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Six Ways to Stay Cool This Summer in Westminster

Bowling AlleyWith the weather heating up in Westminster, you’re probably wondering how you can stay cool this summer. Here are six ways you can beat the heat and enjoy the summer months:

Ways to Stay Cool During Summer

  1. Check out the Butterfly Pavilion. The Butterfly Pavilion has 1,600 butterflies in a rainforest and more than 5,000 animals, including Rosie the tarantula! On Thursday, July 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Butterfly Pavilion will feature Bugs & Beer with locally crafted beer, food and edible insects. The pavilion is at 6252 W. 104th Avenue and their number is (303) 469-5441.
  2. Cool off at Standley Lake Regional Park. Standley Lake Regional Park is located at 100th Avenue and Simms Street, where you can go boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and more. You can also rent paddle craft such as a canoe, kayak, paddle board, row boat or hydro bike.
  3. Shop at The Orchard Town Center. This outdoor mall features major department stores, restaurants, shops and more. The address is 14697 Delaware Street. You can see a free family-friendly comedy show at the Entertainment Stage from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 25, August 8 and August 29.
  4. See a movie at the AMC Westminster Promenade 24. Stay cool in this movie theater located at 10655 Westminster Boulevard where you can catch the latest films in IMAX and RealD 3D. Their number is (303) 439-7014.
  5. Go bowling at the Brunswick Zone Westminster Lanes. It features 40 lanes, an interactive arcade, pool tables, a private room for parties, and food with lane-side service. The address is 9150 Harlan Street, Westminster and the phone number is (303) 426-6352.
  6. Sip some wine and paint at Whimsy Paint & Sip Art Studio. At Whimsy, a professional artist helps you step-by-step to create a personal masterpiece. The studio is at 14676 Delaware Street, #220 in the Westminster Orchard Town Center. Their phone number is (303) 665-7026.

Looking to Move to Westminster?

The summer is a great time to relocate to Westminster, Colorado. If you’re looking for an apartment in Westminster, check out 9100 Vance. Our community features one- and two-bedroom apartment homes with several layouts to fit your lifestyle. To learn more about our many amenities and available floor plans, call (866) 551-1644 or stop by our office.

Beer and Barrel

Colorado Breweries You Must Try This Summer

Beer and BarrelFor residents living in Westminster apartments who have a penchant for great tasting beer, consider the many breweries that reside in Colorado. A fun and tasteful summer day adventure is sampling the goods and taking a tour of some of the area’s hand-crafted breweries.

Colorado Breweries

Coors Brewery Tour

A short 25-minute drive from Westminster to Golden takes you to the “world’s largest single-site brewery” in business since 1873. The free 30-minute tour is self-paced allowing you plenty of time for an up-close look at the facilities processes including brewing, malting and packaging. After the tour, guests aged 21 and over can enjoy samples in the Hospitality Lounge while perusing assorted memorabilia. Non-alcohol selections are also available. You’ll need a free ticket to enter the brewery, which you’ll receive once you’re on the tour bus. Call 1-866-812-2337 for information about tour dates and times.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

Located in the historic J.S. Brown Mercantile building in Denver, Wynkoop has been brewing and serving fine craft beers since 1988. Start your brewery adventure with a delicious meal at the brewery Tuesday through Saturday then take the complimentary brewery tour at 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. Along the way, you’ll please your palate with samples of flavorful craft beer.

Denver Microbrew Tour

For a look and a taste at a tap room and several microbreweries, book one of five guided walking tours. The 1.5-mile tour takes you through the historic districts of LoDo and Ballpark or choose the RiNo Art District. You’ll receive a souvenir mini-goblet taster glass, enjoy beer samples, tackle beer trivia, and learn about Denver’s colorful history. Tours are available Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Westminster Brewing Co.

Located just minutes from our community, Westminster Brewing Co. has a lot going on for fun and excitement. Along with an impressive list of draught beers and cask-conditioned ales, the brewery has a tasting lab with samples so you can choose your favorite brew. Check their events list that features open mic night, games, blues and jazz musicians, and more.

If you’re looking for a one- or two-bedroom apartment in Westminster, Colorado that offers a vibrant community, an impressive list of features and amenities, and is pet-friendly, please contact our office for information on our available floor plans.

Mountain Biking

5 Places to Mountain Bike in Colorado

Mountain BikingHome of 54 ‘fourteeners’ (mountains exceeding 14,000 feet in height), Colorado is a natural hot spot for mountain biking enthusiasts. Next time you’re ready to leave the comfort of your Westminster apartment behind and venture into the mountains, be sure to hit up one of these top destinations:

Betasso Preserve

Easily accessible from our community, the Betasso Preserve Trail in Boulder is a short but enjoyable loop. Stop by the trailhead for a picnic before or after your mountain biking adventure.

Eagle Bahn

Head to Vail for a long day of mountain biking. Take the Eagle Bahn Gondola before 6 p.m. to access miles of stunning trails. Beginners should start with Eagle’s Loop. Intermediate to advanced bikers prefer the Radio Flyer Trail.

Bear Creek Canyon Regional Park

Mountain biking opportunities are abundant in and around Colorado Springs, but Bear Creek Canyon is one of the area’s most scenic and enjoyable destinations. The Bear Creek Trail is well-maintained and easy enough for beginners, although a few areas are notably steep. It links up to the Pikes Peak Greenway—another biking trail worth exploring.

Snowmass Bike Park

Biking is a big deal in Snowmass Village, which boasts an entire park for enthusiasts. The park offers 2,897 vertical feet of purposefully-built mountain biking trails, which are designed to mimic the downhill skiing experience during the summer months.

Granby Ranch

As with the Snowmass Bike Park, Granby Ranch is first and foremost designed for skiers. However, it’s also a wonderful mountain biking destination. The area is regularly referred to as “Mountain Bike Capital USA,” and for good reason. Both downhill and cross-country trails are featured, and all offer the convenience of lift service.

Colorado is home to endless mountain biking opportunities. You could easily spend every weekend exploring the state’s trails and never come close to hitting them all. If you need to stock up on biking gear or get your bike repaired before you hit the trail, you’ll find plenty of suitable businesses in and around Westminster. Once your bike is in top shape, you’ll be ready to take on Colorado’s best trails.

At 9100 Vance, we pride ourselves on offering easy access to Colorado’s best recreational pursuits. Contact us today to learn more about our apartment homes.

Hotel Room

Book a Waterton Hotel for Your Summer Getaway!

Hotel RoomWestminster is an exciting city with plenty of action. However, in order to fully appreciate the comforts of home, you need to get out during the summer! Residents of 9100 Vance, get ready to take advantage of the best summer deals at our Waterton managed hotels.

Enjoy Special Summer Rates at Our Waterton Managed Hotels

As a resident of 9100 Vance, you get to enjoy this extra perk of getting access to the best hotel rates available for living at a Waterton community during the summer months. For reference, our special summer rates are listed below. Be sure to make note that special pricing is only good now until August 31, 2017. It is also important to keep in mind that these are based on availability and prices are subject to change. When booking your stay, dial the phone 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

Waterton has some of the best rates in some of the best cities in the United States, including Skokie, Illinois; Marlborough, Massachusetts; and Madison, Wisconsin, just to name a few. Treat yourself to a nice summer vacay! Don’t let the opportunity pass you by to vacation at one of our Waterton managed hotels.

After your travels, you’re going to want a comfortable and relaxing home to return to. With our one- and two-bedroom floor plans, you are sure to find the right apartment home to fit your lifestyle. Our apartment homes feature walk-in closets and washer and dryer. In addition, our pet-friendly community includes a pool and spa, indoor jogging track, indoor basketball court and sand volleyball court. Call us today to learn more about our apartments in Westminster!

Golf Course

Fore! A Guide to Golfing in Colorado

Golf CourseThey say even a bad day on the golf course beats a good day at work. Fortunately for the residents of 9100 Vance in Westminster, there are plenty of excellent golfing opportunities in Colorado.

Top Area Golf Courses

As a land-locked state, Colorado may not enjoy links on the sea, but the natural topography is second to none in terms of rich fairways, foothills, greens and picturesque views. Here are several area courses worth playing a round of golf at.

Green Valley Ranch Golf Course

Home of the Colorado Open every July, players regard this as a challenging 9-hole, Par 3 test of skill. Technically, it’s a semi-private club that offers membership options as well as public play. The Green Valley Ranch Bar and Grill was voted one of the state’s best 19th hole stops while you enjoy serene views of the Rocky Mountains.

Willis Case Golf Course

Located in Denver’s Tennyson neighborhood, this low-key course makes a terrific option for beginners and non-competitive golfers. The 18-hole regulation course enjoys a casual dress code, breath-taking mountain views and league play. Players can take advantage of a variety of Tennyson Street restaurants and pubs as a 19th Hole option.

Murphy Creek Golf Course

Immersed in a homestead farming theme, Golf Digest ranked it among “America’s Top 10 Best New Courses” in 2002. The rustic style buildings and equipment tip the hat to traditional Scottish courses and make it unique to Colorado. It enjoys a vast, prairie feel with few trees on the front nine.

Fox Hollow Golf Course

Hosting three distinct 9-hole courses, Fox Hollow has a layout that any golfer can embrace. The Meadow nine enjoys lovely cottonwoods and streams. The Canyon is a rolling course that runs through Coyote Gulch and sandstone. The Links tends to be flat and wide. The dusk to dawn operation is located in Lakewood, southwest of downtown Denver.

Walnut Creek Golf Preserve

This challenging course requires a strong, straight drive to stay out of the rough. Other than testing a golfer’s skills, the preserve touts 77 species of wildlife and an abundance of rich plant life on its 215 acres. In many respects, the habitat adds as much pleasure to the experience as the actual golfing. To its credit, the Walnut Creek Golf Preserve has hosted numerous CGA and USGA championships and qualifying play and is conveniently located in Westminster.

We hope our 9100 Vance residents enjoy the area’s wonderful golf courses this season. If you or a friend would like more information about our Westminster apartments, call us today.

Bouquet of Flowers on Table

How to Make a Spring Bouquet

Bouquet of Flowers on TableBouquets aren’t just for special occasions. You can make your own spring bouquet to brighten up your home and give it a flowery scent. Use the following steps to create a spring bouquet for your apartment.

Choose a Theme

Having a theme for your bouquet, such as a color scheme or certain types of flowers, makes it easier to select the right flowers for it. Consider making a bouquet of pastel-toned flowers, or choose flowers that have vivid colors. You can also make a bouquet filled with tropical flowers or wildflowers for a bold look, or select classic spring flowers, such as tulips and hydrangeas. Once you have your theme, you can head to your local florist, farmers market or supermarket to select flowers.

Get Your Flowers Ready

When you bring your flowers home, get them ready for the bouquet by trimming the stems. Doing this helps the flowers last longer. You can trim the stems more if you plan on having shorter flowers in your bouquet.

Put Your Bouquet Together

Once your flowers are trimmed to the right length, you can start adding them to your bouquet. You can make your bouquet in a vase or a creative container that holds water. Put a few of the main flowers or most visible ones in the vase or container first, then put smaller flowers around them. Turn the vase or container around to check your bouquet on all sides. Rearrange flowers as needed to create an eye-catching bouquet. You can place a rubber band around the stems if your flowers keep moving around.

Keep Your Bouquet Fresh

Fresh flowers don’t last forever, but you can keep yours looking good for a longer length of time with a few tips. Change the water every other day to stop bacteria from spreading in the vase or container. Trim the stems of your flowers every other day as well, and add a bit of sugar to the water to help them thrive longer.

Spring bouquets look beautiful on our apartment patios and balconies. Contact us for more information about our available apartments in Westminster, CO.

Brown Eggs

6 Meals to Make for Mom on Mother’s Day

Brown EggsYou can always take Mom out for brunch to celebrate Mother’s Day, but there’s just something more special about a home cooked meal. Residents of Westminster apartments know that inviting mom over to enjoy a meal is the perfect way to show her just how much you care. If you’re wondering what to make for the occasion, here are 6 great ideas.

6 of Our Favorite Dishes to Celebrate Mom

Brunch is the big one, so we’ll start out with three dishes that are perfect for that late morning meal, and then end with three dishes when you feel like thinking outside of the breakfast-lunch combo.

  1. What would brunch be without eggs? Well, eggs and bacon. With this omelet, you can have them all at once, in an elegant package, that is much more impressive to look at and taste than it is labor intensive. Plus, don’t forget the side salad for the woman who taught you to eat your vegetables.
  2. Brunch is the perfect meal for indulging in something carb-heavy and sweet, and if you’re going to indulge, then dark chocolate should always be involved. Enter these dark chocolate waffles that hit all the spots.
  3. For the mom who’s not such a fan of heavy breakfast foods, you can’t go wrong with these spiced strawberries with yogurt. Sweet and tart and savory all at once. And Mom will be impressed by the healthy choice.
  4. More interested in serving more of a lunch than a brunch? Who but Mom will better appreciate this elegant luncheon classic.
  5. Something sweet and the Mother’s Day classic of flowers and homemade in one single item? Impossible you say? Well, meet the flowerpot cake. A bit labor intensive, but Mom is more than worth it.
  6. Moms know how to have fun, and there’s no better way to show her you appreciate that about her than with a cool rhubarb daiquiri.

Does Mom have the habit of doing all the dishes even when she’s the honored guest? Not a chance on Mother’s Day. You’ll both be able to sit back and relax with built-in dishwashers and disposals. The kitchen practically cleans itself, leaving everyone free time to enjoy Mom’s special day. To learn more about the excellent features of our apartments at 9100 Vance, give us a call.

Steaks on Grill

How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Steaks on GrillOur apartments in Westminster provides great barbecue and picnic areas for anyone who wants to enjoy spring and summer to the fullest. At the same time, even a top-notch barbecue grill does not guarantee that your steak will come out right. Following are some tips that can help you grill the perfect steak for yourself, family members and/or friends.

Buy Top Quality Steaks

Prime grade and Choice steaks are your best option. If you aren’t sure which Choice steaks are best for your event, talk to the butcher to get expert advice.

Marinate the Meat

Marinating your steaks gives them added flavor. Marinate your steaks overnight to help the meat absorb the tasty herbs and spices. There are a plethora of marinade recipes online; you simply have to look over the options to find one that suits your tastes. Keep the meat in the refrigerator while it marinates but take it out about an hour before grilling.

Heat Up the Grill

The grill should be sizzling hot before you set your steaks on it. You want your meat crisp and almost burnt on the outside but tender and at least a little red on the inside.

Use a Meat Thermometer

It’s hard to know when grilled steak is done, which is why many people wisely invest in a meat thermometer. You simply poke the thermometer into your steak to see the interior temperature before you take your meat off the grill. Rare steaks should be about 125 degrees while well-done steaks should be 155 degrees. Bear in mind that thick steaks may continue to rise in temperature even after you remove them from the grill, so pull thick steaks off early if you don’t want it to overcook.

A perfect barbecue can undoubtedly create a memorable occasion; even so, your barbecue venue also plays an important role in any event. Our Westminster, Colorado apartments offer community amenities for any event, including a clubroom, pool, spa, indoor basketball court and sand volleyball court. Get in touch with us to find out more about our floor plans or take a tour of our community at your convenience.

Small Yorkshire Terrier

5 Pet-Friendly Restaurants in Westminster

Small Yorkshire TerrierWhat would it be like to bring your favorite pet with you to dinner? When you live at 9100 Vance, you know that pets are welcome. However, what you may not know is that there are various restaurants near our apartments in Westminster, Colorado that allow you to bring your pet in with you.

Top Restaurants Worth Experiencing

If you are looking for an opportunity to dine with your favorite pet, check out these top-rated locations in Westminster. Which one of these locations will you try first?

1. Bender’s Bar and Grill

Located on Westminster Blvd., this location is fantastic for its classic American goodies like burgers and pizza. The patio is dog-friendly for anyone visiting. It even overlooks the Westminster Promenade.

2. Emilio’s Almost Famous Mexican Restaurant

This is a well-loved restaurant located on Wadsworth Pkwy. It also has a dog-friendly patio your favorite furry friends will enjoy. The food itself is top-of-the-line Mexican food. It is worth the trip just for the authentic food.

3. Denver Beer Co.

For those looking for something a bit more fun and lively, a visit to Denver Beer Co. on Platte St. is an outstanding opportunity. There’s a large, outdoor beer garden that is popular during the summertime. Dogs are welcomed on their leashes in the building and can even enjoy a fun dog “beerscuit.”

4. The Watering Bowl

Located on Leetsdale Dr., The Watering Bowl has a large, 7,000 square foot dog park with a seating area. You’ll enjoy craft beer and cider cocktails. It’s the perfect place for dog birthday parties.

5. Forest Room 5

For something a bit more extravagant, try this location on 15th Street. It offers American cuisine and dogs can sit right alongside their owners. Look for beef filets, chicken confit, and sea salt brownies. Dogs love it here.

Finding Your Perfect Home

No matter what you plan to do while you visit, it is nice to have access to top-notch restaurants near home. For those interested in finding their dream home, give our team a call to learn more about available floor plans. We welcome your pets and are happy to give you more information about our pet-friendly apartments.

Kayak in the Water

5 Outdoor Activities to Try This Spring

Kayak in the WaterNow that the long winter has finally given way to spring, apartment residents in Westminster are itching to get outdoors and soak up some fresh air and sun. Fortunately, Westminster and the Mile High City offer plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Following are just five of the outdoor activities available to lucky Westminster residents.

Ride a Bike

With over 40 trails designated for bike and pedestrian use in Westminster, you’ll have plenty of places to explore while getting an excellent workout on a bike. The interconnected trail system means that you can access almost any point of the city by bike trail alone.

Kayak in the Park 

Kayak enthusiasts, head to Westminster’s Standley Lake during May through September—and if you don’t have your own kayak, you can rent one there on an hourly basis.

Sail Across the Lake 

If sailing is more your speed, Smith Lake in nearby Denver offers just the right type of calm, clear waters that make sailing a tranquil, serene pastime. If you don’t have a sailboat, you can always rent a pedal boat on shore. Smith Lake is located in Washington Park and is only 10 miles from Westminster.

Hike at Red Rocks Park 

The Trading Post Trail at Red Rocks Park meanders through 1.4 miles of red rock formations, valleys, and alpine meadows. Spring wildflowers will be everywhere, so be sure to bring your camera in order to capture their fleeting beauty. Although relatively short, this trail is rugged, so don’t attempt it without a good pair of hiking boots and always go with at least one other person. Red Rocks Park is only a short 27 miles from Westminster.

Ride a Hot Air Balloon 

What better way to celebrate spring than by getting a bird’s eye view of the city of Denver and the Rocky Mountain Range? There are several hot air balloon services near Westminster from which to choose. Sunset hot air balloon rides make great date night options, or grab a couple of friends and enjoy the experience of a lifetime.

Please do not hesitate to call our office to learn more about our available one- and two-bedroom apartment homes.

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