Monthly Archives: November 2013

Five best things to do in Stratford during the Off Season

apartments for rent in Stratford, winter, eventsStratford is always bustling with activities and things to do even in its off-season. Whether you’re looking for a date night out, an exquisite experience tasting food, shopping or an evening of artistic talents, you can find it near your apartment in Stratford. To ensure that residents explore Stratford to its fullest, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel, has researched five things that you can enjoy in Stratford during the off-season.


Oyster Night at Mercer Hall

Starting September 19th, 2013 enjoy fresh-shucked oysters and sparkling wine every Thursday at Mercer Hall’s Oyster Night. Try many different types of oysters including kulmamoto, malpeque, raspberry point, kusshi, maison de beau soleil and shiney point. All of the oysters are served with your choice of mignionettes, house-made hot sauce or simply a squeeze of lemon. Pair the oysters with an assortment of wines available by the glass or bottle. Sip on a glass of Chateau de Charmes Rose, cuvee Catharine or spoil yourself with a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Get out on the town to enjoy a unique and reasonably priced date night with friends or your significant other. Located on 104 Ontario Street, Mercer Hall is a mere four-minute drive and 27-minute walk from the Avon Place apartments, so you can take a refreshing stroll to and from the event. To ensure that you get to experience this culinary treat, it is best to make reservations either by calling Mercer Hall at (519) 271-9202 or visiting their online reservation page.


Christmas Open House Weekend

Wander through Cozyn’s Garden Gallery and feast your eyes on over 30 different Christmas trees dressed to the nines for the holiday season. On November 9th and 10th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. enjoy piping-hot apple cider and a variety of other food samplings. If you’re looking for a festive way to kick off the holiday season, visit Cozyn’s located on 680 Huron Street and you might even be inspired to decorate your Christmas tree in a manner similar to these stunning examples. Williams and McDaniel’s Stratford apartments located on 359 and 397 Railway Avenue are a seven-minute drive or 50-minute walk from the twinkling trees and festivities.


Tea and Chocolate Pairing

For those who like sweets and tea, this Tea and Chocolate Pairing event for two is guaranteed to be a good time. Discover the art of pairing tea and chocolate at the Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar and introduce yourself to new and exotic teas. Surrounded by over 100 loose-leaf teas, you’ll be taught how to educate your palate while indulging in artisan-made chocolate by Rheo Thompson Candies. On November 23rd at 3 p.m., Canadian tea sommelier Karen Hartwick will guide audiences through the world of rich and invigorating teas and its sweet counterpart decadent chocolate.  The Avon Place apartments are only a two-minute drive or 10-minute walk from the Tea Leaves Tea Tasting Bar on 433 Erie Street.


Victorian Christmas Trail

This self-guided magical holiday tour is a great way to see the best shops in Stratford and to pick up those last-minute gifts. Running from November 1st to December 18th, you can purchase a holiday pass that stays valid for three days from the date of purchase. This pass entitles you to choose six of the 13 shops you would like to visit and as a bonus you can present a ticket in exchange for your holiday gift. For the complete Victorian Christmas Trail route, visit the Stratford website here. Tickets can be purchased at Stratford Tourism located on 47 Downie Street or by calling 1-800-561-7926.




Featuring popular songs along with classic holiday tunes performed by an assortment of singers, choirs and dancers, the Starbright Christmas Concert is a breathtaking display of artistic talents. World-class performers combine for a show that is both fun, festive and filled with glamorous costumes and superb singers. Scheduled to run on December 9th at 2 p.m. at the Stratford Festival Theatre, audiences can enjoy this glorious celebration without disrupting other holiday plans. The theatre located on 55 Queen Street is a four-minute drive and 25-minute walk from the Avon Place apartments.


If you’re looking to try something new in Stratford or are simply visiting for the weekend, all of these activities are worth a try. Explore a new side of this quaint city and discover all the hidden treasures it has to offer. Set in an artistic, close-knit community, Williams and McDaniel’s Stratford apartments are an ideal rental option for renters who are in the market.



Five Fall Comfort food recipes

apartments for rent in Stratford, recipes, autumnWith the fall season comes an array of delicious produce including butternut squash, pumpkins, apples and a whole lot more. In order to enjoy these delicious items, you can whip up some meals in your apartment that include these seasonal favourites as ingredients. For those who want to cook up some comfort food, our preferred property management company, Williams and McDaniel has compiled some mouth-watering recipes to try as well as places near the Stratford apartments to pick up any necessary ingredients.


Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheese

The ‘Oh She Glows’s’ Butternut Squash Mac N’ Cheese recipe takes a comfort food classic and incorporates fresh seasonal vegetables. If you have time you can roast the butternut squash, but if you are looking for ways to save time you can always use canned squash. The recipe’s easy-to-make sauce is full of nutrients, low in fat and is also vegan-friendly. Once the sauce and the pasta are done mix them together and don’t forget to mix in some vegetables like kale, spinach, peas, or broccoli. Sobeys located on Queensland Road is a three-minute drive and 19-minute walk from the Avon Place apartments in Stratford and stocks a large selection of organic and local produce.


Minestrone Soup

The perfect remedy for a chilly fall day is ‘Citron Limette’s’ Minestrone Soup. Made with leeks, carrots, celery, red peppers, green peppers, zucchini, garlic, butternut squash and a variety of other colourful fall vegetables, this soup is just as tasty as it looks. For fresh, local vegetables visit Foodland located on 581 Downie Street, which is a five-minute drive or 24-minute walk from apartments.  The beauty of minestrone soup is you can throw in any vegetables you want and it will always result in a delicious soup. In addition to this soup’s abundance of vegetables, this traditional Italian dish is often served with pasta or rice. Whip up a batch of this soup and enjoy a piping-hot bowl of fall-flavoured goodness.


Chicken Pot Pie

Imagine brothy gravy, a crisp golden crust and tender flavour-filled vegetables and chicken and you’ve got ‘The Pioneer Woman Cooks’ Chicken Pot Pie. Pot pies allow you to cook the chicken right in the pie and give you an opportunity to use up any leftover chicken or turkey you might have. This medley of onions, carrots, celery, chicken, turkey, thyme and parsley combine to make a masterpiece that you can enjoy right away. It is best to make more than you need and freeze it, for easy, healthy and homemade meals. For those who want delicious food but would rather not cook, The Country Food Co. located on 38 Erie Street has a selection of premade dishes including Butternut Squash Agnolotte, Homemade Ratatouille, Lasagna and Chunky Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pies for you to enjoy. This store, which prides itself on providing a tasty and healthy food experience, is a mere three-minute drive and 24-minute walk from the apartment located on 359-397 Railway Avenue.


Crockpot Turkey Chili

Enjoy a leaner, healthier version of chili with the ‘Skinny Taste’ Crockpot Turkey Chili. Pick up the ground turkey, corn, bell peppers, tomatoes and additional spices at Foodland. The store also offers an Ontario Fresh Pick Calendar, so you know when it’s the best time to try different Ontario produce. Pop all the ingredients into a slow cooker, cook on high for four hours or six hours on low and get ready to enjoy a delicious and hearty dish.


Winter Vegetable Torte

Sliced sweet potatoes, spinach, mozzarella, butternut squash, caramelized onions, roasted cauliflower and roasted mushrooms are among the items you will find in this ‘Proud Italian Cook’ Winter Vegetable Torte. Normally springform pans are used to make dessert cakes, but this recipe uses this gadget to create a cake completely made from juicy, crunchy and sweet vegetables and gooey cheese. A tip to keep in mind when making this dish is to place a baking sheet under the springform pan when you bake it, to avoid drips in your oven. Drop by Sobeys to pick up your ingredients for this unique fall food item.


Savour the crisp fall weather and the scenic beauty of the season, but don’t forget to indulge in some fall comfort food. With these easy and nutritious recipes, you’ll be able to get your daily serving of fruits and vegetables and most importantly, all the dishes will taste delicious while doing so. With apartments that are set within a beautiful and quaint community, Williams and McDaniel’s Stratford apartments are a stunning rental option for those who are currently looking.