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10 Tips That Will Improve Your Moving Experience

Moving is stressful. You need to make decision after decision about what to take and what to give away. And of course, there is the not-sure pile, subject to future decision making.

 

Once you know what you are taking to your new home, you must pack it safely and securely. So many family memories are in those boxes! It is important to use the most protective methods available.

 

You also want to find out how to save time by packing efficiently. The process can take weeks. If you can shave even a few days off that total, your moving experience will just that much easier.

 

At The Cays, we are used to helping people move in. We hope that your move to your future home is a breeze. Here is a look at 10 essentials for everyone who is getting ready to move.

 

#1. The right type of box.

Cardboard boxes are traditional, but newer plastic containers have definite benefits too. If you are simply concerned with transporting your possessions, then cardboard is the way to go. These boxes are sturdy, cheap and get the job done.

 

If you are putting your goods into storage before unpacking them, consider investing in a number of plastic containers. They are easy to stack, which saves space. They are more protective, keeping out pests and moisture.

 

#2. The right size of box.

Get the right size box. Don’t try to pack heavy books in a huge box. You will never be able to pick it up. Find a smaller one made for books and small items. For bulky articles, get large boxes so you don’t need to cram the item into a too-small space. Storage and transport shops sell boxes in a range of sizes, including small, medium, large, extra large, and divided for multiple small items.

 

#3. Using the right type of tape.

You need strong tape that keeps the boxes completely closed, even when they are shifted and dropped. Your choices include the ever-popular duct tape, mailing tape, packing tape and shipping tape. As a rule plastic doesn’t need tape, unless you are trying to wrap something fragile. Be sure to use tape to wrap cumbersome rugs to keep them rolled up during transport and storage.

 

#4. Cutting supplies.

You need to cut tape and open boxes so be sure to have on hand scissors and box cutters.

 

#5. List items on boxes with markers and labels.

It is critical to put labels on every box, or write on the outside with a marker what is inside. When you get to your destination, you will be confronted with far too many boxes for you to remember what was inside each one.

 

Different colored markers and labels let you see at a glance the category of the items in the box, like clothing, dishware, toys, etc.

 

#6. Packing material.

Move-it-yourself stores have an amazing choice of specialty packing materials, much of it very handy to ensure safe transport. These include bubble wrap, blankets, clothing racks and dishware boxes and separators. You can also collect and shred newsprint or use your own linens as buffer materials.

 

#7. Cords for keeping items in place.

During transport, you want your goods to stay in one place, not shift from side to side. The more secure they are, the safer they are. Buy rope, twine, bungee cords and tie-downs for the trip.

 

#8. Felt pads for floors.

Pads made of felt work well to protect the floor when you move large pieces of furniture in and out of your old and new locations.

 

#9. Hand truck or dolly for transporting.

With a hand truck or a dolly at hand, you can easily transport two or three boxes at a time, taking them from the house to your car or truck. Without these handy devices, you will end up moving one box at a time, leading to aches in your back, arms, neck and shoulders.

 

#10. Pallets for storing and transporting.

Put your boxes on pallets when you move to keep them off wet flooring. Lifting them off the ground helps them stay safe from pests and water.

 

From us at The Cays, we hope your move and your future home are perfect and comfortable.

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Best Restaurants Near The Cays

Dine in style at a wide choice of restaurants close to The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo. You can select from a number of cuisines suitable for every budget.

 

Here is a look at 10 of the best. Explore and experiment. Use these 10 as a great starting point for your foodie adventures around The Cays.

 

American Cuisine

 

Earnest Restaurant at 4991 S. Alma School Road offers classic comfort food with a modern twist. The selections make the most of the East Valley agricultural bounty. It has a respected wine list, offers craft beers and is proud of its cocktail menu. It is a delightful gathering spot for family and friends. The prices are in the $31-60 range.

 

The Living Room at 2475 W. Queen Creek Road has a full menu of sandwiches, a cheese board, soups, salads, appetizers, fondue and a slider board. It has a wine bar and is popular for happy hour. The outdoor patio is a popular place. The atmosphere is lively and the staff is friendly and efficient. The prices are in the $11-30 range.

 

Italian Cuisine

 

Oregano’s Pizza Bistro at 1960 W. Germann Road offers a wide range of pizzas, appetizers, sides, wings, salads, sandwiches, pasta, dessert and drinks. It calls itself “Your Neighborhood Pizza Joint. Choices include thin crust, stuffed pizza and pan pizza, with a very large choice of toppings. The prices are in the $11-30 range.

 

Carlo & Emilie’s Gourmet Deli at 2040 S. Alma School Road specializes in fresh pastas complete with homemade sauces, sandwiches both hot and cold, salads and a wide range of Italian and French meats and cheeses. The homemade meatball sandwich on a baguette is very popular. The prices are in the $11-30 range.

 

Greek and Mediterranean Cuisine

 

The Cyprus Grill at 1065 W. Queen Creek Road specializes in pita sandwiches, hummus appetizers, Greek fries and Lamb Souvlaki.  They offer a wide range of appetizers and salads. Beef, chicken, lamb and shrimp dishes as well as vegetarian are part of the menu. They also offer pasta and sides. The prices are in the $11-30 range.

 

Pitta Souvli at 1940 S. Alma School Road is a family owned restaurant specializing in healthy Mediterranean fare. The menu ranges from lamb platters to pastas, pitas and grilled chicken salads. The falafel appetizer gets rave reviews. They carry a nice selection of wines and the staff is known for good service. The prices are in the $11-30 range.

 

Steak and Seafood

 

Chop Chandler at 2625 W. Queen Creek Road serves all types of seafood as appetizers and entrees, but their specialty is meat, from double-cut pork chops to baseball cut top sirloin. There is some chicken on the menu as well as pasta. Regulars rave about the consistently good food and service. The prices are in the $31-60 range.

 

Rock Lobster Reinvented—the Sushi Room at 2475 W. Queen Creek Road carries a mix of food. It is part sushi bar with Teppanyaki tables, but also carries a wide range of steaks and seafood fixed in traditional American ways. Vegetarians can enjoy the soy-glazed tofu. They carry a full range of sake. The prices are in the $11-30 range.

 

Asian Cuisine

 

Phuket Thai Cuisine at 4040 S. Arizona Ave. specializes in rice and noodle dishes. The Spicy Cashew Nuts and the homemade coconut ice cream get rave reviews. It carries a wide range of Thai selections for lunch and dinner. The atmosphere is cheerful, friendly and the area is exceptionally clean. The prices are in the $11-30 range.

 

Pho Chandler at 4055 S. Arizona Ave. carries a wide range of Vietnamese staples including Goi Cuon with marinated grilled pork, which is a favorite. The rice noodle vermicelli and pork rolls get high marks from regulars. The seafood pho and chicken dishes are well prepared. The prices are in the under $10 range.

 

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Exclusive Resort Living: The Cays

The Cays is a planned community located at the Downtown Ocotillo in Chandler, Arizona. It is an exclusive development of condos arranged on 167 acres that overlook the man-made Lakes of Ocotillo.

In the Center of Things

The condos are within walking distance of restaurants, shopping, golf, attractions and transportation hubs like I-10, the Santan Freeway, Loop 101 and Highway 60.

The Chandler golf course has 27 holes and offers championship-level play. Lush landscaping includes waterfalls, lots of flowers and mature trees. Residents receive a resort card that provides them with discounts for a round and at the pro shop. The course is open to the public and operates on a daily-fee basis.

Located at the Downtown Ocotillo, The Cays are close to speciality grocery shops and a wide range of restaurants. Residents can also shop at the Chandler Fashion Center, with over 180 stores. The Phoenix Premium Outlets provide a wide selection of great deals. In the area, there are five anchor outlets including Nordstrom, Sears, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Harkins Theatres.

Attractions close by include the Wild Horse Resort and Casino and Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. Swimmers can enjoy the Hamilton Aquatic Center with an eight-lane pool, water slides, diving boards and professional coaches.

Many major employers like Intel are located are just a short walk away from The Cays.

Types of Condos

There are both one and two bedroom condos on one level as well as penthouse and loft suites, many of which boast private patios.

The condos are targeted to both owners who plan to live there all year round and second-home buyers. All units have secure, gated parking underground.

The Fitness Center

The gathering place for The Cays is the Clubhouse, a full 5,000 square feet of meeting area and activity center. It houses the Fitness Center, filled with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

Personal trainers are available to guide residents through the most effective routines. Both the women’s and men’s bathrooms come complete with lockers to store gear.

Next to the fitness area is the outdoor pool. It has a waterfall as well as a lap lane. Much like what is found in resorts, the pool area is landscaped, with grassy areas and room for deck chairs and private cabanas.

The grounds around the pool are a gathering spot for sunbathers, foodies and their BBQ equipment as well as those who like to sit by the fire on cool desert nights. The outdoor bar and patio are perfect for planned events.

Further fitness opportunities include the waterfront pedestrian trail just outside The Cays. This includes fitness stations so people can incorporate exercises into their walk routine. The trail also has an array of benches to sit and enjoy the view.

Wide Range of Amenities

The Clubroom has a two-sided fireplace, a relaxing spot to read or enjoy a conversation. The community kitchen comes complete with all the appliances a gourmet could want.

For sports lovers, the Media Center and Social Lounge offers a chance to catch the latest games, whether NFL, NHL or other major sports.

The Game Room has Wii, Xbox and videos games of all types. Wireless internet makes surfing a true pleasure for both personal and business needs.

Billiard tables are ready whenever residents and their guests want to try their hand at a game of pool.

When it’s time to relax after a brisk workout or for pampering, private steam shower rooms are available.

Staffed for Comfort

The staff is ready to help with residents’ needs. They have fax, photocopier and internet available at the office.

The community and maintenance personnel keep the area at resort levels of cleanliness and appeal.

 

Explore the Desert Botanical Garden

The Cays is located in the heart of downtown Ocotillo. We love our location, and the surrounding desert landscape that is so unique and beautiful in its own way. One of the activities for you to discover in the city offers a close up look at the beauty of the desert.

The Desert Botanical Garden has been an oasis of plant displays, research and teaching for more than 70 years. Its goal is to help visitors understand, protect and preserve the natural beauty in the desert.

The garden was started in 1936 by a group passionate about protecting the desert environment. They started the Arizona Cactus and Native For a Society to foster an appreciation of the Sonoran Desert.

Miles of Trails

The garden is spread out over 140 acres, with over 55 in cultivation. It has an astounding 50,000 plant displays in outdoor exhibits for visitors to enjoy.

There are an amazing number of things to see. In order to make the most of a visit, the best approach is to download a garden trail guide before arriving.

The garden is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from October to April. From May to September, the hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A list of just a few of the exhibits includes:

  • Ottosen Entry Garden, close to the main entrance
  • Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail
  • Desert Discovery Loop Trail, which is brick paved and connects to all the other trails and exhibits
  • Desert Terrace Garden
  • Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail
  • Center for Desert Living Trail
  • Steele Herb Garden
  • Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries
  • Berlin Agave Yucca Forest

 

Seasonal Activities

The garden offers tours to help you understand the intricate environment of the desert landscape. A wide range of activities are free with the admission fee or with membership.

One of the most popular activities is the Garden Flashlight Tour, a sensory experience that lets you feel, hear and see the desert at night.

Docents conduct tours throughout the year. These don’t require a reservation, just show up. The Garden Tour gives visitors a chance to check out the fascinating diversity of plants, including the towering saguaros, the tiny mammillarias, the strange boojums and the distinguished palo verdes.

Garden Discovery Stations are located in convenient areas to provide information about what you are looking at. Docents can answer a variety of questions about mesquite, agave, cacti and birds.

At certain times of the year, experts give 20 to 30-minute talks about the abundant life that thrives in the harsh climate.

The Birds in the Desert tour is offered in the early morning, allowing visitors to get a peek at the amazing number that inhabit the desert. 

Ever-Changing List of Events

Check the garden guide to find out which event is on tap for your visit. The staff provides a wide range of interesting entertainment for locals and visitors.

Recently visitors were serenaded by the Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band. Swing bands, the Phoenix Boys Choir and the Novo Mundo band have all been featured at various times.

Artists like Philip and Matt Moulthrop exhibited their new-turned wood. Other activities include watching caterpillars and strolling through the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion.

A wine and dine event explored the many uses of wine in the kitchen. A grow and learn event featured a healthy breakfast for every member of the family and community activities in the garden. The opening the butterfly exhibit was marked with a breakfast.

The opening the butterfly exhibit was marked with a breakfast. 

Interesting Classes

Classes are available year-round in a wide, ever-changing variety. They require advance registration and payment. Topics include art, food, travel and adventure, children and family education and explorations in natural science.

Recent classes include permaculture, tai chi, yoga, gardening maintenance, perennial herbs, rose gardening in the desert and photography, among others.

Adventure classes have included a Lower Salt River Sunset Float Trip, Taste of Arizona at the Verde Valley, and a Japanese Garden Tour and Tea.

Research

The Desert Garden Research Department conducts investigations into conservation, plant systematics and evolution, ecology and ethnobotany.

The department operates the Herbarium, Schilling Library, Anderson Laboratories, seed room and vault, the Center for Plant Conservation Greenhouse.

The department has living plant collections. Researchers have contributed to a wide array of publications that explore the desert landscape in scientific ways.