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Check Out Our Summer Rates at Waterton Managed Hotels

Hotel HallwayAt Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs, we take the time to ensure your apartments in Atlanta, Georgia offers everything you need to live a high quality of life. We want you to enjoy life not just here but also across the country. To help make this possible, we offer discount rates when you stay at Waterton managed hotels this summer. This is the perfect way to help you have an adventure this summer.

The Details You Need to Know

Because you live at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs during the summer months, (a Waterton community), you gain access to discounts on stays at Waterton managed hotels across the United States. We encourage you to travel, see the world, and do so for less than you think. For your reference, our hotels and rates are listed below. Please make note that these rates are only good now until August 31, 2017. 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

Need some travel inspiration? Here are some trips you may wish to explore:

  • Plan a trip to Pittsburgh this summer. Check out the historical sites, explore the waterfront, and plan to head to the science museum. You’ll get rates starting as low as $89 a night when you stay at DoubleTree Pittsburgh Airport in nearby Moon Township.
  • You could also go to Ohio’s Cleveland area. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the foodie scene, and the Playhouse Square area are perfect ways to spend some time. You can stay at the Aloft Beachwood to be near it all. When you do, you’ll get rates starting from $89.
  • Visit Needham, Massachusetts. Whether you just want to take in all that Boston has to offer or you want to take some time to explore all of New England, this is a good place to start. The Sheraton Needham is a good choice. You’ll get rates starting at as low as $99 a night.

Book your stay at any of these locations. We want you to enjoy the best rates at our Waterton managed hotels.

Looking for a New Place to Call Home?

At Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs, you’ll gain access to the very best quality of life. Our Atlanta apartments offer the space and amenities you want. Call us for a tour.

Grilled Corn

4 Great Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer

Grilled CornSummer is here and that means it is time to try out the fantastic BBQ and picnic areas here at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs. Of course, we couldn’t leave you without a few great new recipes to try. Gather up your neighbors, find a few friends, and fire up the grill for a wonderful weekend cookout.

4 Great Grilling Recipes to Try This Summer

1. The Classic Cheeseburger

What would a list of summer grilling recipes be without a good cheeseburger in the mix? The secret of this beefy, cheesy concoction is to not put the meat on the bun until you are ready to eat, which keeps the sandwich from getting soggy. (Bonus points if you add a couple slices of bacon to the top … delicious!) Get the full recipe here.

2. Grilled Sausage and Apple Slaw Subs

If you’re tired of the classics and want to opt for something new, these grilled sausage and apple slaw subs are a superb choice. Delicious brats come together with a creamy, crunchy slaw for a divine mix of textures sure to please. See the full recipe here and try it tonight.

3. Grilled Vegetable Pizza

For those who aren’t a fan of meats, this grilled vegetable pizza is a wonderful alternative. Eggplant, red peppers, and sweet potatoes come together with red sauce and fresh mozzarella for a unique and delicious combination. Toss in the smokiness of the grilled crust and you’re sure to have a hit. Use this pizza as a side dish or as a main course. Find the complete recipe with ingredients list here.

4. Grilled Corn

Nothing says summer in Georgia like tossing a few ears of corn on the grill. But, before you do, make sure you have a good recipe in mind. We like this one because it includes several different topping options. Try it for yourself this weekend with this idea.

If you’re hungry for even more delicious grilling ideas, there’s a multitude of others available here. Check it out now.

Of course, having your very own area to try out these recipes is only one of the many amenities at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs. To learn more about our Atlanta apartments or to inquire about floor plan availability, contact us today.

Brown Horse

Why You Should Visit River Run Petting Zoo

Brown HorseEngaging children with nature can be an Earth-grounding experience. Fortunately for the residents of Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs in Atlanta, GA, the nearby River Run Petting Zoo has much to offer.

Visiting River Run

The River Run farm is less than a 10-minute drive from our Atlanta apartments. The jaunt totals about 1.6 miles.

River Run offers a wide range of equestrian possibilities from instruction to therapeutic riding and, of course, the petting zoo. Youngsters can experience the facility’s outdoor beauty and get in touch with nature by feeding the horses, ducks, geese, miniature pigs, goats, rabbits and other farm animals.

Educational Benefits

Today’s children grow up in an electronic, gaming and social media atmosphere that prioritizes the latest YouTube video over outdoors activities. That’s why it’s important to teach children about nature at an early age. Googling Arctic wildlife has very little correlation to the hands-on experience of being close to real live farm animals.

Visiting places such as River Run help develop environmental awareness and curiosity at an early age. In many ways, immersing youngsters in horse and farm life at places such as River Run can be a bridge to their internet time. Parents can take the spark they get from feeding animals and encourage them to learn more about these creatures’ habits before returning. When children are invested in a subject, they learn and grow. Remember, they will someday be the caretakers of this planet and first-hand, multi-sensory experiences lay a foundation about the importance of caring for Mother Nature.

Family Bonding

There are key moments in family life that last. Taking the short trek to River Run can be a wonderful opportunity for family bonding. Consider leaving the electronics behind and bringing the entire family, including grandparents and other close relatives. Families are welcome to enjoy picnic lunches on the banks of the Chattahoochee River or watch equestrian riders. Nature and loved ones together can make for a wholesome and fulfilling experience that strengthen family ties. An afternoon on the farm can create a fond and lasting memory for the entire family. The River Run facility also holds special events such as horse and farm shows.

If you check out River Run this summer, we hope it makes for an enjoyable outing. If you or a friend would like more information about our Atlanta apartments, call us today.

Small Dog in Lap

Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Sandy Springs

Small Dog in LapYou and your dog do everything together. Pet-friendliness was at the top of your list when you chose your apartment in Atlanta, and it remains a priority when you hit up the area’s hottest restaurants. Unfortunately, not all dining establishments cater to pet lovers. Looking for a restaurant that will accommodate both you and your dog? Check out these top Sandy Springs/Atlanta eateries:

The 3 Best Places For Dog Lovers to Eat at in Sandy Springs

Perk-N-Pooch

The appropriately-named cafe Perk-N-Pooch is perfect for dog lovers in Sandy Springs. The unique destination offers both delicious treats and a variety of pet grooming services. The grooming staff members are very gentle and attentive. The menu includes a range of ice cream treats, plus coffee and various snacks. This shouldn’t top your list if you’re in need of a full meal, but if you want to snack while your dog is pampered, you’ve found the perfect destination.

Meehan’s Public House

Although not the most kid-friendly establishment in Sandy Springs, Meehan’s Public House is a great place to bring your dog, as long as you’re cool with sitting on the patio. There is plenty of clearance under the patio’s tables so your pooch will have space to relax and stay out of the heat. Servers will probably try to greet your dog, and may even bring out personal drinking bowls or special treats.

Slope’s BBQ

In the mood for barbecue but not eager to grill out on your own? Let the culinary experts at Slope’s BBQ do all the work while you relax with your dog. Servers are happy to bring cold water out for both human visitors and their canine friends. If you and your pup are most comfortable at home, order barbecue for takeout. Either way, you will enjoy a delicious meal and a great time with your dog.

There’s no need to sacrifice your love for all things canine when you indulge your culinary side. Continue to frequent pet-friendly restaurants until other establishments get the memo.

Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs is a wonderful place for dog lovers to call home. To learn more about our pet-friendly apartments and our pet policy, get in touch today.

BBQ Chicken

5 Flavorful Marinades and Rubs to Up Your BBQ Game

BBQ ChickenSummer’s nearly here, which means it’s time to gather around the barbecue with friends and family, tucking into some perfectly prepared meat. Plain old hamburgers and hot dogs just won’t do if you’re looking to impress, however, so why not literally spice things up a little with some mouthwatering rubs and marinades? Here are five delectable prep ideas that will make the next cookout at the BBQ & picnic areas at our Atlanta apartments a hit:

1. BBQ 3000 Rub 

If you’d like to spend more time chatting with friends and less time in the kitchen, there’s a veritable culinary promised land waiting just down the road at the Sandy Springs North Shopping Center: Penzeys Spices. Their smoky-savory-sweet BBQ 3000 rub is heavy on the paprika and the flavor, so sprinkle some on a rack of ribs and get ready for an incredible BBQ treat.

2. Herbes de Provence

In the mood for something more delicate? The herbaceous flavors of this classic French seasoning are ideal for chicken: just mix together equal parts rosemary, fennel, savory, thyme, basil, marjoram, parsley and lavender buds, brush a whole chicken or chicken breasts with a little olive oil and rub it on before roasting or broiling.

3. Sweet Baby Ray’s

No list of BBQ fixings would be complete without this classic bold sauce, conveniently available at the nearby Kroger on Sandy Springs Place. Try marinating chicken wings by placing raw wings in a ziptop bag, pouring in enough Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce to cover, and sealing tight before placing in the fridge. Ideally, do so the night before your cookout for maximum flavor payoff!

4. Beer Marinade

Have an extra brew or two laying around? Mix half a cup of dark beer with a tablespoon each of teriyaki sauce, brown sugar, granulated garlic and fresh ground black pepper for a savory-spicy-sweet kick in the pants for your favorite steaks.

5. Honey Soy

Add an Asian flair to chicken drumsticks by brushing on a coating of this incredibly simple marinade. Mix 1/4 cup of honey and 1/2 a cup of soy sauce, blend in a pinch of garlic and powdered ginger to taste. Packs a tasty zing your guests will love!

The only way to make a yummy summer BBQ even better is kicking back and relaxing afterward with friends in your own Atlanta apartment. Contact Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs today to ask about our available floor plans. Don’t “marinate” on it too long, though—they’re as popular as these recipes!

The River

Top 3 Things to Do at the Chattahoochee River

The RiverOne of the many perks of being a resident at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs is the close proximity to all of the exciting things Atlanta has to offer. This is especially fun in the summertime when residents have access to the Chattahoochee River and all that it has to offer. Our Atlanta apartments are just minutes from all of the fun filled things to do on the River that our community members enjoy so much. Here are a few things to try at the Chattahoochee River this summer.

Top 3 Things to Do at the Chattahoochee River

  • Float a while. The Chattahoochee River offers 48 miles to be filled with fun this summer. Grab a friend or 6 and spend the day floating at the National Recreation Area along the Chattahoochee River on a raft, canoe, kayak, or motorboat and soak up the warm Georgia sun. Enjoy paddling a canoe, kayak, or raft to check out local wildlife, catch some fish, or just relax along the shore.
  • Take a bike ride. Biking and cycling are popular activities along the beautiful Chattahoochee River. There are over seven miles of biking paths open to explore with trails near the river and through peaceful wooded spaces. It’s great exercise and an entertaining way to spend the day any time of year.
  • Go fishing.  If you love to fish, the Chattahoochee River is a great place for year-round fishing and is known for its bass, trout, and catfish. The River’s cool year-round temperatures rarely get above 50 degrees, which is optimal for a good catch no matter what time of the year you like to fish.

Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs residents enjoy spending the day playing at the Chattahoochee River. It’s a great way to leave behind the everyday hustle and bustle of city life and relax for a bit. We offer a great combination of modern amenities with a convenient location close to transportation, shopping, and great entertainment, and of course, the beautiful Chattahoochee River. Come see what you’ve been missing at these modern Atlanta apartments. Call us today at (855) 425-8432 to schedule a tour of our community.

Water and Trees

Best Travel Destinations for Spring 2017

Water and TreesWhether you’re spending spring break with the family or you’re just ready to get out of town for a day trip, there’s really no excuse not to get out and explore the greater Atlanta area this spring 2017. With so many beautiful travel destinations and awesome activities to get lost in around Atlanta, it’s no wonder that so many great residents love living in our welcoming and relaxed community. So get some inspiration for your next day trip and head out on the open road this spring.

4 Totally Awesome Spring Travel Destinations Near Atlanta

1. Chattanooga, TN

Located under 2 hours away from Atlanta by car, Chattanooga is an ideal travel destination for a day trip or weekend away. This urban city is diverse, scenic and full of plenty of cool sightseeing stops that the whole family will love. Take a bike ride along the Riverwalk, go fishing along the Tennessee River and enjoy a day with the kids at Coolidge Park.

2. Pine Mountain, GA

Feel like getting out and enjoying the natural beauty that is unique to Georgia? Then a trip to Pine Mountain may be exactly what the doctor ordered this spring! While you’re in the area, be sure to check out the Wild Animal Safari, which features a 500-acre park and exotic animals for you to feast your eyes upon.

3. Lake Oconee

Located in Greensboro, Lake Oconee is one of the state’s best natural treasures. Spend your visit taking part in a variety of different water sports including canoeing, jet-skiing, kayaking, fishing and boating. Or if the water isn’t your thing, the area around the lake also boasts extensive hiking trails, golfing and horseback tours.

4. Asheville, NC

Asheville is perfect for a weekend getaway. Spend your weekend exploring the Asheville Treetops Adventure Park, hiking in the DuPont State Forest, climbing the stairs all the way to the top of Chimney Rock or splashing around in the water at Sliding Rock in Pisgah National Forest.

Want more information about life in the greater Atlanta area? Check out our blog or visit us online today to take a look at the available floor plans at our newly renovated  apartments in Atlanta.

Pasta in a Bowl

3 Refreshing Spring Dishes to Try in Your Apartment

Pasta in a BowlNow that it’s spring, the residents of Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs Apartment Homes are cooking up light, fresh spring dishes for their meals. If you’re not sure which foods are best at this time of year, try these three dishes for a refreshing meal.

Feta and Walnut Salad

Ingredients:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Black beans
  • Feta
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

This light and tasty salad is simple to prepare and goes with most dishes. Chop up crisp romaine lettuce into bite-sized pieces, then add feta, black beans and chopped walnuts. Mix with balsamic vinaigrette and serve.

Pasta With Pine Nuts and Spinach

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • Pine nuts
  • Onions
  • Spinach
  • Angel hair pasta
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nothing is more satisfying than a simple pasta dish combined with garden fresh vegetables. While boiling angel hair pasta, sauté or toast pine nuts until lightly browned. Set the pine nuts aside, then dice and sauté white onions until their edges are brown.

Add several cups of destemmed baby spinach to the onions, then season with salt and pepper. Sauté the spinach until it’s just wilted, then add the pine nuts to the onions and spinach-mushroom mixture. When mixed, serve the vegetable mixture on top of the angel hair pasta. Add Parmesan cheese as desired.

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries
  • Chocolate chips

This dessert recipe is simple and delicious! Start by washing and drying your strawberries. Lay parchment or wax paper onto a platter or cookie sheet. Next, heat up chocolate chips in the microwave until they’re melted, then stir the chocolate until it’s smooth and creamy. Dip the strawberries into the chocolate and lay them on the wax paper to dry. When all of the strawberries have been dipped in chocolate, put the platter or cookie sheet in the refrigerator and allow the chocolate to get hard. Serve after dinner.

Get Ready for Spring at Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs Apartment Homes

At Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs Apartment Homes, our residents are enjoying another beautiful spring season at our apartments in Atlanta. We have floor plans available for immediate move in! If you’re interested in joining our community, contact us today for a tour.

Potted Green Plant

3 Crafts to Try This Spring

Potted Green PlantSpring is here! Now is the perfect time to get out your scissors, paint and glue to create enjoyable craft projects for decorating your home. These projects can be kid-friendly, but younger children will need to be monitored and helped.

Umbrella Wreath

This beautiful doorway decoration can be hung on your front door or inside your apartment. Buy an inexpensive but colorful full-length umbrella and some artificial flowers. Wire the flowers together into an attractive bouquet, then turn the closed umbrella upside down and use the wire to attach the entire bouquet to the umbrella’s handle. When you’re finished, use wire to hang the umbrella upside down on your door in place of a wreath.

Colander Plant Hangers

This craft project turns a common kitchen tool into a hanging planter. Purchase a colorful enamel-coated pasta colander and fill it with dirt and potted plants. When you’re finished, use twine to hang the colander from a hook outdoors on your balcony. Water your flowers regularly, but don’t forget that the water will drain from the holes in the colander, so place the colander in an area where leaking water won’t do damage.

Painted Flower Pot

This craft allows you to personalize and decorate your common clay flower pots. Simply clean the outside of a clay pot, then use acrylic paint to create a pattern around the lip of the of the pot. Use your thumbs or a paintbrush to paint hearts, butterflies and other patterns on the pot itself. Be careful not to coat the entire pot in acrylic paint, as this can make it difficult for the clay to “breathe.” Instead, leave areas of bare clay on the pot so moisture inside the pot can evaporate through the porous fired clay.

Enjoy the Season at the Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs

At Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs, our residents are happily enjoying the spring with crafts and other activities. We welcome you to join our community! With available floor plans, we offer tours on a regular basis. To make an appointment to see our apartments in Atlanta, contact us at 855-425-8432.

Hannover Grand Living Room

Tips For Choosing the Perfect Sofa

Hannover Grand Living RoomIn the market for a new sofa? Not sure where to start? We’ve got some tips for choosing the ideal sofa for your living space.

Finding Your Perfect Sofa

Start by considering the style that’s best for your current living space and lifestyle. For example, if you’re looking for a sofa that can double as a cozy sleeping space for guests, consider a sofa with a pull-out bed to maximize space and function. Or, if you’re the type who enjoys lounging in front of the TV after a long day, a sofa with a chaise lounger might be perfect for you.

Of course, comfort and durability are also important considerations when selecting a new sofa. This is why it’s always a good idea to physically try out some different sofa options at a local furniture store rather than ordering blindly online. Specifically, if you’re looking for a sofa with maximum comfort, look for options with memory foam cushions. And when it comes to durability, consider the material out of which the sofa’s frame is made. While a sofa with a plastic or soft wood frame may be cheaper up-front, it likely won’t stand up to the test of time as well as a sofa with a hardwood or metal frame will.

Maintenance and Care

Also, consider the type of maintenance and care that will be required of your new sofa and how that will work with your lifestyle. For instance, if you have pets (such as dogs and/or cats), a leather sofa may not be your best option, as pet claws may lead to tears. Instead, a fabric sofa with a stain-repellant material, such as microfiber, may be better suited and easier for you to keep clean.

Warranty

Finally, be sure to inquire about a sofa’s warranty before you purchase it. You’ll want to make sure the company that manufactures and sells you the sofa is willing to stand behind their product, should you run into any problems down the road.

Now that you have a better idea of what to look for in your next sofa, all that’s left to do is begin shopping! For spacious floor plans to accommodate your new furniture, check out Hannover Grand at Sandy Springs apartments in Atlanta.

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