January 18, 2019
When looking for a place to live we all have different amenities which we value more. However, being that we are at the start of a new year, there is much interest in fitness. If this is one of your values, then below you will find the nicest community gyms Gainesville has to offer!
Not only do they have the nicest gyms, but they offer the best amenities for all exercise types. Live where you work out!
Don’t believe me? Check them out yourself!
Gainesville Place is not only an excellent apartment complex located in between the University of Florida and Santa Fe College but it also has one of the nicest gyms around. With a gym open 24 hours and brand new, state-of-the-art equipment they are a gym buffs dream. It is also perfect for those just getting started in the fitness world. They have all you need to achieve your fitness goals this new year. Is the gym not your scene but still want to work out? Well, Gainesville Place has racquetball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts. Let me not forget to mention their one-mile fitness trails.
Lexington Crossing’s gym is another community gym putting others to shame. With their 24- hour fitness center and machines for every body part ever they are right to say to cancel your gym membership. Just like Gainesville Place, Lexington Crossing has tennis and basketball courts for those of you who prefer to get fit through sports.
Another place doing the most for their residents in the area of fitness is Oxford Manor. Here is another 24-hour fitness center with mirrors on the walls so you can see your muscles grow as you work out. However, the coolest thing they have in their gym is the moving rock wall. You don’t have to wait for a fair to come around to climb a rock wall, now you can do it in the comfort of your community gym. For those who want to play sports, they have basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts. If this isn’t enough to convince you they are committed to catering for those of us who love fitness, I should mention they have a cardio room and a sauna. A SAUNA!
The gym at The Crossing at Santa Fe is a spacious one that is also open 24 hours! They have natural light coming from all around and a view of the pool to encourage you to keep going. There are countless machines and yet enough space for you to do your own thing. They also have courts for basketball, tennis, and volleyball players.
Last on our best community gyms list is the gym at The Polos. It is, of course, open 24 hours for those who are regularly busy. It is also extremely spacious. They have all types of machines, some you may have seen, some you may have no clue what to do with. Racquetball, basketball, tennis, and volleyball players there is a court for you in this community. Last on the long list of great things they have, is the fact that they have a sauna! Get spa-like steam after a hard workout, what more could you ask for?
Where’s your favorite place to workout in Gainesville?
December 24, 2018
With those pesky finals souring our mood it may be easy to forget why the holidays are so amazing. However, I have taken it upon myself to provide the best five reasons why we should embrace that holiday cheer even and never, ever, stop loving the holidays!
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy New Year!
The End is Nigh.
Turn on your cars and pack your bags. It is almost time for three weeks of nothing but doing nothing. Remember that Netflix subscription you had? You can finally start using it again. Put on your sweatpants and hoodie, pop some popcorn and get ready to let all the cramming you have done in the last three weeks flow out of your brain. Replace all that information with valuable things, like where is the nearest Holiday Parade and what is Merideth Gray up to now on Grey’s Anatomy!
The heavenly smell of pine. The beautiful green monstrosities that pass for trees with lights so bright you need sunglasses. Wreaths on every door. Hot chocolate everywhere! Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas” is on the charts again. Polar Express and all the other classics are on every channel all the time. People laugh more, smile more, and give more. There are carolers and mistletoe and all of this proves Andy Williams was right, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
Okay, but, how cute are winter clothes? Florida, with its cold but not too cold weather, give you the perfect temperature to wear the most stylish winter outfits you can find. That knitted sweater, paired with some leggings, throw in a scarf tied in some intricate knot, with a beanie, and your Ugg boots and you have a fit made for the runway. Not only are you looking spiffy but it’s like you’re constantly walking around in a warm blanket and you’re not hot!
The holidays were made for us shopaholics. The holidays are the perfect excuse to splurge a little on your loved ones and don’t forget yourself. True, most of us are broke college kids, but we can take a break from that during the holidays. At the very least, we can go window shopping or just to revel in the energy in the stores during this time of the year. There is so much excitement to find the perfect gift and to buy it before it sells out, that is the energy that us shopaholics feed on.
New Year, New Me!
The holiday season concludes with one of the best celebrations, New Years! It literally ends with a BANG! New Year celebrations mean fireworks and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. It means it’s time to post “New Year, New Me,” and make your resolutions. Celebrating the end of the year makes you feel like you are closing a chapter of your life and you get to start all over. It feels like new beginnings or, better said, like closing all your tabs after doing a long report. It means you have a whole new set of 365 days to have new experiences and grow. For many New Year is not even a holiday, but I say New Year’s is one more reason to love the holiday season!
November 30, 2018
Calling all Gainesville Coffee Lovers!
Gainesville is a great hub buzzing with many local businesses but we’re here to highlight some of the best local cafes for you gators to check out!
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Wyatt’s is the one stop shop for all thing’s coffee in Gainesville. Proudly brewing fresh coffee on the daily to fuel busy students like you. But they don’t stop there, pair your coffee with their delicious pastries for the ultimate combo. It’s no secret why Wyatt’s is a fan favorite among students from it’s aesthetically pleasing ambiance to its great downtown Gainesville location. Next time you are craving some coffee make a pit stop at Wyatt’s and see for yourself why it makes the perfect place to study or relax.
Another gem located in downtown Gainesville is Maude’s Café. If you’re looking for a cozy, eclectic coffee shop then look no further! Maude’s has undoubtedly created a name for itself by serving killer coffee & treats that has been dominating the coffee scene for several reasons. Get the best of both worlds at Maude! Enjoy the ambiance of their classic café or relax outside on their peaceful patio known as the “Sidecar”. Inside or outside, Maude’s makes for the perfect epicenter for studying, conversation, cocktails, and even musical entertainment. Specializing in both quality coffee and food, Maude’s Café is the newest coffee shop on your bucket list!
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Whether your vegan, vegetarian or simply health conscious we guarantee Karma Cream won’t disappoint. Karma Cream is a local organic Ice Cream Café! Swing by for a sweet treat of dairy-free ice cream, gluten-free baked goods, vegan desserts and of course their delicious coffee creations. Enjoy the endless options while avoiding all the guilt. Indulge in the finer things in life, such as Karma Cream, we promise you won’t regret it!
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Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate
Volta Coffee, Tea & Chocolate offers an array of rotary specialty coffees, teas, handcrafted espresso drinks, and drinking chocolates. Sounds like heaven to me. Since 2008 this local Gainesville café has been sharing its love for the art of coffee by creating the ultimate coffee shop experience just for you. Volta has something for everyone ranging from their divine drinks to decadent pastries. Volta has cultivated the ultimate artsy and creative environment, that will 100% help your Instagram aesthetic. Indulge in Volta and see for yourself why it’s a popular choice for all coffee lovers.
What is your favorite local Cafe?!