Archive for the ‘Corporate Housing’ Category
Monday, March 3rd, 2014
When you’re staying in an unfamiliar city for an extended period of time, it’s always a good idea to check out what the surrounding area has to offer in terms of entertainment. Luckily, spring is the perfect season for all sorts of outdoor activities to get your mind away from the office. Whether you think it’s lucky or not, the majority of the US has an abundance of snow, which means skiing and snowboarding is off the wall this year! Plus, because of all of the winter storms chances are there’s a slope near you that’s just begging for a visit.
If you’re a ski or snowboard enthusiast, or just want to enjoy a cup of cocoa in the lodge and have a weekend getaway in a cabin in your temporary city, there are plenty of nearby mountains to several PC Housing properties for you to choose from. Here are the top 5 winter resorts for you to check out.
Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Let’s say your job gives you a two-month long assignment in a city far from home. Yes, you’ll probably be excited about being in a new place, but it’s easy to miss home too. If you find yourself longing for the comforts of your own abode when you’re away, consider temporary housing at PC Housing. Ideal for the business travelers and vacationers alike, PC Housing offers cozy dwellings with plenty of amenities. And let’s face it – even the swankiest of business class hotel rooms are still just hotel rooms at the end of the day.
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Washington, D.C. is home to more than half-a-million people, and it’s not hard to see why so many call the nation’s capitol home. D.C. has top-notch museums, plenty of green space, steady employment and a growing restaurant scene.
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Image: Stone Brewing Company
One of the great perks of relocating temporarily for work is the opportunity to see new places and experience new cultures by becoming a local rather than just a tourist. Getting acquainted to a new place as a long-term guest gives you the chance to really soak in the vibes in a way that you simply can’t achieve as a short-term visitor, and few industries lend themselves to this lifestyle better than healthcare.
If you’re a healthcare professional looking for a contract in a new location that provides industry opportunities as well as off-the-clock activities, there are few cities more accommodating than San Diego. Hotels may dot the coast from Imperial Beach to Oceanside, but if you prefer the feeling of really coming home at the end of a long shift, consider PC Housing for your San Diego housing needs.
Wednesday, October 9th, 2013
Image: lululemon athletica
One of the most common challenges busy professionals face while away from home is keeping up with their fitness routine. A strange city, new surroundings, an unfamiliar schedule – all of these factors and more can contribute to all but derailing any healthy efforts. Here are a few tips to help manage the chaos and find opportunities to stay healthy, while in a home away from home, whether it’s PC Housing, or a hotel anywhere in the world.
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Visiting a new city is one of the best parts about corporate travel obligations (or extended vacations, if you can swing them!), and it’s expected that you’ll play tourist on your down time. Last week we named a couple of east coast cities worth spending a little extra time in, and now we’ll talk about those west coast cities you don’t want to miss.
PC Housing has luxurious, fully furnished, centrally located corporate housing communities in both of these west coast destinations, so you won’t have to let your accommodations distract you from experiencing the beauty and excitement the left coast has to offer.
San Francisco: A Breathtaking City Amid the Fog
San Francisco is very big little city. A cultural nucleus, the city has been the birthplace of several major civil rights movements. In addition, San Francisco is the technology capital of the country, with start up tech firms creating solutions to issues big and small. The city has tons of hills, but that doesn’t stop its residents from staying active and fit, and you’ll find runners, bicyclists and yoga in even the most unexpected necks of San Francisco.
One of the city’s greatest landmarks is also its port of entry: the Golden Gate Bridge. The bridge, which connects San Francisco to nearby northern counties in California is a towering suspension bridge. Leave your car behind and walk across the bridge, its bright vermillion shade poses a stunning contrast with the sky, whether it’s cloudy outside or bright.
After walking across the bridge, experience SF’s local culture and dedication to sustainable farming at the Ferry Building Market. Located on San Francisco’s waterfront, the Ferry Building hosts local producers and artisans in addition to fine dining and shopping. The building, with its impossible-to-miss clock atop its tower, is a destination for SF locals looking for produce for the week and people hoping to check out the latest hybrid engineered fruit.
Want a different sort of island getaway? Check out one of the country’s most famous penitentiaries on Alcatraz.From 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz was a federal penitentiary that held some of the country’s worst criminals, but today it’s a major tourist destination where visitors can check out a cell where criminals were held and walk around the island.
If you hope to enjoy some great art from lesser-known artists, make sure to visit the de Young Museum. Located in Golden Gate Park, this is an excellent museum surrounded by dense nature. And while the SF Museum of Modern Art is closed, this is the place to go for your art fix in the city.
Photo by Wikimedia Commons
Seattle: Where Fresh Produce is Plentiful, The Sky’s The Limit and You Can Visit The Center of the Universe
Seattle is a city unlike any other, and that’s not just because of its interminable fog and frequent rains. Its residents are healthy, love flannel, are tech-savvy and enjoy locally sourced goods. If your only associations with the city come from Frasier, here’s where to visit to get to know Seattle.
Called “The Soul of Seattle,” Pike Place Market is the country’s premier farmer’s market. And what a market it is. Boasting around 100 farmers, “The Market” is already chock-full of any fresh greens or goods you might seek. But in addition, it has hundreds of artisan craftspeople, 240 street performers and musicians and a whole lot of Seattle history. Pick up lunch or breakfast there and see why Pike Place Market is more than just the home of the world’s first Starbucks.
Of course, one of the first things that comes to mind when one thinks of Seattle is the Space Needle. Stand 500 feet above the city on the Space Needle’s observation deck and take in a 360-degree view of the beautiful city of Seattle and Mt. Ranier. It’s here that you can fully enjoy the city’s rolling clouds, modern architecture and contiguity with nature.
And just at the foot of the Space Needle is the Seattle Center, which hosts a massive collection of artwork from Washington native Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s blown glass sculptures are dazzlingly vibrant and are crafted with seemingly impossible precision. We can’t recommend his work – and a visit to his Garden and Glass Exhibition – highly enough.
And if you’re looking for unconventional in the Emerald City, look no further than Fremont. To start, the neighborhood has its very own troll which lives under the Aurora Bridge! The neighborhood is home to the “Center of the Universe” and hosts some strange and fascinating artifacts, from a Soviet-era rocket to a statue of Vladimir Lenin to unique local shops selling intriguing items. You might even catch one of Fremont’s many festivals hosted throughout the year, such as the Moisture Festival and the Annual Zombie Walk!
Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
The best part of visiting a new city is getting to know its unique culture and style. Sometimes, it’s hard to immediately discern and other times a city’s personality is as obvious as its name.
Either way, getting to know a city’s regional monuments is crucial to making the most of a visit there. We compiled some of the must-see landmarks in some of PC Housing’s top corporate housing cities, so you’ll be able to enjoy your stay and get a true taste of these different cultures! We’ve included a few major landmarks from each city – the ones you can’t leave without paying a visit – and then one that is a bit different, but allows the area’s true colors to really shine.
In Part 1 of this two part series, we explore monuments and landmarks on the East Coast in our nation’s capitol and in the middle in one of the biggest states in the country. (Stay tuned for the West Coast later!)
Washington DC: Stand At The Intersection of History and Progress
Photo by Jeff Kubina
The Nation’s Capitol has so much to offer we’re not sure where to start! Government buildings can be found on most blocks, and many are housed in stunning marble architecture. In addition, the monuments are an excellent place to run, stroll or even enjoy a picnic when the weather is nice. Explore Washington D.C.’s various neighborhoods – from Georgetown to Brookland to Eastern Market – and get a taste of the diversity in this home for politics and policy.
No trip to D.C. can be complete – it’s hardly begun – without a visit to the National Mall. The National Mall is the home of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, World War II Memorial and a huge range of smaller memorials and tributes. Start at the Lincoln Memorial and walk toward the Capitol, you’ll be amazed by the history recognized along Constitution Avenue. In addition, the Smithsonian Museums located on the Mall have free entry! End your walk at the Capitol Building, where you can take a tour of the building where our laws are made and learn a bit more about the democratic process.
Enjoy even more history just across the Potomac River at the Arlington National Cemetery. The Cemetery is a place where you can explore the country’s military history, see the tombstones of United States soldiers and even witness the Changing of the Guard, an elaborate hourly ritual that honors fallen soldiers in a moving ceremony. In addition, Arlington National Cemetery is a good place for a walk, and you can visit the Robert E. Lee House and John F. Kennedy’s grave.
Looking for a bit of art and culture in addition to your historic tour? Don’t miss a visit to U Street in D.C.’s Northwest region! The birthplace of Duke Ellington, U Street was an original hub of jazz music, and Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong frequented the neighborhood. Today, the dining and nightlife on U Street are major draws, and don’t miss a trip to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a favorite of Barack Obama, Bill Cosby and tourists alike.
Austin: The Capital of Texas, Live Music and Weird
Photo by Stuart Seeger
Austin, Texas is known as the live music capitol of the world. And when virtually every bar and restaurant you enter is hosting a different live musician, there’s no surprise why. But the city has so much to offer in addition; from stunning outdoor attractions to excellent nightlife to incredible dining. Austin artfully blends acting as a tribute to the Lone Star State’s storied history and a vibrant, youthful city.
If you want to experience Texas’s history, there are a range of tours (many self-guided!) that you can take, but make your first stop the Texas State Capitol Building. Located in downtown Austin, the building is an ornate and stately architectural marvel, and it stands even taller than the Capitol Building in Washington, DC! Guide yourself around the Capitol Building and get to know more about Texas’s history.
As for where all of that live music happens? Look no further than Austin’s Sixth Street. While you might just find live music even in Austin’s grocery stores and city council, Sixth Street is a great place to grab dinner or drinks and explore all that the music scene has to offer. And with more than 250 live music venues, you’ll never run out of bands to hear or places to visit!
If you want to see one example of what makes Austin weird then you must visit the Cathedral of Junk. The “Cathedral” is a vaulted building, a creation in “yardist” Vince Hanneman’s backyard. Hanneman has been building the Cathedral of Junk since 1988 and it now holds 60 tons of others’ castaways, from clocks to bicycle parts to circuit boards. Explore the stairways and tunnels in this backyard masterpiece and see why it’s the farthest thing from one man’s trash.
There are tons more regional monuments and landmarks worth mentioning, but that is too much for this little post. Check back in a week for Part 2, the West Coast, to explore other regional monuments totally worth a visit on your next travel adventure.
Thursday, August 22nd, 2013
Relocating to a new city for a temporary corporate travel assignment is an exciting experience – especially when it’s your first time. However, as with any move, relocation comes with its own unique set of complications and adjustments to make. Corporate housing makes the actual moving process a far easier one, and chances are your HR department will hook you up so you won’t even have to worry about it. That being said, it’s not as if you won’t have to get acclimated in corporate housing once you’re there, and for a first-timer it can get a little overwhelming.
Pay attention to these tips on getting acclimated to your new corporate housing digs and the new city that will be home for the next several months. Hey – at least you don’t have to worry about schlepping your furniture cross country!
Get unpacked – This may be an obvious one, but it’s important. The sooner you get your things out of your suitcase and into furniture the quicker you’ll feel at home. Organize your clothes like you do at home so it’s easier to make dressing decisions in the morning, and don’t forget about finding a home for your ties, scarves and other accessories. Get to know your space and become accustomed to where all of your essentials will be located during your stay.
Decorate – Even the most suitably appointed corporate apartment still won’t feel 100% like home, mostly because it’s not your home. Bringing personal items such as photos, the kids artwork, or home accessories you’ve made yourself can really make you feel settled in. Set out items like your favorite books, magazines, and DVD’s. Tailor your space by adding familiar smells whether it is from candles, a home spray or by making your favorite meal.
Go grocery shopping – Don’t forget to stock your fridge and pantry! Your new digs come with a full kitchen stocked with everything you’ll need to prepare food for yourself and even do some light entertaining. Head over to your local grocery store (or better yet, scout out a farmers market in the area) and fill your cart with all the foods you enjoy. Explore some of the more local food items while you’re there and consider doing some culinary experimentations. The point is, load up your kitchen and you will prevent the desire to eat out often. That doesn’t mean never eat out; it’s just as important to get to know your new neighborhood too!
Get to know your housing coordinator – Regardless of whether you made your corporate housing reservations or your company made them for you, your housing coordinator is there to help you get acclimated and feel more comfortable in your temporary home. At PC Housing your housing coordinator is available to help out with even the smallest of tasks, like making sure your favorite brand of laundry detergent is in your apartment or finding a good local beer to introduce you to your new city. Our Personally Tailored Welcome Package allows you to specify how your new space is customized ahead of time to suit your individual needs. Contact your housing coordinator prior to your move and together you can create a completed place of your own. From groceries to toiletries and requested decorations, we’ve got you covered. With the Personally Tailored Welcome Package, all you need to do is arrive. (Oh, and this is a free service, by the way. As long as what you’re requesting is available and under a certain price, we’ll make sure you walk in to an apartment that is as home to you as possible.)
Help Fido acclimate – Pets are welcome at the majority of PC Housing residences so don’t forget to prepare for their move as well! Transfer their needed supplies or purchase new and have them ready when you arrive. The last thing you want to do is run around town looking for a new litter box at the last minute! You can also use our Personally Tailored Welcome Package to make sure your pets’ food is ready and waiting.
Relax – We’re told timing is everything, but we tend to disagree. With PC Housing, we understand that plans change at the last second and out of anyone’s control, so if you arrive earlier than planned don’t worry about trying to fill your minutes waiting for the clock to hit your original check in time. Your residence will be ready at the stroke of midnight the day you arrive, giving you the full 24 hours to check in. And if you’re coming before or after office hours we can either mail you the keys ahead of time or attach a lock box to your front door.
Heading to an unfamiliar locale alone may seem like a stressful task, but think of it more as a new experience with plenty of memories to be had. Plan ahead by taking these steps to ease your anxieties and enhance your comfort level.
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
One of the hallmarks of San Diego living is the small town feel of each neighborhood, despite being connected within a large city and enormous county. PC Housing has corporate apartments conveniently located throughout San Diego city and county, and knowing where you need to be is crucial to a successful corporate trip. Here, we’ll break down the most popular San Diego neighborhoods for corporate apartment living and hopefully help make the decision about where you need to live an easier one!
Carlsbad: Located just north of San Diego proper, Carlsbad is the epitome of North County San Diego: affluent, beautiful, and peaceful. Lagoons and wildlife preserves are abundant, and its proximity to the ocean reminds you that you’re in San Diego. There’s even a small airport and an upscale boutique mall! Carlsbad is a popular destination for corporate travelers because it’s home to several top technological, biological, and economical powerhouses, including labs, software companies, engineering companies and various manufacturers. And San Diego city is just a short 30 minute drive south. (There are also plenty of other transportation options if you’re carless in Carlsbad.)
La Jolla: La Jolla is home to some of the most iconic scenery in San Diego: clear blue ocean waters, sun above the soaring palm trees, and marine mammals which draw visitors and locals alike. Corporate travelers staying in La Jolla take advantage of their location, as many of our La Jolla corporate apartments are right next to the water. However, there is also a bustling economic center in the UTC neighborhood right next to La Jolla that prides itself on skyscrapers for luxurious corporate housing. La Jolla and UTC both offer corporate travelers with a healthy variety of fun and work – some of the best restaurants for corporate entertaining in San Diego are in this neighborhood!
Downtown San Diego: Almost nowhere in San Diego provides its residents with quite the city-like hustle and bustle that Downtown San Diego offers. Downtown – also known as the Gaslamp District – has enough restaurants to keep an extended stay corporate traveler happy, and endless supply of work-appropriate and after-hours entertainment, and is snuggled between the bay to the south and the harbor to the west. The micro-neighborhoods of Little Italy, East Village, Seaport Village, and the Marina are within walking distance of each other, and the San Diego International Airport is a cheap cab ride away (not to mention Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres!). Living in the Gaslamp means you’re in the absolute center of the city. The San Diego Convention Center is where corporate travelers from just about every industry flock, which makes Downtown San Diego the ideal location for corporate travelers. Add in the proximity to Coronado Island and abundant transportation to get you anywhere you need to go and you’ll see why you could need nothing else.
Mission Valley: Second only to Downtown in terms of business opportunities, Mission Valley is a popular destination for traveling professionals because of the abundance of business friendly hotels, commerce centers, transportation and corporate event centers. Two major shopping malls, dozens of restaurant varieties, and a golf course and driving range are sure to keep corporate travelers busy, while Qualcomm Stadium – home to the San Diego Chargers – hosts major events in the offseason. Business professionals love living in Mission Valley because it’s situated between five of the major freeways and has several trolley stops for easy access to any other neighborhood.
Poway/Rancho Bernardo: While most business centers remain close to the coast, Poway and Rancho Bernardo separate themselves from the rest with their East County locations. Home to the headquarters of a number of national corporations, Poway also has several wildlife preserves that pay homage to the endangered California scrub and offer residents and travelers the opportunity to interact with nature by hiking, biking and walking through parks and Lake Poway. This region is far more residential than the neighborhoods of Mission Valley and the Gaslamp, which can be ideal for longer corporate trips and professionals traveling with family. This affluent, upscale community is nestled in canyons and hills and boasts luxurious golf courses for laid back business rounds.
Remember, no matter where you choose to live in San Diego, you will be guaranteed a furnished corporate apartment with all of the furnishings, accessories, and conveniences of daily life when you stay with PC Housing.
Images courtesy of City of Carlsbad, La Jolla, Downtown San Diego, Black Chick on Tour, and Rancho Bernardo Community Council.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Feel at home during corporate travel
Whether it’s part of your job to travel the country or world for various assignments or you need to be temporarily relocated for a one time training experience or project, making do in a corporate apartment usually doesn’t rank high on the list of things corporate travelers are most excited about. Exacerbating this is the trend that human resources departments are typically responsible for finding and reserving corporate apartments, so often the traveler has no say in his or her accommodations. But regardless of where you end up on your corporate travels, there are concrete ways to make the most of your temporary apartment and thrive in your host city.
Take advantage of corporate amenities
The great thing about temporary corporate apartments is you’ll be walking into a fully furnished and fully stocked apartment that will be suitable to your needs while you’re staying there. Often, corporate apartments are maintained exclusively for traveling professionals and they’re designed in such a way to make them not feel like a hotel. Amenities like a fully stocked kitchen and closets of linens and towels help make it feel more like a home, while an in-unit washer and dryer gives you all the chores of home (doesn’t that feel nice?). Your home habits can follow you because you’ll have all the furnishings you need, right down to the clothes hamper and oven mitts.
Community Specific Perks
Depending on where you’re staying, the building may provide a perk to visiting professionals. For example, when reserving a furnished apartment with PC Housing, we offer our clients a personally tailored welcome package, which we set up in the apartment before you arrive so you can really feel at home. Our welcome package can include things like ingredients for your favorite post-travel meal, a bottle of your favorite home town beverage, even your favorite laundry detergent. Some communities may offer a taste of the city you’re in, like local coffee in Seattle or a loaf of bread from a nearby bakery in New York. You can ask about these ahead of time and find out what’s available.
There are other on-site amenities your corporate apartment community offers. Pools, barbecue patios, guest halls and guest parking are often included in apartment buildings, allowing temporary residents a place to relax that’s not confined to the apartment. Enjoy these perks!
Bring home with you
Some corporate travelers have a pet at home and either need or want to bring him along. The good news is that many corporate apartments allow pets to come along, too. The better news is that having your furry best friend can make you feel truly at home, especially on those longer assignments.
If there’s another must-have item from home that a temporary apartment just won’t have (or maybe it just won’t be the same), bring it! Or ask the apartment community if they can find it for you, if it’s something that won’t fit in a suitcase. In most cases your furnishings can be customized to your liking, so even though corporate apartments are tastefully decorated in a way that’s designed to make you feel comfortable, it’s understood in the corporate apartment community that some things just can’t replace that homey feeling.