“Ah, to be young and in love,” they all say longingly. Unfortunately, it’s not always all it’s cracked up to be. Dating in college can be a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. Having a sweetheart is all fun and dandy until you have to take them out on the town. College students aren’t known for having tons of funds at their disposal so, finding cheap activities can be difficult. No matter what your relationship status says, there’s a way for you to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Make Your Own Valentine
Sure, regular Valentine’s Day cards aren’t the most expensive gift but the really clever and creative ones on Etsy usually are. You can do better, though. Create your own! Add in your own flair and personality for a really sentimental card. A gift means so much more when the recipient can tell how much heart and thought you put into it. Stop by the Mountainlair on Valentine’s Day from 11AM until 2PM to create your perfect card.
A Heart-Shaped Box (of pancakes)
Nothing says “Love” like “All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes.” If you and your date have a penchant for breakfast foods, you won’t find anything more romantic than all-you-can-eat pancakes at IHOP. Or if you’re single, take your buds to IHOP and feast like kings and queens. Through February 12th, IHOP is offering this up to visitors who order a specific order and then, tell them to keep ‘em coming! Thankfully, even if the weather isn’t particularly hospitable, IHOP is right around the bend from Pierpont Place Apartments.
Valentine’s Day is great to show your partner that you love them but what about your pals? They deserve some love too. Whether your pals are gals or guys, everyone can celebrate Galentine’s Day! This year at the Mountainlair, from February 12th until the 14th, you can make your very own cuddly bear at the Build A Bear event. Stuff them and dress them up to your heart’s content. Gift it to your loved one or keep it for yourself.
No matter what Facebook says your relationship status is, you can find something fun to do this Valentine’s Day. What’s your favorite thing to do around the holiday? Do you prefer to spend it with your loved one or your friends?
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Over half of West Virginia University’s student body are non-residents of West Virginia, meaning they’re coming from out of state. While some of these folks might have come from neighboring states like Pennsylvania or Ohio, other students might come from warmer states. If you’re still not used to the northern winters of West Virginia, here’s a little survival guide to help you get through the bitter winter.
Layer Up, Buttercup
You can never be too prepared for a snowstorm, especially when those winds get whipping around. The icy winds will pierce right through your jacket and tee shirt. So make sure you have multiple layers on under your winter jacket. We’re not talking about just 2 shirts. Get some fleece lined jeans and weather proof boots. Put your holey sneakers away for the season and get some shoes that won’t let the melted snow leak in.
Invest in a Good Thermos
There’s nothing worse than getting to class after trudging through the snow and not warming back up again until you get back to your apartment after classes are through. When you get up in the morning, brew up a hot pot of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea and throw it in a thermos. It will keep your hands toasty on the way to campus and it will restore your body’s warmth as you sip it in class. Just make sure your professor doesn’t have a “no food and drink” policy!
Take Care of Your Car
If you drive to class, you want your car to hold up through the winter, right? You’ll need to give it a little extra attention in the winter to make sure it’s in proper working order. Check your tire pressure frequently. Cold weather affects the pressure which could in turn affect your traction and gas mileage. To prevent your fuel lines freezing, keep a full gas tank throughout winter. Follow these tips and you won’t have to resort to hoofing it around Morgantown.
Keep all of your cold weather essentials on hand. Blankets, candles, Netflix, hot chocolate, and books are important to your sanity throughout the winter. Take stock of your apartment, if you don’t have these things, it’s time for a trip to the store. Buy in bulk and then you won’t have to head back out into the cold for these things again!
Winter sucks. It was great when you were a kid, but it’s a garbage season as soon as you become an adult. You can minimize the trauma of the season with a little preparation. Worse comes to worst, you can just hibernate in your Pierpont apartment for the next few months.
What are your best cold weather life hacks? Share them with us on Facebook!
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Tis the season for changes. The new year is a time for new beginnings and starting over. No matter who you are or where you are in life, there are always opportunities for change and improvement. Take a moment now to write down your list of goals for 2017. It can be a long list or a sticky note. What’s important is that you commit yourself to actually making the changes.
If you’re having trouble coming up with resolutions, we have a few suggestions as well as some ways to achieve them.
One of the most popular resolutions every single year is to lose weight or to be healthier. That’s sure easy to say, “Hey, you know what? This year, I’m going to eat healthier, be more active, and make healthier choices.” Sounds simple. In execution, it’s really not. But really, all it takes is baby steps. Each day, take a step towards being healthy. One day, try waking up earlier and squeezing in a workout session in Pierpont Place’s fitness center. Or the next time you go out to eat, order a water instead of a soda. Small steps over time will lead to big changes!
Being Less Stressed
Easier said than done, right? Just be less stressed, they say! It’s simple! But it’s really not. Stress can take a huge toll on your body. If you have trouble relaxing even after your work is done, you need to start taking time out for yourself. Caring for yourself is just as important as caring for others. Spend your Sunday, indulging and then prepare for your week. Depending on how much time you have, try a few of these tips to care for yourself and your mental health this week. Setting some time aside each week for yourself will result in serious improvement to your well-being.
Spending More Time With Family/Friends
With school and work getting in the way, it can be hard to make time to see the people you love. That can take a real toll on you too! Once your finals are over, set a little time aside to see your friends. Then, once the spring semester starts up, make sure you make time to see your pals, whether it’s for lunch at Boreman or a movie night in the theater room at Pierpont Place. You can even schedule a study session of just quietly working on your homework. Even if you’re not working on the same class, it helps to have someone to bounce ideas off of and to help you unwind a little when the work is done.
The new year is the perfect time to start over. If 2016 didn’t go exactly the way you had planned it, a brand new year is on the way just waiting for you.
What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2017? Share them with us on Facebook and in the comments!
November is upon us and soon winter will be as well. As the Starks of Winterfell would say, winter is coming. Once winter finally hits, we’re going to be very unlikely to head outside unless it’s for the necessities. Trudging through the snow and blistering winds is not anyone’s idea of a good time.
In Morgantown, we’re pretty used to rough weather so we know what’s up once November and December hit. We have quite a few options for staying inside and still having a good time.
Indoor Tee Time
Golf is typically considered an outdoor activity. Not at Tee to Green! You might think that nothing can beat an outdoor round of golf but Tee to Green gives it a run for its money. Their 3 state-of-the-art indoor golf simulators are endorsed by the PGA Tour so you know it’s the real deal. Sharpen your game or just try it for fun. You’ll be having fun all while staying away from the chill outside. Tee to Green is a 15 minute drive away from Pierpont Place Apartments so it’s not a far drive to tee time!
Let the Good Times Roll
You can’t talk about indoor activities without mentioning bowling. No matter what you think of bowling as a sport, you can’t deny that it’s fun! Suburban Lanes (5 minutes from Pierpont Place) is a Morgantown staple. If you want to get serious, you can check out the pro shop and equip yourself accordingly. They even have cosmic bowling if you want to add an extra element of fun to your games. Grab something from the snack bar to refuel before heading back to the lanes. Suburban Lanes has everything you need for a great night inside.
Bounce Off the Walls
Pro Performance RX might seem like just another gym but it’s so much more. The indoor complex houses everything from fitness classes to intramural sports to professional sports trainers. Athletes come to train to be their very best at Pro Performance but that’s not what we’re here for. Pro Bubble is a spectacularly silly and fun sport that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. Pop yourself into one of those giant bubbles and have fun running around bouncing off the walls. You have the option of playing soccer, sharks and minnows or last man standing. It might seem childish but you certainly won’t regret it. Pro Performance RX is a 13 minute drive away from Pierpont Place.
Don’t let the cold weather crush your plans. Morgantown has everything you need to still have a blast all while avoiding the chill. What are your favorite cold weather pastimes? Share them with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Being a vegetarian or a vegan can be difficult. You’ve given yourself dietary guidelines that you must follow but restaurants aren’t always accommodating of those restrictions. You’ve probably gone through this same scenario on multiple occasions: you sit down at a restaurant, open the menu, scan it multiples times, and see nothing without meat in it. It’s frustrating!
The next time you’re looking for a delicious vegan or vegetarian meal in Morgantown, check out these local eateries.
The Venerable Bean
The Venerable Bean Bakery specializes in all the regular treats you’d find in a bakery but vegan style. Their ingredient-transparent approach lets customers know exactly what they’re eating before they choose their treat. They also have a selection of gluten-free options. Their bakery is fully vegan so you don’t have to search for something that fits your diet needs; everything is fair game! Get a little peek at their offerings on their Instagram. We guarantee you’ll be salivating just scrolling through their page! The Venerable Bean is located 10 minutes away from Pierpont Place in the Mountain People’s Co-Op.
Chaang Thai boasts itself as the ‘One and Only Authentic Thai Restaurant in Morgantown’, so if you’re looking for real Thai food, this is most definitely the place to go. While they have vegan and vegetarian options, they also serve meat so your carnivore friends can tag along too! All of their vegan options are marked on their menu and their selection of curries are ALL vegan. The next time you’re looking for something that isn’t a boring salad, Chaang Thai is a great pick. Chaang Thai is right around the corner from Mountain People’s Co-Op and just 10 minutes away from Pierpont Place.
Mexican food seems to be a favorite of vegetarians and meat eaters alike. The options are endless and endlessly delicious. Black Bear’s burritos can be crafted to your liking so no matter what you’re craving that day, you can get it on your burrito. We guarantee that you’ll find something to suit your dietary needs at Black Bear Burritos! Check out their menu to see what toppings are in your future.
Finding a tasty meal at a restaurant that isn’t a salad can be difficult when your diet restricts you. Luckily, Morgantown has some really great and accommodating restaurants.
Where do you find the best vegan/vegetarian food in our area? Share your finds with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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Halloween might seem like just a child’s holiday but it began as an ancient Celtic festival. Participants dressed in costume and lit bonfires to chase away bad spirits. In Mexico, Halloween is referred to as Dia de Muertos and is used as a time to honor the dead in a joyous festival. Today, Halloween is a celebration of candy and dressing up in costume. It’s certainly not as solemn as it used to be. So we’re going to celebrate Halloween the only way we know how: with a party!
If you want to throw yourself a Halloween party, we’re here to help you out. Here are some tips:
It’s not Halloween unless you have a great costume. The most fun costume idea is to get a group of friends and all wear matching or corresponding costumes. For example, the Scooby Doo gang, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters are great options for your squad. If you’re running on a tight budget and you’re crunched for time, picking your costume gets a little harder. This ‘Error 404’ costume is easy and only requires a white tee and a marker. Be a ceiling fan by writing ‘Go Ceiling’ on a plain shirt and carrying pom poms. While these costumes aren’t great, they get the job done.
If you’re throwing a party, you’re going to have to feed all of the monsters coming to your apartment. These hot dog mummies might seem a little childish but trust us, they’re delicious! All you’ll need are crescent rolls and hot dogs. For those of you with a sweet tooth, a spider cookie will satiate you. You have to have grub to feed the hungry monsters partying away!
Your home should look a little festive if you’re going to be throwing a party. All you need are a few choice selections to make your home look spooky. There are a lot of options for no-carve pumpkins that require little effort and no mess! We love the cactus pumpkins from Apartment Therapy. To create these creepy spider webs all you’ll need are some black trash bags and scissors! If everyone at your party is over 21 and you’d like to indulge in a rousing game of beer pong, we recommend making it a little tougher by turning off the lights and using these epic glow in the dark cups.
The most important thing to remember when throwing a party, however, is your Pierpont neighbors. Being considerate towards your neighbors will encourage them to do the same. Let them know ahead of time that you’re throwing a party and even throw them an invite. They’re more likely to be cool with your party if they’re invited to it.
Once you’ve got all the ingredients for a great party, the last thing left to do is just enjoy! We hope you all have a safe and spooky Halloween.
What are your best Halloween party tips? What’s the best costume you’ve ever made yourself? Share your photos with us on Facebook and Twitter.
With so many scenic lookouts and winding mountain roads, West Virginia is full of road trips just waiting to happen. Now that fall has arrived and the leaves are making their transformation from greens to reds, browns, and yellows, this is the time to go! It’s the perfect opportunity to escape the stresses of class and work, even if it’s just for an hour. There’s plenty to see while you drive and plenty more to stop and explore. To help narrow down which road to travel, here’s a list of some of the best scenic drives in West Virginia:
Highland Scenic Highway
The Highland Scenic Highway is perfect for a Sunday afternoon drive. It is 43 miles through the Monongahela National Forest. The drive might not be long, but there’s plenty of opportunities to explore. There are also 4 great overlook spots of the Allegheny Mountains that will have you staring out for miles. It takes about two hours to get to the Highland Scenic Highway from Morgantown so the journey can be a road trip all on its own!
Route 60 Midland Trail
If you’re looking to take a little bit of a longer drive with more diverse stops, the Midland Trail is the perfect kind of trip for you. The drive is 180 miles, and you can see plenty of gorgeous waterfalls during the drive. There are many incredible places to stop along the way to learn about pioneer history, enjoy local arts and crafts, or get a bite to eat. It takes about two hours to get to the Midland Trail from your home at Pierpont Place.
Route 32 through Canaan Valley
Anyone who enjoys the thrill of twisting and turning through winding roads needs to take the journey of Route 32 through Canaan Valley. The drive goes from Harmon to Thomas and is 20 miles of winding turns through some of the most beautiful forest you’ve ever seen. You’ll be taken through Canaan Valley State Park, Blackwater Falls State Park, and the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. If you love quirky small towns, make stops in Thomas and Davis!
Coal Heritage Trail
History buffs rejoice: Coal Heritage Trail is rife with scenery and history. Some of the sites you can see include reconstructed mines, railway stations, and towns. If you have the time, make sure to stop for a tour of an abandoned mine! On the way to these sites is, of course, wonderful scenery that would make even a person who prefers the indoors want to go along for the ride. For more information on the Coal Heritage Trail and surrounding area, check here.
Now that we’re almost at the midpoint of the semester, it’s a good idea to try and shake out some of the stress that you’ve had building up. Road trips are the perfect way to do that! Don’t miss out on these scenic trails when they are only a couple hours away from Morgantown.
What are your favorite scenic trails in the area? What relaxes you after a long week of hard classes and school work? Share with us on Facebook and Twitter!
Topic: MoTown Haunted Houses
Now that it’s the spookiest month of the year, it’s time for all of the fun fall activities you’ve been waiting for. With the cooler weather, it’s also the perfect time for apple picking, pumpkin patch perusing, hayrides, and the most important fall activity of all: haunted houses! Morgantown and West Virginia in general, have some spectacular haunted houses that will leave you shaking in your socks.
West Virginia Penitentiary, 1 ½ hours from Pierpont Place
Haunted houses are scary, obviously, but usually the scares are fabricated. The actors are dressed up in costume and makeup and put in the right place just as you shuffle past. There’s no real threat. But in the West Virginia Penitentiary, the frights are very real. Housed in an abandoned prison, WV Penitentiary has real life horror in its halls. Take a guided tour during the day if you’re too frightened or after sundown if you have the guts. Come back for the Dungeon of Horrors to really scare yourself silly. Will you make it out? Come find out.
Apollo Civic Theater, 2 ½ hours from Pierpont Place
You’re certainly in for a show at the Apollo Civic Haunted Theater in Martinsburg. During the rest of the year, it has played host to actors you’ll probably recognize like Robert Duvall and Jeff Bridges. However, during the Halloween season, it transforms into a horror-filled nightmare. Split into four different attractions, the scares in this theater will haunt you for weeks to come. Throughout the month of October, you can also experience an ongoing paranormal investigation at the theater. Get ready for the show of your life!
Fright Farm, 30 minutes from Pierpont Place
For 30 years, Fright Farm in Pennsylvania has been a Halloween staple for thrill seekers. With five different attractions in one single location, you’ll have to come back the following weekend for more. Enjoy live music, face painting, and vendors before going in for the real fright. New this year is Paranoia 2.0! Blindfolded with nothing more than a rope to be your guide, you’ll feel your way through this haunted house and everything that comes at you. What awaits you at the end of the rope? You’ll find out!
Do you have a thirst for danger and a need to get your blood pumping? These haunted houses will do it for you!
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You know that fall has truly arrived once West Virginia University Homecoming Weekend has arrived. Since we now have that under our belts, it’s time to fully get into the fall spirit. October is here in full force, the leaves are changing color, and Halloween is just on the horizon. What does this month have in store for us?
Arts Walk, October 7
The area surrounding Morgantown is filled with so much beauty but did you know that downtown Morgantown is also rife with amazing art? Experience the Arts Walk this Friday from 6 to 9 in the evening. Walk through over 40 local businesses and take in the brilliance of local artists. Stop into Arts Mon, MAC, or Appalachian Gallery for more information on the Arts Walk.
WVU Fall Family Weekend, October 7-9
First up is a great event for those who live farther away from their families and can’t make it home regularly. This weekend, your family can get a firsthand glimpse into what a day in the shoes of a WVU student looks like. It’s basically Bring Your Parent to School Day! Take them to a class with you, share a meal, attend a show or enjoy a residence hall activity. Check the schedule of events here.
Mountaineer Week, October 28-November 6
Celebrate 69 years of Appalachian Heritage at the end of this month during Mountaineer Week! The goal of the celebration is to remind and inform West Virginia University students and the community what makes West Virginia the place it is today. Participate in exciting and educational events all while learning all about the history and culture of good ol’ West Virginia. Are you proud to be a Mountaineer?
While we’re sad to see summer go, we’re so excited to dive into fall! We know that there are so many fun things to look forward to this month and we’re so happy to share them with you. All of these events take place right around Morgantown so you don’t have to travel far from your home at Pierpont Place.
What are you most looking forward to this fall? Share your excitement with us on Facebook and Twitter.
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