Topic: Holidays

Love Letters Giveaway 2021

Love Letters Giveaway 2021


Calling all neighbors! We want to know what you love about Portofino.
Show us some love this week by leaving us a Google Business review and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $150 gift card to Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse!

A drawing of entries on Valentine’s Day will determine one lucky winner. Get your love notes in quick! This giveaway ends at 12 noon on Sunday, February 14th (Valentine’s Day). Please see the official rules below…

How to Enter

This giveaway is open to current Portofino residents only. To enter, residents must leave a Google review for Portofino at this link: Portofino Google Business Page

Limit of one review per person will be accepted as an entry. If you have previously reviewed Portofino, you are still welcome to participate with an updated review or new information about the simple pleasures of Portofino. We’d love to hear from you!

Official Rules

The Portofino Love Letters Giveaway is hosted by Portofino of Asken Properties and open to Portofino residents only. No purchase necessary. Any related purchases do not enhance chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 years or older. In addition to this blog, Portofino will use Facebook to promote this contest. The Portofino Love Letters Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Google.  

*To enter you must submit a review on the Portofino Google Business page. Entrants are subject to a limit of one review, per person during the time period of Monday, February, 8th 2021 to Sunday, February 14th, 2021 by 12 noon. Additional reviews submitted by the same person during this time are not counted as extra entries. One winner will be drawn from the pool of entrants and announced on social media on Valentine’s Day (Sunday, February 14th, 2021) via Facebook page and Facebook direct message. Winner announcement time may vary depending on the drawing process. One winner will receive one $150 gift card to Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse. 

By entering, all entrants give explicit permission for Portofino to use the user-generated content (UGC) submitted in reviews. By entering this contest, you grant the publicity rights of your content to Portofino for this giveaway, therefore giving Asken Properties permission to use your content for future promotions. 

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!

Thankful for Our Neighborhood

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It’s a wonderful time of year. A time to give thanks, especially for the little things like a warm cup of coffee on your patio or the cup of sugar you borrowed from your neighbor. These moments contribute to the warmth and comfort of home at Portofino and the people that make them possible deserve much thanks. Thanksgiving has us reflecting on our neighborhood and its most valuable assets.

Our Friendly Residents

Residents, any note of gratitude starts with you! You are the heart of our little neighborhood and your presence is one of the finest simple pleasures of Portofino. You enhance our community with a charm and warmth that we so adore. We enjoy serving you and we hope our efforts will continue to enrich your life as you have enriched ours. Thank you for everything, for settling in with us, for trusting our team with your happiness and most importantly, for making this community feel like home!

Our Devoted Staff

Behind every beautiful home is a dedicated caretaker and at Portofino, we are fortunate to have an entire crew of devoted professionals. From leasing agents to maintenance personnel, we have many blessings to count. If you work at Portofino, you are part of the family. You are the comfort that welcomes people in and the kindness that keeps them. You are a pivotal part of home at Portofino. We take notice of your passion and expertise, and we are truly grateful. Thank you for being a valuable asset to our team!

Our HealthCare Heroes

Portofino has many medical professionals in residency and we consider that an honor. Providing the comforts of home for our healthcare heroes is a pleasure. It’s the least we can do for the sacrifices they make every day, especially during these uncertain times. If you are a medical professional, your selfless dedication and commitment deserve our deepest gratitude. Thank you for your courage to face fear and your drive to work tirelessly for the health and safety of our communities. You are making a difference—you are saving lives, and we can not say thank you enough.

 

Thank You for Being Part of the Neighborhood

The biggest joys of living at Portofino come from these people. The companionship of friendly neighbors, caring gestures from kind staff, and the comfort of a beautiful home are what make Portofino a wonderful neighborhood. Thanks to all of you for making them possible! May you use this time of year to appreciate some of life’s simplest pleasures with us. Happy Thanksgiving from Portofino!

 

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.

Join the neighborhood today to start living life’s simple pleasures! Now pre-leasing for fall.

5 Family-Friendly Things To Do in Lubbock for Halloween

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With Halloween just around the corner, fall festivities are in full force on the South Plains including everything from corn mazes to music festivals. Fall is just fun around these parts. If you are looking to get out and get into the Halloween spirit, look no further! Our list of family-friendly Halloween-week events has something for everyone.

Lubbock Pumpkin Trail

If fall florals and pumpkins perk you up, this Lubbock tradition will give you all the feels! Bask in the light of nearly 2,000 carved and lit pumpkins at the beautiful Lubbock Pumpkin Trail. This event is sponsored by the City of Lubbock Parks and Recreation, perfect for all ages, stroller/wheelchair accessible, and admission is free. The pumpkin trail is open in the evenings from October 22-25. Mark your calendars—you won’t want to miss it!

Mariachis y Menudo Festival

For the family of music lovers, the Mariachis y Menudo Festival is a must! Bring the whole familia to the first-ever Mariachis y Menudo Festival this Saturday, where the smell of good food fills the air while the music moves your bones. This event will feature a variety of food trucks, vendors, games, and even a trunk or treat for the niños! Musical performances will be held from 8 to 10 pm.

Trunk or Treat at Rawlings

For the kiddos, it’s all about the candy, right? If your family needs a safe place to trick-or-treat this Halloween, the Trunk or Treat at Rawlings Park is where it’s at on Sunday, October 25th! This is a free event hosted by the City of Lubbock, meant for you and your little monsters to get your fill of Halloween goodies. Come in your cutest Halloween costumes for a fun time! Candy donations will be accepted.

At’l Do Farms

If your crew is looking for something that screams autumn-adventure, head on over to At’l Do Farms! This local staple gives you the chance to experience West Texas farming while making memories with family and friends. Their famous Corn Maze is the thing to see every year but there is fall excitement for all ages. You can shoot the Corn Canon while the little ones ride the Cow Train, or you can all visit the Barnyard animals and take a hayride through the pumpkin patch. Check out At’l Do Farms from September 12th – November 7th to keep the adventure rolling!

Nightmare on 19th Street

This classic haunted house in is perfect for adults or older kids on the “haunt” for something a little more thrilling. With four haunted features and tons of creepy characters, Nightmare on 19th Street is the place to go for real frights! Purchase your tickets online to experience the most terrifying attraction in West Texas each weekend during the month of October.

 

Enjoy the simple pleasures of Portofino!

It’s safe to say Lubbock is no ghost town. If you’re looking for family-friendly fun like this, spend your next Halloween at Portofino Apartments. Our apartment community is comprised of multiple estate-sized family residences for a true neighborhood feel. What are you waiting for? Join the neighborhood.

NOW PRE-LEASING for Fall! Two bedroom apartment homes are now available. Take a look around our website or schedule a tour of the learn more.

 

Fun Ideas to Fill Your Home with Fall Feels

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It’s almost fall, y’all! Time to get excited for pumpkin spice and everything nice… in your mug AND in your home. If you’re looking for some refreshing new ways to fill your apartment with all the fall feels this season, check out some of our favorites idea below.

Dress Up Your Door

A beautiful display of rich color and texture in a wreath is one of the simplest ways to give your guests a warm welcome. Try to find florals that complement the color of your door to maximize its impact. If you live at Portofino, burnt orange, sienna and saffron hues will pop off our warm grey exteriors. And whether you decide to buy or diy your wreath, try weaving in some fabrics or elements from your home into the wreath, like one of your favorite scarves or some bold artificial stems. This is sure to make your wreath unique and more personal to your style, in turn making it feel more like home.

Go Natural 

One of the best ways to invoke the spirit of fall is to bring the outside in. Make your arrangements unique by pairing traditional fall florals like mums or marigolds with found elements like pine cones, dried vines or pompous grass stems (yes, they are making a comeback). Fresh golden eucalyptus, gourds or even synthetic branches are easy finds that don’t take much effort to look good. Even autumn foods and ingredients like apples, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary in a wooden vase would make for a beautiful, festive table display.

Seek Seasonal Scents

Smell is one of the most delightful aspects of fall. Simply put, if your home doesn’t smell like a Thanksgiving pie is cooking, you’re doing fall decorating all wrong. Wink, wink. Smell is 9/10ths of the experience so it’s best to punch it up this time of year. Plug in a flameless candle or diffuser with your favorite scent to sink deeper into the season. Or good ole’ fashioned fall potpourri will do the trick, just pour it into your favorite West Elm inspired concrete vase or rattan basket for a modern vibe.

Pump Up Your Pumpkin Game

Pumpkins of all shapes, colors and sizes are an autumn must-have. Velvet, fabric or wooden selections are always adorable and give you the most bang for the buck. But if you’re a more traditional fall fanatic, you likely want fresh pumpkins. We’re loving the blue and green shades this year! Stacking pumpkins is a simple yet trendy way to display them. Or for some family fun and a graphic twist, carve your pumpkins with homely sayings, geometric patterns or other styles to match your home’s aesthetic. Life Hack: To lengthen the lives of your fresh fall pumpkins, soak them in a bucket of water and ⅔ cups of bleach. Your front porch will thank us later!

 

Fall for Portofino Apartments… We admire the warmth of the autumn season, but the family friendly lifestyle of Portofino in Lubbock, Texas keeps things this warm and comfy all year long. Our apartment community is comprised of multiple estate-sized family residences for a true neighborhood feel. You’ll fall in love with the simple pleasures of Portofino. 

NOW LEASING cozy one bedroom, one bath Cobblestone floor plans! Take a look around our website or schedule a tour of the community to learn more. 

 

12 Days of Holiday Faves

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PORTOFINO’S 12 DAYS OF HOLIDAY FAVES 
This time of year we love to give back, especially to our devoted friends and followers. So, we’re doing that x 12. We’ve put together a fun line-up of our favorite things to give away for our 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaways, starting now!

Follow the 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaways on our social accounts for multiple chances to win great things like gift cards, food, electronics, charitable opportunities, and more! Giveaways will occur daily from December 12th to December 24th. To join the festivities, find us on Facebook and Instagram, follow the pages, then like and comment on the Facebook giveaways you want! Participation is required to enter. See official rules below…

HOW TO ENTER 

Facebook: Like any 12 Days of Holiday Faves post and comment your answer in the comments of each giveaway. Giveaways will post daily, from December 12th to December 24th and close at the end of the day. Posts may have varying gifts, values and comment requests for entry. Facebook entries are limited to one entry per post made by Catalina West. 12 giveaways with 12 coordinating posts will be published by Portofino; each is a new opportunity to enter.*

If you aren’t following our Facebook or Instagram you’ll be missing out on some fabulous holiday finds and fun. Feel free to like, share and tag your friend to spread the holiday cheer!

 


Official Rules: The 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway is hosted by Portofino of Asken Properties and open to Lubbock residents, both Asken Properties residents and non-residents. No purchase necessary. Any related purchases do not enhance chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entrants must be 18 years or older. In addition to blogs, Portofino will use Facebook and Instagram to promote this contest. The 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

*To enter on Facebook, you must like the Portofino’s 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway post that you desire to win and submit a comment on the photo of the post. All entries must be submitted by 12:00 am on the day of each giveaway. To enter, submissions must be made on 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway promotional posts, original or following reminder posts, and no other communications can be accepted or counted as valid entries. Winners will be announced 1-2 days after each giveaway has posted, either on the giveaway post or via direct message on Facebook. Winner announcement times and gift receipts may vary depending on the type of gift won and the day of the post in relation to holidays.

By entering, all entrants give explicit permission for Portofino to use the user-generated content (UGC) submitted. By entering this contest, you grant the publicity rights of your content to Portofino for this contest, therefore giving Portofino ermission to repost your comment or content on Facebook or use your image for contest posts made by Portofino and future 12 Days of Holiday Faves Giveaway promotions. 

Hosting A Galentine’s Party For You And Your Girls

For some, Valentine’s Day is a day full of spending time with that special someone and showing others how much you care. For others, Valentine’s Day could be a drag; it could be uneventful or just downright brutal. This year, maybe you could celebrate this holiday a little bit differently, by hosting your very own Galentine’s Day party for you and your girls. This short guide will be sure to offer the best pointers and tips for an active party.  

Tip #1: Sprucing up your apartment

When most people think of Valentine’s Day, they think of candy. So why not decorate with it?

Getting a bag of Valentine’s Day colored M&Ms or heart sprinkles to decorate clear vases with will be sure to excite your guests and get them into the Galentine’s Day spirit. You can start by getting a clear vase and putting a candle inside and filling it halfway with M&Ms, or your favorite colored Valentine’s Day candy.  

Another thing that is a must is a themed banner wall. Having this will encourage everyone to take pictures, and it is great for the aesthetic. If you have never made one before, start by getting red, pink, and white paper streamers and placing them one after the other on a blank wall. At the top of the streamers, you should put a banner with a fun slogan. It could either be, “Galentine’s Day,” or “XOXOXO.” You can find these at many local retailers like Walmart, Target, or Party City.

Tip #2: Sweet treats and drinks

You cannot have a Galentine’s Day party without sweets. They are essential.  

Anything from chocolate covered strawberries, extra fudgy brownies or red velvet cookies, will be sure to go well with any wine spritzer. Do not be afraid to get creative with this. You can use pretty, pink frosting and don’t forget to go crazy with the heart sprinkles!  

It would not be a proper Galentine’s Day party without wine. Having a designated place for a wine bar with different kinds of wine would be a fun way to cater to your guests. Not everyone likes red or white, but by having a few different blends available will make a great impression.

Tip #3: Give them something to take home  

This is almost the same as getting party favors when you were a child, but different, more adult.  

As the hostess, you could give various things as a memento of the fun night you and your squad had, like mini champagne bottles, Sugarfina mini gummy bears, or pink bath bombs. The more personal you make it, the more meaningful it will be. This part of the puzzle is essential since this holiday is about showing others how much you love them, and what better people to do that with than your favorite girls.