Halloween is almost upon us, and at Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments we love to celebrate the season! Our beautiful neighborhood of St. Louis Park pulls out all the stops for Halloween, and we can’t complain. From community parties to seasonal shopping, we’ve got it all. Check out our picks for fun happenings in SLP and surrounding areas below:
38th Annual Halloween Party
@ The Rec Center
Westwood Hills Nature Center
3700 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park
Friday, October 19th
Show off your costume early at this family-friendly fest that includes indoor and outdoor activities, a live DJ, carnival games, trick-or-treating with friendly animal characters on the outdoor trail, and more. Register online early to secure tickets before they sell out.
@ Shops at West End
1621 West End Blvd
St. Louis Park Saturday, October 26
A bounce house? Trick or Treating? A craft area? All of these things and more can be found at the Shops at West End on the afternoon of Saturday the 26th. This kid-focused event will offer music, a balloon artist, games and prizes from the Twin Cities Road Crew, plus Trick or Treating at select stores. Free and open to the public.
Head to Lunds & Byerly’s in St. Louis Park to discover a wide variety of pumpkins and decorative gourds that make tasteful fall displays for your Parkway 25 patio or interior. Go the classic route with a carved jack-o-lantern, do something more contemporary with hand-painting, or simply group different varieties together in a bowl. Whether you go spooky or sophisticated, you can’t go wrong!
Click HERE for some pumpkin decorating inspiration
Haunted Houses & Special Events
Beyond the borders of SLP, the Twin Cities goes all-out for Halloween, with parties, costume contests, haunted houses, concerts, and special events of all kinds. Visit Meet Minneapolis’s site for a comprehensive guide to the best of the best, and have a spooooooky October!
The annual beer lover’s holiday, Oktoberfest celebrates German brewing at its finest. With a wide variety of events happening in both September and October in the Twin Cities, you’ll have plenty of time to put on your lederhosen and experience local craft beer, great food, and entertainment.
Oktoberfest in Germany kicks off September 21st, and nearby LTD Brewing in Hopkins is hosting a kickoff event the same day, with German-themed trivia, food, special brewery barrel-aged bottle beers, and the official release of their 2019 Sleepwalker IIIPA and Oktoberfest beers. Commemorative LTD beer steins will be available for just $5. Learn more about LTD’s event HERE.
Other Oktoberfest events occur this weekend and through early October at popular spots such as Gasthof’s, 612 Brew, the Black Forest Inn, Bauhaus Brew Labs, and more. Check Meet Minneapolis’ Oktoberfest event calendar HERE for more info.
Fancy yourself a fish out of water? Prove your mettle at the Chain of Lakes Open Swim Classic, happening Sunday, August 27th at Bde Maka Ska — just around the corner from Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments. Register before the 24th to participate as a competitor in this fun annual event, which challenges experienced swimmers to swim across Bde Maka Ska in two separate course distances of 1.5 miles and 2.4 miles. A lifeguard sanctioned event produced in collaboration with the MPRB Open Swim Club, the Swim Classic presents a fun opportunity for participants to enjoy the beauty of Bde Maka Ska while testing their skills.
Not an endurance swimmer? No problem. Cheer the competitors on from the sidelines and enjoy a beautiful late summer day on the lake.
Swimmer registration is open through August 24. Cost: $65 (minus $15 discount for MPRB Open Swim Club participants)
Event: Sunday, August 27, from 8-11 am at Bde Maka Ska’s North Beach
At Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments we’re luck to be just a stone’s throw away from a plethora of parks, lakes, and outdoor recreation spots that are free and open to the public. Each month in the Spring and Fall you can join your friends, neighbors, and community for a group nature excursion at Walk the Park! Enjoy a leisurely 1-2 mile walk through beautiful local parks in the area with new friends — no fee or registration required.
Walk the Park takes place every 2nd Saturday of the month, with July 13th, 2019 being the next outing. Meet at the parking lot on Oxford Street at Creekside Park; walk begins at promptly 9:30am.
7341 Oxford St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
While Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments is fully adjacent to big city living at its finest, we still like to reflect back on the beauty of nature as often as possible. Combine that with a wide variety of recreation, dining, shopping, and adventuring options in beautiful St. Louis Park, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for epic summer fun. For P25 residents it’s easy, with numerous walking and biking trails, lakes, and nature preserves located just a hop, skip, and a jump away. Learn more about a few of our favorite neighborhood nature and recreation amenities below:
Wolfe Lake & Park
For those with an interest in fishing, Wolfe Lake may become your favorite local destination, with four fishing docks and over 3 acres of tranquil lake scenery. Catch Large Mouth Bass, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch and more, or take advantage of the park’s other amenities such as picnic shelters and pavilions, a walking path, playground, and more. More info HERE.
The Bde Maka Ska Loop
In addition to beaches, water recreation, and more, our fair Bde Maka Ska is a sure-fire bet for getting in your steps. Take a leisurely walk around the full lake with a friend to take in the scenery. There are over 3 miles of pedestrian and bike trails encircling the lake — the perfect invigorating wind down to a busy work day. Learn more HERE.
While you may prefer to stay close to home in Parkway 25’s own deluxe pool and zen courtyard, there’s no denying a classic water park experience is pure summer fun. Head to St. Louis Park’s very own Aquatic Park for access to 4-story water slides, spray arches, water geysers, an obstacle course, diving boards, and more. Grab a snack at the concession stand or bring your own picnic! More info HERE.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
Hike, explore, and learn at Westwood Hills Nature Center, where the flora and fauna of the area is at your fingertips. Stroll extensive nature paths to see the sights, and learn more about local animal and plant life inside the park’s education center. With great kid’s programs, little ones can learn all about nature, biology, and more through fun, informative day camps. Learn more HERE.
At Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments in St. Louis Park, we pride ourselves on the details. Whether it’s creating a chill vibe in our zen courtyard common space, or making sure each individual unit includes thoughtful, functional details. Since Spring has sprung, relaxing on your patio balcony should be a top priority. In today’s post, we’ll share a few patio decor tips and trends that we love:
Create a mini-paradise on your balcony by filling it with a variety of colorful flowers, green leafy plants, and even edible herbs. For St. Louis Park residents, Home Depot and Bachman’s both offer a huge selection, otherwise ordering online is an option. We love a good Hardy Hibiscus plant, which produces plate-sized blooms in the summer, and can be easily brought inside during winter months. A container garden is a great way to surround yourself with nature at home!
The Right Furniture
When space is limited, choosing the perfect furniture pieces to outfit your patio can be a bit of a challenge. Consider how you plan on using it: will you be hanging out with friends in the evening, or simply enjoying your morning coffee? For the former, a cute, affordable bistro table could be a nice addition; the latter may be better off with a set of ergonomic lounge chairs — perfect for conversation, reading, sunbathing, and more.
Punch it Up with Accent Decor
Design the perfect ambiance with beautiful, unique objects. Hand-paint planter pots to give them your own creative touch, or see what’s on trend at Target, Ikea, Crate & Barrel, and more. We especially love Target’s Opalhouse collections for home decor. Discover pillow, candles, baskets, and other home items for modern meets boho chic flair. Keep it simple with a couple artistic accent pillows, or go over the top with tropical color — summer is coming, after all.
Sela Investments Ltd. is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider
We’re incredibly proud to be the first Silver LEED-certified residential property in St. Louis Park. a distinction that only four other commercial developments in the area share. The most recognized designation for green building and sustainability in the world, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is an honor that aligns with our aspirations to be environmentally responsible and contribute to a better world. Thank you to the U.S. Green Building Council for recognizing Parkway 25 as a leader in sustainability.
Learn more about the U.S. Green Building Council and LEED certification and its requirements HERE.
Spring is in the air! As the weather improves, the inclination to socialize may be on your mind, and luckily, Parkway 25’s gorgeous clubroom is available for reservation exclusively for residents. Whether you live here already, or are seeking a new place to live with amazing social amenities, look no further than P25. Get out of hibernation mode and into party planning mode, and contact us to reserve space or schedule a walk-through today.
Our clubroom is set up for events both large and small. Host a chill birthday party, or watch the big game, or celebrate a milestone with your friends and family. Featuring a deluxe catering kitchen with a wall oven, warming drawers, refrigerators, and ice makers, as well as a built-in bar, you can make your own feast or simply bring in your favorite catered meal. Relax with large screen TVs, a built-in sound system, tasteful seating, games, and a stylish, upscale design aesthetic that will impress your guests.
Residents: Contact the concierge desk at 612-286-8867 for more info
Non-Residents: Contact the leasing office at 612-254-7062 to set up a walk through of P25
Sela Investments Ltd. is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider
It’s the most romantic month of the year, and at Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments, we’re all for love, especially when it comes in the form of sweet, decadent candy. To charm your significant other (or simply indulge yourself) we’ve compiled a list of cute shops in and around the St. Louis Park area. Enjoy, with love.
5007 Excelsior Blvd, St. Louis Park, MN 55416
For the ultimate chocolate lover, the Droolin’ Moose candy shop is about as tempting as they come. Locally-owned with three locations in the metro area, this Minnesota-centric treat hub offers a wide variety of chocolate sweets, as well as V-day gift packages and even a monthly chocolate subscription box that you can have delivered to your front door. We’d recommend the Rustic Blues (sweet blueberries covered in milk chocolate), the Yellow Jackets (almonds covered in lemon cream and white chocolate), or the classic Salty Bogs (chocolate-covered caramels with sea salt).
A one-stop-shop for unique designer gifts, Max’s in St. Louis Park also boasts a delectable array of high-end chocolates from around the world. Pick up sumptuous treats such as bars, caramels, truffles, toffee and more with ingredients such as chili peppers, blueberries, and olive oil in them. While you’re there, peruse beautiful hand-crafted jewelry and art objects made by talented independent designers. After all, nothing says “I love you” better than the classic combo of chocolate and jewelry.
If chocolate isn’t quite their thing, make a stop at Sweet Jules in Minnetonka, where a glorious variety of rich, chewy caramel treats await. Started by sisters Jule and Hope, this “sweet” little shop peddles handcrafted candy made with real ingredients. Pick up a pretty gift box for your love, or pop in and select a custom array tailored to your own taste. With flavor choices such as banana fosters, beer and pretzel, and French sea salt, these confections will certainly win you cupid points.
If it’s a classic candy shop selection you desire, head over to Southdale Center to indulge in an eclectic array of confections, from creamy chocolates to toffees, brittles, hand-crafted lollipops and much, much more. Belly up to the candy counter and create a customized treat box for your love, or select from a wide variety of pre-packaged See’s-brand sweets.
Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments’ neighborhood of St. Louis Park has year-round fun in store for people of all ages and interests — and Saturday, January 26th is no exception. SLP’s Rotary Club and City government have teamed up for the 6th year in a row to host Bundled Up, a fun-in-the-snow outdoor event that features family-friendly activities for everyone. Enjoy the great outdoors at beautiful Oak Hill Park with family and friends, where you’ll experience bonfires, live music, hot cocoa, hayrides, s’mores, and even sledding and snowshoeing (providing we’ve got snow). “Bundle up” in your warmest winter finery and join the community at this fun seasonal celebration.
Where: Oak Hill Park (3201 Rhode Island Ave S., St. Louis Park, MN 55426
When: Saturday, January 26th, 2019 / 12pm – 4pm
Free and open to the public.
For more info visit Bundled Up’s Facebook event page HERE.