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5 Reasons You Should Be Excited for Fall

Today marks the first day of the fall season. (Que the tears!) Yes summer is officially gone and we are on a fast track into yet another cold winter in Canada, but let’s not forget that we get to enjoy all that the fall season has to offer in the meantime. For those of you experiencing the summertime blues like we are, don’t worry because we put together this week’s blog article especially for you.

 

There are plenty of reasons why you should be excited for fall, here are just some of the things we are looking forward to the most!

 

Apple Picking Season

This is probably what we’re most excited for! Apples are at their peak during this time of year, so head down to your nearest of most beloved farm and pick your own apples. Not only do you get a tasty treat out of it, but you’ll also have some fun in the process. If you’re looking for the best farms near Mississauga for apple picking, we’ve written a blog to guide you.

 

Thanksgiving

This special holiday to give thanks to our loved ones is one of our fall highlights. Enjoying the company of the people that matter the most to you, while stuffing your face with turkey and pumpkin pie cannot be beat!

 

Sweater Weather

It’s not sweater weather! That means you can bundle up in your favourite, coziest clothes that you own and it will be completely acceptable. And a new season means new fashion trends are coming out so you can go shopping for the newest fads this season.

 

Sports

Sports, sports, sports! Your favourite sports leagues will be starting back up at the beginning of this fall season, so you can indulge in Sunday night football and Hockey Night in Canada all over again.

 

Beautiful Scenery

The fall weather means the leaves will be changing colour and we will be seeing beautiful scenery all over the nation. Long drives up north will become that much more enjoyable, and your neighbourhood will be breathtaking. Take a break this season from the hustle and bustle that is your life and enjoy all the fall beauty around you!

 

6 Reasons to Consider Staying in a Short Term Rental This Winter

A short-term rental is an ideal solution for any traveller who will be visiting a new city or country for an extended period of time, be it for business, pleasure, family, medical necessity, or any other reason. Short-term rentals are great because they provide the features and luxuries of a hotel without the expense, and the comforts of home without the hassles of moving or locking into long-term leases.

And when it comes to different seasons, there are a number of unique reasons to stay in a short-term rental this winter.

1. Not Having to Worry About Moving in Winter

Nobody likes moving, but doing it in winter is especially unpleasant, and the snow, ice, cold, and bad weather can make the process more difficult and even dangerous. A short-term rental eliminates all the aggravation that comes with an unfurnished long-term rental, because the unit comes fully furnished and equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay.

2. Save Money and Stay Warm by Eating In

Most visitors to a new city who stay in a hotel often have to eat every meal out, and not only does this add up quickly, but it also means having to venture out into the cold and snow at every mealtime. In a short-term accommodation, you’ll have access to your very own kitchen, meaning you can save money on food, won’t have to bundle up for breakfast, and you can eat in the comfort of your own home away from home.

3. Not Being Locked into a Lengthy Lease

One of the hardest parts about travelling to new places for extended stays is the dilemma about where to stay. Typical options include a hotel, finding a long-term rental accommodation, or buying a place, which is an enormous commitment. A less traditional option (but ideal solution) is a short-term rental, which will have more flexible lease agreements for short-term travel.

4. Luxury Amenities and Feeling Like You’re Home

Short-term rental accommodations are like hotels in that you’ll have access to a number of features and amenities, including:

  • Swimming pool
  • Gym or fitness centre
  • Lounge areas
  • Theater rooms
  • Luxury linens and bedding

Unlike a hotel, however, a short-term rental feels much more like home, meaning you can settle in more comfortably.

5. More Room Than a Traditional Hotel

It’s hard enough finding room to spread out in a hotel room when the weather is nice, let alone when you have all your extra winter gear with you. Short-term rentals tend to provide you with a lot more space that a hotel room, and this will make your stay much less cramped, especially during winter trips.

6. Cost Savings

Short-term rentals are more affordable than long-term hotel stays, long-term rentals, and buying a place to accommodate your trip. These types of rentals are designed specifically for budget-conscious travellers who don’t want to spend a fortune on a hotel room, and who don’t want the expense or commitment of a long-term rental (plus all the utility fees) or purchase.

There are a good many reasons to stay in a furnished apartment rental this winter, and convenience, comfort, and luxury are among the most important. Not only will a short-term rental save you money, but you’ll also be able to cook for yourself, take care of your own laundry, and feel at home in a new place as you explore the city. For more information, contact City Gate Suites to learn about our flexible leases and luxurious short-term accommodations.

Building Spotlight: Parkside Village

We’re shining a light on one of our most popular buildings, Parkside Village. The village is made up of three modern towers that are attached at the base. Parkside Village was only built in 2014, so you’ll experience contemporary and up-to-date fixtures throughout our suites and the building itself. We guarantee you’ll love it here!

 

Located just two blocks away from Mississauga’s downtown core, Parkside Village residents have the easiest access to all that this city has to over, including Celebration Square, Square One Mall, Kariya Park, Cineplex Cinemas, and more! Not to mention you’ll have everything you could hope and more within the building. A rooftop patio, first class gym with panoramic view of the terrace, swimming pool, and children’s playroom are just four of the many wonderful amenities that exists in this location. The village has 50,000 square feet of amenities in total, giving you the ultimate recreation, relaxation and revitalization experience.

 

When it comes to our suites you surely will not be disappointed. Here at City Gate Suites we pride ourselves on making our customers feel at home when they stay with us. We provide you with everything you need to ease your transition into our suite, whether you’re coming for work relocation, medical stay, or personal travel. Your suite will come equipped with an in-suite washer and drying, bedding, TV, unlimited Wi-Fi, and full kitchen stocked with utensils, plates, pots and pans.

 

Our friendly and helpful staff are always just a phone call away throughout the entirety of your stay. We love to hear from our guests.

For more information on Parkside Village, please call our main office at 1-800-954-9188.

Top 5 Events in Toronto This September

Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival, commonly known as TIFF, is a must see event that happens every year in downtown Toronto. Some of the most popular actors and actresses in Hollywood make their way to Toronto each year to debut their latest films. Some films will make it to the big screen across the nation, while others will only be displayed in this film festival, so come check them out while you can.

 

Oktoberfest

This event is a spin-off of the crazy party that takes place in Munich, Germany every year in October. Thousands of Torontonians will gather in the city dressed in dirndls and lederhosen to drink and celebrate German culture.

 

Nuit Blanche

This is a free city-wide event showcasing modern and contemporary art installations. This outdoor event is unlike any other you will see in Toronto.

 

Invictus Games

This athletic competition was started by Prince Harry in 2014. It is a Paralympic-style multi-sport event that will take place in various venues across Toronto. It will end with an awesome concert by Bruce Springsteen in the ACC.

 

Toronto Beer Week

Beer lovers unite during this week long event, taking place in over 100 locations across the city in various bars.

Aliaa | 2015

Excellent group! On two separate occasions I’ve rented furnished one-bedroom apartments through City Gate Suites, and both times have had a great experience with them! Staff are very nice, very knowledgeable, always helpful and a pleasure to deal with. The units themselves are well designed, comfortable, and user friendly.

Shane H | Long Beach, USA (2016)

Over a 6 month period we rented 22 apartments and housed 33 people. All the apartments came comfortably furnished with all the amenities you would expect including basic cable and good internet. The apartments were new, clean and well maintained in excellent locations close to all local shopping and attractions. I never had any issues contacting them, even after hours. I highly recommend City Gate Suites and their professional work manner.

Robert Offley | President & CEO of CentriLogic (2016)

City Gate Suites provided an ideal solution for the need of extended stays compare to traditional hotels. The fully equipped kitchen and en-suite laundry facility were very easy and comfortable. The residential building is brand new and it is quite safe with 24 hour concierge. The company delivered trust and professionalism and the staff was very friendly and supportive. I would highly recommend to anyone for long term business travelers or work relocation assignment.

Jay L. | 2017

Rented a one bedroom condo conveniently located near Mississauga’s City Centre – within a 5 minute walking distance to restaurants, grocery stores, and shops. The furnished rental was a fabulous place to stay, much better than a hotel. The place was clean and well kept. Microwave, kitchen cookware and essentials (such as cutlery, pots, and pans) were provided to do some light cooking. Highly recommended!

Geri | 2017

We stayed at City Gate Suites in a 2-bedroom, 2-bath near Square One. Our new condo was delayed by a year and Kenneth, Maryam and Kawther made our stay very stress free! Thanks for such helpful attention and consideration to our needs during this time. We highly recommend City Gate Suites!

Best Farms To Give You The Most Out Of Apple Picking Season

Apple picking is a fall ritual that all Torontonians and GTA residents alike should participate in at least once during this year’s harvest season. We know that it’s still summertime, but whether we want to admit it or not, fall is rapidly approaching, and with apple picking season beginning in September, it’s time we start thinking about where we’re going to get our fresh fruit from.

Go to your local farm and breath in that clean country air, while enjoying some of the best fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the tree. The crisp, juicy taste and experience you get from picking an apple fresh from the tree is something that you just can’t get from the grocery store.

You can find farms scattered all over the GTA, and you likely won’t be disappointed, but our list is compiled of our favourite farms near Mississauga.

Carl Laidlaw Orchards

Get access to over 30 different variations of apples at this family-owned farm in Brampton, only a 20 minute drive from Mississauga. If you don’t feel like picking your own, the farm has bags of pre-picked apples for you to choose from instead. Don’t leave without taking a tractor ride around the 100-acre farm.

Chudleigh’s Apple Farm

This is probably one of the most well known farms in the area, and for good reason. Chudleighs is out top suggestion for everyone, but especially if you’re bringing young children along. This large farm has everything you want and more! You can pick your apples (as promised), but you’ll also find just about every other fruit and vegetable you would hope for. You can enjoy roasted corn on the cob, hot dogs, and funnel cakes. But that’s not all! You can go for a tractor ride through the farm, or even go on a pony ride.

Dixie Orchards

If you are willing to drive a bit further outside of Mississauga, Dixie Orchards will be well worth your drive. Pick from over 20 varieties of apples, enjoy freshly baked goods, candy apples, farm animals, and you can even pick vegetables.