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Best Summer Activities in Keego Harbor

July 6, 2020 at 1:01 pm · ·Comments Off on Best Summer Activities in Keego Harbor

Best Summer Activities in Keego Harbor

Well, if you haven’t noticed by now, Keego Harbor is a resort-style city in Michigan. As a result, you will absolutely find a wealth of things to see and do here all year-round. Nevertheless, it is in the summer when Keego Harbor truly comes alive.

With that being said, if you just settled into your Keego Harbor apartment and are looking for things to do right now, you are in luck.  Here is a brief synopsis of the best summer activities to partake in, now that you call Keego Harbor home.

The Amazing Wonders of Nature

Keego Harbor has lush parks, open spaces, lakes, and beautiful scenery everywhere. So, one of the best things you can do this summer is to take it all in. You can start small and check out the various state parks like Baxter-Morgan Park or Firefighter’s Park. Either of these lovely green spaces makes for a fun summer afternoon. There’s cycling, playground areas, walking trails, picnic spots, and more.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a beach or place to swim, then Fran Leaf Park has a lovely footpath that you can follow all the way down to the Willow Beach swim site.

Indoor Summer Fun

If, on the other hand, you are more of an indoors lover, Keego Harbor can still accommodate you. A great indoor activity this summer, which is fun for the whole family, is taking a stroll through your local libraries, museums, and art galleries. Here, in this lovely city, you will find a total of four nearby libraries—the Alumni Memorial Library in West Bloomfield Township, the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, BR Lakin Library in Pontiac, and the Oakland County Library also located in Pontiac.

Moreover, for all you art connoisseurs and history buffs, Keego Harbor is just a stone’s throw away from the Maxine & Stuart Frankel Museum, the Polish Army Museum, and the Orchard Lake Museum.

Apartment Complex Activities

Of course, if your idea of a wonderful summer day involves spending time at home or in your apartment complex, you are not alone. Many Keego Harbor residents enjoy their apartment community amenities like private beach access, picnic/barbeque areas, playgrounds, fire pit areas, and more.

So, if you are not one for crowds or tourists, you don’t have to hide away in your apartment. Instead, enjoy the perks of apartment living. What’s more, if you have a patio or balcony, don’t be afraid to spruce it up some and just relax in your own space.

Nearby Attractions

Another great activity for you this summer is to explore the nearby attractions. Keego Harbor has a lot to offer, but that doesn’t mean there is not plenty to do just beyond the city limits. For instance, there are other amazing nature parks just around the corner, including Dodge Park, Beaudette Park, the Cranbrook House & Gardens, and more. You can even take a quick drive to Auburn Hills and check out the Sea Life Michigan Aquarium, have lunch at the Rainforest Café while you are there, and maybe get in a little shopping at Great Lakes Crossing.

Concerts and Festivals

Then again, if you want to keep your summer activities more local, you can always enjoy a concert or festival practically in your backyard. Keego Harbor is known for having fantastic Memorial Day Parades, 4th of July fireworks, and Labor Day lake parties galore.

In addition to these events, Keego Harbor has a variety of other community activities just waiting for you. Furthermore, for you concert goers, Keego Harbor is just a quick drive away from DTE Energy Music Theater—so don’t miss the opportunity to listen to your favorite bands and artists up close.

Patio Fun

Along those same lines, Keego Harbor has several waterfront restaurants with patios. Not only are these patios on the water, but there is often a live band playing. Thus, a low-key Friday night in your new city listening to live music and sipping on cocktails, off the water—doesn’t sound like a bad idea either.

Even if you are not into loud music and alcohol, you still have several waterfront dining options that offer more of a relaxed resort vibe. A few patio places/eateries to consider are Lodge Grill & Bar, The Beach Tiki Bae & Boil, Indo, and The Harbor Steakhouse.

Nearby Wineries and Breweries

One of the best summer activities around these parts is partaking in the nearby wineries and breweries. Nonetheless, many of the worthwhile spots are located just on the outskirts of Keego Harbor.

If you are looking for a relaxing trip with the girls, then pile into the car and head to wonderful wine-enthusiast spots like Vine 2 Wine in Northville, Fieldstone Winery, and Westview Orchards. Similarly, a few breweries in the area that are worth stopping by include Exferimentation Brewing Co. in Pontiac, Pontiac’s Filmore 13 Brewery, and Rustic Leaf Brewing Company in Waterford Township.

Water Sports

Once you’ve moved on from day drinking, you might want to hit the lake instead, which is okay. No one can day drink all summer long, though many have tried. So, back to the lakes, we go.

There are several spots like the City of Keego Harbor Park and Sunset Park off of Cass Lake that are ideal for water sports. Moreover, there are other nearby lakes like Sylvan Lake, Loon Lake, and Elizabeth Lake. All of these lakes actually connect, so you can take out your waverunner and see them all.

Finally, if you have a boat or would like to take one for a spin, then check out any of the dozen or so marinas in the area.

Summer Sports

Keego Harbor is an excellent spot for summer sports. With the seemingly endless array of parks and open green spaces, you will have no trouble at all finding a minor league baseball or softball team. Plus, many of the parks here have recreational fields for soccer, football, and other sports.

Summer is also the perfect time to catch a Tigers game, a Pistons game or a game of golf. If you are an avid golfer, you will be happy to know there are over a dozen golf courses in and around Keego Harbor.

Road Trip Destinations in Michigan

Lastly, for anyone itching for a vacation this summer that doesn’t involve going to the airport, there are tons of road trip destinations in Michigan. So, if you feel the need to break free from the resort-like oasis that is Keego Harbor, no one is judging you.

Maybe, you would like to go camping, kayaking, hunting/fishing, marvel at a lighthouse, or check out a festival in another city—whatever the reason, we all need a little rest and relaxation from time to time, especially in parts unknown. The good news is that Michigan has a variety of attractions that would make anyone’s day, let alone their summer.

Final Thoughts

Overall, moving to a new apartment in an unfamiliar city during the summertime is not for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you should write it off completely. Getting out of your comfort zone and falling in love with a resort-like city will absolutely make a summer move worth it. Plus, once you are settled in, and the workday is done, all you have to do is enjoy yourself.

With all these activities and more, there is no reason you cannot have the best summer activities list around. So, get out there and start crossing off all these fun things from your list.

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5 Tips for Moving into your Keego Harbor Apartment This Summer

June 15, 2020 at 12:46 pm · ·Comments Off on 5 Tips for Moving into your Keego Harbor Apartment This Summer

5 Tips for Moving into your Keego Harbor Apartment This Summer

Are you moving to a new apartment in Keego Harbor? Well, congrats! Keego Harbor is a beautiful area of Michigan with a wealth of recreational activities, incredible beaches, thriving businesses, and convenient access to major roads and freeways.

With that being said, if you are moving to Keego Harbor in the summer, then get ready to deal with some serious heat. Currently, temperatures are already in the 90s, with no signs of a cold front. Thus, to beat the heat, you should start planning your apartment move, if you haven’t already.

The reality is summer is peak season for moving, and many people use movers to speed the process up in the sweltering heat. If you are looking at hiring movers, then be mindful of the day (avoid weekends and peak days of the month) as well as the times available (midday moving is a no-no). Of course, getting exactly what you want during peak season can be pricey, so price compare to ensure you are getting the best rates.

Once you’ve figured out the movers, consider the following five tips to make your move to your new Keego Harbor apartment this summer a little easier.

#1. Prepare Before the Movers Come

To ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible, be fully packed in an organized fashion. This means getting rid of or donating items you don’t need, first and foremost. Once you have reduced the clutter, try selecting boxes of the same size for easy loading and unloading. Labeling all boxes clearly and double-checking that you have everything are also important. So, make sure you take inventory.

Additionally, it is beneficial to go over your new apartment’s layout or access points with your movers. For instance, if you have chosen an upper-level unit and the apartment complex doesn’t have elevators, it is helpful to tell the moving company upfront. This allows them time to secure the right people for the job and to provide you with the right moving equipment.

Moreover, you should also consider separating out items that are vulnerable to heat. In fact, if possible, try transporting these items yourself so that they can be unpacked sooner. Typically, things that are vulnerable to heat include food, medications, electronics, batteries, artwork, and household products/décor that will melt on a hot day.

Also, consider packing an overnight bag or two to put in your car. Having a packed suitcase with the essentials for you, your family, and your pets will make settling in a whole lot easier.

Finally, don’t forget to have your utilities turned on beforehand, including the air-conditioner.

#2. The Early Bird Catches the Worm

Another way to beat the heat is to schedule your move for earlier in the morning. In general, there are fewer people out, and it is cooler outside. With less traffic and cooler temps, you can quickly get to your new location and not suffer from heatstroke during the move itself.

Besides heat stroke, keep an eye out for heat rash or exhaustion.  By limiting your time outside, staying hydrated, wearing the right clothing, and applying SPF, everyone can stay safe during the move. Along those same lines, don’t be that person who only looks out for themselves, make sure your movers are staying hydrated as well.

Being able to secure a prime time slot is not something you can do the night before. Remember, summer is peak moving season. Thus, the sooner you reach out to a licensed moving company, the more likely you will be able to lockdown a morning time slot.

Nevertheless, if you need to move on short notice or a specific day with no morning availability, then consider a late afternoon or early evening move. This will help to resolve scheduling conflicts and keep everyone out of the high noon sun.

#3. Help You Help Yourself

In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to lift a finger during your move. However, even with the best help and movers, you may still find yourself carrying a few boxes. Thus, to make moving easier on yourself, purchase or bring your own dollies. Dollies are great for moving multiple boxes at a time. Moreover, dollies do most of the grunt work when moving the more substantial items, so it is virtually impossible to overdo it. If you don’t own any dollies or have no clue where to buy one, have no fear, most moving companies allow you to rent them.

Another work smarter, not harder, moving tip is to take pictures of your electronics. By snapping a few shots of the wiring or hookup situation before you pack, you can save yourself time. This way you will relieve needing to spend hours wondering which cord goes where to make the TV work.

Also, pre-move photos come in handy. If any damage is done to your belongings, especially any of your more expensive items, you have the evidence that it was in good condition prior to the move. Most licensed movers are cautious with people’s stuff, but accidents do happen. Pre-move condition evidence will ensure you can file a claim with either your renters’ insurance company or the movers.

#4. Take Care

Generally, moving takes a couple of hours with or without help. Once you factor in the time spent driving, actually unloading, and more, you could easily find yourself spending most of the morning moving.

Hours moving in intense heat is almost a surefire way to become dehydrated. Thus, it helps to have ample water on hand. Moreover, if you have time the night before, pack some healthy snacks for you and the crew. Fresh fruits, bagels, and water can show you are appreciative, plus keep everyone from getting “hangry.”

In addition to fueling your body for a move, it never hurts to get adequate rest before move-in day. If you have already packed, there is absolutely no reason you should be up at 3AM when you’ve scheduled movers for 8AM. Get some shut-eye, so you are refreshed and ready to make things happen.

You should also take the time to stretch and wear the right clothing (think gym wear as moving is indeed a workout) if you plan to be doing a lot of the lifting or unpacking.

#5. Don’t Be Superman or Superwoman

All this planning and being on a tight schedule can make you feel like you need to get it all done in one day. That kind of thinking is usually how things get broken or left behind. Therefore, consider taking your time, especially if you didn’t hire movers.

Even if you did hire them, that doesn’t mean your entire apartment needs to be together by the time the truck drives away. Instead, unpack what you can and save the rest for another day. Remember, if you have an overnight bag for yourself and your cat, there shouldn’t be anything you need immediately.

Lastly, speaking of furry friends or kids, consider getting a sitter and take a load off; you don’t have to worry about everything all time.

Final Thoughts

Moving during the summer is no walk in the park, but if you take the time to prepare properly, you can save yourself a lot of unnecessary drama. Even if you are a procrastinator at heart, at very least book the movers as soon as possible. Remember, Keego Harbor has beaches, hiking trails, biking paths, waterfront restaurants, and more. Wouldn’t you rather move into your apartment with ease and head out to the beach for an afternoon paddle board game instead? Well, you can do that if you take these five tips to heart.

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