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With winter just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get a jump start on prepping your apartment for the cold weather ahead. We all know cold weather means higher energy bills, but you can avoid outrageous expenses just by making minor changes to your living space. CTBest Apartments wants your apartment to feel cozy all year and aims to help you save energy and money during the frigid months.

Windows are the first change that needs to be made in the winter months. Drafty windows are a comfort in the summer, but they can often pose a problem in the winter. Using self-stick rubber weather sealing can close gaps and keep the cold air out. Once windows are properly sealed, invest in thick drapes that can be a benefit year round. During the cold weather, take advantage of the sun’s warmth by keeping the drapes open during the day, but be sure to close them at night as temperatures drop. In the summer months, closing thick drapes can help keep the heat out of the apartments.

There are two habits that everyone forms throughout life and by changing those habits, energy and money could be saved. It rarely occurs to anyone to unplug unused electronics and to set thermostat at night and while you’re away. A lot of energy is wasted through electronics that are left plugged in. By using a smart energy strip, it will automatically turn off “vampire energy” when the electronics are not in use. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the heat settings one time and be set to go. If not, you can manually turn the heat down whenever you leave or go to bed – just a few degrees can make a huge difference. By setting a recurring reminder on your phone, both of these habitual customs will quickly become newly learned traits.

By using a humidifier during the winter, you will be able to keep your home at a comfortable climate and add some much needed moisture to the air while you save money. A humidifier reduces the risk of bacteria and infections, but it also makes the room feel warmer than it is. For extra warmth, check out our Montoya Condominiums in Branford, which feature fireplaces that are perfect for winter months. For Montoya leasing information, call or text leasing agent Jennifer at 203-537-3172.

At CTBest Apartments, we want to help the transition into winter be as easy as possible and make sure you are 100 percent prepared. If you are looking for a luxury apartment in Connecticut, or want more information about our communities that offer around–the-clock maintenance, visit us at

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Events Near Your Stamford Apartment this Summer Looking for something fun to do this summer that won’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered! From public art displays and outdoor concerts to farmers markets, here’s a list of some of our favorite things to do and see in Stamford this summer:

The Alive@Five Outdoor Summer Concert Series: July 7- August 11. Head on over to Columbus Park on Thursdays at 5 p.m. for some of the best music you’ll find this summer for $10-15. This annual event is a local favorite and is one you definitely won’t want to miss. Here’s the lineup:
July 7: O.A.R
July 14: Hanson
July 21: Third Eye Blind
July 28: Eric Hutchinson
August 4: Easton Corbin
August 11: CeeLo Green

Wednesday Nite Live: July 6 – July 27. Formerly known as Jazz-Up July, Wednesday Nite Live has got your middle-of-the-week concert fix. For just $10, you can hear live music at Columbus Park from some incredible performers:
July 6: The Temptations
July 13: The 5th Dimension
July 20: George Benson
July 27: Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo on their “We Live for Love” Tour Read More→

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Black Friday Shopping Tips

Those who go Black Friday shopping go because they are looking to get the most bang for their buck. However, there are some rules that some shoppers do not know, and this can prevent them from getting the best deal available for the products they have had their eye on all year long. To help, we have compiled a list of some tips so you can be sure to get the best deal out there this Black Friday.

  • Price Matching
    Most big named retailers will price match. This means if they have the same product as another store but their product is more expensive, then you can show them their competitor’s ad and they will give you that product for the cheaper price. This is a good rule to remember because you may not want to have to go to another store to get the product for cheaper, especially if that store is not close to you and you want to avoid all the Black Friday traffic. Remember though, bring the ad for proof or you may not get the discounted price.

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New Haven Restaurant WeekNew Haven’s Restaurant Week is here! Explore a wide variety of delicious food and drinks in your own community Nov. 1 through 6 for a fixed low price. More than 30 of New Haven’s best downtown restaurants are featuring luxury prix fixe menus (an appetizer, entrée and dessert) for an $18 lunch ticket or a $32 dollar dinner ticket.

New Haven’s Restaurant Week offers a diverse mix of restaurants and food, including the elegant 116 Crown’s Mediterranean-style tapas and Miya’s sustainable, local seafood. Each restaurant will have a special Restaurant Week menu, but the regular menu will also be available for those who want to opt out of the prix fixe menu. Read More→

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Easy Halloween Costume Ideas for the Last MinuteEvery Halloween you tell yourself the same thing; you’re going to plan out your costume in advance, get really crafty and blow everyone away with your creativity. But, inevitably, you get caught up watching too many scary movies and eating too much candy and you forget that you’re supposed to go to your friend’s Halloween party in just a few hours.

Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a lot of time (or money) to have a frightfully awesome costume. These last-minute costume ideas are exactly what you need to have your best Halloween yet: Read More→

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Apple Picking Provides Fun for All near Branford

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Apple Picking near Branford, ConnecticutIt’s the most beautiful time of year; leaves are falling and the air is becoming crisp and just cool enough to spend the whole afternoon outside. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not head down to the local orchards and pick some apples? This is a great activity for all ages, and Branford has plenty of places nearby where you can take a bite out of the action.

Since the 1600s, Rose Orchards has been growing some of the best apples and seasonal fruits around. Best of all, the orchard is just a quick 10-minute drive from CTBest’s Montoya Apartments. Learn more about this family favorite at

Hop on the tractor trailer at Bishop’s Orchard and be ready to pick some apples. Read More→

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CTBest’s Summer Memory Contest!

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Enter for a chance to win a FREE $50 gift card to one of Connecticut's top restaurantsWhat better way to end the summer than with a FREE gift card? That’s right, when you enter the CTBest Summer Memory Contest, you’ll be in the running for a $50 gift card to one of Connecticut’s top restaurants!

Winning this prize has never been easier. Just submit your favorite photo from your summer adventures on the CTBest Facebook page by Sept. 30, 2015, and you’ll be automatically entered to win the gift card. Be sure to use the hashtag #CTBestSummerMemoryContest so you’ll be fully eligible to win, and so others can see how your picture stacks up against the competition.

Whatever picture best shows how you spent your summer and all of the memories you made is what we’re looking for; so send us those selfies, those scenic landscapes or even a crowd shot from a concert you went to. Read More→

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Tips for Managing Your Money through College

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Tips for Budgeting through CollegeLeaving the nest and moving into the real world means more freedom, but also more responsibility. This transition can be intimidating and eye-opening for college students when the rent bills and credit card payments begin to pile up. However, managing a budget and being responsible with your money isn’t impossible, especially if you follow these steps to finding financial freedom: Read More→

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Sunrise over beach near downtown Stamford apartmentsIf you’re looking for some fun in the sun this summer, look no further than the array of beautiful beaches that line the Connecticut coast. Whether you want to spend your summer days getting active on the sands or sitting back and watching the waves roll by, an apartment from Connecticut’s Best is always close by for you to come home to after a day at the beach.

Conveniently located near our Morningside Gardens Apartments in Norwalk and our Stamford area apartments, Calf Pasture Beach is the largest in the area and is known for activities like bird watching, shelling, fishing and mini-golf. Residents of Norwalk enjoy free parking, so there’s no reason not to take a mini-vacation to this beach.  Also in the area is Sherwood Island State Park. As Connecticut’s oldest park (unofficially), this popular beach in Long Island Sound is perfect for swimming, fishing or just lounging around; just don’t forget to bring your water shoes to navigate its rocky terrain and be sure to check out the Nature Center while you’re there. Read More→

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4th of July FireworksIf you’re still not sure what to do this Fourth of July, there are plenty of opportunities near each of our apartment communities for you and the whole family to celebrate America’s Independence. So grab your family and friends, and join the party at one of the many exciting events happening in the Connecticut area.

If you’re a resident of our Montoya Apartments, the town of Branford will be celebrating America’s birthday on June 27. A free fireworks display will be shown from Branford Point at Parker Park and can also be seen from Foote Memorial Park. The following evening, join the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard as they light up the sky after the game at 6:05 p.m.

Residents of our Seramonte community can enjoy nearby Naugatuck’s July 3 activities. This year’s festivities include entertainment, food, family fun and, of course, fireworks all beginning at 6 p.m. on Old Firehouse Road. Then, the Great American Boom of New Britain is on July 5 and will have a variety of activities and entertainment including music, giant trampolines, pony rides, carnival games and the largest array of food vendors in the history of the event. The Boom starts at 5 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m., so make sure to get there early to experience everything this exciting event has to offer. Read More→

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