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Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

Summer 2019 Stay-cation Ideas for Marylanders

 

The signs that the official start of summer is right around the corner are increasingly evident – kids are getting antsy in anticipation of their break, coworkers are sending out of office emails left and right, and stores are overflowing with swimsuits, sunscreen, and grilling tools.

With the abundance of sunshine and warm weather comes the itch for a vacation! Not everyone has the time or money for a “luxurious” vacation, though your Facebook or Instagram feed may make you feel otherwise. If you know you will be spending the summer locally, don’t worry! You can still experience social media worthy fun! Here are some stay-cation ideas to fill your summer weekends:

Catch a Game

Silver Spring, MD is conveniently located near both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, making attending a sporting event in either city a manageable outing. The Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles both have 13 home games to choose from this June. You can find the Nationals’ schedule here and the Orioles’ schedule here. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy an afternoon at the ballpark filled with tasty treats and good company.

 

Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

The White Oak Communities residents enjoy close proximity to numerous public parks, not to mention the green space within each property. Enjoy a meal and some fresh air by having a picnic. A wicker basket and checkered blanket aren’t necessities, but they’re charming! Whether you plan on packing classics or are having a potluck-style picnic, great food and conversation will having you feeling like you’re on vacation instantly.

 

Chill Out at the Movies

Escape the summer heat or a rainstorm one afternoon by taking in a movie at Regal Cinemas on Ellsworth Drive or AFI Silver Theatre on Colesville Road. Going to an early show may help you save money on tickets with matinee pricing, depending on the theater. A movie is a perfect activity to “escape” feeling like you’re at home if you’re craving time away. Captivating flicks are notorious for engrossing audiences and making people feel like they are elsewhere.

 

Explore Nature

You don’t have to be the adventurous type to explore nature. There are hikes in and near Silver Spring to suit all skill levels. Spend the day trekking the trails of Sligo Creek Park, Burnt Mills East Special Park, or Matthew Henson State Park to feel transported to a new place. As you pass little woodland critters and listen to the sounds of babbling brooks, you’ll be glad you aren’t sitting in traffic going to the beach.

 

Enjoy a Wine Tour

Maryland is known for many wonderful things including its wineries. Napa Valley has nothing on our local wine tours! Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Serpent Ridge Vineyard in Westminster, and Hidden Hills Farm & Vineyard in Frederick are just a few of the most popular choices. Explore Google and TripAdvisor for a vineyard that piques your interest. You’ll be sipping on your favorite wine without having to sit on a cross country flight in no time!

 

Day Trips

Silver Springs’ location makes stay-cation worthy day trips a breeze! Beyond Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, popular day trips include Annapolis, MD, St. Michaels, MD, Arlington, VA, and Gettysburg, PA. Check out some ideas for a quick getaway here. Whether you have your own car or utilize public transportation, a day away will scratch your vacation itch without breaking the bank!

 

Curious about living in Silver Spring, MD for its convenient proximity to urban, suburban, and rural fun? Learn more about why it’s a great place to call it home all year long. Once you’ve moved into Vista at White Oak, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch you’ll have out of town guests raving about everything there is to do when they visit.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Whether you are moving into your very first apartment or need some new pieces for your space, furnishing an apartment can quickly add up. From carpets to couches, there are certain ways to acquire great pieces without overpaying. Avoid a shock when you see your credit card statement after a shopping spree by implementing some of these savvy shopping tactics:

Family unpacking cardboard boxes at new home.

 

  • Browser Extensions – If you use Google Chrome to do your online shopping, you will want to explore the Chrome Web Store’s free extensions. There are some extensions dedicated to helping you save money. For example, Honey automatically scans possible coupon codes for you at checkout without you having to do research on third-party sites.
  • Coupons – Often times when you give your email address to a company via their website they will send you a welcome discount. Refrain from giving your email for the first time until you know you are ready to make a purchase. You don’t want the coupon to expire if you take a long time to make a decision!
  • Forums – Social media is a great tool for finding second-hand furniture and decor. Facebook Marketplace is one example of a place where people can post photos of things they are trying to sell with a price. You can search for what you are looking for using keywords and a distance parameter. Often times, you can also negotiate the price with the seller. As with any online connection, use your judgement and arrange to make the exchange in a public, populated place.
  • Second Hand Stores – Thrift stores contain a treasure trove of unique pieces to fill your new apartment with. Some might need some TLC, while you might find someone donated items in perfect condition. Depending on how crafty you are, you can find and rehab a piece of furniture as a fun project.
  • Yard Sales – Keep an eye out around town for yard, estate, and moving sales signs. Furniture such as couches and loveseats can be a pain to move long distances so people often try and sell them before they move. Yard sales are great because you can inspect the condition of what you are buying in person before making an offer.
  • Ask Friends and Family – If you have friends and family in the area, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any extra furniture they are trying to get rid of, or if they know someone who does. Networking is a great strategy for furnishing your space!

 

 

Moving into an apartment is an exciting life event! Once your move is set and you implement some of the above shopping tactics to fill you space, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your new town.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Spring in Silver Spring, MD

There is nothing quite like spring in Silver Spring, MD. While winter was mild, the rain this past year has not been. Now that April showers are a thing of the past, May’s list of local events promises to make you want to get out and about. Take a look at some entertaining activities to add to your social calendar this spring:

May 10

Shake off the stress of the week on Fridays throughout the spring and summer at TGIF Downtown Street Party. May 10 will feature Classic Soul music at the Fountain Plaza. Enjoy drinks and games while you jam out.

May 12

You won’t want to miss Songs I Never Get to Sing presented by Bethesda Little Theatre at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy the singing styles of a diverse array of artists as they explore songs that are typically sung very differently.

Thursdays

If you work near the Fountain Plaza and need a break at lunchtime, enjoy live music on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 pm. Check out the calendar of performers.

Saturdays & Sundays

The FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market is a farmer’s market dedicated to fresh produce, desserts, and other goods directly from the producers. Pick up some tasty treats for the week and explore new vendors with each visit.

If you are new to town and not ready to jump into the local scene, check out some of these tips for exploring your new home. Organized events aren’t the only way to have fun this spring. Silver Spring, MD boasts nearly a dozen public parks, perfect for strolls or simply enjoying nature. Some are even pet-friendly! Residents of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes benefit from their convenient location to all the bustle.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

A New Silver Spring, MD Resident’s Guide to Getting Involved

If you are new to the area, welcome! Moving can be quite the process. Once you are all settled into your new Silver Spring, MD apartment, it will be time to start meeting new friends and exploring the community. To make things a little easier, here is a guide to different tools for getting involved:

Libraries

Local libraries are a wonderful source of local events and classes, often times free ones! The Silver Spring Library is located right on Wayne Avenue and provides events that cater to all ages and a wide array of hobbies. Recent classes include Writing for Teens, Spanish Language Mediation, Yoga, Montgomery County Master Gardeners, Start a Side Hustle Workshop, and more. Pick up a library card and attend a class that piques your interest!

Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find a volunteer opportunity in Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Volunteer Center allows you to search for a cause within a reasonable distance. There is also the option to find opportunities through their monthly calendar. A second volunteer opportunity resource is VolunteerMatch.org.

Social Clubs and Activities

From hobbies to social sports, there is something for everyone! Just a few examples of local organizations include the Montgomery County Parks, DC Fencers Club, Daleview Swim Club, Boys & Girls Club of America, and Silver Spring Social Sports. Joining a local club or organization is a surefire way to meet your neighbors and make friends.

Events

Eventbrite.com, Patch.com, and SilverSpringDowntown.com are all excellent sources of events in the area of all sorts. From homework help sessions to improv comedy. Silver Spring’s proximity to Washington DC means that if you ever feel there is a rare lull in local events, you can pop over to our nation’s capital. Check out Washington.org for the latest upcoming events.

Whenever you move to a new town you will likely find that either the town or county (or both) have a website with a myriad of resources for new residents. The Montgomery County website links to resources such as Mass Transit, Newspapers, Places of Interest, Schools, and more. If you are looking to move to the area, find your new apartment home at Vista at White Oak Apartments, Yorkshire Apartment Homes, or Montgomery Paint Branch Apartment Homes, all of which are conveniently located to inviting events, organizations, and activities.

Meet Your Neighbors: Host A Picnic Potluck

Spring is a wonderful time of year to meet your neighbors. Whether you just moved in or are interested in getting to know them better, the warm weather encourages everyone to get out and about! Another thing that always brings people together is food – so why not arrange a neighbor picnic potluck?

The White Oak Communities in Silver Spring, Maryland have wonderful kitchens for preparing large meals. Select apartments within Vista at White Oak and Montgomery Paint Branch have gourmet kitchens, perfect for meal prepping. The Yorkshire Apartment Homes feature eat-in kitchens bathed in natural lighting. No matter which apartment community you call home now is the time to take advantage of the spring weather and your kitchen to cook up food for a friendly picnic potluck.

Here are some recipes to consider suggesting when you send out the invite:

Potato Salad with a Healthy Twist

Shopping List: small red potatoes, green beans, olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil, parsley, salt, pepper, eggs, grape tomatoes

Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Macaroni

Shopping List: elbow macaroni, mayonnaise, sour cream, granulated sugar, apple cider vinegar, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, dried dill, pepper, green onions, Roma tomatoes, Romaine lettuce, bacon

Corn and Chicken Hash-brown Bowl

Shopping List: Frozen shredded hash-browns, Colby Jack cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper, a can of cream of chicken soup, milk, chicken, corn flakes, butter

Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad

Shopping List: red kidney beans, chickpeas, red onion, celery, cucumber, parsley, dill, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, red pepper flakes

Chicken Fajita Casserole

Shopping List: vegetable oil, yellow onion, bell peppers, tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, salsa verde, sour cream, chicken

And don’t forget dessert!

Kitchen Sink Brownies

Shopping List: brownie mix, eggs, butter, dark chocolate chips, Oreos, potato chips, mini pretzel twists, and peanut butter cups

Blueberry Crumb Bars

Shopping List: white sugar, baking powder, all-purpose flour, shortening, eggs, salt, cinnamon, fresh blueberries, cornstarch

Honey Fruit Salad

Shopping List: blueberries, raspberries, mango, pineapple, watermelon, honey, lime, orange, pistachios

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.