This Stunning Historic Park is Perfect for Earth Day

Earth Day Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day! No matter how you celebrate, you can certain that there are a ton of options. In fact, one of these options includes heading to the nearby California Citrus State Historic Park. It’s only a 10-minute drive from your Metro Gateway apartment! “Orange” you glad you live in the middle of the action? (We couldn’t help ourselves.)

 

California Citrus State Historic Park

9400 Dufferin Avenue (at the corner of Van Buren Blvd)

If you have yet to check out this stunning, local park, why not schedule a visit? Besides being a little piece of fruity goodness, the park also highlights a bit of California’s citrus history. What started out as two small navel orange trees have now grown to a huge and lush grove of lemons, oranges, and grapefruit.

 

Plus, Earth Day is all about celebrating and preserving our environment. Visitors and guests can not only check out the biking and hiking trails but even do some taste testing! With fruit tastings and more, you can appreciate the local land in an entirely new way. Don’t forget to explore the visitor center and museum for a bit of California history. See below for hours.

April-September Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 am-5 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8 am-7 pm

For more information, go to the park website here.

 

 

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Riverside

St. Patrick's DayIt’s time to bring out all things green for St. Patrick’s Day! Don’t miss out on all of the festivities happening near your Metro Gateway apartment. From family affairs to pet-friendly outings, there are so many events right around the corner. If you didn’t have any plans to help you celebrate the upcoming holiday, you sure do now! Here’s where to go.

 

The Beach Sports Grill

The Beach Sports Grill is hosting their 3rd annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash on Saturday, March 17th. From Noon until midnight, you can indulge in some delicious Irish Food specials and custom drinks. There will be an outdoor beer garden as well as live entertainment. Looks like it’s time to practice your favorite shamrock shake dance moves.

 

Route 30 Brewing

Route 30 Brewing knows how to throw a St. Patrick’s Day Party. On Saturday, March 17th, you can head over to Route 30 for one of the best events in Riverside. There will be $3 craft beers, live music, and food trucks. Plus, parking is free! There is no cover charge or entry ticket, so all you have to do is show up and have fun. Oh, and did we mention this family-friendly event is also pet-friendly? That’s right. Bring your furry friend along for the ride!

Date Night is Easy at These Romantic Riverside Restaurants

romantic photo A romantic dinner for two can spice up the love life in any relationship. Valentine’s Day means that romance is in the air this month, which means that it’s the perfect time to start planning a dinner for two. When you live in Riverside, date night is easy. Here are some of the top romantic restaurants to try.

 

Mario’s Place | 3646 Mission Inn Avenue

When it comes to romance, it’s all about the atmosphere. Mario’s Place is an upscale Italian restaurant that serves up delicious food in a romantic setting. From late-night weekend jazz to the perfect mood lighting on their outdoor patio, you and your sweetie will feel cozy and relaxed. What more could you want? Exclusively open for dinner, you can take a look at their menu here.
 

Creola’s Steakhouse & Fine Dining | 1015 E Alessandro Boulevard

You may not have heard of this upscale dining hotspot since it’s one of Riverside’s best-kept secrets, but trust us, it’s worth the trip. Besides serving a mix of American, Italian, and French dishes, it’s all about the ambiance at Creola’s. The best part of this restaurant is most certainly its homestyle vibe. At Creola’s, you’ll get an upscale meal in a setting that’s comfortable.

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

resolutionsSo you’ve been busy making a list of resolutions for 2018. That’s great! Now, have you thought of how you’ll keep them all year long? When it comes to year-long goals, you’re more likely to stick with it if you have some help. Here are a few ways to stay on top of your goals this year.

 

Talk About Your Resolutions with Others

Who says you have to keep your resolutions to yourself? A great way to hold yourself accountable is to talk it out with others. Friends and family make great support systems. Alternatively, you can join actual support groups that are specific to your needs. Websites like MeetUp often offer a variety of options when it comes to getting in contact with others. No one said you had to do this alone!

 

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Technology can also be a great way to help you achieve your goals and dreams. Want to be more productive in 2018? Or, maybe you want to start a daily meditation habit? Now, you can. Check out some of the top apps you can download straight to your phone. Additionally, using your phone to set daily, weekly, or monthly reminders is a great way to develop habits you’ll keep for years to come.

A Holiday Play for the Entire Family

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Looking for a few holiday attractions near your Riverside home? There are plenty of ways to spend the upcoming, festive season with your loved ones. One way to do just that is head to your local performing arts center for a beautiful ballet performance you won’t soon forget!

 

This December, Fox Performing Arts Center presents The Nutcracker, a classic ballet full of dazzling fun and entertainment. The magnificent set displays, stunning costumes, and incredibly talented performers will amaze you in so many ways. Plus, over 80 dancers will take to the stage for this one-of-a-kind event. The Nutcracker is just one of those traditions you cannot miss.

 

The ballet centers around Clara, a young girl, who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. This sparks a journey into a magical wonderland of snow, toys, sweets, and more. Hey, it doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, all ages will fall in love with beloved holiday tale.

 

Upcoming Holiday Performances:

  • Friday, December 22 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, December 23 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, December 23 at 7:30 pm

 

You’ll want to grab your tickets soon, though, as this show is likely to sell out quickly. Don’t worry! There’s still time to make sure you join in on the holiday fun.

Veggie Side Dishes for Your Thanksgiving Feast

ThanksgivingWith the holidays approaching, it can be more challenging than ever to eat healthy, balanced meals. But, here’s the thing. It doesn’t have to be! In fact, there are plenty of ways to keep your Thanksgiving feast healthy this year. Pack in those vegetables, because there are a few recipes serving up all of your daily doses of deliciousness and vitamins!

 

Brown Butter Green Beans with Hazelnuts

We all know about the green bean casserole, right? Ready for a new take on this classic side dish? This recipe combines savory toasted hazelnuts and brown butter. Plus, it takes only 20 minutes to prepare. That’s right. If you forgot to prepare something for your holiday gathering, you can whip this up in no time at all.

 

Honey-Roasted Carrots with Sesame Seeds

What is it about honey that makes everything just taste so much better? Carrots are great for you and when you follow this recipe, they’re also incredibly yummy! All about that Insta-worthy Thanksgiving picture? This side dish looks great on the table.

 

Herb-Roasted Squash

Though squash is technically a fruit, it certainly packs a flavorful punch and deserves to be on this list. Even if squash isn’t really your thing, this recipe will make it your new favorite food. Combining a variety of spices and earthy flavors, you’ll never think about squash the same way again!

 

Halloween Happenings Near Your Riverside Apartment

halloween photoHalloween is only days away. We hope you’ve been having a blast attending all of the spooky events around Riverside. Looking for even more events on Tuesday, October 31st? From terrifying haunted houses to mad scientist parties, there are plenty of happenings this Halloween to check out!

 

Halloween Wacky Workshop

Spending the day with your family this year? If you have little ones who love getting their hands dirty, the Temecula Children’s Museum is hosting a Wacky Workshop. They’ll have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of concoctions and mixtures! After all, Halloween was made for mad scientists. Don’t forget to wear your costume, either! Admission is $5 per person. Where: 42081 Main Street, Temecula, CA.

 

Haunted Village and Hayride

Coffin Creek in Corona has five different haunted attractions and there’s still time to get in on the action. Think you can make through the Chambers of the Mausoleum or the Scarecrow Trail? How about the Shady Hollow Hayride or Lone Hill Manor? It’s all fright at this popular Halloween destination for those ages 12 and up looking for a good scare. Make sure you bring a friend! Admission is $15 for a single attraction and $35 for all five. Where: 14600 River Road, Corona, CA. 

Must Do Fall Activity in Riverside

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Be an Adventure Junkie With This Fall Activity.

 

Looking for a Fall activity to get into? Mount Rubidoux Park is just minutes away. Start this Fall off right with a birds-eye view of the city. The hike has a variety of trails you can choose from depending on the hiker’s mood. There are many different ways you can approach Mount Rubidoux, make sure to pay attention to parking. The suggested parking is Ryan Bonaminio Park, located at 5000 Tequesquite Ave, Riverside, CA 92506. Round-up your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful hike that is enjoyable for all, with a mostly easy trail that is paved. Enjoy a great exercise while being surrounded by all the different plant and animal life. Hikers will also be able to encounter Riverside’s historic landmark sites such as the Peace Bridge, American Flag and the cross on the top of Mount Rubidoux.

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All things considered, this hiking trip is a great fall activity!