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7 Card Games to Play at Parties

CardsIs there anything more fun than sitting around a table with family and friends playing card games? Invite family and friends over for a night of card games. Here are seven of the best games to play at your next gathering or game night.


This color-coded classic is perfect for party night. Up to ten players can play at once. The object is to get rid of all of your cards before the other players. It is ideal for all ages as it is very easy to play. Even young kids can easily grasp the rules.


This is a very popular trick-taking card game usually played by four people in groups of two. The object of this game is to win the number of tricks that your team bids. This game involves both skill and luck. This game can be played by kids and adults of all ages.


This game was invented in the 1970s. It is exciting and fast-paced. It is for thinkers of all ages. Sequence is a combination board and card game that involves strategy and challenge. It is a fun game for parties and groups.


Rummy is one of the most popular party games in the world. During this game, players try to improve the hand that they are dealt. They can do that in a number of ways, such as getting rid of cards that are discarded by other players. This game is great for small parties and gatherings. It is fun for individuals of all ages.


This card game was first developed in Europe. It is perfect for all generations—kids, teens and adults alike enjoy Pinochle. It is similar to Chess and Bridge and rewards players that are not afraid of risks and take chances.


Cribbage is an extremely popular card game that even has its own membership club. This two-hand game was played as far back as the seventeenth century. Cribbage involves simple math. Players collect points by combining cards together in different scoring combinations. You can play this game with two or more players.


This is a great game for parties. It is fun for all ages as it doesn’t take a lot of strategic skill to play. Everything in war depends upon luck. The goal is to acquire all of the cards, which can be done in a variety of ways.

If you are looking for 55 plus active adult apartments in Alpharetta, take a look at Parc Alpharetta. Our senior apartments are designed for active adults who are interested in taking advantage of all that life has to offer. Contact us today to learn more!

Picnic Spread

How to Throw a Picnic-Themed Party

Picnic SpreadJuly is National Picnic Month and there is no better spot to host a picnic than Parc Alpharetta’s beautifully landscaped grounds. Here are some tips that can help you plan the perfect picnic-themed party for your family and/or friends.

Keep it Simple

You don’t need to bring a picnic buffet or plan dozens of games in order to pull off a successful picnic. Choose a few fun activities that everyone will enjoy, pick simple, easy to prepare foods and then sit back and enjoy each other’s company.

Plan in Advance

It’s better to be ready ahead of time than it is to have to look for stuff at the last minute. If you don’t have time to shop, consider asking attendees to bring certain items. Bring more than what you need in case extra people show up or people are hungrier than you thought they would be.

Include a Pool Party

Parc Alpharetta has a resort-style pool that you’ll want to take advantage of, especially if you plan a lunch picnic-themed party when the sun is beating down on the grounds. Plan a few pool games everyone can enjoy before you eat and work up an appetite together.

Don’t Forget the Accessories

When planning a picnic-themed party, it’s easy to focus solely on the food and drinks and forget to bring important accessories that are needed to make the event a success. Bug spray can help keep mosquitos and other unwanted pests at bay if you throw an outdoor party. Sunscreen is important too, especially if you intend to swim and play games before you eat. In addition, get red and white checkered accessories such as a tablecloth and utensil caddy to really give the party a picnic flair. And don’t forget the main accessory: a picnic basket, perfect for holding snacks!

Our apartments in Alpharetta has just about everything you need to kick back and enjoy life. There is a library and media room, as well as planned social activities for our 55+ active adult residents. Get in touch with us to find out more about our floor plans or to take a tour of our senior community!

Coffee Cup

Alpharetta’s Best Coffee Shops to Try This Summer

Coffee CupWe know you love your apartment here at Parc Alpharetta. But staying home all the time isn’t as fun as meeting up with great friends, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and spending the afternoon lost in conversation about anything and nothing at all. Plus, did we mention the good coffee part? Here are our picks for the top three coffee shops in the Alpharetta area to check out this summer.

Top Three Coffee Shops in Alpharetta

1. Sweet Apple Donut & Coffee

Located at 5430 McGinnis Ferry Road, Sweet Apple Donut & Coffee is a true gem. Known for their fresh pastry selection and amazing customer service, this place features a cozy area to enjoy a sweet treat and a cup of java over conversation with friends. As a bonus, you can even order online for a small discount.

2. The Nest Cafe

The Nest Cafe is another great option for Alpharetta coffeehouse enthusiasts. Situated at 58 Canton Street, the cafe is best known for their hot and cold beverages, including an array of iced coffee drinks, smoothies, and teas. In addition, the cafe has a wonderful breakfast & lunch menu guaranteed to please your palate. They also have some vegan selections. Plus, free Wi-Fi makes it easy to kick back with your Kindle or iPad and read a favorite book while you sip.

3. Mugs on Milton

Mugs on Milton is located at 35 Milton Avenue and features an atmosphere more akin to your best friend’s house than a typical cafe. If you are into drinking your coffee black and dislike the frills of trendier establishments, this is the place for you. Known for their superb service, they also have a small menu with basic pastries and light fare. Couches and small tables adorn the establishment, making it a cozy and very homey place to sip, enjoy a wonderful conversation with a friend, or even take along a book to read.

Of course, these are just a few of the excellent coffee shops near Parc Alpharetta. We would love to hear what your favorite one is!

Are you a 55+ active adult and interested in finding out more about our floor plans at our Alpharetta apartments? Contact us today for further details about our senior community!

Hotel Room

Planning a Summer Vacation? Stay at a Waterton Hotel!

Hotel RoomWhen you first move in, it may be hard to imagine wanting to travel away from our apartments in Alpharetta. After all, our Active Adult 55+ community offers everything someone could want: Social activities, gourmet kitchens, business center with computer access, library and more. Even so, the time will likely come when you’ll want to take a vacation.

Book a Room at a Waterton Managed Hotel

As a resident of Parc Alpharetta during the summer months, you have access to some of the lowest rates at our Waterton managed hotels. Booking a room at one of the hotels managed by Waterton does more than allow you to enjoy the level of comfort. It also lets you enjoy a great discount. You’ll love having more money left for enjoying the attractions and events in the city you have traveled to.

Where Can You Find Waterton Hotels?

Waterton has hotels in several popular destinations. There are hotels in California, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Key cities include Millbrae (near San Francisco), San Jose, Skokie (near Chicago), Columbus and more. In some areas, the hotels are in or close to the city, while in others, they are in the immediate suburbs. Either way, you can easily reach the main city via public transportation.

For your reference, our hotels and rates are listed below. Special pricing is only good from now until August 31, 2017, so don’t miss out on these offers! When booking your stay, dial the special number associated with the hotel of your choice and request the Waterton corporate rate.

Starting from $49.00: Comfort Inn Piqua in Ohio

Starting from $89.00: Aloft Beachwood in Ohio and DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in Pennsylvania

Starting from $99.00: Sheraton Needham and DoubleTree Westborough in Massachusetts, Sheraton Madison in Wisconsin and DoubleTree Skokie in Illinois

Starting from $139 weekdays and $99 weekends: Courtyard Boston Marlborough in Massachusetts

Starting from $159 weekdays and $99 weekends: Westin San Francisco Airport and Aloft San Francisco Airport in California, Sheraton Framingham in Massachusetts, and Westin Columbus in Ohio

20% off best available rate: Hyatt Place San Jose in California

Why Go to These Cities?

Each city has its own attractions, so which one you choose will depend on what you’re looking for. San Francisco is known for its massive hills, which are right in the city rather than merely backdrops. San Jose is great for its beaches. Chicago boasts plenty of entertainment and shopping. Columbus is a popular spot for business conventions and has some historic landmarks to see in the off-hours. A trip to Pennsylvania puts you close to convention hubs, and the state is also home to the Hershey chocolate factory and its tourist center. Check out other cities, too – they all have something to do.

If you’d also like to get in on the great discounts and perks, you don’t have to feel left out. Just stop by our office to find out which floor plans are available at our senior community!

Dinner Party

5 Simple Entertaining Tips

Dinner PartyAt its heart, ‘entertaining’ is all about making sure your guests feel welcomed and comfortable in your apartment. Little things, from the decoration to the drinks, can make a big difference. Not sure where to start? Here are five ways to create a wonderful visit for your friends and family.

Five Easy Tips to Entertain Guests

Invest in a White Wine

These light, refreshing wines are a great way to start the afternoon. You can serve these as they are or use them as a base for classic drinks like white wine spritzers. As a bonus, the drink won’t stain if it spills.

Make a DIY Centerpiece

Cluster several smaller vases or bottles inside an oversized one. You can fill the small vessels with bouquets, creating a floral display without the expense of stuffing the very large vase with a fortune’s worth of flowers. You can also pour colorful marbles or tinted water into the small bottles, creating a beautiful rainbow effect when light passes through the centerpiece.

Wow Guests With Coordinating Napkins

Paper napkins will never have the impact of the cloth kind. Fortunately, these don’t require an expensive trip to your local home supply store. Use pinking shears to snip pieces of scrap fabric into napkin shapes. Make sure you choose a cloth that coordinates with your living room. For extra style, slide them through polished shower curtain rings.

Transform a Table With a Tablecloth

Tables are a staple for bigger parties, but they can be a little dull. Slip a stylish tablecloth over it and you’ll transform the look of the room. Look for a durable, stain-resistant tablecloth, especially if your party includes children.

Create a Candy Bar

Your evening will end on a sweet note when your guests are unleashed on the candy bar. Simply fill a row of glass jars with different kinds of candy, lay out scoops, and let guests stuff small muslin bags with their favorite blends.

Socialize in Style at Parc Alpharetta

Are you ready to experience the charm and relaxed sophistication of life in our 55+ active adult Alpharetta apartments? Contact us today to see which of our floor plans are available at our senior community.

Variety of Pottery

Get Outside and Explore Alpharetta’s Art in the Park!

Variety of PotteryLiving in apartments in Alpharetta puts residents in the heart of a vibrant city where fun and entertaining activities for all ages are available year-round. From culinary creations and chic shopping venues to outdoor activities at parks and festivals, Alpharetta has something for everyone, such as Alpharetta’s Art in the Park outdoor artist’s market.

Art in the Park

From May to September, one Saturday each month is focused on artistic talent and creativity in downtown Alpharetta. The casual event allows local artists to show off their handcrafted goods, network with other artists, pass out business cards, build up their client base, and sell an item or two. It’s a great opportunity for beginners and experienced artists. The upcoming 2017 calendar dates for this artistic event take place:

  • May 20
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • August 26
  • September 23

From 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Milton Avenue, you’ll be treated to a visual smorgasbord of artistic delights, come rain or shine. The outdoor market is a breath of fresh air as originality takes center stage with a variety of handcrafted items.

Peruse the many pieces of work or stop by an artist’s booth and watch them work their magic creating an original piece right before your eyes. You’ll see colorful artwork using oil and watercolor as well as beautifully detailed mosaic art.

Watch as the potter’s wheel is used to make unique pottery pieces or see intricate pieces by the artist dedicated to metal work. The carvings from the woodworking artists are rich in detail and the jewelry creations are elegant and stylistic.

Stop by the booth emanating the fragrant aromas of handcrafted soaps and lotions then make your way to the photographer’s booth to see thoughtful and inspiring pieces of photography.

For those with children, be sure to check the booth with handmade children’s apparel.

When you want the convenience of a central location with plenty of things to do and places to go, and less than an hour from downtown Atlanta, give us a call. At our active adults 55 and older community, we have a variety of floor plans in either one- or two-bedroom apartment homes, and we’re always ready to help you find the floor plan that fits your lifestyle.

Band at Concert

Check Out an Event at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta!

Band at ConcertAt Parc Alpharetta, we know that half the fun of getting older is staying active and having more free time to enjoy the wide variety of community events and local activities near our Atlanta apartments.

Check Out the Summer Concert Series at the Verizon Amphitheatre

A popular activity of Parc Alpharetta community members is taking in a show at the nearby Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta! The 12,000-seat modern entertainment venue is perfect for music lovers in our area to see the best shows from around the world. Verizon hosts top performing national acts year-round, as well as the Grammy-winning Atlanta Symphony Orchestra during its April through November season.

Verizon Amphitheatre has a jam-packed summer concert schedule that you will love no matter what kind of music you enjoy. From rock and country to rap and big bands, there is definitely a show for everyone at this popular venue.

Fans in the Atlanta area will love seeing the city’s favorite local boys, the Zac Brown Band in concert. The local band will play one of the first concerts of the season and the band will kick off their 2017 ‘Welcome Home’ tour on May 12 in their hometown at Alpharetta’s Verizon Amphitheatre. This is a must-see for any locals and fans!

Locals are also excited about seeing Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds perform at the Alpharetta venue on May 31. Since the Dave Matthews Band is not on tour this summer, the two musicians and longtime friends have decided to take this opportunity to play acoustic dates together. Fans are looking forward to this rare opportunity to see their stripped-down version of their best songs in this acoustic jam session. Check out the summer concert schedule here.

The perfect apartment community for active adults 55 and older, Parc Alpharetta puts you in the highly desirable community of Alpharetta, which is close enough to the action in Atlanta, but far enough away for a slower, quieter pace. Give us a call today at (866) 452-6020 to schedule a tour of our floor plans and senior community in Alpharetta and take advantage of everything life has to offer at beautiful Parc Alpharetta.

Chef Cooking

Take a Cooking Class in Alpharetta!

Chef CookingAre you obsessed with cooking shows on TV? Maybe you want to learn to recreate your favorite dishes or cuisine at home. Even if you have done nothing more in the kitchen than boil water and reheat food in the microwave, it is never too late to learn how to cook. Alpharetta residents are lucky to have easy access to three top cooking schools right in the area.

Three Local Cooking Schools Close to Alpharetta, GA

Publix Aprons

Take advantage of a wide selection of single day and multiple day courses covering the entire range of culinary skills. The school’s experienced resident and guest chefs will help you discover your hidden culinary abilities. Courses include hands-on activities and demonstration workshops. Learn more at the school’s website.

Sur La Table

You already know Sur La Table sells some of the most sought after kitchen gear, but did you know they also offer in-store cooking classes to learn how to take full advantage of it? Book one-day classes through their website or by calling 678-280-0090. Class topics cover all levels of culinary skills from knife basics to the secrets of making French pastry at home.

A&S Culinary Concepts

Located in nearby John’s Creek, A&S Culinary Concepts offer home cooks the opportunity to perfect their culinary techniques in a friendly, no-stress environment. Each hands-on class focuses on a particular theme. The class topics range from how to prepare a complete meal on the ‘Big Green Egg’ grill to learning how to have “Fun with Flour.” Call 678-336-9196 or visit the school’s website for more information.

There is much more to do in Alpharetta than cooking. It is a great place to live. Are you thinking about moving to one of our apartments in Alpharetta? Parc Alpharetta is an ideal choice for active adults who are 55 and older. Our senior community provides residents with great amenities including a resort-style pool, a library, a media room, and planned community-wide social activities perfect for meeting your neighbors.

Residents can choose from a variety of one- and two-bedroom floor plans to fit their preferences. All apartments include gourmet kitchens, full-sized washer and dryers and wall-to-wall carpeting. Learn more about our Parc Alpharetta Apartments by calling 866-452-6020.

Man Walking Outsid

Have You Seen the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial?

Man Walking OutsidThe community of Alpharetta has honored the soldiers who served this great country by constructing a Veterans Memorial, located just behind Alpharetta City Hall. If you have not had a chance to see it yet, we encourage you to stop by the memorial and view the bronze statue that resides there. Whether you have served in the armed services yourself, you know someone who has or you are just interested in seeing the sites in Alpharetta, you are sure to appreciate the Veterans Memorial.

The Defenders – A 7-Foot Tall Bronze Statue

At the center of the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial sits a 7-foot tall bronze statue sculpted by Kevin Chambers, an artist hailing from Atlanta. The statue, weighing in at half a ton, portrays two soldiers decked out in full combat gear. It displays a surprising level of detail and manages to capture the intensity of combat while demonstrating the dedication required from our troops.

Alpharetta Veterans Memorial – Funded by the Community

It took a group of volunteers three and a half years to raise the funds to build the Alpharetta Veterans Memorial. Volunteers like city councilman Donald Mitchell and William Perkins spent a substantial amount of time to gather the over $100,000 in donations necessary to break ground on the memorial, but it was worth it.

The volunteers explained that the response from the community was “amazing,” with several different local businesses giving large donations along with donations from everyday community members. Thanks to every contributor, the stunning statue and the grounds surrounding it are now available for all to appreciate.

The land for the memorial came from the City of Alpharetta. And a better location could not have been chosen, with the statue situated just behind the City Hall building for all visitors to see.

Your Resource for all Things Alpharetta

At Parc Alpharetta, our team is standing by to answer your questions and to assist with all of your apartment needs. If you are looking to learn more about our vibrant community, please contact our office at your earliest convenience for more information about our senior, 55+ active adult Alpharetta apartments!

Pan With Veggies

Don’t Miss Out on the Weekly Food Trucks

Pan With VeggiesWe all have to eat. But after a long day at work or on the golf course, cooking a full meal is often the last thing we want to do. That is why Food Truck Alley, hosted every Thursday starting April 13 through Oct. 19, 2017 in downtown Alpharetta, GA, is a great opportunity to expand your horizons.

Food Truck Alley is a collection of nearly a dozen food trucks and other vendors offering gourmet meals and specialty treats for our community members to explore. If you’re hunting for apartments in Alpharetta, GA, Parc Alpharetta offers a vibrant, active community for our 55+ residents and is located just minutes away from exciting activities, such as Food Truck Alley.

Five Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Food Truck Alley

1. Gourmet Food

Food Truck Alley offers tastes from around the world to fit any palate. Whether it is Asian-inspired cuisine or standard American favorites, Food Truck Alley has a little bit of everything.

2. Time to Socialize

What better way to get to know your fellow community members than to break bread together? Food Truck Alley is a great community event that provides fun and free entertainment for residents of any age.

3. Live Music

Watch, dance or sing along to live music and other forms of entertainment offered at Food Truck Alley. It is basically a free concert for the community to experience.

4. Adult Beverages

While the food trucks themselves do not serve alcoholic beverages, drinks can be purchased from the surrounding restaurants for your enjoyment. Try a sampling of beer and wine or your favorite cocktail while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere.

5. Other Activities

Food Truck Alley offers numerous other activities for people of all ages. Bring the kids and grandkids and enjoy bouncy houses, face painting and more. There are also local artists and other vendors on site to show off their works.

When planning your next meal or family outing, consider Alpharetta’s famous Food Truck Alley, which is located minutes from the Parc Alpharetta community. At Parc Alpharetta’s 55+ active adult apartment community, we are dedicated to making our community members feel at home. For more information on the community, see which floor plans are available or to schedule a tour, call us at (866) 452-6020.

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