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5 Top Travel Tips for 2017

TravelingOur residents at the Lakes at Lewisville apartments may enjoy resort-style living every day, but a dramatic change in scenery can be just as refreshing. If you’re planning a trip in the new year, be sure to follow these five tips for hassle-free travel.

1. Plan well in advance.

Many vacationers plan their trips a year or more ahead of time. To make sure you’re getting the best dates, amenities and prices, you’ll need to follow suit.

2. Stick to the carry-on when you can.

It’s every traveler’s nightmare, but checked luggage gets lost all too frequently. You don’t want to be stuck without essential items — or forced to wear the same outfit all week. When traveling by plane, stow everything you’ll need for a minimum of two days in your carry-on bag.

3. Learn about your destination.

Nobody likes feeling like a tourist in a new place. Make sure you give yourself a crash course in the local culture, language, customs and geography before you get there.

4. Go for a screen-free vacation.

Unplugging from the digital world for a few days can be refreshing. Make sure your phone, tablet and/or laptop aren’t distracting you from new experiences. Of course, you can disregard this advice if you’re going on a business trip.

5. Consider travel insurance.

It’s always a great idea to hope for the best but plan for the worst. Don’t let unexpected airline hiccups ruin your vacation. Investing a little in travel insurance can end up saving big in the long run.

Of course, after even the best trip it feels great to come home. Those searching for that special place among apartments in Lewisville should definitely consider us here at the Lakes. Be sure to take a tour of the spacious grounds to get the full experience!

3 Tasty Dessert Recipes for Thanksgiving

If you’re hosting Thanksgiving in your Lewisville apartment, you’ll want to be sure to make your guests feel welcome enough to stay for dessert and that starts with a great apartment in a comfortable community. Lakes at Lewisville is a pet-friendly, gated community that features great amenities such as a pool and a 24/7 fitness center. Lewisville is located just outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, which will give your company plenty of things to do if they decide to explore on their own or stick around for Black Friday shopping.

If you and your guests have had your early fill of pumpkin pie. You can still embrace the autumn theme with one of these three Thanksgiving desserts

No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Mini- Trifles

This recipe from Good Housekeeping looks fancy, but it’s actually really simple and a good choice when you’ve dedicated your oven to the turkey.

The recipe takes cream cheese, brown sugar, pureed canned pumpkin and heavy cream to whip up the main part of the filling. A little crunch is added in the form of ginger cookies or graham crackers, and chopped nuts. Alternate the pumpkin cream cheese mix, with the cookie mix. Combine this with candied nut brittle and layer it in parfait cups.

Apple Crisp Cookie Cups

For those not into pumpkin, but still want to enjoy a fall-themed individualized treat, this recipe from Delish is a great option. It combines oatmeal cookie dough and diced Granny Smith apples to make mini “apple crisps” that guests are sure to love. The cookie cups are made with a standard muffin tin. The apple filling is cooked on the stove and spooned inside. Top with caramel sauce, whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Cranberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars

For many, Thanksgiving is not complete without cranberries, and these bars are a great way to provide them. It calls for a homemade orange crust, topped with a filling that combines light cream cheese, light sour cream and jellied cranberry sauce to create a tarty delight.

Lakes of Lewisville is a great community to live in, featuring plenty of amenities, the ease of in-unit laundry hookups, as well as on-site laundry. Options range from single bedroom apartments to three bedrooms to accommodate a variety of family sizes. Contact us to learn more about our community and see just how you can fit right in.