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History Comes Alive in Downtown Plano

December 2020

While Plano has been recognized as one of today’s most livable cities in the United States, appreciation of heritage and tradition is alive and well in the historic downtown center. It’s the most celebrated example of how the charm and character of days past grace everyday life near Morada’s Downtown Plano apartments.

History of Plano – Rich, Colorful, Charismatic

Plano’s history begins in the early 1840s when Texas was a republic and not a state. Pioneers initially arrived from Kentucky and Tennessee and settled in the prairies, but progress was slow as the newcomers frequently experienced conflict with the native Americans already residing in the area. Growth accelerated in 1846 when William Foreman arrived to build a sawmill and gristmill. A great number of the buildings around Morada’s apartments were constructed after 1896, when a fire destroyed existing buildings including downtown Plano shops.

Historic Downtown Plano Arts District

Preservation and celebration of heritage and history doesn’t happen by accident. In fact, the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District was established with much hard work and planning. The National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the District in 2016 following the development of an ambitions Arts, Culture and Events Plan by the City of Plano.

Today, the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District is one of the crowning achievements of the area, featuring beloved performance venues, distinctive historic buildings accented by the Commercial Plains style of architecture, imaginative boutiques and independent restaurants. Residents of downtown Plano apartments like Morada and area visitors arriving at the downtown Plano station enjoy strolling along the district’s original brick streets bordered by charming historic storefronts, coffee shops and taverns.

Saigling House

Originally constructed in 1906, the Saigling House exudes the flair of a bygone era with its distinctive architecture at its location in the city’s Haggard Park. The recently renovated house is now the home for the ArtCentre of Plano, offering a gallery and classes, along with impressive space for weddings and downtown Plano events.

Interurban Railway Museum

The heart of the city isn’t just home for the best restaurants in Plano. It’s also where you’ll find the Interurban Railway Museum, operated by the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation. In addition to celebrating the history of the Texas Electric Railway and the City of Plano, this free museum also invites visitors to explore electricity and science with its interactive exhibits.

For more information about Downtown Plano apartments, call Morada at 972-632-3561.

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Where to Experience the Best of Plano Nightlife

December 2020

If you’re looking for an exciting night out in Plano, you’re lucky because the city has much to offer. With chef-driven eateries, restaurants with dancing and live music, and fun attractions, there are countless options for every occasion. Here are five places where you can enjoy the best of Plano nightlife during your next date night or night out with friends.

Love & War in Texas

Embrace the great state of Texas in all its splendor at Love & War in Texas. The Old West-themed roadhouse features live music on weekends and serves authentic, locally-sourced Southwestern fare. Love & War boasts an extensive “all-Texas” wine list and an equally impressive collection of Texas beers. Saddle up to the bar or grab a table and settle in as Texas singers and songwriters take the stage.

Pinstack

Make a night of it at Pinstack, an all-in-one entertainment mecca with bowling, games and a bistro and bar. Reserve the private, VIP bowling area to celebrate a birthday party or other special event. Play laser tag, bumper cars, or relax by the bar and watch the big game. Work up an appetite by scaling the rock wall and then split The Kingpin 36-inch giant pizza with hungry friends!

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

You’ll find excitement at every turn at Andretti Indoor Karting & Games. The entertainment hub offers all sorts of crowd-pleasing activities from karting to virtual reality games and challenging ropes courses. Immerse yourself in the Dark Ride Motion Theater, play your favorite arcade games, and play a game of duckpin bowling. Grab some tasty food at Andretti Grill and a glass of wine or a cocktail at Skybar to keep the party going all night long!

Legacy Hall

Sample some of the best cuisine and craft cocktails in the city at Legacy Hall. The giant space is perfect for large group gatherings, and the variety of artisanal food and beverages ensures there’s something that everyone will love. More than a dozen eateries offer dishes ranging from ramen to lobster to waffles, and everything in between. Each of the bars has its own personality, from Bar Main with its intimate craft cocktail experience to High Bar and its sports bar vibe. If you’re a beer lover, head up to the third floor to Unlawful Assembly Brewing Co. for a flight or a pint.

K9 Cinemas

If a laid-back night out with your furry best friend is what you’re looking for, then K9 Cinemas has the answer. The indoor dog-friendly movie theater is a haven for pet lovers and provides a unique and affordable Plano nightlife experience. Bring your pooch and settle into one of the plush lounge chairs to enjoy a flick. The theater sells dog treats for pups and drinks, candy and popcorn for humans – and drinks are on the house!

Have a fun night on the town with these recommendations! What do you like the best about Plano nightlife? Stop by and let us know, and if you’re looking for a new home in Plano, we’re always more than happy to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 972-632-3561.

Hope to see you soon!