Moving: How to Make a Smooth Transition with Children and Pets

dog movingMoving is both stressful and exciting, and comes with many rewards, adventures and stressors. Whether you’re moving to furnished apartments in San Diego or a single-family home in Boston, planning is the key for a move that is as good as possible for everyone. For pets and children, it can be more difficult than for

adults, and it’s important that you keep a few excellent tips in mind in order to make the transition of moving with children and pets as smooth as possible for everyone involved.

 Tips for Moving with Children

One tip that many parents have found helpful is to promise a gift or treat to children upon arriving at your new home. That way, they will build excitement as the journey continues, replacing some of the nervousness with anticipation. Be sure to highlight the benefits of making new friends and meeting new people, and remind them that everyone they’ve met at their current home was a stranger at one time too. Remind them that their friends are only a phone call or an email away, and don’t forget to talk up the fun of setting up, decorating and living in a new room. It also often helps to show children photos of the new house in Boston, or the new Chicago neighborhood, or the new furnished apartments in San Diego they’ll be living at, along with the new school they’ll be going to, which will help them visualize their new life at a new place.

Be sure to engage your children in the process of moving so they don’t feel left out; take them with you to visit a new area, and let them look at homes with you. Ask for their opinions on projects, and have them help with the packing and cleaning if they are old enough. Make sure to support them, and don’t forget to exchange mailing and email addresses, along with phone numbers with the parents of your child’s friends.

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Intern Relocation – Part 4: Five Popular Portland Museums

portland-musuemNo matter how long you’re staying in one of the many furnished apartments Portland has to offer, there is something for everyone to explore. Portland has a unique culture that befits the slogan “Keep Portland Weird” but, there’s also another side to Portland – it is full of museums dedicated to art, history, and spreading artistic culture. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Portland Children’s Museum. The Portland Children’s Museum caters specifically to children with exhibits and studio opportunities for youths to get their hands dirty.       Popular exhibits include the Baby’s Garden – a multi-sensory space for young children from birth to three years of age; the Twilight Trail allows children to experiment with light and shadows, while the zany maze is an outdoor exhibit full of hedges that allow children to feel safely hidden as they explore the little garden. The Portland Children’s Museum is located at 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland.
  • Oregon Rail Heritage Center. Train enthusiasts will be enthralled with the Oregon Rail Heritage Center. From railway cars dating back to the 1870s to light rail train cars like the city’s Max line, the Oregon Rail Heritage Center features three locomotives – the Southern Pacific 4449 the Portland and Seattle 700 and the Oregon Railway and Navigation 197, all of which were donated to the city of Portland in 1957. The ORHC is located at 2250 SE Water Ave., in Portland.

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Intern Relocation – Part 3: Best Parks to Visit in Portland

Autumn MaplePortland’s Best Parks

If you’re new to Portland and looking for a park to relax in when you’re not working, you’re in luck. Oregon’s largest city is home to more than 70 different parks and you’ll have lots to explore. We’ve compiled a list of the five best parks in Portland (in no particular order) —and we think there’s something on the list for everyone.

1. Lovejoy Fountain Park

At SW Third and Harrison in downtown Portland, this might be the smallest park on the list – Lovejoy Fountain Park is just .75 acres. This park was completed in 1966, and features a copper-clad pavilion in addition to a fountain that draws many visitors, especially during the city’s warmer months.

2. Laurelhurst Park

In the Laurelhurst neighborhood, there’s a 26.81 acre park that was called the “most beautiful park on the west coast” by the Pacific Coast Parks Association in 1911. Visitors who wish to be active can choose from horseshoes, basketball, volleyball or soccer. There’s also a picnic site and an off-leash area to let your dog run.

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Intern Relocation – Part 2: Things to do, Places to see while in Portland

Our series for intern relocation continues with more great information on things to do and places to see during your relocation to Portland, OR. We hope you enjoy your stay!

Portland, Oregon has a little bit of everything for anyone looking to get away. Unique art, music, and food scenes distinguish this Northwest adventure from any other city in America, while trips to the ocean and mountain views make Portland a must see travel destination across the world. The following are just a few reasons why Portland should be your next stop across the continental US.

  • Bikes Rule. Portland is a pedal powered city. Almost every street is equipped with a bike lane, which has supported a thriving cyclist community. Bikes are available to rent at Portland Bike Tours.
  • Food A La Carte. Portland is littered with food trucks, each serving up their own brand of culinary magic. One walk down the street and you can experience a world of cuisines from deep fried chimichangas to classic Italian spaghetti.

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Intern Relocation – Part 1: 3 of the Best Craft Brew Bars in Portland

Relocating to Portland? Or are you helping with the process of relocating a group of interns to Portland, Oregon? At US Suites we’re launching a series focused on intern relocation and all the great places available for them to visit while they’re visiting Portland during their internship.

Between San Diego and Portland, the West Coast has established itself as one of the best places for craft brews. Whether you’re a local, staying in one of our furnished apartments, or just spending the day in town, a cool drink is much more than a beverage when in Portland. Here are a few of our favorite places to grab a brew, relax with friends, and enjoy the art of craft beers.

Belmont Station in Portland

Belmont Station

Nearly 21 years old itself, this Portland fixture carries over 1,200 beers to suit your every need. Pick up goodies for your night with friends or grab some cold ones at the Beircafe. There is always something new going on at Belmont Station, so be sure to check their site for the latest news.

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How to Make the Most Out of Your Relocation to Portland

Portland is a beautiful and vibrant city that has grown immensely in popularity over the years. Despite its reputation as a friendly city however, the decision to relocate to Portland is a daunting one that will require adapting to a completely new location. To help with this transition, here are some tips on how to make your move to Portland, Oregon an enjoyable one.

Pick Your Apartment’s Location Carefully

The location of your apartment is perhaps the most important factor in how you will enjoy your time in Portland. Whether you have an executive rental or a furnished apartment, your apartment’s location can determine where you play, meet new friends, and more. Once you have decided on a neighborhood that is when you can decide on the right house for you.

Embrace Alternative Forms of Transportation

Instead of driving, many Portland residents prefer to bike or take public transportation. Portland’s public transportation system has been consistently ranked in the top 10 in the nation, and the growing biking community is going stronger than ever. If you must use your car, be sure to be patient out on the roads, prepare to drive in rainy conditions, and keep an eye out for bikers.

The best way to start making Portland feel like home is to start engaging in some of the many different scenes Portland has to offer. Just about everything has its home in Portland: music, local beer, barista-approved coffee spots, a burgeoning culinary community, food trucks, art festivals, devoted soccer fans, and plenty of outdoor activities.

What Is The Difference Between A Semi-Furnished And Furnished Apartment?

23If you have ever looked for furnished apartments in San Diego before, you’ve probably seen the terms “unfurnished,” “semi-furnished” and “fully furnished” thrown around a lot. While what “unfurnished” entails is relatively straightforward, the difference between semi-furnished and furnished can be confusing—this fact is made even worse by the fact that every landlord seems to have a different opinion about these terms as well. Nevertheless, there are several guidelines that most apartments abide by that you can use to better understand what to expect out of your apartment rental.

Furnishing is roughly comprised of two different categories: furniture and appliances. Furniture includes things like sofas, beds, desks, coffee and dining tables, dressers, and so on. Appliances on the other hand include things like stoves, dish washers, ovens, washing machines, dryers, and more.

Fully Furnished Apartments

Fully furnished apartments will tend to have nearly all items for both furniture and appliances. Although it will depend on each case, in general someone renting a fully furnished apartment can expect:

  • Sofas
  • Beds
  • Desks
  • Chairs
  • Coffee Tables
  • Dining Tables
  • Artwork
  • Shelves
  • Dressers
  • Bedding
  • Kitchenware
  • Towels
  • TV
  • Air Conditioning
  • Stoves
  • Ovens
  • Washing Machines
  • Dish Washers

 

Semi-Furnished/Partially Furnished Apartments

Semi-furnished apartments on the other hand, contain fewer amenities than fully furnished. Semi-furnished apartments can typically fall into 3 different types:

  • Furniture provided, with no appliances
  • No furniture provided, with appliances provided
  • A mix of both furniture and appliances provided

Most semi-furnished apartments will offer a mix of both provided furniture and appliances, but ultimately you will have to ask for the specific details of a semi-furnished for the most accurate description.

How to Personalize Furnished Apartments in Portland

Home Sweeet HomeOne of the biggest questions people have about living in a furnished apartment is how to make it feel like home. Although furnished apartments are unrivalled in terms of their convenience and comfort, a lot of individuals need a personal touch in their home, no matter how long they will be staying there. Below are some easy ways to update your corporate rental, and to elevate it to a place you look forward to returning.

Bring familiar items from home: A lamp, a pillow, or your sporting gear—all of these little things from home can make a big difference in how quickly you transition from an old space to the new. Besides being able to use them around the house, the sight of them alone will make you feel more at home. Anything that does not violate the terms of your stay should be safe to bring in.

Invite friends over: Part of what defines your home is the memories that are made there. When people first move into a new space, the lack of accompanying memories only further drills home the point that someone is in a completely new place. By inviting people over, you are creating new memories you associate with the space.

Add new artistic touches: Portland has a bustling art scene, and the addition of some new pieces can really transform a standard rental into a new home. The Alberta Arts District is a great place to both find inspiration and some new pieces to take home.

4 Handy Tips for Business Travelers

Being someone who travels regularly for business, you probably have a few tricks down to make the experience more efficient. We bet you know how to beautifully pack a suitcase! There are many tips that can make your traveling experience a bit more pleasant, and it can’t hurt to have them up your sleeve if you’re a frequent business traveler.  Here are 4 tips for improving your work trip. smiling business people

  1. Ask for an upgrade. It’s like moms always say, “you never know unless you try!” That old adage very much rings true when it comes to travel. Arrive early to your gate and ask the gate attendant if it’s possible for you to get an upgrade. There’s usually an additional cost, but if you’re on a long flight the added cost might mean a more comfortable flight. Many times, a small upgrade fee can get you’re a first class seat! Continue reading

Keeping Pets Safe During The Holidays

Are you traveling or relocating with pets this holiday season?

Here at US Suites, we care just as much about your four-legged family member during relocation just as you do. Every year we have thousands of pets that make the journey and relocate with us. Whether you’re bringing along a cat, dog or even a turtle, there are several things you can do to ensure their safety while traveling especially during the holidays.Below are a few tips to ensure your pet is safe and happy during the holidays and in their new home.

Tip #1 Keep pets away from poisonous holiday plants

Although you may love the look of that poinsettia or the holly or mistletoe hung in your doorway, these plants can be extremely harmful to your pet. Make sure to keep them out of reach from your pets or better yet go for the imitation poinsettia (Shh… we won’t tell anyone!)

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