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Enjoy Outdoor Movies in Portland This Summer

A ProjectorLooking for some summer fun in Portland? Entertainment and recreation options abound in the city and surrounding area this time of year.

Residents at our Portland apartments looking to get outdoors for affordable fun have to look no further than Portland’s 11th season of Movies in the Park. According to Portland Parks & Recreation, the beloved summer series gives crowds frequent opportunities to gather in various parks and “experience cinematic magic in an outdoor setting.” During this year’s 12-week schedule, residents are being provided 41 movies at 40 sites across Portland and nearby communities. Take a look at which family-friendly screenings are coming up.

August Movies

  • Aug. 17: Experience action and adventure with Indiana Jones in Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, which will be shown at Oregon Park (NE 30th and Oregon Street).
  • Aug. 18: If you want to escape to a fantasy world, hit up Dawson Park (N. Stanton and Williams Avenue) to watch director Ron Howard’s 1988 film Willow.
  • Aug. 19: Made available through a partnership with the Latino Network, this viewing of Moana at Glenhaven Park (NE 82nd and Siskiyou Street) will feature Spanish audio with English subtitles.
  • Aug. 23: The original 1984 Ghostbusters will be showing at K’unamokwst Park (NE 52nd and Alberta Street). The screening will feature English audio with Spanish subtitles.
  • Aug. 24: Head to Elizabeth Caruthers Park (3508 SW Moody Ave.) to watch Fantastic Mr. Fox, courtesy of a partnership with South Waterfront Community Relations.
  • Aug. 25: Enjoy the voice talents of Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake in the 2016 film Trolls, playing at Laurelhurst Park (SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd. and Stark Street).
  • Aug. 27: Visit April Hill Park (SW 58th and Miles Street) for a screening of Kubo and the Two Strings, as well as pre-entertainment from the acoustic Rogue Bluegrass Band.

September Movies

  • Sept. 1: Travel to a park not so far away (Mt. Scott Park at SE 74th and Reedway Street, to be exact) and enjoy the Disney’s recently released off-canon Star Wars story, Rogue One.
  • Sept. 2: A tale as old as time re-told in a live-action adaptation, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will be showing at Montavilla Park (NE 83rd and Glisan Street), thanks to the Montavilla Neighborhood Association.

According to Portland Parks & Recreation, the movies start at dusk, with concerts and pre-movie entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. for many screenings. All events are free, thanks to partnerships with neighborhood organizations and community members. Visit the website for a complete list of movies and concerts in local parks happening this summer.

With everything the Portland community has to offer, there’s nothing better than being a part of it. Learn more about what apartment living has to offer in this bustling city by contacting or visiting our Axcess 15 apartment homes, conveniently located in the Lloyd District.

Corgi

Don’t Miss Corgi Walk in the Pearl!

CorgiOne of the great things about being an Axcess 15 resident is that it puts you up close and personal with all of the features, attractions and events that make living in a city like Portland so exciting. Case in point: if you’re a corgi lover like the rest of us, you won’t want to miss the Corgi Walk in the Pearl 2017 that is coming up soon!

Corgi Walk in the Pearl 2017: What You Need to Know

Hosted by the Oregon Humane Society, Corgi Walk in the Pearl 2017 will be taking place on Saturday, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It’s an event that began 10 years ago by Lynde Paule, a dog fancier who just wanted to create a great venue for dogs and their owners and to raise money to care for injured, abused, abandoned or neglected dogs at the same time.

While it’s true that the event is corgi-centric, all of our furry little friends are more than welcome to attend. The event takes place on the third Saturday in August every year and is a great way to raise money for both the Oregon Humane Society and Corgi Rescue. Even if you’re not a corgi owner, you should still stop by and watch all the corgis and corgi-mixes as they show us all a thing or two about what it means to have a good time.

Corgi Fashion Show and Doggy Ice Cream Social

After the walk portion of the event concludes, there will also be a limited-entry Corgi Fashion Show starting at 11:00 a.m. Afterward, there will also be a Doggy Ice Cream Social where man’s best friend can find a great opportunity to meet a few new “best friends” of their own.

Tickets to Corgi Walk in the Pearl 2017 are available to purchase online at the Oregon Humane Society’s official website. You should also feel free to visit the event’s official website to find out more about Corgi Walk in the Pearl itself.

If you’re looking for one- or two-bedroom Portland apartments, you’ve come to the right place. To find out more information about our features and amenities, or to check and see which floor plans are available, please don’t delay – contact us today.

Ice Cream Cone

Five Ice Cream Spots to Visit in Portland

Ice Cream ConeThe Pacific Northwest has long been known for its iconic craft beer and coffee scene, but ice cream is another artisan product that’s making a splash on the region’s culinary landscape. Following are just five of the options available to residents of apartments in Portland to enjoy cold and creamy Pacific Northwest goodness.

Salt & Straw

Innovative flavors, a fun environment, and small batches produced daily combine to make Salt & Straw a longtime Portland favorite. Everything’s made from scratch using locally sourced, fresh ingredients. Newest flavors include Roasted Strawberry Coconut Sorbet and Goat Cheese Marionberry Habanero.

Cool Moon Ice Cream

Famous for its ice cream sandwiches, Cool Moon Ice Cream also makes excellent use of local fruits and berries. Be sure to try seasonal favorite Pumpkin Ice Cream in autumn. Custom made ice cream cakes and pies are available by special order to make your celebrations shine.

Ruby Jewel

All sweet treats are handcrafted from fresh, natural ingredients sourced from Oregon’s verdant Willamette Valley. Fortunately, there are multiple locations of Ruby Jewel around the city, so you’ll never be far from your favorite ice cream fix. Try their Dark Chocolate and Fresh Mint Ice Cream Sandwich, or get creative and custom-design your own from a list of ingredients such as Honey Lavender, Oregon Strawberry, and Vanilla Bean. If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, keep in mind that Ruby jewel does catering and also has an ice cream cart that you can rent out by the hour.

Alotto Gelato

Serving authentic Italian gelato in a charming, intimate setting, Alotto Gelato is a perfect after-dinner dessert stop for a grand finale to a special evening. You’ll be entranced by the rich and sumptuously silky texture, as well as by the creative flavor combinations such as Hazelnut and Blood Orange and Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting.

Fifty Licks

Fifty Licks specializes in French-style ice cream that’s built on a base of creamy, handcrafted custard. Try the Blood Orange Creamsicle for something truly divine. They also have an ice cream truck available to rent for corporate picnics, weddings, and other occasions that call for a special touch.

Please feel free to contact us at your earliest convenience for more information on exploring Portland’s amazing culinary scene.

Burger With Fries and Beer

Try These Tasty Burgers in Portland This Summer

Burger With Fries and BeerPortland, Oregon has a reputation for having some of the tastiest burgers in the Northwest. Here, restaurants serve up enough variations on the classic burger to satisfy just about any palate. Following are some of the best burgers in Portland. Each place is chosen for its high-quality beef, tasty bun and top-notch toppings.

Bar Bar

If you are looking for a tasty burger in a unique atmosphere, this is the place to go. This cozy live music spot is a burger lounge and patio. It has been serving up some of the juiciest burgers since it opened in 2010.

Killer Burger

Killer Burger has locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. They certainly serve up a tasty burger. Every burger is made with 100% beef and includes bacon and fries. That alone should be enough to convince you to try this burger spot.

Brunch Box

This industrial modern burger joint serves up some of Portland’s most interesting burgers. It is a favorite of hipsters who enjoy the unique toppings—like Spam. They also serve delicious loaded fries.

Foster Burger

Black walls and colorful posters give it a unique vibe. The menu features classic burgers that are made from local, grass-fed beef. They also serve a few specialty burgers, which are all tasty. A favorite is the Cattail Creek Forager burger, which is made of Cattail Creek lamb and features beer braised portobello mushrooms.

Bit House Saloon

Bit House’s signature burger will blow you away. It is made with grass-fed beef, griddled onion, American cheese and house pickles. It sounds so simple but it is mouth-watering unbelievable. If you are in the mood for a craft beer, Bit House has a huge selection of IPAs, stouts and ciders.

TILT

The old factory warehouse has been completely transformed into a chic restaurant that serves up some of the best burgers in Portland. The burgers are made from scratch and feature fresh ingredients that are sourced locally whenever possible.

Little Bird Bistro

If you are looking for a good date-night burger joint, this upscale restaurant is the place to go. It features large windows, romantic table linens and stunning vaulted ceilings. Perhaps the best thing about Little Bird Bistro is the food, especially the burger. The French creations offer a unique taste for the palate.

Axcess 15 apartments in Portland offer exceptional quality and amenities. Our community is in close proximity to all of Portland’s best hot spots and restaurants. Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Herbs in a Cup

How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

Herbs in a CupFew things make a home cooked meal taste better than the addition of fresh-from-the-garden herbs. Fortunately, you don’t need a large plot of land to cultivate enough herbs for an average household — our apartment balconies, patios, or even sunny windowsills all provide prime places where culinary herbs can be successfully grown. Here’s how residents of apartments in Portland can grow their own herbs.

Assess Your Personal Needs

Thriving herb gardens provide a charming sensory aesthetic — not only are they picturesque, but when it rains, the oils in the plants come to the surface, creating a fabulous olfactory experience. However, you’ll get the most satisfaction from your herb garden if you’re growing the kinds of herbs that you actually use in cooking. The first thing you should do is make a list of the herbs you normally use when preparing meals and use it as a guideline for what to plant.

Pick a Sunny Spot

Pick a sunny spot on your patio or balcony, buy a few containers and some potting soil, some seeds or starts, and you’re on your way to having a productive herb garden. Most herbs aren’t fussy about soil, but they do prefer sun for the most part, so make sure you pick a spot that gets at least six hours of sun per day. Certain types of herbs, such as mint, will thrive in less sunshine. A general rule of thumb when it comes to herbaceous plants is that the smaller and grayer the leaves, the more sun the species requires. Rosemary, for instance, has tiny, almost silver leaves and needs lots of sun, while peppermint has large, deep green leaves and can tolerate a great deal of shade.

Always pinch your herbs back rather than allowing them to flower. This keeps them strong and healthy.

If you’ve got a west or a south-facing window, you can also plant a small herb garden right on your windowsill, which makes it very easy to snip fresh herbs while you’re preparing to cook a meal.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you would like more information about our one- and two-bedroom floor plans so you can create your own herb garden!

Pizza Pie

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.

Tambayan

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  www.rosequarter.com.

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.

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