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How to Make Your Home Guest Ready

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, December 05, 2019


The holidays are here and it’s time to turn on the charm and host your friends and family. While space may be at a premium, there are still ways to make room for overnight guests in your apartment. Hosting a dinner or having friends over for coffee? We have some tips on how to be a good host!

Be Our Guest

Tip No 1. Have Some Serving Essentials

Everything looks better when it’s on a fancy cheese board or platter. Invest in a set of matching wine glasses (drinking wine from tumblers should be reserved for college) and pick up a cheese board and a nice knife. Guest will feel more welcome knowing you put some time and effort into preparing for their visit.

If your any of your guests have food allergies, be cognizant of them and prepare accordingly. Not sure of any dietary restrictions? Just ask! No one likes to show up to a party and realize there is nothing for them to eat.

Tip No 2. Create an Instant Guest Room

If your apartment only has one bedroom, or if your second is acting as an office, you can still create a guest room. A pull-out couch will transform your living room into a guest room in just a few seconds. Keep some extra pillows and a set of sheets on hand for a hotel-like experience.

Tip No 3. Decorate Mindfully

While frivolous to some, if you entertain guests frequently you should decorate your space with them in mind. A bar cart is stylish and keeps your liquor, serving ware, and other entertaining necessities all in one place so you always know where they are.

A couple foot stools can act as a coffee table when it’s just you and then as extra seating when you need it. They can also be easily moved aside when it’s time to pull the couch out and go to bed.

Tip No 4. Clean the Bathroom

The least glamorous tip on this list, but also the most useful. A dirty bathroom is unpleasant and could put guests off from visiting you again. Scrub the toilet, wipe down the counters, and clean the mirror. Make sure there is toilet paper and soap in addition to a towel for guests to dry their hands. For an added bonus, light a candle so it smells nice!

Tip No 5. Clean the Kitchen

Equally as important as a clean bathroom is a clean kitchen. The kitchen is often where people gather so you want to ensure the counters are clean, there are no dishes in the sink, and the floors are swept.

Tip No 6. Have Some Games Ready to Play

The majority of people love a good game! Whether it’s a board game or a deck of cards, it’s a good idea to have something available. They can be great icebreakers if a guest brings a friend that is new to the group. They’re also just fun to play once dinner is done and people are having dessert.

Tip No 7. Add Some Final Touches

Lastly, add a few finishing touches so your guests truly feel welcome. Light a candle or turn on your diffuser, make room for coats and shoes, and fluff those pillows. Some good music is also a nice detail to include.

Love to entertain but your current space is too small? We offer one, two, and three-bedroom apartments that will give you the space you need. Explore our floor plans or get in touch today to schedule a tour!

September Events in Albany

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, September 05, 2019

September events in Albany, New York

Summer may be winding down, but the events happening in Albany are not! September’s event calendar is full of exciting activities, cultural events, and food and drink festivals that you won’t want to miss. For a quick rundown of the September events in Albany, check out the list we put together down below.

Albany Events

Retro Video Game Night

Visit City Beer Hall every Thursday night from 8-10 PM for Retro Video Game Night! Two screens are available at the bar for casual play, no quarters required! The City Beer Hall also has a large selection of board games. Old school video games and craft beer – it’s the best of both worlds for adults!

Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise of Albany

If you’re new to the Albany area this is a great activity to get to know the Capital Region. Enjoy a narrated scenic trip on the Hudson River from 1 – 2:30 PM on Friday, September 6th. A Hudson River Historian will be on board to narrate the cruise while you enjoy drinks and snacks!

Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival

Jazz lover or not, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival is an annual event you won’t want to miss. Enjoy acclaimed musical guests, great food, vendors, kids activities and more all for free! The event takes place on Saturday, September 7th at the Corning Preserve Boat launch. The festival is rain or shine so come prepared!

New York State Hops and Harvest Festival

The Hops and Harvest Festival features the best of fall in Upstate New York! Enjoy an impressive line-up of craft beer, fall activities including a pie-eating contest, lawn games, hope presentations, and glass etching. The Dawg Trio will be at the event playing a signature mix of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, Latin rhythms, and klezmer music. Oh, did we mention the event is free?!

Adirondack Balloon Festival

Thousands of people travel to Glens Falls and Queensbury for the Adirondack Balloon Festival every year. From September 19th through September 22nd, you can attend festival and enjoy seeing hundreds of hot air balloons take flight. Admission is free and activities include breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, kids activities, hot air balloon rides, a craft fair, music performances, and so much more! Arrive early on Saturday or Sunday to see the flight of up to 100 balloons!

Antique Truck Show

Car enthusiast won’t want to miss the 30th annual Hudson Mohawk Antique Truck Show on September 21st and 22nd. Each year nearly 300 antique trucks arrive from New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Canada for spectators to enjoy. Gates open at 8AM and admission is only one dollar. During the truck show there is also a large flea market and swap meet.

Thomas Rhett at the Times Union Center

See country superstar Thomas Rhett at the Times Union Center on September 21st at 7 PM. Rhett will be joined by Dustin Lynch, Russel Dickerson, and Rhett Akins for a spectacular night of country music. Bring the family or gather a group of friends for an evening you won’t forget!

September isn’t the only month for exciting events and festivals! There is always something happening in the Capital Region, making it impossible to be bored. Looking to move to the Capital Region? Set up a tour today, we’d love to show you around Stonegate Apartments.

Getting Involved in Your New Community

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Getting involved in your new community

Welcome to the neighborhood! Whether you moved to the area for work, family, friends, or a relationship, you’re probably feeling excited and a little nervous. It can be difficult to leave your home town for a new city that is unfamiliar. Instead of getting down about your situation, take the opportunity to get involved in your new community to make friends and feel connected to your new city.

Volunteer

Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people and bond over something you have in common. Find a local animal shelter, food pantry, church, boys and girls club and find out about their volunteer opportunities. You may have to complete some training, but it will be worth it!

Attend A Farmer’s Market

We’re incredibly lucky to live in the Capital Region where there are multiple farmer’s markets every week. Troy, Schenectady, and Saratoga all host farmer’s markets featuring local farmers, artists, and other businesses. Introduce yourself to the vendors and ask for recommendations on things to do. They’ll be happy to help!

Attend Town Events

There is always something going on in the Capital Region, especially now that the warmer months are upon us. Check out this Troy calendar of events and this one for Albany and find a few events that peak your interest. Ask your new friends you met while volunteering to go with your or just go alone! You never know who you’ll meet while you’re enjoying your new city.

Head to the Park

Bring your favorite book or your dog to the park and enjoy spending time outdoors. You can meet other dog owners and members of the community while relaxing outdoors.

Visit Local Restaurants and Coffee Shops

Skip the chain restaurants and coffee joints and visit ones run by local owners. Introduce yourself and ask for recommendations on other restaurants or activities to go to. They’ll probably have some great recommendations or know of people who you could join up with.

If you’re moving to Rensselaer and need an apartment, contact us today! Stonegate is only 7 minutes from Albany and 16 from Troy, both of which are wonderful communities. Moving to a new community can push you outside of your comfort zone; take the time to embrace it and enjoy the Capital Region!

4 Ways to Incorporate Fall Foliage in Your Home

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, October 19, 2018

Creating custom décor for your home doesn’t have to be a hard, time consuming, or costly. In fact, you can incorporate fall foliage found around the Capital Region including our community on six wooded acres in the Town of Guilderland. 

4 Ways to Decorate Your Home with Fall Foliage

Leaf Pressings: Floating frames, or picture frames that you can see through, create a perfect opportunity to press leaves. All too often, people use heavy books to press leaves or flowers, and then they’re forgotten about. Picking your favorite leaf, or leaves, and pairing them with properly sized floating frames gives you the chance to create an easy piece of art that is also tasteful and easy to switch out with the seasons. 


Fall Palette Arrangements: There are a lot of bushes with gorgeous colored leaves during the autumn months. Shades of reds and oranges pair with pale-colored hydrangea flowers you can find either from your local florist or super market flower department. Once you have your arrangement, all you’ll need is a vase and natural lighting from our oversized windows or private balcony


Acorn Garland: This DIY project might take more than a few minutes and a bit of effort, but the outcome is truly unique and a conversation starter.  To create this fall themed garland you will need to gather a large number of acorns (or purchase them at your local craft store!) and a suede cord or thicker twine. Once you have enough to satisfy your decorating needs, you can paint the acorn or leave it in its natural state, and then attach it to your cord using super glue or hot glue. To create a dangling effect, glue the acorn to the cord by its cupule (or cap). 


Garden Container Arrangement: Keeping in mind the same idea as the fall palette arrangement, a garden container arrangement can spruce up your balcony or patio in a matter of moments. Whether you prefer a container that is ornate, country chic, or something simple it can easily be dressed up with fall foliage to create something beautiful for your space. 


If you’re looking for more tips on decorating for the seasons, just let us know during your tour. We’ll be happy to give you tips, ideas, and suggest our favorite place to pick up décor. 

Fall Activities in the Capital Region

Stonegate Apartments - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

When we think of fall activities, carving pumpkins and picking apples are the first things that seem to pop into our brains. What about the rest of the events going on around the Capital Region? Take a look at the list below and change up your usual fall activities! 

Outdoor Fall Activities


2018 Irish 2000 Festival: Happening on September 15th at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds is the 22nd annual Irish 2000 Festival with a lineup of Celtic music from modern to traditional. In recent years, the festival has happened on multiple days, this year it’s happening on one – so don’t miss out!


Hudson River Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a narrated cruise by a Hudson River Historian on September 15th and 16th about Albany and the Hudson River. 


Adirondack Balloon Festival: One of the Capital Region’s greatest events is happening from September 20th through the 23rd in Glens Falls and Queensbury, NY. Watch more than 80 hot air balloons take to the sky and enjoy the food, vendors, and family-friendly activities!


Indoor Fall Activities


Lunch Bite Gallery Tour: Wednesday, September 19th the New York State Museum is hosting the Lunch Bite Gallery Tour: “Albany to Buffalo Images of Changing Fortune Along the Erie Canal”. During the exhibit guests will learn how artists depicted the changing landscape as a result of the canal’s prosperity and decline. 


The Price Is Right: Looking for your chance to “come on down” to play games and have a chance to win prizes? October 6th at the Palace Theatre is the chance you’ve been looking for!


Check out Albany.com for more events happening in the Capital Region this fall and try something new.  While you’re out enjoying everything the area has to offer, take a tour of our apartments! We have amenities our renters love and multiple layouts to choose from including two and three bedroom apartments!

Events to Keep Everyone Busy This Month

Stonegate Apartments - Thursday, February 01, 2018

We might be in the middle of a blistery cold winter, but, that doesn't mean you have to be stuck inside your home all season. During the month of February albany.com has something scheduled every week! Events such as ice skating, basketball games, a wine and chocolate festival, and everything in between - there's fun for the whole family throughout the Capital Region no matter if you prefer to be indoors or outdoors!

Indoor Fun in the Capital Region:

Siena Men's Basketball Games: Head to the Times Union Center on February 2nd to show your support for the Siena Men's Basketball team as they take on Manhattan. Unable to make that game? That's okay! The Saints will be back at it on February 12th at the Times Union Center to take on Iona, and then again on February 18th to take on Monmouth.


Wine and Chocolate Festival: Who doesn't love the classic combination of wine and chocolate? You won't want to miss this event on February 10th at The Desmond Hotel in Albany!


Children's Star Sighting: February 17th the Henry Hudson Planetarium is hosting an event suitable for kids in grades pre-k through second grade. Children's Star Sighting is an interactive program that allows children to explore the stars, planets, comets, and constellations in the night sky.


Longfellows Wedding Show: Are you or someone you know planning a wedding? Head to Longfellows on February 25th for The Longfellows Wedding Show. This is their 18th year hosting the event. 


Outdoor Fun in the Capital Region:

Fire and Ice Days at The Mill/Ice Bar: Spend an evening relaxing at a 30-foot ice bar or have some fun using the ice-sculpted shuffleboard at The Mill/Ice Bar in Round Lake. The Ice Bar will be open each weekend throughout the month of February. There will even be fire pits to keep you toasty while enjoying the ice. 


Clifton Park Winterfest: The Town of Clifton Park is hosting their annual Winterfest on February 10th with events for the whole family! Face painting, Best Soup contest, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and a winter nature tour – there's plenty for everyone. 


Youth Hockey: Do you know a child who is interested in learning how to play hockey? Get them started for free on February 24th at the Empire State Plaza. The event is hosted by USA Hockey and Troy Albany Youth Hockey. 


These are only a few of the events happening throughout the Capital Region during the month of February! With so much happening, there's no reason to feel the winter blues.


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Host a “Home Alone” Themed Party

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, December 01, 2017


Each year it’s the same holiday party; a cookie exchange, an ugly sweater party, or a gingerbread house decorating competition. This holiday season try something different, perhaps a “Home Alone” themed party that will be especially fun for those who are nostalgic for the 1990s. 


The Décor:
The Tree: Your party wouldn’t be complete without a tree covered with lights, tinsel, and ornaments. If getting a real tree isn’t in your wheel house, an artificial tree will do just as well. 

Ditch the Fine China:Bring out your finest paper plates and plastic cups; no fine china allowed at this party!  

Lights: The family’s home was covered in twinkling white lights. Head to the store and grab as many boxes as you can and start hanging them around your home. 

Toys: Do you have any plastic army figurines leftover from your childhood? If so, unpack them and get them set up around the party. If you didn’t have the foresight to keep your army men, head to a toy store – you’re bound to find some!


The Menu:
Pizza: Only the cheesiest-cheese pizzas will work for this theme! Certainly you can make exceptions to the rule for dietary purposes or if you’d like to add a variety of pizzas.

Mac and Cheese: So there’s a bit of a theme happening here – every cheese covered food you loved from your childhood! You can stick to the classic menu from the film by making boxed macaroni and cheese, or you can create the dish using a favorite recipe of your own!

Beverages: You’re setting a childhood memory filled scene, it must include soda! You can certainly add some fun cocktails to the menu if you feel they would go over better with your guests. 


Most importantly, have fun and create new memories with your friends and family! 

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If you don’t currently reside at Stonegate Apartments and would like to make us your home,  contact us today to schedule a tour!

9 Thanksgiving Traditions for Your Family to Start This Year

Stonegate Apartments - Friday, November 03, 2017

Each year it’s the same: wake up early, cook, travel, eat, nap, and then eat some more. This year try something different with your friends, family, and loved ones. Start a new tradition. They don’t have to be boring or tedious like some people may think; these ideas are fun and easy!


Hold a Raffle
Ask each guest to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a food pantry; each item gives them an entry into the raffle. Have fun with the prizes, first choice at the turkey or dessert, rights to the wishbone, goofy sunglasses or toys from a dollar store – the sky’s the limits, use your imagination!  


Guess the Thanks
Each year people tend to go around the table and share what they are thankful for that year. Instead, have your guests write down on a piece of paper what they are thankful for and put it in a jar. When it’s time to eat, you will each read a submission and take turns guessing the anonymous submission. 


Recipe Swap
This will be easy and fun especially if you’re hosting as a potluck. If you are, ask your guests to bring the recipe for the dish they shared. If it isn’t a potluck, ask them to bring any of their favorite recipes. This will give your guests something to talk about aside from the weather and the game on T.V.


Those Who Cook Don’t Clean
If you cooked, kick your feet up after the feast is over; those who didn’t cook will do the cleaning! This can be viewed as more of a principal than a tradition, call it what you will, it is something that should be adopted in each household. 


Pre-Dessert Walk
Something so simple, we almost didn’t think of it. Rather than crashing on the couch and recliner, get everyone up and moving. Go for a walk in the park or down a peaceful road before having dessert. 


Bring a Game
Chances are, if your family plays a game – they play it every time they’re together. There’s nothing wrong with playing the same game, but, it’s fun to mix things up and try something new. Introduce your friends and family to a game they haven’t played before, you never know, it could become a new favorite.


Ditch the Football
Okay, maybe not entirely, but keep in mind not everyone wants to watch football for six hours. Instead, add in some classic TV sitcoms – especially any that have Thanksgiving episodes. 


Hand-Me-Down Exchange 
Holidays are a perfect time to clean out the closet, especially if there are kids in your home. Encourage your guests to bring any items they are no longer wearing, winter coats, boots, shirts, you name it! Chances are one of your friends or loved one could use the item, or knows someone who’s in need! 


Book Swap
Don’t think of this as a book club, simply a swap. Guests can bring a book (or two, or three) and pass them along to one another so that others can enjoy their favorites. This will help give your guests something to talk about and perhaps introduce them to an author they wouldn’t normally read. It will also help kids become comfortable if they aren’t as rowdy as some of the other young ones.


We hope you enjoyed these tradition tips and they bring you years of enjoyment. For more tips including where to donate unwanted items contact Stonegate Apartments!


5 Fall Activities to Keep You Busy

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Couple tossing fall leaves in the air

Fall is a wonderful time of year that has a lot to offer whether you’re a person who enjoys the indoors or you’d rather be outside taking in the crisp air and changing leaves. What’s better than fall and the activities? Fall in the capital district! There a lot of fun activities planned if you want to do more than the usual leaf peeping.


Outside Activities

Adirondack Balloon Festival: September 21st through September 24th is the 45th annual festival held in Glens Falls and Queensbury. There are balloons of every shape and size taking over the sky. You can watch from the ground as they launch or take a drive and see a sky full of hot air balloons. 

Goold Orchard Apple Festival and Craft Show: The 28th annual festival will be held October 8th and 9th from 9am to 5pm. The festival will happen rain or shine, check the weather before heading up and see if you should come prepared with a rain coat or if a light jacket will suffice. There will be live music including Hair of the Dog, tents with crafts, and a tent for wine tasting! 

Turkey Trot: The Troy Turkey Trot began in 1916 and has been growing in popularity ever since!  Wake up early Thanksgiving morning and participate or cheer from the sidelines. When the race concludes, you’ll be ready for your Thanksgiving meal!


Indoor Activities 

Apple and Wine Festival: This festival is happening  September 16th and 17th at the Altamont Fair Grounds! Since it’s at the Altamont Fair Grounds, some events may occur outdoors. But there’s much to do inside as well! A haunted house for the kids, wine tasting, crafts, Pampered Chef cooking demonstrations and much more!


New York State Museum: There are many exhibitions coming up for the NYS museum including Enterprising Waters: New York’s Erie Canal and Votes for Women: Celebrating New York’s Suffrage Centennial. These are in addition to their ongoing exhibitions such as Minerals of New York and Fire Engine Hall. Make learning fun! 


So get out there this fall with friends and family and enjoy some fun activities! If you’re searching for more activities, or if you’d like to schedule a tour of our apartments, contact Stonegate Apartments today!

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