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Texas Inspired Cocktails to Enjoy at one of Morada Plano’s Many Amenities this Summer

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Plano, Texas inspired drinks to make at your residences

If there’s one thing Texas is known for, it’s hot summers. To help beat the heat this season, we’ve put together a list of refreshing cocktails to try while lounging at Morada Plano apartment’s saltwater pool or gathering with neighbors on the 5th-floor rooftop deck.

From Texas-inspired drinks to classic summer cocktails, the list below has something for every taste!

Plano, Texas inspired drinks to make at your residence

TEXAS HURRICANE

Looking to pack a punch with something fruity? The Texas Hurricane is a must-try this summer if you haven’t had this state-inspired drink before. This is a fun cocktail to put together with friends or neighbors in your luxurious Morada Plano kitchen before heading outside to lounge by the pool. You’ll need:

  • 1 oz dark spice rum
  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz triple sec
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz grenadine syrup
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 oz 151 proof rum

In your cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except for the crushed ice and 151 proof rum. Shake well and pour into a hurricane glass filled with crushed ice. Pour 151 proof rum over the back of a spoon to float the liquor on top, then garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Cheers!

SOUTHERN SOUR

Another Texas-inspired cocktail we can’t get enough of is the Southern Sour. This drink is best enjoyed lounging with friends on our 5th-floor rooftop lounge, overlooking the vibrant Arts District. The best part is how little you need to prepare this whiskey-based beverage at home. See below for ingredients:

  • 1 part Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
  • 1 part Southern Comfort Peach Liqueur
  • 1 cup Sprite or 7-Up soda

First, fill half of your glass with ice, then add Jack Daniels and Southern Comfort. Top your glass off with your choice of Sprite or 7-Up. For an Instagram-worthy cocktail picture, garnish with a lemon wedge. Be sure to snap a picture of your cocktail while enjoying on our rooftop amenity space and tag @MoradaPlano on Instagram.

WATERMELON CRAWL

Speaking of Instagram-worthy cocktails, next up on our list is the Watermelon Crawl. This bright pink beverage is an ideal pairing to an afternoon laying out in the sun. The ingredient list for this fruity and fresh drink is simple:

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 2 oz fresh watermelon juice

If you’re feeling up to it, you can first start by pureeing watermelon chunks to get the freshest juice possible. If you’re in a time crunch, watermelon juice can be found at most supermarkets. In your cocktail shaker, combine gin, elderflower liqueur, and watermelon juice. Shake for 15 seconds, then strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a small wedge of the fruit. Enjoy!

Plano, Texas inspired drinks to make at your residence

COCKTAILS TO-GO

Want to enjoy a refreshing cocktail this summer without handling any of the preparation? There are plenty of nearby restaurants that offer cocktail delivery to our Plano apartments. North Italia offers batched classics like sangria, margaritas, mules, and more via DoorDash. If you’re looking for a cocktail kit to experiment with, Whiskey Cake offers the following sets: Old fashioned, Bloody Mary, Guava Gimlet, or Tennessee Stud.

A cocktail is only as special as the space it’s enjoyed in. Offering a saltwater pool, 5th-floor rooftop deck, and vibrant residents’ lounge in addition to luxurious residences, Morada Plano is the place to call home with some of the best amenities right at home. For more information on our apartments in Plano Texas, call 972.632.3561 or contact us online to schedule a private tour.

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Happy Hour Is the Toast of the Town in Plano

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There’s nothing like enjoying a nice glass of wine or refreshing libation on the way home from a busy day at work. Residents of Morada apartments in downtown Plano can choose from a host of popular Happy Hour spots located close to their all-new luxury address.

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HAPPY HOUR HOTSPOTS NEAR LUXURY APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN PLANO

Conveniently located within the vibrant Arts District and Historic Downtown, Morada apartments for rent in Plano, Texas put a wonderful array of nightlife, dining and entertainment within easy reach of residents. Raise a glass at one of these area favorites:

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Cru Food + Wine Bar

Cru invites you to “Relax & Un-wine” Monday through Friday from 3:00-6:30 PM with $3 off of glasses or flights of wine. Great bites are also available including ahi tartare, margherita pizza, bruschetta, flatbreads, goat cheese beignets and more. Cru is about a 10-minute drive north of downtown Plano.

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THE CAPITAL GRILLE

About 15 minutes from Morado apartments via the George Bush Turnpike, The Capital Grille entices with more than 350 world-class wines to choose from. In addition to iconic wines and champagnes, the restaurant features sommelier selections from up-and-coming labels from top wine regions.

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SIXTY VINES

Honored as a reader favorite of Best Of Plano magazine, this “Wine Maker’s Restaurant” is inspired by the welcoming sophistication of the Napa Valley Region. Highlights include an exhibition kitchen, a charcuterie bar, stylish dining spaces, plus a greenhouse patio.

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PEPPERSMASH

This “cocktail kitchen” lays claim to hosting the area’s best Happy Hour from 3-7 PM at The Shops at Legacy, west of Morada’s luxury apartments for rent in Plano. In addition to draft beer and wine, an imaginative collection of craft cocktails is available. Pop up kitchens are part of the celebration on some evenings, serving favorites like chicken wings and barbecue.

For more information on Morada’s apartments for rent in Plano, call 972.632.5068, or contact us online to schedule a private tour.

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Where to Buy Local Goods around Plano, Texas

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There’s no shortage of fresh produce and locally sourced goods to be found here in Plano. From farmers markets to locally owned and operated restaurants, Morada Plano is surrounded by countless locations to grab a delicious bite from any day of the week.

Below, we’ve curated a guide on our favorite Plano farmers markets and best restaurants in Plano using locally sourced ingredients, all in close proximity to your new residence at Morada.

GEORGIA’S FARMERS MARKET

Conveniently located on E. 15th Street, less than a half-mile from Morada Plano apartments, Georgia’s Farmers Market is open daily from 9am to 6pm. Georgia’s is a charming, family-owned market specializing in homegrown produce, locally made sauces, and unique finds like pickled quail eggs and pre-mixed cookie dough.

Each season, visitors can look forward to on-theme goods like pumpkins in fall and firewood in winter. Visit Georgia’s on Facebook to keep up with new arrivals and their special event schedule.

RED TENT MARKETS

With two locations in Plano, Red Tent Markets are a favorite weekend stop for locals. Red Tent prides themselves on creating marketplaces for local, small business owners to promote their homegrown or handmade products.

Their weekly Granite Park market, just a short drive from Morada Plano apartments, is set up under the Pavilion which provides some much-needed shade on hot, summer shopping days. Stop by on weekends from 9am to 2pm for a great selection of freshly baked goods, locally sourced honey, seasonal produce and more.

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YE OLE BUTCHER SHOP

For nearly four decades, Ye Ole Butcher Shop has been serving up the finest cuts of locally sourced meats in Plano. This locally owned market specializes in packaging beef sides, quarters and hinds, but also offers a rotation of fresh- grilled burgers each day of the week. Ye Ole Butcher

Shop is known as one of the best restaurants in Plano due to their recent “Best Burger in Plano” award from Plano Magazine.
While you’re there, we recommend picking up a homemade fried pie from Tilly Mama’s, their well-loved dessert stand.

HAVIN A BALL

Looking to have custom, nutritious meals delivered to your residence at Morada Plano apartments? Havin’ A Ball is a locally owned food truck that prepares and delivers pre-made, healthy meals all across the city. Their grab- and-go meals rotate on a weekly basis, always using the freshest produce and ingredients from the Plano area.

Havin’ A Ball recently launched custom charcuterie boards and boxes, perfect for a night-in with friends at your new Morada Plano residence.

For more information on Morada’s luxurious apartments for rent in Plano, call 972.632.5068, or contact us online to schedule a private tour.

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Landmarks & Attractions Surrounding Morada Apartments

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Morada’s new urban apartments place residents in the heart of Plano, widely considered one of the best places in the United States to live and work. In fact, studies from WalletHub and Niche recently ranked Plano among the top five happiest cities in America! Located just 19 miles north of Downtown Dallas, Plano enjoys easy access to all the amenities of the Dallas Fort-Worth metropolitan area, and also features its own exciting culinary, arts, and entertainment scenes.

This summer, set out on a self-guided “scavenger hunt” through the popular landmarks and districts just steps away from these luxury apartments for rent in Plano!

LANDMARKS & ATTRACTIONS NEAR MORADA PLANO APARTMENTS

With an ideal central location off 14th street, east of U.S. Highway 75 and less than a mile from the DART station, Morada Plano’s residents enjoy a perfect blend of walkable attractions and unique urban activities.

 

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Downtown Plano Arts District

Make your way downtown to the Plano Arts District! Named one of the top 10 best downtowns in America by Livability.com, this is a truly charming destination that showcases the very best in performing arts, galleries, event venues, and restaurants and eateries.

Stroll along the authentic brick streets and shop for everything from eclectic antiques to handmade jewelry, then stop into one of the locally owned and operated eateries for a true taste of Plano. To cap off your day in downtown, you can even visit more than a dozen beautifully restored historic homes and get a glimpse into the city’s past.

ArtCentre of Plano

Step into the historic Saigling House and you’ll find yourself in the ArtCentre of Plano. Since its foundation in 1981, this non-profit community arts center has become a cultural hub for local arts groups, community organizations, and exhibitions. The Centre is open from Tuesday to Saturday every week and showcases works both inside the Saigling House home and outside in its tranquil sculpture garden.

 

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Courtyard Theater

The Courtyard Theater in Historic Downtown Plano features a large stage and spacious lobby ideal for hosting recitals, stage plays, musicals, concerts, and even private parties. The 321-seat venue was originally built as a gymnasium for Cox High School, constructed in 1938 and restored in 1999. Its historic materials and styles were thoughtfully preserved and enhanced with modern functionalities and interior accents, creating a state-of-the-art facility that celebrates Plano’s past while providing a premier theatrical experience for today’s audiences. 

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Interurban Museum

Located within Haggard Park, the Interurban Railway Museum is a free history museum featuring interactive exhibits on electricity, science, and the history of the City of Plano and the Texas Electric Railway.

The Interurban is the only Texas Electric Railway station left between Sherman and Dallas, and Rail Car 360 is one of the original electric cars that carried mail and passengers between Denison and Waco from 1908 to 1948. The handsome red-and-cream railway car is a perfect place to snap a photo with friends or family! 

Experience all the modern conveniences and historic charm that Downtown Plano has to offer. For more information on Morada’s new luxury apartments for rent in Plano, at 972.632.5068 or contact us online to schedule a private tour.

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Morada Apartments Residents Prepare For Swimming In Summer

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When the skies are sunny and the weather is warm, there’s nothing like spending time in and around the swimming pool. But before you dive in, here’s what residents of Morada apartments need to prepare for the summer social season.

TEST THE WATERS AT MORADA’S APARTMENTS FOR RENT IN PLANO

Nestled within Plano’s Arts District and Historic Downtown, Morada is an all-new apartment address with city sophistication and vintage charm. In addition to luxurious 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, residents can enjoy a full complement of modern amenities including a heated

saltwater pool. This is a welcoming spot for swimming in summer and relaxing in the sun on a poolside lounge chair.
Residents can shape up for the summer in Morada apartments’ 24/7 fitness center with advanced cardio and strength equipment. Those who prefer cycling to stay in shape can take advantage of the community’s bike repair room with storage.

SUMMER IN PLANO

Besides being blessed with an apartment with a pool, Morada Plano residents also have convenient access to the latest swimwear with a host of nearby fashion retailers:

  • EVERYTHING BUT WATER – designer swim and resort wear, including bikinis, one-piece swimsuits, separates, sundresses, cover ups, hats and accessories. 1900 Preston Rd, Plano, TX 75093
  • AERIE STORE – swimsuits, apparel and accessories for women. Located in the American Eagle Store, 6121 West Park Blvd., Plano, TX 75093
  • BASK BOUTIQUE – full-service boutique with bathing suits, cover-ups, hats and accessories. 6818 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205

SWIMMING IN SUMMER

Before debuting at their heated saltwater pool, residents of Morada apartments can embrace their summer look via a variety of local health and beauty services. Haircare, nail salons and skin treatments are within easy walking distance of this exciting Plano address.

For more information on apartments for rent in Plano, call 972.632.5068, or contact us online to schedule a private tour of our hip urban apartments.

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Combat Stress With Luxury Apartments In Plano

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Stress is unwelcomed, but an undeniable reality of life today, as publicized during Stress Awareness Month. Residents of the luxury apartments of Morada Plano have a host of lifestyle assets to help them unplug and unwind to maintain life balance and well-being.

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Situated in the midst of the acclaimed Arts District and Historic Downtown, Morada Plano offers a number of benefits to help residents managed stress. As the best apartments in Plano, this enviable address provides a thoughtfully appointed living environment that is a peaceful retreat from the hustle bustle of everyday life.

One- and two-bedroom apartments feature private balconies that are the perfect venue for relaxing at the end of a busy day with inspired views of the community and the city. Residents can also unwind in the waters of Morada’s heated saltwater swimming pool or relax on a lounge chair with their favorite book while working on their tan.

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Pets can reduce stress, and residents of these luxury apartments in Plano can care for their furry friend at Morada’s convenient pet grooming area. And as highlighted during Stress Awareness Month, regular exercise also helps reduce the negative effects of stress – a great reason to take advantage of the on-site 24-hour fitness center.

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Morada Plano makes it easy for residents to relax with friends and neighbors, offering a 5th-floor rooftop deck and popular residents’ lounge. Plus, there are a host of taverns and restaurants within walking distance to simply decompress over dinner outdoors with some fresh air.

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Many find relaxation by pampering themselves with beauty treatments at a favorite spa. Ellabella Skin Lounge, The Hair’em & Nail’em, and M Spa and Beauty are among those close to the Morado Plano’s luxury apartments. Other may prefer to unwind at one of the many nearby parks or charming Heritage Farmstead Museum.

For more information on Morada Plano, call 972.632.5068, or contact us online to schedule a private tour of our 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. 

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Most Popular Outdoor Dining & Entertainment Spots in Plano

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Morada Plano apartments represent the very best of downtown Plano living, with convenient access to the city’s most popular dining and entertainment venues. Morada Plano is situated along 15th Street from Haggard Park and the Downtown Plano Station, which are both surrounded by unique eateries with plenty of outdoor seating for the pleasant weather coming up. The changing season means you can enjoy rooftops, patios, and beer gardens with refreshing, mild weather. Here’s a list of top outdoor dining and entertainment venues perfect for any resident at Morada Plano apartments looking to explore the area.

Outdoor Dining in Plano within .5 Miles

  • Urban Rio Cantina & Grill – Easily walk to this 2-tier bar and grill serving Tex-Mex and frozen cocktails
  • Urban Crust – Enjoy wood-fired pizza and check out the rooftop ice bar while you’re there
  • Lockhart Smokehouse – Pick up awesome BBQ directly across the street from Morada. Enjoy a picnic poolside or at the park in town.
  • The Fillmore Pub – This fun neighborhood bar is located in the heart of downtown Plano. With a focus on craft beer, homemade food, and the best whiskey selections.

Outdoor Dining in Plano within .5 Miles

  • Katy Trail Ice House Outpost – Check out this Austin style beer garden with BBQ, bar bites, and Texas beers at an inviting tree-lined outdoor patio
  • Kona Grill-Plano – Indulge in a finer dining experience with an American menu with low-calorie options, plus sushi and cocktails
  •  Love & War in Texas – 
  • Mignon Prime Steaks Seafood – Treat yourself to a Parisian-style steakhouse specializing in seafood while sitting on a patio overlooking a pond
  • Rodeo Goat– Known for its amazing burgers like the Brad Sham, named for the legendary Cowboys radio broadcaster,  also brings its “A-game” to drinks. Check out happy hour 4-7 p.m. weekdays.
  • DogHaus – Biergarten: It’s the Absolute Wurst! Serving up craft-casual gourmet hotdogs, sausages, and burgers; premium shakes, and local beers. Sip on a variety of delicious, one-of-a-kind Haus creations during their daily Happy Hour specials.

Discover these awesome restaurants and more as a resident of the best luxury apartments in Plano’s downtown district. Just steps away from dining, entertainment, shopping, and more. Call 972.632.5068 or contact us online to schedule a private tour of our 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. 

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Spring Clean For Better Apartment Living

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Spring Cleaning Guide

Spring’s sunshine and warmer temperatures are hopefully just around the corner, meaning the time has come to celebrate new beginnings and say goodbye to winter. Once you’ve finished spring cleaning your luxury apartment at Morada Plano, be sure to take some time to step outside for some fresh air and enjoy some of the neighborhood’s most popular springtime activities!

For instance, Georgia’s Farmers Market is right down the street from Morada Plano’s apartments and is a perfect place to stock up on organic fruits and vegetables and locally sourced foods, as well as seasonal plants and flowers to spruce up your apartment.

In Your Home

Spring cleaning tends to be a more involved process, so now is the time to tackle anything that tends to collect dust and gets ignored in your usual cleaning sessions! Play some music, open the windows and clean off those shelves, blinds, vents, moldings, and light fixtures.

Cleaning Your Workspace

Just about everyone is spending more time at home these days, so take a moment to tidy up your work area! Wipe down the computer screen, toss out unnecessary papers, and even set up a planner to keep track of those Zoom meetings and new projects.  If needed, stroll over to the Barnes & Noble just around the corner from our luxury apartments in Plano to pick up a planner or even a new book!

Styling Your Apartment

Spring is a season of change and renewal. If you haven’t done so already, put away the last of your wooly blankets and winter décor and reintroduce lighter fabrics and brighter colors in your Morada Plano apartment!  

Bed Bath & Beyond is mere moments away, so if you need anything for your apartment refresh, stop in and pick up organizational items as well as new linens and decorations for your home!

If you’re looking for a fresh start and a new place to call home this spring, we invite you to drop in and say hello! We’re always more than happy to take you on a tour of our beautiful community in downtown Plano. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 972-632-3561.

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Morada Residences In Plano Are A Hot Choice During Winter

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Morada Plano downtown apartments are one of the best new places to live in Plano, providing residents with an engaging modern lifestyle that places many of the city’s fun and unique things to do right on the doorstep! The exceptional address also boasts a full complement of premium modern amenities that can be enjoyed all year long.   

Community Amenities & Activities

Morada’s heated saltwater pool can be enjoyed at any time – from the dog days of summer to the chilliest months of the winter season. Head outdoors to sunbathe or dive into the refreshing pool with your friends and neighbors!

Other amenities within the best apartments in downtown Plano include the vibrant residents’ lounge, which can be reserved for small get-togethers or major celebrations. Morada Plano also provides a 24-hour fitness center with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment so you can work up a sweat anytime, day or night!

This upscale apartment complex features a covered parking garage with ample spaces for residents and guests. This even provides storage for bikes, which many residents use to explore nearby Haggard Park and other area parks.

Morada Plano’s apartments are designed with modern style and sophisticated comforts, offering your choice of one- or two-bedroom floorplans based on your unique lifestyle and needs. Every apartment home showcases spacious interiors perfect for entertaining loved ones, and gleaming kitchens are outfitted with high-end stainless-steel appliances. Morada Plano also has private balconies overlooking the community and downtown Plano, with great views of the surrounding neighborhood.

For more information about the best apartments in downtown Plano, call Morada Plano at 972.632.3561 or contact us today!

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Valentine’s Day Ideas in Plano, Texas

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Planning to spend Valentine’s Day in Plano this weekend? We’ve rounded up our top picks for ways to celebrate with the ones you love. Whether you’re looking to spend the day with friends or wanting a romantic evening close to home, we have you covered.

Quiet Night by the Fire

Looking for a lowkey celebration close to home? Urban Rio, located right across the street from Morada Plano, is known for its savory ‘Rio S’mores’ board, featuring house-made flavored marshmallows and a mini fire pit for your table. Toast up something yummy with your date and head back home to Morada for a cozy evening in. If you’re wanting to celebrate earlier in the day, they also offer Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., complete with $1 mimosas!

Friendly Competition

Explore the charming sights of Plano like never before with an app-guided scavenger hunt through the city! Hosted by Let’s Roam, this outdoor scavenger hunt sets you off in search of iconic Plano landmarks with teams of two or six. Work with a partner or a team of friends to answer trivia questions, complete photo challenges, and more. The starting point is just a one-minute walk from Morada Plano apartments! Secure your tickets here.

Something For Everyone

Can’t decide where to celebrate this year?  Legacy Food Hall, just a short drive from Morada, is a go-to Plano date night spot. With a selection of 25 bars and restaurants, Legacy allows guests to experience cuisines ranging from BBQ to Parisienne fare. Share something sweet with your loved one from Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream Co., which offers decadent banana splits, spiked milkshakes, and soft-serve sundaes.

A Leisurely Art Walk + Craft Coffee

The Plano Art Walk provides the perfect backdrop for a day with someone you love this weekend. Take in all of the sculpture installations, art, and murals by foot, bicycle, scooter, or car at your own pace. We recommend stopping by 1418 Coffeehouse to grab one of their special Valentine’s Day drinks before taking off on your Art Walk tour. Be sure to try ‘The Cupid Truffle’ – a rose and peppermint latte with a subtle hint of white chocolate. This local, craft coffeehouse is less than a five-minute walk from our Downtown Plano apartments.

We hope these recommendations help you experience a romantic valentine’s day! If you’re looking for a new home in Plano, stop by and say hello! 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!