where patrons sip retro peach cocktails on mid-century sofas. Polaris has its own bee garden contributing naturally spun honey for signature drinks and small-plate food. Specials crop up daily, and Coupe Club members get half-priced bottles on Wednesdays.

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant

RA Sushi Bar in Midtown is more in line with a traditional happy hour, where patrons dive into drink and food specials on Mondays through Saturdays from 3 to 7 p.m., and then again after 10 p.m. Get ready for hot sake specials like Kizakura Stars and explosive “sake bomb” concoctions, and temper it all with spicy shrimp rolls, tootsy maki and pineapple cheese wontons. Monday nights are for $6 martinis and makis.

Joe’s on Juniper

Joe’s is for the Atlanta sports crowd, and they spread the joy daily with cheap beer and pitcher deals. Craft pours and pints are available, but nobody snubs their noses at the good-ole High Life cans and Bud Lites either. There are also $5 mimosas, $7 Deep Eddy Martinis, trivia nights and themed parties. Join the VIP club for 25 percent off food and drinks.

The Midway Pub

The Midway dishes out a lot of specials every day, but most people admit they make it their go-to happy hour spot for the Pimento cheese fritters with a side of jalapeño bacon jam. Add the affordable beer flights and pours, 130 brews and creative cocktail specials, and you have a place to call your “happy home.”

Everyone relaxes in different ways, and fortunately, Atlanta has some of the best spots to cozy up for creative happy hour evenings. Living in one of our Atlanta apartments puts you in the heart of the city; stop by today for a tour!

Savannah Midtown Living Room

How to Host an Unforgettable Party

Savannah Midtown Living RoomWhen there’s a need to bring people together to celebrate, create a plan that can help you to make this event not just a success, but an unforgettable experience. When you live at Savannah Midtown, some of the best apartments in Atlanta, GA, you already have a fantastic layout and ample onsite amenities to enjoy with your guests. But, there are a few things to keep in mind when planning an event.

Tips to Hosting Success

Planning an event, whether it is a basketball tournament watch party, a kid’s birthday party, or a sophisticated dinner with friends, takes a bit of time. Create a plan that tackles the various steps you need to take to make this a success.

  1. Keep the guest list to a minimum. You don’t have to over-invite. In fact, having two separate events with smaller groups is sometimes best. Create a list of individuals to invite to get started.
  2. Keep the food simple enough. You do not want to spend all of your time in the kitchen and not with your guests. To achieve this, you’ll want to plan a menu that includes foods you can prep or make in advance as well as items that are easy to make.
  3. Ask others to chip in. Whether they bring a dessert, a bottle of wine, or just something to share, your guests will appreciate being included in the planning and success of your event.
  4. Tell people what is happening at the event. Give them some indication of what they can expect so they can plan what to wear, what to bring, and who to talk to.
  5. Have some type of entertainment. Whether you have a fabulous movie playing in the background or just some music, add something to create a bit of interest in the space.

These tips can help anyone to have a very successful party. Spend a bit of time on the planning and you’ll appreciate the outcome.

The Right Home Makes All of the Difference

At Savannah Midtown, we want you to have the best experience possible for any event. If you are thinking about finding a welcoming home in Atlanta, GA apartments, give our team a call to see our available floor plans.

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Best New Restaurants in Atlanta

Atlanta BuildingsAtlanta, Georgia is one of the highlights of Southern cuisine, and many of the city’s restaurants are rated among the best in the nation. If you would like to get a taste of some of the best new restaurants that Atlanta has to offer, consider visiting one of these venues:

The Halal Guys

Lines were out the door when this restaurant first opened, and it remains one of the hottest new restaurants in the city. The Halal Guys started as a food stand in New York City but has now opened up a more permanent location in Atlanta. If you visit here, look to enjoy a variety of foods including beef gyros, falafel, pita wraps, and chicken platters.

The Tavern at Atlas

The Tavern at Atlas opened in 2015 but was recently taken over by chef Christopher Grossman. Since then, the restaurant has been serving slightly more casual foods in the same eloquent atmosphere, making it a popular spot for a semi-formal, lunchtime meal. Expect to enjoy dishes such as pan-seared sea scallop, lobster pie, and wagyu sliders.

Wildleaf

Healthy food has taken off in recent years, paving the way for a fast-food style restaurant that serves a variety of hand-prepared salads to become one of the most popular lunchtime venues in the city. If you are looking for a healthy, affordable meal, stop by Wildleaf and let chef Randy Lewis prepare you one of his specialties.

Das BBQ

Serving up delicious Texas-style BBQ, Das BBQ is one of the best BBQ restaurants in the South and proof that Memphis doesn’t have a stranglehold on the Southern BBQ market. At Das BBQ, expect to find classics such as brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and ribs, all served along mouthwatering sides such as collard greens, mac and cheese, and coleslaw.

Those who live in Georgia have access to plenty of delicious dining options, and all of the restaurants listed above are within easy walking or driving distance from our Atlanta apartments. If you would like to learn more about calling Atlanta your new home, feel free to contact us today to see which floor plans are available.

Green Chicago River

Fun Facts About St. Patrick’s Day

Green Chicago RiverAs St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, you may be planning to participate in the many festivities held in the Savannah Area. Nevertheless, although the date is loved and celebrated by many, there are several fun facts that few people know about the holiday.

His Name Wasn’t Patrick

St. Patrick was not always called by that name. He was born Maewyn Succat. However, the saint renamed himself “Patricius” after he became a priest.

Blue Not Green!

If you are like most people, you probably wear green on St. Patrick’s day to avoid getting pinched, but the actual color associated with St. Patrick was a light shade of blue. Green became linked to the holiday due to the Irish independence movement of the late 1700s.

He Was British

Saint Patrick is known for his work in spreading the gospel of Christ to the country of Ireland. However, the Saint was not born in Ireland but in Scotland or Wales.

The Green River

Literally, tons of dye are dumped into the Chicago River each year in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Regardless of the usual color of the river, the water is crystal green on that day.

Beer Wasn’t Involved Before

Many people enjoy drinking green beer on St. Patty’s Day, but the holiday did not always involve alcohol. In fact, until 1970, pubs in Ireland closed down for the holiday.

The Shamrock

Many people associate shamrocks or three-leafed clovers with St. Patrick’s Day. The relation is actually made in honor of St. Patrick using a clover leaf to signify the Holy Trinity.

New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For major holidays, people tend to expect large floats to fill every parade. However, that is not the case for the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York. The event remains float-free to this day. In fact, cars are off-limits too. Still, the parade is one of the largest in the world.

Leprechauns Are All Males

You may have seen female leprechauns dance by during festivities. However, only male leprechauns are listed in Irish legends. Female leprechauns are modern additions to the holiday.

Leprechauns Aren’t All Thieves

According to Irish folklore, leprechauns actually worked for their gold by mending shoes. They did not go about stealing it.

As you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, consider topping off your festivities by moving to a new apartment home. To see some of the most beautiful apartments in Atlanta, contact our Savannah Midtown office for a tour.

The Little Mermaid

Don’t Miss the Little Mermaid!

The Little MermaidThere are so many things to do in Atlanta that it’s hard to decide on one. Even so, we doubt that you’ll want to miss the live presentation of The Little Mermaid, which runs through February 15 at the Fox Theatre.

For those who haven’t seen the movie, this show is about a mermaid who is tired of sticking to the sea. She finds a way to move to dry land, eventually becoming a human and meeting a handsome man. This show is good for all ages and a great way to introduce kids to the world of live theatre performance. Be sure to bring some money for souvenirs, too – kids love to have mementos of their trips to the “real” theatre!

What Else is There to Do on a Show Day?

After you’re done taking in this or another show, be sure to check out some of the city’s many restaurant deals. If you’re out with kids, stop at a family-friendly eatery to keep the evening light and fun. Adults-only groups will enjoy either going to higher-end establishments to check out the finer side or to clubs that let them take the celebrations up a notch.

After the Show

Once you’ve had your fill of being out, head home to apartments in Atlanta to relax. Sit in the cyber cafe if you’re not ready to stay inside your own home, or head on up the elevator to your apartment to see what’s on TV.

The Next Day

The next day, try continuing the fun by using the rooftop tennis and bocce ball courts or just sit on the roof and enjoy the skyline views. Alternatively, go shopping at one of the nearby centers and see what deals you can score. You’ll never run out of opportunities to entertain yourself in Midtown Atlanta whether you like action, relaxation or just interesting things to do.

To get a tour of our building’s amenities and our available apartments, just stop by the office. We’ll be glad to tell you all about Midtown, too. Then sign up to enjoy some of the best homes in the area and the city that surrounds them.

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