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Excellent Eats Near Portofino Apartments in Lubbock, Texas

The Hub City boasts a lengthy list of restaurant options with everything from go-to fast food chains to local foodie favorites. There’s truly something for everyone and with shorter commute times in Lubbock, your meal is never too far away. One of the many perks of Portofino is its location, a newly developed area where good eats are always easy to find.


You can get your coffee fix quick when Starbucks is your neighbor! This beloved national coffee chain is only 2 minutes from Portofino apartments, perfect for morning pickups and afternoon pick-me-ups. Needless to say, you’ll probably want to sign up for the rewards program.

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Little Woodrow’s Lubbock Bar & Grill

If you want more than a meal, Little Woodrow’s is only 6 minutes away from Portofino apartments and offers guests hours of good food and entertainment. If you’re not snapping an Insta on their signature patio rope swings, you’re probably playing cornhole on the patio under the big screens. Woodrow’s is a great place to enjoy American eats and spend time with friends and family. Your furry family members are even welcome!

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When you need food late at night or last minute, no other place will have your back like Whataburger! This cult favorite for fast American breakfast, lunch or dinner is just 7 minutes away from Portofino. With bigger burgers and fries that never disappoint, it’s easy to see why Texans flock to this fast-food favorite.

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Albarran’s Mexican Bar & Grill

If you want to be where the chips and salsa are flowing and the band is playing, Albarran’s Mexican Bar & Grill is where it’s at! You can find all the best TexMex dishes on their comprehensive menu and enjoy them with a view on the second-floor balcony. This love little siesta is 6 minutes away from Portofino!

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J’s Creamery

J’s Creamery is a great place for a date-night dessert; actually, it’s good for dessert any time! This Lubbock-local favorite, only 10 minutes from Portofino, is known for its decadent frozen custard creations. The Royal Turtle is top-notch!

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Are you Looking for Something Else?

If these are not quite what you’re wanting, many other spots nearby are accessible in 10 minutes or less! Portofino apartments are located just off Milwaukee Avenue which puts any of these places right around the corner…

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Now you know just how spicy life can be at Portofino! The beautiful floor plans, modern amenities and convenient location in Lubbock, Texas will give you all the feels of home and more. But don’t take our word for it, schedule a tour with us today!

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Our Favorite Lubbock Holiday 2020 Attractions

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As the breeze grows colder, Lubbock grows brighter in preparation for another holiday season boasting a variety of family-friendly holiday attractions. This year some of your favorite holiday traditions can be enjoyed safely from the warmth of your car or living room! Get into the spirit and check out a few of our favorite things to do in Lubbock this holiday season.

Ballet Lubbock’s The Nutcracker Digital Showings

It’s more than a show, it’s a magical moment! As one of Lubbock’s most loved holiday traditions, Ballet Lubbock’s production of “The Nutcracker” is always on many wish lists. This year all your Sugar Plum Fairy dreams can still come true because The Nutcracker has gone digital! You can catch the performance snuggled up in your car at the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theatre on Friday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m. or stream it from home beginning December 11th. To purchase tickets, donate, or learn more visit the link here.

Christmas Village at the American Windmill Museum

In West Texas, we love our windmills. We even have a museum to show them off. But this time of year, The American Windmill Museum adds a special treat to the line-up with their Christmas Village display. Exhibited now through December 25th, this festive holiday highlight features the St. Nick Express, a detailed township display and joyous activity for kids and adults alike. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Santa Land 2020

If you live in Lubbock, you likely agree the season is not complete without a trip to Santa Land! Buckle up for the 64th annual Santa Land! Yes, Santa Land is still happening this year, as a drive-thru event from December 10th through the 23rd from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. With approximately 50,000 people visiting each year, this Lubbock-holiday staple needs to be on your list. To learn more about Santa Land and other attractions provided by the City of Lubbock, follow the link here.

The Lubbock in the Loop Light Map

Nothing serves up holiday vibes quite like Christmas lights! That’s why our friends at Lubbock in the Loop have created the best Light Map in the Hub City. This dynamic map features all the best Christmas light neighborhoods around town to help you keep spirits bright. Load up the car, grab some hot cocoa to-go, and plan your route (or explore aimlessly) to see all the best lights Lubbock has to offer this holiday season. For even more merriment, check out the rest of LITL’s Christmas in Lubbock page!

Join the neighborhood at Portofino!

The people and neighborhoods of Lubbock are gifts that warm our hearts long past the holidays. We are proud to be one of those neighborhoods! At Portofino, you’ll find friendly neighbors and staff, functional floor plans, inviting interiors and entertaining community amenities. It’s a melody of delights that truly make this place feel like home from your very first visit. 

To start living all the simple pleasures of Portofino, schedule a tour, or contact us today!

Tips & Tricks to Prep Your Kitchen for the Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner and that means your kitchen will soon be working overtime! Fortunately, a little pre-cleaning now can go a long way for later. With these simple tidying tips and tricks, you can give your kitchen a full refresh before the holiday hustle begins.

Organize the Pantry

If you’re constantly playing hide-n-seek with items in your pantry or buying them multiple times unknowingly, it’s time to organize! This four-step guide by Elva Fonseca is everything you need. With Elva’s guidance, you’ll finally find that can of cranberry sauce you knew you had AND an easy way to hassle-free holidays. Luckily the floorplans at Portofino have spacious, walk-in pantries that make the reorganizing process that much simpler! 

Organize the Spice Rack

For most people, the holidays mean lots of cooking, and lots of cooking means your spice cabinet will get a workout! But when your seasonings are fully stocked, clearly distinguishable and neatly organized, your holiday menu stays manageable and merry. Avoid spilling the salt or anything else in your spice cabinet this season and check out these 10 smart ways to store your spices by Brittney Morgan. 

Organize the Pots & Pans

As a kitchen essential, we need them but pots and pans are always causing problems in the kitchen. They are bulky to store, trouble to pull out, and make the whole room look cluttered unless you give them a little more attention. Check out this guide by Rebecca at Mother’s Little Helpers to get them in check with 7 ways to organize pots and pans in your kitchen cabinets

Clean the Clutter

Those granite countertops aren’t just easy to clean, they’re easy on the eye, too! Show them off by clearing away everything that’s piled up in your kitchen, especially before the holidays add to it. Clear counter space is trending in home decor right now and we’re all for it, for good reasons—style and functionality. Stay on-trend and clear off your countertops with these helpful decluttering tips from Jenn Lifford.

Clean the Kitchen Sink

Cleaning the sink might not sound revolutionary, but if you’ve deep cleaned your sink before you know it’s power. Day-to-day cooking causes build up on your sink surface so it will only get worse when you’re cooking full holiday spreads. For the cleanest sink you’ve ever seen, check out this guide by Elizabeth Voyles and limit those future headaches. Also super helpful is this list of 15 things you shouldn’t put down the garbage disposal by Dan Stout, to keep the magic of your garbage disposal alive during the season it’s needed most. 

Enjoy the Simple Pleasures of Portofino!

Use these simple tips to refresh your kitchen now, before your guests arrive, and your holiday feels will last long after they leave. Portofino is a great place to host fun, friends, and family! Enjoy a charming corridor kitchen with stainless-steel appliances, plenty of counter space, an oversized pantry, and more at Portofino Apartments in Lubbock, Texas.

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New To The Neighborhood – 4 Tips For Making New Friends

Moving to a new area as an adult doesn’t have to be a frightening experience. It’s perfectly okay not knowing anyone because everyone must start somewhere, right? Once you’ve moved all your stuff into your apartment and gotten all settled in, it’s time to try to find that new social niche.  

Putting Yourself Out There

Most everyone is comfortable sitting on their couch watching Hulu or Netflix, but in this case, it’s a no-no. This step requires you to get out of that comfort zone and go outside to the familiar and well-known places around town. This way, you will be able to start meeting people and forming connections. You must find the right balance between “you time” and social time; too much “you” time can get lonely, and too much social time can get stressful.

Getting Involved

Getting involved is easy; what are some of your hobbies? Once you narrow it down, you will be able to find activities that match up with your interests. Find a good gym around town, volunteer at a charity you like, join a sports league. Getting involved is an excellent way to quickly be a part of a community, especially if you just moved there.  

Find Local Events  

It seems as if every weekend in West Texas has something that it can offer you. Whether that’s a local band that is playing or the First Friday Art Trail, there is something that would be able to pique your interest. Going to things that interest you will help you find your niche because you will be around like-minded individuals.  

Using Your Resources

Technology can be useful in trying to get more involved in your area while making friends. There are plenty of apps now that can help you either find a date for a Friday night or find out where people your age hang out on the weekends or after work. You can use Facebook once you have a couple of people in your corner to branch out even further.  

There are a ton of people out there that are waiting to meet you. So pause the new Netflix series you started and get out there!

Lubbock Eats (Patio Edition)

It’s hot in Lubbock, but not warm enough to where you can’t sit outside and enjoy a nice dinner around town. Lubbock is known for having great local spots that could host your next girls’ night or a family event; you have to know where to look. These are the best spots here in town that have great outdoor patios.   

Teddy Jack’s Hub City Grill

In Lubbock, people know Teddy Jacks for its tasty eats and drinks. This place is perfect for people that enjoy live music, and they typically have no shortage of local talent come out and play on the weekends. This establishment has multiple TV’s, great for watching big games, picnic style seating, and an outdoor bar. What more could you want?  

The Funky Door

Over on Milwaukee Ave., The Funky Door is a place where people go if they want to enjoy some live music, fondue, and their large outdoor patio. What’s great about this place is that they have one of the best happy hours in town for the quality drinks and food you’re getting. It has a spacious outdoor area with plenty of seating. You can easily indulge in a glass of wine outside with a group of friends.  

Café J

This restaurant is known for being a classy spot to take family or friends. This place even has chicken and waffles for Sunday brunch! Café J’s patio is on the smaller side, but very quaint. This outdoor patio has fans, comfy couches, chairs, and plenty of seating for a smaller group to enjoy drinks outside. Café J’s menu is distinct, and unlike any other place in town, if you want a more upscale dining experience that has an outdoor patio, this is your place.  


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Torchy’s Tacos

Torchy’s, located near Texas Tech’s campus, is the perfect spot for chips and queso and a drink or two. When the weather permits, Torchy’s patio usually fills up quickly due to its high popularity. This place has everything you’ll need, like big TV’s, outside lights and plenty of seating to make sure your next group hangout will be fun for everyone.

6 Natural Fragrances Guaranteed To Make Your Home Fresh

Everyone’s home has a distinct smell; whether that’s because of the laundry detergent you use or the candles you burn. Aroma is critical to think about because the scent is one of the first things people notice when they enter your home or apartment. The more regularly you’re in your home, the more you become “nose-blind” to how your space smells. Many things can contribute to a good or bad smelling area, but with these simple tricks, you should be able to start smelling different and better smells.  

Lemon and Rosemary

If you are looking for a clean smell, this combination would be your go-to. You can make this yourself; and can be done on the fly. All you need is a regular mason jar or something similar to put, water, rosemary, lemons, and vanilla inside.  


Lilac is the perfect scent for summer, and with just a few small ingredients, you could have your apartment smelling the part. The lilac room spray contains water, vodka, and lilac oil. Pretty simple, yet very useful for making any room smell good. If you choose to not make your own, you can buy a lilac room spray here.

Rosemary and Lavender Carpet Powder

If your carpets are dingy and dirty due to high traffic going in and out of your apartment, then you need this all-natural carpet powder. It requires baking soda, dried rosemary, and lavender oil. After you mix everything, you sprinkle it directly on your carpets and let it stay there for 15-20 minutes, then vacuum your carpet like normal.  

DIY Plug-in Refill

If you have bought the nice plug-ins from retail stores, you know they smell amazing but are costly. There is an alternative to the sweet-smelling plug-ins you’ve previously purchased. All you do is fill an empty plug-in with water and whatever essential oil you want and voila!  

Cinnamon-Orange Air Freshener

This air freshener is for the people who aren’t big candle people, and who enjoy fall scents year-round. This air freshener contains cinnamon oil, orange oil, water, and water-absorbing polymers. Wayfair carries a cinnamon-orange room spray if you would rather purchase one.

DIY Reed Diffuser

A reed diffuser will add fragrance to any room, and it isn’t difficult to make. You’ll need a glass container with a small opening at the top big enough to let out the aroma, rattan reeds, almond oil, alcohol and another essential oil of your choosing. Depending on where this reed diffuser lives, is how you choose the extra essential oil. Lemon works best in kitchen or bathroom spaces, while lavender would be fitting in a bedroom. Instead of the DIY route, you can buy a similar one here.

Apartment Safety When Leaving For Vacation

Summer is here, and that means vacations and graduations are in full swing. By this point, I’m sure that you have planned most of your trips, down to the places that you’ll stay, where you will be going and the restaurants you’ll be dining at. These things are important to think about when planning a trip. However, securing your apartment is something that should be on your to-do list as well.  

Check your doors and windows

Checking your doors and windows a couple of weeks before you leave for vacation is essential. Doing this in advance will help you to figure out if all your door and window hinges are working correctly and to be proactive about it if something needs a repair. The farther in advance, the better, that way maintenance would be able to fix anything before you leave. Fixing these issues ensures that your apartment will be safe during the duration of your trip.

Checking your smoke alarms

Nothing is more frustrating than when your smoke alarm beeps to signal low battery, or it beeps while you’re cooking a steak. While on vacation you don’t want to lock up your room with a low battery smoke detector, especially if you live with other roommates or pets. By replacing the batteries in your sensor before you leave will ensure that you don’t bother anyone with the loud noises.  

Pets are important too

If you decide not to board your pets during vacation, then you should make arrangements with a trusted neighbor or friend to keep watch of them while you’re away. Also, you should leave your veterinarians’ contact information with the person that will be taking care of your animals, just in case something was to happen.  

Ask a friend to keep an eye on your place

Asking a trusted friend or neighbor to watch your apartment while you’re away is always a good idea, that way someone can keep an eye out and make sure nothing out of the ordinary is going on while you’re unable. Make sure that the people you’ve trusted have your number along with an emergency contact for you to call in case something were to go wrong.  

These are the few things to do to make sure your apartment is safe as can be. After checking all these boxes, you are well on your way to full R&R mode.

Home Habits Proven to Make You Happier

Our homes define who we are and where we are going. The roof above your head shapes your mood, productivity, and influences for what is to come. Over the past several years, studies have shown that the small day to day habits we make will impact our happiness.  

Are you ready to start living a happy life? Read these simple home habits that are proven to make you feel happier and live happier.  

Make Your Bed Every Morning

As a little kid, do you remember when your mom or dad insisted you couldn’t go anywhere until your bed was made? After hearing this, you probably came up with a hundred reasons to why you thought this was such a pointless task. We are here to tell you otherwise.  

This five-minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adapt to make a positive impact on your life. By making your bed every morning, you will gain a sense of accomplishment, increased productivity, and reduced stress.  

Complete Simple Favors

Whether you live with your best friend, spouse, or just a random roommate, make it a habit of doing simple favors for them. The ability to cultivate a strong and supportive relationship will add happiness to your life. When you do good, you feel good.  

Doing simple favors such as taking out the trash, cleaning the dishes, or writing a sincere note to your roommate, goes a long way. Plus, when your living mate is happy, you will be happy.  

Find a Place for Everything

It is been proven that if your home is a mess, this will cause stress. Make it a priority to keep your home organized and find a place in your home to store your items. This mood-boosting habit is easy and quick to do.  

Depending on your daily routine, pick a time, morning or evening, to clean each room and put everything back in its place. There is no greater feeling than coming home to a clean house.

Call Your Loved Ones

No matter what, always set aside time out of your day or week to call your loved ones. It is proven that human interaction is beneficial to our happiness. Talking to people you care about can have a significant impact on your life.  

Happiness comes from within us. In addition, maintaining close relationships with our loved ones is critical. Human interaction will boost your mood temporarily but keeping it up will increase your happiness for years to come.

Organization Must-Haves: Kitchen

Organizing your kitchen can be a bit intimidating, but we have the perfect solutions for you to organize your kitchen. You may already feel like you are maxed out on your kitchen space. What if we told you there is a way to free up more space? Good news, there is a way, and it’s as simple as stated below.

Vertical Organizers

Instead of storing your frying pans and baking sheets horizontally, flip them on their side and store them vertically. By doing so, you won’t have to go through the hassle of moving through the whole stack to pull out what you are looking for.

You can buy pot and pan vertical organizers to keep from having your kitchen items from falling over or sliding around. It is a great way to make your pans more accessible. Plus, you will be maximizing your cabinet space.

If your pots are too big to store vertically, stack them in order of most used pots at the top and least used towards the bottom.

Add Dividers To All of Your Drawers

People often think you only need drawer dividers for your eating utensils, but this is a misconception. You can buy kitchen dividers that are adjustable and will accommodate larger cooking utensils or oddly shaped utensils.

Tupperware Organizer

How often have you searched for a lid to one of your Tupperware bowls? To stop the hassle of searching for a lid that fits, store all your containers and lids in a Tupperware organizer. This sleek organizer is a game-changer.

Color Code Your Kitchen

Some of you may already color-coordinate your closet, so why not do the same for your Kitchen? Color coding your kitchen will give you the kitchen organization you need. Start by grouping all your foods items in your fridge and pantry.

Magnetic Knife Bar

Go out with the old knife block organizers and in with the new magnetic knife bar. Magnetic knife bars will clear up your counter space and look better in your kitchen. They are less than twenty dollars on Amazon and are a perfect organization must-have.

Regain Sink Space

Get rid of the wet sponges and drying towels off your countertop by getting an organizer to hang on the side of your cabinets. If you don’t want them showing outside your cabinets, you could also get a hanging rack to place inside of your cabinets or under your sink.

Entertaining at Home: Wine + Succulent Party

‘Tis the season for a summer party and what better combination than succulents and wine? Succulents are small in size and are an easy-care plant. Get ready to “wine” down with your friends and show your love for these cute and fun plants by having a memorable wine and succulent party.

Set the Succulent Scene

What’s a party without decorations? You can decorate your apartment with terrariums and other plant arrangements filled with succulents of all different shapes and sizes. If you are planning to have a small group of guests, have the party inside your apartment. If not, you may want to consider finding a spot outside to host. We will be happy to accommodate your wine and succulent party wishes and needs.

Get the Wine Ready

It’s not a party without food or drinks. Get your wine bottles out and enjoy your favorite wines with your friends. Summer wines are a must. Choose light white wines such as Rocks 2014 or California White Wine. Rose, Champagne, or sparkling wine are also great alternatives. To make things more fun, you could even ask your guest to bring their favorite bottle of wine and when each bottle is opened, ask them to share why it’s their favorite.

Creative Potting Station

Add a creative spin to your wine and succulent party with a potting station. All you need is simple terracotta pots, succulent potting mix, decorative sand or gravel, and a selection of succulents for your friends to choose from. You could also add some small seashells or crystals to the mix for your guest to add a cute touch to their pots.

Party Favors

Spruce up your party with these cute favor ideas from Portofino. You can send your friends home with the simplest party favors. Some ideas you could use are teacups, coffee mugs, flower vases, candles, and wine glasses. Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or not, a simple party favor is a thoughtful touch that will go a long way.