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4 Spots to Fill Your Belly, Not Break Your Bank

Pizza PiePortland is one of the best cities to live in if you love going out to eat. When you need to get out of your Portland apartment and just get some great food, there’s so much right at your fingertips. Here are some of our favorites that are low on price but not on flavor.


This Filipino family restaurant is best known for their chicken adobo sandwich, and colorful shaved ice for dessert, all for under $10. Chicken adobo is the unofficial dish of the Phillipines and Tambayan makes sure to represent it well, as people keep coming back for this sandwich and finishing it off with shaved ice. They even have bath bombs at the register that look deceptively similar to the shaved ice.

Roman Candle

Roman Candle’s pizza bianca is less pizza and more grilled cheese all grown up, loaded with fontina and cheddar cheeses with plenty of tangy red pepper and arugula plus a hearty cup of tomato soup all for $10. The generously-sized pizza has just the perfect ratio of cheese to crust, with a perfect crunch that holds up the cheese and veggies just so.

Homegrown Smokehouse & Deli

The aptly-named vegan barbecue cart has applewood-smoked “meat”, tempeh ribs, butter-free hushpuppies, and dairy-free mac and cheese so that vegans don’t have to be left out of both the fun and flavor. Each signature sampler is piled high with ersatz meat cooked using the same methods as traditional BBQ and the $17 combo plate is a steal when you share it with someone (or take half of it home).

Russian Elegant

At just $1-$2.99 apiece, the piroshki at Russian Elegant offer a lot of bang for your buck. Piroshki are similar to yeast doughnuts except that they aren’t sweet. These soft and heavenly balls of fry bread have herbs, tangy cheese, diced beef, and so much more and make an economical snack that’s more delicious and authentic than most food in that price range.

When you call Axcess 15 home, you have many options for some of the best food on the West Coast without spending a fortune. Call us today to inquire about our available one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

Hotel Room

Check Out Our Summer Rates at Waterton Managed Hotels

Hotel RoomWhen you live at a Waterton managed community such as our Axcess 15 apartments in Portland, you have the opportunity to stay at one of the Waterton managed hotels throughout the United States at a discount. With properties from California to Massachusetts, have some fun this summer at one of the Waterton managed hotels by taking advantage of the corporate rate offered at our hotels. As a Waterton resident, you can get the corporate rate at our hotels from now until August 31 and have an exciting summer adventure.

Take Advantage of Great Summer Rates

Looking to head across the country for a summer getaway? Massachusetts is a state rich in United States history, and full of fun things for you to do this summer. Whether you are a sports fan and want to take in a game at Fenway Park, or you want to take a duck tour of Boston, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy. Our Sheraton Needham is close to downtown Boston. You’ll get rates starting at $99 a night on weekends and starting from $159 on weekdays, giving you the opportunity to stay right near all of the excitement. When you want to take a break from the city, you can head down to Cape Cod and spend the day on one of the beautiful beaches in the area. Massachusetts is a great place to visit this summer.

If you’re planning to stay on the West Coast, take a trip to San Francisco. Our Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport, both in Millbrae, will provide you with excellent accommodations at a price you can afford. With rates as low as $99 during the weekend and $159 during the weekdays for both hotels, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to stay in the San Francisco area. Whether you are taking a short trip for business, or you want to visit San Francisco for a summer vacation, ask for the Waterton corporate rate to get the best deal at one of these hotels.

Have some fun this summer and visit one of our Waterton hotels in the United States. Ask for the corporate discount, and you’ll get some of the best rates around to meet your travel accommodation needs this summer. For your reference, all of our discounted rates are as follows:

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

After your travels, you’re going to want to relax in our apartment homes. Call us today to find out which of our floor plans are currently available!

Forest Trails

Beginner’s Guide to Trail Running in Portland

Forest TrailsThe Portland, OR area is surrounded by nature preserves and parks that offer trail runners of all skill levels easy access to suitable running terrain and incredible beauty. You probably won’t want to climb the biggest hills when you are just starting out, so stick to the flatter trails such as those mentioned below to help you build up strength before you tackle the tougher stuff.

Great Places to Start Trail Running in Portland

  1. Lacamas Park. Head northeast to the town of Camas to find Lacamas Park and a number of one to six mile loop trails that wind among beautiful vegetation, waterfalls, bridges and more. The terrain is perfect for beginners and allows you to put together a run that gives you your desired workout.
  2. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. Just minutes away from downtown is the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, where runners can enjoy trails that pass through a marshland and meadows and allow you to enjoy wildlife near the pond. Many of the trails are relatively flat and suitable for beginners.
  3. Balch Creek Canyon. Perfect for those looking to work up a sweat without investing hours of time, Balch Creek is well maintained and will reward you with views of a stream, giant fir trees and unique historical features.
  4. Hoyt Arboretum. A maze of hard packed trails and more than 1,000 species of trees make Hoyt a great place to take a run while enjoying the scenery and fresh outdoor air. The slightly hilly terrain is well suited to those looking to increase their stamina but is still suitable for beginners.
  5. Forest Park. Solitude, scenery, fresh air and fantastic trails all await you at Forest Park. Although the Wildwood Trail is wildly popular, many additional trails offer runners the opportunity to be alone with nature while getting in great shape.

A Trail Runner’s Paradise

Cool weather, dense forests, and easy access to trails make life at Axcess 15 Apartments in Portland a trail runner’s paradise. Our communal amenities, including a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and weight equipment, mean you’ll never have to miss a workout, even during inclement weather. Give us a call to find out which floor plans are currently available.

Two Plants

How to Transition Your Decor From Spring to Summer

Two PlantsWarm air and blooming flowers tell you summer is around the corner. It’s time to refresh your digs to get ready for summer. Transitioning from one season to the next does not have to cost an arm and a leg. Summer is about relaxing and enjoying the outdoors, so let’s look at how to bring the season indoors.

Repurpose Accessories

Packing everything into boxes that clutter up closets is no fun. Instead, get creative with how you repurpose items. Take those solid color ornaments and place them in a glass vase or bowl to enjoy colorful bursts of light when the sun shines through your windows. Brighten up dark shelves with a rainbow of colorful glass containers of various sizes and shapes.

Instead of packing up winter throw blankets, add one to the bottom of your picnic basket and beach bag. Fold others to add cushion to your patio/balcony furniture. Choose white or neutral colored blankets to enhance the crisp, fresh feeling of the season.

Change Linens and Pillows

Here is where you may want to splurge a bit when starting out in your new apartment home. No need to crank the air conditioning when you swap the warm, cozy comforter for a lighter fabric. Cotton and other natural fibers in bright yellows and oranges are perfect for summer nights. If you prefer the opposite side of the color wheel, go with either pale blues and greens or vibrant turquoise and marine blues.

Switch out the throw pillows on your bed, sofa and side chairs to add moxie. Think about the bright colors you see at the beach or on hikes in the park. Go with lighter fabrics and themes from nature, be it land or sea, to use pillows to transform a space.

Add Plants

If you feel adventurous, you can start with a few colorful planters, dirt and seeds. You can hit the farmers market to pick up brilliant annuals to add to your planters. Some flowers thrive in full sun so they will need at least four hours of direct sunlight. Others, like impatiens, love shady, indirect light.

Axcess 15 Apartments can make your summer come alive. Visit our site and give us a call to see our available apartments in Portland.

Fireworks at Night

Five Fun Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend in Portland

Fireworks at NightAre you ready for Memorial Day weekend? It’s the unofficial start to summer vacation, so make plans today. Here are five fun and interesting things you can do:

Things to Do During Memorial Day Weekend

1. Go to the Portland Rose Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park from May 26 to 29. Enjoy opening night fireworks on May 26 with a dance party and free concert in the RoZone starting at 8 p.m., followed by the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Other attractions include a carnival, thrilling rides and a human catapult that slings you nearly 25 stories high!

You can chow down at the food court with unique dishes such as apple pie fries and Cajun sausages. In addition, you can enjoy festival favorites including corn dogs, elephant ears and hot dogs. To learn more, visit their website.

2. Visit Wine Country in Willamette Valley. You can visit more than 150 Willamette Valley wineries, including many that aren’t often open to the public. Known for their world-class Pinot noir, you can check out wineries and tasting rooms in the scenic Cascade Mountains. To find out which wineries are participating, visit their website.

3. See Tim McGraw and Faith Hill live at the Moda Center in Portland on Friday, May 26 at 7:30 p.m. Be part of the 10th anniversary of the Soul2Soul tour by buying tickets from Ticketmaster or at the Rose Quarter Box Office by calling 1-800-745-3000 or at

4. Attend the 2017 Portland Tap Dance Festival. You can watch performances from faculty members and special guests as well as attend classes, lectures and a panel discussion. The festival is from May 26 to May 28 at the DoubleTree Hotel Portland, 1000 NE Multnomah Street. To learn more, visit their Facebook page or website.

5. Go to the Multnomah County Fair. Admission and parking are free! Highlights include 4-H exhibits, entertainment, food and a talent show. Find out more at the fair’s website.

Thinking About Living in Portland?

Now is a great time to relocate to Portland, Oregon. You can find the best in Portland apartments at Axcess 15 Apartments with one- and two-bedroom apartment homes. To find out more about our floor plans and community, call (877) 661-5561 or stop by our office today.

Orange Flowers

Top 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Portland

Orange FlowersIf you live in our Portland apartments, you know there’s no shortage of fun activities in the area. Whether you’re looking for a seafaring adventure, hiking, shopping, or dining, you can find something to suit every desire. If you’re looking for a more unique way to celebrate your mother or the mother of your children this May 14, the Portland area has a number of great offerings to make her day extra special. Here are our top 5 things to check out for this year’s Mother’s Day celebration.

Top 5 Fun Ways to Celebrate Mom on Mother’s Day

  1. Go on a brunch cruise. Looking for something unique for Mother’s Day? The Portland Spirit offers a Mother’s Day brunch cruise that’s sure to please the whole family.
  2. Enjoy a wonderful meal. Many of Portland’s fine restaurants are offering lovely brunches and special events for Mother’s Day. OpenTable provides an excellent reference or you can call your mom’s favorite restaurant and see what they have planned for the day.
  3. Check out the Mother’s Day Flower Show. Is the mom in your life a flower enthusiast? The Mother’s Day Show at the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden would be a wonderful way for her to spend the afternoon.
  4. Take part in a Mother’s Day run. If Mom is a fan of running, Mt. Tabor Park plans an annual run with other festive activities to partake in after the run/walk is over.
  5. Have brunch at the zoo. How about a lovely brunch for Mom and a day at the zoo for the entire family? Oregon Zoo’s Mother’s Day brunch is sure to be a day to remember.

Interested in Apartments in Portland?

If you’re looking for an apartment in Portland, our Axcess 15 Apartments might just be the perfect fit for you. There are plenty of floor plans available to fit a variety of family types and lifestyles. Our pet-friendly community offers friendly neighbors and has a wonderful business center on premise. You’ll also find a 24-hour fitness center with cardio and weight equipment and a very homey residents lounge. Contact us today to check availability and view our floor plans.

Bar Filled With People

Throwback and Get Down at the 90’s Bar Crawl!

Bar Filled With PeopleResidents of Portland apartments know retro, and there are few better ways to get down than to do it in retro style. These days, there’s no better decade to get nostalgic over while enjoying the present moment than the ’90s. It was a simpler time when people weren’t constantly staring at their cell phone and if you wanted to watch a television show, you needed to be home when it aired. But between Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Saved by the Bell and the entire grunge movement, nobody lacked for entertainment. And the music? Is there anything that’s as fun to dance to as ’90s beats? Well, Portland doesn’t think so because the country’s largest ’90s party is happening in Portland on May 6. Don’t wait to buy tickets; right now they’re $20 but will go up as the event gets closer. When you register for the event you’ll receive a welcome drink and a signature bar crawl cup. All ticketholders will get drink specials at the participating bars. And don’t forget about the bunch of new friends that are ready to take a virtual time machine back to the ’90s, as well. Here are a few of the bars currently slated to be in the crawl, but check their site for the latest updates.

Bars Participating in the Crawl

  • Pips and Bounce will offer 10 choices of $4 draughts of beer.
  • Dig & Pony will have $2 blackberry margarita Jell-O shots, $3 Montucky Cold Snack lagers and $4 well drinks.
  • Pour Sports Bar is doing $5 Jager shots and Absolut Lime and soda, $4 New Amsterdam cranberry & soda, $3 beers, $2 punch and $1 Jell-O shots.
  • Gil’s Speakeasy will have $2 pints of PBR and Ranier beers, $3 well drinks and $4 will get you a micro draft or rum punch.

Bar hopping doesn’t go that well on an empty stomach. Luckily, there won’t be any need to face that dilemma. With our beautiful, contemporary gourmet kitchens with an open breakfast bar, it’s easy to cook up a feast before or after you hit the bars. To find out more about our floor plans at Axcess 15 Apartments, check out our site and schedule an appointment to view our available apartments in Portland.

Burrito With Meat and Veggies

5 Spots to Devour Burritos in Portland

Burrito With Meat and VeggiesPortland is a foodie’s paradise and burrito aficionados are definitely not left out of the fun. When you need to get out of your Lloyd District apartment for a bit and experience some culinary delights, there are so many options. Here are five of our favorite places to chow down on burritos in Portland.

Los Gorditos

The Davis Street standby for enormous burritos has a cult following, especially for their infamous Garbage Burrito which you’ll have to (but won’t want to) share. Vegans and vegetarians don’t have to feel left out of huge burrito goodness with the Soyrizo Burrito, and the restaurant’s tacos are also a treat that will keep you coming back for more.

La Sirenita

La Sirenita has delicious and inexpensive burritos for everyone, but especially vegetarians. If you’ve been searching high and low for a burrito full of real vegetables and not just a pile of onions and peppers, look no further.

Cha! Cha! Cha!

This eatery serves up mojado-style burritos where the burrito is covered in your choice of enchilada sauce and condiments like guacamole and sour cream, which are placed on top of rather than inside the burrito. You can have burritos for days when you order the steak and chile relleno burrito.

El Burrito Azteca

This casual Mexican joint offers all kinds of delicious classics like tacos, quesadillas, and fajitas in addition to its renowned burritos. The combination plates are very popular, with the bean and cheese burrito with guacamole being a favorite. And if you’ve got that friend with you who just isn’t into burritos, this restaurant also offers burgers.

Laughing Planet Cafe

Are you looking for a fun, international twist on a classic burrito? Vegetarians and carnivores alike will be happy with the vast selection of burritos inspired by other cuisines, such as the Greek-inspired Zorba Burrito with feta and olives. It’s the perfect place to go when you’re craving burritos but also other types of cuisine.

Portland offers some of the best culinary delights on the West Coast and many fantastic burrito joints can be right at your fingertips when you call Axcess 15 home. Call us today to inquire about available 1 and 2-bedroom floor plans.

Girl Walking on Trail

How to Celebrate Earth Day

Girl Walking on TrailThose who live in Axcess 15 Apartments in Portland will find that it is easy to enjoy Earth Day to the fullest. Our apartment community is located in close proximity to Portland Japanese Garden and Forest Park, two great places where you can picnic, walk, hike, run, jog, do yoga or simply relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. At the same time, those who want to not only enjoy nature but also do something to help preserve it will find that there are plenty of ways to celebrate Earth Day to the fullest.


Organizations such as Red Tricycle and SOLVE are planning a host of activities for Earth Day. You can either join in these activities or look for ways to help out as a volunteer. Working with others on Earth Day not only enables you to make a significant impact but also helps you get to know other environmentally-conscious people in the community. These activities typically occur on different days, making it easy for you to work on several volunteer projects in the week leading up to April 22.

Choose a Lifestyle Change

Choose one change you want to make in your lifestyle. Start your new habit on Earth Day and keep it going throughout the year. It could be something as simple as shopping at a Farmer’s Market instead of a local grocery store, planting a herb garden in your kitchen, walking or riding a bike to nearby locations instead of driving, or recycling as much of your trash as possible. Focusing on a single action makes it easy for you to change old habits and create new, eco-friendly ones.

Portland residents who are not only looking for Earth Day celebration ideas but also a suitable place to live may want to consider Axcess 15 and all that it has to offer. Its convenient location makes it easy to get around town and there are many great community amenities to make your life easier and more convenient than ever. One- and two-bedroom floor plans are available at various price points, pets are welcomed and move-in assistance is provided to make it easy for you to get set up in your new home. Contact us today to learn more about our community!

Yellow Flower

7 Spring Activities to Do in Portland

Yellow FlowerSpringtime in the Pacific Northwest is unlike any other place in the US. While residents in Portland are used to an array of greens and pops of colors even in the winter, once the rain officially slows down anything is possible in Bridge City. If you’re looking for a great way to celebrate the warmer weather, there is something for everyone to enjoy this spring in PDX.

7 Activities to Check Out This Spring in Portland

1. Portland Dining Month

March is Portland Dining Month, where more than 100 local restaurants offer three-course meals for just $29 each night.

2. Spirit Cruise

Reserve your spot on the Portland Spirit to enjoy a 2-hour cruise full of gorgeous views, a cash bar and your favorite hits from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

3. Rock of Ages

This March 16-19, Rock of Ages takes over the Brunish Theater.Check out this awesome show which features your favorite 80’s songs from Styx, Pat Benatar, REO Speedwagon and more!

4. St. Patrick’s Day Family Festival

On March 17, 2017, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. get out and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at the Holy Rosary Church in NE. Here you’ll find traditional Irish music, dancing, games and great food and drink options.

5. Portland International Rose Test Garden

The blooms start showing up around mid-April and continue to blossom until late June. Be sure to get out to the garden early to make sure you don’t miss out on your favorites this year!

6. Spring Beer & Wine Festival

If you love craft beer as much as the next Portlander, you won’t want to miss the Spring Beer & Wine Fest at the Oregon Convention Center. On April 14-15, 2017 you can try 80 different Northwest beers, wines and spirits.

7. Soul’d Out Music Festival

Kick off festival season in style! Whether you’re a long-time soul fan or new to the genre, be sure to mark April19-23 in your calendar and get your groove on at some of the city’s hippest venues.

Explore Portland This Spring

For more information on other local events or to take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in Portland, visit Axcess 15 online today.

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