5 Ways to Save on Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner

We’re about two weeks away from the big day! If you’re hosting this year you’re probably getting your final headcount, making a menu and cleaning for visitors. Hosting a holiday can certainly be expensive but here are ten ways you can save this year.

 

1 – Ask your guests to bring something. Don’t try and do it all yourself. If you supply the turkey then ask your guests to bring the sides and dessert. This will save you both time and money.

 

2 – Want a fancy table? Head to your local Dollar Store for some decor. You can find cloth napkins, greenery, LED candles and more that will help your table look beautiful on a budget.

 

3 – Limit your drink menu. Don’t try to personalize your bar menu by having something specific for each person on your list. Instead stick to two beverage options and water.

 

4 – Wait for local deals before buying your turkey. A lot of grocery stores will have sales on turkeys before the big day. Check out your local paper for inserts that announce the sales.

 

5 – Having guests stay over for the weekend? Don’t go crazy trying to prepare a fancy guestroom. Add some travel toiletries in a basket in your bathroom. This will let your guests feel welcome and right at home.

5 Spooky Things to Do in Salem, Massachusetts

We love Salem, Massachusetts this time of year! There are lots of Haunted Happenings all month long and with Halloween being only 4 days away now is the best time to pay a visit! We’ve done our research and asked our residents at Princeton Crossing and come up with a list of the best Halloween attractions to visit in Salem this year.

 

1 – The Salem Witch Museum

 

2 – Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours

 

3 – Mahi Mahi Halloween Cruises

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4 – House of Seven Gables

 

5 – Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

10 Ways To Get Into the Halloween Spirit

Halloween is just about 3 weeks away and it’s time to get into the spooky spirit (if you haven’t already). Here are ten ways you can feel festive and celebrate the upcoming holiday.

1 – Pick out some pumpkins and carve them. Put battery-operated candles in them to make them last even longer. Display your pumpkins on your porch, patio or balcony.

 

2 – Have a scary movie marathon. Whether you like the horror movies like A Nightmare on Elm Street or the silly cult classics like Hocus Pocus, carve out (see what we did there) some time this weekend to watch your favorites!

 

3 – Watch a Halloween-inspired baking show (like Halloween Baking Championship on Food Network) and test your novice skills baking a Halloween dish!

 

4 – Head down to your local costume shop and pick out a costume. Even if you aren’t attending a party this year, it’s fun to dress up to hand out candy to trick or treaters.

 

5 – Speaking of trick or treaters, get in the spirit early by picking up some fun-sized treats to hand out at your door. Feeling really crafty? Try putting together some fun mini gift bags for your neighbors who will be visiting.

 

6 – Throw an impromptu costume party! Invite a few friends over and get dressed up in your spooky-best. Hand out awards for the scariest, most creative and silliest costumes.

 

7 – Listen to some spooky music. Streaming stations like Pandora and Spotify have stations and playlists filled with Halloween-themed music. Listen along while you decorate your home for Halloween.

 

8 – If you live at or near Princeton Westford (and you’re brave), check out Witches Woods for a fun and spooky night of Halloween fun.

 

9 – Have a pet? Help them get festive by getting them a Halloween costume this year.

 

10 – Last but certainly not least, take a trip to Salem, MA! You will certainly feel in the Halloween spirit by visiting the Salem Witch Museum or attending Salem Horror Fest. While you’re in town, visit our friends at Princeton Crossing and say hi!

A lot to Love About Princeton North Andover

Convenient, comfortable and a great place to call home. Welcome to Princeton North Andover!

Nestled on 13+ acres, this great location offers easy access to I-495/I-93 and Andover technology parks. Enjoy walking? There’s plenty of local shops and businesses nearby! If you decide to hop in the car you can drive 10 minutes in either direction on 125 and you’ll reach Haverhill or Andover – both with a bustling downtown food scene.  Bars, restaurants, fitness, shopping – Princeton North Andover is convenient to everything you could possible want!

Enjoy great amenities like a club house, fitness center, grill/picnic area, bicycle storage and social areas with wi-fi connection. Princeton North Andover offers both one and two bedroom options. Schedule a tour with our friendly leasing consultants today! While you wait, head here to view additional photos and view floor plans.

A Lot to Love About Maine – Casco Bay Lines

There’s a lot to love about Maine in the summer time. If you haven’t spent a weekend visiting Maine’s islands you should make plans before summer is over! Maine’s islands include Peaks IslandLittle Diamond IslandGreat Diamond IslandLong IslandChebeague Island and Cliff Island.  Getting to the islands is a quick and enjoyable ferry-ride away.  Our residents at Foreside Estates and Princeton on Back Cove love jumping on Casco Bay Lines for a ride.

Whether you are visiting for a day, staying for vacation, or enjoying one of their scenic or music cruises – Casco Bay Lines is your fun and safe connection to the islands of Maine! The regularly-scheduled ferry operates 365 days a year. There are also lots of fun specialty cruises including a sunset and moonlight run. Learn more about the ferry and boat rides you can enjoy at Cascobaylines.com.

 

 

There’s Something for Everyone at Encore Boston Harbor

Glitz and glamour has arrived on a grand scale to the Mystic riverfront! The Encore Casino Boston Harbor officially opened it’s doors last month and it is an experience unlike any other. Only 1.5 miles away from our very own luxury apartment community, The Graphic, our residents are very excited about everything this grand new casino has to offer the area!

Whether you have a love for gambling. relaxation or delicious food, there is something for you to enjoy at Encore. Entering the casino you will find state-of-the-art slot machines, table games, poker tables, private gambling salons, high-limit gaming rooms, and a spectacular view of the action below. Dine in one of ten delicious restaurants and enjoy a night cap at one of their luxurious lounges.

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Interested in staying the night? At Encore Boston Harbor, there are plenty of rooms and suites designed for a serene and stylish retreat. Awake in the morning and visit the spa for a relaxing treatment and finish your visit by browsing in the high-end shops.

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Learn more about Encore Boston Harbor by visiting www.encorebostonharbor.com.
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A Lot to Love About Lowell – Lowell Summer Music Series

It’s summer time and there’s a lot to love about Lowell! Our residents in Lowell, MA love everything that the mill city has to offer this time of year – especially the Lowell Summer Music Series.

This summer marks 30 years of great music and fun for the Lowell Summer Music Series.  Who are they exactly? They’re a non-profit program committed to bringing great music to Lowell at reasonable prices. Whether you like blues, rock, folk, celtic or reggae music, there’s an event to enjoy this summer.  Upcoming events this year include The Wallflowers, Gavin Degraw, the Beach Boys, Blue Oyster Cult and more!

 

       
Learn more about the upcoming schedule of events, how to donate or how to volunteer on their website at www.lowellsummermusic.org.
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Princeton ParkImperial GardensWestford ParkHadley ParkCarlton PlaceGrandview Apartment HomesColony Park and River Place Towers.

5 Ideas for Your Summer Bucket List

Tomorrow is the official start of summer! Get ready for longer, sunnier days ahead. If you haven’t created a summer bucket list yet, consider adding one (or all) of these great ideas.

 

1 – Learn something new. Keep your mind fresh this summer by learning a new skill! Always wanted to try a cooking class or learn to sew? Now is the time.

 

2 – Unplug from technology. Take a full day (or more if you’re able) away from your cell phone and social media. Have your family drop their cell phones in a basket and leave them there for 24 hours. Get outside, connect with each other and enjoy the company.

 

3 – Take an unplanned day trip. Get in the car with friends and drive. Stop along the way at any new shops, sites or restaurants you’ve never been to. It’s a great chance to find gems and places you may want to revisit again.

 

4 – Create a summer scrapbook. Start printing your iPhone photos and put them in a scrapbook you can look at years down the road.

 

5 – Read! If you haven’t found time lately in your schedule to dive into a good book, now is the time. Make it your goal to read at least one book before summer is over.

 

Vibrant Living at 3200 Washington in Jamaica Plain!

Thoughtfully curated by local design firm RODE Architects, our light-filled open-concept apartments in Jamaica Plain foster dynamic and flexible modern living!

Take in the city views from our roof deck this summer and enjoy commissioned artwork by local artists. 3200 Washington’s boutique design and modern amenities are the complete package.  Amazing views, private balconies, generous living spaces — you want it, we’ve got it!

Check out all of our bright, open, inviting floor plans here. Call us today to make this diverse, urban, and engaged community your home.

 

5 Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch

Hosting a brunch for Mom this weekend?  Try one of these delicious casserole recipes that you can make ahead so you can spend more time with Mom on Sunday…

 

1 – French Toast Casserole 

 

2 – Everything Bagel Casserole

 

3 – Eggs Benedict Casserole

 

4 – Chocolate Chip Pancake Casserole

 

5 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole