Celebrate Memorial Day in San Jose

“Finally, I wish to remember the millions of Allied servicemen and prisoners of war who lived the story of the Second World War. Many of these men never came home; many others returned bearing emotional and physical scars that would stay with them for the rest of their lives. I come away from this book with the deepest appreciation for what these men endured, and what they sacrificed, for the good of humanity.”- Laura Hillenbrand

Have you made any plans for Memorial Day this year yet? If you haven’t, consider throwing a cozy get-together at your apartments in San Jose. It’s a wonderful way to catch up with old friends and honor the freedoms that so many brave soldiers have sacrificed their lives for.

Many people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused, so here’s the distinction for you to know and educate those around you. Memorial Day honors those who have lost their lives in battle while Veteran’s Day honors those who have fought in battle and are still among us.

To get some ideas on how to creatively capture the spirit of your Memorial Day party, click here. And perhaps print out these real quotes to put on your walls to honor those who have lost their lives so that we could enjoy ours.

Beautiful Parks Near You For Earth Day

Beautiful Parks Near You For Earth Day

Beautiful Parks Near You For Earth Day

Beautiful Parks Near You For Earth Day

With Earth Day just around the corner, many are looking for the perfect place to head out with family or family. Somewhere close and with something for everyone! Well, look no further! This weekend, why not take a short drive from the Centerra Apartments and discover the Joseph D. Grant County Park?

At a little under 10,000 acres, the Joseph D. Grant County Park will keep you and yours coming back week after week. If you love working out on your days off, the fifty-plus-miles of hiking and mountain biking trails will be sure to burn the calories. The trails also provide the best views and the best chance to catch a glance of local wildlife. However, if you would prefer to relax on your days off, no worries. The park has shaded picnic areas, open spaces for spreading out, and a lake for fishing! Whatever you want to do in California’s natural beauty on Earth Day is available to you!

With all this and more to find at Joseph D. Grant County Park, what are you waiting for? Make a plan to visit on Earth Day with friends and family today! The park is located at 18405 Mt Hamilton Rd San Jose, CA 95140, just a thirty-minute drive from the Centerra Apartments in San Jose, CA.

Best Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration Near You

Apartments in San Jose

Best Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration Near You

Apartments in San Jose

With so many fantastic Saint Patrick’s Day events happening around San Jose, it can be challenging picking just one! Well, allow us to help! This holiday, why not check out Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub and Restaurant’s Saint Paddy’s Day Celebration?

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is one of the most authentic Celtic pubs in the area, so Saint Patrick’s Day is one of their biggest days. And 2018 is no different! This year, they will be serving up Irish classics like Irish Stew and corned beef and cabbage, in addition to Paddy’s standards like green beer. In addition to the delicious dishes, the local Kavanaugh Brothers Celtic Experience and many others will be performing live Irish music throughout the day! The party will last all day long, with doors opening at 9:00 AM on the morning of the 17th and staying open until 2:00 AM on the 18th.

Rosie’s is expecting their most massive crowds yet, so be sure to get there early! Just a reminder, this is not a family-friendly event. Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub and Restaurant is located at 355 Santana Row, Ste 1060, San Jose, CA 95128, just a short, fifteen-minute drive from the Centerra Apartments in San Jose, CA.

Surprise Yours With a Fantastic Date Night

Date Night in San Jose

Surprise Yours With a Fantastic Date Night

Date Night in San Jose

With so many dining options in San Jose, it can be time-consuming and challenging. Well, allow us to help! Within a short drive of the Centerra Apartments, there are great options for date night!

If your perfect date begins at an upscale, modern restaurant, look no further than La Foret Restaurant. This French establishment is one of the most famous restaurants in San Jose, due both to its incredible menu and romantic atmosphere, so we highly recommend that you get reservations in advance.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a beautiful place to get a bite to eat before a show or a night on the town, why not discover Il Fornaio? This Italian restaurant features gorgeous decorations and a menu with something for everyone. Just a tip: try not to fill up on their incredible table bread!

Whether you are looking for a destination for a special occasion or just a night out with your someone special, San Jose has many great options! La Foret Restaurant is located at 21747 Bertram Road, San Jose, while Il Fornaio can be found at 302 S Market St, Westin San Jose, San Jose. Both are less than fifteen minutes from the Centerra Apartments in San Jose, CA.

Make it a Resolution to Learn a New Hobby in 2018

resolutionWhen it comes to that New Year’s resolution, you have options. From exercising more often to learning a new recipe, there are a ton of ways to improve your life and increase your overall happiness. Learning a new hobby or skill is a great way to do both! If you want to learn a new skill or hobby in 2018 but don’t know where to start, we have a few ideas that might be of interest.


Try Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a great way to challenge your body and increase your strength. Even if you’re just doing it for fun, it’s a huge calorie-burner. Plus, rock-climbing is all about your mental strength too! Not only will you feel confident in your abilities, but you can push yourself to achieve harder climbs each time you go!


Pick Up Baking

Don’t worry. You can start small. Whether it’s cookies are perfecting the perfect cupcake, baking is one of the best ways to add some sweetness to your life. It’s surprisingly beneficial for channeling those inner frustrations into the most delicious treat. Your friends and family will probably love your new hobby too!


What hobbies and skills do you want to learn in 2018?

Upcoming Holiday Events to Check Out


There’s still time to get in on all of the holiday fun near your San Jose apartment. 2017 may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out with a bang! Put these upcoming events on your December calendar.


Lindsey Sterling

December 20 | 8 pm | National City Civic

First, you can celebrate the holiday season with Lindsey Stirling’s popular show! Lindsey Stirling is an internationally recognized violinist, dancer, performer, and artist! She’s on her Winter Christmas Tour and is headed to San Jose. Grab your tickets here.


Cinderella Opera

through December 23 | Various times | California Theatre

You’ve never seen Cinderella quite like this before. Now, you can see this classic tale come to life in a dazzling opera. It’s a great event for that fancy date night you’ve been putting off! Grab your tickets here.


The Nutcracker

through December 24 | Various times | San Jose Center for the Performing Arts

Are you looking for a family-friendly affair? Head to see The Nutcracker at San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts. Toys will come to life! Plus, the live musical accompaniment of the San Jose Symphony will utterly amaze you. Don’t worry. There’s still time to see this popular show. Grab your tickets here.

Your Thanksgiving Turkey Needs This Cajun Rub Recipe

ThanksgivingThanksgiving is quickly approaching. It’s a time to gather around with family and give thanks. If we’re being completely honest, it’s also a time to eat some savory food and try our favorite recipes. If you’re making a turkey this year, you need to try this Cajun rub. It’s just spicy enough to bring an extra level of kick without being too overpowering. It just might become one of your favorite, go-to recipes for years to come.


Here’s What You’ll Need

  • 1/4 cup/60 mL salt
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL paprika (not smoked)
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL ground oregano
  • 1 tablespoons/15 mL garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons/10 mL cayenne pepper (adjust to your liking)
  • 1 teaspoon/5 mL dried thyme


 Here’s How to Make It

  1. First, mix the ingredients together and then rub the mix over the entire surface of the turkey, inside and out. Do your best to work the rub in under the skin. Next, let the seasoning mixture sit on the turkey, covered and refrigerated for 1-2 hours.
  2. If you’re making this ahead of time, you can store the rub in an airtight container and leave it in the cupboard for up to 6 months!


It’s that easy! This dry rub recipe goes great with all poultry and especially with smoked or grilled turkeys.