Summertime Near Orion Apartments

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Enjoy Everything Our City Has to Offer

Located in Oakland, one of California’s most diverse cities, Orion Apartments is surrounded by many excellent restaurants. Our favorite is Portal, a gastropub offering a diverse menu featuring classic American food and unique cocktails. Perfectly located in the Brooklyn Basin neighborhood, the waterfront isn’t far away, allowing for summer days to be spent taking in the beautiful nautical sights and exploring the bayside area dining and entertainment options located in Jack London Square.

Family-Friendly Weekend Ideas

Spending the summer with your family while staying at the Orion Apartments can be very fun, especially during the weekend. With so many outdoor activities to partake in, there is sure to be something that will satisfy you and your family’s taste for fun in the sun. Waterfront areas, such as Estuary Park, offer an entertaining way to spend time sightseeing and indulging in oceanic activities with your relatives. And, educational institutions such as the Oakland Museum of California provide mind-enriching activities for you and your loved ones to participate in while enjoying your summer days together.

Hosting at Your Apartment

When hosting at your Orion Apartment, your guests are sure to have a great time. With multiple BBQ areas located on the property, you can invite your friends and family to enjoy tasty culinary creations. Head over to the landscaped Podium courtyard and enjoy a hot summer day. Or explore high above the city of Oakland atop the beautiful rooftop deck. Many of the lounges are now open for social gatherings. Check out the third level of the Orion has a kitchen and bar area within the lounge.

Summertime fun is one of the many perks of living at the Orion. Your family and friends will love spending their summer days with you; whether exploring the local neighborhood together or in your shoreline apartment.

 

With summer in full force, there’s no better time to explore Oakland, California, in your metropolitan Park Fifth Tower Apartments. 

Getting A Good Night’s Rest at Orion

A dream catcher against sunlight

A good night’s sleep is essential to a healthy life overall. For many of us, a good night’s sleep is something we only dream about. Instead of tossing and turning each night, use these helpful tips in your Oakland apartments to assist you in catching some Z’s.

  1. Choose soothing muted color tones like white, beige, brown, and plant-inspired greens. These colors are known to encourage good sleep. They also add to claiming atmosphere!
  2. Space and airflow are important to a good night’s rest. Invest in a king-sized bed and mattress so that you have plenty of room while you sleep. Here are some tips for purchasing a new mattress!
  3. Invest in a good pillow! A good pillow helps you keep proper alignment of your neck and back, giving you a better night’s sleep! Here are some tips for purchasing the right pillow for your sleep style.
  4. Remove electronic devices and laptops from your bedroom at night. Yes, that means your phone!
  5. Keep your Orion apartment’s temperature on the cool side by using their central air conditioning. Experts recommend temperatures between 60 and 67 degrees for a restful night’s sleep.
  6. Clean and declutter your bedroom. Put your day’s clothing away each night. This not only creates a calming environment but helps you put the day’s troubles away. A messy bedroom can cause anxiety and impact your night’s rest.
  7. Wood elements create soothing, calming energy which encourages sleep!
  8. Keep your room dark while you are sleeping. Your body’s circadian rhythm will respond to darkness making your internal clock tell your body it is time to go to sleep!
  9. Limit alcohol and caffeine consumption several hours before you go to bed for the night.

Creating a sleep sanctuary in the bedroom of your luxury Orion apartment in Oakland to have you catching Z’s instead of counting sheep!

 

Summertime Fun in Oakland

summertime fun in OaklandLiving in your Oakland apartment at Orion means that you get to live in one of the hippest places in Northern California. Great restaurants, local bars, nearby wineries, performing venues, and artists’ galleries in renovated storefronts, are all great ways to enjoy the summer.

Summertime at your Orion apartments means you do not even need to leave the community. Get summertime ready in the fitness center. Wash your pet after a walk or hike at these dog-friendly trails. The outdoor hot tub is the perfect way to relax after a long day with friends. 

You can also check out the local music scene at one of these small music venues. After a year of Netflix and Hulu, won’t it be nice to get out and catch the latest movie at The Regal Jack London Movie Theater.

With a biking rating of over 96, you know that Oakland is the perfect place to go for a bike ride. You can store your bikes in the conveniently located racks at your Oakland apartment. Then enjoy one of the many bike trails in your area.

Take the nearby BART to explore California’s infamous Redwoods Forest or perhaps to enjoy a day of wine tasting. Another great option is to head to Chinatown for great dining and shopping. Located, just minutes from your Oakland apartment, this is the perfect summertime activity.

Summer afternoons and evenings are the perfect time to visit Jack London Square. An entertainment destination on the waterfront located just minutes from your Oakland apartment. Named after the well-renowned author, Jack London, it is the home of some great stores, restaurants, hotels, an Amtrak station, and the San Francisco Bay Ferry dock.

Summertime at your Oakland apartment at Orion provides you with so many options to dine, relax, unwind, and explore. 

Create Harmonious Energy to Your Oakland Apartment

Living in an environment that is harmonious and peaceful is more important than ever. Why not incorporate some principles of Feng Shui into your Oakland apartment for a perfectly balanced and peaceful space.

Oakland ApartmentWhat is Feng Shui?

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art. The words mean “wind” “water”. Both these elements are associated with good luck and good health. 

Follow these tips to bring good luck and good health into your space.

Remove Any Obstacles

Try to think about the most frequent routes and how you move through your apartment. Rearrange any obstacles, furniture, or other items that might interfere with a natural flow.

Add Plants

Plants embody life energy, so they will add freshness, energy, and vitality to your Oakland apartment. 

To create good energy, Chi, you should incorporate these plants into your apartment’s decor.

  • Lucky Bamboo
  • Peace Lily
  • Ficus
  • Rubber Plant
  • English Ivy
  • Palm
  • Boston Fern
  • Philodendron
  • Spider Plant

Incorporate Metal Elements

Adding metal elements to your apartment is a great way to calming and balancing energies. It can help with productivity as well. So, a desk with metal elements is ideal for those of us working from home. You can also bring in metal elements with some decorative bowls, statues, or small sculptures.

Add Water to Your Apartment

Water is a key element to introducing Feng Shui into your apartment in Oakland. Consider adding a tabletop water fountain or artwork with water. 

Add Soothing Materials and Color

Calming materials and soothing colors are important elements for creating a serene atmosphere.

By using natural bedding and eco-friendly materials like bamboo for sheets, towels, pillows, and bed linens, your bedroom will feel soothing.

Choose soothing, muted color tones like green, beige, and brown will add style and serenity to any room in your apartment. Use these colors in accessories, artwork, rugs, and dinnerware.

These easy-to-follow Feng Shui principles can add peace, calmness, and harmony to your luxury Orion Oakland apartment.

 

Green Cleaning Tips for Your Oakland Apartment

The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, and the grass is getting greener. That must mean it is time to spring clean your Oakland apartment.

These easy Go Green tips will help keep both the environment and your apartment clean!

Reduce Your Water Consumption

Water is one of the earth’s most precious natural resources, but we often take it for granted; taking long showers, leaving the water running while we do the dishes, wash your face or brush our teeth. According to the EPA, bathroom faucets run at about 2 gallons of water a minute. By turning off the tap while you brush your teeth and shave, you can save hundreds of gallons a month.

Showering accounts for almost 17% of our indoor water use. You can save water by replacing your regular showerhead with a low flow showerhead. Consider shortening your showering time to further help reduce water consumption.

Place a bowl under your colander while cleaning vegetables and use it to water plants in your home or patio.

Down the Drain

Many of our household cleaners include products that while they help you 

clean, can make it into our water system and are having an increasingly alarming effect on 

aquatic plant and fish life. Before you pick up those scrubbing bubbles and toilet or shower cleaner, 

why not consider looking in your pantry for some staples that will help keep your Oakland apartment 

and the environment is clean!

Mirror and Surface Cleaner

You can keep your mirrors, windows, faucets and surfaces clean by combining ½ teaspoon of liquid dish soap, ¼ cup of white vinegar and 2 cups of water. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle for a great alternative to toxic cleaners that also helps reduce waste by reusing the spray bottle.

All-Purpose Cleaner

Many all-purpose cleaners contain harmful ingredients that will make it into our water system and our air. Instead try this DIY aromatic all-purpose cleaner.

Combine one-part white vinegar, one-part water, lemon rind and rosemary sprigs and let infuse for a week before using. Once it is done you can add to a spray bottle and use to clean counters, trash cans, toilets and everyday smudges.

These clean, eco-friendly cleaning products can go a long way to reduce pollution and keep your Orion apartment in Oakland clean and green!

 

Make Your Oakland Apartment Cozy

apartment in oaklandYou love your apartment in Oakland, but you have been looking for ways to add things that make you remind you of home. Whether it is scents, light, textures, or rugs … it is easy to bring them into your own apartment and make it feel warm, cozy and comfortable.

Here are some great ways to add warmth and comfort to your Orion Oakland apartment.

General:

  • Use floor and table lamps instead of harsh overhead lighting.
  • Use plush area rugs to warm your feet and add style to your apartment.
  • Light candles for no reason but remember to blow them out.
  • Hang art or photos of friends and family.
  • Bring the outdoors in with easy to grow houseplants. (If you do not have a green thumb, there are some great faux plants available. 

Bedrooms:

  • Replace your bedding with luxurious and warm bedding.
  • Add a thick and cozy rug by the side of your bed so you will feel warm and cozy from the moment you wake up.
  • Display important mementos close by, placed on your dresser or shelving. 

Bedrooms: 

  • Replace old or dingy towels for new oversized fluffy ones. 
  • Add bath mats to keep your feet from getting cold after you come out of the shower.

Kitchen:

  • Ask a relative for the recipe to one of your favorite childhood dishes.
  • Bake cookies (store-bought dough is fine!) and display them on your counter.
  • Wipe down your countertops with a good-smelling cleaning product.
  • Brew coffee in the morning and let the cozy aroma ease you into your day.

Living Space:

  • Add layers of pillows in warm, soothing colors like red, orange, or caramel. 
  • Invest in a few throw blankets for your sofa and living room.
  • Bring in some wood elements like a wood table or shelf. 

In no time your Oakland apartment will feel warm, inviting and cozy.

 

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Support Local

Apartment in OaklandSay good riddance to 2020 by resolving to area businesses. From local restaurants to area artisans and artists, to plants, furniture, and home décor to brighten your apartment in Oakland, supporting local businesses is easy!

Local Restaurants 

Take a break from cooking and order takeout from one of these locally-owned restaurants near your apartment.

Delage

Delage is an upscale Japanese restaurant that made the pivot to takeout. Order online and walk to pick it up. Delage also sells wine and Sake to go. Stop by the Umami Mart to pick up some Sake cups to enjoy at home.

The Cook and Her Farmer

Locally owned and inspired by the sea and seasonal produce, The Cook and Her Farmer serve fresh and inspirational dishes, all available for pickup! It is located just minutes from your Orion apartment.

Support a Local Artist

Bay Made on Lake Shore Avenue is a woman and artist-owned gift and souvenir shop with local products and artwork. Decorate a wall in your apartment with a painting from a local artist or pick up some soap, furniture, or pottery!

FLAX art and design

Feeling inspired? Why not check out FLAX art and design. This family-owned arts and crafts store has over 10,000 square feet of art supplies. From DIY art kits to puzzles, paint by number kits, and other supplies, bring out your inner artist this year and support a local business. Their retail stores are open, and they offer curbside pickup and delivery.

Go Green

Bring some green into your apartment in Oakland with a houseplant, tree, cactus, or garden container. These locally owned plant stores have everything you need to add some life to any room.

Broadway Terrace Nursery
4340 Clarewood Drive
Oakland, CA
Website

Dry Garden Nursery
6556 Shattuck Ave
Website

Brother & Sisters Flower Shop
3265 Grand Avenue
Website

Supporting local businesses and the community are great New Year’s resolutions and just happen to be good ways to brighten up your Oakland apartment.

Celebrating the Holidays in Oakland

Celebrating the holidays in Oakland, California 2020 might be a bit different this year, but that does not mean that it can’t be merry and bright! Check out some of the events, virtual concerts, holiday displays, and places to shop near your Oakland apartment this holiday.

Fairy Winterland at Children’s Fairyland

Fairyland turns into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, multi-cultural holiday displays, a place for kids to leave a letter to Santa and a physically distanced Festival of lights.

The event is located at Children’s Fairyland at 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland and is open through December 30th.

Check out their website for more information and to purchase tickets for this fun, family-friendly event.

Holiday Lights

The Bay Area really shines when the holidays come around and this year will be brighter than ever. From neighborhoods in Berkley and Oakland, to temples, and tree lightings, here is a list of the best holiday displays near your Orion apartment.

Shop Local This Holiday Season

It’s tempting to do all of your holiday shopping online, but local businesses need your support this year. From local artists selling jewelry, pottery, and art to specialty shops that sell books, cookware and other items, you will find some unique gift ideas when you shop in downtown Oakland. Here are some great shopping ideas that will make even the biggest Grinch smile this holiday season.

Glowfari

The Oakland Zoo will hold an Illuminating Lantern Festival this year, called Glowfari. This will take the place of their annual Zoolights and will include animal themed illuminated lanterns.

Tickets are required and may be purchased on their website.

14th annual Posada Navideña Virtual

Join Calidanza for an online Celebration of Christmas this year. You will experience the songs and traditions of Mexico from the safety of your own Oakland apartment. Presented by the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Rodney Strong Vineyards, and Los Cien Sonoma County Latino Leaders, this virtual even is free. Find out more information here.

Celebrating the holidays in Oakland with these virtual and safe-distancing events will surely get you in the holiday spirit.

Tips to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Oakland 

Thanksgiving in OaklandTraveling to family or friends’ homes, watching football, turkey, turkey trots, long walks, and after dinner naps, this is what Thanksgiving is all about! While you may not be traveling to grandmother’s house this year, you can keep up many holiday traditions in your Oakland apartment this year!

Spending the Holiday with Family and Friends via Zoom

Keep it simple by setting a time to eat your meal with family and friends! Why not do a family recipe swap and try a few new dishes remotely. 

Football

Maybe your yearly pickup game is canceled, but the NFL’s three games are part of our Thanksgiving tradition and are still on schedule. Here is the current lineup.

The Star of the Day – The Turkey

If you have never actually cooked a turkey, do not worry, these restaurants and markets near your Oakland apartment are serving Thanksgiving for takeout or delivery.

Whole Foods at 231 Bay Place has pre-cooked turkey, sides, and desserts available for pick up!

The Fifth Quarter Charcuterie has some great options for sides or alternatives to a turkey dinner including some out of this world, freshly made sausages. Check out their hours on their website.

 Belcampo’s  is offering turkeys from their California farm through William Sonoma this year. They have in-store pickups available. They are organic, non-GMO, and steroid-/antibiotic-free, and come in four sizes.

Turkey Trot

Before you feast, you trot by putting on your running gear and take part in a local turkey trot! This year there won’t be any turkeys trotting down the streets of Oakland, but you can still get out and run. Sign up for Oakland’s Virtual Turkey Trot online. 

Take a Walk

Joaquin Miller Park and Sequoia Bayview Trail Trailhead are both great places for a pre or after-dinner walk.

Take a Nap 

The tryptophan in turkey makes you tired, so a nice nap on Thanksgiving Day in your waterfront Orion apartment is another way to keep up your Thanksgiving traditions.

 

Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween in Oakland 

Halloween in OaklandAmericans LOVE Halloween! Each year we spend over $9 Billion on costumes, candy, and decorations! But this year we are dealing with a very real boogeyman, the coronavirus and things will be a bit different this year.

Like many of us, you might be looking for safe ways to celebrate Halloween in Oakland! Well, you are in luck because this is the ultimate list of fun things to do this year for Halloween!

Decorate Your Oakland Apartment

Decorating your Oakland apartment can get you in the spirit this holiday! But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to turn your home into a haunted paradise. 

Stretchy cobwebs or strips of black and orange construction paper can make inexpensive garland for a mantel or for over a doorway! 

Replace candles with black ones and place them on candle sticks with spooky spiders made from pipe cleaners.

Paint pumpkins with colorful chalk paint and write boo-tiful Halloween wishes on them!

Add spiders, witches, and other Halloween decorations to a wreath for your front door! 

Purchase an inexpensive Halloween themed welcome mat outside your door. Additionally, you can pick up some Halloween themed dish cloths to instantly add whimsy to your Orion apartment’s kitchen.

Connect with Friends and Family Online

Organize a Halloween Zoom party for friends and family! Celebrate by dressing in costumes and playing Halloween bingo or sharing scary ghost stories.

Go on a Halloween Home Tour

Many people are going all out decorating for Halloween this year, so why not take a ride in your car looking for the best Halloween decorations near your Oakland apartment.

Create Some Halloween Treats

Just because you aren’t going trick-or-treating doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to something sweet! 

Popcorn balls are easy to make and have some of our Halloween favorite flavors: Reeses pieces, candy corn, white chocolate, and pretzels. Get the recipe here.

Graveyard, tombstone brownies are delicious and fun to make! Use a boxed brownie mixed, yogurt covered pretzels and mini marshmallows to create this hauntingly delicious Halloween treat! Get the recipe here.

These fun and safe ideas will make celebrating Halloween in Oakland this year Spooktacular!