Thanksgiving in New York City

Beltmann BlogHave you recently made a move to New York City and trying to figure out some Thanksgiving Day plans? Certainly there are no shortage of things to do. In fact, NYC is so busy you might be overwhelmed with options. Here’s a few ideas for starters.

Invite friends over for a “Friendsgiving.” Maybe you don’t have the money to buy a plane ticket home for the holidays. Heck maybe you just don’t want to! Either way, Thanksgiving can still be a meaningful celebration. Pitch in with a few friends and plan a Turkey Day meal. Have each person bring a dish to share or a bottle of wine, and you’re sure to make some holiday memories.

Volunteer at a local non-profit. Charity work has all kinds of great benefits. Obviously, it helps someone in need. But it also gives us a more fulfilled sense of ourselves, and tends to fight depression as well. Don’t know where to start? Check out Feeding NYC, a charity that gives out thousands of meals on Thanksgiving Day.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live. If you’ve never been down to see Macy’s Parade, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience. Join the crowd of thousands to witness the nation’s most celebrated annual parade. Who knows, you might even wind up on TV?

If you’re looking to make a move to the Big Apple this holiday season, don’t let it add to the stress. Give us a call and let us quote the work for free: (888)-251-0892.

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Snowy Day Ideas After Your Move in St. Paul

BELTWhether we like it or not, the winter weather is upon us. And you could kick and scream that it’s not the 21st of December yet. But why not just embrace the cold weather and find some fun things to do inside? If you’ve recently made a move to the St. Paul area, check out these fantastic indoor activities.

Minnesota History Center

If the word “history” gives you nightmares of your boring high school teacher, fear not. The Minnesota History Center has fun and engaging exhibits like “Toys from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s” and “Then Now Wow,” an interactive tour through some of Minnesota’s history. Whether you’re looking for an interesting date night or just taking the family, admission is relatively cheap- $11 for adults and $6 for kids.

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Every parent runs into the same predicament during the winter: what do you do when it’s too cold to send your kids outside, but they need to play and release some energy? Take them to the Minnesota Children’s Museum! This museum is built to allow for exploration and physical expression all while learning about some pretty cool stuff.

Cathedral of St. Paul

Looking for an awe-inspiring place to take a date? Or maybe you want to help culture your children? Even if you’re not a religious person, the Cathedral of St. Paul is an impressive place. And if you want a guided tour, just show up at 1pm and meet in the pews in the front of the church. Or call them ahead of time for a private tour by appointment.

If you’re looking to make a move to the St. Paul area soon, don’t forget to give us a call for your free moving quote at (888)-251-0892.

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Proud to Be Veteran-Owned

UnknownAs we reflect in the wake of Veteran’s Day last week, we’re reminded of the rich heritage at Beltmann Relocation Group. Not only are we a veteran-owned business, but we also have the pleasure of working to relocate many veteran and active-military families.

We’re also excited that North American Van Lines was recently named the official mover for the Gary Sinise Foundation. The non-profit organization, founded by actor Gary Sinise, seeks to “serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”

Like “Lieutenant Dan” who he portrayed in Forrest Gump, Sinise has a passion for empowering severely wounded veterans. With the Foundation’s “R.I.S.E.” program, the organization supports wounded heros by making home modifications, adapting vehicles, and providing much-needed wheelchairs. They also build custom “Smart Homes” adapted to individual veterans’ needs.

And did you know Lt. Dan has a band? That’s right. You can catch “Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band,” a twelve-piece cover band who entertains our troops at home and abroad, and spreads awareness and honor for our vets.

Help us to honor our military heroes and veterans, and check out the Gary Sinise Foundation. And beyond that, next time you meet someone who has served our country with courage and faithfulness, shake their hand and tell them thank you.

Great Date Spots to Check Out After Moving to Kansas City

BeltmannIf you’ve recently moved to the Kansas City area as a single, welcome! There’s tons of great places to check out and people to meet. But the big city move can be intimidating if you don’t know where to start. Here’s a few great spots to check out when scoping the Kansas City dating scene.

The Wine Walk on Delaware

No doubt, wine-tasting is a classy and fun way to spend an evening. And for as cheap as it is, this one’s a must. $15 gets you a pass to explore the wines at over a dozen local places. What are you waiting for? Heck, the Wine Walk on Delaware is a great reason to look for a date, even if you don’t already have one!

The Kauffman Memorial Gardens

One of the best ways to create vivid memories is to find some amazing scenery. The Kauffman Memorial Gardens won’t disappoint. This sprawling series of gardens (each with a different layout) is an incredible place to walk, talk, sit, or a kiss your date!

The Nelson Adkins Art Museum

This place is a rich experience, especially for art-lovers. But on Friday nights, they take it to a whole new level. The Rozelle Cafe becomes a fine-dining restaurant, right in the middle of what might be the most scenic date night spot you’ve ever scene. For an artist’s bonus, check out the Crossroads Arts District’s First Friday open gallery events.

As you prepare to move, we’d love to give you a free estimate on being your moving team. Give us a call at (888)-251-0892.

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Moving Your Family to Miami

BBIf you’re moving to Miami from another state, there may be a bit of a learning curve. Like any city, Miami has its strengths and its idiosyncrasies. You may want to talk through some of these with your family to make the move more fun an interesting. Here’s a few pointers to get you started.

The weather may be different than where you’re coming from. Miami has plenty of rain, and more thunderstorms

than most American cities. And the term “tropical monsoon climate” might scare some, but it also has its plus-side: the winters rarely get cold at all (most lows are in the high fifties and sixties), and Miami basically never gets snow.

Miami has some beautiful diversity. Being so close to Latin America, Miami has a high Spanish-speaking population. Which means you and your family can learn tons about Latin American culture. And locals would suggest that it wouldn’t hurt to learn a few phrases in Spanish, as well.

Contrary to what Will Smith music videos might suggest, Miami Beach is actually a fantastic place to take your family. Miami Beach has a lot of touristy attractions, and some would consider it to be more family-friendly than other parts of metropolitan Miami.

One more thing you might want to know when moving to Miami: we’d love to give you a free moving quote and help you get settled into your new home! Give us a call at (888)-251-0892.

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Interior Design 101

Beltmann BlogWhether you’re about to make the big move or you’re just settling in, you’ve probably got some home decorating on the horizon. But if you’ve never done any home design before, the task can seem a little daunting. Allow us to make your life a little easier. First, give us a call at (888)-251-0892 for a free moving quote, and let us do all that heavy lifting for you. Then, check out this list for some basic home decorating tips.

Pick a color scheme….and stick to it. One of the easiest ways to break the good vibe of a room is to have too many colors, or colors that clash. Pick three or four complimentary colors- pamphlets at the paint store could help with this- and match all your paint colors, furniture, and accessories to those colors. Keep in mind the the bolder colors tend to create a lively and energetic feel, while earth tones and milder colors create a relaxing vibe.

Design each room around one central piece. Maybe it’s the fireplace or a grand piece of art. Maybe it’s the beautiful built-in bookshelves. Whatever it is, find one striking piece that draws attention, and design the room around it. (Just, for heaven’s sake don’t make it the television!)

Hang pictures at eye level. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s harder to do if you’re of more or less-than-average height. Put your artwork and pictures at eye-level for the average person (somewhere around five and a half feet), and you’ll have a winning combo.

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Family Activities in Fort Lauderdale

BBBBIf you’ve recently made the big move to Fort Lauderdale, you may be wondering what there is to do around town. Look no further. After we’ve taken care of all the hard moving work for you, relax with friends or family and enjoy some of these Fort Lauderdale festivities.

Check out a Florida Panthers game. Even if we deny it, we all like to see a fight break out at a hockey game every now and then! Hockey makes for an exciting spectator sport. Head over to the BB&T Center and watch the Panthers tear up the ice.

Take the fam to the Museum of Science and Discovery. The kids will love this cool interactive museum. Explore the Everglades of the “Runways to Rockets” exhibit, which features aircraft and rockets. And of course, the entire family will dig the IMAX theater, so be sure to grab some tickets.

Navigate the Intracoastal Waterway. They don’t call Fort Lauderdale the “Venice of America” for nothing. Take the family or a date on a water taxi and see the beautiful homes and restaurants along the waterways.

Get nostalgic at the Antique Car Museum. If you or anyone in your family appreciates the finer points of automobiles, the Antique Car Museum is a must-see. The showroom features Packards from the 1900s to the 1940s, and gives some interesting history along the way.

If you haven’t already, give us a call at (888)-251-0892 for a free quote on your move.

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If You’re Moving to San Francisco…Be Sure to Check Out the Food Trucks!

BeltmannBlogIt seems like the entire country has been enamored with the recent food truck revolution. And San Fran is certainly no exception. If you’re planning a move to the San Fran area, allow our area movers to do the hard work of moving, so you can enjoy some tasty food truck grub. For starters, check these out.

The Cosmic American Voodoo Van

If there were any awards for most creative food truck name, these guys would sure take the cake. And their motto is pretty nifty, as well: “No forks, no knives, no mercy!” And the creativity doesn’t end with the name. Check out the Marinated Steak Sando with their famous Juju Balls and a Cucumber Soda. Their “sandos” are made to be eaten with your hands and go down tasty.

RoliRoti

Allegedly, these guys are the “country’s first gourmet rotisserie food truck.” With  strong ethic that food- even food on-the-go- should be wholesome. They use meat from free-range farms based on relationships with local farmers that they trust. So if you’re looking to be blown away by the taste of your food and feel really good and ethical about it, check out RoliRoti.

Bacon Bacon

Chocolate covered bacon from a food truck? Yes please! This now-famous food truck made national news when neighbors complained to law enforcement about the constant smell of bacon they were cooking up. For bacon lovers, that means they’re doing something right. For a creative, bacon-y spin on classic grub, check out Bacon Bacon.

Give us a call today for a free moving quote: (888)-251-0892.

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Easy Ways to Create Great Curb Appeal in the Fall

BeltmannBlogSince the spring and summer months are typically the busiest real estate times, the fall and winter can be a more competitive time to sell a home. For those looking to sell a home in this season, any little improvements can help. Here’s a few tips on small changes during the fall that can go a long way in selling your home and getting on to your move.

Whip those leaves into shape for maximum curb appeal. A few leaves on the ground make a yard look nice and homey, but too many can make your home appear disheveled or sloppy. And let’s face it, if you’re getting a home ready to sell you probably don’t have loads of extra time to be raking leaves. Leaf blowers are pretty cheap when you look at how many hours you save yourself. Or check with your local lawn care businesses. Even hiring a few lawn care workers for an hour or two can make a huge dent in those leaves.

Clean the gutters. Even if you know you’ll be moving soon, cleaning the gutters is the right way to go. After all, someone has to do it, so you might as well get it done before you start showing your house a bunch.

Touch up the painting. A little bit of paint can go a really long way. Try touching up the paint on the house numbers, or even repainting the front door. A nice color that matches the color of your house or even the fall colors can make the front door really pop.

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Best Urban Neighborhoods in Atlanta

BBIf you’re considering a move to Atlanta, you may not even know where to begin. It’s a large city, for sure, and there are a lot of good areas to choose from. If you’re looking for an urban neighborhood, here’s a small compilation of places to start looking.

Inman Park

If you’ve got any hip or artsy tendencies, you may want to check out Inman Park. But the record shops and bohemian stores aren’t the only cool thing. The beautiful early-1900’s homes, many of which have been renovated, are enjoyed throughout Inman Park. Many of these homes were built as a part of “Atlanta’s first suburb.” So if you’re looking for that nostalgia, don’t skip over Inman Park.

Grant Park

If you’re more of the family type, look into Grant Park. This neighborhood has plenty of attractions nearby, including the Atlanta Zoo and the Civil War Museum. But it’s also not “suburby.” Grant Park boasts plenty of great restaurants, micro-breweries, and has walking paths to get around a little without always using the car.

Summerhill

Much like Grant Park, Summerhill residents enjoy the feel of Summerhill, which is less than ten blocks from loads of Atlanta hot spots. Turner Field, Centennial Olympic Park, and Cyclorama are all nearby. Get the highlights of downtown combined with the comforts of suburban living.

As you prepare for your move, be sure to give us a call for a free moving quote. It doesn’t cost you anything to pick up the phone, so why not give us a buzz? Call us toll-free at (888)-251-0892.

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