Try Something Different in Silicon Valley….


Silicon Valley has become synonymous with achievement, prestige and wealth. The area located at the south of the Bay Area is home to some of the most valuable brands in technology—Apple, Google, Facebook all reside in the cities that comprise Silicon Valley. Some of our most brilliant minds, which are responsible for ushering us into the 21st century, live and work in the area. 

Located just under 30 miles south of San Francisco, Redwood City is a scenic and clean suburb which boasts one of the world’s best climates (honestly, the city’s motto is “Climate Best by Government Test,” a distinction determined by a U.S. climatological survey after WWI and a good destination for young families who work in the technology field.

La Casita Chilanga is an example of Mexican food done right, but instead of focusing on the usual fare—burritos, tacos, etc. (Although those are not ignored)—this joint places its authentic tortas, the Mexican sandwich. Customers love the huge portions; each sandwich is roughly the size of a hardcover book and can easily feed two adults. The staple ingredients for these tasty treats includes avocado, tomatoes, cheese, jalapeños and spicy aioli, but specialty sandwiches involve a variety of meats. Ever wanted a pork leg on your torta? La Casita Chilanga is the place to try it. Plus, just because the restaurant is located in one of the most affluent parts of Silicon Valley doesn’t mean customers have to pay exorbitant prices—hungry patrons pay between $3.50 and $5.50 for main entrées.

Another quaint city in Silicon Valley is Campbell. Although the tech-influence isn’t as prominent as other cities in the area, Campbell is the birthplace of eBay and its founder, Pierre Omidyar. These days, the Pruneyard Shopping Center remains one of the city’s main attractions—a massive outdoor retail center that also serves as the home for the South Bay division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Orchard City Kitchen has been named one of the area’s best new restaurants by various publications and boasts an eclectic menu. The food is distinctly American with a twist; how else does one describe beet home-fries or lobster dumplings? The tater-tot poutine is also a fan-favorite. The cocktail menu is the product of very talented bartenders. Each dish is big enough to share, which makes this an ideal destination for a romantic date, although you may do better by ordering a bunch of tiny plates to try more of OCK’s selection.

Palo Alto has many claims to fame. Leland Stanford Sr. founded the city when he established Stanford University, one of America’s most prestigious schools. Now, it is the home to many high-powered tech companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Skype and Tesla Motors. Facebook and Google also have campuses in Palo Alto.

Tamarine caters to the prestige found in this part of Silicon Valley. The established Vietnamese restaurant has offered classy dining for decades, giving patrons the feeling of walking into old-fashioned Manhattan restaurant. The relaxed and elegant atmosphere stands in welcome contrast to the go-go-go hustle that has come to define the technology industry. Customers should expect to spend between $30 and $60 a plate, but with options that include a Lemon-grass Sea Bass coated in garlic, the price is worth it. The shaking beef sautéed with soy, garlic and onions will also make you forget about your wallet. Simply, Tamarine is old-world flavor served with contemporary class and an attention to luxury.

When people think of Silicon Valley, San Jose is probably what they’re thinking about. As the third largest city in California in terms of population, it has rightfully earned its title as “the capital of Silicon Valley.” Multiple tech companies have headquarters in San Jose, such as IBM, Adobe and Cisco Systems.

As with any large city, there are going to be many dining options, but Le Papillon stands out. The French steakhouse specializes in indulgent cuts of meat: Pan roasted beef tenderloin, braised duck breast, and slow poached lobster are just some of the delicacies that adorn the menu. This isn’t just a treat for carnivores—snap pea soup with shiitake mushrooms is a favorite, as well as the peach hibiscus gazpacho. Perhaps the most extravagant restaurant on this list, a dinner at Le Papillon is a fine-dining experience that everyone should try at least once.

Mountain View earns its name by its proximity to the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains. This scenery serves as both a backdrop and inspiration for the hard work that goes on at companies like Google, Intuit and Mozilla. Certainly, if you want to be mountainous in your aspirations, you need a visual guide to follow.

But it’s not all work in Mountain View, as patrons of the easy-going Steins Beer Garden can attest to. The massive gastropub offers over 31 beers on tap—many of which are delectable micro-brews from across the country. Bratwurst corn dogs, summer squash and corn are all make for a low-key and delicious dining experience. Plus, the outdoor patio area is straight out of a German beer garden and offers customers a chance to chill in the sun while they drink a frosty beer.


Enjoy the Outdoors in Austin, TX…

5 Best Outdoor Activities In Austin, TX

Make the Most Out of Your Stay In Austin, TX with These 5 Exciting Outdoor Activities

With its diverse geography and endless sunshine, Austin, Texas is booming with gorgeous scenery, endurance-boosting challenges, and some relaxing recreational hotspots. Austin offers a refreshing mix of quaint rivers and streams, impressive hiking trails and off-road adventures. Break out of the mold and see Austin in a whole new light with our list of the best outdoor activities in the city.

Mount-BonnellIf you’re looking for a breathtaking view of the entire Austin region, come to Mount Bonnell. Just a short drive from downtown, this stunning natural park offers panoramic views of the Colorado River and beyond. Park goers will have to climb a pretty steep set of stairs once they get of the car, but the overall experience is pretty tame in terms of physical endurance. The park has a built-in picnic table for a romantic evening dinner or a casual midday snack. Looking west, the park offers a magical view of the sunset. Rich, warm hues glow on the horizon as far as the eye can see. It’s a great spot for adventurous couples or for the family that likes a challenge. Don’t forget to bring a camera. You won’t find a better view in all of Austin.

Cathedral-of-JunkFeast your eyes on every hoarder’s worst nightmare. This maze of recycled trinkets and auto parts creates an immersive experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. Self-proclaimed “yardist” Vince Hannemann has amassed an impressive collection of vintage signs, rusted wheels, surfboards, vents, pipes, dishes, musical instruments and just about everything else. Featuring it’s own version of a throne room, the Cathedral of Junk has some unique photo ops that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Think of it as a street art version of a children’s play castle. Onlookers are encouraged to engage in the ultimate form of eye spy, pinpointing specific gems in a sea of color and scrap metal. The more you look, the more you see. The site is located on the artist’s private property. To visit, guests should contact the artist directly. Donations are welcome but not required.

Barton-Creek-GreenbeltDiscover miles of thick woodlands, soothing streams and wayward peaks in this massive outdoor state park. You could spend months exploring all the sights and wonders this scenic landscape has to offer. Swimmers can dive into one of the park’s many watering holes. Casual dog walkers and fitness gurus will love the scenic walking trails and jogging paths. More experienced climbers can scale daring heights along the limestone gaps and cliffs. This magical piece of landscape has everything you could want in a natural park. You’ll find a number of canoe and kayak rental companies in the area. A relaxing trip down the creek is the perfect way to unwind and soak up the sights. The park is only a short drive from downtown with numerous entry points and launching sites along the creek’s edge. With limited park amenities, prepare for complete wildlife immersion. It’s easy to get lost in this sprawling countryside so plan to get home before dark.

Fly-Lake-AustinThis is the ultimate outdoor activity for the extremist in all of us. Guests get to ride a series of new age water sport vehicles. A massive hose shoots water into the lake, sending the rider flying through the air. Locally owned and operated, Fly Lake Austin has delighted tourists and locals for years. Participants have their choice of the Flyboard, a hands-free skateboard that rides the air, or the Jetovator, a literal water jetpack. Featuring quick tutorials and thorough lessons for beginners, the staff is well equipped to handle guests of all experience levels. You can make arrangements for small or large parties. It’s the perfect treat for a corporate event or a get-together with friends. Their website is full of awesome videos that show these water-powered machines in action!

Texas-Rock-Climbing-AdventuresSuited for beginners and climbing pros alike, this locally owned climbing services company will have you scaling new heights before you know it. Their team of experienced professionals knows the best spots to climb. Safety always comes first. They will make sure that everyone in your group is prepared to hit the rocks. You can scout out massive limestone cliffs, challenging ravines, or bulbous boulders with impressive views of the vast countryside. Each course comes with its own set of unique challenges and stunning sights. Texas Rock Climbing Adventures is dedicated to helping everyone experience the magic of rock climbing. They can accommodate groups and small parties of all ages and sizes. Become a pro climber and see Austin from new heights.


Relocating to Austin, TX?


Plan an Adventure while you stay in Corporate rentals in Austin, TX

The city of Austin is full of historical attractions and awe-inspiring wonders. With great corporate housing in Austin, TX, you can make the most out of your time away from home. Take a look at all the exciting things to do in and around the city. Pack a bag and plan a day trip because exploring Austin will keep you more than occupied.


ATXCursions has the perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon. Their river float tours send you all the way down the Colorado River. They supply the inner tubes, coolers and the ice. All you need to bring is your friends and a cold pack of refreshments. They even pick you up
and drop you off right in downtown Austin. You’ll see some amazing natural scenery and you can soak up that delicious Texas sunshine. They also offer group rates for large parties and corporate events!

6th-streetThis historic section of downtown Austin has become a culture lover’s paradise. These few city blocks are filled with live music venues, art galleries, wild nightlife and the hottest restaurants and bars. Most of the venues are housed in antique buildings and remodeled interiors. If you plan on swinging by, a few hours can easily turn into a full day. Check out their website to see their business directory and a full list of community events.

hamilton pool

Just a short drive from downtown, this natural landmark feels like another world. It’s a massive limestone grotto filled with soothing fresh water and a 50-foot waterfall. Hikers and day-trippers are invited to explore these rocky ruins and relax at the small beach area. There are numerous picnic tables for lunch, a wildlife reserve and public restrooms. The city charges a small parking fee and the crowds tend to be enormous. Start your day early to make sure you get a spot. Check out their website.

farmers market

Hosted by the Sustainable Food Center, this citywide farmer’s market is filled with organic creations and the freshest food money can buy. Their selection comes from over a hundred local vendors, farmers and chefs. They have locations downtown, at Triangle Park, the MLK Metro Stop, and at Sunset Valley. All of their markets are open all year long. Warm weather and delicious food are just some of the benefits to living in Austin.

lake travis ziplineAs the longest zipline in Texas, this recreational wonderland sends you soaring over a majestic lake and canyons with gorgeous views everywhere you look. The three-hour adventure takes you on five different ziplines, ranging from 250 feet to up to 2,800 feet. Guest can fly at up to 60 miles per hour. The area is also filled with beautiful hiking trails and boat tours. This is a must-do activity for all thrill seekers. Visit their website for additional information.

zilker parkHard to avoid, this massive 350-acre park is right in the middle of downtown Austin. It hosts a range of city events, live musical performances and the annual Zilker Park Kite Festival. They have a year-round heated swimming pool, dozens of hiking trails, and their famous Zilker Botanical Gardens. It’s a city park so large that you’ll need several days to see it all. You’re bound to find something exciting any day of the week.

baylor art wallFree of charge, the city’s largest graffiti wall has become a major attraction in recent years. Tourists and residents love to see these makeshift paintings come to life. Street and graffiti artists have turned this longtime forgotten condo project into a vibrant mural for everyone to enjoy. You’ll see pop culture references, hilarious social commentary and some dazzling designs. This local hotspot also features a great view of the city. It changes by the day so don’t hesitate to make a return trip before you leave Austin.

You can turn your time in Austin into an unforgettable adventure. Shop our selection of upscale corporate rentals in Austin, TX and spend a few months getting to know this world-class city. It has something for everyone!



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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