Tis the season for holiday cheer! Bundle up and head out into the cities to see dazzling light displays and participate in seasonal festivals and activities.
Each holiday season, the plaza of Downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park becomes a twinkly wonderland, with hundreds of thousands of white lights adorning the trees. Stroll through the park with your sweetie, then head over to Wells Fargo WinterSkate to take a twirl on the rink.
An experience well beyond just holiday light displays, the annual Holidazzle celebration pulls out all the stops with food, music, local vendors, and even fireworks in Loring Park. Check the event schedule and bring the family for outdoor fun in December.
Drive down historic Summit Avenue in St. Paul to take in the sights. Not only are some of the cities oldest, most impressive homes on this iconic strip, but so is the Governor’s residence. Many of the homes take great pride in their holiday decor, so take a cruise and enjoy. Guided and self-guided tours of the Governor’s residence are available.
Tis the season for giving, and at Parkway 25 Luxury Apartments, we take that seriously. While gifts are nice, the real deal is putting your energy into helping others — trust us, it feels great! Whether you’re looking for year-round volunteer opportunities or just want to help out in a seasonal setting, there are multiple organizations locally that can pair you with the right cause. Great for families, friend groups, or individuals, doing good with what you’ve got is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
Visit the following sites to check out volunteer opportunities near you:
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