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Lemonade in a Jar

Cool Down This Summer With These 4 Lemonade Recipes

Lemonade in a JarThere’s nothing quite like a tall, cold glass of lemonade to beat the heat. While a few ice cubes and a quick scoop of pre-mix powder may get the job done, a truly homemade lemonade can be glorious. Here are four recipes we hope will inspire the residents of Savannah Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia to prepare and savor a wonderful homestyle beverage.

Peach Lemonade

Every Georgian knows where the world’s finest peaches are grown. So, why not infuse your ice cold lemonade with local fruit. Peaches will add a distinct sweetness that rounds out the traditional hot-weather drink. Start by gathering these ingredients:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups of chopped peaches
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • 8 lemons
  • 4 cups of ice
  • 8 peach wedges for each glass

Squeeze the lemons until you have 1 cup of lemon juice. Combine the water, chopped peaches and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a full boil then lower the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes. Pour into a blender and cover for about 20 minutes. Remove the lid and allow the steam to escape. Replace lid and mix until fully liquefied. Place in the refrigerator for 3 hours then run through a sieve to remove any chunks. Stir in lemon juice and pour into tall glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with a peach wedge. If you want to jazz it up into an adult drink, add white rum.

Old Fashioned Lemonade

Few things are as simple and classic as traditional lemonade. Squeeze enough lemons to make one cup of juice. Eight should do the trick. Combine the lemon juice with 1 cup of sugar and 6 cups of water into a 1-gallon pitcher. Slice lemon peels and mix in for some old fashioned pizzazz. Chill and serve over ice.

Raspberry Lemonade

Adding a favorite fruit to your refreshing lemonade drink can give it a personal twist. Gather these ingredients to get started.

  • ¼ cup of agave nectar
  • 8 ounces of raspberries
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (8 lemons)
  • Fruit wedges (your choice)

Heat 1 cup of water with agave for 1 minute. Add berries while simmering. Stir frequently for 5-6 minutes or until berries break down. Pour into blender and mix at high speed. Cool and then strain through a sieve. Mix in a pitcher with lemon juice and 5 cups of water and chill. Serve over ice and fruit wedges of your choice.

Watermelon Coconut Lemonade

Combine 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice with 1 pound of seedless watermelon and 1 cup of coconut water into a blender and liquify. Pour mix into a 1-gallon pitcher and add 1 cup of pure cane sugar. Fill with coconut water and chill. Serve over ice and garnish with orange wedges.

We hope these lemonade recipes help keep our Savannah Midtown community members refreshed. If you or a friend would like more information about our Atlanta apartments, call us today.

String Lights

5 Summer DIYs You Need to Try This Season

String LightsBeautiful views, open floor plans and plenty of natural light are all earmarks of our luxurious Savannah Midtown Apartments. Our apartments in Atlanta offer gourmet kitchens, walk-in closets and plenty of wall and shelf space for displaying your favorite summer DIY projects. Give one of these a try!

LED Wall Curtain

This fun do-it-yourself project is one of the simplest you’ll find on Pinterest, but it packs a huge punch. Reminiscent of an indoor water feature, it adds light and movement to even the oddest wall. Simply run strings of white LED lights from floor to ceiling along a narrow portion of wall to instantly up the relaxation factor in your space.

Indoor Plant Trellis

Simple strips of lath or lattice crisscrossed on a white wall make a lovely backdrop for tiny potted plants. Affix a small pot at the intersection of each piece of wood to make a visual statement and plant tiny, easy-to-maintain plants such as succulents and ivy.

Spray-Paint Wall Canvas

Place silk leaf or flower stalks on a blank canvas and gently spray over them with a paint color that matches your room decor. Remove the flower, allow the art to dry and then frame the piece for your wall. Make several in coordinating colors and hang them in a grouping to make a bigger statement.

Corner Door Shelf

Cut an old wooden door in half lengthwise or get large pieces of wood. Sand and paint it to match your decor, then attach the two pieces back together using hinges. Position the sides of the door or wood to form a 90-degree angle, and affix small, corner shelves. Place your standing corner shelf next to a door or in another space that’s typically too small to accommodate shelving and add your favorite collectibles.

Industrial Step Ladder Bookshelf

Easy and efficient, simply stand a metal step ladder in an unused corner of your apartment and place pine boards across the rungs. Top with those books you love to read over and over again.

There’s plenty of room to add your own personalized DIY projects to your apartment home at Savannah Midtown. Call or stop by today for more information about our floor plans and to take a tour of our community.

A Painter Painting

Visit the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival!

A Painter PaintingFor one weekend only, artists and crafters from all over Atlanta are gathering at the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival to show the community their amazing artwork, sculptures and crafts. Residents of our Atlanta apartments are invited to take part in a fun community event that is certain to have something for everyone.

See Artwork Created by Extremely Talented Local Artists

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival is designed to provide the community with the chance to see just how talented the artists are within the local community. Up to 150 painters, sketch artists, jewelry makers, crafters, sculptors and photographers from all over Georgia gather to show off their work.

Sample Food from Amazing Local Vendors

One of the highlights of the Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival is the avenue of food vendors. Local vendors from all over Atlanta gather at this festival to offer you the chance to sample amazing food.

In the past, the following food vendors have provided festival attendees with tasty treats:

  • Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q
  • Bollywood Zing
  • Mix’d Up
  • Jalapeno Corn Dogs
  • Queen of Cream
  • Sunshine Sammies

Live Musical Performances Throughout the Day

The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival isn’t just for painters and sculptors. It is also an event for live performing artists. Live musical performances are held throughout the day right on the lawn. Festival attendees can gather around and enjoy music from some amazingly talented up-and-coming performers.

Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival 2017 Event Information

The Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival will be held June 24 and 25, 2017. Festival hours for Saturday, June 24 are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The festival hours for Sunday, June 25 are 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The festival is free to attend. It is held at the Historic Fourth Ward Park which is located between Ralph McGill Blvd. and North Avenue. If you are driving to the event, parking will be available in the lots adjacent to the park. Keep in mind that there is no parking available in the residential neighborhoods surrounding the park.

When you live at our Atlanta apartments you will be just minutes away from fun events like this arts festival. Call us today to schedule a tour of our apartment community.

Hotel Room

Take Advantage of Discounted Rates at Waterton Hotels

Hotel RoomAs a resident of a Waterton managed residential community such as Savannah Midtown, you can get discounts when you stay at any hotel managed by Waterton. During summertime, in particular, it can be difficult to find good deals when you want to travel or take a vacation. Fortunately, just by being a resident of Savannah Midtown, you do not have to go looking for deals! We encourage you to check out our hotel discounts below.

Keep in mind that special pricing is only good now until August 31, 2017 and is based on availability. In addition, prices are subject to change. To book your stay, simply call the special phone number associated with the hotel of your choice and request the Waterton corporate rate.

Get Discounts From Waterton Hotels

Hyatt Place San Jose – San Jose, California

At the Hyatt Place San Jose, you get 20% off of the best available room rate. From beaches to dining, San Jose Sharks games to the Winchester Mystery House, San Jose is a great vacation destination. Best of all, the weather is great year-round!

Sheraton Framingham – Framingham, Massachusetts

At the Sheraton Framingham, rates start at $159 for weekdays and just $99 for weekends. Massachusetts is a state rich with history, and staying in Framingham puts you right in the heart of it. With Calahan State Park and Hopkinton State Park nearby, you can experience the natural surroundings – or you can stick to the city, wandering through historic neighborhoods. And if you like, you can take a trip to Boston for the day.

Sheraton Madison – Madison, Wisconsin

Rates at the Sheraton Madison start at $99 per night. The capital of Wisconsin is considered one of the most livable cities in the country, and also makes a great vacation destination. You can spend time kayaking on the lake, walk the grounds of the University of Wisconsin or enjoy some of the 200 miles of bike and hiking trails in the city.

Other Waterton managed hotels include:

  • Westin San Francisco Airport in Millbrae, CA – starting from $159 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Aloft San Francisco Airport in Millbrae, CA – starting from $159 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Marlborough, MA – starting from $139 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Sheraton Needham in Needham, MA – starting from $99
  • DoubleTree Westborough in Westborough, MA – starting from $99
  • DoubleTree Skokie in Skokie, IL – starting from $99
  • Westin Columbus in Columbus, OH – starting from $159 weekday, $99 weekend
  • Aloft Beachwood in Beachwood, OH – starting from $89
  • Comfort Inn Piqua in Piqua, OH – starting from $49
  • DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Moon Township, PA – starting from $89

Contact Us to Learn More

Do you want access to these special summer rates? If so, make Savannah Midtown your next new home. Please contact us for information about our available Atlanta apartments.

Wine Glass Being Held

It’s Time for the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival!

Wine Glass Being HeldSavannah Midtown Apartments in Atlanta provides easy access to the unforgettable Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2017 event. Weekend events, which are held at Loews Atlanta Hotel, are less than a ten-minute drive from our apartment community while the tasting tents at Piedmont Park are also less than ten minutes away by car.

If you aren’t familiar with the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, the following information will help you understand what it has to offer and why it is so popular.

A Basic Overview

The Atlanta Food and Wine Festival starts on June 1 and ends on June 4. It includes great food from a variety of regions, craft beer, bourbon and wine, mixology classes and other cooking and food preparation classes, seminars and much more. Intimate parties, large parties, a Sunday Brunch and a Cajun lunch are just some of the many food-based events you can pick from. There is even a special program for entrepreneurs who want to start a food or beverage based business.

Various ticket options are available to make it easy for you to pick the events you want to attend. You can purchase tickets for individual events, buy a one day, two day or weekend general pass or invest in a connoisseur pass. All passes can easily be purchased online.

Important Information

All Atlanta Food and Wine Festival Events are for 21 and up. Those under the age of 21 are not allowed at the event venue. Pets are also not allowed.

There is no strict dress code; however, appropriate attire should be worn for evening events. Keep in mind that many events are held outdoors.

Anyone who buys Tasting Tent tickets, day passes or three-day passes will need to pick up credentials at the Festival Welcome Center on 1075 Peachtree Street.

Savannah Midtown is the place to be if you enjoy easy access to downtown Atlanta and all that it has to offer. We offer a number of one- and two-bedroom floor plans in various price points as well as great community amenities to make your life comfortable, convenient and enjoyable. Get in touch with us at your convenience if you have any questions or would like to see our apartment community.

Planted Herbs

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.

Image of Earth

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.

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