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Book a Waterton Hotel for Your Summer Getaway!

Hotel RoomResidents enjoy a variety of amenities and features when they live with us in our apartments in Houston, Texas. We know you love being in the heart of all that Houston has to offer from the nightlife to the shopping and all of the culture. Yet, sometimes, it’s time to take a trip. If you are looking to take a few days or weeks to travel, let our team help you save money while doing so.

How Can You Save on Your Next Trip?

Because you live in a Waterton community during the summer months, you gain access to some of the best rates on hotel prices at Waterton managed hotels throughout the country. It’s a perk of living at Haven at Eldridge! Choose the Waterton hotel that’s right for your next getaway. Do it this summer and you’ll gain access to some of the lowest rates available. These rates (listed below) are only available to our residents and are only good now through August 31, 2017. When booking your stay, dial the special number associated with the hotel of your choice and request the Waterton corporate rate.

Starting from $49.00: Comfort Inn Piqua in Ohio

Starting from $89.00: Aloft Beachwood in Ohio and DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania

Starting from $99.00: Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough in Massachusetts, Sheraton Madison in Wisconsin and DoubleTree Skokie in Illinois

Starting from $139 weekdays and $99 weekends: Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Massachusetts

Starting from $159 weekdays and $99 weekends: Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in California, Sheraton Framingham in Massachusetts, and Westin Columbus in Ohio

20% off best available rate: Hyatt Place San Jose in California

Where Will You Go?

There are plenty of things to do and places to see throughout the country. Here are a few suggestions to help you to really enjoy your next trip. Think about visiting something a bit more quaint, interesting, and relaxing.

  • Go shopping and sightseeing in San Francisco. You’ll want to pack an extra bag for all of the items you can bring home with you. Stay at the Aloft San Francisco Airport or Westin San Francisco Airport for its easy location. Both hotels have rates as low as $99 on the weekend and $159 on weekdays.
  • Check out the sights and spend some time with the family in Ohio. There are lots to do especially with newer shopping. You can stay at the Comfort Inn Piqua for rates starting at just $49 a night.
  • Head to Madison, Wisconsin to enjoy the sights of this beautiful destination. When you do, rates start as low as $99 when you stay at the Sheraton Madison.

You’ll love all of the amenities at Haven at Eldridge. Learn more about our available apartments in Houston today.

Haven at Eldridge BBQ Grills

5 Essentials for Your Fourth of July BBQ

Haven at Eldridge BBQ GrillsAre you ready to throw a Fourth of July barbecue that will make you the envy of Haven at Eldridge Apartments? You can build a great party around our outdoor BBQ grilling area. Here are some essentials of your summer celebration.

Five Supplies for a Mouthwatering Fourth of July Barbecue

Quality Meat

The meat’s the star of the show and the one place where you absolutely don’t want to cut corners. Cheap meats can fall apart on the grill, fail to soak up the basting liquid, and can be unpleasant with gristle and chips of bone. When stocking up for the party, look for a variety of meats including bacon, chicken, steaks, and ground beef.

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Once you taste the rich, hearty flavor of homemade sauce, you’ll see why the prep time was worth it. Some people use old family recipes, while others like to experiment in the kitchen. The best BBQ sauces are made at least a few days in advance to let the flavors mingle. Make sure your recipe includes the 5 ‘S’s: savory, sweet, sour, spicy, and smoky flavors.

A Selection of Drinks

Beer is a classic barbecue staple. In general, pair lighter beers with seafood and chicken and save the deeply flavored, hops-heavy brews for burgers and steaks. However, it’s also a good idea to have something for designated drivers and any younger guests. Think about ice cold fruit punches and watermelon slushes.

Break Out the Portable Speakers

Great music can make a great party. When looking for a barbecue playlist, try to pick crowd favorites. Remember to keep the volume down enough that your friends can still talk to each other.

Fun and Games

Relive the sun-drenched summer days of your childhood with some fun outdoors party games. You may want to create a scavenger hunt that’s fun for all ages.

Sear in the Flavor at Your Apartment in Houston

The warm summer temperatures herald cookout season, where community members can enjoy beer, BBQ, and good cheer. Do you want to join the party at Haven at Eldridge apartments in Houston? Contact us today to learn more about our floor plans.

Park and Lake

Where to Enjoy the Outdoors in Houston

Park and LakeWe’re glad you’ve found Haven at Eldridge, our gorgeous Houston apartments in the heart of the energy corridor. We have a pet-friendly policy, and many of our residents love spending a day out with a furry friend. Others prefer a long bike ride. Some want a kid-friendly destination. Here are five top picks, each with different amenities, for your next day outdoors in Houston.

Cullen Park

At about 10,000 acres, Cullen Park is among the largest U.S. municipal parks. It draws runners, cyclists, skaters, soccer players, and families out for a picnic. Alkek Velodrome is here—a paved track for advanced cyclists. The expansive dog park is a popular off-leash play area. The park’s address is 19008 Saums Rd., Houston, TX 77084.

Minute Maid Park

In eastern downtown Houston, this relatively new ballpark (established in 2000) is the home base for the Astros. Its space-age roof opens in nice weather and closes for A/C and rain protection. Tours are available and lots of eateries flourish in the area. The ballpark’s address is 501 Crawford St., Houston, TX 77002. Call for current hours and admission: (713) 259-8000.

Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center

This 275-acre park, adjacent to Spring and Cypress Creeks, encompasses native southeast Texas forestland, wetlands, meadows, and shore ecosystems. Kids love the playground and educational activities. (Try the new Greenway Trail instead, though, if you prefer an outing with the bike or dog). The location is 20634 Kenswick Dr., Humble, TX 77338. For event information, call: (281) 446-8588.

Tranquility Park

This downtown park is named for the Sea of Tranquility, Neil Armstrong’s lunar touchdown spot in 1969. With moon craters and fountains designed to look like rocket boosters, Tranquility Park offers fun for the kids and a great picnic venue on a summer day or evening. The park is located at 400 Rusk St., Houston, TX 77002.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

Free to visit, this beauty spot offers more than five miles of trails. The Arboretum is a natural forest with hundreds of kinds of native plants. Houston protects the native animals living here. The address is 4501 Woodway Dr., Houston, TX 77024.

Celebrate Houston’s history and natural beauty. And for the best in Houston apartments, get to know Haven at Eldridge. Call us at (713) 893-1604 to learn more.

Haven at Eldridge Living Room

4 Ways to Decorate for Summer

Haven at Eldridge Living RoomSummertime provides a perfect opportunity to decorate your apartment in bolder colors and fun styles. Use the following ideas to give your apartment a great new look for the season.

Choose Brighter Tones

You can add bright colors to your apartment for summer in a number of ways. Add some accent pillows in bold tones to your couch and chairs to brighten up your living room. You can also add pillows in these tones to your bed for summer. Other ways to add bright colors include getting a bold-colored area rug and switching darker bed linens for ones in more vivid summer colors.

Select Natural Textures

Natural textures, such as a sisal area rug, provide another way to decorate your apartment for summer. These textures have a natural feel and appearance that can remind you of the outdoors. You can add to these natural textures by decorating with bowls or containers filled with seashells or pebbles and rocks. Adding accent pieces made of natural wood, such as driftwood, can also give your apartment a natural or outdoorsy feel.

Add Greenery

Having flowers and plants in your apartment give it a fresh look and feel during the summer months. Put a vase filled with summer flowers on your dining table, or put a few potted plants near a sunny window. If you’re allergic to flowers, you can decorate with artificial ones. Choose artificial flowers in bright summer tones to make your apartment more colorful for the season.

Lighten Up Furniture

You don’t have to switch your furniture for pieces that have a more summery look. Instead, consider getting slipcovers in white or light neutral colors for summer. Choose slipcovers with a light texture rather than a heavy one. You can use these to make your furniture look lighter for the summer months. Switching to white or neutral bed linens, especially in lighter materials, can give your bedroom a new look and feel for the season as well.

Our apartments in Houston, TX feature wood plank style flooring and high ceilings that make decorating fun. Contact us to get more information about our available apartments.

Bowl of Shrimp

Houston’s Best Seafood Restaurants to Try This Summer

Bowl of ShrimpIf you live in an apartment in Houston, you already know that the best in fine dining is right outside your door. Whether you’re looking for good, old-fashioned barbecue or a five-star dining experience, there are plenty of fantastic places right around the corner. Houston offers plenty of professional opportunities, world-class culture, and a fantastic music scene. It’s also an amazing community for anyone raising a family or just starting out.

If you think the restaurants are all steak and burgers, you’d be mistaken. If you’re in the mood for seafood, Houston has plenty of wonderful options to choose from.

Top Seafood Restaurants in Houston to Try

Looking for surf and turf or a unique blend of seafood options? Here are some of the eclectic choices you have for the best dishes from the sea:

Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

If you’re looking for seafood with a Cajun flavor, look no further than Danton’s. They offer a “Sunday Blues Brunch” and the menu includes some great southern specials, like gumbo.

Reef

If you’re looking for something a little new and exciting, Reef’s fresh fish dishes are sure to please. While you’re there, try the fried mac and cheese — it’s amazing.

Tony Mandola’s

If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, Tony Mandola’s is a wonderful choice. Dishes include Italian and Cajun favorites and the atmosphere is luxurious.

Massa’s South Coast Grill

This restaurant is decidedly low-key for a nice relaxed meal. The dishes are more on the affordable side with regional specialties and a friendly atmosphere.

Connie’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

Looking for seafood with a Mexican flair? Connie’s has you covered. With traditional Mexican dishes and a market on premise, this will quickly become the seafood lover’s favorite locale.

Looking for a Houston Apartment?

If you’re currently looking for the perfect apartment in Houston, the Haven at Eldridge Apartments have everything you need. Floor plans are available for one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans with luxurious amenities, such as stainless steel appliances. There are beautiful swimming pools and a wonderful community setting with an easy commute to any place around the Houston area. Contact us today and start the future you’ve been dreaming of tomorrow.

Sweet Treats

5 Creative Ways to Treat Your Mom in Houston on Mother’s Day

Sweet TreatsMother’s Day is just around the corner, and that means you’ll need to venture out of your Houston apartment to hunt down the perfect present: glued macaroni masterpieces are unfortunately not going to cut it anymore. If your artistic skills haven’t been honed since naptime was a daily trend, worry not: the Magnolia City has your back when it comes to finding Mom something special.

611 E. 11th Street, Houston, TX 77008 | (713) 861-5702

This local garden wonderland caters to mothers with green thumbs. Whether you pick up a beautiful fern or a specialty blooming plant, she’ll remember your thoughtful gift as she waters, prunes and admires it each day.

900 Portway Drive, Houston, TX 77024 | (713) 869-SPCA (7722)

If your mother loves sweet, fuzzy animals and giving back to the community, a donation in her name to the local Houston SPCA makes a wonderful—and useful—Mother’s Day present. She’ll love knowing that your gift helped feed puppies and kittens, and contributed to much-needed care for at-risk animals.

Delivery Service – Houston, TX | (844) 233-2433

Mom cooked for you as a child, now it’s time to return the favor with some flavor! Maria’s Gourmet Kitchen prepares succulent meals and delivers them several times a week in a wide delivery area: perfect and easy for you to make for your mom!

1411 Haddon St, Houston, TX 77006 | 281-974-2823

From sore muscles to an aching back, helping your mom feel better on her special day is a fantastic gift. Zalla Massage offers a variety of excellent stress-relieving packages, including a hot stone massage and aromatherapy.

4036 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston TX 77025 | (713) 666-CAKE (2253)

Widely considered one of Houston’s best bakeries, you’ll find cookies, cakes, danishes and other delightful creations at this mouthwatering stop. Whether you shop alone or bring her to pick out a few favorites, you’ll both love this sweet treat.

Is your mother looking for a comfortable, beautiful new place to live? Time spent with you is one of the best gifts you can give! Contact Haven at Eldridge today to inquire about available Houston apartments and bring your family closer together in one of Houston’s most beautiful apartment communities.

Playful White Dog

Funny Tricks to Teach Your Furry Roommate

Playful White DogYou’re lucky enough to have an adorable cat or dog as a roommate in your pet-friendly Houston apartment. Your furry friend has learned how to sit and stay—or how to use a litter box—but now, it’s time for something a little more entertaining.

Silly tricks are mentally stimulating for both humans and their canine or feline friends. The next time you have a bored pet and a little extra time on your hands, give one or more of the following tricks a try:

4 Silly Tricks to Teach Your Pet

Shaking Hands

If your pet struggles to learn new tricks, this basic option is always fun and always cute. The trick is not limited to dogs; cats can also learn to shake hands. Simply hold a treat in one hand and give your cat’s paw a slight nudge from behind with your open hand.

Snoopy

Do you have a large kennel with a relatively flat roof? If it’s safely accessible for your dog, use a treat to prompt them to jump up on top of the house on the command, “Snoopy.” It’s not quite like Snoopy relaxing on his back on his iconic doghouse, but it’s the next best thing.

Counting

Let people think your dog is mathematically inclined. If you’ve already taught your dog to speak, take them to the next level by only dropping the hand holding a treat when your dog stops barking. For example, you could tell your dog to count to three, and then drop your hand after three barks. This is the cue to be quiet.

Mannequin Challenge

Create your very own mannequin challenge with your furry roommate. Dogs are easiest, but cats can also learn to remain completely still. Command your pet to “stay,” and then offer a reward after recording a shot of your still pet in an unusual position.

Whether you own a cat or a dog, a little patience can go a long way as you introduce new and unusual tricks into your pet’s vernacular. Practice makes “paw-fect”!

Haven at Eldridge boasts pet-friendly apartments, perfect for living with your four-legged friend. To learn more about our floor plans, reach out today.

Out at Brunch

Best Brunch Spots in Houston

Out at BrunchIf you love brunch, living in Houston provides you with some great places to try out when you’re feeling hungry. With many restaurants in the Houston area, you have plenty of eateries to visit when it comes to getting a great brunch. Here are some of our favorite places to get a fantastic brunch in the Houston area and beyond.

Snooze, An A.M. Eatery

With plenty of parking and no need for reservations, Snooze A.M. Eatery is a great place to go for a casual brunch. It’s a first come, first serve eatery, and there’s never a need to make reservations. The menu is lush, and you won’t run out of choices when it comes to finding the perfect brunch at Snooze. Try à la carte items, or get one of the specialty breakfasts offered.

Field and Tides

Field and Tides is described as an open canvas eatery, offering beautifully crafted dishes for the discerning foodie. When you want a specialized brunch, Field and Tides offers the luxury dining experience you are looking for. You can choose from a fairly large menu, and there are plenty of options for both meat lovers and vegetarians.

Gluten-Free Brunch Options

The Backstreet Cafe

As a place always listed in some of the best brunch spots in Houston, the Backstreet Cafe can’t be missed. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the weekends, and it’s a pretty upscale affair. Enjoy some of the best food available throughout Houston at the Backstreet Cafe. With vegan and gluten-free options available. This isn’t a casual dining experience, and you’ll find some delectable dishes at the Backstreet Cafe.

Houston also has many small eateries that are worth taking a chance on, especially if you love finding a local gem in your area. Houston is a great place for those that love to go out to brunch and try new restaurants.

To find Houston apartments that offer plenty of options and amenities, give us a call today at 866-323-5594 to see which current floor plans we have to offer. Our one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments provide choices for you and your family when you are looking for your next home.

Green Salad With Vegetables

Tips on How to Eat Healthier on a Daily Basis

Green Salad With VegetablesFor the residents of Haven at Eldridge in Houston, Texas, living well and eating healthy can be keys to happiness and longevity. To that end, here are three tips on how to eat healthier.

Home Grown

Planters and colorful flowers always enhance our personal living spaces. But there’s nothing like growing fresh herbs and greens. You’ll find that a small pot of cilantro, basil or oregano is both aesthetically pleasing and can go straight into your food while cooking. Think about how fresh and flavorful snipping a few leaves and tossing them into a pan could be. You’ll also find that lettuce, kale and spinach do very well indoors and they tend to regenerate if you cut with plastic scissors. While you don’t have to grow an entire garden, these leafy greens are perfect and manageable for sandwiches and omelets. Few things are healthier than minute-fresh greens.

Salads First

One of the best ways to eat healthily and to trim down or stay fit is to start lunch and dinner with a side salad. Fresh, raw vegetables tend to be lower in calories and carbohydrates than many entrees. By reducing your hunger pangs with low-calorie foods, your overall intake can be lowered. The other upside to the salad-first rule is vegetables and leafy greens tend to be high in vitamins A, C, K, fiber and potassium. These nutrients go directly to maintaining the health of things such as skin elasticity, eyesight and other bodily functions.

Farmers Markets

West Houston enjoys several excellent fresh food resources. The Farmers Market on Grand Parkway is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and you’ll find healthy food alternatives such as free-range eggs, grass-fed meats, local produce, honey, gluten-free and vegan products.

The Farmers Market at Imperial is also open on Saturdays. It runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and each week they feature a local vendor and local music. The Imperial Market tends to be event-oriented and it generally has a designated children’s activity.

The Westchase District Farmers Market is also close by and gathers locally grown produce and vendors from 3-7 p.m. during daylight savings time. Fresh vegetables are sold seasonally, but you’ll also find gluten-free and certified organic food as well.

There are numerous farmers markets in the greater Houston area to consider. Some locations have specialty foods that can help enhance your healthy eating habits.

We hope our Haven at Eldridge community members find these tips and information helpful. If you or a friend would like more information about our Houston apartments, call us today.

Lemon and Lemon Peel

How to Live Eco-Friendly This Spring

Lemon and Lemon PeelWith Earth Day on the way, this is an ideal time to think about how you can make your apartment more eco-friendly. You might not be able to install energy-efficient windows and appliances, but you can make other changes to adopt a greener lifestyle. Use the following tips to help you become more environmentally friendly.

Use Cold Water for Laundry

One of the easiest changes to make is changing the setting on your washing machine from hot or warm to cold. Washing clothes, linens and other items in cold water saves a considerable amount of water and energy than washing with hot or warm water. You can save even more energy by doing laundry during off-peak hours, such as early in the morning or late at night rather than during the day.

Make Cleaning Products

Instead of buying cleaning products that are filled with chemicals and other artificial ingredients, make your own. You just need vinegar, baking soda and water to make your very own all-purpose cleaner. Keep in mind that you can add a few drops of lemon, lavender or another scented oil to this for a fresh scent. This all-purpose cleaner can get surfaces throughout your home clean.

Unplug Devices

When you’re not using your TV, computer or other electronic devices, unplug them. These devices draw energy even when they’re not turned on. If you have these devices plugged into a power strip, shut the power strip off when no one is using any of these electronics. This can help you save a significant amount of energy in your apartment.

Switch Light Bulbs

If you’re still using incandescent light bulbs in your lamps, replace them with compact fluorescent, or CFL, bulbs, which offer a greater degree of efficiency. CFL bulbs also last much longer than traditional types, which saves you money over time. If you’re responsible for changing the bulbs in light fixtures in your apartment, you can also use CFL bulbs in these instead of incandescent ones.

Our apartments in Houston, TX come with a washer and dryer so you don’t have to waste gas by driving to the laundromat. Contact us for more information on our Houston community.

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