While there are a myriad of ways to get spooked for Halloween in your town or city – including haunted houses, watching scary movies, and going on local ghost tours – there are some cities that are just creepier than others. If you really want to get your fright on this Halloween, you need to live in one of these five U.S. cities:
Top U.S. Halloween Cities
1. Salem, Mass.: Thanks to the city’s history of witch hunts, Salem has become the creepiest – and most fun – place to celebrate Halloween. More than 250,000 attend the city’s Haunted Happenings, which includes a Grand Parade, haunted house tours, ghost tours and costume balls. Plus, there are nearly 20 costumes parties, witch trail re-enactments, witch museums and magic shops.
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The Crescent City, the Big Easy, America’s Most Interesting City—it’s known by many names, but no matter its moniker, the city of New Orleans is an enticing one. It is home to a rich history, a diverse population, and a culture that has seeped into its Southern sidewalks over the course of nearly 300 years. Today, the city is home to some of the biggest festivals, including Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest, where thousands flock to this epicenter of history and music to laissez les bons temps rouler.
But if you’re moving to New Orleans, you’ll want to know about more than just the best places to visit on Bourbon Street. Once you’ve got the perfect New Orleans apartment, it’s time to get acquainted with your new home. Here are a few tips for exploring New Orleans as a new resident.
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As apartment residents get ready to head out on their summer vacations – and enjoy the amenities their own cities and apartment communities have to offer – one of the primary things they look forward to is visiting their favorite restaurants and discovering new foods, beverages and desserts. We discovered some of the best shops and restaurants for delicious food this summer, and are revealing which cities are home to the award-winning eateries.
New York, N.Y. : Arguably the best city for foodies in the U.S., it is difficult to pick just one restaurant to feature here. But we did find a very unique shop to help keep you cool this summer: Big Gay Ice Cream, which has locations in the East Village and the West Village. The shop’s soft-serve ice cream is served with eclectic toppings and the cones have fun names like Bea Arthur, Gobbler and Mermaid. Read the rest of this entry »
As the snow melts and the temperatures rise, we all want to spend more time outdoors. We envision walking through meadows filled with wildflowers, hiking up mountains and biking around our city. We also are enjoying foods that remind us of spring and summer, such as seafood. There is nothing like visiting the great markets and restaurants near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco or watching the entertaining seafood shows at the world-famous Pikes Place Market in Seattle, Wash. There are also a myriad of spectacular seafood restaurants and shops to explore in your own city. The best part is that they are often just minutes from your apartment.
Here are the top five seafood cities we found. Does your city make the list? Read the rest of this entry »
On March 17, we celebrate that great American holiday known as St. Patrick’s Day. To many of us, it is a mid-week excuse to get out and party with our friends, watch parades, and act silly. But in many U.S. cities, it is one of the biggest events celebrated all year long.
Here are the best cities to live in for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations:
1. Boston, Mass.: Of course Boston is number one on our list! Boston claims the largest Irish population of any U.S. city at 20.4 percent, making the city a great place for residents to celebrate their heritage. Every year, the city’s numerous apartment residents can walk or drive to the huge St. Patrick’s Day parade, knowing the best vantage points to watch and enjoy. After the parade, they can walk to one of the many Irish pubs that Boston is famous for to celebrate the holiday. Read the rest of this entry »
February 17 is the pinnacle of the most festive time of the year for New Orleans residents: the famous Mardi Gras complete with its parades, community gatherings, and an overall sense of celebration. While many Americans love to celebrate Mardi Gras in their own way, there is nothing like living in the city and having a front-row seat to the greatest party in the U.S.
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As we wind down from Christmas and Hanukah celebrations with family and friends, we look forward to the next big, fun celebration: New Year’s Eve. What a great time to revel with family and friends over the accomplishments of the past year, while looking forward to starting 2015 off right.
In a few major U.S. cities, the New Year’s Eve celebrations top all others. Here are the top five places in the US for partying and ringing in the New Year in style: Read the rest of this entry »
Fall is such a wonderful, social time of year. As the pleasant fall temperatures surround us and we head out to fall festivals and pre-Halloween activities, we also gather with our friends and families at restaurants across the country. Apartment living means the ability to choose where you live close to the things you love to do – even you favorite places to eat.
But which cities sport some of the best food cultures? These are places that have developed their own distinct food style and scene, based on many generations and cultures that live in the area. Here is our list of Cities with the Best Food Cultures: Read the rest of this entry »
Music festival season isn’t over just yet! While summer has the likes of Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, the fall season actually brings a number of amazing festivals across the country. Regardless of what your favorite music genre is, there’s a music festival for you. Here are a few of our favorite fall music festival recommendations:
Austin City Limits
October 3-5 & 10-12 Austin, TX
What started as a television show in the 1970s, ACL began hosting a festival in the heart of Austin in 2002. Now, ACL is one of the largest and best-known music festivals in Austin, Texas. Every October, 75,000 people flock to Zilker Park to see musical groups from all genres such as country, folk, rock, hip-hop, and indie. This year’s lineup includes Eminem, Pearl Jam, Lorde, Beck, and Skrillex. Read the rest of this entry »
In just under a week, – March 4 to be exact – New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast will be celebrating Fat Tuesday. The annual Mardi Gras celebrations started over three weeks ago throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle. This annual festival marks the beginning of Lent and – for residents of a few lucky cities – it is a time of great celebration and indulgence.
New Orleans, specifically, is seen as ground zero of the Mardi Gras festivities and the approximately 400,000 residents will be out in full force at the wide variety of parades and parties alike. Fortunately for them, the city’s 80,000 apartment dwellers have a special advantage over other residents of the city and the millions of visitors to Mardi Gras every year.
Homeowners will often travel hours in order to arrive in the city with the hopes of parking and getting a great spot to stand and wait for the parades to start. This creates huge challenges when you consider that close to one million tourists will also be arriving to take part in these same parades. The parking, walking, and frustrations quickly mount as parade-goers compete for space.
However, those who live in apartments have a significant edge. The proximity of most apartments in the Big Easy to local parades enables residents to simply walk around the corner and start the chant of “Throw me something mister” as the parade passes. Once the parade is complete, there is no wading through hordes of crowds. You just simply walk home.
If you love parties, then you will love living in New Orleans – especially this time of year. So, grab a King Cake and some crawfish, and join in the Mardi Gras celebrations. The party starts just around the corner from the front door of your Big Easy apartment.
Let the good times roll – Laissez les bons temps rouler!