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Resort Life Right at Home

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Certain expectations go along with tropical vacations. Our daily lives are filled to the brim with decisions, stressors, and inconveniences—so we want our vacations to be the opposite. We want them to be relaxing, easy, and convenient. The new Downtown Tampa apartments at Manor Riverwalk seek to blend the resort life with the quotidian—to bring a level of service and convenience that feels like you’re on vacation all year while still experiencing your usual home comforts. It’s an ambitious task, but with their staggering list of amenities, they appear to have succeeded.

We begin in the residences themselves: they’re large, open, and flooded with natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows—windows that, it must be noted, provide sprawling views of the river, the bay, and the glimmering Tampa skyline. The same goes for the private balconies, which are prime locations to take in the sunset.

Moving outside to the common spaces, we encounter the private Riverfront Club Terrace, which is a beautiful place to relax, take a dip, or have some dinner. The massive space includes a beach-entry pool with a waterfall edge, private cabanas, and day beds, as well as a covered kitchen. The locale rivals some of the most renowned alfresco dining areas in the region, and fortunate residents of Manor Riverwalk don’t even have to leave their building to enjoy it. It’s truly the ideal dinner party venue.

There are three courtyards, as well as a meditation garden for those days when you could use a bit of uninterrupted serenity. It’s locally sourced Zen. Cinephiles are covered as well, as there is a private screening room for residents to host their own movie nights. There’s also the Riverfront Club Lounge, a refined sports bar of sorts, where residents can get together and watch the game. For the fitness buffs—aspiring, established, or otherwise—small group classes are held in the state-of-the-art fitness center.

It really is like a vacation at home. You can wake up, take a yoga class, cool off with a dip in the pool, and swing back up to your apartment to make some breakfast. Then you can head down for some meditation in the Zen garden, cook up some lunch at the Riverfront Club Terrace, and lounge in a cabana with a new book and a glass of wine. You can catch the game at the Riverfront Club Lounge, order dinner in, and cap off the evening with a private movie screening. This could be your regular Saturday routine (or simply your endless tropical vacation) at Manor Riverwalk.

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The Downtown Tampa Scoop: Spring 2019

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Imagine a life of constant discovery, with unparalleled proximity to nature and an exhilarating urban playground at your beck and call. The Downtown Tampa apartments at Manor Riverwalk put your life so squarely at this point of intersection that the challenge will never be finding something to do or see, but keeping up with all the amazing food, events, and activities. Here are some of our favorite elements of the busy Tampa calendar to look forward to in the coming weeks.

At these Tampa luxury apartments now for rent, you can wake up to the peaceful sounds of the waterfront and take in an award-winning show that same night. Tampa is the sort of place where culture and beauty converge—and from now until March 10, Hamilton, the most game-changing, critically acclaimed Broadway show in years is at the Straz Center.

Tampa is also home to the exceptional Tampa Museum of Art, whose curatorial program brings you the big names of well-known masters, as well as inspiration from an eclectic assortment of artists highlighted by the museum’s unique vision. Now on view is Oswaldo Vigas: Transformations, a stunning survey of the work of one of Venezuela’s most influential modernists. Also on view is The Classical World in Focus: Contests, Combat, and Commemoration, which features objects and artworks made by the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans, some dating as far back as the 6th century BC.

Pulling together the strength of community and the vibrancy of the arts, Tampa’s Fourth Friday program is a great way for people to come together and celebrate and experience the cultural life of the city. Grab a drink to enjoy as you walk along the water with Sip and Stroll the Riverwalk and take advantage of free admission to museums like the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

While Fourth Friday helps you keep up with the Tampa art scene, you’ll also need to make space in your itinerary for enough new restaurants to turn dinner into a culinary adventure every night of the week. Jenna Rimensnyder of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay was already anticipating Mole Y Abuela back in December, when she wrote of chef/owner Fabio Viviani’s vision, “The Top Chef alum has flexed recipes from his Italian roots at Osteria, but the combination of Spanish, Mediterranean, and Mexican flavors isn’t out of his wheelhouse, either….Viviani—who’s known for using locally sourced ingredients in dishes that’re celebrated over generations—operates restaurants from California to New York, which range in both concept and cuisine.”

The restaurant, with weekend DJs and a rooftop, is now open and serving Spanish, Mediterranean, and Mexican fusion dishes like Lamb Chops a la Plancha, with chili and mint yogurt and spiced chickpeas. Other exciting culinary newbies include Harpoon Harry’s Crab House, Boat Run Oyster House, and Sorrento Sweets—an Italian bakery in Hyde Park Village with cannolis so good you will be regularly tempted to take home a box to savor in your new luxury Riverwalk apartment.

Making Changes That Stick

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It almost goes without saying that making positive lifestyle changes can be difficult. Now that we’re through the holiday season and 2019 is in full swing, New Year’s Resolutions may have already fallen by the wayside – understandable, given a fast-paced lifestyle. The key to making permanent, positive changes in your lifestyle is to place yourself in an environment that lets your willpower carry you to success. At Manor Riverwalk, you’ll find a community where the amenities, location, and atmosphere are highly conducive to personal growth and development – in all of its forms.

If your goal is to be more physically active, convenience is key. If your routine requires you to wake up three hours earlier than you’d like, and travel to a yoga studio across town before work, you’ll probably grow weary of this routine before long. If you live at Manor Riverwalk, focusing on your wellness doesn’t necessitate navigating traffic or lugging a gym bag around the city. In fact, residents don’t even need to leave home, thanks to the health-focused amenities within the building. The state-of-the-art fitness center is decked out in high-tech equipment, including treadmills, ellipticals, stair-steppers, weights, and more. If you’re hooked on an addicting show, binge-watch it while you work up a sweat. Or take a more meditative approach and enjoy the views of the Hillsborough River from your mat. Removing time-consuming barriers, like a commute to the gym, makes it more likely that even those with a packed schedule can make time for health.

Another key to achieving your goals is accountability. Telling a few people in your life about your goals is a great place to start, but joining a community of like-minded individuals will give you a support system that sticks. The Downtown Tampa apartments at Manor Riverwalk go above and beyond in this arena by hosting group classes. If you’ve never tried a group class before, you’ll discover that joining one is an excellent way to build a community. In this case, the folks cheering your successes won’t only be new friends; they’ll be your neighbors. A group class can also bring a little variety to your weekly workouts, which is a crucial ingredient for success.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, there’s no reason why achieving your lifestyle goals can’t be fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself, the chances that you’ll continue your journey are low. For some, making your workout fresh and interesting may mean enjoying the outdoors. After all, Tampa is famously temperate, so you can hit the pavement all year-round. Make a playlist of some favorite songs and head to the Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, a lush greenway just across the river from your Tampa Riverwalk apartments. Or head north along the river to the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park for a jog beneath swaying palms and plenty of entertaining people-watching. Living near two of Tampa’s most beautiful parks means you can always switch it up. Adding variety is one of the most effective ways to stave off any staleness that would otherwise slow you down, so don’t be afraid to change your routine – life is a marathon, not a sprint!

Holiday Hot Spots

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Living in one of the Downtown Tampa apartments at Manor Riverwalk means thriving at the intersection of the best of local culture and cosmopolitan entertainment. Neighboring Tampa Riverwalk features all kinds of activities: from elegant dining on a yacht or fun snacks at the Sail Pavilion to a public art walking tour that encompasses stand-alone sculptures and venues like the Glazer Children’s Museum and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. As a bonus, Holiday Harbour’s 35-foot-tall Christmas tree will provide a festive backdrop for your Tampa Riverwalk excursions through January 2, 2019.

Just by strolling out your door under the palms, you enter a microcosm of the city where an impressive array of museums offers a sophisticated spin on winter in paradise, each with its own shop where you can find the right gift for everyone on your list: from curious kids to budding photographers, art collectors, and aficionados. At the Tampa Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, The Florida Aquarium, and the Tampa Bay History Center, you will find outstanding gift shops that will connect you to your hometown and its rich cultural resources. For the perfect way to enjoy a holiday staycation along the water, spend part of the day in each museum.

Catch the not-to-be-missed North and South: Berenice Abbott’s US Route 1 exhibit, which will be running through January 11 at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, and pick up a gorgeous Abbott monograph as a surprise for an art lover in your life. For all the children on your list, you won’t have to look further than The Florida Aquarium, where you can find a Toddler Shark Hoodie, a Submarine Bath Toy, and an Ocean Adventure Bucket filled with fun “undersea creatures.” (The bucket can double as a container for the shells and specimens you and the kids discover on the local beaches.) Meanwhile, the Tampa Museum of Art Museum Store has an extensive selection of art books, jewelry, ceramics, and other decorative objects inspired by the permanent collection and various exhibitions.

To round out your shopping list with a dose of luxury, and for those special-impact presents, take advantage of the fact that you are only a ten-minute drive from International Plaza and Bay Street, where Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Apple offer the chic bags, exquisite jewelry, and cutting-edge technology that become statement-making, heirloom, and most-wanted gifts.

And for a formal kick-off to your celebrations, there is nothing quite like the Downtown Tampa Holiday Lighted Boat Parade on December 22 to make you feel that there is no place else you would rather be this season. Boats lit like winter wonderland parade floats highlight all the joys of the season for young and old. The parade route circles Harbor Island, Davis Islands, and Downtown Tampa, marking the very water route that makes life at the luxury Tampa apartments for rent at Manor Riverwalk such an idyllic place to gather your family for the holidays.