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Take Advantage of Discounted Rates at Waterton Hotels

Hotel RoomEnjoying the summer months is a must for anyone living in today’s busy world. Making that happen isn’t always easy to do, though. When you live at Regatta at Lake Lynn, the good news is you’ve selected a Waterton community to call home. And, because you live in our apartments in Raleigh, North Carolina, you gain access to some of the best discounts across the globe. All you have to do is to stay at one of the Waterton managed hotels we offer throughout the country this summer.

Stay in Pennsylvania

Take a trip to Pennsylvania, for example. Explore the historical sites, rolling hills, and fantastic communities located throughout the state. When you stay in Moon Township at DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport, located near the Allegheny River, you’ll be within minutes of Pittsburgh and the incredible mountains. At the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport, rates start from $89.

Visit Columbus This Year

Another fantastic opportunity is available to those checking out Columbus, the state capital of Ohio. The community offers some of the most modernized shopping, COSI – a science center for kids, and a variety of schools. You may even want to make this a trip to check out The Ohio State University if your child is planning to enroll in the fall. The Westin Columbus has rates starting from $159 on the weekdays and $99 on the weekends for all of our Waterton community members.

Explore San Jose

Not only can you enjoy the food but all of the culture that’s present throughout San Jose. The rich environment is one that offers a unique combination of modern and historical. When you stay at Hyatt Place San Jose, you can experience it all for 20% off the best available rate.

These are just a few of the summer getaways and special rates you can take advantage of this summer. Why not travel, see the sights, and save?

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

Live With Us for Outstanding Benefits Throughout the Year

When you live at our apartments in Raleigh, you have access to superb amenities. If you are looking for a new place to call home, (one that offers you fantastic discounts), check out all that Regatta at Lake Lynn has to offer. Schedule a tour of our available apartments today.

Mason Jars

6 Ways to Use Mason Jars Around Your Apartment

Mason JarsMost people have mason jars somewhere around their Raleigh apartments, though they may not realize just how versatile this common household object can be. Here are 6 creative uses that you may not have thought of that have nothing to do with canning.

1. Sewing Box

Your thread, pins, and scissors all need to go somewhere, so why not in an adorable mason jar? Make the cap of a jar a pincushion, and you’ll never go searching for another needle on the floor again.

2. Salads

Layer your veggies into your mason jars for an incredibly colorful visual effect, and you may just be more inclined to eat them when on your lunch break. There’s a bit of an art to mason jar salads, so be ready for some experimentation!

3. Shakers

The smaller mason jars make great spice shakers, and look so cute set on your table or in your cupboard. Just mark three small holes in the middle, use a hammer and a nail to make the whole, and you’re done. While it’s most commonly used for salt and pepper, it can really be used for all of your spices.

4. Extra Lighting

Place a tealight candle into mason jars, and then string them up outside on your patio or balcony for a fun addition to your next summer bash. The mason jars will add more character to your outdoor decorations.

5. Coffee Mug

Your iced coffee will look and taste even better in a mason jar. Just poke a straw shaped hole into the top, and then start sipping. Most standard jars will fit into your car’s cup holder for extra portability.

6. Speaker

There are kits you can buy that will turn your mason jar into a speaker for your smartphone. When you want a little more sound from your phone without compromising the decor of your apartment, this is a smart choice.

Our apartments in Raleigh won’t be home until you find a decorating style that works for you. Think outside the circle when you take a mason jar to new heights. If you want an apartment community that values creativity as much as you do, call Regatta at Lynn Lake to find out more about our available floor plans!

Outdoor Park

Our Favorite Parks in Raleigh to Visit This Summer

Outdoor Park Being outdoors in Raleigh is just one of the reasons to love the area. Enjoy it all from our Raleigh apartments that offer an equal number of indoor amenities.

Our one- and two-bedroom floor plans offer comfort and convenience, with community amenities designed to keep you happy at home! Exercise and spend time with friends at either of our two outdoor pools with enticing sun decks, or keep fit with a variety of machines at our 24-hour fitness center. There is also a fitness trail and dog park, as well as a playground. In addition, you’ll have easy access to public transportation.

When you’re ready to head outdoors this summer, here’s a list of not-to-miss parks and recreation areas:

Pullen Park

Near the campus of North Carolina State University, this gem of an urban park has a history dating to 1887, and features a carousel, the C.P. Huntington Train and pedal boats, making it a “destination resort” for all ages.

Lake Johnson

In Southwest Raleigh, this fishing lake offers boat rentals and picnic areas as well as more than five miles of trails to explore along the shore.

Durant Nature Preserve

Escape the city without leaving the city. Explore 237 acres of woodlands and fishing lakes. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you follow hiking and mountain biking trails. It’s dog-friendly, so bring Fido along for exercise and companionship.

Historic Oak View

Unleash your inner history buff at this 19th-century farmstead and historic district. Historic Oak View, also known as the Williams-Wyatt-Poole Farm, is located just east of downtown Raleigh.

If you’re up for an overnight away from home, a great short excursion is Grandfather Mountain. But before hiking to the top to drink in the spectacular view, stop at Blowing Rock and treat yourself to some time at Memorial Park just at the end of Main Street. It has beautiful landscaping, a horseshoe pit and good playgrounds for kids of all ages.

The Raleigh area truly offers something for everyone, and the lifestyle at Regatta at Lake Lynn provides a way to enjoy it all up close and personal. If you’re looking for a unique lifestyle, contact us now to check on the availability of an apartment home that will suit you to a tee.

Bowl of Almonds

5 Healthy, Energy-Boosting Snacks

Bowl of AlmondsWhether you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up snack or one to eat before doing a workout, you don’t have to spend a lot of time making one. Keep the following ideas in mind for quick, nutritious snacks that will give you an energy boost.

Frozen Yogurt Blueberries

This snack is filled with important nutrients, including antioxidants. Just dip blueberries into plain Greek yogurt one at a time, then place them on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add some honey for extra flavor. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about an hour for a tasty and sweet treat that’s good for you.

No-Bake Granola Bars

This chewy treat is packed with delicious ingredients that are also filled with fiber and other nutrients. Combine quick-cooking oats, whole grain cereal, unsweetened shredded coconut, unsalted pistachios, vanilla extract and kosher salt in a bowl. Put peanut butter, dates and honey in a saucepan, then cook for a few minutes until the mixture melts. Pour the mixture on the oat mixture, then stir it. Spread it into a baking pan, then put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes.

Thai Sesame Edamame

Edamame has plenty of nutrients, including protein, iron and fiber. Cook edamame in a skillet for about two minutes, then add dark sesame oil, light brown sugar, vinegar, pepper and salt. Cook for a few more minutes until the other ingredients coat the edamame. Put cooked edamame in a bowl, then cover with sesame seeds.

Zesty Green Dip

This dip offers a nutritious way to enjoy whole grain crackers. Combine watercress, basil, parsley, green onions, Greek yogurt, olive oil, vinegar, anchovy paste, black pepper, salt and red pepper in a food processor for about 10 minutes. Place in a bowl and chill for about eight hours.

Honey Glazed Almonds

This snack adds a tasty kick to almonds, which contain several nutrients, including protein and vitamin E. Cook almonds until they’re lightly toasted, then add sugar, honey, chile powder, cumin and salt. Cook for a couple more minutes, then place on a baking sheet.

Our community features a 24-hour fitness center and fitness trail that are great for getting exercise after eating energy-boosting snacks. Contact us for more information on our apartments in Raleigh, NC.

Pancakes on Plate

Underrated Brunch Restaurants in Raleigh

Pancakes on PlateOne of the advantages of living at our apartments in Raleigh is that you are in close proximity to it all. When it comes to enjoying the weekend, what better way to kick off a Saturday or Sunday than heading out to brunch. Below we give you the lowdown on some of Raleigh’s underrated spots for brunch.

Brigs Great Beginnings Restaurant

Located in Brennan Station on Creedmoor Road, Brigs offers all day breakfast and an outstanding brunch. Locals admire the quick service, great food, and the laid back atmosphere. The restaurant opens at 7 a.m. every day of the week.

Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant

Located at 220 Wolfe Street in Raleigh, Big Ed’s offers a packed menu including breakfast, lunch, and brunch. Patrons rave about the Southern food, the rustic atmosphere, and the outstanding service. If you love food, then you will enjoy the large portions and quality eats.

Humble Pie

Located at 317 S. Harrington Street in Raleigh, Humble Pie offer tapas and brunch and they also serve adult beverages. This is the perfect place to find eclectic foods that will fill you up. If you are familiar with the expression “Hair of the dog,” then this is the best place to take the edge off the morning after a night out on the town. The good food at this eatery attracts lots of people each day. They recommend reservations for brunch, which you can handle online.

First Watch

Located at 6109 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, First Watch offers healthy meals and brunch. Expect a packed house as First Watch has a huge population of repeat patrons. Patrons rave about the consistency of the good food and a very long menu.

Thanks to the convenient location of our apartments in Raleigh, you can enjoy some of the best food in town. Going out for brunch is always fun but if you want to switch things up, hosting brunch at home is a good time as well. The Regatta at Lake Lynn offers an array of one- and two-bedroom floor plans that are perfect for hosting brunch parties. Call us today or stop by our office to schedule a tour of our community in Raleigh.

Flower Vase on Table

3 Essential Tips for Arranging Flowers

Flower Vase on TableFlowers are a great way to bring nature’s beauty into your apartment. Following are three essential flower arranging tips that can not only make your flower arranging easier but also enable you to create the exact ambiance you want in any room of your apartment home.

Buy the Right Vase

Think about the type of arrangement you want before you choose a vase. Vintage bottles and glasses are great for apartments with a rustic style of decor while a plain colored vase is a good choice for minimalist apartments. Choose a classy yet simple vase if you have a modern style of decor or pick a brightly colored vase if you want the arrangement to be the centerpiece of the room. Even a perfect flower arrangement won’t look good if it’s in the wrong vase.

Arrange from Largest to Smallest

Add the tallest and largest flowers and stems first, and then arrange smaller plants and flowers around these. If the large flowers are meant to be the focal point of your arrangement, make sure they are placed in the center rather than to one side.

Bunch Flowers Together in Odd Numbers

Those who intend to cluster flowers together would do well to remember the rule of three and five. Grouping flowers together in small groups of three or five gives your arrangement a natural, organized look. This rule of three also applies when creating an arrangement consisting of more than one vase. For example, three small vases on a windowsill tend to look better than two or four vases in the same area.

Regatta at Lake Lynn Apartments in Raleigh stands out for a number of reasons. Our Raleigh apartments offer great community amenities for relaxation, exercise and business, as well as provide move-in assistance to incoming residents and provide easy access to the city’s beautiful Lake Lynn. Various one- and two-bedroom floor plans are available to pick from and each apartment comes with a balcony or patio, linen closet, pantry area, full sized washer and dryer and large windows to let in plenty of natural light. Get in touch with us to find out more and/or take a tour of our community.

Strip of Film

5 Oscar-Nominated Movies to Watch

Strip of FilmFeeling the post-awards season blues already? Everyone loves a good Oscars film fest themed night in, and with so many greats to choose from, you may just be able to keep yourself occupied until the next big awards show rolls around. So invite a few pals over to your apartment and hunker down in your living room for a cozy night in!

5 Oscar-Nominated Films You Need to Watch

1. The Godfather

At the time of the film’s release, The Godfather was the top-grossing movie of all time. Now, more than 40 years later, it’s considered by many film experts as one of the greatest movies ever made. If you’ve never seen it you are truly missing out!

2.  Captain Fantastic

Follow Viggo Mortensen in one of his best performances to date as he and his band of children—who live off the grid in rural Washington—make their way out into society once again to honor the life of a loved one. This film is funny, heartwarming and best of all, full of great performances.

3. The Silence of the Lambs

If you’re in the mood for a well-written, beautifully acted and slightly terrifying cerebral thriller, nothing beats following Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs. As only the third film to win in all 5 major categories and the only horror flick to win Best Picture, this is one that you shouldn’t pass up.

4.  Kubo and the Two Strings

From the studio that brought you Coraline, comes Kubo and the Two Strings. This brilliantly crafted stop-animation film is about a young man on a quest to find a magical suit of armor that once belonged to his father.

5. La La Land

Take a peek at what makes Hollywood so enchanting with the second powerhouse film from director Damien Chazelle and composer Jordan Horowitz. You’re almost guaranteed to love the two stand out performances from Oscar nominee Ryan Gosling and Best Actress winner Emma Stone.

Looking for more great ways you can enjoy apartment living? Take a look at the available floor plans at our apartments in Raleigh and visit The Regatta at Lake Lynn team online today.

Mojito in Glass

4 Tasty Mojito Recipes to Try in Your Apartment

Mojito in GlassDo you enjoy the outdoors near Regatta at Lake Lynn—perhaps at one of our two pools or the lakeshore? Or maybe you enjoy watching Fido play in the dog park? You probably want a refreshing drink, and one of the best options is the classic mojito. Here are four twists on the recipe:

Classic

For this recipe, you will need a muddler. Crush ten mint leaves and a lime wedge into a glass, then add two more and sugar. Fill the glass with ice, pour in 1 & 1/2 ounces of white rum and then top off with club soda. Do not strain the mint and lime mixture because mojitos should be “muddy.” Mojitos should always be made with fresh mint, not dried. The recipe says white sugar, but raw is better.

Cranberry

Whether it’s Christmas time or springtime in North Carolina, the weather can be warm enough to want a cold drink, so how about a cranberry mojito. This recipe calls for raw sugar. Muddle boiled cranberries with the lime and add a splash of cranberry and Sprite before topping off with soda water. Perfect for unseasonable Christmas warmth or for spring and summer.

Cherry

Fresh cherries, when in season, speak to summer. This recipe calls for chocolate mint rather than regular. It’s made in a different way, but you can probably experiment—the key element is to use fresh cherries. For a particularly North Carolina variant, use white rum and then add a splash of Cheerwine because nothing says North Carolina more!

Sweet Tea

Summer in the south means sweet tea. How about improving the sweet tea. No, this isn’t made by adding rum to your iced tea. You actually freeze the tea and use it as ice cubes! This also includes a way of making mint-lime simple syrup, which you could use as a way of muddling your mint ahead of time, especially if you’re going to be making a lot of this.

Enjoy these four mojito recipes—or thousands more—whilst appreciating the North Carolina sunshine and the beautiful scenery around Raleigh. Then check out our Raleigh apartments, which offers great amenities and one- and two-bedroom floor plans.

Pasta With Veggies

4 Spring Recipes to Prepare

Pasta With VeggiesNow that it’s spring, you’ll be able to make some great spring recipes on the balcony at your Raleigh apartment. Enjoy the view from your balcony or patio while savoring chicken or lamb dishes, and finish it off with your favorite wine and strawberry shortcake.

Roast Chicken With Spring Vegetables

Ingredients:

1 chicken quarter per serving, skin on and bone in

Salt and pepper

½ lemon

Olive oil

Baby potatoes

Radishes

Scallions

Baby carrots

Chopped fresh dill

Instructions:

Preheat the oven or grill to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper, and then place it skin up on a baking sheet. Squeeze the lemon over the chicken and then drizzle about a teaspoon of oil over the chicken. Roast the chicken for 15 minutes. While roasting, cut the potatoes and radishes in half. Cut the scallions into thirds. Toss the vegetables and about a tablespoon of oil together. Season the vegetables with salt and pepper. Remove the chicken from the oven. If you are using a grill, line the grill with a foil pan. Scatter the vegetables around the chicken. Roast the vegetables and chicken for about 20 minutes. The chicken should have a golden color. Make sure it is cooked through. Remove and squeeze more lemon over the chicken and vegetables. Sprinkle with dill and serve.

Grilled Lamb Chops

Ingredients:

2 large garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbs. Fresh rosemary leaves

1 tsp. Fresh thyme leaves

Cayenne pepper to taste

Coarse sea salt

2 tbs. Extra-virgin olive oil

6 lamb chops, about ¾ inch thick

Instructions:

Pulse the spices in a food processor until they are combined. Pour in the olive oil and pulse the mixture into a paste. Rub the paste on both sides of the lamb chops. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. About 20 minutes before you are ready to cook, remove the chops from the fridge and let them come to room temperature.

Heat a grill pan over high heat until it is almost smoking or heat the grill up. Sear the chops for about 2 minutes and then flip them over. Cook for another 3 minutes for medium-rare and 3 ½ minutes for medium.

Pasta and Veggies in Garlic Sauce

Ingredients:

½ pound uncooked Fettuccine

Carrots, julienned

Broccoli

Red bell pepper, julienned

White mushrooms

Zucchini, julienned

Summer squash, julienned

Garlic

Butter

Salt and pepper

Parmesan and Romano Cheese mix, grated

Instructions:

Boil the pasta until al dente. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a saute pan. Add 2 teaspoons garlic and the vegetables. Sauté the vegetables until they are hot, yet still crispy. Drain the pasta. Melt ¼ cup butter and mix with 1 tablespoon garlic. Toss the veggies, pasta and garlic butter together. Season with salt and pepper. Top with Parmesan and Romano grated cheeses. (Note: If you are not a garlic fiend, use less garlic in the melted butter).

Strawberry Shortcake

Hull and wash ½ cup strawberries per person. Mix the berries with 2 tablespoons sugar and let them marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow juices to develop. Serve the berries over your favorite angel cake, sponge cake or biscuits with whipped cream.

Visit Regatta at Lynn Lake to view our floor plans with patios or balconies so that you may enjoy a spring meal outside.

Ocean

Where to Order Bathing Suits Online

OceanOne of the benefits of living in a Raleigh apartment is the fact that you are never too far from the beach. Carolina Beach is only 140 miles away from Raleigh, making it a weekend getaway. Additionally, the pool is only a few steps away, allowing you to access the water whenever you would like. With so many opportunities to soak in water, it is time for you to find a bathing suit that will allow you to look your best whether you choose to visit the beach or the pool. The following are four great places to pick up the latest in swimming attire.

Venus.com

One of the most popular online shops for trendy clothes of all types is Venus. Venus offers a wealth of clothing for women of all body types. They also offer the latest in swimsuits, just in time for swimsuit season.

J. Crew.com

If you are on the go and you do not have time to order online, you can always choose J. Crew’s swimsuits. J. Crew is located conveniently at Crabtree Mall. However, if you want a wider selection, then you are guaranteed to find a swimsuit that will flatter your figure at their online website.

WindsorStore.com

Another great place to find stylish, moderately priced swimsuits is the Windsor Store. The Windsor Store offers bold designs that are sure to get you noticed.

HollisterCo.com

Finally, you can’t choose the perfect bathing suit before you take a peek at the selection of swimsuits offered by Hollister Co. Hollister is a trendy go-to store that typically caters to the younger crowd. However, their bathing suits are perfect for anyone who wants to sport the latest looks when it comes to swimwear.

Get ready for the hot, humid temperatures of Raleigh, NC by purchasing the perfect swimwear for you or your entire family. If you want to learn more about what you can and cannot do at the pool, we encourage you to drop by the office today. We want you to enjoy the pool, but we also want you to be safe.

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